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How will your picnic “Illuminate the Night?!”

The Savannah Philharmonic unveils its theme for this year's annual Picnic in the Park, a night of fantastic music and free family fun for the city of Savannah.

This morning at 9am the Savannah Philharmonic revealed it’s theme for this year’s Picnic in the Park!

“ILLUMINATE THE NIGHT!”

This year’s event is the Savannah Philharmonic’s 10th Anniversary Season and is put on by them along with the City of Savannah, Enmarket and WTOC as their proud media partner.

IF you’ve never been to one of Savannah’s “Picnic in the Parks” then you have been missing out on an enchanting evening of free family fun for the entire community.

From 3 – 9 pm on Sunday, October the 7, 2018, the entire community comes together to recognize the National Arts and Humanities Month by featuring amazing pre-concert performances from students from Savannah Chatham Public Schools, Savannah Classical Academy’s Strings Conservatory, Savannah High School Band and Savannah College of Art & Design’s “Honey Bees” — which all leads up to an extraordinary evening performance by the Savannah Philharmonic led by Artistic Director and Conductor, Peter Shannon.

This is your chance to come out with a date, your family or sit with your friends in Forsyth park and decorate your picnic areas to reflect this year’s theme of “Illuminate the Night.”

In the spirit of the event, attendees can bring a picnic, or take advantage of one of the on-site local food and beverage vendors, and encouraged to join the celebration by creatively illuminating their picnic sites with dazzling light. The picnic venue contest always results in many impressive and elaborate smorgasbords, accented by inspiring décor that cleverly reflects the theme. Winners of the contest are awarded top prizes for first, second and third place.

Anyone interested in entering the “best picnic contest,” should register at the Enmarket tent in sponsor row no later than 6:15 p.m. Judging will take place during the first half of the concert and winners announced about 8 p.m. Enmarket President Brett Giesick is looking forward to seeing all of the inspired picnics, carefully planned in tribute to the evening’s “illumination” theme.

Over 18,000 people are expected to enjoy this year’s festivities, which are free and open to the public. This longtime autumn tradition has become the perfect opportunity for Coastal Empire residents to relax with friends, family and colleagues beneath a glimmering southern sky, as the Philharmonic provides beautiful music for all to enjoy. Along with the wonderful musical performances, food and beverage vendors – which will include the addition of food trucks– Picnic in the Park will also unveil some exciting new digital effects designed to greatly enhance everyone’s enjoyment. Although this annual event is open to all to enjoy, only pre-approved food trucks, vendors and companies will be allowed to participate.  Access to Drayton Street and parking will be very limited, so people should refer to the Philharmonic’s website at www.savannahphilharmonic.org.

Photos in the video Courtesy: Geoff Johnson