27 Things To Do In Jax This May That’ll Help You Ring in The Summer Fun



I can basically hear you all whispering, “What’s next? What can we do in May?” Well, as the popular saying goes, April showers bring May flowers…So let’s see what wondrous activities are in store for us this warm-weathered May in Jacksonville.

Wednesday, May 1st

Dave Matthews Band – “Into your heart I’ll beat again” is exactly what Dave Matthews Band is saying to all of us Jacksonvillians as the group preps to rock the stage on the first day of May! Whether you grasped the Crash Into Me lyrics or not, come on out for this exciting intro into the month of May. (Veterans Memorial Arena // 8 pm // $36+)

Friday, May 3rd – Sunday, May 5th


Welcome to Rockville – Florida’s biggest rock n’ roll party is coming to Jacksonville with big names you may know like Yelawolf, Korn, Tool, Evanescense, Judas Priest and many more. There are a ton of ticket options to choose from, but if you go big with the VIP option, you get access to food, merchandise, AC, shaded tents and the whole shabang. (Metropolitan Park // All day // $90+)


T.J. Miller – Performing for three nights in a row, it seems you all have a lot you can do this weekend! Driven by the mission statement that life is fundamentally tragic and the best thing he can do is provide an escape through comedy, T.J. Miller is here to give you some chuckles. This sought-after comedian is a must-see! (The Comedy Zone // 6 pm // 7:30 pm // $30+)


Saturday, May 4th


Hole in One Happy Hour – JAX Fray is hosting a special event with THREE hours of virtual golf at the beautiful Blue Sky Golf Club with every adult’s favorite beverages. If you want to socialize and have a great time, get a ticket. The price is totally worth it because everything’s included: balls, clubs AND your first drink! (Blue Sky Golf Club // 6-9 pm // $35)

Sunday, May 5th- CINCO DE MAYO

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Cinco De Mayo Celebration – Basically, you can go to any Mexican restaurant in Jacksonville and they are celebrating, but did you think about breweries, too? Tabula Rasa is throwing down with the release of a Hibiscus Lime Mexican Lager! Taylor Tacos will also be there with some delicious tacos, and there will be a piñata! (Tabula Rasa // 12-8 pm // Menu Costs)

Tuesday, May 7th


Beer Ingredient Series – Not everyone thinks about beer’s essential ingredient – water. This class at Beer School focuses on the various minerals found in water, the brewing process and water profiles across the world. While it may be educational, you also get to try beer, so…win, win. (Alewife Bottle Shop // 6:30-8 pm // $25)

Wednesday, May 8th


SMPS Prohibition Party – The Society for Marketing Professional Services is throwing it back to those crazy times where the Prohibition era existed! Whether you are a marketing professional or not, get yourself a ticket and come dressed to impress. (The Volstead // 4 pm // $35)

Friday, May 10th


The Millenium Tour – More music in Jax, you say? That’s right. The Millenium Tour with famous artists like Mario, Chingy, Pretty Ricky, Lloyd, and even more awesome dudes are coming to the Veterans Memorial Arena for some hip hop & pop. Whether they seem like a throwback or you still listen to them daily, it’s going to be a great time! (Veterans Memorial Arena // 8 pm // $50+)

Honey Hounds – Jax Beach’s favorite funkadelic Blues trio, the Honey Hounds, are back in the 904 after touring the country. They will be putting on a show at Surfer the Bar. Doors open at 7pm, but just remember that they have drinks and it’s 5 o’clock somewhere…(Surfer the Bar // 7 pm // $10)

Saturday, May 11th

Jumbo Shrimp Game – Everyone is starting to break out the Jumbo Shrimp hats, laptop stickers, wildly popular foam fingers…okay, well maybe not the foam fingers. Get pumped for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp as they take on the Biloxi Shuckers. These games are always affordable and fun. (Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville // 6:30 pm // $9)

Sunday, May 12th – Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Brunch – Who wants to show their mom that they are a fabulous daughter or son? I thought you might! If you’ve got a mother that likes the finer things, you might want to consider taking her out to GiGi’s Restaurant for a fancy brunch filled with ham, beef, home fries, fruit, cakes and more! (GiGi’s Restaurant // 11am – 4pm // $30.95)

Monday, May 13th

Downtown Rodeo Street Dance – This is the 57th annual Downtown Rodeo Street Dance with the outstanding Tyler Dudley Band providing some tunes! Come to downtown Jax on Commerce & Main Street to get in on the Monday night fun. (Commerce & Main St // 6:30-9 pm // Free)

Wednesday, May 15th


Speed Puzzling – Picture this. You’re hunched over a table with a fresh beer in your hand, cautiously eyeing the rotating puzzle in front and you are hustling to finish it. Sound like a dream come true? For those of you puzzlers out there, Hyperion is having a Speed Puzzling competition at 7 p.m. sharp. It’s 500 pieces, so start training! (Hyperion // 7-10 pm // $60 per team)

Thursday, May 16th

Jacksonville River Rally + Poker Run – Everyone likes boats. Everyone likes benefiting camps for kids. So you should make a friend with a boat and join the gathering of boaters in downtown Jax for the Jacksonville River Rally + Poker Run! There are stops along the St. Johns River that benefit Camp Amigo, a burn survivor camp for kids from Florida. (Metropolitan Park // 7pm // Donations)

Glow Yoga in JAX Beach – Find your zen with JAX Fray at a 1-hour yoga session with a view. The glow supplies and mats will be provided, so all you need to bring are your friends and some good vibes. (Oceanfront Park // 7:15pm // $20)

Saturday, May 18th


Dancin’ in the Street – Everybody loves this event: Dancin’ in the Street! This iconic Beaches Town Center festival is serving up Jax’s best craft beer, local entertainment and games! They have celebrated 33 years of partying in the streets and it’s still a town favorite every year! What more can I say? (Atlantic Blvd & The Ocean // 11am – 9pm // Free)

Sunday, May 19th

X106.5 BBQ – Jacksonville’s Alternative radio station is hosting a BBQ with Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, and Blue October this Sunday at the Amp in St. Augustine! Get a ticket and dive into the barbeque goodness with live entertainment. (The Amp St. Augustine // 5:20 – 10pm // $36+)

Monday, May 20th


Watercolor Painting – Is anyone out there an aspiring artist…or maybe (and most likely) you just want to drink beer while you make something fun? Whatever the case, come to Wicked Barley for a Watercolor Painting Workshop. (Wicked Barley // 6:30pm // $32)

Tuesday, May 21st


Jacksonville’s Tourist Era – We may not have time machines, but we can still (kind of) go back in time. Florida’s Tourist Mecca and Its Grand Hotels program aims to do just that with a visit to Jacksonville’s historical era of tourists flocking to the south during the winter times. This presentation by Dr. Wayne Wood is very popular. (Old St. Andrew’s Church // 6:30 – 8:30pm // Free – Register)

Suds N’ Shakespeare – We may always think of Shakespeare as a classy, formal guy…But what about when he’s hammered? Suds and Shakespeare is a live show with a variety of Shakespeare’s most popular scenes featuring actors, booze and DIY costumes. There is also a live band providing the soundtrack for the evening. Definitely a unique event for all who attend! (119 E. Bay St. // 7-8:30 pm // $13)

Wednesday, May 22nd

Game of Thrones Trivia – While trivia pops up left and right, this one is particularly exciting because it focuses on the ever-so-popular GAME OF THRONES. If you’ve been watching, feel caught up and are ready for a challenge, join in on Lola’s Burrito & Burger Joint Trivia Night! (Lola’s Burrito & Burger Joint // 7:30 – 9:30pm // Free – Register)

Thursday, May 23rd – Sunday, May 26th


Jacksonville Jazz Festival – FOUR DAYS of jazz?! Hell yes, people. Join all of the jazz fans in Jacksonville at the Jazz Festival downtown for live entertainment, food, drinks, shopping and more. This is one of the largest jazz festivals in the country with quite a vibrant atmosphere, so don’t miss it. (Downtown Jax // 5pm – 10pm // $89+)

Saturday, May 25th


Childhood Cancer Research Corn Hole Tournament – I know a lot of you are probably great at corn hole by now with all the tournaments that have been going on. Come show off those skills at this Corn Hole Tournament that supports childhood cancer research! With a goal to raise $2,500 (and find a cure!), who wouldn’t want to be a part of this? (Fort Family Park // 11am – 3pm // Donations)

Sunday, May 26th

Goat Yoga – So you may have heard of this popular yoga trend. You stretch and goats come jump on you. It may sound a bit weird, but image how calm and relaxing it is to have cute, little goats boppin’ around. Come do yoga on the farm and meet some naturally curious goats. (Little Peeps Farmer for a Day // 8am // $20-30)

Monday, May 27th


Memorial Day 5K – Let’s celebrate the brave men and women that sacrifice their lives for our country this Memorial Day! You can get pumped to run a 5K or 1 mile with FREE watermelon and goodies after the race, plus hats for the top finishers. What better way to celebrate? (2042 Park Ave. // 8am // $27-35)

Wednesday, May 29th


Speed Dating – Another go round of Speed Dating! Maybe you’ve gone to one of these before and still haven’t found the lucky lady or man, or maybe you’re a first timer. Regardless, you’re single and ready to mingle. What better way to do embrace it than with some classic speed dating? (Intuition Ale Works // 7-10 pm // $25)

Thursday, May 30th


The House Music Collective – $3 cocktails, $2 wine, $1 shots…Oh, and some dope house music from some of the best DJs around! Each DJ has put a ton of work, plus their heart and soul, into this event, so come experience the magic at Surfer. (Surfer the Bar // 9pm $6)

Friday, May 31st

The Wizard of Oz – There’s obviously a ton of great music to listen to this month, but how about something sophisticated, classical and rehearsed? The MGM classic film, the Wizard of Oz, is returning to the big screen as the Jacksonville Symphony plays LIVE. Let’s just feel the music and let our minds go ‘somewhere over the rainbow.’ (Jacoby Symphony Hall // 7-9pm // $19+)

I must say that May seems to be one of the better months for Jacksonville because there is so much going on, and it’s all fun! Let’s start living it up in Jax this month!



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