Historic downtown Fernandina Beach is proud to host the 57th annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival May 1-3. Once called the 'Shrimp Boat Festival', this annual event attracts well over 125,000 guests, and is easily regarded as one of the largest and most exciting festivals in Northeast Florida. Local residents and visitors descend on downtown Fernandina Beach for an entire weekend of live music and entertainment, fabulous food and drink vendors, family activities, vintage collectables, fine art from across the country, fireworks and of course the star of the entire show - the shrimp! Enjoy a variety of shrimp prepared in every way imaginable during this exciting festival.
Be sure not to miss the Shrimp Festival's kick-off event, 'The Pirate Parade' on Thursday, April 30 at 6pm. The parade will go through the streets of downtown Fernandina's historic district and features a host of decorated floats and authentic pirates trailing along. Children and adults watch the parade in excitement as beaded necklaces and candy are tossed out along the parade route. The parade isn't over until the official pirate ship arrives at the courthouse for the exciting finale. Musical extravaganza 'Sounds on Centre' will start immediately following the parade on Centre Street, with the Amelia Blues Project lighting up the stage!
Saturday, May 2 at 4:30 pm on the Shrimp Festival Riverfront stage, The Greatest Hits on Earth - Live!® presents Rock & Pop Masters®, a live concert event featuring John Cafferty and Michael "Tunes" Atunes of the Beaver Brown Band performing their hits including "On the Dark Side" and "Tender Years"; the original lead singer and guitarist of Player and their monster hit "Baby Come Back" - Peter Beckett; and the original lead vocalist and drummer of legendary rock and soul powerhouse Rare Earth - Peter Rivera.
The 'Kids Fun Zone' returns to the Shrimp Festival in 2020 with even more family-friendly games, rides, activities, and even kid-friendly food - the Shrimp Festival isn't just for adults anymore!
Admission is free for this event. For more information visit www.shrimpfestival.com.