May 152015

art2The First Coast area is home to an abundance of artists and craftspeople, as well as a burgeoning food truck and bistro scene.  Happily, each town and neighborhood in this sprawling region offers a unique mix of homegrown flavors and talents.  The best way to sample the variety of sights, sounds and tastes is to cruise one of the many art walks.  These free monthly street fairs range from full-on productions with themes, street performers and merchant participation to quirky block parties featuring neighborhood musicians and crafters.  Jacksonville’s Downtown Art Walk is the biggest, but the surrounding events have their charms. Check out the links below for more information about locations and logistics.

  • Amelia Island Artrageous Art Walk, second Saturday of the month, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., downtown Fernandina Beach.
  • Jacksonville Downtown Art Walk, first Wednesday of the month, 5 to 9 p.m., 15 blocks of downtown Jacksonville, centered at Hemming Park, Laura and Monroe Streets.
  • Jacksonville Beach Art Walk, second Tuesday of the month, 5 to 9 p.m., 1st Street North from Beach Boulevard to 5th Avenue North.
  • North Beaches Art Walk, third Thursday of the month, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Beaches Town Center at Atlantic Boulevard and the Ocean.
  • St. Augustine Art Walk, first Friday of the month, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., throughout the Olde City with free shuttles and trains beginning at 6 p.m.
  • Amelia Island Artrageous Art Walk, second Saturday of the month, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., downtown Fernandina Beach.
May 092015

art abstractJacksonville museums offer a wide range of exhibits and experiences, with exhibits and surroundings to inspire all ages.  Most offer memberships that come with benefits such as discounted museum store purchases and free admissions. But even if you don’t buy a membership, you can still get deals on tickets.  Consider the following opportunities..

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Jacksonville:

  • Free admission from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month during Downtown Art Walk
  • Free admission for University of North Florida ID holders
  • Free admission on the first Saturday and Sunday of the month for Bank of America card holders
  • Free Sundays for Regions Bank card holders

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville:

  • Free admission for all from 4 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday, courtesy of Florida Blue
  • Free admission for card-carrying college students from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday
  • Free admission to all on the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. courtesy of J. Wayne Weaver and Delores Barr Weaver
  • Free admission to Bank of America cardholders on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month

Museum of Science and History, Jacksonville:

  • Free admission to Bank of America cardholders on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month
  • Discounted admission–$5 for adults—every Friday until 8 p.m.

Beaches Museum and History Park, Jacksonville Beach

  • Admission is always free, courtesy of Maxwell and Edna Dickinson

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Jacksonville

  • Admission is always free
Mar 262015

mosh ship

Odyssey’s Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure exhibit has been held over at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) on Jacksonville’s revived Southbank Riverwalk.  The exhibit featuring technology and treasures from ship salvage operations will be open through April 5. However, those visiting on March 27 or April 3 will get a bargain. Entry to MOSH is $5 on Fridays.   The usual adult entry fee is $10.  Also on Fridays — the museum is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

MOSH is at 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, 904-396-6674.

Mar 162015

Here’s a great chance to shop from an assembled multitude of Beaches artists and crafts mavens at the Beaches Art Walk. Every third Thursday of the month from 5 to 9 p.m., strollers through Atlantic and Neptune Beach Town Center can peruse handmade jewelry, photography, paintings and crafts from dozens of artists, plus enjoy free live music and specials offered by participating North Beaches Art Walk merchants.  Start your walk at the Adele Grage Cultural Center in Atlantic Beach, then take a shuttle bus to Beaches Town Center for the rest of the fun.

Feb 222015

Drop into the Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt store at Baymeadows or Jacksonville Beach for a free Italian gelato. Click here for coupon and details. Sweet Frog usually has two flavors of soft-serve gelato on tap, along with several frozen yogurt flavors.

Feb 112015

bali earringsBali Cargo Company. in Neptune Beach is celebrating Valentine’s Day early, with a jewelry and wine event on February 12. Come to the trendy imports boutique from 5 to 8 p.m. to shop from a new cache of recycled copper and stone jewelry, plus other baubles, from Bali. Shoppers will get a free glass of wine, good company, and–with purchases over $75–a free necklace.

Feb 092015

Bang Bang Shrimp -Hi-ResAll day Monday, February 9, Bonefish Grill restaurants are celebrating The Grammys.  In honor of last night’s nomination of the song “Bang Bang” by Ariana Grande, Jesse J and Nicki Minaj, the restaurant chain will be offering its signature appetizer, Bang Bang Shrimp, for $5.  The offer is good anytime Monday.

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