• Thousands of music fans flock to Jacksonville every Memorial Day weekend to enjoy the beaches and see Jazz Festival, a free 3-day celebration.
    Jacksonville Jazz Festival

    Find your groove at Jacksonville Jazz Festival.

    Thousands of music fans flock to Jacksonville every Memorial Day weekend to enjoy the beaches and see Jazz Festival, a free 3-day celebration. Learn More

  • More than 30 nations represent their cultures through food, crafts, music, and more at this downtown celebration in May.
    Jacksonville World of Nations

    Travel internationally, without leaving Florida.

    More than 30 nations represent their cultures through food, crafts, music, and more at this downtown celebration in May. Learn More

  • Come celebrate this innovation festival focused on technology, art, music and invention.
    One Spark in April

    The world's crowd funding festival

    Come celebrate this innovation festival focused on technology, art, music and invention.

  • The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament takes to our waters every July

    Come be a part of the country's largest kingfish tournament

    The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament takes to our waters every July

  • The Springing the Blues festival takes the stage at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach every April
    Seawalk Pavilion from overhead

    Enjoy a free weekend of the blues every April

    The Springing the Blues festival takes the stage at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach every April


Festivals in Jacksonville

Jacksonville hosts some of Florida’s most exciting festivals!

Plan your next trip around one of our high profile festivals:

Spring:

Jacksonville Springing the Blues Festival
Dozens of blues artists perform over three days at the beachside Jacksonville Springing the Blues Festival in April.

Jacksonville Jazz Festival
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is held annually over Memorial Day weekend and features world-renowned Jazz musicians performing on several stages downtown. Plus it's free!

Jacksonville World of Nations
Global cultural immersion comes to Jacksonville’s downtown Metropolitan Park for three days in May. The Jacksonville World of Nations festival represents the food, fashion, dance, music, and traditions of more than 30 nations.

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
Each May, downtown Fernandina Beach hosts the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival complete with pirate invasions, shrimp boat races, contests, hundreds of arts & crafts and antique vendors, and of course shrimp and fresh fish prepared in a variety of ways.

The Great Atlantic Seafood & Music Festival
Taste delicious local seafood and celebrate with live zydeco, jazz, and blues at the Great Atlantic Seafood & Music Festival. Held in March on Jacksonville Beach.

OneSpark
For five days in April, entrepreneurs and innovators come to OneSpark in Jax to collaborate and crowdfund the next big idea!

Rockville
See the biggest names in rock at this April music festival. Previous Rockville headliners include Korn and Rob Zombie.

Summer:

Florida Country Superfest
Headliners at this country music festival include Kenny Chesney, The Zach Brown Band, Keith Urban, and many more. Held June 13th and 14th, 2015 at EverBank Field.

Jacksonville Beach Summer Jazz Series
Jacksonville Beach Summer Jazz Series features evening jazz performances on weekends in June and July at the outdoor, family-friendly Sea Walk Pavilion at Jacksonville Beach.

For a complete festival listings, visit our Event Calendar.



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    The Elayne Boosler Comedy Show @ The Comedy Club of Jacksonville

    Elayne Boosler headlines four shows 1/29 - 1/31. The Late Show on Sat. 1/31 is already sold out! Show times: Thurs/Fri/Sat. @ 8:04 pm. Late show on Fri 1/30 @ 10:10 pm.…

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