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Take a break between festivals for more weekend fun

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The finale of the spring festival seasons is in full swing this weekend with three biggies:

Full details available. Just follow the links.

The great thing about these other weekend events is that you can stop off for a look-see while you’re driving between big festivals.

And should you not be absolutely blown away by festivals to begin with, as usual there’s plenty to do, mostly for free, no matter what your taste or style.

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2nd Annual Beaches Comic Con – Sat., May 3, 11 a.m. Beaches Branch Library, 600 3rd St., Neptune Beach, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public, accepting donations of non-perishables for BEAM (Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry). Dress in costume, play Team Trivia, watch see one of the 1966 ‘Batman’ series Batmobiles, and meet comic book artists. Free shuttle service between locations. For more information, please visit jaxpubliclibrary.org.

3rd Annual Jacksonville Jewish Food Festival -- Sun., May 4, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Congregation Ahavath Chesed, 8727 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. More than a dozen restaurants and caterers showcasing brisket sliders, corned beef, matzah ball soup, pickles, bagels, lox, kugel, macaroons and more. For more information, please call 904-733-7078 or visit thetemplejacksonville.org.

Best Buddies Friendship Walk – Sat., May 3, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Jacksonville Landing, Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Walk for inclusion, friendship, leadership and opportunity for people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information, please call 904-353-1188 or visit jacksonvillelanding.com.

Florida Surfcasters 10th Annual Public Surf Fishing Tournament – Sat., May 3, 7 a.m. Strike Zone, 11702 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: $20 Adults, $5 Kids. More than $2,000 in prizes for whiting and pompano provided by Strike-Z One Fishing. For more information, Tournament Director Dave Gill (kajo) at 904-483-7307 or visit floridasurfcasters.com.

Ford Eco Boost Challenge – Thurs., May 1, 3-8 p.m. Jacksonville Landing, Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Test drive the Ford F-150, Escape, Fusion Hybrid, Fiesta ST and Transit Connect Wagon. For more information, please call 904-353-1188 or visit jacksonvillelanding.com.

Gamble Rogers Folk Festival – May 2-4, starting Fri., 5 p.m. St. Augustine Marina, 245 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: $15 Fri., $25 Sat., Weekend All Access $45. Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band along with The Rubies, Wild Shiners and The Dunehoppers. CD release part on Sun., May 4. For more information, please visit gamblerogersfest.org.

NABA Butterfly Count – Sat., May 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. O'Leno State Park, SE Oleno Park Rd., High Springs, Fla. Admission: $3. The North American Butterfly Association conducts its annual spring butterfly count along the 1.5 mile long river trail and the 1.5 mile long main park drive. After the park’s count, visitors can continue with a trip to Poe Springs and end at a local resident s home in High Springs. Wear comfortable clothing,bring lots of water, your lunch, and close up binoculars if you have them. Bug spray recommended. For more information, please call 386-454-0723.

St. Augustine Chalk Walk -- Fri., May 2, 7 p.m., Sat., May 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sun., May 4 all day. Downtown St. Augustine, 10 Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Over 70 artists use the 500-year-old arts of chalking to capture St. Augustine's Spanish Colonial heritage on the sidewalks downtown. View finished chalk paintings on Sunday, then wash down the sidewalks. For more information, please visit www.staugustinechalkwalk.com.

World of Nations Celebration -- Sat., May 3, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Sun., May 4 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: $5 one-day, $8 two-day, Kids 3 & under FREE. Cuisine, arts and customs of other countries around the world. World marketplace, live music and dance, food and more. For more information, please visit www.coj.net.

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OFFICIAL BIO: K Truitt is a second-generation, native Floridian born in Jacksonville. Truitt worked in public higher education for 25 years and knows newspaper publishing, printing and graphic design. Contact: kt.4examiner@yahoo.com

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