Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival is a three-day celebration of food and fun. This annual event offers unique experiences for every member of the family. Check out this year’s lineup.

VIP Lounge | Craft Brew | Georgia Sea Turtle Center | Georgia LotteryGo RVing | Lay’s | Georgia’s Best | Kids’ Zone


VIP Lounge

Presented by Atlanta Magazine

Enjoy the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival like a true VIP. This exclusive festival retreat features an ideal location at Indian Mound Cottage on the main lawn, with an elevated tent, open bar, and catering throughout the weekend.

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Craft Brew Fest

Presented by Southern Eagle Distributing

This festival within the festival is a celebration of barley and hops. Offering a wide assortment of breweries, Craft Brew Fest is sure to please a variety of beer enthusiasts.

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Georgia Sea Turtle Center Experience

Jekyll Island is home to more than a thousand acres of maritime forest, 10 miles of shoreline, endless miles of salt marsh, and the world-renown Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Join best-in-class biologists, researchers, and educators to learn about sea turtles and all the amazing coastal wildlife that calls Jekyll Island home. This is a special chance for you to get up close and personal with the experts. You might even get to meet some of the resident critters. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center Experience sessions will be conducted throughout the weekend in the Southern Living Pavilion.

Go RVing

Enjoy an interactive tour of the latest and greatest models of RVs with our friends from Go RVing.


Lay’s Tastes of America Tour is making a stop at the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival and they’re bringing snacks. Stop by to try a new chip flavor inspired by Sunday socials and Southern charm and available at the Festival first.

Georgia Lottery

Visit the new Georgia Lottery Experience and qualify to play Mega Millions Plinko, get entered to win the daily grand prize give away, and receive free gifts throughout the weekend. The Georgia Lottery Experience is located adjacent to the festival’s Main Stage.

Georgia’s Best Shrimp & Grits Cooking Competition

Presented by Golden Isles Magazine

The annual Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival is a quintessentially Southern, one-of-a-kind tradition celebrating one of Georgia’s most-beloved dishes: shrimp and grits. Chefs from top restaurants around the state battled it out in a professional cooking competition for the title of “Georgia’s Best Shrimp & Grits.”

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Kids’ Zone

Presented by Circle K/Flash Foods

The Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival is fun for kids of all ages. But in the Kids’ Zone, your little ones can jump, swing, bounce, run, and create their way to fun! New for 2018, hop aboard a 12-seat swinging pirate ship and zoom across a 220’ fly wire zip line.

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