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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.

 

Sep
29
Thu
Banned in Jacksonville: What book are you missing? @ Old St. Andrew's
Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm
Banned in Jacksonville: What book are you missing? @ Old St. Andrew's | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From jacksonvillehistory.org

The Jacksonville Public Library reports 70 challenges to materials since 2000.In fact, the Newbery Award-winning book, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by late Jacksonville Leslie Kirkwood, Chair of  Banned: A Community Conversation about Censorship and Free Speech will present crucial history and background and include Barbara A. B. Gubbin, Director of Jacksonville Public Library. The presentation also incorporates performances by Jason Woods, actor/director.

Sep
30
Fri
Home + Patio Fall Show @ Prime Osborn Convention Center
Sep 30 @ 11:00 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
1
Sat
Envirofest @ The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Envirofest @ The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook.com

Join the Museum, in partnership with the City of Jacksonville’s Environmental Protection Board, for the third annual Envirofest. This is a family-friendly event centered on raising environmental awareness through the arts, education, and music. Enjoy book readings, live music, recycled art projects, tours, and much more!

Schedule:
Yoga in the Gardens 10 to 11 a.m.:
Enjoy a yoga class in the upper tier of the Olmsted Garden hosted by Bailey’s Health and Fitness. Bring your own mat!

Live Music 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.:
Enjoy a drum circle led by Ryan Sinclair at the front of the Museum, music by Arvid Smith in the Upper Tier, and Jen Chase in the Cummer Café.

Demonstrating Artists 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
Watch Plein Air painters Christianna White and Roosevelt Watson create paintings of the Gardens and learn about succulents from demonstrating artist Crystal Floyd.

Garden Tours:
Join Museum Docents for free gardens tours at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Each tour will begin in the Museum Lobby. Learn more about the plantings and history of the lovely historic Gardens.

All Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
Learn about how you can be a good steward of the environment, enjoy watching hands-on demonstrations, and participate in art activitie

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.

 

Nov
4
Sat
Arlington Mod & More Home Tour @ Resurrection Catholic Church
Nov 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Arlington Mod & More Home Tour @ Resurrection Catholic Church | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From event organizers:

Old Arlington, Inc. and the American Institute of Architects-Jacksonville Chapter will host the fifth annual Arlington Mod & More Home Tour Saturday, November 4. On the tour, nicknamed the Mini, Midi, Maxi Mod and More Tour, is a classic 1958 mid-mod home, recently featured in Jacksonville Magazine, restored to fit the hip mod lifestyle of today’s millennial generation and an iconic “butterfly-style” home designed by Robert Broward filled with furniture and accessories of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Tour guests will also have the opportunity to see inside one of Arlington’s historic homes on the St. Johns, and peek into the country’s first LEED certified tiny home. Other tour sites include designs by Jacksonville architects Ted Pappas, Robert Broadfoot and George Fisher. Norman Silent Film Studios, Jacksonville’s newest National Historic Landmark, will also be open for touring.

 

Nov
8
Wed
Artists at Work: Cultural Cooking @ Main Library
Nov 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Artists at Work: Cultural Cooking @ Main Library | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Join us for a discussion featuring local chefs and food activists about how culture is expressed through cooking. Learn how we maintain traditions and culture through recipes, food sourcing, and meals. Culinary artists will discuss their cultural backgrounds, food histories and why they choose to live in Jacksonville.

This program complements the Living History exhibit located in the Jax Makerspace Gallery in the Main Library. This program is suitable for all ages and is free and open to the public.

Nov
11
Sat
JAX Veg Fest 2017 @ Riverside Park
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
JAX Veg Fest 2017 @ Riverside Park | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

A free, sustainable festival devoted to environmental awareness, animal advocacy, and of course, plant-based cuisine. Psychic readings also available.

This festival is not affiliated with the Northeast Florida Veg Fest, which is usually held yearly but was cancelled this year.  We’re here to fill in the gap so no one misses out on a day we ourselves love so much.

 

Dec
1
Fri
Winos for Rhinos @ White Oak Conservation
Dec 1 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Winos for Rhinos @ White Oak Conservation | Yulee | Florida | United States

From Wild Oak:

Join us for Winos for Rhinos! Because who doesn’t love rhinos? And wine.

The event includes a tour of our new and expanding rhino facilities where you will meet our rhinos and their caretakers to learn about the conservation breeding programs here at White Oak.

During your stops at the different areas, we will provide a refreshing beverage that our wine stewards will describe to you while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres from White Oak’s culinary staff.  We will finish the tour at Gilman Hall where you will enjoy a gourmet dinner and have the opportunity to recount the evening with your new friends!

Jan
13
Sat
Hamilton Day @ Jax Makerspace
Jan 13 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

From event website:

Celebrate Alexander Hamilton’s 260th birthday and the Broadway musical, Hamilton. The man Alexander Hamilton himself will be in attendance; test your knowledge during trivia with Kerry Speckman (aka The Specktator); show off your best Alexander Hamilton costume with a look-alike contest; and spit some bars during Hamilton the Musical karaoke hosted by Mal Jones of the Lyricist Live.

Alexander Hamilton Appearance
Noon – 2:30 P.M.
Hamilton Trivia
12:30 – 2:30 P.M.
Alexander Hamilton Look-Alike Contest
1:45 – 2:15 P.M.
Hamilton, The Musical Karaoke Sing-Along
2:30 – 4:00 P.M.

This program compliments the Living History exhibit located in the Jax Makerspace Gallery in the Main Library. It is suitable for all ages, and free and open to the public.

Mar
24
Sat
Gastrofest 2018 @ MOSH
Mar 24 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Gastrofest 2018 @ MOSH | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook

GastroFest 2018 is an all-day celebration of the culinary world in and around Northeast Florida brought to you by the non-profit organization GastroJax. It’s delicious fun for all ages! Get ready for an all-new lineup at Friendship Fountain.

GastroFest is a cash based food and alcohol festival. Please make sure to bring CASH! Each tasting vendor is required to have one sample size available for $1- $3 throughout the festival (though there will be options above that price point).

VIP tickets are available and include access to GastroFest Selects, a taste of Jacksonville restaurants selected especially for VIPs on the MOSH Rooftop from 1-4 p.m. including Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails, Town Hall Jax, Gilbert’s Hot Chicken Fish & Shrimp, Berndt Ends BBQ and The Bread & Board; and the 2018 Jax Beer Society Homebrew Competition at GastroFest 2018 at 3 p.m. Higher tiered VIP tickets come with additional benefits.

 

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

Apr
7
Sat
Mini Maker Faire @ MOSH
Apr 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mini Maker Faire @ MOSH | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Museum of Science and History

The inaugural Jacksonville Mini Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth — a family friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

Makers range from engineers to artists to scientists to crafters to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community,” said Maria Hane, President of MOSH. “Jacksonville Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of creativity and ingenuity in and around Jacksonville. It is an incredible showcase for imagination, invention and hands-on technical skills and a wonderful blend of art and science.”

In addition to the Maker showcase, the day features special MOSH programming including EARTH, MOON & SUN (Planetarium) an adventure in space with the truth behind some common misconceptions about our Earth and its relationship with the moon and sun; INVERTEBRATE ENCOUNTERS (Touch Tank) Explore the sea creatures that reside in the VyStar Intertidal Touch Tank; STEPPING INTO THE FRAME: VIRTUAL REALITY ART EXPERIENCE by Evin Schmidt (Maker); DANCE OF LIGHTS: A FAMILY FRIENDLY COSMIC CONCERT HOP, WALK, SLITHER (Florida Naturalist’s Center). Discover the secrets of animal movement; coffee labs with BOLD BEAN COFFEE; and performances by JOHN GUINTA and 2FYE OCTOPI.

 

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.