Mark your calendars now and don’t miss any of our exciting Theme Days and Special Events!
2014 Special Theme Days
July 26 – National Dance Day
While music is the typical art form featured on the River Stage at the Riverside Arts Market, dancers will be taking over to celebrate National Dance Day. Dance performances will be scheduled on the Market’s various stages throughout the day. RAM will also encourage visitors to learn the ‘Everyone Can Dance’ routine featured on So You Think You Can Dance to be performed on the River Stage and video recorded for upload to the National Dance Day website. In 2013, over 100 visitors danced with us on stage! Special booth spaces will be occupied by local dance studios, dance supply stores, and other businesses of interest to dance enthusiasts.
August 16 – Back to School Bash presented by Jax4Kids.com
The Back to School Bash will feature lots of activities for the kids, in addition to our always family-friendly atmosphere! Special booth spaces will be occupied by local businesses and organizations of interest to families with children.
September 13 – Fall Arf Barket
It’s National Dog Week and the Riverside Arts Market is celebrating with the bi-annual event, Arf Barket!. Festivities include a pet parade through the Market, a costume contest and splash pools for our furry friends. Special booth spaces will be occupied by local animal shelters, veterinarians, and other businesses and organizations of interest to animal lovers.
All sociable dogs are welcome to attend. Click here to learn more about becoming a special vendor on this day.
September 27 – Family Health & Fitness Day
The health and life sciences are a major industry in Northeast Florida and the number of quality organizations and events that promote healthy living for families are astounding. Riverside Arts Market supports active lifestyles and good nutrition by nature of its artisanal food vendors and farmer/grower vendors. Family Health & Fitness Day features an expo of local non-profits who offer preventative health care services, nutritional support, and healthy living activities as well as demonstrations by fitness organizations throughout the Market and safety classes such as CPR training. Special booth spaces will be occupied by local fitness organizations, nutrition consultants, health care providers and other businesses and organizations who promote healthy living for all ages. Click here to learn more about becoming a special vendor on this day.
October 11 – 4th Annual North Florida YogaFest
An annual visitor favorite, the North Florida YogaFest is organized by a passionate group of local yogis – studio owners, instructors and enthusiasts. Featuring group yoga classes in the venue’s amphitheater led from the River Stage, guided group instruction will include meditation, 108 Sun Salutations, and other all levels classes. Acro yoga demonstrations, drum circles, and increased vegetarian dining options from Riverside Arts Market’s food vendors are offered throughout the Market. Special booth spaces will be occupied by yoga studios and other businesses and organizations of interest to those with active lifestyles. Click here to learn more about becoming a special vendor on this day.
October 25 – RAMi-Con (Sci-Fi/Fantasy Day)
Riverside Arts Market is celebrating all things Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Cosplay, Anime and Comics at the 2nd annual RAMi-Con. Join us for special activities like the return of our Costume Contest! Special booth spaces will be occupied by collectibles vendors, comic book stores and other businesses and organizations of interest to self-proclaimed geeks! Click here to learn more about becoming a special vendor on this day.
November 22 – Canine Companions for Independence’s DogFest Walk ‘n Roll
Canine Companions DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, the signature national event of Canine Companions for Independence. Get ready for a tail-waggin’ good time! Grab a leash and be part of Canine Companions DogFest Walk ‘n Roll! It’s a community dog walk that supports the mission of Canine Companions for Independence. Put together a team of friends, family members and coworkers. Then fundraise to earn a cool DogFest prize. If you raise $100, you’ll get a DogFest bandana to sport at DogFest. Learn more and register here.
November 29 – Small Business Saturday presented by Community First Credit Union
Start your holiday shopping off right, with Small Business Saturday at Riverside Arts Market!
First came Black Friday, then Cyber Monday, now a heightened awareness regarding the importance of supporting locally owned, small business has brought us Small Business Saturday, a growing trend across the nation aimed at kicked off the holiday shopping season by supporting the local economy.
There will be over 150 vendors, so come on out and get a head start on your holiday shopping!
December 13 – Holidazzle!
Holidazzle! is Northeast Florida’s holiday experience for the entire family! With extended holiday shopping hours until 9pm, this nighttime Riverside Arts Market experience with holiday lights and short format Christmas classics (think How the Grinch Stole Christmas) on a 32’ big screen on the River Stage, is a truly unique event on the river. Winter brews, wine and holiday cocktails will be available for the grown-ups with hot chocolate and other treats available for the kids. Holiday-themed activities will complete the festive experience!
*Please note that dates are subject to change.