Jacksonville Special Events May 2011 | Arts & Culture
Downtown Jacksonville’s series is returning to historic Treaty Oak Park Fridays in the spring. Hosted by Downtown Vision, Inc. and JaxParks, the series features four family-friendly movies shown under the stars, each beginning at dusk (around 8 p.m.) on the land that once served as the setting for numerous silent films. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic dinners ordered “to-go” from one of the many Downtown restaurants. Music and kids lawn games will keep moviegoers busy before each show. Vendors will also sell concessions onsite. Movie: The Wizard of Oz.
This year’s ceremony marks the first time this event will be held during THE PLAYERS Championship. Ernie Els, Doug Ford, the late Jock Hutchison, Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki, the late Frank Chirkinian and former President George H.W. Bush are the newest inductees to be enshrined. The induction class of 2011 will be featured in a new exhibit at the World Golf Hall of Fame Museum. Event takes place in the St. Johns County Convention Center at World Golf Village. A limited number of free, public seating tickets are available.
May 9 - 15
It’s one of golf’s biggest events and it’s played annually on the coastline of Northeast Florida at the famed Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. The lush, green rolling hills and steep inclines offer spectacular views of each hole including the infamous 17th island green. The tournament begins on Monday with practice rounds. Thursday, the competition heats up as Round 1 of tournament play begins, concluding Sunday with fans gathering around the 18th hole to see who will take home the crystal trophy.
May 20, 27
A classic movie is shown outdoors under the stars in Jacksonville Beach. Visitors bring picnic blankets and baskets, lawn chairs and pets to really make an evening out of it. Vendors set up to sell food and beverages, as well as there is a kids’ entertainment zone for families. Event is free. Screenings begin at 9 p.m.
May 26 - 29
Friday night the festival begins with incredible performances on multiple stages, including performances at Main Street, Hemming Plaza, Snyder Memorial Church, riverfront at The Jacksonville Landing and various Downtown businesses and buildings. The 2011 line-up features Natalie Cole and Herbie Hancock.
While all major concerts are free, Art in the Heart Downtown Art Show & Sale, the Wine Down Tasting Experience, Generation Next Youth Talent Competition, Jazz Brunches, ‘Round Midnight Jazz Jams and other events are ticketed.
Remember wounded and lost soldiers and their families this Memorial Day. Jacksonville honor its military heritage and local heroes with keynote speakers, presentation of colors, family tributes, a wreath presentation, a 21-gun salute, "Taps" and musical tributes.