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  • Check out the Events Calendar on our website, which features more than 170 events Downtown this week.
  • From candy classes to karaoke, any given day Downtown, there’s something going on. Check out our Ongoing Events list.


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Art Walk volunteers needed
Looking for a new – and fun! – volunteer opportunity? We’re recruiting volunteers to help with our “Celebrating the Art of Jacksonville” Art Walk this Wednesday, July 1. Learn more, and sign up to volunteer here.

DVI and The Elbow announced ‘The Bender’ for July 9
Mark your calendars! The biggest party of the summer is set to rock #DTJax Thursday, July 9, from 6 – 10 p.m. “The Elbow Bender,” presented by DVI and The Elbow, will offer free outdoor concerts paired with bar and restaurant specials across Downtown’s entertainment district.Check out the full details at

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By Kristina Aviles, DVI Intern

Find your Fourth of July fun in #DTJax! Downtown Jacksonville continues its tradition as the place to be to celebrate America’s birthday. Join the community for live entertainment, activities, food and fireworks for all ages.

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Photo by Rob Futrell

Patriotic Family Festival | You don’t have to wait until the Fourth for festivities! Celebrate your faith, family and freedom at the Patriotic Family Festival. There will be a Fried Chicken Dinner, a Patriotic Service, Outdoor Festival, music, face painting, fireworks and more. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and wear your red, white and blue!

River on the Fourth of July | Join the community in celebration with events and entertainment throughout the day at three major Downtown locations below. These locations will also offer the perfect riverfront seat for the City of Jacksonville’s spectacular firework display at 9:45 p.m.

  • Shipyards on Bay Street | Perfect for the whole family, the City of Jacksonville will host fun activities like a water balloon toss, three-legged race, giant Jenga, crafts, face painting, caricature artist, live entertainment, BBQ, Jax Happenings Mini Challenges and more starting at 5 p.m. No coolers or outside food allowed.
  • Fourth of July Celebration at the Jacksonville Landing | The Landing will offer live music from 3 p.m. until 1 a.m. Performances include X Hale from 3-8 p.m. and Ivey West Band from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Head over to Fionn MacCool’s for more live music from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Attendees under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent to enter The Landing.
  • $4 Fourth of July at MOSH and Friendship Fountain Park | In celebration of Independence Day, MOSH will offer $4 admission. A trip to MOSH is a great family activity leading up to the City of Jacksonville’s fireworks celebration, which can be watched at Friendship Fountain Park on the Southbank.

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By Kristina Aviles, DVI Intern

a1When you walk into Azucena Corner Deli, you’ll find a friendly staff, meals freshly cooked with ingredients from local farmers and a wall of beer calling your name. Located in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville on the corner of Forsyth and Ocean Street, Azucena recently gained a new owner who is excited to see what this opportunity has in store.

Marlon Hubbard became an investor with the founder, Cheikh Mboup, and recently took over Azucena in March 2015 when Mboup moved out of the area. Named after the mother of Mboup’s mentor, “Azucena” also stands for a white lily flower which to them, represents purity, simplicity and a drive for growth.

When asked to describe Azucena in one word, Marlon quickly said, “community.”

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By Justin Dato, DVI Intern

Dinger show casing his cement sculptures at DVI's First Wednesday Art Walk.

Dinger show casing his cement sculptures at DVI’s First Wednesday Art Walk. Credit: @green_crete on Instagram

Would you ever think aluminum cans, water bottles and food containers can be turned into art? Well, Aric Dinger of Green Crete has a knack for seeing the potential in everyday objects and turning them into creative masterpieces. By being able to reproduce the different shapes and patterns in these overlooked items, Dinger highlights the beauty in our everyday world through his concrete sculptures.

“My technique is quite simple,” Dinger said. “I seek out interesting forms and try to capture them with concrete.

Each piece is distinctly created from different molds and geometric patterns accentuated by colors that pop, lively succulents and even tiny dinosaurs.

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June 23: 2015 CityWide Job and Resource Fair
June 27: Ocean Street Alleyway Clean Up


After a decade on the Southside, the Cathedral Arts Project has returned home to Downtown. Founded in 1993 at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, the non-profit organization works to provide access to visual and performing-arts instruction for underserved, school-aged children. Thrilled that CAP is once again Downtown, we recently caught up with CAP Chief Operating Officer Forrest Holland, who oversaw the relocation to and interior design of their new space Downtown.


The common area at CAP's new Downtown office.

The common area at CAP’s new Downtown office. Photos by DVI.

Why did CAP want to return back to Downtown?

At such a pivotal moment in CAP’s history, it never felt more appropriate to return to the core of Downtown. We made a conscious decision to position our new headquarters in closer proximity to our civic, community and cultural partners. Not only does the urban core give CAP higher visibility, but also it reflects our long-term commitment to Jacksonville’s future and participation in Downtown revitalization.

Why did you all decide on the Elks building?

If you can believe it, this was a two-year search. While there were numerous buildings with available space Downtown, very few fit our desired criteria when looking for a permanent home. When we learned about the availability of the third floor in the Elks Building, we were elated! After our first visit, I knew I wanted to do anything possible to secure this space for CAP.

By Tenley Ross, DVI Intern

Walk around Downtown, and you’ll be in awe by the modern high-rises with their sleek exteriors and windows that seem to glitter in the sun.

What might not capture your attention right away but are still impressive are the historic buildings of Downtown’s bygone eras that, thanks to visionary developers, are breathing new life.

Some of these projects were recognized in this year’s City of Jacksonville (COJ) Annual Preservation Awards and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor and Design Awards.

The Seminole Club Building (Now Sweet Pete’s Candy and The Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails)
400 N. Hogan St.

Sweet Pete's and Candy Apple Cafe and Cocktails

Sweet Pete’s and Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails

From the COJ Preservation Awards, the Seminole Club building was awarded for its commercial rehabilitation into Sweet Pete’s Candy and the Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails.

Built in 1903, the Seminole Club was a social club for men. It hosted numerous famous people including Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. Closing in 1989 after losing popularity, Restitution, Inc., an investment group, reopened the club from 1998 until 2004.

It was vacant for 10 years until Sweet Pete’s and The Candy Apple Café and Cocktails moved in late 2014. Through the renovation process, the two businesses worked with the Jacksonville Historical Society to keep the building’s historical integrity.

In addition, the new Seminole Club owners are now planning to expand the business into two neighboring historic buildings. Read more here.