I usually go to Fernandina Beach for a quiet retreat, but this week it will be rocking with activity. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the event, which kicks off with a parade on Thursday and a spectacular fireworks display on Friday. In addition to 300-plus exhibiting artists and craftspersons, there will be antiques, a food court featuring shrimp prepared every way you could possibly imagine, and a pirate invasion. (You'd be amazed how many pirates still live in this town.) Please note: The outdoor arts and crafts show takes place on Saturday and Sunday only.
My booth will be located on North Second Street near the Palace Saloon (Florida's Oldest Saloon), Dog Star Tavern (which actually permits dogs) and the Island Art Association building (which is shrimp colored and covered in tile mosaics). Although I have attended Shrimpfest many times, this will be my first year as an exhibitor. It's really a great event in a town that knows how to have a good time. Come join the fun!
By the way, this is a great little restaurant town. If you're looking for something other than shrimp food court, here are a few of my favorite restaurants: Karibo, Arte Pizza, 29 South and The Salty Pelican (downtown in the historic district) and Sandy Bottoms and Sliders (on the beach). And every Saturday of the year, there is a wonderful little Farmer's Market at the corner of Centre and Seventh Streets.
Art Festival Dates: May 2-3, Saturday – Sunday
Where: Centre Street, Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, FL
Hours: 9am – 7pm Friday & Saturday, 10am – 5pm Sunday
Festival Admission: Free!