JACKSONVILLE, Fla., December 29, 2017 – 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.


Monday – Friday: Food Trucks & Live Music, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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



First Wednesday Art Walk, 5 – 9 p.m.

Bring the entire family to DTJax and celebrate the New Year at the Fresh stART Art Walk! Explore over 60+ participating businesses, art galleries, local artists and more. Plus, enjoy live performances and delectable food trucks in the heart of Jacksonville.

Headquarters @ Hemming Park • Enjoy live performances by Stono Echo, Jacob Schuman and Groove Coalition beginning at 6 p.m. on the main stage. Throughout the night, shop local, enjoy food trucks, and bring the entire family to the heart of Jacksonville.

Browse artwork by ABDUL, Artzy Fartzy Petz, Automotive Fine Art, Aviation Art Store, Copper Head, Couture Jems, FLAquatic Art, Green-Crete, Kram Kran Photo, MacMaddie’s Repurposed Design, mochi + bella, Pandora’s Boxes, The Pen Crafter, Stenotab Handmade and Viktor Lazarev. And don’t miss these vendors: EPIC Outreach, NextGen America, One Blood Donation, Staywell and Watchful Wings.Other venues stretch across Downtown Jacksonville’s core and include Hemming Park, galleries, museums, cultural and educational venues, restaurants and bars, Downtown businesses, food trucks, special performances and more on Laura Street and throughout the 15+ blocks of Art Walk. Details at iloveartwalk.com.

TGIF Music Series*, 11:30 a.m.  – 2 p.m.

Hemming Park is a great place to enjoy lunch throughout the work week, with food trucks and music every day. During December we will celebrate the holiday season with special Friday performances by some of Jacksonville’s favorite local bands. Bring a bag lunch, grab a bite from one of our food trucks or your favorite downtown restaurant and enjoy a free concert to get your weekend started. Here’s the full lineup for January:

January 5th: Beau and the Burners

January 12th: Swing Bone Dixie

January 19th: Tropic of Cancer

January 26th: Firewater Tent Revival

*Note: Musicians and dates are subject to change based on the weather.


MLK Holiday Grand Parade Celebration 2018 – Post-Parade Festival, 12 – 6 p.m.

On April 4, 2018, the nation will solemnly commemorate the 50th anniversary of the tragic death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. The first MLK activity that will take place in the 50th year will be the worldwide MLK Holiday Celebrations. The theme of the 2018 MLK Celebration in Jacksonville is “The Color of Unity.”

Area high school marching bands participating in the MLK Holiday Parade will be joined by Campbell Middle School Band, Daytona Beach, Florida; Griffin High School Band of Gold, Griffin, Georgia; Lucy C. Laney High School Marching Band, Augusta, Georgia; and The Community Band, Baltimore, Maryland.

The activities of Monday, January 15, 2018, in Jacksonville will begin with a wreath-laying ceremony, followed by a downtown parade, and end with a “Color of Unity” festival and Arts Market at Hemming Park in downtown Jacksonville.

The General Public is invited to participate in the MLK Grand Parade and Arts Market by registration at the event website: www.mlkfdnorg.com through Friday, January 5, 2018. Call 904-240-1523 for additional information. The Title Sponsor of the MLK Holiday Grand Parade is The Law Offices of Ron Sholes.

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.