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FREE Gelato at Peterbrooke's Every Wedensday This Month!!!
This month, cool down with free gelato this summer from any Peterbrooke chocolatier location on the First Coast.
The Jacksonville based chocolatier is bringing back Gelato July. Starting on July 3rd, customers can score a free scoop of gelato every Wednesday all month long.
All customers can get a free scoop of any of their 12-18 gelato flavors, including 3 new flavors they are introducing in July: coffee toffee, strawberry lemonade sorbetto, and sunburst (a mix of orange, pineapple, mango and strawberry).
Peterbrooke’s marketing manager, Elizabeth Rice said “Chocolate is in our name, but we’re serious about our gelato”. Peterbrooke makes their gelato everyday which provides them with the unique ability to serve their guests an authentic, premium product with the look, texture and taste of the best gelato you would find anywhere in Italy.
Be sure to visit any of these Peterbrooke locations:
River City: 725 Nautica Dr., #102
Downtown Jax: 100 W. Bay St. Ste 2
San Marco: 2024 San Marco Blvd.
Avondale: 3554 St. Johns Ave.
Oakleaf: 9640 Crosshill Blvd. #106
Fleming Island: 1560 Business Center Dr. #3... [Read More]
First Wedensday Downtown Art Walk: Red White & Blues
On the eve of the fourth of July, be sure to come down and party like a patriot in for this month's "Red, White and Blues” Art Walk.
HEADQUARTERS @ HEMMING PARK
Main Stage - Join us for a live performance by Vibe RW from 5-6:30 p.m. followed by The Groove Coalition from 6:45-9 p.m. Watch the show from the comfort of The Oasis, Downtown Vision’s newest summer placemaking experience. Be sure to grab a free American flag from the red Art Walk tent while supplies last.
Browse artwork - ABDUL, Artzy Fartzy Petz, The Bead Bowl, Moonchild Studio, Tovah2Creations, Flor De Sol, HandMade Ratan Bag, The Bead Guy, Let’s Paint Our Town, Alternate Bazzar Art, Viktor Lazarev Arts, Hallyu Back and The Dynasty 11.
And don’t miss these vendors and non-profit organizations: Affordable Marijuanna License, Animal Care and Protective Services, All-American Gutter Protection, The Carling-11 East, Community Hospice and Palliative Care, IMPACT Christian Academy, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers and Moosehead Enterprises LLC. Plus, stop by the Friends of Hemming Park tent for refreshments and to learn more about upcoming events in Jacksonville's most historic public space.
4th of July Fireworks in Northeast Florida
This 4th of July, Jacksonville has some hot spots to watch the fireworks. We've got you covered on where to watch the sky light up for the fourth.
On July 4th, there is an annual fireworks display held in downtown Fernandina Beach around 9:30pm. You’ll also find vendors, live music, games and other entertainment in the area. Be sure to stop by the festivities in downtown Fernandina Beach which normally start around 6:00 PM on the fourth of July, depending on the weather and schedule. Call the city of Fernandina Parks and Recreation Office at (904)-310-3361 for more details as the event approaches.
You can’t go wrong with any of these events, but you’ll find plenty of other activities and exciting things to do while you’re on Amelia Island, so be sure to venture out on the 4th and enjoy the great Independence Day atmosphere!
Do you enjoy walking on the beach and being by the ocean this year for the fourth? Well, you can head down to the beach with some friends, a blanket or a few chairs and watch the annual fireworks show. Shooting off from the Jacksonville Pier, you will be able to enjoy a bright and colorful display of fireworks. A... [Read More]
Adam Sandler Returns to St. Augustine This Sunday
St. Augustine welcomes back the comedy king Adam Sandler and his 100% Fresher Comedy Concert tour on Sunday June 30, 2019. Joining the Sand Man on his tour will be special guest Rob Schneider! Sandler last performed to a sold out crowd at The Amp in April 2017!
“Saturday Night Live" alum and comedic film star Adam Sandler will take his critically acclaimed Netflix special, "100% Fresh" on the road, following positive reception from both critics and audiences alike. The show will include classic takes on the material, as well as new performances, songs, tributes, and even a “surprise special guest”, which will be announced at a later date – all-encompassing the name “100% Fresher”.
As part of the Netflix presents Sandy Wexler’s “Here Comes the Funny Tour,” Sandler last visited The Amp in 2017 to a sold out crowd with his fellow comedy entourage David Spade, Nick Swardson and Rob Schneider.
$199.50 – Seated Pit and First 7 Rows of Level 100
$153.50 – Remaining Rows of Level 100 and First 5 Rows of Level 200
$99.50 – Remaining Rows of Level 200 and First 2 Rows of Level 300
$79.... [Read More]
Jumbo Shrimp Homestead Highlights June 30-July 3rd
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The 2019 Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp season presented by Community First Credit Union continues at 6:35 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 from the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The Jumbo Shrimp will host the Chattanooga Lookouts, Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, for a four-game series from June 30 through Wednesday, July 3. The homestand features a promotional lineup that includes the following highlights:
Sunday, June 30, 6:35 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
Arlington Toyota Military Appreciation Day: Thanks to Arlington Toyota, all active and retired military, veterans and their immediate families receive free general admission or reserved tickets to Sunday’s game at the box office.
Baptist Health Sunday Family FUNday: Kids can feel like the pros before each Sunday home game, as families can play catch on the field, plus Jumbo Shrimp players will be signing autographs. Each Sunday will feature FREE face painting, balloon animals and popular kids TV and movie characters roaming around the ballpark. Wonder Woman and Captain America will be around the ballpark and following the game, kids 12 and under can run the bases.
Corona Cans Special: Every Sunday, 24 oz. Corona cans ... [Read More]
Articles - Sports
Tim Tebow hits a Home Run
Tebow made his debut Thursday night at Sprit Communication Park against the Augusta Greenjackets with a home run in his first at-bat with the Columbia Fireflies. In his first appearance, he drove a pitch over the left-field fence with a runner on for a two run score!
"I felt like I hit it well, I was just trying to make good contact, just trying to remember to run the bases the right way, get my correct angles," Tebow said.
The Fireflies went on to win 14-7
Here's a video of his home run:
Video Credit: Brent Martineau
Photo Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
Photo Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
Photo Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports... [Read More]
UF vs FSU @ The Baseball Grounds
It's one of the hottest rivalry games of the year! The Florida Gators are playing The Florida State Seminoles this Tuesday @ The Baseball Grounds downtown at 6:00pm! UF batting practice is 3:35 and infield practice is at 5:10. FSU batting practice is at 4:20 and infield practice is at 5:20. The Gators will be in the 1st base dugout and the Seminoles will be in the 3rd base dugout. FSU is "home". Gates open at 3:30 and parking is $10 and located at the sports complex.... [Read More]
Sharks face Firebirds for 2017 home opener
JACKSONVILLE – The (1-0) Jacksonville Sharks return from their road victory against the Columbus Lions and now set their sights on their home opener against (0-1) Georgia Firebirds at the Shark Tank on Saturday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. for Superheroes & Villians Night. This is the second matchup between the two teams, having previously faced off in a preseason showdown where the Sharks defeated the Firebirds 39-24 before finalizing their roster for the 2017 season.
On offense, fullback Derrick Ross set the stage for his upcoming season, scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 50 yards in his National Arena League debut. The Sharks will rely on more than just their run game to clinch their first home victory this year as quarterback Tommy Grady will be expected to have another big night following his season debut in Columbus, where Grady threw three touchdowns and passed for 182 yards without allowing a single interception. On defense, the Sharks secondary tore apart the lions passing game, forcing four interceptions including a pick-six by defensive back Marvin Ross and another pick-six by linebacker Charlie Hunt during a Lions two-point conversion. The Sharks face a pass heavy Firebirds team that fell into t... [Read More]
Jacksonville IceMen, Profesional Hockey Team Coming To Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL – City of Jacksonville officials joined ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna to welcome the Jacksonville IceMen to the City and League. Joined by IceMen ownership, including CEO Ron Geary; Team President Bob Ohrablo and Jacksonville based Frank Ruperto, the group announced that this fall, the Jacksonville IceMen will begin play at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
The team will play a 36-game regular season home schedule against South Division teams from Atlanta, Cincinnati, Naples/Fort Myers, Orlando, and Greenville and Charleston, SC, as well as the rest of the 28-team ECHL, which extends from Jacksonville to Anchorage, Alaska.
“The City of Jacksonville is thrilled to welcome the Jacksonville IceMen to our sports and entertainment landscape,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “Jacksonville is a great sports city and we are excited about the opportunity to bring professional hockey to our Veterans Memorial Arena.”
The ECHL serves as a development league for the National Hockey League.
“On behalf of the ECHL Board of Governors, we are pleased to welcome the Jacksonville IceMen to the ECHL,” proclaimed Brian McKenna, the ECHL’s Commissioner.... [Read More]
Upcoming Races and 5k's this Spring in Jacksonville
If you're a runner, you'll want to check out these upcoming races around North Florida02.04.17 02.11.17 02.12.17 03.04.17 03.18.17 03.31.17 04.08.17 04.08.17 04.15.17 04.23.17 04.29.17 04.29.17 05.05.17 05.06.17 05.13.17 05.13.17 Flight of the Hawks 5k AVS Paws For A Cause 5k The Donna Marathon Kilwins Ice Cream Run Shamrock'N 5k Ready.Set.Glow 5k Cupcake Run 5k April Showers Run Run Rabbit Run 5k Ultimate Tri Power the Flower 5k Knights of Columbus 5k Night Flight 5k Love 2 Run 5k Brady's Run 5k Feed The Need 5k ... [Read More]
Articles - Food
Toast of the Coast Craft Cocktail Tasting
First Coast Magazine and Absolut Vodka® invite you to experience some of the best craft cocktails on the First Coast at our first annual Toast of the Coast. Sample one-of-a-kind craft cocktails, vote for your favorites, enjoy delicious fare from the best local restaurants, and so much more at this exclusive event!
Live music by The Chris Thomas BandToast of the Coast Competitors:
TacoLu, Restaurant Medure, MOJO no. 4 – Urban BBQ Whiskey Bar, Taverna, Dos Gatos, The Volstead, Grape & Grain Exchange, Sidecar, Restaurant Orsay, Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails
When: Thursday, December 3, 6PM – 8:30PM
Where: Jessie Ball duPont Center 40 East Adams St. Jacksonville, FL 32202
General Admission tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. General admission ticket includes craft cocktail samples and appetizers. Designated Driver tickets are $15 and include appetizers. Must be 21 years of age or older to att... [Read More]
Downtown Eats - Olio Celebrates Four Years
Since 2011, Greg DeSanto and his team at Olio have dished out Downtown delicacies every weekday for lucky urban lunchgoers. What you might not know is this popular Downtown cafe is now open Thursday and Friday nights from 5 - 10 p.m. (And Art Walk nights, too!) We caught up with Greg to see what's new at Olio and to hear the story behind this urban-core favorite.
Greg and his team. Photos by Tammy Czigan.
Describe in your own words what customers will experience at Olio.
I like to consider Olio as a place to experience exotic ingredients prepared in an approachable way. A blend of casual and upscale in both the food, and the ambiance.
How did the idea for Olio come about?
Olio came about more as necessity, as I became a single parent right after starting to design a business plan for the restaurant. This really dictated that my work hours coincide with my daughter’s school hours. What better place to serve lunch then an up-and-coming Downtown urban scene? Even though I live much further south, Downtown seemed like the best opportunity for any weekday lunchtime business and with the possibility to grow my hours in the future.
Where are you from originally, and how did yo... [Read More]
Hidden BBQ Gem In Clay County
It’s the story of the American Dream. Meet Gary Park or call him “G”, the guy behind the smoker at G’s Slow Smoked BBQ. Gary started back in 2006 in Clay County off of CR 209 where he sold BBQ on Saturdays out of the back of his truck. His BBQ was a huge hit and would regularly sell out before he could even set up his tables on the corner of CR 209 and CR 220.
(2 Meat Combo with Brisket, Pulled Pork, Homemade Baked Beans and Homemade Mac n Cheese)
In 2009, Gary did his first competition at the VFW in Clay County and took home 2nd place in chicken. At this point in time, Gary still had a full time job and BBQ’ing was still a hobby. In January of 2011, Gary was laid off and had the dream of opening his very own BBQ restaurant. Gary consulted with best friend and neighbor, Andy and they decided to open up shop at 1901 Henley Rd off (CR209) in Middleburg, Fl. In May of 2012, they finally opened their doors.
(Gary and his team)
Since their grand opening, business has been great and the smoker has been smoking non-stop. Since the beginning, their mission has been focused on providing high-quality food, service and customer satisfaction through a unique & southern BBQ Experi... [Read More]
FREE Gelato on Wednesdays in July @ Peterbrooke
Peterbrooke Chocolatier is proud to announce their new homemade gelato coming to stores this July! Peterbrooke chocolatier has hired a Gelatiere, Rick Consolo, who makes the gelato homemade in Jacksonville, Florida. To celebrate, Peterbrooke Chocolatier has introduced “Gelato July”, where every Wednesday in July guests can get a free scoop of Gelato!
“The key to authentic gelato is freshness, along with the absence of anything chemical or artificial. The fact that I have the ability to make fresh gelato every day gives our stores the unique opportunity to serve their customers an authentic product that has the look, texture, and taste of gelato you would find in any town in Italy.” –Rick Consolo - Gelatiere Artisian.
Peterbrooke Chocolatier will have an in-store flavor contest and social media contest using the hashtag #gelatojuly during the month of July! Anyone can create their own unique gelato flavor and the winner will get to name the flavor that will be in all of the Peterbrooke shops for a year!
“Gelato is a decadent and rich treat that is perfect for any sweet tooth. This is a great addition to our gourmet product offering we and we are very excited to have it in the stores&rd... [Read More]
Free Monthly Wine Tasting At Town Center
About The Event
Every last Wednesday of the month, join us at Blackfinn Ameripub from 5:30-7:30 pm for their FREE wine tasting event on the patio! This months event will be held on Wednesday, June 24 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting with 6 different wines each month, shopping vendors, live music, half price glasses and bottles of wine and happy hour food features! It's a great way to end your work day! Blackfinn is located at: 4840 Big Island Dr, Jacksonville, Florida 32246Map ... [Read More]
Articles - Entertainment
The Florida Oktoberfest & Music Festival Will Be At Metropolitan Park October 6-8
The first-ever Florida Oktoberfest & Music Festival, featuring some of the biggest stars in rock, alternative and country music, is set for October 6, 7 and 8, 2017 in Jacksonville, Fla., officials announced today. Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park will play host to three jam-packed days and nights of music and Oktoberfest fun.
The complete talent lineup along with tickets surrounding this mega-event will be released in the coming weeks. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, August 3rd. Music fans interested in receiving the line up first as well as discounted tickets prior to August 3rd can register at www.TheFloridaOktoberfest.com.
“The Florida Oktoberfest & Music Festival will generate a lot of excitement and showcase Jacksonville as a destination for entertainment,” said President of 904 Happy Hour Charles Wagoner. “Events like this have a major impact on tourism and the local economy and I am excited to promote this festival across the country.”
Saturday and Sunday will feature national headliners and supporting artists in rock, alternative, and country genres and Friday will showcase some of the the nation’s most recog... [Read More]
New Bowling Alley Coming To The 904
The 904 has exciting venues coming in the future. After the opening of Daily’s Place this Memorial Day weekend, the city of Jacksonville may soon have a boutique bowling alley and restaurant complex, modeled after Nashville’s Pinewood Social.
The new entertainment destination could feature a six lane, vintage bowling alley complete with period-specific ball returns and scoring tables plus a main dining room with dining booths and tables centered around a copper-topped bar.
Additionally, the complex would house a restaurant which will serve a full lunch and dinner menu accompanied by an exquisite cocktail program. At the venue’s entrance, a coffee shop would flanked by sectional couches, long tables and an ample amount of power plugs for laptops. The Nashville location also features an outdoor swimming pool, pool bar, Bocce ball court, and cabana seating spread throughout a popular outdoor cabana area - Imagine that in downtown Jacksonville!
The location where the new venue is planned to be developed is in the Doro District, not far from the newly built Daily’s Place. Its exact spot will be adjoining Intuition Ale Works, BLK SHP an... [Read More]
Zoso, The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, Will Perform At The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall June 8th
The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly announces that Zoso, the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, will perform on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Zoso last performed at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on June 23, 2016.
If you missed Led Zeppelin live in the 1970s or are looking to relive the “Hammer of the Gods” phenomenon, you must experience what the St. Petersburg Times calls “the most exacting of the Zeppelin tribute bands in existence.” Zoso – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. For Zoso, it’s much more than just being a tribute. It’s about touching a golden era in music. Zoso embodies Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones in their spirit, tightly-wound talent and authenticity.
Each band member has been carefully selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts. In 18 successful years of touring, they have perfected their art. As one of the longest tenured Zeppelin tributes, Zoso’s 2,400 live shows around the world, including a slot at Bonnaroo in 2003, have established them as ... [Read More]
The Beaches Freedom Festival Will Be Held At The Seawalk Pavilion On July 15th
North Florida's Largest Summer Festival of the year held in Jacksonville Beach at the Seawalk Pavilion on Saturday July 15th from noon-10pm. The Beaches Freedom Festival –will be a family friendly festival featuring BBQ, Music & All Things American .
Enjoy BBQ and other delicious foods from over 10 of the area's top food trucks, along with live music, a beer garden, kid zone, arts and crafts vendors and more.
Enjoy VIP access and a official 2017 commemorative cup at this years festival by registering for a complimentary ticket. The festival is free and open to the public but best enjoyed with a complimentary vip ticket. Get yours by visiting BeachesFreedomFest.com
The Beaches Freedom Festival festival will benefit multiple Veteran Organizations here on the First Coast! The Festival hours are from Noon-10pm.The Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion is located at 1st St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. Hope to see you there.... [Read More]
Volcano Bay Is Now Open At Universal Studios Orlando
Universal Studios Orlando opened it’s third amazing theme park on Thursday to huge crowds. Named Volcano Bay, it has 18 incredible attractions and is just steps away from Universal Orlando's other world class theme parks.
Volcano Bay is a next generation waterpark thanks to its rides and reservation system. Guests at the park utilize incredible technology that enhances their experience while on the rides and on your feet. When you arrive at the park, guests received waterproof TapuTapu bands that allow them to reserve their rides. These bands are worn while at the park. Designed specifically and exclusively for use in Universal’s water theme park, TapuTapu will make the guest experience throughout the entire park fun-filled and hassle-free.
At the heart of the island stands Krakatau™, the mighty Fire and Water Volcano. Towering 200 feet above the tropical landscape, Krakatau™ streams waterfalls during the day and fiery lava effects at night. Inside the cavernous volcano, the Waturi people dare you to brave a variety of heart-pounding water slides.
The flagship attraction of Volcano Bay, the Krakatau Aqua Coaster has a four-person canoe that launches up and shoots down hills and rockets through ... [Read More]
Articles - Community
Florida Springs You've Gotta See!
Florida is known for its beaches, but are you looking for a new place to explore? The perfect way to spend a day is visiting one of the many beautiful springs all over the sunshine state! Grab some friends, get some floats, and prepare for a relaxing day at one of these Top Springs in Florida!
1. Itchetucknee Springs State Park Fort White, FL
photo courtesy: @andiegraney
This six-mile long crystal clear river flows gently through wetlands and under sunshine for a great day with family and friends. The best way to enjoy the river is by floating, bring your own or rent one on sight! The park isn’t just for tubers as there is plenty of hiking, wildlife viewing, and picnic areas for all to enjoy. Love to paddle board or kayak? Bring it on! Perks of this park: Floats rentals and great for families
2. Juniper Springs Silver Springs, FL
photo courtesy: @whenthesunrises_
Ocala National Park has so much to explore! One of the best places being the Juniper Springs Recreation Area that includes plenty of swimming under a rooftop of palm trees and hundred year old live oaks. Bring a picnic along to enjoy in one of the picnic areas before taking a hike on one of the wildlife trails! Perks of ... [Read More]
First Coast Car Show At The Anheuser-Busch Brewery
First Coast Car Show At The Anheuser-Busch Brewery
Join us rain or shine for the First Coast Council Car Show at the Jacksonville Brewery on Saturday, May 20th. Entrance to the event is free for all ages. They will have food trucks, beer, non-alcoholic beverages. self-guided tours and so much more! The event is from 10am to 2pm.
The Brewery is located at: 111 Busch Dr, Jacksonville, Florida 32218
Jacksonville Farmers Market Improvement Project Almost Completed
The Jacksonville Farmers Market improvement project has started and is expected to be finished in late June. Wider sidewalks and safety bollards are already in and canopies are now going up on the wholesale line area.
Established in 1938, the market offers Northeast Florida’s largest selection of fresh and healthy foods and is the oldest continuously operated public market in Florida.The Jacksonville Farmers Market is one of the few real working authentic farmers markets in the southeast.
All vendors remain open for business with no effect on shoppers. Areas undergoing improvements are isolated. Some vendors may be temporarily relocated within the market during the next few weeks to insure full separation from construction.The new awnings will allow for shopping in any weather at the Farmers Market, and they will also provide shade for our vendors.
Upwards of 25,000 people a week from the North Florida area, enjoy savings on local, organic and specialty produce and various products including artisan breads and baked goods, stir-fry, seafood, honey, boiled peanuts, garden plants and much more.
You may notice that vendors will have to move to different areas of the market throughout construction, but fortuna... [Read More]
After 16 years, The “I-4 Eyesore" is going to be completed
Construction of the half-finished The Majesty Building in Altamonte Springs has been idle for years and now the owner of the infamous “I-4 Eyesore” says the building will be completed within a year. Two years was the original completion estimate when the project began in 2001.
The Majesty building will be the tallest in Seminole County and can be seen from many angles in Altamonte Springs. There is even a facebook page started for the unfinished building asking for the building to be torn down.
In 2001, SuperChannel set out to complete the project only using donations. On their website, they say that the building is going to be an 18 story office, retail and broadcast facility, that is designed to serve the business and ministry needs of the Central Florida community.
Last week, the Altamonte Springs city manager said they met with the owners and were told that the project would be finished within the next year. Lets all hope that this will finally happen.... [Read More]
New Mural Project at The Jacksonville Landing
In a project organized by local artist Nicole Holderbaum, seven Jacksonville artists will come together to paint new murals in a hall of The Jacksonville Landing to be known as “The Landing Walls”.
“We are so excited to work with seven local artists to beautify The Landing’s inside walls. This is a great opportunity for the artists and for The Landing. I cannot wait to see the artists creativity come to life on our Landing Walls,” said Janice Lowe, General Manager of The Landing.
The artists were selected through an application process, which Holderbaum organized and directed. The artists were selected based on creativity of concept and uniqueness of style by Holderbaum and Landing Management on Monday, April 10th. The artists selected for the 2017 Landing Walls project are: Leo Hearn, Ingrid Yuzly Mathurin, Martin Torres Halsi, Rachelle Terry, Brook Ramsey and Tatiana Kitchen.
Holderbaum had this to say about the project, “I wanted to give artists here in Jacksonville an opportunity to showcase their creativity and paint a mural. I wanted to make sure that the artists selected have complete creative freedom in their concept and design. I think that the group of artists we selected wil... [Read More]
Articles - Local News