A coastal favorite, the Jekyll Island Shrimp and 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.
Learn from the winner of 2019’s Georgia’s Best Cooking Competition, whose unique spin on the classic dish wowed the judges’ taste buds. Lazar Brown Oglesby of Honey Specialties walks you through her award-winning recipe of shrimp & grits.
Run one of the fastest and most scenic 5Ks in Georgia. You’ll experience Jekyll Island’s unique blend of history and natural beauty in an unforgettable way.
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.
We’re proud to again partner with the Jekyll Island Foundation as the charity for this year’s Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival.
Conserve. Preserve. Educate. Jekyll Island.
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.
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 attendant a government-issued parking placard or license plate for entry. At this location, a limited number of wheelchairs will be available for rental on a first-come, first-served basis, but we encourage guests to bring their own. The shuttle bus fleet includes accessible buses & attendants. All restrooms at the Festival include accessible locations, and the VIP Lounge is accessible.
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 The Cottage on Pier Rd., and at both Mosaic & 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.
Jekyll Island plays host a multitude of events each year, and community support is key to each of them. Sign up to be contacted when opportunities arise to take part in our events.
Sponsoring the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival offers your brand, product, or service direct exposure to over 45,000 potential new customers. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor of the Shrimp & Grits Festival, contact us to discuss opportunities uniquely tailored for your business.