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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
10
Fri
The Rocky Horror Show LIVE!
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm
The Rocky Horror Show LIVE!
From event organizer:
Led by an incredible list of talented singers, actors and dancer this wild and sexy production entertains standing room only audiences night after night.
A portion of the proceeds benefits ROCSTART (Rallying for Oral Cancer Support Through ART)
Student and military discount available at door.
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.

 

The Rocky Horror Show LIVE!
Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm
The Rocky Horror Show LIVE!
From event organizer:
Led by an incredible list of talented singers, actors and dancer this wild and sexy production entertains standing room only audiences night after night.
A portion of the proceeds benefits ROCSTART (Rallying for Oral Cancer Support Through ART)
Student and military discount available at door.
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.

 

 

Dec
1
Fri
Winos for Rhinos @ White Oak Conservation
Dec 1 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Winos for Rhinos @ White Oak Conservation | Yulee | Florida | United States

From Wild Oak:

Join us for Winos for Rhinos! Because who doesn’t love rhinos? And wine.

The event includes a tour of our new and expanding rhino facilities where you will meet our rhinos and their caretakers to learn about the conservation breeding programs here at White Oak.

During your stops at the different areas, we will provide a refreshing beverage that our wine stewards will describe to you while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres from White Oak’s culinary staff.  We will finish the tour at Gilman Hall where you will enjoy a gourmet dinner and have the opportunity to recount the evening with your new friends!

Dec
2
Sat
Children’s Way 5K @ Ronald McDonald House Charities
Dec 2 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Children's Way 5K @ Ronald McDonald House Charities | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Ronald Mc Donald House Charities

We’re excited to bring the Children’s Way 5k & Family Day back to the House & the entire community. The event will be held during the afternoon, and will feature a Christmas Village in our parking lot, as well as an opportunity to tour our House. The funds raised from this fun, family event will help provide temporary lodging for over 1,200 families of critically ill, chronically ill and seriously injured children receiving medical treatment in Jacksonville.

Dec
7
Thu
Tree of Life @ Community Hospice—Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring
Dec 7 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tree of Life @ Community Hospice—Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Community Hospice:

The 27th Annual Tree of Life and Candlelight Service of Remembrance honors the memory of the loved ones we have lost in a beautiful, inspiring program of music, verse and reflection. It also illuminates our Mandarin campus, with each light representing one of the patients Community Hospice & Palliative Care has served since 1979.

Dec
15
Fri
Holiday Party and Toy Collection Benefit @ Law Office of John M. Phillips
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Holiday Party and Toy Collection Benefit @ Law Office of John M. Phillips | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

The theme will be WINTER WONDERLAND. Tons of snow will be back along with some special surprises.

The Jacksonville Jaguars mascot, Jaxson De Ville, will join us. DJ Eric Leffler will be playing holiday (and some non-holiday) tunes and we will have another very special live performance and a few more surprises this year. There will be plenty of amazing food, drink and merriment. Kid friendly!

Please donate toys! This year, we are keeping it local. We have partnerned with Jacksonville foster and adoption families, local churches and people in need. You can drop unwrapped toys off ANYTIME prior to the event. If you can’t make it by, give us a call and we will arrange to pick up donations.

RSVP requested on Facebook or email to jinglebells@FloridaJustice .com.

Mar
3
Sat
Catholic Charities Black & White Ball @ West US Assure Club at EverBank Field
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 Jacksonville, FL – Catholic Charities’ Annual Black & White Ball will be held March 3rd at US Assure Club in EverBank Field. The event serves as one of the primary fundraisers for Catholic Charities Jacksonville Regional Office of the Diocese of St. Augustine, with proceeds assisting the agency in reaching out to the community with emergency assistance.

The event will feature gourmet food, dancing and fun for guests. The Faze Band will be providing music for guests to enjoy throughout the evening.

Kendra Scott Jewelry will be offering a Jewelry Pull to support the event. A full list of participating sponsors can be found on the Catholic Charities website, www.ccbjaxevents.org.

Catholic Charities Jacksonville provides five major programs, including Emergency Assistance. They are the largest provider of emergency financial assistance in our community.

The goal of the Emergency Assistance program is to prevent homelessness by helping families who are facing eviction or the loss of utilities due to a recent financial crisis. Short-term assistance with rent, mortgage payments, utilities, and food is provided. All proceeds raised by the Black & White Ball will support those efforts.

Last year, the Emergency Assistance program served 13,459 individuals, and distributed 135,951 pounds of food to those in need in the community.

Tickets to this event are $200 for guests. Sponsorships are still available and run from $1,000 to $20,000. Please call Nicola Barnack at (904) 899-5505 or visit www.ccbjax.org for more information.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online athttps://904tix.com/events/blackandwhiteball

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
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.

 

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

Apr
15
Sun
Yappy Hour Spring Fling @ Yappy Hour
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 Gather your pup and your friends and head to The Landing for a Yappy good time at the Yappy Hour Spring Fling!

The Spring Fling will feature donut eating contests,a talent competition, dog pools, FREE raffles, pet expo, and more!

Enjoy live music on the Sleiman Riverfront stage, free giveaways, and contests! Plus, walk around and check out the local pet vendors, you are sure to find a treat or toy your pup will love!

Vendors:
Friends of Jacksonville Animals, Inc.
Sam Maimone- State Farm Insurance Agent
Ruff Rubs
Jacksonville Dog Fanciers’ Assoc., Inc.
The Woof Pack Pet Boutique
Lucy Lou’s
K9 Services German Shepherd Rescue, Inc.
Artzy Fartzy Petz
Community Hospice & Palliative Care
EPIC Outreach
Pawsmetics
Happy Hound Dog Resorts
Teresa Johns Photography @ Yappy Hour -Spring Fling at the Landing
Muttworks