Some lesser-known celebrations worth a trip to the coast:
The Blessing of the Fleet (April 17 to 19 in Darien) honors the area’s shrimping industry.
The Turtle Crawl Triathlon and 5K (May 16) marks the beginning of sea turtle nesting season on Jekyll Island.
Savannah Jazz Festival (September 20 to 26)
The Pirate Fest (October 8 to 11 on Tybee Island) features pirate performers, and attendees can dress as a wench or a scalawag too.
This article originally appeared in our May 2015 issue.