Busy weekend includes rock festival, opening of beaches, sporting events

Jumbo Shrimp, Armada, Sharks all play at home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A busy weekend includes options for live music, a beaches tradition, and three local sports teams playing at home.

The annual Welcome to Rockville festival kicks off Saturday at Metropolitan Park.

This year’s card is headlined by grunge pioneers Soundgarden and rock legends Def Leppard.

The festival begins Saturday at 11:50 a.m. when Badflower opens their set on one of three stages that are set for the event. Sunday’s acts begin with Cover Your Tracks, who opens their set at 11:15 a.m.

Tickets for the festival start at $85.

The docks adjacent to Metropolitan Park will be closed during the festival and no one will be allowed to tie up at the docks the day of the show. However, the Metropolitan Park Marina will be open with free parking for boats and those arriving by boat will enter the venue through the main entry gate which is only a short walk from the marina.

The River Taxi has extended its hours to get people to and from the festival. It will run from 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. It's $10 for a roundtrip, cash only.

Sunday, the 71st annual opening of the Beaches Parade is scheduled for 2 p.m. This free, local community parade is a Beaches tradition and runs up and down 1st and 2nd Streets North in Jacksonville Beach. In 2016, groups such as the Shriners, lifeguards, and the Sons of Norway participated in the parade.

Also this weekend, three of Jacksonville's professional sports teams play home games. The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp open a four game series on Friday against Mobile. They play home games at the Baseball Grounds Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday and Monday afternoons.

The undefeated Jacksonville Armada try to stay in first place in the North American Soccer League when they host Indy Eleven Saturday at 7 p.m. at UNF's Hodges Stadium. The Armada have conceded only one goal this year.

The Jacksonville Sharks try to remain unbeaten when they host the Columbus Lions Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The Sharks have started the season 6-0.