No, it’s not the title of an Eddie Murphy kung fu movie.
And, no, the Chinese zodiac doesn’t have a new constellation.
The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival turns 50 years old this year.
The Year of the Golden Shrimp
That’s right, shrimp fans!
The 50th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival blasts through Fernandina Beach May 3-5.
Festivities begin on Thursday, May 2 with the Shrimp Boat Sunset Concert at 6:00 p.m. on the Riverfront Stage at the bottom of Centre Street.
Held since 1964 in the heart of historic downtown Fernandina Beach on beautiful Amelia Island, Fla – the only place in the United States to fly eight different national flags – the Shrimp’s family-friendly food, fun and laughs all weekend long.
Admission is free. All ages welcome.
Official Festival Opening: Friday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. on the Riverfront Stage.
As always, it’s all about the shellfish
Get your mind right to stand in line for shrimp pie, shrimp quesadillas, shrimp pizza, fried shrimp, boiled shrimp and something called “shrimp twisters.”
You should expect nothing less from a place that’s been “celebrating all things shrimp” since 1964.
Literally dozens of local organizations volunteer to do the cooking, and the cuisine features that GR8RJax™ flair you’ve come to expect, if not demand.
Food, food and more food from 25 food booths.
Go prepared to eat.
Named a top-20 event over ten times
That’s the kind of street cred the Isle of Eight Flags Festival has.
And not just with the Southeast Tourism Society.
With over 300 booths featuring antiques and collectibles, Depression glass, jewelery, crystals and coins, you can understand why this northeast Florida is one of Sunshine Artist Magazine’s Top 200 Outdoor Festival.
The Isle of Eight Flags festival, which began as an annual spring shrimp boat race, during which the shrimpers’ wives served shrimp dishes, happens where it does because Fernandina Beach is the birthplace of the modern, motorized shrimping industry.
Hey, it wouldn’t be a party without pirates
As usual, pirates in full costume invade Fernandina via pirate shrimp boat, looting and plundering in the streets to entertain kids of all ages.
Combine that with the Best Little Pirates and Best Little Pirate In Training costume contests and the huge Kids Fun Zone – 25 activities in all with free Kids Kraft Korner, sand art, and pony rides – and you’re in the right place to have loads of family-friendly fun.
Then there are the treats for adults – regional and local acts playing jazz, pop, rock, folk, and country and several contests: Miss Shrimp, Ice Cream Eating, Best Pirate (costume), Best Beard and Best Decorated Boat.
And don’t miss the music.
This year’s headliner is Pablo Cruise, and back for more is the Festival’s “house” beach band the Swingin’ Medallions on Sunday afternoon.
Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
- May 3-5
- Admission: FREE & open to the public
- Centre St. downtown
- Fernandina Beach, Fla. 32035
- Contact: Sandy Price, Executive Director
- E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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