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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.

 

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.

 

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
Collective Con @ Jacksonville Fairgrounds Expo Center
Mar 25 all-day
Collective Con @ Jacksonville Fairgrounds Expo Center | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From CollectiveCon.com

North Florida’s Premier Anime, Comic Book, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, & Pop Culture Event returns for a 4th huge year! Don’t miss out on this weekend of fun with Celebrity Guests, Voice Actors from some of your Favorite Anime/Video Game, Vendors, Fan Panels, Video Game Tournaments, Cosplay Contests, After Parties and more.

Admission is free for children 10 and younger.

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.

 

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
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
Jul
28
Sat
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!

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.

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
Oct
12
Fri
Oktoberfest Jacksonville @ pin Anheuser-Busch Florida
Oct 12 @ 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Oktoberfest Jacksonville @ pin Anheuser-Busch Florida  | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From event organizers: Oktoberfest Jacksonville at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Jacksonville, Florida, is a celebration of German cuisine, culture, games, activities and great beer.

Upgrade your experience with a VIP ticket or reserved table purchase. Oktoberfest Jacksonville is fun for the entire family—kids 12 and under are FREE!

Roll out the Barrel and Bring in the Fun. Join the Games of Oktoberfest and test your skills at the stein hoisting, barrel rolling, brat eating contest or enter your wiener dog into the wiener dog races.

My two cents: Because Oktoberfest.

Oct
13
Sat
Oktoberfest Jacksonville @ pin Anheuser-Busch Florida
Oct 13 @ 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
Oktoberfest Jacksonville @ pin Anheuser-Busch Florida  | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From event organizers: Oktoberfest Jacksonville at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Jacksonville, Florida, is a celebration of German cuisine, culture, games, activities and great beer.

Upgrade your experience with a VIP ticket or reserved table purchase. Oktoberfest Jacksonville is fun for the entire family—kids 12 and under are FREE!

Roll out the Barrel and Bring in the Fun. Join the Games of Oktoberfest and test your skills at the stein hoisting, barrel rolling, brat eating contest or enter your wiener dog into the wiener dog races.

My two cents: Because Oktoberfest.