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

Sounds on Centre
May 7, 2021
Centre Street, Front Street to 2nd Street
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free community concert.  This is a family and visitor friendly event, children and pets are welcomed.
Organization's Facebook Page

Taste of Amelia
May 15, 2021
Train Depot and Pocket Park, downtown Fernandina Beach 
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
This annual event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fernandina. Patrons purchase tickets to visit participating restaurants in the downtown area where you will sample food and beverages. 

Bonhams Motorcar Auction
May 19-20, 2021
Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Course
Wednesday, March 19; 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday, March 20; 9:00 am - 7:00 pm 

This is the 7th annual motorcar and memorabilia auction.  This event is open to the public.
Organization's Website

Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, 8 Flags Road Tour
May 21, 2021
Downtown, Centre Street
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
A variety of classic vehicles will travel from the Ritz-Carlton, up A1A, and into Downtown Fernandina Beach where they will be on display. This is a free event and the public is welcome to come and view these beautiful cars.
Organizer's Website 

Concours d'Lemons Florida

May 22, 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. 
Organizer's website

Memorial Day Celebration
May 31, 2021
Downtown Veterans Memorial Monument
Front & Centre Stree
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
he annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #1088.  This event will have flags, music, speakers, taps and conclude with the ceremonial laying of the wreath in the Amelia River.  We invite you to come honor the men and women, who through their service, made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Sounds on Centre

June 4, 2021
Centre Street, Front Street to 2nd Street
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free community concert.  This is a family and visitor friendly event, children and pets are welcomed.
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.

Sounds on Centre
July 2, 2021
Centre Street, Front Street to 2nd Street
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free community concert.  This is a family and visitor friendly event, children and pets are welcomed.
Organization's Facebook Page

Reverse Raffle and Auction
July 31, 2021
Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center Auditorium
6:00pm - 10:00pm
The Reverse Raffle and Auction is an event where the Quarterback Club of Fernandina Beach auctions off items of leisure, services, etc., along with a grand prize drawing to raise money to support the Fernandina Beach Middle School and Fernandina Beach High School football teams.  Past proceeds have been used to purchase safety equipment, uniforms, and helmets for the football teams.  We have also been able to fund additional coaching and training opportunities for the coaches and their staff.  Funding has also been used for field maintenance and to provide meals to the athletes. 

Fernandina Beach Fishing Rodeo

July 30, 2021, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
July 31, 2021, 2:00 pm - 8:00pm
Fernandina Beach Marina, Parking Lot A 
This is a family friendly event.  This fishing tournament has been an annual event for 40 years.  There will be music, food, beer and fun.  Please come and support this event.
Organizer's Website

Sounds on Centre
August 6, 2021
Centre Street, Front Street to 2nd Street
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free community concert.  This is a family and visitor friendly event, children and pets are welcomed.
Organization's Facebook Page

Sounds on Centre
September 3, 2021
Centre Street, Front Street to 2nd Street
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free community concert.  This is a family and visitor friendly event, children and pets are welcomed.
Organization's Facebook Page

Island Hop Craft Beer Festival
September 18, 2021
Central Park  
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Taste beers from 20-30 craft breweries of Northeast Florida, including First Love, Amelia Tavern, and more.  This is a family friendly event, you must be 21 or older to taste.  This event will have live music, arts, craft booths, and merchandise for sale.  All proceeds benefit Fernandina Beach Main Street

Organizer's Website

Sounds on Centre
October 1, 2021
Centre Street, Front Street to 2nd Street
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free community concert.  This is a family and visitor friendly event, children and pets are welcomed.
Organization's Facebook Page

Pasta 4 Paws

October 9, 2021
Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center Auditorium
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
This annual event is sponsored by the Nassau Humane Society.  This event is a pasta dinner and silent auction to benefit the Nassau Humane Society.
Organization's Website

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

Run the Runway 5k

October 16, 2021
Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport  
Race begins at 7:00 am
This one-of-a-kind race is unlike any other! You will have the ability to go where few have gone before and run along the runway at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport in Fernandina Beach, Florida! This race is being hosted by the Southern Timing Foundation, Inc. an approved 501c(3) organization.  100% of the net proceeds from this race will go towards powering a flight expedition to provide underprivileged kids in South Africa with STEM education resources via PASSAGE.  PASSAGE stands for Providing Aid in Science for South America's General Education.  The PASSAGE expedition takes off from Jacksonville, Florida in December of 2021!
Organization's Website

ZOOMA Amelia Island Women's Half Marathon
October 23, 2021 - Lighthouse Loop 5k
October 24, 2021 - 12K and Half Marathon
Races begin at Main Beach Park  
ZOOMA Women's Half Marathon, 5k and 12k will all be starting and finishing at Main Beach Park.
Organizer's Website

Fernandina Beach Pride Festival 

October 23, 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 free event.
Organization's Facebook Page

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 a 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.

Foar from Home Community Celebration and Sendoff 
November 20, 2021
Central Park
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
In December 2021, four veterans will launch from the Canary Islands to row 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean to Antigua in effort to raise awareness for veteran PTSD and veteran suicide.  Paul Lore (US Marine Corp), Cameron Hansen (US Air Force), A.M. 'Hupp' Huppmann (US Navy), and Billy Cimino (US Army) have partnered together to take on The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge - the toughest journey of their lives.  Fernandina Beach will come together for a day of musical celebration of this journey and to see Paul, Cam, Hupp, and Billy off on their adventure.  Local musicians will be playing throughout the day.  Special guest speakers will be stopping by to wish them well.  There will be vendor tents, including the non-profits that Foar From Home is supporting with this journey.  This event is free to the public.  We will be asking for goodwill donations at the gate to support their mission and the local programs that support veterans like K9s for Warriors and FireWatch.
Organizer's Website

Lighted Christmas Parade
December 4, 2021
Parade route starts at Central Park
Parade begins at 6:00 pm
All are invited! Come enjoy the magic of the holiday season at the annual Lighted Christmas Parade, organized by America's Youth.  The parade will consist of bands, dancers, lighted floats, and more. For information on becoming a participant, contact John Gilbert at john@americasyouth.org. This is a free event.

Dickens on Centre

December 9-12, 2021

Centre Street, Downtown Fernandina Beach

Dickens on Centre is a Victorian holiday festival that transforms downtown Fernandina Beach into the time of Charles Dickens, themed after his popular novel, A Christmas Carol.  Join us Thursday, December 9, at 6:30 pm for the Dickens Illuminated Procession, a Victorian walking lantern parade followed by fireworks.  Stay for a weekend of holiday cheer with the Dickens on Centre festival starting Friday, December 10 at 5:00 pm through Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 pm.  Enjoy the expanded festival footprint while you meet St. Nick in his workshop within Tiny Tim's Kid Zone.  Shop for unique holiday gifts while wandering through the Artist Alley or strolling Peddlers Village.  Enjoy a bite to eat in the Festival Courtyard or a fizzy beverage at Fizziwig's.  Stay for the variety of period performances on multiple stages and in the streets throughout the festival.  All COVID-19 protocols and measures will be in place for your safety. 
Event Page

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade
January 17, 2022
Parade begins at the Peck Center
12:00 pm 
This is the annual Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day Parade commemorates the birth of this American hero and honors the life of the civil rights leader who lead the non-violent movement for equality for all.  The parade will begin at the Peck Center (historically the Peck High School). This is a family friendly event. Please come out and support this event, this is an opportunity for the community to come together.  Participation by all (businesses, churches, community and civic groups, local government officials) are welcome and encouraged to come and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Recovery Glow Walk
April 2, 2022
Central Park
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This event is free and open to the public. This will be Starting Point's inaugural Recovery Month event.  The event represents Starting Point's and Nassau County's acknowledgement and celebration that individuals with mental health and substance use disorders do recover.  The term "glow-up" is defined as an incredible transformation or to go from the bottom to the top to the point of disbelief.