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Jaguars Games

Home to the Jacksonville Jaguars, members of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the NFL.

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Jacksonville Equestrian Center

Located on the Westside of Jacksonville, the Center is considered one of the premier equestrian facilities on the east coast.

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Veterans Memorial Arena

Nonstop entertainment from concerts, beer festivals to sports, we've got it all.

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Sip & Savor Jacksonville

Don't miss Jacksonville Restaurant Week the last two weeks in September.

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Beach Concerts at Seawalk Pavilion

From spring and into early fall you can catch various festivals of music, food, and sunshine at the Seawalk Pavilion.

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The Jacksonville Landing

Located along the Northbank of the St. Johns River, The Landing is home to year-round entertainment.

Entertainment

Are you ready to have a good time? From exciting sporting events, to unique music venues and one-of-a-kind experiences, you can do it all in Jacksonville!

For Music Lovers:

  • Jacksonville is well-known as the birthplace of the Southern rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd, but it's also produced several other notable performers, including Limp Bizkit, Cold and Red Jump Suit Apparatus
  • The Guardian magazine named Jack Rabbits located in Jacksonville’s historic districts, as one of the best live music venues in Florida. Be sure to stop in to see who's playing at 1904 Music Hall, Burro Bar or Hourglass Pub in Downtown Jacksonville.
  • The Florida Theatre was home to one of Elvis Presley’s first indoor concerts in 1956.  Elvis performed in Jacksonville eight times during his career, beginning in 1955 when he performed at Wolfson Park and ending in 1977, a few months before his death, at the old Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
  • The Murray Hill Theatre is a historic landmark renovated in 1995 as an all-ages performing arts venue that provides live music and entertainment from local, regional and national artists in a  unique nightclub setting. The venue provides faith-based and positive entertainment geared towards older teenagers, young adults and adults in a smoke-free and alcohol-free setting. This non-profit organization provides a positive alternative to the typical nightclub scene while also providing a venue for bands that focus on positive living and faith.

For Theater & Movie Lovers:

  • Jacksonville was once the “Hollywood” of the silent-film era, with more than 300 silent movies made here in the early 1900s.  The first-ever Technicolor film, The Gulf Between, was filmed in Jacksonville in 1917.
  • Several notable movies have been filmed in Jacksonville, including The Creature from the Black Lagoon, GI Jane, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, The Manurichan Candidate (2004 remake) and The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking.
  • The oldest, continuously operating community theater in the country is Theatre Jacksonville, in operation since 1919.
  • The Alhambra Theatre & Dining is the longest running professional dinner theater in America and is the only resident theatre from Atlanta to Miami. At one point there were more than 100 dinner theaters across the country, and the Alhambra is one of six remaining. The Alhambra has hosted some of the most beloved actors of our time -- Mickey Rooney, Frank Gorshen, Gary Berghoff, Loretta Swit, Barry Williams, Jamie Farr, Sally Struthers and many, many more.  In fact, Betty Grable performed her final live show at the Alhambra!
  • FSCJ Artist Series, Jacksonville’s major presenter of Broadway, Concert and Variety, Off Broadway, and International shows, kicks off its 50th season this fall. The Artist Series utilizes some of Jacksonville’s best entertainment venues, such as the Times-Union Center downtown and Florida State College’s South Campus’ Wilson Center for the Arts.
  • Catch the lasted box office hit at one of two historic movie theatres in Jacksonville, San Marco Theatre or Sun Ray Cinama in Riverside.

For Party Animals:

  • Pete’s, the oldest bar in Duval County, was featured in the John Grisham novel The Brethren.
  • Downtown Jacksonville has over 20 locally own and operated bars and nightclubs showcasing all kinds of music and styles. Check out the Elbow's Nightlife Map.
  • Dos Gatos, in Downtown Jacksonville, is one of the city's only best cocktail lounges. Try the Orange Jalapeno Margarita for an Only In Jax taste! Take a step back in time just a few blocks away at The Volstead.
  • The local craft beer scene has doubled in the past few years and it continues to expand. Engine 15 Brewing Co., Intuition Ale Works, Aardwolf Brewing Co. and Pinglehead Brewing Co. all won medals at the Best Florida Beer Championship. Hop on the Jax Ale Trail and taste your way through Jax.
  • Visit King Street, in the historic Riverside neighborhood, and find close to 1,000 beer options on the same street. Everything from local brews to foreign favorites!
  • Dine & Wine under the stars at Black Sheep’s Rooftop Bar. Try the fried green olives at the bar or sip on one of their signature cocktails including the Peach Julep and the Day at the Farm featuring organic gin and cucumber water. Or hop over to Brooklyn for a margarita on the rooftop at Buritto Gallery. Ready for a night out?

Try Something New:

  • At bestbet at Orange Park Kennel Club greyhounds have been racing since the early 30’s. Catch a race and bet on the dogs as you play a hand of cards.

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