You MUST See The Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival!

Are you open to breaking free and experiencing new adventures and wide-open beaches? If that is a yes, then Jekyll Island might be just the place on your travel bucket list! Our Jekyll Island vacation rentals put you in the heart of this beautiful coastal vacation spot. Enjoy unwinding in our spacious stays with fully equipped kitchens, plush linens, and breathtaking views! Located in Glynn County, Georgia, our southern island is an escape like no other! 

Aside from our dreamy Jekyll Island vacation accommodations, you will love being in the heart of all the fun things to do on Jekyll Island. Depending upon when you’re in town, you might have the opportunity to stop by the most anticipated event of the year–our Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival! Taking place over three days, this celebration is a community favorite! 

Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival is a must-have on your bucket list if you want to have the time of your life, and we have all your pressing questions about this three-day celebration covered! 

About The Festival

A coastal classic, the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival encompasses all that the island is best known for. From native southern cuisine to entertainment, live music, and much more, you can do everything during the three-day event, usually held over the weekend under the oaks in the Historic District of Jekyll Island.

For the young and old alike, there is always something for you to do at the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival. However, only 21 and above can enter the Craft Brew Fest. 

While admission to the Jekyll Island Festival is free, parking is not! Be prepared to spend a little time and money on securing a spot. We recommend grabbing an annual pass for the most effortless experience. Alternatively, you can always hop aboard one of the several shuttles that operate throughout the day during the festival. 

After a long day of enjoying the festivities, head home to your cozy Jekyll Island vacation rental, with enough room to house your entire group, small or large; you will love the luxury of staying in our spacious and comfortable rentals. 

Now that we have covered where to stay and what to expect when arriving at the shrimp and grits celebration, let’s dig into some of the must-dos while attending! 

Food, Music, and More!

Unlimited food and never-ending music is the essence of every Jekyll Island festival, and the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival is no exception!

In Jekyll Island, places to eat are plentiful; however, this once-in-a-lifetime event has been named the “Best Festival” twice by the Southeast Festival and Events Association for a reason!

The festival may be the “shrimp and grit festival,” which might be enough reason to attend; however, that is not all you can eat. The festival also showcases the mouthwatering southern classics that are a treat for all those who enjoy new cuisines.

That is not all! The Jekyll Island festival holds its most anticipated cooking showdown, which involves participants all across the island from various restaurants, all aiming for the winning title in a fun and friendly competition!

Live music goes perfectly with the delicious entrees, and you can feel the excitement in the crowd! With bands coming from all across the country, the fabulous live shows throughout the three-day event are sure to keep everyone, from kids to adults, tapping their feet and nodding their heads to the rhythm at all times!

For beer enthusiasts, be sure also to visit the Craft Brew Fest! Pair live music and good food with some of our outstanding local brews.

The Jekyll Island Festival serves as a medium for local artisans to display their work. Enjoy food and appreciate the Artists Market along the Historic District, where handcrafted goods and art in all forms, from paintings to little trinkets to photographs, will pique your interest.

Jekyll Island Things To Do 

If the festival is not the only thing on your mind, then you are lucky, as, at Jekyll Island, things to do are bountiful. Please take advantage of this beautiful area by packing a day bag and exploring all we offer. 

We recommend starting with a cup of coffee at one of our favorite breakfast spots in Jekyll Island, The Pantry, before making a checklist of your perfect day. Order one of their specialty coffee or tea drinks, like their chai latte, and then enjoy their specialty breakfast burrito with spinach, onions, sausage, cheese, and scrambled eggs. A delicious way to kick-start your morning! 

With so many indoor and outdoor activities in Jekyll Island available, you’ll need help choosing where to start after finishing up at The Pantry. But don’t worry; we have you covered with a few top recommendations. 

If spooky adventure is your jam, consider a Jekyll Island Ghost Tour. Uncover the mysterious secrets within Jekyll Island. Covering a lot of intriguing territories, with stops dating back to the 1700s, this haunted tour is undoubtedly a must-visit if you are an adventurer by heart!

Revisit the 18th century by going to the Horton House, named after Major William Horton, and experience Georgia’s storied colonial past. This historical destination offers an informative glimpse into earlier days. 

Plan Your Visit!

Ready for an unforgettable vacation to Jekyll Island? Make it a reality with Parker Kaufman! Simply view our Jekyll Island vacation rentals, reserve your favorite, and prepare for an unforgettable adventure!

For outdoor enthusiasts, consider taking a bike ride. One of the special activities of tourists and locals alike, biking all over Jekyll Island is one of the best ways to see the island’s picturesque views. Bring your own set of wheels or grab your rental from Jekyll Island Bike Tour and get cruising all around the area! You will love taking in the island’s beauty while enjoying the wind at your back. 

For something unusual, try the historic Jekyll Wharf. An ideal location close to the Intercoastal Waterways that allows you to take in the spectacular views of the ships passing by. Spend time here and walk around the stunning historic spots before returning to your Jekyll Island vacation home. 

With mindblowing food, views, experiences, and activities, there is nothing that Jekyll Islands does not offer for your leisure and enjoyment! Be sure to have somewhere cozy to spend leisurely afternoons resting in between enjoying all that our unique community has to offer. 

When staying in one of our Jekyll Island vacation rentals, every adventure is only a short distance away! Experience life like a local by booking a stay with us. Enjoy oceanfront residential properties, nearby soft, sandy beaches, and so much more! If the thought of drifting asleep to the sound of waves crashing outside your window is your idea of a dream vacation, then look no further! When you’re ready for the trip of a lifetime, be sure to book with us!