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



The Salvation Army Hope House Red Kettle Campaign
November 19, 20, 26, 27 and December 1-4, 8-11, 15-24
Downtown Fernandina Beach
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Salvation Army Hope House's Red Kettle Campaign is our annual fundraiser and public awareness campaign designed to help the less fortunate citizens in Nassau County. There will be a kettle stand, locked kettle and volunteer bell ringers who joyfully and enthusiastically ring in the Holiday Season with cheer. Funds raised in Nassau County are used to help our residents in need, crisis and transition. 


Lighted Christmas Parade
December 4, 2021
Parade route starts at Central Park
Parade begins at 6:00 pm
All are invited! Come enjoy the magic of the holiday season at the annual Lighted Christmas Parade, organized by America's Youth.  The parade will consist of bands, dancers, lighted floats, and more. For information on becoming a participant, contact John Gilbert at john@americayouth.org


Reindeer Run Half Marathon and 5k Race

December 5, 2021
Race begins at Main Beach Park at 7:00 am
This is a running/walking event through Fernandina Beach to help raise funds for our community. For registration information, visit ameliaislandrunners.com.



EAA Young Eagles Day/ Food Truck Lunch

December 11, 2021
Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
This event will host two food truck vendors placed at airport terminal facility. Seating, tables and music will be provided by the Airport Department on the second story observation deck overlooking the airport. Additionally, the Fernandina Beach Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association will be hosting its annual Young Eagles Day providing free flights to youth. For more information, please contact Nathan Coyle at ncoyle@fbfl.org or 904-310-3436.


Dickens on Centre

December 9-12, 2021

Centre Street, Downtown Fernandina Beach

Dickens on Centre is 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, December 9, at 6:30 pm for the 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 Friday, December 10 at 5:00 pm through Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 pm.  Enjoy the expanded festival footprint while you meet St. Nick in his workshop within Tiny Tim's Kid Zone.  Shop for unique holiday gifts while wandering through the Artist Alley or strolling Peddlers Village.  Enjoy a bite to eat in the Festival Courtyard or a fizzy beverage at Fizziwig's.  Stay for the variety of period performances on multiple stages and in the streets throughout the festival.  All COVID-19 protocols and measures will be in place for your safety. 
Dicken's on Centre Event Page


Fernandina Beach Library's Holiday Festival

December 18, 2021
4th Street, between Centre and Alachua Street
11:00am - 3:00pm
Our missions is to provide a free family fun event that will also promote local businesses downtown.  We will have local state and federal agencies onsite to educate families about vital services and programs that are beneficial.  We will also have games, crafts, and much more.  Please come out and enjoy this free, informational event. For more information, please contact Michele Ford at 904-530-6506 or mforde@nassaucountyfl.com


New Year's Eve Shrimp Drop
December 31, 2021
Front Street, Downtown Fernandina Beach
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Light Up Amelia and the City of Fernandina Beach will be hosting the annual New Year's Shrimp Drop featuring music, food trucks, and commercial vendors. The shrimp will drop at 7:00 pm followed immediately by fireworks. 


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

Recovery Glow Walk

April 2, 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.

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.


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