The Jekyll Island Event Spotlight - Showcasing Upcoming Events, Celebrations, and Festivals on Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island hosts so many wonderfully eclectic events, celebrations and festivals - all suitable for the entire family - that it's hard to keep up with them all. That's what this page is all about. Visit here to track YOUR favorite island happening, or to find out about upcoming events you may not know about.

Current months events are showcased at the top of the page. Scroll for events scheduled for later in the year, or for a coming year.

It's our goal to update the Event Spotlight three months out, or as soon as the Jekyll Island Authority schedules an event and sets a date. We try to keep on top of things, but sometimes might miss something. If you have an inquiry about an upcoming event, please shoot us a message.

At Jekyll Island Family Adventures, our goal is to keep you informed as to what's happening on the island. For added value, we've synced our Events Spotlight with Jekyll Island's official events calendar. If you don't find what you're looking for at JIFA, check out the official JI Events Calendar here.

Come back regularly to check out new happenings, and mark your calendar NOW!

And just to give you a heads-up on which events are fantastic adventures for children, look for this tag above the event -

Great for Kids!!!

2016 Special Events


June is Kid's Month, it seems, as the Jekyll Island Family Adventures Special Events Spotlight is chock full of kid and family-oriented activities. From sea turtles to summer waves, Jekyll Island is the place to go for kid friendly fun and adventure. For an optimum experience, we try to sync our calendar with Jekyll Island's official website. You can find additional info here.

Great for Kids!!!

June thru September

Summer Waves Activities

Calling all kids! Summer Waves Water Park is celebrating their 30th birthday and YOU are invited for a summer of splashing fun! They'll will be going strong throughout the summer, so when you arrive for your Jekyll Island Family Adventure, come join the celebration! Watch movies from the water, take selfies with mascot Dolly the Dolphin, participate in birthday give-aways, and generally get wet and wild! And theirs something for Mom and Dad, too - a weeks worth of morning water aerobics! Call 912-635-2074 for dates, times and details.

Great for Kids!!!

June 7, 14, 21 and 28

Wildlife Wednesdays

Learn about island wildlife from the experts at Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Call 912-635-4444 for details.

Great for Kids!!!

June 2, 15, 22 and 29

Scute's Big Adventure (Puppet Show)

Swim into adventure with Scute, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center's loggerhead turtle mascot, as he travels the ocean currents meeting and interacting with interesting characters. Call 912-635-4444 for details and times.

June 8 - 12

Tournament Tough Junior Tennis Camp 1

Players can sharpen skills in preparation for the Jekyll Island Clay Court tournament to be held immediately following the camp. A USTA sanctioned event, the Tournament Tough Junior Tennis Camp 1 is the perfect opportunity to test new skills against tough competition.

At the Jekyll Island Tennis Center. $55.00 per day, or $250.00 for the week.

Great for Kids!!!

June 10

Georgia Sea Turtle Center 10th Birthday Celebration

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center turns 10 this year, and invites YOU to come out and celebrate with them. Or is that shell-abrate? Enjoy dunking booths, movies, live music and - my favorite - FREE cupcakes! This is a free event. Call 912-635-4444 for details.

Great for Kids!!!

June 12 - 16

Golf Camp (Level One FUNdsmentals)

For kids 6 - 12, this fun camp offers instruction, skill challenges, and course play based around what they learned during that day's sessions. Kids get 20 hours instruction, a visit to Summer Waves Water Park, a camp shirt, and more! For more info, call 912-635-3636.

Great for Kids!!!

June 17

Beach Clean Up Day

Drop by and help the Georgia Sea Turtle Center clean the beaches and make them safe for sea turtles. Bring the kids, get them involved, help them learn environmental responsibility. Contact Holly Buresh at 912-635-4444 to see how you can contribute.

Great for Kids!!!

June 19 - 23

Tennis Camp (STARters)

Kids 6 - 10 learn fundamentals, how to hit the ball, and put what they've learned to use in fun skill challenges. Kids get 20 hours instruction, a visit to Summer Waves Water Park, a camp shirt, and more! Call 912.635.3154 for more info.

USTA Sanctioned Junior Tennis Tournament

Singles and Doubles Tournament, Jekyll Island Tennis Center

Great for Kids!!!

June 21-24

Kid's Cooking Camp!

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is turning kids loose on their chefs and in their kitchens for a four-day fun and flour filled good time of cooking and baking. Comes with 3 nights accommodations, breakfast every morning, two days of cooking classes, a graduation on Tuesday evening, and tickets to Summer Waves Water Park and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Click on the headline link for more information!

June 24

Book Signing Saturday

Three authors, three books - all written about sea turtles! "Scute's Ocean Adventure", by Lori Hunt, a children's book based on the popular puppet show; "Thalassia’s Story", by Lynn Wilcox, about the recovery of an injured green sea turtle; and "Jekyll Island’s Treasured Recipes", by Dorothy Carswell, featuring dishes from JI residents. I believe all proceeds benefit the GSTC, but don't quote me on it. Instead, call them at 912-635-4444 for details.

June 31

Jekyll Island Club Hotel Sunday Dinner Dance

Gourmet dinner and ball room dancing in the Grand Dining Room. $41.95 plus tax and tip. Call 912-635-5155 for reservations.


Great for Kids!!!

July 4

Jekyll Island Independence Day

Come join in the 4th of July festivities as Jekyll Island celebrates Independence Day with fireworks and fun! Great spots to view the spectacle: Great Dunes Park and the Convention Center Campus. Sea Turtle release at 6:00 pm, followed by fireworks!

Great for Kids!!!

July 9

Movie on the Green (Special Edition)

This special edition Movie on the Green gives you a movie on the PUTTING green at the Jekyll Island Golf Club. The film is a classic: Caddyshack! Movie starts at 8:30 pm.

Great for Kids!!!

July 30

Movie on the Green

The Sound of Music. Film rolls at 8:30 pm.


August 4 - 7


Although it still looks as if Jekyll Island is not renewing the Beach Music Festival, the Golden Isles Shag Club is hosting the 26th annual Sand Gnat Shag-a-Ganza! Come dance your pants off! Here's a link to more info:

August 20 - 21

Banana Open

Adult tournament for NTRP levels 2.5-5.0. Mens and womens singles, doubles and mixed doubles at the Jekyll Island Tennis Center.


Great for Kids!!!

September 16 - 18

The Wild Georgia Shrimp & Grits Festival

Our favorite event! Pig out on shrimp and grits on this 3-day celebration of all things crustacean. Try dishes from area restaurants on Friday Sample Day. Then enjoy the competition as professional and amateur chefs go at it to see who will be crowned the Shrimp and Grits Top Chef! You won't go away hungry!

September 14

Chef Demo at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel

From 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, come learn how to fix a few J.I. Club fixings. Club chefs show you how to prepare Grilled Cauliflower Salad and their famous Shrimp & Grits (with some Key Lime Pie thrown in for dessert!). Tickets: $32.00 per person.


October 10

Under the Oaks Half Marathon

Come race through Historic Jekyll Island in this half-marathon/10 k and 5 k run that benefits St. Simons Christian School and the Jekyll Island Foundation. REGISTER NOW!!

October 25

Jekyll Island Club Hotel Sunday Dinner Dance

Gourmet dinner and ball room dancing in the Grand Dining Room. $41.95 plus tax and tip. Call 912-635-5155 for reservations.

October 26 - 28

The Georgia - Florida Golf Classic

No matter which school you root for, the annual Georgia - Florida golf showdown (a kickoff to the big game in Jacksonville) will get you in the mood for rivalry! The Classic goes back 37 years. Come enjoy the golf, stay for the food and friendly atmosphere of Jekyll Island. Click the link above to register, and to find out Hurricane Matthew related adjustments to the schedule.


Great for Kids!!!

November 28

Christmas Tree Lighting Festival

In the Jekyll Island Historic District, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Santa will be there!

Great for Kids!!!

(No announcement yet by J.I.A. as to a 2015 date for event. JIFA will update as info becomes available)

Holidays in History

This ongoing event is a classic. Bring the family and enjoy Christmas on Jekyll Island. Marvel at the tour of cottages in the Historic District, all dressed up in their holiday finery. Adults $16, children 7-15 $7, children 6 and under free.  Nov 29-Dec 31 (except the 24th & 25th) at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm daily.  Special Twilight Tours are available Saturdays in December 2014, 4pm.  Reservations are required for the twilight offering.  Jekyll Island Museum, 912-635-4036.

November 28

Merry Artists' Show @ the Goodyear Cottage

Enjoy showings of paintings, photos, drawings, pots, weaving, basketry, porcelain painting, woodworking, needlework, jewelry and other art items, all priced under $150.


Ongoing -

Merry Artists' Show @ the Goodyear Cottage

Enjoy showings of paintings, photos, drawings, pots, weaving, basketry, porcelain painting, woodworking, needlework, jewelry and other art items, all priced under $150. Through December 30th.

Great for Kids!!!

Ongoing -

Christmas on Jekyll Island

Great for Kids!!!

Ongoing -

Jekyll Island Ice Skating Village

From November through January, you and the kids can actually ice skate on a Georgia barrier island. Outdoors. In the South! Well, it's not "real" ice, but the synthetic surface doesn't melt, either! Come join the fun. Skate rentals available at the Village.

Great for Kids!!!

December 3

Santa at the Rink

Come visit Santa Claus at the Jekyll Island Skating Village. 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm.

December 3

CASA Jingle All The Way 5k Run

Make like Dasher, Prancer, and Comet and run in the Sixth Annual Jingle All the Way 5K and 1 Mile Run. 7:30 am till 11:00 am.

December 3, 10, 17 and 31

Christmas Twilight Hours

Visit a historic Faith Chapel for a celebration of its magnificent stained glass masterpiece “Adoration of the Christ Child”. Event includes music and light refreshments at the Indian Mound Cottage. December 3, 10, 17, & 31 at 4:00 pm. Call 912-635-4036 for reservations. $20 Adults, $10 Children 7-15, Free under 6.

Great for Kids!!!

December 12

Jekyll Island Comic Con 2016

Want to get your inner nerd on? Head to the Jekyll Island Comic Con 2016 Round Two! Come meet your favorite characters from great shows like Arrow and The Walking Dead. Plus screen comic and anime movies and PARTY, dudes and dudettes! Comic Con will be held at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.

Great for Kids!!!

December 17

Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade

Yarrr, Jekyll Island Pirates! Want to march in a parade? Meet at Great Dunes at 4:30, register and strut your stuff to the Beach Village for music and prizes! Awards will be given, and what pirate doesn't like awards? Lasts till 8:30.

December 19 - December 24

Christmas Bagpipper

Listen to the sounds of the season done bagpipe style by piper Tim Aikens. From 4:30 to 5:20 around the Jekyll Island Club Hotel Grounds.

December 29 - December 31

41st Annual New Year's Bluegrass Festival

At the Jekyll Island Convention Center.

December 31 - January 1

New Years Eve Party

Join festive revelers at the Morgan Center for an After Dinner Party to see Old Man 2016 out in style, and welcome Infant 2017! Admission FREE for folks dining at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel's Grand Dining Room, and $40.00 for the public. Think ahead, grab a room at the Hotel, and sleep it off in style! But whether you stay or head home, drink in moderation, stay safe - and have a designated driver. The fun starts at 8:00 pm and goes to 1:00 am.


Great for Kids!!!

November 24 thru January 10 -

Jekyll Island Skating Village

Ice skating on Jekyll Island? Close. The surface is synthetic, but the experience is like gliding on ice. Located at North Dunes Park off Beachview, you can enjoy skating by the sea on this outdoor venue. Monday through Thursday, 3:00 - 9:00 pm. Friday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. $5.00 for skates and a 30 min. session.

January thru February -

Island Treasures

Ever wanted to find treasure? Jekyll Island gives you the opportunity during the two month Island Treasures event. Every day through January and February, Jekyll Island staff hide a plethora of replica glass fishing globes. These one-or-a-kind treasures (crafted by artists from all over the U.S.) can be hidden anywhere on the island. Find an orb, you get to keep it! Register your treasure at the Jekyll Island Visitor Center and receive a certificate of authenticity and an artist biography.

January 1 - 2

40th Annual New Year's Bluegrass Festival

Come get your bluegrass fix from a cornucopia of bluegrass artists picking and grinning at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. If you love bluegrass, this is the place to be.

January 11 (recurring once a month through April)

Full Moon Porch Social

Celebrate the full moon over Jekyll Island with this recurring social. Meet at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel's Lobby Bar. From 3:00 to 11:00.

January 20 - 21

5th Annual Comedy Weekend

At the Morgan Center from 8:00 to 11:00. $35.00 online, $45.00 at the door. Cash bar available.

January 27

Chili Cookout and Bake Sale

Come chow down on chili and fixings, and check out the baked goods at Jekyll Island's Chili Cookout and Bake Sale. Proceeds from the bake sale go to benefit the United Way. Event held at the Jekyll Island Fire Station from 11:30 am til 1:30 pm. $6.00 for the meal.


February (all month) -

Island Treasures

Great for Kids!!!

February 5 - 6

Jekyll BBQ Beach Bash

Come settle your craving for barbecue at the Jekyll BBQ Beach Bash, sponsored by the Brunswick Lions Club, Jekyll Island and Walmart. These groups are putting up cash money for the winners of the 2 day world class professional & amateur BBQ cook-offs. And don't forget to bring the kiddies out to enjoy the kid's Fun Zone! Admission is free.

February 16

12th Annual Art Sale and Silent Auction

'Art Inspired by Nature' sale. Get your shot at stained glass, paintings, hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, sculpture, books, animal art, baked goods and more, all from area coastal artists. Held at the Morgan Center, 10:00 am til 4:00 pm.

Call Tideland's Nature Center at 912-635-5032 for more info!

February 21 - 22

Annual AJ Donohue Memorial Golf Tournament

Charity golf tournament supporting Wofson Children's Hospital.

February 20 - 21

Big Band Dance

Like to shake it? Enjoy great live music by EZ Credit Combo and the Jekyll Island Big Band at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Bring your appetite, 'cause you'll want to dig in to a delicious dinner offering as well, as well as special desserts concocted by the hotel's pastry chef.

Friday 20th: EZ Credit Combo; dancing; dessert reception, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm. Tickets $25.00

Saturday 21st: Jekyll Island Big Band; dinner, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm. Tickets $65.00

Grab a weekend package and take your favorite someone out for a fun and fantastic night on the town, Jekyll Island style!


March 13 - 15

Jekyll Island Arts Festival

Experience art from Jekyll Island Art Association members from all across North America. Eats and treats available, as well as demonstrations by the artists. Event is free. Held at the Goodyear Cottage.

Great for Kids!!!

March 22 - 23

U.S Kids Golf: the Jekyll Island Cup

Open to age groups 6 to 14.


April 2 and April 16

Jekyll Island Farmer's Market

Snarf up fresh produce grown by area farmers. Held at the Jekyll Island Beach Village from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Live music!

Great for Kids!!!

April 9

Kid's Night Out

Grab the kids and take a trip to the Jekyll Island Beach Village for a fun-filled evening of activities and games. 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

April 22 - April 24

Whiskey, Wine and Wildlife

Sip whiskies and wines. Eat good food from great chefs. Watch wildlife. With the beach close by? What more do you need? Starts at 3:30 pm, from  $35.00 to $95.00. At the J.I. Beach Village.

April 24

Faith Chapel Service

At Faith Chapel. Open to everyone. 8:30 to 9:30 am.


May 2 - May 6

Jekyll Island Buggy Expo

At Great Dunes Park.

May 5

Jekyll Island National Day of Prayer

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Great Dunes Park. Follow the link for more info.

May 7 - May 21

Jekyll Island Farmer's Market

Snarf up fresh produce grown by area farmers. Held at the Jekyll Island Beach Village from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Live music!

Great for Kids!!!

May 13 - May 15

Turtle Crawl Weekend

Join your fellow athletes on Jekyll Island to run, compete and celebrate the start of the sea turtle nesting season. Oh, and do some Nest Festing!

May 29

Faith Chapel Service

At Faith Chapel. Open to everyone. 8:30 to 9:30 am.

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