Recreation & Special Events


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The City of Atlantic Beach has a Facebook page for Recreation and Special Events. Visit us and "like" us if you would like to keep up to date on the city’s recreational events via Facebook!

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The City of Atlantic Beach Cultural Arts & Recreation provides free WiFi to visitors of the Recreation centers.

All events hosted by the City of Atlantic Beach Cultural Arts & Recreation are free to the public unless otherwise stated.

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The City of Atlantic Beach wihow to get a permitll be utilizing a new platform for all permits/rentals through Civic Rec. By transitioning to this platform, we are able to better serve you by placing all of our offerings in one convenient location. If you are looking to reserve a Community Center, Pavilion, Park, or Campsite, or looking to sign up for one of our programs or activities, you can now reserve and pay ALL IN ONE PLACE!

With this new platform, you will need to create an account that will store all of your information. No more having to fill out your information, again and again, each time you want to reserve a pavilion or go camping. We also have a convenient catalog, listing everything that is available to be reserved or programs being offered. Click HERE to be taken to the new platform!

This is a brand new platform, so please let us know f you have any difficulties with trying to reserve a facility or sign-up for a program, by calling (904) 247-5828 for assistance.

Tai-Chi - Held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. - noon

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Community Yoga - Wednesdays at Adele Grage Cultural Center - 9 a.m. 

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Join us for yoga every Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Adele Grage Cultural Center. 

All levels are welcome, and it's FREE to attend. 

All you need is to bring a mat and some water. 

The class is taught by Tracy Marko.

Songwriters Concert - January 8  - 6 p.m.

Enjoy the original sounds by local talent in Gulliford Hall at the Adele Grage Cultural Center.
 Plan on being with us whether you write, sing, play or enjoy listening to good music. Hosted by Roy Peak, local performers transform Gulliford Hall from 6-8 pm with original music creations. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Seating is first come, first served for this admission-free, alcohol-free event. Performers should contact host Roy Peak at for more information.

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Upcoming Dates

December 4January 8
February 5

Dutton Island Nature Programming

Saturday, January 14th - 10 AM - Nature Walk

Join a COJ park naturalist as we leisurely explore the trails at Dutton Island Preserve.

Saturday, February 11th - 10 AM - Kayaking Tour

Join a COJ park naturalist on a kayaking tour of Dutton Island Preserve. During the tour, we will discuss the history and ecology of the area. Kayak rentals are available, but you may bring your own. Please contact the naturalist Stephen Klem at for more information and to RSVP. Participation is limited to a maximum of 18 participants.

Saturday, March 4th - 10 AM - Bike Tour

Join a COJ park naturalist on a bike ride through a portion of the parks trail system. Please contact the naturalist Stephen Klem at for more information and to RSVP. Participation is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

Brush Up! Canvas Paint Class - Friday, January 20

Join us for a free family paint night at Gail Baker Community Center on Friday, January 20th. To participate, you must register HERE. Space is limited! 

Canine Carnivale - Saturday, February 11

The Canine Carnivale at Jordan Park will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 11. There will be fun activities, food, and entertainment for dogs, kids, and everyone to enjoy.

We are looking for dog-friendly vendors for our Canine Carnivale this year. Whether you have information or want to sell dog treats, clothing, and more, please think about registering. You can fill out an application on our website HERE. Keep in mind that space is limited.

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Movie in the Park - Black History Month - Friday, February 24

Bring your lawn chair, blanket, snacks, and bug spray (just in case) for the showing of King Richard at Jordan Park, 1671 Francis Ave., on Friday, February 24. The movie is to celebrate Black History Month and is FREE to the public. The movie will begin at sunset. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

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Tour de Parks - Saturday, March 11

Join us for our family-friendly park-to-park community bicycle ride to be held on Saturday, March 11. The 7-mile ride will provide a fun and leisurely opportunity to explore and learn about 10 of the City’s beautiful public parks in a community atmosphere. 

The ride will begin and end at Jack Russell Park and visit the following parks: Howell Park, Bull Park, Johansen Park, Jordan Park, Donner Park, Dutton Island Preserve, Beaches Veterans Memorial Park, Tide Views Preserve, and Rose Park. Participants will be escorted from park to park by Atlantic Beach Police Department.

Registration will begin on January 16!

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Wild Wonders - Saturday, March 11

Wild Wonders is proud to present "Scaly Sensations." This informative and interactive live show displays local and exotic reptiles. Children and adults are encouraged to participate in the program by holding select animals and performing small roles. Together we will explore the interesting and colorful facts of the Reptile world. 

2023 Wild Wonders

March 11 - 1 p.m.March 25 - 1 p.m.
April 8 - 1 p.m.April 22 - 1 p.m.
May 13 - 11 a.m.May 27 - 11 a.m.
June 10 - 11 a.m.June 24 - 11 a.m.

Annual Egg Hunt & Bunny Parade - Saturday, April 8

Grab your basket and hop on over to beautiful Jordan Park to join us for our annual egg hunt for kids ten and under.  Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m.

Family fun activities include:

  • train rides
  • pony rides
  • a petting zoo
  • bounce house
  • face painting
  • food and treats
  • games
  • and a special visit from “Bunny"

Admission is free.

Jordan Park is located at 1671 Francis Ave.


Arts in the Park - Saturday, April 22

Arts in the Park will be held on Saturday, April 22, at Johansen Park from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Artists say it is the best show they’ve ever done. Come out and enjoy this event with live music, face painting, food trucks, and artistic mediums of Visual Art, Jewelry and Mixed Mediums of Wood Crafting, Glass Blowing, Metal Art, and more.

If you are interested in signing up to be an artist for this juried event, you can do so online HERE beginning on NOVEMBER 21. Please let us know if you have any questions or issues. 

If you are interested in participating as a food truck, you can sign up HERE.

WellFest - Saturday, May 6

WellFest brings local health and wellness businesses into the community for a day of fitness, food, music, and fun. More details to follow or follow DiscoverWellFest for updates.

Senior Activities - Gail Baker Center

Atlantic Beach loves our Senior Citizens! Seniors, if you’re looking for something to do, join us at the Gail Baker Community Center, 2072 George St., with your friends and make some new ones.

Senior activities include:

  • Arts & crafts
  • Games
  • Social meetings
  • Aerobics
  • Health & wellness
  • And more…

Tai Chi is held every Tuesday from 11 a.m. - noon at the Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd.

*Beginning in September, Tai Chi will be held twice a week from 11 a.m. - noon: Tuesdays at Adele Grage Cultural Center and Thursdays at the Gail Baker Community Center.

Check out the Calendar of Events HERE.

For additional information, contact Shalonda Smith at 247-5851.


Photographed by Nancy Ruppert

Atlantic Beach is your beach.  Please enjoy our beautiful beaches, keep it clean, and only leave footprints & paw prints behind.

The City of Atlantic Beach allows leashed dogs on the beach, except while in the water. Please respect your fellow beachgoers. 

Weddings on the beach require a permit issued by the Recreation Department.

Please dispose of all trash and pet droppings in the trash receptacles provided at each beach access. Respect others while on the beach and be safe. Thank you for making  "your" Atlantic Beach beautiful! 

(2016 Photo Contest Submission Photographed by Nancy) 

For more information, contact the Recreation office at (904) 247-5828 or email