James Weldon Johnson Park Announces Events and Programming for February 2021

February 02, 2021  
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Celebrate Black History Month with James Weldon Johnson Park

February 1, 2021 - Friends of James Weldon Johnson Park is proud to host events in James Weldon Johnson Park located at 135 W. Monroe Street in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. All activities listed below are free and open to the public. 


Love Through Words with The Suedes & Hope at Hand Inc. 
Friday, February 12, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Bring your sweetheart to James Weldon Johnson Park on February 12 for a Valentine’s Day pre-game lunch! There will be food trucks, live music performed by The Suedes, a “Couple’s Clicks” Selfie Station & a poem exhibit from Hope at Hand Inc.  

Click here for all the details: https://www.facebook.com/events/313302493444291 

Duval Legacies: Celebrating the Life of James Weldon Johnson 
Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Hosted by Henny Stewart & DJ T-Roy, Duval Legacies is a new outdoor festival that celebrates and blends Jacksonville’s Black history and culture. Join local leaders, rising stars and some of Duval's finest talent as we celebrate the Park’s new namesake, James Weldon Johnson! Live entertainment by Players by the Sea, Nan Nkama Dance & MJ Baker. 

Click here for all the details: https://www.facebook.com/events/3911671148845494 

Art in the Park 
Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Watch local artists create chalk masterpieces right before your very eyes – or – create a masterpiece of your own! Sign up as an artist to celebrate the theme of Jacksonville’s “Bright Future”. Artists of all ages are encouraged to participate. Citizens will also vote on their favorites, with prizes given to the best in their categories. Food trucks and a killer DJ will help set the festive mood! 

There are two competitions in the chalk drawing contest, one for students and one for professionals. please go to the correct link below and submit the information requested including a quick sketch of your planned artwork. 

Professionals: https://form.jotform.com/210104718692048 

Students: https://form.jotform.com/210205585022140 

Submissions are due by Wednesday, February 10. Notification of acceptance will be given by Wednesday, February 17.  

Click here for all the details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2933905496853868 


Friends of James Weldon Johnson Park hosts live music from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Wednesday music is sponsored by Jax Vision Care.  

Here is the full line up of musicians for February: 

February 1: Ace Winn 

February 3: Joe Watts 

February 5: Kalani Rose 

February 8: Paul Ivey 

February 10: Joe Watts 

February 12: The Suedes 

February 17: Joe Watts 

February 19: Big Papa Fish 

February 22: Lauren Fincham 

February 24: Joe Watts 

February 26: The Rip Currents 

About Friends of James Weldon Johnson Park (FOHP): Friends of James Weldon Johnson 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 jamesweldonjohnsonpark.org