Georgia Sea Turtle Center! The Center is open to the general public and offers an interactive Exhibit Gallery and Rehabilitation Pavilion with a number of view-able sea turtle patients. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a hospital for ill and injured sea turtles. We are the only hospital of its kind in the state of Georgia. $7 for adults (13+ years). $6 for Seniors (65+ years). $5 for children (4-12 years). FREE for children 3 and under. $6 for Active Duty Military Personnel, College Students and Teachers (ID required). Prices include tax. Visitors under 16 years old must be accompanied by someone 18 years or older. In accordance with State Health Department regulations, all swimsuits must be covered. Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Mondays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. During the months of December, January, and February, we are closed on Mondays. We are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. We are open on Thanksgiving Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 214 Stable Rd. (912) 635-4444 or georgiaseaturtlecenter.org.
Coastal Georgia Historical Society Museums, Galleries, Exhibits, Lighthouse tower and Maritime Center Watch tower are open Mon., thru Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Last climb is at 4:30 p.m. The Maritime Museum closes from 12 noon-1 p.m. Mon.,-Sat. (912) 638-4666 or saintsimonslighthouse.org.
Art Classes and Workshops. All media, ages, and experience levels; various times and prices. 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or glynnart.org.
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Museum, trails, guided tour of plantation house. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $5 youth. 5556 US HWY. 17N., Brunswick. (912) 264-7333 for more information.
Art Classes. All ages and levels. Various times and prices. 1413 Newcastle St. (912) 262-0628 or artdowntown.net.
Art Classes. Oils, acrylics, pottery. Weekly. 404 Northway, Darien. (912) 437-7711 or mcintoshartassociation.com.
Photography Classes. Basics, digital, iPhone, Photoshop, etc. Led by Barbara Marie Kraus. Various dates, times, prices. 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or glynnart.org.
Explore the beach from the edge of the dunes to the low tide. Learn about sea shells, critters living above and below the sand, pull a small seine net through the shallows and see who swims just below the surface! Step into the salt marsh, get to know the fiddler crabs, periwinkle snails, & native plants along with their incredible adaptations for survival. The marsh is easily accessible by way of the hard packed high marsh zone. Georgia Beach Walk Nature Tours for times and reservations (912) 266-2473.
Tours of Ashantilly Center! Schedule tour appointments or meetings on available times. Donations accepted for renovation. Ashantilly Center, Hwy. 99, Darien. (912) 437-4473 or (912) 230-6962 or ashantilly.org.
Multi-Media Self-Guided Tour! Extensive archive of photos, oral histories, diaries, home-movie footage of Jekyll Island Club history. Includes walking guide map, interactive multi-media device. $8 rental. Daily 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jekyll Island Museum, Jekyll Island Museum, 100 Old Village Blvd. (912) 635-4036 or jekyllisland.com.
Passport to the Century guided tram tour of 240-acre historic district, includes entry into two cottages. Adults $16, Children 6-12, $7, Free under 6. Daily. Jekyll Island Museum, 100 Old Village Blvd. (912) 635-4036 or jekyllisland.com.
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays:
Nature Walks! Wildlife and nature guides explain Jekyll Island’s fascinating beach, marshes, dunes and maritime forest during year-round tours. Tidelands Nature Center, 100 Riverview Dr. (912) 635-5032 or tidelands4h.org.
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays:
Brunswick Farmer’s Market at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, 1530 Newcastle St. 8 a.m.-dark. (912) 262-6665 or brunswickfarmersmarket.com.
Rotary Club of St. Simons Island meets at 1 p.m., at the Sea Palms Convention Center, 5445 Frederica Rd. ssirotary.org.
Storytime Stories and craft projects for younger children. 10:30 a.m. Brunswick Library, 208 Gloucester St. (912) 267-1212 or trrl.org.
Eco-Lecture Series at Village Creek Landing, 6 p.m. Each month a new guest speaker will discuss environmentally focused topics specifically geared to preserving Georgia’s Coast. Come early and enjoy cocktails with Village Creek Landing’s beautiful marsh view! $10 per person (includes your first drink), Space is limited, so RSVP at VillageCreekLanding.com or (912) 399-0063.
Seaside Dance Association, Dance Instruction/Practice Social and ballroom dance. Beginners 7 p.m. Advanced 8:15 p.m. $5 members, $8 non-members. St. Simons Elementary School cafeteria, 805 Ocean Blvd. For more information, (912) 634-9527.
Adult Pottery Classes, 9-11:30 a.m. & 6-8:30 p.m. Drop-In Class $27. 6 Classes for members $130. 6 Classes for non-members $145. Clay $25 for 25 lbs. All other supplies are provided in the studio. For more information, Glynn Art, 529 Beachview Dr., ask for Debbie Craig, (912) 638-8770 or visit glynnart.org.
Summer Classic Movies at The Ritz Theatre. A good old fashioned fun every Thursday in July! 1530 Newcastle St, Brunswick. (912) 262-6934.
Monthly Bike Events Hosted by St. Simons Land Trust Ambassadors. Events take place on the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00pm and routes begin and finish at the happy hour destination and will be a leisurely couple mile ride. goldenisles.com/event/monthly-bike-events-hosted-st-simons-land-trust-ambassadors.
Our Legacy Preserved! Interpreters escort small groups through the historic district for an intimate look at efforts to preserve the stories of the people of Jekyll Island Club. 2 p.m. $35, children 7-15 $15, children 6 & under free. Reservations required. The Jekyll Island Museum, 100 Stable Rd. (912) 635-4036 or jekyllisland.com.
Visit the shops, galleries, restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick; art openings, live music, food and beverage pairing samples. 5-8 p.m. (912) 265-4032 or brunswickgeorgia.net.
Kids Pottery Classes, 10-11:30 a.m. Drop-in class $18. 6 Classes for members $95. 6 Classes for non-members $105. Clay $13 for 12 lbs. For more information, Glynn Art, 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or visit glynnart.org.
First & Third Saturdays:
Jekyll Island Farmers’ Market! 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy live music while picking up fresh, local produce and products from local farmers for true farm-to-table living. 10 Main Street, Jekyll Island. (912) 635-3636 or jekyllisland.com.
East River Arts Market! This exciting new market will showcase unique and artistically designed merchandise and artwork at the Brunswick Farmers Market Pavilion on the second Saturday of each summer month, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Browse through a diverse array of arts, crafts, distinctive food, specialty items and more!
Second and Fourth Saturdays:
The Farmer’s Market at Sea Island. This event is held 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Market at Sea Island and features a variety of fresh produce, artisan products, vendors, live music and food samples and takeaways.
Second Sunday Benefit Concert. This popular family-friendly music event takes place at Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island. 1-7 p.m. Each month, the proceeds from Second Sunday benefit a variety of select local charitable organizations. Hundreds of music fans, families, friends–locals and visitors alike–who converge on the park armed with lawn chairs, blankets and coolers, enjoy listening to the live music. Raffle tickets are sold for door prizes contributed by area businesses. Kids can play in the inflatable bounce house and slides. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled community event!
The Neptune Park Fun Zone is the place to putt, plunge and play on St. Simons Island. The whole family will enjoy an 18-hole miniature golf course. Open year round, the golf course offers fun for groups of any size ($7 per round, discounts available for large groups). Cool off this summer at the Neptune Park Fun Zone pool ($7/day, open during spring & summer seasons). There is something for everyone, including a wading pool and water gym for the kids, lap lanes, and zero-entry access. All areas are constantly monitored by American Red Cross-certified lifeguards. Since a day at the pool works up an appetite, enjoy refreshments from our on-site concession stand while lounging poolside under an umbrella. Kids will love our state-of-the-art playground with swings, slides and much more. There are benches alongside for parents to watch the fun. There is no admission fee for the playground. 550 Beachview Dr. (912) 279-2836 or Neptune Park Fun Zone.
Summer Waves Water Park located on Jekyll Island, 210 South Riverview Dr., with 11 acres of splashing summertime fun for the whole family! Nine exciting attractions including six water slides, wave pool, lazy river, splash zone and kiddie area. The rides and attractions at Summer Waves are super cool! Plan your fun filled day with relaxing laps around Turtle Creek, riding the waves of the Frantic Atlantic, or high speed thrills down Pirate’s Passage. Anything you choose to do will be a splashtacular good time! (912) 635-2074 or Summer Waves Water Park.
Fireworks, after sunset, around 9 p.m. Witness the most spectacular fireworks in the Golden Isles. Arrive early to get your spot in the sand. Fireworks are best viewed from the beach between the Holiday Inn Resort and south to the Days Inn on the island’s oceanfront side. Fireworks will begin around 9 p.m. when the sky offers the best background for this incredible pyrotechnic display. (912) 635-3636 or jekyllisland.com/signatureevents/4th-of-july-on-jekyll-island/.
July 3, 5, 6, 12 & 20:
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation at 7 p.m. Take an eerie journey back in time at Coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation on select nights this summer. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site will be offering Ghosts and Legends walking tours of the site. We will walk beneath centuries old Live Oak trees, explore the plantation out-buildings and finish with a lantern tour of the plantation house. As we stroll through Hofwyl-Broadfield’s moss laden trees hear the stories of five generations of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here, 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. 5556 US Highway 17N, located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42, Brunswick, GA 31525. $15. (912) 264-7333 for reservations or more information, also you may visit GeorgiaStateParks.org/hofwyl.
Sunshine Festival! Celebrate the 4th of July on St. Simons Island! This multi-day festival is the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day on the Georgia coast. Complete with an arts & crafts show, 5K race and fireworks, everyone is sure to have a good time! The Sunshine Festival Race will take place Wednesday, July 4th. The 5K race starts at 7 a.m., and the 1 mile fun run starts at 8 a.m. Race and award ceremony will take place at Mallery Park (601 Mallery Street). For more information about the race, visit goldenislestrackclub.com. The golf cart parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. – Mallery Park. Enjoy the sounds of the Traveling Riverside Band from 6-9 p.m. and 9:30-10:15 p.m. Fireworks will be held the evening of July 4th at sundown, around 9 p.m. The fireworks display will take place at the Pier. Annual St. Simons Island 4th of July Arts & Crafts Show at Postell Park! Hosted by Brunswick Actors Theatre/SoGlo Gallery will take place July 4-7. For more information about the arts and crafts show, visit soglogallery.com or (912) 262-0628.
Join the fun on Jekyll Island this 4th of July! Independence Day Parade, 9 a.m. The parade begins at the Jekyll Island Museum and passes through the historic district. Awards will take place following the parade. Participation in the parade is free, and everyone is welcome to join in the fun. (912) 635-3636 or jekyllisland.com/signatureevents/4th-of-july-on-jekyll-island.
Brunswick’s Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration! Bring the kids, tell your friends and neighbors, sharpen up your old-timey game skills! It’s time once again for the entire community to celebrate Independence Day with an evening of fun, fanfare, and fireworks. Brunswick’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration takes place in Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Downtown Brunswick starting at 7 p.m. There will be free watermelon slices for everyone, music in the air, and plenty of old-fashioned games like sack races, water balloon tossing, and hula hoop contests, along with fun prizes for the winners. Then at dark, a spectacular fireworks display explodes over the East River to the strains of patriotic music. It’s a wonderful, free event the community looks forward to every year, brought to you by the City of Brunswick and Golden Isles Arts and Humanities. (912) 262-6934.
Join us for Red, White & Bounce, a fun filled day of water slides, bounce houses, & live music from 2-6 p.m. on the Village Green, Jekyll Island. At the Jekyll Island Beach Village on Beach Village Trail, Jekyll Island. (912) 635-3636 or jekyllisland.com/signatureevents/4th-of-july-on-jekyll-island/.
Sea Island 4th of July Celebration! Guests and residents of Sea Island celebrate the holiday at The Cloister and Beach Club. Enjoy a little fun in the sun at our Independence Day Pool Party and Family Pool Games, or set your pace alongside peaceful marshes for the Firecracker 5K. Decorate your bikes at our Parade Decorating Party, then join in on everyone’s July 4th favorite: the annual parade down Sea Island Drive. It’s a sea of red, white, and blue as a procession of decorated floats, classic cars, bicycles, tricycles, golf carts, and strollers. We go out with a bang, lighting up the night sky with a spectacular kaleidoscopic fireworks display at 9 p.m. The After Party carries the celebrations into the night with live music and late night snacks. Click here for more information.
Junior Ranger Saturdays! Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site’s Junior Ranger program is a great way for kids age 6–12 to have fun and learn more about Georgia’s special natural and historical resources. On select Saturday mornings throughout the summer a ranger will guide participants through sections of Hofwyl’s new Junior Ranger book. Those completing all sections of the book will receive a Junior Ranger badge. 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Participants will learn about rice growth at Hofwyl, the ante-bellum plantation house, trees, marshes and many other aspects of our areas natural and cultural heritage. Regular admission, $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for youth (6 to 17). Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, 5556 US Highway 17N (located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42) Brunswick, GA 31525. Call (912) 264-7333 for reservations and more information or email [email protected].
Enjoy the sounds of summer during the Beach Village Music Series. The Village Green will come alive with Lyn Avenue. Sing along, cut a rug, or simply enjoy these talented artists while you shop or dine in the Beach Village. Bring a beach blanket or chair and you’ll have the best seat in the house. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Jekyll Island Beach Village, 75 Beachview Dr. N., Jekyll Island. (912) 635-3636 or jekyllisland.com.
Rhythm on the River – Beau and the Burners! Come on out to the Rhythm on the River event from 6-8 p.m. at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, Bay & Gloucester Streets. Bring the kids, chairs or blanket, a picnic and your favorite beverage. Admission, FREE! (912) 265-4032 or http://discoverbrunswick.com/events/rhythm-on-the-river.html.
July 8-12, 15-19 and 22-26:
Calling all junior scientists, marine biologists, conservationists, and sea turtle enthusiasts! The Georgia Sea Turtle Center(GSTC) invites campers to enjoy fun-in-the-sun activities, field-based adventures, and unforgettable sea turtles. Each day will focus on turtle biology, conservation, and the threats these animals face. Campers will explore the many habitats of Jekyll Island: freshwater ponds, maritime forest, tidal marshlands and to the beach, accompanied by the myriad of turtle species and wildlife found in coastal Georgia. Campers will interact daily with GSTC staff, volunteers, and AmeriCorps members during this unique week of learning and adventure. Come experience this unique program and learn how you can protect our natural resources, save a species, and make a difference! Sea Turtle Camp includes 20 hours of instruction, a visit to Summer Waves Water Park during camp, daily lunch provided by Larry’s Giant Subs, one reusable water bottle, one official camp shirt, and a commemorative pin. $280 + tax per child. Additional camp shirts may be purchased separately and will be available upon camp check-in. A 10% discount will be offered for each additional child/sibling.
Rising 1st-4th graders, July 8-12 & 22-26: All camps meet Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aftercare is not available.
Rising 5th-7th graders, July 15-19: All camps meet Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aftercare is not available.
Georgia Sea Turtle Center or (912) 635-4444, 214 Stable Road, Jekyll Island.
A Little Light Music Featuring The Funk Brotherhood from Athens, GA. From the horn-driven hits of Kool & the Gang, to the chart-topping vocals of Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, The Funk Brotherhood does not disappoint with its high-energy performance. Comprised of up to 9 dynamic musicians – all veteran performers with years of live performance skill – The Funk Brotherhood features a groove-inspiring rhythm section comprised of drums, bass, guitar and keys. Add to this a 3 piece horn section along with tight vocal harmonies and you’ve got the perfect blend to deliver hit after hit and keep your guests up and moving to the beat all night long. On the Oceanfront Lawn of the St. Simons Lighthouse, 610 Beachview Dr. Concerts are from 7 to 9 p.m., and tickets are $12 for adults; children under 12 are admitted free of charge. Tickets may be purchased in advance in the Museum Store located at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center, or at the gate the evening of the concert. coastalgeorgiahistory.org or (912) 634-7099.
Moonrise Dining at ECHO at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, 101 Downing Street! Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature’s beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO – St. Simons’ only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. (912) 268-5967 or www.echostsimons.com.
Movie on the Green presents “Smallfoot”! Movie starts at 8:30 p.m., but arrive early to find your perfect spot on the Village Green and take part in pre-movie festivities. Please be mindful as showtimes vary throughout the year. This event is free and open to all, but we encourage you to bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Various snack and dinner options will be available for purchase at several of our Beach Village shops. (912) 635-3636 or jekyllisland.com.