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 Hannah Ross at 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. Parade
January 16, 2023
Centre Street
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The annual MLK parade will be held on Martin Luther King Jr Day, following the traditional parade route through historic downtown Fernandina Beach's Ash Street and Centre Street. Approximately 30 vehicle/participants are expected. For more information or joining the parade, please contact Wayne Peterson with the Elm Street Sportsman's Association at 904-753-1663.

Amelia Island Montessori School Chili Cook-off
February 11, 2023
Centre Street
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
This long-running community event focuses around Chili tasting from local competitors. The event will have live music, a kids zone, vendors and chili booths. For more information, please visit the link below. 
Organizations Website

8 Flags Road Tour
March 3, 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 to be viewed. For more information, please contact Tim Pendergast at tpendergast@hagerty.com.

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March 25, 2023
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Beach Skate Park
A skateboarding competition held by Friends of Fernandina Skate Park for kids of all ages and levels. Live music, food trucks and fun for all. Visit the link below for more information. 
Organizations Website

Sounds on Centre
April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug 4, Sept 1, Oct 6, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Centre Street
Annual concert series event, free to the community. All ages are welcome as this is a family friendly event. For more information, including participating musicians, please contact Chuck Hall at banjoman150@mgail.com

Tour De Forts Classic
April 16, 2023
5:00 am - 5:00 pm
Atlantic Recreation Center
The North Florida Bicycle Club brings you a one-day bicycle event designed for all road cyclists, the 33rd Annual Tour De Forts Classic. For more information, please visit the link below.
Organization's Website

26th Annual Shrimp Fest 5k
May 6, 2023
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Beach Park
This annual run/walk will be held at the conclusion of Shrimp Festival Weekend. There will be registration on May 5, 2023 from 7 am to 8 am with the run taking place on May 6, 2023. For more information, please visit the link below. 
Organizations Website

Fernandina Beach Pride Festival and Parade 
June 10, 2023
Parade- 10:00 am - 11:00 am; Festival- 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Central Park 
Annual Pride Parade and Festival held at Central Park with food, fun and family-friendly events, live music, vendors, merchants and a parade down Centre Street. For more information, please visit the link below. 
Organizations Website

Juneteenth Gala 
June 16, 2023
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Atlantic Recreation Center Auditorium
The Juneteenth celebration weekend will have two events this year. 4 The Culture Nassau will be hosting a night of elegance with their formal gala to honor the past, embrace the present and celebrate the future at the Atlantic Recreation Auditorium with dinner and cocktails. For more information on this event, please contact Tiffany Harris at harristiffany1986@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page 04theculture.  

Juneteenth Jumpoff 
June 17, 2023
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Peck Field
Juneteenth Jumpoff is a family oriented celebration that encourages unity and respect for all cultures. There will be activities for children, family tents, and even a dance contest! Food and market vendors will be available as well. What exactly is Juneteenth? It is a celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. For more information on this event, please contact Tiffany Harris at harristiffany1986@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page 04theculture. 

Quarterback Club Reverse Raffle and Auction
August 5, 2023
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Atlantic Recreation Center Auditorium
The Reverse Raffle and Auction is a ticketed event to raise money to support our local Pirate Football. In the past, proceeds have been utilized to purchase new helmets, pads, training equipment, specialty camps/training camps for coaches and players. All proceeds benefit the players and coaches of Pirate Football. For more information, contact Wendi Kidd at wendigalekidd@gmail.com

8th Annual Terry Kelly Skate Jam
August 26, 2023
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Beach Skate Park
8th Annual Terry Kelly Skate Jam honor's Terry Kelly, who came to the inaugural "Back to School Skate Jam" to see his son compete, but suffered a life-ending heart attack, never getting to see his son at competition. We honor parent's who watch their children compete in this sport they love. For more information, visit the link below. 
Organizations Website

Hispanic Heritage Food Festival
October 14, 2023
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
South 3rd Street, Historic District
The 2nd Annual Fernandina Beach Hispanic Heritage Food Festival will be honoring the diverse Hispanic Culture in the Nassau County area. Through the taste of food from over 8 different countries, experience all the Hispanic Community has to offer in the culinary world. There will also be vendors and live music. This is a family-friendly event. For more information please visit the link below. 
Organizations Website

Island Hop Craft Beer Festival
October 7, 2023
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Central Park
The 3rd annual Island Hop Craft Beer Fest will take place on October 7, 2023. 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 with all proceeds to benefit Fernandina Beach Main Street. Visit the link below for more information. 
Organizations Website

Pasta 4 Paws
October 21, 2023
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Atlantic Recreation Center Auditorium
This is an annual event held to benefit the Nassau Humane Society. There will be a silent auction and of course, delicious pasta dinner. For more information, please visit the link below. 
Organizations Website

8 Flags Car Show
October 21, 2023
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Centre Street, Historic District
The 27th Annual car show consisting of everything from restored antiques to modern era limited edition Corvettes. Entrants travel great distances to participate. Besides Florida, Georgia and North/South Carolina, we've had participants from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Tennessee. Judging takes place in several categories, including getting the spectators involved in selecting the People's Choice award. For more information please visit the link below. 
Organizations Website

Right Whale Festival
November 4-5, 2023
10:00 am - 6:00 pm, and 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Main Beach Park
The Right Whale Festival celebrates the annual return of 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 to the public. All ages welcome! For more information, visit the link below. 
Organizations Website