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It’s the most wonderful time of the year in #DTJax! There is so much to do and see in Downtown this holiday season, we want to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Our holiday event guide is full of long-standing traditions as well as new, first time events! From Nutcrackers to Tree Lightings and Santa visits, Downtown has everything you need to get in the holiday spirit.

 

The show will take place in the Landing’s Courtyard beginning at 7:00 p.m. featuring live musical entertainment and the 31st annual lighting of The Jacksonville Landing’s Christmas Tree.

 View a holiday light display synchronized to recorded songs of the season, broadcast on 94.5 FM

This nationally acclaimed event is a fantastic way to ease into your holiday shopping and find that special holiday gift for that “hard to shop for” friend.

Celebrate Small Business Saturday in Downtown Jacksonville! It’s a special holiday created so communities can show love for small businesses like ours. And it wouldn’t be a celebration without customers like you joining us.

There’s a reason Home Alone is the highest grossing Christmas movie of all time. Now experience it like never before as the Symphony plays John Williams’ score live to the film. 

The Landing’s 56-foot tree comes to life performing 10-minute light shows set to your favorite holiday songs.

The Landing Courtyard will be decorated for the holiday season with Christmas Trees and ornaments-a-plenty. Live entertainment by Party Solution Entertainment on the Coca-Cola Riverfront Stage.

A monthly, free event for all people interested in shopping with small, local businesses.

The iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer (“Rock This Town,” and “Jump Jive An’ Wail”) and his 19-piece orchestra whip up a huge dose of retro holiday cheer with their Christmas Rocks! Tour.

Pop quartet, 98° (Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre) return to the stage to perform Christmas classics from their soon-to- be released holiday album, and their biggest hits!

Visitors enjoy gigantic, creative gingerbread houses built by chefs, bakers, architects, engineers, culinary school students, families, young people and other individuals.

The Bryan-Gooding Planetarium rocks the First Friday of every month at MOSH! Experience total sensory entertainment as laser lights, high-def images and digital sound collide to create a Cosmic Concert! 

 Enjoy the holiday season as local schools, churches and dance groups perform in front of the 56-foot tall Christmas Tree in the Courtyard. Performances take place during lunch and in the evenings.

Every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. enjoy farm fresh produce, artists, artisans and more! Free Admission & Free Parking.

A dozen all-star dancers, on-stage DJ, an electric violinist and special performances by rapper and guest emcee Kurtis Blow (“Basketball” and “The Breaks”) bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life in contemporary New York City.

This free event will feature holiday activities, entertainment and more inside City Hall. In addition, Mrs. Curry will read a holiday book to families at 6:15 p.m. in the City Hall Atrium which will be followed by the lighting of the St. James Holiday Tree by the Curry family at 7 p.m. in Hemming Park.

Bring the entire family to #DTJax and celebrate the holidays at the Spirit of Giving Art Walk! Get the perfect gift for your loved one while exploring over 60+ participating businesses, food trucks, art galleries, local artists and more.

The class will create 3-D holiday ornaments for the season. Join for some 3-D fun!

Jacksonville’s favorite holiday tradition is back and better than ever. Featuring the talents of the Symphony, Symphony Chorus, guest singers, dancers, and the area’s only guaranteed snow fall.

Part of The Main Library’s Not Your Average Christmas Movie Series! Hudsucker Proxy – A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam. 

99.1 WQIK’s Jingle Jam for St. Jude brings together country stars Granger Smith, Lauren Alaina, Midland and Dylan Scott on one stage in a Christmas themed acoustic jam setting to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

The First Annual Christmas Caravan Tour will feature the band performing classic holiday songs along with Squirrel Nut Zipper hits! 

This highly sophisticated production is built purely upon a passion for art and selfless will for an emotionally stirring result. Every performance exudes imagination and creativity. Dancers gracefully twirl and twist in Clara’s winter wonderland, pulling the audience into the jubilant scenes.

Every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. enjoy farm fresh produce, artists, artisans and more! Free Admission & Free Parking.

Tuba Christmas is a music concert held in cities worldwide that celebrates those who play, teach, and compose music for instruments in the tuba family.  

Bring your little ones to MOSH the second Wednesday of every month for exclusive programming for preschool-aged children and their caregivers. This program is extremely popular – please pre-register. 

Bring your lunch – bagged, boxed or bought from a local eatery – to the Lounge, located just inside the Main Library entrance on Laura Street. Relax to the music while dining solo or with friends.

Design and customize your own holiday ornament using simple and free 3D design software.

 Join Hemming Park, Jacksonville Public Library, and AVANT MUSIC for an introduction to Hanukkah and its related traditions. We’ll enjoy music by Cantor Jesse Holzer and Koltrain, story time and crafts with JPL, dreidel games, a menorah lighting and more. And yes, there will be doughnuts! This event is free and open to the public and is the first in a year-long series of Hemming Park events designed to celebrate the diverse cultures of Jacksonville

Over the past 20-plus years, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become a critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum, musical powerhouse, and its annual winter tours a beloved, multi-generational holiday tradition. 

Part of The Main Library’s Not Your Average Christmas Movie Series! Batman Returns – When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda. 

The First Coast Nutcracker Ballet has been a tradition in North Florida for over 40 years. Experience Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet with the area’s only live orchestra performance. 

Every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. enjoy farm fresh produce, artists, artisans and more! Free Admission & Free Parking.

Santa Claus is coming to the library! You’re invited to join the fun and share St. Nick stories and songs, followed by a visit from Santa Claus himself!  

First A.C.T., the nonprofit Florida Theatre’s young professional networking group, presents the film ELF, to benefit 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 hot chocolate,  a sweet treat and  make an ornament at the crafting area.  ELF begins at 2 p.m. Runtime is 97 min.

The Jacksonville Symphony and Symphony Chorus bring you the most powerful performance of the holiday season.

Collectors of Jacksonville will host a special motorized holiday train display on MOSH’s Third Floor. Collector volunteer operators will be on hand to engage visitors about trains, engineering, and model building. The trains will be rotated throughout the day as they travel through a winter wonderland! 

Join the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras for their special holiday concert in Jacoby Symphony Hall. 

Shop local during the Hemming Park Holiday Market, 11 am to 6 pm on December 18th through December 22nd. Enjoy music, food trucks, holiday decor and artisan goods in the heart of Jacksonville. Vendors are encouraged to contact christina@hemmingpark.org for information about vending.

Quite simply one of the most delightful and enchanting Christmas shows ever, featuring glittering costumes, a dazzling cast and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole. 

Direct from Australia, The TEN Tenors perform traditional and contemporary versions of holiday favorites “Joy to the World,” “Sleigh Ride,” “White Christmas,” “Amazing, Grace,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Feliz Navidad” and more.

Part of The Main Library’s Not Your Average Christmas Movie Series! Gremlins – A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. 

Join us at the Hemming Park Holiday Market for a dog-friendly happy hour! Meet Henry, Hemming Park’s new dog ambassador. Enjoy live music, holiday libations, shopping, and treats from Bark Downtown.

Join us this holiday season as we partner with Angel’s Envy to host a Home Alone Ugly Sweater Holiday Party! Robbie Freeman of Ice Plant will be here guest bartending with a cocktail menu dedicated to one of the greatest holiday movies of all time: Home Alone. $1 from each cocktail will go to charity with a match from Angel’s Envy. We will also be collecting toys for Toys 4 Tots!

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.

Seven challenges using household items. 60 seconds on the clock. Your pride on the line. Think you can do it? You’ve got a Minute to Win It. Based on activities from the hit TV show, see if you have what it takes to beat the clock and win! For teens 12-18. 

The Emmy® and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz has been a longstanding tradition, warming the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over 50 years ago. Now, the live on stage adaptation of the classic animated television special brings all your favorite characters to life – all set to the unforgettable sounds of the Vince Guaraldi musical score. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang in their journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas. 

“Some movies can be viewed an indefinite number of times. They improve with familiarity. It’s a Wonderful Life falls into that category.” So said Roger Ebert. See Frank Capra’s and Jimmy Stewart’s favorite film with its wonderful score played live by the Symphony and you’ll see it like never before. 

 Meet up with your friends for Jacksonville’s best brunch all day! Enjoy mimosas or other specialty cocktails along with your breakfast and lunch favorites in our fun and festive atmosphere. The best patio dining downtown!

A monthly, free event for all people interested in shopping with small, local businesses.

Celebrate this Christmas with the experience taking North America by storm! Marking the 25th Anniversary Tour, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker features over-the-top production and world class Russian artists. Larger than life Puppets, Nesting Dolls and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life. 

Need free time to finish your holiday shopping and baking? Kindergartners through fifth graders are welcome for a week of scientific fun at MOSH Winter Discovery Camps.

Part of The Main Library’s Not Your Average Christmas Movie Series! We’re No Angels – Three Devil’s Island escapees hide out in the home of a kindly merchant and repay his kindness by helping him and his family out of several crises. 

The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without the Community First Jacksonville Light Boat Parade. Each year, more than 200,000 people line the banks of the St. Johns River to celebrate the holiday season. 

Meet up with your friends for Jacksonville’s best brunch all day! Enjoy mimosas or other specialty cocktails along with your breakfast and lunch favorites in our fun and festive atmosphere. The best patio dining downtown! 

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! 

Celebrate the new year with the 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. At the after party, enjoy refreshments with a perfect view of the fireworks as the Chris Thomas Band performs live! 

The City of Jacksonville invites residents and visitors Downtown to the banks of the St. Johns River to ring in the New Year with a fireworks spectacular. The fireworks will begin at midnight on Jan. 1, 2018 and will be choreographed to music that can be heard from loudspeakers at The Jacksonville Landing.

This New Years, Unity Plaza is offering 3 different ways to celebrate! A concert with the Band Be Easy, an Elegant Candle-Lit Dinner at HOBNOB, or VIP Lounge in the HOBNOB Gallery + Event Space. Learn more and purchase tickets here

 

 

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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 iloveartwalk.com for more details and to purchase drink tickets.

 

ART & CULTURE HIGHLIGHTS:

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.

 

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS:

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

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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.

 

CULINARY HIGHLIGHTS:

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.

 

AFTER DARK HIGHLIGHTS:

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.

BY THE NUMBERS:
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 iloveartwalk.com. Full Art Walk After Dark information is available at theelbowjax.com. 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 hana@dtjax.org.

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 downtownjacksonville.com.

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What would the world be without dads to embarrass us and make punny dad jokes? Though we can’t take back the gray hairs we’ve probably given our dads, we can (at the very least) treat them to something special this Father’s Day. Celebrate pops in #DTJax this year, there is plenty of fun to be had, food to be eaten and beer to drink. Cheers to dad!

 

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Because Fatherhood is a Team Sport! Dads in Jacksonville and all around the country are celebrating fatherhood together by connecting, laughing and sharing stories the night before Father’s Day. Saturday night, join your friends and neighbors at Intuition Ale Works for stories, food and laughs. There will be brewery tours, corn-hole bag toss games, and other fun activities! See the event page for more details.


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$5 flights of 4 beers – $10 flights of 3 whiskeys

All weekend, HOBNOB is offering flights of beer and whiskey for Father’s Day. Enjoy with your brunch or purchase one and come back to enjoy at another time. Make a reservation here.

 

 

18953138_1138739666230269_7768681675370862410_oJumbo Shrimp Father’s Day Cookout

Bring the family out to celebrate Father’s Day with affordable family fun at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on June 18, when the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp host an all-you-can-eat picnic and pregame catch on the field for the 3:05 p.m. Baptist Health Sunday Family FUNday game with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. All-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, cole slaw, beans, cookies, tea and lemonade is available for individuals and families to purchase. Reservation space is limited. Packages are $20 per person and include access to the all-you-can-eat cookout buffet and a reserved seat for the Jumbo Shrimp’s game. Children ages 3 and under who do not require a seat do not need a ticket. Looking for a gift? Pick up Jumbo Shrimp season tickets!

 

18447085_840293626117919_4162737321176112393_nRiver City Brewing Company Berry Brunch

No matter what your dad is into, there’s one thing that no one can turn down – bottomless food and drinks. Head to River City Brewing Company Sunday at 11 a.m. for a brunch buffet and bottomless mimosas and bloody marys. This way you can treat dad AND yourself.




 
 
 
 
 





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Free Candy Class for Dads in June

Quality time with dad just got a little sweeter! Sweet Pete’s candy classes are a family favorite and during the month of June, dads can attend for FREE! To book and receive the discount, select a class and quantity for everyone in your group including dad. At checkout enter promo code “DADFREE” to receive a $15.00 discount for the dad in your group. Book here.

 

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The coolest deal in #DTJax – free ice pops for pops! Stop by The Hyppo (90 Riverside Ave.) with dad on Father’s Day and he’ll get a free ice pop.

 

 

 

 

18953306_1346001158782316_4265950393286025835_oRiverside Arts Market - Atomic Sketch | Father’s Day Edition

RAM is bringing back Atomic Sketch in honor of all those awesome Dads out there! Celebrate Father’s Day under the bridge with live art, music, food and more! AIGA Jacksonville brings together local artists, illustrators and graphic designers to paint, design, ink and illustrate live in front of you! It’s a glimpse into the process of creation. Art ranges between $5-$50. Percentages of sales go directly to the artist, or at their discretion, proceeds will be donated in support of JASMYN (Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network).

 

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Still looking for a gift? Manifest Distilling is offering an awesome deal on their locally made alcohol. In the spirit of Father’s Day, if you purchase any bottle of alcohol and a 30oz tumbler, they’ll discount both 25%. Also, all Bloody Mary kits are 25% off!

 

 

 

 

 

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For the sports buff dads out there (who are counting down the days until football season starts), head out to an arena football game! The Jacksonville Sharks face off against the Monterrey Steel this Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Get your tickets here.  Looking for a gift? Pick up season tickets! Go Sharks!

 

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Take dad to The Ritz on Saturday June 17, 2017 for a day filled with information, song, dance, and artisans. Celebrate the birthday of James W. Johnson, one of Jacksonville’s Greatest Native Sons! Program participants include:

Keynote address: Dr. Timothy Askew, JWJ Scholar, Clark Atlanta University
Ritz Voices, Director Ms. Deborah McDuffie (Community Sing-a-long)
ASALH, Gospel Praise Choir, Love Reigns, P.R.I.D.E. Book Club
POSH Dance Factory, African Village, MJ Baker, Kia Nicole, and You 

 

Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 5.24.36 PMMocha Misk’i Brownies

You can’t buy your dad happiness but you can buy him chocolate… which is basically the same thing. Stop by Mocha Misk’i and grab a few sweet treats for dad (and a few for yourself). Our recommendation? The Milky Way cheesecake brownie.




Warm weather, longer days, frequent ice-cream trips and tons of fun in the sun must mean one thing, Summer is here! Downtown Jacksonville is definitely a place you should add to your “to visit” list this summer because there’s a lot of fun and interesting activities and events taking place. Don’t believe me? Just take a look.

 

Museum of Science and History $5 Fridays

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When: June 2 – ongoing

Where: The Museum of Science and History

The MOSH Museum offers $5 deals each and every Friday. From 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. families will have the opportunity to explore exhibits, learn about the artist behind the exhibits, and mingle with other children

 

Hand-Pulled Lollipop Class 

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When: June 5 –  June 30 (no class offered June 23, 2017)

Where: 400 N. Hogan St.

Cost: $15.00

Ever wanted to learn how to make the sweets that you love? Sweet Pete’s allows your little ones to be hands on by turning boiled sugar into hand pulled lollipops. The class is one hour long and the cost is $18.00. It also includes a scoop of ice cream!



 

Free Sing & Play Discovery Day Class with Jacksonville Children’s Chorus

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Where: 225 E. Duval Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202

Ages:  18 months – 4 years old

Experience a fun day of music with Jacksonville’s Children Chorus. Learn how to play simple instruments, finger plays and much more! Parents have the option to choose from one of the classes and times listed below:

 

June 5-8
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (2 ½ – 4 years old)
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. (18 mos – 4 years old)
June 10, 2017
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. ( 2 ½ – 4 years old)
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. ( 18 mos- 2 ½ years old)
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. ( 2 ½ – 4 years old)
 

 

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Games

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When: All summer long! Check out the schedule here.

Where: 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.

Pack the kiddo’s up and enjoy a family day of baseball. Go Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp!

 

 

 

Sweet Pete’s Candy Toddler Time

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Where: 400 N. Hogan St.

Cost: $7.50

Ages: 2 -4 years old

Enjoy an exciting story accompanied by a sweet treat based on the story read by Sweet Pete’s. It can’t get any sweeter than that!

 

First Wednesday Art Walk

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When: June 7, 2017  5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Where: Downtown Jacksonville

Cost: FREE

Take a family trip to Downtown Jacksonville this Wednesday to admire more than 60 participating Downtown businesses, eat delicious food from the food trucks, drink beer and wine, enjoy new artists, and socialize.

 

Jacksonville Zoo: Zoofari Outreach

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When: June 15, 2017   11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Where: 202 North Laura Street

Cost: FREE

Ages: 5 -12

The zoo comes to the library! Do you and your family want the opportunity to see and interact with animals but you don’t want to undergo the process of commuting to the zoo? This opportunity is perfect for you and your family! Not only will you be able to examine the animals face-to-face, you will also be able to learn about their biology and habitats.

 

Free Show with Theatreworks Jax- Doug Berky “Gems: The World’s Wisdom Stories”

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When: June 15, 2017   11:00 a.m.

Where: The Florida Theatre, 128 East Forsyth Street

Cost: FREE

Ages: All ages are welcomed

Doug Berky’s approach to telling stories is like no other, he implements improvisation, mime, mask, voice, puppetry and much more to make your experience a good one. Pack up the kiddos and bring them to this exciting show.

 

Books & Bricks

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When: August 1, 2017  2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Where: 303 N. Laura Street

Cost: FREE

Children have the opportunity to read an interesting book and build a cool lego bricks masterpiece. Bring your listening ears and creativity. The library has a lot of ongoing events for children of all ages, check out their full calendar here.

 

 

MOSH Science and History Boat Tours with St. Johns River Taxi

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When: Every Saturday!

Where: 1025 Museum Circle

Cost: $15.00 for adults, $12.00 for children under 12

Grab your hats, sunscreen, and sunglasses to enjoy a day of science and history while relaxing on the St. Johns River Taxi. Get your tickets here.

 

Jacksonville Sharks Games

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When: All summer long! Check the schedule here.

Where: 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.

Cost: Price varies based upon seating location, refer to website for more information

Enjoy a cool family day of inside football with the Jacksonville Sharks. Expect to see the Attack Dancers and Mascot Chum!

 

 

Museum of Science and History Little Learners

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Where: 1025 Museum Circle

Cost: $5 per person (FREE for ages 2 & under)

Is your child obsessed with pirates or find them to be very interesting? MOSH invites your family to hunt for hidden treasure while learning about everything pirate!

 

Rock The Block Gummy Fest at Sweet Pete’s Candy

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When: June 23, 2017   4:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

Where: Sweet Pete’s and Candy Apple Cafe

Cost: $5

Join us for a night of gummy tasting, food, libations, music, games and prizes as we rock the block at our downtown Hogan Street location. That’s right! Sweet Pete’s Candy and The Candy Apple Cafe and Cocktails is throwing the sweetest block party Jacksonville has ever seen. Enjoy over 10 samples of exclusive Sweet Pete’s gummies, as we party down and celebrate the chewiest of treats!

 

The 5 & Dime Theatre Summer Camp

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Where: The 5 & Dime, a Theatre Company

Cost: Varies by age group, find info here.

The 5 & Dime, a Theatre Company is hosting a new summer camp program in partnership with Shortstack Theatre Company. Shortstack is the passion project of recent graduates from Jacksonville’s Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. These students, who are currently pursuing fine arts degrees at colleges around the country, have returned home for the summer to share their love of theatre with the next generation of rising stars. The summer camp will consist of three one-week programs in July: the Flapjacks Acting Camp for five to 10 year-olds and the Hotcakes Acting Camp and Silver Dollar Musical Theatre Camp for rising sixth through tenth graders.


Jacksonville Public Parks

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Cost: FREE!

Nothing says summertime like a family day at the park. In Downtown, we are lucky to have all sorts of parks – playgrounds, waterfront parks, walking trails and more!

 

It’s that time of the year… Summer break is just a few weeks away! For most of us, that just means warmer weather but for the kids, it means weeks of freedom and fun. Luckily, Downtown Jacksonville is home to several fun and educational summer camps where kids of all ages can learn, be inspired, and make friends and memories.

 

MOCA Summer Art Camp

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When: June 5 – 30, July 10 – August 11
Where: MOCA Jacksonville: 333 N Laura St
MOCA Jacksonville’s Art Camp offers creative art-making for ages 4-14. Each week has an exciting different theme which differs throughout age groups. Youngsters get to craft cute creations like dinosaurs, cars and boats while the older groups work on exciting and inspiring projects using different mediums like photography and ceramics. Experienced art educators provide the contemporary art history context for each project. Register here.


Museum of Science and History – Summer Discovery Camp

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When: 5-day sessions from June 5 – August 4
Where: Museum of Science and History: 1025 Museum Circle
Join MOSH for a new adventure each week! Campers will explore science, history and astronomy as they conduct experiments, journey to the edge of the universe in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium and explore Museum exhibits, including this summer’s exhibit: DINOSAURS IN MOTION! Register here.

 

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When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June – August 2017
Where: Peterbrooke Downtown: 100 West Bay Street Suite 2
Talk about a sweet summer! Campers get to be a chocolatier for a day by learning about the chocolate making process, dipping their own treats and coloring with edible paints. The best part is that you get to enjoy some of their creations – campers get to create their own take-home gift basket! Call (904) 398-2489 to reserve your spot.



The Florida Ballet Summer Programs

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Where: The Florida Ballet: 300 East State Street

The prestigious Florida Ballet will be teaching courses for anyone interested in furthering their ballet skills. They offer various courses to fit all needs with options for anyone 5 and older and of any skill level. Find the best course and registration information here.






The 5 & Dime Theatre Summer Camp

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When: All throughout July. Schedule varies by age group. See the schedule here.
Where: Where: The 5 & Dime, a Theatre Company: 112 Adams Street
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e, a Theatre Company is hosting a new summer camp program in partnership with Shortstack Theatre Company. Shortstack is the passion project of recent graduates from Jacksonville’s Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. These students, who ar
e currently pursuing fine arts degrees at colleges around the country, have returned home for the summer to share their love of theatre with the next generation of rising stars. The summer camp will consist of three one-week programs in July: the Flapjacks Acting Camp for five to 10 year-olds and the Hotcakes Acting Camp and Silver Dollar Musical Theatre Camp for rising sixth through tenth graders. Learn more and register here.

 

Spring is upon us and Easter is right around the corner! #DTJax is home to quite a few Easter traditions and creates new ones every year. We’re here to make sure you don’t miss a thing this season!

For the Kids:

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April 9 at Sweet Pete’s Candy

Sweet Pete’s is as close to real life CandyLand as you can get. Can you think of any better place to celebrate Easter? This Sunday, April 9, they’ll be throwing their 2017 Easter Bash! Don’t miss FREE photos with the Easter Bunny, live candy demos, music, dancing, food and lots more. Visit their Facebook event page for all the details.

 

 

Just for Adults:

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 Jacksonville Easter Keg Hunt

April 15 in Downtown Jacksonville

Dubbed as “Jacksonville’s Largest Scavenger Hunt”, the Easter Keg Hunt is proof that Easter fun isn’t just for the tykes. Teams participate in a small scale “amazing race” to solve clues and find kegs within a 20-30 block area in Downtown Jacksonville. The winning team wins Free Beer for a Year! Learn more and sign up.

 

Brunch:

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April 16 at NOLA MOCA Jacksonville

Enjoy Easter brunch in one of the most inspiring and beautiful places in #DTJax! Choose from 7 entrees and enjoy a buffet of fresh salads, pastries, and hot side items while you wait. It’s only $25 per person for adults and $8 for children. Make a reservation by calling 904-224-0113. For more details, visit their website.

 

 

 

 

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Sweet Pete’s Easter Brunch 2017

April 16 at The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails

Enjoy delicious specials like Chargrilled Cauliflower Steak and Eggs, Country Fried Chicken Biscuit and Red Eye Gravy, Huevos Rancheros and Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding – all under $20.  Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 904-353-9717 or online.

 

 

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River City Brewing Company Easter Brunch Buffet

April 16 at River City Brewing Company

Enjoy brunch with a view! With dozens of different things to choose from on the buffet and lots of sweet treats, the whole family will enjoy this Easter Brunch. See the entire menu and here and call (904) 398-2299 to make reservations.

 

Sweet Treats:

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100 W Bay St #2

Nothing says Easter like a chocolate bunny! Peterbrooke has everything from the essentials like chocolate bunnies and eggs to chocolate covered pretzels and popcorn. Their treats are great for Easter baskets, someone special or if you just feel like treating yourself! Browse their Easter selection here.

 

 

 

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209 N. Laura St

Mocha Misk’i has the most unique Easter treats in town! They create “message” Easter brownies, truffle boxes and Easter egg shaped brownies that you can color on. We also love them because they are a small, local business! Check out their cute Easter creations here.

 

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Sweet Pete’s

400 N Hogan St

Sweet Pete’s certainly has the largest and most diverse collection of Easter treats! With unique flavors and dozens of different variations, you can find something for anyone. Also, in the spirit of Easter, receive a FREE 5oz bag of their signature taffy when you spend $25 or more online.

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By Julianna Rosano, DVI Intern

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner so we put together a list of the best ways to celebrate the holiday in #DTJax. Spend four days drinking green beer, being merry and immersing yourself in Irish food and culture!

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1. Shamrockin’ Saint Patrick’s Day Bash

Mavericks LIVE
March 16 | 8 p.m. – close
Cost: Cover Charge

Lean, green bikini machine! Come out to Mavericks LIVE for the 10th Annual Shamrockin’ Saint Patrick’s Day Bash, Jacksonivlle’s only pre St. Patty’s Day Ladies Night! Green beer and Irish Whisky drink specials run all night long with $2 drinks for the ladies. Ladies, try your luck and enter the Mean Green Bikini Contest for a chance to win a $500 prize.

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2. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant & Pub
March 17 | 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Cost: Free

There ain’t no party like a paddy’s day party. Spend St. Patty’s Day the right way, drinking green beer and eating like an Irshiman! Surround yourself with green beer, giveaways, live music, food and drink specials and festivities all day long.

Band line-ups include:

10 a.m. Live music by Bagpiper
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Live music by Spade McQuade and the Allstars
4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Live music by Searson
9 p.m. – closing Live music by Rathkeltair & JFRD Pipes and Drums

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The Jacksonville Landing Courtyard
March 17 | noon-midnight
Cost: Free

Live from the Courtyard, it’s St. Patrick’s Day! Stop by the Jacksonville Landing from all day for live music, giant games, green beer, beads and The Landing’s green fountain.

Band line- ups include:

Noon – 4 p.m. Live music by Ace Winn Trio
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Live music by Radio Love
8 p.m. – midnight Live music by Well Wishers

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4. The Chieftains

The Jacksonville Symphony
March 17 & 18 | 8 p.m.
Cost: Starting at $27.00

Surround yourself with the best of the Emerald Isle as the Jacksonville Symphony presents The Chieftains, “the world’s best-loved Irish folk band.” On Friday come early for a pre-concert celebration with Jig to a Milestone and arrive early on Saturday for a special performance from the Legacy Irish Dance Academy. Be merry this St. Patrick’s Day at the Jacoby Symphony Hall with Guinness and green beer, Irish coffee and festivities!

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5. Yappy Hour St. “PAW”ty’s Day

The Jacksonville Landing
March 19 | 2-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Celebrate St. “PAW”ty’s Day with your pooch! Bring your pal dressed in green and try your luck to win King or Queen of the Green. Enjoy a dog and owner beer-drinking contest, pet expo, giveaways, and live music by DJ Kavin Tos.

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6. St. Patrick’s Day in The Elbow

The Elbow
March 17

Celebrate with St. Patrick’s Day with happy hour at Element Bistro from 4-9 p.m. then head to the Hourglass Pub for Mad Cowford Improv starting at 7 p.m.

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For more information or events in #DTJax check out the events calendar here.