Best of Savannah 2018: Culture

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From thousands of reader surveys comes our inimitable Best of Everything list. Categories run from appetizers to desserts, bike shops to barbershops. Here, the year’s best food, including fine dining, outdoor dining, coffee house, brunch and more. 

Art gallery 

A.T. Hun Art Gallery | 302 W. Saint Julian St. 
What they’re all about: City Market’s favorite stop for whimsical paintings, prints and more
Insider tip: Chuck Hamilton’s “Big Lebowski” paintings “really tie the room together”
Runner-up: Kobo Gallery


Telfair Academy | 121 Barnard St.
What they’re all about: Classic and modern treasures in the South’s oldest art museum 
Insider tip: Fall’s hottest ticket is Masquerade in the Mansion on October 26
Runner-up: Mercer Williams House Museum

Historic site

Fort Pulaski National Monument | US Highway 80
What they’re all about: History comes to life with musket and cannon firings, tours and outdoor exploration 
Insider tip: April 21, September 22 and November 11 are free admission days
Runner-up: Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

Wine Women and Shoes is an annual favorite. Photo courtesy Rebecca Moore

Charity event/fundraiser: Wine Women and Shoes

The goal of this event is to make sure that every guest has the time of their life and is transported to Napa Valley, enjoying the sights and sounds of wine country. We know how many events take place in Savannah, and it’s not lost on us that our city supports our event and mission to the fullest.  When all is said and done and the lights are turned off, over 600 attendees and 50 volunteers made the 2018 Wine Women & Shoes event the most successful, with over $170k raised for the children and families of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire.

            — Bill Sorochak, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald house Charities of the Coastal Empire


Savannah Music Festival
What they’re all about: World-class music lights up The Hostess City for two weeks 
Insider tip: Tickets are now available for SMF’s April 2019 collaboration with Savannah Philharmonic
Runner-up: Savannah Stopover Music Festival 

Radio station

WRHQ Quality Rock 105.3 FM 
What they’re all about: A variety of decade-spanning hits
Insider tip: Email your requests and hear your song picks on air
Runner-up: WAEV 97.3 KISS FM

Group to volunteer for

Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire Inc. | 4710 Waters Ave.
What they’re all about: Providing a home away from home for families of hospitalized children
Insider tip: Assist families and staff at the House or volunteer at special events
Runner-up: Hospice Savannah, Inc.

Company to work for

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation | 500 Gulfstream Rd. 
What they’re all about: Jetting employees toward successful futures 
Insider tip: Gulfstream employees give back with Gulfstream Community Volunteer Program
Runner-up: Savannah’s Candy Kitchen

Local artist

Panhandle Slim
What they’re all about: Scott Stanton’s folk art renderings spread love and inspire conversation
Insider tip: Pop-up sidewalk sales are announced via Facebook
Runner-up: Chuck Hamilton

Local band/musician

Velvet Caravan
What they’re all about: Swingin’ gypsy jazz played with virtuosity and fun 
Insider tip: Take in a hometown show at The Lucas Theatre on September 14
Runner-up: Liquid Ginger