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By Ari Sinudom, Marketing and Events Assistant

Jacksonville is proud to be home to this fierce rivalry and welcome back the Gators and Dawgs on Oct. 28! This handy guide will tell you everything you need to know about festivities, entertainment and travel options during Florida-Georgia weekend. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #UGAvsUF and #DTJax!

Official post

 

The Main Event

 

Visit here for the official Florida vs. Georgia event page where you can buy tickets and learn more about RV City, rules and restrictions, game day FAQs, weekend guide and maps.

FL-GA Game Day Map 2017

 

Florida-Georgia Weekend of Events

 

Friday

 

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Oct. 27 | 11:30 a.m.

EverBank Field – US Assure West Club

Cost: $60 per seat

In recognition of the nation’s premier collegiate rivalry, the Jacksonville Sports and Entertainment Board created the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame to acknowledge the many great records, performances, career highlights and outstanding memories that have made the Georgia-Florida game one of college football’s great traditions. With their induction, the 2017 inductees become permanently etched into the historical fabric of this storied rivalry.

Florida-Georgia 2017 Celebration

Oct. 27 | 12 p.m.

The Jacksonville Landing

Cost: $10 at the door

The Jacksonville Landing welcomes the University of Georgia and the University of Florida fans for a weekend celebration surrounding one of the most infamous rivalry football games. The Landing has scheduled a variety of entertainment to appeal to fans of all ages.

Live music on the Sleiman Riverfront Stage:

  • 12 – 5 p.m. Southern Rukus

  • 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. DJ Kevin

  • 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Austin Park

Entertainment on the Hogan Street Stage:

  • 7 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. DJ Wes

Entertainment in Courtyard Lounge

  • 7 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. DJ Davin

Live Music at Fionn MacCools:

  • 5 – 8 p.m. Firewater Tent Revival

  • 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Boogie Freaks

FL/GA Pre-Party at Mavericks Live. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Brand New Poster

 

Brand New

Oct. 27 | 7:30 p.m.

Daily’s Place

Starting price: $40

Don’t miss Brand New and guests at Daily’s Place as they start Florida-Georgia weekend on a rockin’ note.

Florida vs. Georgia Pigskin & Whiskey Night
Oct. 27 | 7 p.m.

NOLA MOCA

Cost: $35

Kick off Florida-Georgia weekend with a whole hog roast and bourbon craft cocktail party! NOLA’s Chef Kathy Collins is roasting a pig with all the trimmings streetside at MOCA, while Sommelier Mico Fuentes mixes innovative bourbon cocktails paired perfectly with pork. Ticket price includes dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, gallery admission and live music. $7 for most cocktails, except for a few featured premium whiskeys. Come in your Florida/Georgia gear and your first drink is on the house. Must be 21 years or older to attend.


Saturday

 

Florida/Georgia Watch Party
Oct. 28 | 10 a.m.

Manifest Distilling

Cost: $10

Join Manifest Distilling for this year’s Florida/Georgia watch party and tailgate! There will be a cash cocktail bar with proceeds going towards The USS Adams Foundation, and El Mariachi Loko food truck outside the door. Must be 21 years or older.


fan experience flgaFan Experience

Oct. 28 | 10 a.m.

Metropolitan Park 2 along the St. Johns River

Join in on the ultimate pre-game fan experience! This free, interactive attraction will feature sponsor activations, food, and more. Get competitive with various tailgating games like Corn Hole, Ladder Ball, Jenga, Bucket Ball and darts.

ALLSTATE TAILGATE TOUR
Fans can stop by to enjoy games, make personalized #SweetTalk posters and create video confessionals to show that good can happen when differences are put aside. While there, register for the helmet sweepstakes to receive a free prize and be entered to win a team helmet.

MILLER COORS
Visit the Coors Light Football Toss Game to find out how fast your throw is compared to other famous football players! Also find out how to download the Coors Light XP app in order to collect points for amazing Coors or pledge to get home safely for a chance to win a trip to Rose Bowl Stadium! Prizes and points available to fans while the Coors Light promotional team is on-site!

ADAMS STREET EXPERIENCE
Located on the west side of the stadium between Lots J and M.

GEICO
Visit the GEICO display for free giveaways, interactive games, a unique photo op and a chance to win your team’s replica helmet!

IKEA
Visit the IKEA Jacksonville Open House to learn more about the new IKEA store, tour an interactive pop-up showroom, and a chance to win fun prizes.

Florida Georgia VIP Hospitality presented by Mayor Lenny Curry

Oct. 28 | 11:30 a.m.

Daily’s Place Flex Field

Cost: $300 all inclusive, game ticket not included but required for entry

Pre-game with lavish food and desserts, a full bar, live music, interactive games, photo booths and more at this new addition to the annual game.

Gator Nation Tailgate

Oct. 28 | 11 a.m.

Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville

Cost: Free to attend, $15 buffet ticket

Join the Gator Club of Jacksonville to tailgate and celebrate the Orange and Blue before the game! Admission is free and open to the public, and buffet entry will be available for purchase. You can pre-order buffet tickets here.

Florida-Georgia 2017 Celebration

Oct. 28 | 11 a.m.

The Jacksonville Landing

Cost: $10

The Jacksonville Landing welcomes the University of Georgia and the University of Florida fans for a weekend celebration surrounding one of the most infamous rivalry football games. The Landing has scheduled a variety of entertainment to appeal to fans of all ages throughout the property.

Live music on the Sleiman Riverfront Stage:

  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. WildFire Rising

  • 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Lonely Highway

  • 7 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. DJ Wes

Entertainment on the Hogan Street Stage:

  • 7 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. DJ James

Entertainment in Courtayard Lounge:

  • 7 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. DJ Shawn

Live music at Fionn MacCool’s:

  • 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Austin Park

Game Watch Party and After-Party at Mavericks Live. Doors open at noon.

Georgia Bulldog Club of Jacksonville Pregame BBQ Tailgate Party
Oct. 28 | 11 a.m.

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Before the game, The Georgia Bulldog Club of Jacksonville will gather for the annual tailgate party. The tailgate party will feature UGA Pep Band, UGA Georgettes, UGA Cheerleaders, Hairy Dawg and live entertainment by the band Rhythm Oil. The Rhythm Oil Band starts around 11 a.m. Food service starts at 11:30 a.m. The Redcoats, Georgettes, cheerleaders, and Hairy Dawg will show up around noon.

Getting Around

 

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Boat Docking

Metropolitan Park Marina Boat Docking – SOLD OUT

1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Northbank Riverfront

Docking fee determined by boat size. Three-day minimum charge.

30-minute parking for unloading on Thursday and Friday only. No parking on Saturday.

For more information, call the City Dockmaster (904) 630-0839.

River City Brewing Company Boat Docking – SOLD OUT

835 Museum Circle, Southbank Riverfront

Friday Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28

Marina facilities, fuel and overnight docking available.

1 night minimum. $3 per ft., 30 ft. minimum

For more information, call (904) 398-7918.

Traffic Patterns

Message boards will be placed throughout the entertainment footprint, displaying parking information during the event weekend. Please refer to these boards, not your navigation systems, for specific instructions on parking.

Bay Street: 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, the lane indicators will shift to pre-game pattern of three eastbound lanes and one westbound lane on Bay Street from Ocean Street to the Sports Complex Area.

JTA Game Day Xpress

Saturday, October 28 | 12:30 p.m. – one hour post-game

Downtown locations: (Single game shuttle pass $8)

Located at the Convention Center Lot stop at 1005 Forsyth St., patrons have complimentary parking, paying only to ride round-trip, non-stop service to the stadium. JTA offers continuous shuttle service throughout the game from this lot only.

In the San Marco area, the Kings Avenue Parking Garage at 1003 Kings Ave. offers convenient parking facilities. Patrons can access this location from I-95 and numerous other arteries. Enjoy complimentary parking and ride round-trip, non-stop service to the stadium.

  • Jacksonville Landing: Hogan St. between Water and Bay

No parking provided.

Passes can be purchased in advance at www.jtafla.com, via the MyJTA app or in person at the JTA Administration Building at 121 W Forsyth St., Suite 170. Fans can purchase single-game passes at any Game Day Xpress lot on game day or via the MyJTA app. All JTA shuttles are wheelchair accessible. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to park at the Convention Center lot where JTA paratransit vans are available. For more information, visit www.jtafla.com or call JTA’s customer service line at (904) 630-3100.

Suburban locations: (Single game shuttle pass $13)

  • Armsdale Park-n-Ride, 3191 Armsdale Rd.

  • Beaches: Wingate Park, 277 Penman Rd. S.

  • Southside: Philips Hwy./JTB Park-n-Ride, 7020 Philips Hwy.

Skyway Service

The Skyway is a FREE fully-automated, non-polluting, state-of-the-art monorail transit system operating on an elevated and electrified dual guideway, serving six locations on both sides of the St. Johns River.

Hours:

Thursday, October 26: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday, October 27: 6 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Saturday, October 28: 9 a.m. – midnight

Stops:

  • Rosa L. Parks Transit Station (Hogan and State Streets)

  • Hemming Park (Monroe and Hogan Streets)

  • Central (Bay and Pearl Streets)

  • San Marco (San Marco Boulevard and Mary Street)

  • Riverplace (Flagler Avenue)

  • Kings Avenue (Prudential Drive and Kings Avenue)

The JTA Skyway, Trolleys and Stadium Shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible.

JTA Customer Information: (904) 630-3100 or visit www.jtafla.com

St. Johns River Taxi

Take a convenient River Taxi to your Florida-Georgia weekend destinations.  River Taxis loop every 30-40 minutes during the service hours listed below. Tickets can be purchased on board all River Taxi boats. Cash payments only.

Hours

Thursday, October 26: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday, October 27: 11 a.m. – midnight

Saturday, October 28: 9 a.m.- 12:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 29: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Service Fares:

  • $10 round trip for a game-day pass (valid to/from stadium for all Downtown stops)

  • $20 Unlimited River Taxi pass on game day

  • $30 two-day unlimited pass, valid Friday and Saturday

  • All other days will be $10 for an unlimited River Taxi pass.

  • Infants (2 Years and Under) ride free

Stops:

For questions, please call (904) 860-8294 or visit www.rivertaxiandtours.com.

Drop-off & Pick-up Procedures

 

Drop-off:

A designated drop-off location has been created at Gate 1 to allow those with a disability to be dropped off as close as possible to EverBank Field. Drivers dropping off disabled patrons should enter Lot M and tell the parking attendant and the police officer that you are dropping off a guest with disabilities. After drop-off, the driver must exit Lot M unless he/she has a parking pass for the lot.

Pick-up:

Post-event traffic will flow away from the stadium for 30-45 minutes after the game. Disabled patrons can use the postgame Golf Cart Shuttle Service by Gate 1 or wait at the closest gate location until the traffic pattern returns to two-way.

Ride Share providers such as Lyft and Uber must be staged on Georgia Street by half-time in order to provide services.

Important Numbers to Know:

 

Georgia Florida Weekend Hotline: . . . . . . . . . .1-800-985-FLGA (3542)

Sideline Safety Zone Hotline: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (904) 630-SAFE (7233)

JTA Stadium Shuttle & Skyway: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (904) 630-3100

RV City Parking: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800-985-FLGA (3542)

Water Taxi: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(904) 860-TAXI (8294)

EverBank Field: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(904) 633-6100

Jacksonville Expo Center at the Fairgrounds: . . . . . . . ..(904) 353-0535

Downtown Ambassadors: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(904) 465-7980

Visitor and Hotel Information: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800-733-2668

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(904) 630-3600

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena: . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(904) 630-3900

The Jacksonville Landing: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(904) 353-1188

Pop-A-Lock: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(904) 354-8566

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (Non-emergency): . . . . . . . .(904) 630-0500

No matter what team you’re rooting for, it’s going to be another exciting and fun FL/GA in #DTJax! For more information on parking, where to stay, dining and more, check out dtjax.com or download the intoGo app.

Summer camps are a dime a dozen but there are none quite like the 5 & Dime Theatre Summer Camp in #DTJax. Hosted by the theatre company that recently put down roots in Downtown, it is a true hands on and well-rounded learning experience in all things theatre. The camp spans from age 5 all the way through tenth grade, each week dedicated to a specific age group so that content can be altered appropriately. Youngsters play theatre-related games and learn the basics while the older crowd works on honing their craft and building on what they already know. The third round (July 24 – July 28) is designated specifically to musical theatre, giving campers the opportunity to expand their love for musical theatre through musical song and dance numbers and solo work. Every age group puts on a performance on their final day to show off what they’ve learned.

Screen Shot 2017-07-14 at 10.03.34 AMI had the opportunity to pay the 5-10 year old group a visit this week and while the games were wildly fun and thoroughly educational, the most impressive thing that I encountered were the instructors. There were 5 instructors for the class of 16 children which is a pretty incredible and rare ratio when it comes to summer camps. This made for a much more organized environment conducive to learning; the campers all receiving individual attention and instruction. And though the instructors have the patience of experienced elementary school teachers, they are all theatre students at well-respected universities – they’re the real deal.

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-07-14 at 9.53.39 AMThough I was only there for a short time, the thing that I liked most about what I observed was that the instructors encouraged the campers to be brave and “perform” alone in front of the crowd, to cheer each other on, to respect each other and to be polite while others are on stage. The instructors also stressed theatre etiquette. Multiple times, they asked the campers, “What do we do when someone comes off stage, regardless of their performance?” and everyone yelled, “We clap!” and started clapping.

 

I got to ask the campers and instructors a few questions, here’s what they had to say:

 

Campers:

Q: What has been your favorite part of summer camp so far?

A: Playing games

A: Making sock puppets and masks

A: Arts and crafts

 

Q: What is the coolest thing you’ve learned so far at summer camp?

A: Learning about theatre

A: Theatre etiquitte

A: The history of theatre

 

Q: Do you guys want to do summer camp again next year?

A: A loud, roaring “YES!”

 

Instructors:

Q: How long have you guys been acting?

MacKenzy: I have been acting since 4th grade, Alec has been acting since 6th grade and Avery and Nathaniel started in high school.

Emily: I’ve been acting since about 5th grade.

 

Q: What made you guys want to teach summer camp here at 5 & Dime rather than somewhere else?

MacKenzy: I think because we have learned so much from the Jacksonville community and this is our time to give back.

 

Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching summer camp?

MacKenzy: I just love seeing how excited they get to come back. When they leave with their parents, they’re like, “No we don’t wanna leave!” and that right there just makes everything doable and worth it.

Emily: Yeah, seeing how excited they get is definitely the best part.

 

Q: Name one thing that you like about Downtown:

MacKenzy: Everything is local and the arts and theatre seem to be appreciated here. That’s one of the best parts about being at the 5 & Dime is that it’s Downtown.

Emily: You don’t find a lot of chains here. Everything here is very much like locals just found a nook and started a business and you find that on every corner.

 

Q: If you could change anything about Downtown, what would it be?

MacKenzy: I wish it was a little cleaner.

Emily: Get rid of the one-way streets.

 

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Downtown Jacksonville is home to over 90 eclectic restaurants, each with its own unique story. July is Culinary Arts Month, so what better way to celebrate than to do so in #DTJax? Below contains highlights of just some of the dining options the Urban Core has to offer.

 

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Indochine

 

Craving Southeast Asian food? Indochine is THE go-to. Dig into duck curry, Thai beef flank and some of the best noodle dishes in Downtown, including Pad Thai, Mee-Krob and Vietnamese Pho. This eatery has been Folio’s “Best Thai Restaurant” for six consecutive years, a title Indochine has rightfully earned.




nolaNOLA MOCA

 

Satisfy your stomach with this one-of-a-kind Downtown dining experience. Connected to the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, NOLA MOCA features gourmet bistro fare in an atmosphere unlike any other in the Urban Core. With daily specials and a brand new summer menu, it’s not hard to find a menu item you’ll fall in love with. Don’t worry, takeout is an option for you on-the-goers.




super foodSuper Food and Brew

 

Previously one of Jacksonville’s favorite food trucks, Super Food and Brew landed in the Urban Core as a brick-and-mortar over two years ago. The menu is littered with fresh, healthy food and has delicious vegetarian and vegan options. Be sure to check out their $4 craft beer selection.




spliffs macSpliff’s Gastropub

 

Got the late night munchies? Spliff’s Gastropub has you covered until 2 a.m. with gourmet spliff pockets, sandwiches and their signature dish: mac & cheese. With a great rotating draft beer selection, Spliff’s is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings. Don’t know what to try? Chef Cassie’s favorite mac is The Herbivorous, featuring every veggie in the house.

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Kazu Sushi Burrito

 

Opening just a few months ago, Kazu Sushi Burrito is already changing the way Downtown thinks about sushi. Customize your own poké bowl, salad and sushi burrito, or choose from one of their signature options. Don’t have time to dine-in? Order online and pick up. One burrito at a time, Kazu Sushi Burrito is reinventing the way we think about Japanese cuisine.




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Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails

 

Sitting side-by-side with Sweet Pete’s Candy in the historic Seminole Club, The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails is home to the best all-day brunch in the area. Chef Jamey Evoniuk’s scratch kitchen produces delicious French-inspired cuisine with a Southern twist. Have a sweet tooth? Browse their bar menu and try one of their craft candy cocktails.




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DVI Updates 

 

 June Art Walk – Bold City Brewery Big John’s Apricot Wheat Ale Summer Release Party

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Help kick off summer as Bold City Brewery releases the popular Big John’s Apricot Wheat Ale! Enjoy live music by Firewater Tent Revival from 6-9 p.m., 20+ local artists, delicious food and more, plus 60+ participating venues. Cool down with a delicious popsicle from The Hyppo as you start your summer off right in #DTJax!

 

Volunteer Opportunity:

Help us make #ArtWalkJax a success and support all of your favorite local artists, performers, musicians, food trucks and businesses. Sign up here.

 Art Walk After Dark

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The fun continues in The Elbow during Art Walk After Dark from 9 p.m. to late! Hangout in Downtown’s entertainment district with live music, award-winning cuisine and great memories.

 

Brooklyn Neighborhood Road Diet Study
If you live in the Brooklyn area or travel through it frequently, please take part in this survey to help improve the Brooklyn Neighborhood Road Diet (Riverside Blvd & Park Street). Begin the survey here.

 

Times-Union-Media.-2017

The Florida Times-Union is introducing a new quarterly magazine on Downtown in June titled “J.”  As part of this project,  the editorial page staff is compiling a group of readers in an Email Group for Downtown.  These readers will be asked questions that relate to Downtown.  There is no obligation, just a chance to sound off on Downtown issues.  If you would like to join the group, please email Editorial Page Editor Mike Clark: mike.clark@jacksonville.com. He will send you a questionnaire. The editorial page also will be making Downtown one of its focus issues for the daily opinion pages. The Times-Union thanks you for your consideration.

 

From our friends at Hemming Park:
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This weekend, come down to Hemming Park for the Florida Spirits & Cocktail Festival, a showcase of over a dozen Florida Craft Distilleries along with cocktail selections from the local craft cocktail community! There will also be food trucks and live music by Ramona Quimby and Mister Mellow for your enjoyment.
Tickets are on sale now at mkt.com/hemmingpark.  $30 early bird and $45 VIP.  $40 and $50 on the day event.

 

Internship Opportunities:
DVI is looking for summer interns. If you’re a recent college graduate or a college student in your junior or senior year of college or a recent graduate looking for marketing and events experience, we want you! Learn more

 

2015 State of Downtown Report:
2015-State-of-Downtown_v3-for-print_lowres_Page_01Downtown Vision, Inc. released an 18-month summary on the state and growth of Downtown Jacksonville. This report provides details on development successes and  announcements, office and employment trends, residential growth, retail mix, arts and culture, tourism, transportation and more. Read the report in it’s entirety on our blog or visit dtjaxreports.com to download the PDF.

 
  

DVI Annual Report Available:
Screen Shot 2016-11-21 at 2.03.20 PMHave you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which  highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2015-2016.

 

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Jacksonville Jazz Festival is just a few days away! As one of the largest jazz festivals in the country, Jacksonville Jazz Festival will feature more than 30 artists on 4 stages in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. As we gear up and prepare for the party Downtown, it’s time for you to start planning your weekend at the festival!
 

About the festival

17218646_1377440608997743_6028827924759313496_oWhen: MAY 25-28, 2017
Thursday, May 25th: 7 p.m.
Friday, May 26th: 4 p.m. – Midnight
Saturday, May 27th: 1 p.m. – Midnight
Sunday, May 28th: 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Festival Schedule
 
Where: Downtown Jacksonvillefestival map
 

Every Memorial Day weekend, dozens of jazz artists and thousands of fans and spectators from our hometown and from around the world travel to Jacksonville for the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. The festival is a celebration of epic proportions to honor of the music, art and culture of America’s music. The festival is unique because of its proximity to water, historically being centered around the St. John’s River, and its affordability… it’s one of few FREE large festivals! In 2017, the festival makes its way back to the core, returning to #DTJax like never before with great food, drinks, good fun and a TON of free live entertainment. The festival boasts three outdoor stages with state­ of­ the ­art light and sound spread across a walkable, open container footprint covering 15 city blocks! Expect exciting new additions to this year’s festival program like the Jazz Marketplace where artists and makers showcase their original wares in a unique shopping experience and Jazz Eats and Drinks, a consolidated strip full of the city’s best al fresco dining options, along with ever ­popular signature events such as the Piano Competition, Jazz Jam, Omni Sacred Jazz Brunch and more.

 

Experience

 
18519875_1462365870505216_4971591784721455780_nJacksonville Jazz Festival is free and open to the public, all you have to do is show up! The festival experience is enjoyable with plenty of food and drink options within 15 blocks of open container footprint, allowing you to sip and walk from one end of the festival to the other without hassle, plenty of restrooms, and the option to stand and dance or bring a lawn chair to relax in. The festival is totally yours to enjoy however you like!

Feeling fancy? Upgrade! 3-Day and single-day VIP passes are available for purchase online. These VIP passes give you some pretty sought-after luxuries that are not available to all festival goers: up-front exclusive seating, reserved parking, complimentary Coca-Cola products and snacks, air-conditioned restrooms, dedicated VIP bars, official merchandise and admission to the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. VIP passes are a hot commodity and are almost gone. If you’re interested in purchasing one, you can get ‘em here.

 

Transportation & Parking

 
17917867_1508091589202254_8000405192173044334_oMake an entrance by car, Skyway, taxi or water taxi! If you are making the drive in, parking is a non-issue. There are over 43,000 public parking spaces downtown! Check out the parking database here.

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.

Make it an adventure – arrive by water! The River Taxi will run a continuous loop downtown from Jacksonville Landing, to Friendship Fountain, Doubletree Hotel, Lexington Hotel, Metro Park, and back to the Jax Landing. Boats will arrive at each dock every 30 to 45 minutes. Special event pricing will be in place for $10 per day for an all day/all night pass. Children under 3 are free. Tickets can be purchased on board the boats, cash only, at any of our listed stops. If you would like a 4-day (Thurs – Sun) or 3-day (Fri-Sun) unlimited pass, purchase them at the link below and save $5! There are no one-way tickets. You can purchase Multi-Day tickets here.

Special River Taxi Operating Hours this weekend are:

Thursday, May 25th: 11a.m. – 11 p.m.             
Friday, May 26th: 11a.m. – Midnight.             
Saturday, May 27th: 11a.m. – Midnight.             
Sunday, May 28th: 11a.m. – 10 p.m.


Get the city-goer experience. The Skyway is always FREE and will run on an extended schedule this weekend!

Friday, May 26th: 6 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 27th: 11 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Sunday, May 28th:11 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.

 

Discover #DTJax Before and After the Festival

 
Make a day or weekend out of it! There is so much to see, do and explore in #DTJax. We have an entire directory of restaurants, bars, venues, museums, parks, shops and so much more! Plan out your weekend, find everything you need here.

Jazz Fest After Dark

jfad9Did someone say afterparty? The fun doesn’t end when the festival does! Returning for its 5th year, keep the party going at Jazz Fest After Dark with 13 stages, 40+ acts and more on Friday and Saturday night. More details can be found at Jazzfestafterdark.com