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.

Find your Fourth of July fun in #DTJax! Downtown Jacksonville continues its tradition as the place to be to celebrate America’s birthday. Here are the great & exciting events happening in Downtown this Independence Day.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Home Game | July 3 

Join the Jumbo Shrimp as they play against Montgomery on July 3 for one of the largest fireworks displays in the city after the game! Plus, get there early! The first 2,000 fans through the gates receive patriotic Jumbo Shrimp caps.

4th of July at MOSH | July 4

In celebration of Independence Day, MOSH is offering half-off admission for everyone on Wednesday, July 4. Visitors will be able to explore the daily programs and Museum exhibits, including a new signature exhibit, Mission: Jax Genius and MOSH’s traveling exhibit National Geographic Presents Earth Explorers. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

4th of July at Cowford Chophouse | July 4

Watch the incredible Downtown fireworks and enjoy a cocktail from the Cowford Chophouse rooftop! They will be offering their regular menu. Fireworks on the river kick off at 9:45 p.m.

4th of July at The Justice Pub | July 4

Get as close as you can to the fireworks on the river at The Justice Pub! Bay Street always comes alive on fireworks time. Enjoy music and great food by Brooks Brothers BBQ.

4th of July at the Riverside Arts Market | July 4 

Join RAM as they celebrate the Fourth of July under the Fuller Warren Bridge! Bring the family down for a good time with some of your favorite foodies from Riverside Arts Market! There will be live music, beer, kids activities and of course, the City of Jacksonville’s fireworks show at 9:45 p.m.

Drunk on America Cookout at 1904 Music Hall | July 4

Rock out at 1904 Music Hall this Independence Day! Enjoy live music by Master Radical, Mudtown and more. Plus, a complimentary hot dog bar and all you can drink draft beer with purchase of a ticket. Performances start at 9 p.m.

Red, White & Whiskey Block Party at The Volstead | July 4

Celebrate the 4th with live music, food, drinks, games for the kids and more! They will be shutting down the Adams Street block from Laura to Hogan Street. Enjoy live music, vendors, food trucks and more.

Red, Hot & Boom at the Jacksonville Landing | July 4 

Join the Jacksonville Landing, 97.9 KISS FM and WJXT4 The Local Station for a free concert ft. Lauv, Jack & Jack and In Real Life. Plus, get the best view of the fireworks right along the river. Entrance and all events are free.

Silent Disco at Myth Nightclub | July 4

Enjoy the Downtown fireworks and then dance the night away at Myth Nightclub! Boogie to three different channels of music with over a dozen of the regions best DJ’s and producers. Plus, enjoy drink specials all night long.



To explore more events in #DTJax, check out our event calendar. For a full listing of restaurants, bars and shops, visit our directory.

June is National Rivers Month. Take the time to appreciate and celebrate one of Jacksonville’s natural treasures: the St. Johns River – the longest river in the state of Florida at 314 miles! Since the 1860s, the St. Johns River has contributed to Jacksonville’s tourist industry with the establishment of hotels and countless recreational activities. To celebrate this old “San Juan River” (it’s old Spanish name before British acquisition), check out this list of year-long activities that you can enjoy along the St. Johns in #DTJax.

Bike the Riverwalk

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.

For those looking for a longer ride, plan your route with the DTJax Map. You can’t go wrong with the three-bridge loop over the Main Street, Acosta and Fuller Warren Bridges!

Jacksonville Landing

Opened in 1987, the Landing continues to be a local favorite as it goes into its 31st year on June 25. Located right on the river, this shopping complex is known for the various live entertainment and events that it hosts throughout the year. Some crowd favorites include the Florida/Georgia celebrations, the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade, the Summer Fireworks Series, riverfront concerts and cultural pride days like the annual Asian American Heritage Celebration

The Jacksonville Landing has one of the best views of the St. Johns River and is the perfect backdrop to 600+ events every year.

Riverside Arts Market

Support local small businesses in your city! Small Business Saturday is a U.S. holiday that celebrates local businesses once a year. But with the Riverside Arts Market, you can celebrate every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The market is located in the Riverside-Avondale district under the Fuller Warren Bridge – one of the best spots to experience the beauty of the St. Johns River.

Regardless of whether you are a Jacksonville native or just visiting, Jacksonville’s “Best Farmer’s Market” is a must. Each Saturday is a different experience with rotating food trucks, vendor booths, live entertainment and morning yoga. Visit the Riverside Arts Market website to plan a true Jacksonville Saturday!

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 Marina. So whether you are staying at the Doubletree on the Southbank or heading to a 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!

Urban Kayaking Adventure

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.

These are just some of the activities to enjoy in the River City – not only for National Rivers Month but every single day. It is easier to appreciate your city when you know your city. So get exploring!

For a detailed list of restaurants, shops and museums to enjoy in #DTJax, visit our directory here.

Celebrating dad is easy to do with so many exciting Father’s Day activities offered in #DTJax! Check out the list of events below that are great for all age groups.

Free Sweet Pete’s Candy Class in June for Dad │June 1-30

Give dad the gift of sweets with a free candy making class anytime during the month of June at Sweet Pete’s. Simply make reservations online for everyone in your party and then enter the promo code “DADCLASS” at checkout to receive the discount.




Father’s Day Brunch at River City Brewing Company │June 17

Kick off your celebration with dad with a brunch buffet for the whole family at River City Brewing Company. The buffet will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. The buffet is $29.95 for adults, $28.95 for seniors, $14.95 for children and free for children 3 and under. Make your reservation by calling (904)398-2299.





Free Admission to MOSH │June 17

Is your dad more of a history or science buff? If so, MOSH has something that will interest everyone! On Father’s Day, dads get free admission which includes access to exhibits such as National Geographic presents Earth Explorers, Currents of Time, Atlantic Tails and more!




The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. The Jackson Generals & Father’s Day Cookout │June 17

What dad wouldn’t enjoy spending Father’s Day watching baseball? Bring the whole family to the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville where everyone will enjoy an all-you-can-eat picnic and pregame catch on the field before watching the Jumbo Shrimp take on the Jackson Generals at 3:05 p.m!




Father’s Day Dinner at Ruth’s Chris │June 16 & 17

Let dad sit back and relax and have Ruth’s Chris Steak House cook the steaks this Father’s Day weekend! Enjoy Ruth’s Chris’ full menu as well as special pricing for meals such as their famous surf & turf. Dads will also receive a $25 dining card for reservations made on Father’s Day weekend. Call (904)396-6200 or visit Ruth’s Chris’ website to make reservations.




Whether your dad is into watching sports, brushing up on history or indulging in Jacksonville’s finest food and drink, there’s an activity in Downtown Jacksonville that will make his day even more special!

For a full listing of locations, restaurants and events for the whole family to enjoy, visit our directory.


Looking for a place to enjoy dinner before a show or just for a night out? The dinner scene in Downtown is larger than you might think. Here’s a list of 30+ great places to have dinner in #DTJax!



Azucena Corner Deli | 100 E Forsyth St. | (904) 626-7600AR-801237910

Azucena Corner Deli is located in the heart of Downtown and offers the very first 10-tap PourMyBeer system in North Florida! They also offer wraps and meals freshly cooked with ingredients from local farmers and a broad selection of wine served in an authentic environment built by local carpenters and former felons getting back on their feet.

salmon_smBasil Thai Restaurant | 1004 Hendricks Ave | (904) 674-0190

Basil Thai & Sushi is a cornerstone in the Jacksonville community and has been recognized for its outstanding Thai cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. This restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients. It is a go-to for classic and creative Thai cuisine in warm surroundings or for takeout.

Bay Street Bar & Grill | 119 E. Bay St. | (904) 419-3550 bay-street-bar-and-grill

Located in Downtown’s entertainment district, Bay Street Bar & Grill is where you can grab a slice of pizza or enjoy a more extensive menu that includes traditional pub fare, plus some choices leaning more toward fine dining!

Specializing in: 100% black angus burgers, served with fresh spring greens, sliced onion, fresh tomato and their signature spicy aioli; fresh jumbo wings tossed in signature sauces; and fully dressed hot and cold sandwiches. Vegetarians will also find some creative options on the menu. Plus, Bay Street Bar & Grill offers beers in bottles, cans and on tap, including a number of local craft brews, along with wine and a full bar!

0a97a612aa8c8c54ad72cda033a7822023059304bb’s restaurant and bar | 1019 Hendricks Ave | (904) 306-0100

Consistently voted one of the best restaurants in Northeast Florida, bb’s restaurant never ceases to please and surprise the palate of diners, locals and visitors alike! Located in the Southbank area, this buzzing bistro serves innovative New American dishes and sweets from a dessert case amid chic digs. Did we mention their dessert is a must?

Bellwether | 100 N. Laura St. | (904) 802-7745ls

Follow the pioneers behind Orsay, Black Sheep and BLK SHP at Intuition back Downtown at their latest restaurant, Bellwether! This fast-casual yet sophisticated restaurant offers an eclectic mix of regional fare, with a focus on thoughtfully crafted, locally sourced ingredients served along side gracious, southern hospitality. Featuring outdoor dining, a full bar and private dining options, Bellwether aims to lead the way in Downtown dining.

benny-s-steak-seafoodBenny’s Steak & Seafood | 2 Independent Dr., Suite 175 | (904) 301-1014

Located on the St. Johns River in the Jacksonville Landing courtyard, Benny’s offers a variety of fresh seafood and certified Angus beef steaks. Feast on specialties such as fresh crab cakes, Filet Christian, Benny’s Seafood Pot and the 22-oz. Cowboy Steak. Come dine indoors or enjoy the beautiful patio overlooking the St. Johns River. This restaurant also features a full bar, and is kid friendly.

BLK SHP at Intuition | 929 E. Bay St. | (904) 683-772029066321_1983660011963523_5201394193628397568_n

Local brews and great food go hand-in-hand. That’s why the folks at Black Sheep Restaurant brought their A-game to Intuition’s taproom menu! Visit the BLK SHP @ Intuition counter to enjoy made-to-order classics like the Brisket Sandwich and Shrimp Po’boy.

28166487_2106936609528376_4200744028725842861_nBreezy Jazz Club | 119 W. Adams St. | (904) 666-7562

Breezy Jazz Club is the premiere jazz club in Downtown! They feature live jazz musicians, great wine and a great dining experience. Enjoy a relaxing environment where you and your friends can come to hear great jazz and quality entertainment. Indulge in hand-made cuisine and drink the best wine and spirits in town! Side note: they also do Sunday brunch (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)!

Burrito Gallery Downtown | 21 E. Adams St. | (904) 598-2922biz_FBBizLunch112906

Founded in early 2005, Burrito Gallery has been voted “Best Burrito” in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax every year the category has existed. They offer fresh, hand-made, all-natural tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and salads. Their Brooklyn location also features a rooftop garden bar with Downtown skyline views and occasional live entertainment. In the Downtown location, local art is on display and live music or DJs are featured on the back deck during Art Walk. You can also enjoy a full liquor, beer and wine bar.

Candy-Apple-Cafe-Interior-with-People-50_54_990x660Candy Apple Café & Cocktails | 400 N. Hogan St. | (904) 353-9717

The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails is a full service restaurant located inside Sweet Pete’s Candy Co. Their menu is chic & whimsical; their scratch kitchen and cocktail program serves daily brunch, lunch and happy hour. Enjoy the day outside on their front porch, or eat inside and enjoy all the unique and colorful décor that resembles the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory.

Casa Dora Italian Restaurant | 108 E. Forsyth St. | (904) 356-82822e3b7a69-a9e0-45cf-940c-7ac9153fd8f0

An old favorite of downtowners, this cozy Italian restaurant features daily lunch specials and enticing entrees, like veal, seafood, and pizza. Their homemade salad dressing is a specialty.

cinco-2Cinco De Mayo | 2 Independent Dr. | (904) 329-2892

It’s always a fiesta at Cinco de Mayo! Come relax and enjoy an authentic Mexican meal and margarita along the St. Johns River at the Jacksonville Landing. Enjoy tacos, fajitas and burritos at this fast, casual spot.

Element Bistro & Craft Bar | 335 E. Bay St. | (904) 707-0474c700x420

Enjoy a healthy alternative to creative cuisine in Downtown. Enjoy fresh food prepared daily with a world-class lineup of chefs! You won’t be disappointed indulging in the elements at Element Bistro, Bar and Lounge.

JacksonvilleFionn MacCool’s Irish Pub | 2 Independent Dr., Suite 176 | (904) 374-1547

Drop by the award-winning Irish pub at the Jacksonville Landing for a night of great fun, food and live entertainment! There’s nothing quite like a genuine Irish pub experience. Enjoy food made from scratch with fresh ingredients, live music on Wednesdays and 40 beers on tap!

Gili’s Kitchen | 126 W. Adams St. #102 | (904) 475-140031150378_1760329594013725_3779808371394215936_n

In Jacksonville, there has never been a kosher butcher until now. Gili’s Kitchen offers fresh, premium cuts of meat and an international kosher food, with only fresh and quality ingredients. Gili’s Kitchen is ready to serve you at their new location, and deliver freshly prepared meals directly to your door!

hooters-2Hooters | 2 Independent Dr., Suite 103 | (904) 356-5400

This home of the world famous Hooters girls is where you’ll find great buffalo wings, oysters, burgers, sandwiches and clam chowder at the Jacksonville Landing. Plus, a full bar is served.

Indochine | 21 E. Adams St., Second Floor | (904) 598-5303phad-thai-lunch

Enjoy authentic Southeast Asian and Thai cuisine served in a beautiful atmosphere! They’ve been voted Folio Magazine’s “Best Thai Restaurant” for six consecutive years, the Times Union Bold City Best Thai two consecutive years, and “Top 50” for Jacksonville restaurants for two years! Go to Indochine to indulge in the best Thai, Sushi and Pho in Downtown.

72808Juliette’s Bistro + JBar at the Omni Hotel | 245 W. Water St. | (904) 791-4995

Located inside the Omni hotel, this award-winning stylish bistro offers fresh seafood, steaks and salads in a casual upscale atmosphere. Plus, their full service bar carries beers from all over the world! Perfect for a nice, intimate night out.

Kazu Sushi Burrito | 117 W. Adams St. | (904) 438-5020download

Want an even fresher take on sushi? Then Kazu Sushi Burrito is the place you want to be. They balance Hawaiian flavors with Japanese techniques. Using only the freshest ingredients, Kazu creates flavorful poke burritos, bowls and salads. Perfect for the health-conscious crowd on the go looking for good, clean eating with a twist. You can design your own or choose from their signature menu.

river-city-brewing-companyRiver City Brewing Company | 835 Museum Cir. | (904) 398-2299

River City Brewing Company is Jacksonville’s premier riverfront restaurant located on the Southbank of Downtown Jacksonville. The casually elegant 325 seat main dining room overlooks the beautiful St. Johns River and the skyline of Downtown Jacksonville. The menu offers dishes created with global flavor and culinary expertise including fresh seafood, tender steaks creative pasta dishes and chef’s daily creations.

Sake House | 1478 Riverplace Blvd #1 | (904) 306-2188cool-bar-area

Sake house offers a wide array of fine Japanese fusion cuisine, ranging from traditional dishes to new style entrees. Come ignite your taste buds at this fabulous sushi and grill. They offer a full bar with beer, wine, sake and cocktails to enjoy. Sake House is also available for any parties, business meetings, and relaxing or intimate dinners in this upscale restaurant. It is a great place for all occasions!

755fcbf640688ce63823e938d0ca5b28Spliff’s Gastropub | 15 N. Ocean St. | (904) 844-5000

With a commitment to quality, Spliff’s Gastropub serves up bold flavors to the downtown dining landscape. Offering a unique variation on “Gourmet Comfort Food”, the menu aims to have a little something for everyone. The bar features full liquor, a wall of rotating taps with craft and local beers, select wines, as well as daily events to entertain you while you dine. May we recommend their mural-filled back patio? Oh, it also has a bar.

Super Food and Brew | 11 E. Forsyth St. | (904) 723-1180xDUhvECK_400x400

Serving food with passion and purpose, this healthy, artisan gastropub serves delicious food and $4 craft beers all day, everyday. This food truck-turned-restaurant serves lunch and dinner five days a week, with live music on select evenings. They also have excellent catering options, call ahead and delivery.

348sTrellises Restaurant at Hyatt Regency | 225 E. Coastline Dr. | (904) 634-4540

Located in the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, this cafe offers a casual dining atmosphere that features a buffet along with a la carte items. Enjoy your meal while gazing at the spectacular view of the river.

Zodiac Bar & Grill | 120 W. Adams St. | (904) 354-8283Zodiac-Bar-and-Grill-Jacksonville

This stylish hangout features a menu of Mediterranean and American fare. Never experienced Mediterranean food? The friendly staff will help you through the excellent buffet! Or, help yourself to a delicious panini, daily specials and vegetarian dishes. While at this stylish hangout, you can enjoy a full bar, espresso and hookahs.




03Chart House | 1501 Riverplace Blvd | (904) 398-3353

When it comes to Downtown’s waterfront restaurants, it doesn’t get much better than Chart House seafood restaurant. Located right on the Southbank and featuring unique and historic architecture, Chart House Jacksonville overlooks the city’s gorgeous riverfront and skyline. The St. Johns River is the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening or stylish happy hour, all while sampling some of the most creative Prime Rib, steak and seafood Jacksonville has to offer.

Cowford Chophouse | 101 E. Bay St. | (904) 862-6464cowfordchophouse3_1200xx2553-1436-0-136

Experience this icon restored. Cowford Chophouse is a new, two-story restaurant located in Downtown, within walking distance from the Florida Theatre. What was once a bank, this structure has been completely restored and refurbished with high ceilings, arched windows, stylish dining rooms and a rooftop bar and lounge. Their menu blends classic, coastal and Southern culinary styles for a distinctive dining experience!

wellmortMorton’s The Steakhouse | 225 E Coastline Dr. | (904) 354-4350

Morton’s The Steakhouse is an upscale chain conveniently located in Downtown at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Focusing on quality, consistency and genuine hospitality, Morton’s seeks to provide not only memorable cuisine, but also a memorable experience. With fresh, succulent seafood and famed prime-aged steak, it’s no surprise that Morton’s has thrilled diners all over the world.

River Club | 1 Independent Dr. #3500 | (904) 354-1111443567_l

Located at the top of the Wells Fargo Center, this two-story private club is a great place to meet and greet clients and friends, and host special events such as weddings and business dinners. The River Club readily hosts large meetings, intimate gatherings and special events. Their menu is designed for a variety of dining tastes and experiences.

ruth-chrisRuth’s Chris Steak House | 1201 Riverplace Blvd | (904) 396-6200

The riverfront location on the St. Johns River offers the best steakhouse experience in Jacksonville. Ruth’s Chris’ signature sizzling plates and award-winning wine list are the perfect pairing for any occasion. Begin your romantic evening at the Southbank River Walk, and then head to the Ruth’s Chris riverfront bar for a signature cocktail, followed by a decadent dinner in the elegant dining room.



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An Apple a Day | 2 Independent Dr., Suite 121 | (904) 353-2024 apple

They’ve got you covered from morning to night! It doesn’t matter if you’re coming for the fresh-squeezed orange juice, grab-n-go sandwich, or a delicious daiquiri after work! Enjoy healthy fresh garden salads, tuna & chicken salads and homemade soups. Stop by anytime and discover the difference An Apple A Day can make. Located inside the Jacksonville Landing.

BigPetes021_400x400Big Pete’s Pizzeria | 118 N. Julia St. | (904) 356-2680

Big Pete’s Pizza has always given the people of Jacksonville quality food, fast delivery and great customer service, all at an affordable price. Every day, their pizza, pasta, dough and sauces are prepared fresh in their kitchens. Serving robust flavors and hearty portions, they serve the finest hand-tossed pizza around.

Burritos Puebla | 440 W. Adams St. | (904) 442-3963burritos

Located conveniently across from the Courthouse, this Mexican restaurant offers fresh and authentic Mexican food Monday through Friday for the busy workweek or after a long day of jury duty.

chicago-3Chicago Pizza | 2 Independent Dr. | (904) 354-7747

In the mood for deep-dish pizza and Chicago-inspired eats? Look no further than Chicago Pizza at the Jacksonville Landing! Enjoy a casual, upbeat environment with plenty of TVs and occasional live music.

Jenkins Quality Barbecue | 830 N. Pearl St. | (904) 353-6388pearl

Jenkins Quality Barbeque is a family business serving Jacksonville for more than 50 years, so they know what they’re doing.  Serving the freshest, most succulent ribs, chicken and sliced pork and beef, cooked daily on an oak wood-fired pit and topped with their secret savory sauce.  Conveniently located across from FSCJ and one block from the Rosa Parks Transit Station.

616997_WJ7FLT5EFJLqzLP_Iy23UqRxq-JiKKm0_9piiX-qcSQJimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches | 201 N. Laura St. | (904) 400-7171

Looking for a quick, good sandwich or sub? Look no further than Jimmy John’s at the core Downtown location! Enjoy from-scratch food made with excellent ingredients. They serve sandwiches, chips, cookies and non-alcoholic beverages.



 There are dining options for every taste in #DTJax! Don’t forget, parking is free in Downtown on weekends and any weekday after 6 p.m. For more information on dining or parking, visit our website at www.downtownjacksonville.org

Mother's Day

Show your mom you really love her by celebrating Mother’s Day in Downtown! Here’s a list of places hosting special Mother’s Day events starting this weekend!



Mother’s Day Brunch at Candy Apple Café | May 5

Celebrate Mother’s Day early at The Candy Apple Café and Cocktails! The Joys of a Healing Spirit and Moriah’s Gourmet Popcorn will host a special brunch to honor ALL mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends on Saturday, May 5th from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m




Mother’s Day Special at Beautifully Divine | May 5 -6 and 12-13


Celebrate Mother’s Day at Beautifully Divine Custom Design Studio at The Landing! Choose from four different dates to spoil your mom! What do you get with your ticket purchase?

  • Entry into a DIY Painting Workshop
  • A custom designed wood sign
  • 2 ½ hour guided instructions
  • Complementary mimosas and wine
  • Complementary hors d’oeurves



Mother’s Day Bash at Mavericks | May 12

Looking for something a little different to celebrate Mother’s Day? Head to Mavericks Live for a special Mother’s Day Bash on Saturday, May 12 at 10 p.m.. Enjoy music by DJ Pretty Ricky & others. 21+ ladies enter free until 11:30 p.m.


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NOLA MOCA’s Mother’s Day Brunch | May 13

Celebrate mom at MOCA Jacksonville this year with a beautiful brunch and stroll through the galleries. NOLA MOCA’s special Mother’s Day Brunch menu features a buffet of fresh salads, pastries, and hot small bites to enjoy as well as a selection of delicious entrees. Price includes complimentary gallery admission.




Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch Buffet at RCBC | May 13river-city-brewing-company

Celebrate Mother’s Day with River City Brewing Company! Enjoy a Sunday brunch buffet with a special Mother’s Day twist. There will be limited seating available, reservations are not available to be made online and can only be reserved by calling (904) 398-2299.




28575611_1836118496433424_5689954049728517854_nMother’s Day Brunch at the Lexington Hotel’s Pier 1515 | May 13

Treat mom to a special Mother’s Day brunch at the Lexington Hotel – Jacksonville Riverwalk! Enjoy a hand-crafted menu, bottomless mimosas, completed with a nice stroll along the South Bank Riverwalk. The hotel offers three brunch seatings: 10 a.m., 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. Make your reservations by calling (904) 396-5100.



For more great locations to celebrate Mother’s Day in #DTJax, visit our full listing at www.downtownjacksonville.org