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The Events Calendar has now been updated with current 2024 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 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.

Hours of Operation

Open Daily 9am - 5pm
Holiday Schedule:
Thanksgiving Day: CLOSED
Christmas Eve Day: CLOSED
Christmas Day: CLOSED
New Year's Day: CLOSED

Jekyll Island Landmark Historic Trolley Tour

Mosaic Jekyll Island Museum
100 Stable Road
Jekyll Island, GA
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.
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 2024
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 clear globe floats for its annual Island Treasures event.

The globe 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 clear globe floats around the island for lucky guests to find and exchange for keepsake glass globes.

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, 9am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm.

January 14, 2024

Jekyll Island Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k

This annual run takes participants around the island and historic landmarks showcasing the natural splendor of Jekyll. Considered the “Jewel” of Georgia, Jekyll Island is the ideal location to host the JIM. The JIM course will showcase the natural beauty of the island and take runners past historic landmarks. 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! Please visit our Registration Page for more information and to sign up.



January 27, 2024

Brunswick Rockin' Stewbilee

Time: 10am-til
Location: Mary Ross Park, Brunswick, GA
An annual day-long event at Mary Ross Waterfront Park that brings cooking teams in town to compete for the People's Choice and Judge's Award for the best Brunswick Stew in all of the land. Enjoy a Stew Tasting Contest, Car Show, Motorcycle Ride, Pooch Parade, and live music, kid's fun zone, classic car show, arts and crafts all day long. For more information visit brunswickstewbilee.com.


February 2024
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, 9am–6pm and Sunday 10am–5pm.

February 11, 2024

African American History Celebration - Super Museum Sunday

TIME: 9am-5pm

LOCATION:
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site
5556 US Highway 17N
Brunswick, GA 31525
Located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42.

COST:
Free

Admission is FREE all day for Super Museum Sunday! -2:00 PM: Enslaved People of Hofwyl: History and Genealogy presentation -3:00 PM: Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters performance.

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Call 912.264.7333 for more information, also you may visit gastateparks.org

February 17, 2024

Sidney Lanier Bridge, Brunswick, Georgia

Southeast Georgia Health System Bridge Run

The Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation Bridge Run has become a signature event for the Health System and the Golden Isles. Unique among bridge runs, the races take place on the 7,780-foot Sidney Lanier Bridge. At its center, the bridge measures 480 feet high above the Brunswick River, the tallest span in the state.

Certified by the U.S. Track and Field Association as the toughest 5K in Georgia, each year 5K runners start on the southbound side of the bridge, go over, and return back, crossing the bridge twice. The event is not for the timid, and should only be attempted by those who have properly trained.

The Bridge Run also includes a fun walk after the race is over, followed by a family-friendly festival featuring community vendors, food and drink, entertainment and children's activities. Proceeds benefit the Health System’s cancer and cardiac care programs.

Click here for more info

February 18-24, 2024

Bicycle Ride Across Georgia Winter Ride

The Winter Ride is an annual multi-day cycling tour of coastal areas near St Marys and Jekyll Island, suitable for all levels of cyclists. Each day we ride to different locations in the St. Marys area and visit such attractions as Cumberland Island, the Jekyll Island, Fernandina Beach, and Kings Bay Submarine Base. Each night we stay in hotels, enjoy happy hours, and sit down to delicious dinners.

Click here for more info

February 24, 2024

Super Dolphin Day Race

Time: 7am
Location: Neptune Park
Phone: 912.638.2851
Email: superdolphinday@gmail.com
Website: dolphindayrace.com

Annual fundraiser race for Oglethorpe Point Elementary School and Saint Simons Elementary School, including 10k, 5k, and 1-mile fun run options. A festival including many local vendors takes place at the finish line area, with a DJ, bounce houses, and silent auction items.


March 2024
March 1 - April 7, 2024

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt at Hofwyl-Broadfield Sponsored by Friends of Hofwyl


TIME: 9am-4pm daily, Tues-Sun

LOCATION:
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site
5556 US Highway 17N
Brunswick, GA 31525
Located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42.

COST:
$8.75 adults
$6.50 seniors (62 and over)
$5.50 youth (ages 6 to 17)
Children ages 5 and under are free

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation will have a month long Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt rather than a 1-day event. Visitors may participate from March 1st – April 7th on Tuesdays – Sundays from 9:00AM – 4:00PM daily. Guests will be given an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt map with instructions.

Just follow the simple instructions, using the map for clues, to answer the secret phrase. After completing the hunt repeat the phrase to the Ranger at the museum and receive a prize bag filled with toy filled Easter Eggs & more prizes.

Participants can receive an EXTRA PRIZE for taking a selfie at one of the clue locations! This event is for the ENTIRE FAMILY and all ages. Come out and enjoy the open spaces, have fun & tour the plantation.

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Call 912.264.7333 for more information, also you may visit gastateparks.org

March 21-24, 2024

10th Annual Original Georgia Tribute Festival

Time: 7:00pm (opening night)
Location: The Ritz Theater, 1530 Newcastle St. Brunswick, Georgia 31520
Phone: 912.262.6934
Email: tracy@saintsomewheremarketing.com
Website: tributefestival.rocks

The 2024 Georgia Tribute Festival paying tribute to the King, Las Vegas legends, classic and modern country and more in a weekend full of music for all ages!

Originally know as the “Georgia Elvis Festival,” the Original Georgia Tribute Festival has been held in the quaint seaside community of Brunswick, Georgia since 2013 and has delivered a tributes to the Elvis in Southern Georgia unlike any other event. This year’s festival has been expanded to include even more tributes to even more musical legends!

The festival will feature four Las Vegas-style headline shows and an Elvis tribute artist contest (a preliminary to the Images of the King World Championship in Memphis), after parties and more opportunities to enjoy great music with your friends and family!

March 28 - April 13, 2024

Savannah Music Festival 2024

Time: All Day
Location: Various Locations - Savannah's National Historic District Phone: 912.234.3378
Email: info@savannahmusicfestival.org
Website: tributefestival.rocks

Enjoy live music performances by acclaimed global artists at the 2024 Savannah Music Festival!

The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) – known for its unique mix of jazz, classical and American and global roots music programs presented in venues across Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District - will run from Thursday, March 28 through Saturday, April 13, 2024.

The festival’s kick-off concert will showcase GRAMMY Award-winning jazz vocalist Samara Joy, preceded by the annual Spring Fling, a party to benefit SMF’s year-round artistic and education programs. Featured 2024 Savannah Music Festival artists will include world renowned soprano Renée Fleming, bluegrass living legend Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, eminent classical pianist Emanuel Ax, high-energy Southern rockers North Mississippi Allstars with blues icon Bobby Rush, Afro-Cuban jazz pioneer Chucho Valdés, bluegrass supergroup Mighty Poplar, jazz wunderkind Matthew Whitaker, GRAMMY Award-winning Malian Wassoulou singer Oumou Sangaré and acclaimed singer-songwriter-guitarist Madison Cunningham, among others.

During the 17-day festival, top artists from around the world will converge in Savannah. In 2024, talented musicians from India, South Africa, Ireland, Cuba, Sweden, Portugal, Mali, Canary Islands, France, Argentina and Spain will take the stage.

Savannah Music Festival tickets start at $32 and can be purchased online at savannahmusicfestival.org, by phone at 912.525.5050 in person at the Savannah Box Office, located at 216 E. Broughton St. In addition to discounts for students, military, educators and seniors, Savannah Music Festival offers discounts for purchases of tickets to more than three concerts (10% off), more than five concerts (15% off) or more than 10 concerts (20% off). Tickets to most classical concerts at Trinity United Methodist Church are available to patrons age 40 or younger for a discounted rate of $20.

Thanks to the generous support of the Wall Lynch Family, Savannah Music Festival will bring back the successful Explorer Pass program, which offers all Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools students and a family member or chaperone free tickets to general admission Savannah Music Festival performances.


April 2024
April 1 - April 13, 2024

Savannah Music Festival 2024

Time: All Day
Location: Various Locations - Savannah's National Historic District Phone: 912.234.3378
Email: info@savannahmusicfestival.org
Website: tributefestival.rocks

Enjoy live music performances by acclaimed global artists at the 2024 Savannah Music Festival!

The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) – known for its unique mix of jazz, classical and American and global roots music programs presented in venues across Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District - will run from Thursday, March 28 through Saturday, April 13, 2024.

The festival’s kick-off concert will showcase GRAMMY Award-winning jazz vocalist Samara Joy, preceded by the annual Spring Fling, a party to benefit SMF’s year-round artistic and education programs. Featured 2024 Savannah Music Festival artists will include world renowned soprano Renée Fleming, bluegrass living legend Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, eminent classical pianist Emanuel Ax, high-energy Southern rockers North Mississippi Allstars with blues icon Bobby Rush, Afro-Cuban jazz pioneer Chucho Valdés, bluegrass supergroup Mighty Poplar, jazz wunderkind Matthew Whitaker, GRAMMY Award-winning Malian Wassoulou singer Oumou Sangaré and acclaimed singer-songwriter-guitarist Madison Cunningham, among others.

During the 17-day festival, top artists from around the world will converge in Savannah. In 2024, talented musicians from India, South Africa, Ireland, Cuba, Sweden, Portugal, Mali, Canary Islands, France, Argentina and Spain will take the stage.

Savannah Music Festival tickets start at $32 and can be purchased online at savannahmusicfestival.org, by phone at 912.525.5050 in person at the Savannah Box Office, located at 216 E. Broughton St. In addition to discounts for students, military, educators and seniors, Savannah Music Festival offers discounts for purchases of tickets to more than three concerts (10% off), more than five concerts (15% off) or more than 10 concerts (20% off). Tickets to most classical concerts at Trinity United Methodist Church are available to patrons age 40 or younger for a discounted rate of $20.

Thanks to the generous support of the Wall Lynch Family, Savannah Music Festival will bring back the successful Explorer Pass program, which offers all Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools students and a family member or chaperone free tickets to general admission Savannah Music Festival performances.

April 1 - April 7, 2024

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt at Hofwyl-Broadfield Sponsored by Friends of Hofwyl


TIME: 9am-4pm daily, Tues-Sun

LOCATION:
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site
5556 US Highway 17N
Brunswick, GA 31525
Located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42.

COST:
$8.75 adults
$6.50 seniors (62 and over)
$5.50 youth (ages 6 to 17)
Children ages 5 and under are free

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation will have a month long Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt rather than a 1-day event. Visitors may participate from March 1st – April 7th on Tuesdays – Sundays from 9:00AM – 4:00PM daily. Guests will be given an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt map with instructions.

Just follow the simple instructions, using the map for clues, to answer the secret phrase. After completing the hunt repeat the phrase to the Ranger at the museum and receive a prize bag filled with toy filled Easter Eggs & more prizes.

Participants can receive an EXTRA PRIZE for taking a selfie at one of the clue locations! This event is for the ENTIRE FAMILY and all ages. Come out and enjoy the open spaces, have fun & tour the plantation.

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Call 912.264.7333 for more information, also you may visit gastateparks.org

April 5-6, 2024

Blessing of the Fleet, Darien, Georgia

Annual Blessing of the Fleet

Location: Darien, GA
Phone: 912.437.6684
Email: info@McintoshChamber.com

This annual tradition takes place every year in historic Darien, Georgia 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 Annual Blessing of the Fleet will take place at the Darien waterfront park. 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.

April, 2024

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Turtle Crawl Races

An annual weekend of races benefiting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, attracting runners from around the world for 5K and 10K races, as well as a one-mile Fun Run on the beach and Ghost Crawler race. During the weekend activities, the Beach Village also hosts the Turtle Crawl Festival, which celebrates the start of the sea turtle nesting season. There will be games on hand as well as live music, food and drinks from local vendors.

Turtle Crawl was created in 2003 as a fundraiser for the Georgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC) to support its mission of sea turtle research, rehabilitation, and education. In more than a decade of operation, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center has provided care for more than 3,000 patients, including a variety of sea turtle species and other coastal wildlife. Set on Jekyll Island's picturesque oceanfront and maritime forest, Turtle Crawl participants have raised more than $100,000 to help save sea turtles. These races are fast, flat, and a fun way to support the efforts of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. We sincerely appreciate your support for this event and GSTC, and hope you'll join us for Turtle Crawl in 2024.



May 2024
More information coming soon!



June 2024
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 2024
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 2024
August, 2024

Annual Youth Bike Gathering on Jekyll Island

Location: 550 S Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Email: ucreatemacon@gmail.com

Join us for the Annual Youth Bike Gathering on Jekyll Island. This event is an opportunity for kids across the state to gather and bike.

Youth will be able to select classes to learn skills, bike the island, and have bonding activities with other kids from across the state. You don’t want to miss it! Email us at ucreatemacon@gmail.com for more information.


September 2024
Thursdays in September

Thursday Night Karaoke at Juke Joint Jekyll

Time: 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Location: Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint
Phone: 912.635.9918
Email: mbrown@sweetgeorgiasjukejoint.com

Visit Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint on Jekyll Island for karaoke night every Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Enjoy 1/2 off bottles of house wine + some festive tunes all day long. Sing along to your favorite hits while enjoying delicious southern cooking. Forge new memories over musical moments with great food + drinks at the Juke Joint.

September, 2024

Fall into Autumn Craft Show

Time: 9am - 4pm
Location: 325 Old Jesup Rd, Brunswick, GA 31520 (corner of Community Rd @ Old Ballard School)
Phone: 912.269.7266

Craft show with over 40 craft vendors, food trucks, childrens' activities and family fun.


October 2024
October, 2024

Annual Ophelia’s Classic Car Challenge

TIME: 9am - 2pm

LOCATION:
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site
5556 US Highway 17N
Brunswick, GA 31525
Located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42.

COST:
$8.75 for adults; $6.5 for seniors; $5.50 for youth. $20 to enter your car.

Come out to Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation for Ophelia’s Classic Car Challenge. Classic cars from all over southeast Georgia will be on hand all day vying for the championship in the 11th annual car show. Come and view the cars, vote for your favorite and then tour a historic rice plantation. Presented by Friends of Hofwyl and Classic Coastal Cruisers automobile club. If you would like to enter your car there is a $20.00 registration fee. Call for more information.

Your admission includes a guided tour of the 19th century home and non-guided tours of the plantation out-buildings and trails. An audio-visual presentation on rice cultivation and a museum at the visitor center are also included.

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Call 912.264.7333 for more information, also you may visit gastateparks.org

October, 2024

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, which is one of the fiercest rivlaries in all of college football. Held on Jekyll Island's beautiful 18-hole golf course, this tradition provides the perfect mix of golf, food and fun. 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.

October 2024

The Desire Cup: Rivalry for a Cause presented by Pilgrim's

Location: Sea Island Resort Sea Island, GA
Phone: 630.336.1355
Email: toddstarowitz@gmail.com
Website: https://desirecup.com

Join UF and UGA football greats to support Desire Street Ministries, which lifts up community leaders in under-resourced neighborhoods.

October (Tuesdays through Sundays all month long)

Hofwyl Halloween Scavenger Hunt

TIME: 9am - 4pm

LOCATION:
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site
5556 US Highway 17N
Brunswick, GA 31525
Located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42.

COST:
Standard site admission, which is:
$8.75 adults
$6.50 seniors (62 and over)
$5.50 youth (ages 6 to 17)
Children ages 5 and under are FREE

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation will have a Halloween Season Scavenger Hunt all month-long during October. Visitors may participate daily, Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00AM – 4:00PM. Guests will be given a Scavenger Hunt map with instructions. Locations and clues on the map all relate to harvest activities. The site Interpretive Center will also be decorated for Halloween.

After picking up the Scavenger Hunt map at Hofwyl-Broadfield’s Visitor Center, just follow the simple instructions, find Halloween themed clues, and answer the secret phrase. Give the phrase to a Ranger in the Visitor Center to win a goodie bag with prizes. Participants can win an EXTRA PRIZE for taking and sending us a selfie from one of the clue locations!

This event is fun for the whole family and all ages! Admission includes access to our museum and plantation house tours.

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Call 912.264.7333 for more information, also you may visit gastateparks.org


November 2024
November 7-10, 2024

Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife

Located in Vilano Beach, St. Augustine, Florida, 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 Vilano Beach Main Street and the GTM Reserve, with the Reserve’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 oceanside with music and a relaxed Vilano Beach vibe.

November

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.

November

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.

November

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.

November 25 - December 31, 2024

Merry Artists Show & Sale

Time: Opening Day (Nov 25, 2022) 10am-6pm; Weekdays 12-4pm; Weekends 10am-4pm
Location: Goodyear Cottage, Jekyll Island, GA
Phone: 912.635.3920

Come shop on an island paradise. Visit the Goodyear Cottage, in the historic district on Jekyll Island, for one-of-a-kind gifts made by the artists of the Jekyll Island Arts Association. You will be sure to find the most unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Artists will be on-site demonstrating their crafts on weekends during the event.

November, 2024

Annual Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

Location: Historic District, Jekyll Island

This annual 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. This event is free and open to the public, held in the Historic District of Jekyll Island.


December 2024
December

Holly Jolly Jekyll

Location: Historic District, Jekyll Island

The holiday season is magical on Jekyll Island with lights aglow in the Historic District and central main street areas of Jekyll Island. Come celebrate Christmas with this spectacular display of festive lights and decorations.

December

Jekyll Island Holidays in History

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

December

Holidays in History Tour 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.

Located at Mosaic Jekyll Island Museum
100 Stable Road
Jekyll Island, GA
912.635.4036

December 2024

Jekyll Island Holly Jolly Light Parade

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.

Located at Mosaic Jekyll Island Museum
100 Stable Road
Jekyll Island, GA
912.635.4036

December 25, 2024

Christmas Day Service

Location: Faith Chapel, 1904 Schoolhouse Ln, Jekyll Island, 31527
Time: 9am - 10pm

All are welcome at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church at Faith Chapel for Christmas Day worship service. Please note that due to capacity limits at Faith Chapel, the doors will close when the chapel is full. Celebrate the true spirit of Christmas with us!

December 2024

Holly Jolly Jekyll Fireworks

Location: Great Dunes Beach Park, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Time: 7pm - 7:30pm

Join us for this free and family-friendly fireworks display as we celebrate the holidays with this exciting show of lights in the sky!

Jekyll Island Holly Jolly Light 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.

Located at Mosaic Jekyll Island Museum
100 Stable Road
Jekyll Island, GA
912.635.4036


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You can now save money and easily book your tee times at local Jekyll Island & Coastal Georgia golf courses right here on ExploreJekyllIsland.com. Featuring golf courses on Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, and Coastal Georgia golf courses and country clubs.
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Jekyll Island Apparel & Gear

Shop Jekyll Island Gear & Apparel

Visit our online store for a variety of quality apparel and accessories for men, women and kids featuring our exclusive Jekyll Island designs.

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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