Jacksonville is becoming one of the most popular vacation destinations in Florida, and local events are its best-kept secret. From the boutiques and yummy restaurants to the sandy beaches, Jacksonville and its surrounding areas has a lot to offer. Along with the beautiful scenery and amenities, our coastal town is host to many exciting events all year long. Here are some events to look forward to in Jacksonville this summer:
Beaches Freedom Festival
Local bands perform at the Sea Walk Pavilion and Latham Plaza in Jacksonville Beach to celebrate our country’s independence. Is there anything better than listening to live music with a cold beer in hand? Celebrate our country’s freedom and enjoy everything our beaches have to offer.
Upcoming available dates: July 14
Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament and Festival
Head out to the river for the weekend to enjoy days full of sport fishing galore. The kids will love the action, and you’ll love the drinks and boating. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and hats! It’s going to be a hot Jacksonville weekend out in the sun. Jacksonville is all about bringing families together, and a kid-friendly festival on the river’s coast is just the way to make it happen.
Upcoming available dates: July 16-21
Check Out the Weekly Songwriters’ Concert
Local songwriters and singers gather every Sunday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm to perform at the Adele Grage Cultural Center Theatre. If you’re in the mood for some original live music performed by some Atlantic Beach locals, this is the place to be. There’s nothing better than stopping into Marker 32 for a delicious dinner followed by live, acoustic guitar.
Upcoming available dates: July 8, August 5
Get Up Close with Nature
The Dutton Island Preserve pavilion in Atlantic Beach hosts a paddle board tour a few times each summer. You’ll experience everything from storytelling to sightseeing, making this the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon with your kids. They’ll even teach novice paddle boarders how to paddle along with them. Afterward, head to North Beach Fish Camp to cool off with some ceviche and iced tea.
Upcoming available dates: July 1, 15, 29
Give RAM A Try
This beloved event happens every weekend in Riverside, and we love it. Riverside Arts Market is “loyal to local” businesses and we love celebrating those values. This event is produced by Riverside Avondale Preservation Inc. and is filled with hours of live music, great food and local shopping. You can even arrive early at 9AM for some morning yoga! Stop by Northbank Riverwalk Artists’ Square to see what it’s all about.
Upcoming available dates: Every weekend from 10AM-3PM
There are countless ways to spend your summer in Jacksonville and these are just a few of our favorites. Whether it’s out at the beach or inland at RAM, you’re bound to have a blast. After you spend some time at one of these family-friendly events, stop by Marker 32 for drinks and dinner, you’ll certainly be glad you did!