One of the best parts about living in a small city is the annual events that bring together residents and visitors alike. A sense of community is fostered, creating both happy neighbors and warm memories. There are numerous yearly events and festivals on St. Simons Island, and even if you’re hard to please you’re guaranteed to find at least one thing you’d enjoy participating in
- Christ Church Tour of Homes
For more than 60 years, the Episcopal Church Women have been hosting the Christ Church Tour of Homes. Tour locations include private homes, several historical St. Simons and Sea Island locations, and the Christ Church cemetery. Proceeds from the tour are used in church outreach in the community.
- St. Simons Island Antique Show
The St. Simons Island Antique Show takes place over several weekends, year round. Antique dealers come from all over the southeast to participate, so you’re sure to find something different and unique. As an additional bonus, the show takes place in the Pier Village area, with majestic oaks and views of the Atlantic all around.
- Mother’s Day Arts & Crafts Show
Mother’s Day weekend is the perfect occasion to spend time with your favorite woman, whether mom or aunt or mother-figure. What better way than to spend the weekend at St. Simons Island? Every Mother’s Day weekend, the island hosts an invitation-only arts & crafts show. Featured art includes paintings, pottery, jewelry, and garden art, all handmade by local and regional artists. And since the show is invitation-only, you’re guaranteed to find something special for mom.
- Georgia Sea Islands Festival
Every summer for the past 30 years, locals and tourists alike make time in their busy schedules to celebrate coastal Georgia’s African American music, traditions, crafts, and food at the Georgia Sea Island Festival. One of the favorite parts of the weekend is the Georgia Sea Island Singers; the festival was begun by two members of said singing group. From baking traditions to musical instruments, the Georgia Sea Islands Festival is both entertaining and educational, for those of all ages.
- St. Simons Food & Spirits Festival
One of the newer (but no less popular) festivals on St. Simons Island is the St. Simons Food & Spirits Festival. Not only do attendees get to sample the best food and drink of the Golden Isles, but they also get to do some good for the community. A portion of ticket sales go towards a local charity or organization doing good things in the St. Simons area. Festival goers have access to delicious Georgia food and drink, as well as live music and appearances by pro golfers. Like any good festival, there is an artisan market where local art, crafts, produce, and culinary items can be purchased.
- First Friday
The first Friday of every month, without fail, is a party. For a few hours in the evening, the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Brunswick are all open. You are encouraged to stroll and enjoy yourself; it’s not hard when there is live music and art openings, not to mention food and beverage samples. This is a great way to get to know the area and spend some quality time with the ones you love.
- Second Sundays
Live music echoes down Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island during the afternoon and early evening of the second Sunday each month. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and coolers, and are encouraged to purchase raffle tickets. Raffle winners receive prizes from local businesses, and proceeds go towards local charitable organizations. There are even activities for kids, including inflatable slides and bounce houses.
- Mistletoe Market
There are a million things to do during the holiday season, yet you should definitely make time for the Mistletoe Market. Around 70 local artists and crafters are in attendance, showing their holiday wares. There are also craft demonstrations, holiday music and entertainment, activities for the children and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus. Is there a better way to spend the holidays at St. Simons Island?
- 4th of July Sunshine Festival
Most visitors to St. Simons Island make the trip during the summer months, seeking the cool ocean breezes and warm southern sunshine. Islanders celebrate the 4th of July in a big way, including the Sunshine Arts & Crafts Show, Sunshine Festival 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run, live music, delicious southern food, and of course, a large fireworks display. This festival has been a tradition for over 60 years, so make your plans now to spend America’s birthday on St. Simons Island.