Wednesday, April 26 | Willowbranch Poetry Festival
Willowbranch Library, 6 p.m.
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
It’s National Poetry Month,
Be there Wednesday …
… when Friends of the Willowbranch Library host an open-mic poetry reading of original and favorite poems. Participating local poets include Laura Minor, Andy Rojas, Tiffany Melanson, Jeff Knapp, Fred Dale and Jennifer Bundy. More Info
Thursday, April 27 | Grand Opening of Dinner Service
The Court Urban Food Park, 5 p.m.
Located on Hogan Street (between Bay Street and Independent Drive), The Court Urban Food Park now offers regular dinner service every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 5-8 p.m. Cuban Fire Grill, Wurstbrothers and WaugaWauga Food Truck will be onsite for the opening. Trucks vary. More Info
Thursday, April 27 | TED 2017 Conference Simulcast
Sun-Ray Cinema, 5:30 p.m.
TEDx Jax hosts a simulcast of “The Future You” from Vancouver where speakers will explore our shared future, particularly, how we will interact and thrive in a world of constant change. More Info
Friday, April 28-Sunday, April 30 | “Steel Magnolias”
Theatre Jacksonville, times vary
There probably aren’t many people who haven’t seen (or at least heard of) the film version starring Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine and Julia Roberts. If not, suffice it to say, you will laugh, cry and feel all mushy inside. Directed by Lee Hamby. More Info
Saturday, April 29 | Strides for Pride 5K
Riverside Park, 7 a.m.
Folks show their pride and support for local LGBTQ young people at this sixth annual benefit for JASMYN. The walk (run, if you must) begins and ends at Riverside Park (aka the one that’s not on the river) with a post-race party featuring food, music and games.
Saturday, April 29 | Springfest 2017
5 Points, 2 p.m.
Speaking of celebrating the diversity of Riverside, Springfest returns to 5 Points with a street party befitting … well, 5 Points. Bands including Strangerwolf, Dig Dog, Universal Green and Jesse Montoya perform with local artists, vendors, food and craft brews filling the street.
Saturday, April 29 & Sunday, April 30 | Spring Tour of Homes
Riverside/Avondale Historic District, times vary
Considered the most architecturally diverse historic districts in Florida, Riverside Avondale boasts an abundance of one-of-a-kind homes, 11 of which are open to the public to tour (please refrain from opening the medicine cabinets). Three commercial locations complete the self-guided tour. Tickets are good for both days. More Info
Sunday, April 30 | “Never Go Back”
The Hourglass Pub, 7 p.m.
Written, directed and produced by Jax-based filmmaker Durden Godfrey, “Never Go Back” is a drama about a father and son who leave traditional society for a life in the wilderness—without cell phones, Internet or toilet paper. Already receiving acclaim at film festivals, “Never Go Back” was made with a local cast and crew. More Info
Sunday, April 30 | Celebrate GOOD Festival
Friendship Fountain, 1 p.m.
It doesn’t get “feel good-ier” than this free event hosted by HandsOn Jacksonville honoring individuals who give their time, energy and resources to support nonprofit organizations. Enjoy live music, celebrity appearances, food, kid-friendly activities and onsite volunteer projects. Attendees receive free admission to MOSH for the day. More Info
Kerry is an award-winning writer and blogger, world record holder, trivia host, ordained minister, podcaster and the Official Selfie Queen of Jacksonville. A former resident of San Marco and Avondale now living in Riverside, she is Urban Core to the core and can’t believe she ever lived in Baymeadows. Also known as that chick with the pink hair. Photo by Renee Parenteau Photography.