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

Fernandina Beach High School Homecoming Parade
October 4, 2019
4:00 pm
Parade travels west down Ash Street to 2nd Street, turns north to Centre Street, turns east down Centre Street to South 11th Street.

Sounds on Centre

October 4, 2019
Centre Street, between Front Street and 2nd Street. 
Family-friendly community concerts organized by the Historic Fernandina Beach Business Association. 
Event Facebook Page

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Ride to Cure
October 5, 2019
7:00 am 
Charity bicycle ride beginning at the Omni Plantation Resort. Traveling north to Fernandina Beach and Ft. Clich before turning south to Duval County.
Event Website

Turtle Trot 
October 5, 2019 
9:30 am 
Main Beach 
5k run on the beach, organized by Amelia Island Runners 

Southeastern Rib Championship
October 11, 2019; 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
October 12, 2019; 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Main Beach Park 
This fundraiser for the Northeast Florida Advocates for Autism and Related Disabilities will feature the South's finest pitmasters coming together to see who has the best ribs in the Southeast. There will also be a sanctioned SCA Steak Cook-off on Friday Night. This will also be a great time for the crowd as well as there will be live music Friday night and Saturday, arts and crafts vendors, a beer garden, kids area and of course... AMAZING BBQ!!
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

Petanque Open
November 8 - 10, 2019
Marina Parking Lots C & D
The Petanque Open is an annual tournament that brings in players from around the world. There will be tournament play, food trucks, food vendors, a small stage with live music and sound as well as beer and wine tent.
Event Facebook Page

Veterans Day Parade
November 9, 2019
11:00 am 
Organized by American Legion Post 54. 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.
Organization's Facebook Page

Vetapalooza 
November 11, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Pocket Park (next to Amelia Island Coffee)
Fundraiser for Veterans.  Food, music and military display vehicles.
Organization's Facebook Page

MUMC Fall Festival
November 16, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
North 6th Street
This annual event is an opportunity for the community to come and enjoy bounce houses, hot dogs, and games for the children. It will be themed around opportunities for service in the community this year. 
Organizer's Facebook Page

Taste of Amelia 
November 16, 2019
4:00 pm
Registration begins at the Pocket Park in downtown Fernandina- adjacent to Amelia Island Coffee
Walking tour of downtown restaurants. Fundraiser for Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach. 
Organization's Facebook Page

Pajama Party
November 29, 2019
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Live music, Christmas caroling, photo booth, contests for best pajamas, and discounts at downtown businesses.
Co-Sponsored by the Historic Fernandina Beach Business Association and Fernandina Beach Main Street 

Christmas Tree Lighting
November 30, 2019
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Annual event adjacent to the Downtown Marina. Food vendors, merchandise vendors, bounce houses and Santa.

"Island-Stock"
November 30, 2019
Green space behind Marina Parking Lots C and D
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Concert celebrating old school rock-n-roll music, performed by the Honey Badgers. 

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

Guns and Hoses Charity Softball Tournament
January 11, 2019
Ybor Alvarez Field
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Guns & Hoses is a softball tournament between Fernandina Beach Fire Department, Fernandina Beach Police Department, Nassau County Fire-Rescue, and Nassau County Sheriff's Office, featuring food trucks, emergency vehicles, bounce houses, TraumaOne helicopter landing, Sparky the Fire Dog & Darren the Lion, to benefit various charitable causes. 
Organization's Facebook Page

MLK Jr. Parade
January 20, 2020
Parade route beginning at the Peck Center 
(up Ash, 2nd and Centre Streets)
12:00 pm
Organized by the America's Youth Organization 

Chili Cook-off
February 22, 2020
Downtown Fernandina Beach (Centre Street from Front to 3rd Streets + North and South 2nd Streets)
10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Long running community event that focuses around chili tasting from local competitors. Event will have live music, kids' zone, vendors and chili booths, Organized by and benefiting the Amelia Island Montessori School. 
Organization's Facebook Page

Fernandina Beach Pride Festival 
June 6, 2020
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 fee function.  
Organization's Facebook Page