Amelia Island Festivals, Parades & Top Events

Highlighted Annual Events — Calendar Year 2022

January 2022

Amelia Island Restaurant Week  — January 21-30, 2022 — The 14th annual event, “Restaurant Week” features lunch and dinner price-fixed menus. Lunches are $15, and dinners priced at $25, $35, and $45. (See participating restaurant list with links to menus).

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade — January 17, 2022 (12 Noon) — Parade starts at Fernandina’s Peck Center, 516 South 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Parade honoring the civil rights leader who lead the non-violent movement for equality for all. For further info send eMail to: [email protected]

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival — Concert dates vary (January through April.) An extraordinary experience on Amelia Island for music lovers. One need not travel to New York or Europe to hear some of the world’s most accomplished musicians. See the 2022 concert dates, musicians and venues at Chamber Music Festival’s website.

February 2022

Amelia Island Film Festival — February 24 – 28, 2022 — This year’s Film Festival kicks off with a block party (free admission, open to the public) in Fernandina’s downtown historic district on Thursday evening, February 24, 2022 (from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.). There will be live music and entertainment and photo ops on red carpet. Plus an opening night outdoor film premiere of “King Richard,” starring Will Smith. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from food trucks. Also, the Cinema Bar will serve cocktails and beverages (cash and credit accepted). The film will be shown starting at 7:45 p.m. Many more activities are scheduled during the five-day Film Festival. Read more about the film festival.

Amelia Island Book Festival — February 2022 event canceled. (However, the “Nassau County Authors in Schools Literacy Program” will be held.)  See more at Amelia Island Book Festival.

March 2022
Amelia Concours d'Elegance winners circle area, Golf Club of Amelia. Photo by Amelia Island Living magazine.
Amelia Concours d’Elegance At Golf Club of Amelia

The 27th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled to return to its usual month, happening March 3-6, 2022. One of the top events of its kind in the world, fairways at The Golf Club of Amelia are lined with gleaming, glitzy, rare automobiles, dubbed the “Field of Dreams.” It will be the first show under new ownership, Hagerty. Several auto auctions and other events are also held at various venues around the island.  See collection of articles about the Amelia Island Concours.

April 2022
Sounds on Centre free Fernandina concert series in historic district downtown. Image -- Centre Street court house and concert banner.
“Sounds On Centre” Has Announced Bands Playing Six Free 2022 Concerts In Fernandina (file photo).

“Sounds On Centre” free street music concerts are held in downtown Fernandina Beach the first Friday evening of each month, starting in April 2022 (continuing through October 2022). All evening concerts are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Smokestack will play April 1, 2022. (See band schedule, six concerts, for the 2022 Sounds On Centre season).

May 2022
Fernandina Beach Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Arts and Crafts Booths. Photo by Amelia Island Living magazine.

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival  (April 29 — May 1, 2022) — Fernandina’s popular and biggest attendance festival of the year is always held the first weekend in May (with the best parade, this year happening on Thurs., April 28, 2022 at 6 p.m.). Read the latest information about the 2022 Shrimp Festival, article published April 22, 2022. Wondering what bands are playing at the riverfront during the 2022 Shrimp Festival? See related article about John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band.

“Sounds On Centre” free street music concerts are held in downtown Fernandina Beach the first Friday evening of each month. All evening concerts are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Island Vibes is scheduled on May 6, 2022.

June 2022

“Sounds On Centre” free street music concerts are held in downtown Fernandina Beach the first Friday evening of each month. All evening concerts are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Amelia Blues Project is scheduled to perform on June 3, 2022.

Pride Parade & Festival — June 11, 2022 — Parade begins at 10 a.m. followed by Festival at 11 a.m. in Fernandina Beach. Festival featuring local musicians, vendors, food trucks and friends will be held at Fernandina’s Central Park located at 1200 Atlantic Ave. For more info, visit the Fernandina Beach Pride website.

July 2022

Fourth of July Fireworks & Celebration — July 4, 2022 (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Happy Birthday America! The 4th of July Hometown Celebration 2022 is happening along Fernandina’s downtown riverfront (city marina parking lot B) on Monday, July 4, 2022, featuring a FIREWORKS display over the riverfront at 9 p.m. During the Independence Day celebration, enjoy “amplified” music played by DJ, food trucks and other other vendors. Sponsored by LIGHT UP AMELIA, the city of Fernandina Beach and Florida Public Utilities.

August 2022

“Sounds On Centre” free street music concerts are held in downtown Fernandina Beach the first Friday evening of each month. All evening concerts are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Str8-Up is scheduled to perform on August 5, 2022.

September 2022

“Sounds On Centre” free street music concerts are held in downtown Fernandina Beach the first Friday evening of each month. All evening concerts are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Decades Band is scheduled to perform Friday, September 2, 2022.

October 2022

Island Hop Craft Beer Festival – October 1, 2022 (1 p.m. to 5 pm.) at Fernandina’s Central Park (1200 Atlantic Avenue), presented by and in support of Fernandina Main Street. Live music performed during Festival by Honey Badgers, vendors, food trucks, kids’ activities plus a dog park. Three Fernandina Beach craft brewers are featured – Mocama Beer Co., First Love Brewing, Amelia Island Brewing Company. Other First Coast area brewers are also anticipated. Admission is $39 in advance ($50 at door). VIP tickets $59 in advance (allow access to the event one hour prior at noon.) Designated drivers are $5.  For more info, visit Island Hop Craft Festival website.

“Sounds On Centre” — October 7, 2022 — Free street music concerts are held in downtown Fernandina Beach the first Friday evening of each month. All evening concerts are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Soundwavz is scheduled to perform Oct. 7, 2022.

Amelia Cruizers 8 Flags Car Show, Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, Florida is happening October 16, 2021.
Fabulous Fernandina Classic Car Show Presented By Amelia Cruizers Car Club

26th Annual 8 Flags Car Show – October 15, 2022 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) — A local fall favorite, folks flock downtown to browse Amelia Cruizers’ annual classic car show, a popular autumn tradition. This free admission public car show has grown over the past quarter century and 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.  For more info, see Amelia Cruizers website.

November 2022

Right Whale Festival — November 5-6, 2022 — This educational, fun, family-friendly two-day weekend festival is held oceanfront at Fernandina’s Main Beach Park and features exhibits, speakers, vendors and live music. Saturday hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pétanque Amelia Island Open — November 11 – 13, 2022 — Pétanque tournament attract players from around the world to Fernandina Beach. Held at downtown riverfront courts. More info at Pétanque website.

Pétanque America Open, Fernandina Beach, Florida Tournament in November.
Playing Pétanque Along Fernandina’s Riverfront, November Tournament

History of the American Soldier, Fort Clinch State Park — An annual November event, this production of American military history is presented around Veterans Day (date in 2022 yet to be announced). Living historians and volunteers create a timeline of soldiers from every major U.S. military conflict in American history from the Revolutionary War to contemporary times. Listen to period music that helps set the mood and watch firing demonstrations of vintage weapons.

Fort Clinch (photo by Amelia Island Living magazine).
Fort Clinch, located in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, FL
November 2022 Christmas Tree Lightings

Three Christmas tree lighting celebrations traditionally happen on Amelia Island during Thanksgiving week each year. The city of Fernandina Beach holds community festivities at the foot of Centre Street by the riverfront. The Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton holds a large event (public welcomed) on their oceanfront lawn. Another holiday lighting outdoor celebration is held at Omni’s Spa & Shops village. Further details of activities, dates/times to be announced in early fall 2022.

December 2022
Victorian-era courthouse, Christmas glow, Fernandina Beach, Florida. Photo by Amelia Island Living magazine. AmeliaIslandLiving.com
Christmas glow, Fernandina’s Historic Courthouse, Centre Street.

Stroll around Fernandina’s Centre Street in the downtown historic district with its extra enchantment during the holiday season. Starting the week of Thanksgiving each year (through New Year’s), downtown Fernandina twinkles in white lights creating a fanciful atmosphere.

Scenes of Centre Street, historic district tree lights. Downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida. Photo by Amelia Island Living magazine.
Fernandina’s Centre Street, Historic District Tree Lights

Lighted Christmas Parade –  December 3, 2022 at 6 p.m. — This annual holiday parade is held in downtown Fernandina Beach featuring lighted floats and vehicles. (Want to be in the parade? Contact John Gilbert with America’s Youth at 904-624-5383 or [email protected]).

Holiday Home Tour – December 2- 3, 2022 — This two-day event features privately-owned homes professionally decorated for the Christmas season. Home tour visitors hear history and architectural features of each home. The special tour is presented by the Amelia Island Museum of History, an annual fund-raising event.  For more info call museum at 904-261-7378, or visit Amelia Island Museum website.

Dickens on Centre – December 8 – 11, 2022 — This Victorian-themed Christmas street festival has become a popular annual event in downtown Fernandina Beach featuring entertainment and activities starting with the Dickens Illuminated Procession on Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. Watch or participate in walking lantern parade and then see a FIREWORKS display over Fernandina’s downtown riverfront Thursday evening. Then the following day, Dickens on Centre opens Friday evening at 5 p.m. on December 9, 2022 and continues through Sunday, December 11, 2022 (ending 7 p.m.) Dickens on Centre features stage performances by the Old Train Depot at foot of Centre Street, the Tiny Tim’s Kid Zone and gift shopping at vendor booths, food and beverages. (Further details about specific activities and schedule will be published as December 2022 nears.)