Bill Dawers, editor of the music blog Hissing Lawns and columnist for the Savannah Morning News, and Mahogany Bowers, founder of Blessings in a Bookbag, offer up some ways to have fun in Savannah this weekend.
-Happy birthday to the Jepson! Celebrate the Jepson Center’s tenth anniversary with this month’s Free Family Day on Saturday, focused on the architecture and the making of the Jepson’s unique building. While you’re at it, check out the new exhibit “Landmark,” highlighting some of the most significant art acquisitions made in the last ten years. Saturday, 1-4 p.m.; free.
-Dive into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit a bit early with the “St. Practice Day” bar crawl. Enjoy drink specials (including Guinness and Irish whiskey, naturally) at participating bars all around town. And be sure to dress in your green and shamrock-coated best for the occasion. Saturday, 4-11 p.m.; $15 until Mar. 11, $20 day-of.
-Looking for a new reptile pet, or just a fan of the critters? Check out some reptiles and other exotic pets at ReptiDay Savannah, Sunday at Alee Shrine. Scope out the pets or buy one, along with supplies and other merchandise. There will be animal seminars, raffles and kids’ activities as well. Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 kids.
The Savannah Stopover Festival is here! With more than 100 bands in town over three days, there’s lots to check out. Find tips for navigating the festival over at Hissing Lawns, and be sure to check out these can’t-miss shows.
-The weekend kicks off with an opening event at the Ships of the Sea North Garden, featuring headliners Ra Ra Riot along with Sun Club and Breakers. It’ll be followed by performances all over town from acts including T. Hardy Morris, PWR BTTM and White Reaper. Friday, opening event 6:30-9 p.m., other shows following.
-Named for Major Tom’s capsule - as in, “it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare” - returning Stopover band Capsula has long played David Bowie covers and in 2012 recorded a version of “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.” As a tribute to the legendary musician, they’ll perform the classic album in full at Trinity United Methodist Church. Friday, 11 p.m.; free with Stopover pass, limited $25 tickets may be available at the door.
-Saturday starts early with another installment of the Stopover in the Yard series at the Grey. The High Divers will play the restaurant’s outdoor patio. Saturday, 12 p.m. food service and 1 p.m. show; lunch sold separately.