"Gateway to the

Georgia Coast"


The 46th Annual Rock Shrimp Festival brings a full day of family fun to St. Marys on Saturday, October 6th including 5K and 10K races and a themed 10:00 a.m. parade featuring floats, fire trucks, tractors and golf carts. You’ll find entertainment, demonstrations, arts & crafts vendors and food concessionaires.

The best part of the day, for most, are the rock shrimp dinners that include rock shrimp, the southeastern delicacy that is the festivals namesake.  Also, included in the dinner are boiled shrimp, fried fish, slaw and hushpuppies. The dinners are typically $10 in advance or $12 on festival day and are served from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Advance tickets are available at the St. Marys Welcome Center.

The Rock Shrimp Festival is one of St. Marys’ signature events and brings a big crowd while maintaining a small town feel. If you’re planning on attending, advance registration is encouraged for the 5K and 10K Runs and is mandatory for Vendors and Parade Entries.

The tentative festival schedule is:

   7:30 a.m.                               5K & 10 K Races Start     
   9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.       Vendors
 10:00 a.m.                               Parade Begins  
 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.          Rock Shrimp Dinners
 11:00 a.m.                                Car & Tractor Show East of Riverview Hotel on St. Marys Street
                                                        Plus All Day Entertainment & Demonstrations

You can also enjoy the St. Marys Railroad Days Express train rides at noon, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. At the St. Marys Railroad Train Station tour the free St. Marys Railroad Museum. Tickets are recommended in advance for train rides and can be purchased at stmarysrailroad.com. 

The Rock Shrimp Festival is organized by the Kiwanis Club of St. Marys and supported by the City of St. Marys and area sponsors.  Festival proceeds are spent locally to fund Kiwanis youth programs in Camden County.  For information or registration forms visit www.smkiwanis.com or www.VisitStMarys.com  or call the St. Marys Convention & Visitors Bureau at 912.882.4000.

For more information, visit www.smkiwanis.com.