With the new year upon us, it’s time to start planning the best festivals to attend in 2022. The Golden Isles is home to annual festivals and joyous celebrations that take place every month in stunning coastal settings. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, traveling solo or with family— these 2022 events are sure to be enjoyed by all. Mark your calendar!
January & February
January 1 - February 28, 2022
Island Treasures is a treasure hunt like no other. Each year, artisans from around the country create stunning glass orbs, reminiscent of the floats fisherman attach to their nets. Each day of this event, “Beach Buddies” hide two to five orbs throughout Jekyll Island for the public to find—and keep for themselves!
Grab a bike from a bike rental company and explore the beauty of Jekyll Island on two wheels in search of Island Treasures. If you're one of the lucky treasure hunters to find a hidden orb, all you have to do is simply take it to the Jekyll Island Guest Information Center to register it and swap it out for an authentic, glass Island Treasure!
January 22, 2022
Each year, the St. Simons Land Trust hosts its annual Oyster Roast that enables the preservation and protection of more than 1,000 acres of land on St. Simons Island. Enjoy local oysters, a bounty of food and drinks, live music and so much more, all beneath the beautiful live oak trees at Gascoigne Bluff.
Watch the sunset over the Marshes of Glynn as you take in sweeping views of the peaceful waterfront. Learn more about the St. Simons Land Trust's initiatives and how you can support their mission to preserve and protect areas on St. Simons Island.
January 29, 2022 The 2022 Brunswick Rockin' Stewbilee has been temporarily postponed. A new date announcement is expected soon.
Cast your vote for People's Choice as you sample dozens of our namesake dish - Brunswick Stew! Teams from across the Golden Isles and even across state lines show up to compete in Historic Downtown Brunswick's annual Brunswick Rockin' Stewbilee each January. Enjoy live music, a classic car show, and dozens of Brunswick Stews to savor all along the way.
February 3-6, 2022
The Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife event will feature artful pairs of food and drink accompanied by interactive programs with coastal wildlife. The South’s best chefs, master distillers and wildlife experts will be present at this oceanfront experience on Jekyll Island. Enjoy events held throughout the weekend, including master classes, exclusive multi-course meals, and of course, the main event on Saturday!
The 2022 Bridge Run will not take place.
Here's your chance to run across Georgia's tallest cable-stayed bridge, the Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick! Join the Golden Isles community during the annual Bridge Run, a fundraising effort benefitting the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation.
Walk or run your way to the top of the Sidney Lanier Bridge and delight in magnificent views all along the way. Peer over toward Colonel's Island to catch glimpses of massive cargo ships coming in and out of the Port of Brunswick. Glance over toward St. Simons Island to see the beloved St. Simons Lighthouse in the distance.
March 2022 - Official Date To Be Announced
Support the Georgia Sea Turtle Center by participating in the annual Turtle Crawl on Jekyll Island. Run the 5k or 10k road race, or take part in the new, one-mile fun run along the beach to help save the turtles and other coastal wildlife! Runners of all ages and experience can participate in these events.
May 7, 2022
Experience the 82nd Annual Blessing of the Fleet in Downtown Brunswick, featuring fresh seafood, a shrimp boat parade, arts, entertainment and more for the whole family. The Blessing of the Fleet began as a blessing to the shrimp boats and an honoring of the shrimping industry’s influence on the area, and is the country's oldest celebration of its kind!
Held at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, you can be a part of the official blessing at 2 p.m. as well as a myriad of activities before and after this time-honored tradition. There will be live music, a pooch parade, demonstrations and so much more. This family-friendly festival takes place the Saturday of Mother's Day Weekend, making it a perfect day to spend with those you love most.
June 2022 - Official Date To Be Announced
Celebrate African American tradition and culture of the coastal barrier islands at the annual Georgia Sea Islands Festival. Typically held the first Saturday in June, at this special event you can listen to musicians perform songs passed down from ancestors, taste traditional foods and view demonstrations of handmade crafts all on St. Simons Island.
The festival benefits the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition, a local organization dedicated to preserving the cultural traditions and historic sites that are special to the Golden Isles.
St. Simons Island Sunshine Festival
July 4, 2022
This celebratory island tradition features numerous vendors, arts & crafts, live music, a golf cart parade, 5k and many more lively activities. The event takes place at the St. Simons Pier Village, and after dark, a dazzling fireworks show is showcased at Neptune Park.
Brunswick's Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 2022
Brunswick’s annual 4th of July festivities include fun and games for the whole family at Mary Ross Waterfront Park. Participate in classic activities such as tug-of-war, hula-hoop contests and horseshoes. A fireworks show over the East River will close out the night.
Jekyll Island Independence Day
July 4, 2022
Celebrate the 4th of July on Jekyll Island with a patriotic parade, bounce houses, children’s activities, live music, food and other sidewalk vendors. Stake a spot on the beach as you witness the display of fireworks at the end of the day. Best places to watch the fireworks show? Great Dunes Park or the Jekyll Island Beach Village.
Sea Island 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 2022
Hotel guests and members of Sea Island can enjoy a fun-filled Independence Day featuring a traditional Hawaiian luau, parade, pool party, family games, 5k and more. The celebrations will end with the Fireworks Spectacular taking place along the beach.
October 2022 - Official Date To Be Announced
This family-friendly event celebrates Georgia’s unique coastal environment with more than 70 interactive exhibits and fun “make-it-take-it’ craft projects. The event is typically hosted at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Historic Downtown Brunswick the first weekend in October and covers everything from native plants and sea turtles to water conservation, geology, recycling and more. Stay tuned for a full schedule of events!
There’s nothing like being in the Golden Isles during the annual Georgia vs. Florida football game. Cheer on the Bulldogs from one of the restaurants or bars around the area that offers game-day deals. And don’t forget to join us for the annual Georgia-Florida Golf Classic—held on Jekyll Island’s beautiful 18-hole golf course—before the game. Pack your red and black!
November 4-6, 2022
Voted as one of the best festivals in the Southeast, the Shrimp & Grits Festival on Jekyll Island is a must for foodies, families and anyone lucky enough to attend! The annual event features a cook-off, vendors, live music and a kids’ zone to celebrate this savory southern dish.
The 15th Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival is sure to be the best one yet! Enjoy the weekend perusing arts and crafts vendors set up throughout the Historic District, let the kids burn off some energy in the exciting kids' zone, and take in all of the action during live cooking competitions. Celebrate coastal Georgia's classic dish at this weekend-long event.
November 14-20, 2022
The annual RSM Classic is an official PGA TOUR event at the Sea Island Golf Club and raises funds for the Davis Love Foundation. Attendees can watch PGA TOUR Pros on the green and participate in fundraising activities such as the Charity Putting Challenge. You might even get a chance to meet the pros.
Follow your favorite golf pros as they play Seaside and Plantation courses at Sea Island. Meander along cart paths that wind through the marshes, stop in one of the hospitality tents to relax and enjoy a drink, and cheer on our hometown golfers as they make their way down the greens.
December 3, 2022
More than a hundred floats and various marching groups will participate in the Brunswick Christmas Parade—typically held the first weekend in December. Walk in the parade or just enjoy the festivities as they pass through Historic Brunswick. Stay until the end to catch a glimpse of Santa. Afterwards, head to a restaurant to enjoy a delicious dinner or stop into Silver Bluff Brewery or Richland Rum to keep the spirits bright!
November - December 2022
This event is fun for the whole family and features story time with Santa, a holiday market, live music, ice skating and of course, the annual tree lighting. Throughout December, Jekyll Island will host a variety of seasonal celebrations including tram ride tours through the decorated historic district.
Please note that due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC, some of the events below may be slightly different in 2022. Please check our annual events page for more details regarding potential updates.