Weekend Guide 10+ Things to do in Jax this Weekend

  • by Catherine Tortorici
  • November 18, 2021

This week brings many fun activities. Town Center is hosting "Holly Jolly" and Diamonds Direct is having a huge sale. See some UNF basketball or the Icemen. There are places to see holiday lights such as St. Augustine and Dazzling Nights. Read below to plan this week and beyond!


Diamonds in the Rust Fall Market

When: 11/19-21

Drive to the rural side of Jacksonville and savor the country roads along the way. Bring your friends and come shop some of the South's favorite vendors, located in our beautiful barns pavilions and under-shaded oak hammocks. Come discover your newest fall and Christmas finds. There will be one-of-a-kind pickins’ such as vintage treasures, farmhouse finds, home décor, re-loved furniture, handcrafted items, unique relics, antiques, tasty treats, unique gifts and more. Our show is a unique shopping experience that you and your shopping gals and pals won’t want to skip out on. Diamond D Ranch has been around since 1950 and is a 500-acre working horse and cattle ranch. They are located on the westside of Jacksonville at 5903-1 Solomon Rd.

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Diamonds Direct

When: 11/19-21

Where: 4840 Town Center Pkwy

 The holidays are happening at Diamonds Direct in Town Center! Their highly-anticipated Holiday Designer Showcase is happening this Friday through Sunday, 11/19 - 11/21.

The event features 20% off of Diamonds Direct’s already amazing pricing and an expanded selection from top jewelry designers. If you’re planning a holiday proposal or just want the best savings on something sparkly, then this is an event you don’t want to miss! 

 Diamonds Direct will be open extended hours for this special event:
Friday, 11/19: 10AM-8PM
Saturday, 11/20: 10AM-7PM
& even Sunday, 11/21: 12PM-6PM

Walk-ins are always welcome but you can request an appointment to avoid a wait!

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Beautifying Our Downtown's Riverfront One Clean At A Time

Please join us for a cleanup of our amazing downtown Riverfront in Downtown Jacksonville on Saturday, November 20th from 9am-11am!

Community volunteers, philanthropists and stake holders will join forces to help clean up trash and remove debris along the North Bank Riverwalk.

Check in will occur at Riverfront Plaza (The Former Jacksonville Landing). All supplies will be provided as well as community service hours if needed.

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Welcome the holidays! Join us for HOLLY JOLLY JACKSONVILLE on Saturday, Nov 20, 10 am - 3 pm. The annual holiday kick-off event features Santa and a variety of holiday activities!
Santa arrives at 10 am in the Courtyard between REI and West Marine. Complimentary! Bring your camera.
Enjoy Horse-drawn Carriage Rides, Holiday Train Rides, Balloons, Face-painting, Make & Take Crafts, Music and More Fun!

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Iguana on Park 

 Delicious margaritas & one of Riverside’s best happy hour’s can be going at @IguanaOnPark in Avondale. Happy Hour Specials (3-6PM EVERYDAY)

$5 house wines

$5 Bombay, Smirnoff, Four Roses, and Espolon

$6 Signature Swap Shop Margarita

$2 off draft Bud Light, Shock Top, Dos Equis

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McKenzie’s Run

For ten years, McKenzie’s Run has been raising awareness about The McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation’s local and global programs, while promoting unity within the Jacksonville community. As many of you know, The McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation was established in memory of our beautiful daughter, McKenzie, who passed away on August 17, 2010.

With the uncertainty of the past year, it’s especially important we spread McKenzie’s legacy of positivity in the world. We hope you will continue to support the momentum you’ve helped create throughout the years as we approach the 12th Annual Run.

This year’s event will have an exciting new location – THE PLAYERS Stadium Course! Please save the date for Saturday, November 20th, as we spread the Care Give Grow spirit.

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Symphony in 60

This Thursday, make plans to attend the Jacksonville Symphony’s “Symphony in 60” Happy Hour Concert Series presented by PNC Bank. The series features five special performances throughout the season, each an hour long preceeded by Happy Hour in the lobby. This week, dont miss a journey through the music of one of history’s most epic composers: Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven wrote nine epic symphonies and five glorious piano concertos. The Symphony’s Associate Conductor Gonzalo Farias will take you through a series of highlights from several of these titanic works, each revealing a different face of the master and his brilliance. Get there early for Happy Hour! Bottles start popping at 5:30pm and the concert begins at 6:30pm!

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When: 11/17-12/24

Where:  Alhambra Theatre

 Based on the book written by the incomparable Charles Dickens, this Alhambra classic follows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his extraordinary journey. This musical is sure to delight people of all ages.

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Beachside Seafood and Market

Beachside Seafood and Market has the best of both worlds- great local sefood either cooked to perfection on site or available for purchase to take it home. The restaurant features everything including traditional Mayport peel and eat style shrimp, tons of fish options, clams and oysters, and Snow or King Crab platters!

In the market you’ll find New Bedford dry pack scallops, Chilean Seabass, fresh halibut, Faroe Island and Scottish Salmon, Ahi Tuna, specialty cold water oysters, fresh Florida clams, local fish and shrimp and so much more! 

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Thrive is Jacksonville’s premier IV hydration & medical spa with locations in Durbin Park & the St. Johns Town Center! They offer IV infusions, Botox & fillers, boosters, aesthetics, cryotherapy, Emsculpt NEO body sculpting + More!

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Pedal Pub

Experience some of Jax’s locally owned and long-enjoyed bars and pubs while rolling through the high rises of the business district. One stop is Bold City Brewery, featuring a custom Pedal Pub Brew!

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UNF Sports 

UNF has some sports coming up!. Check out the events happening in Jacksonville.

UNF Women’s Basketball vs Webber 11/18 7PM

UNF Men's Basketball vs Webber 11/20 2PM

UNF Women’s Basketball vs FAU 11/21 9:30AM

UNF Men's Basketball vs Edward Waters 12/2 7PM

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Friday Night Picnic

Where: The Cummer

When: Fridays 5-9PM

Wind down and decompress as you relish in the beauty of the historic Cummer Gardens. Guests will enjoy al fresco dining with a picnic, and access to seating throughout the Museum’s 1.45 acre property or bring your own blanket.

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St. Johns River Taxi Tours

St Johns River and Taxi Tours is a great way to spend your day or night. They have cruises for happy hour, dolphin lovers, and more. They even offer cruises for transportation to Jags games and Daily’s Place.

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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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Jacksonville Icemen Games

Where: Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena

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

Jacksonville Icemen vs Maine Mariners 11/17 7PM

Jacksonville Icemen vs Maine Mariners 11/19 7PM

Jacksonville Icemen vs South Carolina Stingrays 11/23 7PM

Jacksonville Icemen vs Florida Everblades 11/24 7PM

 Jacksonville Icemen vs Florida Everblades 11/26 7PM

Jacksonville Icemen vs Florida Everblades 11/27 7PM

Jacksonville Icemen vs Orlando Solar Bears 12/1 7PM

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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.


Brett Young "Weekends Tour"

Where: St. Augustine Ampitheater

When: 11/19 7:30 PM

Brett Young has captured the hearts of fans everywhere through his honest lyrics and West Coast-meets-Southern sound, aptly dubbed “Caliville” style. While touring paused over the past year, he has been tapped for several high-profile, all-genre livestreams in an effort to bring music and relief to fans across the world. Young’s upcoming collection Weekends Look A Little Different These Days, out on Friday, June 4 via BMLG Records, follows his sophomore effort, Gold-certified Ticket to L.A., which debuted atop the Billboard Country Albums chart and his Platinum self-titled debut, and dominated the Top 20 on the Country Albums chart for 37 weeks and contributed to over 5 billion streams globally.

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Brothers Again

When: 11/19 8PM

Where: Florida Theatre

Southern rock is alive and well and authentically celebrated by Brothers Again. Performed with passion and a high respect for The Allman Brothers Band’s unique blend of rock, blues, jazz and Texas Swing, this multi-media tribute includes many of the band’s biggest hits including “One Way Out,” “Blue Sky,” “Ramblin’ Man,” “Whippin’ Post,” “Revival, Dreams,” “Done Somebody Wrong,” “Statesboro Blues,” “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,” “Blackhearted Woman,” “Midnight Rider,” and more. Together, the seven members of Brothers Again give audiences a true, live concert experience in tribute to one of the most iconic bands in the history of rock music with integrity, respect and a hard-driving performance described by fans as “awesome”, “amazing” and “done to perfection”.

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The Eagles Performed by Classic Albums Live

When: 11/20

Where: Florida Theatre

Classic Albums Live performs The Eagles’ 1976, two-time Grammy Award-winning Hotel California note-for-note and cut-for-cut live on stage. One of the best-selling albums of all time, audiences will enjoy the album in its entirety, including hit songs “New Kid in Town,” “Hotel California,” and “Life in the Fast Lane.”

Classic Albums Live performs the album in its entirety note-for-note, cut-for-cut and recreates one of the Rolling Stones’ most treasured albums.

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Champions Of Magic 

When: 11/21

Where: Florida Theatre

Break away from the screen and experience live entertainment like never before with Champions Of Magic – an evening of impossible illusions and spectacular special effects. Described by the press as ‘The Avengers of magic’ catch the only team of magicians in the world as they present their original, phenomenal ensemble illusions.

They’ve sold out shows across the globe, been featured on every major US TV network and racked up over 50 million views online… but you haven’t seen magic until you’ve seen it live!

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Prospect 5 Points

Prospect has happy hour from 3-6pm daily including $2 bottled beers, $3 wines, $5 well cocktails & $8 flat breads PLUS Brunch Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 11am-2pm!

They are open everyday for dinner (excluding Tuesday) & their address is 1521 Margaret Street! To make a reservation, call (904) 503-3430 or check out their menu.

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Le Dream Nails & Beauty Lounge

Pumpkin Spice  and you’ll be feeling very nice after the seasonal “Spice Spice Baby” pedicure at Le Dream Nails & Beauty Lounge! It’s the perfect fall indulgence to keep warm & cozy during this cool weather. ALL NOVEMBER get 10% OFF in celebration of Le Dream’s 1 year birthday on November 13th!! 

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Markets for Makers

When: 11/20-21

Our markets are known for bringing together independent artists + makers specializing in home decor, fashion, art, design, food (and more!) in a fun + inspiring environment that champions connections.

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BEEHIVE: The 60s Musical

When: 11/18-21

Where: Theatre Jacksonville 

Theatre Jacksonville presents BEEHIVE: THE '60s MUSICAL. It celebrates the powerful female voices of the 1960’s with such timeless hits as “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Be My Baby,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” and “Me and Bobby McGee.” Told from the perspective of several young women who come of age in this enigmatic decade, BEEHIVE: the 60s Musical takes us from their first Beehive Dance to the challenges we still now face as a nation

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Dazzling Nights

When: 11/19-1/9/22

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 9, 2022.

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Noel Freidline And Friends - Jazz Series

When: 11/19

Reprising his successful Ritz Theatre jazz series with his quintet in our newly designed "Ritz Backstage Bar" area. Come see Noel Friediline and friends!

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Trevor Wallace at Comedy Zone

When: 11/16-20

Trevor Wallace is a 28 year old stand up comedian, writer & actor. Wallace can be seen just about everywhere on the internet and has collectively built a digital thumbprint of over 1 Billion views across his social media channels. Wallace has been featured on Comedy Central, MTV, Barstool Sports, E! News, The L.A. Times, The New York Times, Ad Age, Business Insider, Men’s Health, Buzzfeed, and Complex to name a few. 

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Block Party Half Marathon & 5K 

When: 11/20

 The inaugural Block Party Half Marathon & 5K is coming to Jacksonville, FL for a thrilling day of running and celebrating all things Jax! You’ll have a blast running through the heart of downtown Jacksonville and along beautiful St. Johns River, with the run triumphantly concluding in bustling James Weldon Johnson Park where the festivities are just getting started.

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Strides For Sight Awareness Walk 

When: 11/20 8AM

The Strides For Sight Awareness Walk is a FREE, fun, family-friendly event that raises awareness and funds to improve vision health and access to vision care for adults and children in need in Northeast Florida!

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Free Thanksgiving Pie

 Our real estate team is so thankful for our community and clients, it is truly an honor to empower Northeast Florida to reach their real estate goals! 

Free, no contact, Drive-Thru pickup on Tuesday, November 23rd from 4:30 - 6:30 (just in time for Thanksgiving) @ 8702 Perimeter Park Blvd, JAX 32216 off of Southside Blvd.  Make sure to reserve your pie.

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Fall Night Market

Come kick off your holiday shopping during Wicked Barley's Fall Night Market on Friday, November 26th! Sip and shop with local vendors while enjoying some tasty, locally brewed beers!

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Jacksonville Light Boat Parade

When: 11/27 6PM

The Jacksonville Light Boat Parade has been a holiday tradition for more than 30 years. Vessels of all shapes and sizes adorn their hulls with festive decorations as they float along the north and south banks of the St. Johns River. Residents and visitors alike gather downtown along the North and Southbank Riverwalks including Riverfront Plaza to witness this magical event. Following the parade, the evening concludes with a beautiful fireworks show featuring the one-of-a-kind waterfall fireworks on the Main Street and Acosta Bridge.

The 2021 Light Boat Parade will feature The 904 Pop Up from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. at Riverfront Plaza!

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Trace Adkins

Where: St. Augustine Ampitheatre

When: 12/2 7PM

In his 25-year career in Country music, Trace Adkins has sold over 11 MILLION albums, charted over 20 singles, earned numerous awards and GRAMMY nominations, and garnered over TWO BILLION streams. A Grand Ole Opry member for nearly two decades, the Louisiana native is known for dynamic baritone and fiery, always-memorable live performances, and has expanded his Country career to include film and TV acting.

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Where: Florida Theatre

When: 11/27

Untold Stories is a live performance series featuring personal and transformative tales told by a diverse range of voices, both natives and residents, connected to Northeast Florida. From artists and entrepreneurs to educators and medical professionals, we all carry memories and stories shaped by our environment. Untold Stories honors the tradition of oral storytelling in a modern context, where stories are deeply wedded to the place we inhabit.

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Melanin Market 

When: 11/26

Where: 822 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32206 

Bring the whole family out!!

We'll have live entertainment, a Kids Zone, 

Food Trucks, and more

as we highlight the importance of shopping local,

and supporting small businesses this Holiday Season! 

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Jaguars vs Falcons

When: 11/28 1 PM

Where: TIAA Bank Stadium

Come see the Jaguars play against the Falcons! It is a great way to spend your afternoon with friends and family

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Gameday Tailgate Experience

Join Gameday Tailgate Experience (“GTE”) at a pre-game tailgate for the Atlanta vs Jaguars game on November 28. Tailgate is hosted by former Jaguars’ Linebacker Tom McManus, Reality TV Star Robby Hayes, and Atlanta Superfan Carolyn "Bird Lady" Freeman.

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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Root Realty’s annual Festive Family Films: Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Where: Memorial Park

When: 12/11 7:30 PM

Food Trucks: Mikes Yum Yum Come Getcha Some + Papa Churros

Please join us for Root Realty‘s annual Festive Family Films events in October, November & December!For December’s event, we will be showing Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Bring your favorite blankets, lawn chairs, & the whole family! This event is free to the public, there will be free popcorn , two food trucks (Mikes Yum Yum Come Getcha Some & Papa Churros), & lots of fun! 

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X106.5 Next Big Thing

Where:  St. Augustine Amphitheatre

When: 12/3 6:30PM

Come Join Bastille, Girl in Red, Nessa Barret, and Mod Sun at the Next Big Thing! It will be a great night with lots of great artists.

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