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Annual Events

With events unique to the Golden Isles occurring year after year, many loyal travelers keep coming back to this beautiful coastal setting. Below is a list of our annual events and celebrations to help you schedule your next trip.

Island Treasures

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January and February
Jekyll Island commissions a group of highly skilled artisans from across the U.S. to create an array of stunning, handworked glass globes. During this two-month long program, "Beach Buddies" hide these floats in various locations on Jekyll Island for lucky visitors to find.

Southeast Georgia Health System Bridge Run

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February

The Annual Southeast Georgia Health System Bridge Run across the scenic Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick, Georgia is scheduled each Saturday of President's Weekend. The Sidney Lanier Bridge is 7,780 feet long, making the Run both challenging and beautiful.

Easter Egg Stroll

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March or April (During Easter)

A family friendly Easter gathering in the Jekyll Island Historic District. Search and find Easter eggs hidden along Pier Road, get pictures with Easter Bunny, and enjoy pony rides and other activities. Eggs will be hidden and re-hidden throughout the festival. Special section for kids 3 and under.

Blessing of the Fleet

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May

An annual tradition each Mother's Day Sunday, this beautiful Old World processional through Historic Hanover Square was started by the Portuguese community in 1938 to commemorate the first appearance of The Blessed Virgin to three children near the town of Fatima, Portugal on May 13, 1917. Hand-carved Brazilian Oak statue, with a crown of gold and precious stones, identical to the statue in Fatima, is placed on a carved wooden shoulder carrier and decorated with flowers. Parishioners of St. Francis Xavier Church process singing through the park.

Turtle Crawl Triathlon & Nest Fest

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May

The Jekyll Island Turtle Crawl & Nest Fest is a USAT Sanctioned Olympic, Sprint Distance Triathlon, 5K Run, and 10K Run produced by Set-up Events as part of their Georgia Triathlon series. Events culminate with Nest Fest, educational activities and games for athletes and their families including the release of a rehabilitated sea turtle from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Events benefit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island.

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Georgia Sea Island Festival

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June

For nearly thirty years the Georgia Sea Island Festival on St. Simons Island has celebrated the African American musical traditions, crafts and food of the coastal barrier islands. Nationally known and world renowned, the Georgia Sea Island Singers have been a highlight of the weekend since the festival on St. Simons Island was first organized in 1977 the 1980s by original members of the group Mabel Hillary and Bessie Jones.

4th of July Celebrations

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July

There are many events throughout Georgia's Golden Isles during the 4th of July holiday weekend, making it one of the best places to celebrate the 4th of July. This annual event listing will provide a brief overview of the many 4th of July celebrations scheduled but, for a more detailed listing of events please see our Event Calendar.

Annual Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

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September

A weekend celebration of two of Georgia's most beloved foods - shrimp and grits. The festival features a cook-off, shrimp boat tours, cooking demonstrations, book signings, arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment and a kid‐friendly fun zone. This festival is a must-see for any food lover.

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Brunswick Rockin' Stewbilee

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October

Get ready for the annual Brunswick Rockin' Stewbilee at Mary Ross Waterfront Park. Each year, cooking teams from near and far compete to see who has the best stew, competing for the Peoples' Choice and Judges' Award. The day long event begins with the 1-mile Fun Run and 5k Road Race followed by the Pet Supplies Plus Pooch Parade, Live Entertainment, The Kid's Junior Stewbee Central Fun Zone, Classic and Antique Car Show, Arts & Crafts displays and of course, sampling of the Best Brunswick Stew in the nation.

Saint Simons Food & Spirits Festival

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October

Celebrating the Bounty of Georgia’s Golden Isles while raising dollars and awareness for Hospice of the Golden Isles, the only community-based, non-profit hospice serving the area.

Area restaurants, regional farmers and artisans will be the highlight of Saturday’s Tasting Tents, Farm Stand and Market.

This Festival promises to become an annual favorite, allowing guests to experience all that is unique about our community, while helping build a legacy for Hospice of the Golden Isles.

CoastFest

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October

With more than 70 environmental, educational, research and resource exhibitors from throughout the southeast providing interactive exhibits and displays, the annual CoastFest highlights Georgia’s unique coastal environment in a family-friendly day of fun and education at the GA DNR Coastal Regional Headquarters near the Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick.

Visitors of all ages can participate in activities from recycling to coastal weather … native plants to sea turtles ... water conservation to archeology… herpetology to geology … sharks to shrimp!! 

Georgia Florida Golf Classic

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October

Whether you are a Bulldog or a Gator, the Georgia-Florida Golf Classic is a great way to relax and unwind before the annual Georgia-Florida Football Game. Held on Jekyll Island's three beautiful 18-hole golf course, this 33 year tradition, provides the perfect mix of golf, food, and fun. Enjoy two rounds of tournament play, a practice round, and all the food and drinks you want for one all-inclusive tournament registration fee. Wear your team colors, grab your favorite clubs, and show your team spirit in this fun-filled two day golf classic.

The RSM Classic

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November

Making its debut on the PGA TOUR in 2010, The RSM Classic became an instant Seaside tradition. Played in Georgia’s beautiful Golden Isles, the tournament showcases the area’s rich culture, history and extraordinary hospitality.

Jekyll Tree Lighting Festival & Holidays in History

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November and December

Jekyll Island is transformed for the holiday season. The Historic District decorated in Christmas grandeur and special themed tours take guests back in time to Christmas during the Club era. The season begins with the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival the Saturday after Thanksgiving and continues with storytelling, caroling, craft workshops, and more.