If there’s not a special occasion to celebrate here in Savannah, we’ll make our own! The first Friday and Saturday of every month has turned into a fun filled weekend of festivities, not only on the river, but all around the city.
If you’re looking to get out of the touristy parts of the city to see how the locals live, then definitely put the First Friday Art March on your list of things to do. From 6 pm to 9 pm, the galleries, cafes, and other quirky places from Forsyth Park to Victory Street are all open with special events on schedule. Local galleries like Sicky Nar Nar on Duffy Street, The Grand Bohemian Gallery on Drayton Street, Non-Fiction on Bull Street, and Desotorow Gallery on 39th Street set up show openings with free food, drinks, and great art. Local cafes like The Sentient Bean on Park Street and Foxy Loxy on Bull Street also set up art shows and often have live music. Foxy Loxy in particular has a beautiful outdoor patio with greenery and an acoustic altar where bands set up. (Also, every Saturday they have a great event called Fire and Wine: 1/2 off bottles of wine and free marshmallow roasting-- If you’re looking for a relaxed Saturday night in after staying out late on Friday, look no further.)
Other shops also set up with special sales and entertainment for Art March as well, a few notables being Graveface Records and Curiosities on West 40th Street, Anahata Healing Arts on Drayton, Black Orchid Tattoo on W. Victory Drive, and the Indie Arts Market. The market lines Desoto Avenue with vendors and artists from all around Savannah selling local art, handicrafts, soaps, and jewelry. And though it’s a nice walk between all the stops, there are certain months the organization has arranged horse and carriages or trolleys to transport art marchers from place to place.
Shortly after the March ends, keep your eye on the skies for the First Friday fireworks that are run by the city at about 9:20 pm. There is also frequently an Art March after-party running until 1 am at the Wormhole Bar on Bull Street for discounted drinks and live music!
But don’t check out for the weekend yet because on Saturday the festivities continue. Head down to the beautiful Savannah riverfront and catch a whole new scene. At the center of River Street come check out the Arts and Crafts market tents set up along the red brick strip. From soaps to jewelry to homemade porch swings, and henna tattoos, the things you can find are endless—there’s surely something for everyone to buy. Also along the river are discounted drinks, specials at restaurants, and plenty of tours to choose from. There’s always something new happening every first weekend of the month: new deals, new events, new discounts and parties. We love celebrations so much, we made our own, and we’d love to share it with you! The first weekend on the month is the perfect time to give Savannah a visit.