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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.

 

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
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

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
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

Apr
15
Sun
Yappy Hour Spring Fling @ Yappy Hour
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 Gather your pup and your friends and head to The Landing for a Yappy good time at the Yappy Hour Spring Fling!

The Spring Fling will feature donut eating contests,a talent competition, dog pools, FREE raffles, pet expo, and more!

Enjoy live music on the Sleiman Riverfront stage, free giveaways, and contests! Plus, walk around and check out the local pet vendors, you are sure to find a treat or toy your pup will love!

Vendors:
Friends of Jacksonville Animals, Inc.
Sam Maimone- State Farm Insurance Agent
Ruff Rubs
Jacksonville Dog Fanciers’ Assoc., Inc.
The Woof Pack Pet Boutique
Lucy Lou’s
K9 Services German Shepherd Rescue, Inc.
Artzy Fartzy Petz
Community Hospice & Palliative Care
EPIC Outreach
Pawsmetics
Happy Hound Dog Resorts
Teresa Johns Photography @ Yappy Hour -Spring Fling at the Landing
Muttworks

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)

 

Jax Beach Summer Arts Market @ Seawalk Pavilion
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Jax Beach Summer Arts Market @ Seawalk Pavilion | Jacksonville Beach | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

See the best artists from the Jacksonville area in this family friendly event. With over 50 local artists, there will be something for everyone’s tastes. Pet friendly! Free and open to the public!

GAAM Anime Show @ The Museum
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
GAAM Anime Show @ The Museum | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Video games, a charity art auction, food trucks, dancing, DJs, live music, Cosplay, selfie spots, and more for Jacksonville’s award winning Gaming + Art event!

We’re going all out this year with extra perks for VIPs, more games, dance-offs, crafting stations, art, a funko exhibit, and special exhibits dedicated to Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, and all the gamer stuff you’ve come to love at GAAM!

This GAAM is going to be OVER 9000! RSVP to GAAM today to win prizes and join your friends at the ultimate nerd charity party! 🎉🎮

P.S. Don’t forget, GAAM is for grown ups. Kids…you can go to GAAM when you get old enough. MUHAHAHAHA!

Aug
1
Wed
First Wednesday Art Walk @ Hemming Park
Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
First Wednesday Art Walk @ Hemming Park | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

It’s time for the 5th Annual Back to School SmARTs Art Walk featuring the USGBC Green Lion Festival! Enjoy live music, 20+ local artists, delicious food trucks and 35+ participating venues. Celebrate the end of summer in Jax.

Artwalk headquarters  is at Hemming Park with live performances on the Main Stage, local artists and vendors, food trucks and an interactive kid zone with activities and fun bounce houses

Highlights include:
8+ Art & Culture Venues
16+ Dinner & Sweets Venues
14+ Live Music & Performance Venues
13+ Venues Open After 9 p.m.
36+ Total Stops

Green Lion Festival @ Hemming Park
Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Green Lion Festival @ Hemming Park | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Green Lion Festival is a festival that seeks to promote and elevate the awareness of green-focused businesses and organizations in Jacksonville. We aspire to be a green and eco-friendly festival while reaching out to the community.

This year’s event will take place during First Wednesday Art Walk and will promote awareness of green-focused business, innovative organizations, and community outreach.

Oct
7
Sun
River City Pride Festival
Oct 7 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
River City Pride Festival @ Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook

One-day event, presented by Community Health, features family fun zone, craft and food vendors, entertainment, adult beverages and Pride merchandise.

Entertainment line-up includes:

  • The First Coast Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of the Seven Bridges
  • Vocal Theory Project
  • Pride Karaoke Winners
  • The 7 Street Band
  • The House of Menendez & Special Guests
  • Trinity Taylor
  • Milk Queen
  • The 7 Street Band
  • Effie Passero
  • Ada Vox
  • Mr. & Miss River City Pride Drag Revue
  • Joey William Suarez
Oct
12
Fri
Oktoberfest Jacksonville @ pin Anheuser-Busch Florida
Oct 12 @ 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Oktoberfest Jacksonville @ pin Anheuser-Busch Florida  | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From event organizers: Oktoberfest Jacksonville at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Jacksonville, Florida, is a celebration of German cuisine, culture, games, activities and great beer.

Upgrade your experience with a VIP ticket or reserved table purchase. Oktoberfest Jacksonville is fun for the entire family—kids 12 and under are FREE!

Roll out the Barrel and Bring in the Fun. Join the Games of Oktoberfest and test your skills at the stein hoisting, barrel rolling, brat eating contest or enter your wiener dog into the wiener dog races.

My two cents: Because Oktoberfest.

Oct
13
Sat
Making Strides of Jacksonville @ TIAA Bank Field -East Club Plaza
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am
Making Strides of Jacksonville @ TIAA Bank Field -East Club Plaza | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From event organizers: The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. Each event is a noncompetitive 3 to 5 mile walk that brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer. The events raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.

From the opening ceremony to the post-walk entertainment, a Making Strides event is a celebration of survivors and opportunity to remember loved-ones lost. It’s a day that shouldn’t be missed and won’t be forgotten.

NOTE: There is no fee to sign up or join. This is a fundraising walk to fund the life saving mission of the American Cancer Society. Please consider making a tax deductible donation.

Registration will be on site, but pre-registration is highly encouraged.

My two cents: My mom died of breast cancer in 1981. She was 41 years old. Considering about 12 percent of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, I don’t want anyone else to have to go through what my mom did. (A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.)