Alhambra Theatre & Dining
Nationally known, the Alhambra Theatre has been entertaining people since 1967 in Jacksonville.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Established in 1924 as the Jacksonville Fine Arts Society, the first organization in our community devoted to the visual arts. Photo Credit: MOCA
First Wednesday Art Walk
Stroll through the streets of the urban core in Downtown Jacksonville the first Wednesday of every month, rain or shine their will be art!
Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens
Founded in 1958, by Ninah Cummer an art collector, garden enthusiast and civic leader.
FSCJ Artist Series
Celebrating its 50th season in 2015-2016, the FSCJ Artist Series enhances the entertainment scene in Jax with Broadway productions like Beauty and The Beast.
One Artistic City
Jacksonville is consistently ranked as a Top 25 Arts Destinations, explore our #JaxCulture.
- The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA) is one of the largest contemporary art museums in the Southeast housing over 800 works of art.
- The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is the largest fine arts museum in Northeast Florida and the second largest art museum in Florida; it is home to The Wark Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain, recognized as the most significant collection of its type in the United States and one of the top three in the world. The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens has several historic Gardens that are unique examples of early 20th century garden design and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- The Museum of Science and Historyis a signature family attraction on the St. Johns River; it has 3 floors of permanent and traveling exhibits including Currents of Times featuring 12,000 years of Jacksonville’s history. MOSH is also home to The Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, the largest single-lens digital planetarium in the world and the first of its kind in Florida.
- The Ritz Theatre and Museum is completely dedicated to preserving the history of the African American community in Northeast Florida. It houses a permanent collection of artifacts, objects, photographs and documents that narrate the story and role of African Americans in Jacksonville.
- The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society at Walter Jones Historical Park takes visitors back to old Florida. Located on a 10-acre, wooded park in the heart of historic Mandarin, the historical park is home to agriculture exhibits, a homestead site, a sawmill, a boardwalk, nature trails, and picnic pavilions.
Music & Theaters:
- The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra is the largest full time orchestra in Florida, and ranks as one of the Top 40 symphonies in the country.
- The Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts has one of the country’s largest concert organs, the 6,215-pipe Bryan Concert Organ. This 1914 Casavant was completely rebuilt and expanded to a kaleidoscopic 94 ranks, giving the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra the distinction as the first American orchestra to install an historic pipe organ in a new concert hall, which is acclaimed as one of the most acoustically superb concert halls in the country and only true symphony hall in the state of Florida.
- FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Chase, enhances the entertainment scene in Northeast Florida with Broadway productions, concerts, ballets, operas, dance productions, school performances, and variety shows. What began as a small program to make the arts more available to students at the local community college -now Florida State College at Jacksonville- has expanded into a well-rounded performing arts program that is available to the entire community. The Artist Series utilizes some of Jacksonville’s best entertainment venues, such as the Times-Union Center in Downtown and Florida State College’s South Campus’ Wilson Center for the Arts.
- The annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival is the second-largest jazz festival in the US. Taking place every year during Memorial Day Weekend, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival attracts more than 30,000 people and some of the best Jazz musicians to Downtown Jacksonville for three spectacular days.
- The Florida Theatre is one of the finest concert venues in the Southeast. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Elvis Presley performed one of his first indoor concerts at the historic Florida Theatre in 1957.
- Theatre Jacksonville is the oldest continuously operating community theater in the country.
- The Alhambra Theater and Dining is the oldest continually operating Dinner theater in the United States.
- Downtown Jacksonville comes to life after-hours every first Wednesday of the month during Art Walk. It is a free, self-guided tour of local pop-up galleries and arts markets. Live music, artists, vendors, food trucks, and everyone from hipsters to hippies and moms and dads come out to enjoy a fun night in Downtown Jax. This is a Do-Not-Miss “Only in Jax” experience!
- On the second Tuesday of every month, this family-friendly event takes place in front of businesses along 1st St from Beach Blvd. N. to 5th Ave N. The Jax Beach Art Walk showcases the talent of great local artists and the businesses in the community.
- The North Beaches Art Walk happens every third Thursday of the month where Atlantic Blvd. meets the Ocean in Atlantic Beach & Neptune Beach. It features many local visual artists and live performers.
The Riverside Arts Market:
- Every Saturday from March through December artist, craft vendors, local farmers and musicians gather under the canopy of the Fullen Warren Bridge in Jacksonville’s historic Riverside District for an unforgettable day. The Riverside Arts Market sits next to the St. Johns River and offers a summery, cool and relaxing vibe to visitors. Admission is free, the good times are priceless!
CoRK Arts District:
- Cork Arts District is over 80,000 square feet of warehouse space centered around artist studios and galleries. Conceived by developer Mac Easton and artist Dolf James, CoRK (Corner of Rosselle & King) is located at 2689 Rosselle Street in Jacksonville, Florida. As development continues, tentative plans include 1) more artist studios and galleries, 2) a live music venue, and 3) space dedicated towards performance art. Access can be gained during publicly advertised events or by appointment.
Meet our Local Arts & Culture Expert, Dennise Regan.
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Born and raised on the arts in Jacksonville, Denise M. Reagan graduated from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications with a bachelor's degree in journalism and has been an adjunct lecturer there since 2009. Her media career