Eventful Season on Amelia

August 10, 2021
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We love fall and how it drifts into an early winter, and there are so many things to do on Amelia Island during this season. It's a celebration of cooler temps, football games, oyster roasts, bonfires, and pumpkin spice everything. It's also about celebrating the endangered Right Whale, taking on a half marathon with your best girlfriends, and traveling back in time to Merry Ole England. Here's a lineup of events and festivals on Amelia Island to close out 2021, which much like a pumpkin spice latte, is sure to please every member of your family.

Amelia Island Jazz Festival

October 3-10. Currently in it's second decade, the Amelia Island Jazz Festival provides a rich, diverse cultural offering to the Amelia Island area by exposing thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds to the sounds, excitement and vitality of great jazz. Held in various venues around the island. From a Jazz & Wine Tasting to a Dixie to Swing Jazz Brunch, we've got you covered regardless of your musical appetite!

“Welcome to Salt” Wine Dinner

October 18. It has been almost six months since Chef Okan Kizilbayir arrived at Salt restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island after fourteen years of working with Michelin Star Chef Eric Ripert at both Blue at 
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman as well as Le Bernardin in NYC. Join him for a “Welcome to Salt” Wine Dinner created to showcase Salt’s new menu with Chef sharing his vision for a new era of exceptional fine dining.  Each course will be paired with fine wines from both France and California.  Reception commences at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. $225 plus gratuity per person. For reservations, please call 904-277-1087.

Georgia vs. Florida Football Weekend

October 29 - 31. You'll want to secure your Amelia Island Accommodations now for the annual University of Florida vs. University of Georgia football weekend where the Bulldogs and Gators battle for bragging rights on the border. It's a full weekend of activities to plan around the big game held on Saturday, October 30. 

Right Whale Festival

November 6 & 7
. The Right Whale Festival celebrates the annual return of endangered North Atlantic right whales to our warm coastal waters. With as few as 450 remaining, this family-fun event raises awareness of the threats to right whales and how we can help in their recovery. The festival highlights ocean-themed activities and exhibits that emphasize education and environmentally responsible adventures and products. 

The Petanque Amelia Island Open

November 12-14
. This event takes place each year along the Amelia Harbor front and draws players and spectators from around the world. What is Petanque? It is basically a form of lawn bowling originating in France and is usually played on rough ground using steel balls.

Holiday Home Tour

December 3 & 4. 
The 15th annual Holiday Home Tour will showcase homes in the downtown historic district of Fernandina Beach from 10am - 4pm. Selected historic family homes are decorated by local florists and interior designers and are open for visits. Docents in each house give the history of the home, highlight the period architectural elements, and guide visitors through the lavishly decorated homes.

Dickens on Centre

December 9-12
. Free to the public, 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. Inspired by Charles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens on Centre transforms downtown Fernandina into a classic English village, sure to enliven your Christmas spirit.

If coming to Amelia Island in the fall doesn't work out with your schedule, never fear. Check out all the Festivals and Calendar of Events happening island-wide all year round and plan your visit now. Whether it's a cozy weekend for two in a bed and breakfast, an Amelia Island hotel on the beach vacation, or a luxury resort for some serious pampering, there's never a bad place to stay or a bad time to come to Fernandina Beach on beautiful Amelia Island!

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Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.