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{Amelia Island, Bryceville, Callahan, Fernandina Beach, Hilliard, Yulee}


Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance


March This annual event showcases rare, classic cars, informative


seminars, awards and a silent auction. Held at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island and the Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach, proceeds from the event benefit local charitable organizations, including Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org.


Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival


First Weekend in May This weekend-long event celebrates the tradition of blessing


the shrimp fleet in Fernandina Beach as well as Amelia Island’s unique history. The festival includes the annual Pirate Parade, Blessing of the Fleet, a boat decoration contest, live entertainment, arts, crafts and tons of shrimp. For more information, visit www.shrimpfestival.com.


Callahan Annual Christmas Parade and Arts & Crafts


Show First Saturday in December


This annual yuletide parade features a different theme each


year for local schools, businesses and churches to create floats around. Spectators can also enjoy an all-day arts and crafts exhibit before and after the parade, in addition to the annual decorating contest for businesses. For more information, visit www.greaternassaucounty.com.


ST. JOHNS COUNTY


{Hastings, Julington Creek, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach}


Lions Annual Seafood Festival


March Attracting more than 20,000 visitors each year, the seafood


festival features more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, live music and local fare fresh from the ocean. A Kids Zone and Pirate Magic provide entertainment for the younger fans of this First Coast tradition. For a look at this year’s activities, visit www.lionsfestival.com.


EPIC Celebration of Spring Flower & Garden Expo April Celebrate spring’s arrival with two days of flowers and fun.


Nurseries, artisans, growers and crafters offer helpful information for gardeners of all levels of experience. Master Gardener arboretum tours and a variety of plants and flowers are also featured. For more information, visit www.gardenclubofstaugustine.org.


Rhythm & Ribs Festival


April Voted St. Augustine’s Best Festival for nine years in a row,


the Rhythm & Ribs Festival features live music, children’s activities and award-winning barbecue. Proceeds help support local charities. For more information, visit www.rhythmandribs.net.


Florida Heritage Book Festival


September A popular event with booklovers and aspiring authors, the


book festival celebrates Florida’s rich and colorful literary heritage featuring the works of local writers. The event features book signings, workshops, award ceremonies and children’s programs. For more information, visit www.fhbookfest.com.


St. Augustine’s 450th Birthday Commemoration


September St. Augustine is planning a celebration so big, it will take


years to complete. Each year, from 2012 to 2015, the city will host activities to celebrate 450 years as the oldest continually occupied European settlement in the U.S. In 2013, scheduled events include Noche de Gala, a birthday celebration honoring the founder of St. Augustine, don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, historic re-enactments of the Landing of Ponce de Leon and a Spanish Wine and Food Festival. For a complete list of activities in 2013, visit www.staugustine-450.com.


Nights of Lights


November through January This holiday tradition lights up the historic area of St.


Augustine with over two million twinkling, white lights. The two-month-long celebration includes special events such as parades, bed and breakfast tours, art walks and holiday concerts. Visitors can also tour the Nights of Lights displays aboard the Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley and Santa’s Big Red Christmas Train. For more information, visit www.floridashistoriccoast.com/nights.


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