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 2021. Please check our annual events page for more details regarding potential updates.
With the new year upon us, it’s time to start planning the best festivals to attend in 2021. 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 2021 events are sure to be enjoyed by all. Mark your calendar!
JANUARY & February
January 1 - February 28, 2021
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 glass orbs throughout Jekyll Island for the public to find—and keep for themselves!
January 16-23, 2021
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. In 2021, the Land Trust will instead host the inaugural SSLT Restaurant Week, a seven-day event to support more than 30 restaurants on St. Simons Island while also furthering the mission of the Land Trust.
January 30, 2021
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.
March 2021 - 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 8, 2021
Experience the 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!
June 2021 - 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.
St. Simons Island Sunshine Festival
July 4, 2021
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, 2021
Brunswick’s annual 4th of July festivities include fun and games for the whole family. 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, 2021
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.
Sea Island 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 2021
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.
September 9-12, 2021
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!
October 2021 - 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 and covers everything from native plants and sea turtles to water conservation, geology, recycling and more.
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 5-7, 2021
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.
November 15-21, 2021
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, go to the RSM Concert or participate in activities such as the Charity Bike Ride. You might even get a chance to meet the pros.
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.
November - December 2021
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.