Picnics, pirates and Paula Deen attract thousands to Savannah, Tybee Island
In like a pirate, out like a VIP â€”
isnâ€™t that what they say about October?
Well it should be in Savannah, where the Tybee Island Pirate Festival got things going Thursday night, and they wonâ€™t wind down till the Savannah Film Festival rolls up its red carpet to start November.
For its part, this weekend may be the busiest of the month. Pirate Fest, Picnic in the Park and Buddy Walk together could attract more than 40,000 people. And thereâ€™s more.
Tybee Pirate Festival
The Tybee Island Pirate Festival is, well, just what youâ€™d expect from a pirate-themed festival on Tybee â€” colorful, fun, a little crazy. Those of you who survived Thursday nightâ€™s kickoff at The Crab Shack know what we mean. The excitement today through Sunday includes bounce houses, face painting and puppetry
for kids; a circus; a â€śrogues and wenchesâ€ť auction; and live music. Oh yeah, MĂ¶tley CrĂĽe frontman and all-around rock legend Vince Neil will perform at 9:30 Saturday night. â€™Nuff said.
Need to know: Runs 5-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday in and around The Strand. $10 and up Friday and Saturday, free Sunday, and always free for kids younger than 12. Park where you can and be prepared to walk. More info at tybeepiratefest.com.
Picnic in the Park
One of Savannahâ€™s favorite fall gatherings, Picnic in the Park, brings together much of the city â€” last year 23,000 people attended â€” for fun and sun in Forsyth Park. Sundayâ€™s theme is â€śSome Enchanted Evening.â€ť Features include picnic and pet contests and live music, puppetry and dance. Tips for newcomers: Bring your own blankets, chairs, coolers and trash bags. No grills and no glass containers allowed. Tents should be set up on the outer sides of the green space so that other picnickers can still see and hear the concert. Be respectful of others.
Need to know: Starts 2 p.m. Sunday in Forsyth Park, downtown Savannah. Free and open to the public. Car parking on street and in city garages. Bike valet available.
Oktoberfest on the River is back for its 29th year, and the annual Savannah celebration will have its usual assortment of food, fireworks and wiener dogs. The racing wieners will start their engines around 10 a.m. at Morrell Park on the east end of River Street. Money raised benefits the Dachshund Rescue of North America. Learn more about the Annual Wiener Dog Race here
Need to know: Oktoberfest on the River is 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday on River Street. Free and open to the public. Parking in city garages recommended; donâ€™t try to park on River Street.
Every year, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk Festival brings fun for a good cause to Forsyth Park. Homegrown celebrity chef Paula Deen is leading Saturdayâ€™s 1.5-mile walk to benefit Down syndrome awareness. Last yearâ€™s walk drew 4,000 people. Activities include train rides, face painting, pumpkin painting, bounce houses and slides.
Paula Deen is thrilled to lead the Buddy Walk around Savannah. Get the details here.
Need to know: Registration is 8:30 a.m. Saturday; event runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Forsyth Park. $12 per person, $40 for family of four. More info at ldssga.org.
Flyinâ€™ Pig Festival
After taking two years off, the Savannah Tire Flyinâ€™ Pig BBQ & Music Festival returns to Pooler on Saturday. The festival includes pony rides, kids games, rock climbing, a zip line and â€” yes â€” a barbecue contest. Savannahâ€™s Liquid Ginger leads the musical acts. Click here to learn more.
Need to know: Runs 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Pooler. $5 to get in, kids 10 and younger free. No pets allowed, but parking is free. More info at flyinpigfestival.com.
Toys For Tots
Believe it or not, Christmas is right around the corner, and the good folks at Randy Wood Guitars in Bloomingdale are doing their part. The best little folk venue in Georgia will host the Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Toys Concert, Car and Motorcycle Show on Saturday. The daylong event features vehicles and seven local bands.
Need to know: Starts 10 a.m. at Randy Wood, 1304 E. U.S. 80 in Bloomingdale. Admission is a toy or monetary donation. More info at randywoodguitars.com.
Itâ€™s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and if youâ€™re getting ready to tie the knot, hereâ€™s a good way to contribute. The Nationwide Tour of Gowns is stopping in Savannah this weekend. Proceeds from 1,000 designer gowns on sale will go to help women without insurance get mammograms at St. Josephâ€™s/Candler Hospital.
Visit savannahnow.com/pink for more updates, event listings, photos, videos, and giveaways happening during this month's Paint the Town Pink campaign.
Need to know: See the gowns noon-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Candler Drive. Gowns discounted up to 85 percent. Register at bridesabc.org.
Finally, hereâ€™s how to get your geek on free at Telfair Museums this weekend and beyond. Saturday and Sunday, Bank of America card customers can get into the Jepson Center and Telfair Academy free with a photo ID and valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card. And Monday starts free week for everyone at the Telfair Academy, sponsored by the city of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs.
Need to know: Free museum week runs Monday through Oct. 14 at Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. The Jepson is next door. Check website for hours: telfair.org.