Ready to get your green on? You don't even have to wait for the big day on March 17! Savannah has plenty of events, both family-friendly and adults-only, throughout the month of March:
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Greening of the Fountain
Noon. March 10. Forsyth Park. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee’s annual Greening of the Fountain will take place at the main fountain on the north side of Forsyth Park. The ceremony has evolved into one of the most popular events during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Following at 2:30 p.m. will be a tree planting ceremony. Learn more at savannahsaintpatricksday.com.
Shamrock Run 5K
5:45 p.m. March 10. Ellis Square. The 24th annual March of Dimes Shamrock Run 5K includes a Kids Run prior to the start of the 5K. All proceeds benefit the mission of the March of Dimes to improve the health of babies. Costumes are encouraged and dogs on leashes are welcome. Costume contest prizes range from $75-$150. Registration fees are $35 at fleetfeetsavannah.com. For more information, email email@example.com.
Irish Heritage Dance
8 p.m. March 10. Alee Shriners Temple, 100 Eisenberg Drive. Enjoy Irish dancers show off their heritage, tradition and talent. Learn more at savannahsaintpatricksday.com.
Tara Feis Irish Festival
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 11 at Emmet Park, East Bay Street. The 26th annual Tara Feis Irish Festival promotes Irish culture and heritage through music, dancing, crafts and storytellers in a family- friendly atmosphere. Parades of colorful flags and bagpipes will be preceded by performances on two stages that feature traditional Irish dancing, Celtic music and a whimsical magic show. Free and open to the public; no alcohol. Info at 912-651-6417 or savannahga.gov/tarafeis.
Tybee Irish Heritage Celebration Parade
3-5 p.m. March 11. Tybee Island. This family-friendly parade includes floats, marchers and musical bands. Guests are encouraged to dress in green and celebrate. The parade starts at Tybee City Hall and proceeds down Butler Avenue to Tybrisa Street. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 912-786-5444.
St. Practice Day bar crawl
4-11 p.m. March 11. Downtown Savannah. Festive attire is encouraged at the third annual St. Practice Day bar crawl. The first 250 guests to complete their scorecard will get a St. Practice Day T-shirt. Register between 4-10 p.m. at McDonough’s, 21 E. McDonough St. After party is from 5-11 p.m. at Savannah Smiles, 314 Williamson St. Registration is $15-$20 at staffordpromotions.com.
St. Patrick’s Day Rugby Tournament
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 11-12. Daffin Park. Every team entered is guaranteed three games. The tournament features five men’s categories and four women’s categories. Go to rugbysavannah.com for more information.
Shamrock Festival & Oyster Roast
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 12. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Causeway. The First City Network will host a family-friendly LGBT event to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy live music, bingo, raffle and silent auction. Camping spaces available. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers and free for children 12 and younger. Admission includes parking, food and drinks. Info at 912-236-2489.
Celtic Cross Ceremony, Reception
1 p.m. March 12. Emmet Park, East Bay Street. The 31st annual Celtic Cross Ceremony will be at the Celtic cross statue in Emmet Park. Before the ceremony, there is mass at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist at 11:30 a.m. At the park, bagpipes will play as members of the Irish community speak about the past, present and future. A reception follows at 2:30 p.m. with food and refreshments. Learn more at savannahsaintpatricksday.com.
Irish Treasures concert
4 p.m. March 12. Unitarian Universalist Church, 311 E. Harris St. The Irish Treasures concert is an afternoon of Irish music featuring and led by soprano Rebecca Flaherty. The show includes Bill Smith, Kristin King, Kelly Carlile, Judy Williams, Ray Williams and a 20-voice choir sharing well-loved Irish folk songs. Wine reception to follow in Rahn Hall. Tickets are $20 at the door or online at uusavannah.org.
An Evening with Harry O'Donoghue
7 p.m. March 12. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave. Savannah’s premiere Irish folksinger, songwriter and storyteller, Harry O’Donoghue, comes to Tybee for an evening of music, history and culture. With more than 30 years in the music business, O’Donoghue performs throughout the U.S. and Ireland with his guitar and his bodhran (Irish hand drum), singing folk songs of the old country. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children at tybeeposttheater.com.
7 p.m. March 14. Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. The multi-platinum international music sensation Celtic Woman presents “Voices of Angels,” a new show for 2017 featuring Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Eabha McMahon and introducing Celtic violinist Tara McNeill. They’ll be accompanied by talented musicians and dancers bringing to life centuries of musical and cultural tradition. Tickets are $39-$99 at savannahcivic.com or 912-651-6550.
Jasper Green Ceremony
5 p.m. March 16. Madison Square. Members of the Irish community will gather to honor military, both past and present, at the Sgt. William Jasper Memorial Ceremony. The annual event takes place in Madison Square, where a monument honors Jasper and the men in the Irish jasper greens. Jasper was a Revolutionary War hero whose parents came to the colonies from Ireland. Learn more at savannahsaintpatricksday.com.
St. Patrick’s Day on River Street
March 16-18. Enjoy music and festivities at the St. Patrick’s Day Festival on River Street. Wristbands are $10 per day. Learn more at riverstreetsavannah.com.
Top O’ the Mornin’ Run
6 a.m. March 17. Fleet Feet Sports, 3405 Waters Ave. Get up early and run the St. Patrick’s Day Parade route before the crowds come in. It doesn’t matter if you’re fast, slow, wide awake or yawning, you just have to say “top o’ the mornin’” to anyone you see. Runners will meet at Fleet Feet Sports and run through downtown Savannah. These “fun runs” are free and open to the public. Learn more at fleetfeetsavannah.com.
Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade
10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17. Downtown Savannah. Savannah’s 193rd St. Patrick’s Day Parade will feature more than 350 marching units and up to 15,000 people. In addition to Celtic societies and Irish families, Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade features pipe bands and Irish dancers from all over the East Coast. Bleacher seating can be reserved for $25-$40 at 912-964-2010 or kellytours.com. Learn more at savannahsaintpatricksday.com.
Savannah Kilt and Kolor Run
8 a.m. March 18. Hutchinson Island. Music, kilts and colored powder equal fun for the entire family. There will be a pre-race clean 5K, followed by a kids ½-mile fun run, then the Kolor Run. There are six color stations along the course and every runner gets two powder bags. Registration is $15-$35 for adults and $5-$15 for children at runsignup.com.
St. Patrick’s Day Charity Fire Ball
7-11 p.m. March 18. Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, 41 MLK Jr. Blvd. IAFF Savannah Firefighters host this fundraiser for The Fallen Firefighters Fund and Paws for a Cause. Enjoy an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, raffle and live music from North Carolina’s Gene Pharr & Continental Divide. Tickets are $49 per person or $93 per couple at loveactuallyweddingsandspecialevents.com.
Irish Road Bowling
10 a.m. March 25. Hutchinson Island. The annual Irish Road Bowling Tournament is sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Admission is $20 per person or $60 per three-person team. Register at O'Connell's Pub, 42 Drayton St., or via PayPal at aohsavannah.com.