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 Hannah Ross at the Parks & Recreation Department at (904) 310-3375.
 If you are interested in hosting your own event, information can be found here: Special Events


Lighted Christmas Parade
December 3, 2022
Centre Street, Ash Street
6:00 pm
Annual parade that is free to the public, will include lighted cars, floats, decorated vehicles of all kinds from local businesses and organizations. This event is our kickoff to the holiday season! For registration, contact John Gilbert with America's Youth at 904-624-5383 or john@americayouth.org.

JDRF Ride to Cure
December 3, 2022
Omni Amelia Island Resort
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will host its annual charity bicycle ride to benefit research. For more information, please visit link below.
Organizations Website

Dickens on Centre
December 8-11, 2022
102 Centre Street, Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach
12/8-5:00 pm - 7:45 pm  
12/9-5:00 pm - 9:00 pm   
12/10-10:00 am - 9:00 pm   
12/11-10:00 am - 5:00 pm
8th Annual Dickens on Centre- 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, 12/8 at 6:30 pm for the 3rd Annual 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 on Friday, 12/9 at 5:00 pm through Sunday, 12/11, 5:00 pm. Meet St. Nick in his workshop within Tiny Tim's Kid Zone and shop for unique holiday gifts while wandering through Artist Alley or strolling Peddler's Village. Enjoy a bite to eat from various food vendors or a fizzy beverage at Fezziwig's. Enjoy the variety of period performances on multiple stages and in the streets throughout the festival. For more information visit the link below.
Organizations Website

YAC Family Movie Night
December 16, 2022
Main Beach
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join the Youth Advisory Council in hosting another fun and relaxing night for families, with a movie in the park! Get in the holiday spirit and come watch the classic, A Christmas Story. Admission is free and there will be food available for purchase. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy this all-ages event. 

New Year's Eve Shrimp Drop
December 31, 2022
Marina Parking Lot B
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Light Up Amelia and The City of Fernandina Beach are hosting the annual New Year's Eve Shrimp Drop. The event will feature a DJ with amplified music, food trucks, and commercial vendors. The shrimp will drop at 7:00pm followed immediately by a fireworks display. For more information, please contact Charlie Corbett at cncorbett@yahoo.com

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
January 16, 2023
Centre Street
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The annual MLK parade will be held on Martin Luther King Jr Day, following the traditional parade route through historic downtown Fernandina Beach's Ash Street and Centre Street. Approximately 30 vehicle/participants are expected. For more information or joining the parade, please contact Wayne Peterson with the Elm Street Sportsman's Association at 904-753-1663.

Amelia Island Montessori School Chili Cook-off
February 11, 2023
Centre Street
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
This long-running community event focuses around Chili tasting from local competitors. The event will have live music, a kids zone, vendors and chili booths. For more information, please visit the link below. 
Organizations Website

8 Flags Road Tour
March 3, 2023
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Centre Street
The annual classic car tour that ends in Fernandina Beach will be hosted by Hagerty on Friday, March 3, 2023. Approximately 55 cars will line Centre Street to be viewed. For more information, please contact Tim Pendergast at tpendergast@hagerty.com.

Tour De Forts Classic
April 16, 2023
5:00 am - 5:00 pm
Atlantic Recreation Center
The North Florida Bicycle Club brings you a one-day bicycle event designed for all road cyclists, the 33rd Annual Tour De Forts Classic. For more information, please visit the link below.
Organization's Website

Fernandina Beach Pride Festival and Parade 
June 10, 2023
Parade- 10:00 am - 11:00 am; Festival- 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Central Park 
Annual Pride Parade and Festival held at Central Park with food, fun and family-friendly events, live music, vendors, merchants and a parade down Centre Street. For more information, please visit the link below. 
Organizations Website

Juneteenth Gala 
June 16, 2023
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Atlantic Recreation Center Auditorium
The Juneteenth celebration weekend will have two events this year. 4 The Culture Nassau will be hosting a night of elegance with their formal gala to honor the past, embrace the present and celebrate the future at the Atlantic Recreation Auditorium with dinner and cocktails. For more information on this event, please contact Tiffany Harris at harristiffany1986@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page 04theculture.  

Juneteenth Jumpoff 
June 17, 2023
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Peck Field
Juneteenth Jumpoff is a family oriented celebration that encourages unity and respect for all cultures. There will be activities for children, family tents, and even a dance contest! Food and market vendors will be available as well. What exactly is Juneteenth? It is a celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. For more information on this event, please contact Tiffany Harris at harristiffany1986@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page 04theculture. 

Quarterback Club Reverse Raffle and Auction
August 5, 2023
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Atlantic Recreation Center Auditorium
The Reverse Raffle and Auction is a ticketed event to raise money to support our local Pirate Football. In the past, proceeds have been utilized to purchase new helmets, pads, training equipment, specialty camps/training camps for coaches and players. All proceeds benefit the players and coaches of Pirate Football. For more information, contact Wendi Kidd at wendigalekidd@gmail.com

8th Annual Terry Kelly Skate Jam
August 26, 2023
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Beach Skate Park
8th Annual Terry Kelly Skate Jam honor's Terry Kelly, who came to the inaugural "Back to School Skate Jam" to see his son compete, but suffered a life-ending heart attack, never getting to see his son at competition. We honor parent's who watch their children compete in this sport they love. For more information, visit the link below. 
Organizations Website

Hispanic Heritage Food Festival
October 14, 2023
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
South 3rd Street, Historic District
The 2nd Annual Fernandina Beach Hispanic Heritage Food Festival will be honoring the diverse Hispanic Culture in the Nassau County area. Through the taste of food from over 8 different countries, experience all the Hispanic Community has to offer in the culinary world. There will also be vendors and live music. This is a family-friendly event. For more information please visit the link below. 
Organizations Website

Pasta 4 Paws
October 21, 2023
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Atlantic Recreation Center Auditorium
This is an annual event held to benefit the Nassau Humane Society. There will be a silent auction and of course, delicious pasta dinner. For more information, please visit the link below. 
Organizations Website

8 Flags Car Show
October 21, 2023
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Centre Street, Historic District
The 27th Annual car show consisting of everything from restored antiques to modern era limited edition Corvettes. Entrants travel great distances to participate. Besides Florida, Georgia and North/South Carolina, we've had participants from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Tennessee. Judging takes place in several categories, including getting the spectators involved in selecting the People's Choice award. For more information please visit the link below. 
Organizations Website