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Visit festivals, fairs, holiday and special events for the Georgia Coast and Islands travel region. Please call listings contact numbers for fees and more info.
January
17th Annual Low Country Home & Garden Show - 1/27 at 2-7pm, 1/28 at 10am-7pm & 1/29/17 at 11am-5pm
See endless display of gardens, landscapes, water features, home products, and more to the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. With entertainment for adults and kids alike, this event is perfect for the entire family! Guests will even have the chance to meet Alison Victoria, star of DIY Network's Kitchen Crashers. Admission is free for active duty military and children 16 and under, $8 for seniors and $8.50 for everyone else. Phone: 877-663-6186 - Address: Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, One International Dr., Savannah, Georgia 31402
February
Critz Tybee Run Fest - 2/3 at 6-8pm & 2/4/17 at 6am-2pm
Run a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, 2.8-Mile Beach Run, and a 1-Mile Run. You can do 1, 2, 3, 4, or all 5 events - whichever you choose. If you participate in all five events, the distances add up to 26.2 miles - a full marathon spread over Friday evening and Saturday. Also, a Kids Fun Run will be held Friday night for the youngest future marathoners. Proceeds of the event support local charities. Call for participation costs. Phone: 912-786-5444 - Location: Various locations throughout Tybee Island, GA 31328
Colonial Faire and Muster - 2/3 - 2/5/17 at 9am-4pm
Experience life in Colonial Georgia during the 18th century with a military encampment, Sutler's Row, craft demonstrations, military demonstrations, period music and dance. Food concessions will be available.Cost is $4.50-$10 per person on Friday. Free admission on Saturday and Sunday. Free parking. Phone: 912-353-3023 - Address: Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah Georgia
Super Museum Sunday on Ossabaw Island - 2/5/17 at 12noon
Visit Ossabaw Island as part of the city-wide Super Museum Sunday special. This is a first come, first serve event. The boat to Ossabaw departs at 12 noon from the Rodney J. Hall boat ramp of Diamond Causeway. Enjoy a day-trip, free of admission, with only a $25 boat fee. Hosted by The Ossabaw Island Foundation. Call for more information. Phone: 912-233-5104 - Location: Ossabaw Island, Georgia
Crane at Skidaway Island
Valentine's Full Moon Paddle - 2/10/17 at 5:30-7pm
Have a romantic paddle in the light of the full moon on Lake Laura Walker. This is a ranger-led paddle; the lake is normally closed to the public after sunset. This is a great opportunity for beginners, and there is a high chance of seeing a variety of nocturnal wildlife. We will have limited space, and pre-registration is required. Costs are $25 single; $35 tandem and $5 parking fee. Phone: 912-287-4900 - Address: Laura S. Walker State Park, 5653 Laura Walker Road, Waycross, GA 31503
Valentine's Dinner Entertainment Cruise - 2/11/17 at 6-9pm
Join us for our Special Valentine's Day Dinner & Entertainment Cruise! This two-hour cruise includes a premium four-course plated dinner, a bottle of house wine or champagne, fresh-cut rose bouquet, balloons, live entertainment and dancing! A romantic evening surely to delight the one who means the most! Premium Dinner menu can be provided by one of our Ticket Office Agents when you call. Make your reservations early before it's too late! Boarding at 6 p.m. Sailing from 7-9 p.m. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Cost is $199.90 per couple. Phone: 912-232-6404 - Address: Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 E. River Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Hike and History of the Skidaway Narrows - 2/11/17 at 1:30-3pm
Come join one of our park rangers for a hike along the Sandpiper and Avian loop trails, leading to the pristine Skidaway Narrows. Learn some cool facts about the history of this popular river. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 912-598-2300 Address: Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411
Wild West Express Train Rides - 2/11 & 2/18/17 at 10am-4pm
Ride the rails to Frontier Land where real cowboys entertain you with shootouts and lots of drama. Get tickets at www.stmarysrailroad.com. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Cost is $14 for children ages 3-12 and $20 for ages 13 and older. Phone: 912-200-5235 - Address: Theater by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Street, St. Marys, GA 31558
Valentine's Day Weddings in the Davenport House Garden - 2/14/17 at 6-8pm
Get married in the museum's beautiful courtyard garden and make this a Valentine's Day to remember. Ceremonies will be offered every 10 minutes. A local judge will officiate. Cost is $150 per couple. Phone: 912-236-8097 - Address: Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Savannah Historic Buildings
Georgia Arbor Day/Backyard Bird Count - 2/18/17 at 9am-12noon
Technically, Georgia Arbor Day is on the February 17, but because of school hours, we will celebrate on that Saturday. Come out to the park to plant our 30 saplings, chosen to promote wildlife welfare at the park. After getting our hands dirty, there will be tree themed crafts and a hike dedicated to identifying the trees here at the park. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 912-287-4900 - Address: Laura S. Walker State Park, 5653 Laura Walker Rd, Waycross GA
Sapelo's Beach and Dunes - 2/18/17 at 9am-1pm
Join us on beautiful Sapelo Island for a nature hike. We'll visit maritime forest, salt marsh, dune habitats and finish up on Sapelo's pristine Nanny Goat beach. Hike is approximately 2.5 miles over boardwalk, trail and sand beach. Cost is $10 per person. Phone: 912-485-2299 - Address: Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island, 1766 Landing Road SE, Darien, GA 31305
Mardi Gras Kickoff Party - 2/18/17 at 7-11:30pm
Join us for a formal costume ball and dinner held in St. Marys and experience a little bit of New Orleans in Georgia. It is the perfect way to wrap up the festivities! Come dine and dance with us. Handicapped Accessible event. Call for cost. Phone: 912-882-4000 - Address: St. Marys Historic District, 400 Osborne St., St. Marys, GA 31558
Eco-Discovery Nature Camp - 2/20/17 at 8am-4pm
This camp is for all the nature nuts out there that are interested in learning more about the ecosystems that are found at Crooked River. We will hike and explore in the different habitats found on the park and learn how they are different. Bring snacks, sack lunch, and drinks. Limited space, pre-registration required. K - 8th grade. Costs are $10 per student for half day or $25 for full day and $5 parking fee. Phone: 912-882-5256 - Address: Crooked River State Park, 6222 Charlie Smith Senior Highway, St. Marys, GA 31558
Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat - 2/24 - 3/1/17
The retreat offers participants six days and five nights of individualized workshops, lectures, readings, and manuscript consultations. Faculty: Craig Johnson, Beverly Donofrio, Neil Shepard, and Tony Morris. Limited to eighteen participants. Call for more details including fees and application forms. People who visit Ossabaw Island must provide their own boat transportation unless attending a day trip sponsored by The Ossabaw Island Foundation. The State of Georgia’s Heritage Preserve designation for Ossabaw Island stipulates that no bridge is ever to be built between the mainland and the island, nor is regularly scheduled ferry service ever to be established. Since dock space on the island is limited, those who have their own boat need permission to dock overnight. Permission is contingent on an approved visit and is based on boat size, length of stay and space availability. Call 912-344-3123 or visit http://www.ossabawisland.org/ for more info. - Location: Ossabaw Island, Georgia
9th Annual Mardi Gras Tybee - 2/25/17 at 12noon
The party features blues and rock music from 3 - 6 p.m. Thrilling street performances entertain revelers as they enjoy the festival and colorful businesses in the area. Enjoy Cajun food and fun on Tybee Island. The 2016 Mardi Gras Tybee Parade, with colorful floats, plenty of beads and marching bands, begins Saturday at 3 p.m. Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome. Parade and street party are free. Phone: 912-786-5444 - Address: Tybrisa Street/Strand Avenue, 802 1st Street, Tybee Island, GA 31328
Mardi Gras Festival - 2/25/17 at 7am-5:30pm
Join us for a family-oriented festival in Historic St. Marys featuring a bicycle tour, 5K run, street dance, parade, arts, crafts, food vendors and games. We also offer on-stage music, entertainment and a karoke contest. Lots of fun for all ages. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Call for cost. Phone: 912-882-4000 - Address: St. Marys Historic District, 400 Osborne St., St. Marys, GA 31558
March
Small World Festival - 3/4/17 at 10am-4pm
This is an exciting celebration of the diverse cultures found in Liberty County and around the world. Individuals of all heritages join together to celebrate and educate the crowds about their lineage. Many cultures are represented to excite your senses through an International Food Court, World Market Place and cultural entertainment. The all-day event is held in downtown Hinesville in historic Liberty County in the late spring. Located between Savannah and Brunswick/St. Simons, Hinesville is the perfect place to experience the history of Georgia. Free admission and parking. Phone: 912-877-4332 - Address: Bryant Commons, 438 W. Oglethorpe Hwy, Hinesville, GA 31313
Southern Charm Savannah to St. Augustine - 3/4 - 3/11/17
It all starts in the Old Southern city of Savannah, known for its beautiful squares and oaks dripping with Spanish moss. Then we're off to explore coastal wildlife refuges and the pristine stretches of Georgia's Golden Isles - vibrant, thriving coastal communities rich in history. We'll make our way to the tranquil and natural settings of the north Florida coast, and then finally to the cobblestone streets, quaint cafés, and unique shops of America's oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida, followed by a shuttle back to Savannah. This is an 8-day van-supported road bike tour. 13 riders, 2 leaders, camping/indoor accommodations, shared cooking. 300 miles in 6 riding days, paved surface, Beginner + level of difficulty. The cost is $1,099 per person. Starts/ends Savannah, GA. Phone: 800-744-2453 - Address: Savannah Public Library, 2002 Bull St., Savannah, GA 31401
Grown Ups Campout - 3/11/17 at 10am
Want a weekend getaway but can't seem to get away? Well, we have the perfect night designed just for you. Set up your tent and let the fun begin. We will have a survival mini-series for valuable outdoors skills. Afterwards, enjoy a guided nature hike or crack open a good book. We will end the day with a full moon paddle around the lake. Camping supplies are not provided, but lunch, dinner, and breakfast are included. Pre-registration is required, and please inform the clerk of any dietary restrictions. Price includes: campground reservation, meals, guided hikes not open to the public, survival skills clinic (intro level), parking fee, and full moon kayak paddle. Cost is $100 per person. Phone: 912-287-4900 - Address: Laura S. Walker State Park, 5653 Laura Walker Road, Waycross, GA 31503
Scottish Heritage Day Encampment - 3/11 - 3/12/17 at 10am-4pm
A variety of living history demonstrations portraying colonial and particularly Scottish culture will be featured. A battle re-enactment will take place at 3 p.m. Celebrate the first settlers of Darien. Cost is $4.50 to $7.50 per person. Phone: 912-437-4770 - Address: Fort King George Historic Site, 302 McIntosh Road SE, Darien, GA 31305
Southern Charm Savannah to St. Augustine - 3/12 - 3/18/17
It all starts in the Old Southern city of Savannah, known for its beautiful squares, old oaks dripping with Spanish moss, fabulous history, and fascinating stories. Then it is off to explore the South Carolina Lowcountry, known for its sweeping waterway views, shrimp boats resting comfortably on their docks, unforgettable sunsets, beautiful antebellum homes, and more than 300 years of unique history. This amazing tour will culminate with two nights in Charleston, South Carolina, followed by a shuttle back to Savannah. This is a 7-day van-supported road tour that starts/ends in Savannah, Ga. 13 riders, 2 leaders, camping/indoor accommodations, shared cooking. 240 miles in 5 riding days, paved surface, Beginner + level of difficulty. The cost is $1,099 per person. Phone: 800-744-2453 - Address: Savannah Public Library, 2002 Bull St., Savannah, GA 31401
7th Annual Swamptown Getdown Music and Arts Festival - 3/17 at 12noon-1midnigt & 3/18/17 at 3pm-midnight
Enjoy a 2-day celebration of music featuring a diverse blend of musical styles ranging from Country, Indie Rock, Americana, Jam, and Bluegrass.Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Cost ranges from $10 to $40 per person. Phone: 912-288-3712 - Address: Okefenokee Fairgrounds, 2451 Knight Avenue, Waycross, GA 31501
Soakin' It Up - Water at Wormsloe - 3/18/17 at 10am-4pm
Learn how important water is as a resources at Wormsloe, both historically and today. Guest speakers will talk about oysters, colonial gardening and marsh ecology at this colonial estate. Cost is $4.50 to $10 per person. Phone: 912-353-3023 - Address: Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah Georgia
8th Annual Jazz ‘n Art on Satilla Riverwalk - 3/18 at 9am-5pm & 3/19/17 at 10am-4pm
Highly acclaimed saxophonist, Michael Hulett, will bring the 'Jazz' and local artists and master craftswomen/men will bring the 'Art' along with an en plein air paint out led by Mary O. Smith on Saturday. This year the event will expand to bring National Storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin and other tellers. Sponsored by the Woodbine Woman's Club, this event offers 'South of Brunswick' stew, desserts and beverages (for purchase). Children are welcome to participate in an educational creative arts experience and are encouraged to bring their artwork from home and put it out for display. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 912-576-3211 - Location: Gazebo at the Woodbine Riverwalk, Corner of East Oak & 2nd Street, Woodbine, GA 31569
Jewish Food & Culture Festival - 3/19/17 at 12noon-4pm
The entire community is invited to learn more about the Jewish culture by experiencing the music, ceremonies, and, in particular, the delicious traditional food. Admission to the festival is free. Temple members will sell varieties of tasty foods and drinks. There will be activities for children, Israeli dancing and a raffle. Proceeds will go to the 125+ year old temple's restoration and building fund. Atlanta's Marla Tov Cocktails, featuring Marla Fennel, will provide traditional Eastern European music during the festival. We look forward to seeing everyone at this fabulous fun event. This event is hosted by Temple Beth Tefilloh. Free parking. Phone: 912-265-7575 - Address: Jekyll Square, 1414 Newcastle Street, Brunswick, GA 31525
Coastal Kids Nature Camp - 3/28 - 3/30/17 at 8am-4pm
Join park rangers at three different sites and participate in water activities at each site. Students will visit Crooked River State Park, Laura S. Walker State Park, and Fort King George Historic Site, . A park ranger will provide transportation from Crooked River to each site. Costs are $105 per person and $5 vehicle parking fee. Phone: 912-287-4900 - Address: Laura S. Walker State Park, 5653 Laura Walker Road, Waycross, GA 31503
Swampfest - 3/31 at 5-11pm
Enjoy a fun-filled weekend featuring arts and crafts, games and activities for kids, great food, live music and entertainment. Watch wonderful musical performances throughout the day, Cloggers and other dancers, and Fire Clowns. See a classic car cruise-in and fireworks. Compete in or cheer for contestants in a Dilly Bar eating contest, Coca-Cola Chug and eating contest. Enter our Hometown raffle for a change to win a basket filled valued over $500. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 912-287-2969 - Address: Pendleton Street and Elizabeth Street, historic downtown Waycross, GA 31501
April
Annual Rail Watch - 4/1/17 at 8am-5pm
Rail watchers from all over the world come to watch trains at the Historic Depot Train Museum and the Folkston Funnel Platform. Enjoy photography, videos and other rail fans. "The Folkston Funnel" is located in downtown Folkston, Georgia. It is a CSXT double-track main line. All of CSXT's trains moving to and from Florida (except the few trains that go west) must pass through the funnel. There are six Amtrak trains passing through the funnel each day; the Auto Train is one of these. The Tropicana Juice Train moves from Bradenton, FL, to Kearney, NJ, five nights a week. The platform is equipped with a scanner tuned to CSXT's frequency 160.590 and 160.320. Lights and electric outlets are available. A picnic table, grill and restrooms are available for visitors. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 912-496-2536 - Address: 3795 Main Street, downtown Folkston, GA 31537
Swampfest - 4/1/17 at 9am-10:30pm
Enjoy a fun-filled weekend featuring arts and crafts, games and activities for kids, great food, live music and entertainment. Watch wonderful musical performances throughout the day, Cloggers and other dancers, and Fire Clowns. See a classic car cruise-in and fireworks. Compete in or cheer for contestants in a Dilly Bar eating contest, Coca-Cola Chug and eating contest. Enter our Hometown raffle for a change to win a basket filled valued over $500. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 912-287-2969 - Address: Pendleton Street and Elizabeth Street, historic downtown Waycross, GA 31501
Golf Tournament - 4/1/17
This is your chance to support your park and have a blast while you are at it. This will be a shotgun start tournament. Prizes for the tournament are as follows: 1st place wins $200, 2nd place wins $120, and 3rd place wins $80. There will be several contests including: longest drive, closest to the pin (3x), most accurate drive and a pitching wedge obstacle course. Applications are available at The Lakes club house and at the Visitor's Center at Laura S. Walker State Park. Teams are limited to four participants. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $50 per person or $200 per team. $5 parking fee. Phone: 912-287-4900 - Address: Laura S. Walker State Park, 5653 Laura Walker Road, Waycross, GA 31503
Art in the Park - 4/7 - 4/9/17 at 10am-5pm
Art In The Park takes place in the lovely Vernon Square, just steps from the Darien Waterfront Park and Historic Downtown Darien. The juried show and sale featuring painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor, or pastel), sculpture and fine crafts (fiber art, pottery, jewelry, stained glass), is a part of the annual Blessing of the Fleet festival. Enjoy a free two-day show. The artwork is juried and selected to be included by the McIntosh Art Association. Phone: 912-437-7711 - Address: Vernon Square, 300 Washington Street, Darien, GA 31305
Day Trip Tour of Ossabaw Island’s Beach and North End - 4/29/17
Travel by pontoon boat with Captain Mike Neal of Bull River Cruises to the island’s North End for an interpretive tour that includes ecology and history. A walking tour of the island's North End, including the history of the Native American era, colonial-era indigo cultivation, the lives of enslaved and free African Americans, & Sandy West's 1970s era creative program. Weather and tides permitting, this trip will include a stop at Bradley Beach. Bring your own lunch and water/beverage. Hosted by the Ossabaw Island Foundation. Minors must be accompanied by supervising adult. Recommended for age 12 and up. Bring your own lunch and water/beverage. Trip occurs rain or shine, unless canceled by the boat captain due to weather advisory. Depart and return via Skidaway Island, Savannah, Georgia. Cost is $85 per person. Reservations and prepayment required. Fee includes transportation by boat to and from Ossabaw Island, admission to Ossabaw Island and interpretive tour of Ossabaw Island’s North End. Reservations and prepayment required. No onsite registrations. Call for more information. Phone: 912-233-5104 - Location: Ossabaw Island, Georgia
May
Ossabaw Island Yoga Retreat - 5/5 - 5/7/17
Spend the weekend renewing your spirit on Ossabaw Island. Enjoy healthy catered meals, yoga classes on the beach, and evening pranayama and meditation. Included is an optional historical tour of the island. Ossabaw Island has long been a refuge for writers, artists, nature lovers, and seekers. Come spend the weekend renewing YOUR spirit comfortably tucked away on this pristine barrier island enjoying healthy catered meals, yoga classes, and the unique experience of listening to the silence.Hosted by Coastal Yoga Therapy. Prices vary by lodging request and retreat experience options. Prices vary from $187 to $545. For more information and to register click here before February 1, 2017. Call for more information. Phone: 912-233-5104 - Location: Ossabaw Island, Georgia
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