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

Lighted Christmas Parade
December 15, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Normal Parade Route starting at Central Park
A lighted Christmas parade that has cars with lights, a marching band, walkers, dancers, and Santa. 
Organizer's Website

New Year's Eve Shrimp Drop
December 31, 2018
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Parking Lot B (between Shrimp Museum and Brett's Waterway Cafe)
Annual Shrimp Drop for New Year's Eve featuring music and fireworks. 
Shrimp Drop and Fireworks occur at 7:00pm. 
Organizer's Facebook Page

MLK Jr, Parade 
January 21, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Begins at Peck Center on 11th Street, left on Ash Street, right on 2nd Street, Right on Centre Street. 
A parade around Amelia Island celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Organizer's Website

Ben Byrns 5k Runway Rally
January 26, 2019
9:00 am - 11:30 am 
Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport
A 5k race created by the Ben Byrns Foundation in partnership with Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition (NACDAC) that is held on the taxiways and runways of the airport with the goal to raise funds to help prevent drug and alcohol abuse among youth/young adults. 
Organization's Facebook Page

12th Annual Chili Cook-off
February 23, 2019
 11:00 am- 3:00 pm
Downtown Fernandina Beach 
Long running community event that focuses around chili tasting from local competitors. The event will have music, kids' zone, vendors and chili booths. Event is organized by, and benefits, the Amelia Island Montessori School. Interested vendors should send an email to: teamaims@ameliaislandmontessori.com
Organization's Website

Annual Food and Wine Tasting
March 2, 2019
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 
Atlantic Rec Center
Annual fundraiser features local restaurants and wine, live music and a silent auction ro raise money for the Rotary of Amelia Island Sunrise's selected local nonprofit. Past recipients include the Council on Aging, Boys and Girls Club, and Friends of Fernandina Aviation. 
Organization's Website

March 6-7, 2019
Wednesday the 6th: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm 
Thursday the 7th: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fernandina Beach Golf Club 
The fifth annual motorcar and memorabilia auction. The auction is open for preview all day the 6th and in the morning on the 7th. The auction will begin mid day on the 7th. 
Organization's Website

Concours d'Elegance
March 8, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Centre Street and Library parking lot
A classic car tour of about 55 cars that ends in Fernandina Beach. 
Organization's Facebook Page 

St. Michael's Carnival
March 14-17, 2019
Thursday the 14th: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday the 15th: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Saturday the 16th: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm 
Sunday the 17th: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
Central Park
Annual carnival with fun rides, food, and entertainment for the family.
Organization's Facebook Page

Katie Ride
April 12-13, 2019
Friday the 12th: Registration - 7 am
Saturday the 13th: Ride Day - 5 am 
Atlantic Rec Center
The 15th anniversary of the Katie Ride for life. 
Organization's Facebook Page

Quarterback Club
July 20, 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

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

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