Jekyll Island Festivals & Events


The Jekyll Island bridge and marsh at sunset.

Jekyll Island festivals include some of the most popular festivals in Georgia and the southeastern states, with the fall Shrimp and Grits Festival a particular highlight of the Jekyll Island calendar.

Other Jekyll Island events throughout the year include arts and crafts and book festivals, races, summer concerts, free family-friendly outdoor movies, the annual 4th of July celebrations, and a series of holiday events from late November onwards.

Other things to do in Jekyll Island range from beach activities and watersports such as kayaking and paddleboarding, to tours of the Historic District, carriage rides, golf and mini golf, or a visit to the Jekyll Island Museum or the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

See also:
Events at St Simons Island
Events in Brunswick
– Savannah’s events by month: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Nature, history and kayak tours of Jekyll Island

!Events may be rescheduled or cancelled at short notice. Please check dates, venue and other details at the event’s official website before planning your trip.

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January Events

– Jekyll Island Skating Village, November 29 2019 - January 5 2020
Seasonal ice rink, on Beachview Drive. $5 per person. More details

– Island Treasures, January 1 - February 29 2020
Annual treasure hunt on Jekyll Island through the months of January and February, in which you can search the island for “treasure” and win a specially-created glass ball. Participation is free, parking fees apply. More details

– New Year’s Bluegrass Festival, January 2-4 2020
Annual music festival, at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. Ticket purchase required, prices vary. More details

– Jekyll Island Marathon, January 19 2020
Full marathon, half marathon and 10K races at Jekyll Island, with finish line at Village Green. Registration required. More details

February Events

– Island Treasures, January 1 - February 29 2020
Annual treasure hunt on Jekyll Island through the months of January and February, in which you can search the island for “treasure” and win a specially-created glass ball. Participation is free, parking fees apply. More details

– Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife, February 6-9 2020
Annual food and drink festival to benefit the Jekyll Island Foundation, with food and drink tastings, interactive wildlife programs, and music. Ticket purchase required. More details

March Events

– Jekyll Island Arts Festival, March 13-15 2020
Art festival organized by the Jekyll Island Arts Association, with art show and sales, crafts demonstrations, bake sale, food and live music. Admission is free. More details

– Turtle Crawl, March 14 2020
Annual 10K and 5K races to benefit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, plus a 1-mile fun run/walk. Registration required. More details

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April Events

– Jekyll Island Book Festival, April 11 2020
Book festival at the Village Green, with author presentations, book signings, book sales and more. More details

– Shell-e-Brate, 2020 event TBC
Two-day festival at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center focused on keeping Georgia's coastal wildlife in the wild, with animal demonstrations, educational exhibits and more. Regular Sea Turtle Center admission applies. More details

– Easter Egg Stroll, 2020 event TBC
Annual Easter event in the Jekyll Island Historic District, with children’s egg hunt, Easter bonnet parade, petting zoo and other children’s activities. Free admission, fee for some activities. More details

May Events

– Movie on the Green, 2020 event TBC
Monthly outdoor family movie showings at Jekyll Island’s Village Green. Free admission. More details

June Events

– Inspire National Dance Competition, June 29 - July 3 2020
Finals of the southeast-wide Inspire National Dance Competition, at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Beach Village Music Series, 2020 event TBC
Free concert at Jekyll Island’s Village Green. More details

– Swim-In Movie, 2020 event TBC
Evening family movie screening in the wave pool at the Summer Waves Water Park. $15 per person. More details

– Movie on the Green, 2020 event TBC
Monthly outdoor family movie showings at Jekyll Island’s Village Green. Free admission. More details

– Swim-In Movie, 2020 event TBC
Evening family movie screening in the wave pool at the Summer Waves Water Park. $15 per person. More details

July Events

– Inspire National Dance Competition, June 29 - July 3 2020
Finals of the southeast-wide Inspire National Dance Competition, at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. Ticket purchase required. More details

– Independence Day Fireworks, 2020 event TBC
Annual fireworks display on Jekyll Island’s oceanfront in celebration of July 4th. More details

– Independence Day Parade, 2020 event TBC
Patriotic parade through Jekyll Island’s Historic District. More details

– Red, White & Bounce, 2020 event TBC
Children’s activities, live music and sidewalk shopping at the Village Green. More details

– Beach Village Music Series, 2020 event TBC
Free concert at Jekyll Island’s Village Green. More details

– Movie on the Green, 2020 event TBC
Monthly outdoor family movie showings at Jekyll Island’s Village Green. Free admission. More details

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August Events

– Beach Village Music Series, 2020 event TBC
Free concert at Jekyll Island’s Village Green. More details

– Movie on the Green, 2020 event TBC
Monthly outdoor family movie showings at Jekyll Island’s Village Green. Free admission. More details

September Events

– Beach Village Music Series, 2020 event TBC
Free concert at Jekyll Island’s Village Green. More details

– Movie on the Green, 2020 event TBC
Monthly outdoor family movie showings at Jekyll Island’s Village Green. Free admission. More details

October Events

– Goblins on the Green, 2020 event TBC
Trick-or-treating at the Beach Village. More details

– Movie on the Green, 2020 event TBC
Monthly outdoor family movie showings at Jekyll Island’s Village Green. Free admission. More details

– Georgia-Florida Golf Classic, 2020 event TBC
Annual golf tournament preceding the Georgia-Florida football game, at Jekyll Island Golf Club. Registration required. More details

November Events

– Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival, November 6-8 2020
Annual food festival with food and craft beer, wildlife demonstrations, arts and crafts, live music and children’s activities. Admission is free, but a parking charge applies. More details

– Race for the Fallen Glow Run, 2020 event TBC
Family 5K and 1K evening beachfront races to benefit the families of fallen law enforcement officers. Registration required. More details

– Jekyll Island Skating Village, 2020 event TBC
Seasonal ice rink, on Beachview Drive. $5 per person. More details

– Movie on the Green, 2020 event TBC
Monthly outdoor family movie showings at Jekyll Island’s Village Green. Free admission. More details

– Tree Lighting Festival, 2020 event TBC
Fireworks and tree lighting ceremony in Jekyll Island’s Historic District. Free to attend. More details

– Holidays in History, 2020 event TBC
Holiday tours of festively-decorated cottages in the Jekyll Island Historic District. Adults $16, children $7. More details

– Merry Shrimpmas, 2020 event TBC
Holiday event. More details

December Events

– Jekyll Island Skating Village, 2020 event TBC
Seasonal ice rink, on Beachview Drive. $5 per person. More details

– Holidays in History, 2020 event TBC
Holiday tours of festively-decorated cottages in the Jekyll Island Historic District. Adults $20, children $10. More details

– Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade, 2020 event TBC
Holiday parade to Beach Village, with live music and evening shopping at the Village. Free to attend. More details

– Jingle All the Way 5K and Fun Run, 2020 event TBC
Holiday race to benefit CASA Glynn, a local charity that advocates for neglected and abused children. Registration required. More details

– Jekyll & Hyde Comic & Horror Con, 2020 event TBC
Comic book, horror and popular culture festival at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. General admission $25. More details


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