Weekend Guide 10+ Things to do in Jax this Weekend

  • by Catherine Tortorici
  • December 28, 2021

I don't know about you, but we're feeling 2022! It is time to make your NYE plans. Check out our Weekend Guide below and read more in our New Years Eve Guide! We have you covered all day with plans for everyone! You can go to tailgates, concerts, sports, dinner, brunch, and more. If you want to see holiday lights, there are options for that.  We included outdoor spots for some fresh air. Start off your new year right by picking out a new hobby or trying something new.


New Year’s Eve: Rhapsody in Blue Eyes

Where: Jacoby Hall

When: 12/31 9PM

Tony DeSare and the Symphony bring you the best songs of Sinatra, and Gershwin’s extraordinary Rhapsody in Blue. All followed by the best New Year’s party in town featuring dancing to The Chris Thomas Band, champagne and the best viewing location for the fireworks right outside the door!

New Year’s Eve After Party tickets sold separately, and only with purchase of concert tickets.

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TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

When: 12/31 at 11AM

Where: TIAA Bank

 It’s Official, Bowl’d City! Wake Forest  takes on Rutgers in the 77th @taxslayergatorbowl , December 31st at 11 AM on Bill Gay Grounds at TIAA Bank Field!

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Rutgers vs Wake Forest - Gator Bowl All-Inclusive Tailgate Experience

When: 12/31

Where: First and Ten Lot

Join Gameday Tailgate Experience (“GTE”) at a pre-game tailgate for the Gator Bowl on December 31. Tailgate teams are Rutgers vs Wake Forest.

 Enjoy Unlimited Food and a 4 Hour Open Bar with over 1,000 fans from both teams! Food, Beverages, Tented Seating Areas, Live Music & Entertainment, Celebrity Host Meet and Greets, Family Friendly Tailgating Games and Amenities, TVs, Bathrooms, and more are all included with your ticket! Tailgate with former Players and Celebrities!

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New Year's Day 5k Run

Where: Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena

The New Year’s Run will benefit Gator Bowl Charities. All participants receive an official race shirt and all finishers receive a custom designed medal and one free mimosa. Awards are given to the top overall and age group winners. This event is an official event of the Jacksonville Grand Prix.

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TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Pep Rallies

When: 12/30 4:00 – 6:30 PM

Where: Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion

Wake Forest – 4:00 PM
Bowl Games of America: High School Band – 4:30 PM
Parris Island Marine Band – 5:00 PM

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Touchdown Party presented by North Florida Sales

When: 9:00am - 11:00am

A game ticket needs to be purchased separately for admittance through the gates.

1 Admission to the Sky Patio (above the Terrace Suite in the south end of the stadium)

Complimentary food, drink tickets and music by DJ Nickfresh

There is limited capacity.

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Light Up the Night! Fireworks and Beach Blvd. Block Party

When: 12/31

Enjoy the fireworks from multiple locations at this year's Fireworks & Beach Blvd. Block Party! This community-based celebration, offers a true taste of St. Augustine Beach. Stay the weekend or enjoy a night out with the family or friends. The block party takes place at businesses along A1A Beach Blvd. The block party is happening all day with businesses along the Blvd offering discounts, live music and other specials, fireworks start at 8:30 p.m.


 Drawing Ticket Event 2021

Only 1,500 tickets will be sold and the winner will be drawn at the Florida Theatre on New Year’s Eve. The winner need not be present – the winning ticket will be pulled based on the barcode number on each ticket. No physical drawing tickets will be mailed out – all tickets will be available for print at home. The purchase of drawing tickets is not tax-deductible as a charitable contribution, but the income does benefit the Florida Theatre.

Each $25 (suggested donation) drawing ticket gets the bearer a chance to win two tickets to every show produced by the Florida Theatre in 2022. In prior years, the winners of this drawing won tickets to more than 100 shows! Prize tickets located in the first six rows. 

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 New Year's Eve 2022 Black & Gold Affair at Myth Nightclub 

Myth Nightclub Presents Jacksonville's Biggest New Year's Eve Celebration!

A Black & Gold Affair Featuring a $1,000.00 Balloon Drop!

DRESS TO IMPRESS (Dress Code Enforced) 

3 Rooms of Sound | National DJ's | Dancers & Performers | Full VIP Experience 

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Casa Marina’s New Years Eve Party

When: 12/31 7:30PM

Where: 228 E Forsyth St, Jacksonville

Come celebrate the end of 2021 with Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant for a night of food and libations. This year our annual New Year’s Eve Party will be hosted at Ruby Beach Brewing Co’s new downtown Jacksonville location. Casa Marina will fully cater the event, meaning all food/beverage packages will remain the same as past years. With indoor and outdoor space available; Ruby Beach Brewing Co’s new facility includes an outdoor patio, indoor taproom, and a second floor event space.

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First Day Out: RNB Music Festival

Where: Vystar Memorial Arena

When: 12/31 8PM

Calling all RNB fans! Come see First Day Out: RNB Music Festival featuring The Isley Brothers, Anthony Hamilton, Monica and Dru Hill. 

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Verdi's La Traviata presented by First Coast Opera

When: 12/31 7:30PM and 1/2 at 2PM

What better way to ring in the new year than with this classic Verdi masterpiece, fully staged with orchestra? First Coast Opera presents one of the most iconic, romantic and tragic scores of all time at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. 

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MARVEL YEARS & MADDY O’NEAL – New Years Eve at 1904 Music Hall
 12/31 8PM

Maddy O’Neal has been catching the eyes and ears of music fans around the world with her tasteful versatility and mixing style. Hailing from Denver, CO Maddy O’Neal has carved out her niche in the always changing and very diverse electronic genre. Maddy’s rock n’ roll family roots and growing appetite for old-school hip-hop, give her a sound that sets her apart from other artists in the scene. 

Cory Wythe, the producer and guitarist better known as Marvel Years, has found a welcome place for himself within the increasingly popular glitch-hop / electro-soul dance music scene. In just a short period of time, his progression has become outright impossible to ignore. Much more than your average DJ/producer, Marvel Years incorporates electric guitar in his live performances. His approach to blending electronic beats and shredding soulful guitar on his original tracks and remixes creates a sound that is a unique hybrid of EDM combing glitch, retro-funk, classic rock, soul, jazz and hip-hop. 

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Cowford Chophouse NYE Rooftop Event

When: 12/31 9PM

Celebrate the start of 2022 with Cowford Chophouse! Join us for fireworks, music, views and a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration.

Included with your ticket is our select premium open bar in partnership with G.H. Mumm Champagne, Jefferson's Bourbon & Absolut Elyx along with appetizers and a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight. $10 from each ticket purchased will go to Jacksonville Art & Music School.

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 2021 Jacksonville NYE Events Guide

Still need more ideas for New Years? Fear not and check out our New Years Eve guide with plenty of fun happenings. Be sure to find a good viewing spot for the fireworks. Time to start 2022 right!

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Downtown Jacksonville Art Walk

When: 1/5 5-9PM

Downtown Vision has proudly hosted the First Wednesday Art Walk since 2003 to welcome people to DTJax and celebrate the community’s deep pool of creative talent.  

Art Walk has returned after a break due to the pandemic and now takes place monthly! We invite you to bring your family, friends and coworkers for a self-guided tour of Downtown’s northbank core on the first Wednesday of every month. Explore three major hubs: James Weldon Johnson Park, The Jessie (duPont Center) and Vagabond Flea at The Breezeway at Vystar Tower, and all the businesses and public art between. Art Walk runs 5-9 p.m., rain or shine. Masks encouraged.



New Year, Miracle on The Square 

Kicking off November 23rd through the New Year, will feature a holiday oasis with over the top kitschy, festive décor and a themed cocktail menu with fan favorites such as Christmapolitan, Christmas Carol Barrel, Snowball Old-Fashioned, Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r!, Jingle Balls Nog, Nice Shot, and Naughty Shot. New this year is the Elfing Around cocktail as well as freshly updated and renewed recipes for the Jolly Koala, On Dasher, and SanTaRex.This year, Miracle will donate 10% of all proceeds from the sale of Santa Pants, Christmas Carol Barrel and Santa Heads signature glassware to the James Beard Foundation Open for Good campaign to aid the relief efforts of independent restaurants. 

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Dazzling Nights

When: 11/19-1/2/22

Where: Jacksonville Arboretum

Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens will transform into a magical wonderland this holiday season featuring a million dazzling lights, shining forests, magical displays and beautiful sculptures during “Dazzling Nights™”, a family friendly adventure that gives guests the opportunity to embark on a three-quarter-mile interactive holiday experience taking place November 19-January 2, 2022.

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Lighthouse Illuminations

When: 12/27/21 - 1/21/22

Discover twenty-one uniquely decorated trees, each with a distinct theme during this special after hours event. Explore the Keepers’ house and grounds illuminated by lights and garlands, and enjoy a sensational view of the lighthouse’s night mark. Please reference the website for availability. Tickets are $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 12 and under.


Deck the Chairs

When: 11/24-1/1

Jacksonville Beach Deck The Chairs (JBDTC) is an annual lighted sculptural exhibit using lifeguard chairs. Marking its seventh year in community service, JBDTC gathers community to decorate and display the Beaches lifeguard chairs during the month of December to promote local business, instill public pride, and share cultural diversity through creative expression. Free and open to the public, the light display aims to provide a wholesome and festive downtown during the holidays.  

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Light up the Beach!

When: 11/27-1/1

Enjoy colorful light displays along A1A Beach Boulevard and St. Johns County Ocean Pier Park as the St. Augustine Beach LIGHTS UP THE BEACH this 2021 holiday season. The event takes place each evening through January 1, 2022.


Jacksonville Icemen Games

Where: Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena

Hockey season is back! Check out the upcoming games at home.

Jacksonville Icemen vs Atlanta Gladiators 12/28 7PM

Jacksonville Icemen vs South Carolina Stingrays 12/29 7PM

Jacksonville Icemen vs South Carolina Stingrays 1/1 7PM

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Night of Pints

When: 11/19/21- 1/31/22

Coinciding with St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights, local St. Augustine breweries are hosting Nights of Pints with a passport for craft beer lovers and stops at local breweries.

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Night of Lights St. Augustine

When:  November 20, 2021, to January 31, 2022,

The 28th Annual Nights of Lights dazzles with more than 3 million lights adorning every corner of the historic district for two months.

This award-winning holiday lights display runs from November 20, 2021, to January 31, 2022, in historic St. Augustine. During the seasonal display, businesses downtown stay open later, letting you dine in view of the lights and browse the shops of the decorated buildings.


Girvin Road

Blackhawk Bluff is a sight to see during the holidays. It is right off of Girvin. Neighbors come together to create a beautiful light display. Play some music and drive through to see the holiday magic.

Downtown Laura Street

Check out Laura Street, Adams, and Bay Streets and the illuminated streets of the Urban Core. You will see trees with lights of all colors. 


Candy Cane Making

When: 12/11-28

Celebrate the holidays with family, friends and Sweet Pete's Candy! Join us to make candy canes. All guests will make four to seven candy canes. Includes a scoop of ice cream. Only paid participants are allowed in the candy making room. Children under thirteen years of age must be accompanied by a paid adult. $15.00 



Venardo's Circus at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre

When: 12/18-1/2

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre welcomes back the Venardos Circus! Created by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos, the Venardos Circus wraps world-class circus acts into a Broadway Musical-style format that is called “the American Circus with the heart of a Broadway Show.” Shows run Wednesday through Sunday for the entire engagement, with multiple show times on weekends.


UNF Basketball

UNF Men's Basketball vs Keiser 12/31 

UNF Men's Basketball vs Stetson 1/8 

UNF Women's Basketball vs  Stetson 1/8

UNF Men's Basketball vs Jacksonville University 1/15

UNF Women's Basketball vs Jacksonville University 1/15

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Where: Daily’s Place

When: 12/28-12/29

With purchase of AEW Dynamite Finale and Rampage Daily's Place Debut on Wednesday, December 29th, get free admission to AEW Dark taping on Tuesday, December 28th.

 Witness the AEW Daily's Place debuts of CM Punk, Brian Danielson, Adam Cole, Ruby Soho plus AEW World Champion Hangman Adam Page, AEW Women’s Champion Britt Baker, AEW Tag Team Champion The Lucha Brothers, Darby Allin, Sting, MJF, The Young Bucks , Chris Jericho, TNT Champion Sammy Guevara and The Inner Circle, Cody Rhodes, Jade Cargill, Jungle Boy, The Dark Order and many more live!

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 Zip the Canyons

A short drive away in Ocala is @zipthecanyons- the funnest day trip ever!

Enjoy multiple zip line courses (even one at night in the dark), horseback riding trails (also one in the moonlight with s’mores + wine by the fire!),

kayak tours through the canyon, gem mining… they have it all!

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Jacksonville Pottery Studio

Have you always wanted to try a ceramics class, but felt unsure of where to start?  Check out Jacksonville Pottery Studio. They offer classes for all skill levels and interests. You are also able to purchase mugs,cups, and more if classes aren’t your thing!

Check out 12/29 for a candle making workshop 

If you’re 21+ feel free to BYOB! 

Please bring 2 of your already made pottery cups or bowls ranging in size of 8-12oz and let's turn them into candles! If you do not have pottery to bring, 2 glass jars will be supplied for you!

You will also have the option to purchase 2 additional jars if you would like to make a total of 4 candles!

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Community First Igloo Ice Skating

We may live in Florida, but that doesn’t mean we can’t ice skate! Check out the schedule to plan a day. What a perfect experience for all ages.

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Joe Watts in the Park

When: 11:30-2:00

Joe Watts live performance every Monday and Wednesday during lunchtime in James Weldon Johnson Park sponsored by Jax Vision Care.

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Ellen’s Kitchen

Ellen’s Kitchen has been locally owned for more than 50 years and is located in Neptune Beach at 241 3rd Street! Not only can you stop in for a fresh, delicious breakfast or lunch, but you can bring Fido, too! Ellen’s Kitchen offers dog-friendly outdoor dining so close to the beach you can smell the salt water.

Everything is made to order and this tasty spot  is open 7 DAYS A WEEK from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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District SPR

Did we hear.. “All You Can Drink WINE?!” 

The District knows us all too well..

MONDAYS: free wine tasting! 

TUESDAYS: $15 All-you-can-drink wine! 

There’s more where that came from! Check out their page to see other daily specials (hint: bottomless mimosas on Saturdays, y’all!)

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Lemon Bar

Lemon Bar is a great spot for happy hour. Check it out Monday-Friday from open to 5. You can get drinks for $3.5(select menu! They have heaters so cold weather is not a problem. 

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Dames Cave

Adventurers are going to want to read ahead. Dames Cave is a bit of a drive located in Brooksville, but will definitely impress you.

 If you’re in the area, you may be familiar with the famous Homosassa Springs, but just around the bend is a trail system that leads you to the Peace, Dames + Vandal Caves, and through the Withlacoochee State Forest!

If you have an outdoor spot you think people should know about, or you visit one we share, use #904Outdoors so we can see!

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Taro Lychee

Taro, Lychee, Boba, oh my!!!

Paris Bánh Mì Cafe Bakery Jacksonville is the cutest shop where authentic Vietnamese cuisine meets Parisian bakery! 

We tried a Vietnamese staple, Dac Biet sandwich, and a handful of colorful drinks!

Taro lovers, the Taro slush with fruit jellies is that familiar yet hard-to find taste in frozen slush form- sooo good!!

The Mango Nada is the most refreshing and uniquely delicious blend of fresh cut mangos with a little spice! It’s the perfect balance of sweet + spicy 

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River and Post

One of our most recommended brunch spots! @riverandpostjax does brunch right!

Maple Braised Pork Belly- spicy glazed pork belly, deviled eggs, creamed corn.

Shrimp and Grits- smoked Gouda grits, lobster fumet.

Chicken and Waffles- hand made waffles and marinated chicken drizzled with hot honey, maple and pickled relish(there is also a vegan version on the menu).

Potato Latkes and Cured Salmon- crispy potato cakes topped with house cured salmon and a horseradish cream sauce.

Bread Pudding French Toast- Brioche soaked in custard topped with turbinado and toasted. Served with bacon finished with candied almonds, butter and vanilla syrup.

Brunch Burger- half pound house ground burger, pork belly, American cheese, egg, avocado, spring mix served on a brioche bun.

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Jacksonville Jaguars vs Indianapolis Colts

When: 1/9 12PM

Where: TIAA Bank Field

Come see the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Indianapolis Colts. Kick off the new year with friends and family at a Jags game!

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Jacksonville vs Indianapolis All-Inclusive Tailgate Experience

When: 1/9

Where: First and Ten Lot

Join Gameday Tailgate Experience (“GTE”) at a pre-game tailgate for the Indianapolis vs Jaguars game on January 9. Tailgate is hosted by former Jaguar’s Quarterback David Garrard and Indianapolis Superfans LuchaBlue and Colts Caveman.

Enjoy Unlimited Food and a 4 Hour Open Bar with hundreds of fans! Food, Beverages, Tented Seating Areas, Live Music & Entertainment, Celebrity Host Meet and Greets, Family Friendly Tailgating Games and Amenities, TVs, Bathrooms, and more are all included with your ticket! Tailgate with former Players and Celebrities

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Giants Basketball

Come see the Giants play this season. They have plenty of home games to choose from. Call (904) 355-6531 for tickets.

Where: Christ the King Catholic School

Jacksonville Giants vs Jackson Showboats 1/15/22 at 6PM

Jacksonville Giants vs Atlanta Aliens 1/19/22 at 6PM

Jacksonville Giants vs Clermont Crocs 1/29/22 at 6PM

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