Kimberly Thomas, City 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 City of Green Cove Springs and its employees take great pride in hosting the Annual Memorial Day Festival, and it was with heavy hearts that the City Council moved to cancel this event. However, the health and safety of our citizens, partners and employees are of the upmost importance.” says Executive Assistant to the City Manager, Kimberly Thomas. “We hope that all will understand our decision and make plans to return for next year’s Memorial Day Festival on May 31, 2021!”
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 Festival is held on the first Saturday of December! There are many food and craft vendors, a kids’ zone, and live entertainment. The afternoon begins with a visit from Santa at his workshop (organized by the GCS Elks Lodge #1892) in the Spring Park pool pavilion where he spends a few hours hearing all the kid’s wish lists! The day concludes with a 1-mile Jingle Bell Fun Run organized by the Clay Striders and a beautiful night Christmas Parade organized by the Green Cove Springs Business League, right down Hwy 17! This city-wide Christmas tradition is something you don't want to miss!
The Parade of Trees is a cherished event held in Spring Park and features about 150 whimsically decorated trees that are adopted by companies, schools and families. Each tree has a personalized sign with names, memoris and honors for those who adopt the tree.
The Annual Trunk or Treat is a community outreach event hosted by the Green Cove Springs Police Department and is held on the Saturday closest to Halloween. The event is run on a volunteer and sponsorship basis! The Event features decorated trunks, food booths, games, an extreme 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
MLK Day Celebration is held every January of the Monday recognized as Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday in Vera Francis Hall Park
The following events are Co-Sponsored by the City:
The Annual Christmas on Walnut Street Parade is organized by the Green Cove Springs Business League and is now held on the evening of Christmas on Walnut Street Festival. Floats glowing with Christmas lights make their way down US 17 to City Hall, where the parade kicks off the lighting of the City tree and Parade of Trees in Spring Park. Go to www.gcsbl.com for more information and to sign up for this year's parade. Don't miss this 50-plus year Green Cove Springs' Christmas tradition!
The Soul Food Festival will be held the first Saturday of October 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 is a week long arts and cultural festival with events all around town. Go to Calavida.com to view the daily schedule.
Green Cove Springs Food Truck Friday is held 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. every second Friday of the month from March to November. Each evening features a different selection of local food trucks around Spring Park and a Northeast Florida area band playing live on the banks of the St. Johns River in Spring Park. Beer and wine are allowed to be brought in coolers and consumed in a designated area in front of the band. Each person will have their IDs and coolers check by Green Cove Springs police officers and will be given a wristband before entering the area. Go to Green Cove Springs, Food Truck Friday Facebook Page for more information.
Third Saturday Market in the Park is held 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. every third Saturday of the month from September to June on Spring Street in front of Spring Park. Organized by Green Cove Springs Business League, each month features a variety of local vendors selling fresh produce and other freshly made goods. Live entertainment or music is also featured every month. To sign up as a vendor or for more information go to www.gcsbl.com