Emancipation Celebration and More Stuff to Do in Jacksonville

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We’ve got a hot list of fun warm-weather events lined up for you this weekend. From insta-worthy locations to community celebrations – the vibe for this weekend is all about radiating positivity for yourself and everyone around you. 

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Events This Weekend

📷 Mama Blue

For the first year ever, Jacksonville is honoring its African American roots with recognition of Emancipation Celebration Day! The festival will be hosted at the newly coined James Weldon Johnson park and aims to educate the public about Jacksonville’s past racial inequalities while celebrating the continued effort for unity. Produced by  Councilwoman Ju’Coby Pittman and the City of Jacksonville, the event will feature local African American food trucks and vendors, fun activities for kids, a community art project, and live performances from Katz Downstairs, Mama Blue, Nan Nkama African Drum as well poetry by Taryn “LoveReigns” Wharwood and Mal Jones.

Event Details
🗓 May 20 | 11AM–8PM
📍 James Weldon Johnson park

The mood is summer and sunny this weekend as sunflower season opens up! Take a trip down to either Amazing Grace Family Farms or Conner’s A-maize-ing Acres for a photo op you won’t want to miss out on. These big blooms make for a perfect date day and a spectacular field to walk through.

Fun fact: Did you know that sunflowers always face the sun – unless it’s cloudy and then they turn to face each other!


🌻 Bring your own cutting utensils & basket

🌻Bring some wipes, as your hands might get sticky

🌻Before you go, be sure to check their website to make sure they’re open, as it may fluctuate due to weather or sunflower crop availability

🌻 Throw on a cute outfit for photo ops… duh!

Event Details
🗓 Monday-Saturday | 5PM–8PM
📍Amazing Grace Family Farms

2899 Wisteria Farms Road
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

🗓 Pick a time slot
📍Conner’s A-Maize-ing Acres

19856 County Road 121 Hilliard, Fl 32046

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3. Vintage Flea Market Jax Beach

Calling all thrifters, treasure hunters, antique addicts, and refurbishers! The Jacksonville Beach Flea Market is back and has been stocking up over a long absence. Vendors selling everything from shabby chic coastal to rare one-of-a-kind finds will be spread out around the Beach Museum looking to haggle a bargain. At the Jacksonville Beach Vintage Flea Market, everything is for sale – you just name have to your price.

(It might be time to start freshening up on the art of the $2 negotiation because this vintage bazaar isn’t for the faint haggled!)

Event Details
🗓 May 22 | 9AM–3PM
📍 433 Pablo Ave, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, 32250

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4. Family Movie Night at the Jumbo Shrimp Stadium

Regular family movie night starting to feel tedious? Spice it up at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville for a movie night you won’t forget! You can bring your favorite beach blanket or chairs and relax out on the green turf of the field as the jumbo movie screen showcases the movie “The Croods New Age.” Be sure and forget the boring microwavable popcorn because the concession stands will be serving up some theater treats fit for a Jumbo fan as well as face painting and inflatable fun for the kids!

Event Details
🗓 May 22 | 7PM
📍 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202

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5. Art in the Garden at the Zoo

What is a better combination than creativity and exotic creatures? This weekend, prepare to get inspired at Art in the Garden at the Zoo. This vibrant 2-day festival is a sensory experience of art and animals in all their forms.

Visitors can experience curated music, live and interactive art, demonstration classes with a focus on sustainable practices and conservation – all while strolling through the extraordinary living art that is our animal kingdom.

In addition, a unique array of creative culinary treats and drinks will keep your senses stimulated!

Event Details
🗓 May 22-23 | 10AM–3PM
📍 370 Zoo Pkwy, Jacksonville, Florida, 32218

Local Business Spotlight

Opened earlier this year, Wonderbird has appealed to sauce and chicken sandwich lovers of Jacksonville with their fried chicken sandwiches and whopping 11 sauces to choose from. The owners, who also own Neptune Beach’s The Local, decided to expand to “fast-craft-food” after their chicken sandwich became a menu favorite.

Wonderbird’s staple is a winning combination of quality chicken fried extra crispy, thick-cut pickles, and warm potato bun. Fans also like to mix it up with sauce, making for a new way to spin a timeless original done right.

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For family-friendly fun over this Memorial Day weekend, don’t miss the Green Cove Springs Memorial Day Riverfest!

Celebrators can expect over 30 food and craft vendors and a Kid’s Zone featuring pony rides, a bounce house, inflatable water slides, and more! There will be live entertainment throughout the day, including local favorite, Curt Towne Band, and fireworks to fuel the night!

For more information, visit exploreclay.com.

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Amber Lake

Amber Lake

Amber is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Jacksonville City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Jacksonville area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinJacksonville on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.