Live music allows humans to gather and express shared experience, love of art, and devotion to the conga line as the future of mass transit. Move in harmony with today's Groupon: for $8, you get admission to either the Welcome to Weekend Party on Friday, August 12 or the Fun Finale Party on Saturday, August 13 at the Jekyll Island Beach Music Festival in Jekyll Island (a $20 value). Both events run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Jekyll Island Beach Music Festival draws revelers to a sun-swept, picturesque stretch of Georgia coast for the beach dance parties and concerts that fill a brimming schedule. The Welcome to Weekend party stirs up merriment like a prank call to Bacchus and pairs Mark Roberts and Breeze's rock- and blues-infused riffs with soulful sirenship from The Craig Woolard Band. The Fun Finale sends the weekend on its way with a musical gift basket filled with rhythm and blues by The Swingin' Medallions and hip-hop presented by Classic Edition. DJs host sessions between the bands' one-hour sets at both events, and a shag-dancing contest breaks up Saturday's festivities.
Due to the island's minimal development, surrounding landscapes remain a pristine home to indigenous wildlife. When not entranced by musical performance, guests can head outside to scan the tree line in hopes of spotting deer, osprey, and feral percussionists in their natural habitat. Drivers must purchase a parking pass ($5, not included in this Groupon) at the Jekyll Island Greeting Station.
Jekyll Island Authority
On Jekyll Island, waves crash along the 10 miles of beaches as kayaks cut through the salty water, cyclists roll over 20 miles of paved trails, and riders on horseback clop through hushed maritime forests. All visitors to the barrier island can partake in myriad active, relaxing, or educational activities while immersed in its lush natural landscapes, where dunes give way to beaches filled with hermit crabs and shell collecting and where birders clutch binoculars to examine avian habitats and decode gulls' sign language. The island's public golf club, open since 1898, hosts two 18-hole courses and one 9-hole course on manicured greens and rolling terrain. In the summer, the Summer Waves Water Park provides a cool escape from the heat with six slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river. For indoor adventurers, exhibits at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center illuminate the lives of the shelled reptiles, and a museum preserves relics of the wealthy families who used the island as their gilded getaway and a place to bury their expired money. The Jekyll Island Authority oversees all conservation and development on the idyllic island, existing to continually improve the park and its amenities.