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) 310-3375.
If you are interested in hosting your own event, information can be found here: Special Events

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. For more information, please contact Tiffany Harris at 04theculture@gmail.com or harristiffany1986@gmail.com

Fernandina Beach Main Street Sip and Shop
January 21, 2022
Pocket Park Downtown Fernandina Beach
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Adults can indulge in a fun wine tasting downtown in our lovely historic district. Guests will purchase a souvenir wine glass and be able to visit the shops to taste wine and snacks. Each store will be staying open later than usual and will allow the tastings within the store, but patrons must leave the stores with an empty glass. For more information contact Fernandina Beach Main Street.
Organizations Website

Bonham's Car Auction
March 2-3, 2022
Fernandina Beach Golf Course
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
The 8th annual Bonham's Amelia Island Auction of collectible motorcars and automobilia. Open to the public for previewing of auction lots on Wednesday, March 2nd from 9-7 and Thursday, March 3rd from 9am until the auction begins. Auction start time and duration depends upon the quantity of lots. You can view more auction information at the link below. 
Organizations Website

Fernandina Beach Pride Festival 
June 11, 2022
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

Juneteenth Jumpoff
June 18, 2022
Peck/Charles Eugene Richo Field
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
What is Juneteenth? On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers informed thousands of enslaved men, women, and children in Galveston, Texas that the war was over and they were free, 2 1/2 years after Pres. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.  Today, we celebrate Juneteenth as a commemoration of the ending of slavery and as a celebration of African-American culture and achievements.  This is a family friendly, community celebration committed to encourage improved community interactions, educate, and bring a sense of pride to the community as a whole.  The event will include activities for children, contest, family tents (must register online), food trucks, informational booths, and a vendor market. This is a non-alcoholic event.

Recovery Glow Walk
September 24, 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.

Island Hop Craft Beer Festival, A Main Street Event
October 1, 2022
Central Park
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Taste beers from 20-30 craft breweries of Northeast Florida including First Love, Mocama, Amelia Tavern and more. Family friendly event, but must be 21+ to taste. Live music, arts and crafts booths, and merchandise for sale. All proceeds benefit Fernandina Beach Main Street. 
Organizations Website

18th Annual Pasta 4 Paws
October 8, 2022
Atlantic Recreation Center Auditorium
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pasta dinner and auction to benefit the Nassau County Humane Society. For more information, please visit the link below. 
Organizations Website

26th Annual 8 Flags Car Show
October 15, 2022
Centre Street Downtown Fernandina Beach
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Annual car show consisting of everything from restored antiques to modern era limited edition Corvettes. Entrants travel great distances to participate. Everywhere from Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, participants even come in from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Tennessee. Judging takes place in several categories, including getting the spectators involved in selecting the People's Choice Award. This event is free to the public. For more information, you can visit the link below. 
Organizations Website

ZOOMA Amelia Island Women's Half Marathon
October 15 & 16, 2022
Main Beach Park, Fort Clinch, Old Town and Downtown 
Saturday- Lighthouse Loop 5K at 4:00 pm
Sunday- Half Marathon + 12K - 7:00 am - Noon. 
Be Inspired Events, LLC (aka ZOOMA Women's Race Series) annual 5K, 12K and half marathon through the historic districts and finishing at Main Beach. For more information, contact Sarah Ratzlaff at sarah@fiercely-inspired.com

Right Whale Festival
November 5 & 6, 2022
Main Beach Park
10:00 am - 6:00 pm & 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Right Whale Festival celebrates the annual return of the endangered North Atlantic Right Whales to the warm coastal water off Northeast Florida and Georgia, where they give birth to and nurse their young. With less than 350 remaining, this family-fun event raises awareness of the threats to right whales and how we can help in their recovery. The festival highlights local efforts to protect these whales from extinction, as well as ocean-themed activities and exhibits that emphasize education and environmentally responsible adventures and products. Free Admission- Come early and spend the day!
Organizations Website