Hemming Park Announces Events and Programming for May 2018

Celebrate Spring and Jazz Fest with Friends of Hemming Park!

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 1, 2018 – Friends of Hemming Park is proud to host the following programs and events in Hemming Park, located at 135 W. Monroe Street in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. All activities listed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

MondayWednesday and Friday: Live Music, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wednesday Live Music sponsored by Jax Vision Care

Monday – Friday: Food Trucks at Charlie’s Café, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Monday – Sunday: Hemming Park Kids Zone, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.



 Jacksonville Art Walk

Wednesday, May 2nd, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dozens of local artists display their work in Hemming Park and ensembles of the Jacksonville Symphony perform throughout the evening at MOCA, the Main Library, and the Candy Apple Cafe. Visit the Friends of Hemming Park tent near our Main Stage for beer, wine and cocktails with all proceeds supporting programming in the Park! For more information visit jacksonvilleartwalk.com.

The Great Fire of 1901

Thursday, May 3rd, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hemming Park played an important role both during and in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1901. Join us in the Park on the 117th anniversary of the fire when we partner with the Jacksonville Public Library to share information about that legendary event.

An Evening in Hemming Park

Thursday, May 3rd, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Join the Jacksonville Rotary Club for an Evening in Hemming Park! Enjoy a networking opportunity with great conversation, delicious Monroe’s barbecue, live music and adult beverages.  All proceeds support park beautification projects.   You do not have to be a Rotary member to attend; to register, visit this link:

Jazz Month Concert Series during TGIFridays in Hemming Park

Fridays, May 4th, 11th and 18th; 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Warm up for the Jacksonville Jazz Festival with Hemming Park’s Friday Jazz Concert Series! Join us for lunch in the park and live jazz every Friday in May. First up is the Gary Starling Trio on May 4th, followed by Tropic Of Cancer on May 11th and Swing Bone on May 18th. For more information, email events@hemmingpark.org.

MOCA Family Day

Saturday, May 12th, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate the end of the school year with a free day of art-making, interactive fun and other surprises! MOCA Family Day features creative fun for the entire family. Join us and our partners for a fun-filled Saturday of art and community! Make sure to visit our food trucks and work off some calories learning double dutch with Jump4Jax. For more information and to RSVP visit

Jacksonville Jazz Festival

Thursday, May 24th through Sunday, May 27th

Hemming Park hosts the “Groovin’ Stage” during the Jacksonville Jazz Festival on Memorial Day weekend.  Founded in 1981, the Jazz Fest has become one of the largest outdoor events in the country, offering a fun and vibrant street festival atmosphere. The three-day-long festival features a number of award-winning artists including Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sheila E., The Bad Plus, Euge Groove, The Pete Escovedo Orchestra with special guests Jimmy Bosch and Chembo Corneil, Ulysses Owens, Jr. Trio, The 4 Korners, Grace Kelly, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque and Lohai.  Learn more about this year’s event:

About Friends of Hemming Park (FOHP)

Friends of Hemming Park is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming Jacksonville’s oldest public park into a modern, urban space that engages diverse communities and brings vitality to our city’s public square. To learn more about the park and upcoming events, visit hemmingpark.org.