It's another busy weekend in Savannah and DO is back with our top picks. Our goal is to help you sort through the long list of happenings to make the most of your time!
First up, there are a few Thursday events that bear mentioning. If you're ready to start the weekend now, check out Savannah Magazine's Good and Evil Garden Party, and afterward, head to either Hang Fire for the Lolipop Records showcase or The Jinx for the Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue's anniversary party.
Now back to the top 10:
This "modern Lowcountry hoedown" features the best of Southern music, food, art and spirits. Starting at noon at the Georgia State Railroad Museum, you can catch 14 bands on two stages, enjoy a pig roast and specialty bourbon cocktails, along with a selection of vendors with handcrafted creations. Be sure to stop by the DO tent for our photo booth and some freebies!
Did you know there are at least four local musicians who play this unique instrument? DO readers may be familiar with Melissa Hagerty of local experimental rock band Omingnome. She'll join other theremin players for a performance Friday night at Ships of the Sea. Admission is just $5, so don't miss this one.
HEART OF SAVANNAH 5K
YMCA of Coastal Georgia has been hosting this event for 25 years now to help benefit the Y's awesome family programs. This year's event will help promote LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a free 12-week course to help cancer survivors after treatment. The event starts with a free kiddie run at 8:40 a.m. in Forsyth Park, followed by the 5K and 1-Mile Survivor's Walk.
NATURAL HAIR EXTRAVAGANZA
If you're looking for hairstyle options and want to avoid chemical relaxers and treatments, there will be plenty to see Saturday at the Coastal Georgia Center. Headlining the day is actress Tanya Wright of "Orange is the New Black," who has written a book about her journey toward embracing her natural beauty. There will be vendors, demos and workshops throughout the day, ending with a natural hair showcase at 7 p.m.
PIN POINT SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
Savannah seafood lovers won't want to miss this second annual event in the tiny Pin Point community. The 20-minute drive from the city will be well worth the selection of food, not to mention the chance to check out the Gullah-Geechee museum there. Proceeds will go to Greenbriar Children's Center. Jesse Blanco of Eat It and Like It has the details.
We wrote about The Guild Con's "beta launch" back in May, but the organization has grown tremendously since then. They will be celebrating a grand opening in a big way with the three-day Guild Con beginning Friday night and ending Sunday evening. If you're into gaming, cosplay, comedy, music, burlesque and more, then you need to check this out.
SK8 CITY VIDEO GAME TOURNAMENT
Gamers can also head out to Pooler for what organizers hope is the first of many video game tournaments at SK8 city. Prizes include a one-day pass to next year's Retro Mega Comic Con and a new Xbox One. This tournament starts at 8 p.m. and is expected to stretch well into the night.
'THE JOB EXPERIENCE'
This stage play recounts the biblical tale of Job, whose faith was tested by a series of misfortunes. The play, written and directed by Herbert Goodwin Jr. of Razor Sharp Records South, this tale updates the story but keeps up the same message. Catch the show at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Savannah Civic Center.
'JAWS' ON TYBEE
If you're looking for a fun outdoor flick to help close the summer, head to the Tybee Lighthouse lawn for a screening of "Jaws." Gates open at 7 p.m. and there will be popcorn and refreshments available. Proceeds benefit the Tybee Post Theater, which is said to be ever-closer to opening again.
SAVANNAH JAZZ FESTIVAL
Finally, the Savannah Jazz Festival returns for its 33rd year of free concerts around the city. The fun starts Sunday afternoon at Habersham Village and wraps up Sept. 27 in Forsyth Park. Look for stories on next weekend's headliners in the Sept. 25 edition of DO.
Also worth noting is the Collective Face troupe's production of "Grey Gardens" continues this weekend and the next. We're hearing very good things, so try to make time for this one, as well. If you need convincing, then read Unplugged columnist Bill Dawers' review of the show.
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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