Three Things: 8/4-8/6

Three Things (or six, three from each of us if you want to get technical) has returned with a vengeance. Fall is right around the corner and the weekend activities are ramping up accordingly. The best of what to do in Jax for your entertainment planning pleasure.


  1. Jumbo Shrimp vs. Birmingham Barons, Friday-Sunday, 7:05/6:05/3:05, Baseball Grounds
    • Jumbo Shrimp return to town Friday night for the first of 10 straight home games, kicking it off with Miller Lite Happy Hour until 7:30 p.m. and fireworks after the game on Friday, a backpack giveaway and Family Faith Night on Saturday and Family FUNday and Southpaw’s birthday on Sunday.
  2. Cirque du Soleil: Ovo, Through Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Arena
    • This modern circus is as eye-catching as anything you’ve ever witnessed and does not swing through Jacksonville too often, so now is your chance. Shows started on Wednesday and run through the weekend.
  3. Robert Palmer is the new owner of the Armada FC and he already has lofty goals about how many people he thinks the soccer club can draw at Hodges Stadium and will watch on tv in the near future.



1. The Jaguars have Saturday off during training camp this week.  But Friday is Florida Blue Family Night Scrimmage.  The practice, which is open to the public, runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. inside EverBank Field.  Let’s hope playing under the lights like last Saturday does not turn into major turnovers that become national headlines.

2. This Saturday and Sunday is the 2nd annual Jaxcot: Jax Around the World at the SeaWalk Pavilion.  It runs both days from noon until 10 p.m.  As the name implies, it is a huge food truck event representing Jacksonville’s own version of Epcot.  Over 30 food trucks will have delicious items from around the world.  One of my favorite things here is that food trucks will have a $5 special small portion so attendees can try a lot more food from various places.

3. The Dodgers have been the talk of baseball along with the Houston Astros this year. Los Angeles is playing Sunday night in primetime on ESPN.  The New York Mets host LA at 8 p.m.  For a team that went 31-4 over a 35-game stretch, the Dodgers – if they play a little better in August – can reach the winning status of the 2001 Seattle Mariners.  At the very least, LA is a team worth scanning the box score every day.