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. With the onset of the pandemic, some events may be postponed or reimagined. See specific events for details. 

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

January

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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Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

January-April

One of the most prestigious events in the Southeast, world-famous virtuosos and premier musicians take the stage for an exquisite chamber music experience.

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Amelia Island Book Festival

February

Celebrate the written word during this three-day annual event. Every February, best-selling authors and avid readers gather for workshops, meet and greets, and more!

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Amelia Concours Week

March

One of the rites of spring for true car lovers, this annual celebration is headlined by the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and includes events and auctions for the true “aficionauto!”

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Amelia Island Wellness Festival

April

During educational and inspirational sessions with acclaimed names in yoga, meditation and fitness, you can renew your mind, body and soul along the shores of one of TripAdvisor’s Most Blissful Destinations.

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Sounds on Centre

April-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 May 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!

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Fish to Fork

May

The annual Fish to Fork weekend at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort offers an unmatched foodie experience, featuring dock-to-dish specialties and a live-event showdown among chefs from around the world.

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Wild Amelia Nature Festival

May

Celebrating the wild and beautiful side of Amelia Island, this free festival offers events, nature tours and more designed to showcase the local environment and the special creatures that call the island home.

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Amelia Island Jazz Festival

October

Cool cats and music-lovers are treated to an incredible celebration of the all-American musical genre of jazz, including dance nights, wine tastings and Sunday jazz brunch!

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Florida vs. Georgia Weekend

October

Don’t miss one of the Southeast’s biggest football traditions as the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators battle for bragging rights on the border. Enjoy a full weekend of activities to plan around the big game.

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Pétanque Amelia Island Open

November

The Pétanque Amelia Island Open is the largest Pétanque event in America, drawing players from all over the globe to compete for the honor of being the Pétanque champion in the beautiful Fernandina Harbor.

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Dickens on Centre

December

Experience the Charles Dickens novella “A Christmas Carol” with a Victorian-inspired holiday event. Step back in time with themed entertainment, carolers, street vendors and more.

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Holiday Home Tour

December

During the Christmas season, tour inside lavishly decorated Victorian homes throughout Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach during the annual Amelia Island Museum of History Holiday Home Tour.

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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.