The popular resort, Amelia Island also known as the Isle of Eight Flags, has historically been the envy of nations. Its strategic location attracted explorers from Spain, England and Mexico to its shores.
Modern day explorers flock to the island for the Isle of Eight Shrimp Festival, April 29-May 1.
Shrimp boats will be docked and “decked out” in nautical attire at Fernandina Harbor downtown. Fernandina at Amelia Island is recognized as the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry.
Enjoy live entertainment on the Riverfront Stage throughout the festival. Sample a sumptuous variety of shrimp and more. Don’t miss the juried Fine Art and Crafts event, rated as one of the Top 100 Shows in North America by “Sunshine Art Magazine.”
Celebrate with a tribute to the island’s past at the Blessing of the Fleet and Decorated Shrimp Boat Parade and Contest on May 1.
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