Join the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for the return of CoastFest on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Brunswick!
CoastFest, in its 28th year, is the largest outreach event hosted by the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. This free, family-friendly event features educational programs, touch tanks, wildlife viewing opportunities, and exhibitors from partner agencies and nonprofit organizations.
There's plenty to see and do for people of all ages at CoastFest. Whether you're interested in fishing, sea turtles, birds of prey, or Coastal Georgia history, we have something for you! Bring your family, curiosity, and sense of adventure when you "Catch the Excitement" at CoastFest 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Brunswick, 100 F St., Brunswick, GA 31520.
CoastFest is a free-admission event and will happen rain or shine. We can't wait to see you there!
Ready to plan your day at CoastFest? Click here for a map of Mary Ross Waterfront Park to see exhibit placement and the CoastFest site plan.
The park map shows the locations of exhibitor tents, activities, cannon firings, restrooms, food vendors, and more. Large display versions of the map will be available at CoastFest. To prevent litter, we will not be providing small, handheld paper maps. If you think you'll need a map during the event, we recommend you print one and bring it with you.
Free parking for the public will be available in the grass field in front of Brunswick Landing Marina. Cars can enter on I Street off U.S. Highway 341 across from the Glynn County Veterans Memorial Park. From I-95 Exit 36, head south on U.S. Highway 341. The I Street parking entrance will be on your right. Look for signage and DNR banners marking the entrance.
The return of in-person CoastFest also means our T-shirts are back! This year's T-shirt features the 2020 Art Contest winner Shelby Williams of Glynn Academy with art featuring a red drum, the state saltwater fish of Georgia! Be sure to pick up one of these beautiful T-shirts at CoastFest.
We will have Youth sizes small to large for $8 and adult sizes small to 3X large for $14. We will accept major credit/debit cards and cash.
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Jim Sawgrass has been performing at CoastFest for more than a decade. He is a native Floridian of Muscogee Creek (Mvskoke) descent and living historian of the southeastern tribes of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. Sawgrass has been sharing his knowledge of the Southeastern Native American tribes for over 25 years. He served on the Florida Indian Council from 1991-1995. Sawgrass has been sharing his knowledge of the Southeastern Native American tribes for over 30 years.
As a child, he was always interested in history, building forts, and exploring the woods and nearby swamps. The outdoors was always, and continues to be a big part of his life. He became more involved with his Native American heritage by attending Pow Wows, Native festivals, and historical reenactments. He learned more about Native culture and history from many elders, outdoors-men, and reanactors he was surrounded by. He is also an Eagle Scout and applies his scouting skills to this day.
In 1988, Sawgrass began presenting programs professionally on Native American history and started the "Deep Forest Historical Native American Programs". Since then, he has performed at places like schools, Pow Wows, state and national parks, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivals and many other places around the U.S. He also been featured on many television networks such as History Channel, Travel Channel and Discovery Channel.
Visit Jim Sawgrass' website by clicking here.
New to CoastFest this year, Dumpster Doug travels the earth searching for the sources of air, land and water pollution and then shows audiences that small changes make a huge difference when it comes to protecting the earth’s natural resources.
Audiences learn about the 4 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Read so they too can become Eco-Superstars in the funniest and most magical environmental show CoastFest has ever seen!
Watch a dirty soda can become brand new and filled with soda as it is magically recycled in just 30 seconds. Witness trash being turned into useful products instantly as it enters a recycling bin, and see a scrap of paper turned into something valuable instead of being tossed aside.
Tons of audience participation keeps viewers on the edge of their seats while everyone can laugh along with all the great lessons. It’s the perfect assembly show for Earth Day celebrations or anytime of the year.
Visit Dumpster Doug's website by clicking here.
Touch Tanks and Coastal Experience
Visit the Coastal Resources Division pavilion for the Coastal Experience. Travel from the uplands, through the marsh, and out to sea as you see and learn about what CRD does to conserve the coast for the benefit of present and future generations.
Take a journey through Coastal Georgia, starting in the upland where you'll learn about maritime forests and the transitionary ecosystem. Then, venture down into the marsh to experience the mucky mud, keystone plant species, and organisms that call Georgia's 368,000 acres of marsh home. Finally, cross over onto a barrier island and see how the forces of nature shape the beaches, dunes, and coastline of the Peach State.
It all wraps up with a dip into our touch tanks, where you'll be able to see and touch wild Georgia sea life, including stingrays, horseshoe crabs, finfish, and other marine life!
This exhibit is a family favorite that you won't want to miss!
Animal Village and other attractions
CoastFest features a wide variety of other attractions, including animals, activities like the Fish Rodeo, reef ball painting, and more.
The goal of all our attractions is to educate the public about the Coastal Georgia environment so they can be better stewards of our natural resources and socio-cultural heritage. At CoastFest, we want to make learning come alive and be an enjoyable experience for you and your family to remember for years to come.
At our CoastFest Animal Village this year, we're featuring exhibitions from Georgia Southern University's Center for Wildlife Education, Georgia DNR's Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, 4-H Tidelands Nature Center on Jekyll Island, Georgia DNR State Parks & Historic Sites.
Animals you'll be able to see include:
- Birds of Prey
- Diamondback Terrapin
- Juvenile alligator
- Rat snakes
- Southern pine snake
- Indigo snake
- Gopher tortoise
- Box turtle
- Yellowbellied Slider Turtle
- Gopher Frog
- Sea turtle mounts and biofacts
- Assorted shells and marine biofacts
CoastFest 2022 will feature more than 40 exhibitors from organizations representing government, research agencies, nonprofits, and more! Take a stroll through Exhibitor Row to learn about everything from indigo dye, living shorelines, sea turtles, and many other topics.
Registration for exhibitors is now closed, but if your organization would like to be a part of CoastFest 2022, please reach out to CRD's CoastFest coordinator, Tyler Jones, at email@example.com or 912-262-3140.
As a reminder, sales of items and memberships are prohibited at CoastFest. Exhibitors must also agree to be present for the duration of the event. CRD cannot guarantee that electricity will be available for every exhibitor.
If you are an exhibitor and need information about what to expect the day of CoastFest, please contact Tyler Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 912-264-7218.
The art contest is a time-honored tradition of CoastFest. Students from K-12 all across Southeast Georgia enter every year to see the winning art displayed during the event, with the winning artist's work becoming the T-shirt design for the following year's CoastFest.
Artwork is displayed at the Marshes of Glynn Brunswick Library, 208 Gloucester St., in downtown Brunswick across from Mary Ross Waterfront Park. The exhibit will open to the public Sept. 20, 2022, and closes Oct. 3, 2022.
The public can visit the exhibit before CoastFest by visiting the library during its normal business hours. Its hours are (subject to change):
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information about visiting the Marshes of Glynn Brunswick Library, visit their website by clicking here.
Anyone with questions about the CoastFest Art Contest can contact Art Contest Coordinator Diana Patrick at email@example.com or 912-262-3137.
The deadline to enter the CoastFest Art Contest is Sept. 15, 2022. For information about submissions, contact Diana Patrick.