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Annual Events

Greater Jacksonville, on Florida’s northeast coast, hosts events from conventions and sporting extravaganzas to food, film and cultural festivals, art fairs, parades and more.

The list below presents an overview of the major events in the Jacksonville area.

College Baseball
From the crack of the bat to the slide on into home, NCAA baseball packs a wallop of home run frenzy for what’s oft called America’s favorite pastime. Diamond action starts in January, continuing through most of June.
JSU Gamecocks, Jacksonville Dolphins, North Florida Ospreys

Gator Bowl Classic
Fans gather to see the big collegiate game between the Big East and ACC champs at the ALLTEL stadium. Call (904) 798-1700 for more information.
PRCA Pro Rodeo
The Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association presents bull riding at its best at the Equestrian Center. Call (904) 354-5547 for more information.
Pilot Club of Jacksonville Antiques Show and Sale
In mid to late January, the Jacksonville Fairgrounds hosts the oldest antiques show in Florida, attended by dealers from seven states, where you can find just about any antique at any price. Call (904) 803-5738 for more information.
River City Wine and Dine Extravaganza
In early to mid-February, the finest restaurants in 'River City' offer samples of their food and beverages, accompanied by live entertainment, in a celebration of Jacksonville area cuisine, at the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in the Crown Royal Touchdown Club West. Call (904) 449-2171 for more information.
Monster Truck Jam
Monster trucks, hot rods, and more are on tap at ALLTEL Stadium. Call (904) 630-3900 for more information.
Model Train and Railroadiana Show
In mid to late February, Golden Spike Enterprises hosts hundreds of collectors and vendors at an exhibition and sale of model train antiques, gauges, dining car china, lanterns, switch locks and keys, calendars, timetables, signs, a train ride for the kids, and more, at the Prime Osborn Convention Center (formerly the Jacksonville Union Terminal). Call (813) 949-7197 for more information.
Gate River Run
Gate River Run, a 15K race along the city's roads and bridges, attracts thousands of participants and onlookers each year. Call (904) 798-9111 for more information.
Southern States Showdown Super Show
The National Barrel Horse Association puts on competition for cash prizes at the Equestrian Center. Call (904) 573-3163 for more information.
Buckler's Craft Fair
In early to mid-March, the Exhibit Building at Clay County Fairgrounds in Green Cove Springs hosts an exhibit of unique hand-made products by artisans from across the country, including everything from jewelry and art to gourmet treats, household and home decor items, toys, and more. Call (386) 860-0092 for more information.
Lions Club Seafood Festival
In mid-March, Francis Field in St. Augustine hosts a festival of the First Coast's finest seafood, live bluegrass, and hundreds of arts, crafts, and food vendors, with proceeds to benefit local Lions Club charities. Call (904) 825-0850 for more information.
Dog Lover's Day
In mid-March, Adventure Landing on Jacksonville Beach hosts a festival for dogs and their friends, featuring pet vendors, shows and an adoption fair. Call (904) 246-4386 for more information.
Players Championship Golf Tournament
Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach hosts a PGA premier spring event. Call (904) 273-3383 for more information.
St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival
The Lions Club hosts live bluegrass music, arts and crafts, and quality seafood at St. Augustine’s Francis Special Events Field. Proceeds benefit Lions Club charities. Call (904) 825-0850 for more information.
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Writers' Festival
In mid to late March, Jacksonville Public Library Main Branch in downtown Jacksonville and other venues host a 3-day festival of writing workshops, seminars, staged readings and book signings. Call (904) 346-5620 for more information.
Railroad Days Festival
In late March, the West Nassau Historical Society hosts a weekend festival featuring live entertainment, classic cars, Shriners, fire trucks, restored rail cars and floats, in and around the historic Victorian-style train station in Callahan. Call (904) 879-3406 for more information.
Southeast US Boat Show
As the region’s only in-water show, Jacksonville's international event kicks off spring at Metropolitan Park & Marina with live music, seafood and family fun. Call (904) 673-0093 for more information.
Bausch & Lomb Championships
Top women tennis pros compete at Amelia Island Plantation, 6800 First Coast Hwy., Fernandina Beach. Call (800) 486-8366 for more information.
Annual Time & Talent Auction, Golf Tournament
Sponsored by the Navy Officers Spouses Association of Mayport for scholarships, the Time & Talent Auction, with gift baskets, and more, also has a golf tournament. Call (904) 270-2627 for more information.
Jacksonville Irish Festival
Irish musicians, dancers, food and craft vendors gather to celebrate Irish culture in north Florida, at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds, during the last week of April. Call (904) 353-0535 for more information.
World of Nations Celebration
On the last weekend in April, first weekend in May, the City of Jacksonville hosts a festival of international food and beverage vendors, live entertainers, and more to celebrate the different tastes, sights and sounds of Jacksonville. Call (904) 630-3690 for more information.
The Players Championship
The Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach is the site for this annual golf competition held in May.
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Jacksonville Beer & Food Festival
More than 130 exotic beers and food from area restaurants are ready for consumption at the Morocco Shrine Temple Auditorium. Call (904) 798-9111 for more information.
Fernandina Shrimp Festival
Music, arts, crafts, fireworks, and shrimp galore are part of the scene in downtown Fernandina Beach. Call (800) 733-2668 for more information.
Sail Jacksonville
Jacksonville celebrates its maritime heritage with a three-day festival downtown along the St. John's River, featuring a visit by tall ships, pirate battles, seamanship demonstrations, live entertainment and children's activities. Call (904) 630-3690 for more information.
Starry Nights
During the week preceding Memorial Day weekend, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performs in Metropolitan Park, along the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville. 1410 Gator Bowl Boulevard. Call (904) 630-0837 for more information.
Jacksonville Jazz Festival
Throughout Memorial Day weekend, Jacksonville restaurants, shops and venues host jazz brunches, kids' activities, dining with live entertainment and a number of performances by celebrated jazz musicians. Call (904) 630-3690 for more information.
Alhambra Dinner Theatre
Alhambra Dinner Theatre brings theatrical entertainment to the summer season. Call (904) 641-1212 for more information.
Northeast Florida Blueberry Festival
Over the last weekend in June, the Northeast Florida Fair Association hosts a festival of Southern cuisine, including barbeque, jerk and Thai chicken, burgers, hot dogs and activities for the kids, live entertainment, a Civil War reenactment, live steer and horse shows, and an arts and crafts show, at the Northeast Florida Fair Grounds about a mile north of Callahan. Call (904) 879-4682 for more information.
Antiques Show
Antique buffs show, trade and sell at the Morocco Temple. Call (800) 733-2668 for more information.
Christmas in July Craft Fair
This craft fair packs in holiday spirit during the height of the summer at Prime Osborn Convention Center. Call (904) 798-9111 for more information.
Freedom, Fanfare & Fireworks - Go Fourth & Rock
Greater Jacksonville celebrates Independence Day with a variety of programs throughout the 4th of July weekend, culminating in an evening of live entertainment at Metropolitan Park followed by Skyblast, the First Coast's most spectacular fireworks over the St. Johns River. Call (904) 630-3690 for more information.
Festival by the Sea
Wine tastings, cooking demos, live jazz, blues and reggae and special golf rates are part of the family fun at the Palm Coast’s Club at Hammock Beach. Call (904) 461-5710 for more information.
National Football League
If it’s fall and you’re ready for some football, count on the National Football League to deliver non-stop grid action, leading to playoffs, and the incomparable Super Bowl. The NFL has come a long way since its 1920 founding in Canton, Ohio at Ralph Hay’s Hupmobile dealership. NFL action was first televised in 1939 when NBC broadcast within New York City. The NFL’s Longest Day was on Christmas, 1971, in a playoff between the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins, and Miami’s 17-0 Perfect Season unfolded the following year. But that’s history, and prospects for new milestones start in September.
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College Football
NCAA Football, created in 1997 to promote college football ideals, makes no bones about the importance of each game. Losing at any time during the season can thwart a team's chances for postseason action or an NCAA Championship. No wonder NCAA Football marketers have adopted a tagline of "NCAA Football: Every Game Counts."
JSU Gamecocks, Jacksonville Dophins

Remembrance Concert
Sea Walk Pavilion on Jacksonville Beach hosts a Remembrance Concert for victims of Sept. 11, 2001. Call (904) 247-6100 for more information.
Buckler's Christmas Craft Fair
In mid September, and again at the beginning of October, exhibitors and purveyors of hand crafted products from all over the country, including gourmet food products, jewelry, furniture, folk art, dolls, hair accessories, baby accessories, art, garden furnishings, pet accessories, and much more. 2497 State Road 16 West, Green Cove Springs. Call (386) 860-0092 for more information.
Toward the end of September, the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center hosts seminars and appraisals of quilts, a fashion show, quilt contest and preview party among a gallery of over 400 quilts. Call (904) 630 4000 for more information.
Union Civil War, Fort Garrison
Historians perform activities of soldiers, blacksmiths, laundresses and hospital stewards in a performance that includes a black powder artillery demo. Call (904) 277-7274 for more information.
Amelia Island Book Festival
This celebration of the written word features more than 35 authors of novels, mysteries, histories, westerns, suspense thrillers, poetry and books for youngsters. Call (904) 491-8176 for more information.
First Coast Premier Wine Extravaganza
Premier Beverage Company presents a festival With over 150 wines from around the world, featuring food, fun, lots of activities, and a retail shop where you can purchase the wines you have tasted, sponsored by the Child Cancer Fund. Call (904) 396-4223 for more information.
Buckler's Christmas Craft Fair
In mid September, and again at the beginning of October, exhibitors and purveyors of hand crafted products from all over the country, including gourmet food products, jewelry, furniture, folk art, dolls, hair accessories, baby accessories, art, garden furnishings, pet accessories, and much more. 2497 State Road 16 West, Green Cove Springs. Call (386) 860-0092 for more information.
Jacksonville Guitar Show, Music, and Arts Festival
New, used, and vintage guitars and stringed accessories are bought, sold and traded at the Jacksonville International Guitar Show, Music and Arts Festival. Military, police, firefighters, Scouts and under age 12 are admitted free. Call (404) 822-1155 for more information.
Thousands of carved pumpkins, costumed characters, funhouses and trick-or-treaters gather at the Jacksonville Zoological Gardens. Call (904) 757-4463 for more information.
Haunt Nights Haunted House
Morbid House and Zombie Hollow are open each weekend in October, proving their reputation as the scariest place in northeast Florida, some of which attractions might not be suitable for children under 12. Adventure Landing, Jacksonville Beach. Call (904) 246-4386 for more information.
Jacksonville Sea & Sky Spectacular
Military and flight demonstrations games, and activities and more are at this extravaganza. Call (904) 630-3690 for more information.
Healthy Babies Fair
D-Girls, Inc. hosts a Healthy Babies Fair at Florida Community College Jacksonville (FCCJ) north campus to educate mothers on how to help their offspring stay healthy. Call (904) 316-5058 for more information.
College Basketball
First devised by James Naismith in 1891, with the first recorded collegiate game in 1893, legions testify there’s no sound so soothing as a basketball whooshing through the net after a flick of the wrist. NCAA basketball brings grass roots hoop dreams to an entirely new level each fall, building toward March Madness, the NCAA Division Basketball Championships.
JSU Gamecocks, Jacksonville Dolphins, North Florida Ospreys

UF - UGA Football Bus Charter
During the first week in November, you can skip all of the driving and parking hassles with chartered round trip bus transportation from Orlando to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, arriving in plenty of time to enjoy all of the tailgating festivities. Call (407) 514-2611 for more information.
Jacksonville Agricultural Fair
Live entertainment, rides, games, food, livestock and more are on tap at Jacksonville Agricultural Fair. Call (904) 353-5458 for more information.
Jacksonville Light Parade
The St. Johns River transforms into a sparkling venue with a boat parade down the river topped off by fireworks. Call (904) 630-3690 for more information.
Nutcracker Tour of Homes
A free holiday home tour features residences elegantly decorated to resemble the Nutcracker ballet at World Golf Village Renaissance Resort. Call (904) 940-5050 for more information.
Ponte Vedra Art Festival
This fine art festival at the beach features booths, music and food at Sawgrass Village in Ponte Vedra Beach. Call (904) 472-3755 for more information.
St. Augustine Pirate Gathering
In mid-November, parades, pirate sword fights, cannon firings and storytelling will be featured at this celebration of the Golden Age of Piracy in the nation's oldest city, at the Fountain of Youth grounds on Magnolia Street. Call (904) 599-0384 for more information.
In mid to late November, the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville hosts the largest anime and gaming convention in the region, with special guests, panel discussions, live entertainment and a variety of events centering around Japanese animation and gaming techniques. Call (386) 473-7186 for more information.
Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
The Northeast Florida Center for Community & Justice promotes the long-established Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Jacksonville’s Church of the Good Shepard. Call (904) 306-6255 for more information.
The Museum of Science & History’s holiday model train display, featuring 500-feet of track, moving trains, and rail history, is on exhibit through early January. Call (904) 630-3680 for more information.
Art & Antique Show
Wolfson’s Art & Antique Show features arts and craft treasures at Prime Osborn Convention Center. Call (904) 630-4000 for more information.
Gator Bowl Parade
Floats, giant helium balloons, and bands from across the country converge on downtown Jacksonville. Call (904) 798-1700 for more information.
Handel’s Messiah
An oasis of sanity with a breather from ho-ho Santas and other commercial commotion unfolds with presentation of Handel’s Messiah at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Call (904) 354-5547 for more information.
Luminary Night
A free family event features Santa, live musical entertainment, holiday crafts, storytelling, and walking tours amid thousands of tiny white luminaries on grounds of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Musuem. Call (904) 829-0745 for more information.
Shrine Bowl
Area football stars take the field in the name of Shriners hospitals for Children in Orange Park. Call (904) 630-3600 for more information.
New Year's Eve Celebration and Balloon Drop at Noon
Bring the kids to a daytime celebration of New Years Eve at Beach and Blanding Boulevards on Jacksonville Beach, featuring unlimited go-cart rides, laser tag and miniature golf, with a noontime balloon drop. Call (904) 246-4386 for more information.
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