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Amelia Island Festivals & Events

Your Guide to Annual Events and Festivals on Amelia Island, including the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, Isle of 8 Flags Shrimp Festival, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Amelia Island Book Festival, and Other Recurring Events and Things to Do on Amelia Island, Florida.

The charm of Amelia Island draws locals as well as visitors from around the globe to a variety of annual festivals and events, each one unique and remarkable in their own right. The internationally renowned Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance brings hundreds of priceless collectible automobiles and enthusiasts to the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, celebrating vintage, one-of-a-kind autos that have come to be regarded among the best of the best. In May, Amelia celebrates its seafaring heritage and history with the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, which of course offers local shrimp and seafood cooked up by local restaurant proprietors and talented chefs from around the region.

For three weeks in June, acclaimed artists and music lovers converge on Amelia and music literally spills onto the shady streets, with various styles and a range of performances at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. And for the intellectual types, the annual Amelia Island Book Festival brings together book lovers, authors, poets, writers and storytellers for a celebration of the written word.

Annual Festivals & Events

Amelia Island Book Festival

Held in February each year on Amelia Island.
PO Box 15286
Ferdinand Beach, FL 32035

Growing each year, the Festival continues its original mission: to promote literacy by celebrating the joys of reading and writing. Our slogan has evolved to Amelia Book Island Festival: Celebrating books, people, culture and creativity.

The Festival is a community endeavor. More than 200 volunteers come together to bring this gift to people of all ages. Attendees come from far and wide not only to enjoy the festival, but also to explore this beautiful island, located just north of Jacksonville, Florida, and a bridge-span away from the mainland.

If you want to support literacy and a cool program for students, if you are a book lover, author, poet, writer or storyteller, if you like mingling with interesting authors or just enjoy visiting our unique island heritage, then mark your calendars and don't miss out on this annual Amelia Island Book Festival extravaganza on the Island of Eight Flags.

Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

Held in March each year at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island.

Car lovers from around the globe gather at this festival of speed each year, which brings hundreds of priceless collectible automobiles and enthusiasts to the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island. The long weekend event spans Thursday through Sunday with cars and motorscycles on display, a road tour, cruise-in, and multiple auctions. People can park at Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport with shuttle service to and from the concours.

The mission of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Foundation is to create a world-class motoring event that serves the community through education and charitable giving. The Foundation has donated more than $3.5 million to local charities since 1996.

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Held the first weekend in May each year at Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island.

Seafood lovers descend on Amelia each year during the month of May, which celebrates the island's rich history and cultural traditions. "The next island, the fairest of this province, I call Amelia," wrote James Oglethorpe to the Duke of Newcastle, in a letter dated April 17, 1736. As the only territory in the U.S. under the dominion of eight flags during the past five centuries, it absorbed much from each culture. Before the first flag flew above the island, the Timucua inhabited the area they called Napoyca. From around 2500 B.C. to 1562 A.D., they lived with an abundance of vegetation and shellfish. They had no written language, but are believed to have lived long, healthy lives, due in part to their diet but primarily because of the absence of European diseases. Their way of life continued for centuries, until the arrival of a company of Frenchmen, led by Jean Ribault, on May 3, 1562. Ribault had sailed for the New World in search of a site for a Huguenot colony. When he came upon the island, he claimed it for France and named it the Isle de Mai, for the month in which he discovered it. The French lived in relative harmony with the Timucua until they were bloodily defeated by the Spanish troops of Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565.

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

Held in June each year on Amelia Island.
1890 S. 14th St
Ferdinand Beach, FL 32034

This annual celebration of timeless chamber music attracts acclaimed artists and music lovers to what was once a sleepy fishing village on an island the size of Manhattan. For three weeks in June, music literally spills onto the shady streets of Amelia Island, FL, from settings that range from the historic and the sacred to the elegant and the lighthearted.

From the outset, the Chamber Music Festival has endeavored to provide music education and outreach through audience education by performing artists, by mentoring of young artists by visiting performing artists and by making concerts easily accessible through the Student/Teacher/Parent Complimentary Ticket Program.

The Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Held in October each year on Amelia Island.
PO Box 16684
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035

The Amelia Island Jazz Festival provides a rich, diverse cultural offering to the Amelia Island area by exposing thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds to the sounds, excitement and vitality of great jazz.

The Festival presents world-class jazz in many styles, including swing, bebop, Dixieland, big band, Latin, and contemporary. During the week-long festival, held in October each year, music is performed by jazz greats as well as fresh, up-and-coming young talent. Performances are staged in several venues around Amelia Island including Fernandina Beach Golf Club, The Sandbar & Kitchen, Tortuga Jacks at Sliders Seaside Grill. The Lakeside at Amelia Island, Story & Song Bookstore, Bistro and OMNI Hotels & Resorts Amelia Island Plantation. The goal of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival is to help preserve the American art form Jazz by increasing the exposure and awareness of the music genre to the general public.

A not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation, the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival distributes proceeds toward a scholarship program to fund college education for aspiring jazz musicians and works to provide a rich, diverse jazz offering to the Amelia Island area.

Dickens on Centre

Held in December each year in the Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach Village on Amelia Island.

Travel back in time during the second annual Dickens on Centre festival in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida, on beautiful Amelia Island. Free to the public, this Victorian- inspired holiday festival is as "fun as the dickens" for the entire family.

Enjoy costumed characters, themed entertainment and performances, visits from Saint Nick, and a variety of vendors selling seasonal gifts and wares. Inspired by Charles Dickens' novella "A Christmas Carol," Dickens on Centre transform downtown Fernandina into a classic English village, sure to enliven your Christmas spirit. Think chestnuts roasting, carolers strolling, and readings of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. This Christmas, come make memories.

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