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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
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
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
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

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.

Aug
18
Sat
Florida Refugee Cup @ Deermeadows Baptist Church
Aug 18 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Florida Refugee Cup @ Deermeadows Baptist Church | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Come see the Jax Eagles, Jacksonville’s refugee soccer team and ANSL Cup Spring 2018 winners, play MITUMBA FC.

Food will be available from the Damascus Kitchen food truck.

Connect with the local refugee and immigrant communitie and find out how to get involved.

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
13
Sat
Making Strides of Jacksonville @ TIAA Bank Field -East Club Plaza
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am
Making Strides of Jacksonville @ TIAA Bank Field -East Club Plaza | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From event organizers: The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. Each event is a noncompetitive 3 to 5 mile walk that brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer. The events raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.

From the opening ceremony to the post-walk entertainment, a Making Strides event is a celebration of survivors and opportunity to remember loved-ones lost. It’s a day that shouldn’t be missed and won’t be forgotten.

NOTE: There is no fee to sign up or join. This is a fundraising walk to fund the life saving mission of the American Cancer Society. Please consider making a tax deductible donation.

Registration will be on site, but pre-registration is highly encouraged.

My two cents: My mom died of breast cancer in 1981. She was 41 years old. Considering about 12 percent of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, I don’t want anyone else to have to go through what my mom did. (A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.)

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.