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.

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By: Brooke Lasky, Intern

Unsure of your plans for Valentine’s Day? No need to stress! We mapped out your whole night with that special someone (or your squad) for a perfect evening in #DTJax.

Head for drinks and appetizers to start off your night right!

The Volstead | 115 W. Adams St.

Head to the Volstead to start off your night. It’s an old-school jazz club vibe and high-end bourbon, whiskey and scotch, have captured the hearts of the coolest happy hour crowd around.

Drop in this Thursday and enjoy drink specials from 4-6 p.m. and then again from 10 p.m. until close! If you are looking for a spark, try their Baked Apple Sazerac. Get ready to sit back and watch the light show—it’s something you’ll have to see to believe!

River and Post | 1000 Riverside Ave. #100 

The latest and greatest place to impress a date with valet service and an unbeatable view of the St. Johns River and Downtown Jacksonville! Including outdoor couches and fire pits that complement the snazzy rooftop bar that serves all the way until 2 a.m. In case of inclement weather, there’s a retractable roof and a connected indoor bar that allows you to still enjoy the view!

Dos Gatos | 123 E. Forsyth St.

If you’re looking for a happy hour with some character, Dos Gatos is the place to be! Dos Gatos is Jacksonville’s original cocktail lounge located directly across from the Historic Florida Theatre. The art of the cocktail is on display nightly as the talented staff create real drinks for people who like real drinks. The most diverse selection of spirits and a healthy beer list, as well. Try one of their signature drinks, the Red Dawn, a modern spin on a classic mule perfect for Valentines Day!

Dinner and a show

Fionn MacCools Irish Pub |2 W. Independent Dr. 

Bring your Valentine to Fionn’s for a three-course dinner special plus wine specials from 5-11 p.m. Make your reservation before Wednesday, February 13 and receive another 25% off (for a TOTAL of 50% off) a bottle of their featured wines, or a bottle of Piper Sonoma Champagne for $25! Details.

NOLA MOCA’s Valentines Day Dinner | 333 N. Laura St.

Enjoy a three-course prix fixe dinner with a glass of champagne, free gallery admission and a free Movie on the House film screening of My Beautiful Launderette in the MOCA Theatre. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with dinner and a movie? The experience goes from 5-9 p.m., with the film begining at 7 p.m. So, make your reservations early if you plan to catch the movie! Details.

Make your reservations today for NOLA’s Valentine’s Dinner by calling NOLA MOCA at 904-224-0113.

1904 Music Hall | 19 Ocean St. 

1904 Music Hall Presents: THE WERKS and Custard Pie! This concert is open to all ages and features eclectic music for all. Doors open at 8 p.m. and you can purchase tickets here.

Breezy Jazz Club |119 W. Adams St. 

Join the Breezy Jazz Club as they host their Red and Whites Valentine’s Day event! It’s all about the romance with live jazz with Eric Carter at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door and includes chocolate strawberries and champagne! What’s more romantic than that? Details.

Florida Theatre |128 E. Forsyth St. 

Jo Koy is one of today’s fastest growing comics, selling out comedy clubs and theatres across the country on his Break The Mold Tour. Jo is known for his explosive and infectious energy onstage and this Valentine’s Day, he is performing at the Florida theatre at 8 p.m.! Purchase your tickets now and get ready for a great laugh! Details.

Omni Hotel | 245 Water St.

If you are ready for some dinnertime sleuthing, then check out The Dinner Detective’s shows at Omni Hotel from 7-10 p.m.! This interactive, murder-mystery dinner is a full night of fantastic entertainment.

The evening begins with cocktails and mingling. But be on the lookout, because the murderer will be mingling too. While you enjoy a four-course plated dinner, new clues will come up, new characters will be introduced and everyone will turn into a suspect. Be the first person to figure out who done it, and you could win the “top sleuth” prize for the evening!

Omni Hotel in Downtown Jacksonville also has a Valentine’s Day package that features a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and a full American breakfast! Details.

Intuition Ale Works | 929 E. Bay St.

Come out for a night of hilarious comedy and great local brews from 8-10 p.m. This comedy tour takes top comedians who you’ve seen on TV and sends them out on the road to perform at breweries and wineries throughout the country. Find out which local wines pair best with hysterical laughter when The Brewery Comedy Tour comes to Jacksonville! Details.

Take a walk and enjoy a picnic

If you’re looking for a peaceful and romantic spot for Valentine’s Day to enjoy a nice walk in the park, then take a trip to Hemming Park Downtown! The view gives you a fantastic view of the heart of Downtown Jacksonville and of course some peace and quiet with your sweetheart.

Friendship Fountain is another great option that also offers a beautiful river view! The newly renovated fountain has been the meeting place for many couples over the years. Some locals may even believe the fountain has mystical powers! This park is even a perfect spot for a wine and cheese picnic followed by a walk along the riverbanks watching the city light up!

Valentines Day Sunset Cruise for two!

Join the River Taxi for a Valentine’s Cruise Thursday night from 5-7 p.m. on the St. Johns! Listen to live music by Dave Med Music while enjoying views of a beautiful sunset and sipping complimentary champagne. Details.

Galentine’s Day

Don’t have a boo? No problem! This Valentine’s Day, indulge in a night out with your gal pals and experience all #DTJax has to offer!

Happy Hour

MLG at Sweet Petes| 400 N Hogan St.

Celebrate GALentine’s with your girl squad. Join Sweet Pete’s and MLG for a special happy hour perfect for a little girl time on Wednesday, February 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Each ticket includes Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, two glasses of Prosecco and a Sweet Pete’s Chocolate Tasting. Details.

 

River City Brewing Company’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Party | 835 Museum Cir.

Not a fan of Valentine’s Day? Go celebrate NOT being a fan of Valentine’s Day or being single with The Kalani Rose Duo hosted by River City Brewing Company from 5:30-9:30 p.m.! Head to their website for a close look at their Valentine’s Day Pre-fix menu! Details.

While you’re in the neighborhood, 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 (over 43,000 parking spots), don’t worry! Check out parkdtjax.com for helpful information (‘cause we’ve got your back!).

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Can you believe that 2019 is right around the corner?!?! 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.

Arts and Culture

4th Annual NYE River Bash

When: Monday, Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.
Where: Jacksonville Landing

Enjoy a night of libations, delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts, dancing and free swag! Plus, get a VIP viewing of the City of Jacksonville fireworks to ring in the New Year. The event is 21 and up. Details.

 

 

Jacksonville Symphony Presents: New Years Eve from Vienna

When: Monday, Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.
Where: Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts

The toast of the town! Join Courtney Lewis and the Jacksonville Symphony for another unforgettable New Year’s Eve. The evening begins with an elegant Viennese program, followed by the best New Year’s party in town with the Chris Thomas Band and capped by a perfect view of the fireworks on the river at midnight! Details.

 

 

 

 

Kuumba A New Year’s Eve Kwanzaa and African Ball

When: Monday, Dec. 31 | 8 p.m.
Where: The Ritz Theatre and Museum

Enjoy a Kwanzaa program including dinner, dancing and cocktails! There will be a Best Dressed African-Inspired Male and Female contest as well as champagne toast at midnight. The event is 21 and up. Details.

 


MOCA New Year’s Eve Party

When: Monday, Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.
Where: MOCA Jacksonville

Mark your calendar for downtown’s destination New Year’s Eve bash. The event kicks off with the VIP Catalyst Cocktail Hour and Dinner in the second floor gallery, followed by the Countdown Bash: an indoor/outdoor dance party featuring Mama Blue, DJ Catharsis, live art performances, fabulous eats by NOLA MOCA and an open bar throughout the night. The event is 21 and up. Details.

 

 

 

 

Family Fun

Downtown Dazzle Lights and Music Display

When: Monday, Dec. 31 | 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Jacksonville Children’s Chorus

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus is proud to present its 4th annual downtown holiday celebration by illuminating the outside of its downtown office, located at 225 East Duval Street with festive lights synchronized to recorded songs of the season. Holiday, Christmas and Hanukkah songs will be broadcast on 94.5 FM radio for onlookers to enjoy. Details.

 

 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks presented by the City of Jacksonville

When: Monday, Dec. 31 | 12 a.m.
Where: Along the St. Johns River

Say goodbye to 2018 and ring in the New Year at midnight with a spectacular fireworks display over the St. Johns River. Make your way down to the waterfront with friends or family before midnight to snag a great seat for the festivities. Fireworks will begin exactly at midnight. This year fireworks will be launched from a barge on the St. Johns River between the Hyatt and Double Tree hotels and high above the St. Johns River from the Acosta Bridge. These locations are able to be viewed from both the North and South banks in Downtown Jacksonville in addition to viewing from Brooklyn and under the Fuller Warren Bridge where the Riverside Arts Market is held. Details.

 

Live Music and Nightlife

Delfeayo Marsalis: New Years Eve

When: Monday, Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.
Where: Breezy Jazz Club

Breezy Jazz Club is bringing you the BEST this New Year’s Eve! Ring in the New Year with Jazz Trombonist, Composer and Record Producer, Delfeayo Marsalis! Tickets are $100 per person and include price of entry for the live concert, dinner form our New Years menu, and Champagne! VIP seats available for $125. After Party from 1 a.m. – 4 a.m. featuring Mama Yo and The Bad Boys of Soul! Details.

 

The Main Squeeze New Years Eve

When: Monday, Dec. 31 | 8 p.m.
Where: 1904 Music Hall

After forming in 2010 at Indiana University, The Main Squeeze began selling out clubs to frenzied college students in just a few short months. Their captivating live performances have since earned them a devoted national following and even caught the interest of legendary producer, Randy Jackson, who produced their latest album Mind Your Head. The dynamic 5-piece is currently based in Los Angeles. Details.

 

 

 

New Year’s Eve 2019 Black & Gold Affair

When: Monday, Dec. 31 | 5 p.m.
Where: Myth Nightclub

Enjoy a red carpet, photo op, party favors, complimentary champagne and live music at the wildest NYE party in Jacksonville. The event is 21 and up. Details.

 

 

River City Brewing Company: #SouthbankNYE

When: Monday, Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.
Where: River City Brewing Company

Dance the night away on the outside bar deck to count down the New Year under a 5ft Disco Ball, THE largest in NE-FL! VIP includes a private bar, wooden dance floor, light food bites and a wrap-around balcony for outstanding firework viewing pleasure! Details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sports, Health and Fitness

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

When: Monday, Dec. 31 | 7:30 p.m.
Where: TIAA Bank Field

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl New Year’s Eve Celebration – with scheduled appearance from Cole Swindell. Concert is playing to the south endzone. Details.

 

 

 

While you’re in the neighborhood, 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. If you’re coming downtown and don’t know where to park (over 43,000 parking spots), don’t worry! Check out parkdtjax.com for helpful information.

We hope to see you and your family out and about in #DTJax to ring in 2019. Downtown Vision wishes you and yours a very Happy New Year!

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11/26 | The Piano Guys: Christmas Together — Florida Theatre

Back by popular audience demand, The Piano Guys unite traditional Christmas, classical and pop music for their new holiday show Christmas Together.  Christmas Together, the group’s latest holiday album, debuted at #8 on the Billboard album chart, and features the songs “What Child Is This,” “Mary Did You Know,” “Ode to Joy to the World,” and more. 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.”

 


11/29 | 99.1 WQIK: Jingle Jam for St. Jude — Times-Union Center

“Only 500 tickets available for sale. Last year’s Jingle Jam featured Midland, Lauren Alaina, Granger Smith, and Love & Theft, now they’re big stars! This year’s future stars at 99.1 WQIK’s Jingle Jam for St. Jude are the singer of “My Girl” and “Hooked,” Dylan Scott, American Idol winner and currently touring with Rascal Flatts, Trent Harmon, MCA Artist Clare Dunn, and from RCA Records, Rachael Wammack. 7:30 p.m.”


11/29 — 12/28 | Jacksonville Historical Society: Gingerbread Extravaganza — Old St. Andrews Church

“Visitors enjoy gigantic, creative gingerbread creations built by chefs, bakers, architects, engineers, culinary school students, families, young people, and other individuals. These tasty creations are placed on display at the Jacksonville Historical Society’s Old St. Andrews, immediately across the street from the Veteran’s Memorial Arena.”

General Times
Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays

* Special Times *
Dec 09, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Sunday) New
Dec 13, Gingerbread by Candlelight 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (special evening event)
Dec 17, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. New
Dec 24 & 25 Closed
Dec 26 & 27, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. New
Dec 28, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


12/1 | Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2018 — Florida Theatre

“Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz returns with his annual Christmas tour. Joining him to perform fresh renditions of Christmas classics, and holiday hits from their respective catalogs are Grammy-nominated Jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair, vocalists Jonathan Butler and smooth jazz keyboardist Keiko Matsui. 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.”

 


12/1 | Santa Photos @ First Saturday Brews — Riverside Arts Market

Come have your picture taken with the big man himself at Riverside Arts Market from 10am-2pm Saturday, December 1st!  Photography provided by Figure 8 Studio for $5 and benefits Friends of Jacksonville Animals.

 


12/2 | Holiday Movie Series: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — Main Library

“Throughout the month of December, join us at the Main Library for holiday movies! This week we will be showing National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. Rated PG-13.  Free and open to the public. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.”

 


12/5 | Holiday at St. James — City Hall at St. James

“Celebrate the holidays at the Holiday at St. James Celebration and Tree Lighting. The free event will feature live entertainment, holiday treats and more fun for the family! The celebration will culminate with the lighting of the St. James Holiday Tree at 6:45 p.m. In conjunction with First Wednesday Art Walk, residents and visitors are invited to join Mayor and Mrs. Lenny Curry for Holiday at St. James on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 4-7 p.m. The event will take place in Hemming Park as well as City Hall at St. James.”


12/5 | VyStar Credit Union Presents: Spirit of Giving Art Walk — Downtown

“Bring the kids to enjoy the North Pole play area, complete with real snow. Watch the annual Tree Lighting by Council President Aaron Bowman at 6 p.m. And you don’t want to miss performances by the Jacksonville Symphony brass quintet, Scott Jones School of Dance, a poetry reading by Miracle Jones and more. Plus, pick up a pair of 3-D Snowflake glasses. While supplies last. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.”

 


12/5 | Off The Record: Special Christmas — The 5 & Dime Theater

“Off The Record presents: Special Christmas! Here we go again and this year it’s extra … um … special! Come out and enjoy Art Walk, then make your way to the 5 & Dime Theater. We’re doing TWO SHOWS, starting at 6:00 and again at 7:30. The shows are FREE, but please help support the 5 & Dime while you’re there!”

 


12/5 — 12/31 | The Looking Glass: Holiday Windows of Art — Downtown

“Working with local property managers and business owners, artists will fill windows with festive displays throughout Downtown. This year’s theme, The Looking Glass, invites artists to create a magical holiday scene in a Downtown storefront or space that reflects a winter fantasy-scape.”

 


12/6 | Second Annual “Totally Lit” Hanukkah Party — Hemming Park

“Join Hemming Park and the Jacksonville Public Library for our annual celebration of Hanukkah and its related traditions. We’ll enjoy live music, storytelling, and crafts; dreidel games, a menorah lighting and more. This event is free and open to the public. 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.”

 


12/6 | Lauren Daigle: The Behold Christmas Tour — Times-Union Center

“Lauren Daigle brings a Christmas musical experience to Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena that will share profound love, deep-rooted joy, and hope like that of a child. Like a number of Christian artists before her, Daigle is enjoying crossover appeal with secular and spiritual audiences alike. She says her music was designed to reach people in that way and that is important to her “to make music that permeates all the wall and tears all the walls down. People need love, people need hope. People need joy anywhere in life. 7:30 p.m.”


12/6 — 12/9 | Jacksonville Symphony: Holiday Pops — Times-Union Center

Jacksonville’s favorite holiday tradition is back and better than ever. Get into the holiday spirit with the Symphony, a 100-voice Symphony Chorus, guest singers and dancers and an extravaganza with the area’s only guaranteed indoor snowfall. You’ll want to get your tickets early as the good seats go quickly. Featuring the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus. 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.”

 


12/7 — 12/8 | 27th Annual Community Nutcracker — Florida Theatre

“Community Nutcracker is the only nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that offers a portion of its proceeds to local charitable agencies with each performance and has donated over $600,000 in the past 25 years! The performing company is made up of local talent with more than 200 dancers from Northeast Florida auditioning and performing in the production. Join us with your family for the 27th annual production! 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.”


12/8 | Children’s Christmas Party of Jacksonville — Prime Osborn Convention Center

“This one-day toy giveaway event is for Jacksonville’s children who otherwise might not receive toys for Christmas this year. Several new, unwrapped toys will be handed out to children up to 12 years old. It is run on a first come, first serve basis with no application or ID required to participate. 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.”

 


12/8| Ugly Sweater Bash — Riverside Arts Market

“Get in the holiday spirit with our Ugly Sweater Bash. We encourage you to wear your ugliest of holiday sweaters and shop locally from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Enjoy live music throughout the day on the River Stage. The lineup includes Al Poindexter, Great Dames featuring Debrann, and Pine Forest School of the Arts.  Those wearing an ugly sweater, have an opportunity to receive $5 gift token to RAM. Judges will randomly select attendees throughout the day.”


12/8 | Holidays in Hemming — Hemming Park

“Hemming Park and Jax Food Truck Food Court team up for a holiday food truck rally and market sponsored by Community First Credit Union! Shop with local artisans and dine with the best of Jacksonville’s food trucks; enjoy festive music and seasonal beverages. Children’s activities; leashed pets are welcome. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.”

 


12/8 | Multicultural Holiday Textile Extravaganza — Jax Makerspace, Main Library

“Do it for the culture! Bring the family to the Jax Makerspace for the Multicultural Holiday Textile Extravaganza. Explore other cultures with hands-on-activities and demonstrations that celebrate diverse holiday traditions. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.”

 


12/8 | Santa Stops and Photo Ops — Main Library

“Santa Claus is coming to the library! You’re invited to join the fun as we share St. Nick stories and songs, followed by a visit from Santa Claus himself! Parents, remember to bring your cameras. Please be aware that although every effort will be made to ensure that attendees get a photo with Santa, the program will end promptly at the designated time. 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.”

 


12/8 | 24th Annual Tuba Christmas — Jacksonville Landing

“More than 200 tubas join together to play some of your favorite holiday music.  What is Tuba Christmas?  TubaChristmas is a music concert held in cities worldwide that celebrates those who play, teach, and compose music for instruments in the tuba family. Read more about it here.  The entertainment starts at 2 p.m.”

 


12/9 | Yappy Hour Christmas Paw-ty — Jacksonville Landing

“Celebrate the holiday season 🎄 with us at the final Yappy Hour of the 2018 Season! The Landing Courtyard will be decorated for the holiday season with Christmas Trees and ornaments-a-plenty. Live entertainment by Party Solution Entertainment in front of the Christmas Tree.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest: 🏆
Deck your dog out in the cutest ugly sweater that you can find! The uglier, the cuter.

Santa Photos: 🎅🏼
He’s back and jollier than ever! Get your Christmas card photo taken with Santa! Donate $10 to Friends of Jacksonville Animals, Inc. which benefits the animal care protective services of Jacksonville.

Yappy Hour 🐾 is a FREE dog happy hour for pups, their parents and dog lovers hosted by Jacksonville Landing. Please make sure your pup is up-to-date on their shots and have the appropriate identification tags. 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.”


12/9 | Home Free Country Christmas — Florida Theatre

“We’re excited to announce that we’ll be back on the road this November and December for our 3rd annual A Country Christmas Tour! We’ll be bringing the music you know and love from Full Of (Even More) Cheer, and TONS of holiday spirit!  2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.”

 


12/9 | Meachum L. Clarke & True Purpose Present #AJacksonvilleChristmas — Daily’s Place

“Meachum L. Clarke, TRUE PURPOSE is intended to be a cornucopia of uniquely anointed, skilled, and charismatic psalmists, minstrels, and worshippers partnering to create a clear atmosphere of worship, ascribing to the EXCELLENCE of God’s Glory, while blending the art of music with the anointing of ministry. 7 p.m.”


12/10 | Jacksonville Symphony JSYO Holiday Concert — Times-Union Center

“The Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras perform their holiday concert, conducted by Principal JSYO Conductor Deanna Tham. 7 p.m.”

 

 


12/11 | Christmas with Michael W. Smith with Very Special Guest Melinda Doolittle — Florida Theatre

“Christian music superstar Michael W. Smith has topped the charts with his songs “Place In This World,” “Here I Am To Worship,” “Friends,” and “Heart of Worship.” He will be joined by Melinda Doolittle (Season 3 American Idol) to perform his hits and Christmas favorites like “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “The Spirit of Christmas,” “Joy to the World,” “O Holy Night,” and more. 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.”


12/13 | AIGA Toy Show — Intuition Ale Works

“Do you remember your favorite childhood toy? Gone (perhaps) but not forgotten. Toys are about imagination and imagination is the first tool of all artists and designers. So sharpen up your tool, tap into your inner child and create a custom toy!  For our December C&C, AIGA Jacksonville will be hosting a Toy Show – an event in which both AIGA members and non-members are invited to build a toy from scratch that will be displayed throughout the night. Attendees can vote on their favorite toy, and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  Choose an existing toy and take it to another level, paint a blank vinyl toy, sew a toy, or build one out of wood – anything that makes the toy a creation unique to you.  If you’re interested in submitting a toy, please register on our Eventbrite link. We will be accepting toy drop-offs on Friday, December 7, 2018, at CoRK Arts District from 6:00-8:00 P.M.  At this event, we will also be accepting toy donations for Daniel Kids. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.”


12/13 | Holiday Party — Manifest Distilling

“Join us on December 13th as we celebrate the upcoming year!  $35.00/pp, please bring an unwrapped toy.  Starts at 6:30pm”

 

 


12/13 | Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve — Veterans Memorial Arena

“As per their annual tradition, TSO will take on an enormous concert schedule over the holiday season, which includes two separate touring outfits sometimes playing multiple shows per day in a city on certain dates. The full touring schedule can be read in full below, and details both touring parties playing to a mix of large and mid-sized U.S. markets over the month and a half run. Many die-hard TSO fans will be quick to point out that the tour is named after their 2016 studio album by the same title. 7:30 p.m.”


12/13 | Kenny G.: The Miracles Holiday and Hits Tour — Florida Theatre

“In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Grammy® Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as the premiere artist in contemporary jazz. For this special holiday tour he will perform traditional Christmas songs like “I”ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” “White Christmas,” and more. 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.”


12/14 | A Soulful Noel — The Ritz Theatre and Museum

“By Ritz Voices with Special Guests Noel Freidline Quintet featuring Maria Howell.  7:30 p.m.  Introducing Ritz Voices Children’s Chorus!”

 

 


12/14 – 12/16 | Jacksonville Symphony: First Coast Nutcracker 2018 — Times-Union Center

“Presented by VyStar Credit Union, the First Coast Nutcracker has been a beloved tradition in north Florida for over 40 years. Experience Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet with Jacksonville’s only full symphony orchestra. Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.”

 


12/15 | See Santa, Watch Home Alone, and Feed Jacksonville — Florida Theatre

“First A.C.T., the nonprofit Florida Theatre’s young professional networking group, presents the film “Home Alone,” in a special event benefiting the Florida Theatre and Feeding Northeast Florida.  Admission is FREE for every adult and child with a gift of canned or nonperishable food.  Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Come early and have your picture taken with Santa, have some cookies and milk, and make an ornament at the crafting area. Home Alone begins at 2 p.m. Runtime is 103 min.”


12/16 | Holiday Movie Series: Scrooged — Main Library

“This week we will be showing Scrooged, the story of a selfish, cynical television executive who is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. Rated PG-13.  2 p.m. – 4 p.m.”

 

 


12/16 | Family Holiday Concert: Backtrack Vocals — Friday Musicale

“Backtrack is an award-winning, five-person vocal group based in New York City that explores the power of the human voice through unique vocal arrangements, tight harmonies, and world-class beatboxing. They infuse heart and humor into every performance and enhance their vocal-driven performances with guitar and vocal looping elements. Their repertoire includes covers of past and present pop music, original compositions and unexpected genres such as classical and electronic music. 3 p.m.”


12/16 – 12/31 | 6th Annual Holiday Trains — Museum of Science and History

“The Toy Train Collectors of Jacksonville are hosting a special motorized holiday train display in the Learning Lab at MOSH. The holiday train display will feature volunteer operators available to engage visitors about trains, engineering and model building. The trains will be rotated throughout the day as they travel through a winter wonderland! During normal operating hours.”

 


12/16 | Chris Isaak Holiday Tour — Florida Theatre

“Singer and songwriter Chris Isaak returns to perform hits “Wicked Game,” “Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing,” “Somebody’s Crying” as well as his take on traditional holiday favorites.  Chris is renowned for his signature 1950’s rock-and-roll style and crooner sound. He’s often compared to Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, and Ricky Nelson. 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.”

 


12/16 | For King and Country: Little Drummer Boy Christmas Tour — Veterans Memorial Arena

“After the absolute viral response from their “Little Drummer Boy (LIVE)” music video last Christmas season, the GRAMMY award-winning duo for KING & COUNTRY will embark on their theatrical, dynamic, and moving Little Drummer Boy | The Christmas Tour featuring fellow GRAMMY-award winner, Zach Williams. The tour will feature original hits from both artists, as well as brand new songs from for KING & COUNTRY’s album ‘burn the ships’, previous holiday recordings and Christmas classics.  7 p.m.”


12/17 | A Swingin’ Little Christmas — The Ritz Theatre and Museum

“Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jane Lynch returns with her holiday concert! Fresh from her iconic portrayal of Sue Sylvester on Glee and her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie, Jane will bring her comic skills and musical prowess to the theater stage. She will delight the crowd with poignant and hilarious takes on holiday favorites!  7 p.m.”

 


12/19 | A Christmas with Rockapella — Florida Theatre

“Celebrate the Christmas season with famed A Capella group Rockapella. Best known as the singing group featured in the PBS hit series Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego. Rockapella will perform holiday classics all A Capella! 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.”

 


12/20 | Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical — Florida Theatre

“Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer The Musical brings the classic holiday movie to life on stage. Characters are designed to look like the stop-motion we all grew up on. This show is great for the entire family!  7 p.m. – 10 p.m.”

 


12/20 | Jazzy Night of Holiday Songs: “In the Key of Dance” Benefit Concert and Charity Auction — Breezy Jazz Club

“CooperMorgan Dance Theatre is pleased to announce “ In the Key of Dance,” a benefit concert to be held on Thursday, December 20, 2018, at downtown’s Breezy Jazz Club. The one-night-only holiday concert experience will be hosted by Damien Lamar, producer & radio presenter of the newly acclaimed radio show, Taste Test on WJCT 89.9 FM along with a jazz trio and an unforgettable, all-female line-up of jazz vocalists and performers. Enjoy a formal evening of dinner, a live concert, and drinks. The events net proceeds will benefit The CM Experience: The New School, started by founders of CooperMorgan Dance Theatre.  7 p.m.”


12/21 | Noche de Parranda — Jacksonville Landing

“Dance the night away to live Latin music in front of the 56-foot-tall Christmas Tree by Henry Zayas and more. Plus, vendors, drink specials and a lot of holiday fun! 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.”

 

 


12/21 | Horton’s Holiday Hayride — Florida Theatre

“Reverend Horton Heat, the Dallas based trio, is known for their knock-out, rockin’ shows that have been described as “transformative experiences.”  With self-created “Guit Steel,” Junior Brown stuns and amazes as he switches on-the-fly between electric and steel! Junior Brown is a one-of-a-kind American original.  The Blasters are West Coast rock ‘n’ roll legends. Blending their own brand of “American Music” that will knock your socks off!  Big Sandy serves up a killer batch of rock ‘n’ roll biscuits.  7 p.m. – 10 p.m.”


12/21 | A Christmas Carol — Times-Union Center

“This celebrated Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is rich with thrilling ensemble music, alive with color and movement, and is created to tell this great and enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy. Woven throughout this classic tale are beautiful new arrangements and moving renditions of holiday songs such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Wassail Wassail, Good Christian Men Rejoice, Away in a Manger, Greensleeves, The Boar’s Head Carol and many more. Featuring a cast of 23 performers, live musicians, and Broadway-style scenery and costumes, audiences cherish this sumptuous holiday classic. 8 p.m.”


12/21 | A Die Hard Christmas with Nick Hogan — The Volstead

“Join us at The Volstead for a Die Hard Christmas featuring Nick Hogan and Angel’s Envy! Join us for cocktail specials, music by DJ Mas Appeal, some delicious Chinese food & pins sold by Mover & Shaker benefitting a local charity. 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.”

 


12/22 | Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker — Florida Theatre

“Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls – Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages. “Kids wide-eyed with delight!” says the New York Times. Experience the Dove of Peace Tour, spreading goodwill in over 100 cities across North America. Get seats now for the whole family and make memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.”


12/28 | Holiday Soul Jam — Times-Union Center

“The Holiday Soul Jam, featuring four of the most successful groups in popular music, with their distinct harmonies, choreography and dance styles. Witness the signature visual & vocal styles of Gerald Alston & The Manhattans, Russell Thompkins & The New Stylistics, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, and Dennis Edwards’s Temptation Revue. Come join the party as we sing along to Kiss & Say Goodbye, You Are My Shining Star, Betcha By Golly Wow, Break Up to Make Up, If You Don’t Know Me By Now, Wake Up Everybody, My Girl, and Papa Was A Rollin Stone. Don’t forget R&B singer-songwriter Carl Carlton, Everlasting Love and She’s a Bad Mama Jama. Don’t miss your chance to party with the best of the best. 8 p.m.”


12/28 | Improv Me: Winter Edition — Main Library

“Feeling dramatic? Kind of creative? This is the place for you! Hilarity is sure to ensue as you pitch Santa your best ‘bad’ toy suggestion or rewrite the lyrics to traditional tunes. Come play theater and drama games in this winter-themed program. For teens 12-18. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.”

 


12/30 | Holiday Movie Series: The Goonies — Main Library

“This week we will be showing The Goonies. In this classic 80s flick a group of misfits set out to find a pirate’s ancient valuable treasure in order to save their home from foreclosure. Rated PG. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.”

 

 


12/31 | The Main Squeeze: New Year’s Eve — 1904 Music Hall

“After forming in 2010 at Indiana University, The Main Squeeze began selling out clubs to frenzied college students in just a few short months. Their captivating live performances have since earned them a devoted national following and even caught the interest of legendary producer, Randy Jackson, who produced their latest album Mind Your Head. The dynamic 5-piece is currently based in Los Angeles. 8 p.m.”


12/31 | Delfeayo Marsalis: New Year’s Eve — Breezy Jazz Club

“The New Year’s Eve Party of All Parties. Breezy Jazz Club is bringing you the BEST this New Year’s Eve! Ring in the New Year with Jazz Trombonist, Composer and Record Producer, Delfeayo Marsalis! He’s produced more than 120 jazz albums and released 7 albums as a leader. Tickets are $100 per person. Tickets include price of entry for the live concert, dinner form our New Years menu, and Champagne! VIP seats available for $125. Doors open at 9 p.m. Call Breezy Jazz Club at 904 666-7562 for any questions. After Party from 1 a.m. – 4 a.m. featuring Mama Yo and The Bad Boys of Soul!”


12/31 | MOCA New Year’s Eve Party — MOCA Jacksonville

“Mark your calendar for downtown’s destination New Year’s Eve bash. The MOCA NYE PARTY is an event for the movers and shakers, the artists and innovators, and anyone who likes to kick off the New Year in style. The event kicks off with the VIP Catalyst Cocktail Hour and Dinner in the second floor gallery, followed by the Countdown Bash: an indoor/outdoor dance party featuring Mama Blue, DJ Catharsis, live art performances, fabulous eats by NOLA MOCA and an open bar throughout the night. Dress is creative glam. No black tie is required. Net proceeds of MOCA NYE PARTY benefit the educational programs, public events and gallery exhibitions that make our Jacksonville a regional leader in contemporary art. THIS EVENT IS FOR ADULTS 21 AND UP. 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.”


12/31 | Jacksonville Symphony Presents: New Year’s Eve from Vienna — Times-Union Center

“The toast of the town! Join Courtney Lewis and the Jacksonville Symphony for another unforgettable New Year’s Eve. The evening begins with an elegant Viennese program, followed by the best New Year’s party in town with the Chris Thomas Band and capped by a perfect view of the fireworks on the river at midnight! 9 p.m.”


12/31 | Jacksonville Landing New Year’s Eve Celebration — Jacksonville Landing

“Ring in the New Year at The Jacksonville Landing on Monday, December 31! Downtown Jacksonville is the place to be this New Year’s Eve and The Jacksonville Landing is where to celebrate and ring in 2019! The New Year’s Eve Celebration will feature live music, food, drink specials and fireworks! This event is FREE! Say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019 with this free event featuring live music, good times, great food, drink specials and FIREWORKS!

Event schedule includes:

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. G-Vibe Trio
8:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Party in a Box
12:00 a.m. (Midnight) Fireworks by the City of Jacksonville


12/31 | City of Jacksonville New Year’s Eve Fireworks — St. Johns River Downtown

“Say goodbye to 2018 and ring in the New Year at midnight with a spectacular fireworks display over the St. Johns River. Make your way down to the waterfront with friends or family before midnight to snag a great seat for the festivities. Fireworks will begin exactly at midnight. This year fireworks will be launched from a barge on the St. Johns River between the Hyatt and Double Tree hotels and high above the St. Johns River from the Acosta Bridge. These locations are able to be viewed from both the North and South banks in Downtown Jacksonville in addition to viewing from Brooklyn and under the Fuller Warren Bridge where the Riverside Arts Market is held.”

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Jacksonville is home to many of us, so what better way to celebrate Thanksgiving and kick off the holiday season than by spending time in the heart of Jacksonville? Get all the juicy info on Thanksgiving meal specials and unforgettable events in #DTJax.

Thanksgiving Take-out

Want to host a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner but shudder at the thought of cooking it all yourself?  Don’t stress! These great Downtown restaurants take all the legwork out so you just have to decide who gets the drumsticks…

bb’s Restaurant & Bar — 1019 Hendricks Avenue

Got the roasting down but a little iffy on your baking?  Pick up a cake or three from bb’s and spoil your guests with a dessert course to remember.  Their current seasonal offerings are: Bananas foster cheesecake with gingersnap crust, red velvet cake with a layer of vanilla cheesecake, and pumpkin mousse with pecan crust. Details.

 

 

 

Ruth’s Chris — 1201 Riverplace Boulevard

No one can ever get enough Ruth’s Chris, so it’s only natural that you’d want to invite them to your Thanksgiving feast.  Order 24 hours in advance and bring home a tray of their creamed spinach or sweet potato casseroles, which feed 10-12 guests each, for $29.95! Details.

 

 

 

Restaurant Dining

Would you rather get out of the house for Thanksgiving and avoid the cooking altogether?  These Downtown restaurants are offering scrumptious menus to get you in the spirit!

Juliette’s Bistro — 245 Water Street

Juliette’s is located in the stunning Omni Jacksonville Hotel and serves up excellent food and drinks to hotel patrons and theatergoers heading to the Times-Union Center for a show.  Grab a reservation for their fabulous Thanksgiving brunch from 11-3 pm, which includes bottomless mimosas, three carving stations, a seafood station, traditional Thanksgiving sides, breakfast items, and a delectable dessert bar! Details.

 

 

River City Brewing Company — 835 Museum Circle

If you are a firm believer that Thanksgiving is a gustatorial challenge of personal honor, look no further than River City Brewing Co.’s Thanksgiving buffet.  It’s not just Thanksgiving dinner, they’ve also included breakfast items, seafood, hot and cold sides, and a plethora of desserts. Get your grub on from 10am – 4pm and call (904) 398-2299 to make your reservation.  Don’t forget to wear your stretchy pants. Details.

 

 

Ruth’s Chris — 1201 Riverplace Boulevard

If your Thanksgiving meal preferences lean more towards opulence and the refined, Ruth’s Chris’ three-course spread has you covered.  Enjoy hot soup, crisp salad, herb stuffing, oven-roasted turkey, sweet potato casserole, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, and a sumptuous dessert duo.  The best part? They’ll even send you home with some leftovers! Details.

 

 

Special Events

After a day of eating with friends and family, check out these events going on through the long weekend. Believe us, there’s something for everyone!

Myth Nightclub — 333 East Bay Street

11/22 — Dance off dinner at Myth from 9 p.m.  to 2 a.m.! RSVP for discounts on cover fees and drinks until 11 p.m. Details.

 

 

 

 

32nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting — 2 W. Independent Drive

11/23 — Kickoff the holiday season at The Jacksonville Landing from 7-9 p.m. the day after Thanksgiving. Bring your family and friends as The Landing lights their 56-foot-tall Christmas tree featuring over 78,000 L.E.D. lights and more than 150 ornaments!  Synchronized lightings will be held nightly at 6pm until 12/31. Details.

 

 

 

Christmas Made in the South — 1000 Water Street

11/23-25 — As Christmas time approaches what better way to get ready for the holiday season than buying American-made treasures crafted with creativity. You’ll find pottery, jewelry, metal sculpture, woodworking, glass, Christmas ornaments, photography, fine art, delicious gourmet delights and so much more at The Prime Osborn Convention Center. P.S. Old Saint Nick will be there so bring your gift list! SHOW HOURS: Fri. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Details.

 

 

Downtown Dazzle Light & Music Display— 225 E. Duval Street

11/23 to 12/31 — The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus (JCC) is proud to present its fourth annual downtown holiday celebration by illuminating the outside of its downtown office, located at 225 East Duval Street (First United Methodist Church) with festive lights synchronized to recorded songs of the season performed by JCC. Holiday, Christmas and Hanukkah songs will be broadcast on 94.5 FM radio for onlookers to enjoy. Each night, 15-minute presentations will begin at 5:30 p.m. and conclude at 9:30 p.m. Details.

 

 

Small Business Saturday— Downtown Jacksonville

11/24 — This Nov. 24, celebrate Small Business Saturday® all day in Downtown Jacksonville! It’s a special holiday created so communities can show love for small businesses and it wouldn’t be a celebration without people like you joining us! Details.

 

 

 

Jacksonville Light Boat Parade— St. Johns River Downtown

11/24 — Starting at 6:30, vessels of all shapes and sizes adorn their hulls with festive decorations as they float along the north and south banks of the St. John River. The evening then culminates with one of the best fireworks show on the First Coast featuring “waterfalls” off of the Main Street and Acosta Bridges at 9pm. Details.

 

 

 

While you’re in the neighborhood, 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. If you’re coming downtown and don’t know where to park (over 43,000 parking spots), don’t worry! Check out parkdtjax.com for helpful information.

We hope to see you and your family out and about in #DTJax this weekend. Downtown Vision wishes you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

Everyone knows about Black Friday and Cyber Monday–they’re HUGE shopping holidays after Thanksgiving that offer large discounts and take all of our money (unfortunately)—but few know about Small Business Saturday, which isn’t surprising. To clear up any confusion, let’s break down what Small Business Saturday is and why you should care (and you should!).

A Holiday for the Underdog

Small Business Saturday has been around for eight years (eight years!?) and was born out of a need to represent small, local brick and mortar shops during the largest shopping season of the year.

With successful holidays like Black Friday—which capitalized on corporate shopping opportunities—and Cyber Monday—which focused on e-commerce—there was a gap (literally between Friday and Monday) that small businesses could fill; that’s where American Express saw an opportunity.

In 2010, American Express launched Small Business Saturday with support from Amex and other non-profit organizations. For the last eight years, Small Business Saturday has become a nationwide event and has even become popular overseas. Now, you might be thinking, “this is all great, but why should I care?” Well, here’s why…

Investing in your Community

It’s convenient to purchase items online. We all do it! Amazon and other giants are pioneers on that front; however, this convenience has caused a domino effect in communities around the nation.

We don’t realize that every time we buy something from a corporate business, we take away the opportunity for the owners of local, small businesses to pay their bills and even realize their dreams; Downtown Jacksonville is no different. That’s why Small Business Saturday’s a big deal.

Since Small Business Saturday started,U.S. customers have reported spending
an estimated total of $85 billion, according to American Express. That’s $85 billion in 8 days! If we want to see downtown improve economically, then we have to invest our time, our money and our passion to make it happen.

If we want to shape the culture of our city, we have to support the local shops that define our character and values, which larger corporations simply can’t do. This year, we should all strive to support our local businesses and in turn, we’ll help shape a vibrant and thriving community. Here’s what you need to know to #shopsmall in #DTJax:

The Main Event

The team at DVI is proud to support Small Business Saturday on November 24, 2018 (that’s only a WEEK away!). It’s an all-day event that encompasses all of Downtown, from Brooklyn to the Urban Core. There are 15 participating businesses this year including fan-favorites Chamblin’s UptownHyppo Ice Pops, Riverside Arts Market and Wolf & Cub.

To add a cherry on top, we have an AMAZING giveaway for the ultimate #DTJax fan: a swag bag including a Visit Jacksonville tote, $25 gift card to Mocha Misk’i, $10 voucher for Breezy Jazz Club, tickets to see a show at The Ritz Theatre and Museum and 5  & Dime, A Theatre Company. Do I have your attention now? Here’s how it works:

  1. Start at any of the participating businesses and receive your passport.
  2. Get a stamp from at least SIX of the locations listed below.
  3. Turn in your completed passport with at least SIX stamps at any of the participating venues.
  4. You’re DONE. It’s that simple (I wish everything was…).

The winner of the giveaway will be selected at random and notified on Monday, November 26 via email. Please make sure to provide your contact information because passports with incomplete/missing information will not be considered(sounds harsh but #SorryNotSorry).

Stop by these participating businesses in Downtown Jacksonville to show your love and try your hand at the prize:

  1. Bay Street Bar & Grill | 119 E Bay St.
  2. Bellwether | 100 N Laura St.
  3. Bold City Brewery Downtown | 109 E Bay St.
  4. Breezy Jazz Club | 119 W Adams St.
  5. Burrito Gallery Brooklyn | 100 E Adams St.
  6. Chamblin’s Uptown | 215 N Laura St.
  7. Duval Mercantile | 205 N Laura St.
  8. Hyppo Brooklyn | 90 Riverside Ave. #605
  9. Jacobs Jewelers | 205 N Laura St.
  10. Mocha Misk’i | 209 N Laura St.
  11. Riverside Arts Market | 715 Riverside Ave.
  12. The Carling | 31 Adams St.
  13. Visit Jacksonville | 208 N Laura St.
  14. Wolf & Cub | 205 N Laura St.

If you want more details (‘cause if you made it this far, you MUST be interested), make sure to visit DTJax.com/shopsmall to chart your course and discover all that downtown has to offer.

I don’t think I need to remind you to share your favorite Small Business Saturday moments on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #ShopSmall (let’s be honest, you were going to do it anyway).

 

We hope to see you out and about in #DTJax on Saturday, November 24 (probably in your ONE winter coat since it might be below 80 degrees). There’s so much to do and see in our city and it would be a shame if you missed out on this.

While you’re in the neighborhood, 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 (over 43,000 parking spots), don’t worry! Check out parkdtjax.com for helpful information (‘cause we’ve got your back!).