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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
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.

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
3
Sun
“A Christmas Carol” starring Jason Woods @ Theatre Jacksonville
Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
"A Christmas Carol" starring Jason Woods @ Theatre Jacksonville | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From jasonwoodsactor.com

Acclaimed actor Jason Woods brings his solo stage performance of “A Christmas Carol” to Theatre Jacksonville for two shows (one day) only. The show, in its fifth year continues to captivate, enchant and build audiences each holiday season.

“A Christmas Carol” starring Jason Woods @ Theatre Jacksonville
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
"A Christmas Carol" starring Jason Woods @ Theatre Jacksonville | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From jasonwoodsactor.com

Acclaimed actor Jason Woods brings his solo stage performance of “A Christmas Carol” to Theatre Jacksonville for two shows (one day) only. The show, in its fifth year continues to captivate, enchant and build audiences each holiday season.

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.

Dec
16
Sat
The Cool Side of Yuletide @ Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm
The Cool Side of Yuletide @ Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Jacksonville Children’s Chorus:

All choirs will perform. Guest artists “ChoRuss” from St. Petersburg, Russia.

Second performance at 5 p.m.

 

The Cool Side of Yuletide @ Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church
Dec 16 @ 5:00 pm
The Cool Side of Yuletide @ Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Jacksonville Children’s Chorus:

All choirs will perform. Guest artists “ChoRuss” from St. Petersburg, Russia.

Second performance at 5 p.m.

 

Jan
11
Thu
Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies @ Sun-Ray Cinema
Jan 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies @ Sun-Ray Cinema | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Exclusive advanced screening of the award winning film ATTACK OF THE SOUTHERN FRIED ZOMBIES, live Q&A with actor Moses Mosely (Walking Dead) and Executive Producer Daniel Wood.

The kudzu covered hills of Charleston, Mississippi, notable as Morgan Freeman hometown, is ground zero for GloboBioTech testing of their experimental herbicide Quadoxin, which goes horribly wrong. In the tradition of overly ambitious B movies and those classic drive-in late night horror flix from back in the day, Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies delivers featuring plant based zombies and excitingly fresh kills. Winner of “Goriest Film” and “Best Multi Zombie Kill” AotSFS will surely be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!!!

Jan
12
Fri
Zach Deputy & Come Back Alice at 1904 Music Hall @ 1904 Music Hall
Jan 12 @ 8:00 pm

1904 Booking Presents:
Zach Deputy, Come Back Alice
Friday Jan 12, 2018
8:00 PM
$15 – $17

Jan
13
Sat
Hamilton Day @ Jax Makerspace
Jan 13 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

From event website:

Celebrate Alexander Hamilton’s 260th birthday and the Broadway musical, Hamilton. The man Alexander Hamilton himself will be in attendance; test your knowledge during trivia with Kerry Speckman (aka The Specktator); show off your best Alexander Hamilton costume with a look-alike contest; and spit some bars during Hamilton the Musical karaoke hosted by Mal Jones of the Lyricist Live.

Alexander Hamilton Appearance
Noon – 2:30 P.M.
Hamilton Trivia
12:30 – 2:30 P.M.
Alexander Hamilton Look-Alike Contest
1:45 – 2:15 P.M.
Hamilton, The Musical Karaoke Sing-Along
2:30 – 4:00 P.M.

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

“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” @ Theatre Jacksonville
Jan 13 @ 8:00 pm
"The Last Night of Ballyhoo" @ Theatre Jacksonville | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Theatre Jacksonville:

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage—several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala’s cousin, Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.

​Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

Jan
18
Thu
“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” @ Theatre Jacksonville
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm
"The Last Night of Ballyhoo" @ Theatre Jacksonville | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Theatre Jacksonville:

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage—several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala’s cousin, Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.

​Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

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.

“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” @ Theatre Jacksonville
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm
"The Last Night of Ballyhoo" @ Theatre Jacksonville | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Theatre Jacksonville:

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage—several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala’s cousin, Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.

​Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.