Singing, Surfing and Screaming: Top 5 things to do around Jacksonville this weekend

Sing Out Loud Fest

St. Johns County’s Sing Out Loud Festival hits its stride this weekend with 13 shows at eight venues. Highlights include shows by the Disco Biscuits on Friday and Parquet Courts on Saturday at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, cellist Ben Sollee at the St. Augustine Distillery on Friday and bluesman Cedric Burnside Sunday at the Colonial Oak Music Park.  

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Da Vinci at MOSH

Leonardo da Vinci could do it all — he was an artist, inventor, astronomer, architect and engineer. He was also a heck of an inventor and “Da Vinci: Machines & Robotics,” a new exhibit at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science & History celebrates some of his greatest creations. The show, on loan from the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Italy, takes kids and other visitors through inventions and artworks created more than 600 years ago. It opens Saturday and runs through Jan. 16. $15.95, $12.95 for students and seniors. 

Screamin’ season

13th Floor Haunted House is up and running and ready to scare the pants off of you at 9230 Arlington Expressway. Three scare mazes — “The Dollmaker,” “Bad Blood” and “Dead in the Water” — are open Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 2, then add more nights through Nov. 6. $22.99-$47.99.

Surfers and sharks

Here’s a two-for-one deal: The 23rd annual Sisters of the Sea Women’s Surf Classic starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and features dozens of women and girls competing in 10 amateur divisions near the Jacksonville Beach Pier. It’s free to watch. Also Saturday, mere steps from the beach, the inaugural Florida Fin Fest is at Seawalk Pavilion from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Learn about sharks, hit up the food trucks and catch live music all day (Badfish headlines Saturday, Blue Oyster Cult on Sunday). Admission is free.

Frontmen of Country

Larry Stewart, Richie McDonald and Tim Rushlow might not be household names, but country music fans are likely to recognize their voices. Stewart (Restless Heart), McDonald (Lonestar) and Rushlow (Little Texas) have teamed up as the Frontmen of Country, and they’ll be doing all of their hits Saturday at the Thrasher-Horne Center in Orange Park. Jacksonville country singer Stephen Quinn opens the show. $6.99-$61.

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