Riverside Avondale Preservation

Riverside Avondale Preservation is the lead advocate and facilitator for Riverside Avondale's historic neighborhoods, vibrant local commercial districts, public spaces, and welcoming community.

Since 1974, we have worked to:

  • Preserve Riverside Avondale's historic fabric and unique character.
  • Promote local businesses, arts, and culture.
  • Advocate with and for the neighborhood.
  • Celebrate community.


Featured Events

Book Signing with Dr. Wayne Wood - November 28

Join us on November 28 for a very special book signing by our founder and Jacksonville historian, Dr. Wayne Wood at Riverside Arts Market. Dr. Wood will be signing copies of his new book, LIFE: The Untold Story of Charles Adrian Pillars, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the RAP/RAM tent.


Luminaria - December 20 at Dusk

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.

46th Annual Home Tour - April 24 - 25, 2021

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 April 24 - 25, 2021.  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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