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September 2019 Events in the Golden Isles

Friday, September 6th, 2019

First Friday in Historic Downtown BrunswickFIRST FRIDAY IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BRUNSWICK: SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

Kick off the first weekend of the month on Newcastle Street from 5 – 8pm at First Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick. Visit the beautiful downtown district and enjoy all the galleries, shops, and businesses that will be open late serving wine & snacks, with live music in our Signature Squares.

Signature Squares of Brunswick: Newcastle Street, Brunswick, GA 31520. For more info, call (912) 265-4032.

George Netherton PaintingGEORGE NETHERTON EXHIBIT: SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

Paintings by George Netherton. Gallery open: Wednesday – Friday, 11 am – 5:30 pm; Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm or by appointment. Free and open to the public.

SOGLO GALLERY: 1413 Newcastle Street. Brunswick GA 31520. For more info, click here or call 912-262-0628.

Art ExhibitANYTHING GOES: AUGUST 5, 2019 – SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

Glynn Visual Arts (GVA) is delighted to announce, “Anything Goes,” an art exhibition, where the sky’s the limit and anything goes! In this show, there are no restrictions on content, style, medium or context. Artists will be exhibiting their favorite pieces – those they are most proud of creating. Works in a wide variety of mediums including acrylic, assemblage, sculpture, mixed media, oil, pastel, watercolor, pottery/clay, jewelry and more will be featured. Exhibition Dates: August 5th – September 13th, 2019.

Glynn Visual Arts: 106 Island Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. For more info, call (912) 638-8770, email, or click here.

Historic Downtown BrunswickCRAFTS ALONG NEWCASTLE: SEPTEMBER 7, 2019

Stroll the tree-shaded streets of Historic Downtown Brunswick while enjoying the artistic creations of local crafters and artisans. A wonderful variety of items is included, such as candles, woodworking, jewelry, and so much more! This is a great chance to jump-start your holiday shopping!

Historic Downtown Brunswick: Newcastle St., Brunswick, GA 31520. 10:00 AM To 2:00 PM.


Sons of Serendip is a unique Billboard Charting quartet consisting of a harpist, cellist, pianist and lead vocalist. The quartet was a finalist on Season 9 of America’s Got Talent, gaining popularity by offering fresh interpretations of popular music. Since the talent competition, Sons of Serendip has toured nationally, lighting up audiences with their creative and emotionally stirring arrangements and original compositions. Some notable performances include the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, as well as collaborations with Cynthia Erivo, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.

Glynn Academy: 1001 Mansfield St., Brunswick, GA 31520. 7:30 PM To 9:30 PM. Fore tickets or more info, visit


Glynn Visual Arts is excited to host RECY-COLOGY KID’S ART FAIR: a Kid’s Recycled & Ecology Art Experience. This free event is open to children of all ages in the community and will feature several free “Creation Stations” for children to think creatively and make art from recycled materials. Kids will learn how to turn “trash to treasure” and how trash and recycling impact our beautiful coastal home and its natural inhabitants. Light refreshments will be served. FREE Art Creation and Education Stations.

        • Community Art Project – Recycled Art Installation
        • Community Art Project – Paint by Number Mural Tables
        • Sammy the Pelican Story & Art Project
        • Forks & Corks People
        • Origami
        • Free Draw/Sidewalk Chalk Art
        • And more…

Glynn Visual Arts: 106 Island Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. (912) 638-8770. 10:00 AM To 1:00 PM. Free. For more info, click here.


John Wesley’s time, trials and tribulations while on St. Simons Island are told with interesting anecdotes and humor by Wesley historian Rev. Dave Hanson.

Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum & Library: 100 Arthur Moore Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. For more info, call (912) 638-4050 or click here. 2:00 PM

Georgia Fishing Boats101: STATE OF FISHING IN GEORGIA: SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

Georgia’s short, but productive, coast lends itself to a diversity of marine fishery resources such as shrimp, crab, and a number of finfish species such as trout, sea bass, and snapper. Join Associate Marine Extension Director Bryan Fluech for an interactive overview of Georgia’s marine fisheries! Bryan will discuss efforts to ensure they, like all U.S. fisheries, are protected and managed for long-term sustainability. In addition, he will share actions individuals can take help protect and conserve these important species as well.

Free and open to the public, but advance registration is required! One Hundred Miles: 1312 Newcastle Street, Brunswick, GA 31520. 7:00 PM. For more info, click here.


The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Meet the Author Series presents Amy Roberts and Gullah Geechee Heritage in the Golden Isles. The Golden Isles are home to a long and proud African American and Gullah Geechee heritage.  Authors Amy Roberts and Patrick Holladay explore the rich history of the region’s islands and their people.  Amy is the executive director of the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition and recipient of several awards including the NAACP Image Award.

St. Simons Casino Building: 550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. Room 108. Free to Literary Guild members and $10 for guests. Reservations recommended here. Event begins at 10:30 AM. PLEASE CANCEL IF UNABLE TO ATTEND.


Chef Nicole Monier is an honors graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Paris. She is a popular cooking and wellness coach. Chef Nicole will lead a Market Class that will focus on quick, healthy, seasonal ways to get delicious food on the table.
Demo & Dinner Included $75.00 per person Limited Seating. Pre-purchase tickets online or call the store 912-602-9736.

Golden Isles Olive Oil: 306 Redfern Village, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. 6:30 PM To 8:30 PM.


It’s official! The bees have arrived. Come enjoy the third in a series of educational programs, sponsored by the Friends of Hofwyl, at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, Saturday, September 14, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Ms. Deborah Orr, Office Manager, The Glynn County Farm Bureau and member of the Beekeepers’ Committee, will be on site to discuss detailed information and answer questions. There will be a honeybee observation hive with live bees at work along with equipment and tools needed to keep bees. There will also be local honey for tasting.

The Beekeepers’ Committee is comprised of 35 local beekeepers that are passionate about the honeybees vital work they do as pollinators and, of course, for the delicious honey they produce. The goal of the Committee is to educate the public about the importance of honeybees to many of the vegetables, nuts and fruits that we eat. Committee volunteers go to local school classrooms, attend civic meetings, and many local community events to share this story and the commitment it takes to be a beekeeper.

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation: 5556 U.S. Hwy 17 N., Brunswick, GA 31525.

Full moon viewing at ECHO on St. Simons Island, GAMOONRISE AT ECHO: SEPTEMBER 14, 2019

Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature’s beauty with front row seats as the Full Moon rises up over the Atlantic Ocean while enjoying food + drink specials at ECHO – St. Simons’ only oceanfront restaurant.

ECHO: 201 Arnold Rd., St. Simons Island, GA 31522. For more info, call (912) 268-5967 or click here.


Join us at the St. Simons Public Library for a showing of three of Burt Lancaster’s best movies (Wednesdays) and a discussion of the novels on which these movies were based (Mondays).

          • September 16,18 – The Killers
          • October 21, 23 – The Rose Tattoo
          • November 18, 20 – Elmer Gantry

2:00 PM, FREE. The novels are available at the St. Simons Public Library. Facebook: St. Simons Library Novel Movie Series. Classic Movie Blog:

St. Simons Casino Building: 550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. Free, but a $3.00 donation is requested to help defray costs. For more info, click here. PLEASE CANCEL IF UNABLE TO ATTEND.


Wonder. USA, 2017, directed by Stephen Chbosky: Based on the New York Times bestseller, this movie tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Rated PG.110 minutes.

St. Simons Casino Building: 550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Free, but a $3.00 donation is requested to help defray costs. For more info, click here. PLEASE CANCEL IF UNABLE TO ATTEND.

Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits FestivalJEKYLL ISLAND SHRIMP & GRITS FESTIVAL: SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 – SEPTEMBER 22, 2019

A coastal favorite, the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival, presented by Southern Living, 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. Mark your calendars for this award-winning three-day event held the third weekend in September in the Historic District of Jekyll Island, Georgia.

Friday, September 20: 4-9 p.m.
Saturday, September 21: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, September 22: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Jekyll Island Historic District: Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527. (912) 635-3636. For more info, click here.


On Opening Night of the 2019-2020 Season, the musicians invite the audience to visualize the music as we listen. In Luster, rising star Jared Miller gives what he calls the “shiny, bejeweled colors and timbres” of 90s disco music for an orchestra rather than a nightclub. Some may think of birds in flight listening to the repeating, soaring sounds, especially in the strings. Others may feel they could pluck the shimmering notes from the air.

The strings then take you into the nursery with the softer, sweeter sounds of George Gershwin’s Lullaby. Here, they give a quietly repeating theme, and as you listen, it is easy to see a mother rocking her baby’s cradle. But don’t nod off! We are about to be treated to Gershwin’s iconic An American in Paris, a jazz influenced symphonic tone poem written in 1928 and later adopted for a very popular film in 1951. One can easily see Gene Kelly dancing his way through Paris as the music reflects the impressions of an American as he strolls the streets and absorbs the atmosphere. Gershwin called it a “rhapsodic ballet.”

Following intermission, there will be two lovely and charming pieces by Maurice Ravel. La Valse, a choreographic poem for orchestra, takes you into the castle ballroom where dancers waltz and whirl, shutting the doors on the outside world. Ravel’s whimsical Mother Goose Suite is an orchestral ballet that opens with a slow, precise dance evocative of a princess sleeping in a wood, before moving on to the adventures of Little Tom Thumb, and the Little Ugly Girl, and the charming waltz of Beauty and the Beast. The Suite closes with a sweeping, powerful melody in the strings giving the magical happy ending of The Fairy Garden.

Opening Night of the 2019-2020 Season will fully engage the audience!

Brunswick High School: 3885 Altama Ave., Brunswick , GA 31520. 8:00 PM To 10:00 PM. For more info, click here.


Is your sleep quality rest? Why are so many of us having trouble falling a asleep or staying asleep? Can it be fixed? What is the cause? Join, have a glass a wine, some charcuterie and and talk. See you there, Dr. Sage

Golden Isles Olive Oil: 306 Redfern Village, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. 5:30 PM To 7:30 PM. For more info, click here.

Salt Marsh TableSALT MARSH TABLE: SEPTEMBER 24, 2019

Come have dinner with One Hundred Miles during our Salt Marsh Table dinner series. These unforgettable dinner parties are crafted by a talented group of local chefs and served at iconic locations along our coast. Bring a couple of friends, or come ready to make some new ones, and let our Salt Marsh Table inspire you.

Salt Marsh Table is a celebration of coastal Georgia’s vibrant food scene and unique historic foodways. Each Salt Marsh Table dinner tells a story about Georgia’s coast using sustainable food practices—locally caught seafood, locally grown produce, and dishes inspired by coastal Georgia. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience and celebrate our coast!

$200 per person ($125 tax deductible)
$1000 sponsorship (includes 2 dinner tickets and other benefits)

Village Creek Landing: 526 South Harrington Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. For more info, click here.


Take an eerie journey back in time at Coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation as Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site offers Ghosts and Legends walking tours of the site. Walk beneath centuries-old Live Oak trees, explore the plantation out-buildings and finish with a lantern tour of the plantation house.

As you stroll through Hofwyl-Broadfield’s moss laden trees hear the stories of five generations of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked there, in both slavery and freedom. There will be tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcountry rice fields.

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation: 5556 U.S. Hwy 17 N., Brunswick, GA 31525. For more info, call (912) 264-7333, email, or click here. From: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. $15.

JWAGI Fall Character BreakfastJWAGI Fall Character Breakfast: SEPTEMBER 28, 2019

Join for the Annual St. Simons Character Breakfast and visit with princesses, superheroes and some of your favorite cartoon characters!

8:30 AM  9:30 AM. Tickets are $15/person or $50/four tickets. All attendees must have a ticket. For tickets and more info, click here. Frederica Academy – Hamilton Hall: 200 Murray Way, St Simons, GA 31522.


This September, Glynn Visual Arts celebrates its 49th year hosting the beautiful fine arts and crafts festival now known as Art Under the Oaks. True to tradition, this is an open and free event to the community and artists will hail from around the region representing a wide range of mediums. Up to seventy (70) artists and craftspeople are expected to present a variety of original two and three-dimensional art, sculpture, photography, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, wood, metal and glass – all available for purchase.

NEW this year! GVA will host its very first Merry Mermaid Parade (all sea creatures and mermen are of course also welcome!) Parade registration/entry fee to participate is $10 per person. This event is open to anyone, kids and adults alike. Just don your best mermaid tail or sea creature outfit and come on out to join the fun! Raffle for prizes and ribbon awards for the best costumes! Registration is online at GVA’s website or starting at 10:30am on Saturday morning, September 28. Parade line-up begins at 10:45.

This festival is a fun event featuring unique offerings with something for everyone with new art and artists, food, music, the Merry Mermaid Parade and a free kid’s arts/crafts area known as the “Kid’s Creation Station.” Don’t miss this entertaining weekend for all!

Postell Park: 532 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. 10:00 AM To 5:00 PM. Free.


The Sensational Sounds of Motown will be returning to the St. Simons Lighthouse for a special concert to benefit hurricane relief efforts in the Bahamas. Join for this fun afternoon/evening with additional music by local bands, food trucks & more. Gates will open at 3:30PM and benefit ends at 9:00 PM.

The St Simons Lighthouse: 101 12th Street, St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Live Music on St. Simons IslandLIVE MUSIC AT ECHO: EACH WEEKEND

Enjoy live music at ECHO most Thursdays – Saturdays. The line up changes weekly so be sure to visit the event calendar at The King and Prince events for details.

*It’s worth noting that ECHO also has Happy Hour daily from 4-7pm; 7 days a week, 365 days a year!


Come try our specialty prime rib on Friday nights from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. It comes as part of a fabulous three-course meal with a salad, entree, and dessert. You will not leave hungry. For more information, click ECHO Restaurant specials. To make reservations call 912-268-5967.


You can’t come often enough to our a la carte brunch with oceanside view because the menu is always changing! Come to our Sunday Brunch to try our new recipes and enjoy the beautiful sea in the early afternoon.

Weekly – 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. You can enjoy it even more with the Unlimited Bloody Mary Bar or Bottomless Mimosas for $15 with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich or entree. For more information, visit ECHO Restaurant.



The Best Fall Festivals (+ more) in Southeast Georgia

Monday, August 14th, 2017
SSFSfest collage
📷: St. Simons Island Food + Spirit Festival

Whether it’s Spring, Summer, or year round, many know St. Simons Island and the Golden Isles as one of the East Coast’s favorite destinations for beach vacations. But what do you know about Fall here? Aside from cooler weather and crisp breezes, did you know that Fall also brings some of Southeast Georgia’s favorite festivals?

That’s right. Our weekends are filled with exciting events drawing friends, families, and neighbors together outside to enjoy the weather and all of the charm our community has to offer. With several unique events, from foodie festivals to major sporting events to educational outdoor fun for the kids, the Golden Isles has something for everyone! Below are some of 2017’s “can’t miss” crowd favorites that we’re looking forward to this year.

Southern Grown Festival (September 1-3)

Sea Island commemorates the distinctive culture of all things Southern with the third annual Southern Grown, giving guests a chance to taste, sip, learn about, and experience the unique cuisine and traditions of the most special region of America. The weekend overflows with opportunities, opening with Friday night’s Garden & Gun Kick-Off Dinner and a Show. Saturday’s daytime Southern Grown Marketplace and Southeastern Wildlife Exposition precedes an oceanside dinner anda concert with Drive-By Truckers followed by a late night After Glow Event. The weekend culminates with a Sunday Brunch. The entire roster of events will be led by award-winning chefs and musical talent from across the South. All in the world-class setting of Sea Island.

Things to know: The Drive-By Truckers and Steep Canyon Rangers are scheduled to play on Sea Island’s Rainbow Island during the festival, but all year long as a part of the Southern Grown Concert Series, you can enjoy major artists performing with the Golden Isles’ iconic marshes as the backdrop. 2017’s line up also included the Gin Blossoms in June with Keller Williams scheduled for December. And there’s a Falconry Experience during Saturday’s Southeastern Wildlife Expo. Yes, a falconry experience.

For more information, including a complete list of events, visit here. To purchase tickets, click here.

Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival (September 15-17)

A coastal favorite, the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival, presented by Southern Living, combines the classic southern dish with family-friendly entertainment, more than 100 art and craft vendors, live music, kids’ zone, food, a craft brew fest, wildlife demonstrations, and more. Mark your calendars for this annual three-day event held the third weekend in September.

Things to know: Not only is this festival free and open to the public once you’re on Jekyll Island, it’s also a huge showcase of the area’s local artists (check out that lineup here.)

For more information, including a complete list of events, visit here. Phone: 912-635-3636.

St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival (October 4-8)

The St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival, a five-day homage to the finest in coastal cuisine, wine, beer, spirits and entertainment – presented by The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, has quickly become a favorite among the locals and regional foodies. The Festival takes place in some of the most iconic St. Simons Island locations, October 4 – 8, 2017. The Festival is a non-profit organization that gives back to the community in one of the most important ways, by raising funds and awareness for its charity of choice, Hospice of the Golden Isles. With more than 50 of the Southeast’s award-winning chefs participating alongside beverage experts and popular culinary personalities this year’s schedule events will be a milestone. Several high-profile participants in the festival line-up include event co-founders Griffin Bufkin and Harrison Sapp, of Southern Soul Barbeque, Executive Chef James Flack of The King and Prince Resort/ECHO, and Chef Jernard Wells of Food Network and a Sunday Funday for the entire family at the King and Prince Resort.

Things to know: You get to keep your SSIFSF etched glass as a souvenir from Saturday’s main event, “Tasting Under the Oaks”. Also, post your event photos using #ssifsf and the festival may share your pics on their social media.

For the most-up-to date festival information, tickets, opportunities to volunteer and more, click here.

Coastfest (October 7):

At the regional headquarters campus of the GA DNR in Brunswick, GA, the first Saturday in October is known as “CoastFest Saturday”. Since 1995, the annual event has been hosted by the Georgia Coastal Management Program to celebrate the state’s coastal natural resources. More than 80 environmental, educational research and resource exhibitors from around the southeast join with science-based entertainers in an atmosphere of fun. Visitors of all ages learn about Georgia’s unique coastal environment in exhibits from touch tanks with marine life to native plants and horseshoe crabs, water conservation, archaeology, herpetology, geology, kayaking, fishing and shoreline restoration!

Things to know: This kid approved event is free and will have touch tanks, live snakes or alligators to hold, Coast Guard boat tours, archery, rock walls, + more!

For more information, click here.

Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee (November 11):

The annual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee at Mary Ross Waterfront Park brings cooking teams from near and far compete to see who has the best stew, competing for the Peoples’ Choice and Judges’ Award. The day long event begins with the 5k Road Race followed by the Pet Supplies Plus Pooch Parade, live entertainment, the kid’s Junior Stewbilee Central Fun Zone, classic and antique car show, arts & crafts displays and of course, sampling of the best Brunswick Stew in the nation. Live entertainment will be provided by Pier Pressure and 3 Day Weekend. Advanced tickets are $3 for kids under 6 years, $6 for adults or $4 and $9 on the day of the event. The motorcycle ride will begin at 9:00am, the pooch parade will begin at 10:15am, the Brunswick Stew tasting will take place from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

Things to know: Both Brunswick, Georgia and Brunswick County, Virginia claim to be the origin of the Brunswick Stew. We choose to believe the plaque on the iron pot in Downtown Brunswick, GA that boasts its creation in July of 1898. (Since writing this, I’ve learned of a 3rd claim that was new to us. While enjoying Southern Soul’s Luau this weekend, a lovely Canadian couple informed our table that Brunswick, Maine also claims the creation of this local favorite. It’s funny how the Island works. I see it as more proof that there’s always people to meet and things to learn while enjoying delicious meals in the Golden Isles.)

For event updates, check their Facebook page here.

RSM Classic (November 13-19):

The RSM Classic is a PGA TOUR event played on the Seaside Course and the Plantation Course at Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island, Georgia. The tournament is hosted by the Davis Love Foundation which was established by PGA TOUR pro golfer Davis Love III for the purpose of contributing to the well-being and progress of society by supporting both national and community-based programs that focus on children and their families. Sea Island Golf Club on the par 70 – 7,055 yard Seaside course which TOUR players ranked as their 15th favorite course to play. In just its first six years, The RSM Classic has raised more than 4.8 million dollars for children and family charities. The tournament will be played on the Plantation course in addition to Seaside, due to the larger field of golfers. **Each year there is a concert in coordinationtoo, however, the entertainment has not been announced yet. We will continue to update this as more information is available.

Things to know: Even our PGA Event incorporates a foodie function, Taste of the Golden Isles. In association with the St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival, Taste of the Golden Isles, is another chance to savor some of the highlights from the areas favorite places to dine. This could be your chance to rub elbows with your favorite PGA Pro!

For more information, including schedules and tickets, click here.

Jekyll Island Comic Con (December 9-10):

Jekyll Comic Con is Southeast Georgia’s Premiere multi-day Pop Culture event attracting thousands of attendees of all fandoms. Hosted at the beautiful beachfront Jekyll Island Convention Center, Jekyll Con celebrates a little bit of everything from the comic book, fantasy, sci-fi, anime, and gaming universe! This all ages family-friendly event hosts some of the top vendors, artists, and celebrities in the industry; along with panels, workshops, gaming tournaments, live entertainment and so much more.

Things to know: You can plan your destination wedding on an Island for under $10,000. You heard right. For a mere $8,000 you can book “The Wedding Experience” that includes Imperial Stormtroopers escorting the bride, a Star Wars themed cake, photography and a reception complete Lightsabers and a DJ for 50 of your closest friends & family. You’ll be the talk of the galaxy.

For more information, including a detailed schedule, click here.

Don’t forget, there’s always live music happening around the Resort at ECHO, check that schedule here.