Weekend Guide 10+ Things to do in Jax this Weekend

  • by Catherine Tortorici
  • October 6, 2021

Jacksonville is full of fun events and places to check out. If you're feeling fall activities, we have you covered! There are plenty of upcoming concerts that you won't want to miss. Read below to get some plans going for this weekend.


2021 Fall Fun

Fall is finally here! It's time to sip on pumpkin flavored drinks, break out the cardigans, take a trip on a hay ride, get lost in a corn maze and of course, enjoy the cooler weather. One of the best things about fall is picking out the perfect pumpkin! But, it can be a challenge to know where the best pumpkins are- so we've compiled a list of the top places to get your fall fun on! Check them out below.

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First Wednesday Art Walk

Where: James Weldon Johnson Park, The Jessie and the Vagabond Flea (located at the Vystar Breezeway)

When: October 6 5-9PM

The Jacksonville Art Walk is back! Come enjoy the first Wednesday of each month and explore art hubs. The event is rain or shine and is a great way to enjoy a night and see some beautiful art by local creators.

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Turning Point Live Presents An Evening with David Jeremiah

Where: Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena

When: October 7 7PM

This live event is provided free of charge and offers an outstanding outreach opportunity.

Invite your family and friends to join you in experiencing an evening of God–honoring worship, fellowshipping with thousands of other believers, and discovering the knowledge, perspective, and hope of biblical prophecy.

God can give us strength and courage to live as powerful Christians in today's culture. Come learn how to live a life filled with the hope of Christ's glorious return at An Evening with David Jeremiah in Jacksonville.

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Cajun Boil Express

Where: 14333 Beach Blvd

Cajun Boil Express is changing the way we think about eating seafood in Jax. The stereotypical seafood experience can be quite expensive and is usually very sit down style, and can be quite time consuming. At Cajun Boil Express they combine awesome new seafood flavors with an express/fast-casual style of eating that focuses on delivery, take-out, and online ordering. They’re home to the first seafood bowl in Jax! They're located off of Beach Blvd and we highly recommend their mouth-watering food, there’s nowhere better to satisfy your seafood craving for less than $15!

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Vive tu Vida

Check out Vive tu Vida, a free festival this Saturday at  San Marco Union Hall (behind La Nopalera San Marco and Mayday Ice cream). The festival is 2-7pm (Zumba, Sound healing, drum circle, etc), yoga class is 4-5pm.

A Taste of the Philippines

Guests will enjoy a pop-up art exhibit and creative conversations with Filipino-American artists of Jacksonville in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, tastings by Jax Filipino Chefs and other local businesses, a panel discussion with local Filipina artists facilitated by Agnes Lopez who is highlighting her newest work: The Pinay Project, crafted cocktails* by Tanduay and much more.

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UNF Sporting Events

When: October 9 7PM

Come support UNF for a volleyball game or men's soccer game. No matter which sport you prefer it'll be a great time either way.

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Spookiest Home Contest

Jacksonville’s Spookiest Homes Contest is back! We’re searching for homes in the 904 with outrageous Halloween decorations (excessive tombstones, cobwebs, pumpkins, etc..)

 We’re giving away $1,000 in cash + prizes + a “scary big” trophy to the best decorated homes in the 904!  Know someone that’s gone over the top this year? Send an email to [email protected], subject line “Spookiest House Contest” and include the address and a photo! Contest winners will be chosen on 11/5/21. As submissions are sent in, we will validate authenticity and then publish to our newest guide “Spookiest Homes In The 904”. Good luck and happy haunting! 


No Limit Reunion Tour

Where: Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena 

When: October 8 7:30PM

The “No Limit Reunion Tour” starring Master P, Mystikal, Silkk The Shocker, Mia X, Fiend, Mercedes and Mr. Serv-On will take over Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. for one epic night to perform some of the greatest hits from the No Limit catalog.

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 The Zac Brown Band: The Comeback Tour

Where: Daily’s Place

When: October 8 7PM

“The Comeback Tour” arrives on the heels of a monumental year of live performances in 2019, playing to over three quarters of a million fans. The Comeback represents an ethos of shaking the dust off after falling down and celebrates the collective resilience of our community, giving fans an opportunity to stage their Comeback. Special guests include Ashland Craft and Devin Dawson.

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ALICE COOPER: With Special Guest Ace Frehley

Where: Daily’s Place

When: October 9 7:30 PM

Alice Cooper will be headlining a tour in support of his recent album Detroit Stories. He will be accompanied by Ace Frehley. His original 2020 tour got canceled, but is back and ready to share his music.

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Jacksonville Jaguars vs Tennessee Titans

Where: TIAA Bank Field

When: October 10 1 PM

FOOTBALL FANS! Come enjoy a game at TIAA Bank Field. Invite your friends and family out for an exciting gameday experience.

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Jacksonville vs Tennessee All-Inclusive Tailgate Experience

Where: 1906 E. Beaver St, Jacksonville, FL 32202, Jacksonville, FL

When: October 10 9AM-1PM

All-Inclusive Pre-Game Tailgate Join Gameday Tailgate Experience (“GTE”) at a pre-game tailgate for the Tennessee vs Jaguars game on October 10. Tailgate is hosted by former Jaguars’ Center Greg Huntington Model/Musical Artist Sabrina Ponte, and Superfan Fernando “Chilly Pepper”. Enjoy Unlimited Food and a 4 Hour Open Bar with hundreds of fans!

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Pitbull Featuring Iggy Azalea

Where: Daily’s Place

When: October 12 8PM

Mr. Worldwide, aka Pitbull is taking over the stage at Daily’s Place on October 12. He will deliver a set full of recognizable tracks along with surprises. He will be performing new music from his forthcoming English album for the first time! Iggy Azalea will be taking the stage performing hits such as “Fancy”,”Black Widow”, and more!

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Nate Bargatze: Good Problem To Have Tour

Where: The Florida Theatre

When: October 9 7:30PM  and 9PM


Fresh off the release of his highly anticipated 2nd Netflix special, The Greatest Average American, now streaming worldwide on Netflix, The Raincheck Tour will feature all new material.

Hailing from Old Hickory, Tennessee, stand-up comedian Nate Bargatze sells out shows across the world. Bargatze’s comedy is both clean and relatable, which is evident in his ten appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon following four appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. In March 2019, Nate’s first solo one-hour Netflix special, The Tennessee Kid premiered globally with rave reviews.

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Shinedown at St. Augustine Amphitheatre

When: 7:30PM

Get ready to rock with Shinedown at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre Friday, October 8, 2021.  Special guest Dirty Honey will also be performing.Formed in 2001 by singer Brent Smith, Shinedown is an American rock band from Jacksonville

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 John Legend at the St. Augustine Amphitheater

When: October 9 at 7:30 PM

Multiplatinum artist John Legend has garnered eleven Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, and an Emmy Award, making Legend the first African-American man to earn an EGOT. Legend has released six celebrated albums including, Get Lifted (2004), Once Again (2006), Evolver (2008), Love in the Future (2013), Darkness and Light (2016), and A Legendary Christmas (2018). Legend starred in NBC's "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" in 2018, winning an Emmy for “Outstanding Variety Special” and nominated for “Outstanding Lead Actor” (Limited Series). Legend joined "The Voice" for Season 16 (2019), winning with his mentee Maelyn Jarmon and is currently a judge on Season 17. 

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Pablo Cruise

When: October 8 8PM-10PM

Where: Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Today Pablo Cruise is bringing more energy and excitement to the stage than ever before and with the addition of Larry Antonino and Robbie Wyckoff, the band has never sounded better….. If you get an opportunity to see Pablo Cruise live, don’t pass it up

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Chophouse 13

ChopHouse Thirteen has been a tradition of excellence in Jacksonville under the name The Tree Steakhouse since 1969. After 50 years, ChopHouse Thirteen changed its name and received a new modern look in May of 2019 to take their dining experience to the next level.

The restaurant serves 100% certified black angus cuts of beef, fresh seafood, in-house prepared sides, and have a conditioned wine room with a diverse selection of wine for any palate.

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Huguenot Park

 Have you checked out Huguenot Memorial Park? It’s located off of Heckscher Drive on the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. While there you can lounge on the beach, bike, swim, paddle, surf, fish, bird watch, picnic and camp!

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Benise Anniversary Tour

Where: The Florida Theatre

When: October 7 7PM

The EMMY AWARD WINNING show for the whole family.   It’s one hot night as Benise unveils his fourth PBS spectacular new production ‘Fuego!’ - Spirit of Spain. Benise says. “Much like the recent PBS special Strings of Hope, with this show I want to take the audience on an escape...to a beautiful Spanish courtyard filled with Flamenco dancers, stunning costumes, and fiery Spanish guitars. Beyond the new material, BENISE says “the live show will incorporate some fan favorites from my street performing days and rock classics like Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir and AC/DC’s Thunderstruck.” 

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Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz

When: October 8 and 9

Where: Times Union Center for the Performing Arts

“Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz” has enthralled audiences around the world for over two decades — and received a standing ovation at every stop along the way. The beloved songs of the Grammy and Oscar-winning songwriter are given breathtaking performances by some of New York City’s best vocalists. This uplifting, soul-stirring concert features hits from classic shows like GODSPELL, PIPPIN, WICKED including “Magic to Do,” “Colors of the Wind,” “Corner of the Sky,” “Day by Day,” “When You Believe,” “Popular,” “For Good,” “Defying Gravity” and more. It’s an unforgettable evening of magical musical theatre starring Emmy-nominee Scott Coulter and Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte. 

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Spooktacular at the Jax Symphony

Where: Times Union Center for the Performing Arts

When: October 10 3PM

Spooktacular is back and spookier than ever! Join us for a Halloween concert that’s fun for the whole family. Come dressed in your Halloween costume for tricks, treats and other spooky surprises.

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Chamblin’s Coffee

Where:  215 N Laura St

If you haven’t checked out Chamblin's Uptown you’re missing out on amazing coffee, bites, and of course the shelves of books that just go on forever. You can grab breakfast all day long plus they have $3 beer and wine! 

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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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Canine Field Day & Pumpkin Party

Where: Congaree and Penn

When: October 10 4-7PM

It's an off leash outdoor adventure at Congaree and Penn's back field and oak hammocks – with pumpkins! Every pooch takes home their own gourd. Featuring special guest The PupCycle (ice cream for canines)! Humans, enjoy a pop up bar and hot dog stand while your canine indulges in a field of dog dreams.Humans must be 18 or older.

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Young Frankenstein

Where: 12000 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246

When: September 30 - November 7, 2021

Based on the 1974 film, this musical adaption of the classic comedy follows the story of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Fron-kin-steen) trying to follow the footsteps of his famous grandfather, Victor Frankenstein.

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Where: 300 Water Street 

When: September 29 - October 17

Hamilton is coming to Jacksonville! Featuring​ a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.

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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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Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS

When: October 4-10

GOLF FANS!  Some of golf’s biggest legends are coming to Jacksonville this October for Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS presented by Circle K - A PGA Tour Champions Tournament! The annual event will be held at Jacksonville’s Timuquana Country Club on October 4-10th with all proceeds benefiting North East Florida charities. At the tournament, fans will be able watch some of golfs most popular players compete including Phil Mickelson, Retif Goosen, Mike Wier, Fred Funk, Jim Furyk, Rocco Mediate, Vijay Singh, Davis Love, Padraige Harrington, K. J. Choi & MANY MORE! In addition to golf, there will be chalets, a fan entertainment zones, a tailgate village, beer garden, food trucks, cocktail stations, games & more!

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Cinemark Opens New Movie Theatre

Where: 11567 Atlantic Blvd

Cinemark Holdings, Inc., one of the world’s largest and most influential movie theatre companies, today announced the grand opening of its Cinemark Jacksonville Atlantic North and XD theatre within the Atlantic North shopping center. The 14-screen theatre is the third Cinemark theatre in the greater Jacksonville area, and offers an elevated moviegoing experience to the eastern communities of the metroplex. Tickets are on sale now at Cinemark.com and on the Cinemark app. 

“Cinemark is thrilled to be opening our third theatre in the greater Jacksonville area,” said Mark Zoradi, Cinemark CEO. “Movie fans can come and enjoy this upscale new theatre and everything it has to offer, including our fan-favorite Luxury Loungers and cutting-edge laser projection. We are proud to provide the community with an enhanced, larger-than-life cinematic experience that cannot be replicated at home.”

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Where: Daily’s Place

When: October 14 8PM

Formed in 1995, Grammy Award®-nominated multi-platinum Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down consistently captivates audiences worldwide. The quintet's many accolades include selling 20 million albums globally, receiving a Grammy nomination, two American Music Awards, and five BMI Pop Awards for songwriting, including "Songwriter of the Year." Their debut, The Better Life, became certified seven-times RIAA platinum and was fueled by the success of juggernaut hit "Kryptonite." In 2021, in celebration of its 20th Anniversary, for the first time ever, the band will play The Better Life in its entirety, front to back, along with the rest of their hits.

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Earth, Wind & Fire

Where: St. Augustine Amphitheater

When: October 14 7:30 PM

 Earth, Wind & Fire are a musical institution. 2020 marked a year-long celebration of their 50th anniversary in entertainment – one that has taken them all around the globe playing sold out concerts. In 2019, their contributions to arts and culture were acknowledged in Washington DC with the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery also awarded Earth, Wind & Fire with its Portrait of a Nation Prize.

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Where: Daily’s Place

When: October 15 7PM

The Jonas Brothers are back and ready to perform both new and old songs. Come enjoy songs like “Burnin Up”, “Year 3000”, and more! 

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 Wine, Women & Chocolate Happy Hour

Save the date for @PeterbrookeChocolatier’s Wine, Women & Chocolate Happy Hour happening Friday, October 15th from 4-7PM in downtown Jacksonville! The special event will take place at Peterbrooke Chocolatier’s newest, remodeled chocolate shop located at the base of the new Vystar building.

The event will feature complimentary wine tastings, chocolate sampling, a meet and greet with reknown author Joni Roberts PLUS the first 500 guests will receive a complimentary chocolate popcorn to take home!

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