On Friday the 16th the festival really takes off with warm up performances by the Beech Street Blues Band, Julia Nikki Savage and the Shuffle Junkies. The Friday night headliners are Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Conrad Oberg. The Saturday line up is equally impressive with music all day leading up to a performance by Albert Castiglia. You can check out their website for the full schedule and ticket information.
The next big event following the Blues Festival is the Jazz Festival in early October. That is followed by my favorite car show on the island, the Amelia Cruizers Annual 8 Flags Car Show on October 15th. In between the major events we have regularly scheduled events at Fort Clinch, the local Museum of History, the Sounds on Center concerts, the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market and the Artrageous Artwalks. Visit our Events page for full details.
If you take advantage of our Dog Days of Summer Free Night Special and visit for 4 nights (one of them is FREE!) over the Blues Festival weekend then you can stick around for one more event. Monday, September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! It will be observed in Fernandina Beach on Sunday the 18th with plenty of pirates downtown. Stop in at the Palace for a Pirate’s Punch and meet some of the local pirates who add so much personality to our town. Arrrr!