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    October Downtown Wine Down

    Join us at Jacksonville’s rooftop bar for the Downtown Wine Down, a monthly happy hour and cocktail mixer held at Cowford Chophouse. This month, a portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to local nonprofit, The Justice Coalition. To learn more about the Justice Coalition, check out their website 

    Live entertainment will include a performance by Aaron Thomas & Soulo Lyon of The Band Be Easy. Additionally, guest can enjoy food and drink specials, a giveaway for a $100 Cowford Chophouse Gift Card, and a complimentary glass of sangria!

    Entertainment Lineup:

    The Band Be Easy: 6:00pm-9:30pm

    The roof will be open to ticket holders at 3:30pm and be closed to anyone without tickets the remainder of the night.


    Ticket prices: $15 per person

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    Jacksonville Icemen 2018-2019

    Jacksonville Icemen returns to the ice this Fall. Take a look at the upcoming schedule packed with giveaways and specialty jerseys.

    WEEKEND WEDNESDAYS: Wednesday may be halfway to the weekend, but why wait? Join the Icemen for Weekend Wednesdays when select beer and wine are only $2! Tickets

    WENDY'S 4-PACK FRY-DAYS: Every Friday, purchase a Wendy's 4-pack of tickets using this link and receive coupons for a free Wendy's item.

    DAVE & BUSTER'S POWER PLAY SATURDAYS: Get a $10 Dave & Buster's Power Card with the purchase of a pair of tickets on Saturdays using this special link. PLUS giveaways EVERY Saturday for the first 3,000 fans!

    PUBLIX FAMILY FUNDAYS: Bring the entire family out every Sunday for a day of fun! Following the game, all kids are invited onto to the ice to take a shot on net like their favorite player. Also, the team will sport specialty Publix sweaters. Tickets

    *Subject to availability. All dates, times, and promotions subject to change.

    2018-2019 SCHEDULE

    Saturday, October 13 - Opening Night, Bike Night*JUMBO LIGHT STICK GIVEAWAY*Giveaway for EVERY fan at the door! Prior to the game, join us in the plaza for our 2nd annual Bike N...   [Read More]

    Beaches Oktoberfest 2018

    This weekend Beaches Oktoberfest will be taking place at the Sea Walk Pavilion on October 13-14, 2018. The annual festival attracts over 55,000 visitors and offers a large variety of German, craft and Oktoberfest beers, food trucks, a 110+ ft Ferris wheel, arts & crafts market, games, activities, kid zone and so much more. 

    Beaches Oktoberfest is the going to be bringing in the Cornhole Tournament sponsored by JaxFray. The tournament will kick off at 1pm on Saturday October 13th at the festival. The tournament will be held in the Food Truck Food Court next to the Local's Only Beer Garden and Second Stage. 

    Sign up for the tournament is $30 per team and includes one complimentary beer per person, a commemorative Oktoberfest stein, and registration into the tournament. In addition, there will be $500 in cash and prizes plus trophies for the top three teams! Registration is limited to the first 64 teams (we have limited the size of the tournament compared to Freedom Festival earlier this year)! If your team is registered for the tournament, please make sure to arrive at the festival between 12pm-1pm to check in at the Jax Fray tent prior to the tournament.

    This year’s Oktoberfest games will inc...   [Read More]

    First Wedensday Art Walk Oktoberfest

    Headquarters @ Hemming Park - Stop by #DTJax and celebrate Oktoberfest! Enjoy live music and performances by Dan Witucki and the Heimatland Musikanten band. Bring your best beer stein and participate in our Oktoberfest-themed competitions, hosted by First Coast Living’s Curtis Dvorak! And stick around for the annual Tapping of the Keg at 6:30pm. Plus, stop by the extended kid zone for activities by My Gym, mural painting and fun bounce houses by Backyard Carnivals, Inc. 

    Browse artwork by ABDUL, Artzy Fartzy Petz, The Bead Bowl, Stenotab Handemade, Takeisha Brown, Mochi B, Chaos Lights, Art by Joe and Gerry, Viktor Lazarev, Fawn Owens, Kram Kan Photo, Pranasolcreations, Photography by River, Tressa Linzy Designs, Dream in Color, Jumping Jackalopes and Designs by De. 

    Don’t forget bring those wheels and take advantage of the complimentary “All In Duval” bike valet, sponsored by the City of Jacksonville. 

    And don’t miss these vendors and non-profit organizations: Lincoln Cars, Hello Fresh, WellCare Health, Jax Metro Credit Union, All-American Gutter Protection, National Brain Tumor Society, Year Up, Animal Care and Protective Services, One Blood and Well Care Health. Plus, stop by the Frie...   [Read More]

    Jaguars vs. Jets Tailgate Party This Sunday

    Sunday, September 30th,

    9 am Join Gameday Tailgate Experience for the Tailgate party before the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the New York Jets, hosted by former Jaguars' K Josh Scobee and NY Jets' Icon Fireman Ed!

    The 4-HOUR pre-game tailgate includes unlimited food and a 4-hour open bar! There will be TVs to watch pregame football coverage, live music & entertainment, and family-friendly tailgating games and amenities. We will also be auctioning off select Jaguars and Jets memorabilia that you could take home!

    Join Gameday Tailgate Experience and the Jacksonville Jaguars this season for the best tailgates you will experience this year!!

    ***Children under 8 are free. Must be 21 and over to get a wristband for alcoholic beverages***

    Need tickets to the game?

    Visit the link below to buy a combined GTE tailgate + Jaguars game ticket!  


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    The Mega Event: Carrie Underwood Recap

    The Mega Event that many people came to on Saturday was the soccer game DC United against Fulham FC. After a great game played came the unveiling of the new scoreboards at Everbank Field. The scoreboards are very unique with a crisp, bright look. After the ceremony, the crowd was ready for the next big show to start at Everbank Field: Carrie Underwood. She has played in Jacksonville many times, but never in Everbank Field. We did have a concert in Everbank Field this year and that was the Florida Country Superfest; and it was awesome to have another concert in the stadium.

    She kicked off the show with her hit “Good Girl” and followed up with her song “Wasted” from her first album “Some Hearts”. Carrie Underwood has released four albums in the past 9 years and had a lot of hit singles. One of her newest singles she debuted was the song “Keep Us Safe”. This song was presented at the ACM’s All- Star Salute to the Troops. I believe this is a song that will be on her new album that she will be releasing sometime in the future. The show kept on going as she performed her other hit songs such as “See You Again”, “Last Name”, “Two Black Cadillacs”, “Jesus Tak...   [Read More]

    Richard Marx Plans Tour Stop @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on October 9

    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL -- (Friday, July 25, 2014) — Fresh off releasing Beautiful Goodbye, his first studio album in 10 years, GRAMMY award-winning singer-songwriter Richard Marx will hit the road this fall for a highly anticipated U.S. tour. The multi-city Whatever We Started tour will kick off October 4 in Ferndale, WA with a stop at the intimate Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Thursday, October 9. “I’m very excited to tour behind my new album Beautiful Goodbye and play some new songs along with all the hits," says the singer.

    Marx’s hits include “Right Here Waiting”, “Satisfied”, “Hold On To The Nights”, “Don’t Mean Nothing” and “Should’ve Known Better”. On July 8, Marx released Beautiful Goodbye to critically acclaimed reviews across the board with Billboard magazine saying, “One word likely describes Beautiful Goodbye best: sexy.” Miami Herald refers to the music on Beautiful Goodbye as “some of [Richard’s] richest yet.” The single, “Whatever We Started”, was released in May following a surprise performance of Richard’s hit song “Right Here Waiting” on the finale of American Idol with host Ryan Sea...   [Read More]

    Widespread Panic Schedules Tour Stop At The St. Augustine Amphitheatre Sunday, October 5, 2014

    Widespread Panic Schedules Highly Anticipated 2014 Fall Tour Stop At The St. Augustine Amphitheatre Sunday, October 5, 2014 

    St. Augustine, FL (July 14, 2014) – Southern rock jam band Widespread Panic announces 2014 Fall Tour with a stop at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Sunday, October 5. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, July 18 at 10AM.

    Photo Courtesy: Sara Bill / Riverside Theater

    Inheriting the road-warrior mantle left behind by the Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic has established a devout grassroots following on the strength of constant touring and a loose, rootsy brand of Southern rock infused with jazz and blues textures. The group's origins date to 1982, when vocalist John Bell and guitarist Mike Houser first began playing together while attending college in Athens, Georgia. When bassist Dave Schools left academia to join the duo the next year, Widespread Panic were officially born.

    Widespread Panic has sold more than three million records and released a total of 20 records, building a loyal following on the road beginning in dingy dive bars across the South and eventually headlining nearly every major U.S. music festival and selling out some of the world’s most prestigious venues. No artist ...   [Read More]

    Tab Benoit to play Ponte Vedra Concert Hall November 12, 2014

    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (Tuesday, July 15, 2014) – Four-time Blues Music Awards "Entertainer of the Year" Tab Benoit will perform at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

    Photo Courtesy: Steve Shaffer/KET

    Benoit is a three-time GRAMMY-nominated musician and five-time "Contemporary Male" Blues Music Award Winner. Tab began releasing music in 1993 with the release of “Nice and Warm”. In 2006, he received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album for Brother to the Blues, a collaboration with Louisiana’s LeRoux. LeRoux joined Benoit on Power of the Pontchartrain in 2007 and the live Night Train to Nashville in 2008. In 2007, Benoit won the dual awards of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Best Contemporary Male Performer at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis.

    Known for his signature “Bayou Blues” sound, Tab Benoit is Louisiana’s No. 1 roots export. More than just an acclaimed bluesman, he is an indefatigable conservation advocate. Benoit is a driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, an organization working to save Louisiana’s wetlands. In 2010, he received the Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Fe...   [Read More]

    Beres Hammond To Preform at The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Friday, August 29, 2014

    Soulful Jamaican Reggae artist Beres Hammond to Preform at The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Friday, August 29, 2014 

    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL-- (Monday, July 14, 2014) — Soulful Jamaican Reggae artist Beres Hammond and his “One Love One Life” Tour featuring the Harmony House Musicians and DJ Inferno has scheduled a stop at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 8:00PM.

    A soulful crooner, Beres Hammond’s dusky, emotive voice has made him a major figure in the lovers rock movement as well as an influence on dancehall. Throughout his five decade-spanning career, Hammond has also delved into conscious roots reggae, hip-hop fusion and contemporary R&B.

     Hammond’s stellar career was launched in the 1970s with the release of “One Step Ahead,” a blockbuster single which stayed at Number One on the charts for 14 weeks. In the 1980s he cemented his name with the smash “Tempted to Touch,” and subsequent albums “Love Affair,” “Full Attention” (1993), “In Control” (1994), “Love From a Distance” (1996), “A Day In The Life” (1998), “Music is Life” (2011) and “One Love One Life” (2012), ...   [Read More]

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    El Galeon - A 16th century replica galleon is in St. Augustine

     The 495-ton 16th-century replica wooden ship El Galeón is dock at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina next to her a sister ship, the Nao Victoria.  It is the first time the two ships have ever docked in the same port in North America. While in port, the 170 foot, 495 ton authentic wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet will be open for public visits.     The ship will be part of the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine in 2015. Both El Galeón and its sister ship Nao Victoria represent the city’s cultural heritage with Spain and is worth a visit. The Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world. El Galeón is a replica of the vessels that traveled the coasts of Florida between the 16th and 18th centuries creating ties between America and Europe.   While in port, the ship will be open to public offering visitors the chance to learn about the maritime history that began centuries ago when galleons like the El Galeón reached Florida’s coast.   Ponce de León sailed from Puerto Rico on just such a vessel in 1513. The voyage brought him to the coast of Florida on April 3 which was the da...   [Read More]

    Jacksonville Beach Roller Coaster History

    In August, 1926, W. H. Adams, Sr. created the Ocean View amusement park on the site of his former hotel and encouraged the construction of a large roller coaster in 1928 in imitation of Coney Island coasters. John Miller of the Miller & Rose Amusement Company of Milwaukee built the ride. It was 93-feet high and its trains reached speeds of 50 miles per hour. Besides it being the first and only coaster Jacksonville Beach has ever had, it was also the tallest structure at the Beaches and it became an icon.

    It was 3,168 feet long; Its two trains with two cars with the riders arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 12 riders per train. Although it may have seemed longer for some passengers, it made the circuit in a minute and a half, reaching a speed of fifty miles per hour.

    The coaster was huge, dominating the skyline where it could be seen for miles. The main issue with the coaster is that it was vulnerable to storms and had to be repaired several times. In 1933, Miller sold it to W. H. Adams, Jr., who put Lake R. Peddy in charge.

    By 1949, the wooden coaster was increasingly unsafe and was dismantled in 1950 to be replaced by the metal, small “Wild Mouse.” Other rides and amusements were broug...   [Read More]

    Simple Tips To Help New Boaters

    Taking the helm of a boat is not so complicated. In fact, it might be too simple. It is not unusual to find someone sitting in the captain’s chair who doesn’t know the difference between port and starboard, bow and stern. But knowing a few common rules of the waterways not only helps a skipper feel more confident and competent at the helm, it is a matter of safety.

    Just as there are signs and markers along roadways for auto traffic, there are also signs along our waterways, such as buoys, markers and lights.

    For boaters, a few simple rules go a long way. When it comes to identifying the safest route, markers and buoys are used to identify the location of the channel. The buoys are distinguished by two features. The red buoys and markers are pointed at the top and only use even numbers. The green buoys and markers are square and only use odd numbers.

    Three ways to identify a marker or buoy: color, shape and number.

    Here is a good way to remember which side of a buoy or marker your boat should be on: When going from a larger body of water to a smaller one – typically “up river” and toward the source – a helpful reminder is: Red Right = Return.

    That m...   [Read More]

    Snow Shark Sighting - 3 Brothers Build Massive Snow Shark

    Three brothers, from left, Connor, Trevor and Austin Bartz built this 16 foot high snow shark in the front yard of their New Brighton, Minn. home, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. It took them around 95 hours of work and they gathered the snow from houses in their neighborhood.

    The New Brighton, Minn. teens are no strangers to large-scale snow sculptures — in fact, it's become an annual tradition. In 2011 they made a giant puffer fish, and in 2012 a snow walrus made its home on their front lawn. 

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    Yachty Gras Boat Parade Scheduled For January 31st

    The St Johns River is normally quiet this time of year, however, 2014 will be different with a brand new event, called Yachty Gras. Downtown will have decorated boats for the first time ever, with The Yachty Gras Boat parade and celebration starting at 7 p.m. Friday, January 31st. Come Join the Jacksonville Sail and Power Squadron for a lighted boat parade on the St. Johns River where captains and crews will showcase their vessels decorated with lights and beads in true Mardi Gras fashion.

    The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display over our majestic river! Lisa Almeida, The owner of The Freedom Boat Club says, “The boaters love to do these kinds of events because it is a great for families, and the community. It can bring people of all ages together downtown, and it showcases our beautiful river and gives us a chance to celebrate The St. Johns. The Mardi Gras-themed parade sets sail from Metropolitan Park, and it will travel in front of the Hyatt, and pass along the Jacksonville Landing.

    The participating vessels will make two laps of the route. The Yachty Gras parade will begin at Metropolitan Park, travel along the Northbank past The Jacksonville Landing, to the Acosta Bridge, and will circle to the Southbank...   [Read More]

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