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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

And by the way, be sure to change the view from “month” to “stream” below. Unless you like being really annoyed.


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

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:

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.

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

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

Tanya Tucker – Florida Theatre @ Florida Theatre
Feb 1 @ 8:00 pm

In 1974, Rolling Stone Magazine ran a cover story on Tanya Tucker with the headline that said “You’re Gonna Hear From Me.”  For four decades, her sultry voice and vivacious stage presence has helped to make her one of the most admired and respected female vocalists in the Country Music genre.

Tanya’s reign includes 23 Top 40 albums and a string of 56 Top 40 singles, 10 of which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts. Along the way, she has provided some of the biggest country music hits of each decade, including, “Blood Red and Goin’ Down,” “Would you Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone),”  “What’s Your Mama’s Name,” and “Texas (When I Die).”  Tucker is the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs, and three CMT awards.

Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above get tickets now. Eclub members use your code word to purchase tickets on Thursday, November 9 at 9am. General public tickets on sale Friday, November 10 at 10am.

Adam Ant: The Anthems Tour @ Florida Theatre
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm

Grammy-nominated 80’s pop icon Adam Ant, known for massive hits “Goody Two Shoes,” “Stand and Deliver” and “Wonderful” has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

Following sold out UK tours, festivals and appearances – including the 2016 Isle of Wright Festival. Adam is celebrating the 35th anniversary of his landmark Kings Of The Wild Frontier album with a newly-reissued version of the album and a tour of North America.

Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above buy tickets now. Eclub members use your code word on Thursday, March 23 at 9am. General Public tickets on sale Friday, March 24 at 10am.

Requiem for an Angel @ Jacksonville Symphony
Feb 2 @ 8:00 pm

 The dramatic and moving Sinfonia da Requiem is an amazing masterpiece from Britten’s early years.  Shortly before, he had hoped to study with Alban Berg, whose beloved Violin Concerto is played by the masterful British violinist Anthony Marwood.  And Elgar’s opulent, deeply moving First Symphony is possibly the greatest symphony ever written by an Englishman.

Mary Wilson of The Supremes @ Ritz Theatre and Museum
Feb 3 @ 6:30 pm

 It was a vision of musical stardom as a Detroit teen that inspired Mary Wilson, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, to found one of the most successful female singing groups in recording history – The Supremes. Since then, Wilson has written a best-selling autobiography, performed on stage and screen, lectured and toured the world, and continues to be looked up to as a singer who set the standard for females in the recording industry.

Diana Krall @ Florida Theatre
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm

Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and singer, Diana Krall is the only artist to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Album chart. She is touring in support of her latest release Turn Up The Quiet.

Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above buy tickets now. Eclub members use your code word to buy tickets on Thursday, September 21 at 9am. General public tickets on Friday, September 22 at 10am .

Little River Band with special guest @ Florida Theatre
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm

Between them, classic rock hit makers Little River Band and Pablo Cruise have received three platinum records, eight gold records and have charted more than a dozen top-ten singles.

Little River Band returns to Florida Theatre to perform their chart-topping hits “Reminiscing,” “Cool Change,” “Lonesome Loser,” “The Night Owls,” “Take It Easy On Me,” “Help Is on Its Way,” and more!

Special Guest Pablo Cruise is known for such hits as “Whatcha Gonna Do?,” “Love Will Find a Way,” “A Place In The Sun,” “Cool Love,” “I Want You Tonight” and “I Go To Rio.”

Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above buy now. Eclub members use your code word on Thrusday, August 17 at 9am. General Public tickets on sale Friday, August 18 at 10am.

The Langston Hughes Project @ Ritz Theatre and Museum
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm

 The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’ kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite. Ask Your Mama is Hughes’s homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom, home and abroad, at the beginning of the 1960s. It is a twelve-part epic poem which Hughes scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop and progressive jazz, Latin “cha cha” and Afro-Cuban mambo music, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso, and African drumming — a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death.

Blues Traveler – 30th Anniversary Tour @ Florida Theatre
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm

Formed in 1987 by singer/harmonica player John Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla, bassist Bobby Sheehan, and drummer Brendan Hill, Blues Traveler began as part of a revival of the extended jamming style of ’60s and ’70s groups like the Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin. Bassist Tad Kinchla and keyboardist Ben Wilson joined the band after the unfortunate death of the original bassist Bobby Sheehan in 1999.

The group’s first chart hit, “Run-Around,” became one of the biggest singles in 1995. The group’s other hits include “But Anyway,” “Crash and Burn,” “Hook,” and “Carolina Blues.”

The band’s music style covers a variety of genres, including blues rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock, soul and Southern rock and are best known among fans for their improvisational live shows.

A television favorite, they have been featured on Saturday Night Live, Austin City Limits, VH1’s Behind the Music and they hold the record for most appearances of any artist on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Los Colognes will open

Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above buy tickets now. Eclub members use your code word on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 9am. General Public on sale Friday, Oct. 13 at 10am.

The Hot Sardines @ Florida Theatre
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm

Eight-member jazz ensemble, The Hot Sardines play 1920s and 30s music influenced by swing and blues.  Their songs “Gramercy Sunset,” “Sweet Pea,”  and “Some of These Days” highlight the band’s brassy horn arrangements, piano melodies and sultry vocals.

Their self-titled album debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard Jazz Chart. Their latest release, French Fries and Champagne, features lyrics in both French and English, and a remake of Robert Palmer’s “Addicted To Love.”

Inspired by jazz greats Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, The Hot Sardines were formed in 2007 after lead singer/washboard player Miz Elizabeth met pianist Evan Palazzo. They grew into a full-fledged group after adding trumpeter Jason Prover, percussionist Alex Raderman, clarinetist/saxophonist Nick Myers, bassist/sousaphonist Evan Crane and tap dancer Edwin Francisco to line up.

The Hot Sardines have been featured at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival and have sold out NYC venues from Joe’s Pub to Bowery Ballroom.


Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above buy now. Eclub members use your code word on Thursday, June 1 at 9am.  General public one sale Friday, June 2 at 10am.

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.

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,

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 for more information.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at

The Irish Rovers @ Florida Theatre
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm
The Irish Rovers @ Florida Theatre | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

These international ambassadors of Irish music have charmed audiences for more than four decades. They are best known for their songs “Danny Boy,” “The Unicorn,” “Years May Come, Years May Go,” and “The Irish Rover.”


St. Paddy’s Party at Eclipse! @ Eclipse Riverside
Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 17 @ 2:00 am
St. Paddy's Party at Eclipse! @ Eclipse Riverside | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook (obviously … because I wouldn’t have used all the uppercase letters; I also would not have used the symbol for the suit of clubs in place of a four-leaf clover)

♣♣♣The St Paddy’s Day Party at Eclipse!♣♣♣
Friday, March 16, kick off your holiday weekend and come dance with us!!
VJ Canaan spins open format party dance music!
[Hip Hop, Top 40, EDM, Retro Classix, & more!]
♣ $1 GREEN BEER 6-9PM!
♣ Eclipse will be bathed in lucky green light!
Venue information: ♫ Eclipse Nightclub ♫
►Great Sound, Large Dancefloor, & an Amazing Lighting System!
►Full Liquor Bar, plenty of FREE parking, & Outside Smoking Patio!
Happy Hour 6-9pm!! No Cover 6-9, $5 after 9pm!
Hours: 6pm til 2am (VJ start at 9) – ►21+ to Enter w/ valid ID!◄
Address: Eclipse – 4219 St Johns Ave – JAX FL
Where the music matters! – Like, Share, and Invite your friends!! ♥

St. Practice Day with Spade Mcquade @ Crispy's Springfield Gallery
Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
St. Practice Day with Spade Mcquade @ Crispy's Springfield Gallery | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Get your St. Paddy’s weekend started right with sharing a pint listening to authentic Irish tunes from “The Original Belfast Redneck” Spade Mcquade!

Spade combines Celtic soul with Irish rock to connect with his audience to deliver a fun night of laughter, drinking and dancing!

Spade is a Belfast, Ireland native and a former member of Energy Orchard the Irish rock band, who toured with Van Morrison, Joe Cocker and more.