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

Sounds on Centre
April 1, May 6, June 3, Aug 5, Sept 2, and October 7.
Centre Street, Downtown Fernandina Beach
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This annual event has been providing free community concerts for 15 years in Fernandina Beach. They welcome musicians from all over the country and encourage audience participation with singing and dancing in the streets. All ages welcome. Bring your chairs and dancing shoes! 

4th of July Hometown Celebration
July 4, 2022
Marina Parking Lot B
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Light Up Amelia together with the City of Fernandina Beach and Florida Public Utilities presents the Hometown 4th of July Fireworks! This year will feature a DJ with amplified music, food trucks, and commercial vendors. Fireworks will launch at 9:00pm. This is a family-friendly event, free to the public. 

Fishing Rodeo
August 5-7, 2022
Marina Parking Lot A
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The 39th Annual Fernandina Beach Fishing Rodeo will take place on Saturday, August 6th. The Nassau Sport Fishing Association is hosting this family-friendly event with more information, such as entrance fees at the link below. 
Organization's Website

Sip and Shop
August 19, 2022
Pocket Park
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fernandina Beach Main Street will host another Sip and Shop event downtown in historic Fernandina Beach. Guests will purchase a souvenir wine glass in pocket park during registration and will be able to enjoy tastings inside stores. Businesses will stay open later than usual and will provide snacks and wine while you shop. Guests must take their sip within the store and leave with an empty glass. For more information, please visit the link below. 
Organization's Website

Terry Kelly Skate Jam
August 27, 2022
Main Beach Skate Park
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The 7th Annual Terry Kelly Skate Jam, a skateboarding and scooter competition will be held at the Main Beach Skate Park with local skate boarders, food trucks and live music. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the link below. 
Organization's Website

Endless Summer Watermelon Ride
September 11, 2022
Atlantic Recreation Center
5:00 am - 5:00 pm
Road cycling event with various route distance options ranging from 10 miles to 100 miles. North Florida Bicycle Club will host this event with the starting line and prep station in the parking lot of the Atlantic Recreation Centre at 2500 Atlantic Avenue. For more information, please contact Paul Ricci at Paul@CAAMEvents.com

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

SMA Inaugural Multi-Generational Pickleball Tournament 
October 15 & 16, 2022
Central Park Tennis and Pickleball Courts
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
St. Michaels Academy will be hosting the first annual pickleball tournament for all ages and levels. Rain contingency dates are October 22-23, 2022. More information to come. Contact Ktimene Axetell on behalf of St. Michaels Academy at ktimene@gmail.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

Amelia Island Open
November 11-13, 2022
Marina Parking Lots C and D
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
The Amelia Island Open - International Petanque Tournament is an annual tournament which brings players from around the world. There will be tournament play, local food vendors, amplified music and announcer, as well as a beer and wine tent. Visit the link below for more information. 
Organizations Website

Taste of Amelia
November 12, 2022
Pocket Park and Train Depot, Downtown Fernandina Beach
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The 37th Annual Rotary Club Taste of Amelia event showcases culinary treats from Fernandina Beach's finest restaurants. The Taste of Amelia is a dine-around event where participants travel from venue to venue enjoying a small taste of what each restaurant has to offer. 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

Lighted Christmas Parade
December 3, 2022
Centre Street, Ash Street- 6:00 pm
Annual parade that is free to the public, will include lighted cars, floats, decorated vehicles of all kinds from local businesses and organizations. This event is our kickoff to the holiday season! For registration, contact John Gilbert with America's Youth at 904-624-5383 or john@americayouth.org.

Dickens on Centre
December 8-11, 2022
102 Centre Street, Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach
12/8-6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  12/9-5:00 pm - 9:00 pm   12/10-10:00 am - 9:00 pm   12/11-10:00 am - 7:00 pm
8th Annual Dickens on Centre- 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, 12/8 at 6:30 pm for the 3rd Annual 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 on Friday, 12/9 at 5:00 pm through Sunday, 12/11, 7:00 pm. Meet St. Nick in his workshop within Tiny Tim's Kid Zone and shop for unique holiday gifts while wandering through Artist Alley or strolling Peddler's Village. Enjoy a bite to eat from various food vendors or a fizzy beverage at Fezziwig's. Enjoy the variety of period performances on multiple stages and in the streets throughout the festival. For more information visit the link below.
Organizations Website

8 Flags Road Tour
March 2-5, 2023
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Centre Street
The annual classic car tour that ends in Fernandina Beach will be hosted by Hagerty on Friday, March 3, 2023. Approximately 55 cars will line Centre Street with a special entrant lunch held at a location TBD.