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

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! 

Island Hop Craft Beer Festival, A Main Street Event
October 1, 2022
Central Park
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
12:00-1:00pm for VIP
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

Island Hop 5K 
October 1, 2022
Atlantic Recreation Center
7:00 am - 10:00 am 
The Island Hop 5K race will coincide with the Island Hop Craft Beer Festival. The race focuses most on being a community gathering vs a competitive running event. The race will start and end at the Atlantic Recreation Center, and will follow a route comprised of Fletcher/Jasmine/Citrona/Atlantic. Participants will be encouraged to stay for a bit after finishing to enjoy morning refreshments and cheer on others crossing the finish line. 

Amelia Island Jazz Festival
October 2, 2022
Atlantic Recreation Center Auditorium
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Amelia Island Jazz Festival will present its 19th annual Free Community Concert, this year, at the Fernandina Beach Atlantic Recreational Center. This concert will feature the University of North Florida 21-piece Jazz Ensemble 2 directed by Dennis Marks. Will also include special guests and be hosted by Les DeMerle and Bonnie Eisele. For more information, please visit the link below. 
Organization's Website

Hispanic Heritage Food Festival
October 8, 2022
Marina Parking Lot B
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
1st Annual Hispanic Heritage Food Festival with local vendors, music, art and culture that highlight the diverse Hispanic Fairs from our community. 

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. Contact Ktimene Axetell on behalf of St. Michaels Academy at ktimene@gmail.com. Or visit the link below for more information.
Organization's Website

YAC Movie In The Park
October 21, December 19, February 17
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Beach Park and Greenspace
The Youth Advisory Council is hosting a fun, relaxing night for families at 3 separate times over the next few months. Each month will be themed with a holiday-specific movie classic. This event is free and all ages are welcome. Concessions will be available for purchase and donations for the YAC are welcomed! For more information contact Eliza Valentine valentineeliza19@gmail.com or Mary Hamburg at mhamburg@fbfl.org.

ADIROLF Halloween Skate Night
October 22, 2022
Main Beach Skate Park
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friends of Fernandina Skate Park present a fun and competitive skate jam for the Halloween season. Please contact Waldemar Borrero for more information. postofficedude@yahoo.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

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 26, 2022
Marina Parking Lot A
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Annual event held by the City of Fernandina Beach Parks and Recreation Department. Food vendors, merchandise, bounce houses, DJ and live entertainment from Northeast Florida Bodyworks aerial silks, Royal Amelia Dance Academy, and the Nassau Community Band. For more information, contact Kaitlyn Rivera at krivera@fbfl.city. 

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 - 5:00 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, 5:00 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

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.

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.

Tour De Forts Classic
April 16, 2023
5:00 am - 5:00 pm
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