It was easy to find a place to start on this week's list as I looked at the cover of our print edition: Tybee Mardi Gras!

This annual island party, which begins Thursday and winds down Saturday, offers a parade, music, fantastic food and lots of beads. Maybe you'll find the baby in the King Cake!

Also going on all weekend, starting Friday, is the 14th annual Savannah Low Country Home & Garden Show. Be sure to catch a special appearance from the stars of Animal Planet's "Tanked."

Friday evening also offers an elegant night out at The Mackey House. The Diamond Ball honors female cancer survivors, but is open to anyone who'd like to attend. Your $40 ticket supports makeovers for those going through treatment and the National Women's Survivors Convention.

Just can't wait for St. Patrick's Day? Savannah will have its inaugural Irish Pub Challenge on Saturday afternoon. Our fun-loving city seemed like the perfect place to expand this Boston-bred event, organizers said.

If you or someone you know is planning a Southern wedding in the coming year, you won't want to miss Savannah Weddings' Behind the Veil bridal extravaganza Sunday at Telfair Museums. An expo featuring vendors of all sorts will be capped by a top-label fashion show. Check out the long list of giveaways if you're still not convinced.

Longing to get to the theater? Savannah offers plenty of that, from the stage to the screen. SCAD offers an original multimedia dance production titled "Oasis," which is inspired by the element of water. Catch this performance Thursday-Sunday at The Lucas.

Asbury Memorial Theatre is back with "Cotton Patch Gospel." This retelling of the Gospel of Matthew features live bluegrass music, and shows are ongoing through this weekend and the next.

CinemaSavannah continues to bring overlooked international gems to Muse Arts, this week offering two showings of "Julie Walking Home." Read more about it in Jim Reed's Film Scene column.

Prep your ears for the variety of sounds that will be offered by Savannah Stopover with two very different shows this weekend. Norma Jean, which carries the title "Christian rock," but doesn't let that limit the depths of the music they create, will offer a show with several other local and traveling acts Thursday night at Sweet Melissa's.

Local favorites Velvet Caravan will be busy, offering a free show at Armstrong on Saturday, followed by the kickoff of Mickve Israel's Sunday Concert Series the next day. You'll want to check out at least one, if not both, of these concerts.

And don't forget, the American Traditions Competition is still going on, with a judges' concert Thursday and the final round Friday!

The busy season here is just starting to warm up. Are you ready for what Unplugged columnist Bill Dawers has deemed Savannah's "Music March?"

This is only a sample of Savannah's weekend offerings. If you want the full list, head to our Big Calendar.

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Heather Henley is the editor of Do Savannah. Contact her at and follow her on Twitter @HeatherDHenley. View the Do Savannah "Big Calendar" mobile app