Every week, Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend.
Friday & Saturday
The Paul Simon Songbook
Jacoby Symphony Hall | Downtown Jacksonville
Just slip out the back, Jack. And make a new plan, Stan, to take advantage of one of three opportunities to see the Jacksonville Symphony celebrate the music of iconic songwriter Paul Simon, author of countless classics including “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Sounds of Silence,” “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” and “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.” New associate symphony conductor Kevin Fitzgerald and a trio of vocalists will run through the Simon songbook — from the Simon & Garfunkel years to his 1986 masterpiece Graceland and beyond — beginning with a Coffee Series performance at 11 a.m. Friday and continuing Friday night (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (7:30 p.m.). Tickets and more info here.
Various Locations | Springfield
No event better captures the character and charm of this distinctive Downtown-adjacent neighborhood than the annual Jacksonville PorchFest. On Saturday, porch hop between half a dozen pop-up venues across four square blocks east of North Main Street between East 4th Street and East 8th Street, and catch sets by nearly two dozen local and nationally touring artists. Plot your afternoon with this interactive map and staff picks from the Jacksonville Music Experience. The festival is from noon-6 p.m. It’s free to attend.
MOCA Fall Family Day
Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville | Downtown Jacksonville
The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville kicks off VyStar Free Saturdays at MOCA with a day of family fun Saturday. Enjoy access to all current exhibitions, plus kid-friendly activities, art making, musical performances, food specials, and membership discounts. The event is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. It’s free to attend. More info here.