Sisters Kerrianne Neilan, right, and Brianna Neilan hold a ray at the ray touch tank. The girls and their parents were vacationing in the area from their home in Cumming, Georgia.

Sept. 15

Shrimp and Grits The Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival is a coastal favorite. The 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. The festival is free and open to the public once you’re on Jekyll island. Festival hours are Friday, Sept. 15 from 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m.-4p.m.

Sept. 24

Taste of the Vine Taste of the Vine is a delicious way to help babies, children and families in Glynn County. Please join us at Georgia Sea Grill for the 13th Annual Taste of the Vine featuring wine, whimsy, small bites with big flavor, a 50/50 raffle, entertainment and silent auction sale. The event is from 6-8:30 p.m. at Georgia Sea Grill, 407 Mallery St. on St. Simons Island. Proceeds go to aid Coastal Coalition for Children in its mission. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Coastal Coalition for Children at 912-388-0376

Sept. 28

Brunswick Station Open House Check out the University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, learn about the agency’s research and education outreach and enjoy local seafood and beverages. The Marine Extension facility tours will feature a look native plant garden, the 72-foot research vessel the Georgia Bulldog and interaction with live animals like horseshoe crabs. The Brunswick station’s multidisciplinary staff has served the Golden Isles for more than 40 years conducting water quality research, seafood research, hurricane preparation and native plant and pollinator education. The waterfront station will be open for free tours from 4-7 p.m. at 715 Bay Street in Brunswick.

Oct. 4-8

St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival Tickets are now on sale for the 6th annual 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. 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, Chef de Cuisine James Flack and Chef Jernard Wells of Food Network and a Sunday Funday for the entire family at the King and Prince Resort. For more information or to purchase tickets for festival events scheduled for Oct. 4-8, go online to

Oct. 7

Coast Fest At the regional headquarters campus of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in Brunswick, 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, archeology, herpetology, geology, kayaking, fishing and shoreline restoration. Have children, this is one you do not want to miss. The event is from 10a.m.-4p.m. at the DNR headquarters at 1 Conservation Way under the Sidney Lanier Bridge.

Oct. 7

Under the Oaks Run Saint Simons Christian School presents Under the Oaks 2017, a 13.1 Half Marathon, 10K and 5K to be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, on Jekyll Island. The courses are USATF certified and all three races are USATF sanctioned so that both casual and competitive runners may enjoy each event. The start and finish line will be at Summer Waves Waterpark. Under the Oaks Run benefits St. Simons Christian School and the Jekyll Island Foundation. For more information, contact 912-634-8177.

Oct. 7

Roaring Twenties Ball Peacock Productions is excited to present another magical night to benefit One Hundred Miles. This year’s theme will be the Roaring Twenties. Take a trip back in time with us for a night of fun, food and music all while raising money for a great cause. One Hundred Miles is a local organization dedicated to the education and preservation of our beautiful 100 mile Georgia Coast Line. Tickets will be $20 at the door the night of the event. Formal 1920s theme attire is encouraged. There will be a cash bar and many great items will be raffled off during the night. The event is from 7-11p.m. at Old City Hall, 1229 Newcastle St. in Brunswick.

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