Trip-Worthy Events

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

  • Spring


    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
    Some of 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.

    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.

    The Great Atlantic Southern Rock Revival
    Scheduled for March 19, 2022 at the Seawalk Pavilion.


    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.

    Jax River Jams
    Downtown Vision puts the concert series together with shows April 7, 14, 21 and 28 at Riverfront Plaza.


    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

  • Summer


    Jacksonville Taco & Margarita Festival
    The Jacksonville Taco & Margarita Festival features more than 40 of the area's best restaurants, food trucks and carts serving up a variety of mouthwatering tacos & related food items at TIAA Bank Field and Daily's Place.

    River City Wrestling Con
    This two day event features exciting live wrestling matches, an assortment of vendors and artists, and personal appearances by pro-wrestling stars who defined the genre alongside rising stars.

    Beachella Music & Arts Fair
    The FREE festival offers live music, food vendors, a festival market place, and rides and games for the entire family at the Seawalk Pavilion.

    Jacksonville's Bicentennial
    Celebrate our birthday with us all year long! Jacksonville was officially founded in June 1822. We know – we look good for 200.

    Juneteenth Melanin Market
    The Melanin Market attracts thousands of attendees to the Historical Eastside of 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.

    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.


    Jacksonville Jaguar 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.

  • Fall


    Jacksonville Jaguar Season Continues
    Enjoy some of the best tailgating in the NFL and watch the Jaguars play at TIAA Bank Field in Downtown Jacksonville.

    Florida Fin Fest
    A two-day education and music festival focused on sustainability. 2022's event will be September 17 and 18 at Seawalk Pavilion.

    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.


    Jax River City Pride
    Jax 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 Northeast Florida’s largest pop culture event. The two-day convention takes place annually at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center and features celebrity guests, over 250 artists and vendors, game rooms, and much more for fans of anime, cosplay, tabletop gaming, and video games.

    NAS JAX Air Show
    Jacksonville’s own, The Blue Angels, come home every year to thrill audiences with an air show. 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 & 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.

    Florida vs. Georgia Weekend
    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 at TIAA Bank Field.

    Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS presented by Circle K
    The Constellation FURYK & FRIENDSpresented by Circle K is excited to return for a second year to Timuquana Country Club, October 3-9, 2022, in Jacksonville, Florida.


    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.

    Free live music festival with food and fun takes over the parks and porches of historic Springfield near Downtown Jacksonville.

    Super Girl Surf Pro Contest & Festival
    The professional World Surf League (WSL) competition and festival celebrating female empowerment takes place at Seawalk Pavilion and on Jacksonville Beach.

    City of Jacksonville Veterans Day Parade
    Join the City of Jacksonville to honor true American heroes - our veterans and active-duty military. This patriotic parade features 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.

    Deck the Chairs
    Deck the Chairs, features dozens of lifeguard chairs uniquely decorated for the season at Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach.

  • Winter


    Winter on the Water
    Experience holiday extravaganzas, nightly snowfalls, dazzling boat parades, extraordinary light displays and much more. Find out why everyone wants to spend their “Winter On The Water” in Jacksonville!

    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 features a full day of activities, culminating with the lighting of the tree by Santa Claus and fireworks display.

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


    Winter on the Water
    Experience holiday extravaganzas, nightly snowfalls, dazzling boat parades, extraordinary light displays and much more. Find out why everyone wants to spend their “Winter On The Water” in Jacksonville.

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

    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 at TIAA Bank Field.

    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.


    Winter on the Water
    Experience holiday extravaganzas, nightly snowfalls, dazzling boat parades, extraordinary light displays and much more. Find out why everyone wants to spend their “Winter On The Water” in Jacksonville.

    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.


    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.

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

    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.

    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.

    8th Annual Riverside Craft Beer Fest
    Happening Sunday, February 27, 2022 from 1-4 pm under the Fuller Warren Bridge in Riverside. At the festival, sample over 100 craft beers, enjoy live music, enjoy great food + more!

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Kids Free November

Bring the whole family for Kids Free November in Jacksonville!

Graphic promoting the annual Georgia vs. Florida football game in Jacksonville, Florida.

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!

run donna logo

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.

everbank field

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

a collage of attendees in costumes under the Wasabi Con logo


WasabiCon is Northeast Florida’s largest pop culture event with a focus on anime, cosplay, tabletop gaming, and video games and it takes place annually at the

Runners at the starting line of the Gate River Run in Jacksonville FL

Gate River Run

The nation's largest 15k returns to Jax. Find out all about the Gate River Run in Jacksonville!


​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

Traveling around the world in a day is so much easier during the World of Nations Celebration.

Springing the Blues

Springing the Blues

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

the players championship

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


Winter on the Water

Florida Fin Fest

A two-day education and music festival focused on sustainability.

River City Pride

From eclectic shopping to vibrant murals and prideful events, Jacksonville welcomes LGTBQ+ visitors.

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