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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 of city’s recreational events via Facebook!

Sign-up for up to date notices by clicking on "Notify Me" to get current updated Recreation and Special Events notices via email/mobile alerts of Atlantic Beach events.  Sign up through Notify Me.

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

Most AB Recreation Programming Temporarily Halted

For the health and safety of the public and City employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Atlantic Beach is rescheduling or canceling most Recreation Department activities until further notice; after-school programming is the exception. Also, with limited exceptions, all City-permitted activities inside recreational facilities are being rescheduled or canceled until further notice. 

Refunds are available upon request for all upcoming City-permitted events. City-permitted private events in City parks are not impacted by this decision; they are still allowed.

The City will continue to assess this ever-changing situation and determine whether future events will be rescheduled or canceled. We thank you for your understanding. For information about Recreation Department programming, email or call (904) 247-5828. Visit for the City’s COVID-19 updates.


To visit our Virtual Recreation Center click here!

COAB Virtual Recreation Center

Flag Football Registration Begins August 16!!

Registration for Flag Football will begin on Monday, August 16. Flag Football is for children ages 5-12 and fee is $10 per child. All games are played at Donner Park, 2072 George St. 

You can fill out the registration form here. If you have any questions contact Dee Davis at 904-247-4038 .

Virtual Songwriter's Concert - October 10 - 6 p.m.

This songwriter’s concert will be held virtually. Enjoy the original sounds by local talent in Gulliford Hall at Adele Grage Cultural Center. Whether you write, sing, play or simply enjoy listening to good music, plan on watching with us. Local performers will transform Gulliford Hall from 6-8 pm with original music creations that you can enjoy from your own home.  You can watch live HERE. Email for information.

Upcoming Dates

September 12 - Watch the recorded show HERE.October 10 - Watch the recorded who HERE.
November 7December 12

Movies in the Park - October 16 - 8 p.m.

movies in the park clipartBring your lawn chair, picnic basket, blanket, snacks and bug spray (just in case) for the new round of Twilight Movies at the Parks beginning September 18. These Atlantic Beach Recreation & Special Events programs are family-friendly; children should be accompanied by adults.

Here are the movies, locations, and starting times:

  • Sept. 18The Croods: A New Age, Donner Park, 2072 George St., 7:45 p.m.
  • Oct. 16Raya and the Last Dragon, Russell Park, 800 Seminole Rd., 8 p.m.

Times are for reference only. Movies will begin at sundown.

Family Fun Day & Campout Under the Stars - October 16, 4 p.m.

Mark your calendars! You will not want to miss this popular event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16 from 4 to 10 p.m. at our own Jack Russell Park. Share in the family-friendly activities throughout the afternoon and evening. All Fun Day activities are free and open to the public.  The evening ends with the showing of Raya and the Last Dragon

Families wanting to camp can reserve a campsite beginning September 1 for $15. Those who brave the overnight campout will enjoy a free pancake breakfast on Sunday morning.  You will be available to reserve your site here. For more information contact the Recreation & Special Events Department at 904-247-5828.

Acoustic Night - Bull Park - October 24, 4 p.m.

Host, Roy Peak, and friends welcome you back to Bull Memorial Park for a concert in the Park under the swaying palm trees with the ocean breeze! It doesn’t get any better than this on a beautiful evening as you enjoy the music on your blanket, in your chair, or standing around with neighbors and friends, listening to the musical talent of local singers of all ages.

Bull Memorial Park is located on the corner of 7th St. & East Coast Drive. Ride, Walk, Run, or Drive, it’s going to be a great evening! Email for information.

Upcoming Dates:

October 24: 4-6 p.m.November 28: 4-6 p.m.

Arts in the Park - November 6, 2021, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Arts in the Park,  sponsored by the Atlantic Beach Cultural Arts & Recreation Advisory Committee, is back on for November 6, 2021, at Johansen Park.

Arts in the Park is a great event we enjoy having here in Atlantic Beach. Come out and enjoy local artists exhibiting their fine arts and crafts, with some live music by local musicians, and delicious food. Original art will be available for purchase.

Food trucks include: Cosmos Kettlecorn, Frozen Sweets Truck, E&W BBQ, Sincere Saints, and Mangroves Asian Cuisine.

Contact the Recreation office at 904-247-5828 or email with any questions. For more information visit

JAZZ FESTIVAL - November 20, 2021, 2-6 p.m.

Johansen Park - 1535 Park Terrace E

Jazz Fest 2021

Jazz Festival is returning to Johansen Park Saturday, November 20 from 4 – 8 p.m. Enjoy the sounds of local jazz bands, "DeAndre Lettsome Quartet," “The Groov,” and “Blue Muse Jazz” as they serenade you under the tree canopy park. Bring your chairs and blankets, sit near the stage, and kick back and relax for an evening of jazz. 

Food and beverage provided by Culhane’s Irish Pub (ID required) and food trucks E&W BBQ, Brazilicious, Mangroves Asian Cuisine, and Boba Gals.

Senior Activities - Gail Baker Center - August 23

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

Senior activities include:

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


Tai Chi will be held on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. on Oct. 19 & 26, Nov. 9, 23, & 30, and Dec. 14 & 28.

Check out the Calendar of Events HERE.

For additional information, contact LaTrenia Thomas 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 at 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