The 196th Savannah St. Patrick’s Day festival and parade have been canceled. The events will not go as planned, due to the threat of COVID-19.
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 15-16, 2020 | Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
For more three 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.
Greening of the Fountain
Friday, March 6, 2020 | 12 p.m.
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 6, 2020 | 6 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 13, 2020 | 8 p.m.
Kick off your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with the Irish Heritage Dance on Friday, March 13, 2020 at Alee Shriner’s Temple. Join in the fun with the Irish Heritage Society and see some of the area’s best Irish dancers, of all ages, show off their heritage, tradition and talent at this fun event.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 7 p.m.
Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum international music group CELTIC WOMAN with 15 phenomenal years of music-making will be at the JOHNNY MERCER THEATRE. The four fantastic CELTIC WOMAN soloists – Tara McNeill on fiddle and Irish harp who weaves her magic around the spine-tingling voices of Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and Megan Walsh – touch the hearts of a global audience with the centuries-old Irish tradition of telling stories through song: stories of the land, stories of love, and stories of dancing that bring a piece of Ireland to audiences everywhere. Joined by a stunning band of two pipers, two drummers, traditional step-dancers, and backing vocalists, CELTIC WOMAN celebrates Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage and combines the finest musical talent with epic stage productions to present a unique, inspiring live experience.
Sunday, March 15, 2020 | 1 p.m. | Emmet Park, East Bay St.
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.
Friday, March 13, 2020 | 6-10 p.m.
IAFF Savannah Firefighters invite you to come out and meet your Savannah Firefighters and firefighters from all across the world at Savannah Station. 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.
Friday & Saturday, March 13-14, 2020 | 10 a.m.-midnight
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.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | 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 196 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.