2020 Art Walk Themes (*subject to change)
HEADQUARTERS @ HEMMING PARK
Join Downtown Vision as we partner with the City of Jacksonville to bring the annual Christmas Tree Lighting to Art Walk. At 6:25 p.m. Mayor and Mrs. Curry will light the spectacular 56-foot, energy-efficient tree, which boasts 78,000 LED lights and 150 ornaments. Downtown Vision and the City of Jacksonville thank the Sleiman Family for graciously donating this beautiful tree in honor of Eli Sr and Josephine Sleiman and allowing us to continue this joyful tradition Downtown. We also want to wish a warm thank you our other holly-jolly sponsors: VyStar Credit Union, Vestcor, JEA, Friends of Hemming Park and PRI Productions. Plus, carol away with The Jacksonville Children's Chorus before and after the tree lighting on the Main Stage.
Santa and Mrs. Claus have brought the North Pole to #DTJax with our very own North Pole Snow Zone. Build a snowman, throw a snowball or grab a hot cocoa and delicious treat while you play in real snow. Catch jolly, old St. Nick and his Mrs. wandering around Hemming Park taking photos and gathering wishlists. Stop by the Art Walk tent at the corner of Laura and Monroe streets to get your pair of 3D holiday glasses for just $1 to turn the Lights on Laura into festive snowflakes, reindeer or candycanes. Available while supplies last.
Laura Street Stage • Catch performances by Dansations Performing Arts Center, Paradigm Flux, Pine Forest Dance Ensemble and Scott Jones School of Dance.
Browse artwork and local goods • ABDUL, ANACT, Artzy Fartzy Petz, Alternate Bazaar, Baliliving86, The Bead Bowl, The Bead Guy, Belle Epoque Pottery, Blue Door Bodega, Bohobabie, CD Snowden, Citizen Gem Jewelry, Day1DayDreamer, Duvalz Finest, Eva's Entertainment, Global Bambini, House of Brushes, Hyponoticat, Interlace, JMarie Art and Life, Kram Kran Photo, Let's Paint Our Town, Moises Ramos, Moonchild Studio, Nani Mana Bracelets, Opulent Venus, ShopNetty, Selahmon Jones, Tovah2Creations, Uniquewoodworks and Viktor Lazarev Arts.
Businesses and Nonprofits • Animal Care and Protective Services, Affordable Marijuana License, Cathedral District Jacksonville, Cre8Jax, Crossroads Magic, DNP Cupcakery, Florida Blue First Coast Parkinson's Run, Jacksonville Icemen, Journey to One, JTA Autonomous Vehicle, Northside Coalition, One Blood, Shen Yun, State Farm, Talecris Plasma, and VyStar Credit Union.
Cathedral Arts Project • Help CAP prepare for the upcoming season by folding and organizing our new purple t-shirts for our students! Beer and sodas will be provided, and we will head to Art Walk afterwards to continue the Spirit of Giving! Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the door code. 6pm at the CAP office.
Cathedral District • The Cathedral District’s historic churches are opening their doors for their inaugural Christmas in the Cathedral District, complete with a Bethlehem Market featuring more than 30 local vendors, a live Nativity scene, and a petting zoo. Go Tuk’n will be providing additional tour information with Tuk Tuk rides to each tour stop. Free general admission with hop-on hop-off transportation to and from #ArtWalkJax at the corner of Laura and Duval Streets.
The Carling • The Carling is hosting the Oceanway School of Dance outside their building on Adams Street as well as having Santa Claus, a cocoa bar and Christmas decor galore. Stop by and visit all the festivities!
Chamblin’s Uptown • Stop by to say hey and grab yourself some mind candy at one of our favorite places to adventure and explore in town: a two-story, labyrinthine book shop! Live music by 90s alternative rock band, Billy & Bella.
Hemming Plaza Jewelers • Whoville has taken over Hemming Plaza Jewelers! Stop by dressed as a Who and receive a FREE pair of pearl earrings. While you’re there, watch out for the Grinch! He’s been spotting hanging around Hemming Plaza Jewelers.
Hollywood Cuts • Check out local rappers at The Lyricist Live, an open-mic street cypher.
Jacksonville Public Library • Come by the Main Public Library and introduce yourself to organizations that work around food insecurity to learn how you can help. Take inspiration from the first-floor exhibition, POP: Perceptions of Poverty and come create a holiday card for those in need, enjoy the various performers, show off your vocals with our holiday themed karaoke, and don’t miss the fun activities in store for the kids!
Vagabond Coffee Co & Bodega • Discover DTJax's newest coffee and baked goods shop and host of the Vagabond Flea, a market featuring local up-cyclers, antique sellers and more.
Visit Jacksonville • Don’t miss the following vendors: Anthony Danes & Co Jewelry, Bello Boopie Handcrafted greeting cards, Body & Soul Natural products, Coolery Jewelry, Harrington Hand-painted Giftware, Metal Artist Patrick Winterbourne, PixelKen Art Work and Tea Nation. Also hear live music by Bethany Stockdale and see Santa Claus!
And stop by Wolf & Cub Boutique, Holiday Salon & Apothecary and Daniel James Salon for great gift options and more.
Bay Street Bar & Grill • Join us for Happy Hour from 2 - 7 p.m. with $1 off locally brewed drafts and if you’re hungry, Wing Night kicks off at 7 p.m. with 50c wings!
Bellwether • Support local farms, breweries and bakeries by dining on timeless American cuisine. Catch some live music out front every Art Walk!
Bold City Brewery • Grab a brew and catch a live performance by Jay Peele from 6-9pm.
Breezy Jazz Club • Stop by for the free wine tasting, stay for the live music and art vendors!
Gili’s Kitchen • Can’t go wrong with a fresh Mediterranean meal! Sit for awhile for live acoustic by Elly Ben Simon and don’t forget the 10% discount on Art Walk nights.
Super Food and Brew • Join us for Happy Hour from 3-6pm with $4 drafts and $3 house wines.
And check out these eateries for more delicious options: Burrito Gallery, Element Bistro Bar & Lounge, Peterbrooke Chocolatier, and Spliff’s Gastropub.
ADAMS ST. EATS
Enjoy southern cuisine at Breezy Jazz Club, spicy Caribbean options from De Real Ting and a musical performance from Special Formula Band, fresh Mediterranean options at Gili’s Kitchen or flavorful Asian meals Kazu Sushi Burrito. Pick up a flyer at any of these locations or at the Art Walk tent in Hemming Park for discounts and specials.
AFTER DARK HIGHLIGHTS
Myth Nightclub • Discover Silent Disco - Art Walk After Dark Edition. Featuring over a dozen DJs on five different channels of music, several artist vendors, dance performances, and great food & drink specials all night long.
The Volstead • Join the Volstead in celebrating the 86th anniversary of the end of prohibition. Come in your flapper dapper attire and enjoy drink specials from Woodford Reserve and hot jazz by The Raisin Cake Orchestra. The Bold City Swing will also be giving free swing dance lessons from 7:30 - 8pm.
The party doesn't stop at 1904 Music Hall, Dos Gatos, Element Bistro & Craft Bar, Island Girl Cigar Bar and The Justice Pub.
PARKING: Free street parking after 6 p.m. The Downtown Garage at Adams and Clay streets offers free, covered parking Art Walk night, courtesy of Elite Parking Services. (Enter on Clay Street.) Or park and ride the free Skyway, running until 9:30 p.m. Art Walk night.
MORE INFORMATION: Full First Wednesday Art Walk information is available at iloveartwalk.com. Art Walk is produced by Downtown Vision, Inc. with sponsorships from: Downtown Investment Authority, City of Jacksonville, JEA, VyStar Credit Union, Hyatt Regency, Sleiman Enterprises, PRI Productions and Vestcor.
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.
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 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.
The Jacksonville bus system provides an easy and efficient way to get to and from Downtown Jacksonville.
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.
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.
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.
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 Haley Tinkle at email@example.com or call 904-634-0303, ext. 1222.
Apply for a spot to display and sell your artwork at the next First Wednesday Art Walk.
Want to put on a performance at the next First Wednesday Art Walk? Find out how to apply.
Read more information on participating as a non-profit organization at Art Walk.
Find out how your downtown business may be eligible to participate. Sponsorships are available.
Food vendors are now permitted at Art Walk. Find out how you can become a vendor.
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 2019 Sponsorship Kit.
For answers to any Art Walk questions or to share any feedback, Katherine Hardwick at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 904-634-0303, ext. 1230
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