Shrimp & Girts Festival
November 4-6, 2022

Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

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.

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North Pole Bake Shop

The Westin 110 Ocean Way, Jekyll Island, GA

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Recurring Event Holidays in History

Holidays in History

Mosaic, Jekyll Island Museum 100 Stable Road, Jekyll Island, GA

Enjoy the history of Jekyll Island enriched in seasonal splendor as you venture through the National Historic Landmark District on one of the trollies to learn what the holidays were […]

Recurring Event Tidings for Turtles

Tidings for Turtles

Georgia Sea Turtle Center 214 Stable Road, Jekyll Island, GA

Write your well-wishes to Georgia Sea Turtle Center patients and drop them in their special stockings for the holiday season! Visitors can also decorate their own Christmas ornaments to hang […]

Recurring Event Holidays at Just By Hand

Holidays at Just By Hand

Just by Hand 29 Pier Rd, Jekyll Island, GA

Visit Jekyll Island's only all-handmade gift gallery! You'll find special sales and discounts all season long, including on Thanksgiving Day, when visitors will receive a free gift with purchase to […]

Experiences

Details

Location & Directions

The festival will again take place under the oaks in Jekyll Island’s National Historic Landmark District

Parking & Transportation

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.

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.

Shuttle Buses

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.

Biking & Walking

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.

Visiting Jekyll Island

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

Festival Map

Navigate the Shrimp & Grits Festival with our handy map.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

There are multiple hotels on the island, as well as private home rentals. We recommend you plan ahead because hotels & rental properties fill up fast. There are also multiple hotels located off-island that are just a short 15 to 20-minute drive to the festival.

We’ve dedicated an entire section with detailed parking information.

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.

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 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 aerosol cans
  • No laser pointers
  • No drones

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Vendor Opportunities

Applications closed August 19 for artists market and food court vendors. 

Charity Partner

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.

Sponsors

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Voted Best Festival in the Southeast

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. 

Best Festival

2019 SFEA Kaleidoscope Awards

Best Festival

2018 SFEA Kaleidoscope Awards

Top Twenty Events

Southeast Tourism Society