Hip Happenings This Weekend In Jacksonville: January 29-30

Barbie Brooksher
Barbie Brooksher
Published on January 28, 2022

We love to work hard and play hard in our community. Coming up with some hip happenings this weekend in Jacksonville is just one of the many services Beach Life With Barbie loves to provide! Come here, see what’s going on, let us know what kind of fun you’ve had, tell us about your happenings this weekend, and share with us! Here are just a few things coming up…

Saturday, January 29 • 2 PM – 7 PM

“Dear Evan Hansen” Tony Award Winning Best Musical

Times Union Center for the Performing Arts


A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is a deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

DEAR EVAN HANSEN has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.” The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.” For more information and tickets: Click Here.

Saturday, January 29 • 7:00 PM

Chinese New Year Celebration Dinner

Hakka Kitchen

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Hakka Kitchen! Hakka Kitchen, a new restaurant serving plant-based Chinese countryside cuisine under the House of Leaf & Bean brand, is hosting a Chinese New Year commemoration event on January 29 at 7 pm. To celebrate the new year, guests can enjoy a special five-course meal designed by Chef Marshall Ziehm.

The Chinese New Year also called the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year takes place on February 1, 2022. Rather than following a traditional Gregorian calendar, the Lunar calendar’s first day starts when a new moon appears. Instead of having months, the calendar instead has 12 Chinese zodiac animal signs, which rotate with each new year. 2022 will end the year of the ox and begin the year of the tiger. People born in the year of the tiger are persistent, loyal, and strong in the face of adversity. Considered one of the most important holidays in China, over 20% of the world celebrates the Chinese New Year.

Many companies take two weeks off before the holiday so employees can travel home. Traditions include family reunion dinners, fireworks, dragon/lion dances, and honoring ancestors. The Chinese New Year is deeply important to our founder, Wen Raiti. Chinese herself, Raiti celebrates every year and wants to share this important event with her guests. The five-course meal is inspired by traditional dishes families would dine on during the celebration, as are the tea/wine pairings. A big thank you to Chef Marshall, who went above and beyond to provide dishes that are conventional new year dishes with a plant-based spin! We can’t wait to dine with everyone! For more information and tickets: Visit EventBrite

Saturday, January 29, 2022 • 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

HOKALI Beach Cleanup Event

601 Ocean Front N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

All the HOKALI Community of surfers will be cleaning the beaches together!!

HOKALI is announcing guidelines for individuals to conduct solo beach clean ups as long as local governing bodies allow for public beach access. A solo cleanup is defined as an individual cleanup by one person or household unit, not necessarily organized by the chapter, but promoted as an activity for the public.

The following requirements are outlined to assist in evaluating your ability to conduct a solo beach cleanup.

  • Your state and local governing agency allows access to the beach;
  • Active use of the beach is allowed under applicable laws (e.g. walking included);
  • Additional restrictions on active beach use are followed, e.g., open and closing times
  • Beaches are not so crowded that active users can maintain a safe physical distance of 6 feet

Participation in a solo cleanup event is voluntary and solely at a participant’s own risk, including risk associated with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). Individuals should only participate to the extent that they can comply with applicable federal, state, and local rules and restrictions, and the below required practices including physical distancing.

The following rules must be followed to ensure individuals are equipped to make an educated, safe and mindful decision to conduct a solo cleanup while following CDC public health guidance, local beach access restrictions, and EPA recommendations for properly discarding used PPE items.

Be responsible! If you are feeling sick or generally unwell, please stay indoors and heal.

Where to find US: Look for the HOKALI Flag at North side of pier, right behind casa marina. Our coach Kayla will be there waiting for you 🙂 For more information: Visit Our EventBrite Page.

Sunday, January 30, 2022 • 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Winter Beach Run 10k & 5k

Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier

Come one come all, on a cool Sunday morning, but if running is your thing, suit up and show up at the Jacksonville Beach Pier for the Winter 10K and 5K races on the beach. Meet at the pier with everything you need for a run on the beach. For more information visit: https://www.jacksonvillebeach.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=441.

Let us know what you’re up to this weekend, we’d love to hear from you!

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