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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
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

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
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.

 

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.

 

Apr
7
Sat
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.

Apr
14
Sat
Rainbow Awards Jax
Apr 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Rainbow Awards Jax

An Evening Celebrating the Most OUTStanding LGBTQIA Members of Jacksonville.

Honoring Six Local Community Members and Over Forty Awards to Local Businesses, Organizations, Charities, & Groups Through A Community Nomination
& Voting Process.

Black Tie & Evening Gown Event

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.

Jul
28
Sat
Painting of the Paw Prints @ TIAA Field, Lots H and K
Jul 28 @ 7:30 am – 10:30 am
Painting of the Paw Prints @ TIAA Field, Lots H and K | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Come to the BIGGEST JAX Chamber Downtown Council event of the year – 2018’s Painting of the PawPrints!

Attendance is free, but registration is requested.

Beginning at the base of the Main Street Bridge to TIAA Bank Field, attendees will paint the 330+ PawPrints along Bay Street.

Afterward, all are invited to enjoy a family friendly after-party in Lot K that will include Jaxson de Ville, the ROAR of the Jaguars and D-Line.

There will be “draffles” prizes, with proceeds going toward children’s programs in the Jacksonville Downtown community.

And don’t miss our pre- and after-parties at Manifest Distilling! Proceeds from Manifest sales during these times will go to the JAX Chamber Downtown Council.

Pre-Party: 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 27 (until closing)
After Party: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 28 (until closing)