#DTJax Weekly Update: November 30-December 6, 2021

Instagram of the Week

@smtierney_photography captured this rad shot of fireworks over the Main Street Bridge during the City of Jacksonville’s annual Light Boat Parade. We love seeing your shots of major Downtown moments!

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New and Noteworthy

Main Library Reopening

The Downtown Jacksonville Main Library is reopening on Monday, December 13th for regular business hours. The library team is working to restore everything as quickly as possible, but it could take a little time to get all of their services and departments back up and running as normal. Visit their website for more info.

Explore Downtown’s Holiday Line-Up

Every year, Downtown Vision releases a Holiday Guide for Downtown Jacksonville. Explore the 2021 guide to learn about all of the holiday magic in #DTJax, including festive events and shopping, team building tours and dazzling decorations! Learn more.

Celebrate Giving Tuesday by Supporting Local

Today is a worldwide celebration encouraging folks to come together to give back to the non-profits that make a difference in their communities. At Downtown Vision, we are place managers, connectors, strategists and activators for Downtown Jacksonville. As the Business Improvement District (BID) for Downtown Jacksonville, we’re dedicated to improving the heart of our city because a better Downtown means a better Northeast Florida! Donate to our mission.

Enjoy BBQ and Live Tunes at TIAA Bank Field

The inaugural Jacksonville BBQ Fest is happening next weekend, December 10-12, 2021, at TIAA Bank Field. Don’t miss this chance to grab an ice-cold brew and sample pure smoked bliss from award-winning pit masters from across the country. Entry is free, with BBQ, drinks and more available to purchase, or get all you can eat & drink with their Q Pit Pass.


Tomorrow: First Wednesday Art Walk Including the City of Jacksonville’s Annual Tree Lighting

Wednesday, December 1st from 5-9 p.m.
Downtown Jacksonville

First Wednesday Art Walk takes place in #DTJax every month, rain or shine! Now’s the time to knock out your holiday shopping by supporting local artists and small businesses! Explore the main art hubs and stop into the participating businesses along the way for local art, live music, delicious food and more!

Main Art Hubs: 

James Weldon Johnson Park
135 W Monroe St.
Browse works by #ArtWalkJax artists, grab a bite at one of the food trucks. Don’t miss the City of Jacksonville’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:15 p.m. followed by a dance performance from the Cathedral Arts Project.

The Jessie (Ball duPont Center)
40 E Adams St.
Grab a photo with Santa, enjoy art works from South African students, enjoy a film screening from LOL Jax Film Festival, performances from Jump4Jax, and grab a bite from local food trucks Kravegan and Viva La Familia.

The Breezeway at VyStar Tower
100 W. Bay St.
Enjoy a musical performance from Honey Hounds, shop with your favorite Vagabond Flea vendors, and enjoy cocktails, hot chocolate and delicious eats!

Save The Date: Holidays in #DTJax

Join us December 13-17th For Our Annual Holiday Celebration in Downtown Jacksonville!

We’re excited to announce the return of two of our favorite Holly Jolly happenings:

The Merry & Bright Movie Night Presented by Live Oak Contracting
December 17th at Riverfront Plaza

Enjoy two Christmas classics on the big screen! Join us at Riverfront Plaza on the evening of December 17th at 6 p.m. for The Santa Clause (rated PG) and stay for the 9 p.m. showing of Die Hard (rated R)! Grab dinner and drinks from local food trucks and bars, and warm up with hot cocoa from Vagabond Coffee.

Dashing Through Downtown QR Code Scavenger Hunt
December 13-17, 2021 in Downtown Jacksonville

All week long, you’re invite to scan QR Codes and snap photos for a chance to win fun prizes while you shop and support local #DTJax businesses for the holidays! The first 100 players to complete 10 QR Code challenges will receive a $20 DTJax e- Gift Card during the week of December 20th.

Upcoming #DTJax Events

Ansley Randall’s Holiday Pop-up Shop
December 1-18, 2021
@ 112 E Adams St.

Ansley Randall is a local artist and muralist. She is having a holiday pop-up shop downtown for the month of December with her patterns and holiday goods! The shop is Opening Dec 1 during Art Walk from 5-9 p.m. with open hours Fridays from 5-8 p.m. and Saturdays 12-3 p.m. until Christmas!

Christmas in the Cathedral District: Let There Be Light
Now through December 31st
@ Cathedral District

Every evening this month, The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, First United Methodist Church, Historic Mount Zion AME Church and St. Johns Episcopal Cathedral will shine as part of a driving tour that includes more than 100 brightly lit trees. Take a drive through Downtown!

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
December 2 at 7:30 p.m.
@ Times-Union Center

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the stage in this awe-inspiring and eye-popping family holiday spectacular. This annual tradition wraps a whimsical, Broadway-style musical infused with contemporary circus artistry into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family!

Riverside Arts Market

Every Saturday, under the Fuller Warren Bridge, enjoy a beautiful outdoor market. Shop local produce, handmade goods and dine at your favorite food trucks.
Check out this week’s line-up!

James Weldon Johnson Park

Don’t miss out on all of the events going on in the park this month, including lunchtime musical performances and weekend festivals! View the schedule.

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Get Involved

Activating Jacksonville’s Riverfront

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund is helping to convene a series of conversations about how best to activate our city’s downtown waterfront for the benefit of all of our residents and visitors. Visit their page to learn more.

1st Downtown Jacksonville: The Future of the Shipyards 

1st DownTown Jacksonville is a platform created to help communicate, advocate and unite supporters who share the same passion for Downtown. Check out their website to learn about plans for The Shipyards, a path toward the Stadium of the Future and community investment by the Jaguars and Iguana Investments.

Updates from Downtown Vision

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Stay up to date with what’s going on Downtown and learn more about what makes #DTJax an incredible place to live, work, visit and invest!

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