The October 1st "St. Marys Seafood Festival" brings a full day of family fun in St. Marys, including a 5K and 10K run, a themed 10:00 a.m. parade featuring floats, fire trucks, tractors, and golf carts, and, of course, seafood concessionaires. You’ll also find entertainment, demonstrations, arts & crafts vendors, and more. Cumberland Island National Seashore Commemorates 50 Years this month! Check out some of the NPS activities taking place during the Cumberland Island National Seashore 5oth Anniversary Kick-off Event during the Seafood Festival.
A favorite part of the day will be the food! The restaurants will be offering seafood festival specials and there will be food trucks and vendors with sensational seafood fare. The Kiwanis Club will have a booth with several seafood choices.
The festival is on the waterfront in St. Marys historic district and offers visitors a relaxing small-town feel.
*All times and activities are subject to change. The festival schedule is tentatively as follows:
7:00 a.m. ~ 5K / 10K Run Start
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ~ Vendors
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ~ NPS Colonial Encampment at St. Marys Waterfront Park
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ~ Activities & Demonstrations on the NPS Visitor Center Lawn
10:00 a.m. ~ Parade Begins with Grand Marshal NPS Superintendent Gary Ingram
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. ~ Piper Band at St. Marys Waterfront Park for NPS Program Welcome
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ~ NPS Program on the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Cumberland Island National Seashore with Colors and national anthem by CCHS NJROTC & Volume One Choir, Welcome from Superintendent Gary Ingram, and Presentations by Dignitaries
12:30 p.m. ~ Geechee Gullah Shouters at the Amphitheatre
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ~ Musket Firing/ Black Powder Demonstrations at the St. Marys Waterfront Park
11:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ~ Various Community Entertainment
If you’re planning on attending, advance registration is encouraged for the 5K/10K runs and is mandatory for vendors and parade entrants.
The St. Marys Seafood Festival is organized by the Kiwanis Club of St. Marys and has formerly been known as the St. Marys Rock Shrimp Festival. The festival is supported by the City of St. Marys and area sponsors. Festival proceeds are spent locally to fund Kiwanis youth programs in Camden County. For more information, visit smkiwanis.com. For information on restaurants, lodging, and other local information explore www.visitstmarys.com.