The larger festivals on the island have finalized their schedules and it looks like a pretty good line-up this year. Amelia Island loves their festivals and they are usually attended very well by residents and visitors alike. Here’s the line-up:
February 18 and 19. Amelia Island Book Festival. The Addison will be hosting headline author Jamie Ford for the festival. Jamie is the New York Times best selling author of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”. www.AmeliaIslandBookFestival.com
February 24 through 27, Amelia Island Film Festival. This is the biggest and most important Film Festival between Jacksonville and Savannah and we will be hosting an as-yet undisclosed festival VIP. This is a fun festival with venues all over town. www.AmeliaIslandFilmFestival.com.
April 28 through May 1, Amelia Island Shrimp Festival. Sorry, we are sold out to a crew of regular Shrimp Fest attendees and have no rooms available.
May 20 through 22, Wild Amelia Nature Festival. A festival that showcases our unique bio-region. Full details can be found at www.WildAmelia.com
May 20 through June 7, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. This is a popular event that is now spreading out beyond traditional chamber music. If you stay at the Addison we can get you festival tickets at half price. The Addison will be hosting Luciana Souza, Romero Lubambo and Cyro Baptista who will be performing the “Beer and G-Strings” Concert on June 9th. Festival info can be found at www.AICMF.com
September 16 and 17, Amelia Island Blues Festival. The first time for this festival. Check out the list of performers at www.AmeliaIslandBluesFest.com
October 2 through 9, Amelia Island Jazz Festival. Last year the Addison hosted headliner Steve Marche Torme. This year? Undecided as yet.
All of these festivals are in addition to the regular line-up of events such as next weekend’s Chili Cook-off, the big BBQ Cook-off in August, the Farmer’s Market and regularly scheduled events at Fort Clinch and the Museum of History. Throw in live music performances on the weekends at local bars and restaurants and you will find that we have quite a lively little town where there is always something going on.