The winner is…

Thank you to everyone that took the time to complete our survey!

Many times people are asked to take a survey to help improve an organization or event, however, they do not benefit from knowing the results after the fact.  We want you to know that not only did we hear what you had to say, we are acting on it too!

Over the next few weeks we will begin sharing the survey results and the action items taking place for the third season beginning on September 6th.  Stay tuned to our blog and Facebook page for more details.

All survey participants that provided an email address and/or phone number were entered for a chance to win $100 gift certificate to Campeche Bay Cantina.  We ended up with 110 eligible survey participants and utilized to assist in the winner selection.

Congratulations to Cotina W., we will be reaching out this week to send you your prize!

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All of these things are possible by taking our survey!  This is the easiest way to let us know what you liked and didn’t like about Community First Saturdays.  The key thing here is COMMUNITY.  We are here for you and want you to be involved in our event.  The survey takes fewer than 10 minutes and you will be entered to win a $20 gift card to Campeche Bay Cantina in Jacksonville Beach.

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Thank you!


Thank you to every vendor, sponsor and attendee that participated in Community First Saturdays this season!  Without each of you this event would not be nearly as successful as it is.

Please stay tuned to the blog, Facebook, and Twitter to stay up-to-date on all the exciting happenings for our third season beginning on September 6th.

If you would like more information on how you can be involved next season please let us know here.

Special thank you to our title sponsor and partner Community First Credit Union of Florida as well as our food truck alley sponsor, Sawyer Gas!


Works for CFS and World of Nations! We always have free bike valet! Also free fire truck PARKING!jaxsteamengine

Spend your Saturday downtown!

CornholeThere is so much going on this Saturday and Community First Saturdays is right in the middle of all the action!

If you haven’t already, go check out our Facebook event page here for more info on all the awesome activities we have planned!

Below are a few quick samplings of the big events happening downtown this weekend.

Daytime festivities:

Community First Saturdays: 10am-4pm

Riverside Arts Market: 10am-4pm

World of Nations Celebration: 10am-8pm (also going on Friday and Sunday)


Evening festivities:

Tee Off Downtown: 6pm-12am

Jacksonville Sharks game: 7pm start


Better still, you can park in one spot and bike ride or take the water taxi down to RAM and other points in between.  Spend your Saturday exploring all the amazing events and activities downtown has to offer!

JAX History is on Fire

Wyatt Taylor, the current curator of the Jacksonville Fire Museum, has all the hottest facts about the Great Fire and the best stories about how fast our city grew back. Come visit him, and his crew, at our next Community First Saturday on May 3rd, at the Jacksonville Fire Museum!


Fire Trucks and Food Trucks! 

You know we’re going to have some serious food-age with some of your favorite food trucks, AND the JAX Fire Museum will have have some new and old fire trucks to commemorate Jacksonville’s history and celebrate our fearless firefighters!




See you on May 3rd! 

Sparks of Past, Present, and Future

May 3, 2014 will mark 113 years since the Great Fire of 1901 when our fair city battled flames. So what are we going to do to commemorate how far our city has come? Celebrate of course!


Bay and Main Street after the Great Fire in 1901, and Bay and Main Street Bridge in 2014, JAX Chamber. 

In the spirit of One Spark we will salute our past, and welcome the future! To celebrate this and the Firefighters of Jacksonville we’ll be moving Community First Saturday to the Jacksonville Fire Museum on May 3rd from 10am to 4pm! Join us for fire trucks, food trucks, and live music!


(Top photo: JAX Fire Museum Archives, Bottom photo: PRI Productions)




Since early October 2012, every day before the first Saturday of the month, I’d be sweating some detail, tracking down partners, bagging meters, or otherwise loading my car with stuff. Today is no different. Except its the last time I’ll be in charge of Community First Saturdays on game day. (Don’t worry, I’m planning a super fun one for May 3 :)). While I load the car I’m thinking about Jomarie who never fails to show up and teach Tai Chi to anyone willing to learn. I’m thinking about all of the great non-profits who have come out and made their case with sidewalk chalk and hula hoops. I’m thinking about all of the food trucks who have put their gourmet ideas into action and kept us all fed and happy. I’m thinking about all the volunteers, and interns and coworkers who have helped keep the event fun and easy going. I look back at all of the JSO officers who make every effort to reach rogue parkers on our closed streets who we don’t want to tow unless we absolutely have to! (We’ve still have never towed anyone- yet). I think of our best friend Missy who always comes with a smile and a great sense of humor.

When I told my kids that I was transitioning to a new job, my daughter said she’d mostly miss sitting under the tent with Missy and I people watching. I assume she’ll miss the snow cones as well.

This event tomorrow will be a big one I think, as any time we mention our local craft beers usually is. But its also a way to meet other One Spark creators, like myself, and hear ideas before the festival even starts. One Spark is so amazing but there is no way you can catch every creator. Come to the event tomorrow to meet some folks and hear about their passion projects and ideas as a prelude to the fest. Pick up some merch. The sunglasses are very cool and only $5.

I won’t be able to mention a lot of folks, I’ll not try to name them all, but I do want say thank you, to everyone, to every band, to every family who checked their bike at bike valet, to Santa, to Community First, Sawyer Gas and all of our excellent partners.

Take comfort in knowing that every event I’ve ever started ended up getting fresh and innovative managers and volunteers. RAM and Art Walk are WAY BETTER than I could have ever pulled of. We’ll have Community First Saturdays for some time and we won’t miss a beat and  the event will continue to grow and get better and better. And I’ll see you there!


A Head Start on One Spark!

You’re aware that Community First Saturday is having a sweet One Spark Mixer for any creator who wants in, but did you know that The Cummer is also having One Spark Festivities?
The Cummer is just as ready as we are to kick off One Spark! This Saturday, April 5th, they will have free admission. Check out the FB event page for more info.



Friendly neighborhood suggestion….Ride to RAM and park your bikes at the (FREE) Bike Valet and explore The Cummer at 10 am.  Then, grab your bikes and head to Community First Saturday and park your ride at our (FREE) Bike Valet on the Riverwalk! Relax, get some food and enjoy our One Spark Mixer, Live Music and Craft Beer Fest that starts at 11 am!