Upcoming 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 Kristen Lampedecchio at the Parks & Recreation Department at (904) 310-3363.
 If you are interested in hosting your own event, information can be found here: Special Events

Lighted Christmas Parade
December 2, 2023
Parade begins in Central Park
Come enjoy the magic of the holiday season at this annual event.  The parade will consist of lighted floats, dancers, and more.  The parade is organized by America's Youth, Inc.  if you are interested in participating, please contact John Gilbert at (904)  624-5383 or americasyouthin@comcast.net.  

JDRF Ride to Cure
December 2, 2023
Omni Hotel and various roads                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 JDRF is a leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. JDRF ride is for all cyclists, beginner or experienced, who share a commitment to JDRF's mission. Join fellow riders for an unforgettable experience. Flat roads, spanish moss, and ocean views are just a few of the highlights that will welcome riders to this beautiful location. Starting out with a northerly spin through the island, riders will experience the scenic roads through Fernandina Beach. A turn south will take the ride off the island and down highway A1A, with beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. Register today and don't miss your chance to be part of JDRF's Amelia Island Ride! Event website

Fernandina Police Department Community Appreciation Day
December 2, 2023
9:00am - 12:00pm
Fernandina Police Department - 1525 Lime Street  
Fernandina Police Department is hosting a community appreciation day with activities geared toward being a police officer such as, department tours, exploring Police vehicles, fingerprint demonstrations, and taser and pepper ball gun demonstrations. There will also be music, a Kona Ice truck, food, a bounce house, and more! 

Dickens on Centre Illuminated Procession
December 7, 2023
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Centre Street 
Gather with something that glows or twinkles and take a stroll through Fernandina's historic district for an evening of music, food, and aerial drone light show!

Run Like the Dickens 
December 9, 2023
8:30am - 12:00pm
Main Beach
This 1-mile fun run starts at Main Beach on Saturday December 9th at 8:30am. The course will run 1/2 mile North or South on the beach, depending on the condition of the sand, and back to the start/finish area. Pre race warm up is courtesy of the Run Like the Dickens partner, McArthur Family YMCA. This is not a chipped race. Register through Friday Dec 1st until 5pm and receive an official Run Like the Dickens premium t-shirt! Event website

Dickens on Centre Holiday Festival 
December 8-10, 2023
Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach Travel back in time during the ninth annual Dickens on Centre festival in historic downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida, on beautiful Amelia Island. Free to the public, this Victorian holiday festival is sure to enliven your Christmas spirit. Throughout the weekend, feel the spirit of the holiday with Victorian-inspired entertainment on two stages, family fun in Tiny Tim's Kids Zone including visits with St. Nick, holiday shopping, festive food and drink, costumed characters, holiday movies and plenty of Christmas inspiration. This Christmas, Come Make Memories. Event website

New Year's Eve Shrimp Drop 
December 31, 2023
Historic Downtown Fernandina
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Light up Amelia with the City of Fernandina and Florida Public Utilities presents the annual New Year's Eve Shrimp Drop and fireworks display. This event features music, a laser show, food and non-food vendors, and party favors courtesy of Florida Public Utilities. The shrimp drops at 7:00pm followed by a breathtaking firework display.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
January 15, 2024
Parade begins at the Peck Center, 516 S. 10th Street
This annual parade honors the life and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This is a family friendly community event.  All are welcome to attend or participate.  This parade begins at the Peck Center, 516 S. 10th Street, travels north on 11th Street, then connects to the traditional parade route on Ash Street.  The parade concludes at the MLK, Jr. Center, 1200 Elm Street.  For more information, please contact Wayne Peterson at 904-753-1663.  This parade is organized by the Elm Street Sportsman Association. 

Amelia Island Montessori School Chili Cook-off
February 10, 2024
Historic Downtown Fernandina
10:30am - 2:00pm
Amelia Island Montessori School's annual chili cook-off is a long running community event that focuses on chili tasting from local competitors. There will be live music, a kid's zone, and chili booths.

NHS Paws in the Park
February 10, 2024
Central Park
10:00am - 4:00pm
Adoption event attended by local, non-profit shelter rescue groups. There will be pet related vendors and food trucks. Stop by and meet some of the adorable adoptable animals and talk with volunteers about how you can help by adopting or fostering, volunteering, and/or donating.

Classic Motorsports Amelia Kickoff
March 1, 2024
Main Beach Greenspace
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Classic Motorsports is hosting a car show at Main Beach. Stop by to see a field of amazing cars! Spectator entry is free.

Taste of Amelia
March 9, 2024
Historic Downtown Fernandina- Pocket Park, Train Depot, various restaurants
1:30pm - 4:30pm
The Taste of Amelia event showcases culinary treats from Fernandina Beach's finest restaurants. Journey through 25 different restaurants in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach for a great cause. 100% Of the proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach's annual scholarship drive which has provided merit and needs based scholarships to Nassau County students for over 30 years. For more information, contact fbrotarypres@gmail.com.

Spring Fling Wheeled Thing
March 30, 2024
Main Beach Skate Park
4:00pm - 8:00pm

2nd Annual Spring Fling Wheeled Thing is a competition for scooters, skateboarders, surfskate, or anything that has wheels can give it a try! Food trucks, vendors, and fun. Organizations Website

Amelia Island Chamber of Music Festival - Picnic Concert
May 11, 2024
Central Park
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Free brass quintet community concert at Central Park. Join us for music, food trucks, and fun!

Fernandina Beach Pride parade and festival
June 8, 2024
10am- 3pm
Central Park
Join us for a celebration of love, acceptance, and equality throughout the Fernandina Beach and Nassau County communities. The parade begins at 10am and follows the traditional parade route. The festival begins at 11am at Central Park.
Organization's Website

Olympic Homecoming Parade
August 23, 2024
Parade begins at Central Park
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Parade to honor our local skateboarding Olympian, Poe Pinson. Organizations Website

9th Annual Terry Kelly Skate Jam
August 24, 2024
Main Beach Skate Park
12:00pm - 7:00pm

This annual skate competition event honors parents participation in kid's activities by honoring Terry Kelly. Food trucks, music, and skateboarding. Organizations Website

Pledge the Pink
October 17-20, 2024
All over, home base: Main Beach

Breast Cancer walk/run.
Organizations Website