Historic Downtown Brunswick hosts a diversity of festivals and cultural events throughout the year, including open air concerts, the Old Fashioned 4th of July at the waterfront Mary Ross Park, and Stewbilee, a celebratory cook-off featuring our delicious culinary trademark, Brunswick Stew. For additional information on the following events, please contact us via email, fax or voice.

First Fridays
Downtown Promenade from 5 - 8. Take a stroll through our beautiful downtown district. Galleries and shops will be open and serving wine & snacks, with live music in the pocket parks.

Rhythm on the River
A NEW Music Event in Downtown Brunswick! Click for latest Music Schedule at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, Historic Downtown Brunswick.

The Our Lady of Fatima Processional and The Blessing of the Fleet
An annual tradition each Mother's Day Sunday, this beautiful Old World processional through Historic Hanover Square was started by the Portuguese community in 1938 to commemorate the first appearance of The Blessed Virgin to three children near the town of Fatima, Portugal on May 13, 1917. Hand-carved Brazilian Oak statue, with a crown of gold and precious stones, identical to the statue in Fatima, is placed on a carved wooden shoulder carrier and decorated with flowers. Parishioners of St. Francis Xavier Church process singing through the park. The Processional begins promptly at 12:00 noon and lasts about thirty minutes.

The Blessing of the Fleet
This colorful Portuguese tradition blesses the brightly decorated shrimp boats prior to the start of shrimping season each year. Since this begins at 3:00 p.m. at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, you'll have time to take your own blessed mother a couple of blocks down Newcastle Street for a wonderful and relaxing Mothers Day lunch!

Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
This Fourth of July, bring yourself, your family and friends and join thousands of happy kids and adults for free games, free watermelon, and of course free fireworks at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in the heart of Historic Downtown Brunswick.

The festivities start at 7:00 p.m. and feature organized and supervised classic games like sack races, tug-of-wars, horseshoes, various ball games, hula-hoop contests and more. Players compete for prizes of delicious whole South Georgia watermelons. Can't win or just don't want to play but you still have a taste for watermelon? Free slices are handed out all evening, compliments of the City of Brunswick.

The fireworks over the waters of the East River and Oglethorpe Bay start about 9:00 p.m. and last 30 minutes. A great, fun, family event that's sponsored each year by The City of Brunswick, Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association, and the Downtown Development Authority.


The Brunswick Stewbilee
Held the second Saturday in October, the Brunswick Stewbilee is a Brunswick Stew cook-off where the culinary skills and secret recipes of dozens of amateur and professional chefs from throughout the Southeast compete for the coveted title of "Brunswick Stewmaster."

Christmas Tree Lighting
Annual Tree Lighting the Friday after Thanksgiving, Downtown Brunswick Pocket Park near Ned Cash Jewelers on Newcastle Street, 5:30pm; Christmas Carols, carriage rides, join us!

The Brunswick Christmas Parade
This annual community parade takes place on the first Saturday in December. Starting at 10:00 a.m. at Howard Coffin Park, over 100 floats, vehicles, walking groups and marching band units make their way one mile down the length of Gloucester Street to Mary Ross Waterfront Park in the heart of the Old Town National Register Historic District.

Santa Claus also makes an appearance at the end of the parade and distributes free bags of candy afterwards at Mary Ross Park. Santa is joined at the park by arts and crafts vendors offering hand-made holiday gifts for sale and by the farmers offering fresh fruit and produce at the Brunswick Farmers Market.

For information on entering a float, vehicle, walking or marching unit in the parade, please contact the Downtown Development Authority at 912-265-4032; fax: 912-265-8181; email:mainstr@cityofbrunswick-ga.gov.


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 Downtown Development Authority • P. O. Box 684 • Brunswick, Georgia 31521 • 912-265-4032 • Fax 912-265-8181