The Blues Fest is about to Start

Are you ready for the last big Summer Bash of the Season? The attached map and information will make it easy for you to fully enjoy the Amelia Island Blues Festival that starts this Friday, September 16, coincidentally the Birthdate of one of the greatest blues musicians that came out of the Blues’s homestate of Mississippi, “Blues Boy” B.B. King, at 3:35pm when the Beech Street Blues Band will kick off two days of blues and bbq in the last Big Summer Beach Bash of the year.

Here is what you need to know:

The Weather Forecast looks promising for this weekend’s Amelia Island Blues Festival. Sunny and warm like a North Florida September day is supposed to be. We’re talking Blues here people; it is supposed to be slightly sweaty. The fact that the festival grounds are smack adjacent to the beach on Main Beach will keep the temperatures down a bit, while the organizers are providing a lot of tent cover space to take in the myriad of attractions.

Parking and Transportation

Parking in the area is free, so that means first come first serve. There is however a constant shuttle service between the Schoolboard Grassy Area Parking Grounds across from Central Park on Atlantic Ave. to the entrance of the Festival Grounds. Charge is $10 per vehicle r/t no matter how many people are in the vehicle. This service is provided by Amelia Island Transportation.

The Detailed Festival Floorplan

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Amelia Island Blues Festival Grounds

Festival Etiquette

The Amelia Island Blues Festival committee encourages everyone to have a wonderful musical experience at our inaugural event. Here are a few tips about what to expect might make the event more memorable and help to get this new tradition off to a good start.
• Bring a comfortable beach chair and mark it with your name or other identifier.
• Load and unload your chairs and bags at the designated zone near the main entrance before parking your vehicle or
• Ride your bike to the event and lock it to a fence
• Use the provided transportation to get to the festival. Festival parking will be the grassy area at School Board Lot (across the street from Central Park) ($10.00 per vehicle)
• Adults should remember that this event provides many hours of national musical talent, so pace yourself and drink responsibly. Beer, Wine and Sodas will be for sale at the Palace Saloon Pavilion
• Take a cool break at the beach. Festival patrons will be permitted to leave the gated festival area and return as often as they like
• Use of nuisance items such as silly string, poppers, or water guns is prohibited
• The Fernandina Beach Police Department will be on-site and will enforce all applicable laws and ordinances
• Only certified service animals are permitted within the festival area
• No bikes will be allowed within the festival area
• Only authorized vendors and performers, including mascots and costumed characters, will be permitted within the festival area
• In accordance with City of Fernandina Beach Code of Ordinances, Section 58-9 and Land Development Code 7.01.05, overnight parking of RV vehicles is prohibited on City streets and public right of ways
• No personal music or loudspeakers will be allowed within the festival area
• No distribution of literature will be allowed, nor will billboards or sandwich signs be allowed within the festival area
• The Food Court will have ample garbage collection bins. Please make proper use of them.
• Please respect the VIP areas

What else to expect.

Tickets bought via the website will be available at WILLCALL booth at entrance to the festival. ID is of course required.
Festivals are typically long days with lots of activities. The official festival music line up on our giant stage will require 20 minute transitions for equipment set up and preparation between acts. Those breaks will give local area performers the opportunity to perform on the acoustic stage, managed by Jeff Barksdale of Big O Productions and Jerry Lee of Jerry Lee’s Music Emporium in St.Marys, Georgia.
There is a Kid’s Playground with Bouncers, local Petanque America has set up two courts for anyone who likes to play with Balls of Steel, KBay Radio will broadcast Live from the Festival and last but not Least, the Committee decided last night that considering the impressive local Sponsor participation in this first time event, the admission will not be raised at the gate. So day passes are $15 p/p and $25 for a two day pass.
There is an ATM machine available on the Festival grounds for your convenience. (Hard to hide your wad of cash in a Speedo!)
Oh and Sonny’s BBQ is bringing out the SMOKER, so prepare yourselves for two days of Blues, Beer and BBQ.

Ticket Outlets

Amelia Island

• Amelia Hampton Inn at the Beach
• Amelia Hotel at the Beach
• Amelia Liquors next to Publix
• Amelia Liquors next to Harris Teeter
• Books Plus on Centre Street
• Club 14 on 14th Street
• Fast Signs on 14th St. near Sadler• Prosperity Bank on Sadler across from Starbuck’s
• Red Otter Outfitters on Atlantic Ave
• Red Otter Outfitters at the OMNI Amelia Island Plantation
• Savage Stone – Retail Therapy on 8th Street
• Sonny’s BBQ
• The Palace Saloon on Centre St.
• Sunoco Gas Station and Deli on Sadler


• Club 14 in the Winn Dixie Shopping Plaza, Yulee
• Murray’s Grille on A1A in Yulee

St.Marys, Georgia

• Jerry Lee’s Music Emporium and Recording Studio – 101 St. Patrick’s St, St. Marys, GA 31558 – Phone 912 576 4401