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 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, 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, 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 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!