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 decided to temporarily close your beloved Riverside Arts Market.  RAM is a primary source of income for more than 100 artists, farmers, and makers, and an important source of fresh food for many families.  

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

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!


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.


Riverside Avondale Anniversary Celebration

Please join us for a year-long celebration of Riverside's 150th and Avondale's 100th Anniversaries!  Special events are planned throughout the year. We are currently revising our events calendar. Please check back later for the current list of events and dates!

For a complete list of upcoming events, click here.

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Produced by Riverside Avondale Preservation, Inc., the Riverside Arts Market is every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., rain or shine. RAM features a variety of small businesses, everything from local artists to farmers to makers, bakers and food trucks!

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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Riverside Arts Market

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 our closure 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.

Thank you for supporting small businesses and local artists!

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