Shrimp Festival

The town of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida is the birthplace of the modern,
motorized shrimping industry. The origins of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival was an annual shrimp boat race held between the winter and summer shrimping seasons. During the race the shrimpers' wives served shrimp dishes to help defray the costs of the race.

Today our festival still includes shrimp boats and great food, and so much more! Come and enjoy a parade, a pirate invasion, music and entertainment. Stroll the streets of our historic downtown to shop at hundreds of booths selling fine art, crafts, antiques and collectibles. Watch contests such as ice-cream eating, the best beard, the best pirate—or join in the contests yourself! Aye, Matey!


Festival Hours:
FRIDAY, May 2: 6:00 pm–10:30 pm
(Riverfront Area & Kids Fun Zone Only)
SATURDAY, May 3: 9:00 am–6:00 pm
(Food Court until 8:00pm)
SUNDAY, May 4: 10:00 am–5:00 pm