Put on your pirate gear–or just tuck a napkin around your chin. The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival goes on today, tomorrow May 4 and Sunday May 5 in downtown Fernandina Beach. The annual crustacean celebration offers plenty to do and plenty to eat at the Amelia riverfront, including shrimp in every possible culinary incarnation, a kids entertainment area, educational exhibits, tours, arts and crafts and live music. Admission to the street fair and entertainment is all free, but you’ll want to bring a few dollars to splurge on a shrimp feast.
The Orange Park Art Festival will take place February 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, with free admission and free parking. Dozens of artists and craftspeople will be showing and selling their wares at the juried show, plus food vendors and performing musicians will be on hand. The event takes place at the corner of Wells Road and Blanding Blvd. in an open parking area of the Orange Park Mall.
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra is hosting it’s annual Holiday Shoppes Boutique November 16, 17 and 18 with more than 21 artisans and craftspeople–including local jewelry designer Gretchen Alter–selling unique gifts, often at great prices. The sale goes on from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s a requested $5 donation at the door that supports the Cultural Center.
Thirty-six countries are represented at the World of Nations Celebration, this weekend–May 5 and 6–at Metropolitan Park downtown. Admission is $5 for one day, $8 for two and children 3 and under get in free.