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The Riverside Arts Market is Jacksonville’s premier destination for art lovers, treasure hunters, music fans and foodies alike. The Market has drawn local acclaim, national press coverage and nearly half a million visitors. Why? Because, simply put, this is the most FREE FUN you can have on a Saturday in Jacksonville.
Now in its sixth year, RAM is bigger, bolder and even better. Every Saturday thru December 21st, from 10 am to 4 pm, more than 100 juried artists showcase the city’s creative side, from handmade pottery, paintings and jewelry, to silk-screened shirts and unique accessories. RAM’s expansive Farmer’s Market features local produce,
as well as artisan breads, gourmet spreads, fresh cheeses and other tasty treats. The Market’s three stages present exceptional live entertainment, from great regional bands to barbershop quartets to bellydancers, magicians, fire-eaters and jugglers. With ample free parking, a beautiful riverfront setting and a family-friendly, community-centric vibe, RAM is your bridge to a better weekend.
Located at the end of the Northbank Riverwalk, under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge, the Market is a leisurely 15 minute stroll from Downtown Jacksonville along the St. Johns River. It also is located just 100 yards from The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and is less than a 5-minute walk to both Memorial Park and Riverside Park.
Produced by Downtown Vision, Inc., First Wednesday Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour that combines astounding visual and live art, engaging events and more in the core of Downtown Jacksonville.
Voted "Best Art Walk" in Folio Weekly's Best of Jax 2010 and 2011, and “Best Place to Meet New People” and “Best Artsy Event” in Jacksonville Magazine's Best of Jax 2012, the First Wednesday Art Walk is an art extravaganza nine years and counting.With an average of 6,000 visitors each month, the First Wednesday Art Walk is a tremendous opportunity to reach the local community to promote your business at a favorite Jacksonville event.
ced by Downtown Vision, Inc. and held each month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.—rain or shine—the monthly First Wednesday Art Walk spans more than 15 blocks that includes more than 40 galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses, plus dozens of artists in Hemming Plaza, street performers and live music. Click here to learn more about First Wednesday Art Walk!
The free festival offers live music, fresh seafood cooked in every possible way, a festival market place, surf contest, and rides and games for the entire family.
First Coast, Florida Keys and Louisiana inspired seafood cuisine will be prepared any way you like it- grilled, boiled, fried, or steamed.
Hundreds of unique and interesting original arts, crafts, homemade goods and professional services make up the Festival Market Place including rides, games, and kid’s activities.
The GATE River Run is the largest 15K race in the United States and will once again serve as the USA 15K Championship with America's top Olympic athletes competing for $85,000 in prize money. Last year over 24,000 runners and walkers participated in one of our featured events including the 15K, The Florida Times-Union 5K for Charity, the Junior River Run, and the Brooks Rehabilitation Challenge Mile.
Music meets fashion in this celebration of modern, southern living. Get ready to have fun in the sun, and see your some of your favorite artists perform right beside the beach. Discover the winners of Belk’s 2015 Southern Musician Showcase, whose music and style perfectly represent the modern South.
Jacksonville is showing the world what an awesome culinary scene it has to offer. GastroFest is a food fest that celebrates all of it, from fine dining to food trucks, from microbrews to local cookbooks, from vegans to local beef.
One Spark is the world's first crowdfunding festival. From April 7 - 12, 2015, Creators from all
over the world will exhibit ideas and projects (entries) in Venues throughout Downtown
Jacksonville, Florida. One Spark is built on the belief that game-changers emerge from dorm
rooms, garages, and small studios. The One Spark platform connects creators (entrants) with
the audience, support, and funding they need to take their ideas to the next level and beyond.
Metropolitan Park provides the perfect waterfront environment for the beer enthusiast, that is passionate about their beer drinking experience. A select group of micro brewery’s will be at The Oyster Jam. The beer goes well with the large selection of traditional festival foods along with raw and specialty oysters.
Jacksonville’s down-home oyster roast is a celebration of music and the water lifestyle. The combination of live music, craft beer and the oyster roast along the St. Johns River is a tradition to our unique culture.
2015 Oyster Jam
2015 Oyster Jam
Inspired by Gary Mack, an Atlantic Beach native artist, the Oyster Jam poster came
o life through the festival vision. The 3-day Oyster Jam Music Festival host an Arts Village full of art and exhibitors showcasing glass, jewelry, woodworking, clothing, furniture and other hand-crafted gifts.
The Oyster Jam would not be complete without the SHUCK’N CONTEST. Shuckers will compete to see who can shuck 12 of the cleanest and most appetizing oysters in the fastest time. These shuckers will go head-to-head on Sunday at 3pm to see who wins the first place CASH prize and the title The Oyster Jam Master Shucker!
Oyster Jam Jacksonville
Amazing Sound Stage and over 20 Great Bands +
Jacksonville’s first ever OYSTER COOK-OFF offers locals and area restaurants a chance to showcase their best Oyster Rockefeller and Specialty Oyster. Winners are selected with a Peoples Choice Award and local judges who include food critics, media personalities and sports celebrities.
The festival kicks off Friday, April 10th from 10am-8pm and runs through Sunday, April 12th from 10am-6pm. Admission is $10 for adults, teens and children under 16 are free with accompanying adult.
George's Music Springing The Blues, presented by MetroPCS, is a free outdoor blues music festival designed to celebrate America's indigenous musical form and promote support of the arts. The three-day oceanfront event features a number of renowned blues performers as well as numerous displays and activities geared for the entire family. It will be held at Jacksonville Beach, Florida's Oceanfront SeaWalk Pavilion on April 17, 18 & 19 2015!
This year, the fourth annual Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville, April 25 & 26, 2015.
Monster Energy's Welcome To Rockville triumphantly returns to Jacksonville, Florida's scenic Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River April 25 and 26, bigger and better than ever.
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Following 2013’s third annual event which drew over 25,000 people and garnered widespread media acclaim, the two-day destination music festival anchors the World’s Loudest Weekend and will feature a massive all-star rock lineup featuring co-headliners Avenged Sevenfold, The Cult, Rob Zombie, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch an
Staind. The initial daily band lineup for Monster Energy's Welcome To Rockville is as follows, with more to be announced:
Saturday, April 25
Memphis May Fire
We Came As Romans
Middle Class Rut
Devour The Day
We As Human
Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner
Sunday, April 26
Korn, Rob Zombie
Five Finger Death Punch, Staind
Theory of a Deadman
Black Label Society
Black Stone Cherry
Motionless In White
The Pretty Reckless
Twelve Foot Ninja
Regularly priced weekend and single day tickets for Monster Energy's Welcome To Rockville go on sale Friday, January 31 at 10:00 AM ET at www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and select Jacksonville Metro PCS locations. A limited number of two-day VIP tickets and hotel packages will also be available.
Two-day General Admission tickets will start at just $99.50 plus service fees, and single day General Admission tickets will start at $59.50 plus service fees, with GA and VIP ticket prices increasing on February 3. While supplies last, discounted weekly GA tickets will be available to military for just $69 via www.govx.com. In addition, select Metro PCS locations will be selling tickets with no service fees. For full details, visit: www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com.
Metropolitan Park offers a scenic, spacious site for Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville that’s just a few hours drive from cities including Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville, Savannah and Tallahassee, and is easily accessible by plane from around the country. Metropolitan Park is a premier 27-acre recreational facility along the beautiful St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville, Florida at 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd.
Have you ever wanted to visit a foreign country? We have your passport ready! The City of Jacksonville and local multicultural friends will bring the world to you with this fascinating cultural destination that showcases the unique diversity of our planet, and puts the wonderful sights, sounds, and tastes of different nations within your reach. So pack your bags and bring your family, friends and neighbors to Metropolitan Park for an exciting adventure around the world!
Find out who will take home the 2015 trophy this year by attending the tournament May 12-17, 2015!
Just 12 miles from Jacksonville, Fla., and 20 miles north of historic St. Augustine, TPC Sawgrass offers two championship golf courses that are open for the public to enjoy – THE PLAYERS Stadium Course, Home of THE PLAYERS Championship, and Dye’s Valley Course, host of the Web.com Tour Championship.
As the world headquarters of professional golf, the golf courses at TPC Sawgrass offer an unparalleled experience. If you are headed to Florida for a golf vacation, TPC Sawgrass boasts two immaculately-maintained golf courses, both designed by the l
gendary Pete Dye.
THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass was built in 1982 to host THE PLAYERS Championship. As the first true “Stadium Course,” the golf course was designed to improve the overall on-site fan experience. This championship-caliber golf course is accessible to all golf fans.
Working with renowned golf course architect Dye, Commissioner Deane Beman created a course design that favored no particular player or style of play. The result is a truly balanced golf course. Players find a selection of short, medium and long holes within the categories of par-3s, par-4s and par-5s; both right and left doglegs; and a course routing laid out so no two consecutive holes ever play in the same direction. With its signature island green, the 17th hole is one of the most widely-recognized golf holes in the world. This legendary golf course has captured the imagination of golf fans all over the world and is consistently named among the top golf courses worldwide.
Funk Fest Jacksonville
May 08, 2015 - May 09, 2015
Enjoy live music and entertainment next to the St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville. Featuring artists such as R. Kelly, Charlie Wilson, T Pain, 2 Live Crew, Doug E Fresh, Black Street and more.
Jacksonville’s largest pop-culture con and music festival. Collective Con will feature everything from the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy, anime, cosplay, horror, gaming and more. With media guests like Sam Witwer from Battlestar Galactica and Smallville and Phil Lamarr from Mad TV, Green Lantern and Futurama.
The Jacksonville Craft & Import Beer Festival is the largest beer festival in North Florida. This event allows you to sample some of the best craft and imported beer available and showcases the recipes of local breweries, while letting you sample food from 20+ local restaurants.
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival returns Memorial Day Weekend 2015! Top Jazz performers will play on four different stages in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville.
The 2015 Jacksonville Jazz Festival returns Memorial Day Weekend, May 21-24, 2015 in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. Talented artists from all over the country will be throughout the Downtown area on Main Street, Hemming Plaza, Snyder Memorial, The Jacksonville Landing, Laura St. and various downtown businesses and buildings.
This FREE festival will transform into a vibrant setting with multiple entertainment stages and other components! Be sure to plan your trip to Jacksonville
his Memorial Day Weekend to attend the Jacksonville Jazz Festival taking part in the core of Downtown. The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront is the headquarter hotel for the 2014 Jacksonville Jazz Festival. We have hotel special deals and packages available, click here!
2014 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Commemorative Poster
Titled: The Brilliance of Jazz
by Mike O'Connell
Michael O'Connell is an artist living in Clearwater, Florida originally from Johnson City, NY. Having graduated from the Tampa Tech School Of Art and Design, Michael has over 25 years of experience in the design field and currently works for Sharpline Converting, the country's leader of vinyl graphics.
He started his professional career as an airbrush artist for Tampa's Busch Gardens. His designs and logos can be seen through out Florida and the Tampa Bay area. Also a self-taught contemporary painter, his mixed works combine bold use of colors and imagery to make his paintings both versatile and memorable at the same time.
His works have been featured by the Tampa Bay Lightning's Celebration Of The Arts, Perdido Key Wine Festival, Blissfest Music Festival and the National CIAA Basketball Tournament to name a few.
Pedrito Martinez Group
Average White Band
Traces of Blue
the Latin Jazz All Stars tribute to Dave Valentin
Sax and the City featuring Marion Meadows & Paul Taylor
TIZER featuring Karen Briggs
Local favorites appearing at the festival include Gary Starling, Akia Uwanda, JB Scott’s Swinging All Stars, JU Jazz Combo, Unique Sound, The Katz Downstairs, Linda Cole & The Joshua Bowlus Quartet, Von Barlow, Just Jazz Quartet, and the Jazz Jam with Lisa Kelly.
More acts coming soon!
The Florida Theatre (Thursday, May 22)
Swingin' Stage presented by AARP
Breezin' Stage (The Jacksonville Landing)
VIP Packages & Preferred Day Passes
Enhance your Jacksonville Jazz Festival experience with the “Experience Jazz” or “All that Jazz” VIP Package. The package includes access to preferred seating, festival parking, swag, and more. Not coming all three days, but still want the VIP treatment? Check out our Preferred Day Passes. General admission to the Jacksonville Jazz Festival is free.
Information comming soon on how you can enhance your Jacksonville Jazz Festival experience!
Art in the Heart Downtown
5/23/2014 - 5/25/2014
The 2014 Art in the Heart of Downtown art show and sale features the work of talented artists and master craftspeople from around the country. Festival patrons can enjoy the sounds of first-rate jazz performers and browse the works of talented artists from around the nation - all in a vibrant street festival setting.
Mediums include: Clay, Digital, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture and Wood
Click here for more information on the 2014 Art in the Heart Downtown or call (904) 630-3797, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition
The Florida Theatre
Now is your time to step into the spotlight! Apply now for the 2014 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. The Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, presented by the City of Jacksonville and Keyboard Connection Pianos & Organs, has been a tradition for more than 30 years. Five finalists, chosen by a selection committee through "blind" judging, will compete for the honor of this award, a cash prize and the chance to perform on the Main Stage during the Jacksonville Jazz Festival.
Click here for more information on the 2014 Jazz Piano Competition or call (904) 630-3607, email MOConnell@coj.net
Jazz After Dark
Friday, May 23 - Sunday, May 25
10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
The City of Jacksonville will bring to you “Jazz after Dark”. Following the last act of the festival lineup each night, May 23-25, enjoy even more live Jazz from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m. Participating bars and clubs are located within a couple of blocks from the Jazz Fest stages and admission is free!
1904 Music Hall
Karpeles Manuscript Museum
2014 JJF "Off Jazz" Concert
The Florida Theatre
Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts 7 p.m.
Back this year, the City of Jacksonville will bring to you the second annual "Off Jazz" Concert. Start your festival weekend on Friday, May 23. The artist will be announced soon! Tickets will be available at The Florida Theatre Box Office or at www. ticketmaster.com. The Florida Theatre Box Office is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Youth Jazz Talent Showcase
Jacksonville Jazz Festival is a pleased to bring the Youth Jazz Talent Showcase, a live talent competition open to young jazz singers and musicians. The winner will receive a cash prize to be used expressly for the purpose of furthering his or her musical education. Finalists will perform at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival on Saturday, May 24. Winners will be selected by a panel of music adjudicators who specialize in the arts forms of traditional and contemporary jazz and blues. Trophies will be awarded to 1st-3rd place winners. Applicants must be between the ages of 7 and 21.
Sunday Jazz Brunch
Enjoy the softer sounds of jazz as you indulge in a delicious brunch.
Seating: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost: $32 per person
P1 Jacksonville Grand Prix: Powerboat and Jetski Racing
June 06, 2015 - June 07, 2015
Powerboat P1 is the fastest growing marine motorsport series in the world, while P1 SuperStock Championship is based on racing identical production boats and AquaX is an exciting coastal challenge that offers a completely new experience for watercraft enthusiasts.
Some of the best country music acts in the nation descend on Jacksonville’s EverBank Field for a weekend filled with live music and tailgating fun. With artists like Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band this event is a must for any country music lover.
An all-local festival in Jacksonville Beach with local music, local FOOD, local products. We want all the locals to be able to be a part!
The festival is located--Oceanfront Jacksonville Beach at the Seawalk Pavilion -- thus the reason we named this new festival the Seawalk Music Festival. It's local and we think the Pavilion is pretty cool!
We've selected some great local bands for a mix of reggae, hip hop fusion, pop/rock and even some classic cover tunes!
See you there to kickoff the Summer!
Stars and Stripes at the Sea Walk July 4th Celebration
July 04, 2015
Celebrate Independence Day and America’s freedom with bang at the Jacksonville Beach Sea Walk Pavilion. This exciting 4th of July celebration on Jacksonville Beach will feature live music, delicious food and drinks, fireworks, and endless family fun.
Jacksonville 4th of July Firework Spectacular Riverfront Celebration
July 04, 2015 - July 05, 2015
Join the City of Jacksonville in celebrating Independence day with live entertainment, interactive activities, food and beverages, and a spectacular fireworks display.
Attendees under the age of 21, must be accompanied by an adult 21 and older to enter The Jacksonville Landing.
Food and beverage vendors and interactive displays and activities will be programmed along the Northbank and Southbank.
Fireworks can be viewed from the Northbank and Southbank of the St. Johns River. There will be two river barges; one near The Jacksonville Landing and the other behind the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. The show will be choreographed to
special patriotic soundtrack, with audio on both the Northbank and Southbank.
Calling all college football fans! Join the City of Jacksonville for the celebration that attracts fans from far and near. Don't miss RV City presented by Winn Dixie, the Touchdown Showdown (the home of interactive games, jumbo screens to watch the big game and more), the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Corporate Village and much more! It all leads up to the big game on Saturday, October 31 at EverBank Field. Anyone who says it's just a game has never been!
The City of Jacksonville and the Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled Services Department will hold a parade in Downtown Jacksonville to honor the men and women of the United States Military who have fought to preserve our nation's freedom.
The many individuals, groups and organizations participating in the parade feature senior military officials, active-duty military, and retired military units. There will be veterans groups, JROTC units, local high school marching bands and various organizations. Adding color to the festivities, there will be decorative floats and giant balloons along the route.
If you’d like the chance to ride on
a float to honor our veterans you can enter the contest at the Make a Scene Downtown Facebook site and answer the question, “What does Jacksonville’s military mean to you?”
Beginning on Water Street at Pearl Street near the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, the parade will make a left turn left on Newnan Street and then right on Bay Street. It will continue on Bay Street to Gator Bowl Boulevard and it will end in front of Everbank Field.
Thanksgiving weekend wouldn't be complete without the Jacksonville Light Parade. Each year, more than 200,000 people line the banks of the St. Johns River to celebrate the holiday season. Seafarers and landlubbers of all ages are sure to be dazzled by the area's largest lighted boat parade.
On new year's eve in Jacksonville the crowds generally head to the downtown area, where food stalls and several stages with various entertainment keep everyone occupied leading up to the midnight fireworks display, the main ones of which are launched over the St John’s River at The Jacksonville Landing.
For those who manage to avoid too much of a hangover though the biggest party in the area actually takes place on New Years Day, also in Downtown Jacksonville, with the famous Gator Bowl Parade, previously sponsored by Winn Dixie, but now promoted by Taxslayer.com. making its way through the streets to great general acclaim and preceding
he big new year game, The Gator Bowl.
The streets in the area fill up early, so be sure to arrive in plenty of time. The New Year parade is one of many that have become a great US tradition over the years, check out some of the most popular ones on our New Year's Day page.
For the big night before though, there is plenty activity in the city to keep you entertained. The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra will be performing their New Year show at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.
For those looking for somewhere to eat out, there are plenty of local restaurants with special offers for the evening. These include Azurea at One Ocean, Blue Bamboo, Buca di Beppo, Cafe Atlantico, North Beach Bistro and Restaurant Orsay - most cuisines and cultures are represented here as Jacksonville is a particularly cosmopolitan city, and draws influences from a vast range of sources. Check out the full range of Jacksonville restaurants, with full customer reviews, here.
The TaxSlayer Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. Originally named the Gator Bowl, it has been held continuously since 1946, making it the sixth oldest college bowl, as well as the first one ever televised nationally. TaxSlayer.com became the title sponsor in 2011 and the bowl took its current name in 2014 after a new contract. The bowl is operated by Gator Bowl Sports and will be played on January 2.