- Things to Do
- Food & Drink
- Where to Stay
- Travel Tools
A line-up of the waterfront destination’s top festivals, events and experiences worth planning a trip for this summer season.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 2019) – With 22 miles of pristine Atlantic coastline, a thriving Downtown riverfront and unique neighborhood districts that epitomize a vibrant, yet relaxed lifestyle, Jacksonville is eagerly awaiting the arrival of summer travelers. The flourishing waterfront destination’s natural beauty and temperate weather lay the foundation for an abundance of coastal exploration and outdoor adventure. Encompassing more than 800 square miles, Jacksonville blends urban bustle with small town charm to showcase boutique accommodations, an eclectic culinary scene, artisanal shopping, deep-rooted historical sites, and more.
Whether travelers are looking for a fun-filled family vacation, thrilling eco-adventures, or an easier beach getaway, Jacksonville offers a summer bucket list worth checking off!
Fired Up for the Fourth
There is nothing more quintessential to Fourth of July in Jacksonville than sandy beaches, beach cruisers, and fireworks displays. Travelers celebrating at the beach can skip the hassle of having to worry about parking by renting a bicycle with Rent Beach Stuff or Beach Life Rentals. Visitors can cruise along the sand and waves or ride over to the Beaches Town Center for an eclectic mix of coastal-inspired fare and iconic dive bars. Those looking to celebrate with a picnic lunch and laidback vibe can cruise along the St. Johns River by renting a boat or venturing to the Riverside Arts Market’s Fourth of July special nighttime event, while travelers wanting stay on land can head to the urban core for a variety of rooftop bars, parks, and top-ranked breweries. End Independence Day with one of the city’s many spectacular and free fireworks displays in Downtown and at the Beaches.
Splash into Summer Festivals
An abundance of sunshine, diverse cultures and unique talents set the stage for long days of celebration at a variety of festivals across Jacksonville this summer. Those looking for a more creative and cultural experience need look no further than the Riverside Arts Market, which takes place every Saturday and highlights some of the best artisanal goods from Jacksonville’s makers and live music next to the sparkling St. Johns River. Keep Independence Day celebrations going with the Jacksonville Beach Freedom Festival on July 13 and enjoy top food trucks, live music, a craft beer garden, kids zone, shopping, and more. The most anticipated food and entertainment festival of the year will take place on August 17 with the first Jax Taco Fest, showcasing a variety of tacos, margaritas, Churros, guacamole, live entertainment, and more. And for beer lovers, the Bold City Beer Fest, with more than 40 beers, 20 food trucks and over 40 vendors, takes place next to the sparkling St. Johns River in September.
The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament & Festival
With over 1,100 miles of navigable water, 40 miles of the Intracoastal Waterway, 50 public boat ramps, and the longest stretch of the St. Johns River in the state, Jacksonville is a hotspot for boating and fishing. The city will host the 39th Annual Greater Kingfish Tournament, the largest kingfish tournament in the country, from July 15-20. The widely celebrated event attracts thousands of spectators from all over the region and nation, with more than 300 boats participating in the competition. In addition to the main tournament, activities include the Junior Angler Offshore Tournament, a food festival, live entertainment, raffles, and more.
Jacksonville is host to a variety of exciting events and concerts this summer that are worth planning a trip around. On July 12, the New Kids on the Block take over the VyStar Veterans Arena, while The Rolling Stones: 2019 No Filter Tour is coming to TIAA Bank Field in Downtown Jacksonville on July 19 for the ultimate night of classic rock. Then, blink-182 and Lil Wayne are coming to Daily’s Place on July 29. Country crooners Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley will be in town in August. And the Jacksonville Jaguars kick off the NFL preseason on August 8 as they take on the Baltimore Ravens. The Jaguars fan experience is unlike any other in the league, not just because of their followers’ passion and unparalleled tailgates, but also because TIAA Bank Field is ranked as one of the top stadiums in the nation. For college football fans, the Boise State Broncos and Florida State Seminoles open the 2019 season against each other at TIAA Bank Field on August 31.
For more Jacksonville happenings check out www.visitjacksonville.com.
About Visit Jacksonville
Visit Jacksonville is a Destination Marketing Organization accredited by Destinations International and contracted by the Duval County Tourist Development Council (TDC) since 1996 to champion the growth of leisure and business tourism in Jacksonville. For a closer look at all there is to see and do in Jacksonville, go to www.VisitJacksonville.com.