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Event Calendars in Jacksonville, FL USA

 

The purpose of this page is to collect online web sites that primarily list events happening in Jacksonville, FL.  My interests include classical music, live theatre and non-mainstream movies. The listings below are tilted towards those interests. You won't find much related to sports and bars.

I use MS Internet Explorer and collect all these links in one Favorites entry that I can open in a single tab group- very convenient.

 

Advice for people who list events- remember to include

Date- e.g. July 4th, 2011

Day of the week- e.g. Saturday; if the Date and Day don't match maybe some one will tell you. Half the people might come on the right day!

Starting time- sometimes it helps to have the end time or the approximate length of time for the event

Location- with zip code. Location is street address and town.  Sometimes a cross street is handy. For example, where the heck is Bartrams Walk?

Cost- Douglas Anderson School for the Arts used to be NOTORIOUS for not listing the cost for their events.

What is it- a brief description of the event. What the heck is WBO?

Perhaps age suitability.  

Contact information- phone or email.  

Please don't spam these calendars- for months some dumb dental group posted a discount for teeth whitening several times a day on the Times-Union site.  What kind of stupid "event" is that?  Do MOCA, the Cummer and the Karpeles really have to list multiple gallery exhibits as separate events DAY AFTER ANNOYING DAY???  Guys- we know you are open!

Social(?) media

I don't do F*c*book- not every one does; if your event is listed there and I have to sign in to see it- guess what?  I'm not going.

 

 

General Calendars

Times-Union- could be so much better; be careful if you post an event- I have had them magically erased.

EU Magazine- pretty good.

Cultural Council's Experience Jax- click on the day to get that day's events- but be careful, for  some dumb reason, events for later days might be listed- for example, a November 3rd, 2011 event was the FIRST event listed on the November 2d, 2011 page.  I wonder how many showed up early!!

 

Schools and universities

Jacksonville University- great place; lots of free events.

 

University of North Florida Master Calendar- could be much better. Click on the tiny circle next to the tiny words "Event Calendar" on the right to get the page to populate. What the heck is building 45-1200. At least now they list Lazzara Performance Hall and not 4500! Remember to pay the parking fee when required.  Here is the Campus map- that might help.  http://www.unf.edu/map/

 

University of North Florida Music Department- great place; lots of free events; go to EVERYTHING/ANYTHING  that Charlotte Mabrey puts on.

 

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DASOTA)- calendar is much better but I have seen wrong times, wrong dates, wrong locale, no prices listed and the last event I attended the audience behavior was TERRIBLE. Non-stop talking, coming and going. Have not been back since.  Also, could they put their address in any smaller type?

 

Locales

 

Wilson Center at Florida State College of Jacksonville

Thrasher Horne Center

Jacksonville Public Library- just try to figure this one out!

Florida Theatre

 

Movies

Sunray Cinema- formerly Five Points Theatre.

 

Other

Classical JAX- Classical Music Blog- VERY helpful

American Guild of Organists- Jacksonville

Friday Musicale- beware- I have seen events at their building that don't appear on their calendar because they aren't Musicale events- go figure!

Riverside Fine Arts

EMMA series- excellent music series; yes I know it is in St. Augustine

St. Augustine Record- glad they got rid of their annoying pop-up format.

 

 

Theatre

Theatre Jacksonville- nice place; but poor web site

Limelight Theatre- yes- I know it is in St. Augustine

 

 

Advice for people who list events- remember to include

Date- e.g. July 4th, 2011

Day of the week- e.g. Saturday; if the Date and Day don't match maybe some one will tell you. Half the people might come on the right day!

Starting time- sometimes it also helps to have the end time or the approximate length of time for the event

Location- with zip code. Location is street address and town.  Sometimes a cross street is handy. For example, where the heck is Bartrams Walk?

Cost- Douglas Anderson School for the Arts used to be NOTORIOUS for not listing the cost for their events. They still aren't perfect.

What is it- a brief description of the event. What the heck is WBO?

Perhaps age suitability. 

Contact information- phone or email.  

Please don't spam these calendars- for months some dumb dental group posted a discount for teeth whitening several times a day on the Times-Union site.  What kind of stupid "event" is that?  Do MOCA, the Cummer and the Karpeles really have to list multiple gallery exhibits as separate events DAY AFTER ANNOYING DAY?  Guys- we know you are open!

Social(?) media

I don't do F*c*book- not every one does; if your event is listed there and I have to sign in to see it- guess what?  I'm not going.

 

 

Some suggestions for attendees

1.     Go to these events- JU and UNF have WONDERFUL free music performances where it should be standing room only.

2.     Arrive on time. NEVER enter a performance except at a CLEARLY evident break. I was at a lovely classical guitar concert when a young man (a student of classical guitar) stomps in during a piece; walks in front of me; sits down noisily, decides it's not where he wants to be and moves to another seat, apologizes audibly to his seat mates for being late.

3.     Don't leave in the middle of a piece unless you are having a heart attack.

4.     NO ELECTRONICS OF ANY SORT- turn off your cell phones, do not text, do not check a lighted device in a darkened room. The latest annoyance- some one video taped a concert using their IPad by holding it up during the entire event so that I got to "enjoy" picture in picture for the performance- the live view of the stage and the annoying one in their expensive toy.

5.     Learn when to clap- the convention for most classical concerts is that applause is reserved until the end of the piece- do not applaud at the end of a movement, that is a section- and PLEASE don't rush to applause- let us savor the ending notes of a great performance.  And what is with EVERY performance getting a standing ovation?  Looks like grade inflation to me.

6.     Be age appropriate.  I have learned that most children under 12 do not like classical music unless they are also virtuoso musicians themselves. Leave kids with a sitter.