Ringing in the New Year Downtown

Photo by Rob Futrell

After spending several days with the family, eating, catching up and running around town to say ‘hello’ to old friends, I’m itching to come back to Jacksonville where I can spend my time in my favorite neighborhood, Downtown (and where I live, Riverside). All of my friends are talking about what we should be doing for New Year’s, and I found there’s a lot to choose from. My head is kind of spinning (in a good way, of course).

Here’s a list of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebrations:

  • 1904 Music Hall hosts their New Year’s Eve Showcase with live music by The Artist Formerly Known as The Fritz with special guests The Politix, S.P.O.R.E., DJ Chef Rocc, and Vlad the Inhaler in their NYE Prince Tribute Show with two stages, a Champagne toast and a balloon drop.

And I found out that New Year’s Day is not a day to rest because Downtown is still kicking with events.

  • Icon Boutique celebrates New Year’s Day with Mal Jones Presents “The Lyricist Live” from 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Dos Gatos hosts a Black Jack dealing to help you start the New Year off as a winner.

Don’t forget there is no First Wednesday Art Walk. It will resume in February.

And some folks say nothing is going on Downtown? That’s just silly. Keep an eye on more Downtown New Year’s festivities by signing up for our weekly “Things To Do Downtown” e-newsletter, or follow our events calendar at

No matter what you do to celebrate, stay safe, have a ball and Happy New Year from all of us at DVI to you!