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Something for Everyone All Year

Always A Reason


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.


 Art & Antiques Festival

March 13, 14 & 15 | Goodyear Cottage


Turtle Crawl Triathlon & Nest Fest

May 16 | Great Dunes Park


Easter Egg Stroll

April 4 | Historic District

Independence Day Celebration

July 4 | Jekyll Island Convention Center


 Holidays In History

The Wildside Lecture Series

March 25 | Jekyll Island Convention Center


U.S. Kids Golf

March 21-22 | Jekyll Island Golf Club

 The Georgia-Florida Golf Classic

October 28-30 | Jekyll Island Golf Club


Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival

September 18-20 | Historic District

Christmas Tree Lighting Festival

Thompson – Munzor Exhibit @ Goodyear Art Gallery
Mar 17 – Apr 30 all-day

Enjoy wall art work by Lydia Thompson and pottery by Joann Munzor.

Goodyear Cottage & Gallery is free and open to the public Mon. – Fri., 12noon to 4pm and Sat. & Sun., 10am to 4pm.

Schumaker & Grogan Exhibit @ Goodyear Cottage
May 1 – May 31 all-day

Goodyear Cottage Gallery & Gift Shop is open Monday thru Friday noon – 4 pm and Saturday & Sunday 10 – 4 pm.  Goodyear Cottage is always free and open to the public.


The Bridge Builder’s Cottage Tour @ Jekyll Island Museum
May 2 – May 30 all-day

Hollybourne is the only remaining cottage from the time of the Jekyll Island Club that remains to be fully restored.  For this reason, the elegant tabby home built by Charles Stewart Maurice is typically not open to the public.  This May, however, the Jekyll Island Museum will be opening the island mansion up for a limited number

Charles Stewart Maurice helped to construct many road and railway bridges that became part of the historic fabric of their communities.  By the time Maurice retired in 1895, he had helped traverse many of the nation’s major waterways and had been instrumental in the construction of major landmarks around the country.

Hollybourne Cottage is one of his many unique creations.  The fabulous vacation retreat that Maurice built on Jekyll Island in 1890 was designed to be an architectural wonder of its own.

In its original condition, the vacation retreat was a much-loved haven for Mr. and Mrs. Maurice and their nine children.  The Maurice family made an annual pilgrimage to Jekyll Island, where they enjoyed a whirlwind of entertainments and explored the island’s simple pleasures.

Today, however, the cottage remains a diamond in the rough, with ongoing efforts to preserve the structure.  Guides will discuss the unique design of the cottage, as well as ongoing efforts to save the building.

The tour departs from the Jekyll Island Museum on Stable Road on Saturdays, from May 2-30, 2015, at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  Reserve early!  Space is limited and reservations are required.  The cost of the program is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 7-15, and free for children 6 and under.  For more information, please call or visit the Jekyll Island Museum, at 912-635-4036.

Schumaker & Grogan Reception @ Goodyear Cottage
May 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come meet and mingle with the artists at the Schumaker & Grogan  Reception  on Sunday, May 3 from 1 – 3 pm in Goodyear Cottage

Free and open to the public.


Jekyll Island Buggy Expo @ Jekyll Island Beach
May 4 @ 8:45 am – May 8 @ 9:45 am

The JIBE is Jekyll Island’s first, and the Southeastern U.S.’s only annual kite buggy rally. It is planned as a loosely organized, informal get-together for kite-buggy pilots, but ATB/landboarders, Blokarts and all traction and power kite fliers are welcome.

Jekyll Island National Day of Prayer @ Great Dunes Park
May 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Stroll service agency tables and enjoy refreshments.

Music  by “Sounds of Grace & Co.”

This year’s  Honorary Chair is Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelly

Turtle Crawl Triathlon & Nest Fest @ Jekyll Island
May 16 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Turtle Crawl Triathlon, 5K and NestFest,  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”!

Families with children of all ages are invited to participate in the educational NestFest activities that will take place near the Turtle Crawl finish line and then to join Georgia Sea Turtle Center staff on the beach for the release of a rehabilitated sea turtle.

4th of July Fireworks @ Jekyll Island
Jul 4 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The July 4th fireworks display will begin after sundown and can be seen from anywhere around Great Dunes Park and the Jekyll Island Convention

The Wild Georgia Shrimp & Grits Festival @ Jekyll Island
Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm – Sep 20 @ 4:00 pm

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.

Under the Oaks Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Run @ Great Dunes Park, Jekyll Island
Oct 10 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

Under the Oaks Run- a 13.1 Half Marathon, 10K and 5K to be held on Columbus Day weekend on the beautiful and scenic Jekyll Island. The courses are USATF certified and all three races are USATF sanctioned so that both casual and competitive runners may enjoy each event.