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 Public Information Officer at (904) 310-3102

If you are interested in hosting your own event, information can be found here: Special Events

Sounds on Centre

First Friday of each month
Centre Street 
Family-friendly community concerts organized by the Historic Fernandina Beach Business Association. 
July: Island Vibe
August: Honey Badgers
September: Bluff 5
October: Surprise 
Event Facebook Page


Hometown Fourth of July
July 4, 2019
Marina Parking Lots A and B (on either side of Brett's Water Cafe)
5:00 pm  
Fourth of July celebration with vendors, kids' zone, and fireworks. Entertainment by the Nassau Community Band. 
Organization's Facebook Page

Fishing Rodeo 
August 2, 2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
August 3, 2019
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Marina Parking Lot A (adjacent to Brett's Waterway Cafe) 
39th Annual fishing tournament. BBQ, ice cream. and beer for sale. Open to the public. 
Organization's Website

Quarterback Club
August 3, 2019
5:30 pm - 11 pm 
Atlantic Rec Center
A barbecue fundraiser to support the Fernandina Beach High School football team. 
Organization's Facebook Page

First Annual U + I Infinity 5K Run and Fun Run
August 17, 2019
8:00 am
Main Beach 
Fundraiser for special education students' classrooms to assist their learning and help then have a better transition into general education. 5K run with a mile fun-run for ages 10 and under. 
Organization's Facebook Page

Low Country Boil 
August 17, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Atlantic Recreation Center
Fundraiser for Nassau County Democrats with food, silent auction, and speeches from candidates. 
Organization's Website

Turtle Trot
September 2, 2019
7:30 am, race start
South-side of Main Beach (next to the Sandbar Restaurant)
Amelia Island Runners have organized a 5K run/walk on the beach. 
Organizer's Facebook Page

Endless Summer Watermelon Ride
September 8, 2019
Begins at Atlantic Recreation Center
Large group bicycle ride on Amelia Island that points south into Duval County. 
Event Facebook Page

Pasta for Paws
October 12, 2019 
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
Atlantic Rec Center
A silent auction and pasta dinner to benefit the Nassau Humane Society. 
Organization's Facebook Page

8 Flags Car Show
October 19, 2019 
8:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Centre Street (between Eighth and Front Street) 
A free community event with over 100 cars from across the decades. 
Organization's Facebook Page

Zooma Women's Race Series  
October 19 & 20, 2019
Main Beach 
5K (Saturday evening) and half-marathon (Sunday morning)
Event Website

Right Whale Festival 
November 2, 2019 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
November 3, 2019 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Main Beach 
A free family friendly educational festival featuring: a morning beach clean-up and beach 5K run/ 1 miles walk, 75+ ​ exhibitors focused on marine conservation and education, water recreation and sports, boating and fishing, and other outdoor activities, as well as selling ocean theme gifts, fine art, photography and crafts, kids activities including a passport program, a right whale obstacle course and bounce houses, a lecture tent, live music, food, and more. 
Event Facebook Page

Petanque Open
November 8 - 10, 2019
Marina Parking Lots C & D
The Petanque Open is an annual tournament that brings in players from around the world. There will be tournament play, food trucks, food vendors, a small stage with live music and sound as well as beer and wine tent.
Event Facebook Page

Taste of Amelia 
November 16, 2019
4:00 pm
Registration begins at the Pocket Park in downtown Fernandina- adjacent to Amelia Island Coffee
Walking tour of downtown restaurants. Fundraiser for Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach. 
Organization's Facebook Page

Dickens on Centre
December 13-15, 2019
Downtown Fernandina Beach 
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Festive Victorian themed holiday event boasting multiple stages, vendors, and activities. 
Event Website

Lighted Christmas Parade
December 21, 2019
6:00 pm 
The parade route begins at Central Park and travels west down Ash Street to 2nd Street, turns north to Centre Street, turns east down Centre Street, and ends back at Central Park.
This parade is organized by the America's Youth organization. 

Shrimp Drop 
December 31, 2019
Marina Parking Lots A and B (on either side of Brett's Water Cafe)
5:00 pm  
New Year's Eve celebration with vendors, kids' zone, and fireworks.  
Organization's Facebook Page

MLK Jr. Parade
January 20, 2020
Parade route beginning at the Peck Center 
(up Ash, 2nd and Centre Streets)
12:00 pm
Organized by the America's Youth Organization 

Chili Cook-off
February 22, 2020
Downtown Fernandina Beach (Centre Street from Front to 3rd Streets + North and South 2nd Streets)
10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Long running community event that focuses around chili tasting from local competitors. Event will have live music, kids' zone, vendors and chili booths, Organized by and benefiting the Amelia Island Montessori School. 
Organization's Facebook Page