Special Events

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!

Vendor Application 

Rubber Duck Race 

Hotdog Eating Contest Rules

Hotdog Eating Contest Entry Form 

Baked Apple Pie Contest Rules

Baked Apple Pie Contest Entry Form


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. As of 2016, the City will be the new host of the “Parade of Trees!” 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 Annual Trunk or Treat is held on or near Halloween every year! There are decorated trunks, food booths, games, a scare tent, dance and costume contests, and so much more! Candy, Candy, Candy!

The following events are co-sponsored by the City:

The Clay County Historical Society hosts the annual Railroad and History Day Festival in March. Located at the Clay County Historical Triangle at SR 16 at Walnut Street and Roderico Avenue, the festival focuses on the promotion of the local history of Clay County. 

The Soul Food Festival is 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.