Parking & Transportation

Can you believe it? Over 40,000 people attended the 2015 Shrimp & Grits Festival. We know this is a lot of people (and cars) on our little barrier island, but we’ve taken some big steps to ensure festival-goers are spending their time enjoying the festival, and not getting to it.

New Traffic Pattern

We’ve improved the traffic pattern on the Island to eliminate stops, and keep the flow of traffic moving.


The Jekyll Island Airport will again be the primary parking lot for all festival attendees. However, we’ve enhanced the traffic pattern at the Airport to accommodate more cars and get you on the shuttle quicker. Additionally, we’ve added an expanded disability parking lot at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and have reserved another parking for overflow parking, as needed.

Admission for the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival is free. However, the Jekyll Island parking fee will be increased during this event. The fee is an additional $4 per daily/weekly pass; annual passes are not impacted. For additional information on the fee increase, please visit Park Entry & Parking Passes

More Buses

We’ve partnered with Glynn County to use their school buses to get you to & from parking to the festival. Not only does this partnership support our local community, it also allows us to DOUBLE the number of buses from last year. Additionally, the shuttle bus fleet includes ADA-accessible buses & attendants.

Biking & Walking

Working to get in your steps? Park at the Airport, and walk to the festival! We’ll have directional signage and arrows guiding you all along the way. We’ll also have bike racks set-up throughout the festival if you’re looking to move a little faster.

Visiting Jekyll Island

Want more details on visiting Jekyll Island? We’ve got much more information for you.