A Jacksonville Mom’s Guide to the Month of April

April Guide

April is here and spring is in the air! We’ve got your month covered with fun events happening all month including fairs and festivals that will be in town. Start the month at Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour! – Jacksonville, FL and the Jacksonville Lantern Parade. Don’t miss out on the 2nd Annual Bloom: An Event for New & Expecting Moms. See the calendar for more events!

April 1: Jacksonville Market for Makers 10:00-3:00 pm Get your tickets while they last to the first ever Jacksonville Market for Makers located downtown Jacksonville inside The Glass Factory’s 25,000 sq ft warehouse. Come and discover tons of makers and emerging brands Easter weekend!

April 1: Jacksonville Spring Fair 12:00 – 10:00 pm The Jacksonville Spring Fair is a fun, family-friendly event for all ages. There will be food, state fair carnival rides, a variety of animal entertainment attractions, including Petting Zoo, Pig Races, and a World of Wolves Show.

April 1-7: Clay County Agricultural Fair The Clay County Agricultural Fair returns to Green Cove Springs March 29 to April 7.  There will be Team Rock Ninja Experience, Disc-Connectted K9’s World Famous Frisbee Dogs, 4H / FFA Youth Dairy Show, Main Street Parade, a Talent Show, and more.

April 6-7: Spark Fest 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 food trucks and enjoy interactive exhibits.

April 6-8: 23rd Annual Rhythm & Ribs Festival 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 Castillo Drive (A1A) right in the heart of historic downtown St. Augustine (our nation’s oldest city, founded in 1565).

April 7: Children’s Business Fair 1:00-4:00 pm The Acton Children’s Business Fair inspires children to discover their inner entrepreneur. The largest entrepreneurship event for kids from 6-17 years old in North America. This one-day market gives children the opportunity to showcase their very own businesses.

April 7: Weaver First Saturday Free For All at the Cummer Museum 10:00-4:00 pm The first Saturday of each month at the Cummer Museum is FREE FOR ALL, thanks to the generous support of J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver.

April 7: Jacksonville Mini Maker Faire Jacksonville Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of both the innovative spirit of the region’s burgeoning Maker Movement and the collaborative nature of North East Florida.

April 7: Murray Hill Mural Festival 10:00-2:00 pm Come out an meet the artists who create the Murray Hill Murals, take a tour of the murals, and enjoy local food and drinks!

April 7: Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour! – Jacksonville, FL 4:00-5:00 pm Your favorite Disney Junior friends are coming to a city near you! Are you ready to DANCE?!? Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour is an ALL NEW interactive live concert experience.

April 7: Jacksonville Lantern Parade 6:00-10:00 pm Mark your calendars for the inaugural Jacksonville Lantern Parade, an illuminated celebration of creativity, art, children, and the St. Johns River.0 pm

April 10: Children’s Show: The Reluctant Dragon at the Alhambra 10:00-11:30 am A tale that teaches us not to judge a book by its cover and to give others a chance. A young boy befriends a misunderstood dragon that everyone he knows is afraid of.

April 14: Cupcake Run 5k & Cake Walk 1 Mile Fun Run 7:30-10:30 am Sweet by Holly presents The Cupcake Run 5K and 1 mile Cake Walk fun run benefitting Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida, a non-profit dedicated to increasing the confidence of young girls through a 10-week program that culminates in a celebratory 5k.

April 14: Daily’s Fit-4-Life Kids Duathlon, Tot Trot & Family Festival 8:00-12:00 pm OPEN TO ALL CHILDREN! Please join us for the 3rd Annual Daily’s Fit-4-Life Kids Duathlon, Tot Trot & Family Festival Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

April 14: 14th Annual Bartram Bash at Alpine Groves Park 8:00-1:00 pm Come celebrate the First American Born Naturalist, William Bartram, at the 14th Annual Bartram Bash on Saturday, April 14th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Alpine Groves Park, 2060 State Road 13, Switzerland, Florida.

April 14: Daniel Kids’ Jacksonville Backyard BBQ Championships 12:00-5:00 pm Dozens of local amateur and professional cooks will compete at the Jacksonville Backyard BBQ Championships on April 14. The cookout will raise money for the Glyn Cook Memorial Scholarship – a fund that assists formerly homeless Daniel kids who are seeking to further their educations beyond high school.

April 18: Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest 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 and more birding in-field programs than ever before.

April 20: Children’s Show: The Reluctant Dragon at the Alhambra 10:00-11:30 am A tale that teaches us not to judge a book by its cover and to give others a chance. A young boy befriends a misunderstood dragon that everyone he knows is afraid of.

April 21: Fee-Free Day at all National Parks 8:00-5:00 pm Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

April 21: EPIC Flower & Garden Festival 9:00-5:00 pm 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.

April 21: Arts in the Park 2018 10:00-5:00 pm Over 60 juried artists fill the canopy tree-lined park to sell and display their work of visual, mixed mediums and jewelry while music fills the air and Food Trucks line the streets. Free face painting provided by Captain Character.

April 21: Earth Day 2018 Celebration 11:00-3:00 pm The Jacksonville Landing welcomes you, your friends, your family, your pets and all others to celebrate Earth Day on April 21 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at The Jacksonville Landing.

April 21: 11th Annual Spring Fling Daddy Daughter Dance 4:00-8:00 pm No one can deny the bond between a daughter and her father. A father’s love and support is integral towards their daughter’s growth and development into adulthood. In fact, the more active a father is within his daughter’s life, the more confident and strong she will be.

April 26: Taste of Chocolate 6:00 pm You’re Invited to the 15th Annual Taste of Chocolate featuring amazing chocolate delights by Kilwins and Heavenly Chocolate Creations.

April 27: Rockville Music Festival See the biggest names in rock at Metropolitan Park in downtown Jacksonville.

April 28: 2018 Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival 10:00-4:00 pm 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!!! Miss Jacksonville 2018 Kaleya Leverette will greet guests and host a storytelling time for the kids.

April 28: Health & Wellness Expo – Free Event 10:00-4:00 pm Join us April 28th from 10-4pm at the Renaissance Hotel in World Golf Village for a fun free Health & Wellness Expo – Free Event Presented by Jacksonville Business Connections featuring over 70+ vendors.

April 28: Feel the Wheels 10:00-3:00 pm The Junior Service League of St. Augustine proudly presents the sixth annual Feel the Wheels! Saturday, April 28, 10:00am to 3:00pm at the St. Augustine Outlets parking lot next to Bozard Ford. Join us for a fun-filled day of hands-on fun with trucks, fire engines, cars, helicopters, boats, and more!

April 29:  The Taste of St. Augustine 11:00-5:00 pm Everyone likes to eat! The Taste of St. Augustine highlights the culinary heritage and culture of St. Johns County by showcasing new restaurants and established favorites. Sample our local cuisine and learn about our area’s food culture!

April 30: The World Famous Clydesdales 10:00-5:00 pm The Clydesdales will be at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery (on site) arriving on April 30th to May 6th. Contact the Tour Center for Hitch or Picture Day dates and times.

Apr. 1-30: Science Fiction, Science Future 10:00- 5:00 pm Science Fiction, Science Future is a traveling exhibition that enables visitors to develop a deeper understanding of how science fiction ideas and concepts might become the science reality of tomorrow through hands-on and full-body experiences incorporating robots, invisibility, mind control, holograms and augmented reality.

April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30: MOSH Mondays 8:00 -2:00 pm MOSH is the First Coast’s go-to destination for fun every Monday.

April 8-28: Family Farm Day 1:00-9:00 am Bring the whole family and come spend a few hours with us on our little goat farm. Get a glimpse into the life of a farmer! Learn how to catch a chicken, collect the eggs, milk the goats, and play with the babies!!

Month of Marvel 4:00-7:00 pm Join fellow teens for a month long celebration of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Come watch movies, play games, and eat themed snacks leading up to the release of the third Avengers movie.

April 21: 2nd Annual Bloom: An Event for New & Expecting Moms 9:00-11:00 am TICKETS GOING ON SALE THURSDAY, MARCH 29 at 8 PM! Who: Jacksonville moms who are currently expecting a baby, had a baby within the last year, foster moms of infants, or are planning on growing their family soon, this event is for you.

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