JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 16, 2017 – The City of Jacksonville invites residents and visitors to Metropolitan Park (1410 Gator Bowl Blvd. – 32202) to join in the 25th Annual World of Nations Celebration. The event offers visitors the opportunity to explore 30 countries in a single visit without leaving Jacksonville.


The event will kick off on Friday, Mar. 3 from 6 -11 p.m. with Rock the Globe – A Global Dance Party presented by iHeart Radio. The evening will feature a performance by GRAMMY Award-winning artist Shaggy. Additional performers include Skinny Fabulous, The Katz Downstairs, De Lions of Jah, Special Formula Band, DJ Kulanji, and Ponder the Albatross. The Rock the Globe concert is open to adults 21 years-of-age and older only. Tickets, which can be purchased at, are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate.


The event will be open to the public (all ages) on Saturday, Mar. 4, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, Mar. 5, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. During this time, patrons will be able to experience the sights, sounds, tastes and traditions of 30 countries. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the World of Nations Celebration, there will be a fireworks show on Saturday, Mar. 4 at 6:45 p.m. Admission is $5 and tickets can be purchased online at


Countries participating in the World of Nations Celebration include: the Bahamas, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, First Nations (Native North America), Ghana, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, St. Lucia, Syria, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, U.S.A., Venezuela, and Vietnam.


The World of Nations Celebration is proudly produced by the City of Jacksonville Office of Special Events with support from these generous sponsors: iHeart Radio, Water Ventures, Coca-Cola, Miller Lite, and JEA.



About the City of Jacksonville Sports and Entertainment Office

The City of Jacksonville’s Sports and Entertainment Office attracts, hosts and creates opportunities that drive economic impact, accelerate the Jacksonville brand and improve the quality of life and cultural engagement for visitors and residents. Jacksonville hosts hundreds of diverse events each year making Northeast Florida a premier destination with rich tradition and world-class hospitality. The Sports and Entertainment office includes the Office of Special Events and the Film and Television Office. For more information,

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