22 things to do in 2022
Many of the big events that Jacksonville residents are used to attending each year have been off the calendar in recent years due to the pandemic. But (fingers crossed) they’re back for 22 and hopefully for years to come. Here are 22 events to look forward to in ’22.
First Wednesday Art Walk / Sip and Stroll
Artwalk: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in downtown Jacksonville
Sip & Stroll: 5-8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month on the Southbank Riverwalk
Artists of all kinds – painters, sculptors, musicians, actors, dancers, jewelers – exhibit their finest works in the streets of the city center for the monthly art walk.
A new event, Sip & Stroll, debuted in 2021. Live music and food vendors have set up shop on the Southbank Riverwalk between DoubleTree and Southbank hotels on the third Thursday of each month. Visitors can stroll along the Riverwalk with a drink from a branded Sip & Stroll mug.
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From February 4 to 6, departure and arrival at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach
The annual road race, which raises funds to fight breast cancer, has a new weekend and a new start / finish line this year. The race was virtual last year due to the pandemic, but will return to beach roads for ’22. But it will start and end at the Seawalk Pavilion, and it’s been brought forward a week to avoid a Super Bowl conflict.
Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee
February 18-20 at Olustee Battlefield State Historic Park
In 1864, more than 10,000 Union and Confederate troops fought in the largest American Civil War battle in Florida at a site that is now a state park about 100 kilometers west of Jacksonville. . The reenactors will replay the battle (spoiler alert: the rebels win) on Sunday afternoon. Authentic camps and a village of fishponds where visitors can observe artisans at work are open all weekend.
North East Florida Scottish Highlands Games and Festival
February 26 at Clay County Fairgrounds, Green Cove Springs
Where else can you watch kilted men throw 22-pound hammers, 56-pound weights, and huge wooden cabers? The annual event also features Highland dance and bagpipe competitions, live music, ax throwing demonstrations and a kilted golf tournament.
Celebration of the world of nations
February 26-27 in downtown Jacksonville
The world comes to Jacksonville every year for the World of Nations Celebration, which celebrates the food, music, culture and traditions of more than 30 countries. It is part education, part gastronomic festival, part fair and part international celebration.
Concours d’Elegance Amélie
March 3 to 6 on Amelia Island
“An Automotive Event Like No Other” returns to the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island and the Golf Club of Amelia for the 27th year, with a car and coffee show for everyday drivers and the main competition for some of the best automobiles in the world.
Gate River Race
March 5, from the Jacksonville Sports Complex
The 15-kilometer race, with thousands of runners crossing downtown and San Marco and over the Hart Bridge, aka “the Green Monster,” returns the first weekend in March. It starts just outside 121 Financial Ballpark and ends at TIAA Bank Field. A 5K Charity Run, Mile Challenge, Junior River Run and Diaper Run are also scheduled for the same day.
The players’ championship
March 8-13 at TPC Sawgrass
Once again, the world’s best golfers are playing for the game’s biggest purse on one of the world’s most famous courses. Plans call for no capacity limits on crowd size for the 2022 Players’ Championship.
March 19 at TIAA Bank Field
Monster Jam returns to TIAA Bank Field in March, featuring some of the biggest names in the monster truck world – Avenger, El Toro Loco, Monster Mutt, Megalodon and, of course, Grave Digger. A word from the wise: Bring your earplugs.
Clay County Fair
March 31 to April 10 at Green Cove Springs
The Clay County Fair is home to Nelly, Quiet Riot, Lorrie Morgan, Rodney Atkins, Sublime with Rome, and Shenandoah, along with the usual assortment of rides, cattle shows, and stick food. Other fairs in the region include the Northeast Florida Fair in Callahan and the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair, both in the fall.
The Blues Gushes Out
April 1-3 at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach
Eric Gales, Vanessa Collier, The Lee Boys, Victor Wainwright & the Train, Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials and more bring the blues back when Springing the Blues returns to the beaches. Three other festivals are also planned at the Seawalk Pavilion: the Seawalk Music Festival, scheduled for February 26-28; the Great Atlantic Southern Rock Festival on March 19; and the Beachella Music & Arts Fair on June 11.
Jax River Jams
April 7, 14, 21 and 28 at Riverfront Plaza
Last April, a new concert series debuted at the former Jacksonville Landing site, pairing national headliners (Chase Rice, Newfound Glory, Quad City DJs, Sugar Ray) with local firsts ( Firewater Tent Revival, Universal Green, LPT, Honey Dogs). Downtown Vision, the organization that organized the shows, plans to start again on Thursdays in April.
April 29-May 1 at the Times-Union Center
The Jacksonville Symphony brings opera back to Jacksonville on a grand scale. The two performances of Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème” will feature seven professional opera singers, the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus, UNF’s Opera Ensemble, students from Jacksonville’s LaVilla School of the Arts and 30-foot screenings of high.
Eight Flag Island Shrimp Festival
April 29-May 1 at Fernandina Beach
After a two-year COVID hiatus, the Shrimp Festival takes over downtown Fernandina for its traditional first weekend in May timeslot, complete with a beard contest, live music, a craft show and enough shrimp to make Forrest Gump jealous.
Gamble Rogers Music Festival
May 6-8 at Colonial Oak Music Park in St. Augustine
Organizers say contracts are underway for Florida and national headliners to perform at the festival, which celebrates the legacy of Florida troubadour Gamble Rogers. Rogers was a folk musician and storyteller who died in 1991 while trying to save a swimmer from drowning. A state recreation area and college were named in his honor, and he was named to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 1998.
Jacksonville Jazz Festival
May 26-29 in downtown Jacksonville
No performers have been announced, but the city confirmed in December that the jazz festival was returning to its Memorial Day weekend slot after being canceled in 2020 and postponed to fall 21.
Festival singing out loud
September in Saint-Augustin
Each September, the annual St. Augustine Sing Out Loud Festival brings together local and national artists from across the city. Organizers confirm that plans are underway to bring the festival back this fall.
NAS JAX Air Show
October 22-23 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville
There aren’t many details on the show’s official website, but the US Navy Blue Angels have made the show part of their 2022 schedule.
October 29 at TIAA Bank Field
The Gators seek revenge against the Bulldogs in their annual rivalry at River City, which always draws huge crowds in Jacksonville.
November 5 in Springfield
Time has destroyed the 2021 festival, which sees dozens of musical acts perform from the porches of historic homes. But the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council is already planning the ’22 event for the weekend after the Florida-Georgia game.
Jacksonville Light Boat Parade
Date to be confirmed on the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville
The traditional date for the parade is the Saturday after Thanksgiving (although it was held in conjunction with the Gator Bowl). People line both sides of the river in the city center to watch dozens of illuminated boats parade down the river and watch a stunning fireworks display.
Tax Killer Alligator Bowl
Date to be confirmed at TIAA Bank Field
Of course, the 2021 game is barely over, but it’s not too early to start planning for the next one, which will be held around New Year’s Day. The city and the bowlers just extended their contract to keep the game, which dates back to 1946, in Jacksonville until 2025-2026, with a view to winning a college football playoff game. It’s unclear which teams will play, of course, but the game will pair an ACC team with an SEC team.