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Visit Jacksonville

March 17, 2015 15:53 ET

Spring Is Festival Season in Jax

JACKSONVILLE, FL--(Marketwired - March 17, 2015) - Whether you're looking for a family friendly spring-break destination, or the ideal spot for a quick fun getaway, Jacksonville has the perfect mix of Florida Flair, Southern Hospitality, and exciting festivals to put a spring in your step this new season!

Enjoy the ocean breeze while the music notes float through the palm trees at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach -- home to a number of festivals including George's Music Springing the Blues Festival, Florida's largest free outdoor blues festival. Spring visitors can also rock out by the river in Downtown Jacksonville, where you can soak up the tunes while gazing at the famous Jacksonville skyline and its iconic bridges. And it's not only music that will keep you entertained this season! Technology and Jacksonville's entrepreneurial spirit take center stage during One Spark, the world's largest crowdfunding festival in April, and the city's prolific foodie scene is the newest star at GastroFest in the heart of Downtown. A visit to Jacksonville wouldn't be complete without a sampling of the award-winning local beer scene. Come into town for one of the many beer festivals, and when you're done, hop on the Jax Ale Trail and explore our local craft breweries.

There's so much to do in Jacksonville at any given time, start planning your visit and don't miss out on any of our electrifying spring flings.

Mar. 21, 2015
Jacksonville is showing the world what an awesome culinary scene it has to offer. GastroFest is a food fest that celebrates all of it, from fine dining to food trucks, from microbrews to local cookbooks, from vegans to local beef.

Locals Only Beer Fest
March 28, 2015
Sample the best local craft beers in Jacksonville during this fun afternoon event at the local JAX Chamber parking lot in Downtown Jacksonville. Local brewers include Aardwolf Brewing Company, Bold City Brewery, and Intuition Ale Works. Enjoy music, food trucks, and lots of local beer!

One Spark Festival
April 7-12, 2015
Entrepreneurs from all over the world gather in Jacksonville for six days in April to present their latest ideas and projects. This is the world's largest crowdfunding festival.

Southeast Boat Show and Oyster Jam
April 10-12, 2015
The 18th Annual Southeast US Boat Show is a 3 day event that includes hundreds of boats, live seminars, live music, delicious food and the world's most enthusiastic boaters.

George's Music Springing the Blues
April 17-19, 2015
This is the largest free oceanfront Blues Festival in the world. It takes place in sunny Jacksonville Beach every April. It was named by "Downbeat Magazine" as one of the top 50 Music Festivals in the World.

Welcome to Rockville
April 25-26, 2015
Hear some of the world's best rock bands as they converge in Jacksonville during this two day outdoor music festival. Featuring heavy rock icons like Korn, Marilyn Manson and Slayer.

THE PLAYERS Championship
May 5-10, 2015
Golf's best players descend upon Ponte Vedra Beach, FL for the annual tournament at TPC Sawgrass. Do not miss their attempts to beat the world-famous 17th hole; it's a tricky one!

Funk Fest Jacksonville
May 8-9, 2015
Enjoy live music and entertainment next to the St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville featuring artists such as R. Kelly, Charlie Wilson, and T Pain. This is the 10th anniversary of the Fun Fest in Jacksonville.

Craft & Import Beer Festival
May 15, 2015
This is the largest beer festival in North Florida. This event allows visitors to sample some of the best craft and imported beers available, while tasting food from 20+ local restaurants.

Jacksonville Jazz Festival
May 21-24, 2015
This is the second largest free Jazz Festival in the nation. Taking place every year during Memorial Day Weekend, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival attracts more than 30,000 people and some of the best Jazz musicians to Downtown Jacksonville for three spectacular days.

And if Spring has you wanting to come back for more, be sure to check out our summer festivals.

Florida Country Superfest
June 13-14, 2015
Some of the best country music acts in the nation descend on Jacksonville's EverBank Field for a weekend filled with live music and tailgating fun. With artists like Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band this event is a must for any country music lover.

Seawalk Music Festival
June 20, 2015
The 3rd annual Community First Seawalk Music Festival celebrates our rich and diverse local resources with all local artists, crew, volunteers and food vendors. This free, one-day event is held on the beach at the Seawalk Pavilion.

The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament & Festival
July 12-18, 2015
This is the largest kingfish tournament in the Southeast. Anglers of all experience levels are welcomed. In addition to the general tournament, this spectacular event also includes a Junior Angler Tournament, food festival, live entertainment, and more. 

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Visit Jacksonville is a nonprofit marketing organization contracted by the Duval County Tourist Development Council (TDC) to champion the growth of business and leisure tourism in Northeast Florida. Along with its nearly 400 tourism partners, Visit Jacksonville supports a vital and growing component of the local economy -- with tourism generating $2.2 billion in direct and indirect economy impact annually and supporting 22,000 jobs that span every sector of the economy. For a closer look at all there is to see and do in Jacksonville, go to or contact 800-733-2668.

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