First Wedensday Art Walk: Jax Poetry Fest

Celebrate the start of Hope at Hand’s 4th Annual Jax Poetry Fest in Downtown Jacksonville. Enjoy live poetry readings and performances in Hemming Park and in the Main Library throughout the night.

Headquarters In Hemming Park - Join us at the Main Stage for an open-mic poetry session from 6:15-7:15 p.m. Then stick around for poetry by Ebony Payne-English and others from 7:15-8:15 p.m.

Browse artwork by ABDUL, Artzy Fartzy Petz, The Bead Bowl, Kram Kan Photo, Moonchild Studio, Viktor Lazarev, The Dynasty 11, Jumping Jackalopes, Tovah 2 Creations and more. And don’t miss these vendors and non-profit organizations: Year Up, VyStar, the Florida Theatre, the City of Jacksonville Animal Care & Protective Services and more. Plus, stop by the Friends of Hemming Park tent for refreshments and concessions, swag and to learn more about upcoming events in Jacksonville's most historic public space.

Kid Zone @ Hemming Park - Bring the kids to participate in PNC’s Mobile Learning Experience, activities by My Gym and jump-roping by Jump 4 Jax.



Jacksonville Main Library - Jax Poetry Fest takes off with poetry performances from Ebony Payne-English, Moses West, Tonya Smart, Love Reigns and Ahynte Heard from 6-7 p.m. Then enjoy The Lyricist Live with Mal Jones from 7-8 p.m.

Southlight Gallery - View a solo exhibition by Brook Ramsey, Structured Identity by Ronald Gibbons and Lamelliforms by David Engdahl on display in the second-floor gallery. And stop by the ground-floor gallery for works by artists such as Anna Miller and Thomas Hager.



Chamblin’s Uptown - Browse works from local artists and enjoy a cup of coffee or a good book when you visit.

Dance Trance - Visit the 2nd floor location inside Anytime Fitness and try out a Dance Trance class from 6-7 p.m.

Visit Jacksonville - Swing by and discover hand-made products and other pieces by Body & Soul, Anthony Danes and Misty Prince, Dawn’s Magical & Whimsical Fairy Items, Patrick Winterbourne, Coolery Jewelery, Hurst Hives, Way of Life Wellness and Pixel Ken.

Hollywood Cuts - Check out local rappers at The Lyricist Live, an open-mic street cypher from 5-10 p.m.



Bellwether - Support local farms, breweries and bakeries by dining on timeless American cuisine.

Regions Bank Food Truck Valley - Devour delectable food from Manny’s Cuban Food Truck, Balu’s Surf Shack, Mr. Potato Spread, Best Burger’s Jax, Fusion, Honey Dripper House and Wurstbursters. Plus, don’t miss a performance by Let’s Ride Brass Band from 6-8 p.m.

Super Food and Brew - Experience tasty artisan food paired with great craft beer and wine specials all night long. Join us for Happy Hour from 3-6pm with $4 drafts and $3 house wines.  Stick around for amazing live music set from 6-9pm with the talented Chelsey Michelle Duo.  We also have a great art exhibit featuring Yaanco with unique works on display throughout our venue.  Definitely the spot to check out during Art Walk!


1904 Music Hall - Check out live music from Bret Bollinger & The Bad Habits (of Pepper), Resinated and more from 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Myth Nightclub - Don’t miss out on Silent Disco featuring over a dozen DJs on five different music channels, artists, dance performances and specials all night long.

The Volstead - Enjoy happy hour from 4-7 p.m. and live music from the Raisin Cake Orchestra.

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