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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.

 

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
Jax Truckies Food Truck Championship @ Hemming Park
Dec 2 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jax Truckies Food Truck Championship @ Hemming Park | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Presented by Community First Credit Union of Florida, this promises to be the biggest championship yet with plenty of space for the trucks to compete for the titles of Best BBQ, Best Burger, Best Taco, Best Sandwich, Best Healthy, Best Global Cuisine, Best Sweet, Most Innovative, and People’s Choice.

Come out to vote for your favorites and support The Donna Foundation and Hope at Hand. Along with the fabulous food, we’ll have music, craft beer and a kids zone.

Jan
21
Sun
Hyperion + Chill – Chili Cook Off @ Hyperion Brewing Company
Jan 21 @ 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

Sundays are for Hyperion + Chill.

Join us for our weekly Sunday ritual where we unwind and relax together. This event we’ll be hosting a chili cook off starting at Noon; more details below. Instead of an evening movie we’ll be showing the NFL Play Off Game after the cook off in the Helios Beer Garden. Cuz honestly, what’s better than having a beer, some chili and watching football on a cold, January day?

CHILI COOK OFF
Chili Participants Set Up: 11:00am – 11:45am
Tasting Event: 12pm – 2pm
Final Judging and Announced Winner: 2pm

CHILI PARTICIPANTS
Showcase your amazing family recipe (we won’t ask you to reveal the secrets!). No ticket or entry price to participate, just bring us your best!

Top Winner chosen by our Celebrity Judges and Top Winner of our Crowd Favorite (voted on by the general public) will each win a chance to brew a beer with Hyperion Brewing Company through our Helios Brewer’s Experience. ($350 retail value)

Sign up here to participate: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4faaab28a3fc1-chili

CHILI TASTERS
Do you like chili? Are you free on Sunday? Then you count as a Chili Taster.

$10 ticket to taste a plethora of amazing chilis. Ticket includes one token for a beer of your choice. Pick your top three favorite chili’s on-site. Ticket can be purchased on-site, day of the event.

CHILI CELEBRITY JUDGES
Michael McKinney, Executive Chef Restaurant Orsay

Michael Gass, Head of Culinary Arts at Fernandina Beach High School. Former Chef Greyfield Inn, 29 South

Dino Ferri, Owner Hotter Than El Handcrafted Hot Sauces

LIVE MUSIC
Justin Rogers will be jamming from 1pm – 5pm in the beer garden.

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
Saint Patrick’s Day at Culhane’s @ Culhane's Irish Pub
Mar 17 @ 8:00 am – Mar 18 @ 2:00 am
Saint Patrick's Day at Culhane's @ Culhane's Irish Pub | Atlantic Beach | Florida | United States

LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT ALL DAY & NIGHT
DOORS OPEN 8 AM
Serving Traditional Irish Breakfast ’til noon
St. Patrick’s Day Lunch & Dinner Menu 10 a.m.–11 p.m.

Kids Free;  ID required at security check

Six Nations Rugby Finals 2018
Italy v Scotland Kickoff: 8:30 a.m.
England v Ireland Kickoff: 10:45 a.m.
Wales v France Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Monster Tent Stage
9 a.m.: Ron Davis
11 a.m.: Piper Lou Henningsen
11 a.m.: Old Dogs, Ron Davis & Friends
11:30 a.m.: Legacy Irish Dance Academy – World Champions
noon:  Amazing Face Painting by Linda
2 p.m.: Aisling Grove
5 p.m.: Box 543
9.30 p.m.: Piper Lou Henningsen
8:30 p.m.: DJ Vito

Pub Stage
9:30 a.m.: Celtic Ring
11 a.m.: Piper Lou Henningsen
4 p.m.: Robby N’ Felix
7 p.m.: Florida Mountaineers
9.30 p.m.: Piper Lou Henningsen
11 p.m.: Briteside

St. Paddy’s Day at Fionn Maccool’s @ Fionn Maccools
Mar 17 @ 9:00 am – Mar 18 @ 1:00 am
St. Paddy's Day at Fionn Maccool's @ Fionn Maccools | Ponte Vedra Beach | Florida | United States

From finnmacs.com

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.

Start your day off with an authentic Irish breakfast! We will also have a special St. Paddy’s menu all day long.  Enjoy the following live entertainment on our outside stage throughout the day and evening.

11 a.m.: Spade McQuade and the All Stars

3 p.m.: Rathkeltair

7 p.m.: Jimmy O’Solari

9 p.m.: Searson

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

From finnmacs..com

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
Guanabana
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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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theLOFT
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!

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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.!

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

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

Mar
24
Sat
Gastrofest 2018 @ MOSH
Mar 24 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Gastrofest 2018 @ MOSH | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook

GastroFest 2018 is an all-day celebration of the culinary world in and around Northeast Florida brought to you by the non-profit organization GastroJax. It’s delicious fun for all ages! Get ready for an all-new lineup at Friendship Fountain.

GastroFest is a cash based food and alcohol festival. Please make sure to bring CASH! Each tasting vendor is required to have one sample size available for $1- $3 throughout the festival (though there will be options above that price point).

VIP tickets are available and include access to GastroFest Selects, a taste of Jacksonville restaurants selected especially for VIPs on the MOSH Rooftop from 1-4 p.m. including Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails, Town Hall Jax, Gilbert’s Hot Chicken Fish & Shrimp, Berndt Ends BBQ and The Bread & Board; and the 2018 Jax Beer Society Homebrew Competition at GastroFest 2018 at 3 p.m. Higher tiered VIP tickets come with additional benefits.

 

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.

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

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 ~