Upcoming festivals in the nearby area

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It’s always fun to go to a festival in a different town. Here are a few of the spring festivals happening in our nearby area within the next few weeks:


This year’s 2012 Railroad Days Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 23 – 24, 2012. Major events will be located in and around the historic Callahan Depot which was built in 1881 beside the old Florida Railroad. There will be various food, arts and craft vendors on the grounds both days and train exhibits, a kid’s play area plus live music and entertainment from the front platform.

Friday’s festivities will start at 1 pm with a brief ceremony honoring Juliette Gordon Low and the 100thanniversary of the Girl Scouts. Model train layouts and the Nassau County Record photo contest exhibit will be on display inside the Depot annex.

The highlight of the two day festival will be the 7th annual Railroad Days Parade through Callahan led by the Shriners on Saturday, March 24 at 11:00 AM.

Cochrane’s Collision Center will host a classic car show after the parade. Train layouts and the Nassau County Record photo contest entries will be on display inside the Depot Annex. A photo exhibit of the 100thanniversary of the Hilliard Schoolhouse and a preview of the upcoming 150 page book about Daniel Callahan will be on display as well. The West Nassau Historical Society is a non-profit, tax exempt organization dedicated to the preservation of Nassau County’s rich history and to the maintenance and upkeep of the historic Callahan Depot.

For more information visit www.wnhsfl.org, West-Nassau Historical-Society on facebook or call John Hendricks with the West Nassau Historical Society at 904-879-3406.


The Great Atlantic Music & Seafood Festival takes place on Saturday, March 24, 2012. It is said that this festival is “Celebrating the Salt Life in all of us”, and why not?

The Great Atlantic Music & Seafood Festival happens at the oceanfront SeaWalk Pavilion right on Jacksonville Beach, which is a perfect location for this type of festival. The event begins at 11:00 a.m. and continues all day until 10: 00 p.m at night. In addition to music, there is also lots of fresh seafood available.

Another great plus is that this is a free festival. There is no fee for admission. Just come to the beach for 10 hours of non-stop live music by national recording artists and regional touring bands, performing rock, blues, Americana, and newgrass sounds.

ome to the waterfront in downtown Jacksonville for this special event. The Blessing of the Fleet takes place on April 1, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Northbank Riverfront Park. The Blessing is at Hogan Street Gazebo. Have your boat blessed for the upcoming navigational season! Arrive downtown at 2 p.m. and tune to VHF channels 16 and 72 for parade instructions. For more information about the Blessing of the Fleet, click here.


Savannah Music Festival is held every year in historic downtown Savannah, Georgia. This year it will be the 22nd season of Georgia’s largest festival. The Savannah Music Festival has been described by The Times of London as “one of the best events around the world”. It features two premieres, numerous festival debuts, and the return of several audience favorites from the realms of classical, jazz, Americana and world music.
The 2011 Savannah Music Festival is scheduled for March 22 – April 7, 2012.

Savannah Music Festival (SMF) is an expansive city-wide, multi-venue program showcasing a wide array of internationally acclaimed artists. In addition to a wide variety of concert programming, SMF gives attendees a chance to hit the dance floor with four dance parties – Cuban, Cajun, Funk, and Zydeco music – scheduled throughout the festival.


Springing The Blues is one of the most popular annual festivals in Jacksonville, Florida, every spring attracting somewhere around 125,000 blues fans. At this festival you will experience live performances on stage from some of the nation’s top Blues performers. Another plus in my book is the fact that Springing The Blues is a free outdoor blues music festival. The three-day oceanfront music festival takes place April 13, 2012, and  features a selection of blues performers as well as other activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Springing The Blues festival is held at Jacksonville Beach, Florida’s Oceanfront SeaWalk Pavilion.


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