Upcoming Special Events

Permitted Special Events

The following events have received special event permits through the City of Fernandina Beach. The City of Fernandina Beach is not managing these events. If you have any questions pertaining to a listed event, please call the Parks & Recreation Department at (904) 310-3375.
If you are interested in hosting your own event, information can be found here: Special Events

The Fernandina Beach High School Foundation Trivia Night 
November 5, 2021
Atlantic Recreation Center Auditorium
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Team Trivia Night. Everyone arrives between 6-6:30pm. Beer, Wine and Pizza provided. 6:30 will begin with the opening comments followed by the game, with a 15 minute intermission around 7:30. Trivia games commences until complete. 
Organizations Website

Right Whale Festival
November 6 - 7, 2021
Main Beach Park
10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday, Nov. 6th; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, Sunday Nov. 7th
This is a family friendly, educational festival featuring a morning beach clean-up and beach 5k run/1 mile walk. There will be exhibits that are focused on marine conservation and education, water recreation and sports, boating and fishing and other outdoor activities.  There will also be vendors selling ocean themed gifts, fine art, photography and crafts.  For the kids there will be kid focused activities including a passport program, a right whale obstacle course, and a bounce house.  There will be a lecture tent, live music and more! 
Organization's Website

Veterans Day Parade
November 11, 2021
Parade begins at Central Park at 11:00 am
This patriotic parade, organized by the American Legion Post 54, honors active and retired military. This parade will follow the traditional parade route, beginning at Ash and 11th Street.

Victory Run For Veterans
November 11, 2021
Centre St, Atlantic Ave, Main Beach
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Veterans Day 5 mile fun run. Starting at the monument in the Marina Parking lot, down Centre Street flowing into Atlantic Ave, to Main Beach and back. Small Ceremony will be held at conclusion of run at 11:11am to commemorate the signing of the armistice ending the fighting of WW1. Local Veteran Musician will perform the National Anthem and a local Veteran-operated food truck will also be available for attendees. 

Amelia Island Open - Petanque Tournament

November 12-14, 2021
Downtown Marina, Parking Lots C&D
The Amelia Island Open - International Petanque Tournament is an annual tournament that brings players from around the world.  There will be tournament play, local food vendors, a small stage with live music.  This is a family friendly event.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 27, 2021
Centre Street, between 8th Street and Front Street
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Annual Event held at the City Marina. Food vendors, merchandise vendors, bounce houses, DJ, entertainment by Royal Amelia Dance Academy and the Nassau Community Band. Event is free to the public. For more information, please contact Kaitlyn Riviera at 904-310-3362 or kriviera@fbfl.org

Lighted Christmas Parade
December 4, 2021
Parade route starts at Central Park
Parade begins at 6:00 pm
All are invited! Come enjoy the magic of the holiday season at the annual Lighted Christmas Parade, organized by America's Youth.  The parade will consist of bands, dancers, lighted floats, and more. For information on becoming a participant, contact John Gilbert at john@americayouth.org

Reindeer Run Half Marathon and 5k Race
December 5, 2021
Race begins at Main Beach Park at 7:00 am
This is a running/walking event through Fernandina Beach to help raise funds for our community.

Dickens on Centre

December 9-12, 2021

Centre Street, Downtown Fernandina Beach

Dickens on Centre is a Victorian holiday festival that transforms downtown Fernandina Beach into the time of Charles Dickens, themed after his popular novel, A Christmas Carol.  Join us Thursday, December 9, at 6:30 pm for the Dickens Illuminated Procession, a Victorian walking lantern parade followed by fireworks.  Stay for a weekend of holiday cheer with the Dickens on Centre festival starting Friday, December 10 at 5:00 pm through Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 pm.  Enjoy the expanded festival footprint while you meet St. Nick in his workshop within Tiny Tim's Kid Zone.  Shop for unique holiday gifts while wandering through the Artist Alley or strolling Peddlers Village.  Enjoy a bite to eat in the Festival Courtyard or a fizzy beverage at Fizziwig's.  Stay for the variety of period performances on multiple stages and in the streets throughout the festival.  All COVID-19 protocols and measures will be in place for your safety. 
Dicken's on Centre Event Page

Fernandina Beach Library's Holiday Festival
December 18, 2021
4th Street, between Centre and Alachua Street
11:00am - 3:00pm
Our missions is to provide a free family fun event that will also promote local businesses downtown.  We will have local state and federal agencies onsite to educate families about vital services and programs that are beneficial.  We will also have games, crafts, and much more.  Please come out and enjoy this free, informational event. For more information, please contact Michele Ford at 904-530-6506 or mforde@nassaucountyfl.com

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade

January 17, 2022
Parade begins at the Peck Center
12:00 pm 
This is the annual Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day Parade commemorates the birth of this American hero and honors the life of the civil rights leader who lead the non-violent movement for equality for all.  The parade will begin at the Peck Center (historically the Peck High School). This is a family friendly event. Please come out and support this event, this is an opportunity for the community to come together.  Participation by all (businesses, churches, community and civic groups, local government officials) are welcome and encouraged to come and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information, please contact Tiffany Harris at 04theculture@gmail.com or harristiffany1986@gmail.com

Recovery Glow Walk

April 2, 2022
Central Park
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This event is free and open to the public. This will be Starting Point's inaugural Recovery Month event.  The event represents Starting Point's and Nassau County's acknowledgement and celebration that individuals with mental health and substance use disorders do recover.  The term "glow-up" is defined as an incredible transformation or to go from the bottom to the top to the point of disbelief.

Fernandina Beach Pride Festival 
June 11, 2022
Central Park + Parade Route
10:00 am:  Parade
11:00 am - 6:00 pm:  Festival 
The festival will include speakers, music, informational booths, food trucks, children's activities (face painting) and and opportunity for individuals and families to picnic, enjoy the festivities and celebrate gay pride at an open and welcoming event.  This will be an alcohol free event.
Organization's Facebook Page

Juneteenth Jumpoff
June 18, 2022
Peck/Charles Eugene Richo Field
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
What is Juneteenth? On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers informed thousands of enslaved men, women, and children in Galveston, Texas that the war was over and they were free, 2 1/2 years after Pres. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.  Today, we celebrate Juneteenth as a commemoration of the ending of slavery and as a celebration of African-American culture and achievements.  This is a family friendly, community celebration committed to encourage improved community interactions, educate, and bring a sense of pride to the community as a whole.  The event will include activities for children, contest, family tents (must register online), food trucks, informational booths, and a vendor market. This is a non-alcoholic event.