The world is changing gears faster than the weather, and it looks like Fall is making its way – slowly but surely.
Although sweaters on display and actual sweat is on our faces, we’re thinking we’re going to “fake it until we make it.” If we seek out the pumpkin spice lattes and cozy fabrics the temperature is sure to follow. Just like the field of dreams – if you plaid it, fall will come.
We’ve curated a weekend that appeals directly to our autumnal desires without foregoing the reality of summer. We’re bringing in the harvest at Veg Fest and doing some Fall and heading the rodeo to break in our new boots. We’re celebrating the passing equinox by easin’ into the season, and we think you should acclimate with us. So, get ready to usher in autumn!
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Deal of the Week
Sip & Save @ Circle K
Love grabbing a drink on the go? Try Circle K’s Sip & Save program!
It’s a monthly subscription for only $5.99 that allows one dispensed beverage any sized cup every day! So, if you’re a Diet Coke queen (like us) or an iced coffee connoisseur – you can keep sippin’ even when you’re on the run.
Try their Polar Pop cup for all-day cold or get a Froster, a delicious frosty drink for a quick cool down during a hot day! We love the variety at Circle K because some days we just love changing it up!
Also, there is no card! Customers enter their phone number while checking out, and the Beverage Subscription is added to the basket. Then when they redeem their beverages that month, they just enter their phone number on the screen at checkout!
Events in Jacksonville This Weekend
1. Weekend of Boom with the Jumbo Shrimp
Head to the epicenter of America in Jacksonville – the Jumbo Shrimp Stadium! If you’re looking to double up your fireworks experience, the stadium will be shooting off some serious ‘works. The Jumbo Shrimp season has been extended so fans can come to celebrate cool nights at their newly released BONUS games! (which includes a Thirsty Thursday and Fireworks Friday) that are now on from Sept. 21-25.
The WEEKEND OF BOOM continues with fireworks Friday 9/3, Saturday 9/4, and Sunday 9/5.
Fans beware! The final fireworks show of the season will be on Friday, 9/24 so get over to the stadium before the rocket’s last red glare!
Sept 3-5 | 6:35PM–10:15PM
121 Financial Ballpark
Local Business Spotlight
Mambo's Cuban Express
When that craving for the perfect Cuban sandwich hits (as it sometimes does!) we head over to Mambo’s Cuban Express for an authentic pressed sandwich that always hits the spot.
Not only is their Cuban sandwich exquisite, but their awesome empanadas are also perfectly puffy and delicious! Also, nothing tastes better than finishing your meal with a Tres Leches cake and a cup of Cuban expresso – we wish every lunch ended that way!
Mambo’s is also a great place to hang out in the evenings as they have live music on the weekends and offer pitchers of Sangria! It’s a fun “Havana Nights” hangout for you and all your friends!
📷 Murrey Hillbilly
2. Jax Veg Fest
Celebrate all things good and growing at the Jax Veg Fest! Hosted at Jacksonville’s Riverside Park, this grassroots festival is devoted to environmental awareness, animal advocacy, education, and all things vegan and vegetarian! Veg out of plenty of local vendors serving up tasty plant-based grub, along with speakers, live music, arts, and more!
Whether you’re a pure planetarian or mildly meaty – this event is all about trying out something new and growing a new affection for everything from avocados to zucchini and everything between-y.
Sept 4 | 10:00AM–4:00PM
753 Park St, Jacksonville, FL
3. Taco Fest
Take how many tacos you typically eat in one session and double it because it’s the Jax Taco Fest! This food and entertainment event takes place at The Riverfront Plaza and will feature vendors, live music, margaritas, beer, cocktails, and even a kid’s zone! Featuring Let’s Ride Brass Brand and CaribeGroove, this event promises to bring the music with your taco-eating experience.
Expect 20+ local food trucks and vendors serving up little corn (or flour) tortillas of love at this taco-tastic event.
🗓 Sept 4 | 11:00am–8:00pm
📍 Riverfront Plaza (The Landing)
📷 Luke Langford Band
4. Bulls, Barrels, & BBQ featuring The Luke Langford Band
YEEHAW! It’s finally time to skin that smoke wagon and see what happens at Bulls, Barrels & BBQ! This hog-killin’ event hosts the trifecta of country fun to the live music of the Luke Langford Band! Check out professional Bull riders and high-speed Barrel racers from the Elite Bull riders Association. This rodeo also plans to have some of the best BBQ in Florida! What more could a cowboy want?
🗓 Sept 4 | 4:00pm–11:00pm
📍 Clay County Fairgrounds
🎟 $25.00- $50.00
📷 Wicked Barley
5. Wicked Barley's End of Summer Luau
Don your favorite Hawaiian shirt at Wicked Barley for their 5th Annual End of Summer Luau! Expect delicious tropical food specials and a tiki-inspired tap list including Aloha Beaches, their famous Pina Colada Slushy!
If that’s not enough, our favorite Mandarin brewery will be featuring an authentic Hawaiian Hula Show by Kalani Rose
Hula show and fire dancing with and live music! Dig the endless Summer at Wicked Barley!
🗓 Sept 4 | 6:30pm
📍 4100 Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32217