Weekend Playlist: Force Fest, Holidazzle and Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl

Weekend Playlist: Force Fest, Holidazzle and Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl

If you’ve got the weekend on your mind, it’s time to start planning how you’ll be spending it. Here are our top picks of events happening around Jacksonville this weekend:

Force Fest Awakens in Hemming Park

Dec. 11 Celebrate the looming release of the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens with galactic fans of all ages this Friday downtown in Hemming Park. The event will feature a light sword battle at dusk, performances by the Jedi Academy of North Florida, free play gaming by Gather 2 Game, an appearance from artist Carlos Cabaleiro and more.

The event is free to the public and will start at 5 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. For more information, check out forcefestjax.com.

Stache Dash at EverBank Field

Dec. 11 Don your best Shad Khan-inspired stache and head out to EverBank Field Friday after work for the annual Stache Dash to kick off the home game football weekend. Registration in the race gets you a ticket to the Jaguars vs Colts game on Sunday, an official race shirt, one drink ticket and the chance to race through EverBank Field.

More info on the Facebook event page.

29th Annual Historic Springfield Holiday Home Tour

Dec. 11 and 12 You may have already toured Springfield for the annual Porchfest a few weeks back, but what better excuse to get back out and explore the historic neighborhood than for a festive holiday home tour? The Springfield Improvement Association is hosting a holiday home tour on both Friday and Saturday nights from 5 to 9 p.m.

For more information, visit springfieldtour.com.

4th Annual Holidazzle at the Riverside Arts Market

Dec. 12 The holiday present crunch is in full effect; why not shop local pick up some gifts from vendors at the Riverside Arts Market Holidazzle event and skip the big box stores? North Florida’s largest open-air market will feature roving carolers, winter brews and holiday cocktails to enjoy while strolling the aisles of artists and artisans with thousands of gifts to choose from for the holidays.

More info at riversideartsmarket.com.

The 2015 Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl in Jacksonville Beach

Dec. 12 Join 904 Happy Hour for an Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl through Jax Beach bars including Ritz, Brix and Lynch’s Irish Pub. Dig out that ugly sweater you’ve been hiding in the back of your closet since last year and get ready for costume contests, free shots and a holiday-inspired good time.

More info at uglysweaterbarcrawl.com.

Deck the Chairs Holiday Celebration Night of Music and Dance

Dec. 13 Seawalk Plaza will be filled with music and lights Sunday night for the annual Night of Music and Dance celebration featuring a full evening of entertainment. Check out the holiday decorated lifeguard chairs, a 26-foot tall holiday tree, a sea shell slide and hours of performances from local dance studios, art academies and choral groups.

More info on the Facebook event page.

San Marco Luminaria

Dec. 13 Drive or walk through San Marco’s streets Sunday night to take in the annual luminaria celebration. There will also be a Live Nativity Scene near the intersection of Arbor Lane and Laurel Road.

More info on the Facebook event page.


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