When Is the Best Time of Year to Visit Savannah, GA?

There is no doubt about it — Savannah, Georgia, is a charming city during all seasons. However, each season brings something unique and different to the table, which makes certain times to visit Savannah, GA, more desirable for certain travelers.

If you're planning to visit Savannah sometime in the next year and are wondering the best time to visit Savannah — we've got you covered. Read through this post to discover the best seasons to visit Savannah and the highlights of visiting during each season to choose the perfect time to plan your trip.

Spring Season in Savannah

Forsyth Park in Savannah, GA

Spring is arguably the most popular time to visit Savannah — and it's easy to understand why spring is the high tourist season. Spring brings warmer temperatures, and starting in mid-March through April, the azaleas and other gorgeous flowers bloom throughout the city. Many locals (and visitors!) love to enjoy the good weather and beautiful blooms by strolling around Forsyth Park or grabbing a bite to eat at outdoor dining venues in the Historic District.

Spring is also a great time to enjoy the warm weather at Tybee Island and other beaches in the area before the summer heat and humidity set in. Just keep in mind — spring is the high season, so expect the beaches to be packed with locals and tourists alike enjoying the warm temperatures and outdoor activities at the beach, like surfing, sunbathing, and kayaking.

Spring Events in Savannah

  • St. Patrick's Day — The St. Patrick's Day celebration in Savannah is the third-largest in the country, right behind New York City and Chicago. The parade is a can't-miss event that includes marching bands, professional dancers, and beautifully-decorated floats.
  • Savannah Music Festival — The Savannah Music Festival lasts from late March to early April and is an internationally-acclaimed cross-genre music festival. If you're a musician or a self-proclaimed music lover, this is an excellent time of year to visit Savannah!
  • River Street Seafood Festival — This seafood festival is one of the most anticipated events in Savannah in May. You'll be able to sample delicious seafood, including shrimp, crawfish, oysters, crab, and other seafood specialties from the surrounding Lowcountry.
  • NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens — See the beautiful Spanish moss and stunning azaleas in bloom while touring private homes and gardens in the Historic District. This highly-anticipated event occurs each spring in March or April and lasts a few days.

Average Spring Temperatures in Savannah

The average temperatures in Savannah during the spring are mild and comfortable, with warm days and cool evenings. You'll only need a light jacket for the spring evenings in Savannah.

  • March — 70°F // 50°F (6 days of rain)
  • April — 77°F // 57°F (5 days of rain)
  • May — 84°F // 65°F (6 days of rain)

Summer Season in Savannah

People at the beach in Savannah, GA

Starting in early summer, the average high temperature in Savannah spikes to 90°F, and with more rain in the forecast, it gets extremely hot and muggy. Though summer is not a popular time to visit Savannah, it is the best time to secure lower prices on rentals, flights, and activities in Savannah.

If you plan to visit Savannah in the summer months, stay in the air conditioning as much as possible in the afternoon, and try to do any outdoor exploring in the early morning before the hot weather sets in. You'll also want to carry a water bottle to stay hydrated and consider stopping for ice cream, an alcoholic slushie, or an iced coffee in the afternoon to beat the heat in Savannah.

Summer Events in Savannah

  • The Savannah Bananas Season — Head to Grayson Stadium to watch the city's own exhibition baseball team, The Savannah Bananas, entertain guests while playing "banana ball."
  • Father's Day — Father's Day in Savannah is an excellent opportunity to play a round of golf at one of the city's world-class golf courses, take a cruise on the Savannah River, or cool off with a beer at a local brewery, like Southbound Brewing Co. or Service Brewing Co.
  • Fourth of July — Enjoy live music performances, a boat parade, delicious food, and spectacular fireworks over the Savannah River at the Plant Riverside District during Fourth of July in Savannah.

Average Summer Temperatures in Savannah

Summer brings the hottest month (July) and rainiest month (August) to Savannah. Savannah is a coastal city, and while its location is unlikely to suffer damage from a hurricane, the hurricane season does bring considerable rainfall (and humidity) to Savannah — so be sure to bring a rain jacket.

  • June — 90°F // 72°F (9 days of rain)
  • July — 92°F // 74°F (9 days of rain)
  • August — 90°F // 74°F (10 days of rain)

Fall Season in Savannah

Historic River Street in Savannah, GA

After a long, hot summer, the fall weather that begins to grace Savannah in late September is a welcome respite from the oppressive heat and humidity. Fall is one of the best times to plan a trip to Savannah for a combination of great weather and lower airfare and rental prices — and if you visit in mid-November, you'll also be able to enjoy a dazzling display of fall foliage throughout the city.

Additionally, during fall in Savannah, the spooky season is in full swing — after all, Savannah is a haunted city, so one of the best ways to celebrate the holiday is going on a ghost tour throughout the city that will stop at popular spooky sites, like Bonaventure Cemetery and the Mercer-Williams House.

Fall Events in Savannah

  • Savannah Jazz Festival — The Savannah Jazz Festival falls in September and celebrates the many contributions the city has made to the genre of jazz. You can attend free concerts at Forsyth Park or the Plant Riverside District and paid concerts at various venues across the city.
  • Savannah Film Festival — The Savannah Film Festival is the largest university-run film festival in the country, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). It is hosted during the last week of October and draws honored guests and notable celebrities from around the country.
  • Halloween — Halloween is a fun and festive time to visit Savannah. The city offers ghost tours year-round throughout the haunted Historic District but also hosts plenty of other events, like pub crawls and parties, to celebrate the spooky season. Wagoween is a popular Halloween event in Savannah that you can celebrate with your dog — it’s kind of like “trick or treating” for dogs, and all the proceeds go to local pet rescue agencies!

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Average Fall Temperatures in Savannah

Starting in mid-October, the chances of rainfall in Savannah reduce significantly, and the cooler temperatures settle in by early November. The average lows drop considerably over the autumn months, from 70°F in September to 49°F in November, so you'll want to pack a light sweater if you're traveling to Savannah in the late fall.

  • September — 86°F // 70°F (7 days of rain)
  • October — 79°F // 60°F (4 days of rain)
  • November — 70°F // 49°F (4 days of rain)

Winter Season in Savannah

Christmas tree

The "cold" winter months don't last long in Savannah, but they stick around just long enough for a festive holiday season that brings some of the biggest events of the year to Savannah. Plus, there is no snow in Savannah, so this southern city is a great spot to visit if you'd like to escape the frigid temperatures up north for a sunny and relatively warm vacation without breaking the bank. And, of course, Azalea season is also a winter favorite at the tail end of March.

Winter Events in Savannah

  • Christmas Events — There are many popular ways to spend Christmas in Savannah, including the Christmas Market at the Plant Riverside District, the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens light display, and festive events and holiday shopping at City Market and Broughton Street.
  • New Year's Events — You can celebrate New Year's in Savannah with fireworks over Tybee Island, a dinner cruise or party cruise on the Savannah River, or a rooftop bar party at Bar Julian or one of the other popular bars in Savannah.

Average Winter Temperatures in Savannah

January is the coldest month of the year in Savannah, but the temperatures rarely drop below 40°F. Savannah has a moderate climate and, therefore, a short winter. You can expect temperatures to warm up by the end of February, followed by blooming tulip trees and gorgeous azaleas.

  • December — 64°F // 45°F (6 days of rain)
  • January — 61°F // 41°F (6 days of rain)
  • February — 64°F // 45°F (5 days of rain)

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