Holidays

Fourth of July Celebrations on the First Coast

Join the City of Jacksonville for the 4th on the River. Celebrate Independence Day from 5-10pm with live entertainment, interactive activities, food and beverages, and spectacular fireworks displays at three locations along the St. Johns River. The Shipyards on Bay St. Join in the family fun with a water balloon toss, three-legged race, giant Jenga, crafts, face painting, caricature artist, live entertainment, BBQ, Jax Happenings Mini Challenges, fireworks and more! No coolers or outside food allowed. There will be a Free Concert featuring performances by The Band Be Easy and Pop/Rock sensation – Orleans, the 70s Pop/Rock band that brought …

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Father’s Day, A Day for Dads in #DTJax

Downtown Jacksonville, FL, Father's Day, Downtown Vision, DVI

[avatar user=”Downtown Vision Inc.” size=”thumbnail” align=”left” link=”http://downtownjacksonville.org/blog/2015/06/16/a-day-for-dads-in-dtjax/” target=”_blank” /] By Kristina Aviles, DVI Intern Father’s Day is this weekend and if you’re still figuring out what to do for your dad, look no further! has so much to offer for the wide variety of sporty, artsy or chocolate lovin’ dads out there: For the sports fan: Buy your dad some baseball tickets and take the whole family down to the ballpark, grab a hotdog and cheer on the Jacksonville Suns. For football fans, take your dad out to watch the Jacksonville Sharks or buy your tickets early for the Jacksonville …

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Celebrate Mother’s Day on the St. Johns River, Kingsley Plantation

Sunday, May 10, 9am–Noon Ft. Caroline National Memorial 12713 Fort Caroline Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32225 Register online:  www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org/events; Cost $35 Unless your mother has a specific request for , you may find yourself tasked with coming up with a fun and unique way to celebrate “Mom” on this special day. While brunch or a nice meal is always a great way to spend time with mom, exploring the  and the historic  may be just the thing to make it a more exciting and memorable experience. St. Johns Riverkeeper offers monthly boat trips on various sections and tributaries of the St. …

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EASTER EVENTS – Hop Opps

April 4 ADVENTURE LANDING EGG HUNT Adventure Landing hosts their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Mini Golf Courses with a visit by the Easter Bunny at the Jacksonville Beach, St. Augustine and Blanding Blvd locations. There will be two Egg Hunts: 9am and 11am. Egg Hunt registration begins at 8:15am. There are three age-groups for each hunt: Ages 4 & Under, 5-8, and 9-12. A $3 per child donation will benefit the Betty Griffin House. Each hunt is followed by a charity raffle. There will also be stay and play specials. From 9am-2pm, enjoy Unlimited Mini Golf and Go-Karts. $10–Guests under 56″ tall or $15–Guests 56″ tall and …

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Unity Plaza Annual Events 2015

The mission to unify and uplift Jacksonville through thoughtful wellness activities, community classes and performing art experiences is exemplified in the annual events schedule for 2015. Partnering with non-profit organizations and sponsors like Gen W, , , , , and many others will produce experiences which will ignite new and powerful interpersonal and professional connections within the Jacksonville community at large. Beginning in February, Unity Plaza set the stage with Orender Unlimited’s Gen WOW to found “Community Stewardship Day” – now officially recognized annually as the first Saturday in February by the City of Jacksonville, followed by the formal dedication …

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Jacksonville Director Damian K. Lahey’s Holiday Movie List

Jacksonville Director Damian Lahey Must-See Holiday Movies

I had heard rumblings from the street that local filmmaker Damian K. Lahey had left his job to start pre-production on his next feature film, a micro budget sci-fi drama  to be shot here in Jax in January. I reached out to him but couldn’t get many details regarding that project (but I’m working on it, folks). All I gleaned from him was cast and crew were being assembled and script was being polished.  was also using the time off from work to platform his just completed short film  for a festival run as well as overseeing the distribution of …

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Holidays at Universal Orlando are Pure Magic

The holidays are upon us! If you need an out of town option for entertaining kids (or yourself!), head down to Universal Studios and/or Islands of Adventure in Orlando for some family-friendly fun.  has the  EVERY DAY at 5pm until December 21st, then at 8pm from December 22nd through January 3rd. Walking around before the parade, you’ll see floats stationed at various points throughout the park. ( is particularly well-placed!) Just after the parade, catch performances by , who have “holiday” listed as their genre on their Wikipedia page. If the name is unfamiliar to you, just drive around listening …

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Holiday Events

HOLIDAY EVENTS Through Jan 1 NIGHTLY TREE LIGHT SHOWS With all new light synchronization and music for 2014, the Landing’s 56-foot-tree comes alive each evening, performing a 10-minute show each hour with more than 78,000 twinkling lights. , 904-353-1188, www.jacksonvillelanding.com Through Jan 11 ADVENTURE LANDING WINTERFEST  hosts with outdoor ice skating rink & skate rental, nightly snowfalls, ice slide, light display, s’more roasting, Crystal Creek Lodge with fine coffees, hot chocolate and hot cider, sweet treats like fudge, comfort foods & more, and Blizzard Bluff Village featuring Santa’s Workshop, cookie decorating, holiday carnival games & more. Santa will also be …

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DUVAL New Years Eve EXTRAVAGANZA with T-Rone

The EXTRAVAGANZA to wrap up Duval’s finest year. Celebrate with Jacksonville’s local Celebs.  With performances by PT & Chulo, G Mayn Frost, Felicia Nicole & Vennum, Lalah & Lil Yo, Jerico, Moon Man and Mz. Blak. Popping of the champagne bottles and clicking glasses at Midnight; Hosts Bread King, T.Rone and Boochie are providing a free glass of Champagne at midnight to all that attend.  Come dressed to impress to celebrate 2014 and welcome a new year, 2015.  You’ll never know what surprise celebs will be in the building. This event is presented by G-Fab Promotions, KreamTeam, BARburians Arena & Visionary …

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A Swamp Radio Christmas

  Christmas is a time where tradition seems to permeate every activity, and each family has their own distinctive bent. These traditions have a way of connecting communally, even to the point where they eventually become representative of a region. , the creator of  puts a more folksy twist on it: “Ask anyone ‘So what are ya’ll doin’ for the Holidays,‘ and they will answer, ‘Oh, we do the same thing every year.’” The show was conceived as a way to deliver a live radio show experience that celebrates the culture, art, and history of Northeast Florida by employing storytelling, …

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