With all that's going on in Savannah this weekend, we could have easily made this a top 20 events list. But since we're trying to help you narrow down your options, here are 10 happenings to consider adding to your agenda.
Let's again start with music: This city offers no shortage in March, and we'll end the month with the second week of Savannah Music Festival. This weekend brings shows by country and bluegrass favorites Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs and the Lonesome River Band, blues legend Taj Mahal, Savannah native Kristina Train and so many more. We've got plenty of reviews from the first week's shows, as well.
If your wallet's a concern but you still want to hear some stellar live music, then you'll definitely want to check out Rock 'n' Roll Prom on Friday at The Jinx. For a $3 cover and a trip to Goodwill for some fancy frocks, you'll get music from local bands The Wave Slaves and Lovely Locks, plus Atlanta ska group The Hermits of Suburbia.
On Saturday, Dollhouse Productions is the place to be for the revival of local favorites Whaleboat, who are celebrating their new EP, "Convoys." The $5 cover also gets you music by Omingnome, Company and Tonto.
For a different sort of stage show, head to Armstrong Atlantic State University for free improv performances by the Masquers troupe on Friday and Saturday. The Jenkins Hall Black Box Theater only holds 35 people, so get there early to ensure a seat for this intimate and up-close event.
Armstrong's also hosting another free event on Saturday that will be fun for the whole family. The Outdoor Art Show and Children's Art Festival will offer creative opportunities for children to get involved in art, music and theater. Mom and dad will also have the chance to purchase art created by university students, faculty and alumni. This one's happening rain or shine, so make the plan to be there!
Another family-friendly event is the arrival of the tall ships Nina and Pinta at the River Street marketplace port. While these ships are docked, adults and children can go on board for self-guided tours, and guided tours for groups are also available.
Speaking of tours, a Savannah tradition now in its 79th year will be going on from Thursday through Sunday. The annual Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens offers special access to many of the city's most beautiful historic neighborhoods. And after all that walking, you'll be ready for an old-fashioned Southern lunch at Mrs. Wilkes on Saturday, a time when the restaurant is normally closed.
There are several opportunities to help others this weekend. The second annual ADA Rock the Runway fashion show will offer a spectacular evening of food, fun and fashion, and proceeds will all go toward diabetes research.
The next two weekends offer chances to help raise money for autism awareness with the Light Up Savannah for Autism GLOW Run and the third annual Walk for Autism. Join Stroller Strong Moms of Savannah and the AASU Autism Speaks U group to help this cause. According to new figures released by Autism Speaks and the CDC, one in 68 children is identified as having autism spectrum disorder. It may end up being rainy this weekend, but don't let that put a damper on helping these families.
Finally, our list ends with two literary events that couldn't be more different. First up, on Saturday, you can meet an author whose monikers include "Cousin Vinny," "Stripper King of New York" and "King of Bling." Louis Anthony Agnello Jr. will be in both Savannah and Rincon signing copies of his novel "The Devil's Glove," although his life story could also fill some pages. Linda Sickler chatted with this real-life character, and trust us, it's a must-read.
Finish up your weekend by celebrating Savannah's own Flannery O'Connor with the homemade parade and block party on Sunday afternoon. Wear your best vintage outfit, accessorized with a peacock feather, of course, and come get your photo taken with the gorilla or play chicken bingo. This fun annual event is something you'll most definitely only find 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