Greater Jacksonville is nothing if not eclectic.
Don’t believe it?
Take a look at what’s in store entertainment-wise this weekend.
From show tunes to tai chi to sword swallowing in St. Augustine and the region’s top spelling school kids, you’ll find something that blows your skirt up.
And it’s been windy, too!
4th Annual Turtle Trot 5K & Fun Run – Sat., Feb. 23, 11 a.m. Mary St. Beach Entrance, Mary St., St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: Fun Run $10, 5K $20, FREE parking. Osceola Elementary School partners with Keepers of the Coast for this fun and educational event. Beach clean up on Saturday immediately following the Fun Run.
9th Annual Palatka Bluegrass Festival – Feb. 21-23. Rodeheaver Boys’ Ranch, 380 Boys Ranch Rd., Palatka, Fla. 32177 Admission: Adult $30/day, $75/3 days; Kids 6-13 $15/day, $45/3 days, Kids under 6 FREE with adult. Top names in bluegrass entertainment. 706-864-7203 or email@example.com. www.adamsandandersonbluegrass.com/Palatka-Bluegrass-Festival.html
Best of Broadway Performed by the Gatortones – Sun., Feb. 24, 2 p.m. Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine, Fla. 32080. Admission: $10. The popular University of Florida musical theatre ensemble the Gatortones performs "The Best of Broadway," a vibrant songbook presentation, as part of the "Arts at the Whitney" series, sponsored by the UF College of Fine Arts and the Whitney. 904-461-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.whitney.ufl.edu
18th Annual Scottish Games & Festival – Sat., Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Clay County Fairgrounds, Green Cove Springs, Fla. Admission: $12, Kids under 10 FREE, ticket pkgs avail. From $30.
Florida Times-Union Regional Spelling Bee Championship – Sat., Feb. 23, 10 a.m. Main Library, 202 N Laura St., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. 14 county spelling champs complete for the regional title. The Time-Union has sponsored the Regional Spelling Bee for 69 years.
Monster Jam Monster Truck Racing – Sat., Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Pit Party, 1:30 p.m. EverBank Field, One EverBank Field Dr., Jacksonville, Fla. 32202 Admission: $10 General seating available at Everbank box office. Featuring Grave Digger® driven by Dennis Anderson, Wolverine driven by Dustin Brown, Max-D℠ driven by Kreg Christensen, Captain's Curse® driven by Alex Blackwell, Advance Auto Parts Grinder℠ driven by Lupe Soza, Madusa, Son-Uva Digger® driven by Ryan Anderson, El Toro Loco® (Black) driven by Marc McDonald. 904-633-6100 or email@example.com
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! St. Augustine celebrates World Sword Swallower’s Day – Sat., Feb. 23, 2 p.m. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! St. Augustine Odditorium, 19 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Sword swallowing performance outside the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! St. Augustine Odditorium. Official “swallow” at 2:23:13 p.m. to coincide with the 2/23/13 date. www.ripleys.com/staugustine
Tai Chi by the Sea – Sat., Feb. 23, 10 a.m. Gamble Rogers State Park, 3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach, Fla. Admission: Tickets $7, includes park admission. Instructor Bill Stone will be teaching. All ages and experience levels. Participants should check in at the ranger station for parking and course instructions. RSVP required. For more information, call 386-517-2086.
Tale Tellers of St Augustine “World War II” Program – Fri., Feb. 22, 2 p.m. Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy, Palm Coast, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Up for discussion: "What? No More Girdles?" and "Nazi Subs Bring War to Our Beaches.” Refreshments served. Two-part program with second on April 19. For more information, call 386-446-6763.
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