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Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

Jekyll Island is the perfect vacation destination with something for everyone to enjoy. From the breathtaking nature into the incredible local history, there is something for every interest. Jekyll Island also has tons of fun festivals throughout the year, and one of the most popular is the Shrimp and Grits Festival. This annual gathering has been bringing guests from far and wide for years, and it is a fall staple that you’re sure to enjoy. This fun festival is just minutes away from our Jekyll Island vacation homes.

Close up of shrimp & grits in Jekyll Island

The Best in the Southeast

Shrimp and grits are a Southern staple, so it makes perfect sense that there would be a whole festival dedicated to the dish right in the heart of Georgia! This coastal festival has been voted the Best Festival in the Southeast, and for good reason! The whole family will love coming out to enjoy everything this three-day festival has to offer. Taste some of the best food in the South, hear great music from local artists, pick up a unique souvenir to bring home, and spend the weekend having fun with the people you love.

Food, Music, and More

At the Shrimp and Grits Festival, you’ll find live music, great crafts, and of course, incredible food! The main stage of the festival will welcome live artists every evening, giving guests a taste of the local music scene. Come out to experience acts like Free Spirit Orchestra, Souls of Joy, Jimmy Beats, and more. You’ll also find music on the Riverfront Lawn Stage near the restaurants, so you can continue to jam as you eat! Head to the Artists Market for music on the Skeet House Stage, or stroll down to the Craft Brew Fest Entertainment Stage for even more local acts.

With three days of festivities, there is something for everyone around each corner. The VIP Lounge gives you access to an elevated tent, catering, and open bar, and be sure to check out the Craft Brew Fest for some of the best local beers. Little ones will love the Kid Zone, where you can check out some fun on stilts, watch a team of dogs play soccer, take part in an art class, or watch up-and-coming ventriloquist Cole Tucker! You can also stop by the Escape Room, take an RV tour at Go RVing, and venture on a dolphin cruise from the Jekyll Wharf.

Entrance of the Shrimp & Grits Festival at Jekyll Island

About the Festival

This weekend-long festival will take place from Friday, September 20th, to Sunday, September 22nd, 2019. Hours are as follows:

  • Friday: 4 – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Shrimp and Grits Festival will take place in the Jekyll Island National Historic Landmark District. While admission to the festival is free, you may incur fees for some special events. There is a fee of $4 for parking. Parking can be found at the Jekyll Island Airport, and accessible parking will be available at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. There will also be shuttle buses throughout the community to and from the festival, and you’re welcome to bike or walk. ATMs and first aid stations will be located throughout the festival. All scheduled events will take place rain or shine.

If you’re on Jekyll Island in September, you simply can’t miss the Shrimp and Grits Festival. This annual event is fun for the whole family and will bring you unforgettable memories. At the end of a long day of fun and food, you can return to one of our Jekyll Island rentals to relax and spend even more quality time with your loved ones. We offer rental accommodation options for every budget for groups both big and small. Whether you prefer something quaint or something on the higher end, we have the perfect option for you!

Brunswick Office

Parker-Kaufman
506 Monck Street
Brunswick, GA 31520
(912) 265-7711




Jekyll Island Office

Parker-Kaufman
21 Main Street, Suite 103
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
(912) 635-2512

The Cottages

The Cottages at Jekyll Island
200 Turtle Track Lane
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
(912) 319-2161