Riverside Avondale Coming Together For Support

To our wonderful community,

Like all of you, we have struggled to adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19.  With the safety and well-being of our neighbors as our primary concern, we have made some hard decisions.  We closed our office to the public. We postponed many of our spring community and fundraising events, including our Home Tour.  

Most significantly, we closed the Riverside Arts Market until it was safe for us to gather again.  We are excited to announce that RAM will be reopening as the Riverside Essentials Market starting Saturday, May 23.  This Phase-One version of RAM will feature vendors who sell "essential" items such as food and PPE.  However, it will be some time before our full-scale RAM, which is a primary source of income for over 100 farmers, artists, and makers, will be able to operate.

RAM is also our main source of revenue.  We are a nonprofit organization that is solely supported by our community, which is a wonderful thing.  Now we are calling on you - our neighbors - for help.

We are hard at work right now doing everything we can for our local businesses and makers.  We are reaching out to identify their needs and promote ways that customers can connect with them.  

We are also focused on the future of Riverside Avondale, and our long-term mission to preserve Riverside Avondale’s historic fabric and unique character, promote local businesses, arts, and culture, advocate with and for the neighborhood, and celebrate community.  

Nothing is more important to us than supporting our community and preserving Riverside Avondale for future generations.  But we cannot do this work without your help. If you would be willing to support us through a donation, it would mean the world to us and the businesses, makers and residents for whom we are fighting.  

Together, we can make sure that our friends and neighbors weather this storm.  We are so grateful for all of you, and are looking forward to a day when we can gather together and celebrate the vibrant community that is Riverside Avondale!

Watch our social media as we feature our local businesses, innovative ways that they are serving our community, and ways that you can support them.

For a list of RAM makers and ways you can connect with them click here

For a list of Riverside Avondale restaurants and merchants and ways to connect with them click here.

Featured Events


For the 36th year, Riverside Avondale Preservation's Luminaria brings the people of Riverside and Avondale together for a night of lights, celebrations, and good cheer.

The celebration begins when neighborhood luminaries are lit at dusk, and several community organizations have special events planned as well.


Riverside Avondale Historical Institute

RAP founder and noted historian Wayne Wood is offering an 8-part lecture series on the neighborhood's history and architecture.  Those who attend at least 5 out of 8 lectures will be considered a graduate of the Riverside Avondale Historical Institute, and will receive a diploma! We have postponed this event but Wayne Wood will present the full series, even if some of the lectures move to 2021. For a list of dates and topics, click here.

46th Annual Home Tour - Rescheduled

RAP's Annual Home Tour celebrates Jacksonville's architectural history within the National Historic Registered Neighborhood of Riverside Avondale.  This year's Spring Home Tour will be rescheduled to October 24-25, 2020.  Tickets will go on sale in September.  More details to come!

For a complete list of upcoming events, click here.

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Produced by Riverside Avondale Preservation, the Riverside Arts Market is a weekly arts and farmers market hosted on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., rain or shine. RAM features a variety of small businesses from farmers to artists to makers, bakers and food trucks. Under the Fuller Warren Bridge, you’ll find a family-friendly event that attracts 4,000+ visitors every Saturday. The riverfront amphitheater seats 350 people and features hours of live music. Stroll through the rows of local artists and makers. At RAM you will find art, jewelry, candles, plants, bath and body products and so much more all made locally. Each Saturday at RAM is different than the next and the best way to experience is to visit!

At the Riverside Arts Market, enjoy the harvest of the agricultural arts by supporting Florida farmers. Pick up the freshest local produce of the week, with some of it coming from Jacksonville! To remain sustainable, farmer’s depend on your weekly purchases, so come for the freshest and stay for the fun. Our community benefits from all of us staying “loyal to local.”

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We are advocates for small businesses, artists, makers, farmers. Our market serves as a vital economic outlet, community showcase of the arts and a community gathering for farmers, artists, makers, and customers alike. We will do everything we can to continue to support our partners and we are working now to determine how best to help them. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, please continue supporting our artists, makers, farmers, bakers and more.

Find links to online stores here, check out what the makers are doing, and stay up to date on how you can support them.

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