ARTS PICKS | Dec. 29-31

Published on December 28, 2023 at 9:39 am

Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his arts and culture picks for the weekend.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 

Venardos Circus 

St. Augustine Amphitheatre | St. Augustine 

A throwback to the circuses (circi?) of yore, Venardos is back for a limited run at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Featuring thrill-seeking acrobats and aerialists, enthralling jugglers and beguiling magicians and tricksters, Venardos houses it all under one big tent. Multiple performances all weekend, including 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets and more information:

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Underbelly | Downtown Jacksonville

For multiple years now, LPT — the mighty, Duval-based 10-piece salsa orchestra — has hosted one of the most exciting, and dance-heavy, NYE celebrations in the city. The group returns to Underbelly on Sunday, limiting tickets this year to yield more dance floor space to those who come to salsa. Tickets:


City Of Jax NYE Fireworks 

St. Johns River | Downtown Jacksonville  

The city of Jacksonville’s Division of Sports & Entertainment is tasked, yearly, with illuminating the sky over the mighty St. Johns at the stroke of midnight. This year the sparks will fly overhead after being deployed from a barge parked on the river between the Hyatt and Doubletree hotels. More information:

author image Arts & Culture Editor Matthew Shaw is a writer, editor and musician. His writing has appeared in Folio Weekly, Edible Northeast Florida, The Surfer's Journal, and SURFER Magazine, and he's reported on national stories for The New York Times. He was previously editor in chief of the Void Magazine.

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