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

Sounds on Centre

First Friday of each month, other than May which is the first Thursday of the month
Centre Street 
Family-friendly community concerts organized by the Historic Fernandina Beach Business Association. 
May: The Decades Band
June: Mojo Roux
July: Island Vibe
August: Honey Badgers
September: Bluff 5
October: Surprise 
Event Facebook Page


Shrimp Festival Parade
May 2, 2019, followed immediately by special Sounds on Centre
6:00 pm 
The parade route begins at Central Park and travels west down Ash Street to 2nd Street, turns north to Centre Street, turns east down Centre Street and ends back at Central Park. 
Event Website

Shrimp Festival
Festival: May 3-May 5, 2019
Downtown Fernandina
Tons of vendors, art, food, and entertainment. Not to be missed! 
Event Website

Shrimp Festival 5K
May 4, 2019
8:00 am
Main Beach Park 
The event hosts a 5K run for ages 9 and up, a 5K walk ages 9 and up as well as a mile youth run and  1/2 a popcorn run for young kids.This is the 25th annual run and has been a staple in our community.
Registration and Info

Wild Amelia Nature Festival 
May 18, 2019
10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Atlantic Auditorium 
Foot-stomping music, exhibiting conservation groups and businesses, live animals, a silent auction, and a hands-on "kids niche". 
Organization's Website

Buggies on the Beach 
May 26, 2019 
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Main Beach Park 
Family friendly Volkswagen car show with awards. Military vehicles on display. 
Event Facebook Page

Memorial Day Ceremony
May 27, 2019
11:00 am
Memorial in Parking Lot A (next to Brett's Waterway Cafe) 
Organized by American Legion Post 54. Bring your own chair. 

Pride Festival 
June 8, 2019
10:00 am- parade
The parade route begins at Central Park and travels west down Ash Street to 2nd Street, turns north to Centre Street, turns east down Centre Street and ends back at Central Park. 
11:00 am- 6:30 pm- festival
Central Park 
The festival will include speakers, music, informational booths, food trucks, children's activities (face painting) and an opportunity for individuals and families to picnic, enjoy the festivities, and celebrate gay pride at an open and welcoming event.  
Event Website

Cannons on the Plaza
June 15, 2019 
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fernandina Plaza Historic State Park (Old Town)
Volunteers and staff will  interpreter the various periods of Fernandina Plaza Historic State Park to include: 
1740 Spanish Soldier
1778 American Continental Soldier and British Soldier
1817 Patriot Soldier
1835 American Soldier
1861 Southern Soldier
1864 Federal Soldier
African American ladies and soldiers will also be present. 
Fife and drum to provide music. 
Cavalry  detachment. 
CSO and Other displays to include archaeology information, Talbot, Anastasia/Fort Mose, NPS(Kingsley/Castillo), the Amelia Island Museum of History, The City of Fernandina Beach, and the Fernandina Genealogy Society.

Hometown Fourth of July
July 4, 2019
Marina Parking Lots A and B (on either side of Brett's Water Cafe)
5:00 pm  
Fourth of July celebration with vendors, kids' zone, and fireworks. Entertainment by the Nassau Community Band. 
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

Fishing Rodeo 
August 2, 2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
August 3, 2019
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Marina Parking Lot A (adjacent to Brett's Waterway Cafe) 
39th Annual fishing tournament. BBQ, ice cream. and beer for sale. Open to the public. 
Organization's Website

Endless Summer Watermelon Ride
September 8, 2019
Begins at Atlantic Recreation Center
Large group bicycle ride on Amelia Island that points south into Duval County. 
Event Facebook Page

Pasta for Paws
October 12, 2019 
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
Atlantic Rec Center
A silent auction and pasta dinner to benefit the Nassau Humane Society. 
Organization's Facebook Page

8 Flags Car Show
October 19, 2019 
8:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Centre Street (between Eighth and Front Street) 
A free community event with over 100 cars from across the decades. 
Organization's Facebook Page

Zooma Women's Race Series  
October 19 & 20, 2019
Main Beach 
5K (Saturday evening) and half-marathon (Sunday morning)
Event Website

Right Whale Festival 
November 2, 2019 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
November 3, 2019 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Main Beach 
A free family friendly educational festival featuring: a morning beach clean-up and beach 5K run/ 1 miles walk, 75+ ​ exhibitors focused on marine conservation and education, water recreation and sports, boating and fishing, and other outdoor activities, as well as selling ocean theme gifts, fine art, photography and crafts, kids activities including a passport program, a right whale obstacle course and bounce houses, a lecture tent, live music, food, and more. 
Event Facebook Page

Dickens on Centre
December 13-15, 2019
Downtown Fernandina Beach 
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Festive Victorian themed holiday event boasting multiple stages, vendors, and activities. 
Event Website

Lighted Christmas Parade
December 21, 2019
6:00 pm 
The parade route begins at Central Park and travels west down Ash Street to 2nd Street, turns north to Centre Street, turns east down Centre Street, and ends back at Central Park.
This parade is organized by the America's Youth organization. 

Shrimp Drop 
December 31, 2019
Marina Parking Lots A and B (on either side of Brett's Water Cafe)
5:00 pm  
New Year's Eve celebration with vendors, kids' zone, and fireworks.  
Organization's Facebook Page

MLK Jr. Parade
January 20, 2019
Parade route beginning at the Peck Center 
(up Ash, 2nd and Centre Streets)
12:00 pm
Organized by the America's Youth Organization 


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