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

Sip and Shop
February 21, 2020
Pocket Park, Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Check in at the Pocket Park and shop after dark! Select retail stores will keep their doors open later. Purchase a souvenir decorative wine tumbler and take it with you as you browse. Receive a wine tasting at each store.
Organization's Website

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 on 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

Bonhams Motorcar Auction
March 4 - 5, 2020
Fernandina Beach Golf Club
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

This annual motorcar and memorabilia auction is open to the public. March 4th is a preview day.  March 5th is the actual auction.
Bonhams Motorcar Auction

Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance - The Eight Flags Road Tour 
March 6, 2020
Downtown Fernandina Beach - Centre Street
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Departs from The Ritz-Carlton main driveway. Spectators will want to gather before 8am for optimal viewing. The tour stops at various points on and around Amelia Island and concludes with a public display in downtown Fernandina Beach. Organization's Website

Annual Food and Wine Tasting
March 21, 2020
Atlantic Recreation Center Auditorium
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 
8th annual fundraiser features local restaurants and wines.  There will also be live music and a silent auction to raise money for the Rotary of Amelia Island Sunrise's selected local non-profit.  Past recipients include Council on Aging, the Boys and Girls Club and Friends of Fernandina Aviation.                                                                                                                                Organization's website

Wild Amelia Nature Festival
May 16, 2020
Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Celebrate the natural wonders of our local environment with ecotours, wildlife exibits, conservation exhibits, kids activities,silent auction and foot-stomping music.  The Wild Amelia Nature Festival has something for everyone.
Organization's Website

Buggies on the Beach
May 24, 2020
Main Beach Park
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

This a family oriented event featuring VW cars.  There will be a show and shine, 50/50 raffle, awards and more.  This annual event benefits the Nassau Humane Society.

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

Pasta 4 Paws
October 10, 2020
Atlantic Recreation Center
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Annual pasta dinner and silent auction to benefit the Nassau Humane Society.
Organization's Website

24th Annual 8 Flags Car Show
October 17, 2020
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 7 - 8, 2020
Main Beach Park
10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday, Nov. 7th; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, Sunday Nov. 8th
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