You've likely seen and heard a lot about Hemming Park recently—the Downtown center space has been rebranded and has seen some recent happenings, like the opening of an outdoor cafe, mainstays like Vagabond Coffee and a kids' play area. It's felt a few growing pains as well, of course, like funding setbacks courtesy of the City.
But the Friends of Hemming Park, a nonprofit which now operates the park, has got a solid schedule of daily, weekly, monthly and special events, so making the trek Downtown should soon become more of a regular thing for Jaxsons, rather than something we do only when we have to, or at most once a month for Art Walk.
Two food trucks & live music: Monday - Friday, 11 AM-2 PM
Toddler Tuesday: Every Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 AM
#igersjax Photography Class: Every Wednesday, 3-5 PM or 7-9 PM
Magic Class: Every Wednesday, 1-2 PM
Hemming Park Beer Garden: Every Thursday, 5-8 PM
Lunch & Learn: Every Friday, 11 AM-2 PM
Yoga 4 Change: Monday @ 6:30 PM, Tuesday @ 9:30 AM (Family yoga), Thursday @ 5:30 PM
First Wednesday Art Walk: Every first Wednesday, 5-9 PM
Poets in the Park: Every first Thursday, 3-5 PM
ArtFusion with MOCA Jacksonville: Every first Sunday, 12-4 PM
Blanket Bingo: Every second Wednesday, 5-8 PM
Vagabond Flea: Every second Saturday, 9-6 PM
Painting Class: Every third Monday, 3-5 PM
Fun4FirstCoastKids Picnic in the Park: Every third Wednesday, 10:30-11:30 AM
Jaxsons Night Market: Every Third Thursday, 5:30-9 PM
Upcoming Special Events
Thursday, Sept. 3
Poets in Park, 3 – 5 p.m.
Jax Youth Poetry Club leader Tonya M. Smart and Ebony Payne-English will bring together talented artists to do spoken word, poetry slams, and readings in the park.
Sunday, Sept. 6
ArtFusion with MOCA Jacksonville, 12 – 4 p.m.
Join one of MOCA Jacksonville’s professional art educators every first Sunday for ArtFusion in Hemming Park, sponsored by Florida Blue, to participate in a hands-on art-making project inspired by works in the museum. Live music will be provided by CJ Fluharty.
Wednesday, Sept. 9
Blanket Bingo, 5 – 8 p.m.
Join us for a beautiful night of bingo downtown on a blanket under the trees with your hosts local storyteller Robert Arleigh White and Daniel Austin, host of WJCT’s Hometown TV show. Cost is $10 for 10 games, and $1 for dobbers. Bring your own blanket or chair. Expect great prizes, beer and wine, Happy Grilled Cheese food truck, and more.
Saturday, Sept. 12
Vagabond Flea, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Every second Saturday, join Vagabond Coffee Company in Hemming Park to shop vintage finds and handmade goods from local craftsmen and collectors.
Monday, Sept. 14
Regions Bank Seminar for Students, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Regions Bank is offering a free seminar for students including helpful information on how to bank wisely and how to protect yourself from identity theft.
Wednesday, Sept. 16
Fun4FirstCoastKids Picnic in the Park, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Parents bring your little ones to enjoy awesome outdoor activities in the park such as music, games, gymnastics, arts and crafts, and more. Bring your own lunch, or grab food truck fare or a popsicle in the park.
Thursday, Sept. 17
Jaxsons Night Market, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Presented by Community First Credit Union, this local night market returns to Hemming Park every third Thursday. Enjoy live music, local farmers, artisan food vendors, fashion trucks, food trucks, the Hemming Park Beer Garden and more.
Monday, Sept. 21
Painting in the Park, 3 – 5 p.m.
Join 44 Monroe Art Studio & Gallery for a fun, step-by-step painting project. $35 per person covers all supplies and a beverage. RSVP is required at hemmingpark.org.
Saturday, Sept. 26
Bmoved Jax, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Bmoved is a worldwide Baptiste Yoga event including more than 100 events in over 100 cities hoping to get thousands of people practicing yoga on the same day. Proceeds benefit the Baptiste Foundation and Live For Today Foundation. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of. This event includes a 90-minute yoga class by certified Baptiste instructors, food trucks, local vendors, a prize raffle, photo booth and more. Tickets at: https://itrulycare.com/events/bmoved-jax.
Sunday, Sept. 27
Express Yourself! presented by BANNED, 12 - 5 p.m.
Join us to celebrate BANNED’s launch event featuring hands-on art activities, early literacy testing, a banned book character costume contest, and literary performances including author readings, reader’s theatre and celebrity read alouds of banned books. There will also be a free speech zone, book giveaways, books sales, food trucks, and more.
Regions Bank Seminar for Students, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Regions Bank is offering a free seminar for students on the importance of saving and tips for maintaining a good credit report.
Wednesday, Sept. 30
Kids Safe Play Symposium, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center for a demonstration of kids safe at play and a resource fair for youth-serving providers and affordable housing providers.