The fall season is right around the corner and the perfect time to visit Georgia’s Golden Isles. The beautiful marshlands that surround our coast will begin to transform from the lush green visible during summer months to a golden color some say provided the isles of Southeast Georgia with their name, “The Golden Isles”. September is filled with food, art, and music providing the perfect backdrop to celebrate the change of seasons.

This month enjoy Jekyll Island’s Shrimp & Grits Festival and St. Simon’s Food & Spirits Festival in addition to abundant year-round offerings of art and music including art galleries, performing arts venues, music festivals, arts festivals, concert series and nightly offerings of live music.

The first full weekend of September kicks off the month with “First Friday” in Historic Downtown Brunswick. Take a stroll along Newcastle Street on September 7th & October 5th (5-8pm) visiting shops, art galleries, and restaurants while you enjoy live music along with food and beverage pairings.

The second weekend brings a shrimp cook-off, shrimp boat tours, cooking demonstrations, book signings, arts and crafts, live entertainment and fun for the entire family at Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival (Sept. 14th-16th). Set in the Jekyll Island Historic District providing a relaxed Southern atmosphere beneath moss-covered live oaks, this festival offers up delicious coastal cuisine and great entertainment. This year is special with the introduction of a few new elements: a Craft Brew Tasting Tent by Southern Eagle Distributors, “Quite a Catch” Juggling Act to entertain families and even more Shrimp & Grits Food Vendors! For more information and a full schedule of events, click here.

We close out the month with the Inaugural Saint Simons Food & Spirits Festival (Sept. 21st-23rd) celebrating the bounty of Coastal Georgia while raising dollars and awareness for Hospice of the Golden Isles! The main event will be at Gascoigne Bluff on Saturday. Enjoy local foods prepared by more than 25 area chefs, over 40 craft brews, fine wines, and spirits at the Local Flavors Tasting Tent on Saturday followed by The Low Country Concert under the oaks featuring The Mosier Brothers and Mudcat. Worried you might miss your favorite football game, not to worry… SEC football will be televised at the festival. For more information and a full schedule of events, click here.

If that’s not enough, throughout the islands and on the mainland lie 198 holes of golf, stunning inlets and rivers to kayak and miles of pristine beaches to explore. Plan your fall getaway today!