Shrimp Festival

Fernandina Beach is the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry, and its historic downtown pulls out all the stops at the annual Shrimp Festival, which has been a part of island life for over 50 years and is always held on the first weekend in May.  One of the premier festivals in the southeast, the Shrimp Festival brings together the love of shrimp and the best of arts and entertainment, all set in the beautiful Historic District. Enjoy the fine arts and crafts, antiques, regional and local music, shrimp caught and served locally, seafood dishes, parade, fireworks, pirates, and family fun. For a complete schedule of events please visit