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Are you interested in art? Do you also enjoy staying active and being outside? Do you have limited time and want an activity that will take an hour or less? Touring Downtown Jacksonville’s collection of wall murals is the perfect activity if one or all of those things mentioned above grabs your attention.

All within walking distance of each other, Downtown Jacksonville has nine unique wall murals designed by artists from all over the world. Ranging from abstract to contemporary to surreal, touring the downtown murals is a great activity for those who enjoy photography, art appreciation or want to put an interesting spin on getting exercise. Enjoy the guide below to make the most of your tour of some of #DTJax’s most diverse street art.

Stop 1: James Reka┃245 Water St.

The first mural, and one of the most impressive in size, is an abstract piece by Australian artist James Reka. Located across the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, it is nearly impossible to miss this piece of art due to its size and striking color scheme. While you are in the area, take in the scenic views of the St. John’s River at the Jacksonville Landing.

 

 

Stop 2: Waone Interesni Kazki┃315 W. Forsyth St.

Located on the side of Akel’s Delicatessen, the second mural on the tour is from Ukrainian artist Waone Interesni Kazki.

 

 

 

 

 

Stop 3: Dourone & David Petroni┃111 N. Julia St.

Directly across from Waone Interesni Kazki’s mural is another too-big-to-miss mural. Spanish artist Dourone’s piece adds a bright splash of color to a large parking garage on Julia St. If you choose to take this tour during the morning or early afternoon, you can stop by the The Brick Coffee House to get a cup of coffee to take on the rest of your walk.

 

 

Stop 4: Borondo┃404 N. Julia St.

A short walk up Julia St. from the Dourone piece, you will find Spanish artist Gonzalo Borondo’s work located across from the Ed Austin Building.

 

 

 

 

Stop 5: Phlegm┃140 Monroe St.

On your walk from Borondo’s mural down Duval St., take some time to stop by Sweet Pete’s Candy shop to satisfy your sweet tooth and find almost every type of dessert imaginable. Once you make your way to Hemming Park, you will find UK artist Phlegm’s mural. You can view this expansive illustration while enjoying live music, food trucks, and other entertainment located in Hemming Park, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

 

Stop 6: René Romero Schuler┃231 N. Laura St.

A short walk up W. Monroe St. will lead you to artist René Romero Schuler’s brightly colored mural. While admiring this piece, you can stop in Chamblin’s Uptown, a bookstore specializing in used and rare books. This is a must see for any book worm!

 

 

 

 

Stop 7: Ricky Lee Gordon┃41 E. Duval St.

From Chamblin’s you can make your way up to Duval St. where you
will find South African artist,
Ricky Lee Gordon’s, mural. If you’re looking for a light and healthy meal, from this mural you can walk to Super Food and Brew. They have a wide selection of salads and sandwiches, as well as a variety of beer to choose from.

 

 

Stop 8: Adele Renault┃100 E. Adams St.

A three minute walk from the Gordon mural will bring you to Adele Renault’s lengthy mural. This piece covers the entire side of a building with an optical illusion like design. Located by this piece, you can find Burrito Gallery, a #DTJax staple! They offer a wide variety of tasty and unique burritos, tacos, enchiladas, and salads.

 

 

 

Stop 9: Mohamed L’Ghacham┃112 E. Forsyth St.

The final stop, only two minutes from stop eight, you will find yourself looking up at a large portrait designed by Spanish artist Mohamed L’Ghacham. Stopping here, you will find yourself in the heart of the Elbow, Downtown Jacksonville’s Entertainment District, which includes hot spots like 1904 Music Hall, Cowford Chophouse, Bold City Brewery, The Florida Theatre and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The easily accessible and walkable mural tour is just one of the unique ways to see a variety of what Downtown Jacksonville has to offer when it comes to art, dining, and entertainment. Whether you’re looking for a creative date night or a way to refresh your exercise routine, following this guide will allow you to see many of Downtown’s artistic highlights.

For a complete listing of restaurants, shops and nightlife to enjoy during your tour, visit our directory and explore all that #DTJax has to offer!

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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.

WJCT

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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