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What better way to ring in the New Year than attending the very first First Wednesday Art Walk of 2015? This month’s Art Walk theme is “New Year, New Hobby” and will feature dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and many other activities that will help inspire your new hobby.

Here are some other reasons why you should attend Art Walk 5 – 9 p.m. this Wednesday, Jan. 7:

1. Need another chance to start the New Year fresh?



 From martial arts to quilting to gymnastics and dance, there are plenty of performances, art, vendors and food to choose from.

2. New Year, new coffee shop!



 Check out the grand opening of Urban Grind Coffee Co.’s new location on Bay Street, featuring live music, smoothie samples and new menu items. Be sure to stop by their neighbors, Daniel James Salon, for a beauty tips and yoga demonstrations by Yoga Den.

3. Because you can’t watch all of Friends in one sitting.

 Don’t worry, Friends will still be on Netflix when you get back. Why not hangout with your real friends at The Jacksonville Landing? During Art Walk, The Landing will feature local artists performing on the Coca-Cola Riverfront Stage, and Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant and Pub will host Spade McQuade for Whiskey Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m.

4. Why not support local artists doing what they love?



 Don’t forget that all of your favorite Art Walk artists – new and existing – will set up in Hemming Park with all of your favorite pieces of artwork.

5. Put that diet off for another day.



 From Humble Pie, Nomi’s Island Girl, Vagabond Coffee and the Food Truck Village – plus, more than 15 restaurants open for dinner – there will be so much deliciousness to enjoy.

Whatever the reason is, be sure to kick off the new year with a visit to Art Walk’s “New Year, New Hobby.” For more information, visit

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Art Walk happens 12 times a year – well, 11 in 2014 because of New Year’s Day but, regardless, you should never miss one. Especially this one. Really. It’s summertime and Downtown is ready to give you a taste of it in the urban core. There’s more than 50 venues on average that participate in the monthly event, which makes it tough to see everything in four hours. If you need some guidance on what to do this month while you’re walkin’ the walk, here are a few places to start:

1. Ever wonder who Big John is? Here’s your chance to meet him – well, his best brew, at least.


Bold City Brewery releases its summer seasonal beer at Art Walk. Don’t miss the party.


2. Who doesn’t love an eight-piece band with pretty men?


Don’t miss The Band Be Easy rockin’ Hemming Plaza.


3. Tattoos may not be everyone’s thing, but they look real good on some folks.


Some of Jacksonville’s finest body art will be showcased during the BodyArt Walk tattoo show at 7 p.m. at Chamblin’s Uptown Café.


4. Jacksonville’s most interesting man is hosting BodyArt Walk, too.

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For the past two years, Dr. Wayne Wood has sported a sleeve.


5. It’s two days before America’s birthday!

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Birthdays really should be birth-weeks!


6. You can’t have a beach party with out skateboards.


Westside Story-like gangs between surfers and skaters didn’t exist where I grew up. Kona School is bringing out some ramps, so bring your board Downtown.


7. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to befriend a killer whale and re-enact this scene.


Note: No real orca whales will be harmed in the production of Art Walk. Only drinking Bold City Brewery’s Killer Whale will take place.

Note 2: I hate the catch-phrase YOLO, but for the sake of the blog post….


8. There’s a lot of talk about beer, but remember, Art Walk is Kid President approved.


Well, not officially, but he wants us to make the world a better place, and we’re starting with Art Walk.


9. The truth is, there’s a lot for kids this month.


Spark Grant recipient and One Spark Creator Roux Arts is bringing a mobile community mosaic piece for everyone to help create!


10. And a sand pit.


Let’s see how many kids we can fit in the pit. Sandcastle contest, anyone?


11. MOCA’s Project Atrium makes a great background for pictures.

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What a good-looking crowd. This is the last Art Walk to catch Project Atrium: Shaun Thurston.


12. One Spark is back!

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Well, on a big screen. Watch the premiere of the short film about the 2014 festival in MOCA’s theater at 8 and 8:30 p.m.


13. Did I already mention there’s really awesome band playing in Hemming Plaza?

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Might I add, they are eight talented guys who normally play beach-side.


14. And the Bold City Brewery crew will be here.

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Aren’t they a great looking family?


15. But honestly, do you really need another reason to be Downtown?

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Grab your friends – especially the ones who think Downtown is scary (because we know those guys exist) – and show them what Downtown is really like.

And guys, whatever you do this Art Walk, don’t drink and drive. First-time Uber users, use promo code “ArtWalkJuly” to receive up to $20 off your first ride.