The St. Johns River is arguably one of Downtown Jacksonville’s best assets. In an initiative that began last year, the JAX Chamber and Community First Credit Union have partnered to celebrate the riverfront through a monthly event series, Community First Saturdays.
The event’s second season kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 7, to once again show appreciation for the river and, ultimately, Downtown.
As the name suggests, Community First Saturdays takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every first Saturday of the month, September through June. Event happenings are concentrated behind the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts along the Northbank Riverwalk. While the event often incorporates specific themes throughout its season, at its core are family-friendly activities focused on outdoor recreation and fitness.
Past activities include bike tours, fitness classes, walking tours, art classes, scavenger hunts and much more. In addition, there are always several food trucks set up at the event to cater to foodies and those in need of calories post-workout. This month, hang out with the Bold City Brigade, watch the Florida Gators vs. Miami Hurricanes game from your lawn chair, participate in a mini paint class, learn tai chi and browse community partner booths, to name just a few to-dos.
Parking remains free this season at the former Duval County Courthouse on the east end of the Riverwalk. The Skyway also runs special Saturday hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Community First Saturdays. For more information on this event, visit the Community First Saturdays blog and Facebook page, which will keep you updated on activities featured each month.