the Specktator

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

And by the way, be sure to change the view from “month” to “stream” below. Unless you like being really annoyed.


Monkey’s Uncle Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party @ Monkey's Uncle Tavern
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am – Mar 18 @ 2:00 am
Monkey's Uncle Annual St. Patrick's Day Party @ Monkey's Uncle Tavern | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

They had me at “free Irish stew.”

From Facebook

Come celebrate your favorite drinking party with the friendliest bar staff in town! We will be selling corned beef and cabbage starting at 12pm!! There will be FREE IRISH STEW at 5pm til supplies last! We will have tons of drink specials going on along with discounted “green draft beer”! Your favorite leprechauns will be handing out fun Irish swag throughout the night. Stay tuned for more details!!
St. Paddy’s Day at Fionn Maccool’s @ Fionn Maccools
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am – Mar 18 @ 1:00 am
St. Paddy's Day at Fionn Maccool's @ Fionn Maccools | Jacksonville | Florida | United States


Fionn MacCool’s hosts the largest St Paddy’s Day celebrations in North Florida with live entertainment all day and night to go along with pipes and drums to keep everyone in the proper spirit. Oh yea, they will also have enough beer for all of DUUUVAL!

Join us for our always memorable riverfront party to include freshly smoked corned beef briskets and the following entertainment sure to bring you the luck of the Irish.

11 a.m.: Jig to a Milestone

3 p.m.: Searson

7 p.m.: Pipes and Drums

9 p.m.: Rathkeltair

St Patrick’s Day Food Truck Takeover @ Hemming Park
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
St Patrick's Day Food Truck Takeover @ Hemming Park | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook (with a few grammatical corrections by yours truly)

Jax Food Truck Food Court and Friends of Hemming Park team up to present the Second Annual St Patrick’s Day Takeover  with cold beer and premier food trucks serving up all your favorite foods.

Make a day of it! The Hemming Park area is surrounded by amazing things to do! Before or after your St. Patrick’s Day feast, make sure to visit:

MOCA Jacksonville
Chamblin’s Uptown
Sweet Pete’s Candy
Jacksonville Public Library
Wolf & Cub and many more!

Food trucks include:
The Happy Grilled Cheese
Eddis and Sons
Manny’s Cuban Food Truck
Delish Kebabs
Blazin Azn
Latin Soul
Sweeto Burrito
Fusion Food Truck
Treemendous BBQ
Son of a Butcher
Alma Fusion
Team Love Seafood
Le Petite Cheri
Nitrogen Creamery
Island Dream
Front Porch Kettle Corn
Funnel Cake Queen

St. Patrick’s Day King Street Block Party @ King Street District
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – Mar 18 @ 2:00 am
St. Patrick's Day King Street Block Party @ King Street District | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook

Join us in Historic Riverside for this year’s St Patrick’s Day Block Party on King Street. We are excited to announce that we are expanding the party down the street and in the green space located next to The Garage will be open again this year featuring live music, food, a full bar, games and more. Jameson, Guinness, and Red Bull will be there doing loads of cool giveaways all day.

Here are the details for each location:


The Garage will be the first to open its doors at 11 a.m. to get your St Paddy’s Day started right. They’ll have green beer, Irish music, cornhole & Giant Jenga patio games and great eats available until 3 a.m.


King Street Green Space (behind The Garage)
The space will open at noon with live music with Ciaran Sontag, Matt Henderson and more TBA. There will be several full bars, giveaways, games, hot dogs, nachos & more.


Bearded Buffalo Brewing Co.
The latest addition to the King Street District and Jacksonville’s craft brewery scene, Bearded Buffalo features 35 local beers on tap plus a great menu with New York-style pizza, calzones, wings and more.


Opens at 11 a.m. with Irish whiskey, Irish heart and Irish Rock n Roll.


Our St Patrick’s Day Dance Party kicks off at 5 p.m. with DJ Josh Kemp spinning all your favorite party anthems so you can dance like a leprechaun!


Whiteway Deli & Tavern
St Patrick’s Day in Jacksonville’s oldest deli and tavern. Enjoy classic deli sandwiches, burgers, handcrafted cocktails and more 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.!


theLOFT and Rogue are 21+. All other venues are all ages.

St. Patrick’s Day Party at Wicked Barley @ Wicked Barley Brewing Company
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – Mar 18 @ 1:00 am
St. Patrick's Day Party at Wicked Barley @ Wicked Barley Brewing Company | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Eat, drink and be Irish at Wicked Barley. Live music, food specials and more! And don’t forget to wear your GREEN!

Car Bomb | Dry Irish Cream Stout, 6%
Russian Car Bomb | Irish Cream Imperial Stout, 11%
Pinch Me | Irish Red Ale, 5.3%
Barrel Aged Wee Heavy | Scotch Ale, 8.1%
Green Mead Slushie | Specialty Frozen Honey Wine, 7%
and more to come!

4:30-7:30 | Wild Oaks Band
8:00-11:00 | Robby and Felix

TGIF St. Patrick’s Weekend Edition with Spade McQuade @ Hemming Park
Mar 17 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
TGIF St. Patrick's Weekend Edition with Spade McQuade @ Hemming Park  | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

What? You missed Spade McQuade last night at Crispy’s? Not to worry. You can listen to “The Original Belfast Redneck” while enjoying lunch from Blazin Azn and Delish Kababs Catering and Food Truck. Or brown bag it, laddie. Just leave the whiskey

Call ahead to reserve seating: (904) 515-5098

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party @ Hyperion Brewing Company
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
St. Patrick's Day Block Party @ Hyperion Brewing Company | Jacksonville | Florida | United States


Hyperion Brewing Company and Crispy’s Springfield Gallery are presenting Historic Springfield’s inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Block Party.

The all-day party includes food, beer, live music, and activities on Main Street between Seventh and Eighth.

Details are still developing so stay tuned to their Facebook page.

The Amazing Jax St. Patty’s Day Scavenger Hunt/Crawl @ Birdies
Mar 17 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Amazing Jax St. Patty's Day Scavenger Hunt/Crawl @ Birdies | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook

A series of clues leads you around the neighborhood, performing physical and mental challenges along the way.

This hunt celebrates St. Patrick’s Day so expect more than a few bar challenges (drinking games) and loads of fun!

Each member of the winning team receives a Jacksonville Pogo Events Florida gift package.

The hunt takes three hours. Please wear comfortable shoes. One member of the team should have a smart phone (either Android or I-Phone). The hunt is run through an app called ScanQuest. Please download that before you come to the event.

It is a great way to connect with friends or meet new ones. You can sign up as a team or as an individual and we will partner you with a team.

**Check-in at 3:30 p.m.**

Leprechaun-O-thon @ Keg & Coin
Mar 17 @ 6:00 pm
Leprechaun-O-thon @ Keg & Coin | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook

Celebrate St.Patty’s day with Keg & Coin and your favorite evil Leprechaun. We will be showing Leprechaun movies all night. In the hood and in space,all of them. Specials on Irish beer. I Wanna Know Where The Gold At!!!!

Root Ball 2018 @ Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Mar 17 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Root Ball 2018 @ Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

The Root Ball is a benefit for Greenscape of Jacksonville, produced by The Late Bloomers Garden Club.

Tying the event in with St. Patrick’s Day will add another level of fun, Dooley says. Irish musician/songwriter (and Jacksonville transplant) Brendan Doherty, will perform traditional Irish songs as well as original songs from his last album, “Feels Like Home,” which Irish Music Magazine’s Seán Laffey said, “If you need a label to describe his style, think John Denver at his very best.” Doherty will be accompanied on fiddle by Philip Pan, former concertmaster for the Jacksonville Symphony and member of Canary in a Coalmine. Pan currently performs with folk/rock band Folk is People and Mariachi Primera Costa.

The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, festive food, music, dancing and a silent auction featuring a variety of original artwork, fine wines, gift baskets, a putter autographed by Arnold Palmer and a catered yacht cruise on Innisfail, an impeccably restored 1930 Mathis-Trumpy motor yacht that hosted several U.S. presidents.

Attire is “green casual.”

St. Paddy’s Punk Puke Party @ Nighthawks
Mar 17 @ 8:00 pm – Mar 18 @ 2:00 am
St. Paddy's Punk Puke Party @ Nighthawks | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

If you don’t like punk music, you will NOT like this line-up:

Discordant Generation
Single White Herpe and The Aids
Gov Club

All ages

Alice Cooper Florida Theatre @ Florida Theatre
Mar 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

 FT and AEG Presents present, Alice Cooper.

Featuring macabre stage props like electric chairs, guillotines, boa constrictors and fake blood, Alice Cooper earned a reputation for an exciting and theatrical live show, but “The Godfather of Shock Rock” earned a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the strength of classic hit singles like “I’m Eighteen,” “School’s Out,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Elected” and “Welcome to My Nightmare.”

Laugh Lounge @ Dos Gatos
Mar 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Laugh Lounge @ Dos Gatos | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From event organizer:

Starting Sunday November 12th Dos Gatos and Creative Veins Performing Arts are bringing you hilarious original comedy from across the country! The show is free so get there early.


Spring Break Camp! March 19-23 and 26-30, 2018 @ Theatre Jacksonvile
Mar 19 @ 8:30 am – Mar 23 @ 5:30 pm

 Theatre Jacksonville’s Spring Break Camps offer great fun for students on their annual Spring Break holiday from school. During each of our 1-week sessions our campers will get a chance to explore, be challenged, create, and express themselves in a fun and safe learning environment.

AGES: Grades 2-12
TIMES: Monday – Friday from 8:30am-5:30pm
COST: $300 per student, per week.

Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe—Riverside
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe—Riverside | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Lots of restaurants and bars have trivia. But none, not one single one, has The Specktator as host.

In addition to obscure questions (she’s particularly fascinated with Guinness World Records), Trivia With The Specktator features musical interludes from local musicians and The 30-Second Dance Party.

Top three teams win gift cards from European Street Cafe.