Coastal Georgia Weekend Events May 19-22

May 19, 2016

Mahogany Bowers, founder of Blessings in a Bookbag, and Molly Swagler, vice president of the Tourism Leadership Council, offer up some ways to have fun in Savannah this weekend.


Molly’s picks:

-Sample the tasty eats of Savannah’s downtown restaurants at the Savannah Chamber’s annual Taste of Downtown Business Connection on Thursday. More than 40 member restaurants will offer up food on Johnson Square, with live entertainment as well. Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; $10 for chamber members, $25 for member guests.


-Get psyched for August’s Savannah Voice Festival with Arias and Entrees, Thursday at Savannah Quarters Country Club. It’s part of a series of prelude events leading up to the festival, and features music and food specialties from all around the world. Thursday, 6:15 p.m.; $100.


-Immerse yourself in Haitian heritage at the Haitian Flag Day Festival, Friday in Franklin Square. The event will honor Joan Kornblatt and feature authentic food, arts, dance and live performances. Friday, 10 a.m.; free.


-Before the tourist season gets fully underway, enjoy one last event for locals in full Tybee style: the Beach Bum Parade. Everyone is invited to take part in the parade - but be sure to come armed with water guns, because this parade doubles as massive water fight. Innocent bystanders and law enforcement officers are off-limits, but otherwise, bring a super-soaker and go wild. Friday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; free to participate, parade registration $54.69.


Mahogany’s picks:


-Run a colorful twist on the typical 5K with Saturday’s Color Run in Forsyth Park. Billed as the happiest 5K on the planet, this year’s event will feature a bigger finish festival, complete with a Rainbow Beach, music and more. Saturday, 9-11 a.m.; $40 registration, $15 for runners aged five and under.


-Take the kids for a day of fun at Skidaway Island State Park’s Kids in the Parks Day event on Saturday. Enjoy outdoor games as well as Skidaway’s trails and playgrounds. Saturday, 1 p.m.; $5 parking fee.

-Celebrate the best of Savannah’s culinary scene at the Eat It and Like It Foodie Awards, Sunday at the Brice. Jesse Blanco will present the awards in categories from coffee to dessert, high end to “best drunk food” - plus, of course, a fabulous party to boot. Sunday, 7 p.m.; $35.