The Jacksonville Fire Museum, located downtown, offers a retrospective of the local fire department, as well as fires that changed and shaped the city.
The Karpeles Manuscript Museum, at West 1st and Laura Sts., is hosting The Boy Scout Exhibit, featuring documents from the earliest days of Scouting. Admission is free all week. The museum is closed on Sundays.
Jacksonville Animal Care and Control will allow you to adopt any dog or cat that is 3 years or older for free.
Tuesdays from 4 to 9 p.m., The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens offers free admission to anyone.
Wednesday, July 31, kids grades K-6 can gather at the Mandarin branch of the Jacksonville Public Library from 3 to 4 p.m. for Curious Moon, a program of stories and puppets.
Rob Ellis Peck and Friends plays acoustic R&B and classic Rock, Thursday at 7 p.m. in St. Augustine. The concert is part of the summer-long Concerts in the Plaza series in the center of the Ancient City. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair, but no liquor allowed.
On August 15, the Third Thursday Beaches Art Walk goes on from 5 to 9 p.m. at Beaches Town Center, Atlantic and Neptune Beach, with free entertainment, exhibits and vendors.
Saturday night from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. you can listen to Little Green Men at the Jacksonville Landing, Riverfront Courtyard Stage.
The Riverside Arts Market takes over the plaza under the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Ave. on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can spend money shopping, or you can kick back and enjoy the free live entertainment scheduled throughout the day.
MOCA Jacksonville at 333 North Laura St. downtown, offers free admission to families–adults with children under 18–on Sundays.
Friday, August 15, bring your blankets and lawn chairs for the Twilight Movie at Russell Park in Atlantic Beach. People start gathering on the basketball court at 7 p.m., with free popcorn available at 8 p.m. The movie this week is “Rise of the Guardians.”