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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.

 

Nov
8
Wed
Artists at Work: Cultural Cooking @ Main Library
Nov 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Artists at Work: Cultural Cooking @ Main Library | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Join us for a discussion featuring local chefs and food activists about how culture is expressed through cooking. Learn how we maintain traditions and culture through recipes, food sourcing, and meals. Culinary artists will discuss their cultural backgrounds, food histories and why they choose to live in Jacksonville.

This program complements the Living History exhibit located in the Jax Makerspace Gallery in the Main Library. This program is suitable for all ages and is free and open to the public.

Nov
11
Sat
JAX Veg Fest 2017 @ Riverside Park
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
JAX Veg Fest 2017 @ Riverside Park | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

A free, sustainable festival devoted to environmental awareness, animal advocacy, and of course, plant-based cuisine. Psychic readings also available.

This festival is not affiliated with the Northeast Florida Veg Fest, which is usually held yearly but was cancelled this year.  We’re here to fill in the gap so no one misses out on a day we ourselves love so much.

 

Nov
17
Fri
“Abstractions: Bold + Beautiful” Reception @ Jacksonville International Airport—Haskell Gallery
Nov 17 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
"Abstractions: Bold + Beautiful" Reception @ Jacksonville International Airport—Haskell Gallery | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Please join artists Stephanie Cafcules, Rob Middleton and Cynthia Walburn for a reception featuring their works currently on exhibition as part of Haskell Gallery show “Abstraction: Bold + Beautiful.” The exhibition runs until December 30.
Nov
19
Sun
Nothing Tops DogFest Fundraiser @ TopGolf
Nov 19 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Nothing Tops DogFest Fundraiser @ TopGolf | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Join Katie Jeffries of First Coast News at Topgolf Jacksonville as she joins us to play at the area’s premier golf entertainment complex. (Don’t worry about missing the Jags playing in Cleveland because we will have the game on the TVs while you are playing.)

Anyone can play Topgolf, from aspiring pros to those who’ve never walked 18 holes. This multi-level driving range is equipped with drivers, microchipped balls and targets to hit.

Registration is $100 for each person and includes three hours of golf, heavy hors d’ouevres and bottomless soda, iced tea and water. A cash bar will be available. There will also be a chance to win prizes at our raffle and silent auction! All proceeds benefit Canine Companions for Independence DogFest Walk’n Roll Jacksonville.

There are a maximum of six people per bay.

 

 

Jan
19
Fri
“DUVAL VS. ALL Y’ALL” Jaguars Celebration
Jan 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 The Jacksonville Jaguars are one win away from becoming AFC conference champions and heading to Super Bowl LII. Jacksonville Jaguars fans are invited to rally behind the home team once again for a celebration of the Jaguars’ continued success, and to share their team spirit in a show of support ahead of Sunday’s matchup against the New England Patriots. From 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., fans can stop by City Hall to celebrate with Mayor Lenny Curry, City Council members, Jaxson de Ville, THE ROAR of the Jaguars and Jax Pack. All citizens are encouraged to wear Jaguars gear Friday to demonstrate their pride and support for our home team.

Jan
24
Wed
Jacksonville Icemen vs South Carolina Stingrays @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Jacksonville Icemen vs South Carolina Stingrays.

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Watch: ECHL.TV

Promotion:
Enjoy $2 beer and wine along with food specials

Feb
9
Fri
Nature Reconstructed – Art Opening for Lana Shuttleworth @ The Beaches History Museum and Park
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 Please join me for the opening reception for my new show!

The Beaches Museum & History Park is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit “Nature Reconstructed” by artist Lana Shuttleworth. Her highly original art uses common plastic castoff materials, particularly traffic safety cones, to create lavish landscapes and sculptural figures that challenge the viewer’s comprehension. The Los Angeles Times said that in her work “you find yourself looking at these everyday plastic objects in a whole new way.”

Lana has exhibited throughout the West coast and the East coast, with reviews in the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, ArtScene, Florida Times-Union and nationwide Associated Press articles. Her artwork was also featured on the quiz show, Jeopardy. She was recently the cover artist for the prestigious art and literary journal, Cincinnati Review, which featured an eight-page spread of her work. The Beaches Museum is proud to showcase the thought-provoking work of this astonishing and talented artist.”

The exhibit will be on display February 9 – June 3. For more information please call 904-241-5657 or visit www.beachesmuseum.org.

Feb
24
Sat
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Extravaganza 2018 @ Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm

Art Exhibition, 6:30 p.m. / Performance 7:30 p.m.

In celebration of the arts, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DA) proudly presents EXTRAVAGANZA in beautiful downtown Jacksonville for one night only! Please join us for our annual production at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts Moran Theatre on February 24, 2018.

For 30 years DA’s annual Extravaganza has successfully promoted the best of what Douglas Anderson students have to offer, highlighting a wide range of styles and moods of music, writing, film, dance, and theatre, as well as a stunning display of visual art. Those of you who have attended previous Extravaganzas know how special and professional this evening is, and this year promises to be better than ever! Over 580 students will participate in the production, which will include several collaborative works as well as some surprises. Our Shining Star series will feature a prominent Douglas Anderson alumnus.

 

What To Expect

The evening will begin at 6:30pm in the main lobby with an Art Exhibition of student work from our Visual Arts department. Original student-produced short films from our Cinematic Arts department will run continuously on large screens. Guests will move into the theatre at 7:20pm for an energetic performance, including collaborations between departments, a musical review, and individual spotlights on student performers.

Monster Jam @ Everbank Field
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm

 MONSTER JAM ON TOUR:

Climb your trucks and start your engines, Monster Jam is coming to a city near you. As one of the country’s premier live motorsport events, Monster Jam features the biggest, baddest monster trucks in the business going at it in bone-crushing races and freestyles. Despite the menacing names of the trucks, the scene at Monster Jam is decidedly friendly — each event features a “Pit Party” where fans get the chance to score autographs and memorabilia from drivers known for their humble generosity. With a record 32 trucks competing in 2014 — including fan favorites like Avenger and Double Trouble — the circuit is sure to feature more mayhem and destruction than ever before.

Mar
17
Sat
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
Guanabana
Front Porch Kettle Corn
Funnel Cake Queen

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.”

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.