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Greater Jacksonville, on Florida’s northeast coast, hosts events from conventions and sporting extravaganzas to food, film and cultural festivals, art fairs, parades and more.
First Wednesday Art Walk (First Wednesday of every month, Downtown Jacksonville)
Self-Guided Tour | 5-9 p.m. | Rain or Shine
The First Wednesday Art Walk is a free self-guided tour of Downtown galleries, museums as well as cultural and educational venues on the first Wednesday of every month, rain or shine. The event will feature original work from local, regional, national and international artists at 33 Downtown venues. Plus, enjoy live music performances at more than seven venues. Free food and wine are hosted at many locations.
Free metered parking available after 6 p.m. Umbrella escorts provided by Downtown Ambassadors. For more information call, 904.634.0303, ext. 230.
Riverside Arts Market (Every Saturday, April through December)
Outdoors and on the St. Johns River | 10 am-4 pm | Rain or Shine
Spice up you Saturdays at the Riverside Arts Market, an exciting new weekly market located next to the St. Johns River under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge. It features amazing artists, a farmer's market, terrific food options and free live entertainment, as well as a Children's Creativity Corner. There's ample parking, and the market is located on the edge of the beautiful Riverside Avondale Historic district, which is well worth a stroll.
College Baseball - Jacksonville Dolphins, JSU Gamecocks, North Florida Ospreys From the crack of the bat to the slide on into home, NCAA baseball packs a wallop of home run frenzy for what’s oft called America’s favorite pastime. Diamond action starts in January, continuing through most of June. Gator Bowl Classic Fans gather to see the big collegiate game between the Big East and ACC champs at the ALLTEL stadium. Call (904) 798-1700 for more information.
PRCA Pro Rodeo The Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association presents bull riding at its best at the Equestrian Center. Call (904) 354-5547 for more information.
Monster Truck Jam Monster trucks, hot rods, and more are on tap at ALLTEL Stadium. Call (904) 630-3900 for more information.
Gate River Run Gate River Run, a 15K race along the city's roads and bridges, attracts thousands of participants and onlookers each year. Call (904) 798-9111 for more information.
Southern States Showdown Super Show The National Barrel Horse Association puts on competition for cash prizes at the Equestrian Center. Call (904) 573-3163 for more information.
Players Championship Golf Tournament Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach hosts a PGA premier spring event. Call (904) 273-3383 for more information.
St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival The Lions Club hosts live bluegrass music, arts and crafts, and quality seafood at St. Augustine’s Francis Special Events Field. Call (904) 829-1753 for more information.
Southeast U.S. Boat Show As the region’s only in-water show, the Southeast U.S. Boat Show kicks off spring at Metropolitan Park & Marina with live music, seafood and family fun. Call (904) 759-2758 and visit www.southeastusboatshow.com for more information.The Oyster Jam Music Festival, April 11-12, 2015 at Metropolitan Park in downtown Jacksonville. Live music, cold beer and oysters. Website: www.theoysterjam.com
Bausch & Lomb Championships Top women tennis pros compete at Amelia Island Plantation , 6800 First Coast Hwy., Fernandina Beach. Call (800) 486-8366 for more information.
Annual Time & Talent Auction, Golf Tournament Sponsored by the Navy Officers Spouses Association of Mayport for scholarships, the Time & Talent Auction, with gift baskets, and more, also has a golf tournament. Call (904) 270-2627 for more information.
Jacksonville Beer & Food Festival More than 130 exotic beers and food from area restaurants are ready for consumption at the Morocco Shrine Temple Auditorium. Call (904) 798-9111 for more information.
Art at the Creek With free parking next door, the West Council Chamber of Commerce stages Art at the Creek, an arts / crafts show, business expo and silent auction, street-front at Cross Creek Steakhouse on Lane Avenue. Proceeds help expand monthly benefits for various chamber charities. Call (904) 388-3727 for more information.
Fernandina Shrimp Festival Music, arts, crafts, fireworks, and shrimp galore are part of the scene in downtown Fernandina Beach. Call (800) 733-2668 for more information.
Alhambra Dinner Theatre Alhambra Dinner Theatre brings theatrical entertainment to the summer season. Call (904) 641-1212.
Antiques Show Antique buffs show, trade and sell at the Morocco Temple. Call (800) 733-2668 for more information.
Christmas in July Craft Fair This craft fair packs in holiday spirit during the height of the summer at Prime Osborn Convention Center. Call (904) 798-9111 for more information.
Fourth of July Greater Jacksonville celebrates a Fourth of July evening of entertainment at at Metropolitan Park followed by Skyblast, the First Coast’s most spectacular fireworks over the St. Johns River.Call (904) 798-9111 for more information.
Dog Days of Summer Area animal organizations gather to offer tips on canine care, with adoption opportunities and more. Call (904) 904-396-MOSH for more information.
Jacksonville Fall Boat Show & Corral Fishing boats, speed boats, cabin cruisers and more are on display at Prime Osborn Convention Center. Call (904) 630-4000 for more information.
Festival by the Sea Wine Tastings, cooking demos, live jazz, blues and reggae and special golf rates are part of the family fun at the Palm Coast’s Club at Hammock Beach. Call (904) 461-5710 for more information.
Buckler’s Crafts Fair Crafts artisans from across the nation exhibit and sell folk art, wood items, furniture, toys, dolls, bears, gourmet foods and more at Prime Osborn Convention Center. Call (904) 630-4000 for more information.
Ham Jam Ham stars at this jam with rides, crafts, music, displays food and a petting zoo at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. Call (904) 794-7535 for more information.
MOSH’s X The Museum of Science & History hosts an annual extreme benefit of culture, entertainment, science and cuisine to raise program funds. Call (904) 396-7062 for more information.
Remembrance Concert Sea Walk Pavilion on Jacksonville Beach hosts a Remembrance Concert for victims of Sept. 11, 2001. Call (904) 247-6100 for more information.
Union Civil War, Fort Garrison Historians perform activities of soldiers, blacksmiths, laundresses and hospital stewards in a performance that includes a black powder artillery demo. Call (904) 277-7274 for more information.
Amelia Island Book Festival This celebration of the written word features more than 35 authors of novels, mysteries, histories, westerns, suspense thrillers, poetry and books for youngsters. Call (904) 491-8176 for more information.
Holiday Craft Fair Garden items, stained glass, ceramics, handmade jewelry, homemade fudge and more are displayed for sale at the World Golf Village Renaissance Resort . Call (386) 860-0092 for more information.
Jacksonville Guitar Show, Music, and Arts Festival New, used, and vintage guitars and stringed accessories are bought, sold and traded at the Jacksonville International Guitar Show, Music and Arts Festival. Military, police, firefighters, Scouts and under age 12 are admitted free. Call (404) 822-1155 for more information.
Spooktacular Thousands of carved pumpkins, costumed characters, funhouses and trick-or-treaters gather at the Jacksonville Zoological Gardens. Call (904) 757-4463 for more information.
Monster MOSH Mad scientists, haunted exhibits and candy galore are on hand at the Museum of Science & History’s Halloween celebration. Call (904) 396-7062 for more information.
Jacksonville Sea & Sky Spectacular Military and flight demonstrations games, and activities and more are at this extravaganza. Call (904) 630-3690 for more information.
The Haunting of School House 4 Come see Jacksonville Southside’s newest haunted attraction Weekends Oct 4-5-, thru Oct. 31st -Nov. 2. 11112-28 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville http://www.pandemichauntedattractions...
Jacksonville Agricultural Fair Live entertainment, rides, games, food, livestock and more are on tap at Jacksonville Agricultural Fair. Call (904) 353-5458 for more information.
Jacksonville Light Parade The St. Johns River transforms into a sparkling venue with a boat parade down the river topped off by fireworks. Call (904) 630-3690 for more information.
Nutcracker Tour of Homes A free holiday home tour features residences elegantly decorated to resemble the Nutcracker ballet at World Golf Village Renaissance Resort . Call (904) 940-5050 for more information.
Ponte Vedra Art Festival This fine art festival at the beach features booths, music and food at Sawgrass Village in Ponte Vedra Beach. Call (904) 472-3755 for more information.
Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service The Northeast Florida Center for Community & Justice promotes the long-established Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Jacksonville’s Church of the Good Shepard. Call (904) 306-6255 for more information.
Trains! The Museum of Science & History’s holiday model train display, featuring 500-feet of track, moving trains, and rail history, is on exhibit through early January. Call (904) 630-3680 for more information.
Art & Antique Show Wolfson’s Art & Antique Show features arts and craft treasures at Prime Osborn Convention Center. Call (904) 630-4000 for more information.
Gator Bowl Parade Floats, giant helium balloons, and bands from across the country converge on downtown Jacksonville. Call (904) 798-1700 for more information.
Handel’s Messiah An oasis of sanity with a breather from ho-ho Santas and other commercial commotion unfolds with presentation of Handel’s Messiah at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Call (904) 354-5547 for more information.
Luminary Night A free family event features Santa, live musical entertainment, holiday crafts, storytelling, and walking tours amid thousands of tiny white luminaries on grounds of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Musuem. Call (904) 829-0745 for more information.
Shrine Bowl Area football stars take the field in the name of Shriners hospitals for Children in Orange Park. Call (904) 630-3600 for more information.