5 Amazing Jacksonville Festivals Happening This Spring

Posted by Krista Fracke on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at 11:20am


Whether you are a resident or a visitor to Jacksonville, there is always something to do. This summer we’ve got a number of fabulous events that you will truly not want to miss.

Summer Jazz Concert – June 8th and 13th – Sea Walk Pavilion

Presented by the City of Jacksonville, the 13th annual summer jazz series brings together a number of great jazz musicians and the people who love jazz. This completely free event happens at the Sea Walk Pavilion over two weekends from 5 until 9pm. There will be three acts each night with headliners The Sax Pack and Nick Colionne.

Great Atlantic Seafood Country Music Fest – June 17th – Sea Walk Pavillion

For $20 and for all ages, this festival will have your mouth watering as you enjoy live music and so much more. Their theme is beach, boots, bikinis and brews and this leaves you little to imagine about the fun that will be had. Along with the music and food, there will be displays, demos and activities for the entire family. If you choose to go the VIP method, you’ll get an enhanced experience with front of stage seating on armchairs, beverage servers, plus private port-a-lets and food service.

The Oyster Jam Music Festival – May 20th and 21st – Metropolitan Park

Join them for a huge down-home style oyster roast, plus a number of musical acts that will have you dancing along the river. With 12 performing bands, the Oyster Jam Music Festival is in its first year of running. There will be a number of types of music styles, so this festival doesn’t leave anyone out. There will be a select  number of micro breweries, along with raw and specialty oysters. Over two days you can check out the Artist Village, the Shuck’N contest, the first every oyster cook-off, plus a bikini contest.


Beaches Freedom Fest – June 23rd and 24th – Christ’s Church Mandarin Campus

This event doesn’t just bill itself as a concert, it bills itself as a cause. In an effort to end human trafficking, five artists will perform and bring awareness to the cause. Tickets are $10, with children under 5 free. This is one show you can feel good attending.

World Arts Film Festival – May 3rd to 5th – WJCT Studios

Happening now! You can screen up to 100 short films, plus attend workshops, artist panels, receptions and check out some great art exhibits. Tickets vary depending on what shows you’d like to see or if you want all access.

These five festivals are just some of the great main attractions that bring people to Jacksonville.

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