St. Patrick’s Day Events in Savannah
St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the only day to celebrate with the Irish in Savannah. There are all kinds of St. Patrick’s Day events in Savannah going on all month long—everything from the Greening of the Fountain to the St. Patrick’s Fire Ball and bar crawls to get you ready for River Street and City Market’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
If you’re trying to find the perfect party for you and your friends, a traditional Irish ceremony to check out or family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day events in Savannah, then we’ve got your back. This guide to St. Patrick’s Day events in Savannah will help you navigate all of the parties, festivals, ceremonies and special events going on the whole month of March.
February 17-19, 2017
For more than two decades, the Savannah Irish Festival has brought a festive celebration of Irish Heritage to Savannah, Georgia. Each year, they invite top Irish musical acts and young Irish dancers to step up on their four stages and entertain the crowds filled with families and friends.With a weekend full of performances and activities, there’s fun for everyone at the weekend festival.
Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 7 p.m.
Rockin’ Road to Dublin is the new sensation that combines the art of an Irish dance show, the power of a rock ‘n’ roll concert, all with the finish of a Broadway theatrical production. The cast consists of three world champion Irish dancers along with 11 other dancers, eight musicians and two vocalists.
Friday, March 10, 2017 | Noon
It’s a tradition in Savannah to dye all of the fountains green and it all starts with the with everyone’s favorite – the fountain in Forsyth Park. During this ceremony, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal pours green dye into the water with the help of a bunch of friends and family, because we all know that St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah wouldn’t be the same without green water in all of the city’s fountains.
Friday, March 10, 2017 | 5:45 p.m.
Every year in Ellis Square, about 2,000 runners and walkers kick off St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah with a 5K through Downtown Savannah. All participants receive a Shamrock Run 5K T-shirt with registration, which is $25-$35. All proceeds benefit the mission of the March of Dimes to improve the health of babies.
Friday, March 10, 2017 | 8 p.m.
Kick off your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with the Irish Heritage Dance at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Alee Shriner’s Temple. Join in celebrations and see some of the area’s best Irish dancers, of all ages, show off their heritage, tradition and talent at this fun event.
Friday, March 11, 2017 | Noon-4 p.m.
The Craft Brew Races are a celebration of local craft brewing, an active lifestyle and the surrounding community. This fun event at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center consists of a timed 5k road race, which awards finishers with a medal that doubles as a bottle-opener and a pint glass to enjoy samples from 30+ breweries at the three-hour craft beer festival, which follows, featuring live music, food trucks and more.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 4-11 p.m.
What better way is there to get ready for St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah than with the St. Practice Day Charity Bar Crawl? Explore the best pubs all around the city, while building up your tolerance to get ready for St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah. It’s a great way to get in the Irish spirit and have a little fun without all of the craziness that the actual St. Paddy’s Day brings.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tara Feis is a 24-year tradition for anyone looking for a family-friendly, non-alcoholic festival to enjoy. With a variety of Irish musicians, dancers and performers, Tara Feis is an event to mark on you calendar. Headed by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs, this fest has all kinds of fun crafts, games, magic and puppet shows for children to enjoy.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 3-5 p.m.
The 15th annual Tybee Island Irish Heritage Parade will hit the streets with all kinds of fun, from decked out floats to decked out people with all kinds of great performances, from marching bands to bands with bag pipes. It’s a really great day, especially since it’s right off the beach. It all kicks off at Tybee City Hall proceeds down Butler Avenue to Tybrisa Street.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 | 1 p.m.
The LGBT community of Savannah is hosting a family-friendly Shamrock Festival and Oyster Roast at Skidaway Island State Park with live music by Christy Alan Band and special guest Jenna Von Scrum. There will also be a silent auction, bingo, raffle, nature walks, and more! Oysters, hot dogs, side items and delicious food will be served. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 | 1:30 p.m.
Every year, Irish Catholics join together to celebrate their heritage with family and friends in a ceremony at Emmet Park at the Celtic cross statue. Bagpipes play as different members of the Irish community speak about the past, present and future. It’s a tradition and way of honoring the Irish community that isn’t going away any time soon.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 | 7 p.m.
is hosting Irish folksinger Harry O’Donoghue for an entertaining evening of music, history and culture on Tybee Island. He’s been called Savannah’s professional Irishman (he hails from the coastal town of Drogheda), his songs telling the story of Ireland past and present. Add with that his quick wit, engaging humor and ability to draw an audience into his show and the result is going to be a wonderfully enjoyable and memorable experience. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | 7 p.m.
The multi-platinum international music sensation Celtic Woman presents VOICES OF ANGELS, a captivating new show at the Savannah Civic Center. VOICES OF ANGELS showcases the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Eabha McMahon and introduces the breathtaking new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill, accompanied by a group of equally talented musicians and dancers whose exceptional skill and high energy bring a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition.
Saturday, March 18, 2017 | 7-11 p.m.
IAFF Savannah Firefighters invite you to come out and meet your Savannah Firefighters and firefighters from all across the world. With an open bar, heavy hor d’ourves and live music, this year’s hottest party – the St. Patrick’s Day Fire Ball – is a great way to kick-start your celebrations. Guests will be treated to open bar with beer, wine and premium brands of liquor, hors d’ oeuvre stations, silent auction, raffle prizes and dancing to live music. This event at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is open to the public.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 5 p.m.
Members of the Irish community gather to honor all of our military – past and present. The annual Sergeant William Jasper Memorial Ceremony takes place the day before St. Patrick’s Day in Madison Square, where a monument honors Jasper and the men. Jasper was a Revolutionary War hero whose parents came to the colonies from Ireland.
Friday, March 17, 2017 | 6 a.m.
Get up early and run the St. Patrick’s Day Parade route before the crowds come in. In Fleet Feet’s “Top ó the Mornin’ Run,” it doesn’t matter if you’re fast, slow, wide awake or continually yawning, you just have to say “top o’ the mornin’” to anyone you see! There is no registration required for this FREE event.
Friday, March 17, 2017 | 10:15 a.m.-2 p.m.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah isn’t just one of the biggest parades in the United States, it’s one of the biggest parades in the world, right behind Dublin and New York City. For more than 190 years, the parade has attracted thousands of guests to join in the city-wide celebration on St. Patrick’s Day, by cheering for all the floats, bands, dancers, Irish groups and societies marching in the parade.
March 16-18, 2017
River Street just might be the place with the biggest St. Patrick’s Day party in Savannah. They go all out. Restaurants, bars, beer and food vendors line the street with all kinds of green goodies to gulp down. The music starts early in the day and keeps going all night across the multiple stages set up downtown, and by sunset, just about every inch of the street will be full with festive celebrators.
March 18, 2017 | 8 a.m.
Come clean and leave green at this family-friendly St. Patrick’s run fest featuring a timed, clean 5k, free kid’s 1/2 mile powder run and 5k fun run at the Hutchinson Island Race Track. Registration is $15-$30 for adults and $5-$15 for children.