Jacksonville EventsIn addition to its many cultural and historic landmarks, this destination hosts a number of outstanding festivals and events that may coincide with your visit.
Jacksonville is host to exciting events throughout the year. College football fans celebrate the new year with the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl , which is played late December or early January and is one of the city's top sports events.
The World of Nations Celebration that focuses on Jacksonville's cultural mix; the event is held in late February at Metropolitan Park.
In March the Gate River Run attracts more than 23,000 runners for a 15-kilometer race along the city's roads and bridges. Also in March, in nearby Ponte Vedra Beach, is THE PLAYERS Championship golf tournament, the PGA Tour's premier spring event.
Early April brings the Springing the Blues Music Festival , 3 days of blues music held at SeaWalk Pavilion. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival , which features concerts at various indoor and outdoor venues, is held Memorial Day weekend.
The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament features prizes, a fish fry, seafood festival and entertainment in July.
The Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair in November offers livestock, a petting zoo, horticultural exhibits, arts and crafts, carnival rides and country entertainment.
Ring in the new year during the New Year’s Eve Celebration on the riverfront in downtown Jacksonville.
See all the AAA recommended events for this destination.
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4580 Collins Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32244
The sales tax is 7 percent in Clay, Duval and Nassau counties and 6.5 percent in St. Johns County. The bed tax is 4 to 6 percent in St. Johns County and 6 percent in Duval County; the tourist development tax is 5 percent in Clay County and 4 percent in Nassau and St. Johns counties.
Baptist Medical Center, (904) 202-2000; Mayo Clinic, (904) 953-2000; Memorial Hospital of Jacksonville, (904) 399-6111; St. Vincent's Medical Center Southside, (904) 296-3700; UF Health Jacksonville, (904) 244-0411.
208 N. Laura St. Suite 102 Jacksonville, FL 32202. Phone:(904)798-9111 or (800)733-2668
More than a dozen major and regional carriers serve
Hertz, at the airport, offers discounts to AAA members; phone (904) 741-2151.
The Amtrak station is at 3570 Clifford Ln., 5 miles northwest of downtown. For arrival information phone (904) 766-5110; for reservations and information phone (800) 872-7245.
The main Greyhound Lines Inc. bus terminal is at 10 N. Pearl St.; phone (904) 356-9976.
Major cab companies are Checker Yellow Cab Co., (904) 345-3333 or (904) 765-9999; Coastal Cab, (904) 246-9999; and Gator City Taxi, (904) 999-9999. Base fare is $2 with a rate of $2 per mile.
Jacksonville Transportation Authority operates a system of buses, trolleys and shuttles that serves Jacksonville and the beaches. A Baldwin Wildcat Commuter Shuttle offers weekday service to Baldwin and Macclenny. The Skyway, an automated monorail system, provides downtown transportation between the Prime Osborn Convention Center, Hemming Plaza and Rosa L. Parks Transit Station on the Northbank and San Marco and Kings Avenue Station across the river.
River taxi service between points along the St. Johns River is available from Jacksonville Water Taxi, departing every half-hour Tues.-Thurs. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. (also holidays) 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; phone (904) 630-2489. A daily pass is $10; $8 (ages 3-12 and 65+). Fare to the stadium or Downtown Loop during football games and special events is $10 (round-trip); $20 (unlimited all day); cash only.