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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 whatsup@thespecktator.com.

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

 

May
24
Thu
Jacksonville Jazz Fest @ Downtown Jacksonville
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – May 27 @ 10:00 pm

 Located in the streets of downtown Jacksonville. Lineup is not complete, but acts announced include Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Sheila E, Lohai, the Bad Plus, Euge Groove, the Pete Escovedo Orchestra, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, the Vijay Iyer Sextet, the Champian Fulton Quartet, the Chris Thomas Band, the 4 Korners, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys and the Noel Freidline Quintet with Maria Howell. Free. jacksonvillejazzfestival.com

Jul
19
Thu
Slightly Stoopid School’s Out For Summer 2018 @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Jul 19 @ 5:30 pm

 School’s Out For Summer 2018 Tour live at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL starring Slightly Stoopid with special guests Stick Figure and Pepper.

Stoopidheads VIP package includes a ticket, backpack, foil poster, beach towel, koozie, collectable wristband, exclusive merch item, and a viewing area and early entry where applicable.

Jul
28
Sat
Painting of the Paw Prints @ TIAA Field, Lots H and K
Jul 28 @ 7:30 am – 10:30 am
Painting of the Paw Prints @ TIAA Field, Lots H and K | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Come to the BIGGEST JAX Chamber Downtown Council event of the year – 2018’s Painting of the PawPrints!

Attendance is free, but registration is requested.

Beginning at the base of the Main Street Bridge to TIAA Bank Field, attendees will paint the 330+ PawPrints along Bay Street.

Afterward, all are invited to enjoy a family friendly after-party in Lot K that will include Jaxson de Ville, the ROAR of the Jaguars and D-Line.

There will be “draffles” prizes, with proceeds going toward children’s programs in the Jacksonville Downtown community.

And don’t miss our pre- and after-parties at Manifest Distilling! Proceeds from Manifest sales during these times will go to the JAX Chamber Downtown Council.

Pre-Party: 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 27 (until closing)
After Party: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 28 (until closing)

 

Jax Beach Summer Arts Market @ Seawalk Pavilion
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Jax Beach Summer Arts Market @ Seawalk Pavilion | Jacksonville Beach | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

See the best artists from the Jacksonville area in this family friendly event. With over 50 local artists, there will be something for everyone’s tastes. Pet friendly! Free and open to the public!

GAAM Anime Show @ The Museum
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
GAAM Anime Show @ The Museum | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Video games, a charity art auction, food trucks, dancing, DJs, live music, Cosplay, selfie spots, and more for Jacksonville’s award winning Gaming + Art event!

We’re going all out this year with extra perks for VIPs, more games, dance-offs, crafting stations, art, a funko exhibit, and special exhibits dedicated to Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, and all the gamer stuff you’ve come to love at GAAM!

This GAAM is going to be OVER 9000! RSVP to GAAM today to win prizes and join your friends at the ultimate nerd charity party! 🎉🎮

P.S. Don’t forget, GAAM is for grown ups. Kids…you can go to GAAM when you get old enough. MUHAHAHAHA!

Aug
1
Wed
First Wednesday Art Walk @ Hemming Park
Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
First Wednesday Art Walk @ Hemming Park | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

It’s time for the 5th Annual Back to School SmARTs Art Walk featuring the USGBC Green Lion Festival! Enjoy live music, 20+ local artists, delicious food trucks and 35+ participating venues. Celebrate the end of summer in Jax.

Artwalk headquarters  is at Hemming Park with live performances on the Main Stage, local artists and vendors, food trucks and an interactive kid zone with activities and fun bounce houses

Highlights include:
8+ Art & Culture Venues
16+ Dinner & Sweets Venues
14+ Live Music & Performance Venues
13+ Venues Open After 9 p.m.
36+ Total Stops

Green Lion Festival @ Hemming Park
Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Green Lion Festival @ Hemming Park | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Green Lion Festival is a festival that seeks to promote and elevate the awareness of green-focused businesses and organizations in Jacksonville. We aspire to be a green and eco-friendly festival while reaching out to the community.

This year’s event will take place during First Wednesday Art Walk and will promote awareness of green-focused business, innovative organizations, and community outreach.

Jacksonville: A Tale Of My City (Opening Reception) @ Jax Makerspace
Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Jacksonville: A Tale Of My City (Opening Reception) @ Jax Makerspace | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Join us for the opening reception of Jacksonville: A Tale of My City. The photographers in this exhibit capture the identity of our city’s neighborhoods through their lenses. This collection of images will explore how our past affects our present, and what it means to be a community. Neighborhoods can come together to strengthen civic engagement.

Featuring Artists:
Laura Evans
Debra Heuskin
Malcolm Jackson
Wes Lester
Ana Kamiar
Marc Mangra
Cheryl McCain
Khalil Osborne
Tenny Rudolph
Francesco Salomoni
Bob Self
Toni Smailagić
David Williams

Gallery Spaces
• Jax Makerspace Gallery – Jacksonville: A Tale of My City

On view until 8PM
• 2nd Floor- Jacksonville: A Tale of My City, Photographs by Wes Lester
• 3rd Floor Betty Francis Gallery – Jacksonville: A Tale of My City, Photographs by Bob Self
• 4th Floor Special Collections – Ax Handle Saturday Photo Exhibition

Activities and performances will happen throughout the evening. Join us for what will be another celebrated exhibition for our city!

 

Exhibit runs through Oct. 21.

Aug
5
Sun
China Cat Sunflower Festival #23 @ Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
Aug 5 @ 4:20 pm
China Cat Sunflower Festival #23 @ Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

A celebration of the legacy of Jerry Garcia and friends 🤹🏽‍♀️🗾🥁🎹A. Real. Good. Time. 🎼🎸🎏

Bands include Ouija Brothers, Glass Camels, Old Dawgs New Tricks  and The Good Wood Band.

Vendors include Tanya Ambrose Designs, Tim Bullard’s Collections, Rhonna’s Amazing Tie Dye, Don Lester’s Gemstones, Christian Daley’s wrapped gems, Lori Berkey’s Creations and Botanical Boutiques.

Food available from Murray Hillbilly Foodtruck.

Drum circle begins at 4:20
Bring your drums, shakers, bells….
Get there on time, gonna be some suRpriZes🙃

*Bring your family, hula hoops, bubbles, hacky sacks, kites, frisbees. It might rain, and it might stop. The music will be inside and cool.

Aug
18
Sat
Florida Refugee Cup @ Deermeadows Baptist Church
Aug 18 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Florida Refugee Cup @ Deermeadows Baptist Church | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Come see the Jax Eagles, Jacksonville’s refugee soccer team and ANSL Cup Spring 2018 winners, play MITUMBA FC.

Food will be available from the Damascus Kitchen food truck.

Connect with the local refugee and immigrant communitie and find out how to get involved.

Oct
6
Sat
Oktoberfest on Main Street @ Main Street between Sixth & Eighth
Oct 6 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Oktoberfest on Main Street @ Main Street between Sixth & Eighth

From Facebook:

Something is brewing in Historic Springfield!

Hosted by a series of businesses on Main Street, we’ll be bringing you a unique experience for Jacksonville with good tunes, amazing food, hand-crafted beer proudly brewed in Springfield and activities for all.

LIVE MUSIC:
~ The Hungry Five and Friends German Band
~ Kalani Rose Duo
~ Ouija Brothers

FOOD TRUCKS
~ Wurstbusters serving traditional brats in front of Main and Six Brewing
~ Eddis and Sons serving Philly Cheesesteaks, traditional and with a twist
~ El agave azul Jacksonville serving authentic Mexican Street Fare
~ A&A Italian Ice with cold, sweet snacks

Crispy’s Springfield Gallery hosting traditional Oktoberfest Beer Games ~ Start practicing and stay tuned for more details on game entry times.

ID’s WILL BE CHECKED
Planning to enjoy a tasty adult beverage? Bring a $1 and your ID. All guests 21+ who would like to partake in alcoholic drinks must be wearing an event branded wristband. All money goes back towards expenses to produce this event.

ID’s can be checked at the following tents:
TerraWise Homes
Root Realty

VENDORS

~ Engine 15 Brewing Downtown Tap Room & Biergarten Tent & Oktoberfest brews
~ The Block Skate Supply – join them for skateboarding street elements and cool swag
~ 1748 Bakehouse on display in front of their new location on main street
~ Strings Sports Brewery our soon-to-be open, newest brewery in Historic Springfield. Stop by their tent for free beer samples and they’re revealing a new item food item that will be on their menu and handing out samples.
~ Atomic on Main, stop by the boutique store for all things fun & funky
~ Belle Époque Realty Services LLC tent will have all the best listings in Historic Springfield and our urban core. Find your new home!
~ Maddy D’s Sweets and Confections with delicious decorated cookies available.
~ Guanajuato Gardens offering gorgeous handmade Mexican Talavera tiles and garden accessories
~ Zany Du Designs handmade, screen printed gifts for all the cutest loved ones in your life
~ Sherika Originals makes handcrafted embellishments for all occassions
~ stenotab is a local clothing retailer that uses natural fibers to bring you the coziest clothes.

~ Face Painting by Shauna ~

~ Family & Dog Friendly as well ~

River City Pride Parade @ throughout Riverside
Oct 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
River City Pride Parade @ throughout Riverside | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

From Facebook:

Sponsored by Bank of America, this is the 40th Anniversary of Pride in Jacksonville, and organizers are working hard to make this the biggest and best year yet.  The parade is a 3-mile celebration through the most prominent LGBTQIA+ communities in Jacksonville and past thousands of supporters along the route. It will begin promptly at 4 p.m. There are great spots to watch the parade all along the route with nearly 100 entries this year.

Parade route: Starts at corner of Park and Willowbranch, heads east on Park, north on King, east on Post, south on Stockton, east on Park through 5 Points and ending at Riverside Park between Margaret and College.

 

Oct
7
Sun
River City Pride Festival
Oct 7 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
River City Pride Festival @ Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook

One-day event, presented by Community Health, features family fun zone, craft and food vendors, entertainment, adult beverages and Pride merchandise.

Entertainment line-up includes:

  • The First Coast Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of the Seven Bridges
  • Vocal Theory Project
  • Pride Karaoke Winners
  • The 7 Street Band
  • The House of Menendez & Special Guests
  • Trinity Taylor
  • Milk Queen
  • The 7 Street Band
  • Effie Passero
  • Ada Vox
  • Mr. & Miss River City Pride Drag Revue
  • Joey William Suarez
Oct
8
Mon
‘A Star Is Born’ at Sun-Ray Cinema @ Sun-Ray Cinema
Oct 8 all-day
'A Star Is Born' at Sun-Ray Cinema @ Sun-Ray Cinema | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Showtimes: 12:30, 3:15, 6:30 and 9 p.m.

The synopsis from Sun-Ray Cinema: In this new take on the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer … until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

My take: I admit it’s Bradley Cooper that got me in the door. But it wasn’t his eyes and abs that kept me there (for two hours, I might add … an eternity for someone who isn’t a big fan of sitting in movie theaters). Turns out, Lady Gaga (who I was not a fan of when the film started) is a natural on the big screen. And in another pleasant surprise, my boyfriend can sing, play guitar and write songs (he also directed, produced and co-wrote the movie). I’m no movie reviewer (truth be told, I never saw any of the three previous versions of the movie, not even the Barbra Streisand/Kris Kristofferson one), so I’ll just give it my highest compliment: I didn’t look at my phone once. That and I’ve been listening to the soundtrack, which is one of the best I’ve heard in forever, non-stop. Oh, and I’m now officially a fan of Lady Gaga’s.

NOTE: Obviously, “A Star Is Born” is playing at many theaters in town, but in my opinion, Sun-Ray is the best. And no fancy recliner chair is going to change that.

Oct
9
Tue
‘A Star Is Born’ at Sun-Ray Cinema @ Sun-Ray Cinema
Oct 9 all-day
'A Star Is Born' at Sun-Ray Cinema @ Sun-Ray Cinema | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Showtimes 12:30, 3:15, 6:30 and 9 p.m.
TAPPED-OUT TUESDAY PRICING = $5.35 all shows

The synopsis from Sun-Ray Cinema: In this new take on the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer … until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

My take: I admit it’s Bradley Cooper that got me in the door. But it wasn’t his eyes and abs that kept me there (for two hours, I might add … an eternity for someone who isn’t a big fan of sitting in movie theaters). Turns out, Lady Gaga (who I was not a fan of when the film started) is a natural on the big screen. And in another pleasant surprise, my boyfriend can sing, play guitar and write songs (he also directed, produced and co-wrote the movie). I’m no movie reviewer (truth be told, I never saw any of the three previous versions of the movie, not even the Barbra Streisand/Kris Kristofferson one), so I’ll just give it my highest compliment: I didn’t look at my phone once. That and I’ve been listening to the soundtrack, which is one of the best I’ve heard in forever, non-stop. Oh, and I’m now officially a fan of Lady Gaga’s.

NOTE: Obviously, “A Star Is Born” is playing at many theaters in town, but in my opinion, Sun-Ray is the best. And no fancy recliner chair is going to change that.