Top 5 Summer Beach Activities
Music by the Sea, Moonlight Movies, First Coast Volleyball, Goin' Coastal BBQ Competition and Sisters of the Sea
MUSIC BY THE SEA CONCERT SERIES
7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, May 8-Sept. 25
St. Johns County Pier & Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach
The annual Music by the Sea concert series offers free music by 21 different performers through the end of September. Local eateries set up shop and hawk dinner for $10 or less. Enjoy some grub and free tunes sponsored by the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association. Performers include The Falling Bones, Rob Peck & Friends, Funk Shui and many more. Bring your cooler and lawn chairs. And each week, a different area restaurant offers its fare.
9 p.m. May 24: “Iron Man”
9 p.m. May 31: “Independence Day”
9 p.m. June 7: “Ice Age”
SeaWalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach
Now in its 12th season, the Moonlight Movies series runs three consecutive Friday nights this summer. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnic, but remember to leave alcohol, skateboards, bicycles, glass and animals (except qualified service animals) at home. This is a family-friendly event, so no ruffians allowed.
FIRST COAST VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION
What started as a group of friends who enjoyed the competitive sport of beach volleyball has grown into the First Coast Volleyball Association (FCVA). In 2010, the group changed its name from Jacksonville Volleyball Club to the current FCVA and now host games on Jacksonville Beach throughout the spring, summer and early fall. Membership in the association is free, and scheduled games are held at courts just south of the Jax Beach Pier from Third Avenue North to Beach Boulevard.
GBA GOIN’ COASTAL BBQ COMPETITION
Central Park, Fernandina Beach
The Georgia Barbecue Association Florida State Championship features barbecue, live music, yard games, concessions and more. Teams from all over the Southeast cook up a storm to be crowned state champion, win prize money and compete in the World Food Championship in Las Vegas.
SISTERS OF THE SEA
8 a.m. Sept. 7
Jacksonville Beach Pier
Fee: $30 per division
Founded in 1997, Sisters of the Sea is a non-profit organization for women surfers in Northeast Florida. The group regularly holds surf contests and other events benefitting local charities. The SOS Surf Classic is for women only (with the exception of the tandem division) and is open to the first 125 women to enter.