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Stroll through St. Augustine August 2 and enjoy the city’s romantic promenades, as well as great art, live entertainment and refreshments, all free, at the Ancient City’s First Friday Artwalk. The monthly social event is sponsored by Art Galleries of St. Augustine (ARGOSA) and lasts from 5 to 9 p.m.  Free train and trolley rides, looping the event locations, are available beginning at 6 p.m.  Check out the ARGOSA website for details.

Jul 292013

fairsteinAuthor Linda Fairstein will be greeting fans and signing copies of her latest mystery, Death Angel, at The BookMark in Neptune Beach on August 2.  The fun starts at 7 p.m., but come early to get a chair up front.

Jul 292013

dog adoptOh sure, you can go to the beach or stroll the Riverwalk or bring a picnic to a neighborhood park, but here are some other free things to do that you may not have considered:

The Karpeles Manuscript Museum, at West 1st and Laura Sts., is hosting The Boy Scout Exhibit, featuring documents from the earliest days of Scouting. Admission is free all week. The museum is closed on Sundays.

Jacksonville Animal Care and Control will allow you to adopt any dog or cat that is 3 years or older for free.

Tuesdays from 4 to 9 p.m., The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens offers free admission to anyone.  This Tuesday, local artist Sharla Valeski is onsite as the “Artist in Store.”

Wednesday, July 31, kids grades K-6 can gather at the Mandarin branch of the Jacksonville Public Library from 3 to 4 p.m. for Curious Moon, a program of stories and puppets.

The Falling Bones plays vintage rock and R&B Thursday at 7 p.m. in St. Augustine.  The concert is part of the summer-long Concerts in the Plaza series in the center of the Ancient City. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair, but no liquor allowed.

First Friday Art Walk in St. Augustine goes on from 5 to 9 p.m. on August 2, with special exhibits at dozens of local galleries, plus entertainment and refreshments at various locales.

Bank of America credit card holders can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) or the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) for free Saturday or Sunday, August 3-4.

Friday night from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. you can listen to The George Aspinall Band at the Jacksonville Landing, Riverfront Courtyard Stage.  Saturday, Big Leg Emma takes the stage from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Home Depot is offering a free workshop for kids on Saturday, August 3 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Budding crafters will make a Home Depot load-and-go truck to take home.

The Riverside Arts Market takes over the plaza under the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Ave. on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  You can spend money shopping, or you can kick back and enjoy the free live entertainment scheduled throughout the day.

MOCA Jacksonville at 333 North Laura St. downtown, offers free admission to families–adults with children under 18–on Sundays.

The Songwriters Concert happens Sunday, August 4 at the Adele Grage Theater, Atlantic Beach, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Come early to enjoy a free concert by local performers.

Jul 172013

Every third Thursday of the month from 5 to 9 p.m., strollers through Atlantic and Neptune Beach can peruse handmade jewelry, photography, paintings and crafts from more than a dozen artists, plus enjoy 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.

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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.

Jul 042013

flag.jpgPull out that old checkered tablecloth and pack a cooler.  From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 4, the Shoppes of Avondale are sponsoring a free Community Picnic on July 4 at Boone Park.  Later in the day, you can wander down to the Riverside Arts Market under the Fuller Warren Bridge and grab a locally-brewed beer, buy prepared food from local vendors and watch live entertainment.  The party starts at 6 p.m. and goes on until 9:45 p.m., when all eyes will turn toward the St. Johns River and the City of Jacksonville’s Fireworks Spectacular.