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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
23
Fri
Collective Con @ Jacksonville Fairgrounds Expo Center
Mar 23 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.

Mar
24
Sat
Collective Con @ Jacksonville Fairgrounds Expo Center
Mar 24 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 | 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.

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.

 

Apr
14
Sat
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.

Jul
28
Sat
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!

Oct
6
Sat
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.

Oct
10
Wed
‘A Star Is Born’ at Sun-Ray Cinema @ Sun-Ray Cinema
Oct 10 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
11
Thu
‘A Star Is Born’ at Sun-Ray Cinema @ Sun-Ray Cinema
Oct 11 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.

Dec
7
Fri
Historic Springfield Holiday Home Tour @ pin Springfield Improvement Association and Archives
Dec 7 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Historic Springfield Holiday Home Tour @ pin Springfield Improvement Association and Archives | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Come take a look at the very heart of Springfield as we present the 32nd Annual Holiday Home Tour! Enjoy the magic of our 100+ year old homes, roam the beautiful interiors of these historic buildings, and listen to the walls whisper a welcome during this two night event that takes place Dec 7 & 8.

You can stroll the neighborhood by car, bike, or foot while enjoying gorgeous homes decked out for the holidays. Homemade cookies will be provided while supplies last!

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 on tour days. Also, held Dec. 8.

Dec
8
Sat
Historic Springfield Holiday Home Tour @ pin Springfield Improvement Association and Archives
Dec 8 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Historic Springfield Holiday Home Tour @ pin Springfield Improvement Association and Archives | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Come take a look at the very heart of Springfield as we present the 32nd Annual Holiday Home Tour! Enjoy the magic of our 100+ year old homes, roam the beautiful interiors of these historic buildings, and listen to the walls whisper a welcome during this two night event that takes place Dec 7 & 8.

You can stroll the neighborhood by car, bike, or foot while enjoying gorgeous homes decked out for the holidays. Homemade cookies will be provided while supplies last!

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 on tour days. Also, held Dec. 8.