Enjoy Variety Of Outdoor Autumn Events
A nice variety of things to do are planned this fall season of 2021 in Fernandina Beach. There are plenty of opportunities to spend time outdoors enjoying fun activities, from the city’s downtown riverfront to its beachfront.
Don’t miss Fernandina’s special 3-day “Falling For Shrimp” event downtown! Plus the Right Whale Festival will be happening by the seaside at Main Beach Park. If you love nostalgia, one of the best times each year to wander around in downtown Fernandina is during October’s 8 Flags Car Show. A rainbow of colors and gleaming chrome decorates the streets of the historic district — around 300 classic vehicles. There’s also a vintage car display happening inside the brick walls at Fort Clinch in late September. Some may enjoy sampling brews at the new craft beer festival happening at Fernandina’s Central Park. Plus more events, see detailed listing with dates below.
September 2021 Festivals & Events
September 3, 2021 (6 – 8 pm) — The Labor Day holiday weekend in September kicks off with Sounds on Centre. These outdoor street concerts downtown are free, presented by the Historic Fernandina Business Association. On September’s first Friday evening, the featured band is Island Vibe.
September 18, 2021 (1-5 pm) — Island Hop Craft Beer Festival — This new craft beer festival is happening at Fernandina’s Central Park (Atlantic Ave ). Fernandina’s local breweries — First Love Brewing, Mocama Beer Company, and Amelia Island Brewing Company — plus other breweries are expected. Also food trucks and vendors in the “Main Street Marketplace” and live music by The Honey Badgers. Beer festival proceeds to benefit non-profit, Fernandina Beach Main Street. Admission to beer festival is $39 when purchased in advance (or day of event $50). Designated drivers can enter for five bucks. Get in an hour early at noon for $59 (advance purchase). See Island Hop Craft Beer Festival.
September 25, 2021 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) — Fort Clinch State Park’s Vintage Cars & Cannons
Set aside the last Saturday in September 2021 to visit Fernandina’s Fort Clinch State Park. Always a wonderful place to roam around, visit September 25, 2021 to browse vintage cars during the 3rd annual “Cars & Cannons” show on the parade grounds inside the fort walls. It’s a fundraising event for the volunteer group, “Friends of Fort Clinch,” in support of the park. Admission to the state park is $6 per vehicle (2 to 8 passengers) and $4 for single driver. Bicyclists and pedestrians can enter park’s front gate for $2. Entering the parade grounds at the fortress itself costs an additional $2.50 per person. Food/beverages will be available for purchase. Want to display your vintage vehicle at Fort Clinch? Those owning cars/trucks dating from 1996 or before can register for a $35 fee, learn more.
October 2021 Festivals & Events
Falling for Shrimp — Oct. 1-3, 2021 — Food, Music, Arts & Crafts
The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival was canceled two consecutive years (May 2020/May 2021), as a precaution during COVID-19. While not the Shrimp Festival, another special event is planned this autumn. There will be shrimp to eat, art and crafts booths to browse, and the “party band of the South,” the Swingin’ Medallions will perform (on Sunday). Falling for Shrimp hours: Friday, Oct. 1 — 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 2 — 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 3 — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This special event is presented by the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Committee and sponsored by Baptist Nassau. “All ‘Falling for Shrimp’ Event patrons, sponsors and attendees are encouraged and expected to comply with all CDC and other similar Nassau County and government issued standards and guidance for Covid-19 circumstances. At the present time, the wearing of face masks is not mandatory in Nassau County, Florida, but strongly recommended, as per personal and family values and considerations,” stated an update posted on August 27, 2021 on the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Facebook page.
October 1, 2021 — Sounds on Centre (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) — The very last concert of the Sounds On Centre 2021 season is happening Friday evening, October 1, 2021. Featured entertainment is the Bluff 5 Band (playing a variety of rock, country, blues and soul music). The concert is free and will be held at Fernandina’s riverfront parking lot south of Atlantic Seafood (instead of Centre Street).
Amelia Island Jazz Festival — Oct. 3-10, 2021 — Kicking off with a free concert at Amelia Park, a variety of concerts are planned this fall. See jazz concert dates and featured musicians, how to purchase tickets and more info about the Amelia Island Jazz Festival.
8 Flags Car Show — October 16, 2021
A local favorite, folks flock downtown to browse Amelia Cruizers’ annual classic car show, an autumn tradition. This year is the quarter century anniversary. The 8 Flags Car Show is happening on October 16, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event has grown over the past 25 years to the current 300 vehicle limit. The show features hundreds of beautifully restored classics parked along Centre Street, plus side feeder streets for eight blocks downtown. Music played from speakers helps set the atmosphere during this casual, enjoyable event. A free admission show, this particular Saturday in autumn is an ideal time to roam around outdoors downtown in Fernandina’s historic district. Got a classic vehicle you’d like to display? Owners pay a small registration fee (this event is a fundraiser, learn more).
November 2021 Festivals & Events
2021 Right Whale Festival — Nov. 6-7, 2021 — Learn more about the plight of this critically-endangered species that arrives each winter off the shoreline of Amelia Island, and elsewhere here in northeast Florida and southeast Georgia. Food trucks, activities for kids, musical entertainment, educational exhibits, and more. Right Whale Festival hours: Saturday, Nov. 6 — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 7 — 10 a.m. to 3. p.m. More info, RightWhaleFestival.com
Pétanque Amelia Island Open — Nov. 12-14, 2021 — Attracting players from around the world, this annual event takes place along Fernandina’s riverfront Pétanque courts in vicinity of Fernandina Harbor Marina downtown. Spectators watch the teams play, there are food/beverage/vendor booths near the courts.
Also see Amelia Island Living’s Top Festivals & Events page. An annual events list, it includes upcoming Christmas holiday season 2021 happenings.