World of Nations

Have you ever dreamed of traveling to far away countries and exotic places? If you happen to be in Jacksonville in the spring time, you can become a globetrotter without needing a passport or a plane ticket. Pack your bags and bring your family, friends and neighbors to Metropolitan Park for an exciting adventure around the world. During the annual World of Nations Celebration, held May 2 – 5, 2013, Metropolitan Park transforms into a multi-ethnic marketplace of cuisine, crafts and entertainment of people from throughout the world. With more than 30 countries represented, the festival provides a unique look into cultures from across the globe.


The City of Jacksonville and the event organizers will bring the world to you showcasing sights, sounds, and tastes of different nations within your reach. Embark on an exciting journey, traveling throughout the park where travelers may see nations and regions. Here is the list:

The Bahamas
Dominican Republic

Puerto Rico
South Africa

South Korea
St. Lucia
Trinidad & Tobago
U.S. Virgin Islands 

Other happenings during the weekend:

Naturalization Ceremony
You can witness the commemorative ceremony when people are sworn in as United States citizens.  April 20, 2011 at 10:30 am

Parade of Flags
The inspirational Parade of Flag takes place on Saturday, April 20,  2011 at 2 pm.   Kids of different nationalities dressed in traditional clothing from different countries carry their native flags in the parade.

World of Entertainment
Come to the festival and experience talents from many different countries, see folk dance, listen to music and more.

Passport to the World
To get you and your kids feel like real world travelers, make sure to pick up your official passport to the world. Each country will stamp your passport during your exploration and at the end of the day, you can turn in your passports at the booth near the main entrance for a chance to win prizes.


 Hours of Operation

Thursday, May 2
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Registered Field Trips only
Friday, May 3
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Registered Field Trips only

Saturday, May 4 
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 5
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Saturday, May 4 

Naturalization Ceremony, 10:30 a.m.
Witness the commemorative ceremony as people from all regions of the globe are sworn in as United States citizens.
Cultural Entertainment Showcase, 5 – 8 p.m.
The main stage will be transformed into a centralized showcase for countries to display a featured act. 

Sunday, May 5 

Parade of Flags, 2 p.m.
Don’t miss the inspirational Parade of Flags on Saturday as representatives from each country proudly carry their native flag. Dressed in authentic traditional clothing, they offer a greeting in their native language to represent the many cultures of our world.

Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5 Activities

A World of Entertainment
Experience rich traditions, beautiful customs and intriguing talents from many countries. See dragons dance, hear new music for the first time, listen to fascinating storytellers and maybe even learn to folk dance! The possibilities are endless! Times and performances vary.  

Passport to the World
No trip around the world would be official without a passport! As you arrive at the World of Nations Celebration, be sure to pick up your Passport to the World. Each country will officially stamp your passport as you explore and learn about each destination along your journey. Passports can be turned in to the Passport to the World booth for a chance to win fabulous prizes.