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2018 Give and Go Kickoff
When: May 3, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.
Where: EverBank Field
The Give and Go program has raised over $750,000 for local nonprofits. Building on the momentum of the incredible 2017 Jaguars Season, Give and Go is back to help you raise even more money! You can find more information here.

DIA Urban Arts Project
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Art in Public Places and the Downtown Investment Authority announce a Call to Artists for a Request for Qualifications for Phase II of the DIA Urban Arts Project. The call solicits artists who can address streetscape aesthetics with functional and interactive public art that serves to draw attention to an outdoor urban area utilized during both daytime and nighttime. Sign up here.

Volunteer Opportunities: First Wednesday Art Walk
Help us make #ArtWalkJax a success and support Downtown’s signature monthly event! Sign up here.





#DTJax News




New businesses in #DTJax:


Now Open!


FSCJ’s 20West Cafe
20 W. Adams St.

Gili's Kitchen Logo
126 W. Adams St.

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The Justice Pub
315 E. Bay St.

Live Bakery

Live Bakery
327 E. Bay St

Coming Soon:

Burlock and Barrel logoBurlock & Barrel Distillery
417 Magnolia St.



Island Girl Cigar Bar Downtown
11 N. Ocean St.



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DVI Updates:


First Wednesday Art Walk – Crossing Bridges with the Jacksonville Symphony

Enjoy live performances by the Jacksonville Symphony throughout the evening at three exclusive locations. Pick up a passport at any of these three locations and attend all three spots for a chance to win tickets to an upcoming performance!

Jacksonville Main Library, Jax Makerspace – Jacksonville Symphony Woodwind Quintet at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

MOCA Jacksonville, Atrium – Jacksonville Symphony Double Bass Quartet at 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

Candy Apple Café & Cocktails – Jacksonville Symphony Bass Quintet at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Visit for more information.


2016-2017 Annual Report

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Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2016-2017. Read or download the PDF here.

2016-2017 State of Downtown Report

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It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville. Since the beginning of 2016, Downtown has seen more than $80 million in completed development projects, such as the Winston Family YMCA and Daily’s Place Amphitheater. More than $2 billion in projects are currently under construction or proposed. Read about currently development, employment and residential trends in this 18-month look at the progress in Downtown Jacksonville from January 2016-June 2017. Read or download the PDF here.

2018 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

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Downtown’s signature monthly event, First WednesdayArt Walk attracts 8,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 30+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses. In its 14th year, Art Walk celebrates the local art scene by featuring hundreds of artists, performers and live music acts. Be a partner today! Download the kit here.

By Ania Cajuste, DVI Intern Visiting #DTJax is always a fun and exciting experience. However, if you’re looking to include your beloved pet in your adventures, it can be a bit of a hassle when you don’t know where you’re allowed to bring them.

Here are a few of the pet friendly places and activities that #DTJax has to offer and will be open on September 6th for the First Wednesday Pet Walk.


Magnificat Café

231 N. Laura St.

Mon – Fri 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

This Parisian-style eatery is right in the heart of #DTJax. Founded by Chef Benoit, a native to Paris, France, the Magnificat Café boasts classic lunch items such as soups, salads and sandwiches.  The large outdoor seating space is perfect for pets!

Photo by: DVI

Photo by: DVI


BARK Downtown

45 W. Adams St.

Tues- Fri 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sat – Mon Closed

This fun, unique dog boutique is the perfect stop for your trip in #DTJax! Browse through their extensive collection of novelty treats, toys, designer collars and high-end grooming supplies!

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Photo by: DVI


Burrito Gallery Downtown

21 E. Adams St.

Mon – Fri: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Sat 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Sun 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This Jacksonville staple hosts a spacious front patio to hang out with your furry friend while in The Elbow. Enjoy the tex-mex menu and find out why this is one of the best-rated restaurants in town!

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The Candy Apple Café

400 N. Hogan St.

Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mon 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tues – Thurs 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sat 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The large patio space at the forefront of The Candy Apple Café is dog friendly! Stop by and enjoy the specialty craft cocktails, beer and wine selection, as well as the French-inspired menu!

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The Court Urban Food Park

37 Hogan St.

Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

First Wednesday Art Walk 5 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy lunch outside and enjoy the variety of food trucks! With plenty of shaded areas to sit and enjoy your food, this outdoor food court is great for your pet to hang out.

Photo by: Jacksonville Business Review

Photo by: Jacksonville Business Review


Hemming Park

117 W. Duval St.

Sun – Sat 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lunch and Live Music Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This park is the oldest park in the City of Jacksonville! This park is located right in the heart of #DTJax, which makes it the perfect stop for you and your dog to rest while you’re out and about.  With regular programming such as live music, it’s a great place to enjoy a day outside.

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Photo by: WJCT News


Bringing your dog out to and about can be a great experience for the both of you to enjoy, if you know where to look! Remember that each and every First Wednesday Art Walk is a pet-friendly event. Just ask a few of the dogs of #DTJax!

Bella, 4 year old Dachsund

Bella, 4 year old Dachshund

Peanut, 6 year old Pug

Peanut, 6 year old Pug

Maddie, 7 year old Cocker Spaniel

Maddie, 7 year old Cocker Spaniel

Donut, 2 year old French Bulldog

Donut, 2 year old French Bulldog

Tug, 9 year old Newfoundland mix

Tug, 9 year old Newfoundland mix

April (left), 4 year old Chow and Buddy (right), 6 year old Chow mix

April (left), 4 year old Chow and Buddy (right), 6 year old Chow mix


For more information, visit

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By Julianna Rosano, DVI Intern

We talked with Viktor Lazarev, local artist at First Wednesday Art Walk, about his Art Walk experiences and diverse artwork.

Q: What initially drew you to display your paintings at the First Wednesday Art Walk?love 022

A: I wanted to display my artwork to people of all different walks of life. Art Walk gave me the opportunity to sell my art to create a living and support my family.

Q: What aspects of Art Walk make you keep coming back as a vendor?

A: There are a few aspects that keep me coming back, but the number one reason is my friends and new customers. The atmosphere overall is great and it’s exciting, vibrant and inviting. It’s the kind of place you want to be.

Q: At what age did you find your love for oil painting?

A: I was a young kid and there was just something about it that allowed me to sink deeply into it. From the beginning, I had a feeling, an inspiration and I knew God was behind it. It was that simple.

acrylic vikQ: Where do you find your inspiration for your artwork?

A: I like to observe the world around me, even the little things can inspire me to create new artwork and there is a little piece of my soul in every painting. Mother Nature is the best inspiration for my art and being able to create something from that is a gift.


Q: What is your painting process? Do you mentally create the images first or just begin to paint and see where it leads?
A: Most of the time I think about the piece first and create a plan. Other times, it’s spontaneous and I like to create as I go.

Q: How long does it usually take you to create one of your paintings?

A: When I have a piece envisioned, it usually takes a few days to finish. But when it’s spontaneous, or as the Italians would say “a la prima,” I can finish within a few hours or so. Sometimes those pieces turn out better than the ones I try to plan.

Q: Where can people find your artwork?jax.fla.

A: Being a local, you can see me and buy my artwork at the First Wednesday Art Walk, North Beaches Art Walk, Riverside Arts Market, the Orange Park Arts Market and the Jax Beach Art Walk. You can also find my art online at or

Q: What impact do you hope to have on those who view your artwork?

A: Love. I want to impact people with love. I want to awaken love in the hearts of those who see my work, regardless of race or religion.

Q: What advice would you give to other local artists?

A: Be yourself, have good basics and constantly learn from your favorite artists. Be original and show people something they have never seen before.

Make sure to #ShareTheLove and stop by the First Wednesday Art Walk on February 1 to see more of Viktor Lazarev’s artwork.

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For more than 15 years, Downtown Vision has had the privilege of serving #DTJax by creating and supporting a vibrant Downtown Jacksonville and by promoting Downtown as an exciting place to live, work, visit and invest. DVI is closely aligned with the City of Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority in a public-private partnership and we focus on four strategic pillars:

  • Clean and Safe/Ambassador Services: In the last fiscal year, our Downtown Clean & Safe Ambassadors logged 22,000 hours to make #DTJax clean and Downtown a better place.
  • Marketing: The #DTJax hashtag reach exceeded 24 million people reinforcing Downtown as the City’s unique epicenter for business, history, culture and entertainment.
  • Information Management: We crunched the numbers to provide statistics and trends on Downtown development, employment, residential, retail, parking and more.
  • Experience Creation: Our produced events drew more than 200,000 people to #DTJax creating lively streets and supporting our small businesses.

Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments, special projects and financial information for fiscal year 2015-2016. Click here to download the PDF.


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By Je’Nisa Waugh, DVI Intern

It’s that time again to raise spirits high and glasses even higher for the 4th Annual Oktoberfest at Art Walk on Oct. 5th. Oktoberfest is an autumn festival traditionally held in Munich, Germany that features beer-drinking and cheerful festivities. With thousands of people enjoying live oompah-pah music, German-inspired dishes and a biergarten block party brewing with German culture, things can get a bit hectic.

Here are a few tips to remember while enjoying your time next Wednesday:


Tip #1 – Get There Early




An extended Art Walk event filled with beer?! One can only imagine that #DTJax will be filled with over 20,000 people trying to enjoy drinks, local art, live music and other activities. If you want to get a good seat and don’t feel like waiting in line for an hour or more, then you should get there early.

#DTJax Oktoberfest will showcase artists, dancers, musicians, brewmaster’s and so much more. With live music, enjoy a jam session at the Front Porch of the Jacksonville Landing, Hourglass Pub and 1904 Music Hall. Compete in interactive games such as a brat-eating contest, giant jenga and yardzee. Enjoy local art & artisans such as Leon Bradley and exhibits in the Southlight Gallery. Besides Oktoberfest being centered around beer, this event is also super kid-friendly with a kid zone, a carnival zone, a balloon artist, a pumpkin patch, painted pasta jewelry, face painting and more.


Tip #2 – Become a VIP



Did someone say free #DTJax swag?!

If you are looking for unlimited beer, less crowds and delicious food then becoming a VIP is the way to go. You’re already a very important person we just want you to have the experience you deserve. Get your VIP tickets today!


Tip #3 – Pace Yourself …It’s a marathon, not a race 


Attempting to chug a liter of beer for a world record sounds pretty exciting, but finding yourself sleeping on a bench or having your friends leave early to take care of you is not a great look. Plan ahead for transportation, have a designated driver or take an Uber.

Local brewing companies like Bold City Brewery, Intuition Ale Works and River City Brewing Company will be in attendance and some will be unveiling new Oktoberfest beer. You don’t want to pass out on this experience.


Tip #4 – Stay Hydrated



Yes, we realize there will be tons of beer. However, drink lots of water and other beverages to stay hydrated and hopefully minimize the upcoming hangover. Stop by the food truck village and drink water to quench your thirst.


Tip #5 – Eat Often 


Common sense, right?

There’s going to be German beer, craft beer, domestic beer and there’s even a chance to encounter some VIB’s (Very Important Beers). Trying all the different “liquid gold” can be exciting, but you can easily forget to eat.

No worries, there’s plenty of food from brat-eating, weiner dogs, giant pretzels and more, food is everywhere. Check out food truck village at the Regions Bank lot and the entire #DTJax restaurant directory.


Tip #6 – Have a Great Time

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This one is pretty simple to achieve, you would have to try really hard not to enjoy yourself. Remember these tips, put a little polka in your step and enjoy an event that is filled with good food, art and drinks.

Remember parking is free Downtown after 6 p.m. at the parking garage on the corner of Clay and Adams St. on Art Walk nights. Thanks to JTA, we have even more parking at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. If you feel far away from all the action, the Skyway is free with extended hours till 11 p.m. during Oktoberfest, so you can stay later and experience a little Art Walk After Dark, which is celebrating its one year anniversary in #theelbowjax!

For more information check out #ProstDTJax!




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So, it’s Wednesday, April 6. It may seem like any other Wednesday in #DTJax, but this Wednesday is different. It’s the First Wednesday Spark Walk. There has been some confusion over what One Spark is this year but during this transition year, the model has been scaled down to a day event. The first day will be First Wednesday Spark Walk with more of a street festival and artistic feel, while the second day, April 7, will be Creator Innovation Day at The Hyatt which is a all day conference for innovators and entrepreneurs.

We’ve put together what the day of Spark Walk will look like, what to do and where to go on Wednesday.



Grab your coffee and breakfast at The Brick or Urban Grind, it’s going to be a long, eventful day! Due to the large number of creators, Laura Street will be closed from Duval Street to Independent Drive from 5 a.m. – midnight. Intersections will still be open, but plan accordingly if you are commuting into Downtown.


If you’re coming in early, you can park at the Prime Osborn Convention Center parking lot and ride the Skyway, which will be running from 6 a.m. till 2 a.m. Spark Walk night, courtesy of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

While you’re at work, fill in your coworkers and get the office to take the afternoon off to join in the festivities!



It’s showtime! Spark Walk officially opens at noon. Take this time to grab some lunch at any of the restaurants Downtown or at the Regions Bank food truck village which is open from 11am – 2pm for lunch and 5 – 10 p.m. for dinner. The food trucks available for lunch include: Mother Truckin Pizza, Say Cheese, Delish Kabobs and 1st Coast Snowie. Dinner food trucks include: Fusion Food Truck, Pita Boss, Rocco’s Pizzeria, Funkadelic Food Truck and more. Plus, enjoy all of your favorite Hyppo popsicles all day long.

Lines too long? Take advantage of the 25+ delicious restaurants Downtown! Check out our online directory for a full list of dining options.

Look for one of the friendly volunteers wearing a One Spark shirt and grab yourself a guide – you’ll be glad you have a map.


The Creator showcase will be set up on Laura Street between Adams Street and the Front Porch at The Landing. The showcase will include more than 60 Creators with innovative ideas and inventions like Beauty for Freedom and Double Doggie. Walk around, ask questions and donate to these entrepreneurs who will set up until 10 p.m.! There is no app to download this year but many of the Creators will have their own crowdfunding.

Since you’re already in the Creator mindset, head to the Front Porch next. Outside you will find a beer garden, oversized games and local artisans and vendors. Step inside The Landing for the Idea Market with more innovators and even a robot showcase by Renaissance Jax!

The Front Porch jam session schedule is as follows:

Noon – 3 p.m. DJ Kevin Tos

3 – 4 p.m. Ryan Crary

4 – 5 p.m. DiCarlo

5 – 6 p.m. Ryan Crary

6 – 7 p.m. DiCarlo

7 – 10 p.m. In Season Tro

Don’t forget to check out the 57 participating venues around #DTJax. Stop into The W Studio 121 on Bay Street for empowerment workshops till 4 p.m. or check out Monroe Galleries Parisian Market on Monroe St.

By this point in the day, you’ve heard and seen a lot of creative inventions and ideas. How about some live music and art in the park? Head on up to Hemming Park where there will be live music from 3 till 10 p.m., along with our artists and vendors.

Enjoy sounds from many of our local favorites with this line up on the Hemming Park main stage:

3 – 5:45 p.m. RadioLove

6 – 6:30 p.m. Pine Forest Dance Ensemble

6:45 – 8:10 p.m.: Gov Club

8:30 – 10 p.m.: The Chris Thomas Band


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The fun doesn’t just end at 10 p.m.! Head over to Downtown’s Entertainment District, The Elbow, for late night leisure. Here you will find live mural painting, live music on the streets, drink specials and after dark fare at Spark Walk After Dark. From Arcade Night at Mark’s Downtown to the InstaRamp in the Burrito Gallery parking lot, there is something for everyone!


If you can’t get enough on April 6, the following day is Creator Innovation Day at the Hyatt Regency. The conference will showcase a full slate of programming focused on providing creators, entrepreneurs and business professionals with information, tools and local resources to move ideas from concept to company. If you’re interested, register here for the $20 early bird special ticket price! Following the conference, the Jacksonville Suns have their opening home game which is a great way to wrap up celebrating Downtown.

For full information on Spark Walk, visit To learn more about Creator Innovation Day, visit We hope to see everyone in #DTJax all day and all night on April 6 & 7!

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By Kristen Fields, DVI Intern

First-time Art Walk vendor, Bryan Collins, shared with us his favorite things about drawing and future plans for Bryan Collins Art & Illustration.

Q: What first brought you to participate in the First Wednesday Art Walk? unnamedHow long have you been a vendor? 

I first heard about Art Walk from patrons who found me at other art shows. I was encouraged to start exhibiting at Art Walk by Sabina Escalada, a fellow artist and Art Walk exhibitor. My first Art Walk participation was February 2016.

Q: What is your favorite thing about participating in Art Walk?  

I enjoy meeting art lovers and getting out of the studio. I am inspired by conversations I have with people who stop by my booth. I always leave feeling recharged and motivated to create new and better work.

Q: How/when did you become first interested in drawing?

Like most kids, I loved to draw and color, but it wasn’t until I was a teenager that I truly became obsessed with art. Drawing became a way to deal with the struggles of growing up.

Q: What is your favorite thing about drawing? 

Thoughts are secret and mysterious, but drawings are like maps of a person’s mind. You can tell so much about a person by what he or she creates. Art is a way to reach parts of the soul that are otherwise often ignored.oldsalt002

Q: What things inspire you to create your drawings? 

Music lyrics are a great source of inspiration for me. I see songs play out like movies in my head. I also love marine life and my guilty pleasure is video games. I sometimes make art based on all of those things; sometimes all of them at once.

Q: What are your other hobbies?

Other than the video games, I enjoy kayaking, fishing, being on the beach and spending time on my boat. I have an amazing, supportive family who does all of these things with me.

Q: What plans do you have for the future of Bryan Collins Art & Illustration? 

I have just started a clothing line called Shore Lore Apparel. All of the designs are hand drawn and we donate a portion of all proceeds to marine rehabilitation and conservancy. I plan on taking this line as far as it can go with the help and support of the people who wear and represent Shore Lore. As for my fine art pieces, I will keep pushing to make better, more emotional art and getting it out there however I can. sirensilver

Q: Do you have any good advice for emerging artists? 

Just don’t stop. Being an artist means wearing your heart on your sleeve, which can naturally cause a lot of heartbreak. Art is a roller coaster of emotion but that’s part of the experience. Don’t let obstacles, challenges and failures slow you down. Make thousands of pieces and roll with the punches. Remember your failures are opportunities to grow, so keep growing.

Interested in checking out what Bryan Collins Art & Illustration and other local artists have to offer? Be sure to check out the March 2 Art Walk from, 5-9 p.m. This month’s “Shamrockin’ Downtown” Art Walk has live music, performances, food truck village plus more! For full Art Walk details visit,