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) 310-3366.
If you are interested in hosting your own event, information can be found here: Special Events

Annual Food and Wine Tasting

Atlantic Recreation Center Auditorium
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 
8th annual fundraiser features local restaurants and wines.  There will also be live music and a silent auction to raise money for the Rotary of Amelia Island Sunrise's selected local non-profit.  Past recipients include Council on Aging, the Boys and Girls Club and Friends of Fernandina Aviation.                                                                                                                                Organization's website

Free Family Spring Fling, presented by the Nassau County Library System
4th Street, between Alachua and Centre Street
1:00p - 4:00p
This free family event is for all ages with something for everyone.  The goal of this event is to educate the families of the free and vital services offered by local, state and federal organizations that benefit families in a fun and entertaining atmosphere.  Organizations represented will be FBPD, FBFR, NCSO, Florida Department of Agricultural Law Enforcement, Federal Wildlife Preserve/Conservation, Communities in Schools, Smokey the Bear, Disney Store, Joel Pace Musical Instrument Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Balloon Art and many more.

Island Stock 2020
Downtown Marina, Parking Lot C & D
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Musical concert celebrating old school rock-n-roll music, performed by the Honey Badgers. This family friendly event is sponsored by Fernandina Beach Main Street.  The event will have food and beer vendors on site. 

Amelia Island Pickleball Tournament
May 8 - May 10, 2020
Central Park
Pickleball Tournament for local players as well as out of town players.  For more information, please contact Scott Mikelson at 904-310-3356.

Wild Amelia Nature Festival
Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Celebrate the natural wonders of our local environment with ecotours, wildlife exibits, conservation exhibits, kids activities,silent auction and foot-stomping music.  The Wild Amelia Nature Festival has something for everyone.
Organization's Website

Buggies on the Beach
May 24, 2020
Main Beach Park
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

This a family oriented event featuring VW cars.  There will be a show and shine, 50/50 raffle, awards and more.  This annual event benefits the Nassau Humane Society.

Beach, Boards and Beats Music Festival
May 30-31, 2020
Main Beach Park
This music festival blends the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean with the sounds of amazing music and the skills of the area's best athletes.  The festival is a two-day event with music, a skateboard competition and surf and skins competition, all events fit to match the ambiance of the island.  This fundraising event is presented by Friends of the Fernandina Skate Park.  Proceeds will be used to maintain and improve the Fernandina Beach Skate Park.
Organizer's Website

Fernandina Beach Pride Festival 
June 6, 2020
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 fee function.  
Organization's Facebook Page

Fernandina Beach Fishing Rodeo
July 31 - August 2, 2020
Downtown Marina, Parking Lot A (by Brett's Waterway Cafe)
Kingfish tournament and in/off shore rodeo. Event will have a BBQ food truck, ice cream and a beer wagon. There will be live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Low Country Boil
August 22, 2020
Atlantic Recreation Center
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This annual fundraiser is hosted by the Nassau County Democratic Executive Committee.

Pasta 4 Paws
October 10, 2020
Atlantic Recreation Center
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Annual pasta dinner and silent auction to benefit the Nassau Humane Society.
Organization's Website

24th Annual 8 Flags Car Show
October 17, 2020
Centre Street, between 8th Street and Front Street
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
This annual car show consists of everything from restored antiques to modern era limited edition Corvettes.  Entrants travel great distances to participate.  Judging takes place in several categories including Best of Show and People's Choice. 
Amelia Cruizers

Right Whale Festival
November 7 - 8, 2020
Main Beach Park
10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday, Nov. 7th; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, Sunday Nov. 8th
This is a family friendly, educational festival featuring a morning beach clean-up and beach 5k run/1 mile walk. There will be exhibits that are focused on marine conservation and education, water recreation and sports, boating and fishing and other outdoor activities.  There will also be vendors selling ocean themed gifts, fine art, photography and crafts.  For the kids there will be kid focused activities including a passport program, a right whale obstacle course and bounce house.  There will be a lecture tent, live music and more! 
Organization's Website

Lighted Christmas Parade
December 5, 2020
Regular Parade Route
The annual Lighted Christmas Parade on Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach featuring a marching band, walkers, dancers, cars and floats decorated with Christmas lights and of course Santa Claus! This event is sponsored by America's Youth, Inc.  Contact Sherry Thompson-Cobb at 904-335-7496 for more information

MLK, Jr. Parade
January 18, 2021
This Parade will begin at the Peck Center, 516 S. 10th Street
This is an annual parade celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. This parade begins at the Peck Center located at 516 S. 10th St.  This parade concludes at the MLK, Jr. Center on Elm Street.  If you would like to participate in this parade, please contact Sherry Thompson-Cobb at 904-335-7496.  This parade is organized by America's Youth, Inc.