The first full weekend of fall means that festival season is cranking up again.
In addition to the 6th Annual Florida Heritage Book Festival & Writers Conference, you can look forward to more and different things to do now that the weather is starting to cool off.
Here are a few.
- 9th Annual Jacksonville Tattoo Convention – Fri., Sept. 27-Sun., Sept. 29. Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel, 1515 Prudential Dr., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: $20 each day, $35 weekend pass, Kids 15 & under FREE. Includes shows and parties. For more information, please visit conventionpros.com.
- Emerald Necklace Festival – Sat., Sept. 28, Noon-4 p.m. Hollybrook Park, 319 Cherokee St., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Learn, engage, inspire and enjoy. Community organizations will be on hand to share their expertise on the environment, history and healthy living. Come out and enjoy children's activities, live music, food trucks, and more. Great for family fun! Check out the Moppin' Up McCoys event starting at 9 a.m. on the same day in the same place. You don't have to volunteer at Moppin' Up McCoys to come to the Festival. For more information, please visit northfloridalandtrust.org.
- Fall Carnival – Fri., Sept. 27, 6-11 p.m. & Sat., Sept. 28, 1-8 p.m. Most Holy Redeemer Catholic, 8523 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public, $20 armband for rides good all day, free parking. Midway rides, Spanish, Filipino and American food and a tea room. For more information, please call 904-786-1192.
- Fall Native Plant Sale – Sat., Sept. 28 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Morningside Nature Center, 3540 E. University Ave., Gainesville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. “Go Native” and take advantage of the area’s largest offering of native plants in North. The sale features free, expert plant advice, free Park-a-Plant service that allows you to shop hands-free while we tag, store and help you load your plants. FREE naturalist-led wildflower walk Saturday as well as music. For more information, please call 352-334-3326 or 352-334-5067.
- Kona Pro Surf & Paddle – Fri., Sept. 27-Sun., Sept. 29, starting at noon Friday. Jacksonville Beach Pier, 503 First St. N., behind the pier restaurant. Admission: FREE & open to the public. For more information, please call 904-395-5628, 904-241-1515 or visit voidlive.com/konaprojax.
- National Public Lands Day – Sat., Sept. 28, all day. Gamble Rogers State Park, 3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast, Fla. Admission: Regular park fees apply. A master naturalist leads volunteers on a walk to clean beach debris while learning about the coastal dune ecosystem. For more information, please call 386-517-2086.
- Northeast Fishing Tournament & Bash – Sat., Sept. 28, 7 a.m,.-1 p.m., Bash 2-8 p.m. Beach Marine, 2315 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: $40 per person. To benefit Taylor Haberman, a JSO deputy’s daughter, who is in need of a heart transplant. For more information, 904-327-7011 or 904-483-7307.
- QuiltFest 2013 – Thurs., Sept. 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Vendors, a silent auction, Kid’s Corner, demonstrations, a quilt appraiser, charity corner and Quilter’s Walk. For more information, please call 904-742-1372 or visit quiltfestjax.com.
- Take a Trip Down Memory Lane: The History of Old Murray Hill – Wed., Sept. 25, 5-8 p.m. Murray Branch Library, 918 Edgewood Ave. S., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public, Dinners $6 & $8. A slice of history, a silent auction and a pizza dinner. For more information, please call 904-384-2665.
- Viva Florida 500 – Fri., Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, Fla. & Sat., Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Old Town, Fort San Carlos, Fernandina Beach, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Live entertainment, music, lectures, exhibit opening, food and “A Taste of Spain” wine tasting from 4-6 p.m. Saturday. For more information, please call 904-261-7378 or visit ameliamuseum.org.
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