Jacksonville today Arts and culture editor Matt Shaw shares his arts and culture picks for the weekend.

Thursday and Friday

The Jax Symphony presents: in the ballet II

Jacoby Symphony Hall | Downtown Jacksonville

Following a performance by the Symphony at 60 on Thursday night, the Jacksonville Symphony will once again join dancers from Florida Ballet and Jacksonville Dance Theater for At Ballet II, a matinee performance on Friday at 11, as part of the Symphony’s popular coffee series. Tickets and more information.

Thursday, Friday Saturday Sunday

Jacksonville Jazz Festival

Metropolitan Park and Daily’s Place | Downtown Jacksonville

The annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival returns this weekend, kicking off Thursday night with the revered Jacksonville Jazz Festival Piano Competition at the Florida Theater before the festival kicks off at two venues: Daily’s Place and the former festival venue: Metropolitan Park. Pop and R&B artists Joss Stone, Robin Thicke and Brian McKnight are the standouts this year, but, as always, the festival’s jazz bona fides are impeccable: New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton, smooth jazz superduo Baylor Project, rising sax star Lakecia Benjamin, the legendary Kenny Barron and more will perform throughout the weekend. For a deep dive, check out the Jacksonville Music ExperienceThe Jazz Fest Guide. Music plays from 4 to 11 pm on Fridays and from 3 to 11 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. All shows are free. Complete agenda and more information.


Sara Crooks: The long way home

Jessie Ball duPont Center | Downtown Jacksonville

Moving the Margins’ latest artist-in-residence, Sarah Crooks, shares The long way home, an exhibition of new works exploring our dynamic relationship with nature, in the Corner Gallery inside the Jessie Ball duPont Center. The opening reception will be Saturday at 5 pm and the artist talk will begin at 7:30 pm Attendance is free. The exhibition will be open until August 21. RSVP here.