Jekyll Island Turtle Crawl Triathlon and NestFest

May 17, 2014 :: Great Dunes Park

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It’s time again for one of Jekyll Island’s great traditions, the Turtle Crawl Triathlon and NestFest, which help launch the annual sea turtle nesting season in Georgia’s Golden Isles. The spring event on this beautiful barrier island celebrates athleticism and ecology and is the perfect place for a fun, family “racecation”!

Known as one of the most-scenic triathlons on the East Coast, the Turtle Crawl Triathlon on Jekyll Island is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. Jekyll Island’s magnificent Great Dunes Park is the start-finish area for the three Turtle Crawl races that together accommodate every skill level, from elite, world-class athletes to novices: an International Distance Triathlon, a Sprint Distance Triathlon, and a traditional 5K Run.

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4th of July Celebration on Jekyll Island

Free EventJuly 4, 2014 :: Great Dunes Park

The July 4th fireworks display will begin after sundown, about 9 p.m., and can be seen from anywhere around Great Dunes Park and the Jekyll Island Convention Center campus. Admission to the Jekyll Island celebration is free. Please note the $6 daily parking fee does apply. For more information about the fireworks show, please call our Guest Information Center at 912.635.3636 or visit the calendar page.

Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival

September 19-21, 2014 :: Jekyll Island Historic Landmark District

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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Under the Oaks Half Marathon & 10k Run

October 11, 2014 :: Great Dunes Park

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Join us once again for the best USATF certified flat, fast and scenic course in the Golden Isles! Run “Under the Oaks” through historic Jekyll Island on Saturday, October 11, 2014 in support of Saint Simons Christian School and the Jekyll Island Foundation.

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Georgia-Florida Golf Classic

October 29 – 31, 2014

An annual tradition. Fans of UGA and UF gather for a friendly battle on the golf links. With more than 400 players, the Georgia-Florida Golf Classic is the largest golf tournament of its kind, covering two competitive rounds and one practice round surrounded by parties, oyster roast and seafood feast. Compete against or play with heroes from past seasons. Registration opens June 1, 2014.

38th Annual New Year’s Bluegrass Festival

January 1-3, 2015

Jekyll Island Convention Center

More information to come… Click here for festival website>>


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Team Sea Watch Cooks Again!

Tom Kent and Pat Cochran have been cooking together since they were in college over 40 years ago.  Many dishes have been prepared while on vacations and getaways over the years and some were created on sailboats off the coast of British Columbia, Maine, and in the Virgin Islands.  Team Sea Watch entered Jekyll Shrimp [...]


Sea Turtle Release this Friday at 10:30 a.m.


 Public Invited to Attend! Join Us!

WHO:                   Jekyll Island Authority – Georgia Sea Turtle Center

WHAT:                Sea Turtle Release

WHEN:                Friday, July 25, 2014, 10:30 am

WHERE:             Beach at Great Dunes Park, Jekyll Island, GA


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