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 Foundation Trivia Night Fundraiser
April 27, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm 
Atlantic Recreation Center
Please join us for a fun, Adult only (21 and up) gathering benefiting the Fernandina Beach High School Foundation! Come for the fun and show your support for the Pirate Advantage! We hope to fill the room so please share!
Event Facebook Page

55th Annual Shrimp Festival 
Pirate Parade: May 3, 2018
Festival: May 4-6, 2018
Downtown Fernandina Beach 
Event Website
Art festival, vendors, tons of food, contests and fun! 

Sounds on Centre (Decades Band perform) 
May 3, 2018 - Special Thursday show! 
A free event, fun for the entire family. Concerts are on First Fridays from April through October, including a special Thursday event May 3,2018, following the Shrimp Festival Parade. Sounds on Centre is located at the intersection of Second Street and Centre Street in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach.
Event Website

Shrimp Festival 5K Run/Walk 
May 5, 2018
7:00 am (day of registration)
Main Beach Park 
The McArthur Family YMCA staff and volunteers are excited to host this great family friendly event. The event starts at 8:00 am with a 5K run follow by a 5K walk and two events for kids: a one mile Katie Caples run and a half-mile "popcorn" run. Nursery for kids ages three to seven is provided while their parents run. Lots of kid friendly activities like bounce houses, bow and arrow and face painting.
Event Website

Pickleball Tournament
May 12 & 13, 2018
Central Park 
The City of Fernandina Beach Parks and Recreation department is hosting a tournament featuring men's, women's and mixed doubles games. 
Event Flyer

WOD4YL (Crossfit Fundraiser for Young Life) 
May 12, 2018
10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Main Beach Park 
Organization's Facebook Page

Buggies on the Beach 
May 27, 2018
6:00 am- 5:00 pm
Main Beach Park
Family friendly gathering of vintage VWs. 
Event Facebook Page

Memorial Day Ceremony
May 28, 2018
11:00 am - 11:45 am 
Memorial Statue in Parking Lot A (by Brett's Waterway Cafe)

Sounds on Centre (The Bluff 5 Band perform)

June 1, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
A free event, fun for the entire family. Concerts are on First Fridays from April through October. Sounds on Centre is located at the intersection of Second Street and Centre Street in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach.
Event Website

Amelia Art Studio Spring Art Show 
June 2, 2018
9:00 am -12:00 pm
Pocket Park by Amelia Island Coffee
Art students from three to thirteen years of age will display their pieces. 

Summer Kick-off Public Water Day 
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Central Park 
NACDAC drug and alcohol free event. Free to the community. Sprinklers, bounce houses, water slides, food trucks and more.
Organization's Facebook Page 

Hometown All American Fourth of July Celebration 
July 4, 2018
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Marina Parking Lot B (Next to Shrimp Museum) 
Family friendly celebration with contests, vendors and fireworks. 

Sounds on Centre (Honey Badgers perform)

July 6, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
A free event, fun for the entire family. Concerts are on First Fridays from April through October. Sounds on Centre is located at the intersection of Second Street and Centre Street in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach.
Event Website

Fernandina Beach Fishing Rodeo 
August 3, 2018 
5:00 pm- 9:00 pm
August 4, 2018
6:00 am- 9:00 pm
Parking Lot A (by Brett's Waterway Cafe) 
Kingfish tournament and in/off shore rodeo. Barbeque food truck, scoops ice cream and Budweiser beer wagon. Live music Friday and Saturday nights. Weigh-in is from 2-5:00 pm on Saturday. 
Event Website

Sounds on Centre (Flipturn performs)
August 3, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
A free event, fun for the entire family. Concerts are on First Fridays from April through October. Sounds on Centre is located at the intersection of Second Street and Centre Street in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach.
Event Website

Quarterback Club Raffle and Fundraiser
August 4, 2018
6:00 pm -  9:00 pm
Atlantic Rec Center Auditorium 

Turtle Trot
September 3, 2018
7:00 am 
Main Beach 
Annual running event that takes place entirely on the beach. 
Organization's Facebook Page

Sounds on Centre (Island Vibe performs)

September 7, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
A free event, fun for the entire family. Concerts are on First Fridays from April through October. Sounds on Centre is located at the intersection of Second Street and Centre Street in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach.
Event Website

Sounds on Centre (Surprise guest performs)
October 5, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
A free event, fun for the entire family. Concerts are on First Fridays from April through October. Sounds on Centre is located at the intersection of Second Street and Centre Street in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach.
Event Website

Peg-Leg Pete Birthday Party
October 6, 2018
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Train Depot/South 2nd Street
Pirates, kids' zone, oral history, contests and more! Presented by Fernandina Beach Main Street. 
Organization's Facebook Page

Pasta for Paws
October 13, 2018
4:00 pm- 8:00 pm 
Atlantic Rec Center
Pasta dinner fundraiser for the Nassau Humane Society. 

Zooma Florida Women's Half Marathon
5K: October 19, 2018
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Half Marathon: October 20, 2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Main Beach Park 
Women's half marathon destination series focused on promoting a healthy lifestyle for women and raising funds for local charities. 
Event Website

8 Flags Car Show
October 20, 2018
8:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Downtown Centre Street 
Twenty-second annual event throughout downtown Fernandina. 
Event Facebook Page

Chewsy Lovers Grand Tasting Village 
October 27, 2018
11:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Main Beach Park
Food vendors, wineries and breweries.
Organizer's Facebook Page

12th Annual Chili Cook-off
February 23, 2019
 11:00 am- 3:00 pm
Downtown Fernandina Beach 
Long running community event that focuses around chili tasting from local competitors. The event will have music, kids' zone, vendors and chili booths. Event is organized by, and benefits, the Amelia Island Montessori School. Interested vendors should send an email to: teamaims@ameliaislandmontessori.com

Annual Food and Wine Tasting
March 2, 2019
 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 
Atlantic Rec Center
Annual fundraiser features local restaurants and wine, live music and a silent auction ro raise money for the Rotary of Amelia Island Sunrise's selected local nonprofit. Past recipients include the Council on Aging, Boys and Girls Club, and Friends of Fernandina Aviation. 
Organization's Website