We are coming up to a great time of year for festivals and food on Amelia Island. Although it is very much still summer here we do start thinking about Fall weather. The evenings are cooler, the humidity drops and there is always something going on! There is the regular schedule of Farmer’s Market, garrisons at Fort Clinch, the monthly Artrageous Artwalk and the Sounds On Center free concert series but the events listed below are the bigger events. See the full schedule of all events.
August 26th and 27th, 2011. Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off. Join us for the 2nd Annual Great Southern Tailgate Cook-Off to be held at Main Beach. Barbecue cooking teams from across the country will compete for cash and prizes and of course, bragging rights! There will be live music all day both days and one of the competing teams will be staying at the Addison which means we’ll be having some great BBQ for Happy Hour on Saturday.
September 4th, 2011. Welcome To Fabulous Fernandina Pub Crawl. Another in the popular series of pub crawls! This one takes place on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend and has a Las Vegas theme to it. Your $10 ticket gets you drink specials at 8 of our favorite local pubs, and a T-shirt. The after party will be at the Palace Saloon. This is usually a well-attended event with 200-300 pub crawlers. Let us know if you want tickets and we’ll pick them up for you!
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September 16th and 17th, 2011. Amelia Island Blues Festival. Come experience Amelia Island and get your Blues on! The Inaugural Amelia Island Blues Festival includes two days of outstanding music great food, beer, wine and more… all with the amazing Atlantic Ocean in the background.
September 25th through October 2nd, 2011. Women’s Tennis Championships. Enjoy great tennis during the Women’s Tennis Championships at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Racket Park. Qualifying rounds are September 25-26, with the main draw matches on September 27-30. Tickets are free for matches on September 25 – 30. Tickets are $10 per adult or $5 per child for matches on October 1 & 2. For more information, contact the Tennis Pro Shop at Omni Amelia Island Plantation at 904-277-5145.
October 2nd through 8th. Amelia Island Jazz Festival. The Amelia Island Jazz Festival will once again light up the island with a week-long series of events celebrating the diverse all-American art form, jazz. Under the creative direction of renowned jazz drummer and bandleader, Les DeMerle, the festival will feature world-class jazz artists in a wide variety of styles including Dixieland, Smooth Jazz, Bebop, Big Band, Blues, Latin and more at St. Peter’s Church Courtyard and several other charming venues on beautiful Amelia Island.
October 8th and 9th, 2011. Amelia Island Autumn Festival Fine Arts and Creative Crafts Show. Exhibitors will be located in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. This street festival will have up to 200 exhibitors. The Fine Arts juried showcase will feature creative crafts in adjacent areas. Creative Crafts will also be juried to assure that all craftsmanship is original and handmade.
October 15th, 2011. 15th Annual 8 Flags Car Show. The Amelia Cruizers Car Club is hosting its 15th Annual 8 Flags Car Show on historic Centre Street in beautiful downtown Fernandina Beach. At the 2010 show there were over 280 cars and 10,000 spectators that came to Amelia Island to view the cars in our beautiful seaport city. The show cars line both sides of beautiful tree-lined Centre Street from the waterfront to 8th Street and last year’s Best of Show and People’s Choice cars will be directly in front of the Historic Courthouse.
November 11th through 13th, Petanque America Open. Visitors can join close to 200 petanque players on Amelia Island as they compete in this simplified version of an older outdoor bowling game. The goal is to toss or roll a number of hollow steel balls as close as possible to a small wooden target ball. Players take turns and the team that ends up nearest to the target ball when all balls are played, wins.
That takes us through to the beginning of the Holiday Season which brings another whole schedule of events! Get your blues on, eat some award winning BBQ, catch Bob’s favorite car show, listen to one of the free Sounds on Center concerts, get a free history lesson at one of the garrisons at Fort Clinch or just stroll the beaches and relax. The Fall is a great time in Fernandina!