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Riverside Arts Market
Now - December 26, 2015
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!
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.