Secret Jacksonville book tours and events

On Saturday, May 28, Jaxson cofounder Bill Delaney will host the next walking tour of Downtown spots featured in his new book Secret Jacksonville. It's just some of the events coming up to celebrate the new book.

Secret Jacksonville events

Writer Bill Delaney, co-owner of and Edible Northeast Florida Magazine, has spent years researching Jacksonville’s underknown and underrepresented stories. His new book, Secret Jacksonville: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure is dedicated to profiling the forgotten, mysterious and just plain interesting spots across Jacksonville and the First Coast. To celebrate the release, he’s hosting a number of events, including readings, book signings and walking tours.

On Saturday, May 28, Bill is hosting the next in a series of walking tours of a few of the places featured in the book. Hear the stories of Jacksonville’s underground tunnels, the locomotive buried beneath a skyscraper, a lost (and fictitious) Native American city, a long destroyed sculptural masterpiece that will soon be reborn in Jacksonville, underknown Jax music history and much more lying just off the beaten path. The tours begin at James Weldon Johnson Park and tickets are $15 (kids 12 and under are free).

Signed copies of Secret Jacksonville are available at each of these events. You can also order online at

Upcoming events

Jacksonville Public Library Lit Chat: Craig Pittman

  • Bill will interview author, environmental reporter and proud Floridian Craig Pittman for the Jacksonville Public Library’s Lit Chat series. They’ll talk about the quirkiness of Florida and Craig’s books, including Oh Florida!, Cat Tale and The State You’re In.
  • Register here (in-person or online via Zoom)
  • Saturday, May 16 at 1 p.m.
  • Beaches Branch Library, 600 3rd St, Neptune Beach, FL 32266
  • Cost: Free

Secret Jacksonville Walking Tour: May

  • Get tickets here
  • Saturday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • James Weldon Johnson Park, 135 West Monroe Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • Cost: $15 (kids 12 and under are free)