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Friday Night Vibes at JWJ Park

Starting on Friday, August 12th from 5pm to 9pm, join JWJ Park and Friends for Friday Night Vibes – a bimonthly event miniseries leading up to JWJ’s 2nd Annual Hip Hop Festival in 2023!

We’re so excited to be bringing JWJ’s Hip Hop Festival back next year that we couldn’t wait to start celebrating!
In honor of Hip Hop’s Birthday (August 11, 1973), we’ll be kicking off this miniseries with food trucks, vendors, live DJ sets from Mr. Al Pete and more!

August 12, 2022
Food & Drinks
Fernandina Beach Arts Market

The friendliest farmer’s market in Florida.

With nearly 40 vendors and growing every week, this is a MUST SEE Amelia Island or Fernandina Beach experience!

Organic produce, friendly farmers, wonderful chefs and many other delights await you at this farmer’s market in historic, downtown Fernandina. Each week we mix up our local musicians, our non-profit organizations, and a traditional brick-and-mortar shopkeeper, too.

Our local residents tell us, “Every weekend feels like a reunion!”

2nd and 4th Saturday every month.

August 13, 2022
Arts & Culture
Second Saturday Arts & Farmers Market

Variety of vendors. Crafts, plants, teas, honey, household items, bath products, food, clothing, soap, jewelry, bird houses, jams and jellies, breads, cookies, and so much more!
Family and pet friendly!!!!

Our vendors donate a portion of their sales to the church rather than the church charge a specific amount for their vendor spot. Those donations go towards the outreach programs of the church. Three of the local outreach programs include the Mandarin Food Bank, our own preschool, and Florida Christian Center on Edgewood. So, when you shop at our market you not only help the small business owners but the community as well!!!! Bonus!!!!

We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Mandarin Food Bank if you would like to donate. A collection bin will be by the front door of the church.

There are currently no openings for new vendors. Anyone offering a spot to someone does not have the authority and is attempting to scam people. Our vendors know the process and will reach out to the correct people for questions.

August 13, 2022
Arts & Culture
Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival Parade

Parade starting point tba…ending at Metro Park downtown Jacksonville across from TIAA Bank field.

Costumes are available to purchase from various bands/troupe participating.

August 13, 2022
Farmers Market
Retro Mixtape – an 80’S And 90’s Dance Party

RETR0 MIXTAPE – AN 80’S AND 90’S DANCE PARTY!
$5 in advance

18 and up welcome.

August 13, 2022
Festivals
Blue Jay’s 5 Year Anniversary With LPT

An intimate, original music venue.

Where every ticket is a backstage pass.

***Located in South Jax Beach on the corner of 25th Ave South and 3rd Street, in the Costa Verde Plaza, upstairs from Casa Maria Mexican Restaurant.

August 18, 2022
Music
2022 Jacksonville Tattoo Convention

Year 18 for this amazing event!

* Top Tattoo Artists!
* Awesome and unique vendors!
* Special Guests!
* Tattoo Contests!
* Social Events!
* Premiere Location!
* And Much More!!

Open to everyone and all ages! Something to do for everyone!

August 19, 2022
Arts & Culture
Vox Band @ Gusto

Jacksonville’s own popular Band Vox returns to Gusto for all your favorite songs. Join us for a great time, food and drinks.

August 19, 2022
Music
*Acoustic Night

Host, Roy Peak and friends will be in Bull Memorial Park for concert in the Park under the swaying palm trees with the ocean breeze! It doesn’t get any better than this on a beautiful summer evening as you enjoy the music on your blanket, in your chair or standing around with neighbors and friends, listening to the musical talent of local singers of all ages. Come rain or shine. In event of inclement weather, the event moves indoors at Gulliford Hall in Adele Grage Cultural Center.

Come hungry, Featuring Food Truck will be available for dinner from 5-8:30 pm on 7th St. at East Coast Dr.

Bull Memorial Park is located on the corner of 7th St. & East Coast Drive. Ride, Walk, Run, or Drive, it’s going to be a great evening! Performers should contact host Roy Peak at atlanticbeachmusic@gmail.com. Prepare two original songs of 7-8 minutes combined maximum.

August 21, 2022
Food & Drinks
Pals & Paws Dog Agility

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is an equestrian facility at the Cecil Commerce Center in Jacksonville, Florida. It consists of an indoor multi-purpose arena, officially named

Championship Arena (capacity at 4,000), two outdoor competition arenas, two outdoor warm-up arenas, a turf arena, 426 permanent stalls, and 70 Full Service RV spaces. The facility has a grand opening in March, 2004; it is home to several horse-related events. In 2007 it was projected to be the home of the Jacksonville Pelicans of the National Indoor Football League. The center is part of the Cecil Recreation Complex, the most comprehensive recreational facility on Jacksonville’s Westside. The $25 million project was part of the 2000 Better Jacksonville Plan. The City of Jacksonville, Parks and Recreation department manages the facilities. They have hosted a diverse group of events which range from dressage to Rodeo; the Royal Lipizzan Stallions to the 4-H annual horse show.

Non-equestrian events have included Monster truck shows, Demolition derby, music concerts and band camp.

August 26, 2022
Free Events
Sauce Pocket VooSwar

Psychedelic Space Funk band out of Saint Augustine Florida.

August 26, 2022
Food & Drinks
Jazz Fest

The 4th Annual Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, August 27, from 3-8 p.m.

Enjoy the sounds of local jazz bands, “Marcus Click,” “Versatile Vibe,” “Kelly/Scott Jazz Sextet,” and “Let’s Ride Brass Band” as they serenade you under the tree canopy park. Bring your chairs and blankets, sit near the stage, and kick back and relax for an evening of jazz.

Adult beverages will be available for purchase from Culhane’s Irish Pub (ID required). Food trucks will be E&W BBQ, Hook ‘Em Up Seafood, and Gala’s Ice.

August 27, 2022
Festivals
September Jax Veg Fest

Come out to Riverside Park September 3rd for our next Jax Veg Fest! It’s a free vegan event with music, food, crafts and more:) Hope to see you there!

September 3, 2022
Festivals
CAR SHOW and CRAFT FAIR – MMJAX CO-HOSTING

MMJAX Co-Hosting a Car Show and Craft Fair.

More Details Soon…

September 10, 2022
Festivals
Henna at the Jax Taco Fest

Hello, my fellow Henna + Taco Lovers of Jacksonville! Prisca Art Henna will be at the Jax Taco Fest on September 16th + 17th at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds!

This is the 3rd Annual Jax Taco Fest, there will be LOTS of taco food trucks, live music, local vendors, a Chihuahua Race, and HENNA!
My Henna Designs are all freehanded and start at $10 and you will have many designs to choose from! I can do custom requests as well.

You can also opt to get an Artist’s Choice design

Cash and Card is Accepted.

September 16, 2022
Arts & Culture
Twilight Movies In The Park

Bring your lawn chair, blanket, snacks, and bug spray (just in case) for the new round of Twilight Movies in the parks beginning August 19.

These Atlantic Beach Cultural Arts & Recreation programs are family-friendly and FREE to the public. The movies will begin at sunset.

Children should be accompanied by an adult.

September 16, 2022
Free Events
Florida Fin Fest

A FREE 2-day event that aims to educate attendees about sharks & how we can better understand their place on Earth within the ocean’s ecosystems. Free to attend, there’ll be activities for all ages including an educational village, food trucks, beer gardens, live music & more.

General Admission: FREE
VIP Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/2022-florida-fin-fest…
Real Time Entertainment & Management announces the 2nd annual Florida Fin Festival, a free, 2-day ocean conservation, education and music festival, Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18, at Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach. The event benefits OCEARCH at Jacksonville University, a nonprofit dedicated to research, education and outreach to accelerate the ocean’s return to balance.

John Oates from “Hall and Oates” and Moon Taxi will headline the music portion of the event, with support from regional favorites Honey Hounds, The Band Be Easy (performing a tribute to funk), The Ries Brothers and more.

Accompanying the music element is a robust Education Village presented by The Ocean Conservancy featuring an immersive underwater VR experience, a mobile planetarium from the Museum of Science & History (MOSH) and touch tanks from Jacksonville University.

“Ocean Conservancy is thrilled to bring immersive, interactive experiences to this event through our Education Village,” said Florida Director of The Ocean Conservancy, J.P. Booker. “For Florida’s ocean and coasts, this is an all-hands-on-deck moment. Threats like water quality issues, marine debris, and climate change are all looming over Florida’s coasts. If we work together, there’s a lot that we can do to tackle these problems. Community events like the annual Florida Fin Festival provide the public with opportunities to bond with their neighbors and unite in our effort to protect our ocean and coasts,” Booker continued.

Florida Fin Fest provides a family friendly environment with nationally touring music acts, one of a kind hands-on learning experiences, talks from renowned guest speakers & science experts, and a festival village full of brands with a focus on sustainability, conservation and environmentally-friendly practices. To round off the event, attendees can sit in on panel discussions featuring topics such as: Micro-plastics Micro-fibers & Marine Debris, Water Quality, and Marine Conservation.
“As Floridians who grew up on the water, my brother, Niko, and I created this event where awareness, education, and innovation intersect to propel our most powerful resource, people, into a more sustainable future. We hope to inspire our attendees to make one small change in their daily lives to improve our planet while enjoying an unforgettable experience immersed in music, conservation and education,” said Co-Founder of Florida Fin Fest, Lukas Costas.

The event is free to the public with VIP tickets available for purchase that include a shaded, seated private viewing area with complimentary food and beverage from The Local Neptune Beach.

Additional partners for the Florida Fin Festival include: The Ocean Conservancy, The Museum of Science and History (MOSH), Open Water, iHeartMedia, NexGen, Gratitude Organic Ice Tea, Press Seltzer, 904HappyHour, Fur Ever Yum, John’s Automotive, Blue Jay Listening Room, and more.

September 17, 2022
Arts & Culture
JWJ’s Bluegrass, Beer, & BBQ Festival

Your favorite summer festival is BACK!

Join us on Saturday, September 17th for Bluegrass, Beer & BBQ in James Weldon Johnson Park!!

We’ll be rolling more details out soon, but you can be sure to expect all kinds of delicious foods (vegans – we’ve got you covered this year!); BBQ related demonstrations on the main stage; Beer & BBQ pairing suggestions; lots of family friendly fun; and the best live Bluegrass music from Uproot Hootenanny and Jacksonville’s own Firewater Tent Revival!

SAVE THE DATE for this FREE festival and keep your eyes open for updates!

September 17, 2022
Festivals
“Our Florida” Art Reception
Presented by the Art Center Cooperative Inc. and the Jacksonville Artists Guild showcasing 28 local artists with theme “Our Florida”
Show runs through September 24, 2022
September 24, 2022
Arts & Culture
2022 Jacksonville Taco & Tequila Festival

Join us on Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th for the ultimate music, taco & tequila experience.

The 2nd Annual Jacksonville Taco & Tequila Festival experience and fundraiser is coming back to Jax but this year as a 2-DAY festival in Riverside Park next to Historic 5 Points! The festival will feature Mexican cuisine from over 20 restaurants and food trucks, as well as tequila stations, craft margaritas, local makers, games, live music, and more!

This year’s entertainment lineup will be HUGE! Entertainers & bands in the blues, reggae and electronic genres will perform for two days for a magical and energetic experience, unlike anything Jax has ever seen!

The festival is best enjoyed with a General Admission Experience pass but there will also be a limited amount of VIP + Tequila Sampling Experiences available for purchase.

The festival is a fundraiser for several local Jacksonville nonprofits benefiting the arts, community enrichment and education here on the First Coast.

September 24, 2022
Arts & Culture
River City Open

**ATTENTION JACKSONVILLE**

The pros are coming September 30, 2022 …. Do you have what it takes?
Reserve your spot now! These events will fill quickly.
VIP Seating available

Contact us here on Facebook today or call Marianne Raulerson at the number on the flyer.

September 30, 2022
Sports
Fleming Island Saturday Market

Come Check out the Fleming Island Saturday Market at the Village Square Shopping Center across from the Fleming Island High school.

First Saturday of the month from 9:30AM-2:00PM

October 1, 2022
Farmers Market
Farmers Market Pop-Up

Fresh Flowers, Fresh Produce, Fresh Food, Handmade Items

October 8, 2022
Farmers Market
Jacksonville Grass Stains Volleyball Tournament!

JACKSONVILLE GRASS STAINS VOLLEYBALL TOURNMENT!
Tournament Date: Oct 8 and 9th 2022

When: Saturday registration starts @ 800am balls in the air @ 830am
Sunday registration starts @ 800am balls in the air @ 830am
What: Grass 2’s
Saturday 10/8 Men’s and Women’s 2 vs 2
Sunday 10/9 Coed 2 vs 2

Where: Losco Regional Park
10931 Hood Road South Jacksonville FL 32257
Who: 3 Different Division ONLY: Open/AA, Single A, and Masters (45+)
Cost: $30per person for all divisions

Prizes:
MORE TEAMS MORE MONEY
Open/AA Division Payout for 1st & 2nd Place will be 75% of money brought in from that division and Master’s Division will be 50% of money brought in from that division.
Prizes will be awarded to 1st place finisher in the Men’s and Women’s Single A Divisions. At least 5 teams are needed to make a division. If there aren’t enough teams to make a lower division, all teams will play in the same division “If they choose too” and the payout will increase.

All rules and playoff bracket will be discussed at the captains meeting prior to 1st game.
For more information on the tournament, or to register a team contact Ray Jenkins by email at raywilly2@yahoo.com or PM on Facebook

October 8, 2022
Sports
40th Annual Fall Festival

The Town of Orange Park Fall Festival is back for 2022!

Date: Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th, 2022
Hours: 10am-5pm with Opening Ceremonies beginning at 10:00am on Saturday

Where: Town Hall Park – 2042 Park Ave., Orange Park, FL 32073 – corner of Kingsley and US17 about 2 miles south of I-295.

Cost: Admission is free!

Activities: Stay tuned for Kids Zone activity details & prices.

October 15, 2022
Arts & Culture
Tom Schifanella: Faces of the Alcazar

Tom Schifanella’s Faces of the Alcazar presents a compelling glimpse of life behind-the-scenes at Henry Flagler’s Alcazar Hotel. The exhibition documents the fragmentary clippings from early-20th century motion picture magazines pasted to the walls of the Alcazar staff quarters by the immigrant staff who lived and worked at the hotel.

Flagler’s grand hotels required a huge workforce to ensure their smooth operation. Staff at resort hotels like the Alcazar included a vast and diverse group of working-class employees: men and women, Black and White, and newly arrived immigrants from Europe all found employment in Florida during the winter tourist season.

Faces of the Alcazar elevates the marginalized voices of the Alcazar Hotel staff. The crumbling magazine remnants left behind by these forgotten individuals evoke the ephemeral nature of youth, memory, and fame. They remain a haunting visual record of the dreams and aspirations of the people who served the wealthy visitors wintering in St. Augustine at the dawn of the 20th century.

Faces of the Alcazar is supported by a grant from the Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund at the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

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About Tom Schifanella

Tom Schifanella combines his background as an award-winning advertising agency creative with a passion for photography, creating images that document the world around us. His clients include ad agencies, cultural organizations, newspapers and online publications.

October 29, 2022
Arts & Culture
Spooktacular Holiday Market

Are vendors are growing! We will have breakfast and coffee for are early morning shop!! Can’t wait till October!

K&M’s Lovely Dreamy $5 Jewelry
Scnetsy with Stacy
Perfectly Posh
Scarlet’s Craft Room
Beachy Bakes
Esther Atkins – Mary Kay
K.R.’S Woodworking
AnJolly Jewelry
All In All Creations
Wavy Nails with Heidi
Tupperware with Cindy
Brown’s Crafting Box
Alboe “A Little Bit Of Everything”
Johnson Team at Herron Real Estate
Cacau Cute Corp
The Threaded Edge
CraftsByLadyD
Mary’s Rose Hair Accessories
A Sweets&things
Riverfront Nutrition
Hurt2Healed Apothecary
Plaid Lad Wreath Design & More!
Terri Peel Bechtold
Dolly Country Designs
Sugar & Spice Custom Cookies
Terri Peel Bechtold
A.Doorable.DesignsByDana
MaMa’s Craft Shack, LLC
Bag it up
Busy Momma bath products
Rustic Rose Boutique
Aunt B’s Bows & More
Salscucina FOOD TRUCK
Filipin-Go food truck
THE BRONX STREET FOOD TRUCK
Hawaii Fyve-Sno
Family Grounds Coffee

October 29, 2022
Holiday
Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

Friday, Nov. 4: 4-9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 6: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Voted Best Festival in the Southeast!

A coastal favorite, the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival combines the classic southern dish with family-friendly entertainment, artists’ market, live music, kids’ zone, food, a craft brew fest, and more.

The island comes alive during this fun-filled weekend, so mark your calendars for this award-winning three-day event held in the Historic District of Jekyll Island, Georgia.

Admission to the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival is free. However, the Jekyll Island parking fee will be increased by $4/day during this event. Annual passes are not impacted.

For more information, please visit jekyllisland.com/shrimpgrits

November 4, 2022
Festivals
Vintage Arts Christmas Makers Market

A perfect time to shop for Christmas decor and gifts.

Come join us from 10am-3pm at our shop at 10029 San Jose Blvd. for a fun-fillled Makers Market filled with Christmas spirit.

Meet local artists and makers as you enjoy an expertly curated shopping experience in our vintage boutique. We will have sales, raffles, refreshments and more!

November 5, 2022
Festivals
A Toast To 60: An Anniversary Dinner Party

As our 60th Anniversary year comes to a close, let’s come together to sparkle and shine for the final dinner party of the 2022 season. We will celebrate what truly makes the Cummer Museum an Art Community for All. So, dust off your party dresses and dinner jackets and join us as we raise a glass to our Diamond year.

There won’t be a night quite like this for another 60 years!

November 10, 2022
Arts & Culture
SWG At The Kingsland Catfish Festival

Outdoor festival with:

Arts & Craft Booths, Food Booths, Antiques and Collectibles, Catfish Cooking competition, Live Entertainment, Children’s amusement area, 5K Run, Vendor Application

November 19, 2022
Farmers Market
Cirque Dreams Holidaze

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE dazzles with a brilliant and whimsical family holiday spectacular.

This annual tradition wraps a Broadway-style production around an infusion of contemporary circus arts. As lights dim and the music swells, audiences will have visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads as a fantastical cast of holiday storybook characters come to life on stage.

With an original music score, twists on holiday classics sung live, and with new sets, scenery, and storylines, this ultimate holiday gift for the entire family is sure to put a twinkle in your eye!

November 20, 2022
Holiday
Holiday Makers Market

Join us for Lush Leaves 2nd annual Holiday Makers Market in San Marco Square!!

The Christmas lights will be twinkling, carols will be drifting over the airwaves and holiday shopping will be in full swing!! Join us on the square, dine at one of the amazing restaurants, enjoy a beverage and find that perfect something for your special someone

December 3, 2022
Farmers Market
2023 St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival
RETURNING in 2023!!
The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival
“The Finest Celtic MUSIC Festival in the United States”
8 of the Top Celtic Bands in the WORLD
PLUS The WORLD’S Original St. Patrick Parade! The St. Augustine Highland Games, Celtic Merchandise, Celtic (and non-Celtic) food, and much more!
WHISKEY TASTING on FRIDAY NIGHT!
Saturday, March 11 (10am-10pm)
Sunday, March 12 (10am-7pm)
TICKETS GO ON SALE on THANKSGIVING! www.celticstaugustine.com
March 11, 2023
Festivals