By: Brooke Lasky, intern

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

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


Breakfast of Champions

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

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


Shopping & Beauty: #TreatYourself

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

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


Fun Around #DTJax: You Only Live Once

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

Museums

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

Self-guided tours of #DTJax Murals

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

Nightlife & Events: Leave the Kids at Home

 

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

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

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

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



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

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

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!

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Happy National Margarita Day!

Observed every February 22nd, National Margarita Day is a celebration of that ubiquitous drink made with tequila, lime, and salt.  Variations of the original abound, but the margarita was invented by an Irish-American bartender in Tijuana, Mexico sometime during the 1930s during Prohibition.  During that time, Americans in Southern California would venture over the U.S.—Mexico border to legally imbibe, the tiny town having over 150 separate drinking establishments at the height of the American alcohol ban.  Originally called the “Tequila Daisy,” it was a way to drink tequila without the pesky lime slurping and salt licking, ideal for tourists with more refined tastes.  “Daisy” translates to “margarita” in Spanish, subsequently spread to the menus of the other bars in Tijuana, and eventually over the border into San Diego’s bar scene, once the 18th Amendment was repealed.

Thirsty yet?  If you’re looking for a way to partake in National Margarita Day and celebrate the unanimous popularity of the most common tequila-based cocktail, check out these four #DTJax bars that will be sure to satisfy that Margaritaville itch!

 

Burrito Gallery Downtown | 21 E Adams Street

Of course the proprietors of the term #JaxMex have some serious marg-game!  This Downtown staple has five different kinds of ‘ritas, including a draft option you won’t find anywhere else because it’s made with their house mix.  Try them all, but maybe not all at once.  Safety first, you know.  Details.

 

 

 

 

 

Dos Gatos | 123 E Forsyth Street

If the unique and unexpected is more your taste, check out the signature Orange Jalapeño Margarita at Dos Gatos.  Don’t worry, if you’re not into spicy, Terri from Yelp says: “This drink is suburb! They can and will make it as hot or mild as you want. And just watching them muddle the drink is a show in itself!”  Details.

 

 

 

Myth Nightclub & Element Bistro | 333 E Bay Street

If you’re into the unusual but not so much the capsaicin, head down to Myth on Bay Street and order a St. Germain Margarita.  It’s made the old-fashioned way; with tequila, fresh-squeezed lime and a salt-rimmed glass, but it’s shaken with that most fragrant of liqueurs: St. Germain.  Light, refreshing, floral and fun!  Details.

 

 

 

bb’s Restaurant & Bar | 1019 Hendricks Avenue

Looking for something classy and sassy?  Drop by bb’s on Southbank and indulge in their Signature Margarita, made with Milagro tequila, Agavero orange liqueur, and fresh-squeezed lime with a little simple syrup to keep it sweet.  Come for the margaritas, stay for the desserts!  Details.

 

 

 

 

 

While you’re downtown, check out our Events Calendar for nearby festivities as well as our Directory to learn more about local restaurants, shops and nightlife spots.  If you’re not sure where to park, visit parkdtjax.com for some helpful information!

Feb
11th
 

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!).

By: Brooke Lasky, Intern

The New Year brings the promise of a new beginning and new opportunities. I think we are all guilty of making resolutions that are a bit too optimistic and end up not following through; recycling our list for the following year. However, 2019 will be different!

One resolution you can make and keep this year is to explore Downtown more!

To help keep your resolution, we’ve put together a list of unique spots and activities that you can only find in Downtown.

Here’s to a new year and new experiences in #DTJax!

ARTS & CULTURE 

The 5 & Dime, A Theater Company | 112 Adams St.

Not many people know about The 5 & Dime. 

Nestled into the Urban Core, The 5 & Dime’s commitment to their community is reflected in their mission: telling stories that engage, inspire, entertain, and challenge audiences, nurturing a rich artistic culture in Downtown Jacksonville. Check out their 2019 lineup of shows that will entertain the entire family! Details.

First Wednesday Art Walk | Downtown Jacksonville  

Want something to do every first Wednesday of the month? Well you’re in luck!

The First Wednesday Art Walk is a monthly event produced by Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) that brings people to the cultural and historical center of the city and showcase Jacksonville’s deep and energetic pool of creative talent.

Open to visual and performing artists, Art Walk is on the first Wednesday of every month from 5 – 9 p.m., rain or shine.

More than 35 Art Walk venues stretch across Downtown Jacksonville’s core and include Hemming Park, galleries, museums, cultural and educational venues, restaurants and bars, Downtown businesses and more! Details.

Friday Musicale | 645 Oak St.

The Friday Musicale is the oldest musical organization in Florida having been founded in 1890! 

Friday Musicale hosts outstanding concerts free of charge to the citizens of Jacksonville, provides educational outreach opportunities to local students, supports the next generation of musicians and music educators through college scholarship awards. When no events are scheduled, the auditorium is available for concerts, recitals, meetings, wedding receptions, parties and other private events on a rental basis.

For more information on upcoming events, visit their website.

Ritz Theatre and Museum | 29 N. Davis St.  

The Ritz Theatre is a historically African-American oriented theatre in the LaVilla neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida. The theater, which seats 426, is used for a variety of music, dance and theatrical productions, as well as movies.

The mission of the Ritz Theatre and Museum is to “research, record, and preserve the material and artistic culture of African American life in Northeast Florida and the African Diaspora, and present in an educational or entertaining format the many facets that make up the historical and cultural legacy of this community.”

Make sure to take a tour or catch a show at this iconic spot in #DTJax! Details.

 

Street Art in #DTJax  

If you are looking to have a free activity that involves being active and exploring Jacksonville’s mass collection of art, then start touring Jacksonville’s downtown wall murals!

All of these unique murals are within walking distance of each other, making it accessible for everyone. Most of these murals were created by ArtRepublic and range from all different styles of art, making it perfect for anyone to enjoy.

Need some exercise and want to appreciate art at the same time? Here lies your answer! Details.

CULINARY FARE

Arepa Please | 474 Riverside Ave.

Located in #DTJax’s Brooklyn area, Arepa Please is more than a restaurant; it’s a place that combines different cultures with a South American touch. Every dish is a result of hard work, passion, and the desire to deliver the best of South American flavors through signature dishes like the Arepa. 

Don’t like Arepas? No problem! You can also enjoy some of the best coffee in town powered by Bold Bean Coffee Roaster! Details.

 

 

Gili’s Kitchen| 126 W. Adams St. # 102

There has never been a kosher butcher in #DTJax, until now. Gili’s Kitchen offers fresh premium cuts of meat and fresh foods, makes homemade breads, including; challah, babbka, and sweet desserts. Want it catered? Whether big or small Gili’s Kitchen caters to all!

You can now order online by visiting their website.

MLG at Sweet Pete’s | 400 N. Hogan St.

Make your Sweet Pete’s experience even better by visiting their new in-house restaurant MLG. MLG is located directly inside of Sweet Pete’s making it a perfect stop before you shop!

You can share small plates, sample fresh salads and creative sandwiches, savor local produce, seafood and meats; you name it!

Enjoy cocktails and bites during your next visit to MLG! Details.

 

Tossgreen | 76 S. Laura St. #101

Located on the corner of E. Independent Dr. and S Laura St; Tossgreen is a fast-casual restaurant with an environmental friendly emphasis and healthy, natural foods.

If there is one aspect to our lives that never ceases to delight us, that’s the pleasure of eating. At Tossgreen, they make sure that pleasure never dulls down. Their fresh and scrumptious food ensures you eat good and live good especially, in this New Year! Details.

Vale Food Company | 90 Riverside Ave. #603

 

“Healthy Living: Automated.”

Want something Healthy, Fast, and Delicious? Vale Food Co. is just that! This casual restaurant offers build your own bowls from Açaí Bowls to Avocado Toast & Poke Bowls from their Super Food Station.

They have amazing amenities from selecting a meal plan (Maintain, or Weight Loss) or having these healthy foods hand delivered to you everyday (Sunday – Thursday). Start experiencing the lifestyle difference today! Details.

 

FITNESS

Cycling Routes

Experience the city on a bike! One of the most popular activities in Downtown Jacksonville is biking along the St. Johns River. The Northbank and Southbank Riverwalks are the perfect cycling routes to enjoy both an urban scenery and the cool breeze from the river.

The Northbank is a wonderful two-mile ride between the Jacksonville Landing and the Riverside Arts Market. You will even ride through the Love Locks Bridge-which not only connects the Urban Core with Riverside, but is also a known spot for couples to symbolize their unbreakable love.

North Florida Bicycling Club also organizes routes that go all around Jacksonville, such as the Tour de Jax, which goes all through the heart of Downtown for those looking for a longer ride!

Kayaking

For the water sports enthusiasts, urban kayaking is a great alternative to exploring the city. It is a unique way to experience both the urban scenery and one of Jacksonville’s natural beauties. The Jacksonville Kayak Company offers guided tours in Downtown Jacksonville, taking off from the River City Brewing Company Marina.

Imagine this: seeing new angles of the city as you paddle under three of Jacksonville’s eight bridges, being swept away by the natural pulse of the River City. Though this recreational activity is not for beginners, if you are up for an adventure do not hesitate to book a tour with Jacksonville Kayak Company

 

 

 

St. Johns River Taxi

Even some of the locals do not know about this popular downtown transportation! Park your car and cruise along the river. The St. Johns River Taxi has six pick up-drop off docks in Downtown Jacksonville-including the Jacksonville Landing, Friendship Fountain, Riverside Arts Market, and the Metropolitan Marian. So whether you are staying at the Doubletree on the Southbank or heading to the Jaguars game at the TIAA Bank Field, it is the ideal transportation to get around the urban core.

Aside from providing a transit alternative, the St. Johns River Taxi also offers River Jam Sunset Cruises and Partners with the Museum of Science and History for River Quest Boat Tours every Saturday. Check out their website for more information!  

Yoga  

Looking to de-stress? In the past couple of years, yoga has played a major role in stress management. Stress and anxiety is alive even in Jacksonville where “It’s Easier Here”; which is why free yoga sessions are offered throughout the week.

Unity Plaza in Brooklyn, dubbed as Jacksonville’s “central park”, along with the Winston Family YMCA that offers Tuesday and Thursday yoga sessions yearlong. With the built in waterfront and tiered seating, the Unity Plaza is the ideal central spot for sunset yoga.

Now for the early birds looking for a healthy morning start, go further into Riverside and find yourself in Corkscrew Park. However, little known fact, before the hustle and bustle of the market traffic hits; Hot Spot Yoga’s Namie Rohack leads morning yoga from 9:00-10:00am every Saturday.  

NIGHT LIFE

Breezy Jazz Club | 119 W. Adams St.

Breezy Jazz Club is the premiere jazz club in #DTJax that features the best live jazz music, wine, and dining experience! The smooth sounds of jazz enhance the relaxing atmosphere at Breezy Jazz Club. The richness of the music flows softly inside and out onto the waiting sidewalk, making it a best place to be on a day off.

Make sure to check out a show at this classic club! Details.

De Real Ting Café | 128 W. Adams St.

Open for lunch during the week and dinner on Friday/Saturday nights, this cafe is as much a club as it is a restaurant; with live bands and DJ’s in residence several nights a week.

This Caribbean Café serves all sorts of exciting meals such as jerk or curried chicken, conch fritters and curried goat and oxtail. Not busy on the weekend? Now you know where to go! Details.

 

 

 

The Justice Pub | 315 E. Bay St.

“Justice For All Public House.”

Check out this new law-themed bar and lounge in the heart of Downtown! The Justice Pub has events that range from stand-up comedy, live band performances and more! You can stay up to date with what’s happening with the Justice Pub here.

THE MANHATTAN | 345 E. Bay St.

Want to visit a truly unique sports bar Downtown? The Manhattan Sports Bar & Lounge is an upscale locale that features a speakeasy-like atmosphere. At this classy bar and lounge, they feature modern photography and other elements that give a distinct, New York feel, including the outdoor patio and beer garden.

Put on your most dapper attire and enjoy a night out in #DTJax with delicious food, upscale craft cocktails, and the best in sports entertainment. Details.

 

 

 

The Volstead | 115 W. Adams St.

The Volstead has been designed to embody an authentic 1920s speakeasy bar that serves premium bourbons, scotches and whiskeys in this 1920s-themed setting. Their talented bartenders create tantalizing hand crafted cocktails that will leave you wanting more.

They also hosts events like Swing Dance Sundays and Saved by the 90’s Karaoke! Details.

This New Year is filled with endless possibilities. These are just a few ways to see the variety that Downtown Jacksonville has to offer when it comes to arts, dining, fitness and nightlife. Whether you’re looking for a spontaneous date night or a way to explore a healthy lifestyle, this list will help you see the newest additions to #DTJax.

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!).

Oct
25th
 

Halloween in #DTJax

This time of year is always so busy with one holiday after another, but I’m most excited for anything remotely Halloween-themed, which is just around the corner (plot twist: it’s next Wednesday)!

Put on your costume and get ready for a haunting Halloween Downtown! Whether it’s walking with the dead, singing along to a Halloween classic, surviving the night, or trick or treating on the street, there’s something worth sinking your teeth into. Check out the top nine ways to celebrate Halloween in #DTJax

Halloween Celebration at Riverside Arts Market | 715 Riverside Avenue

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate Halloween with the Riverside Arts Market artists, makers and farmers! Dress in your favorite costume and bring the kids down for Trick or Treating and hands-on activities. Vote on your favorite decorated booth; enjoy live music, local arts, local produce and much more! Details.

 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Florida Theatre | 128 E. Forsyth St.

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Starring Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and Meat Loaf, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is considered one of the most popular cult movies of all time. Wear your costumes, bring your props and come early for the live music. Details.

 

The TreeHOUSE at Myth Nightclub | 333 E. Bay St. 

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Enjoy a special Halloween edition of this monthly showcase featuring the regions best House, Tech House and good vibe sounds including a $500 costume contest and more! Details.

 

Union Arts District Haunted House | 700 E. Union St.

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 7-11 p.m.

Join Union Arts District for a night of fun and frights. Several art studios open their doors to visitors (both alive and not). Don’t miss the fun! Details.

 

Halloween at Hemming | 135 W. Monroe St. 

When: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join Friends of Hemming this Halloween during Trick or Treat on the Street at Hemming plaza! There will be music, a food truck, costume contests and much more fun for the whole family! Be sure to stop by their tent for tricks and treats and to snap a picture with a surprise mascot! Details.

 

Halloween Spooky Lau at Dos Gatos | 123 E. Forsyth St.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Dos Gatos Presents – The First Annual Halloween Spooky Lau! Enjoy live music by DJs Nick Puzo and Paten Locke, BBQ by Mojo #4, cocktails, beer and spirits! This is a 21+ event. Details.

 

 

 

 

 

PURGE – Official Halloween Party at Myth Nightclub | 333 E. Bay St.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Visit Myth Nightclub for the official Halloween Party in Downtown! Presented by Social Academy, enjoy live music, contests and drink specials. Details.

 

Spookeasy Halloween Party at The Volstead | 115 W. Adams St.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

The Volstead’s Spookeasy has risen from the dead for a haunted outing. Featuring music by DJ Mas Appeal, Dos Vatos Tacos, a photo booth, themed cocktails and more. Details.

 

 

Trick or Treat on the Street | Downtown Jacksonville

When: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Grab your costumed coworkers or dress up the kids and come out for a ghoulishly good time trick-or-treating your way through the streets of #DTJax from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with food trucks, live music, games and a costume contest at Hemming Park until 3 p.m. Details.

 

If Halloween-type festivities aren’t your thing (hardcore judging you), check out our Events Calendar for everything going on in #DTJax as well as our Directory to learn more about all the fantastic 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 informa

Whoa, where did our summer go? Our Duval County students start their first day back at school next week! Parents, we’re sure you’ll miss having the kids around so here are some last minute activities in #DTJax to make the last few days of summer count.

Beat the Heat

Whether it’s a movie, a live show or a museum, these activities will let you and the kids stay out of the Florida heat!

Chamblin’s Uptown
Summer readings are typically located at the front of the store but be prepared to get lost in a sea of books – they have two stories, wall-to-ceiling filled with all the titles you can think of. The bookshop and first floor cafe are open every day. If you’re looking for a specific book, don’t hesitate to
call so they can put it aside for you!

Florida Theatre
During the summertime, the Florida Theatre showcases Summer Movie Classics every Sunday. This weekend, enjoy a showing of Robin Williams’s Mrs. Doubtfire in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the theatre’s website.

 

Museum of Science and History
Spark their curiosity by visiting  one of #DTJax’s museums. The Museum of Science and History is currently offering half-off admission to all its guests before the school year starts. Take advantage of these fleeting summer days to enjoy Jacksonville’s most visited museum!

 

Times Union Center
The Times Union Center for the Performing Arts is Jacksonville’s main hub for live entertainment and other performing arts needs in the city. Toddlers and young children will be excitedto know that Paw Patrol Live! 2018 will be in #DTJax this weekend! The show has four performances lined up on Saturday and Sunday. Get your last minute tickets here.

 

 

Explore the Outdoors

Keep the little ones out of the house the last few days of summer with these fun local favorites!

Riverboat Science and History Tours
After enjoying MOSH’s exhibits, hop on one of their riverboats for a tour of the St. John’s! The museum has partnered up with the St. John’s River Taxi to provide “a ride through history” every Saturday. Boats dock from the Friendship Fountain promptly at 4 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit the museum’s website here.

 

Riverside Arts Market
Celebrate local businesses this Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Riverside Arts Market. The market is located in the Riverside-Avondale district under the Fuller Warren Bridge. RAM has something for the entire family with rotating food trucks, vendor booths, live entertainment and morning yoga. It’s also a hotspot for back to school presents for teachers!

 

 

Get Creative

Creating things with the kiddos is a great way to bond and make the most of your time together before school starts. These family friendly spots are will allow you to collaborate and get creative!

Jax Makerspace
This is the perfect spot for hands-on activities with the kids. The Jacksonville Main Library has dedicated a huge portion of their main floor to promote creativity through music, art, technology and more. The librarians provide a variety of classes free to the public by partnering with local Jacksonville makers. Check out the Jax Makerspace calendar to see what they’re offering this weekend.

 

Sweet Pete’s Candy
Who doesn’t love sweets? Jacksonville’s candy emporium, Sweet Pete’s Candy Co. is offering a special Craft Soda and Candy Pairing until October 15th.Taste six sodas perfectly paired with gourmet chocolates and candies. There are currently seven time slots open this weekend. Make a reservation to guarantee a spot!

 

These are just a few of the last minute summer activities that #DTJax has to offer. Enjoy the summer days and, for the kiddos, have an amazing first day back! Visit our website for a full calendar of activities this weekend.