Weekend Guide 10+ Things to do in Jax this Weekend

  • by Catherine Tortorici
  • January 12, 2022

photo credit: @thegypsywild

Jacksonville has plenty of fun and exciting activities this weekend! It is a long weekend which makes it even better. We have sports fans covered with basketball and hockey events . There are plenty of concerts, good eats, and more. Celebrate MLK Day by heading to the parade downtown. What a perfect activity for the family! Don't forget to look at the upcoming events section to plan ahead.

UNF Basketball

Where: UNF Arena

Come enjoy the UNF Ospreys play this season. Bring your family and friends and cheer on the Ospreys. Check out their home games below. SWOOP!

UNF Men's Basketball vs Jacksonville University 1/15

UNF Women's Basketball vs Jacksonville University 1/15

UNF Men's Basketball vs Kennesaw State 1/17

UNF Women's Basketball vs Kennesaw State 1/19

UNF Women's Basketball vs Central Arkansas 1/27

UNF Men's Basketball vs Central Arkansas 1/27

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 ECHL All Star Fan Fest and ECHL All-Star Classic

When: 1/16 - 1/17

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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Giants Basketball

Where: Christ the King Catholic School

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

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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 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

When: 1/17 10AM

The 41st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 17 in Downtown Jacksonville.

The parade is a partnership of The Law Offices of Ron Sholes and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation Inc. The event celebrates King’s life and message of equality, opportunity and service to others.

This year’s 1.5-mile parade route is identical to that of the Veteran’s Day Parade. Check out the link below for more information and more events for MLK Day!

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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 favorite Radiohead songs!

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The Steel Drivers

When: 1/14

Nashville Bluegrass band, The SteelDrivers won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album for their highly-acclaimed release The Muscle Shoals Recording. The album features fan favorite songs “River Runs Red,” “Drinkin’ Alone,” and the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame Song of the Year “Long Way Down.”

Comprised of Grammy nominated banjo player, Richard Bailey; Mike Fleming, Bass and Vocals; Brent Truitt, Mandolin; and Tammy Rogers, Fiddle and Vocals The SteelDrivers have received Grammy nominations for their song “Blue Side of the Mountain,” and their album Reckless.

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John Crist

When: 1/15

John Crist is one of today’s fast-rising stand-up comedians, with more than one billion video views, four million fans on social media and sold-out shows from coast to coast. Widely known for viral videos like “Honest Football Coach,” “Every Parent at Disney,” “Brands that need to be CANCELLED” plus hundreds more. Crist would still tell you that his live show is better than any of his videos! 

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Classic Broadway

When: 1/14 and 1/15

Return to the golden age of Broadway. Hear classic Broadway songs from The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, South Pacific, Porgy and Bess, Carousel, and many more. The Symphony and Broadway stars Ashley Brown and Jordan Donica will bring back wonderful memories of the best music from The Great White Way.

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Winter Jam

When: 1/15

Where: Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena

Winter Jam is coming with Skillet, Tauren Wells, KB, Colton Dixon & more! Only $10 at the door! No tickets required! 

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35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast.

When: 1/14

Come join the city of Jacksonville with the 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast. The YouTube livestream pre-show will begin at 8 a.m. and the live program will begin at 8:30 a.m. Those interested in virtually attending the event should pre-register on Eventbrite to secure their digital ticket. There will be no in-person attendance for the event this year and all virtual tickets are free.

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An Evening with Jay Leno

When: 1/14 8PM

Where: Times Union Center for the Performing Arts

 Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist…Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.” This fall Jay Leno brings back the classic game show YOU BET YOUR LIFE. 

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New Year New Garden! - Rare Plant & Seed Sale

Where:10400 Indian Walk Rd

When: 1/15 9AM-2PM

Plant lovers, be sure to check out the  rare plant & seed sale. They will have Medicinals, medicinal plant seed, succulents, and more! In addition they are holding the event in the garden so you can learn tips and tricks.

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Toon Town Market

When: 1/15 11AM-4PM

Where: 444 Talleyrand Avenue

There is a pop up market at toon town(the cool looking building you see near the Jags Stadium). It will feature food trucks,music, and it is pet friendly.

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"The Vinyl Affair" Jacksonville's Vinyl Fair

Where: James Weldon Johnson Park

When: 1/15 12-5PM

Do you collect vinyls, or maybe just interested in starting? Check out "The Vinyl Affair" happening where you can search for your favorites. You can even purchase an earlybird ticket so you can get ahead of the crowd.

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Riverside Park Cleanup

Where: 753 Park St

When: 1/15 9AM-11AM

Bring some friends out and help celebrate MLK weekend by doing good for the community. Please sign in at the main entrance to the park at Park St. and Post St. Bags, gloves, and litter pickers will be provided.

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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.


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.



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

Need an activity during your lunch break? Come see a Joe Watts live performance every Monday and Wednesday from 11:30-2 in James Weldon Johnson Park.

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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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 Town Hall 

Are you looking for a restaurant open 7 nights a week for happy hour and dinner? In addition they have Sunday brunch and different delivery options! They use fresh ingredients from local farms. Check it out with some friends and family.

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Bearded Pig

Are you in need of a new barbecue spot? The Bearded Pig has two locations in Jacksonville including Jax Beach & San Marco. Check them out and see why they’re one of our favorite destinations for barbecue in JAX

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Jacksonville's premier vitamin IV infusion spa which specializes in recovery, longevity, and wellness. Whether you're looking for hangover relief, recovery from a hard workout, or just looking to stay healthy, Thrive has something for you.

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You may have only filled up your car at Daily’s, but they offer more than that! Daily’s Dash offers sandwiches, smoothies, tacos, coffee, milkshakes, and more.  Right now they have a Cinnamon Toast Crunch milkshake!

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Sun Ray Cinema

Need a new movie theatre to check out?  Sun Ray Cinema offers a theatre in Five Points, but they also have another location with drive in movies! Tickets are $25 and you can purchase in advance.

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Three Rivers Council Lunch with Leaders

When: 1/20 11:30-1

Where: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Join the Three Rivers Council at lunch with Manuel Jefre. He designed the iconic sculpture for Jacksonville which has taken on new names such as Jax, Lax or Lerp. The Filipino American artist shares, “This is really art about the people; it’s about understanding the city, the people and the culture. I’ve been creating artwork that’s not really about me, but about the city and the context it’s in.” Tickets are limited, so register early!

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Sip & Stroll on the Southbank Riverwalk

When: 1/20 5PM

Come enjoy city views while eating some tasty food.  Every third Thursday you can come out and enjoy live music, drinks, and more. This month the performers are : The Band Be Easy and Rob & Felix! 

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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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Where: The Florida Theatre

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo The Righteous Brothers topped the charts in four decades. Now, Bill Medley joins forces with one of the most versatile vocalists in America, Bucky Heard, to bring The Righteous Brothers back to the stage. The Righteous Brothers concert experience features a string of their biggest #1 hits, including “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” (the most played song in radio history) “Soul & Inspiration,” “Unchained Melody,” “Rock and Roll Heaven,” Medley’s GRAMMY-winning Dirty Dancing theme “The Time of My Life,” and more!

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Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi

When: 1/21 and 1/22

The Empire prepares to crush the Rebellion with a more powerful Death Star. The Rebel fleet counters with a massive attack on the space station. Luke Skywalker confronts Darth Vader in a final climactic duel.

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When: 1/21 7:30 PM

Where: Florida Theatre

Bruce Dickinson is considered one of the world’s most storied musicians. Aside from decades spent delivering high-octane performances with his larger-than-life persona in IRON MAIDEN, Bruce has lived an extraordinary off-stage existence too.

A true polymath, his accomplishments include: pilot and airline captain, aviation entrepreneur, beer brewer, motivational speaker, podcaster, film scriptwriter, twice-published novelist and New York Times Top 10 best-selling author, radio presenter, TV actor, sports commentator and international fencer… to name but a few.

So, there’s plenty to be entertained by, throughout the evening’s cornucopia of fascinating tales and derring-do exploits, all delivered by Bruce with characteristically infectious enthusiasm and wry wit.

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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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Bridal Expo

Save the date! @premierbridefl Bridal Expo is coming back to Jax on January 23rd at the @primefosborn!

Over 100 of the top wedding vendors in Northeast Florida! Taste test food, see the latest fashion, get inspired by decor trends, win prizes, get swag bags and more! The best part?! You can get FREE TICKETS by using Promo Code “Black&White” through this link!

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When: 1/28

Where: 113 E. Bay St.

Come check out a theatre style variety show in the heart of Jacksonville . Featuring performers Miss Parker, Anita Nightcap ,Madame Xena, and more!

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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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Downtown Dance Series

Where: Underbelly

Crescendo Amelia is proud to announce eight spectacular and memorable evenings across Northeast Florida. This series will feature our 9-piece band in Jacksonville, and our 14-piece band on Amelia Island. Perfect for dancing or just enjoying the sounds of a classic big band with a modern flair, these events offer a variety of music from the 1920’s through the 2000’s. Food & drink are available at both locations for purchase. A variety of ticketing options are available online including student, senior, and reserved VIP tables. Singer line-up TBA.

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Chasing Tail 5k & Forever Vets Fun Run

When: 2/12

Join Kanine Social on February 12th for a doggone good time!  Kanine Social is excited to bring you the inaugural Chasing Tail 5K and Forever Vets Fun Run, supporting the Jacksonville Humane Society. Fang from the Jacksonville Icemen will be pacing along for the 1-mile fun run! This is a dog friendly run, so bring your dog to run or walk with you or let your dog hangout at Kanine Social’s private dog park with a friend while you race.

The courses will start and finish at Kanine Social and the 5K will consist of 2 loops.

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Riverside Craft Beer Fest

When: 2/27 from 1-4

Where: Fuller Warren Bridge

 Save the date for the 8th Annual Riverside Craft Beer Fest. At the festival, sample over 100 craft beers, enjoy live music, enjoy great food + more! All proceeds benefit Community Hospice & Palliative Care Pedscare! 

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