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Jacksonville's entertainment scene the best of world-class events with the local cultural community. This vibrancy can be found throughout the city.

While Jacksonville doesn't have an art and culture community as vibrant as some other large cities, there are still plenty of ways to stimulate oneself.

Jacksonville boasts more than one nightlife hub; visitors can bar hop in the cool ocean breezes or discover new favorites in Downtown Jacksonville nightlife. Local breweries and world-class entertainment offer additional options. Sundown in Jacksonville sheds light on entertainment options as diverse as the local landscape.

Florida Theatre

When the beautiful Florida Theatre re-opened its doors following a major restoration effort in 1983, few people could have foreseen the incredible record of activity and community service that has marked the past 29 years. More than 4,500 different events of all kinds have taken place here, attended by over 4 million people. Approximately 60% of the theatre’s use has been by local not-for-profit organizations of every description, and programs have reached out to virtually every segment of northeast Florida’s population. Without a doubt, the community’s investment in the restoration, renovation and operation of this historic treasure has been returned many times over.

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
  • Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
  • Address: 300 Water Street, Suite 200
    Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • Tickets: (904) 354-5547Fax: (904) 354-9238
  • Website: www.jaxsymphony.org

Founded in 1949, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra recently celebrated its 60th anniversary season, as well as the tenth season of Music Director and Principal Conductor Fabio Mechetti. Having hosted some of the most renowned artists of the past century, including Isaac Stern, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman and Mstislav Rostropovich, the Jacksonville Symphony is poised as an American orchestra for the 21st century.

Jacksonville Children's Chorus
  • Jacksonville Children's Chorus
  • Address: 225 E. Duval Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • Phone: (904) 353-1636/ Fax: (904) 634-8953
  • Website: www.jaxchildrenschorus.com

The mission of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus is to provide a high-quality choral music education for children of diverse backgrounds, fostering teamwork, self-discipline, accomplishment and pride while filling an important cultural need in the community and sharing the beauty of the choral art form through artistically excellent performances.

Metropolitan Park
  • Metropolitan Park
  • Address: 1410 Gator Bowl Boulevard
    Jacksonville, FL 32202-1900
  • Phone: (904)630-0837/ FAX:(904)630-0538
  • Website: www.makeascenedowntown.com

This unique outdoor venue has been the home of many annual events including Starry Nights, the World of Nations Celebration, Fourth of July Celebration, area non-profit events and many more. Tony Bennett, Brad Paisley, Jessica Simpson, Earth, Wind and Fire, James Taylor, Idina Minzel, Michael Buble, Styx, Train, Nancy Wilson, Lonestar, George Benson, Faith Hill, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Jackson Brown, Chaka Khan, John Rich and Wynonna are just a few of the artists who have performed at Metropolitan Park.

Murray Hill Theatre
  • Murray Hill Theatre
  • Address: 932 Edgewood Ave. S.
    Jacksonville, FL 32205
  • Phone: (904) 388-7807
  • Website: www.murrayhilltheatre.com
MHT is the nation's premier Christian rock venue featuring a state of the art sound and light system, and Café. We are an alcohol-free, drug-free, smoke-free, all-ages nightclub that features live music with a positive message. MHT uses music and the arts to present things of faith in a positive light. As an alternative to typical bars and nightclubs, we give people a safe nightspot to enjoy live entertainment.
Alhambra Dinner Theatre
  • Alhambra Dinner Theatre
  • Address: 12000 Beach Blvd.
    Jacksonville, FL 32246
  • Phone: (904) 641-1212/Fax: (904) 642-3505
  • Website: www.alhambrajax.com

The longest running professional Dinner Theatre in America. The Alhambra has seen the likes of Betty Grable, Mickey Rooney, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr and Leanza Cornett.

Amelia Community Theatre

Since 1981, the award-winning Amelia Community Theatre has been 'putting the community on stage' in the heart of the historic district in charming Fernandina Beach, Florida. We are located within walking distance of great restaurants, hotels, B&Bs and shops.

Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre
  • Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre
  • Performance Location: Adele Grage Cultural Center 716 Ocean Blvd at 7th St.
    Atlantic Beach, FL
  • Phone: (904) 249-7177
  • Email: celiaabet@gmail.com
  • Website: www.abettheatre.com

Your Intimate Theatre In Atlantic Beach.
ABET’s mission is to bring the excitement of live theatre to diverse audiences with an emphasis on new and original plays, neglected classics, and on developing new talent.

FCCJ Artist Series
  • FCCJ Artist Series
  • Address: 501 West State Street, Suite 141
    Jacksonville FL, 32202
  • Phone: (904) 632-3373/Toll free: 1-888-860-BWAY
  • Email: artistseries@fscj.edu
  • Website: More Info

In addition to intramural/extramural activities, FCCJ provides a complete game center and a lounge for TV viewing on each campus. The student center is a place to unwind and make friends while playing billiards, ping pong or video games. For the exercise-minded, there is a fitness room on each campus where you may work out with Nautilus or other weight-training equipment.

Fernandina Little Theatre

Founded in 1993, the Fernandina Little Theatre is located in Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, the beautiful northern-most barrier island of Florida.

The Florida Ballet

The Florida Ballet is Jacksonville’s first and only professional dance company. Founded by Laurie Picinich-Byrd and Michael Byrd, the company made its debut in 1979. Since then, the company has continued to present unique and innovative pieces from its repertory as well as new pieces created by established and emerging choreographers.

Jacksonville Ballet Theatre

JBT is a ballet company. At a dance studio, students attend classes and perform in a year end performance. At JBT, students are part of a team of dancers that train together. They demonstrate their dance skills on-stage in several performances each year. They dance alongside internationally renowned guest artists in major professional-level productions. Students also have the opportunity to attend workshops and intensives with highly skilled guest artists.

Limelight Theatre
  • Limelight Theatre
  • Address: 11 Old Mission Avenue
    St.Augustine, FL 32084-3279
  • Phone: (904) 825-1164
  • Website: www.limelight-theatre.org

Co-founded by Anne Kraft and Jean Rahner, the Limelight Theatre staged its first production, I Ought To Be in Pictures, on August 28, 1992, in the Monson Bayfront Inn. It provided entertainment at this location for almost two years. In 1994, the Theatre achieved not-for-profit status as a 501(c)3 organization, and it continued to offer productions for a number of years at a wide variety of local venues, including the Art Association, churches, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Marineland, Flagler College and a small rented building on U.S. Highway 1.

Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts
  • Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts
  • Address: South Campus 11901 Beach Boulevard
    Jacksonville, Florida 32246
  • Phone: Box Office(904)646-2222
  • Website: www.fscj.edu

The Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts is a comprehensive performing and visual arts facility at Florida State College at Jacksonville's South Campus. The Center serves as a state of the art learning facility for students and a quality arts venue for the entire community. Housed in glass, a two story lobby leads patrons to the art gallery, a main proscenium theatre with 500 seats, the studio theatre designed for productions with smaller audiences and the Conference Center which is available for business meetings, conferences, fund raisers and social gatherings. The Center's programming includes a variety of offerings such as opera, dance, multidisciplinary productions that integrate visual art, music, theatre and the humanities.

Orange Park Community Theatre
  • Orange Park Community Theatre
  • Address: 2900 Moody Avenue
    Orange Park, FL 32073-6436
  • Phone: (904) 276-2599
  • Email: opctweb@yahoo.com
  • Website: www.opct.org

The land on Blake Avenue, between Highway 17 and River Road was owned by a wealthy family who had a large home. They built a two story annex at the back of their home for use as a summer home for the little girls from St. Mary's orphanage in Jacksonville. The annex had classrooms on the lower floor and dormitories and showers on the top floor. It wasn't unusual to find 78 or so little girls enjoying the fresh air and spacious grounds in the summertime down there by the river.

Players by the Sea!
  • Players by the Sea!
  • Address: 106 Sixth Street North
    Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250
  • Phone: (904) 249.0289 Fax: (904) 249-0214
  • Website: www.playersbythesea.org

For 45 years, Players by the Sea Community Theatre has been committed to serving the First Coast with outstanding art and entertainment. Each year we aim to provide a fresh helping of exciting productions, programs and learning opportunities to provide impactful creative experiences for the artists of today and tomorrow. The intention of each production at Players by the Sea is to offer extraordinary creative opportunities for volunteers to contribute their best in an atmosphere of openness, inclusion and cooperation.

Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum

Whether visiting the museum, attending a concert, viewing a film or listening to a lecture, the Ritz has a special energy that leaves you with a special feeling. There is always an exhibition, music, dance or the dramatic arts inside the Ritz that will enthrall, educate and entertain.

Theatre Jacksonville

This mission supports inclusion and the development of diversity in the Company's artistic, volunteer, audience and donor bases. This goal is achieved through presenting plays and programs of noted artistic excellence, supporting volunteers and students with exceptional training and educational opportunities, and allowing for the development of unique and/or original performance projects and events by Florida artists.


Since 1979, Theatreworks, Inc. has filled a need for educational theatre in our community by providing the best national and international touring theatre available to school age children in a seven-county area.

Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts
  • Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts
  • Address: 300 West Water Street,
    Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • Phone: (904)633-6110
  • Website: www.jaxevents.com

SMG is the world’s leading company in the private development and management of public assembly facilities, including stadiums, arenas, theaters and exhibition/convention centers. We operate these facilities under long-term contracts or leases and assume full responsibility for financial and operating management. Through the development of integrated services, events and revenue center programs, SMG ensures our facilities generate new sources of income. At the same time, we provide participation and employment opportunities to local business enterprises in the communities we serve.

Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts
  • Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts
  • Address: 283 College Drive,
    Orange Park, FL 32065
  • Phone: Box Office:(904)276-6750/Main Line:(904)276-6815
  • Email: boxoffice@sjrcc.edu
  • Website: www.thcenter.org

The Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts is dedicated to developing and nurturing the artistic potential and growth of the students, residents and visitors of the community by offering the very best of professional theater, dance, and music performances and visual art exhibits.