Savannah Gay Pride 2016

Celebrating the Savannah Pride Festival

Forsyth Park, Savannah
••• Savannah Gay Pride takes place in September in leafy and picturesque Forsyth Park. photo by Andrew Collins

Savannah Pride is shifting to a new time this year, from its usual mid-September period to October 22, 2016, with several related events taking place throughout the weekend. It continues to develop into a major event, in keeping with the steady growth of the GLBT community in this charming, historic city in coastal Georgia.

Pride takes place right in the heart of the city at beautiful Forsyth Park.

The Savannah Pride Festival kicks off at 11 am on Saturday morning (October 22) and continues until 8 pm; tickets cost just $5. More than 6,000 people are expected to attend this community celebration, which will include drag performances, food vendors, arts and crafts booths, live music, and much more. 

In light of the death of Savannah's most famous LGBT icon, Lady Chablis, who passed away in summer 2016, it's safe to say that some of the Savannah Pride events this year will be particularly poignant (although no doubt highly entertaining, in her honor), including the Pride After Party held at the gay bar that made her famous, Club One, at 10 pm on Saturday, October 22. There are actually a number of Savannah Pride events held throughout the days leading up to the festival, including a Pride party at Bar Food on Tuesday, October 18; the Savannah Pride White Party on Thursday, October 20, at the stunning Jepson Center for the Arts (tickets are $25, and guests are encouraged though not required to wear white); a LGBT Fundraiser salon on Friday, October 21, at the hip and gay-friendly Savannah Andaz Hotel (also a great place to stay during Pride); a Pride on River Street party at 8 pm on that same Friday, October 21; and a "cool down" pool party at the Andaz on Sunday afternoon, October 23.

You can view a full list of Savannah Pride events here, where you'll also find information on buying tickets to some of these related events.

If traveling to the area, be sure to have a look at the Savannah Pride LGBT Travel page, which provides details on hotels and more on what to see and do in this convivial city.

Savannah Gay Resources

Check the excellent GaySavannah.com website for details. Also check out Savannah Gay Guide, and for general tourism information, visit the excellent site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Savannah CVB.