If you’re tired of spending your weekends standing around at bars or watching Netflix, there are plenty of cool alternatives out there. Stop saying Jacksonville is boring and go out and get some culture!

This weekend, Saturday, September 23, catch a unique art exhibit at The Second Floor in 5 Points (above Hoptinger!). Jacksonville native and cult favorite artist R. Land is returning to his homeland and presenting his first art exhibit in Jacksonville in 17 years. Fittingly titled “Homeland,” this rare event will feature original works from North Florida’s most recognizable artists. It opens at 6 p.m. and is free to the public.

Next week don’t forget to check out the new play “Renunciant,” written and performed by Jennifer Chase, who was profiled in last year’s Freedom Issue of Void. The play is based on her experiences as an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher in Jacksonville. In it, she shares the stories and lessons learned from 14 years of teaching refugees from around the world.

There will also be an exhibit by photographer Dennis Ho, featuring his photos of refugees. Catch this event September 28 and 29 at Babs’ Lab at the CoRK Arts District. Tickets are available online.

If you’re more of a literary person, you’ll be excited to hear that Bridge Eight will be celebrating the release of their sixth issue on October 4. Bridge Eight is Jacksonville’s only print literary magazine, founded by writer Jared Rypkema, who was featured in last year’s Art and Music Issue. Show up to hear some great readings and be one of the first people to grab the new issue at Town Beer Co. in Murray Hill.