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May means major festivals

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For those of you who don’t already know, the unofficial start of summer is upon us.

Just a little hotter than it should be with the humidity way high.

This means only one thing in GreaterJax™ – that May is on her way, and with May comes the big wrap-up on spring festival season.

The first weekend in the month brings one of the grandaddies of them all – the 51st Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival – three days of shrimp, pomp and family-friendly piratical high-jinks. More about this later.

The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival kicks off on Friday.

Running through June 1, the festival features artists to appeal to a wide variety of musical tastes – from traditional chamber music to American folk music – at both paid and free concerts.

Tickets start at $30.00.

For more information, visit

On Saturday, find a place to park it and enjoy a day on or at the river for the 61st Annual Mug Race & Sailing Festival.

The Mug Race, sponsored by our very own Rudder Club, is the world’s longest river race at 38.5 miles and runs one way on the St. Johns river starting in Palatka at 7:25 a.m.

With the finish at the Buckman Bridge, there are plenty of prime party spots to picnic and watch the race. More about this later as well.

Plan the rest of your May now

Don’t get blitzed.

May is a race to cram in all your festival fun before Memorial Day.

Here’s a list of what to look for:

  • Wild Amelia Nature Festival – May 16-18
  • 6th Annual Bunnell Potato Festival – May 17
  • 69th Annual Newberry Watermelon Festival – May 17
  • Bostwick Blueberry Festival – May 17
  • Jacksonville Jazz Festival – May 22-25
  • 26th Palatka Blue Crab Festival – May 23-26
  • 62nd Florida Folk Festival – May 23-25
  • 26th Memorial Day RiverFest, Green Cove Springs – May 26

Stay tuned for details.



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