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Be a Firestarter

Downtown is on Fire is an initiative created by people who hold a flame for Downtown. This site provides valuable resources, links, and tips to help you explore the heart of our city and rediscover why Downtown is Jacksonville's original hot spot.

  • Sports

    From the sheer power of the Jaguars to the showmanship of the Suns, these athletes aren't the only ones feeling the burn. Experience the heart-pumping action of Downtown's sporting events, featuring four professional teams and hundreds of events to get you moving. Downtown boasts several state-of-the-art venues for your favorite games, including Everbank Field, the Veterans Memorial Arena, and the Baseball Grounds. All centrally located with expansive public parking and easy access by car or by boat.

  • Food

    If you're a foodie who isn't afraid to try some heat, Downtown is a hotbed for unique, satisfying, and delicious dining spots. With each visit you'll find something new, from Chomp Chomp's ever-evolving menu to Indochine's Asian fusion to Olio's eclectic pallet of offerings. No two nights are the same, whether you're dining riverside or truck-side with one of Downtown's gourmet food trucks. There's something to please every palate.

  • Entertainment

    If you're looking for this season's hottest ticket, look no further than Downtown. With a thriving music scene and venues ranging from the classical to intimate, there's plenty of excitement to be had. Between the Florida Theater cycling celebrity concerts, the Florida Times Union Center hosting timeless symphony performances, and eclectic venues like Underbelly featuring local sensations, boredom is no match. Don't wait to experience your big night on the town.

  • Nightlife

    Fire burns brightest at night. And the later it gets, the more the city glows. Downtown nightlife is a whirlwind of bustling bars, eclectic eats, endless entertainment, and a scene in constant motion. Enjoy an elusive "Stolen Fish" at Dos Gatos before hopping to Burro Bar to catch the tail end of a set from local musicians. Don't miss the jazz singer that frequents Underbelly's stage, or an opportunity to blaze a trail on the dance floor on Bay Street. Stay out till last call to enjoy late night eats like Five Star Pizza, then catch a cab ride home.

  • Getting Around

    Blaze a trail through Downtown Jacksonville with these streamlined ways to get around. Hop on a bus. Ride the Skyway monorail free of charge, or bypass game-day traffic with the Stadium Shuttle service. There are ample opportunities to park with multiple garages and streets lined with quarter meters.

  • Family & Recreation

    Boredom is no match when you plan your family outing to Downtown. Enjoy the beautiful and historic sights and sounds of the heart of Jacksonville, with ample opportunity to entertain both the kids and yourselves. Catch a bite to eat beside the river at the Jacksonville Landing. Take a stroll across the Main Street Bridge to Friendship Park, where you can enjoy its dancing water and lights. In addition to countless seasonal festivals and activities, Downtown hosts a monthly Art Walk where kids can experience the culture of their city.