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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
8
Thu
First Coast Classic Dancesport Championship
Mar 8 @ 8:00 am

 WE HAVE A NEW DATE! First Coast Classic Ballroom & Latin Dance Championship, now in its 28th year right here on Florida’s First Coast! Watch the pros sizzle on the dance floor as they compete for The World Masters title March 8-10 at the Renaissance Resort World Golf Village.
www.firstcoastclassic.com
Call for more information 904-338-9219, Organizer & host Sarwat Kaluby

Mar
9
Fri
First Coast Classic Dancesport Championship
Mar 9 @ 8:00 am

 WE HAVE A NEW DATE! First Coast Classic Ballroom & Latin Dance Championship, now in its 28th year right here on Florida’s First Coast! Watch the pros sizzle on the dance floor as they compete for The World Masters title March 8-10 at the Renaissance Resort World Golf Village.
www.firstcoastclassic.com
Call for more information 904-338-9219, Organizer & host Sarwat Kaluby

Mar
10
Sat
First Coast Classic Dancesport Championship
Mar 10 @ 8:00 am

 WE HAVE A NEW DATE! First Coast Classic Ballroom & Latin Dance Championship, now in its 28th year right here on Florida’s First Coast! Watch the pros sizzle on the dance floor as they compete for The World Masters title March 8-10 at the Renaissance Resort World Golf Village.
www.firstcoastclassic.com
Call for more information 904-338-9219, Organizer & host Sarwat Kaluby

Mar
16
Fri
St. Paddy’s Party at Eclipse! @ Eclipse Riverside
Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 17 @ 2:00 am
St. Paddy's Party at Eclipse! @ Eclipse Riverside | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook (obviously … because I wouldn’t have used all the uppercase letters; I also would not have used the symbol for the suit of clubs in place of a four-leaf clover)

♣♣♣The St Paddy’s Day Party at Eclipse!♣♣♣
Friday, March 16, kick off your holiday weekend and come dance with us!!
VJ Canaan spins open format party dance music!
[Hip Hop, Top 40, EDM, Retro Classix, & more!]
♣ FREE SHOTS FOR EVERYONE WEARING GREEN!
♣ $20 BOTTLES OF GREEN CHAMPAGNE!
♣ $1 GREEN BEER 6-9PM!
♣ TONS OF OTHER HOLIDAY DRINK SPECIALS!
♣ Eclipse will be bathed in lucky green light!
Venue information: ♫ Eclipse Nightclub ♫
►Great Sound, Large Dancefloor, & an Amazing Lighting System!
►Full Liquor Bar, plenty of FREE parking, & Outside Smoking Patio!
Happy Hour 6-9pm!! No Cover 6-9, $5 after 9pm!
Hours: 6pm til 2am (VJ start at 9) – ►21+ to Enter w/ valid ID!◄
Address: Eclipse – 4219 St Johns Ave – JAX FL
Where the music matters! – Like, Share, and Invite your friends!! ♥

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

Monkey’s Uncle Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party @ Monkey's Uncle Tavern
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am – Mar 18 @ 2:00 am
Monkey's Uncle Annual St. Patrick's Day Party @ Monkey's Uncle Tavern | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

They had me at “free Irish stew.”

From Facebook

Come celebrate your favorite drinking party with the friendliest bar staff in town! We will be selling corned beef and cabbage starting at 12pm!! There will be FREE IRISH STEW at 5pm til supplies last! We will have tons of drink specials going on along with discounted “green draft beer”! Your favorite leprechauns will be handing out fun Irish swag throughout the night. Stay tuned for more details!!
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.

St. Patrick’s Day Party at Wicked Barley @ Wicked Barley Brewing Company
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – Mar 18 @ 1:00 am
St. Patrick's Day Party at Wicked Barley @ Wicked Barley Brewing Company | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

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!

LIVE MUSIC:
4:30-7:30 | Wild Oaks Band
8:00-11:00 | Robby and Felix

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!!!!

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.

 

Official Collective Con After-Party @ 1904 Music Hall
Mar 24 @ 11:00 am – Mar 25 @ 1:55 am
Official Collective Con After-Party @ 1904 Music Hall | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

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.