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Looking for something sweet to do with your someone special – or for a night out with friends instead? Here’s a list of events happening this Valentine’s Day in Downtown!



candyValentine’s Day Prix-Fixe Dinner at Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails | February 13-16

Celebrate the everyday with your loved one, friends, and family with our prix-fixe Valentine’s Day dinner, available February 13 through February 16 beginning at 5 p.m. Guests will have the option to order from a $40 prix-fixe menu, in addition to the daily menu. You can make a reservation here.

 

 

Banksy Piece on Tour and Writing on the Walls Local Art Exhibit Opening at Main Library | February 14

Thanks to the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and Vystar Credit Union, artwork created by anonymous street artist Banksy, and estimated to be worth $2 million, will be on loan at the Main Library for all to see. You can also experience and exhibit local street artists in Writing on the Walls. More info here.

 

nolaValentine’s Day Dinner at NOLA MOCA | February 14

NOLA MOCA has designed a special three-course menu with oysters, steak and chocolate. Tickets include complimentary bubbles and free Museum admission. Guests can enjoy a delicious dinner followed by a stroll through galleries. Reservation times are required. Please call 904.224.0113 to reserve your time. They will allow 24 hours. You can find more info here.

 

Sweetheart Dinner at Benny’s Steak & Seafood | February 14

Treat your loved one to a Valentine’s Dinner on the St. John’s River at Benny’s Steak & Seafood. Dinner for 2 includes a bottle of wine and a 3-course meal. Must call 904-301-1014 to reserve your table ahead of time. Times are from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

Valentines Day Flower Shop Pop Up at the Court Urban Food Park | February 14

Need to show that special someone, friend or co-worker some lover this Valentine’s Day? The Court Urban Food Park is hosting a flower pop up shop along with regular lunch service. Pick up a last-minute bouquet and enjoy a great meal. Times are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

My Funny Valentine’s Day Massacre with local writers at Chamblin’s Uptown | February 14

My Funny Valentine’s Day Massacre: An Evening of Torch Songs, Love Stories, and Billets-Doux with local Jacksonville writers! The night begins at 7 p.m.

 

cowWine & Dine at Cowford Chophouse | February 13-17

Wine and Dine your Valentine with a special menu at the Cowford Chophouse. In addition to their regular menu, we will be offering these specials until Feb.17th. Reservations are recommended. You can find the special menu here.

 

Lunch @ the Lounge Concert Series featuring Friction Farm at Main Library | February 14

Bring a lunch and enjoy the blended country, folk and pop sounds of Friction Farm. Their program offers a series of songs inspired by literature. Feb. 14, 12 – 1 p.m., Main Library, The Lounge at 303 North, 303 Laura St. N.

 

Single & Anti-Valentines Day Night at River City Brewing Company | February 14

Join the Brew House on Feb. 14th to celebrate being single when everyone is celebrating being together – an Anti-Valentines Day Party! They have Aaron Thomas From Be Easy singing in a duet on the stage from 5:30-9:30pm and happy hour from 3pm until 7pm and Valentine’s Day specials.

 

Roosevelt Colliers V-Day Bash at 1904 Music Hall | February 14

Enjoy a night of great music, drinks and fun at 1904 Music Hall, featuring Roosevelt Collier with support from Isaac Corbitt, John Parkerurban, Bonnie Blue, The Good Wood Band and Ivan Pulley Band. You can get tickets here.

 

Wednesday Game Night and Drink Specials at Super Food & Brew | February 14

Every Wednesday starting at 5 p.m., head to Super Food and Brew for game night! Play an array of games with your friends and enjoy drink specials from 5 to 8 p.m.

 

Valentine’s Masquerade Latin Party At Myth Nightclub | February 14

Looking for something new this Valentine’s Day? Head to Myth Nightclub for the Valentine’s Masquerade Party – featuring Latin Bachata dance lessons, a masquerade costume contest and drink specials all night long! It all begins at 9 p.m. You can get tickets here.

 

Boozy Truffles Class with Sweet Pete’s Candy | Every Wednesday and Friday through February 28; for guests ages 21+ only

Each attendee will learn the art of tempering chocolate and how to make ganache filling from Sweet Pete’s confectioners, then make one quarter pound of truffles. After truffle making, guests will savor the notes of their handmade truffles as a mixologist from The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails leads the class through truffle pairings with Champagne, wine, and whiskey. Classes cost $28 per person and are held every Wednesday and Friday in February, starting at 6:30 p.m. To book your class, visit bit.ly/BoozyTruffles.

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 2.36.48 PMWolf & Cub established themselves as a brand in 2014, but opened in Downtown Jacksonville in June of 2016. The owners, Varick Rosete and Emily Moody-Rosete, are described as “entrepreneurs, artists, and cultural instigators that set out to create a lifestyle brand that epitomizes one’s unique style and individuality”. They commit themselves to this by offering hand-screenprinted T-shirts, jewelry, decorative items, and one-of-a-kind vintage finds to name a few. They proudly offer that the interesting styles found in their boutique can brighten your day and boost your self-esteem.

After their start, Wolf and Cub spent a successful trial as a pop-up shop in Brooklyn Station and soon after, they opened in the Historic Elks Building at 205 North Laura as one of the only boutiques in #DTJax.

 

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In addition to the unique-to-the-boutique screenprinted T-shirts found in Wolf & Cub, they also specialize in small-run custom orders of shirts for events like wedding parties, orteam-building trips. On their website, you can find a form that allows you to inquire about information for a prospective order.

 

 

 

 

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Not only do they offer interesting fashion-finds, but they curate unique floral arrangements for occasions as simple as lighting up your living room coffee table, or as special as your wedding day. You can find the form for an arrangement request here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wolf & Cub is open for business from 12-5 Tuesday-Friday, and from 12-4 on Saturday, but they stay open to participate in DTJax’s First Wednesday ArtWalk every month, setting out their staple $5 vintage sale bins. In addition to this special sale, they often offer normal business-hour deals on their screenprinted T-shirts and vintage clothing items, that can be found promoted on their Instagram and Twitter accounts, or on the chalkboard that sits outside the boutique.

They commit themselves to maintaining a large presence in Jacksonville, a city that means so much to them. Emily, a Jacksonville native, works in the shop full-time and continuously works to positively affect the downtown culture skills acquired through years of fashion and sales experience, and experience owning and running not only Wolf and Cub, but Five-Points boutique, Anomaly, and the live music venue, Underbelly. Additionally, Varick’s experience as former president of AIGA Jacksonville, co-founder of One Spark, co-founder of nGenWorks, and current Art Director of Tigerlilly brings a vast and varying knowledge of branding and design to the boutique and to Jacksonville. To keep their momentum going, they plan to expand their selection of artists and designers and begin hosting monthly workshops. You can follow the blog on their website that offers in-depth details about current promotions, ArtWalk experiences, and, of course, style.

 

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

 

Anytime Fitness

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

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

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

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

 

First Coast YMCA

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

New Jax Gym

2 Independent Dr, Suite 200 | 904.707.8276

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

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

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

 

Dance Trance

100 N Laura Street | 904.390.0939

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

 

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

 

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

 

Run, run, run!

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

  • Dec 30 @ 7:30pm: 2017 Jacksonville Light Boat Parade: The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without the Jacksonville Light Boat Parade. Each year, more than 200,000 people line the banks of the St. Johns River to celebrate the holiday season. Seafarers and landlubbers of all ages are sure to be dazzled by the area’s largest lighted boat parade. The night is capped off by a dazzling fireworks display featuring the famous sparkling waterfalls on the bridges of the St. Johns River. zz
  • Dec 30 @ 9 pm: New Year’s Eve Warmup at Myth Nightclub: Free entry all night long featuring $25 bottles of champagne.
  • Dec 31 @ 2 pm: VyStar New Year’s Eve Run: “Run for a Child” by making a $10 donation to Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Every donor will receive a red arm band for a child who is a patient at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. When you cross the finish line of the Vystar 5k, you will know that every step you ran is helping to raise funds to care for sick and injured children.
  • Dec 31 @ 9pm: A Roaring New Years Eve at The Volstead: Swing on by for the biggest night of the year! NYE 2018 is coming up and The Volstead has got you covered (with FREE COVER), plus signature cocktails, a free champagne toast at midnight and dancing the night away with sweet, hot jazz from The Rub. Celebrate Volstead’s four year anniversary and properly send off 2017.
  • Dec 31 @ 10 am: So Long, ’17 Brunch at Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails: When New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday, a special celebration is in order. Send off 2017 in delicious style with the whole family at The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails. The restaurant’s daily brunch menu, mimosa flights, mimosa popsicles, and Bloody Marys will be available, as well as other specials.

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

 

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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

 

 

After dominating the Texans last week in Houston, the Jaguars return to Duval for their week 2 match up against the Tennessee Titans. Do you have your tickets? Downtown Vision has your cheat sheet to celebrate your Sunday Funday with the Jags.

Preparing for the Game

 

Game day gear:

Wolf & Cub | 205 N. Laura St.

Wolf & Cub has a unique and affordable selection of game day shirts and accessories. You can’t find these gems anywhere else in Jacksonville so you can be sure that you and your tailgate buddies won’t show up in the same outfits. They are open Saturdays from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Check out their instagram here.

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Sports Mania | 2 Independent Dr.

Sports Mania at the Jacksonville Landing is the best spot in #DTJax for officially licensed Jags gear. They carry everything from koozies to hats, jerseys, dri-fits, polos, and more. They have a wide range of sizes and fits including gear for the kids! Visit their Facebook for more photos and information here.

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Tailgating necessities:

 
Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 3.30.21 PMDitch the boring brews and show some #DTJax pride. Fill up a growler or grab a 6 pack (or a few) from a local brewery. Go for the game day gauntlet and visit them all.

Bold City Brewery | 109 E. Bay St. | More info
Intuition Ale Works | 929 E. Bay St. | More info

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 3.54.16 PMManifest Distilling | 960 E. Forsyth St. | More info

Manifest is is downtown Jacksonville’s only full-scale distillery, located in the heart of the Sports District. It is your go-to for delicious and locally made gin, vodka and bourbon. Most importantly though, they sell Tailgate Cocktail Kits which feature a bottle of liquor and all of the mixers you’ll need to make the fanciest and tastiest drinks at the tailgate.

Happy Landing | 2 Independent Dr. | More info

Need to pick up a few different things? Make a pit stop at Happy Landing and the Jacksonville Landing. Happy Landing is Downtown’s only liquor store offering a variety of wine, beer, liquor, cigarettes and cigars. They’re also well-known for their reasonable prices.

 

Parking & Transportation

Get to game day your way! Carpool with the gang, catch a ride or arrive by water – whatever floats your boat, #DTJax has you covered.

If you’re driving:

There is no shortage of parking around EverBank Field but if you would like to make sure there is a guaranteed spot close to the stadium, your best bet is to purchase a parking pass ahead of time. This eliminates the uncertainty of parking prices and availability on game day. To purchase a parking pass ahead of time, please contact the Jaguars Ticket Office: (904) 633-2000.

If you are a season ticket holder, parking is already reserved for you in lots A, C, D, E, F, J, K, M, N, P, and R.

Wingin’ it? There are plenty of independent lots around the stadium that pop up on game day that do not require a pre-purchased parking pass. If you plan on parking in one of these lots, make sure you bring cash, almost none of these lots accept any other form of payment. It is a good idea to ask if the lot will be guarded and if it is well-lit (if you’re attending a night game).

Regardless of where you decide to park, here are a few game day tips to keep in mind:

– Don’t forget to display your ticket or pass on your dash or wherever that lot specifies. It’s easy to forget and walk into the stadium with it!

– Do not leave valuables in your car.

– If you are tailgating around your car, please be sure to pick up any trash before you head into the game. We love our beautiful Sports Complex!

Check out the stadium’s parking FAQs and a parking map here

If you want to catch a ride: 

 
Taxis & ride-sharing:

Can’t decide on a designated driver? Don’t want to deal with parking? Catch a ride in! There are several convenient taxi and car service options that serve the Downtown area. You can find a list of them here.

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JEA’s Gameday XPRESS & tailgate:

If you have a large group of friends that wants to ride together, you’re weary of taxi prices on game day or you just want to ride out with a ton of other Jags fans, catch JEA’s Gameday XPRESS. For just $8 (or $55 for the season) roundtrip, you can ride in an air conditioned bus full of other game-day-goers to the stadium. Gameday XPRESS even holds their own tailgate party which is included in your $8 ticket! Find the schedule and purchase tickets here.

 

Make it an adventure – arrive by water:

aaEverBank Field is unique, not just for the larger-than-life video boards or the swimming pools, but also because it is one of the few NFL stadiums within walking distance to a river! Arrive to the Jags game in true River City fashion on the St. John’s River Taxi. Tickets are just $10 roundtrip or $20 if you want to make unlimited stops throughout the day. Service begins at 11 a.m. (or 3 hours before kickoff, whichever is earlier) and continues running after the game ends until metro docks are clear. The Game Day River Taxi service stops at:

Game day tickets are cash only and can be purchased at the boat on game day. Coolers and strollers permitted. Find more info here.

Afterparty

There is so much to see, do and explore in #DTJax. We have an entire directory of restaurants, bars, and venues. Plan out your Sunday, find everything you need here.

Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 4.17.53 PMThe Elbow | Bay St. to Adams St. and Main St. to Liberty St. | TheElbowJax.com

The Elbow is Downtown Jacksonville’s Entertainment District. Made up of 23 venues, bars and restaurants, there’s plenty to do, see and experience. Whether you want to keep the party going or just grab a bite to eat after the game, The Elbow has something for everyone. Find a helpful map and guide to the area here.

 

 

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

Begin here. Happy voting!

Best outdoor dining:

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

Best Concert/Event of 2016/2017:

First Wednesday Art Walk
Jacksonville Jazz Fest

Best Kids Entertainment:

Museum of Science & History
Jax Makerspace
Jacksonville Childrens Chorus

Best Summer Camp:

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

Best Trivia Night:

Burrito Gallery Downtown
Burrito Gallery Brooklyn
GLHF Game Bar
Hourglass Pub

Best Fitness Center/Gym:

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

Best Live Theatre:

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

Best Live Music Venue:

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

Best Farmer’s Market:

Riverside Arts Market

Best Liquor Store:

Happy Landing

Best Unique Shop:

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

Best Boutique:

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

Best Vintage Shop:

Wolf & Cub

Best Nail Salon:

NAIWBE
Marilyn Monroe Spa – Brooklyn

Best Hair Salon:

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

Best Local Celebrity:

Jake Gordon

Best Place to Work – Small:

Downtown Vision, Inc.

Best Art Gallery:

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

Best Dental Office:

Downtown Dental Associates
Great Expressions Dental Center

Best Eye Care Practice:

Jax Vision Care

Best Jewelry Store:

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

Best Gift Shop:

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

Best Hotel:

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

Best Special Occasion Restaurant:

Charthouse
Morton’s Steakhouse
Ruth’s Chris
Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails
HOBNOB
Indochine
NOLA MOCA
River City Brewing Company
Wine Cellar

Best Bar/Pub:

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

Best Sports Bar:

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

Best Local Brewery:

Bold City
Intuition

Best Burrito:

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

Best Taco:

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

Best Coffee Shop:

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

Best Barbecue:

The Bank BBQ
Jenkins Quality BBQ

Best Sushi:

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

Best Thai:

Indochine
Saki House
Basil Thai Restaurant
Lanna Thai Sushi Jax

Best Mexican Restaurant:

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