Community First Saturdays bringing art, music downtown

Family-friendly event has something for everyone

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It's the first Saturday of the month and it's time to celebrate first Saturdays with Community First.

It's a fun, family friendly event in Downtown Jacksonville and this month there are a whole lot of extras.

Tony Allegretti, director of downtown engagement at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce says there is something for everyone.

"We try to have family activities," Allegretti says. "We always have food trucks we always have some live entertainment and this weekend is pretty amazing."

Here are just some of the activities for Saturday:

10 am: Fulham v. Stoke City – Watch, party, cheer on Shad Khan's (other) team live on the gigantic screen in the courtyard of the Jacksonville Landing
11 am: FightFit – 45 minute cardio work out
12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm: Cookies & Canvas – Painting class with free professional art teacher and supplies courtesy of Wine & Canvas
10 am to 3 pm: Art in the park – Jax Parks' biggest art event along the Riverwalk, featuring family friendly art activities including ceramics, drawing, music and more
1 pm: Jacksonville Original Music Fest- Hogan Street and 7 other stages featuring 125 local acts
Operation Skyway - Ride the free Skyway and finish our scavenger hunt to win tickets to Jaxtoberfest
Get Down & Stay Down- Learn how to score a ridiculously discounted luxury room at the Omni Downtown on Saturday night

And there are also events and live entertainment at the Riverside Arts Market. Evelyn Peters-Washington, heads of Jazz Day entertainment at RAM.

"The magnificent part about that is there is an amphitheater there with a very nice stage," Peters-Washington says. "The river is the back drop, so how can it get better than that?"

Here is the RAM The River Stage schedule for Saturday:

10:30 – 10:45: Connor Blackley (Broadway Musical)
11:15 – 12:00: Blue Muse (Classic Jazz)
12:30 – 1:30: (Featured Artist) Teddy Washington Signature Jazz Show (Classic Jazz)
2:00 – 2:30: Tambor (World Jazz)
3:00 – 3:45: UNF Jazz Ensemble III (Big Band Jazz)

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