Jacksonville is home to an assortment of excellent attractions so new arrivals certainly won’t struggle to have fun. The River City has a full calendar of exciting events for residents of all ages and persuasions. Whether it's live music, sport or family-focused fun, there is sure to be something to tickle a newcomer's fancy.
Here are some of the best annual events in Jax:
Annual Events in Jacksonville
Jax Boat Show (January)
Seafarers from across Florida and beyond head to Jacksonville for the Marine Association’s annual boat show. This three-day event showcases a slew of sea craft and all the latest maritime technology. Held at the Prime Osborn Convention Centre, this is a must for all boating enthusiasts.
Gate River Run (February)
The largest 15K race in the USA takes place in Jacksonville every February. The route takes runners through key parts of downtown Jacksonville and across many famous bridges. Those who aren’t keen on cardio can join the mass of Jax residents who come out in droves to support the runners and cheer them on to the finish line.
The Players Championship (February)
Jacksonville is famous for its golf courses, and every February sees the best golfers head to Ponte Vedra for this annual tournament. Watching pros contend with the world-famous 17th hole is most certainly a highlight.
Jacksonville Jazz Festival (May)
Each May, over the Memorial Day weekend, Jacksonville hosts one of America's largest free jazz events. Attracting over 100,000 jazz fans, the whole of downtown Jacksonville shakes, rattles and rolls to life during this three-day music extravaganza.
Jacksonville Fourth of July Celebrations (July)
Jacksonville goes all out for Independence Day so be sure to catch one of the spectacular firework displays at the riverfront or at Jacksonville Beach. At both spots, revellers will enjoy live music and culinary treats from local food vendors.
NFL Season Kick-Off (August)
In August each year, Jacksonville is engulfed by football fever as the city comes out in force to support the Jacksonville Jaguars. Newcomers should be sure to catch a Jags game at the EverBank Field in downtown Jacksonville.
Kids Free November (November)
The month of November in Jacksonville is all about family-friendly fun. All the city’s main attractions put on special events focused on kids. What's more, children under 12 get to access all of these events for free.
Veterans Day Parade (November)
In honour of the country's war veterans as well as those on active military duty, Jacksonvillians take to the streets in a patriotic parade featuring various military groups as well as school groups and marching bands. A vibrant display of colour and sound that celebrates American heroes, this is an event not to be missed.
New Year’s Eve Celebrations (December)
See the year out in style at Jacksonville’s riverfront, which is the place to be on New Year’s Eve. Join Jacksonvillians for live music, food stalls, a festive fireworks display and some festive cheer as they welcome in a new year.