General Information

Joining us for this year’s Shrimp & Grits Festival? Here are the basics you need to know for a fun and safe visit.

2017 Dates & Hours

Friday, September 15: 4-9 p.m.
Saturday, September 16: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, September 17: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location & Directions

The festival will again take place under the oaks in Jekyll Island’s National Historic Landmark District. Whether you’re traveling to Jekyll by boat, car, or plane, we hope you arrive safely to this year’s Shrimp & Grits Festival.

Festival Beneficiary

Jekyll Island FoundationWe’re proud to announce the Jekyll Island Foundation as the partner charity for this year’s Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival. Stop by the Experience Jekyll Island or Sponsor Pavilions to meet the team from the Foundation or visit their website to learn more about their efforts.

Conserve. Preserve. Educate. Jekyll Island.
The Jekyll Island Foundation raises funds for projects related to the conservation, preservation, and educational initiatives of Jekyll Island.

The Jekyll Island Foundation, a 501(c) (3) organization, was created to identify and raise funds for special projects that support distinctive conservation, education, cultural, and historic preservation efforts on Jekyll Island. The Foundation is governed by a statewide, independent board of up to 25 individuals representing diverse interests and communities.


Q: Where is the festival located?
A: The Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival takes place on Jekyll Island, Georgia in the National Historic Landmark District.

Q: What’s the best way to get to the festival?
A: If you’re staying on-island, many of the hotels offer shuttles directly to the festival entrance. If you’re staying off-island please read our parking information.

Q: I’m coming in from out of town. Is there an airport nearby?
A: Yes! There are three airports near Jekyll Island.

Q: Are there hotels near the festival?
A: There are multiple hotels on the island, as well as private home rentals. We recommend you plan ahead because they fill up fast. There are also multiple hotels located off-island that are just a short 15 to 20 minute drive to the festival.

Q: Where do I park?
A: We’ve dedicated an entire section with detailed parking information.

Q: Do I need a ticket for the festival?
A: No, the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival is free and open to the public once you’re on Jekyll Island. Some special events and experiences within the festival do come with a cost.

Q: Is there an age requirement for the festival?
A: No! Shrimp & Grits is very family-friendly. There’s something for everyone at the festival, from ages 6 to 76.

Q: Is the festival ADA accessible?
A: Yes. Reserved disability parking will be at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center; the shuttle bus fleet includes ADA-accessible buses & attendants; all restrooms at the Festival include ADA-accessible locations; and the three lounges are all ADA-accessible.

Q: What if I run out of cash over the weekend?
A: ATMs will be conveniently located throughout the festival.

Q: What if I need medical assistance while attending Shrimp & Grits?
A: A First Aid station and Jekyll Island EMTs will be on-site all weekend.

Q: I’ve lost my family member/friend/significant other while at the festival, what do I do?
A: Any lost visitor seeking to find your party can meet at the First Aid Station.

Q: I lost my sunglasses/wallet/phone/etc. at the festival, what do I do?
A: Please check with the Information Tent to see if your lost item was turned in.

Q: Can I bring my pet to the festival?
A: Service animals are allowed at the Shrimp & Grits Festival, but we politely ask you leave other four-legged friends at home out of concern for your pets’ safety.

Q: Can I apply to be a food or art vendor?
A: Yes! We are currently accepting applications for food and art vendors for the 2017 festival.

Q: Can you point me to the restroom?
Restrooms are located throughout the festival. Specifically, on the south-end of the Riverfront Lawn, along Riverview Dr. near the Main Lawn, by Skeet House Stage, near Craft Brew Fest, in the Kids’ Zone, behind The Cottage Shop on Pier Rd., and at the Airport for shuttle bus pick-up & drop-off.

Q: What if it rains?
A: We expect beautiful weather; however, the festival is a rain or shine event.

Q: If I want to help out are there volunteer positions available?
A: So you want to help out (yay!). We need help in many different areas. Please fill out the volunteer form.

Q: What if I have any other questions?
A: Additional information can be found in one of the Info Tents at the festival.

Q: What will be available to eat?
A: A variety of food of all sorts, including Shrimp & Grits, and drinks will be available on-site. More information about the food vendors and options will be released in the upcoming weeks.

Q: What should I bring to the festival?
A: Here’s what we recommend: hats, sunglasses, comfortable walking/dancing shoes, a good attitude, sunblock, and bug repellent. Prohibited items:

  • No illegal substances
  • No drugs / drug paraphernalia
  • No e-cigarettes or vapes
  • No pets (excluding service animals)
  • No outside food or drink
  • No large chains / spiked jewelry
  • No balloons, balls, inflatables, Frisbees, etc.
  • No tents or large umbrellas
  • No weapons of any kind (includes pocket knives)
  • No aerosol cans
  • No laser pointers
  • No drones

Q: Can I bring my drone?
A: No. Unfortunately, as much as we love drones (we have several), we cannot allow them buzzing around at the festival. When you combine large groups of people and flying robots with rapidly spinning blades, the likelihood of something ugly happening increases exponentially.