9 Reasons to Visit Jacksonville

9 Reasons to Visit Jacksonville

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Whether you’re looking for a family friendly destination, or the ideal spot for a quick fun getaway, Jacksonville has the perfect mix of Florida Flair, Southern Hospitality, and exciting festivals to put a spring in your step this new season!

Enjoy the ocean breeze while the music notes float through the palm trees at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach- home to a number of festivals including George’s Music Springing the Blues Festival, Florida’s largest free outdoor blues festival. Spring visitors can also rock out by the river in Downtown Jacksonville, where you can soak up the tunes while gazing at the famous Jacksonville skyline and its iconic bridges. And it’s not only music that will keep you entertained this season! Technology and Jacksonville’s entrepreneurial spirit take center stage during One Spark, the world’s largest crowdfunding festival in April, and the city’s prolific foodie scene is the newest star at GastroFest in the heart of Downtown. A visit to Jacksonville wouldn’t be complete without a sampling of the award-winning local beer scene. Come into town for one of the many beer festivals, and when you’re done, hop on the Jax Ale Trail and explore our local craft breweries.

There’s so much to do in Jacksonville at any given time, start planning your visit and don’t miss out 9 things not to miss in Jacksonville:

1. George’s Music Springing the Blues

April 17-19, 2015

This is the largest free oceanfront Blues Festival in the world. It takes place in sunny Jacksonville Beach every April. It was named by “Downbeat Magazine” as one of the top 50 Music Festivals in the World.


2. Welcome to Rockville

April 25-26, 2015

Hear some of the world’s best rock bands as they converge in Jacksonville during this two day outdoor music festival. Featuring heavy rock icons like Korn, Marilyn Manson and Slayer.


3. THE PLAYERS Championship

May 5-10, 2015

Golf’s best players descend upon Ponte Vedra Beach, FL for the annual tournament at TPC Sawgrass. Do not miss their attempts to beat the world-famous 17th hole; it’s a tricky one!


4. Funk Fest Jacksonville

May 8-9, 2015

Enjoy live music and entertainment next to the St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville featuring artists such as R. Kelly, Charlie Wilson, and T Pain. This is the 10th anniversary of the Fun Fest in Jacksonville.


5. Craft & Import Beer Festival

May 15, 2015

This is the largest beer festival in North Florida. This event allows visitors to sample some of the best craft and imported beers available, while tasting food from 20+ local restaurants.


6. Jacksonville Jazz Festival

May 21-24, 2015

This is the second largest free Jazz Festival in the nation. Taking place every year during Memorial Day Weekend, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival attracts more than 30,000 people and some of the best Jazz musicians to Downtown Jacksonville for three spectacular days.



And if Spring has you wanting to come back for more, be sure to check out our summer festivals!

 7. Florida Country Superfest

June 13-14, 2015

Some of the best country music acts in the nation descend on Jacksonville’s EverBank Field for a weekend filled with live music and tailgating fun. With artists like Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band this event is a must for any country music lover.

8. Seawalk Music Festival

June 20, 2015

The 3rd annual Community First Seawalk Music Festival celebrates our rich and diverse local resources with all local artists, crew, volunteers and food vendors. This free, one-day event is held on the beach at the Seawalk Pavilion.


9. The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament & Festival

July 12-18, 2015

This is the largest kingfish tournament in the Southeast. Anglers of all experience levels are welcomed. In addition to the general tournament, this spectacular event also includes a Junior Angler Tournament, food festival, live entertainment, and more.


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