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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.

 

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.

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

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

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party @ Hyperion Brewing Company
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
St. Patrick's Day Block Party @ Hyperion Brewing Company | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Sláinte!

Hyperion Brewing Company and Crispy’s Springfield Gallery are presenting Historic Springfield’s inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Block Party.

The all-day party includes food, beer, live music, and activities on Main Street between Seventh and Eighth.

Details are still developing so stay tuned to their Facebook page.

The Amazing Jax St. Patty’s Day Scavenger Hunt/Crawl @ Birdies
Mar 17 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Amazing Jax St. Patty's Day Scavenger Hunt/Crawl @ Birdies | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook

A series of clues leads you around the neighborhood, performing physical and mental challenges along the way.

This hunt celebrates St. Patrick’s Day so expect more than a few bar challenges (drinking games) and loads of fun!

Each member of the winning team receives a Jacksonville Pogo Events Florida gift package.

The hunt takes three hours. Please wear comfortable shoes. One member of the team should have a smart phone (either Android or I-Phone). The hunt is run through an app called ScanQuest. Please download that before you come to the event.

It is a great way to connect with friends or meet new ones. You can sign up as a team or as an individual and we will partner you with a team.

**Check-in at 3:30 p.m.**

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.

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.

 

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.

Phoenix Rising Festival | Block Party @ Phoenix Arts District
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Phoenix Rising Festival | Block Party @ Phoenix Arts District | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Once you’ve recovered from the Bobby K. Fashion Show & Dance Party, the party continues with a 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.

Featured artists include Lela Brunet, Sanithna, R. Land, Christy Frazier, Dustin Harewood and Steven Teller. You’ll see live mural paintings, glassblowing, metalworking and mosaics.

Vendors include:

Bluejay Aromatherapy
Zany Du Designs
Kram Kran Photo
Rebecca Campbell Art
Body & Soul
Kona Ice of Downtown Jacksonville
Candles by Zuleca
Still Life with Cat Studio
Flour & Fig Bakehouse
Saturiwa Trading Company
Elise Bryant Art
The Nesst by Patricia Ness
Online Binding
Carmen Cay Art
Firetrove
House of Pale
OCD Jacksonville Fl
Apple Rose Beauty
Phase 8 Theater
ABC Photography
Topsy Toffee
DCH Benches
Seaweeds Maine Lobster Rolls, Inc
DeLoach’s Delectibles LLC
Aunt Gwen
Artefact Redux
Nitrogen Creamery Jax
Green Iguana Bath
Love & Moxie
Jacksonville Public Library

Apr
7
Sat
Mini Maker Faire @ MOSH
Apr 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mini Maker Faire @ MOSH | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Museum of Science and History

The inaugural Jacksonville Mini Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth — a family friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

Makers range from engineers to artists to scientists to crafters to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community,” said Maria Hane, President of MOSH. “Jacksonville Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of creativity and ingenuity in and around Jacksonville. It is an incredible showcase for imagination, invention and hands-on technical skills and a wonderful blend of art and science.”

In addition to the Maker showcase, the day features special MOSH programming including EARTH, MOON & SUN (Planetarium) an adventure in space with the truth behind some common misconceptions about our Earth and its relationship with the moon and sun; INVERTEBRATE ENCOUNTERS (Touch Tank) Explore the sea creatures that reside in the VyStar Intertidal Touch Tank; STEPPING INTO THE FRAME: VIRTUAL REALITY ART EXPERIENCE by Evin Schmidt (Maker); DANCE OF LIGHTS: A FAMILY FRIENDLY COSMIC CONCERT HOP, WALK, SLITHER (Florida Naturalist’s Center). Discover the secrets of animal movement; coffee labs with BOLD BEAN COFFEE; and performances by JOHN GUINTA and 2FYE OCTOPI.

 

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.