The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is just weeks away, and the (53rd) annual event keeps getting better. The Festival takes place April 29, 30th, and May 1st, with the Pirate Parade kicking off the fun on the 28th. There's still time to book a room
and be a part of the fun. Nine things that are new and noteworthy this year:
For all the latest information leading up to and during the event, follow the Shrimp Festival Facebook and Twitter pages and visit the official Isle of 8 Flags Shrimp Festival website.
- The newly opened Patio Place restaurant is offering a special way to watch the parade on Thursdy night (it's an excellent vantage point set on Ash Street. They open at 5pm and are offering a special menu of Hummus and Crepe Chips, Indian Chutney and Poppadums, French Dip bitesm Tandoori Spiced Chicken Bites, Shrimp Salad and bruschetta, Cinnamon/Sugar & Lemon Drop crepes, Lemonade, Flavored water, Iced Tea for $30.00 (cash advance tickets sales only) Part of proceeds will support the Marine Corp League TOYS FOR TOTS program. Call for more information: (904) 410-3717
- On Friday night, Chicago Blues arrives on this Florida island when the Amelia Island Blues Society presents Mud Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters and winner of the 2015 Blues Music Award. Following the Invasion of the Pirates at 9:00 and the fireworks at 9:15, Gitlo Lee, “Blues Man of the South,” will round out the evening at 9:30.
- The Kids Fun Zone has expanded. Held in nearby Central Park, there is now more room for family-friendly food, entertainment, rides, and booths and opens at 6pm on Friday evening.
- A unique way to take in the Festival in style this year, the First Annual Live at the Lesesne offers the chance to take in the fun from the historic crown jewel of Centre Street on Amelia Island. Pass holders can enjoy music, food, VIP bathrooms, and the fun of having a front and center spot to relax and watch the action while listening to music throughout the day. Two types of passes are on sale, a VIP pass ticket for both Saturday and Sunday or select single day passes. Tickets and more information here. (Part of the proceeds benefit the Amelia Island Museum of History.)
- View the fun from above at the rooftop deck of Alley Cat Seafood, Beer House and Wine Boutique on Centre Street, limited $20 day passes or Thursday through Sunday passes for $60.
- This year's exclusive Radko Shrimp Festival ornament, with the pirate "Pierre Corsair," is available at the Christmas Shop on the River's new location at 202 Centre Street.
- A new Miss Shrimp Festival will be crowned at the annual Scholarship pageant. And visitors have opportunities to win awards of their very own during the festivities, which include Little Pirate/Pirates in Training, Best Beard, and ice-cream eating contests.
- The Gin Blossoms will perform on Saturday afternoon These 90s rock favorites known for “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” “Until I Fall Away,” promise to draw an enthusiastic crowd to the Festival’s River Front stage.
- Find a new treasure in the nearly 400 booths featuring a juried selection of fine art and crafts and an array of antiques, and many provide opportunities to meet the artists and artisans.
Share your Shrimp Festival adventures (and follow the fun) this year using #8FlagsShrimp and #LoveAmelia.