June Local Love List: Best Businesses, Events and Activities in Jacksonville

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June is here and you know what that means – it’s summer time! As the weather warms up to the Florida heat, we’re all accustomed to it’s time to explore all our city has to offer. From delicious bakeries to thrilling activities and plenty of local businesses to choose from,  it’s impossible to be bored in a city like Jacksonville!

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June Local Love List
📷 Smallcakes


Described as “your local cupcakery and creamery”, Smallcakes is the cure to any sweet tooth that can’t be tamed! They serve the most decadent sweets ranging from cookies and cakes to brownies and ice cream. They can also craft custom cakes for any kind of event or celebration. Their custom creations are extremely detailed and look absolutely stunning and they have a huge variety of flavors to choose from. Seriously, just about any flavor you can think of they have – apple stuffed French toast, chai tea latte, strawberry daiquiri, and even bacon, beer, and cheese!

Stop on by and try one of their daily cupcakes, offered in both vanilla and chocolate cake, or try some of their yummy ice cream options, too! Don’t forget about their monthly specialty flavors, either. These change depending on the day of the week, so be sure to check their menu online to see if your favorite is available!

Monday | Closed 
Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday | 11:30am–8:00pm
Saturday | 8:00am–1:00pm
Friday & Sunday | 11:30am-9:00PM

📍13740 Beach Blvd Suite 113, Jacksonville, FL 32224
📍13141 City Station Dr Suite 145, Jacksonville, FL 32218

June Local Love List
📷 Bittersweet Studios

Bittersweet Studios

If you’re looking to get out of your comfort zone and try something adventurous, Bittersweet Studios offers a variety of alternative aerial arts classes to help you break down those walls. They offer a wide range of fitness options including strength training, cardio, dance, and most uniquely instruction in aerial arts. Their aerial arts programs consist of pole fitness, aerial silks, aerial hammock yoga, lyra/hoop. Trapeze, flexibility, acrobatics, and bungee fitness. If you’re interested in joining in on the fun and testing out a new hobby, drop-in classes begin at anywhere from $25 to $30 dollars a class. If you’re ready to jump in and fully commit, you can also purchase various packages!

Keep an eye on their calendar, too, as they host various events and even offer summer camp for young aerial artists.

Monday – Thursday | 6:00pm-9:00pm 
Friday | 3:30pm–8:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–1:00pm
Sunday | 3:00pm-7:00pm

📍3738 Southside Blvd #106, Jacksonville, FL 32216

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📷 Veteran's United Craft Brewery

Veteran's United Craft Brewery

If you want to try local beers on tap brewed right here in the Bold City, Veterans United Craft Brewery should be number one on your list. They currently have 22 beers on tap, and all but one of those are crafted in-house.

Craft beer started as a hobby to owner Ron Gamble when his wife gifted him an at-home beer making set. Now it is a passion as Gamble has assembled a crew of military veterans who are just as passionate about beer as he is.

Except for being closed on Monday, Veterans United has a different event going on every day. Tuesday is their weekly small batch release, Wednesday is the designated trivia night while Thursday is for Texas Hold’em, Friday they have live music, on Saturday they have afternoon tours of the brewery, and Sunday is reserved for any televised games. Keep in mind that the Saturday guided tours offer a souvenir tasting glass and sample pours for just $7 dollars! This is also a location on the Jacksonville Ale Trail, so bring your passports!

Monday | Closed  
Tuesday-Thursday | 3:o0pm–10:00pm
Friday | 3:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday | 1:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday | 12:00pm-8:00pm

📍 8999 Western Way #104, Jacksonville, FL 32256

June Local Love List
📷 Brantley Gilbert

Brantley Gilbert & Jelly Roll: Son of the Dirty South Tour

Country Singer Brantley Gilbert’s Son of the Dirty South Tour kicks off in Jacksonville on Thursday, June 3rd at 7:00PM! Join the “Rolex on a Redneck” singer at Daily’s Place in downtown Jax to start his tour right! His opening act, southern rapper Jelly Roll is excited to be on tour with one of his great friends. The pair are excited to start our summer off right here in Jacksonville.

Be sure to get your tickets soon so you don’t miss out on this exciting duo!

📍 Daily’s Place – 1 Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, FL 32202

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📷 Yelp

Happy 520

Boba and ice cream? Sounds like a match made in heaven to us! If you love Boba, Happy 520 is a must try if you’re in the Orange Park area. They have tons of delicious flavors in milk tea, fruit tea, cheese foam tea, and slushie or smoothie options! Some of our favorites from each category are the brown sugar latte, passion fruit green tea, and the taro smoothie! You can also add on various toppings such as boba, rainbow jelly, mango popping boba, egg pudding and cheese foam!

If you’re wondering what the name means, when you say the numbers five, two, and zero in Chinese it sounds very close to the words that mean “I love you” in Chinese as well. Isn’t that the most adorable thing ever?

They also have plenty of yummy flavors of gelato and sorbet to choose from as well. Some of the most unique flavors are fior de latte, Tiramisu, and mixed berry sorbet. You can also enjoy a gelato milkshake or a sorbet smoothie!

Monday| Closed
Tuesday-Sunday| 11:00am–8:00pm

📍10950 San Jose Blvd #13, Jacksonville, FL 32223


Much More to Love in Jacksonville

We hope some of our June favorites inspired you to get out and explore Jacksonville! With so many local businesses and creatives, the possibilities of exploring our city and finding new favorites are endless.

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Rebecca McCandless

Rebecca McCandless

Becca is a Marketing Intern for 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 Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.