Coastal Ga. Weekend: Savannah And Coastal Events May 5-8

May 5, 2016

Bill Dawers, editor of the blog hissing lawns and columnist for the Savannah Morning News, and Siobhan Egan, co-editor of Paprika Southern magazine, offer up some ways to have fun in the Savannah area this weekend.



Siobhan’s picks:

-Get an early shot to get some great jewelry at Kristen Baird’s trunk show Friday at the Mansion at Forsyth Park’s Grand Bohemian Gallery. Baird, a SCAD alumna, will debut her new collection and her custom wedding pieces - just in time for wedding season. Friday, 5 p.m.;

-The first Friday of the month means it’s time for Art March - and this time it’s bigger. This month’s Mega Art March will feature more than 30 galleries, boutiques and cafes, stretching from Victory to Bay, with two free trolleys to transport you along the route. Friday, 5-9 p.m.; free.


-Savannah puts its own spin on the popular “Dancing with the Stars” with the annual Dancing Stars of Coastal Georgia fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. Local celebrities raise money and dance with the pros at Friday’s competition at the convention center. Tickets are going fast, so be sure to grab yours soon. Friday, 6-11:30 p.m.


-Take the little ones into fantasy-land at Oatland Island’s Fairy & Gnome Festival on Saturday. Tiny nature lovers and their parents are encouraged to come in costume. Enjoy live music and storytelling, a fairy fashion show and even a foraging for fairies scavenger hunt. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; $5 adults, $3 children, seniors, military and students, free for children three and younger.


Bill’s picks:


-On top of the mega-sized scale, this month’s Art March is offering a little something extra: an acoustic performance by Richard Leo Johnson at Galerie 124. Johnson will play an acoustic set in the signature style he calls “psychedelic Americana,” in the gallery’s lovely outdoor courtyard. Friday, 7 p.m.; free.

-May is Bike Month, and the Savannah Bicycle Campaign is kicking off the festivities with a bike sale and a ride. At Saturday’s spring bike sale, find bikes, parts, unusual sizes and vintage bikes - all reasonably priced and benefiting the New Standard Cycles program. Then on Sunday, celebrate women who ride all around the world with CycloFemme, a group ride that’s part of a global event. Sale Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ride Sunday, 2 p.m.; free.

-Celebrate Derby Day at 22 Square in the Andaz Hotel. Break out your best hat for the Kentucky Derby watch party, which will feature a hat contest as well as mint juleps and specials on other bourbon cocktails - even bourbon popsicles. Saturday, 5-7 p.m.