If January seems like a letdown after all the holiday excitement, an Amelia Island getaway will change your mind. January 2019 on the island heralds a variety of fun and exciting events.
The annual Chamber Music Festival has its start in January and Amelia Island Restaurant Week guarantees an affordably delicious time. The first month of the year also sees the annual Fernandina MLK Day Parade and the Ben Byrns 5k Runway Rally.
Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival 2019
– 12 dates between January 18th and April 26th
The Chamber Music Festival’s 2019 season promises to be one of the most exciting in its 18-year history. Headliners for this year include legendary jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, and renowned pianist Emanuel Ax – and that’s not all. The schedule also includes the Dover Quartet, the Miro Quartet, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, and the bluegrass band, Balsam Range.
Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s 12 performances run from January through April. The full schedule and tickets are online at: www.ameliachambermusic.org. If you book soon, your bed and breakfast hosts may have some premium seats available to purchase. Tickets have to be turned back mid-December, so book now!
Amelia Island Restaurant Week 2019
– January 18th through the 27th
Come celebrate the 11th anniversary of Amelia Island Restaurant Week! The 10-day culinary showcase sees a selection of Amelia Island’s award-winning restaurants offering a prix-fixe menus for both lunch and dinner. The highly anticipated week will also feature a variety of dining and cocktail events.
The kick-off wine reception and four-course dinner will be January 16th at The Ritz-Carlson’s Coast Restaurant. View all the participating restaurant menus and read more details at www.ameliaisland.com.
Some of our Amelia Island Inns have special access to tickets – be sure to check out their individual websites as the date approaches!
Amelia Island MLK Day Parade 2019
– January 21st
Join us as we honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a parade from 11am to noon on MLK day.
The route will begins at the Peck Center, 516 S.10th Street, makes its way downtown on Ash and Centre Streets, then ends back at Peck Center. Participating downtown merchants will celebrate the holiday with special sidewalk sales.
Ben Byrns 5k Runway Rally 2019
– January 26th
Come out to the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport and get your run on during the 6th Annual Ben Byrns Runway Rally.
Ben Byrns was a Fernandina Beach resident whose young life was cut short due to an accidental overdose of prescription pain medication. The annual 5k race was created to raise funds to help prevent drug and alcohol abuse among youth/young adults. Join us for this good cause and enjoy a run on the airport’s taxiways and runways.
Learn more at the race organizer’s website.