Downtown Vision Presents First Wednesday Art Walk of Downtown Jacksonville

Presented by Downtown Vision

Upcoming Art Walk

Wednesday August 1, 5-9 p.m.

Theme: 5th Annual Back to School SmARTs

Art Walk Map

2018 Art Walk Themes (*subject to change)

Aug. 1 – 5th Annual Back to School SmARTs
Sept. 5 – Dog Days of Summer (Pet Walk)
Oct. 3 – 6th Annual Oktoberfest @ Art Walk
Nov. 7 – Salute to Service
Dec. 5 – The Spirit of Giving

This Month’s
Don’t Miss Venues

It's time for the 5th Annual Back to School SmARTs Art Walk featuring the USGBC Green Lion Festival! Enjoy live music, 20+ local artists, delicious food trucks and 35+ participating venues. Celebrate the end of summer in #DTJax!

Headquarters @ Hemming Park • Enjoy live performances on the Main Stage, local artists and vendors, food trucks and an interactive kid zone with activities by My Gym and fun bounce houses by Backyard Carnivals, Inc.

Browse artwork by ABDUL, Artzy Fartzy Petz, Pandora's Boxes, OffensiveMe, Class-Sick, Mochi Boutique, Fluid Validity, The Bead Bowl, MacMaddie's Repurposed Designs, The Mermaid Alchemist, Blue Tide Art, Fawn Andrea Phtography, Greg Furie, Art Expressions by CindyK and One of a Find. And don’t miss these vendors and non-profit organizations: Prestige Workforce, Well Care Health Plans, Bethesda Outreach Ministries, NextGen America, VyStar, One Blood Donation, the Neighborhood Services Office, Humble Wood Fire Food Truck, Island Girl Seafood, Balu's Surf Shack and Cool Scoops. Plus, stop by the Friends of Hemming Park tent for refreshments and concessions, swag and to learn more about upcoming events in Jacksonville's most historic public space.

Green Lion Festival on Laura Street, Presented by the United States Green Building Council • The USGBC Green Lion Festival in partnership with Aardwolf Brewery celebrates and elevates the green-focused businesses and organizations in Northeast Florida by creating a multi-block GREEN ZONE during Jacksonville’s Downtown Art Walk on Laura Street between Adams and Independence. Come see the first LEED certified tiny house on wheels, several different electric cars, LiveSMART (green home exhibit on wheels), many local green companies and nonprofits, and receive a copy of their local green business coupon book and directory with registration.

ART & CULTURE HIGHLIGHTS:

The 5 & Dime, A Theatre Company • Stop by and view Inside Out, a visual journey through mental illness, created by the organization I Still Matter, a partnership between The 5 & Dime and Yellow House. Plus, enjoy issue-based theatre, song and dance performances at 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Jacksonville Main Library • Check out the opening celebration of Jacksonville: A Tale of My City. The exhibit examines what it means to be a community, as local photographers capture our city’s neighborhood identities. The exhibit and programs invite viewers to look around their own neighborhoods and see how the communities where they live, work, and play have shaped them. Check out work from artists: Wes Lester, Ana Kamiar, Marc Mangra, Cheryl McCain, and many others.

Jessie Ball DuPont Center • Join the Body Art Refined Exhibition (B.A.R.E) from 6-8:30 p.m. for an intense visual experience that redefines the perception of body painting in the art industry. Live models on display including canvas and prints for purchase. Plus, enjoy free samples from Manifest Distilling throughout the evening.

MOCA Jacksonville and NOLA MOCA • Get creative during Art Fusion with family-friendly activities and unique takeaways. Be sure to enjoy dinner specials at NOLA MOCA, located inside

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

Chamblin's Uptown • Stop by and soothe your soul with live music, local art, a cup of coffee and a good book.

Dance Trance • Visit the 2nd floor location inside Anytime Fitness and try out a Dance Trance class from 6-7 p.m.

Jacksonville Landing • Enjoy cold beer, food trucks, live music, local vendors and artists at #FrontPorchJax!

Visit Jacksonville • Stop by to check out some great local vendors, artists and talents.

CULINARY HIGHLIGHTS

20West Cafe • Experience Austin singer/songwriter Justin Rogers from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at 20 West Café! This Springfield resident’s eclectic blend of rock and soul can be heard in an Urban Core pub near you. Justin's smooth, melodic sound and long history of musical versatility displays his Austin, Texas roots and passion for groovy noodling. Stop by 20 West to check it out!

Regions Bank Food Truck Village • Devour delectable food from Fusion, Son of a Butcher, Manny's Cuban Food, Twisted Okie, First Coast Snowie, and Blazin Azn. Plus, don’t miss performances by Prodigy and Limitless Group.

Super Food and Brew • Experience artisan food paired with great craft beer and wine and enjoy live music by Justin Hyler until 10 p.m. This month, view art exhibits featuring work by local artist Tiffany Manning.

Sweet Pete's Candy and The Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails • Stop by during Art Walk and enjoy a FREE sample of Gummy Book Worms and a chance to win some cool back to school swag. They’ll be raffling off new and fun items every 30 minutes, during Art Walk. Plus, grab a glass of the special Art Walk Punch at the Candy Apple Café for $5.

AFTER DARK HIGHLIGHTS

Myth Nightclub, Element Bistro & Craft Bar • Don’t miss "Silent Disco Art Walk After Dark Monthly Event"! Featuring over a dozen DJ's on 3 different channels, several artist vendors, aerial and dance performances from Jax Pole and Aerial Showgirls, and great drink specials all night long for everyone in the house! An experience not to be missed!

The Volstead • Be sure to check out happy hour from 4-7 p.m., artist Randy Lee Creations from 5-9 p.m. and live music by Raisin Cake Orchestra from 9 p.m. - midnight.

Produced by Downtown Vision, Art Walk is on the first Wednesday of every month from 5-9 p.m., rain or shine. On average, 5,000 art enthusiasts attend each month to discover more than 35 participating venues including art & cultural venues, restaurants and bars, Downtown businesses and more. The First Wednesday Art Walk is a great way to meet fellow artists, buy and appreciate their work, and be part of the rapidly growing art scene in Jacksonville, Florida.

Highlights

  • 8+ Art & Culture Venues
  • 16+ Dinner & Sweets Venues
  • 14+ Live Music & Performance Venues
  • 13+ Venues Open After 9 p.m.
  • 36+ Total Stops 

Featured Venues



Hemming Park
Artists

Each month, Art Walk hosts dozens of artists, seeking to show and sell their works. From jewelry to paintings and more, you’ll find a mix of unique, handmade items from both emerging and established artists.

Artist List by Category

Accessories Handmade

Accessories Handmade

Clothing

Clothing

Drawing

Drawing

Fiber Arts

Fiber Arts

Mixed Media

Mixed Media

  • One of a Find
  • Painting

    Painting

    Photography

    Photography

  • Fawn Andrea Photography
  • Recycled Art

    Recycled Art

    Sculpture

    Sculpture


    Getting Around

    With bus and Skyway services along with several taxi options and more than 40,000 parking spaces, getting around Downtown is nothing to worry about.

    • parking

      Parking

      Parking is free after 6 p.m. Art Walk night at meters and at the Elite Parking Services garage on the corner of Clay and Adams streets. Click below for even more options.

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      Bus System

      The Jacksonville bus system provides an easy and efficient way to get to and from Downtown Jacksonville.

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    • skyway

      Skyway

      A unique and scenic way to get around Downtown, the elevated Skyway will take you down the block or all the way across the St. Johns River for free, with extended hours during Art Walk.

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    • taxi

      Taxi

      Need a ride to Art Walk? Whether it's by bike or car, there are plenty of taxi services to help you get around Downtown.

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    Media

    Dive into the sights and sounds of past Art Walks through our collection of photos and videos, highlighting the unique artists, musicians, venues and attendees who continue to make Art Walk a success month after month.



    Participate

    Whether you're new to the Downtown scene, an established artist or performer, a nonprofit or even a business seeking sponsor opportunities, Art Walk is a great event in which to showcase your work. To find out what aspect of Art Walk best suits you, visit www.downtownjacksonville.org, where you will find Art Walk rules and regulations, FAQs and applications. Want to get in touch? Reach out to Events Manager Junine Castin at Junine@dtjax.org or call 904-634-0303, ext. 222.

    • artists

      Artists

      Apply for a spot to display and sell your artwork at the next First Wednesday Art Walk.

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    • performers

      Performers

      Want to put on a performance at the next First Wednesday Art Walk? Find out how to apply.

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    • non-profits

      Nonprofits

      Read more information on participating as a non-profit organization at Art Walk.

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    • businesses

      Businesses

      Find out how your downtown business may be eligible to participate. Sponsorships are available.

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    • food vendors

      Food Vendors

      Food vendors are now permitted at Art Walk. Find out how you can become a vendor.

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    Getting Around

    Awarded the "Downtown Achievement Award of Excellence" in 2017 by the International Downtown Association; Voted "Best Festival/Art Walk" in 2015 by Jacksonville Magazine; “Best Place to Meet New People” and “Best Artsy Event” in 2012 by Jacksonville Magazine; and "Best Art Walk" in Folio Weekly's Best of Jax 2011, 2014 and 2015, the First Wednesday Art Walk is an art extravaganza 15 years and counting. With an average of 5,000+ visitors each month, the First Wednesday Art Walk is a tremendous opportunity to reach the local community to promote your business at a favorite Jacksonville event. For more information on becoming a sponsor, download the 2018 Art Walk Sponsorship Kit.


    Produced by Downtown Vision, Inc.

    For answers to any Art Walk questions or to share any feedback, reach out to Downtown Vision, Inc.'s Event Manager Junine Castin at junine@dtjax.org or call 904-634-0303, ext. 222.
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