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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.

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
13
Fri
Voices Unearthed Opening Night @ Yellow House
Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 OPENING RECEPTION
FRI April 13 | 6pm – 8pm
The reception is free and open to the public. Meet the artists and writers. Enjoy live music and poetry readings. Engage in meaningful dialogue. Light refreshments will be served.

Youth voices have always had power…the power to elevate, educate, and inspire action. We find ourselves, again, in an era in which the unique perspectives and insights of young people are leading all of us to a deeper understanding of our present and our future. ‘Voices Unearthed’ celebrates Élan Literary Magazine, a publication that gives voice to young writers and artists on their personal journey through origin, influence and self-identity. This award-winning publication lives in print form, on a website, and now as an exhibition.

The journey from our place of origin and the influence of others toward the development of unique self-expression is not always easy. The poetry and paintings in this exhibit illustrate the courage it takes to express identity and personal truth through the mediums of poetry and visual art. The exhibition asks visitors to consider how a young artist discovers and unearths their authentic voice and how serving as witnesses to this work alters our perspective on ourselves and the world around us.

‘Voices Unearthed’ is the second exhibition in a season focused on empowering young artists, curators, and writers to lead the way. Yellow House partnered with students of art and poetry from Douglas Anderson of the Arts to select the works, envision the physicality of the show, and plan public programming. Although we provided expertise, mentoring, and a chance for Élan to have a larger presence in the community, we mostly listened and stepped out of the way. By creating a platform for student created and student led experiences, Yellow House attempts to blur the lines between categories of artists. These are not exhibitions relegated to a hallway or the basement, but are intended to center and elevate the excellence of young people in our community.

STUDENT CURATORS
Evelyn Alfonso • Elma Dedic • Lex Hamilton • Ana Shaw • Kathryn Wallis • Lexey Wilson

FACULTY PARTNERS
Tiffany Melanson, Creative Writing Instructor/ Élan Faculty Advisor, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts • Steve Schetski, AP Studio Art Drawing Instructor, Savannah Arts Academy

POETS
Meredith Abdelnour • Winnie Blay • Reece Braswell • Valerie Busto • Madison Dorsey • Kinley Dozier • Luz Manuga • Noah McGahagin • Olivia Meiller • Harleigh Murray • Oona Roberts • Kathyrn Wallis

VISUAL ARTISTS
Katherine Harrison • Savannah Rahn • Corey Kreisel • Audrey Phillips • Kashta Dozier-Muhammad • Kianna Henshaw • Emma McLaughlin • Knowlton Anderson • Isabella Gardner • Victoria Sherwood • Sharya Mccray • Jasmine Hernadez • Kristina Lowry • Montana Kromann • Antonio Colon • Samantha Moody • Dane LaRocque • Maria Cortina-Sainz

Marketing artwork utilizes the painting Sacrifice of a Shaman by Corey Kreisel

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
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)

 

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

Jacksonville: A Tale Of My City (Opening Reception) @ Jax Makerspace
Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Jacksonville: A Tale Of My City (Opening Reception) @ Jax Makerspace | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Join us for the opening reception of Jacksonville: A Tale of My City. The photographers in this exhibit capture the identity of our city’s neighborhoods through their lenses. This collection of images will explore how our past affects our present, and what it means to be a community. Neighborhoods can come together to strengthen civic engagement.

Featuring Artists:
Laura Evans
Debra Heuskin
Malcolm Jackson
Wes Lester
Ana Kamiar
Marc Mangra
Cheryl McCain
Khalil Osborne
Tenny Rudolph
Francesco Salomoni
Bob Self
Toni Smailagić
David Williams

Gallery Spaces
• Jax Makerspace Gallery – Jacksonville: A Tale of My City

On view until 8PM
• 2nd Floor- Jacksonville: A Tale of My City, Photographs by Wes Lester
• 3rd Floor Betty Francis Gallery – Jacksonville: A Tale of My City, Photographs by Bob Self
• 4th Floor Special Collections – Ax Handle Saturday Photo Exhibition

Activities and performances will happen throughout the evening. Join us for what will be another celebrated exhibition for our city!

 

Exhibit runs through Oct. 21.

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
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