If this Atlantic coast city is your Labor Day vacation destination, you'll find plenty of things to do including cruises, concerts, and comedy. Or if you're already in Jacksonville and want to get away, there's a fun adults-only summer camp just a few hours north. These Labor Day weekend events will help you squeeze in some more fun before summer ends. Bring on the three-day weekend.
Ralphie May at The Comedy Zone
Dates: Aug. 31–Sept. 3
Cost: $25 or $50 VIP (includes merchandise and meet and greet)
Location: The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257
This Labor Day weekend in Jacksonville, you get six chances to see comedian Ralphie May at The Comedy Zone. In 2003, he appeared on the first season of "Last Comic Standing" where he was runner-up. Since then he's made four Comedy Central specials and two Netflix specials. He's also appeared on many late-night television shows including "Jimmy Kimmel Live." This fall, he begins a headlining residency at Harrah's in Las Vegas. Catch him now before he heads to Sin City.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Dates: Aug. 31 – Sept. 4
Cost: Tickets start at $9
Location: The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville FL 32202
This Labor Day weekend, come out to the ball field to see the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. The Jumbo Shrimp, formerly the Jacksonville Suns, are a minor league double-A affiliate of the MLB's Miami Marlins.
Tickets start at only $9, making this an affordable event for families. On Friday, come out for the Family Fireworks. Saturday is the Main Street Bobble Bridge Giveaway, and Sunday is Family FUNday and Fan Appreciation Night.
Puttin' on the Ritz Talent Show
Date: Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Ritz Theatre & Museum, 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville, FL 32202
If you like variety shows, come to the Puttin' on the Ritz amateur night at The Ritz Theatre. Join the lively audience members in cheering for the acts you like or booing them off the stage—it's all in good fun.
The LaVilla neighborhood's Ritz Theatre, built in 1999, was built on the site of the 1929 Ritz cinema. This area was once known as the Harlem of the South in its heyday. Today, this theatre and museum aim to preserve the culture of African-American life in Northeast Florida.
Goo Goo Dolls at Daily's Place
Date: Sept. 2, 8 p.m.
Cost: Tickets start at $30
Location: Daily's Place, One Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, FL 32202
A can't-miss Labor Day event in Jacksonville this year is the Goo Goo Dolls concert at Daily's Place. Come out to this 5,500-seat covered amphitheater in downtown to see the Grammy-nominated Goo Goo Dolls. Joining them on their Long Way Home tour is Phillip Phillips.
Sunset Cruise in Downtown Jacksonville
Date: Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Friendship Fountain Park, 1015 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207
Relax on this cruise on the St. Johns River while listening to local musicians perform and watching the sun set in downtown Jacksonville. This one-hour cruise returns to Friendship Fountain Park after sunset. This is a scenic, relaxing way to spend the Labor Day weekend in Jacksonville.
Tickets must be purchased online. Bring your printed receipt. Refreshments are allowed but no coolers.