At Jaxtoberfest, it's easy to eat bratwurst and drink beer casually—or competitively. The German-themed festival's brat-eating contest tests participants' stomach capacity, whereas the 5K Beer Run challengs runners to down brews at "chug stations" lining the race course. Revelers can also test their wits in games of oversize beer pong, beer barrel racing, and stein hoisting. Classic Bavarian music complements the games and food, providing an ideal backdrop for chicken dancing and polka. The family-friendly event also hosts fall-themed activities for kids, such as pumpkin bowling and pumpkin painting.
The live-fire portions of Jax Tactical Guns' classes take place at local ranges, including outdoor facilities where shooters can learn to fire AR-15s or practice shooting handguns while moving.
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Jax Tactical Guns believes in safety, both in the practical guidelines for handling firearms and personal safety while using them. The staff's training programs touch on a variety of topics ranging from basic pistol use to introductions to AR-15s or tactical medical training. Supplementing their training curriculum are available firearms and accessories, and onsite gun-altering upgrades.
The stress of everyday life melts away away as students pass through the doors of Bella Vida Yoga, a yoga studio?located in the heart of Jacksonville Beach, inside Casa Bella Village. Instructors lead invigorating Power Flow classes,?soothing?candlelit hatha classes, and other sessions in a space?lined with wood floors and ivory-hued columns. After class, visitors can browse an onsite boutique for yoga-inspired clothing and accessories.
After apprenticing with Jorge Limoeiro, one of Brazil's oldest board shapers, Marcelo Gagliardi can take on any type of surfboard repair. So in 2008, he opened MCG Surfboards, where he and his team not only repair boards but custom-make them as well. The shop also sells surfboard accessories, such as Fu-Wax surfboard waxes, and crests the Atlantic waves with students during two-hour comprehensive surfing lessons.
For one day, Northeast Florida could easily be one of Europe's seven Celtic nations. The Jacksonville Celtic Festival celebrates the culture, music, and heritage of the Celtic people. The event lineup brings together musicians with bagpipes, guitars, fiddles, and all sorts of other instruments that can be powered by Guinness.
Traditional Scottish and Irish dancers complement the musical performances.
Surfing savant Tiffany Layton caught her first wave more than two decades ago and has been launching her board into open waters ever since. Tiffany's pastime evolved into a way of life about six years ago when she began surfing competitively and racking up an impressive list of championship titles. It was around the same time that Tiffany became certified to teach surfing, and today she shares her knowledge of the ocean at Jax Surf & Paddle.
Tiffany and her team of talented surfers welcome pupils of all ages and skill levels, encouraging healthy lifestyles through surfing lessons and camps and standup-paddleboarding lessons. They even host surf retreats in exotic lands?the next trip journeys to Costa Rica, the famous location where the ocean made its first wave while attending a rowdy futbol game.