Signature Events

You won’t find a more active and engaged community than you will in historic San Marco. Our neighborhood plays host to some of the city’s most anticipated events from decadent open-air dining experiences to family-friendly street festivals.

Upcoming Events

October 28: GA v. FL Bash in Balis (SMMA)

November 4: Concert in the Park 2022

November 5: Story Time in the Square

November 26 & 27: San Marco Art Festival

December 1: Happy Hour with SMPS & SMMA

December 3: Story Time in the Square

December 3: 1st Place Sports & CMN Festival of Lights Jingle Bell 5K

December 17: San Marco Holiday Luminaria

Wine Down in the Parks

April 2023

Enjoy a wine-filled evening of al fresco fun while supporting the continued maintenance, preservation and improvement of San Marco’s historic parks!

Experience the charm of Whatley, Davin, and Balis Parks, three of San Marco’s favorite recreational destinations, on this magical evening filled with live music, tapas, craft beer, wine and cocktails from several of the neighborhood’s best bars and restaurants. Wine Down in the Parks is a Spring tradition residents and visitors alike look forward to every year.

Happy Hour with SMPS


Join us at rotating venues around the neighborhood for our quarterly happy hour!

We look forward to having you join us for drinks, snacks, and good company with neighbors, while supporting local businesses! Locations rotate among local San Marco restaurants and bars, and are often held jointly with the San Marco Merchants Association in an effort to build more neighborly and professional relationships.

We hope to see you there!

Story Time in the Square

First Saturday of the Month

Join the San Marco Preservation Society and the San Marco Bookstore for the monthly Story Time in the Square, taking place on the first Saturday of each month from 10-11 A.M. in Balis Park.

Kids of all ages are welcome, but stories will be geared towards our littles. Feel free to bring a chair or blanket, but don’t forget your imagination at home!

Seating will be first come, first served, and the event will be held in the gazebo area, rain or shine (major weather systems excluded).

Holiday Luminaria

December 2023

Every year, San Marco lights up for the annual Luminaria celebration. When the sun sets on the Saturday before Christmas, the neighborhood is filled with holiday cheer and neighborly hospitality set to the warm glow of light from luminaria lanterns lining the streets.

Residents are encouraged to purchase Luminaria kits from SMPS to help fund our preservation efforts in the community. Get in the holiday spirit and join the fun with one of the most beautiful traditions in Jacksonville.