Art aficionados will feel right at home when roaming downtown Jacksonville’s engaging art scene. For the last nine years, around 6,000 visitors each month flock the city for its annual First Wednesday Art Walk, an astounding visual and live art showcase spanning more than 15 city blocks. Over 40 galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars, and businesses take part in this free, self-guided tour. Expect spots like Downtown Cigar Lounge, Champblin’s Uptown, Burrito Gallery, and Watercolors by Chris Flagg, to name a few.
Rain or shine, dozens of emerging and established artists will line up in Hemming Plaza as part of the monthly event. Beginning February 5, patrons can browse an eclectic mix of works spanning a range of specialties, including fiber arts, mixed media, painting, photography, drawing, and sculpture. Plus, you can also snag a number of handmade accessories and unique jewelry items, too—not to mention ultra cool recycled art from Transient Moose Handcrafted. With dozens of options for new keepsakes, Art Walk just might be the perfect place to find those final pieces for your ever-growing collection.
The free, self-guided tour allows patrons to roam about downtown at will, stopping to talk to artists and to purchase pieces along the way. Other highlights include over 10 live music and performances venues as well as a number of after-hour hot spots that open at 9:00pm. Best of all, getting around downtown is easier than ever with more than 40,000 parking spaces and multiple public transportation options available. Just hail a cab, hop on Skyway, or take the bus.