The Seawalk Pavilion at Jacksonville Beach
Live music, festival food, and parties all summer long
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In the heart of Jacksonville Beach, overlooking the ocean and covering 2 square blocks, looms Jax Beaches' best idea yet: the Seawalk Pavilion and festival grounds. Starting in early spring, festivals of music, food, and fun in the sun continue throughout the summer and into the fall. Originally conceived to attract more people to the beach, festivals would begin on Friday and continue through Saturday and Sunday. After many complaints from local businesses about festival goers clogging up traffic and only patronizing the businesses at the festival, city council members decided they don’t need to attract more people to the beaches. They would come naturally. As a consequence, the only three day festival any more is Springin the Blues, but it is a good one!
Our festival season starts out with the Great Atlantic Seafood and Music Festival in mid March. As the name implies, the food court is stocked full of Florida, Louisiana and Key West seafood specialties cooked every which way. The craft booths abound with Caribbean, Jamaican and Floridian arts and crafts, and a play area for the kids has a huge rock climbing wall and a toned down, very safe bunji ride. Entertainment on the pavilion stage runs the gamut with jazz, blues, rock and beach music. Also included this year are a fashion show, and a 5K run.
Just two weeks later in the beginning of April is the biggie: George's Music Annual Springing the Blues Festival is billed as Florida’s largest free outdoors blues festival. Designed to celebrate Americas' indigenous music form, blues musicians from all over the country delight festival goers for three days on the first weekend in April. The aroma of Florida seafood and Bar-B-Que fill the air as the kids play and the adults dance, party and shop at the arts and crafts booths. Other activities scheduled for the weekend have included the Running the Blues 5k run/walk, the Blues Festival Kayak Race, and the Surfing the Blues Pro/Am Surfing Competition.
In addition to the festivals at the Seawalk Pavilion, concerts and movies are scheduled throughout the summer. On Mothers Day, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performs a pops concert every year. Bring your mom and a lawn chair for music, snacks, and your favorite beverages.
The Moonlight Movies Film Series presents classic movies outdoors under the stars on five consecutive Fridays in mid summer. Movies start at 9pm, when it gets dark enough.
The Smooth Sounds of Hot Summer Nights is a Jazz concert series held on Sunday nights about three times throughout the summer.
Then of course there's the Fourth of July Liberty Fest. Music, food and fun starting at 5pm and culminating with one of Jacksonville’s largest fireworks displays being shot off from the Pier! Fireworks at the beach - a long standing Jacksonville tradition.
In the autumn, the Seawalk Pavilion hosts a September 11th Remembrance Concert with music by the Navy Band. The festival year ends with the Sounds of the Holidays concert at the beginning of December to ring in the holiday season.
The people of Jacksonville Beach and their counterparts in Jacksonville await
breathlessly the arrival of spring, signaling the beginning of the festival
season at Jacksonville's Seawalk Pavilion, and all the joy
and diversity it brings to a weekend at the beach!