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Event Calendar


european_street_cafe_logo_medThe 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 or a $pon$ored feature, 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.

 

Apr
7
Sat
Jacksonville Lantern Parade @ Northbank and Southbank (from RAM to The Landing)
Apr 7 @ 6:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Jacksonville Lantern Parade @ Northbank and Southbank (from RAM to The Landing)

The Jacksonville Lantern Parade presented by Vystar Credit Union will be a glowing procession of light, color and music that will illuminate the city skyline and the St. Johns River. A combination temporary art installation and family friendly celebration, the parade will shine a light on the creative and kind heart of our beautiful city. A similar event held annually in Atlanta brings together more than 60,000 people each fall.

Help us create a new tradition here in Northeast Florida by launching an awe-inspiring spectacle of art, light, sound and expression.

The parade will feature at least four drum lines and marching bands including the Jaguars D-Line, Still I Stand SIS, the UF Truck Band and Junco Royals. DJs will be playing music at the start and end points. And the iHeartMedia KISS FM remote broadcast tent will be set up at  the mid-point.
The event will also feature a variety of activities for kids and families—including food and drinks  and more. Don’t say goodnight until you visit at least one of the three Lantern Parade photo booths. In addition, our mini-camper photo booth will be parked near the parade starting point and the Jax Mag Selfie Stand will be set up near the midway point. Finally 904 Happy Hour will be shooting photos of parade participants at the ending, at Hogan Street where it meets the river.

​The glowing display of color will literally shine a light on the heart of Jacksonville and everyone is invited! Participation is free to the public. All we ask is that each participant carry something that GLOWS, TWINKLES, or SHINES. Bring either a homemade creation or a store bought item, we don’t mind so long as you participate in the grand illumination.

Apr
13
Fri
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.

Apr
14
Sat
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.

Apr
19
Thu
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. waneefestival.com
Apr
20
Fri
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.

Apr
27
Fri
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.

May
4
Fri
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.

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)

 

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

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.