Special Events

Kimberly Thomas, Special Events Coordinator 
Executive Assistant to the City Manager

The City of Green Cove Springs proudly hosts many events in Historic Spring Park, Vera Francis Hall Park, and around town…

The Annual Memorial Day RiverFest is held on Monday, Memorial Day! There are an average of 100 food and craft vendors, a kid’s zone that includes pony rides, bounce houses & slides, train rides, face painting, and more. There is live entertainment throughout the day and fireworks at night, but the best part of the day is when we honor our veterans for their service to our country! How awesome it is to see men and women, both young and old come forward to share! 

The Annual Christmas on Walnut Street Parade Application       

The Annual Christmas on Walnut Street Festival
 is held on the first Saturday of December! Once again, there are many vendors, a kids’ zone, and live entertainment.  The day begins with the 1 mile Jingle Bell Fun Run organized by the Clay Striders and the Christmas Parade organized by the Green Cove Springs Business League. Santa arrives in the parade and proceeds to his workshop (organized by the GCS Elks Lodge #1892) by the Gazebo where he spends a few hours hearing all the kid’s wish lists! It truly is a Christmas tradition!

The Parade of Trees held in Spring Park and around City Hall, features about 150 whimsically decorated trees that are adopted by companies, schools and families. 

The Annual Trunk or Treat will be held on October 26th and will have decorated trunks, food booths, games, a scare tent, dance and costume contests, and so much more! Candy, Candy, Candy! Donations are welcome and can be dropped off at the GCS Police Department located at 1001 Idlewild Avenue, GCS 

The following events are co-sponsored by the City:

The Soul Food Festival will be held the first Saturday of October (10/05/19) at the Vera Francis Hall Park. It includes the Soul Food Parade that runs along Palmetto Avenue and west on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Numerous entertainment acts and really delicious food make this festival a great annual event.

CalaVida will be held October 7th and ending October 12th. Go to Calavida.com to view the daily schedule.