Amelia Island's events are tailored perfectly to celebrate the destinations warm weather and beautiful surroundings.
Amelia Island, FL – From June through October, Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island has plenty of events that guarantee a full itinerary. Visitors and locals can enjoy a variety of eclectic activities that will be sure to gage the interest of individuals both young and old. Between musical performances to cook-offs and festivals, there are several events worth exploring. Amelia Island’s events are tailored perfectly to celebrate the destinations warm weather and beautiful surroundings.
Upcoming events listed by the Amelia Island Convention & Visitor’s Bureau include the following:
Union Garrison at Fort Clinch State Park: June 7-8, July 5-6, Aug. 2-3, Sept. 6-7, Oct. 4-5
History interpreters recreate life at Fort Clinch during the War Between the States the first weekend of every month. This unique event offer visitors the opportunity to see how the soldiers lived during the Civil War. Activities may include powder artillery demonstrations, medical demonstrations and soldier drills. Additionally, soldiers and civilians offer a glimpse into garrison life by taking up duty in the laundry, infirmary, barracks and kitchen. For times and details, call 904-277-7274 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch.
The Foreigner: June 12-14, 19-22, 26-28
The Amelia Community Theatre will feature The Foreigner, a comedy about a depressed Englishman who fools his fellow lodgers at a Georgia Fishing house into believing he doesn’t speak English. This comedy is a light-hearted event for those with a keen sense of humor. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults. For more information, visit www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org or call 904-261-6749.
Red, White, and Deep Blue Celebration at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island: July 4
Celebrate Independence Day at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island’s patriotic event. The lavish barbecue on the Ocean Front Lawn features a buffet including, seafood, barbeque favorites, sides and delectable desserts. Guests can participate in various games and enjoy live music in the evening, followed by fireworks at nightfall. Tickets are $25 for children and $93 for adults. For more details and reservations, call 904-277-1100 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland.
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Patriotic Festivities: July 4-6
The Omni Amelia Island Plantation will host its annual independence weekend celebration with fun festivities for all. Weekend options will include the Freedom Fest in Canopy Park, with exciting yard games and family activities, as well as the Boardwalk Bash and the Steak Out at the Shops event, both located at the Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation. For more information and to plan your Fourth of July fun at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, visit www.omniameliaislandplantation.com.
Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off: August 22-23
The Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Center invites guests to kick off the college football season with a barbeque competition at the beach during the Fifth Annual Cook-off. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the event includes professional barbeque competition teams competing for cash prizes at Main Beach Park. Admission is $5.00 per person and the event features free live entertainment, including Beach Street Blues Band and more. For additional information, visit www.gstailgatecookoff.com.
Amelia Con: September 5-7
The first-ever, Amelia Con will be held at the Amelia Island Recreation Center and the Women’s Club. This event is Amelia Island’s premier anime, comic book, animation, video game, fantasy, sci-fi, and pop culture convention. The day of fun features celebrity and comic book guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, Q&A’s, films, exhibits and more. Tickets start at $10. For more information or to purchase tickets to this unique experience, visit www.ameliacon.com.
Amelia Island Blues Festival: September 12-13
The fourth annual Amelia Island Blues Festival will return back to the ocean breezes of Main Beach. Friday night will feature the Fernandina Beach High School “Blues in School Band” under the direction of Johnny Robinson and Roger “Hurricane” Wilson, followed by The Mojo Roots. On Saturday, the festival will continue with performances from a variety of artists, including headliners Curtis Salgado, John Primer, Samantha Fish, Bernard Allison, Ben Prestage and more. For a full line-up of entertainment and to purchase tickets, visit www.ameliaislandbluesfest.com or call 404-784-7687.
Spanish American War Event at Fort Clinch: September 20-12
Guests can participate in a commemorative weekend at one of Amelia Island’s beautiful state parks. Fort Clinch State Park will be filled with uniformed interpreters and participants will also be able to enjoy exhibits of the armament and period military equipment. Fees comprise park entrance and an additional $2 for the event. To learn more about this historic experience, contact 904-277-7274 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch.
18th Annual 8-Flags Car Show: October 18
The Amelia Cruizers Car Club will hold their annual car show on historic Centre Street in Fernandina Beach. Enjoy a look at unique cars and kick off the show at one of Amelia Island’s local restaurants while enjoying live music and food. The show benefits three foundations and participants are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items.
For more information and details visit www.ameliacruizers.org
The Amelia Island Jazz Festival: October 16-19
Celebrate a week-long series of diverse musical talent. Kick off the festival with the Big Band Bash benefit gala and dance at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Guests will hear classics from Glenn Miller, Count Baise, Duke Ellington and a special tribute to Harry James and more. The festival presents an amazing performance by the Dynamic Les DeMerle 17-Piece Orchestra featuring Bonnie Eisele. For more information and tickets, visit ameliaislandjazzfestival.com.
Additional events are available at www.ameliaisland.com/events.
About Amelia Island
Northeast Florida’s coastal treasure, Amelia Island is a barrier island rich in colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty. Consistently ranked in the top 10 North American Islands by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler, Amelia Island offers long, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and pristine waters. The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now a charming downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions and eateries. Come make memories on Amelia Island. For visitor information, visit www.ameliaisland.com.