Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Got Memorial Day Weekend Plans? the First Coast Will Be Rocking with Festivals

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Got Memorial Day Weekend Plans? the First Coast Will Be Rocking with Festivals

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Byline: Roger Bull and Judy Wells, Times-Union staff writers

Memorial Day weekend is always one of the busiest of the year. In some places, it's the beginning of the summer. Around here, it's kind of the last blast before it gets too hot.

But there's never a shortage of places to go to eat, drink, ride rides, shop or simply sit and listen to music. Don't forget, Bonnie Raitt is playing a free show at Metropolitan Park tomorrow (see the music section for details). Here are some of the other events going on this weekend:

-- Cathedral Festival -- The Cathedral Festival will bring four days of music, arts, crafts, rides, food and bingo (don't forget the bingo) to St. Augustine this weekend.

The festival, put on by the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine Catholic Church, is free except from noon to 4 p.m. Monday.

That's when Leon Russell and Orleans take the stage. Russell (1 p.m.), he of the long white hair and beard, has been making music for more than 40 years. Orleans (3 p.m.) has been around almost as long and had big hits in the '70s with Dance With Me and Still the One. Admission is $10. Bring a chair or blanket for lawn seating.

Bingo will be held in a tent on the east side of the parking lot from 5-10 p.m. today, tomorrow and Sunday and 4-6 p.m. Monday. It takes place at the Prince of Peace Church on San Marco Avenue. Look for the giant cross.

Festival hours: 5-10:30 p.m. today, noon to 10:30 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Monday. For more information:

-- Concert on the Green -- The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra provides the concert; Magnolia Point Golf & Country Club provides the green.

It begins at 4 p.m. Sunday at the club, which is off U.S. 17 in Green Cove Springs.

Skydivers will drop in; faces will be painted. At the "musical zoo," people can experiment with a variety of instruments. Area musicians start performing at 5 p.m., the concert begins at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 10 p.m.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair. You can also bring your own cooler and picnic.

Tickets at the gate are $15 for adults; $8 for students.

Information: (904) 269-1046 or

-- Palatka Blue Crab Festival -- The Blue Crab Festival draws about 250,000 people a year to Palatka.

Arts and crafts vendors line the downtown streets. Food vendors fill the park by the river. Music under the big tent starts at 6 p.m. today and continues through the weekend. The headliners: Exile, 10:30 tonight; Dr. Hook, 9:30 p.m. tomorrow; Molly Hatchett, 10 p.m. Sunday.

Some of the other highlights: Four-mile run, 8:30 a.m. tomorrow (registration at 7 a.m.); Florida Seafood Cookoff State Championship, 10 a.m. tomorrow; Rat Island Yacht Club Cardboard and Glue Raft Challenge, 4 p. …

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