Three Can't-Miss Festivals

What are you doing on the next couple Saturdays? Whether you're into movies, food or supporting local causes, we've got you covered.

St. Augustine Greek Festival
Oct. 8-10 | Francis Field | $3

Volunteers7The St. Augustine Greek Festival celebrates all things Greek -- food, dancing, music and heritage. Taste from homemade Greek foods and Greek pastries; join us in traditional Greek dancing and music, an outdoor marketplace and Kids Center with carnival rides & games and other children's activities, and much more. The event takes place at the Special Events (Francis) Field -- U.S. 1 and West Castillo Drive, next to the St. Augustine Visitors Center and Parking Garage.

• Dance Troupes - Adults and children practice year around to perform at the Greek Festival. Look here for the scheduled dancing events and free lessons for our guests.

• Greek Food - Look for food demonstration times and locations.

• Traditional and Contemporary Live Music - The schedule for the Hellenic Band's performances will be on the Greek Festival's website.


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4th annual Ferry Fest
Oct. 10 | Heckscher Drive ferry landing | Free

11741173_891472224221787_8204045594332017837_oFriends of the Ferry will present the Fourth Annual Saint Johns River Ferry Fest and the Inaugural Timucuan Treasure Quest on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Set along the banks of the picturesque Saint Johns River, festivities for 2015 will feature FREE ferry rides, all day music, and a wide selection of food and beverages. Before the main festivities kick off at 11:00 a.m., final registration for the Timucuan Treasure Quest will open at 6:30 a.m. at the Heckscher Drive ferry landing.

The newly created Timucuan Treasure Quest is a three-stage, team-oriented adventure / scavenger challenge that begins inside the perimeters of the Heckscher Ferry landing. After final registration, Stage 1 begins at 8:30 a.m. with teams of 2, 3 and 4 persons boarding JTA Trolleys and shuttling into the Fort George Park where they will be dropped at the historic Ribault Club for the first of 15 outdoor challenges. The object of Stage 1 is for teams to work together, advancing through physical and mental challenges along a 1.25 mile trail. Time is of the essence and every obstacle a secret. Total time for Stage 1 will not exceed 45 minutes. Upon conclusion, all teams will be shuttled back to the Heckscher Ferry landing and transported by ferry to Mayport Village for Stage 2 Trivia Challenge on the Main Stage of Ferry Fest. Teams will showcase their knowledge of the Timucuan preserve region including the Saint Johns River, historic Mayport Village, and the Ferry. A final treasure hunt for the top two Trivia Challenge teams is set for Stage 3 in the Ferry Fest area.

The Ferry's history dates back to 1874, making it Jacksonville's first and oldest bridge. Northeast Florida public and private leaders continue to rally behind the significance of this long-standing icon and its critical importance to the A1A coastal driving experience. Ferry Fest organizers are excited about their new partnerships with the state park service and local community.  They invite everyone to experience this annual party where old Florida qualities are embraced by new generations. Don’t miss The Saint Johns River Ferry Fest and Timucuan Treasure Quest on October 10, 2015.



World Arts Film Festival
Oct 15-17 | Main Library | $10-$25

The World Arts Film Festival invites first-time and established filmmakers to showcase their talents with short films screenings, panels, workshops, and exhibits to be held during the 3rd Annual, three-day event October 15, 16, and 17th. The festival is returning to Downtown Jacksonville with headquarters at The Conference Center At The Main Library.

The Festival will bring diverse groups of filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds, including those with special needs, to meet and mentor each other and their audiences through this new venue.

Michael Hausman, producer of feature films such as Gangs of New York, directed by Martin Scorcese, and Brokeback Mountain, directed by Ang Lee is one of the special guests this year. He will be speaking on Friday, October 16th at the main theater. Festival ticket passes are available online now.

Entries are short independent films no longer than 20 minutes. Please visit the website at for more information. Films that will be showing at the festival are from the following categories:

  • Narrative
  • Documentary
  • Animation
  • Experimental
  •  New Media (includes Music Video, Public Service, and Mobile Films)
  • Student

More information and descriptions of each category can be found on the festival website, or on submission sites: Withoutabox, a division of IMDB (Internet Movie Database) at and Film Freeway at

The festival highlights work by individuals with special needs, such as Dyslexia, and Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the impact on their lives and families. Docents will be on hand to support attendees.