Shrimp Festival

March 31, 2016
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Facebook and Twitter pages of the Shrimp Festival are where you’ll find out event information first (and where you can enter to win exclusive gear when you like or follow them.) 

Friday night brings Chicago Blues to this Florida island when the Amelia Island Blues Society presents  Mud Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters and winner of the 2015 Blues Music Award for his cd "For Pops: A Tribute To Muddy Waters" in the 'Traditional Blues Album' category.  Gitlo Lee, “Blues Man of the South,” will round out the evening at 9:30, following the Invasion of the Pirates at 9:00 and the fireworks at 9:15.

The Gin Blossoms will perform on Saturday night. 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.  

You can get an exclusive Radko Shrimp Festival ornament, "Pierre Corsair," at the Christmas Shop on the River, now at 202 Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach.

The Kids Fun Zone has grown again to include more for the smaller fry.   Held in nearby Central Park, there is more room for family-friendly food, entertainment, rides, and booths and opens at 6pm on Friday evening.

A new Miss Shrimp Festival will be crowned at the annual Scholarship pageant.  And visitors have opportunities to win awards of their very own throughout the Festival, which includes pirate costume, best beard, and ice-cream eating contests.  

If You Go:
  • Visit for detailed event information.
  • Look for a place to stay on Amelia Island for the weekend.
  • Explore the many Amelia Island restaurants, both near and away from the Festival activities, many of which feature wild-caught shrimp.


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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.