First Wednesday Art Walk

The First Wednesday of Each Month from 5-9 p.m. in Downtown Jacksonville

Downtown Vision has proudly hosted the First Wednesday Art Walk since 2003 to welcome people to DTJax and celebrate the community’s deep pool of creative talent.  

Art Walk has returned after a break due to the pandemic and now takes place monthly! We invite you to bring your family, friends and coworkers for a self-guided tour of Downtown’s northbank core on the first Wednesday of every month. Explore three major hubs: James Weldon Johnson Park, The Jessie (duPont Center) and Vagabond Flea at The Breezeway at Vystar Tower, and all the businesses and public art between. Art Walk runs 5-9 p.m., rain or shine.

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James Weldon Johnson Park

135 W. Monroe Street

Browse works by local artists, grab a quick bite at one of our food trucks, and listen to live performances by salsa orchestra LPT while sipping a beer at James Weldon Johnson Park’s Beer Garden.

Artists and food trucks in James Weldon Johnson Park must apply through Downtown Vision.

Special thank you to our friends, Friends of James Weldon Johnson Park!

The Jessie

40 E. Adams St.

Each month, the Jessie Ball duPont Center curates an amazing array of local art and performers with a focus on equity and community. Central to the experience is the Corner Gallery, curated by Shawana Brooks. The Jessie is an art gallery in its own right. Learn about the many public art pieces.

October Art Walk Highlights:
Shop with local vendors and enjoy live music provided by Baba Caiman Band and DJ Lil Yankee. Explore the newest Moving the Margins’ exhibit, “Past, Present and Future: Rivers, Threads, Pockets and Bubbles”, at the Corner Gallery. Grab a bite to eat from Rinconcito De Lima, and enjoy a live latin dance show and jump rope performances by Jump 4 Jax and the Chalk Art Van. Plus, don’t miss the latin showcase with artists, Awilda La Merenguera, Khovu and Yuii Flores.

Special thanks to our friends, the duPont Fund!

The Breezeway at Vystar Tower + The Vagabond Flea

100 W. Bay St.

Nestled in VyStar Credit Union’s headquarters lies one of Downtown’s best breezeways.

October Art Walk Highlights:
Support local makers and artists at The Vagabond Flea while listening to live music provided by Chillula throughout the evening. Treat yourself to coffee from Vagabond Coffee Co. and dine at one of three restaurants on the VyStar Credit Union campus: Bread & Board, Bread & Burger or Estrella Cocina.

Special thanks to our friends at VyStar Credit Union, Vagabond Coffee Co. and The Bread and Board!

Venue Information

Reimbursable programming stipends are available for businesses within the event footprint.

  • Are you an artist, performer or musician looking to perform at a Downtown venue? Fill out our Art Walk Performer Contact List so that businesses can reach out to you as they build their programming!
  • Businesses, check out the results of the contact form and connect with local creatives to maximize your attendance on Art Walk days!

Check Out Downtown Vision’s Other Events:

Sip & Stroll Presented by PNC

Music, food and sunset views
Every Third Thursday | Southbank Riverwalk

Jax River Jams

Free Spring Concert Series
Thursdays in April | Riverfront Plaza

Public Art in Downtown

Downtown is filled with amazing murals, sculptures, mosaics and more. Check out the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s Public Art Map to learn more about the pieces.

Sponsorship

Interested in sponsoring Art Walk? Please contact Haley Tinkle, Events Manager at Haley@DTJax.org.

Getting Around

Parking

Parking is free after 6 p.m. Art Walk night at meters.

Skyway

A unique and scenic way to get around Downtown, the elevated Skyway will take you down the block or all the way across the St. Johns River for free, with extended hours during Art Walk.

Accessibility

Art walk is centered around James Weldon Johnson Park, our home base, which is a fully wheelchair accessible 1.54 acre public park in the heart of Downtown.

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Attention Artists and Food Trucks:

 

Applications for the 2022-2023 Art Walk Season will open on August 8, 2022.

 

Please Note: If you are an existing Art Walk artist and have been previously approved, you do not need to re-apply. Please let our team know if you would like to continue to participate.

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