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Fall Festivals and Events in the Savannah Area

pumpkin patches in Savannah area

From county fairs to fall festivals, Savannah is a great place to be in the autumn months.  October brings cooler temperatures (just a bit) and the leaves changing colors. It is also time to celebrate fall harvests and fall activities like pumpkin picking and county fairs. There are many ways to celebrate fall at local farms and at popular area events. Below are just a few of the fall festivals and events happening in October and early November in and around the Savannah area.

Pumpkin and Fall Festivals

Poppell Farms

Poppell Farms will be opening up their 15th annual pumpkin patch on October 3rd.  The farm will have its famous corn maze. This year the maze honors country performer, Cole Swindell, and his hit song, “Chillin’ It”.  Poppell Farms offers covered hay wagon rides and tractor rides. For children, they have pony rides, a petting zoo with Claude the Llama and Elvis the donkey and a children’s play area. There are daytime and nighttime fun activities every weekend including a flashlight trip through the corn maze!  Fall festival events run to November 1st. The farm, located in Odum, near Jesup, is perfect day trip from Savannah.

Madrac Farms

Madrac Farms, located in Rincon, Georgia, prides itself on being the one true pumpkin patch in the Coastal Empire. Pumpkins are pretty difficult to grow in Southeastern Georgia, but somehow, Madrac Farms have been able to do it for years. In fact, they are known for their extremely large pumpkins. This year, the “star” pumpkin is over 200 pounds! Madrac Farms opens its Pumpkin Patch on October 1st. It is open to through October 31st on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  The farm is a great place to take the family. There is a petting zoo with baby farm animals, a big slide, bouncy houses, hay rides and of course corn mazes. Take a trip out to Madrac Farms and pick out your pumpkins today!

Holiday Farms

Holiday Farms, in Ridgeland, celebrates autumn with The Great Pumpkin Patch opening October 1st.  There are many new events and changes this year at Holiday Farms including a new barn, new covered wagon, covered picnic area, barrel racing and pig racing. The farm is already has established events that are family favorites including duck races, bounce houses, corn grinding, steer roping, cow roping, a barnyard zoo and of course pumpkin picking. Holiday Farms offers a 50% military discount for all active duty military, spouses and children with ID.

Ottawa Farms

Ottawa Farms in Bloomingdale will open its famous corn maze October 3rd to October 31st. The farm will showcase everyday farm activities for visitors and family activities including pig races, a corn cannon, kids play area and more.

Fun Fall Events in the Savannah Area

Tybee Island Pirate Fest

The Tybee Island Pirate Fest  was started in 2005 to help boost visitation to Tybee Island during off-season months. Today, the Pirate Fest has grown into Tybee’s largest yearly festival. Pirates of all ages and sizes take over Tybee Island for the weekend. There is music, food and of course, grog! The streets of the festival are filled with street performers, magicians, pirate weaponry demonstrations and pirate performers. There is a family friendly children’s area called Little Matey’s Cove with bounce houses, storytellers, face painting and lots of surprises.   The 11th Annual Victory Parade  will transform the Tybee streets on Saturday, October 10th from 3pm to 5pm. There will be elaborate floats and costumes as the parade travels down Butler Street to the beach.  Stop by Thieves Market for your own pirate gear. The Tybee Island Pirate Fest is put on by hundreds of volunteers, corporate sponsors, and local businesses.

Coastal Empire Fair

To cap off the great fall events and festivals is the Coastal Empire Fair  from November 5th to 15th at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds in Savannah. The fair is operated by the Exchange Club of Savannah. It represents 6 counties in the Coastal Empire area. There will be agricultural judging of cows, sheep and swine. 4H and FFA (Future Farmers of America) events, carnival rides, entertainment, concerts, carnival food and more!

Stop N Stor hopes that you enjoy all the different fall events from pirate festivals to pumpkin festivals in the Savannah area!

Celebrate Pirates in Savannah in October

Tybee Island Pirate Fest
Tybee Island Pirate Fest Parade. Photo courtesy of

The pirates are coming to the Savannah area this weekend and later this month. No, not those pirates! It’s time to celebrate pirates at the Tybee Island Pirate Fest October 9th to 12th and then welcome the El Galeon Andalucia, a Spanish 16th Century Tall Ship as it docks along River Street for 10 days starting on October 24th.


Tybee Island Pirate Fest

Every Columbus Day weekend for the past 10 years, Tybee Island hosts Pirate Fest as a way to boost visitation to Tybee Island during the off-season.  The City of Tybee Island, local businesses, and volunteers all come together to create a family friendly event that has grown in popularity every year. The Pirate Fest transforms Tybee Island into a pirate village for the weekend. The Pirate Fest features a parade, family activities, entertainment, costume contests and much more. There is a vendors market, called “Thieves Market, with pirate-themed clothes, accessories and artwork, plus local artisan arts and crafts.  The festivities  kick off on Thursday, October 9th at the Buccaneer Ball at the Crab Shack. The Buccaneer Ball is an 18 and over event featuring music, food, costume contests, a treasure hunt and the crowning of the Pirate Fest King and Queen.  The festival continues Friday, October 10th at 5pm with entertainment, a carnival and petting zoo for children of all ages. One of the highlights of the Tybee Island Pirate Fest is the Pirate Victory Parade held Saturday, October 11th at 3pm. The parade, which goes down Butler Street to the beach, includes floats, costumed participants, treasures and much more! There will also be fireworks held Friday and Saturday nights at 9pm. Don your favorite pirate gear and head to Tybee Island for Pirate Fest, it is an event that can’t be missed!

 El Galeon Andalucia

Savannah welcomes the Spanish tall ship, the El Galeon Andalucia, to the Savannah Riverfront for 10 days starting October 24th.  The El Galeon Andalucia is a replica of a late 16th century merchant and war ship that traveled the high seas 500 years ago. The ship is taking part in the “Sail to Sunny 16th Century Ship Tour starting off a tour of 9 ports of call from Ocean City, Maryland to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ship was featured in the recent NBC series, “Crossbones”. Visitors will be able to tour 7 decks of the ship during the stay in the city with tours given by the 25 member crew. The ship will be open for tours from 10am to 6pm starting Friday, October 24th to November 2nd.  The Savannah Waterfront Association and the Air, Sea and Space Foundation are sponsors of the event. They also are hosting special events for school groups with two days of events on Rousakis Riverfront Plaza celebrating local maritime history.  To celebrate Halloween in one of the most haunted cities in the United States, the ship will be transformed into a haunted pirate ship with events for both adults and kids. You can find out more information about ticket and special VIP events on the ship’s website. Step back in a time when pirates ruled the seas on the El Galeon Andalucia.