Here Are the Best Amelia Island Festivals and Events
Annual Amelia Island events offer fun year-round
Our coastal town in northeast Florida is a four-season destination. Peaceful beaches, mild year-round weather, and fantastic Amelia Island events contribute to the Island’s allure! From arts festivals to events that celebrate local flavors, there’s an event for everyone’s interests. Come live like locals with us when you attend a seasonal event on Amelia Island!
Browse a few of our favorites from each season below, then request access to our free Amelia Island Vacation Guide for a comprehensive list of annual events that we love!
Our Favorite Amelia Island Events by Season
Fernandina Beach Market Place showcases arts and produces markets along North 7th Street in historic downtown Fernandina. This market is open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Being one block from the Inn, a walk to the market is a great way to start your day!
There’s no better way to support Amelia Island’s local artists than with the Artrageous Art Walk! This Amelia Island event takes place on the second Saturday of each month at participating galleries within walking distance of the Inn in historic downtown Fernandina.
Enjoy an intimate, Southern-inspired farm-to-table dinner at The Sprouting Project. Guests will tour Amelia Island Plantation’s state-of-the-art aquaponic greenhouse, expansive organic garden, and a large collection of beehives before enjoying a plated dinner that incorporates items harvested directly from The Sprouting Project. This monthly event takes place on a chosen Saturday evening at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.
Egan’s Creek Greenway Walking Tours
Discover the natural beauty of Amelia Island with Egan’s Creek Greenway Walking Tours! The Parks & Recreation Department offers free leisurely walking tours that explore the flora and fauna of the Egan’s Creek Greenway, a protected area of more than 300 acres that runs north to south along Egan’s Creek. The walks are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pre-register for nature walks at least two days in advance by calling 904-310-3350, ext 1.
This tour visits 5 Victorian homes in the downtown historic district of Fernandina Beach, all within walking distance of The Addison on Amelia Island and tastefully decorated for the holiday season!
Dickens on Centre │ December
Travel back in time December 8-11, 2022 during the eighth annual Dickens on Centre festival in historic downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida, on beautiful Amelia Island. Free to the public, this Victorian holiday festival is sure to enliven your Christmas spirit. Throughout the weekend feel the spirit of the holiday with Victorian-inspired entertainment on two stages. Families will enjoy a plethora of fun including Tiny Tim’s Kids Zone, visits with St. Nick, holiday entertainment and shopping, festive food and drink, costumed characters, holiday movies and plenty of Christmas inspiration.
Fernandina Beach Lighted Christmas Parade | December
Christmas celebration located in historic downtown Fernandina Beach that includes a parade with live music and entertainment. The big guy Claus himself even makes an appearance!
New Year’s Eve Shrimp Drop | December
Ring in the New Year along Centre Street with a celebration that includes food vendors, live music, family-friendly games, fireworks, and more!
Amelia Island Restaurant Week | January
Taste local flavors with Amelia Island Restaurant Week! This Amelia Island event features 10 days of delicious menus at participating restaurants.
Amelia Island Book Festival │ February
Amelia Island Book Festival engages adults and young people in the joy of reading and writing through a series of public events featuring New York Times best-selling authors, independent publishers and authors, awards programs, and workshops.
Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival | March & April
Enjoy performances by world-class musicians at various locations across Amelia Island.
Amelia Island Wellness Festival | April
Chat with local wellness experts and explore different ways of maintaining personal wellness in mind, body, and spirit.
Thematic weekend-long event that includes a parade, music at the waterfront, fireworks, food vendors, antique and vintage dealers, and artisans along Centre Street and 2nd Street through 7th Street.
Shrimp Days of Summer | August
Enjoy learning about Amelia Island’s maritime history and culture at the Shrimp Days of Summer. Visit the shrimping museum, take an eco-tour, embark on a kayak adventure, and more!
Endless Summer Watermelon Ride | September
Bike race across Amelia Island!
College Football | September – December
Celebrate your favorite college football team when you watch the game at one of our many Amelia Island bars, craft breweries, and restaurants. We invite all football fans, but here at The Addison on Amelia Island we bleed orange and purple! Go Clemson Tigers!!
Amelia Island Jazz Festival | October
Enjoy the classic sounds of jazz music at various events that feature live music, wine tastings, dancing, and more!
Zooma Amelia Island | October
Amelia Island’s premier 5K, 12K, and half marathon. Enjoy live music, food, and drinks, and pampering at the post-race party. You deserve it!
Stay Near the Fun at The Addison on Amelia Island
Stay near all of the best Amelia Island events at The Addison on Amelia Island. Our bed and breakfast feature 14 guest rooms that each boast unique charm. Any overnight stay at our Inn includes daily breakfast, happy hour, and access to our one-of-a-kind concierge services!
Take a virtual tour of The Addison on Amelia Island or check our availability to start planning your trip. We can’t wait to show you around!