Riverside Arts Market
715 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL, USA
www.riversideartsmarket.com - (904) 554-6865
Riverside Arts Market Jacksonville Reviews
FREE to enjoy, but bring money for food and souvenirs Jul 07, 2011
This is such a great event to get the community together in a centralized location. It doesn't require an entrance fee, and there's plenty of FREE entertainment and activities, as well as food and crafts and stuff everywhere. Think of it as an even more barebones flea market where the vendors all bring in their own tables and canopies for their displays.
Among the entertainers, there was a band on the main stage area, as well as several street performers. We saw a 16-year-old juggler who played with fire, performing to DJ Earworm (haha I thought that was amusing in itself!), a duo guitarist and keyboardist, and a saxophone player, who noticed my son and started playing Happy Birthday. There was also a clown who made a giraffe for my son.
Yes, the entertainment is free, but the food and products are not. Heed Lyndsay's warning, and get some cash from the bank across the street.
As for food, there were vendors selling fresh fruits and veggies, but you could also get ready-made stuff, like Italian ices, Jamaican beef patties, freshly made brick-oven pizzas, funnel cake, and other fair-type eats.
People were showcasing their paintings and other artwork, selling their products (we bought a toy from one of the vendors), and raising awareness for some local charities and organizations.
Before we left, we ran into a booth for kids where they could make fossil rubbings or artwork. All for FREE of course.
There is plenty of parking within walking distance. We parked two blocks away.
My son and I both enjoyed Riverside Arts Market and hope to visit more often. A great way to enjoy a beautiful Saturday in the Florida weather.
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