Historic Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island is more vibrant than ever! There is always something exciting to do or see. Keep track of everything going on via Amelia Island’s official events calendar - and learn about the most popular annual events below.
MAY: Shrimp Festival
The first weekend in May, Fernandina Beach celebrates the eight flags it has flown at the annual Shrimp Festival. Thousands of visitors enjoy historic Fernandina Beach, appreciating fresh, local seafood; and appreciate the fresh, local seafood; live entertainment; 300 award-winning artisans exhibiting; and a kid’s zone.
MARCH: Concours D'Elegance
The Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second, full week of March, the event celebrates the automobile with over 300 rare vehicles showcased at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island and The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach.
Chamber Music Festival
Each year Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival provides access to first-rate classical chamber music. The visiting artists are of national if not international stature, and together with the finest musicians from the southeastern United States, offer programs of traditional classic music, light classics, and music reflecting America’s roots.
MARCH: THe PLAYER’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Under an hour from Amelia Island is TPC Sawgrass, the national headquarters of the PGA Tour and the home of The Players Championship held each May. The Players is one of the most anticipated tournaments on the PGA Tour, boasting not only the most talented on the tour but also the biggest purse! Golfers and non-golfers from Northeast Florida enjoy a ticket to this local event.
Restaurant week is the premier dining event held annually in Amelia Island. Spend the week touring the Island’s finest restaurants and dining on a variety of traditional and eclectic meal offerings. This event promotes local establishments with a unique opportunity to taste the three-course palates Amelia Island offers.
DICKENS ON CENTRE
Held each this Victorian inspired holiday festival is as fun as the dickens for the entire family. Enjoy costumed characters, themed entertainment and performances, visits from Saint Nick, and a variety of vendors selling seasonal gifts and wares.
Fernandina Beach Marketplace
Every Saturday, rain or shine, come out from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to North 7th Street for the Farmers and Arts Market. Farmers, growers, entrepreneurs, and artisans offer goods for sampling and purchase.
Amelia Island is the venue for the international community of Pétanque – a cousin of both horseshoes and of the Italian bowling game called 'bocce'. Players pickup games at the sound end of downtown Marina on Wednesdays and Saturdays and the Pétanque Amelia Island Open is help annually each November.
Sounds On Centre
The first Friday of each month April – October from 6 – 8 p.m., locals and visitors enjoy a free, community concert on Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. Bring a chair and a cooler and start the weekend with great music, street dancing, and the local pirates from the pirates club.