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Makers and Movers

Great insights and inspiration from our local creatives, business owners & more

Meet Photographer Robert Dunn

Coastal Visions Quick IntroI have lived on North Beach for over 30 years. I spend my time surfing, adventure motorcycle riding, and capturing images of

Meet Featured Artist Jim Cox

Beaches Watercolor Artist making impressions in the Jacksonville Arts Community Hi Jim. So nice to meet you. So tell us what part of the First

Stories and Community Highlights

Locally sourced short stories, photos, articles, memories, & expert advice

Panic at the Bank

On September 17, 1819, John L. Harper and his accomplices stormed into the Bank of the United States in Chillicothe,

Panic at the Bank

On September 17, 1819, John L. Harper and his accomplices stormed into the Bank of the United States in Chillicothe, Ohio and extricated $120,000 in

The Old Jail, 300 E. Bay

I worked for HUD after our first son, Michael was born. Hah! A whopping $620 a month. I supplemented my income by going to Florida

Upcoming Events

Jacksonville Jazz Festival

The Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition presented by Keyboard Connection – The Piano Place and produced by the City of Jacksonville Division of Sports & Entertainment has been a Jacksonville tradition for more than 30 years.

The competition will take place on Thursday, May 26th at The Florida Theatre, where five finalists representing the very best jazz pianists in the world are chosen by a blind panel of judges to compete for a cash prize and a chance to perform on the Swingin’ Stage presented by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority at this year’s festival.

This fierce competition has become an integral part of the festival and a favorite among many eager to witness some of the most incredible rising talents in the jazz world. Past judges have included jazz legends such as Marcus Roberts, Brian Culbertson, Jason Miles, Joey Calderazzo, Lynne Arriale, Dr. John, Per Danielsson, John Thomas, and other well-known jazz musicians.

May 26, 2022
Music
Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition 2022

The Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition presented by Keyboard Connection – The Piano Place and produced by the City of Jacksonville Division of Sports & Entertainment has been a Jacksonville tradition for more than 30 years.

The competition will take place on Thursday, May 26th at The Florida Theatre, where five finalists representing the very best jazz pianists in the world are chosen by a blind panel of judges to compete for a cash prize and a chance to perform on the Swingin’ Stage presented by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority at this year’s festival.

This fierce competition has become an integral part of the festival and a favorite among many eager to witness some of the most incredible rising talents in the jazz world. Past judges have included jazz legends such as Marcus Roberts, Brian Culbertson, Jason Miles, Joey Calderazzo, Lynne Arriale, Dr. John, Per Danielsson, John Thomas, and other well-known jazz musicians.

Guidelines of competition: https://jacksonvillejazzfest.com/piano-competition

**PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE PIT SEATING IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS PERFORMANCE**General Public Free Ticket Registration will begin at 10AM on Wednesday, April 20.

Click HERE to view our current COVID-19 protocols. The Florida Theatre’s current COVID-19 protocols are available on the Important Information section of the Media pages on our web site, FloridaTheatre.com.

May 26, 2022
Music
The Night The Nazis Invaded Ponte Vedra Beach

This special historical presentation is just $25.
For more information call the box office at 904.641.1212.

June 9, 2022
Arts & Culture
Canine Carnivale

We will be hosting our inaugural Canine Carnival event on Saturday, May 21 at Beaches Veterans Memorial Park from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. There will be fun activities, food, and entertainment for ALL to enjoy. More details to come.

June 11, 2022
Free Events
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