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 Public Information Officer at (904) 310-3102

If you are interested in hosting your own event, information can be found here: Special Events

Pajama Party
November 23, 2018 
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Historic Fernandina Beach Downtown
Shop local for Black Friday! Discounts, activities for kids, live music, Santa. 

Christmas Tree Lighting 
November 24, 2018
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Parking Lot A (next to Brett's Waterway Cafe) 
Vendors, Nassau Community Band, activities for kids, Fernandina Beach Pirates, photos with Santa. Lights are turned on at 6:00 pm. 

Library Holiday Festival
Saturday, December 1, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
Fernandina Beach Library (North 4th Street)
Free to the public, this event brings local businesses and organizations together to provide a fun and entertaining atmosphere for the community. There are many activities for the smallest child to the oldest adult. Some of the activities available will be the Fernandina Beach Fire Rescue Department with Spark Fire Dog, Amelia Community Theater Animal Characters, Santa and Mrs. Clause, and Jazzercise.
Organization's Website

Reindeer Run 
Sunday, December 2, 2018 
6:00 am - 11:00 am
Main Beach Park
An annual half Marathon and 5k put on by Amelia Island Runners.  
Organizer's Facebook Page

Dickens on Centre 
December 7-9, 2018 
Downtown Centre Street
Free to the public, this Victorian inspired holiday festival is as fun as the dickens for the entire family. Enjoy costumed characters, themed entertainment and performances, visits from Saint Nick, and a variety of vendors selling seasonal gifts and wares.
Event Website

Guns and Hoses
December 8, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ybor Alvarez Softball Complex
A softball tournament between the Fernandina Beach Fire Department, Fernandina Beach Police Department, Nassau County Fire-Rescue, and Nassau County Sheriff's Office. Many activities for families and this year's event will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  
Organizer's Facebook Page

Lighted Christmas Parade
December 15, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Normal Parade Route starting at Central Park
A lighted Christmas parade that has cars with lights, a marching band, walkers, dancers, and Santa. 
Organizer's Website

New Year's Eve Shrimp Drop
December 31, 2018
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Parking Lot B (between Shrimp Museum and Brett's Waterway Cafe)
Annual Shrimp Drop for New Year's Eve featuring music and fireworks. 
Organizer's Facebook Page

MLK Jr, Parade 
January 21, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Begins at Peck Center on 11th Street, left on Ash Street, right on 2nd Street, Right on Centre Street. 
A parade around Amelia Island celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Organizer's Website

12th Annual Chili Cook-off
February 23, 2019
 11:00 am- 3:00 pm
Downtown Fernandina Beach 
Long running community event that focuses around chili tasting from local competitors. The event will have music, kids' zone, vendors and chili booths. Event is organized by, and benefits, the Amelia Island Montessori School. Interested vendors should send an email to: teamaims@ameliaislandmontessori.com

Annual Food and Wine Tasting
March 2, 2019
 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 
Atlantic Rec Center
Annual fundraiser features local restaurants and wine, live music and a silent auction ro raise money for the Rotary of Amelia Island Sunrise's selected local nonprofit. Past recipients include the Council on Aging, Boys and Girls Club, and Friends of Fernandina Aviation. 
Organization's Website

St. Michael's Carnival
March 14-17, 2019
Thursday the 14th: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday the 15th: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Saturday the 16th: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm 
Sunday the 17th: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
Central Park
Annual carnival with fun rides, food, and entertainment for the family.
Organization's Facebook Page

Katie Ride
April 12-13, 2019
Friday the 12th: Registration - 7 am
Saturday the 13th: Ride Day - 5 am 
Atlantic Rec Center
The 15th anniversary of the Katie Ride for life. 
Organization's Facebook Page

Quarterback Club
July 20, 2019
5:30 pm - 11 pm 
Atlantic Rec Center
A barbecue fundraiser to support the Fernandina Beach High School football team. 
Organization's Facebook Page