A coastal favorite, the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival combines the classic southern dish with family-friendly entertainment, artists market, live music, kids’ zone, food, a craft brew fest, and more. The island comes alive during this fun-filled weekend, so mark your calendars for this award-winning three-day event held in the Historic District of Jekyll Island, Georgia.
The Shrimp & Grits Festival is rooted in this southern staple and the belief that good food brings us all together. Throughout the weekend, you’ll find a plethora of chefs and cooks sharing their favorite recipe for shrimp & grits. Let local food trucks tempt you with their unique, and varied taste treats.
A carefully curated roster of art and craft vendors will line the paths of the Historic District. Bringing their hand-crafted goods, these artists from throughout the southeast have something for every interest – paintings, photography, pottery, glass, textiles, woodworking, jewelry, and more.
Stroll down Georgia Grown Alley to find many of the best handmade food products Georgia has to offer.
The festival will again take place under the oaks in Jekyll Island’s National Historic Landmark District.
Moving 45,000+ people around our little barrier island takes a lot of effort, volunteers, and cooperation. Here’s the 4-1-1 on getting to & from the Festival. Our goal is to ensure all festival-goers are spending time enjoying the Festival, not getting to it. 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 day; annual passes are not impacted. Cash and credit cards are accepted at the gate. To purchase an annual pass and become exempt from the $4 increase, please visit jekyllisland.com/parking.
The Jekyll Island Airport will be the primary parking lot for all festival attendees. An overflow lot will be opened up during the highest-traffic portions of the Festival. Accessible parking will be located at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Lot attendants will check for government-issued parking placards or license plates for entry. A limited number of complimentary wheel chairs will be available in the accessible parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis, but those in need of one are strongly encourage to bring their own if they anticipate needed one. The shuttle bus fleet also includes accessible buses & attendants.
We’re partnering with Glynn County School System to get you to & from parking to the Festival with their fleet of buses. Not only does this partnership support our local community, it allows us to maintain a large number of shuttles to keep Festival attendees on the move. Additionally, the shuttle bus fleet includes ADA-accessible buses & attendants.
Working to get in your steps? Park at the Airport, and walk to the festival! The one-way trip is just under one mile, and 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.
Navigate the Shrimp & Grits Festival with our handy map.
The Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival takes place on Jekyll Island, Georgia in the National Historic Landmark District.
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.
Yes! There are three airports near Jekyll Island.
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. Additionally, some special events and experiences within the festival do come with a cost.
No! Shrimp & Grits is very family-friendly. There’s something for everyone at the festival, from ages 6 to 96. Only entry into the Craft Brew Fest is 21+.
Reserved accessible parking is located at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Guests must show the attendant a government-issued parking placard or license plate for entry. The shuttle bus fleet includes accessible buses & attendants. All restrooms at the Festival include accessible locations.
With 45,000+ attendees, walking is the best way to navigate within the Festival. Keep in mind the festival grounds cover 32 acres, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Shuttles from the Airport drop off at the Mosaic Museum, across the street from the Artists Market area.
ATMs will be conveniently located throughout the festival.
A First Aid station and Jekyll Island EMTs will be on-site all weekend.
Any lost visitor seeking to find your party can meet at the First Aid Station.
Please check with the Information Tent to see if your lost item was turned in.
We encourage you to leave your pets at home. Pathways can be crowded with 45,000+ attendees and not everyone is comfortable around dogs or other pets.
Applications are currently closed. Sign-up to be contacted when applications open »
Restrooms are located throughout the festival. Specifically, on the south end of the Riverfront Lawn, outside The Wharf restrooms, by Skeet House stage, behind Doc’s Snack Shop, in the Kids’ Zone, behind Cotton & Copper on Pier Rd., and at both Mosaic & the Jekyll Island Airport for shuttle bus pick-up & drop-off.
We expect beautiful weather; however, the festival is a rain or shine event.
A variety of food of all sorts, including shrimp & grits, and drinks will be available on-site.
Here’s what we recommend: hats, sunglasses, comfortable walking/dancing shoes, a good attitude, sunblock, and bug repellent. Prohibited items:
No. Unfortunately, as much as we love drones, we cannot allow them to buzz 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.
State law prohibits Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) from allowing a candidate to use JIA property or participate in JIA sanctioned events for the purpose of campaigning for office.
Additional information can be found in one of the Information Tents at the festival.
No, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will not be open to the public from November 4 to November 6. The Center will resume normal operating hours on November 7.
No, Mosaic will not be open to the public from November 4 to November 6. Mosaic will resume normal operating hours on November 7.
Jekyll Island plays host to a multitude of events each year, and community support is key to each of them. Although the opportunity to signup for volunteers has closed for the festival, join the volunteer list to be contacted for other Jekyll events.
Applications closed August 19 for artists market and food court vendors.
We’re proud to again partner with the Jekyll Island Foundation as the charity for this year’s Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival.
The Jekyll Island Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization established by the Jekyll Island Authority to raise funds for projects beyond the JIA’s financial capabilities. These projects focus on conservation, preservation, and education surrounding the island’s natural, cultural, and historic resources, to ensure stewardship of what makes Jekyll Island so magical. The Foundation is managed by an independent board of up to 25 individuals representing diverse interests and communities from across the state of Georgia and beyond.
This one-of-a-kind event has twice been honored as “Best Festival” by the Southeast Festival and Events Association. Festival-goers flock to this popular barrier island to take in all the festival food, entertainment, arts and experiences, which together fill more than 30 acres in the Jekyll Island National Historic Landmark District.