Get your batsuits or web-throwers ready. The inaugural ComicCon at the Beaches will be held May 4 at the Beaches Branch Library from 2 to 5 p.m. Contests, games and an opportunity to create your own comic hero will be among the activities at the free event. Superhero Beach comic book shop on Third Street is a sponsor.
The annual Clay County Philippine Festival will be held April 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Orange Park Town Hall, Kingsley and U.S. 17. Admission is free and includes free health screenings, demonstrations, fashion shows, traditional dances and other activities. Vendors will offer authentic dishes for sale.
The commemoration of Martin Luther King always brings a great parade to downtown Jacksonville. If you’re looking for a meaningful, free diversion this morning, the parade begins at 10 a.m. at Jefferson and Water Streets and winds toward Everbank Field. Here’s parade route info if you’re going.
Riverside Arts Market is will close out the 2012 season with plenty of holiday shopping on the river. Come out to the plaza under the Fuller Warren Bridge at 10 a.m. for live entertainment, crafts, artists, gourmet packaged foods and onsite refreshments. Definitely make it a point to stop at the food court. The free fun goes on from until 4 p.m.
Perk up your mood at the monthly meeting of the “Leave ’em Laughing Tent,” Jacksonville’s chapter of The International Laurel & Hardy Appreciation Society (a/k/a Sons of the Desert). The group meets the second Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Pablo Creek Branch Library on Beach Boulevard between Kernan and Hodges. Anyone can attend and enjoy snacks, soft drinks and movie screenings. Visitors get in free!