Trip-Worthy Events

Jacksonville hosts exciting festivals and events throughout the year. Learn more about some of the most popular annual events in Florida.

  • January

    Jax Boat Show
    The Jacksonville Marine Association is putting on a three-day boat show, celebrating and showcasing all manner of sea craft used for varied purposes, whether it's catching waves to ski or fish to eat.

  • February

    The 26.2 With Donna
    The only marathon in the world that donates 100 percent of its profits to breast cancer research. Celebrate the cause at the 26.2 With Donna Marathon this year!

    The Spartan Race
    Florida’s #1 ranked motocross park meets the world’s #1 obstacle course race.

    Community First Seawalk Music Festival
    The Community First Seawalk Music Festival is a free, family-friendly event here at Jax Beach on the Seawalk Pavilion. The festival celebrates Jacksonville's local cultures with all local artists, food, and music. VIP Premium Seating, however, is available for purchase.

    World of Nations Celebration
    Get your passport ready to go around the world in just two days. This outdoor festival in downtown's Metropolitan Park showcases the culture, music, and food from dozens of nations.

  • March

    Gate River Run
    This is the largest 15K in the United States. The route takes runners through Downtown Jacksonville and across many of our famous bridges.

    THE PLAYERS Championship
    Golf’s best players descend upon Ponte Vedra for the annual tournament at TPC Sawgrass. Do not miss their attempts to beat the world-famous 17th hole; it’s a tricky one!

    Jax Home & Patio Show
    Come to the Prime Osborn Convention Center for this local Jacksonville outdoor accoutrement extravaganza.

    Jax Science Festival
    The Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) and The Foundation Academy present one of the smartest and coolest science festivals in the state. Come to FSCJ's south campus to learn some new scientific tricks and the perfectly rational and evidence-based logic behind those tricks.

    The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
    Always held the second full weekend in March, “The Amelia” draws over 300 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other.

    Collective Con
    Three days of pure excitement and fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, cosplayers, artists, writers, anime, video gaming, live music and more. Collective Con takes place at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds in Downtown Jacksonville.

  • April

    Springing The Blues
    This is the largest oceanfront free Blues Festival in the world! It takes place in sunny Jacksonville Beach every April.

    Mandarin Art Festival
    The organizers of this fest (in support of the non-profit Mandarin Community Club which promotes local beautification) are calling for artists, patrons, and guests alike to be a part of their festival as purveyors and preservationists of the community's natural and creative culture.

    Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival
    Each year, Tree Hill Nature Center hosts this unique community event that culminates in a live butterfly release. The event has animal encounters, live music and games as well as crafts and more! We love having local vendors sell their crafts and goods!

  • May

    Jacksonville Taco & Tequila Festival

    A culinary experience and fundraiser featuring Mexican cuisine from over 10 restaurants and food trucks, as well as tequila stations, craft margaritas, local makers, games, live music, and more!

  • June

    The Jacksonville Brunch & Bloody Mary Festival

    Happens outdoors in historic Riverside under the Fuller Warren Bridge! Attendees can look forward to brunch cuisine from 10+ local restaurants & food trucks, mimosa & Bloody Mary stations, vendors + makers, art installations, LIVE MUSIC & more.

  • July

    Jacksonville Fourth of July Celebrations
    Enjoy live music, food vendors, and spectacular free firework displays. Whether you are looking for riverfront fireworks show in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville or in Jacksonville Beach at the Stars and Stripes at the Seawalk Pavillion July 4th Celebration Jacksonville is where you'll want to be this summer.

    The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament & Festival
    Reel in a big one! This is the largest kingfish tournament in the country. Anglers of all experience levels are welcome.

  • August

    Jacksonville Jaguars Season Kicks Off
    Go Jags! Enjoy some of the best tailgating in the NFL and watch the Jaguars play at TIAA Bank Field in Downtown Jacksonville.

  • September

    Jacksonville Jazz Festival

    This is one of the largest free Jazz Festivals in the nation. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival attracts more than 130,000 people and some of the best Jazz musicians to Downtown Jacksonville for three spectacular days. #jaxjazzfesitval

  • October

    River City Pride
    River City Pride is Jacksonville's annual LGBTQIA+ celebration that fosters a sense of community. The event includes a parade as well as festival with a family fun zone, a full day of live entertainment, food and dozens of businesses, artisans and non-profit vendors.

    WasabiCon is an annual pop culture event designed to celebrate anime, comics, cosplay, internet culture, paranormal, science fiction, tabletop gaming, video games, and all things “geek”. The two day Jacksonville, Florida convention features an Artist Alley, a Vendors Room, celebrity guests, panels, workshops, games, and more.

    Sea and Sky Air Show
    Jacksonville’s own, The Blue Angels, come home every year to thrill audiences with an air show at Jacksonville Beach. Witness thrills like never before from a variety of military and civilian aerobatic demonstrations.

    Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s Season Begins
    Ranked as one of the top 40 symphonies in the nation, Jacksonville’s Symphony brings a fresh take to classics and pop music each season.

    Spooktacular at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
    Get into the Halloween spirit at Northeast Florida’s most visited attraction. This is a not-so-scary Halloween celebration for the whole family.

  • November

    Kids Free November
    Bring the whole family for Kids Free November in Jacksonville. Throughout the month of November, discover all the family fun that Jacksonville has to offer at our city's top attractions! The best part? Kids under 12 get in FREE all month long! Now tell us that isn't something to get excited about, much less plan a trip for!

    Florida vs. Georgia Football Game
    The biggest rivalry in the SEC comes to Jacksonville every fall. Don’t miss the celebrations at RV City, the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the best part of all, the game!

    Free Live Music Festival with Food and Fun Take Over the Parks and Porches of Historic Springfield in Downtown Jacksonville, Florida

    City of Jacksonville Veterans Day Parade
    Join the City of Jacksonville as we honor true American heroes - our veterans and active-duty military. This patriotic parade features more than 4,000 participants including grand marshals, senior military officials, active-duty and retired military, veterans groups, local high school marching bands, decorative floats, giant balloons, JROTC units and more! Visit for more information and a map of the parade route.

    Jacksonville Light Boat Parade
    Dozens of boats decorated with festive holiday lights parade down the St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville the Saturday after Thanksgiving making for a great family holiday affair!

    St. John's Town Center Holiday Spectacular
    The annual Holiday Spectacular at St. Johns Town Center. The festive event will feature a full day of activities, culminating with the lighting of the tree by Santa Claus and fireworks display at 8 p.m. Shoppers will enjoy holiday entertainment including live music from 2-6 p.m., with main stage activities beginning at 6 p.m.

    Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Jacksonville welcomes the holiday season with a spectacular tree lighting ceremony.

  • December

    New Year’s Eve Celebration in Downtown Jacksonville
    End the year with an enormous celebration that includes live music, vendors, and an amazing riverfront fireworks show.

    ZOOLights at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
    Discover the Jacksonville Zoo after hours and walk through the exhibits and gardens decorated with thousands of sparkling LED lights.

    The TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
    Two of college football’s best SEC vs. ACC teams go head-to-head for the battle of the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl trophy, on the last weekend in December at TIAA Bank Field.

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Kids Free November

Bring the whole family for Kids Free November in Jacksonville!

Georgia vs. Florida

We can't wait to see you in sunny Jacksonville, Florida SEC College Football athletes and fans!

Jax Jazz Festival Night

Jacksonville Jazz Festival

Don't Miss a Beat! Head to the Jacksonville Jazz Festival in the heart of Downtown!

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26.2 with Donna

FACT: 26.2 with DONNA The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer is the only U.S. marathon dedicated solely to raising funds to finish breast cancer.

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TaxSlayer Bowl

The TaxSlayer Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played with an SEC Conference representative against an ACC/Big10/Notre Dame opponent at EverBank


WASABICON is an all-ages annual event celebrating Cosplay, Anime, Gaming, & Pop Culture that takes place at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center.

Gate River Run

Gate River Run

More than 20,000 participants make their way to Jax every March for The Gate River Run, the nation’s largest 15K, to experience first-hand the beauty of the


​North Florida's Premier Anime, Comic Book, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, & Pop Culture Event returns! Collective Con will be changing venues to the Jacksonville Fairgrounds

World of Nations Celebration

World of Nations Celebration

Don't miss World of Nations 2021 on February 26th - 28th. ​Traveling around the world in a day gets so much easier each spring during the World of Nations

Springing the Blues

Springing the Blues

Springing The Blues will be held April 1, 2, 3, 2022 in Jacksonville Beach, Florida

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The PLAYERS Championship

THE PLAYERS Stadium Course sports one of the most recognizable and challenging holes on the PGA Tour.

Kingfish Tournament, Jacksonville

Kingfish Tournament

The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament is held each year in July at Jim King Park & Boat Ramp on the IntraCoastal Waterway.

The Spartan Race

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