-It's time for Savannah's own tribute to all things German: Oktoberfest on River Street. Enjoy beer, German cuisine and of course the perennial favorite Wiener Dog Races. Thursday-Sunday, races Saturday, 11 a.m.
-If swashbuckling is more your speed, fear not. This weekend also brings Pirate Fest on Tybee Island. Dress like your favorite scalawag of the high seas for a weekend of family fun, including a parade, live music and more. Thursday-Sunday, parade Saturday, 3-5 p.m.; day passes $12-15, weekend passes $25-27.
-Enjoy the October weather and some top-notch music at the Savannah Philharmonic's Picnic in the Park in Forsyth Park. Local musicians and student groups will perform all afternoon prior to the Philharmonic's program of music from films. Sunday, 3-10 p.m.; free.
-Get active for a cause at the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society's Buddy Walk in Forsyth Park. The one-mile walk aims to promote acceptance and inclusion for those with Down Syndrome and raise money for the group's local advocacy. It's followed by a family fun festival. Saturday, 10 a.m.; $15 per person or $50 for a family of four.
-Readers of all ages can check out the Savannah Quill Book Convention at the Savannah National Guard Armory. It features authors and book signings, a mini-con hosted by Guyton Paranormal Society and the Potterfest trivia and costume contest. A portion of the proceeds benefit Live Oak Public Libraries. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; $10.
-Get a taste of all things local and sustainable at the Savannah Food Day Festival in Daffin Park. Learn about healthy living, composting, beekeeping and more, and check out cooking demos and food from local farms and restaurants. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; free.
-Halloween is right around the corner, and there are already some ways to get spooky. The Alee Shriners Terror Plantation haunted house opens this weekend, as does the Wicked South Productions Lot 13 haunted house. Do Savannah has a round-up of spooky events all month long here.