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Something for Everyone All Year

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Jekyll Island has reasons for you to visit all year long; annual festivals, concerts, and family-oriented holiday events dot the calendar! Don’t miss a reason to celebrate on Jekyll Island.

Island Treasures

Island Treasures

January – February 2016 | Jekyll Island

Turtle Crawl Triathlon

Turtle Crawl Triathlon & Nest Fest

May 13-16, 2016 | Great Dunes Park

Shrimp & Grits Festival

The Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

September 16-18, 2016 | Historic District

Christmas Tree Lighting Festival

Christmas Tree Lighting Festival & Holiday Events

November-December, 2016 | Island-Wide

Village Green

Village Green Events

Year-Round | Beach Village

Red White and Boom

4th of July on Jekyll Island

July 1-4, 2016 | Island-Wide

GA-FL Golf Classic

The Georgia-Florida Golf Classic

October 2016 | Jekyll Island Golf Club

Feb
5
Fri
Jekyll BBQ Beach Bash @ Great Dunes Park
Feb 5 @ 5:00 pm – Feb 6 @ 6:00 pm

The Brunswick Lions Club & Georgia Barbecue Association will offer over $8,500 in prize money for their two days of world class professional & amateur  BBQ cook-offs,  live music and art vendors.

www.jekyllbbq.com

  • Professional and Amateur BBQ Competitions
    • Over $8,500 in prize money
    • Contests:
      • World class BBQ Competition
      • Best burger
      • Best Seafood
      • Best Desserts
      • People’s Choice
      • Fun Cook
    • Live Music Friday night
    • McCormick’s Grill Bar
    • Arts & Craft Vendors
    • Food Vendors

 

Feb
14
Sun
‘Art Inspired by Nature’ Sale & Silent Auction @ Jekyll Island Morgan Center
Feb 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Local artists display their artwork for sale to benefit Tidelands Nature Center.
Mark your calendars for the 14th annual 4-H Tidelands Nature Center ‘Art Inspired by Nature’ Sale, Sunday February 14th, 2016. The annual event features an eclectic array of artwork created by talented local artists from our coastal Georgia area displaying their coastal- themed art for sale. Look for your favorites from Jekyll, St. Simon’s, Brunswick, Camden, and McIntosh displaying paintings, pottery, hand-made jewelry, metal sculptures, photographs, books, bake goods, hand-made soaps, and more!
Be sure to stop in and find your favorite treasures created by all of our talented local artists! And while you are browsing, be sure to check out our silent auction booth, featuring items donated by some of our artists as well as community organizations. Silent auction items include jewelry, pottery, books, photographs, hotel accommodations, restaurant gift certificates, dolphin tours, kayak tours, and more!!

Sunday Funday @ Jekyll Island Beach Village
Feb 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Celebrate Valentine’s Day on the Village Green with music, valentine’s crafts and candy.

Feb
25
Thu
A Taste of Heritage @ The Morgan Center
Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This museum program highlights the work of outstanding African-American chefs based in the South and explores the history, culture, and traditions behind the foods they prepare. Chef Matthew Raiford of Brunswick, Chef Benjamin “BJ” Dennis of Charleston, and Chef Sallie Ann Robinson of Savannah will team up with the Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s Executive Chef to create a signature meal made with fresh local ingredients.

The selected menu reflects the guest chefs’ collective heritage. Individual courses are based on childhood memories, treasured family recipes, Gullah Geechee dishes, or dishes inspired by ingredients brought over from Africa. You will enjoy four-course dining while discovering the flavorful story behind each special dish.

Salad: Middlin Salad, prepared and presented by Chef Matthew Raiford

Soup: Fish Stew, prepared and presented by Chef Benjamin “BJ” Dennis

Meat: Braised Duck with Orange Glaze & Savory Sweet Potato Soufflé, prepared and presented by Chef Sallie Ann Robinson

Dessert: Coffee and Pastries, prepared and served by the Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Make your reservations now at bit.ly/ATasteofHeritage.

For more information, call or visit the Jekyll Island Museum on Stable Road, at 912-635-4036.

Mar
11
Fri
Jekyll Island Arts Festival @ Goodyear Cottage
Mar 11 @ 10:00 am – Mar 13 @ 4:00 pm

The 24th Annual Jekyll Island Art Festival is a three-day art extravaganza featuring the work of many of the association’s nearly 700 members who come from all over North America.

JIAA member artists enter their work, to be judged for a gallery exhibit of the highest quality. Most submissions will be for sale after judging. Artists also fill, to over-flowing, the “Festival Shop” where it is possible to purchase that perfect, hard to find handmade item.

In addition to the gallery and sales shops, there will be demonstrations by weavers, carvers, painters, and potters. There will be art activities for kids of all ages including the traditional Raku glazing and firing.

We have a full schedule of entertainment for the festival. Come enjoy the music along with the art.

Friday 1:00-4:00 The Stringrays
Saturday 12:00- 4:00 Ricky Minix
Saturday 4:00-7:00 Michael Hulett
Sunday 1:00-4:00 Marshgrass Trio

This year we will feature Saturday night “Art After Dark.” Stroll through the gallery and the outdoor sales areas. Dine on the Historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s (JICH) award winning Shrimp and Grits and listen to the mellow sounds of Michael Hulett.

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is the exclusive food vendor for the festival and, is providing a menu you won’t want to miss. It includes pastries and other breakfast items, Brunswick Stew, and a number of sandwich choices. You will even be able to toast your own “Smores.” In addition, the JICH culinary team will provide a Saturday afternoon Chef’s demonstration on shrimp and grits.

Join us for three exciting days of visual, musical, and culinary arts.

Mar
19
Sat
Easter Bonnet Parade @ Jekyll Island Beach Village
Mar 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Celebrate Easter in the Beach Village at the Easter Bonnet Parade.

  • Visits with the Easter Bunny
  • Live music with Scotty Wilson
  • Bubble Man
  • Easter Bonnet Parade at 2 p.m.
    • For children 12 and under
    • Prizes:
      • Most Creative Bonnet
      • Best Use of Recycled Materials
      • Most Jekyll Island Spirit

 

4th Annual Jekyll Island Green Screen @ Jekyll Island Morgan Center
Mar 19 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A one-of-a-kind event on the Georgia Coast, the fourth annual Jekyll Island Green Screen, presented in association with Athens’ acclaimed EcoFocus Film Festival, will again be free and open to the public.  This evening of educational entertainment will open with The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida. Following the opening film, a reception, including light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, will feature intimate presentations by researchers and environmental professionals working on topics important to our coastal communities. Finally, a viewing of this year’s  feature film, Racing Extinction will be presented. Stick around after the feature for a Q&A.

Mar
26
Sat
Easter Egg Stroll @ Jekyll Island Historic District
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Children ages 10 and under hunt for hidden Easter Eggs in the Historic District and win prizes.

Apr
2
Sat
Jekyll Island Farmers’ Market @ Jekyll Island Beach Village
Apr 2 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Enjoy live music while picking up products from local farmers for the week.

Apr
9
Sat
Kids’ Night Out @ Jekyll Island Beach Village
Apr 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Enjoy a night on the green with kids’ activities and games.