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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.

Feb
6
Tue
Civic Cinema – Do the Right Thing @ Florida Theatre
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm

Civic Cinema, a project of the Florida Theatre, presents classic issue-oriented Hollywood films exploring topics of interest to our community, followed by a panel discussion of local experts.

Directed by Spike Lee and starring Danny Aiello, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and John Savage this pioneering movie takes place on hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion on the state of race relations in Jacksonville.

Feb
10
Sat
Family Movie Night – Moana @ Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 Affordable family fun does not have to wait for baseball season at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp will show a screening of Moana on Saturday, Feb. 10, on the high-definition video board at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Admission is just $1 per person at the gate.

Gates open at 6 p.m., with free kids activities including face painting, balloon twisting and pictures with Moana until 8 p.m. Admission is $1 per person at the home plate gate, while concession stands, Kids Zone inflatables and the Jumbo Shrimp souvenir store will be open. The movie screening will begin at 7 p.m.

Movie night attendees are welcome to bring blankets for seating on the field. However, no chairs will be allowed on the field.

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.**

Leprechaun-O-thon @ Keg & Coin
Mar 17 @ 6:00 pm
Leprechaun-O-thon @ Keg & Coin | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook

Celebrate St.Patty’s day with Keg & Coin and your favorite evil Leprechaun. We will be showing Leprechaun movies all night. In the hood and in space,all of them. Specials on Irish beer. I Wanna Know Where The Gold At!!!!

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.