Another year has come and gone and as we leave 2017 behind, it is exciting to welcome in a new year of growth and development – not only for Downtown, but for ourselves as well! Some of the biggest resolutions made each year are to become healthier, more active and to get in shape. If you’re like the majority of us and share this goal for 2018, there’s good news: just within Downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods, there are so many resources to help keep you on track. Here are a few places to consider visiting, joining or contacting in #DTJax to help you get started and stay on track in 2018.


Anytime Fitness

100 N. Laura St. (2nd floor) | 904.723.1766

anytimeGet to a healthier place at Anytime Fitness! The friendly, professional staff is trained to help you along your fitness journey, no matter how much support you need. Membership includes a free, no-pressure fitness consultation, global access to more than 3,000 gyms, and always open 24/7 convenience. All in a welcoming club and supportive member community. Visit during staffed hours or call for an appointment today

What we love most: The class schedule! Nothing pushes you harder than group exercise and Anytime Fitness has a class for just about anything that you want to work out. Whether you just have 15 minutes to spare for an ab class or want to take up kickboxing, Anytime Fitness has a class that fits your needs. Stay up to date with class schedules and specials on their Facebook page.

Current special: Until, 2pm this Friday (January 12), new members can enroll for just $1 and absolutely no hidden fees.


First Coast YMCA

Bank of America YMCA: 50 N. Laura St. (Bank of America Tower) | 904.356.9622 | Winston Family YMCA:  221 Riverside Ave | 904.265.1775


First Coast YMCA stands for much more than just being in shape. The YMCA is an integral part of our local community and advocates for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Working out at “the Y” helps much more than just yourself, when you pay for a membership or services, you are supporting the youth and the future of our community. However, when it comes to fitness, both locations in Downtown have top of the line equipment, personnel and resources. Both locations also offer a wide variety of group fitness classes that are no extra cost. Check out the class schedules here.


What we love most: The focus on healthy living as a whole! The Winston Family YMCA offers more than just fitness classes. There is also a variety of cooking classes, support groups and family programs. Their class and program offerings are always changing, check out what they have coming up here.


Current special: First Coast YMCA almost always has a new-member special or a referral special going on. It changes often and they will sometimes hold one-day sales. Your best bet is to give them a call and find out what great deals they have at the moment.


New Jax Gym

2 Independent Dr, Suite 200 | 904.707.8276

newNew Jax Gym is a locally-owned gym in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville – located at the Landing. They offer just about everything that you can find at the larger gyms in town but the pricing structure is more flexible and competitive. Here you can find the best in free weight equipment, personal training and FitCamp, yoga and Body Blast classes. The best part? An inspiring view of the St. Johns River – no matter where in the gym you are.

What we love most: Other than the view… the pricing! New Jax Gym is extremely affordable and offers options like one-day passes and other buildable packages customized to exactly what you want and nothing more. Check out the price list here. Also, their Facebook page is always full of fresh content with helpful tips for healthy living, like their page to get updates.

Current special: There aren’t any specials currently listed but feel free to give them a call or pop in to see if there are any upcoming deals.


Dance Trance

100 N Laura Street | 904.390.0939

danceEasily the most fun way to work out in #DTJax, Dance Trance is more than just a dance fitness program. It’s a way of life centered around music and dance that helps you stay physically fit. You can tone and shape, build your cardiovascular endurance, and loose weight all while picking up “off the chain” dance moves! Though we are devastated for the loss of their San Marco studio to the hurricane, we are thrilled to now have them in the heart of Downtown in the beautiful newly renovated 100 N Laura building. If the simple dumbbell and treadmill workout bores you, Dance Trance is a great, unique and exciting way to keep your 2018 resolution alive and well.


What we love most: The culture! This is more than your average workout group… “Dance Trancers” are passionate and excited to work out, which is hard to come by. Not to mention, there are all types of class-goers – old, young, male, female, tenured and brand new – the classes are diverse, speaking to just how universal the workout actually is.


Current special: 30 days for $30 trial pass. New local residents that have never been in a Dance Trance class before can now get a 30 Trial pass for $30! 


Run, run, run!

#DTJax is constantly hosting races that benefit different organizations. Here are a few that are coming up:


January 13, 2018 | The Jacksonville Landing
The 4th Annual Best Damn Race Jacksonville features a Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K on January 13, 2018. Best Damn Race ® is a running series created for runners by runners. Our goal is to provide a big race experience at a local race price. It doesn’t matter if you are an elite runner, first timer, walker, or using a baby jogger, we want you to have the best DAMN race experience.


January 20, 2018 | Burrito Gallery-Brooklyn/Riverside | $20 – $40
Reach out and feed someone! The Color Me Fed Run/Walk will start/finish at Burrito Gallery-Brooklyn running down Riverside Ave. to Water Street headed to toward the TImes-Union Performing Arts Center. As runners pass the CSX building they will turn (RT) on S. Pearl Street for 2 blocks to the Northbank of the Riverwalk where they will head South along the riverbank passing the YMCA turning (RT) on Forest St. for one block. They will then take a (LT) on Riverside Ave for 1 quick block turning (RT) on Edison Ave. to Park St. where they will go (RT) proceeding toward the Prime Osborn Convention Center. At which time runners will take a (RT) on Waters St. toward Riverside Ave taking a (RT) and head back to Burrito Gallery for a Color Bomb AFTER PARTY till 12 noon.


February 10, 2018 | Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center | $15 – $30
5K participants earn the signature Running Ribbon medal and experience the best Downtown Jacksonville has to offer! The 5K will be a timed event. The Family Fun Run will be a FREE family friendly up to 1 mile run or walk. The course starts and finishes at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, home of the DONNA Expo.


March 3, 2018 | Cowford Chophouse | $25-$45
This family friendly event will consist of a one-mile fun run to begin at 9:30 a.m. and a 5K, which will start at 10 a.m. There will be a post-race block party on Bay and Ocean Streets, which will include music, beer, and food. Additionally, they will be honoring our generous sponsors with a VIP rooftop brunch reception. Medals will be given to all finishers and an award ceremony will follow the race completion. Each participant will receive a race bag with specialty items from sponsors.

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The countdown to 2018 is on! Before you make New Year’s Eve plans, be sure to check out all of the events going on in #DTJax! From parties to performances, there’s a celebration for everyone.

  • Dec 30 @ 7:30pm: 2017 Jacksonville Light Boat Parade: The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without the Jacksonville Light Boat 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. The night is capped off by a dazzling fireworks display featuring the famous sparkling waterfalls on the bridges of the St. Johns River. zz
  • Dec 30 @ 9 pm: New Year’s Eve Warmup at Myth Nightclub: Free entry all night long featuring $25 bottles of champagne.
  • Dec 31 @ 2 pm: VyStar New Year’s Eve Run: “Run for a Child” by making a $10 donation to Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Every donor will receive a red arm band for a child who is a patient at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. When you cross the finish line of the Vystar 5k, you will know that every step you ran is helping to raise funds to care for sick and injured children.
  • Dec 31 @ 9pm: A Roaring New Years Eve at The Volstead: Swing on by for the biggest night of the year! NYE 2018 is coming up and The Volstead has got you covered (with FREE COVER), plus signature cocktails, a free champagne toast at midnight and dancing the night away with sweet, hot jazz from The Rub. Celebrate Volstead’s four year anniversary and properly send off 2017.
  • Dec 31 @ 10 am: So Long, ’17 Brunch at Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails: When New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday, a special celebration is in order. Send off 2017 in delicious style with the whole family at The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails. The restaurant’s daily brunch menu, mimosa flights, mimosa popsicles, and Bloody Marys will be available, as well as other specials.

  • Dec 31 @ 9:30 pm: Toast: A New Year’s Eve Celebration at Cowford Chophouse: Ring in 2018 with Cowford Chophouse! Join them for fireworks, views and a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration offering a select premium OPEN bar in partnership with Grey Goose, bar snacks and a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight!
  • Dec 31 @ 5 pm: New Year’s Eve Black Tie Masquerade at Myth Nightclub: 4 Rooms of Sound, international DJs, dancers & performers, full VIP experience, red carpet, photo ops, party favors, noise makers, complimentary Masquerade Masks, $5 Stoli martinis, vodka Redbull & jack sours until midnight, open bar and VIP options available.
  • Dec 31 @ 9 pm: New Year’s Eve Concert & Afterparty hosted by the Jacksonville Symphony: Internationally acclaimed performer Tomáš Kubínek brings hilarity and charm to the Symphony stage in a work of grand music, madcap brilliance, and old-world panache. Stay after the concert for the New Year’s Eve After-Party, featuring the Chris Thomas Band! Dancing, champagne, and the best view downtown of the fireworks at midnight. Party tickets are not included with concert ticket and must be purchased separately.
  • Dec 31: The Art of NYE at Downtown Cigar Lounge: December 31st make plans to bring in the New Year with DCL at the Art of NYE 2018 in the Elbow District of Downtown Jacksonville. Featuring party favors, balloon drop, passed hors d oeuvres, and a champagne toast at midnight.
  • Dec 31 @ 9 pm: Southbank NYE at River City Brewing Company: River City Brewing Company is stepping it up another notch this year with the Southbank New Year’s Eve Bash. Not only will the Bar Lounge and Deck be open, the Main Dining Room will be transformed into multiple bars & DJs, a large dance area and VIP seating with Bottle Service. The best deal in town also includes spectacular views of the fireworks, with the St. John’s River & the Downtown skyline as a beautiful back drop!
  • Dec 31 @ 7pm: New Year’s Eve Karaoke Party at Hourglass Pub: No Cover, doors at 7! Karaoke and dance hits all night with your favorite KJ John Bridges. View Downtown fireworks and watch the ball drop and enjoy a champagne toast at midnight!
  • Dec 31 @ 9 pm: Lex Jax VIP New Year’s Eve Party at Lexington Hotel & Conference Center: Ring in the new year at Lexington Hotel & Conference Center’s VIP rooftop deck event! Enjoy butler passed hors d’oeuvres, a free champagne toast and a view overlooking the beautiful St. Johns River. This event is $50 (parking included). So, come out and kick off 2018 the right way! zzz
  • Dec 31 @ 7 pm: Breezy Jazz Club’s Inaugural New Year’s Eve Extravaganza: Breezy Jazz Club will be bringing in the new year with The Famous Doug Carn playing from 9:30pm – 12:30am. Of course they’ll have the countdown before midnight with a complimentary champagne toast for all! There will be several activities throughout the night, starting at 7pm including a 50/50 raffle, giveaways, and more.
  • Dec 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Jacksonville Landing: Downtown Jacksonville is the place to be this New Year’s Eve and The Jacksonville Landing is where to celebrate and ring in 2017! The New Year’s Eve Celebration will feature live music, food, drink specials and fireworks! Best part? This event is free!
  • Dec 31 @ 9 pm: 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve River Bash at The Jacksonville Landing: presented by The Jacksonville Landing and Just A Pinch Cafe & Catering. Everyone wants to be at the epicenter of the NYE Entertainment and now you can! Private VIP access to Jacksonville’s NYE Bash on the River.  Don’t deal with the crowds and enjoy the best views for the fireworks on our balcony or dance the night away while enjoying picturesque views of the historic St John’s River. Get your tickets here for the all-inclusive NYE party for you and your friends to ring in 2017 with music, food, drinks and fireworks!
  • Dec 31 @ 8:30 pm: New Year’s Eve Bash at Unity Plaza with the band Vox: Ring in the New Year at Unity Plaza with the popular band VOX JAX. HOBNOB will have a full cash bar in the plaza.
    Brixx will be open all night. Eat on their patio or take out to the plaza to enjoy the concert. Ticket includes a champagne toast at midnight and $5 towards a purchase of $10 or more at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza.
  • Dec 31: Florida Theatre’s 2017 New Year’s Eve Drawing: Enter to win two tickets to every show in 2018! Tickets are a suggested $20 donation. Buy your ticket online, in the Box Office (904-355-2787 ext 0) or from an usher at a show!
  • Jan 1 @ midnight: City of Jacksonville Fireworks


Whether you’re looking to avoid the crazy traffic at the mall or want to find that special gift that no one else will have… #DTJax has everything you need! If you can’t find what you’re looking for, be sure to check our directory as well.

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Retail stores:

Wolf & Cub

205 N. Laura St.

Looking for one-of-a-kind vintage finds, tees, jewelry and nicknacks? Wolf & Cub is a reasonably priced boutique with unique finds that make the perfect gifts. From vintage leather jackets to candles, greeting cards, makeup and antique glassware, you can be sure that no one else will show up to Christmas with the same goodies.

Sports Mania

Sports Mania is #DTJax’s one stop shop for official Jags, Gator and Nole gear. Plus, they carry original designs that can’t be found anywhere else. You can find  everything from jerseys to tees, koozies and accessories. If you have a sports fan on your shopping list, you’ll want to swing by Sports Mania.

AJ Reese Clothiers

Easily the most fashionable men’s clothing store in #DTJax, AJ Reese specializes in custom clothing and exclusive designer apparel. Check out their  instagram to see some of their latest styles. If you have a fashionista on your list, pay AJ Reese a visit at the Jacksonville Landing. We don’t blame you if you walk out with a thing or two for yourself.

Aly Cat Gifts

We love Aly Cat Gifts’ personalized gifts for any special occasion… but especially the holidays! Mostly everything in the store is made my Aly herself. Have a wine bottle engraved, customize an engraved sandstone or bring in your own item to personalize. Check out everything Aly can do and some of her past work on her Facebook page.


Woof! Shopping for a fur child or a crazy dog person? Bark Downtown is the best place to find treats and goodies for pups and humans alike. Pick up some homemade (and adorable) dog treats, a new toy or a t-shirt and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to pet some dogs while you’re there.

Jacobs Jewelers

You can never go wrong with fine jewelry. Whether you’re looking for a ring, necklace, watch or even a clock, the owners are happy to help you find the best gift. Visit the showroom today to view the extraordinary selection of fine jewelry and more.

Lucy’s Gift Boutique

Located inside Brooklyn Station, Lucy’s Gift Boutique is a one-stop-shop for trendy jewelry, handbags and accessories. They carry popular brands like Alex & Ani, Pandora, Vera Bradley and more.

Pink Nickel

Also located inside Brooklyn Station, Pink Nickel has an amazing selection of women’s  clothing. One of the best things about Pink Nickel is that they get new arrivals every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so there is always a fresh selection of different options and sizes! The boutique carries regular and plus sized clothing as well as shoes and has a large sale rack. You can even check out the selection online and head to the store to pick up your gift!

Uniquely Soap

Bath bombs, body butter, dog soap, lotion, body oils and more – Uniquely Soap has it all. The store has a unique collection of handmade soaps that you can’t find anywhere else. Browse the shop and discover the variety of fragrances they provide in soap, lotion or body butter form. The owner, Sabrina, can also design special products for any occasion such as weddings, birthdays or other events!

Wine Decadence

The name says it all. If you have a wine lover on your list, Wine Decadence is a must. Their wine selection is unparalleled; you can’t find anything quite like it anywhere else in #DTJax. You can buy it by the bottle or as a collection with multiple bottles. They also sell accessories like wine growlers, electric corkscrews, t-shirts and more. The best part about shopping at Wine Decadence? You can sample wine while you’re in the store!


Gift shops:

Having so many office towers and museums in #DTJax also means we have so many gift shops! Check out these gift shops for cute nicknacks, cards, souvenirs and accessories:

Gift Emporia – Omni

MOSH Gift Shop

MOCA gift shop

Tower Gifts


Spa services: 


Natural As I Wanna Be (NAIWBE) is a hidden gem making big strides in organic based spa treatments in Jacksonville. NAIWBE is dedicated to providing the most natural path to wellness and relaxation. Receive Spa treatments such as massage, facials, manicures and pedicures with products that are 100% organic and free of harmful chemicals. Grab a gift card or pick up some all natural skincare products and give the gift of relaxation!

Daniel James

Daniel James is Downtown’s only Aveda salon and is known for their quality hair color, cuts and styling. Surprise a special someone with a gift card for a day of pampering. They also sell Aveda hair and skin products which make great gifts and stocking stuffers.


Happy Thanksgiving from the entire staff at Downtown Vision! We are extremely thankful every day for all of the people who share and support our passion for Downtown Jacksonville; for every one who visits, works, or lives Downtown. Thank you for making it the great place that it is.

Though there are countless things to be grateful for in Downtown, our CEO, Jake Gordon came up with a list of some of the things we have been especially thankful for this year

Jake Gordon, CEO: 

Screen Shot 2017-11-23 at 8.44.53 AMI’m thankful for my kids and all the awesome experiences we have in DTJax. They are 7 yrs old & 4 years old.

In just the last year, we:
  1. Saw Santa at HobNob & had a great brunch afterwards
  2. Cheered on the Jumbo Shrimp!
  3. Got healthy & tired in the Gate River Run & Junior Gate River Run, then drank chocolate milk.
  4. Had sunset dinner at River City Brewing Company
  5. Watched awesome The Little Mermaid by FSCJ at Times Union Center
  6. Cheered on the Gators at SEC Gymnastics Championships at Jax Arena
  7. Ran the Donna 10K and the Donna Family Fun Run
  8. Played with so many legos at MOSH
  9. Ate SO much candy at Sweet Pete’s
  10. Caught Odd Squad from WJCT at Historic Florida Theatre
  11. Walked in lots of pink in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 10K by American Cancer Society starting at Metro Park
  12. Trick or treat’ed on the street, in places like Peterbrooke, Wolf & Cub, Urban Grind and Chamblins Uptown
  13. Witnessed a home win at EverBank Field by the rejuvenated Jacksonville Jaguar
And that doesn’t even count First Wednesday Art Walk, the incredible kids section at the Main Jax Public Library, JazzFest, Intuition Brewery Family Game Night, Riverside Arts Market and so much more!
Jacksonville is a great place to raise a family. And when you need to have fun with the kids, there’s ALWAYS something in DTJax.


Screen Shot 2017-11-23 at 8.47.55 AMKat Hardwick, VP of Marketing:
It’s going to sound cliche, but working and spending time in DTJax has brought so many incredible people into my life – people who are passionate about making a difference in the City, people who have become the best of friends, people who just brighten my day each time I see them – I even met my husband here in Downtown. Of all the things I love about DTJax and all the things I’m thankful for my DTJax community is number one, no contest.


Elizabeth Odom, Communications & Research Manager:
I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Downtown Vision team, to work among a group of passionate people, and for all of the great people I have met so far Downtown. I’m thankful for our hardworking Ambassadors and all of the work they did in the aftermath of Irma to get Downtown back in tip-top shape. I’m thankful for all of the people who support Downtown Jacksonville and it’s development – it’s an exciting time to be Downtown and I’m grateful to be a part of it.


Alexandra Abreu-Figueroa, Events Manager:
Definitely the Ambassadors, great food options, coworkers and everyone who attends and supports First Wednesday Art Walk every month!


Ari Sinudom, Marketing & Events Assistant:
I am incredibly grateful to become part of such an inspiring, hardworking and passionate team at DVI, both as an intern and a marketing assistant. These men and women are best role models, mentors and co-workers I could hope for. Outside of DVI, I’m thankful for the ability to work in Downtown and make a difference in the community, as well as all the sports teams, restaurants, art galleries and other small businesses who make DTJax well… DTJax. I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.



Prepare your dirndls, lederhosen and beer steins, the 5th Annual Oktoberfest @ Art Walk is just around the corner! Here is your guide to all of the artists, vendors, activities, specials and freebies at Oktoberfest:

The biggest Art Walk of the year, Oktoberfest @ Art Walk returns with fan-favorites, polka band Dan Witucki and Mein Heimatland Musikanten and German folk dance performances by Dansational. Enjoy a traditional tapping of the keg featuring Bold City Brewery’s German Chocolate Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale at 6 p.m. and Oktoberfest-themed contests throughout the night. All this and more hosted by TANK from X102.9 in Hemming Park.

shop1Hemming Park • Check out local artists: ABDUL, Artzy Fartzy Petz, Automotive Fine Art, Aviation Art Store, BijuBee Jewelry, Copper Head, Cross Workshops, LLC, Imaginarium Gifts, James A. Lacey, Kai Indie Jewelry, LJ Designs, Lemoree, mochi + bella, Pandora’s Boxes, Phoenix Art, Teresa Cook Art, Thestraldust Designs, Stenotab Handmade, Steven Teller Arts and Viktor Lazarev; and vendors: The Hyppo, 904 Happy Hour, European Street Café, Mensa of Jacksonville, Operation New Hope, Bad To The Bone Pet Care, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, American Pharmacists Association at University of Florida, The Florida Theatre, Generation and Leaf Filter. Plus, enjoy art by live mural artist Cody Edwards.

Kinder Zone on Laura Street • Features interactive mural art by Jax Kids Mural Project, a magician from Crossroads Magic, a balloon artist Skip Bressler, My Gym and other fun activities.

rwf_0007_RF8_1099 copyCarnival Zone on Laura Street • Enjoy America’s Got Talent juggler David Ferman, Wiener dog derby races and life-sized games including: Connect Four, Jenga and corn hole.
German & Craft Beer Tents • Five Art Walk beer tents will be located in Hemming Park, along Laura Street and in Regions Bank Food Truck Village, and will serve up: Bold City Brewery – Dukes Brown Ale, Killer Whale, Mad Manatee, 1901 Red Ale, Intuition Ale Works – 1-10 IPA and Easy on the Eyes, Wicked Barley, Mackenzie’s Pumpkin Cider, Spaten Oktoberfest, Tücher Weiss, Full Sail Oktoberfest. Beginning Thursday, September 21, the public is welcome to pre-purchase a block of drink tickets, redeemable at the official Art Walk beer tents. Drink tickets are $5 and good for either beer or wine at Oktoberfest. Purchase four tickets and get a fifth ticket free. Visit for more details and to purchase drink tickets.



Corner of Laura Street & Independent Drive • Join the American Planning Association and Downtown Vision for the reveal of the official “Great Street in America” marker celebrating Laura Street. A brief presentation will be lead by Downtown Vision CEO Jake Gordon at 6:30 p.m. Meet folks who were instrumental in the redesign and construction of Laura Street.

frontporchThe Jacksonville Landing • Hang out at #FrontPorchJax at The Jacksonville Landing and enjoy live music by a traditional Oktoberfest band and One Step Above The Law Brass Band, cold beer and free souvenir beer steins, plus fun competitions and amazing local vendors and food for the entire family to enjoy.

The 5 & Dime, A Theatre Co. • Artists Crystal Floyd and Eric Gillyard are on display and Eva Dead and her zombie friends will be creeping around sharing information on EVIL DEAD: the musical opening Friday, Oct. 13.

The Florida Theatre • Indulge in a free, behind-the-scenes tour at 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. and an “up close and personal” look at the prized auditorium chandeliers during #ArtWalkJax!

MOCA Jacksonville • Browse current exhibits and enjoy free admission. From 5-8 p.m., get creative during Art Fusion with inspiration from current gallery exhibits. Be sure to grab a bite at NOLA MOCA, located inside.

Main Library • Visit the Jax Makerspace’s exhibit, “Survive to Thrive: Life Beyond Sexual Violence”, enjoy an exciting performance by the Argentinian Tango Dance Troupe from 7-8 p.m., and experience the amazing live drawing performance by Marisa Yow.

Southlight Gallery • Features guest speaker Kevin Arthur from 4-8 p.m.



Chamblin’s Uptown & Café • Come chat with Adelaide Thorne for her second book signing from 5-8 p.m.


Coniferous Café • Experience the official launch of Nickname Zine, a zine project by Hurley Winkler and Aysha Miskin. Performances by LANNDS and Cheech Forreign. Plus view original art by Aysha Miskin, which will be featured throughout the month of October.

Regions Bank • Enjoy artwork and hear about how the organization I Still Matter uses the power of art to help provide mental health solutions. Visit Hope at Hand, Where is the Sunshine, OCD Jacksonville, All I Know, Inc., Healing Women Healing Nations Northeast Florida, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Mental Health America of Northeast Florida, National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mind Over Music Movement, Inc. to learn more about Mental Health Awareness week.

Visit Jacksonville • Photographer Mark Krancer will be available at Visit Jacksonville with the iconic shot of the Life Statue during Hurricane Irma, “Life in the River.” A large portion of proceeds will be donated to Memorial Park Association to help with repairs.



Regions Bank Food Truck Village • Devour delectable food from Delish Kebabs, Twisted Okie, Son of a Butcher, Mother Truckin Pizza, Fusion and Zoe’s Italian Ice. Also, enjoy live music by Melodist Brynn and Darren Ronan beginning at 5 p.m.

The Court Urban Food Park • The Court will be transform an entire city block into a Blocktoberfest street party featuring food trucks, cold beer, games and even a climbing wall from 5-8 p.m. on Hogan Street and Sister Cities Street.

The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails • Enjoy an extended food-and-drink happy hour and a half-off kids menu until 7 p.m. Grab a glass of the special Art Walk Punch for $5.

Element Bistro & Bar • The ultimate Vegas experience is coming to perform for one night only in Jacksonville on Oct. 4, so plan to be part of the biggest ladies night ever at the 2017 Magic Mike Tour from 8-11:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the doors. Must be 21+ to attend.

Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant and Pub • Wear a kilt and get a free beer! Kilt Night and Whiskey Wednesday features whiskey flights and a Prime Rib dinner special. Plus, enjoy live Irish music with Spade McQuade from 6-9 p.m.

River City Brewing Company • Take advantage of $20 all you can drink wine and appetizers from 5-8 p.m. Park at RCBC and ride the Skyway from the San Marco station to Hemming Park for free!

Zodiac Bar & Grill • Enjoy belly-dancing performances while you savor food and drink specials throughout the evening.



Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 3.41.21 PM1904 Music Hall • The Main Squeeze returns with Duval’s own Top Shelf People opening the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the doors. All ages are welcome!

Dos Gatos • Sip on cocktails and listen to live music at Downtown’s original lounge (no cover).

Hourglass Pub • Wear your traditional Oktoberfest garb and drink the best beer made from the standards of the German Beer Law. Enjoy live music by Man Darino, Lurk City and friends, karaoke with DJ Howl, contests, prizes and German food.

Myth Nightclub • Myth Nightclub presents XXCess Wednesdays featuring free entry until midnight; free wine tasting and $2 drink specials. Experience the region’s best artists, dancers, performers and DJs.

The Volstead • Catch live music by The Rub from 9 p.m. until 12 a.m.

10+ Museums & Galleries
19+ Live Music & Performance Venues
21+ Hot Spots Open After 9 p.m.
58+ Total Stops

PARKING: Free street parking after 6 p.m. The Downtown Garage at Adams and Clay streets offers free, covered parking Art Walk night, courtesy of Elite Parking Services. (Enter on Clay Street.) Or park and ride the Skyway, running until 10:30 p.m. Art Walk night.

MORE INFORMATION: Full First Wednesday Art Walk information is available at Full Art Walk After Dark information is available at Art Walk is produced by Downtown Vision, Inc. with sponsorships from: PRI Productions, Downtown Investment Authority, Intuition Ale Works, Bold City Brewery, Make Believe Costumes & Dancewear, 904 Happy Hour, The Hyppo, Regions Bank, Chamblin’s Uptown, X 102.9, Hot 99.5 and Easy 106.1. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, email

About Downtown Vision
Downtown Vision is a not-for-profit organization revitalizing Downtown through clean and safe initiatives, experience creation, marketing and information management. Created by commercial property owners through a self-assessment and governed by a board representing Downtown property owners, DVI administers a 90-block Business Improvement District. For more information, visit

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Downtown Jacksonville and surrounding neighborhoods saw historic flooding on Monday due, in large part, to Hurricane Irma.

Screen Shot 2017-09-13 at 4.08.29 PMDTJax Ambassadors were back in Downtown Tuesday morning to assist in cleanup efforts. We would like to give a big shout out to J.L. Trents,  Pita PitBig Pete’s, and Brick Coffee House providing meals to our ambassadors! We are so grateful to work with such awesome businesses Downtown. See more on the cleanup efforts here.

As Jacksonville recovers from the hurricane, many people have asked how they can help. We’ve compiled information below on where to give, cleanup initiatives, discounts for first responders, resident and business resources and more.


First Coast Relief Fund

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Created in 2016 to aid with Hurricane Matthew relief and to establish a permanent disaster relief fund, the fund was created by and is administered by the United Way of Northeast Florida, United Way of St. Johns County, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville.
100 percent of all gifts received go to local relief efforts. Any unspent funds will remain in the fund to maintain a permanent disaster relief fund for Northeast Florida.
Donate here.


Urban Core Cleanups

Click for more information about each cleanup in Downtown and our surrounding neighborhoods.


Benefits & deals for first responders

  • The Jacksonville Symphony opens its 2017-2018 season this Saturday, September 16. In response to Hurricane Irma, the Symphony is pricing all remaining tickets at $50. In addition, the Symphony is designating 100 complimentary tickets to victims of Irma and our community’s first responders. These tickets may be obtained by contacting the Ticket Office at 904.354.5547. All profits from the concert will benefit the Community Foundation’s First Coast Relief Fund.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars are donating tickets to Sunday’s game to First Coast residents who have been impacted by Hurricane Irma. Residents are invited to apply for donated tickets below and will be randomly selected and notified accordingly. This offer expires on Thursday, September 14 at 5 p.m. EST. Register here.
  • Spliff’s Gastropub is offering 15% off for first responders through Friday, 9/15.
  • Hourglass Pub gives $1 off drinks to first responders every day.
  • Bold City Brewery is offering 20% off drinks for first responders through the end of September.
  • Anytime Fitness is open for free showers to non-members, victims and first responders starting today until 5:30 p.m., Thursday 9-5:30 p.m., and on Friday 9-2 p.m.
  • Chamblin’s Uptown gives free coffee to first responders every day.


Resident Relief

Disaster Relief & AssistanceFREE guides and checklists to help disaster survivors navigate the complex recovery process, avoid costly mistakes and make smart decisions that will lead to a faster recovery. Learn more here.


Business Relief

Thanks to our friends at JAX Chamber for the following information:


  • Florida has Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program for interest-free loans of up to $25,000. Learn more about the program here.
  • The Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center has links to complete damage assessments and apply for emergency loans. Read more and apply here.
  • Businesses in Clay and Duval counties are eligible for Small Business Administration Disaster Loans. Click this link for more details.



The following businesses are open to anyone without power in need of a place to work:

Voting for Bold City Best 2017 is open! Support Downtown and vote for your favorite #DTJax businesses. Here’s a helpful list of Downtown businesses that fall into each category.

Begin here. Happy voting!

Best outdoor dining:

River City Brewing Company
Basil Thai & Sushi
Benny’s Steak & Seafood
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza
Burrito Gallery Brooklyn
Burrito Gallery Downtown
Chart House
Cinco de Mayo
Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant and Pub
Hemming Park Cafe
Lanna Thai Sushi

Best Concert/Event of 2016/2017:

First Wednesday Art Walk
Jacksonville Jazz Fest

Best Kids Entertainment:

Museum of Science & History
Jax Makerspace
Jacksonville Childrens Chorus

Best Summer Camp:

MOCA Summer Art Camp
Museum of Science and History – Summer Discovery Camp
Peterbrooke Chocolatier Day Camp
The Florida Ballet Summer Programs
The 5 & Dime Theatre Summer Camp

Best Trivia Night:

Burrito Gallery Downtown
Burrito Gallery Brooklyn
GLHF Game Bar
Hourglass Pub

Best Fitness Center/Gym:

First Coast YMCA
Anytime Fitness – Downtown Jacksonville
New Jax Gym
Winston YMCA

Best Live Theatre:

5 & Dime
The Florida Theatre
FSCJ Artist Series
Cathedral Arts Project
Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum

Best Live Music Venue:

The Florida Theatre
1904 Music Hall
The Jacksonville Landing
Daily’s Place
Veteran’s Memorial Arena
Maverick’s at the Landing

Best Farmer’s Market:

Riverside Arts Market

Best Liquor Store:

Happy Landing

Best Unique Shop:

Wolf & Cub
Chamblin’s Uptown
AlyCat Gifts
BARK Downtown
Pink Nickel Boutique
Lucy’s Gift Boutique
Tower Gifts
Lucy’s Gift Boutique
Art Center Cooperative (Jacksonville Landing)
Chamblin’s Uptown
Gift Emporia – Omni
Sweet Pete’s Candy

Best Boutique:

Wolf & Cub
The Pink Nickel – Brooklyn
A.J. Reese Clothiers

Best Vintage Shop:

Wolf & Cub

Best Nail Salon:

Marilyn Monroe Spa – Brooklyn

Best Hair Salon:

Daniel James Salon
Drybar – Brooklyn
A Cut Above Salon
GTB Salon

Best Local Celebrity:

Jake Gordon

Best Place to Work – Small:

Downtown Vision, Inc.

Best Art Gallery:

Southlight Gallery
Space Gallery
The Art Center
Jax Makerspace
Art Center Cooperative (Jacksonville Landing)
Daryl J Bunn Studios
Gallery 1037 at at Reddi Arts
Studio Zsa Zsa Lapree

Best Dental Office:

Downtown Dental Associates
Great Expressions Dental Center

Best Eye Care Practice:

Jax Vision Care

Best Jewelry Store:

Jacobs Jewelers
Barnett Jewelers
Hana & Her Sister Jewelers
Harby Jewelers
Hemming Plaza Jewelers
Fox Jewelry & Loan

Best Gift Shop:

Lucy’s Gift Boutique
Aly Cat Gifts
Tower Gifts
MOSH Gift Shop
Museum Shop @ MOCA

Best Hotel:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jacksonville Riverfront
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Lexington Hotel & Conference Center – Jacksonville Riverwalk
Omni Jacksonville Hotel

Best Special Occasion Restaurant:

Morton’s Steakhouse
Ruth’s Chris
Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails
River City Brewing Company
Wine Cellar

Best Bar/Pub:

Hourglass Pub
Dos Gatos
The Volstead
Element Bistro & Bar
Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant and Pub
Jaxx Sports Bar
Zodiac Bar & Grill
JBar in Omni Hotel
Myth Nightclub
Bay Street Bar & Grill
De Real Ting Cafe
Bay Street Bar & Grill
Burrito Gallery Downtown

Best Sports Bar:

Jaxx Sports Bar
Hooters at The Landing
Jacksonville Sports Tavern
Bay Street Bar & Grill

Best Local Brewery:

Bold City

Best Burrito:

Burrito Gallery – Downtown
Burrito Gallery – Brooklyn
Burritos Puebla
Cinco De Mayo

Best Taco:

Burrito Gallery – Downtown
Burrito Gallery – Brooklyn
Burritos Puebla
Cinco De Mayo

Best Coffee Shop:

The Brick Coffee House
Urban Grind Coffee House
Public House Coffee
Coniferous Cafe
Chamblins Uptown

Best Barbecue:

The Bank BBQ
Jenkins Quality BBQ

Best Sushi:

Kazu Sushi Burrito
Saki House
Basil Thai Restaurant
Lanna Thai Sushi Jax

Best Thai:

Saki House
Basil Thai Restaurant
Lanna Thai Sushi Jax

Best Mexican Restaurant:

Burrito Gallery – Downtown
Burrito Gallery – Brooklyn
Burritos Puebla
Cinco De Mayo