The best part about living in a big city like Jacksonville is knowing that I can always count on a few things: there will always be great food, good people, and fun events. I challenge you to celebrate locally this holiday season by supporting our local small businesses and artists right here for Jax Black Friday and beyond.

Here is a shortlist of the deals and events that caught my eye locally here this weekend. (And if you end up at a fun event this weekend in Jax, use the hashtag #boldcitylife so we can see it too!)

Events & deals this weekend in Jacksonville:

Yoga on the Rocks at the Lemon Bar hosted by MBody Yoga. Saturday, November 30, 2019, from 10-11 AM. This event will have proceeds donated towards local patients battling breast cancer. More information is available on Instagram.

Only in Duval (yes, where I got my awesome dinosaur tee) will be waiving shipping fees for Black Friday in their online store for orders over $50.

Jessica Gillen, Jax birth and postpartum doula, will be offering complimentary birth photos for her 2020 doula clients.

St. Nicholas Shop Small, Shop Local Street Fair will be hosting local vendors of arts, crafts, jewelry, vintage clothing, home goods, and tons more on Saturday, November 30th. Music and sound will be provided by House of Stereo and our own artist friend, Roni Luebkert Pyrography will be there with the Gypsy Moon Traveling Artists and over a dozen other local artists and multiple participating storefronts. Get the deets on their Facebook Event Page.

Also, Roni Luebkert Pyrography will be offering a $10 discount with any purchase of $40 or more at the St. Nicolas Shop Small, Shop Local Street Fair.

Art by Roni Luebkert Pyrography

Jacksonville Light Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, November 30th on the St. Johns River at 6:30 PM at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront and follow along the Northbank Riverwalk to Fuller Warren Bridge before the parade crosses the south bank to follow along the Riverwalk to the Duval County School Board building. The evening will end with a fireworks show, featuring “waterfalls” off of the Main Street and Acosta Bridges. For more information about the Jax Light Boat Parade, check out their website.

Jax Beach Deck The Chairs is a free winter holiday public art display set on the oceanfront and features more than 40 decorated lifeguard chairs. The display is open daily and the lights are on from 5 PM – 1 AM. More information (including location info, dates, and even collectible ornaments) is available on the JBDTC website.

ZOOLights will transform Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens into a winter display filled with moving sculptures complete with forests with lighted trees and animal silhouettes. In addition to the usual visits with Santa, local artists and performers, and children’s activities, they have some new things they’re doing this year, such as an interactive play area in the North Pole where you can have a (plush) snowball fight or even build a snowman. For a full list of activities, dates, and tickets, check out the ZOOLights site.

Allison Rodrigues is the owner and broker of Bold City Real Estate. She is passionate about her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida but helps both buyers and sellers in most areas of Northeast Florida. Her background in real estate law made the transition to selling homes an easy one and she prides herself on being available, adaptable, and transparent with her clients. She can be reached at 904-210-8387 or by email at