In The Arts & Culture Section
Jacksonville’s museums and galleries offer a feast for the eyes and the senses. Check out contemporary artists at MOCA, or tour the fine arts exhibits and accompanying riverfront gardens at the beautiful Cummer Museum.
Look back at Jacksonville's distinct history with a visit to The Beaches Museum and History Center, or explore Jacksonville’s rich cultural heritage at the Ritz Theater and Museum. Find out more about museums celebrating local Jacksonville flavor.
With Jacksonville being constantly ranked as a top arts destination it's no stretch to believe our theatre scene is thriving!
Locals look forward to high profile events like One Spark, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Springing the Blues and Florida Country Superfest. Whether you're interested in music, food, theater, or tech, you are sure to find a fun festival in Jax.
You can find amazing live music every night in Jacksonville! See a classical performance by The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, attend a jazz festival, or watch a lineup of local bands carry on the Southern rock tradition. You’ll find that Jax is music to your ears!
One must-see arts event is Downtown’s Art Walk. This free art event happens every first Wednesday of the month. If you are in town on a Saturday, then head over to The Riverside Arts Market for local paintings, jewelry, and other handmade goods, plus a farmer’s market and music! Read more about all of Jacksonville's art events.
Arts & Culture
Jacksonville is a Top 25 Arts Destinations in the nation.
Jacksonville has grown into a world-class art and culture destination. The local art and music scenes are alive with festivals and events. From the historic Florida Theatre, to the Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, your musical options range from classical, to country, rock-and-roll, and everything in between.
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is the second largest in the U.S. and the Artists Series has been bringing Broadway and Off-Broadway productions to Northeast Florida for more than 49 years. Art lovers can also view Renaissance masterpieces at the Cummer Museum, see contemporary works at MOCA, or visit local galleries to support up-and-coming artists.
Art is everywhere in Jacksonville, see for yourself, we have tons of art in public places. Stop into our Jacksonville Main Library or view one of our local artist as they created a masterpiece now viewable on the Yates Garage in Downtown.
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