It’s the first weekend in May, the traditional weekend for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival at Fernandina Beach. Unfortunately, this year’s festival has been canceled due to the pandemic, but here are five things you can do instead:
The Sandalwood High School band will celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary with a musical gala on Friday at First Baptist Church in downtown Jacksonville. “Forever Saints Strong,” a new song written for the event, will make its debut. The concert starts on Friday at 6.30 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is in Church Garage 1 on Laura Street.
Song of the earth
The Jacksonville Symphony is nearing the end of the most strenuous season in its long history. This weekend you will be inviting guest singers Richard Cox and Tamara Mumford for Mahler’s “Song of the Earth”. Performances take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Times-Union Center. $ 29- $ 75. The Friday performance is also available as a livestream for $ 10.
Dance the night away
This weekend at the Murray Hill Theater is really getting going. On Friday at 7:30 p.m., the club will host a swing dance evening for all age groups. On Saturday the Club Social Club welcomes Misfits with Jshievs and L3V! at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $ 15 to $ 45.
You didn’t do anything important on Sunday morning anyway. So why not eat chicken and waffles and listen to jazz in the sunshine? MOSH, Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History, is hosting a rooftop jazz brunch from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. $ 75- $ 100.
Tacos and tequila
Get a head start on your Cinco de Mayo celebrations at the first Jacksonville Taco & Tequila Festival on Sunday. The festival, a fundraiser for several local nonprofits, takes place on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Riverside Avenue under the Fuller Warren Bridge with food trucks, tequila stations, and live music. $ 15- $ 95.