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) 310-3366.
If you are interested in hosting your own event, information can be found here: Special Events

Lighted Christmas Parade
December 5, 2020
Regular Parade Route
The annual Lighted Christmas Parade on Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach featuring a marching band, walkers, dancers, cars and floats decorated with Christmas lights and of course Santa Claus! This event is sponsored by America's Youth, Inc.  Contact Sherry Thompson-Cobb at 904-335-7496 for more information.

MLK, Jr. Parade
January 18, 2021
This Parade will begin at the Peck Center, 516 S. 10th Street
This is an annual parade celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. This parade begins at the Peck Center located at 516 S. 10th St.  This parade concludes at the MLK, Jr. Center on Elm Street.  If you would like to participate in this parade, please contact Sherry Thompson-Cobb at 904-335-7496.  This parade is organized by America's Youth, Inc.

Chili Cookoff

February 20, 2021
Downtown, Centre Street
This long running community event that focuses around chili tasting from local competitors.  Patrons are invited to participate in chili tasting on vote on their favorite. Event will have live music, kids' zone, vendors and chili! This event is organized by and benefits the Amelia Island Montessori School.  For more information, go to the school's website.

Concours d'Lemons Florida
March 6, 2021
Main Beach Park, South
8:00 am - 1:30 pm
The Concours d'Lemons is a tongue in cheek version of a high end concourse. We feature low end cars, Pintos, Pacers, Gremlins and the like.  It is a static show.  Cars arrive and are parked for the duration of the event.  Spectators are free, that way you get what you pay for, perhaps a little less. Get a tetanus shot, bring your sense of humor and take it all in.   
Fernandina Beach Pride Festival 
June 12, 2021
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

Juneteenth Jumpoff
June 19, 2021
Peck Field/Charles Eugene Richo Field
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This is a family oriented community celebration. It includes activities for children, family tents, contests in addition to food (food trucks) and a vendor market.

24th Annual 8 Flags Car Show
October 16, 2021
Centre Street, between 8th Street and Front Street
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
This annual car show consists of everything from restored antiques to modern era limited edition Corvettes.  Entrants travel great distances to participate.  Judging takes place in several categories including Best of Show and People's Choice. 
Amelia Cruizers

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 bounce house.  There will be a lecture tent, live music and more! 
Organization's Website

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.