May 152015

artclipThe 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.
Jan 052015

art abstractStroll into the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens for free on Tuesdays from 4 to 9 p.m.  The discount is $10 off regular admission.  In addition to the regular collection, the Cummer is showing 450 Years of French History in Florida, sh0wcasing the work of Jacques le Moynes de Morgues.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, (904) 356-6857.

Feb 282014

The Fernandina Farmer’s market offers good prices on in-season produce, plus herb plants and a variety of handcrafted prepared foods.  The market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Centre and 7th Streets in downtown Fernandina.  If you can’t make it to Amelia Island, ramble over to Neptune Beach for the Beaches Green Market in Jarboe Park, from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday.  In addition to produce, organic dog treats and other prepared foods, you’ll find natural cosmetics, seasonal specialties and teas. And, if you’re in St. Johns County, the Nocatee Farmer’s Market in Farmer’s Market Field across from the Splash WaterPark has 70 vendors, including BBQ stands, crafts and produce. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Jul 112013

The Skyway Express–Jacksonville’s elevated people mover system–is free for all riders.  The 2.5 mile automated transit line goes from downtown to the Prime Osborn Convention Center and across the St. Johns River to San Marco.  The line stops near the Museum of Science and History (MOSH), making it a great way to entertain the kids on a weekday excursion.

Jun 252013

adventure landingGet a large pepperoni pizza, unlimited laser tag and unlimited mini-golf for $24.99 on Family Night, Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m. at Adventure Landing in Jacksonville Beach.  The deal is good for four family members, with additional family members at $5 each.