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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.

 

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!

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

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.

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 ~

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
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
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.)

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.

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.