Put on your pirate gear–or just tuck a napkin around your chin. The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is currently underway with an all-day sidewalk sale in downtown Fernandina Beach. The annual crustacean celebration kicks into high gear tonight with Shrimp Festival opening ceremonies, the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, a pirate invasion and fireworks. Visitors will find plenty to do and plenty to eat from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Amelia riverfront. The fun continues Saturday and Sunday, including shrimp in every possible culinary incarnation, a kids entertainment area, educational exhibits, tours, arts and crafts and live music. Admission to the street fair and entertainment is all free, but you’ll want to bring a few dollars to splurge on a shrimp feast.
The World of Nations Celebration kicks off this weekend at Metropolitan Park with open admission beginning with Around the World Family Night tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are just $1 per person. The festival includes displays, live performances, crafts and authentic foods from dozens of countries around the globe. If you can’t make it Friday night, Saturday and Sunday tickets are $5 for one day, $8 for both. Check the website at www.makeascenedowntown.com for a list of items not allowed at Metro Park. (Here’s a hint: Leave the video camera, umbrella and purse puppy at home.)
Admission to the Tree Hill Nature Center is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and active military, and $3 for children this Saturday during the Center’s 10th annual Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival. The 50-acre park offers trails and different eco-systems, plus butterfly-friendly habitats. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a live butterfly release at 3:30 p.m. The Center is located at 7152 Lone Star Road in Jacksonville.
Here’s a tip from our friends at Baltimore on the Cheap:
Hate packing your lunch every morning? Well, here’s your solution. Through April 29, stop by Subway before 9 a.m. to buy a 6-inch sandwich and get a second one for free. In one fell swoop, you can pick up breakfast and lunch for as low as $4 total. No coupon necessary.
Wednesday, April 27, is 31-cent Scoop Night at Baskin-Robbins. You can get a scoop of your favorite flavor for just 31 cents from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. No coupon is required.
If you want more ice cream, you can buy one cone and get one free with this BOGO coupon from Baskin-Robbins on Facebook. The coupon is good through May 15 at participating locations.
The World of Nations Celebration kicks off this week at Metropolitan Park with open admission beginning with Around the World Family Night on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are just $1 per person. The festival includes displays, live performances, crafts and authentic foods from dozens of countries around the globe. If you can’t make it Friday night, Saturday and Sunday tickets are $5 for one day, $8 for both. Check the website at www.makeascenedowntown.com for a list of items not allowed at Metro Park. (Here’s a hint: Leave the video camera, umbrella and purse puppy at home.)
Put on your Easter bonnet–or at least a visor and some sunglasses–and join the crowds watching the 53rd annual Easter Parade in St. Augustine. The floats, marching bands, drill teams, decked-out carriage horses and dignitaries take to the streets at 3 p.m. beginning at the Mission of Nombre de Dios and winding through downtown.
In honor of Earth Day, we’re giving away one of Avon’s new Hello Green Tomorrow Water Bottles.
The bottle is made of 100% recyclable aluminum, with a BPA-free interior coating. It holds 34 ounces and keeps your drink cool. It sells for $8.
The company is distributing 100% of the net proceeds from the Hello Green Tomorrow Reusable Water Bottle sales to The Nature Conservancy for projects in the Atlantic Rainforest in South America and to the World Wildlife Fund for their restoration projects in Indonesia (Borneo and Sumtra).
Here’s how to win:
Here’s how to enter the contest and win a reusable water bottle:
- Subscribe to our daily e-mail update from Jacksonville on the Cheap. If you already subscribe, proceed to step 2.
- Send an email with your name, postal mail address and the e-mail address with which you subscribe to On the Cheap to email@example.com. ENTRIES WITHOUT MAILING ADDRESSES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. We don’t sell or even save these addresses but use them to verify eligibility.
- Put AVON WATER BOTTLE in the subject line. Entries without the correct subject line will not end up in the contest mailbox.
- Deadline to enter is midnight Eastern time Sunday, May 1.
The winner will be chosen from all valid entries using a random number generator. Contestants must be 18 or older. One entry per household. Winners must be residents of Northeast Florida.