Weekend Guide 10+ Things to do in Jax this Weekend

  • by Catherine Tortorici
  • April 27, 2022
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It is almost the end of April which means it is time to enjoy the Sunshine State! It is the final week for Jax River Jams (this week featuring Manchester Orchestra). Come enjoy the Duval Draft Party and get excited for the upcoming season! If you wanna see a football game this week, the Jacksonville Sharks will be playing. More into baseball? Check out the Jumbo Shrimp Schedule along with UNF Baseball and Softball. The Mighty Oak Festival is happening at the Cummer Museum where you’ll enjoy 15 Florida-based musical acts, performing throughout the 2.5 acres of historic gardens. We recommend viewing the plan ahead section so you plan for this week, weekend, and beyond! 

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Jax River Jams

When: 4/7-4/28

Where: Riverfront Plaza

Returning this spring, enjoy a free, four-week concert series on Downtown Jacksonville’s scenic riverfront. National headliners and local and regional openers. Enjoy onsite food trucks and bars with local craft beer and spirits. 

April 28: Indie rock band Manchester Orchestra

“The Gold,” “The Silence,” “Forest Whitaker,” “The Maze”

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Draft Party in the 904!

When: 4/28

Where: River City Railway

DUUUUUVAL!!! Get ready for the most poppin Draft Party in the 904! Join us and the Jags Nation on Thursday, April 28th at the River City Railway for an evening filled with football, fun and excitement for the 2022 season! 

The draft will be streamed on a giant video board followed by a concert, and a live DJ. There will be several food trucks, local restaurants, beverage stations, vendors and more!

For a limited time, General Admission tickets are just $5 and include access to the party + one complimentary beer! A premium, all inclusive VIP experience is also available, which includes access to several private train cars featuring cocktail & food stations, air conditioned restrooms, private viewing areas and more!

Tickets are expected to sell out for what will be one of the largest pre-season events!
 

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 RV Stadium Tour

When: 4/27-5/1

Where: TIAA Bank Field  LOT J

This is your chance to see all sorts of RVs. In addition there will be signed giveaways from the Jags, chances to win a free RV, food trucks, and more!

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DIANA KRALL

When: 4/28 

Where: Florida Theatre

Diana Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, her albums have garnered two Grammy Awards, ten Juno Awards and have also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums. Krall’s unique artistry transcends any single musical style and has made her one of the most recognizable artists of our time.  As The New York Times recently noted Krall possesses, “A voice at once cool and sultry, wielded with a rhythmic sophistication.”

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One Night of Queen 

When: 4/29 

Where: Florida Theatre

ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN performed by GARY MULLEN & THE WORKS is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. Fans of Queen will delight in this note-for-note experience of mega-hits such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We are the Champions,” “Killer Queen,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Radio GaGa,” “Under Pressure,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and many others. ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN will ROCK YOU!

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Billy Strings

When: 4/29-5/1

Where: St. Augustine Amp

Since his debut, Strings has been awarded “Guitar Player of the Year” and “New Artist of the Year” at the 2019 International Bluegrass Music Awards, selected as one of Rolling Stone’s “New Country Artists to Know” and performed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and PBS’ “Bluegrass Underground.” Known for his electric live shows, Strings will continue his extensive headline tour throughout 2021 including upcoming shows in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Denver, Austin, Atlanta and Nashville among several others.

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TIMUCUAN SCIENCE & HISTORY SYMPOSIUM

When: 4/28

Where: HISTORIC RIBAULT CLUB ON FORT GEORGE ISLAND

Cultural and natural resources have a shared history of over 6,000 years within Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. The interaction between nature and humans is evident…from the spoil islands to the altered wetlands, from the shell middens of the Theodore Roosevelt Area to the tabby structures of Kingsley Plantation and from the boat docks of neighboring subdivisions to the introduction of exotic animals and plants. Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is a place where natural and cultural resources connect.

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Lil Baby, Kodak Black & Plies

When: 4/29 8PM

Where: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena

Kodak, Lil Baby, and Plies are going to be taking over VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena! You got not one, but three rappers on stage!

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Jacksonville Silent Party

When:  4/30 9PM

Where: 5538 Normandy BLVD

When you arrive you’ll receive a pair of wireless headphones. You can adjust the volume and choose between up to three DJ’s with a flip of a switch. Each headset has a color (BLUE, RED, GREEN) LED that shows what channel you are listening to, so you can dance along with those listening to the same DJ. It’s super social; just lower the volume or take the headphones off to talk to that girl or guy. There’s no loud music that you have to talk over. Plus, there’s no ringing in your ears when you leave!

WHAT TO BRING:

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MIGHTY OAK MUSIC + MAKERS FESTIVAL

When: 4/30

Where: The Cummer

Just as folk artists in American Perspectives (the Museum’s special exhibition running through May 22) share stories through art, musicians share their stories through song, and the Mighty Oak Music + Makers Festival is going to celebrate just that!⁠

There, you’ll enjoy 15 Florida-based musical acts, performing throughout the 2.5 acres of historic gardens. Where better to enjoy a day full of music than under the 200+ year live oak right in @cummermuseum ‘s backyard!? Bring a blanket and plan to stay all day as you enjoy food trucks, beverages (available for purchase), shop local vendors, dance at a silent disco, and enjoy some of the best music NEFL has to offer.

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A Night in the Vineyard

When: 5/3 6-9PM

Where: SoNapa Grille

A Night in the Vineyard (presented by River Bay Investments) is a fun, charitable evening at Jacksonville Beach’s new SoNapa Grille featuring fine wines, craft beer, savory food, live and silent auctions, live music by Nashville recording artist Colleen Orender and special guest Paris Winningham (top 3 finalist from NBC's The Voice), and a live painting by artist Penelope Moore. Using vivid colors and texture, the artist will paint the flavors she tastes while drinking a glass of Oceano wine during the party. 

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Adam Lambert

When: 5/4

Where: St. Augustine Amp

After blowing everyone away on the eighth season of American Idol, Adam Lambert went on to release his debut album ‘For Your Entertainment’ which included the international hit ‘Whatya Want From Me’ and earned him a Grammy Award nomination. Adam followed this success with his second album ‘Trespassing’ which became the first album to reach the number one spot in the US and Canada by an openly gay artist.

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First Wednesday Art Walk 

When: 5/4 5-9PM

Where: James Weldon Johnson Park

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. 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.

ROCK OF AGES  

When: 3/24 - 5/1

Where: Alhambra Theatre

Featuring a live band, Rock of Ages is a jukebox musical focused on classic rock songs of the 1980s. It finds aspiring musician Drew trying to save the Sunset Strips last legendary rock venue from developers. Includes hits like Sister Christian, We Built This City, and Here I Go Again. 

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U-PICK BERRIES

If you’ve never had the experience of picking your own berries, you are missing out! Grab some friends, family, or impress a date at one of these spots. Berries are good on their own, but there are many recipes you can try with your fresh picks. The season runs from mid-April to July, depending on weather. There are plenty of places to check out, be sure to call ahead before heading out!

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MOCA Love Letters

When: now- 6/26

Where: MOCA

Come check out the display of love letters Shiota has received from across the globe will be open through June 26, 2022.

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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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UNF Baseball and Softball

Baseball and Softball season are in full swing! Get outside and enjoy some fresh air with warmer temperatures. Check their website to find a game!

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Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

When: 4/5- 9/25

Where: 121 Financial Ballpark

Take me out to the ball game! Come enjoy a game this season and cheer on the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Each week they have different promotions. Thirsty Thursday is a fan favorite where fans can purchase $2 (12 oz.) and $3 (24 oz.) draft beer. Check out their website for more information. 

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Jacksonville Sharks

When: 4/30-7/23

Where: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena

Arena football is back! Come enjoy a Sharks game. If you haven’t been, you’re in for a unique experience worth checking out. Check the schedule and find a game to attend!

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TIM MCGRAW: TOUR 2022

When: 5/5 at 7PM

Where: Daily’s Place

Country fans won’t want to miss the legendary Tim Mcgraw performing at Daily’s Place. He’s been in the music scene since the mid-’90s and has kept the top country charts consistently for over 20 years!

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Rex Orange County

When: 5/5 7PM

Where: St. Augustine Amp

Alex O'Connor, also known as Rex Orange County, is a gifted singer/songwriter known for his literate, quirky brand of bedroom pop that combines jazz, hip-hop, and soul influences. O'Connor was still a teenager when he first gained attention online in 2015 for his self-produced album bcos u will never be free. He built upon his viral buzz with 2017's Apricot Princess, which found him further expanding his sound. The album cracked the Top Ten of Billboard's Independent Albums chart, and paved the way for his even more ambitious, jazz-inflected 2019 effort PONY.

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Fiesta de Mayo 

When: 5/5-5/7

Where: Wicked Barley

Hold on to your Sombreros, it's time for the 6th annual FIESTA DE MAYO at Wicked Barley! Join them for a THREE day event starting Thursday, May 5th through Saturday, May 7th for a Mexican Fiesta to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! The day will be filled with LIVE music, food specials and of course... cold CERVEZAS! LIVE MUSIC:
5th | 6:30-9:30pm Baba Caiman
6th | 7-10pm Caribe Groove 
7th | 11am-2pm Pinedas
3-6pm Caribe Groove 
7-10pm Caribe Groove
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ERYKAH BADU AND FRIENDS: featuring Ja Rule and Goodie Mob with Rickey Smiley

When: 5/6 at 8PM

Where: Daily’s Place

Erica Abi Wright, known professionally as Erykah Badu, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. Influenced by R&B, 1970s soul, and 1980s hip hop, Badu became associated with the neo soul subgenre in the 1990s and 2000s along with artists such as D'Angelo and Maxwell.

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The CarePlus Block Party

When: 5/6

Where: JWJ Park

Join James Weldon Johnson Park for The CarePlus Block Party – a free, family friendly event featuring St. Petersburg, FL based Progressive Funk band, AJEVA and Jacksonville based favorite, Mama Blue!

The event will spotlight fun games for all ages – including ping pong tables, cornhole, kan jam, bocci ball, and more; frozen drinks; food trucks; and all-around good times and summer vibes.

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 Moonlight Movies: The Goonies

When: 5/6 8PM

Where: Seawalk Pavilion Jacksonville Beach

Relax under the stars at the Seawalk Pavilion with your family and friends as this classic plays on the big screen. As always, this event is free!

Food trucks will be at the Seawalk Pavilion around 6pm, but generally pack up when the movie starts; come early if you'd like to get some good food for dinner!

Be sure to bring a blanket and/or chair so you're comfortable!

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Beaches Wellfest

When: 5/7 9am

Where:  Johansen Park

Join the WellFest movement for a day full of community connection and education on improving your health and wellness.

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THE OFFSPRING: LET THE BAD TIMES ROLL TOUR

When: 5/7 8PM

Where: Daily’s Place

The Offspring is an American rock band from Garden Grove, California, formed in 1984. Originally formed under the name Manic Subsidal, the band's lineup consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Bryan "Dexter" Holland, bassist Todd Morse, and lead guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman. Check them out live at Daily’s Place!

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HAIM: THE ONE MORE HAIM TOUR with special guest Faye Webster

When: 5/8 7:30PM

Where: Daily’s Place

HAIM is coming to Jax! Haim is an American pop rock band, based in Los Angeles and comprising three sisters, Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim. In addition to their primary instruments, each is proficient in several others. The group's pop sound on their studio work stands in contrast to the more rock-based music of their live shows. 

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The Run Home 2022

When: 5/14 8:30 AM

Where: 2574 Herschel Street

What It Is: Root Realty is proud to be hosting the 3rd Annual Run Home 5K and Kids Fun Run Sprint through Riverside!

Who It Is For: All proceeds benefit Sulzbacher + Rethreaded who actively help the homeless community and survivors of human trafficking get back on their feet through housing, employment, + more!

Where It Is: The race will begin at 8:30am. The post race party, immediately after the race, to be hosted at Root Realty’s office. Party will include music, a food truck + festivities for the whole family!

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Vintage Market Days

When: 5/13-5/15

Where: Clay County Fairgrounds

Vintage Market Days Jacksonville is a vintage-inspired open air market with art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, home décor, yummies, live music and more. Kids 12 and under are free. Parking is free.

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Casting Crows

When: 5/17 7pm

Where: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena

Casting Crowns will be fresh off their The Healer Tour, ready to perform some of their biggest hits, including new songs,“Scars in Heaven” and “The Power of the Cross.” The tour also features the 2021 Dove Awards “Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year” We The Kingdom.

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Lumineers

When: 5/17 and 5/18

Where: Daily’s Place

The Lumineers will be in Jax for two nights! Pick a night and see hits like “ Ho Hey”, “Stubborn Love”, “Ophelia”, and more!

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AS IF! 90s FEST!

When: 5/21/22

Where: Francis Field

Grab your friends and get ready to go back in time- the @asifthe90sfest is coming back! With double-headliners, @mrjordan1911 and @eve6, and featuring @thequadcitydjs, this festival will have you digging for your glitter body spray + slap bracelets!

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Jacksonville Jazz Festival 

When: 5/26- 29

Where: Riverfront Plaza

For more than 40 years, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival has brought music lovers together to enjoy an incredible weekend of food, drinks, community and of course music! What started from humble beginnings has grown into one of the largest and most beloved Jazz Festivals in the country. Known for our distinguished lineups, magnificent riverfront stages and our one-of-a-kind premium experiences, there is no better way for you to experience the Festival! The 2022 Jacksonville Jazz Festival will have two amazing stages for you to groove at daily.

*Note no ticket or purchase is required! There are VIP options are available for those who want a bit of an upgrade.

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