More Activities and Annual Events
Amelia Island Value Card: www.ameliaisland.com
PUTT-PUTT of Main Beach: www.puttputt.com
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours: www.ameliacarriagetours.com
Amelia River Cruises: 1 North Front Street, Fernandina Beach, (904) 261-9972, www.ameliarivercruises.com
Amelia Community Theater: 207 Cedar Street, Fernandina Beach, www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org
More information about activies at The Chamber of Commerce: www.islandchamber.com
Amelia Island Restaurant Week
Amelia Island restaurateurs know how to start the year. By developing specialty menus of three and four-course meals, our talented island chefs offer outstanding fare at an affordable price. Enjoy appetizer, entree and desset at some of Amelia's finest and most highly rated establishments.
Amelia Island Book Festival
Wordsmiths gather on Amelia Island each year for the Book Festival, featuring author talks, workshops, readings, luncheons and celebrations of the love of books in historic Fernandina Beach. Authors of all generes including novels of nonfiction, mystery, history, adventure, Southern literature, poetry and books for young readers. Writers' workshops will be held at Florida State College at Yulee's Betty P. Cook Nassau County Campus on Friday, February 18th, 2011 from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. All-day workshop tickets purchased early are $65 (but after January 30, 2011 $85). Visitors can browse the "Book Marketplace" at St. Peter's campus downtown next to Centre Street (at corner of 8th Street and Atlantic Ave.), Fernandina on Saturday, February 19th, 9 am to 4 pm. Many Readers' Workshops for FREE will also be held at the St. Peter's campus 9:30 am - 4:00pm on Saturday, as well as a FEATURED FREE KID's AREA: Activities for children, readings by authors, geared to kids aged 3-12. See full details of schedule at the book festival's web site ameliaislandbookfestival.com, or call 904-491-8176.
Amelia Island Film Festival
"Meet Me In Paradise." A celebration of film screenings, workshops, lectures, exhibits and more at venues across Amelia Island. The film festival screens more than 25 films, including shorts and features, including student, independent, documentaries, Sci-Fi, and classic films. For more information, visit the film festival's web site www.AmeliaIslandFilmFestival.org or call (904) 335-1110.
Amelia Island Garden Show
Second annual garden show at Central Park on Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach, Florida. More than 50 vendors (growers and nurseries from around the state) offer a large selection including: flowers, plants, fruit trees, palms, orchids, herbs, container gardens, native plants, butterfly-friendly plants, shrubs, garden accessories and more. Experts will provide info on "greening" your home, yard, and garden. "The Raptor Experience," with live birds of prey will also be featured. See more at Amelia Island Garden Show website.
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
Want to experience one of the most amazing auto events in the USA? The posh event of the year on this northeast Florida resort barrier island is the Concours d'Elegance. (Watch the amazing video of last year's incredible event below.) The lush green 10th and 18th golf fairways of Summer Beach are lined with millions of dollars worth of gleaming, glitzy collector automobiles, dubbed the "Field of Dreams." Whether you like speed, flash or elegance, around 250 vehicles are showcased on Amelia Island. There are dinners, road tours, seminars, workshops, two auto auctions, a silent auction for charity, and more. Tickets for the main Sunday, March 13th event are $45 purchased in advance online, visit the Amelia Island Concours website for full schedule of events. Call 904-636-0027 for more information.
Katie Ride for Life
Each April, the Katie Caples Foundation sponsors the Katie Ride for Life. The Katie ride is a cycling event, with courses of 7 to 100 miles (supported fully) for riders of all levels, to raise awareness of organ donation. The Katie Walk offers a 5k and 10k through beautiful Fort Clinch State Park. The educational programs reach every high school in the First Coast area (90 schools, 15,000 freshmen and sophomores) For more information, call 904-491-0811 or visit www.katierideforlife.org.
Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
One of the premier festivals in the Southeast, the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival brings together the love of shrimp and the enjoyment of arts and entertainment. Celebrate Fernandina Beach as the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry while strolling the streets of history downtown. Enjoy fine arts and crafts, antiques, regional and local music, shrimp caught and served locally, seafood dishes, parade, fireworks, pirates and family fun. For more information, call 904-277-0717 or visit www.shrimpfestival.com.
Amelia Island is set apart with miles of state and national parks on and just off the island. The annual Wild Amelia Nature Festival is an exciting 3-day celebration of bioregion around Amelia Island. It includes nature tours (kayaking, biking, boating, hiking) led by area naturalists and Park Rangers, nature photography workshops, an Eco-expo, nature-based activities at the Kids Niche, critters from the Jacksonville Zoo and more! For more information visit www.wildamelia.com.
Sport Fishing Tournament of Champions
The Nassau Sport Fishing Association's Tournament of Champions is held in June at Fernandina Harbor Marina, located at the foot of Centre Street. This Event has become the third largest in the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA), and is part of the hotly contested division that attracts the world's best kingfish anglers. The Tournament begins Thursday and wraps up on Saturday with the fish fry, live entertainment and awards ceremony are open to the public. For more information, call 904-277-3327 or visit www.fishnsfa.com.
Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival
One of the premier music events in the Southeast, and in some of the most original and beautiful venues, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival continues to grow in popularity each year. The Festival was created by Christopher Rex, who serves as artistic and general director, and is the principle cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The Festival begins with educational concerts in the schools, time spent at the Boys and Girls Club, and at open air concerts in the park, free to the public. They continue in the historic St. Peter's Episcopal Church, under the stars at Fort Clinch State Park, at nighttime hangouts for Beer and G Strings with jazz vocalists Luciana Souza and Rachel Barton Pine, and in the ballroom of the elegant Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. For more information or tickets, call 904-261-1779 or visit www.aicmf.com.
Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament
The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, held each year in July at Jim King Park & Boat Ramp on the ICW, is the largest kingfish tournament in the country. In addition to the general tournament, this spectacular event also includes a Junior Angler Tournament presented by Carolina Skiff, Food Festival, live entertainment, and much, much more.www.kingfishtournament.com
Great Southern Tailgate Cook-Off
In August, get set for great barbeque, music at Main Beach and lots of hometown fun with the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, a Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event. Also a part of the Florida State Championship circuit, the barbeque spectacular features professional and local backyard teams competing for more than $20,000 in cash and prizes. Great prices, interesting vendors, and lots of good family fun invade Fernandina Beach the last weekend in August. For more information, call 904-277-0717 or visit www.gstailgatecookoff.com.
Amelia Island Blues Festival
Names like Albert Castiglia, Pinetop Perkins, Willie (Big Eyes) Smith, evoke memories of some of the best of the blues. Those same memories can be wrapped into Amelia Island with the historic smoky blues at Fernandina Beach's Main Beach. Come September, the Amelia Island Blues Festival will move your soul and remind you of why you return - both to Amelia Island and to the Blues. For more information, visit www.ameliaislandbluesfest.com
Women's Tennis Futures Tour
The Women's $10,000 Professional Events at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation are part of the USTA Pro Circuit. These entry level professional tennis events are similar to minor league baseball. Players are up-and-coming junior players and players that are making a comeback to the higher level professional events. For more information, call 904-277-5145.
Amelia Island Jazz Festival
The Amelia Island Jazz Festival provides a rich, diverse cultural experience via the sounds, excitement and vitality of great jazz. Held annually during the first week of October, and headed by Artistic Director Les DeMerie, the Festival promotes world-class jazz, from Swing to Contemporary, Dixieland to Big Band. Grammy winners David Sanborn and Ramsey Lewis are among the icons to have appeared. As part of its educational program, the Festival awards a scholarship and offers jazz demonstrations in schools, museums and senior citizen centers. For more information, call 904-504-4772, or visit www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com.
Men's Tennis Futures Tour
The Men's Futures Professional Events at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation are part of the USTA Pro Circuit. These entry level professional tennis events are similar to minor league baseball. Players are up-and-coming junior players and players that are making a comeback to the higher level professional events. These vents also raise money for local charities. For more information, call 904-277-5145.
Petanque America Open
Amelia Island is the venue for the international community of Petanque (paytonk), with its fourth annual International Petanque Tournament in November. At the downtown marina, surrounded by plenty of cafes, restaurants, and shops, more than 80 teams of two players competed in 2009 and more than 100 teams in 2010. Founded in France, and with increasing popularity worldwide and especially in the United States, the tournament brings players from more than half the states, Canada and Europe. For more Information call 904-491-1190 or visit www.petanqueamerica.com.
Bed & Breakfast Cookie Tour
For a view of some of Amelia's most beautiful homes, now B&Bs, take time for Amelia Island's Bed and Breakfast Cookie Tour. With still temperate beautiful weather, visitors come from nearby cities and towns to revel in the beauty of Amelia's B&Bs decorated for the holidays and staffed for historic information. Each stop features delicious cookies and their recipes printed on keepsake cards. Proceeds benefit local charities. Horse-drawn carriages provide transportation. Inns are open for business during this festive tour. For more information, call 904-277-0717 or visit www.ameliaislandinns.com.
Holiday Home Tour
Celebrate the "Golden Age" of Fernandina Beach with the architecture of a small Victorian seaport town from the late 1800s. The annual Holiday Home Tour, benefitting the Amelia Island Museum of History, showcases private vintage home, open to the public only for this special occasion. The trolley transports patrons from home to home, all of which are decorated personally for the holiday season. The Holiday Home tour provides an elegant facet of to the holiday season. For more information, contact the 904-261-7378, or www.ameliamuseum.org.
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