Jacksonville Jazz Festival
This acclaimed annual festival attracts some of the biggest names in jazz to Jacksonville every April. Once held in the fall at Metropolitan Park, the festival moved to the spring a couple years ago and now takes advantage of a variety of venues like the Florida Theatre and the Ritz Theatre, in addition to the main event at Metropolitan Park. While the festival celebrates music, artists of another type also compete each year to win the official Jacksonville Jazz Festival poster design contest. Prints of the winning design are not only used to promote the event but also become local collectors' items.
For information on the Jacksonville Jazz Festival call 904.630.3690.
Jacksonville is full of interesting places to see and do, from Timacuan preserves to sunning at the beaches. The Jacksonville area has a host of golfing and fishing venues, museums and wildlife preserves.
stylish good eats
b.b.'s, like Biscotti's, its sister restaurant in Avondale, is always a good meal. The decor is streamlined and stylish--part of the new breed of "concept" restaurants in JAX (i.e. the owners brought in interior decorators, went for a Elle Decor-ish cohesive look), something we haven't always had in this town. The menu is well-conceived, with great specials in the upper $teens, but also a fine selection of lesser-priced salads, gourmet pizzas and yummy sandwiches. Good wine selection, great desserts, very attractive bar area. This is definitely a see-and-be-seen crowd of the well-heeled--one, thankfully, where the kitchen is also remarkably consistent and the service is professional.
Very close to downtown and San Marco. Any of the specials are always delicious, but I particularly like the crabcake sandwich, which is served with a nicely tossed salad.
Okay, so nobody was there the night that I was in town, but I can imagine this place could be pretty exciting. There are tons of shops and restaurants in this riverfront location right in the heart of downtown.
Jacksonville, FL... passing thru....
our first trip to Florida in 2003.
We just breezed through Jacksonville on our way to US1.
I expected a lot of traffic in such a large city but was surprised by only mild delays at 6pm on a weekday. There were no work zones or accidents; often those contribute to traffic on big city expressways. There were no speed traps either; everyone was doing a brisk 60-65mph which is much faster than New York traffic.
Next time we come back to Florida, we intend to see what there is to see in Jacksonville and report it here.
about 835000 people in downtown and another 460000 in the subrubs.
Jacksonville is the county seat of Duval County.
ZIPCODES for Jacksonville are:
32099, 32201 through 32212, 32214 through 32241, 32244 through 32247
32250, 32254 through 32260, 32266, 32267, 32277, 32290
Area Code 904
Jacksonville is protected by both the Jacksonville Police and the Sheriffs Office. That is a lot of protection.
the original city name was Cowford (cow crossing) but was changed to honor General/President jackson
The mounted figure of Andrew Jackson is the typical symbol for the city but some newer emblems are showing the grand Jacksonville skyline as more appropriate for the city
Jacksonville (with all its contiguous suburbs) has a land mass larger than any other American city in the lower 49 states.