Weekend Guide 10+ Things to do in Jax this Weekend

  • by Catherine Tortorici
  • January 4, 2022

It is time to start your new year off with fun activities! We have sports, outdoor adventures, good eats(and drinks), and more! Check out shows at the Florida Theatre such as the Elvis Birthday Bash and Bob Saget! If you are a sports fan go to a UNF basketball game or the last Jaguars game of the season! The lights in St. Augustine are still up if you want to experience a magical evening. Don't forget to look at the upcoming events and plan ahead! 

UNF Basketball

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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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! It is the final game of the year so come enjoy!

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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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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.


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.


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.


 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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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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 Elvis Birthday Bash 

When: 1/7

Where: Florida Theatre

World-class Elvis impersonators Mike Albert and Scot Bruce along with the Big E Band return to the Florida Theatre to celebrate Elvis’ 87th Birthday Bash.

From his sexy sneer to his gyrating guitar playing, Scot Bruce is one of the world’s finest “Young Elvis” impersonators, while Mike Albert presents a stunningly accurate and respectful portrayal of the latter-day “Vegas” Elvis. Backed by the Big E Band, the two performers will trace Elvis from his rockabilly days to some of his final recordings.

This celebration hits close to home as the most famous live performances in the Florida Theatre’s past or modern history occurred on August 10 and 11, 1956, when Elvis Presley, then riding high on the hit singles “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel,” played six shows over two days (read more about these famous shows here). If you love the King of Rock & Roll, you won’t want to miss this experience!

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Apex Theatre Studio’s Bard Bus presents Hamlet in 75

Where: St. Augustine Ampitheatre

When: 1/7 and 1/8

Apex Theatre Studio’s Bard Bus presents Hamlet in 75, a retelling of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy set in the backwoods of Northeast Florida, live at the Backyard Stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.

In its fourth year, the Bard Bus presents contemporary touring productions of Shakespeare’s plays for audiences in the North Florida/South Georgia region. “The seventy-five refers to the running time of the performance,” remarked Ian Mairs, Managing Director of Apex Theatre Studio. “We do a lot of school shows, and that is an ideal running time for young audiences. We hope families will venture out to take in this show under the winter stars.”

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Riverside Arts Market

When: Saturdays 10-3

Where: 715 Riverside Ave

Enjoy local makers, artists, and farmers under the bridge. It’s free and pet friendly. Bring some friends and enjoy the market rain or shine.

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Jazz Poetry Cafe "New Years Edition"

When: 1/7 6-10PM

Enjoy great poetry and delicious food and a soulful ambience with the sounds of a LIVE BAND playing smooth jazz, neo soul, R &B! Also, join us in support as we provide a platform for artists and small business owners to expand their reach.

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 Bob Saget at the Florida Theatre

When: 1/8 8PM

Bob Saget is best known for his role as Danny Tanner on the long running sitcom Full House and the spin-off Fuller House. He was also the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos from 1989 to 1997. He’s been an adult oriented stand-up comedian for 30 years. Most recently Bob was the narrative voice on How I Met Your Mother as well as critically acclaimed cameo’s in the HBO series Entourage.

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Parker Mccolum 

Where: Florida Theatre

Parker McCollum wants it both ways. Restless soul who can slam dunk a major venue. Texas spirit who can exist on mainstream country radio. Songwriter with a sense of turpentine and truth singing for people whose life isn’t quite the truckbed/field party revel much of country music would have you believe. He exhales as he says this, takes in the landscape. He’s already notched a platinum-certified #1 with the banged-up declaration of love and betrayal “Pretty Heart.” He’s gone against the grain enlisting songwriter/musician/vocalist/producer Jon Randall; he’s known for his work as part of Emmylou Harris’ Grammy-winning Nash Ramblers, producer of Dierks Bentley’s Up To The Ridge and co-writer of the 2005 CMA Song of the Year “Whiskey Lullabye” and 2018 ACM Song of the Year “The Tin Man.”

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Ghost Horses: A Radiohead Tribute

When: 1/15

Where: 1904 Music Hall

Calling all Radiohead fans, come see Ghost Horses perform your favorites.

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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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 ECHL All Star Fan Fest

When: 1/16 2-8PM

Where: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena

All-Star Weekend is coming to Jacksonville, Florida! This multi-day event welcomes ECHL Governors, Players, VIPs, Sponsors and out of town fans! The event will be on national television and will include a skills competition, with the league's top developmental talent. The format for the 2022 Warrior/ ECHL All-Star Classic will feature the entire Jacksonville Icemen hockey team going head-to-head with the ECHL All-Stars.

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ECHL All-Star Classic

When: 1/17 7PM

Where: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena

All-Star Weekend is coming to Jacksonville, Florida! This multi-day event welcomes ECHL Governors, Players, VIPs, Sponsors and out of town fans! The event will be on national television and will include a skills competition, with the league's top developmental talent. The format for the 2022 Warrior/ ECHL All-Star Classic will feature the entire Jacksonville Icemen hockey team going head-to-head with the ECHL All-Stars.

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Jacksonville Icemen Games

Where: Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena

 Check out the upcoming games at home.

Jacksonville Icemen vs South Carolina Stingrays  1/21 6PM

Jacksonville Icemen vs South Carolina Stingrays  1/22 6PM

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PJ Party at Main & Six Brewing Company!

When: 1/22 5-10PM

Ain’t no party like a PJ party! This time around we are partnering with Chef Chris Knowles of Blade and Wave to make this the ultimate PJ party experience! Popcorn and beer pairing flights, brunch food (both sweet and savory), special beer releases, and more!!

Party is from 6-11pm. We will be posting more exciting news about this event in the future, including the special releases and the food menu! 

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The Great BrewHound Chili Cook-Off!

When: 1/23 11-3PM

The Great BrewHound CHILI COOK-OFF to benefit Fur Sisters!! Get your chef's hats & clever recipes ready, we are having a show down!

Tickets to be purchased day of are a $10 donation to Fur Sisters - Furever Urs Rescue, Inc! (cash or card) 

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When: 1/23

Jacksonville's largest curated pop up featuring over 200 creatives and 15 food trucks. This event is FREE and pet friendly. 

Vendor spaces are AVAILABLE! We have less than 50 spaces left. Vendor Deadline Jan 17th. 


What’s the Catch 

El Cubano Jax 

904 Burgers 

Hibashi Party 

Bearded Chef Brunch

Eatz by YAYA

The Hungry Owl 

Kona Ice 

Mr. Frostee


To Be Frank 

Daddy Os 

The Hyppo 


Good Food 24-7

I love Perogi 

Corny Cook 

Contact [email protected] to secure your space. 

Presented by 8103 Clothing Inc 

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First Coast Color Run

When: 1/29 8AM

Let your true colors shine for The First Coast Color Run 5k Race - Winter Edition! 

This race will be 5k ( 3.1 mile race ) event, you can run it as an individual or as a team. The race will take place in the very scenic RiverTown community in Saint Johns County 

This race is being timed by Florida Race Day which posts live results, has results kiosks, water station, music. free finisher photos and more

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