A Jacksonville Mom’s Guide to the Month of May

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The spring season is in full bloom! May is lined up with plenty of fun activities all over town. Go out with the family to MOCA Family Day or enjoy special events during Children’s Book Week. THE PLAYERS Championship is also going on this month. We can’t forget that May is a time to celebrate Mom! Celebrate the amazing mothers out there for Mother’s Day with a delicious brunch or tea party happening in town and get your tickets for our Bloom event for all the new and expecting mothers! See our calendar for a full list of events this month.

May 1 – 7: Children’s Book Week 9:00 – 10:00 pm Children’s Book Week is celebrating it’s 98th anniversary of spreading the joy of children’s books and literacy. It’s a week full of special events like a day dedicated to dogs, Star Wars Day, and more. We’ll have activities, giveaways, and more!

May 1: World’s Largest Golf Outing 2:30 pm Location: King & Bear More Information: www.golfwgv.com/kb-specials

May 4: Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2, IMAX 3D Film Time: Daily showings beginning at 1 pm Location: IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame More Information: www.worldgolfimax.com/movies/guardians-of-the-galaxy-vol.-2

May 5: THE PLAYERS Championship Exhibit Opening Opening Date: May 5 Location: World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum More Information: www.worldgolfhalloffame.org

May 5 – 7: St. Luke’s Spring Festival  Free admission! Public welcome! May 5 4-11 pm, May 6 4-11 pm, May 7 12-4 pm. Showcasing: super fun rides, fireworks spectacular, live entertainment, international food court, cornhole, huge raffle — win a car or cash!

May 6: March for Babies 8:00 – 11:00 am GET EXCITED! The 2017 March for Babies is in a NEW location. We are thrilled to announce March for Babies will be held at Jacksonville University, starting and finishing on Dolphin Green along the St. Johns River. Lace up your sneakers, bring your friends and family, and come out to walk with us on Saturday.

May 6: Make-A-Wish Walk for Wishes 8:30 – 11:30 am Walk For Wishes is a nationwide Make-A-Wish® fundraiser that celebrates the more than 270,000 wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes. It’s a family-friendly event powered by wish families, volunteers, donors and friends. In Northeast Florida alone we are expecting to grant 50 wishes just this year!

May 6: Rubber Ducks and Food Trucks – River Race for Autism     9:00 – 2:00 pm Join us Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Adventure Landing Jacksonville Beach and plan to have a quackin’ good time! 9:00 a.m. gates open, 10 a.m. Duck Race begins! 11 a.m. Enjoy food trucks, music, Adventure Landing arcade, laser tag, mini golf, go-carts and batting cages. Get your ducks for the race today — only $5

May 6: Jax AquaFest 10:00 – 4:00 pm Our bodies need clean bodies of water! Immerse yourself in ways to save this vital resource. Special features include a waterless carnival, river tours, invertebrate encounters at the Vystar Intertidal Touch Tank and more! Time:  10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost:  Free admission to event and museum.

May 6: Vintage Camper Show 10:00 – 1:00 pm Sisters on the Fly will be hosting a vintage camper show in Anastasia State Park. Come see over 30 vintage campers and campsites set up to tour. Regular park entry fees apply at $4/single-occupant vehicle, $8/vehicle with 2-8 occupants, or $2/bicyclist.

May 6: MOCA Family Day 2017 11:00 – 5:00 pm MOCA Jacksonville celebrates the end of the school year with a free day of art-making, interactive fun, and other surprises! Free and open to the public.

May 6: 2017 JPL Comic Con 11:00 – 3:00 pm JPL Comic Con is back at both the Beaches Branch Library AND Willowbranch Branch Library. The excitement and activity builds every year and this year will be no different. It’s also National Free Comic Book Day.

May 6: Riverside LuLaPalooza 11:00 – 3:00 pm Jacksonville LuLaroe lovers, mark your calendars for our first Riverside LuLaPalooza on Saturday, May 6. Come shop with 14 local LuLaRoe consultants. Find the perfect Mother’s Day outfit for you or someone special. Going on vacation this summer? LuLaRoe is stylish, comfortable, and travels well!

May 6: First Annual Third Street Spring Festival 12:00 – 6:00 pm Third Street Village is celebrating 15 years of business and to mark this occasion, locals are invited to eat, drink and shop from 12-6pm on Saturday, May 6.

May 7: Jacksonville Jewish Food Festival 11:30 – 2:30 pm Congregation Ahavath Chesed (“The Temple”) will hold its sixth annual Jacksonville Jewish Food Festival on Sunday, May 7th. The event will take place at The Temple from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm at 8727 San Jose Boulevard.

May 9  – 14: THE PLAYERS Championship 7:00 – 8:00 pm THE PLAYERS Championship annually combines the best field in golf with the world-class venue that is THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Morgan Stanley, PWC and Optum are the exclusive Proud Partners of THE PLAYERS.

May 9: THE PLAYERS: Military Appreciation Day with Sam Hunt Concert 6:00 – 8:00 pm The Military Appreciation Day Ceremony (6 p.m.) and Sam Hunt concert (6:30 p.m.) will be held on the 17th hole when the tournament returns to THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

May 11 – 14: THE PLAYERS Championship Week at the Hall of Fame 10:00 – 6:00 pm Museum open from 10 am – 6 pm (Noon to 6 pm on Sunday) Location: World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum More Information: www.worldgolfhalloffame.org

May 11: Doktor Kaboom! Live Wire! The Electricity Tour 10:00 am and 12:00 pm Doktor Kaboom will explore the fundamentals of electrical energy and the history of humanity’s adventures into its potential.  At the dawn of the 19th century, mankind first harnessed the power of electricity, the world changed and the journey still continues.

May 13: Fancy Farm Market and Family Fun on the Farm 9:00 – 4:00 pm Amazing Grace Crop Maze presents the farm’s first Fancy Farm Market featuring many vintage, rustic, antique finds, jewelry, pampering products, accessories and more! It is FREE to visit the Fancy Farm Market vendor area. Bring cash and come early for the best deals!

May 13: The Un-Mad Hatter’s Tea Party 9:00 – 2:00 pm Join Celestial Farms for a wonderful tea party with self-care vendors available to help us all feel relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. Tea and lunch options $10 for a child and $15 for an adult. Entrance and parking free. Vendors may have fees for activities such as massage, yoga, and a self-care product boutique bar. Also available are $3 ticket for train or horse rides. Your purchases benefit our rescue and educational programs.

May 13: Mommy & Me Princess Party 11:00 -1:00 pm Mommy’s what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than treating your little Princess to a special party with the girls from Alleycakes and Girly Girl Tea parties! Join us for cupcake decorating, crafts, a sweets buffet, and story time + pictures with Belle & Ariel! Snacks & beverages will also be served. Costumes are encouraged!!

May 13: Harry Potter Event 12:00 – 8:00 pm Tickets will be $5 at the Gate and online Pre-sale for $4. 3 and under are FREE! With Special Guest Chris Rankin cast as Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter films! River City Live Coverage Here: http://www.news4jax.com/river-city-live/harry-potter-event-in-st-augustine Potential Vendors, please contact [email protected] Take a walk down St. Augustine’s Diagon Alley, leading you into a wizarding world.

May 13: Alice in Wonderland 7:00 pm Alice in Wonderland Saturday, May 13 at 7 PM Lewis Auditorium – Flagler College St. Augustine, FL

May 14: Mother’s Day Brunch at Aw Shucks 10:00 – 2:00 pm Join for one of the best Brunches in Jacksonville! Bottomless Mimosas & Bloody Marys only $10!

May 14: Mother’s Day Brunch 11:00 – 3:00 pm Locations: Villagio Lounge at Renaissance Resort More Information: www.worldgolfvillage.com/activities Champions Grille at King & Bear More Information: www.golfwgv.com/champions-grille

May 14: Mother’s Day Brunch at 5 Loaves 2 Fish 11:00 – 2:00 pm Join us on the river for a Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet.

May 14: Mother’s Day Tea Party by Belle of the Boulevard 4:00 – 6:30 pm Join us for another special Tea Party in the beautiful Gardens of Flaire Celebrations Gift Boutique! Let’s celebrate the wonderful Moms in our lives! Shop for the perfect Mother’s Day gifts from Flaire Celebrations Gift Boutique and Belle of the Boulevard, Mobile Fashion Boutique Enjoy catered small bites and sweet treats along with tea service.

May 14: John Legend Darkness and Light Tour 7:00 – 10:00 pm RSVP to get exclusive early access to pre-sale tickets and stay up-to-date on ticket sales and VIP. VIP Info: http://www.cidentertainment.com/events/john-legend-tour-2017/

May 14: Championship Sunday PINK OUT at THE PLAYERS In honor of Mother’s Day, which falls on the final round of THE PLAYERS (Sunday, May 14), the event will once again stage a “PINK OUT” on Championship Sunday in in celebration of mothers and support of The DONNA Foundation’s breast cancer marathon for research and care.

May 18 – 21: Morocco Shrine Circus  All new circus in an old-fashioned air-conditioned tent. Circus Midway: Games, kiddie Rides, Free Petting Zoo

May 20: Rock ‘N’ Roll Express Ride the rails through scenic woodlands and over marshlands and come face to face with Rock ‘n’ Roll legends as they take you back in time. Great entertainment and lots of fun for all ages!

May 20: Riding Into History at World Golf Village  All Day Location: Champions Lake at World Golf Village More Information: ridingintohistory.org/the-event

May 20: Budweiser Brewery Experience Presents The 2017 FCCC Spring Fling Car Show 9:00 – 2:00 pm An All Ages Event/Free Fan Admission/ Event Takes Place Rain or Shine. Proceeds from this event benefit the Ronald McDonald Charities of Jacksonville.

May 20: Get Hooked on Fishing 9:00 am Come out to Huguenot park in Jacksonville Beach on May 20th and fish for free. Kids under 15 can also enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks along with pony rides and games. Cost: Free

May 20: Dancin’ in the Street 11:00 – 9:00 pm The 31st annual Dancin in the Street (DITS) festival will kick off Saturday, May 20 at 11:00 am at the Beaches Town Center, located at the ocean end of Atlantic Boulevard. Events for the one-day festival are scheduled from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

May 20: This is My Brave 7:30 – 9:00 pm A live presentation of touching essays, original music, and poetry will be performed by a dozen individuals living with―or loving someone with―a mental illness. The power of the human connection through the telling of personal experiences will grab hold of the audience for the show’s ninety minutes and beyond.

May 21: Summer Jazz Concerts at the Beach On May 21st & June 11th you can take the kids out to the Sea Walk Pavilion and enjoy some free music.  Opening acts start at 5 pm.  Bring your chairs, blankets, and snacks. Cost: Free



May 25 – 28: 2017 Jacksonville Jazz Festival 7:00 – 11:00 pm Experience all Downtown Jacksonville has to offer as it comes alive with the sounds of jazz greats and modern favorites at the 2017 Jacksonville Jazz Festival on Memorial Day weekend. Join the City of Jacksonville May 25 – 28 and experience three stages of live jazz, local food, drinks, shopping, and entertainment.

May 26 – 28: Florida Folk Festival Welcome to the Florida Folk Festival, a three-day celebration of the music, dance, stories, crafts and food that make Florida unique. From Irish fiddle tunes, techno contra dancing and kumquat pie, to the wide varieties of music brought by immigrants, the state’s cultural heritage reflects the lives of generations of Florida families and communities. Throughout the Memorial Day weekend, more than 300 performances give voice and meaning to Florida’s heritage.

May 27 – 28: St. Augustine Aquarium Grand Opening Weekend 10:00- 5:00 pm Join us at St. Augustine Aquarium for our GRAND OPENING!

May 27 – 28: Clay County Watermelon Festival Celebrate all things WATERMELON with us! Family Fun & Festivities Inside & Out, Art & Crafts, Ice Cold Watermelon, Free Bounce Houses, Grilled Watermelon, Delicious Food, Live Local Entertainment, Free Petting Zoo, Watermelon Eating Contest, Train Rides & Pony Rides, Free Hula Hoop Contest, Classic Car Show, Watermelon Wine Slush Mixes, Free Coloring Contest, Free Inside Toddler Play Area, Watermelon Fudge, Free Watermelon Samples, Free Sack Races, Whole Watermelons, Face Painting, Cutest Baby Contest, Watermelon Smoothies, Free Bean Bag Toss, Seed Spitting Contest, Photo Op & Much More!

May 28: Memorial Concert & Picnic in The Park 6:00 – 8:00 pm On the eve of Memorial Day, the Memorial Park Association will host a FREE two-hour concert, honoring all Americans who died while in the military service.

May 29: Annual Memorial Day RiverFest Celebration 10:00 – 9:00 pm The City of Green Cove Springs hosts the 29th Annual Memorial Day RiverFest Celebration in Historic Spring Park.  Activities include food, arts & crafts booths, pony rides, entertainment, and contests, including a Hotdog Eating Contest, Rubber Ducky Race, and more. The event concludes with a fireworks display.

May 29: Rock on the River 8 – The Ocho 12:00 – 10:00 pm The finest free show on the First Coast returns to The Jacksonville Landing this Memorial Day with a lineup so satisfactory, you’ll be satisfied. It’s a good time, but a hot one as well, so be sure to grab VIP tickets. There will be plenty of chances to win them and check the X102.9 app for all the future details.

May 20: Bloom: An Event for New and Expecting Moms 9:00 – 12:00 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.

What & Why: Stroll through the beautiful resort at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa and enjoy a delicious buffet brunch, complete with mimosas! This is an event celebrating pregnancy and motherhood, giving attendees the chance to meet and chat with other moms and receive introductions to local experts on topics pertaining to parenting.

Jan. 14 – May 8: Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks at the Jacksonville Zoo  Get Connected…to Nature! The award-winning Nature Connects: Art With LEGO Bricks exhibition by world-renowned artist, Sean Kenney, is coming to Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens! The exhibition features 13 LEGO sculptures with over 300,000 bricks. The exhibit is free with admission and will have the sculptures and LEGO play stations in the Range of the Jaguar,

Mar. 14 – May 29: The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks Exhibit  An installation by 2017 Artist in Residence Kathy Stark that examines 16 public parks in the Jacksonville area and encourages visitors to explore them.

Mar. 31 – May 26: The Art of Healing Exhibition Opening reception – March 31, 2017 from 6-8 pm The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach presents The Art of Healing Exhibition. An exhibition celebrating the healing effects of the arts through music, art making and art interpretation.

May 9 – 14: THE PLAYERS Championship THE PLAYERS Championship annually combines the best field in golf with the world-class venue that is THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Morgan Stanley, PwC and Optum are the exclusive Proud Partners of THE PLAYERS.

U-Pick Sunflowers & Family Fun on the Farm 9:00 – 4:00 pm Amazing Grace Crop Maze presents Spring Family Fun on the Farm 2017 Spring Season Information – Saturdays only: *The farm will be open the following dates: May 6th, 13th, and 20th *Hours of Operation: 9am-4pm *$10 Admission (includes tax) for all guests ages 3 and up. *Children 2 and under are free.

 Catty Shack Ranch Sanctuary Enrichment Day  1:00 – 4:00 pm Enjoy a guided tour of all the residents (Siberian tigers, lions, cougars, black leopards, a bobcat, coatimundis and foxes) at the sanctuary. Tours begin at 1pm and last about 45 minutes. Tours include a viewing of all the residents, as time allows, along with facts about the animals.



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4 Responses to A Jacksonville Mom’s Guide to the Month of May

  1. Jon Apr 30, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

    Thank You for the list of events, and times. Im going to have to check a couple of these out!

    • Bernadyn
      Bernadyn May 3, 2017 at 7:57 pm #

      You’re welcome, so glad this helps!

  2. Vanessa Leon May 3, 2017 at 4:06 pm #

    That’s great! I was looking here and there for events of May. Thank you so much Ernadyn for sharing the upcoming event list. Definitely I will join the March for Babies on May 6. I will try to attend in the Jacksonville Jewish Food Festival too. 🙂

    • Bernadyn
      Bernadyn May 3, 2017 at 7:59 pm #

      You’re welcome and happy to hear that. Both of those will be great events to check out!

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