For the next three weeks, acclaimed musicians from around the world will descend upon the city for the 25th Savannah Music Festival.  

We here at DO feel extremely fortunate that such a fantastic array of concert opportunities are presented right in our own backyard. And as much as we loved Savannah Stopover, this festival, with its schedule spread out over time, allows for a more relaxed pace to take in as many shows as possible.

The shows kick off Thursday and continue through April 5. Be sure to check out our special Savannah Music Festival page for artist interviews, show reviews, announcements and more as the fest continues.

Another music festival, Graveface Fest 2, offers a night full of local and traveling acts Saturday at Dollhouse Productions. Local acts include Kylesa, Cusses, Crazy Bag Lady, mumbledust and COEDS. "There's so much good stuff happening locally right now," said promoter Ryan Graveface, who also runs a record label and Graveface Records & Curiosities. "... It's a very heavy local festival, which I prefer."

If you didn't get enough Irish fun last week, the annual AOH Irish Road Bowling Tournament is happening Saturday. Proceeds benefit scholarships, so check out this unique event, have fun and help local students all at the same time.

Repticon on Saturday and Sunday at the National Guard Armory offers a family friendly opportunity to learn more about exotic pets, including snakes, iguanas and more. Vendors and experts will be on hand to answer questions, and raffle giveaways offer the chance to get started with supplies should you choose to add a new pet to your home!

Authors are on the menu Saturday in both Savannah and Pooler. J.D. Horn will sign copies of his latest book, which is set in Savannah, from 2-4 p.m. at Bob's Your Uncle. Four local authors will attend Pooler store BooKafe's "Georgia Loves Local Authors" event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

If you're among the Savannah movie buffs who lament the city's lack of under-the-radar first-run films, Spotlight Theatres' Eisenhower Square location has been offering some options as of late. And on Friday, you can catch "Tim's Vermeer," a new release that hasn't been shown anywhere else in the area.  Film Scene's Jim Reed has all the details.

It's a big weekend for theater fans, with no less than three stellar shows happening. The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble is offering its final weekend of "Fool for Love," dance and theater come together for Savannah Stage Company's "Syncopation" and Tybee Arts Performing Society brings the comedy "Sordid Lives" to the stage. How about you make a weekend of it and attend a different one each day?

Finally, we're going to extend our list to include Monday's SMF shows, but also to highlight a unique opportunity to see a local favorite in a different light than the usual polished performances. Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra offer the Savannah River Sessions each Monday evening at The Westin's Aqua Star Restaurant. The band sight-reads a new set list during these free shows. Aqua Star also offers a three-course dinner for only $35 per person. "The Westin is a unique opportunity for the people of Savannah to enjoy their town like it's a resort," Davis said. "Everything is first-class, and it's just a fun, fun night."

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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