With the governor finally signing the bill to allow city bars to be open this Sunday, the Savannah St. Patrick's Day festivities will continue uninterrupted for four full days.
The party starts at 4 p.m. Friday, with a festival full of food, drinks and live music all over City Market and the Savannah Riverfront. Find the band listings for all five stages here. Some good advice from Carrie Bligh of the Savannah Waterfront Association: "Just remember: It's a marathon, not a sprint. You've got all weekend, so there's no need to overindulge." Wise words for every weekend in Savannah â€¦
You'll find the most family friendly events in Saturday's Tara Feis Irish Celebration at Emmet Park and the annual parade, starting at 10:15 a.m. Monday. Find a full Tara Feis schedule here, and a parade map here.
A longtime Savannah tradition will likely come to an end this year with the retirement of Frank Clancy, an assistant professor of literature at Armstrong Atlantic State University. The popular Sebastian Dangerfield St. Patrick's Week Irish Literature Talk, which always features free Irish coffee, has been a fixture on campus for nearly 30 years. Head out at noon Friday to take in this epic final event.
Besides all you can find at the festival, local bars are getting in on the music action. The Jinx in particular has a great lineup, with Coon Doggin Outlaws on Friday and City Hotel with Damon and the Sh!tkickers practically all day and night Saturday. Kevin Barry's Irish Pub will be offering Irish music throughought the weekend, as well. Read more about it from Unplugged columnist Bill Dawers. You can find all the other band listings on our Big Calendar.
Firefighters from all over the country, many in town for the parade, will head to the St. Patrick's Day Firefighter's Ball on Saturday night. This fundraiser is open to the public, so get fancy and get down there!
And it's not all about Savannah this weekend. Tybee Island gets in on the fun with its annual Irish Heritage Parade on Saturday. Visit Tybee has all the details in the Tybee Tales column.
If you're looking to get away from the downtown crowds, try The Wormhole's Shamrock Jamrock Festival on Monday. This Starland District watering hole will offer free music all day from lots of stellar local acts, and you won't have to worry about those pesky wristbands.
For those who are completely uninterested in the swarming green mob, Film Scene columnist Jim Reed offers some great options for an Irish-themed movie marathon. From John Wayne to Janeane Garofalo, he's got suggestions sure to please everyone.
And just remember: All the luck o' the Irish won't keep you safe if you choose to drink and drive. Please don't risk it, because there are so many options available. It's best to plan ahead for a designated driver, but as a last resort, you can call the free Tow to Go service offered by AAA and Bud Light.
So whether you've been here forever or are a visitor to our fair city, we hope you have a fantastic St. Patrick's weekend enjoying all there is to DO in Savannah!
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Heather Henley is the editor of Do Savannah. Contact her at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter @HeatherDHenley. View the Do Savannah "Big Calendar" mobile app