Upcoming Special Events


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Movie In the PArk

Bring the family together to watch a FREE holiday movie in the park as part of our Six Days of Christmas! We will be showing "Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch" (PG) on our massive inflatable screen. No registration necessary- just show up with a blanket or chairs. Picnics are welcome! Limited concessions will be available (cash only). All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Date: December 19th

Time: 6:30 PM

Where: 100 Block of Lee Street across from City Hall Downtown.

Price: FREE

**In partnership with Main Street Valdosta & the City of Valdosta**


Join us for our 2020 VLPRA Jingle Jog 5K!  Kick of Christmas with a little run and a lot of fun.  Register by 12/15 to guarantee a long sleeve shirt.  Awards for overall male/female and top male/female in each age group.

When: Thursday December 24, 2020
Location: Freedom Park
Check in starts at 7:30 AM
Race starts at 8:00 AM
Awards to follow
Pre-Registration: $15 // Day of Registration: $20

**Online Registration will close at 12 noon on Wednesday December 23rd.
All registrations after this time will be done on race morning.

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Types of Events

Movies in the park

VLPRA offers free movies in our parks and public places in Valdosta & Lowndes County throughout the year. Movies are usually family friendly features with G and PG ratings and we often show big name blockbusters from Disney and Pixar.  We sometimes offer a PG-13 film for an older audience.  We show the movies on our massive inflatable 20-foot screen starting at dusk.  Please check above for individual dates.


VLPRA is proud to offer the largest public fireworks display in South Georgia.  Our fireworks are always on July 4th and start between 9:15 PM - 9:30 PM.  The location is TBD.

VLPRA/MOody afb fishing rodeo

VLPRA partners with Moody Air Force Base each year to offer our annual Fishing Rodeo.  Anyone can fish, but the competition is open to 5-18 year olds in separate categories.  The rodeo is usually held in September or October of each year at a minimal cost with live bait provided.  We have a category for bank fishing and for boat fishing. 

Stocked Cart Race

Runners, start your engines for the wackiest, most fun event of the year!  Our annual Stocked Cart Race is basically a 50-yard dash where runners push decorated shopping carts.  Businesses, schools, churches, families, and groups of friends enter as teams.  Teams are given one shopping cart each to decorate and race. We have a double elimination bracket and race head to head until we have a fastest cart.

The most important part of the event: the entry fee is food for Hungry at Home.  Each team must bring at least $25 of food (no money, please).  The more food, the better as we hand out awards for most food raised, best decorated cart, and fastest cart. Hungry at Home is a local non-profit that sends food home on Fridays with kids who don't have enough to eat on the weekends.  All donated food must be kid-friendly and not require a can opener or stove.  Think: pop top Chef Boyardee meals, granola bars, oatmeal packets, pop top tuna kits, vienna sausages, raisins, etc.  Find out more about Hungry at Home at their website: www.hungryathome.org.

The Stocked Cart Race happens November 9th at Lowes Home Improvement on St. Augustine Road.  Registration runs from September to Race Day.

Father/Son Campout

Go camping in the outfield!  Boys ages four and up can spend the night on the South Lowndes Ball Field with their father or adult male family member at this overnight event.  Activities include a cookout, games, s'mores, night baseball, and a movie on the backstop.  Dinner is provided Friday night and breakfast is provided Saturday morning.  Bring your own tent and bag chairs; tent set up begins at 6:00 PM Friday.  Space is limited.  Event typically happens in the fall.  Fees are TBD.

Six Days of Christmas

VLPRA's Six Days of Christmas features six days of holiday fun spread out through the month of December.  We show movies, have a free Christmas concert, eat a catered meal with Santa Claus, create gingerbread cookie masterpieces, and cap it off with an Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K.