Festival FAQ's

When is the Savannah Stopover Music Festival?

It’s always the weekend before The SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. For 2014, the dates are Thursday, March 6th through Saturday, March 8th.

What’s The Festival All About?

We started the festival in 2011 as a way for bands traveling down I-95 en route to SXSW to stop and play a show in a cool, small Southern city known for it’s hospitality. From there, it kind of spread like wild fire.

Are there any special events/concerts planned during Stopover 2014?

Yes, there are!  We always have some special things planned for Savannah Stopover Music Festival.  Head over to our 2014 Marquee Events page for a full list and all the details of what, when and where you need to be for these special events!

Where in Savannah does the festival take place?

Savannah Stopover takes place in multiple venues across the Historic District in Downtown Savannah. All are in walking distance to each other or a short pedicab ride away. Our venues are small, cool and uniquely Savannah.

I’ve never heard of a lot of these bands. Who are they, and what kind of music is it?

We’ve scoured the globe for the hottest up and comers with a few of your favorites sprinkled in.  It’s all about discovery. We have bands coming in from Melbourne Australia, London, Montreal, The Netherlands and ports closer to home.  It’s great fun! Check out our music player on the home page of the website and find your new favorite band.

We cut  a wide swath when it comes to musical styles. Indie Rock, Pop, Dance, Folk, Hip Hop, Electronica, Blue Grass, Singer Songwriter, Country Rock, etc, etc.  We guarantee you’ll see at least one glockenspiel and someone playing a saw. Oh yeah, and you’ll dance a lot.

How many bands get to play the festival?

It varies from year to year, but generally about 85 to 100 during the three day Festival.

When will you announce the full lineup and schedule?

Full lineup will be announced mid January, and the Festival Schedule will follow shortly after that.

What’s the deal with Tickets and Passes?

You’ve got options!

3 Day Festival Passes:  $75- Gets you into all shows at all venues for all three days.  Weekend Pass:  $50- Gets you into all shows at all venues on Friday and Saturday.
Single Day Pass: $30- Gets you access to all venues on either 3/6, 3/7 or 3/8.
VIP Passes: $125- Gets you access to everything, and more!

If you’re purchased your passes online or purchased a ticket at a Savannah Stopover event prior to the Festival.  You will still need to redeem that ticket for a wristband and/or Festival badge.  This can be done at the Savannah Stopover Festival HQ.  Location and hours of operation will be announced prior to the Festival.  Please keep this website and Savannah Stopover checked on Facebook for all the most current details!

Please note, entrance to all shows is ‘space permitting’. Arrive early and be ready with Plan B. Hopping from venue to venue is what Stopover is all about (and you can take your drink with you!)

What If I just want to cherry pick a few shows? Can I get tickets to singe events in advance?

Most of our venues are small to mid-size so we reserve them for our pass holders. We do offer tickets at the door for most shows but only after all VIP, 3 day and single day pass holders are an, space permitting. It is really better to get a single day or 3 day pass and hop around from venue to venue- it’s all about discovery!

Our advice, arrive early to shows you really want to see and be ready with your picks for Plan B. Some of our best festival moments are catching a band we’d never heard of because we couldn’t get in to see the band we originally wanted.

I can’t come for all three days. Is there a weekend pass?

Yes.  The Stopover Weekend Pass will get you into every show on Friday and Saturday.

Stopover is in March. What’s the weather like?

Average high is 71, but due to global warming, it may be warmer. Spring in Savannah is just kicking off in early March.  Typically you can expect days with nice afternoons, cool evenings.  A great time all around.

Can I bring my dog?

Savannah is a dog friendly city, but our venues not so much due to city ordinances, unless you have a service dog.

You can drink in the streets in Savannah?

Yes, as long as you stay in the Historic District North of Gaston Street.  All of our venues are located within this district. All drinks must be in a 16 oz opaque plastic cup. The door guy at all bars downtown will give you a cup as you walk out the door to experience your next band! And BTW, you better be 21, and be sure to have your state issued photo id with you in order to get into our 21 and over venues.

I just want to come to Savannah for the weekend and wing it. Will I be able to get into shows?

Pre-purchasing a  Weekend Pass or a Single-Day Pass is your best bet.  Occasionally tickets are available at the door, but only after all pass holders have entered.  Most of our venues have a capacity of 300 or less and entrance is always ‘space permitting’.

What’s the best way to get to Savannah?

Planes, Trains, Automobiles, or even a Bus will get you to Savannah.

What else is there to do in Savannah?

Spring is busy in Savannah, and there’s always something to do during the day while you’re waiting for the evening bands to play!  Check out visitsavannah.com to get started.