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The Events Calendar has now been updated with current 2021 information for upcoming events.

Choose from ongoing events on Jekyll Island, weekly events or our monthly calendar of current events. NOTE all events are published for convenience only and are subject to change without notice. Please note that events listed below may be affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Please check with each event organizer to confirm event dates and details.

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Ongoing Events on Jekyll Island

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center

214 Stable Road
Jekyll Island, Georgia
912.635.4444

Features an interactive Exhibit Gallery and Rehabilitation Pavilion open to the public. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a functioning hospital for ill and injured sea turtles and is the only hospital of its kind in the state of Georgia.

Admission

$7 for adults (13+ years)
$6 for Seniors (65+ years)
$5 for children (4-12 years)
FREE for children 3 and under
$6 for Active Duty Military Personnel, College Students and Teachers (ID required). Prices include tax.

Visitors under 16 years old must be accompanied by someone 18 years or older. In accordance with State Health Department regulations, all swimsuits must be covered. Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.

Hours of Operation

Mondays: 10am - 2pm
Tuesdays - Saturdays: 9am-5pm
During the months of December, January, and February, we are closed on Mondays. We are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. We are open on Thanksgiving Day 10am-2pm.

Jekyll Island Multimedia Self-Guided Tour

Jekyll Island Museum
100 Old Village Blvd.
912.635.4036

Extensive archive of photos, oral histories, diaries, home-movie footage of Jekyll Island Club history. Includes walking guide map, interactive multi-media device. $8 rental. Daily 9am-3pm.

Jekyll Island Passport to the Century Guided Tram Tour

Jekyll Island Museum
100 Old Village Blvd.
912.635.4036

Relax and take a trip back in time during this guided tour (daily) of Jekyll's 240-acre Historic District. Includes entry into two cottages. Adults $16, Children 6-12, $7, Free under 6.
Weekly Events on Jekyll Island

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays


Nature Walks

Tidelands Nature Center
100 Riverview Dr.
912.635.5032

Wildlife and nature guides explain Jekyll Island's fascinating beach, marshes, dunes and maritime forest during year-round tours.

Third Tuesdays


Eco Lecture Series at Village Creek Landing

526 S Harrington Rd.
912.399.0063

Join Village Creek Landing for an informative Eco Lecture Series. Each month they will have a new guest speaker discussing environmentally focused topics specifically geared to preserving Georgia's Coast. Come early and enjoy cocktails with Village Creek Landing's beautiful marsh view! $10 per person (includes your first drink), Bar opens at 5pm. Lecture starts at 6pm. Space is limited, so RSVP at Eco Lecture Series at Village Creek Landing or call 912.399.0063.

First Friday


Historic Brunswick Downtown Promenade

912.265.4032

Visit the shops, galleries, restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick; art openings, live music, food and beverage pairing samples. 5-8pm.

January 2021
January

Jekyll Island Treasures

This two-month-long annual event on Jekyll Island is a favorite tradition spawned from a fishing legacy.

In the early 1900s, east coast fishermen used hollow glass balls, or floats, on their nets as markers. Occasionally, the floats would break loose and wash ashore for lucky beachcombers to find and keep. Collecting these rare, highly sought after glass floats became a hobby in the 1950s.

Today, Jekyll Island hand-picks artists from across the country to create one-of-a-kind glass floats for its annual Island Treasures event.

The glass floats are part of a hide-and-seek style game played on Jekyll Island throughout January and February. Each day, volunteers called Beach Buddies hide glass floats around the island for lucky guests to find and keep.

Each float is marked with a special tag and instructions for treasure finders to register their Island Treasures at the Jekyll Island Guest Information Center where they will receive a certificate of authenticity and artist biography for their one-of-a-kind float. The Center is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Learn more about this annual event or click here for a peek at a map on where to find these treasures.

January 17

Jekyll Island Marathon

This annual run takes participants around the island and historic landmarks showcasing the natural splendor of Jekyll. Runners will pass under the canopies of the majestic live oaks, past the beauty of the salt marshes, and wide open beaches. The course will also transport runners to an earlier time when they pass through the Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark. This landmark is one of the largest ongoing restoration projects in the southeastern United States and attracts visitors from around the world. Whether you're a seasoned marathoner or this will be your first you won't want to miss the opportunity to run the JIM!

The 2021 edition of the Jekyll Island Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k will be a virtual event. Please visit our Registration Page for more information and to sign up.


February 2021
February

Jekyll Island Treasures

This two-month-long annual event on Jekyll Island is a favorite tradition spawned from a fishing legacy.

In the early 1900s, east coast fishermen used hollow glass balls, or floats, on their nets as markers. Occasionally, the floats would break loose and wash ashore for lucky beachcombers to find and keep. Collecting these rare, highly sought after glass floats became a hobby in the 1950s.

Today, Jekyll Island hand-picks artists from across the country to create one-of-a-kind glass floats for its annual Island Treasures event.

The glass floats are part of a hide-and-seek style game played on Jekyll Island throughout January and February. Each day, volunteers called Beach Buddies hide glass floats around the island for lucky guests to find and keep.

Each float is marked with a special tag and instructions for treasure finders to register their Island Treasures at the Jekyll Island Guest Information Center where they will receive a certificate of authenticity and artist biography for their one-of-a-kind float. The Center is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Learn more about this annual event or click here for a peek at a map on where to find these treasures.

February 13

Sidney Lanier Bridge, Brunswick, Georgia Southeast Georgia Health System Bridge Run
This annual 5K event was certified by the U.S. Track and Field Association as "the toughest 5K in Georgia." The run takes place entirely on the 7,780-foot Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick, Georgia, with participants starting on the southern side of the bridge, crossing over and returning back two times. Following the Bridge Run, there is a fun walk and a family-friendly festival with local vendors, food, entertainment and activities for the kids. This event is a fundraiser benefiting the Georgia Health System's cancer programs.

To protect our community, patients and their loved ones from COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to host our 2021 Bridge Run as a virtual event. Click here for more info.

March 2021
March 12-14

Jekyll Island Arts Association Arts Festival

Celebrate the local art scene with paintings, pottery, arts and crafts from renowned local artists. Children's activities as well as music and food samples are all on hand. Join us for another great festival with the art show and sales, food, car show, music, interactive art, raffle and more.

March 13

21st Annual Father Daughter Purity Ball

6:30pm-9:00pm
Location: Jekyll Island Convention Center
Phone: 912.264.0231
Email: christy@helloskylark.com
Website: goldenislespurityball.com

You are cordially invited to the 20th Annual Father-Daughter Purity Ball. This special event exists for the purpose of celebrating the relationship between father and daughter, providing an opportunity for dads to show their daughters just how precious they are. The event includes ballroom dance instruction, dinner, gifts, and a purity commitment/rose ceremony. Enjoy a date night with your daughter!


April 2021
April

Easter Egg Stroll

An annual Easter tradition in the Jekyll Island Historic District, with Easter egg hunts hidden along Pier Road. The Easter Bunny himself will make an appearance, with photo opportunities for the kids, as well as pony rides and other family-friendly activities throughout the day.


May 2021
May 8

Blessing of the Fleet, Brunswick, Georgia

Blessing of the Fleet

Time: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Location: Mary Ross Park, Brunswick, GA 31520
Phone: 912.265.4032
Website: brunswickblessing.com

This annual Mother's Day tradition takes place every year in historic downtown Brunswick to "bless" the local shrimp boats with good fortune prior to the start of the shrimping season. This seafaring festival traces its origins to a Portuguese tradition that began in 1938 to commemorate the first appearance of The Blessed Virgin to three children near the town of Fatima, Portugal on May 13, 1917.

The 82nd Annual Brunswick Blessing of the Fleet will take place at Mary Ross Park on Saturday, May 8th 2021 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM with the actual blessing being held at 2:00 PM. This one-day celebration is held on the Saturday before Mother's Day in May. One of the best events that Coastal Georgia has to offer, we proudly offer a taste of fresh seafood, local culture, boating, water sports, the shrimping industry, arts, crafts and variety of leisure activities. The festival will feature fun and games for the kids, fabulous food, music, great family entertainment, and a variety of artists and displays.


June 2021
June

Georgia Sea Islands Festival

An annual celebration of traditional African American music, crafts and food of Coastal Georgia culture. Highlighted by the world renowned Georgia Sea Island Singers. For more information about the Annual Georgia Sea Islands Festival please visit ssiheritagecoalition.org or call the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition.


July 2021
July 4

4th of July Celebrations

Each year Coastal Georgia celebrates our nation's independence with fireworks and festivities happening on St. Simons Island, Brunswick, Jekyll Island and Sea Island.

St. Simons Island 4th of July Celebration
For more than 60 years, the annual St. Simons Island Sunshine Festival takes place in the Pier Village with a spectacular fireworks display that begins around 9pm as the day turns to night. Live music plays as well as an arts and crafts show, a 5K and 1-mile run, and family-friendly fun to be had all around.

Brunswick's Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
Historic Downtown Brunswick celebrates each year at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, with a fireworks display, games for kids and adults like sack races, horseshoes, tug-of-war, hula-hoop contests and more. And of course free watermelon! Courtesy of the City of Brunswick.

Jekyll Island Independence Day Celebration
Jekyll celebrates the 4th of July with an old-fashioned parade through the Historic District starting at 9am, with local residents and visitors invited to decorate their bikes, golf carts, strollers, pets or themselves. The fun continues from 12pm to 6pm with the Red, White & Bounce held at the Jekyll Island Beach Village, with water slides, bounce houses, live music and local crafts and vendors on hand. A fireworks display takes place at 9pm.

Sea Island 4th of July Celebration
Guests and residents of Sea Island celebrate the holiday at The Cloister and Beach Club with family fun activities at a fireworks display at 9pm.

August 2021
More information coming soon!




September 2021
September

Annual Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

A weekend food festival celebrating Coastal Georgia seafood traditions, with a cooking contest and demonstrations, shrimp boat tours, arts and crafts, live music and a kid zone.

September 9-12

Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife

This culinary celebration offers beverage tastings and delightful cuisine from some of the best chefs in the South, while providing an opportunity to experience coastal wildlife in a natural setting.

Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife artfully combines renowned beverage tastings and inspired cuisine from some of the South's best chefs and local culinary superstars, with a chance to experience coastal wildlife up-close, all in one weekend! The weekend's events will raise funds and awareness for programs of the Jekyll Island Foundation, with the island's research and education experts on-hand Friday and Saturday, showcasing some fun, interactive programs with coastal wildlife, from sea turtles to alligators! It's a culinary weekend experience like no other. Expect to sip and savor great whiskey, spirits, wine, beer and culinary tastings – all oceanfront with music and a relaxed island vibe.


October 2021
October

St. Simons Island Food & Spirits Festival

An annual foodie fest featuring local restaurants, farmers and artisans with tasting tents, farm stand and market. This event is a fundraiser for Hospice of the Golden Isles.

Georgia-Florida Golf Classic

Bulldog and Gator fans alike gather on Jekyll Island each year for this traditional golf tournament held during the annual Georgia-Florida college football game. Tournament fee includes two rounds of golf at the Jekyll Island Golf Club, a practice round, and all the food and drinks you can handle. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Jekyll Island Foundation. For more information visit jekyllisland.com.

October

CoastFest

Georgia's Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) hosts this annual event on the first Saturday in October in support of the 3-week national "CoastWeeks" event. The Georgia CoastFest is an educational-based event, with more than 70 environmental, research and resource exhibitors from around the southeast gathering at the GADNR Coastal Regional Headquarters near the Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick. Interactive displays and hands-on exhibits are fun for adults and kids alike, with science experiments, reptiles and turtle shows, educational magic shows, military re-enactors, aquatic tanks with coastal Georgia sea life, and participatory crafting projects. For more information visit coastalgadnr.org.


November 2021
November 15-21

The RSM Classic

This annual PGA Tour golf tournament is hosted by pro golfer Davis Love III at Sea Island Golf Club, attracting top professional golfers from around the world. In 2010, the Davis Love Foundation partnered with the PGA TOUR to become the Host Organization of The RSM Classic, an Official PGA TOUR Event. The RSM Classic has raised more than $7 million to support charities focused on children and families in need. The funds benefit many organizations including Special Olympics (National, State and Local) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia. For more information visit rsmclassic.com.


December 2021
December

Jekyll Tree Lighting Festival & Holidays in History

The holidays come alive each year as Jekyll Island begins the season with the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the Historic District is resplendent with Christmas lights and decorations. The celebration continues with caroling, craft workshops, themed tours and other seasonal activities.

Jekyll Island Skating Village

Jekyll Island "ice" skating is back and now located in the picturesque Historic District, the Jekyll Island Skating Village features a synthetic ice rink and real ice skates. This unique surface takes the pain and cold out of ice skating and is easy for kids and adults of all ages. Skate on Jekyll Island among history, under ancient oaks, and with a spectacular view of the Jekyll River.

Location: 364 Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Cost: $5 per person, includes skate rental & 30-minute session
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas days

Jekyll Island Christmas Twilight Tours

Explore a magical time of year in Jekyll Island's historic district. This special evening tram tour highlights heart-warming holiday tales and the lights and decorations of the season on Jekyll Island. The 90-minute Christmas celebration includes a unique tour of Faith Chapel and concludes with light refreshments and sunset views from Indian Mound Cottage.

Fridays & Saturdays at 4 p.m., December 1-29
Location: Historic District Tours, located at the Infirmary
Cost: Adults $20; Children 7-15 $10; Children 6 & under free

Holidays in History at Jekyll Island

Once a year, the cottages of the historic district get dressed in their finest holiday decorations just for you. Enjoy a 90-minute tram tour when Jekyll Island's National Historic Landmark District is enriched in seasonal splendor. This guided tour of the 240-acre historic district includes entry into two cottages, decorated for the holiday season, as well as Faith Chapel.

Times: December 1-31, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Location: Historic District Tours, located at the Infirmary
Cost: Adults $16; Children 7-17 $7; Children 6 & under free
Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day




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Kayaking & Canoeing on Jekyll Island

Kayaking & Canoeing on Jekyll Island

Exploring the natural splendor and marsh wetlands of Jekyll Island is the best way to take in all the unspoiled beauty that Coastal Georgia has to offer. Take a guided kayak tour of the Jekyll River and tidal marsh. Rent a canoe or pedalboat and enjoy fishing or a relaxing paddle on Rixen Pond. Learn about Jekyll's coastal ecosystems and wildlife as you explore Jekyll's beaches, forests and marsh. View Jekyll Island Outfitters »



Jekyll Island Restaurants

Jekyll Island Restaurants

Jekyll Island offers a variety of dining options to choose from, from casual to fancy, as well as places to grab a quick bite or take the whole family. We've compiled a complete directory of all the local restaurants on Jekyll, along with contact information and an interactive map so you can easily find the one you're looking for.
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Jekyll Island Bicycling and Bike Rentals

Jekyll Island Bicycling

With more than 20 miles of bike trails and pathways, bicycling is a great way to Explore Jekyll Island's natural beauty and plentiful wildlife. Free bike path maps are available at the Jekyll Island Guest Information Center and at the bike barn on Shell Road. Bike rentals are available adjacent to the island's miniature golf course and children's playground.
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Jekyll Island Sea Turtles

Terrapins are the only turtle species in the world known to live their whole life in brackish water (a mixture of salt and fresh water, common in the Golden Isles). Found in the marsh habitat of Georgia's Barrier Islands, they have webbed feet with claws on each toe, allowing them to swim well and also walk on land at low tide.

Diamondback terrapins are one of the most common turtles to see along the causeway. Female terrapins are almost twice as big as the males. Because of their hard shell, female terrapins can't expand their bodies to accommodate eggs. A female terrapin grows to about 8 to 10 inches long in comparison to a male and she lays 8 to 10 eggs which take about 65 days to incubate.

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a functioning hospital for ill and injured sea turtles and is the only hospital of its kind in the state of Georgia.
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