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Fall Arts Preview: Festival Calendar
Savannah's favorite annual pasttimes

Latino Heritage Month — Armstrong's Hispanic Outreach and Leadership at Armstrong (HOLA) program has organized nearly 30 events for this year's celebration. For a full list of events, visit Armstrong Center, Armstrong State University, 13040 Abercorn Street.

Silent Film Fest — Oct. 16-17 Paying homage to a lost genre, international pianist and historian Dennis James will introduce this precious art form to the Tybee Post Theater audience with "The Silent Clowns" on Friday night and "The Nickelodeon Show" on Saturday night. $15 general admission, $13.50 for Theater members -17, 8 p.m. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horn.

Pin Point Seafood Festival — Sat. Sept. 17. The Pin Point Seafood Festival was created to highlight the rich history of Pin Point while allowing you to taste the seafood dishes that have been passed down through generations. $5 10 a.m. Pin Point Heritage Museum, 9924 Pin Point Avenue.

Savannah Jazz Festival — The 2016 Savannah Jazz Festival celebrates jazz as a living art form and offers all types of jazz, from traditional swing, Dixieland, straight-ahead and bop to melodic standards and funky down-home blues. Sept. 18-24. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave.

Tybee Community Day — Sun. Sept. 18. The festival highlights Tybee's small town charm with local non-profit and civic groups showcasing their services, live music, food, face painting, and games for all ages. 1-5 p.m. www, Memorial Park on Tybee Island, 403 Butler Ave.

Lucas Theatre's 95th Anniversary — Friday Sept. 23: This will be a free event for the Savannah community which will feature local vendors, kid's activities, and raffles throughout the evening. Starting at 7pm there will be a screening of the 1939 classic "Gone with the Wind," in an homage to the first showing after the Lucas' reopening. 5 p.m. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.

Ghost Alley Music Festival — Sat. Sept. 24: Ghost Alley Music Festival will be an all day concert featuring 13 artists including nationally touring bands, food trucks, and craft beer from Southbound Brewing Company. This festival celebrates local, regional and national alternative and indie rock. Dollhouse Productions, 980 Industry Dr.

Greek Festival — A Savannah tradition, the Annual Greek Festival, will be held Thursday, October 6 through Saturday, October 8 at the St. Paul's Hellenic Center, 14 West Anderson St. The 66th annual celebration will feature homemade Greek food, desserts, drinks, dancing and live music, along with a marketplace and church tours. Savannah Hellenic Center, 14 West Anderson Street.

Tybee Island Pirate Fest — Every Columbus Day Weekend local pirates and those from far distant lands converge on our small island for a weekend of music, food, and of course grog. Delbert McClinton headlines the live music on Saturday. Tybee Island, Tybee Island.

33rd Annual Oktoberfest — Oct. 7-9: Wiener Dog Racing, Bratwurst Tasting, Oompah Dancing celebration at the 33rd Annual Oktoberfest on Historic River Street! Enjoy a bit of Germany...Savannah style with a beer garden offering a variety of beers, food booths featuring German cuisine, and of course the famous Wiener Dog Races. Rousakis Plaza, River St.

Midnight Garden Ride — Sat. Oct. 8: The Midnight Garden Ride is a police-escorted bike ride about town where riders can explore the city at Twilight, and enjoy post-ride festivities. Presented by the Savannah Bicycle Campaign. $30 7 p.m. Ellis Square Area, Barnard & Broughton Streets.

Savannah Food Truck Festival — Sun. Oct. 9: Celebrate the legalization of food trucks and support the Children's Hospital of Savannah. Free yoga in the park, beer, craft vendors, live music and more. 11 a.m. Daffin Park, 1198 Washington Ave.

Geekend — Oct. 14-15: Geekend is a perfect opportunity to interact with a diverse set of professionals, future collaborators and leaders on the forefront of the tech and creative industries. Creative Coast, 415 W. Boundary St.

Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival — Enjoy a carnival midway, arts and crafts, mouth-watering seafood, and live music throughout the weekend. Oct. 15-16. J. F. Gregory Park, Richmond Hill.

Pat Conroy Literary Festival — Oct. 20-24: Four days filled with literary events in the spirit of the "Prince of Titles", Pat Conroy. Enjoy panel discussions, writing workshops, author luncheons, book signings, screenings, tours and more with some of the south's favorite authors. Visit USCB Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St.

2016 Savannah Film Festival — Oct. 22-29: The eight-day festival is filled with cinematic creativity from both award-winning professionals and emerging filmmakers. $75-$750 per person. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St.

Savannah Pride Festival — Sat. Oct. 22: 11 a.m. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave.

Skidaway Marine Science Day — Oct. 22: An afternoon of activities, tours and talks will make Skidaway Marine Science Day a can't-miss event for all ages. 12-4 p.m. Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, 10 Ocean Science Circle.

Food Day — Sat. Oct. 29: The Savannah Food Day Festival is the largest in the nation and celebrates sustainable, accessible and healthy foods. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Daffin Park, 1198 Washington Ave.

Shalom, Y'all! Jewish Food Festival — Oct. 30: The festival draws about 10,000 attendees annually. Participants of all ages will enjoy a taste of ethnic Jewish cuisine as well as family entertainment including music and dance. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave.

Savannah Food & Wine Festival — Nov. 6-12 Taste your way through Savannah, channel your inner sommelier, and spend time with culinary royalty at the Savannah Food & Wine Festival. Georgia State Railroad Museum, 655 Louisville Road.

Children's Book Festival — Sat. Nov. 12: Please join as we welcome New York Times Bestselling Author of the Fancy Nancy children's series, Jane O'Connor to the festival this year. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave.

Urban Hope's Pee Wee Rodeo — Sat. Nov. 19: Grab your cowboy hat, boots, spurs and chaps and join us for a fun-filled day of cowboy/cowgirl activities. The rodeo events will be for children ages 2-9. The Dairy Farm, 2500 Tennessee Ave.

Christmas on the River — Dec. 2 at 4 pm. through Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Rousakis Plaza will be full of regional arts & crafts exhibitors with holiday gifts and stocking stuffers to check off of your Christmas list. Music and local entertainment will take place on the Arbor Stage throughout the weekend leading up to Savannah's Lighted Christmas Parade Saturday night. River Street, River St.