The Ultimate Guide to Spring Festivals In & Around Jacksonville

Many of you are probably looking forward to the warmer spring season and getting back outdoors after all the cold weather! We’ve gathered up several fun family-friendly fairs and festivals that are happening in and around the Jacksonville area for the next few months. There is something for everyone, from music to film festivals to fairs with rides, games, and fireworks. Many of them have low-cost admission or are FREE, so make plans to get out and enjoy a festival soon!

Feb
23
33rd Annual Cathedral Festival
Prince of Peace Grounds
8:00 am
Fireworks, live music, midway rides and more will be offered Feb. 24-26 during the 33rd Annual Cathedral Festival, held on the grounds of the Mission of Nombre de Dios, off San Marco Avenue in upt...
Feb
24
Jacksonville Manatee Festival
10:00 am
Join the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens at the Manatee Festival on February 24. It will feature manatee education, art, food, local vendors, conservation info, and awesome activities like a Mad Mana-tea...
Feb
24
Community First SeaWalk Music Festival
Seawalk Pavilion
12:00 pm
The 3rd annual Community First Seawalk Music Fest returns on on February 27 & 28, 2016. The festival celebrates our rich and diverse local resources with all local artists, crew, volunteers and f...
Feb
24
Riverside Craft Beer Festival 2018
Riverside Arts Market
4:00 pm
The 2018 Riverside Craft Beer Festival is the fifth annual charity event presented by the Rotary Club of Riverside. WHEN: Saturday, February 24th, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. (VIP’s get in at 3 p....
Mar
1
Regency Square Mall Carnival
Regency Square Mall
This family-friendly event features favorite fair food, carnival games and midway rides for all ages, from whimsical kiddie rides to state-of-the-art thrill rides that include the brand-new Super Cycl...
Mar
1
Florida Strawberry Festival
Plant City Fairgrounds
8:00 am
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The Florida Strawberry Festival is an 11-day community event celebrating the strawberry harvest of Eastern Hillsborough County. Each year, over 500,000 visitors enjoy the festival...
Mar
1
Jacksonville Science Festival 2018
FSCJ South Campus
9:00 am
Who? All students, teachers, experts, organizations, local businesses and community partners coming together to celebrate education with all of the Jacksonville community and surrounding regions. What...
Mar
3
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Writers’ Festival
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
8:00 am
Since 1994, the Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival has focused on engaging emerging writers, as well as reaching out to the greater writing community in the Southeast. A large percentage of our atte...
Mar
3
World of Nations
Metropolitan Park
10:00 am
As you travel through the World of Nations Celebration, experience the cuisine, artistry and customs from lands near and far. Admission is $5. Children ages 3 and under are free. Grab your passport an...
Mar
3
Jax Book Fest 2018
Jacksonville Main Public Library
10:00 am
The Jacksonville Public Library is thrilled to host the second annual Jax Book Fest on Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. With more than 3,000 people in attendance last year, you definit...
Mar
3
7th Annual Northeast Florida Veg Fest
Riverside Park
11:00 am
Jacksonville, Florida will welcome the Seventh Annual Northeast Florida Veg Fest Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the beautiful Riverside Park located next to Historic Five Points...
Mar
4
Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival 2018
8:00 am
​Featuring five thrilling piano performances, the 2018 season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, themed “The Year of the Piano,” will be launched by twin headliners: classical great Ye...
Mar
9
St. Augustine Music and Celtic Festival
Downtown St. Augustine
8:00 am
The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival features world famous Celtic bands, including the Dublin City Ramblers, Seven Nations, Albannach, Rathkeltair, and Emish. Emmet Cahill and Ent...
Mar
16
St. Augustine Lions Club Seafood Festival
Francis Field
3:00 pm
The Festival features tons of delicious food, outstanding entertainment and affordable arts & crafts. Visit the Kid Zone, Arts & Crafts show,  Spanish Landing and Pirate Village. Make a pit-s...
Mar
17
Clarke Heritage Festival
Clarke House Park
10:00 am
Join us for the Clarke Heritage Festival – A Celebration of History in Orange Park. The event will take place at the beautiful Clarke House Park on Kingsley Ave. You will enjoy historic demonstr...
Mar
17
Jacksonville Salt Life Festival 2018
Oceanfront SeaWalk Plaza
12:00 pm
Join us for the 3rd Annual Salt Life Festival at the Seawalk Pavilion, ocean side, Jax Beach Florida! March 17, 2018 from noon to 10pm we’ll be embracing the Salt Life Style! We’ll have di...
Mar
18
137th Annual St. Ambrose Spring Fair
St. Ambrose
12:00 pm
The entire family will enjoy this spring festival from noon-4 p.m. featuring live music by local entertainers, great food, including Minorcan clam chowder and pilau, and special fun and games for th...
Mar
24
Spring Garden Festival
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
9:00 am
This is Gainesville’s premier horticultural event. The Spring Garden Festival features about 150 booths offering plants, landscape displays, garden accessories, arts and crafts, educational exhi...
Mar
24
Old Town Art Show
Francis Field
10:00 am
The Old Town Art Show is juried art and craft show consisting of outstanding artists and craftsmen from Northeast Florida and around the country. The jury committee carefully selects only the best w...
Mar
24
GastroFest Jax
Friendship Fountain
11:00 am
GastroJax is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to foster and preserve local cuisine, educating the public about local food and beverage sources, local restaurants and North Florida dishes. The cul...
Mar
24
Tybee Island Mermaid Fest
Tybee Island Beach Pier
12:00 pm
Are you ready for the 1st Annual Tybee Island Mermaid Fest presented by Savannah Pride?! Join us on March 24th starting at 12PM for the Official start to BEACH SEASON with fun in the sun, live music, ...
Apr
6
23rd Annual Rhythm & Ribs Festival
Special Events Field
Rhythm & Ribs will be held April 6th, 7th and 8th, 2018, at the Francis Field located behind the Visitors Information Center and parking garage, on West Castillo Drive, between U.S. 1 and South ...
Apr
6
Springing the Blues Music Festival
Seawalk Pavilion
Springing the Blues is a free, outdoor blues music festival that celebrates America’s indigenous musical form. The three-day oceanfront event features national, regional and local blues artists on ...
Apr
6
Spark Fest
Daily’s Place Amphitheater
Hemming Park is transformed as Jacksonville’s Hemming Park showcases some of our city’s greatest innovators. Families can visit the booths and meet the different creators, eat at one of the many f...
Apr
18
Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
The 2018 Birding & Photo Fest will feature the return of festival favorites, world-class photographers along with new professionals and instructors who will offer technical training opportunities ...
Apr
21
EPIC Flower & Garden Festival
St. Johns Agricultural Center
9:00 am
The Expo takes place Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center.
Apr
21
Railroad Days
West Nassau Historical Society
9:00 am
2018 RAILROAD DAY Saturday, April 21 9 am – 5 pm ​ARTS/CRAFTS – LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, ANTIQUE MACHINES – MODEL TRAINS, CLASSIC CAR SHOW 10A-3P
Apr
27
Rockville Music Festival
Metropolitan Park
See the biggest names in rock at Metropolitan Park in downtown Jacksonville.
Apr
28
2018 Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival
Tree Hill Nature Center
10:00 am
GET READY TO WELCOME BUTTERFLY SEASON WITH TREE HILL’S BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL! Join Tree Hill Nature Center in celebrating the 2018 Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival from 10am-4pm on April 28th!...
May
24
Jacksonville Jazz Festival
Downtown Jacksonville – Various Locations
Jazz enthusiasts from around the world come together for this free, three-day event throughout downtown Jacksonville. The event covers 15 city blocks and includes three outdoor stages, a marketplace w...

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2 Responses to The Ultimate Guide to Spring Festivals In & Around Jacksonville

  1. Lisa Vincent Feb 19, 2018 at 11:59 pm #

    Tree Hill Nature Center is having their Butterfly Festival Apr. 28th

    http://www.treehill.org/

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