FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Located just off the coast of ordinary, this Southern jewel is eventful for everyone, year-round.

 

All year long, Amelia Island offers family-friendly events and festivals that celebrate the island's colorful past and present. 

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

December

Ring in the new year on beautiful Amelia Island while enjoying championship-level football. The TaxSlayer Gator Bowl is an opportunity to pair game day excitement with island enchantment.

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Shrimp Drop

December

Locals and visitors alike gather along Front Street in downtown Fernandina Beach to watch a giant shrimp covered in lights fall from the sky as part on an annual tradition to welcome a new year.

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Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

January-April

World-famous virtuosos, premier musicians and renowned vocalists across genres take the stage for an exquisite chamber music experience.

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Amelia Island Restaurant Week

January

Try a selection of Amelia Island's irresistible, award-winning restaurants with special events and prix fixe menus at for lunch and dinner during the 14th Annual Restaurant Week, January 20 - 29.

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2nd Saturday Artrageous Artwalk

January-December

On the second Saturday of each month, participating galleries host art events and open houses during the 2nd Saturday Artrageous Artwalk to showcase their resident artists.

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Amelia Island Book Festival

February

The AIBF is celebrates the joy of reading and writing the written word and is kicked off by the 20th Anniversary Gala on February 18, 2022. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED FOR 2022

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Amelia Island Film Festival

February

Bringing together award-winning industry professionals, celebrities, influencers and emerging filmmakers to collaborate, educate and celebrate cinema from February 24 - 28, 2022.

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Amelia Island Concours Week

March

One of the rites of spring for true car lovers, this annual celebration is headlined by the Amelia Concours d’Elegance and includes events and auctions for the true “aficionauto!” Join us March 3-6, 2022.

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Sounds on Centre

May-October

Sing and dance to the beat with free outdoor concerts held on the first Friday of every month. Classic rock, blues, oldies and more fill the waterfront area in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach.

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Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

May

This signature event features live music, a family fun zone, arts and crafts and dozens of shrimp dishes caught right off our coast. You may even run into a pirate or two! The fun runs from April 29 - May 1, 2022.

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Amelia Island Dance Festival

September

See world-class dance at Amelia Island Dance Festival, September 9-11. Performances feature leading artists, local professionals, and promising young dancers, complemented by Master Classes available to the public.

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Fish to Fork

September-October

This annual weekend is a true dock-to-dish foodie experience with renowned chefs showcasing their fishing and culinary skills with a live vote from event guests! This year, September 29 - October 2, 2022.

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Island Hop Craft Beer Fest

October

Join in the fun Saturday, October 1, 2022 for craft beer tasting with regional brewers, music, food trucks, even a souvenir glass from the First Annual Island Hop Craft Beer Fest and all sorts of family-friendly fun. Hosted by Fernandina Beach Main Street.

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Amelia Island Jazz Festival

October

Beginning October 2-9, 2022, cool cats and music-lovers are treated to an incredible celebration of the all-American musical genre of jazz! In the past, events included late night jams, dance nights, and event jazz & wine tasting -get jazzed for 2022!

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Zooma Amelia Island

October

Zooma races are created for women by women. At Zooma, we believe every start line and every finish line is a triumph! On October 14-16, 2022, Zooma Amelia Island half marathon, 12K, Lighthouse Loop 5K and Seaside Challenge come to town.

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Northeast Florida Fair

October

Don't miss the excitement when the fair comes to town in Callahan, FL. Just a short trip inland from ocean to "oh my!" for the thrills of a traditional hometown fair. Plus... arts, crafts, entertainment, rides, games, food, and so much more!

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Right Whale Festival

November

Celebrating the annual return of endangered North Atlantic right whales to our warm coastal waters. Join us November 5-6, 2022, for ocean-themed activities and exhibits that emphasize education and environmentally responsible adventures and products.

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Pétanque Amelia Island Open

November

The Pétanque Amelia Island Open, November 11-13, 2022, is the largest Pétanque event in America, drawing players from all over the globe to compete for the Pétanque championship in the beautiful Fernandina Harbor.

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Holiday Home Tour

December

Brought to you by the Amelia Island Museum of History, the annual Holiday Home Tour will showcase a collection of beautiful and historic, Victorian houses in Fernandina Beach decked out in their finest for the season, December 3-4, 2021.

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Dickens on Centre

December

Join us December 8 - 11, 2022 for our traditional Dickens on Centre street festival! Enjoy costumed characters, themed entertainment, visits from Saint Nick, and a variety of vendors selling seasonal wares in a classic English village!

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Downtown Shopping

Browse Amelia Island’s shops and boutiques for seasonal treasures like handpicked collectibles, exquisite jewelry and top-labeled apparel.

SHOPPING ON AMELIA

Seasonal Flavors on the Island

Discover the seasonal flavors of Amelia Island with an authentic culinary scene full of farm-fresh eateries and world-class resort dining.

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Outdoor Recreation

Get outside and explore the wonders of nature and the sea through a variety of fun excursions on and around the 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.