In Town for the Jacksonville Jazz Festival?

There’s plenty of things to do when you aren’t at the Festival.

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is back this Memorial Day weekend. It kicks off Thursday, May 26, followed by three days of live, free entertainment on two stages.

If you’re looking for things to occupy your pre-festival time each day, make a plan to explore Downtown Jacksonville and surrounding areas. From bottomless mimosas at brunch to historic museums to elegant rooftop dining, there is much to do before you get jazzy.


Tours: Looking for an adventure? Jax is a great place to go on a tour. Go sightseeing in a fashionable way with Go Tukn’, cruise down the St. Johns River on the River Taxi, view Downtown’s amazing public art, architecture, and parks with electric Art Bikes Jax, or view some of our 85+ murals on a Self-Guided Mural Tour.

Brunch: Even though Jazz Fest doesn’t include the brunch event this year, you can still start the day off right. Jacksonville has a lot to offer when it comes to brunch, from bottomless mimosas to freshly baked biscuits to signature eggs benedict, there is something for everyone. View a detailed list of Jax’s top brunch spots here.

Museums: Want to see some historic art, science, and history? Then visit some of Jacksonville’s most popular museums. MOCA, Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens, Ritz Theater and Museum, and MOSH are all located in or near Downtown. View more museums in Jacksonville here.

Rooftop Dining: Wine and dine while enjoying some of the best views of the city at rooftop restaurants and bars: Cowford Chophouse, Intuition Ale Works, Estrella Cocina, and more.

Jax Ale Trail: Fill your time by visiting one of the 20+ breweries on the Jax Ale Trail. Get your Ale Trail passport stamped to earn free Ale Trail gear. Ruby Beach Brewing, Bold City Brewing and Intuition Ale Works are located Downtown and many others are close by in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Shopping: Nothing fills time quite like retail therapy. Jax has a plethora of local shops, antique stores, vintage markets, and shopping malls. Whether you prefer local shops like Wolf and Cub, a market like the Riverside Arts Market, or a shopping mall like the St. Johns Town Center, there is plenty of shopping to do in Jacksonville.

Learn more about Downtown Jacksonville, and if you want to venture out, check out our historic neighborhoods.

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