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Find It All in Jacksonville Beach

The Blues, Jazz, Rock’n Roll, the Pops, and the Movies!

Jacksonville Beach continues its tradition as the entertainment center of Northeast Florida. Spring and Summer are festival and concert season in this city by the sea. Fans of the blues, jazz, classical music, and movies are just a few of the many who are drawn to the nearly weekly events in Jacksonville Beach that offer family entertainment.

Beginning in March, Jacksonville Beach residents and visitors have an opportunity to enjoy some of the best national and regional bands, all with the beautiful Atlantic Ocean serving as the backdrop. Festivals also feature a variety of arts, crafts and children's activities.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Jax Beach Arts Market
August 8, 2017
5:00pm to 9:00pm

Location:  Downtown Jacksonville Beach

Join Better Jacksonville Beach for the Jax Beach Art Walk.  This family-friendly event takes place on the second Tuesday of each month from 5 PM until 9 PM.  Bring your family out to see dozens of great local artists, hear local musicians perform, and visit the participating businesses throughout the downtown Jacksonville Beach area.

 If you want to be kept up to date, sign up for our email list or send an email to info@betterjaxbeach.com

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 6:30pm

This race series is designed to test your ability to run three different races in a twenty-four hour period. Your time in each of the three events will be added together to determine your place for the Tour de Pain. If that doesn’t appeal to you, just pick one race and sign up for that one individually. One of the races will be a 4 mile run at the Beach and the race will be in the evening. Sign up and packet pickups will be available at any one of the 1st Place Sports Stores.

For more information, please contact: events@1stplacesports.com

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 8:00am

Sponsored by Genesis Health, surfers with disabilities will have the opportunity to surf with the help of many volunteers.

For more information, please contact Gemesos Health,In. at 1-866-745-2273.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm


Jax Beach Classic Car Cruise

Third Tuesday of each month

5:00 - 8:00 PM

Whether you want to show off your classic car or you want to admire your neighbor's car, bring your family out and enjoy the Jax Beach Classic Car Cruise.  Thanks to the support of the City of Jacksonville Beach, we are now able to use Sea Walk Pavilion and Latham Plaza (across from the Pavilion, between 1st and and 2nd St on the corner of 2nd Ave N) to showcase pre-registered cars.  To apply for a spot in the plazas, email Jon at info@betterjaxbeach.com.   Classic vehicles not showcased in the plazas are welcome to park in the city parking lot next to Latham Plaza (75 1St St North).  Spaces in that lot are public parking and not reserved, so  we ask that you start parking your classic cars in the NW corner near Jax Beach City Hall as space becomes available to keep everyone together.  Unless you are parking at the Sea Walk Pavilion or Latham plaza, no registration is required.

At 8:00 PM, (7:00 during Winter hours) vehicles in the plazas (and anyone else with a classic car) will file out to cruise 1st St.  The route is 1st north to 6th Ave, left on 6th ave one block to 2nd St, go one block on 2nd St to 5th Ave, take 5th Ave east back to 1st St, then turn right back onto 1st St towards Beach Blvd.  Even if you don't have a classic car, come watch as the cruisers show off their ride!

This event is free and open to the public.

We are working in cooperation with the Jacksonville Beach Police Department and want to remind all participants that all traffic and open container laws will be enforced throughout the cruise.  This event is about encouraging families to come to the JBD and we ask you be respectful of that. 

 If you want to be kept up to date, sign up for our email list or send an email to info@betterjaxbeach.com.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 8:00am

HammerHead Ocean Marathon

August 19, 2017 @ 0800


The 12th Annual HammerHead Ocean Marathon is a favorite among local swimmers and triathletes, with some people traveling from out of town for this annual event. There are two swim distances to choose from - 1.25 miles or 2.5 miles - in this point-to-point swim. The Volunteer Life Saving Corps manages this event and provides water safety, along with the North Florida Kayak Club. 1st Place Sports is the timing agency. Profits from this event go to the Competition Team and the Volunteer Life Saving Corps. Approximately 200 people are anticipated to attend.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 12:00pm

The 15th Annual Festival of the Chariot will be held on August 19th from Noon to 10 PM. The Beach procession will take place from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM which will begin at the end of Beach Boulevard on the Beach to 8th Avenue N and turn around and back to the Seawalk Pavilion. After the procession there will be a Cultural Program from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.






Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 8:00am

The third contest in this series.  It was founded in 1967 by East Coast surfers to promote, preserve, and protect the sport of surfing on the East Coast.

For more information, contact: http://www.surfesa.org/

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 6:00pm


The first Summer Beach Run was held in 1965 when the Beatles were taking the US by storm. Long hair with long sideburns was the rage, and we had not yet put a man on the moon. The first event consisted of 25 to 30 runners who were taken by truck to the starting line at Hannah Park. There were only men running the race that year. Most were high school cross country runners getting ready for the season. The race in those days was a straight shot down the beach to the Jacksonville Beach Lifeguard Station. The Seawalk Pavilion would not be built for another 40 years. Last year over 1,500 runners and walkers celebrated the 51st running of the event. Join us on August 26th for the oldest running event in Florida. The Tijuana Flats Summer Beach Run event consists of a 5 mile and 1 mile run on the firmly packed sand at Jacksonville Beach. After the conclusion of the run, a huge post-race celebration will be held featuring a live band, free beer, and tacos from Tijuana Flats.

For more information call 904-731-3676 or visit http://www.1stplacesports.com


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