Weekend Guide 10+ Things to do in Jax this Weekend

  • by Catherine Tortorici
  • October 13, 2021

Looking for some fun activities to do this weekend? Check out our weekend guide packed with fun places and events to check out. There are many concerts you can attend, places to hangout at, and restaurants to enjoy. You can even plan ahead for upcoming weeks.



Live Music at The Markets at Town Center is Back on Thursdays

Live Music at the Markets of the Town Center is back on Thursdays starting October 14 – November 4. There will be food tents including Prati Italia, beverage stations, seating, and more! Admission is free and the event is family friendly! Live music runs from 6:30 – 9:30 pm and activities will be located adjacent to Palmetto Moon & Kirkland’s

October 14 –Mandalla
Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
Mandalla is a four-piece group bringing the perfect balance of modern Latin and American music to the stage.  The band performs a variety of musical styles from Latin Music (Salsa, Merengue, Pop, Reggaeton, etc) with a touch of English songs including Top 40 Pop hits.  Join in the special dance performances of Flamenco, Belly Dance and Samba

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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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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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Ponies & Pumpkin’s Fall Festival

Where: 14159 Mandarin Rd

When: October 16 10-5

Come spend a day on our farm!

ENTRY: $1 per person or $5 per car (car pool & SAVE!)

PONY RIDES, petting area, pony photo booths, pumpkins, food trucks, vendor booths, special guests, raffle baskets & MORE!

Proceeds to benefit Ravenwood Farm Foundation & Sanctuary, Inc. & Pet Partners of North Florida

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Cracker Day Celebration

Where: St. Johns County Fairgrounds

When: October 16 8AM-6PM

Cracker Day showcases and honors cracker horses, which were brought to the Americas by the Spanish. "Cracker" also refers to a cowboy who uses a whip to round up cattle, which makes a cracking sound. This family-friendly event includes horse and cattle games, such as the popular barrel roll. There will also be a whip-cracking contest and games for children. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, including barbecue. Each year, the St. Johns County Cattleman's Association names a special honoree, which is announced at the celebration. Tickets are $5 and cash only!

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Modest Mouse at the St. Augustine Ampitheatre

When: 10/17 7PM

Modest Mouse announced their return earlier this month and today they’ve not only shared a new single off their forthcoming album, they’ve also plotted out an extensive US tour. Modest Mouse is known as one of the most consistent live bands around, and today they’ve announced a US tour that kicks off at the end of July and will include festival stops at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Life is Beautiful in Las Vegas and Austin City Limits in Austin.

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UNF Sporting Events

UNF has a few different home sporting events happening this week.

 Women’s Soccer plays Liberty University on October 14 at 6PM.

Softball plays College of Central FL on October 15 4PM and 6:30PM

 Women’s Soccer plays Kennesaw State October 16 at 1PM

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Legendz of the Street Tour

When: October 16 7PM

Where: Vystar Memorial Arena

Don't miss this who's who in hip-hop event with Rick Ross, Jeezy, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Lil Kim, Boosie Badazz and DJ Drama. Tickets are on sale now!

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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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When: October 16 7PM

Where: Florida Theatre

Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of the Monkees are launching a tour that will feature songs that span the band’s entire 50+ year career. This is the last chapter in Monkee-Mania, a saga that began in 1965 when four young men were cast in a television show about a struggling rock band that was inspired by the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night. They’ll play the hits that made The Monkees one of the most popular bands of the 1960s including: “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” and more!

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Social Grounds Coffee

This weeks featured coffee shop is Social Grounds Coffee. They’re located in the heart of Springfield (one of JAX’s oldest neighborhoods) at 1712 N Main Street. This veteran owned and operated coffee shop is more than an adorable spot to grab a cup of specialty roasted coffee - it’s a movement to employ and empower homeless veterans and help the less fortunate. A percentage of each purchase is donated to local nonprofits such as Cup of Love, Rethreaded, and Just For Grins Foundation.

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Jacksonville Market for Makers

When: October 16,17 11-5PM

Come check out makers from all over the US. They are coming together to provide you with a variety of products available for purchase.

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MOSH Pride Celebration Day

When: October 16 10-2PM

Join MOSH for Pride Celebration Day in partnership with JASMYN, River City Pride, UNF LGBTQ Center and more with fun activities and insightful talks.

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Swing For Your Swag

Where: 121 Financial Ballpark

When: October 17 9 AM – 1 PM

For just $10, fans will receive a jumbo hot dog, and either a 12 oz. beer or small soda plus five swings from a pitching machine to try to hit a home run. Successful participants who hit a home run will receive a free 2022 season ticket. Those who hit the wall on the fly will receive five ticket vouchers for the 2022 regular season. Limit one prize per person.

All fans hitting must wear a batting helmet, and also must also bring a hat to wear under the helmet. Participants must use a Jumbo Shrimp issued bat to qualify for a prize

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Jags/Dolphins London Brunch!

When: October 17 9-12 PM

Where: Main &  Six

Come join us for a special brunch event at our brewery for the London game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins! We will be showing the game on our new projector screen and have the sound up!

Our friends with Blade and Wave will be out front serving up a delicious brunch menu! Be on the look out for that menu soon, as well as special beer treatments just for this game. And yes, we will have mimosas too!!

We will be opening at 9am so everyone can grab food, drinks, and find a seat.


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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! 


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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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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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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Little Big Town: Nightfall Tour

When:October 23 8PM

Where: Daily’s Place

Little Big Town has earned more than 45 award show nominations and has taken home nearly 20 awards, including multiple GRAMMY, AMA, People’s Choice, CMA, ACM awards, and an Emmy award.

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Mercy Me Inhale(exhale) Tour

When:October 22 7PM

Where: Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena

MercyMe is an American contemporary Christian music band founded in Edmond, Oklahoma. They have been nominated for many Grammys and have 8 dove awards. Come see them live at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena!

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Taylor Tomlinson: Deal With It Tour

Where: Florida Theatre

When:  October 22 7PM

Taylor Tomlinson has been featured on Netflix, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, MTV’s Safe Word, Comedy Central's Adam Devine's House Party, was a top ten finalist on season 9 of NBC's Last Comic Standing, and was recently honored by Variety Magazine at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival as a Top 10 Comic to Watch. Taylor started doing stand-up at just 16 years old and has been letting stand-up slowly ruin her life ever since. She is one of the country’s youngest touring headliners, delighting audiences coast-tocoast with her sharp crowd-work, biting wit, and wonderfully self-deprecating point of view. Tomlinson co-hosts The Self-Helpless Podcast and can currently be seen on the first season of Netflix's stand-up series The Lineup.

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MasterChef Live

Where: Florida Theatre

When: October 21 7PM

This high-energy, interactive stage production brings the culinary hit TV shows MasterChef & MasterChef Junior directly to fans and foodies alike...LIVE on stage! The family-friendly show will feature head-to-head cooking demonstrations and fun (sometimes messy!) challenges with past MasterChef & MasterChef Junior contestants, and an overall immersive audience experience fun for all ages.  It’s a recipe guaranteed for a good time!

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UNF Sporting Events

Check out the home sporting events UNF has going on this week.

UNF Softball vs FSCJ October 22  4 and 6:30 PM 

UNF Volleyball vs Bellarmine October 22 7PM

UNF Women’s Soccer vs Jacksonville University October 23 1PM

UNF Volleyball vs Eastern Kentucky October 23 7PM

UNF Men’s Soccer vs FGCU October 23 7PM

UNF Volleyball vs Lipscomb October 24 7PM

UNF Men’s Soccer vs FAU October 26 7PM

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Raya and the Last Dragon

When:October 23 6PM

Where: 121 Financial Ballpark

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp season may be over, but you can still enjoy a movie in the ballpark! 

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Arf Barket

Where: Riverside Arts Market

This Halloween, Arf Barket is back on October 30 with a twist. This year’s theme will be a Spooktacular and feature a lot of new and returning activities that everyone can enjoy. On the River Stage, the popular dog costume contest returns for contestants where prizes are awarded for the best dressed. Pet owners are also encouraged to dress up alongside their pups and pre-registration is available online.

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Pints & Frights: M/6 Halloween Party!

When: October 23 7-11PM

Dust off those fan favorite costumes, or go out and grab something new, but dress up to impress! We are having our annual Halloween costume party and plenty of special release beers to go with it!

Shubachi Asian Food truck will be out front, serving up some killer food that evening!

We will be doing a costume contest and raffling off fun prizes all night, including a 2020 WMD bottle variant!

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Michael Bublé Concert

Where: Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena

When: October 28 8PM

On October 28th Michael Bublé  will be returning to Jax with his hugely successful “An Evening With Michael Bublé” Tour performing at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena!

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LUKE COMBS: What You See Is What You Get Tour: In The Round

When: October 29 7PM

Where: Vystar Veterans Arena

ACM, CMA, and CMT Award-winning artist Luke Combs will bring his extensive “What You See Is What You Get Tour” to VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on October 29, 2021.  The newly confirmed dates will feature Combs performing with a new in-the-round stage design and include special guests Ashley McBryde and Drew Parker.

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Hubbard House 45th Anniversary Party

When: October 31 12-4 PM

Where: Klutho Park

Hubbard House invites you to a Sweet Celebration, a free, family-friendly 45th anniversary party happening Sunday, October 31, 12-4pm at Klutho Park. We’ll dance, enjoy fun activities and eat delicious sweet treats in the Springfield neighborhood where it all started. Sweet costumes welcome. Let’s celebrate the life-saving, life-changing work we’ve accomplished together, 

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