We all know the 4th of July weekend is the busiest time of the summer. But you don’t have to save the fun and festivities just for the 4th of July! Here are some activities you and your family can enjoy all week long.

 

Lighting the Fuse

 

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Chattanooga Lookouts

When: July 1- July 3 |  7 p.m.
Where: Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville | 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.

The Jumbo Shrimp are celebrating Independence Day by wearing specialty patriotic jerseys. A special treat for fans that catch the game on July 3, sit back and relax as you and your family watches one of the largest fireworks displays in the city after the game! This is perfect if you’re planning to go out of town on the 4th but still want to see some fireworks in #DTJax.

For more information on ticket prices and parking, visit their website.

 

First Wednesday Art Walk at Downtown Jacksonville

When: July 3 | 5-9 p.m.
Where: Downtown Jacksonville
Cost: FREE

If your not a big sports fan but still want to be outside enjoying the July weather, you and your family should stop by Downtown’s First Wednesday Art Walk on July 3! Art Walk is a free event and a relaxing way to spend time with your family during the 4th of July week. You’ll also get the chance to meet local artists, buy their creations and becoming a part of the rapidly growing art & culture scene in Jacksonville. Details.

 

 

SILENT DISCO at Myth Nightclub

When: July 3 | 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: Myth Nightclub | 333 E. Bay St.
Cost: Free before 10 p.m. – General Admissions: $10 | 21+ is FREE

Just because Art Walk ends at 9 p.m. doesn’t mean the party is over. Stick around and experience the nightlife of #DTJax! Myth nightclub is hosting a Silent Disco featuring 5 different channels of music with over a dozen of the Regions best DJs.

Check out their link to get more details on prices for door entry.

The following is this week’s issue of the #DTJax Weekly Update e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.

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Instagram of the Week 

 

Photo by @chromodrone

 

Tag your Downtown photo #DTJax for a chance to be featured.

 

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Tuesday, May 7
Wednesday, May 8
Thursday, May 9
Friday, May 10
Saturday, May 11
Sunday, May 12

 

Live Music & Nightlife 

Tuesday, May 7
Wednesday, May 8
Thursday, May 9
Friday, May 10
Saturday, May 11
Sunday, May 12
Monday, May 13

 

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#DTJax News

 

 

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Downtown Vision Updates:

 

YMCA Group Workout Classes at Corkscrew Park
Just in time for the summer fitness crunch, we’re partnering with the Winston Family YMCAand City of Jacksonville to bring you FREE group workouts at The Corkscrew – #DTJax’s new outdoor public gym located on the Northbank Riverwalk in the shade of the Acosta Bridge.
Starting on May 14, these certified personal trainer-led classes take place each Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. so bring yourself and a friend and get your sweat on. (Bathrooms & water fountains on site.)
Downtown Vision’s Jake Gordon on Completely Booked Podcast!
Jake sat down with Jacksonville Library’s Completely Booked to talk about what DVI is currently working on, and some updates on big projects like the future of the Jacksonville Landing and the Laura Street Trio renovation. He also shared some book recommendations from his kids!
Listen to the podcast here.
Thanks for going on A Journey Through Jacksonville at #ArtWalkJax!
Thanks to everyone that came Downtown for #ArtWalkJax!
Check out next month’s Art Walk: 6th Annual Bold City Brewery Summer Sizzle on
June 5 featuring the release of Bold City Brewery’s Big John’s Apricot Wheat Ale, Green Makers Market by Jacksonville Main Library and Trash Panda, live music, local art, 35+ participating venues and more! Details.
NEW! Adam Street Eats: Visit featured restaurants on Adams Street during Art Walk like Breezy Jazz Club, Gili’s Kitchen and Kazu Sushi Burrito. Pick up discount coupons at participating venues as well as the Art Walk tent on the corner of Laura and Monroe St. at Hemming Park.

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

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About Downtown Vision:

 

2017-2018 Annual Report
 
Have you ever wondered, “what exactly does DVI do in a year?” From expanding the Ambassador program by 50% to installing 80,000 LED lights for the “Lights on Laura” installation to topping 100,000 followers on @DTJax social media, check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2017-2018. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
2017 State of Downtown Report
 
It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville! As we watch Downtown potential turn into action, we have a lot of successes to celebrate. Read about current development, employment, and residential trends in this 12-month look at Downtown Jacksonville’s progress. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
 
 
 
2019 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

 
Downtown’s signature monthly event, First Wednesday Art Walk attracts 5,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 35+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars, and businesses. In its 15th 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: Brooke Lasky, intern

It goes without saying that being a mom is one of the toughest, most rewarding jobs out there and not a day goes by where we aren’t grateful for all the hard work and sacrifices that moms across the world make for their families. Mother’s Day is a special chance (but c’mon… every day is a new opportunity!) to say “THANK YOU MOM”.

Whether it’s a weekend with the whole family or just a girls trip, here’s some activities you can do in #DTJax with your mom to make her feel special this mothers day weekend!


Breakfast of Champions

Grab a fantastic brunch with mom to start off your day! Check out:

20 West
Café Nola
First Watch
Juliette’s Bistro (Omni Hotel)
MLG Jax
River City Brewery
SHOR Seafood & Grill (Hyatt Hotel)


Shopping & Beauty: #TreatYourself

Give your mom the day off by sending her to the spa, shopping and grabbing a sweet treat!

Sweet Pete’s Candy
Wolf & Cub– vintage finds including jewelry, clothing and more!
Bellezza Nails Spa


Fun Around #DTJax: You Only Live Once

Mother’s Day is a fine time to take your mom on a guided boat tour of Jacksonville’s St. John’s River. If she’s adventurous, she might love to spend the day kayaking, sailing or fishing!

Museums

o Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
o Museum of Science and History (MOSH)

Self-guided tours of #DTJax Murals

Water Activities
o St. Johns River Taxi
o Kracken Cycle BoatsGo Tuckin’ Tours
 

Nightlife & Events: Leave the Kids at Home

 

7th Annual Jacksonville Dance Theatre in Concert
Saturday May 11th at 8 p.m.

Jacksonville’s own critically acclaimed professional modern dance company returns to present its 7th annual dance concert at The Florida Theatre! It’s a show you won’t want to miss! Tickets available here.

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Sunday May 12th at 7:30 p.m.

Be sure to enjoy a great performance from Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet at Daily’s Place and rock out to some great hits! Get your tickets here.



Here’s to all of the moms out there! May we humbly say that you’re simply the #BESTMOMEVER. Thank you all for everything you do every day.

Don’t forget to check out our Events Calendar for everything going on in #DTJax as well as our Directory to learn more about all the restaurants, shops and nightlife spots to enjoy. And of course, if you’re coming downtown and don’t know where to park don’t worry! Check out parkdtjax.com for helpful information!

The following is this week’s issue of the #DTJax Weekly Update e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.

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Instagram of the Week 

 

Photo by @uqt

 

Tag your Downtown photo #DTJax for a chance to be featured.

 

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Tuesday, April 30
Wednesday, May 1
Thursday, May 2
Friday, May 3
Saturday, May 4
Sunday, May 5
Monday, May 6

 

 

Live Music & Nightlife 

Tuesday, April 30
Wednesday, May 1
Thursday, May 2
Friday, May 3
Saturday, May 4
Sunday, May 5
Monday, May 6

 

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#DTJax News

 

 

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Downtown Vision Updates:

 

TOMORROW: A Journey Through Jacksonville at #ArtWalkJax!
Make your way Downtown for May’s Art Walk: A Journey Through Jacksonville featuring the Folk It Up music festival in Hemming Park & the Jax Makerspace in the Main Library, MOCA Jacksonville’s screening of “El Desencanto,” a performance by a Jacksonville Symphony ensemble from 6-7 p.m., and Southlight Gallery’s “Now & Then: Our 10 Year Journey Thru Downtown” art show.
NEW! Adam Street Eats: Visit featured restaurants on Adams Street during Art Walk! This month, visit Breezy Jazz Club, Gili’s Kitchen and Kazu Sushi Burrito. Pick up discount coupons at participating venues as well as the Art Walk tent on the corner of Laura and Monroe St. at Hemming Park.
Plus, don’t forget about the Vagabond Flea, local artists, 35+ participating venues and 15+ block of programing in #DTJax. Details.

 

 
 

YMCA Group Workout Classes at Corkscrew Park
Just in time for the summer fitness crunch, we’re partnering with the Winston Family YMCA and City of Jacksonville to bring you FREE group workouts at The Corkscrew – #DTJax’s new outdoor public gym located on the Northbank Riverwalk in the shade of the Acosta Bridge.
Starting on May 14, these certified personal trainer-led classes take place each Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. so bring yourself and a friend and get your sweat on. (Bathrooms & water fountains on site.)
Congrats to our VP of Marketing – Kat Hardwick!
Kat was recently honored as a 40 Under 40 Awardee by Jacksonville Business Journal on Thursday, April 25.
Congratulations, Kat! We’re proud to have you in DVI’s corner and are grateful for the experience, passion and dedication you bring to Downtown Jacksonville every day.

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

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About Downtown Vision:

 

2017-2018 Annual Report
 
Have you ever wondered, “what exactly does DVI do in a year?” From expanding the Ambassador program by 50% to installing 80,000 LED lights for the “Lights on Laura” installation to topping 100,000 followers on @DTJax social media, check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2017-2018. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
2017 State of Downtown Report
 
It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville! As we watch Downtown potential turn into action, we have a lot of successes to celebrate. Read about current development, employment, and residential trends in this 12-month look at Downtown Jacksonville’s progress. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
 
 
 
2019 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

 
Downtown’s signature monthly event, First Wednesday Art Walk attracts 5,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 35+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars, and businesses. In its 15th 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.

 

 

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By Brooke Lasky, Intern

Spring has sprung, which means Easter is finally here! Discover the perfect brunch location or festive event to celebrate the holiday and create memories with your family in #DTJax!

Jacksonville Passion Play

Friday April 19-22 at 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Jax Passion Play and First Baptist Church of Jacksonville

The 2019 Passion Play features a choir, cast and orchestra of over 400. “The Well” tells the story of 4 women’s adventure in Jerusalem and the transforming power of encountering Jesus face to face.

Make plans to come early and enjoy the whole Passion Play experience including the marketplace, petting zoo, and art show! All activities open 1 hour prior to the performance.

There are 5 different show times, all free and open to the public
Click here for more details on showtimes!

Learn more at fbcjax.com/passionplay or send us a message at Jax Passion Play.

Easter Keg Hunt – Adult Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, April 20 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Meet at Crispy’s in Springfield

Jacksonville’s most popular, adult scavenger hunt, The Easter Keg Hunt, will take place on Saturday, April 20th in Historic Springfield. Solve clues, learn history about what made Jacksonville the Bold City of the South, and embark on Jacksonville’s Best Adult Scavenger Hunt with your friends and coworkers.

Teams will compete for their chance to win over $2,000 in beer, prizes, and trophies! The top 10 teams will win prizes and trophies. Costumes are encouraged. “Best Team Name” and “Best Dressed Team” also receive prizes. Teams this year can consist of up to 8 people.

Running shoes are encouraged. The scavenger hunt will take place on foot in a 20-30 block radius.

For questions and sponsorship inquiries, email charles@904happyhour.com

Easter Brunch Buffet

Sunday, April 21 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
River City Brewing Company

 

Reservations are recommended and seating is limited.
Reservations are not available to be made online
and can only be reserved by calling (904) 398-2299.

 

 

 

Easter Brunch at The Lex
Sunday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m.

Lexington Hotel & Conference Center

Gather friends and family for food and fellowship with our regionally inspired Easter Brunch at Pier 1515 Restaurant, located inside the newly renovated Lexington Hotel on the Southbank of Downtown, near San Marco.

View the food & drink menu here.

Reservations suggested, but not required:
904.396.5100 x7165

 

NOLA MOCA’s Easter Brunch

Sunday, April 21 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
MOCA Jacksonville

Get some brunch this Easter Sunday at NOLA MOCA. Museum admission is included with brunch purchase. Call 904.224.0113 to make your reservation today!

Members receive 10% discount.
$30 Per Adult / $9 Per Child Under the age of 10
Check out the menu here!

 

Other Ideas:

Looking for some Easter goodies? Check out some of these sweet shops to satisfy your taste buds!
Mocha Misk’i
Peterbrooke
Sweet Pete’s Candy

Or, if you’re wanting to visit more Downtown locations on Easter with the family, you can explore these places:
Friendship Fountain
Hemming Park
Jacksonville Main Library
MOSH
Riverwalk

Meaningful Easter traditions create lifelong memories. Start your new Easter tradition in #DTJax!

If you are worried about parking this holiday weekend, don’t be! We’ve got a list of available parking spaces in Downtown Jacksonville. Plus, there’s plenty of other events, dining and nightlife to explore! Check it all out in our Directory.

4 Ways to Celebrate St Patty’s Day in #DTJax!

By Brooke Lasky, Intern

St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner and we’ve prepared a list of the events/activities that you can only find Downtown!

So wear your green and celebrate the luck of the Irish the right way this year in #DTJax!


Yappy Hour St. Puppy’s Day


Everyone is Irish at Yappy Hour!

Yappy hour is back at the Jacksonville Landing!

Enjoy this free, dog-friendly event featuring festive drinks and treats, raffles, pet vendors, giveaways and activities to keep you and the pup busy! Do you think your pup has what it takes to become the “King or Queen of Green”? Dress up your pooch in their best GREEN attire and enter in the contest to take home the title! Plus, sign up for the beer drinking contest (dog and owners); pups will drink Bowser Beer and parents will drink green beer!

For vendor information, please email info to @jacksonvillelanding.com.

Don’t Worry. Be Yappy. Details.


St. Patrick’s Day Food Truck Takeover

Join our friends at Hemming Park for the 2nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Food Truck Takeover! There will be delicious food, cold beer, traditional music and much more! This year they are introducing a “Waggin’ Wagon Parade” with cash prizes for best-dressed pet and best-decorated bike or wagon!

Enjoy some of your favorite food trucks like the Cuban Fire Grill, Happy Grilled Cheese, Treemendous Sea and Soul, Viva La Familia, Treemendous BBQ, Saffron Mediterranean, El Mariachi Loko, Waffle Stop Express and Island Dream!

Get ready for another year of Food Truck Takeovers! Details.


St Paddy’s at Fionn’s

Get ready for THE PARTY of the Year at Fionn’s!

Right on the St. Johns River inside the Jacksonville Landing, Fionn’s MacCools will be hosting a free event featuring live music, Irish food specials, drink specials, giveaways, Irish dance performances and more! They will also be serving Irish breakfast from 8 -11 a.m., followed by an Irish buffet 11 a.m. to close.

Enjoy special performances by Danny Boy, Legacy IRISH DANCE Academy, Jimmy O’Solari, Rathkeltair, DjSeven Brown all throughout the day! PLUS, Pipes and Drums (Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Dept) will also be planning to celebrate!

This celebration also includes a photo booth to capture your St. Paddy’s Day memories and face painting for the kids (and adults who want to be kids again), making it a perfect party spot to celebrate the day in Downtown! Doors open at 11 a.m.

Mark your calendars now because you won’t want to miss this! Details.


Myth Nightclub Presents: St. Patrick’s Day Party

Head to Myth Nightclub and enjoy music, dancers, arts, décor, culture and more this St. Patrick’s Day Weekend! This showcase features the regions best house and techno music on the Myth Terrace hosted by Myth’s very own Mike Shea.

Doors open at 9 p.m. but be sure to head to Element Bistro for drinks and dinner starting at 4 p.m.

VIP, Express Entry and Discounted Tickets Available here!


Nearby Breweries

o Bay Street Bar and Grill
o Bold city Brewery
o Dos Gatos
o Intuition Ale Works
o The Justice Pub
o The Manhattan
o Spiff’s Gastro Pub
o The Tavern at Hyatt Regency
o The Volstead

These are just a few ways to celebrate your St. Patrick’s Day weekend in #DTJax! For more details check out our Events Calendar for everything going on Downtown as well as our Directory to learn more about all the restaurants, shops and nightlife spots to enjoy. Be sure to visit parkdtjax.com for any of your parking concerns!

By: Brooke Lasky, Intern

When: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Where: Cowford Chophouse
Time: The 1 Mile starts at 9:30 AM & the 5K starts at 10:00 AM
Registration: Runners can register to participate in the one-mile fun run for $25 and the MOO-VE IT 5K for $35 here.

This Year’s Event

Cowford Chophouse is proud to announce that its third annual MOO-VE IT 5K will be held downtown on March 2 in remembrance of the late Michael Liles, former executive director of the Justice Coalition. The race will benefit the Justice Coalition, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of innocent victims of crime in the five-county area of Northeast Florida.

The course will start and finish in front of Cowford Chophouse. Participants will run by the Jacksonville Landing and then out and back along the Northbank Riverwalk.

There will also be a post-race block party on Bay and Ocean Streets, which will include music, beer and food for race participants. Medals will be given to all participants and top finishers will be recognized at an award ceremony. Each participant will receive a race bag with specialty items from event sponsors.

Training Program

Additionally, race sponsor Winston Family YMCA has partnered with Cowford to conduct both a “Couch to 5K” and “Couch to 15K” training program for 30 individuals total with 15 in each program. Individuals can sign-up to take part in this six-week training program, including three group running opportunities per week at the Winston Y, as well as additional fitness education sessions. Participants can register by emailing Ryan Parker, Winston Y Healthy Living Director, at rparker@fcymca.org. Space is limited, so sign up now!

These local organizations are coming together to raise awareness and funds for the resources that support those who’ve been impacted by violent crime – and encourage the community to get involved!

Recapping Last Year

Featured: Ashley Lynch 2x champion of MOO-VE IT 5K

Last year, the MOO-VE IT 5K benefited the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center in their
work as the Northeast Florida direct service provider for the Open Doors Outreach Network.

Open Doors is a public-private partnership administered by Voices for Florida, which improves care, coordination and outcomes for commercially sexually exploited and trafficked children and young adults up to age 24. All the funds raised assisted the organization in receiving a grant match for this program!

More information here.