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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.

 

Oct
1
Sat
Home + Patio Fall Show @ Prime Osborn Convention Center
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Home + Patio Fall Show @ Prime Osborn Convention Center

From jacksonvillefallhomeshow.com

More than 300 exhibitors will be on hand with information on home improvement, new home construction, home entertainment, mortgages, home decor, cleaning products and more. The show also features the Jacksonville Magazine Cooking Stage, food truck rally and special appearance by Matt Bashaw of HGTV’s Yard Crashers and Vacation House for Free.

And just for you, our loyal followers, save $3 per ticket using the promo code FOODIE at this link.

Oct
2
Sun
Home + Patio Fall Show @ Prime Osborn Convention Center
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Home + Patio Fall Show @ Prime Osborn Convention Center

From jacksonvillefallhomeshow.com

More than 300 exhibitors will be on hand with information on home improvement, new home construction, home entertainment, mortgages, home decor, cleaning products and more. The show also features the Jacksonville Magazine Cooking Stage, food truck rally and special appearance by Matt Bashaw of HGTV’s Yard Crashers and Vacation House for Free.

And just for you, our loyal followers, save $3 per ticket using the promo code FOODIE at this link.

 

Oct
8
Sat
Vagabond Flea @ Hemming Park
Oct 8 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Vagabond Flea @ Hemming Park | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From facebook.com

Every second Saturday, shop vintage finds and handmade goods from local craftsmen and collectors.

FUN FACT: The first flea markets were in Paris, where they were called “marché aux puces”or “market with fleas.”

Nov
12
Sat
Vagabond Flea @ Hemming Park
Nov 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Vagabond Flea @ Hemming Park | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From facebook.com

Every second Saturday, shop vintage finds and handmade goods from local craftsmen and collectors.

FUN FACT: The first flea markets were in Paris, where they were called “marché aux puces”or “market with fleas.”

Dec
10
Sat
Vagabond Flea @ Hemming Park
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Vagabond Flea @ Hemming Park | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From facebook.com

Every second Saturday, shop vintage finds and handmade goods from local craftsmen and collectors.

FUN FACT: The first flea markets were in Paris, where they were called “marché aux puces”or “market with fleas.”

May
6
Sat
Art Barket at RAM @ Riverside Arts Market
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Art Barket at RAM @ Riverside Arts Market

From Riverside Arts Market

Everyone loves their pups, and it’s time to celebrate our furry friends at RAM.
Enjoy splash pools, dog treats and a variety of pet-related organizations and producers. As your pups enjoy the splash pools, the humans can enjoy a cold craft beer at First Saturday Brews @ RAM.

At 11:30 a.m. enjoy Canine Costume Contest, hosted by Matt Pittman. Dress your canine up in a costume for a chance to win fabulous prizes from RAM and Chuy’s! Gather behind the stage at 11:15 a.m. and parade your pooch on stage for judging by our live audience!

If you and your best friend love soccer, don’t miss the Soccer Dogs! They’ll be on-site all day but will be performing too! Time will be announced soon.

Chuy’s will be snapping photos of pets for a $5 donation to benefit First Coast No More Homeless Pets and sampling delicious human treats.

 

Nov
11
Sat
St. Johns Town Center Holiday Spectacular @ St. Johns Town Center
Nov 11 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
St. Johns Town Center Holiday Spectacular @ St. Johns Town Center | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From the event organizer:

Celebrate the joy and magic of the holiday season at the 12th annual St. Johns Town Center Holiday Spectacula rwith an  action-packed day of free, family fun and musical performances!

Throughout the day, guests will enjoy festivities including oversized games, an interactive hot chocolate station, jugglers, caricature artists, letters to Santa, ornament decorating, a festive photo booth and a silent DJ experience. The holiday fun will continue with great giveaways, costume characters, holiday entertainment and more.

Main stage entertainment begins at 2 p.m. with dynamic holiday performances and a show-stopping finale by headliner, Parmalee. The Main Stage is located in the Town Green in front of Maggiano’s Little Italy on Midtown Parkway.

For Holiday Spectacular’s grand finale, Santa will lead the crowd in an official countdown to light the dazzling 32-foot tree and kick off an energetic fireworks finale at 8 p.m. Santa will then be available at the Santa House in the Phase III wing near Nordstrom to hear holiday wish lists.

Additionally, St. Johns Town Center retailers will offer holiday shopping opportunities, in-store promotions and specials throughout the weekend.

Mar
17
Sat
St Patrick’s Day Food Truck Takeover @ Hemming Park
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
St Patrick's Day Food Truck Takeover @ Hemming Park | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook (with a few grammatical corrections by yours truly)

Jax Food Truck Food Court and Friends of Hemming Park team up to present the Second Annual St Patrick’s Day Takeover  with cold beer and premier food trucks serving up all your favorite foods.

Make a day of it! The Hemming Park area is surrounded by amazing things to do! Before or after your St. Patrick’s Day feast, make sure to visit:

MOCA Jacksonville
Chamblin’s Uptown
Sweet Pete’s Candy
Jacksonville Public Library
Wolf & Cub and many more!

Food trucks include:
The Happy Grilled Cheese
Eddis and Sons
Manny’s Cuban Food Truck
Delish Kebabs
Blazin Azn
Latin Soul
Sweeto Burrito
Fusion Food Truck
Treemendous BBQ
Son of a Butcher
Alma Fusion
Team Love Seafood
Le Petite Cheri
Nitrogen Creamery
Island Dream
Guanabana
Front Porch Kettle Corn
Funnel Cake Queen

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party @ Hyperion Brewing Company
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
St. Patrick's Day Block Party @ Hyperion Brewing Company | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Sláinte!

Hyperion Brewing Company and Crispy’s Springfield Gallery are presenting Historic Springfield’s inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Block Party.

The all-day party includes food, beer, live music, and activities on Main Street between Seventh and Eighth.

Details are still developing so stay tuned to their Facebook page.

Mar
24
Sat
Phoenix Rising Festival | Bobby K. Fashion Show & Dance Party @ Phoenix Arts District
Mar 24 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 25 @ 2:00 am
Phoenix Rising Festival | Bobby K. Fashion Show & Dance Party @ Phoenix Arts District | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Phoenix Arts District hosts a weekend to celebrate the beginning of a new art movement in Jacksonville, including an epic Bobby K Fashion Show, dance party, live murals and raffles.

Learn about plans for the future of this over 100,000 sq ft facility slated to house community event space, cafe, restaurant, gallery, live/work artist studios, workshops and classes for all ages in varying art forms.

The party continues Sunday with a free, family-friendly block party hosting art and food vendors as well as live demos from local artists. Watch, learn and even participate in making your own art to take home.

 

Mar
25
Sun
Phoenix Rising Festival | Block Party @ Phoenix Arts District
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Phoenix Rising Festival | Block Party @ Phoenix Arts District | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Once you’ve recovered from the Bobby K. Fashion Show & Dance Party, the party continues with a family-friendly block party hosting art and food vendors as well as live demos from local artists. Watch, learn and even participate in making your own art to take home.

Featured artists include Lela Brunet, Sanithna, R. Land, Christy Frazier, Dustin Harewood and Steven Teller. You’ll see live mural paintings, glassblowing, metalworking and mosaics.

Vendors include:

Bluejay Aromatherapy
Zany Du Designs
Kram Kran Photo
Rebecca Campbell Art
Body & Soul
Kona Ice of Downtown Jacksonville
Candles by Zuleca
Still Life with Cat Studio
Flour & Fig Bakehouse
Saturiwa Trading Company
Elise Bryant Art
The Nesst by Patricia Ness
Online Binding
Carmen Cay Art
Firetrove
House of Pale
OCD Jacksonville Fl
Apple Rose Beauty
Phase 8 Theater
ABC Photography
Topsy Toffee
DCH Benches
Seaweeds Maine Lobster Rolls, Inc
DeLoach’s Delectibles LLC
Aunt Gwen
Artefact Redux
Nitrogen Creamery Jax
Green Iguana Bath
Love & Moxie
Jacksonville Public Library

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

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.

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 ~

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