Armada Football Club — While still relatively new to Jacksonville culture, its players are the perfect example of how many diverse cultures there are in Jacksonville. The team is truly a mixed bag of culture, from Floridians to Haitians to Colombians, Armada has it all. It seems fitting that such an eclectic team would bring together such a diverse city. Armada soccer games give Jacksonville residents the chance to unite and cheer for victory. Although it is still in its inaugural season, it is definitely here to stay.
Metro Diner — This Jacksonville-based diner embodies the standard Americana diner. Since 1992, Metro Diner has been serving up some amazing food, just ask Guy Fieri, chef and host of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” who visited Metro and featured it on the show. Metro has been a staple in Jacksonville for some time, having been voted “#1 Breakfast and #1 Diner For 2013 and 2014” by Void readers just like you. With seven locations and two more on the way, Metro shows no signs of stopping, they are even venturing out of North Florida and opening a location in Altamonte Springs. The new locations also have extended times, closing at 8 or 8:30 p.m. instead of the usual 2:30 p.m.
Havana Jax Cafe/Cuba Libre Club — If you are looking to try something more international, look no further than Havana Jax. Right on Atlantic Boulevard, this casual Cuban cafe has all of your favorite Spanish dishes, from the classic Cuban sandwich to Arroz con Pollo (rice with chicken) and flan, they have it all. The best part is that they have a huge dance floor, so you can dance away the calories after your meal. In the attached club, Cuba Libre, they have a South American party mix on Fridays, and on Saturday, they have salsa night (not the food). They also offer catering services, so you can even bring the party to you.
Jacksonville’s Caribbean Festival — “Celebrating all Caribbean cultures, the Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival features everything from a street parade featuring Caribbean costumes and music, to an elaborate food festival highlighting all the flavors and aromas of Caribbean food, as well as Caribbean craft displays and catchy steel drum music and live performances,” according to JacksonvilleCarnival.com. “The parade showcases colorful costumes, dancing and the sounds of calypso, Soca and steel drums can be heard throughout the area.” The festival isn’t until August 13, next year, but be sure that you mark it on your calendar. The parade starts at 1 p.m. on the corner of Southside and Beach Boulevard and the live music and performances end at 9 p.m. Tickets are just $10 and kids under 12 get in for free!