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U-Pick strawberries no longer offered at Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah

Monday, February 25th, 2019

We’re sad to learn that a longtime Savannah spring tradition has come to an end.

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah will no longer offer pick-your-own strawberries.  Nor will these gardens on Canebrake Road offer pick-your-own blackberries in summer.

“The Gardens will no longer have pick-your-own berries due to our budget in keeping the fields up but we are turning that area into a teaching garden,” writes Kahlitah Greene of Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens via email.

We know many of you have enjoyed taking your kids there for years to pick berries, picnic and enjoy the gardens. The gardens have offered pick-your-own berries since 1994.

The following farms have early strawberries this year and offer pick-your own. Please call ahead & check their Facebook pages for updates on the strawberry fields’ status.

Please let us know about other pick-your-own berry farms in the area by emailing


Dempsey Farms U-PickSt. Helena Is., SC

Dempsey Farms –  a family owned operation on St. Helena Island, SC,  11 miles east of Beaufort – has opened for the Spring 2017 U-pick strawberry season on a limited schedule. Please call for hours & to confirm the u-pick fields are open. When the fields get picked out, the u-pick fields close so berries can ripen.
(843) 838-3656
Payments: Cash or checks
1576 Sea Island Parkway
Saint Helena Island, SC 29920

Learn more here. 


Ottawa Farms U-Pick, Bloomingdale, Ga.

U-pick strawberry fields updated on their Facebook page here.

702 Bloomingdale Road
Bloomingdale, Ga 31302
Call ahead to check when fields are open for picking: 912-748-3035

Learn more here.

(St. Patrick’s 2019, Savannah) Greening of the Forsyth Park Fountain, Parades

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Greening Fountain Forsyth Park Savannah St. Patrick's Day 2017 The Greening of the Forsyth Park Fountain, parades on Hilton Head Is., Tybee Is. & in Savannah – all are part of the special month of March in Savannah.

(Reminder: No Tara Feis Irish Celebration this year. Read why here)

St. Patrick’s festivities for 2019 include:



Fri. March 8 2019, Noon-1PM. Details here. 

See the Forsyth Park fountain be dyed green. Free & open to the public.



Sat. March 9 2019, 11AM-6PM

This is a new, family-friendly Irish Heritage festival featuring Irish music, Irish dance, kids’ activities & more. Details here. 



Sat. March 9 2019, 3PM Tybee Is.’s Butler Avenue. Details here. 



Sat. March 16 2019, 10:15AM.  Details here. 



Sun. March 17, 2019, 3PM

36th Annual Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Details here.



Ancient Order of Hibernians’ Irish Road Bowling Tournament
Sat. March 23 2019, 10AM @ Hutchinson Island Racetrack
Cost: $20 per person, $60 per team.
Details & register here. 

(Savannah Spring Festivals 2019) Sheep to Shawl Festival @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Sheep to Shawl Festival 2019 Savannah Oatland Island Wildlife

From the sheep’s body to the finished wool product @ Sheep to Shawl Festival 2019 @ Oatland Is. Wildlife Center in Savannah.

Observe and participate in the magical creation of a woolen shawl through all the stages of wool processing at this annual fundraiser for Oatland Island Wildlife Center.

Members of The Fiber Guild of the Savannahs join Oatland staff and volunteers in making this traditional spring celebration fun for the whole family. the Oatland sheep will be sheared throughout the day with crafts, games, hay rides, and much more!

Sheep to Shawl Festival
Sat. March 9, 2019
Admission: Adults: $5
Children, Seniors, Military: $3

Details here.

FREE Tybee Mardi Gras Parade 2019

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Tybee Mardi Gras Parade Savannah 2019

Mardi Gras Tybee
Sat. March 2, 2019, Noon–6PM with the Mardi Gras Parade on Butler Avenue to Tybrisa Street starting at 2PM. Free & open to the public.

Details here. 


Tybee Irish Heritage Parade 2019 Savannah free

17th Annual Tybee Island Irish Heritage Celebration Parade
Sat. March 9 2019, 3PM on Butler Avenue to Tybrisa Street

Tybee Island will be decked out in green with a family-friendly parade including floats, marchers and musical bands. This fun, family-friendly event is done in a unique, quirky way that only Tybee Island can do, and families are encouraged to dress in green and celebrate. The fun starts at 3PM at the Tybee City Hall and proceeds down Butler Avenue to Tybrisa Street and is free and open to the public.

Learn more here. 

(Savannah Spring Festivals 2019) Savannah 1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival (Free for children 9 & younger)

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Savannah water lantern festival Lake Mayer 2019

Experience the beauty as thousands of lights illuminate the water at the 1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival @ Lake Mayer Park in Savannah.

Enjoy local food, music, and entertainment prior to the lantern launch at sunset. Kids ages 9 & younger are free. Get your tickets at

1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival
Sat. March 9, 2019, 4:30-8:30PM
Lake Mayer Park
7235 Sallie Mood Dr.
Savannah, GA 31406

(Savannah Spring Festivals 2019) Spring Art Festival @ Skidaway Is. State Park

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Skidaway Art Festival 2019 Savannah

Art, food trucks, crafts, games, trail hikes. grab a bite from a food truck, create a masterpiece, play a game, or even hike a trail @ the Spring Art Festival 2019 @ Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah.

Pet-friendly, kid-friendly event

Cost: $5 Park pass
To register as a Food Truck or Vendor email: or call 912.598.2300

Spring Art Festival
Sun. March 31, 2019, 11AM-3PM
Skidaway Island State Park
52 Diamond Cswy,
Savannah 31411

(Savannah Spring Festivals 2019) FREE Flannery O’Connor Parade & Street Fair

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Flannery O'Connor 2015 Parade & Street Fair

You’re invited to a FREE lively annual celebration of acclaimed author and Savannah native Flannery O’Connor – the Flannery O’Connor Annual Birthday Parade & Street Fair – Sun. 1-4PM March 24 2019 in LaFayette Square in Savannah’s Historic District.

Free family fun, live music and more near the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, located at 207 E. Charlton St. Featuring live music, a wacky parade, coffee/tea/cake, and more. Local authors will present their writings and vendors will share vintage, custom, a creatively crafted wares. Another favorite: chicken-poop bingo for kids.

The parade starts at 3PM.

Attendees are invited to walk in the parade, bring handmade signs and sing along. Live music throughout the event will be provided by a cavalcade of singer-songwriters and musicians from some of Savannah’s finest local bands. Music for the parade will be played by an all-star line up of the Sweet Thunder Strolling Band.

Costumes inspired by Flannery O’Connor characters, settings or the author’s life are encouraged but optional.

You’ll also be welcomed to visit the Flannery O’Connor Home free to get a sense for our Flannery’s Depression-era childhood. Photo-ops with a gorilla, a peacock bandshell, and throughout the home will be available.

The event is free and open to the public.

Learn more here. 

The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, located at 207 E. Charlton Street in the heart of Savannah, Georgia, is dedicated to preserving the legacy of one of the South’s greatest writers. An established 501 3(C) nonprofit organization, the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home has been meticulously restored to reflect the authentic period furnishings of a Depression-Era Savannah rowhouse and to offer insight into the years that O’Connor lived in Savannah, from 1925 to 1938. The Home proudly presents a series of free lectures each spring and fall as well as other events throughout the year. For more information, please visit or call 912.233.60

(Savannah Spring Festivals 2019) Savannah Ogeechee Canal Spring Festival

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Savannah Ogeechee Canal

Savannah Ogeechee Canal Spring Festival 2019
Sat. March 30 2019, 10AM-3PM
Featuring games, scavenger hunt, Native American Indian Heritage, Gopher Tortoise Education, Recycle Program with Beauregard Treefrog and Connie The Canoe Lady Live Show

Savannah–Ogeechee Canal
681 Fort Argyle Rd
Savannah, Georgia 31419

(Savannah Spring Festivals 2019) Fairy & Gnome Festival @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Come to the Fairy & Gnome Festival 2019 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah for a day of enchantment, Sat. May 4, 2019, 10AM-2PM

This family-themed festival is all about the “wee folk” getting up close with the natural world and encouraging imaginative play. Dress in costume and flaunt your wings in our fashion show; mine for magic gems; frolic in the enchanted forest for a fairy surprise; construct a fairy village; enjoy games and crafts inspired by the natural world.

Bring the whole family and stroll through Oatland’s magical trails and maybe you will catch a glimpse of a fairy or gnome looking for a place to call home. Additional fees may apply. All proceeds go to feeding our magical animal kingdom.

Cost: regular admission to Oatland Island Wildlife Center as well as some extra fundraising activities during the event. Find admission costs here.

Fairy & Gnome Festival 2019
Oatland Island Wildlife Center
711 Sandown Rd.
Savannah, 31410
(912) 395-1500

(Savannah Spring Festivals 2019) Earth Day Savannah Festival

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Savannah Spring Festivals 2019 Earth Day Daffin Park

The 2019 Savannah Earth Day Festival marks the first year the festival will be in Savannah’s Daffin Park

Learn more here. 

2019 Savannah Earth Day Festival
April 20 2019
Daffin Park, Savannah GA


Find more local, kid-friendly events here. 

Tybee Turtle Trot 5K Beach Run 2019 & Sea Turtle release

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Tybee Turtle Trot 2019 5K beach run sea turtle release

2019 15th Annual Tybee Turtle Trot 5k Beach Run
Presented by Tybee Marine Science Center

Sat. April 27 2019 on Tybee Is.
1509 Strand Ave

Come to Tybee Island and run to support our nesting sea turtle monitoring program. Starting and finishing at the Tybee pier and pavilion, the run includes a sea turtle release, music, finish line food, shirt, awards for the top finishers, free parking passes for the first 50 runners to sign up.


Register for the race online here.

(Savannah Spring Festivals 2019) FREE SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival, April 27

Monday, February 18th, 2019

FREE SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival 2019
Sat. April 27 2019, 11AM-5PM
Forsyth Park, between Drayton and Whitaker streets

Watch as talented SCAD artists bring a splash of color to scenic Forsyth Park at the 36th annual Sidewalk Arts Festival. SCAD students, alumni and high school students create colorful chalk masterpieces and compete for coveted prizes in this tradition that’s nearly as old as the university itself.
Chalk drawings, music and food
Share your experience and follow the action with #scadchalk.


Find more free kid-friendly Spring Savannah events here.


(Savannah Spring Festivals 2019) FREE SCAD Sand Arts Festival

Monday, February 18th, 2019

SCAD Sand Arts Festival 2016

FREE SCAD Sand Arts Festival 2019

SCAD Sand Arts Festival
Fri. May 3 2019
Tybee Island, GA
South Beach by Tybee pier (note the new location that’s different from previous years)

See SCAD students, alumni, faculty & staff create elaborate sand creations on Tybee’s beach. Participants vie for awards and prizes, including the coveted top prize for SCAD Spirit.

See the 2017 winners here.

The public is invited to enjoy SCAD Sand Arts Festival.


Find more kid-friendly local events here.

FREE Tybee Beach Bum Parade 2019

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

Tybee Beach Bum Parade 2019 Spring Festivals Savannah


Fri. May 17, 2019 6:30-8PM
Come prepared to be soaked at the Annual Tybee Beach Bum Parade! This classic Tybee event is a favorite for the whole family. Equip yourself with waterguns and other water soaking paraphernalia to douse the passing by parade floats.