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In 2009, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival found a new annual date during the Memorial Day holiday weekend and a new home in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. The free event features a street party atmosphere and four stages scattered in the city’s Laura Street corridor, May 27-30. Enjoy internationally acclaimed jazz performers, as well as the region’s best musicians during this four-day event. Art at the Met art festival, ‘Round Midnight Jazz Jam, a wine tasting and Sunday jazz brunch add another layer of cultural flavor to an already extraordinary event.

Remember wounded and lost soldiers and their families this Memorial Day, May 31, with Jacksonville’s annual Memorial Wall Ceremony. Along with the fallen servicemen and women, Jacksonville will honor its military heritage and local heroes with keynote speakers, the presentation of colors, family tributes, a wreath presentation, a 21-gun salute, "Taps" and musical tributes. Jacksonville’s Riverside Arts Market (RAM), the largest free weekly arts and entertainment venue in the state of Florida, has returned for its second year. Located under the Fuller Warren Bridge just minutes from Downtown, RAM is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through December. The family-friendly market boasts freshly baked bread, paintings, fresh local produce, sculpture, honey, pottery, great food from local restaurants, wood carvings, herbs, cut flowers, jewelry, plants, cheeses, woven baskets and more. There is also live entertainment on the riverfront stage and kids activities to enjoy each week.

Amelia Island Plantation is once again hosting the “Boardwalk Bash,” a weekly event that takes place Fridays from 5–8 p.m. from mid March through October. Enjoy live music and food and drink specials including $1 beer and $4 wine on the back porch of Marché Burette, located at the Spa and Shops. The hours of operation for the stores located in the shopping village have also been extended to accommodate a busier shopping season. For a closer look at all there is to see and do in Jacksonville, go to www.VisitJacksonville.com.
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