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The Specktator is thrilled to have European Street Cafe as title sponsor of the online calendar!

As one of my favorite places to eat, drink and socialize in the the city, “E. Street” (as the cool kids call it) makes the perfect partner to help promote the best events happening in the city.

NOTE: This is a “curated calendar,” meaning I have personally reviewed each event and consider it to be of interest to the general public and/or something particularly compelling. It is important to know that businesses cannot buy a calendar entry. That said, if you have an event you would like considered for the calendar, send the pertinent information to

And by the way, be sure to change the view from “month” to “stream” below. Unless you like being really annoyed.


Springing The Blues Music Festival @ Seawalk Pavilion
Apr 6 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 8 @ 5:35 pm

 Springing the Blues Music Festival Presented by Sawgrass Asset Management is a free, outdoor blues music festival that celebrates America’s indigenous musical form. The three-day oceanfront event features national, regional and local blues artists on two stages.  Its energetic lineup, incomparable venue, food court, artisan marketplace and kids area attracts an estimated 125,000 fans each year. Springing the Blues is held at Jacksonville Beach’s SeaWalk Pavilion every April.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Home Opener @ Baseball Grounds
Apr 11 @ 7:00 am

  Building on a record-setting and award-winning season of affordable family fun in their inaugural season, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are expanding their promotional schedule for the 2018 season presented by Community First Credit Union that begins with the home opener Wednesday, April 11.

Voices Unearthed Opening Night @ Yellow House
Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

FRI April 13 | 6pm – 8pm
The reception is free and open to the public. Meet the artists and writers. Enjoy live music and poetry readings. Engage in meaningful dialogue. Light refreshments will be served.

Youth voices have always had power…the power to elevate, educate, and inspire action. We find ourselves, again, in an era in which the unique perspectives and insights of young people are leading all of us to a deeper understanding of our present and our future. ‘Voices Unearthed’ celebrates Élan Literary Magazine, a publication that gives voice to young writers and artists on their personal journey through origin, influence and self-identity. This award-winning publication lives in print form, on a website, and now as an exhibition.

The journey from our place of origin and the influence of others toward the development of unique self-expression is not always easy. The poetry and paintings in this exhibit illustrate the courage it takes to express identity and personal truth through the mediums of poetry and visual art. The exhibition asks visitors to consider how a young artist discovers and unearths their authentic voice and how serving as witnesses to this work alters our perspective on ourselves and the world around us.

‘Voices Unearthed’ is the second exhibition in a season focused on empowering young artists, curators, and writers to lead the way. Yellow House partnered with students of art and poetry from Douglas Anderson of the Arts to select the works, envision the physicality of the show, and plan public programming. Although we provided expertise, mentoring, and a chance for Élan to have a larger presence in the community, we mostly listened and stepped out of the way. By creating a platform for student created and student led experiences, Yellow House attempts to blur the lines between categories of artists. These are not exhibitions relegated to a hallway or the basement, but are intended to center and elevate the excellence of young people in our community.

Evelyn Alfonso • Elma Dedic • Lex Hamilton • Ana Shaw • Kathryn Wallis • Lexey Wilson

Tiffany Melanson, Creative Writing Instructor/ Élan Faculty Advisor, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts • Steve Schetski, AP Studio Art Drawing Instructor, Savannah Arts Academy

Meredith Abdelnour • Winnie Blay • Reece Braswell • Valerie Busto • Madison Dorsey • Kinley Dozier • Luz Manuga • Noah McGahagin • Olivia Meiller • Harleigh Murray • Oona Roberts • Kathyrn Wallis

Katherine Harrison • Savannah Rahn • Corey Kreisel • Audrey Phillips • Kashta Dozier-Muhammad • Kianna Henshaw • Emma McLaughlin • Knowlton Anderson • Isabella Gardner • Victoria Sherwood • Sharya Mccray • Jasmine Hernadez • Kristina Lowry • Montana Kromann • Antonio Colon • Samantha Moody • Dane LaRocque • Maria Cortina-Sainz

Marketing artwork utilizes the painting Sacrifice of a Shaman by Corey Kreisel

Jim Smith’s Improbable Sci-Show @ MOSH Jacksonville
Apr 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 You are invited to an amazing art reception that will be like no other!
The night will be filled with sights and sounds that you will hardly believe. Not only will you see one of a kind Steampunk sculptures, but performance art that will be sure to entertain.
Get lucky this Friday the 13th at Jim Smith’s Improbable Sci-Show” at MOSH

Windborne’s Music of David Bowie @ Jacksonville Symphony
Apr 13 @ 8:00 pm

Windborne’s Music of David Bowie.

“Bowie has come to not just represent his innovations but to symbolize modern rock as an idiom in which literacy, art, style and social commentary could be rolled into one.”  So said Rolling Stone Magazine. He was gone far too young and far too soon. Be there for the Symphony’s tribute to the life and music of the incredible David Bowie.

The Makery – Spring Market 2018 @ Space 42
Apr 14 @ 11:00 am – Apr 15 @ 4:00 pm

The Spring Market is here @ Space42 + extended hours!

Fri Open Studio Preview night 630-930 Friday tix ($35) is good all weekend. separate event listing here.

Sat 11-8

Sun 11-4

The Makery Market is a curated market, showcasing utilitarian goods that serve as functional art, by the best Makers in Jacksonville and the Southeast.

Quality handmade, reclaimed, and vintage items are featured with a focus on fresh, modern design and attention to detail.

One ticket = 2 DAYS OF FUN!

Rainbow Awards Jax
Apr 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Rainbow Awards Jax

An Evening Celebrating the Most OUTStanding LGBTQIA Members of Jacksonville.

Honoring Six Local Community Members and Over Forty Awards to Local Businesses, Organizations, Charities, & Groups Through A Community Nomination
& Voting Process.

Black Tie & Evening Gown Event

Mosaic @ Museum of Science and History
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A Mosaic is a piece of art or image made from the assemblage of small pieces.

“Mosaic 2018” will be an interactive and inspiring gathering that will feature a live and in-person interview with WJCT’s “First Coast Connect” host/producer Melissa Ross and award-winning writer and “Selfie Queen of Jacksonville”, Kerry Speckman. Mosaic will include food & drink, inspiring entertainment, interactive art activities and the launch for our TheStudio:JAX concept!

Mosaic will be a beautiful Spring rooftop event held at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) and emceed by Jacksonville’s beloved Robert “Bob” White. You will not only be mesmerized by the evening’s entertainment but a self-tour of the museum’s current event “Science Fiction, Science Future” is included in your ticket price.

Guests will enjoy the following:

|| Real-time “live” interview with Melissa Ross & Kerry Speckman 
|| Spoken word poetry by AS Minor
|| Music by Stacey Bennett from Folk is People
|| Food & Drink
|| Interactive mosaic
|| Silent art auction with art by local professional artists
|| Rooftop selfies at sunset and a little activity we like to call “Smash Stuff!”

In collaboration with Where Is The Sunshine & I Still Matter, TheStudio:JAX will be Jacksonville’s first supportive arts center to offer fine arts education and skills training to encourage artist entrepreneurship, along with wellness recovery training and support groups for artists, creatives and makers living with mental health challenges.

Windborne’s Music of David Bowie @ Jacksonville Symphony
Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm

Windborne’s Music of David Bowie.

“Bowie has come to not just represent his innovations but to symbolize modern rock as an idiom in which literacy, art, style and social commentary could be rolled into one.”  So said Rolling Stone Magazine. He was gone far too young and far too soon. Be there for the Symphony’s tribute to the life and music of the incredible David Bowie.

Yappy Hour Spring Fling @ Yappy Hour
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 Gather your pup and your friends and head to The Landing for a Yappy good time at the Yappy Hour Spring Fling!

The Spring Fling will feature donut eating contests,a talent competition, dog pools, FREE raffles, pet expo, and more!

Enjoy live music on the Sleiman Riverfront stage, free giveaways, and contests! Plus, walk around and check out the local pet vendors, you are sure to find a treat or toy your pup will love!

Friends of Jacksonville Animals, Inc.
Sam Maimone- State Farm Insurance Agent
Ruff Rubs
Jacksonville Dog Fanciers’ Assoc., Inc.
The Woof Pack Pet Boutique
Lucy Lou’s
K9 Services German Shepherd Rescue, Inc.
Artzy Fartzy Petz
Community Hospice & Palliative Care
EPIC Outreach
Happy Hound Dog Resorts
Teresa Johns Photography @ Yappy Hour -Spring Fling at the Landing

Wanee Festival @ Spirit of Suwanee Music Park
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm – Apr 21 @ 11:45 pm

 April 19-21 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. Features 25 jam-band and Americana acts, including Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band, As the Crow Flies, Dark Star Orchestra, North Mississippi Allstars, St. Paul & the Broken Bones and others, April 19-21 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, $229.95-$599, includes on-site primitive camping.
Abe Partridge @Blue Jay Listening Room @ Blue Jay Music Room
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  People have said that Abe Partridge sounds older than his chronological age, and there’s a very good reason for that – he’s packed a lot of living into his 37 years.
Those experiences, ranging from the earthy to the surreal, the spiritual light to the depths of depression, come together with gripping intensity on Partridge’s second full-length album, Cotton Fields and Blood for Days. Over the course of ten songs, this troubadour draws listeners in with a combination of southern gothic storytelling and a dark humor reminiscent of the late Townes Van Zandt – delivered in a gravelly tone that conjures up images of Tom Waits in his barstool warming days.

Welcome to Rockville @ Metropolitan Park
Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 11:30 pm

 Features more than 50 hard rock acts, including Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters, Avenged Sevenfold, Queens of the Stone Age, Godsmack, Billy Idol, Five Finger Death Punch and others. $95-$205.

RAP Home Tour @ Riverside Avondale Preservation
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm

 Since its founding in 1974, RAP has been an advocate for active preservation of our neighborhood’s historic assets. Historic preservation is much more than saving old buildings. Modern preservation efforts are about saving the heart of communities, ensuring vibrant, special places full of character. This means looking beyond architecture to what makes historic towns and neighborhoods thrive – actively used historic buildings, healthy businesses, and community gathering spaces being paramount.

Gamble Rogers Music Festival @ Colonial Quarter in St. Augustine
May 4 @ 12:30 pm – May 6 @ 9:00 pm

 Dozens of Americana acts perform, including Peter Rowan, Verlon Thompson, Flagship Romance, Sam Pacetti, Larry Mangum and others. $10-$30.