Summer on the first coast

Summer is right around the corner, and when the sun comes out the fun comes out in the Bold City!

This summer there is plenty of fun to be had such as music festivals, special events and more. In anticipation of an epic summer, we’re excited to highlight some seasonal events that are happening on the First Coast. 

Coming up on Memorial Day Weekend, Jacksonville is hosting the Jacksonville Jazz Festival which is a fantastic way to start off the summer on the exact day the school semester ends. Parents, you can pat yourselves on the back after a busy school year by enjoying an electrifying and lively music festival. Make sure to catch the piano competition showcasing some of the best the country has to offer duke it out for a prize and prestige! The Jacksonville Jazz festival takes place on May 27th-29th, you can purchase tickets and find out more about the event here.

June 11th will be a very busy day for Jacksonville as it celebrates its 200th birthday! There will be a street festival, live music, art showcases, and a parade showcasing all Jacksonville has accomplished in the past centuries, and looking at what’s in store for its future. The Bold City’s bicentennial celebration takes place on Saturday, June 11. Find out more about it here

Also, that same day, Beachella is coming to Jacksonville! Enjoy a fun splurge of music and sun at Jacksonville Beach as a crowd builds up to enjoy the featured music. Festival goers can enjoy live music, food, drinks and more at the Sea walk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach on Saturday June 11th. Find out more information about the event here.

If you didn’t get enough music in June, July is filled with even more concerts! From a monthly lineup featuring a wide array of artists such as Motley Crue and Def Leppard to Big Time Rush to Incubus, Jacksonville’s summer musical lineup is packed with something for everybody. Book your tickets and see the full range of artists performing, here

The Natural Beauty Fest is returning to Jacksonville this July where anybody, and I mean anybody, can experience and see multiple fitness showcases, get free mini manicures, free haircuts, engage with local vendors, and enjoy live music. The event takes place July 23rd from 10 AM to 10 PM at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. You can get tickets and more information here

Of course, summer in the U.S. wouldn’t be summer without the Fourth of July and BBQ. The Northeast Florida region always has big events for America’s birthday, from Fourth of July on the River to St. Augustine’s Fourth of July fireworks, there’s plenty of excitement to be had this upcoming July 4th, and you can read more all about them here

The Beaches in North East Florida deserve their own highlight; from the bars and lively crowd at Neptune beach to the quiet surfing available at Amelia Island, the warm waters of the summer will be a go-to destination any weekend on the First Coast. 

Speaking of beaches, summer on the First Coast is also highlighted by several local restaurants! Salt Life is a purely local, great place to eat only offered in the Northeast Florida region, where you can enjoy delicious food, drinks, and a great beachy atmosphere every time you go. Plan your visit or see their menu online here.

 What is it that makes the Northeast region of Florida the First Coast? St. Augustine is the answer. As the first city established in the United States, there’s a plethora of history and culture to admire in the historic district. A summer spent walking through the historic district surrounded by the unique architecture and going through a tour of the Castillo de San Marcos should definitely be on your list of things to do in the summer when the weather’s perfect.  Keep up-to-date with St. Augustine local events here.

Finally, to highlight one more local business ripe for the summer, Congaree and Penn is, according to their own website, “a Florida farm and restaurant dedicated to agriculture & culinary endeavors,” bringing many unique experiences in the coming warm months. From Wednesday to Sunday, they offer fruit picking in the summer, where you can pick and enjoy fresh figs, blackberries, grapes, and olives before enjoying meals with the same ingredients in their restaurant. You can check out more about Congaree and Penn on their website here and view their events schedule.

For more events in Jacksonville, continue following the Top of The Coast website, and more posts about upcoming events at the visit Jacksonville website here

by E.JARQUIN on May 17th, 2022

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