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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
And by the way, be sure to change the view from “month” to “stream” below. Unless you like being really annoyed.
They had me at “free Irish stew.”
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:
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
Fusion Food Truck
Son of a Butcher
Team Love Seafood
Le Petite Cheri
Front Porch Kettle Corn
Funnel Cake Queen
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:
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.
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.
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.
Opens at 11 a.m. with Irish whiskey, Irish heart and Irish Rock n Roll.
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!
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.!
theLOFT and Rogue are 21+. All other venues are all ages.
Eat, drink and be Irish at Wicked Barley. Live music, food specials and more! And don’t forget to wear your GREEN!
SPECIAL RELEASE BEERS:
Car Bomb | Dry Irish Cream Stout, 6%
Russian Car Bomb | Irish Cream Imperial Stout, 11%
Pinch Me | Irish Red Ale, 5.3%
Barrel Aged Wee Heavy | Scotch Ale, 8.1%
Green Mead Slushie | Specialty Frozen Honey Wine, 7%
and more to come!
4:30-7:30 | Wild Oaks Band
8:00-11:00 | Robby and Felix
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.**
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.
So I was asked to host this event. I have no idea what that means.
All I know is there’s ’80s music, a full bar and I’ll be the most “normal” looking person there.
According to the event page, however, VJ Wes Reed (and a special guest) will be playing the tunes. Johnny Yong Bosch of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie fame will be performing live. (Not sure what he’s performing, but it will definitely be live.) And I, of course, will be wandering around in some strange get-up trying to figure out exactly what it is I’m supposed to be doing.
That, alone, is worth the price of admission.
Because it’s free.
FUN FACT: Johnny Kong Bosch and I have the same birthday.
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.
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
Carmen Cay Art
House of Pale
OCD Jacksonville Fl
Apple Rose Beauty
Phase 8 Theater
Seaweeds Maine Lobster Rolls, Inc
DeLoach’s Delectibles LLC
Nitrogen Creamery Jax
Green Iguana Bath
Love & Moxie
Jacksonville Public Library
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.
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.
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)
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
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 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.