What To Do On The Town This Weekend | News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- From new movies and concerts to where to take the kids, there's a lot to do across the First Coast this weekend.
First Coast News' Amanda Zitzman takes you on the town in the video above and shows you how some local sailors look up on the big screen. Check below for a complete list of events.
SATURDAY MAY 18, 2012
NEW IN THEATERS: Start your weekend off with a trip to the movies. Local sailors are featured in the new Battleship movie! Retired Navy Captain Rick Hoffman was the technical adviser for the movie and brought some Mayport sailors to the silver screen along with him! Battleship is rated PG-13.
STOP BULLYING NOW WALK: Now you can do your part to Stop Bullying Now by taking part in a one-mile fun walk Saturday at 8:30 a.m. starting at MOSH downtown. It's just $15 to participate and that fee includes admission to the museum, breakfast and even a T-shirt! Former Jaguar Ernest Wilford will be there and all proceeds go to bullying prevention programs.
KIDS 4 KIDS CARNIVAL: Wondering what to do with the kids? There's a big Kids 4 Kids carnival at the MaliVai Washington youth center just north of downtown. The FREE outdoor event has interactive games, bounce houses, contests, arts and crafts, a DJ and lots of fun! It's on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
TOY TRAIN SHOW: There's a Toy Train Show at Hendricks Day School Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be lots of toy trains, prizes, plus food and refreshments. It's $5 for adults and FREE for children under 12.
ART AND HEALTH EXPO: At the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, there's an art and health expo Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. It's FREE to get in. And then at 7 p.m., for just $20, you can enjoy three great bands performing LIVE. It's all to raise money for cancer patients.
INSTALLATIONS EXHIBIT: Art lovers unite at EverBank Plaza for a big sculpture exhibit. 19 installation artworks are displayed in a single exhibition. A traditional sculpture is an object the viewer moves around, while an installation is a space the viewer moves through. The exhibit opens Saturday at 10 a.m.
WOMEN'S HEART HEALTH FAIR: Ladies, you can get your heart checked and the Women's Heart Connection Screening and Health Fair Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at the Jacksonville Public Library.
RIDE INTO HISTORY: You can Ride Into History, viewing more than 300 vintage and antique motorcycles at the World Golf Village. It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $10 per person. Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
FORD AND MUSTANG SHOW: The JMC 10th Regional Mustang and Ford Show, hosted by the Jacksonville Mustang Club, will be on the riverfront at the Jacksonville Landing on May 19. Open to all Ford-powered makes and models.
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET: The Riverside Arts Market is this and every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. off Riverside Avenue. Local artists, street performers, and gourmet chefs take over the parking lot under the Fuller Warren Bridge.
SPRINGFIELD HOME & GARDEN TOUR: In Springfield, you can tour a variety of restored historic and new homes Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. It starts at the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization building off Main Street and costs $12. There's also a Bike Tour starting at 2 p.m. Saturday. It's $20 if you bring your own bike.
JACKSONVILLE RIVER RALLY POKER RUN: Watch for fast boats on the St. Johns River. The annual Jacksonville River Rally Poker Run continues through Saturday.
TOUR DE CURE: Cyclists can raise money for a great cause Saturday morning at the annual Tour de Cure, benefiting the American Diabetes Association, starts at 7 a.m. at England-Thims & Miller, Inc. off Old St. Augustine Road. Tour de Cure is the premier cycling fundraising event of the American Diabetes Association and the nation's largest diabetes cycling event. The ride offers a 5-mile family fun ride as well as routes of 30, 50, 70, and 100 miles.
TRIATHLON: Spectators can get up early Saturday morning to watch a big triathlon at Mickler's Landing starting at 7 a.m. 500 pro athletes will swim, bike, and run the course to benefit the Beaches Fine Arts Series. Bfasracing.org has all the information, including two future triathlons planned for June 9 and July 14.
JACKSONVILLE SUNS: Celebrate Armed Forces Day with the Jacksonville Suns as they take on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at 6PM. And Steak Me Out to the Ballgame is back with an 8 oz. Filet mignon offered for just $25.
PATRIOTIC CONCERT: There's also a patriotic concert performed by the First Coast Wind Ensemble. It's from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Moosehaven Riverfront Retirement Community in Orange Park, overlooking the St. Johns River. This free special event will feature military and patriotic music. Selections will also include popular music from the movies, including Titanic, Pirates of the Caribbean and Stars Wars. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Ample free parking is available.
JACKSONVILLE SHARKS: You can jam out watching the Jacksonville Sharks game Saturday night at 7 p.m. They're taking on the Iowa Barnstormers at the Veterans Memorial Arena and it's Military Appreciation Day!
JACKSONVILLE ROLLERGIRLS: The Jacksonville RollerGirls have a double header on Saturday at the UNF Arena. It's $13 for adults, kids under 10 are free. Doors open at 5PM. www.jacksonvillerollergirls.com has your tickets.
UNCLE KRACKER CONCERT: Catch Uncle Kracker Saturday night at Maverick's starting at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $12.50.
BLUE AND WHITE GALA: Saturday night, the Blue and White Gala gets underway the Blue Fish Oyster Bar off Saint Johns Avenue from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. It's an event benefiting the Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation. For $50 per person, you'll get great food, giveaways, silent auctions and more! For tickets, head to savealegsavealife.org.
WHIT PARTY AT ALOFT: There's also a White Party at Aloft Tapestry Park put on by Eric's Life Inc. It's $35 to attend and proceeds go to local charities. So put on your favorite white outfit and come on out at 10 p.m.
SUNDAY MAY 19, 2012
NATURAL HAIRCARE EXPO: In celebration of National Natural Hair Meetup Day Sunday, it's the North Florida Natural Haircare Expo "Simply Natural" starting at 10 a.m. Tickets are $15. Both events are at the Jacksonville Marriott off Salibury Road.
PADDLEBOARD YOGA CLASS: Get in a good workout on the water Sunday using a stand-up paddleboard as your yoga mat. Kate Vallas, the instructor, will teach you paddle strokes and more than 20 yoga poses at the lake behind Black Creek Outfitters from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday.
MEN'S DOUBLES TENNIS TOURNAMENT: The annual Firehouse Subs Men's Doubles Tennis Tournament brings nationally ranked players to Deerwood Country Club. It's FREE for families Sunday and includes food, a silent auction and a carnival-like atmosphere for the kids! It all starts at 10 a.m.
PET SUPER ADOPTION: Looking for a new best friend? Check out the Best Friends Pet Super Adoption pop up center next to the Mandarin Adoption Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. off San Jose Blvd. Sunday. Come adopt your new best friend from hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. For more information: www.superadoption.org.
WALK FOR LUPUS NOW: On Sunday, you can take part in the Walk for Lupus Now. It starts at 2 p.m. at A. Philip Randolph Heritage Park.
RACE TO WIN CHILDREN'S MUSICAL: Presented by the FBC Kingdom Kidz, it's Sunday at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Bring your friends and family for a NASCAR-themed musical presentation packed with great music, and lots of fun Come early beginning at 4:45 pm to see the race car exhibit!
JULIAN MARLEY CONCERT: Sunday night, you can catch Bob Marley's son Julian performing at Freebird Live starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $21.