Our third time participating in this event, put on by the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin, starts at 10 am on Saturday, November 3rd. It will run for seven hours that day and for the same hours (10 am to 5 pm) on Sunday. For this 55th running of the event, they are expecting around 30,000 visitors to about 220 artists. Additionally, the Children’s Tent will provide an interactive art experience. The festival is free to the public. It will again be at Highlander Park on the southwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Pinehurst Road (1143 Michigan Ave). For more information about the festival, see www.jlcd.org/art-harvest.
We have applied to this festival every year starting in 2013. If everything goes right, this will be our first appearance (we were accepted in 2016blog, but it was canceled by Hurricane Matthew at the last minute).
The 45th Annual Autumn Art Festival will be Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm. It will again be in Central Park along Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park. Admission is free to the public. Besides about 180,000 visitors to 185 artists, there will also be live entertainment and other participatory events. For more information (as it becomes available), go to their website (winterpark.org/autumn-art-festival).
It will be five years since we last exhibited in Cocoa Beachblog. Then, like now, it was Thanksgiving weekend along Minuteman Causeway. The organization that put it on then (and the 49 years before that) was forced to move on to continue growing and now exhibits in Cape Canaveralblog.
The 2018 Cocoa Beach Art Show & Music Fest will be free to the public and open Saturday, November 24th and Sunday between 9 am and 5 pm. The music actually starts Friday at 5:30 pm and continues until 11 pm all three nights. There will also be the 5k Turkey Trot Saturday morning and food throughout the weekend. For more information, go to their website at www.cocoabeachartshow.com.
Since we last participated in this art festival (in 2014blog), they moved the dates back over a month and did away with Friday and nighttime hours. It is still around Lake Lily. It will be open from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, November 17, 2018, and will close one hour earlier on Sunday. There will also be live entertainment. They are expecting around ten thousand visitors to about 150 artists. It is still free to the public. For more information, see their website (42nd Maitland Rotary Art Festival).
After over fifty years of stability, the Space Coast Art Festival has been going through a lot of changes the last five years. This will be our third time participating in this festival (we participated in 2013 & 2014) and Manatee Sanctuary Park will be our third location.
This year they even changed the days from Thanksgiving weekend to the last weekend in October (the 27th & 28th). Yet we are still looking forward to a good festival. They are expecting thirty thousand guests visiting around 200 artists. You can find more information on their website, Space Coast Art Festival, as it becomes available.
We are happy to be participating in this festival for the sixth time. Fernandina Beach goes all out for their Shrimp Festival. The Art Festival will be free to the public from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday, May 5th, and from 10 to 5 on Sunday. They are expecting around 120 thousand visitors to about 320 artists along Centre Street in the historic business district as far east as 8th Street, and about a block on each side of Centre Street along all side streets. This year we will be in Booth S307 on 3rd Street south of Centre Street. During the art festival, there will also be antiques and live entertainment. Besides the art festival, there will be an ice cream eating contest, the Pirate In Training contest, the Little Pirates contest, the Topsy Smith Memorial beard contest, the decorated shrimp boat contest, the Shrimp Festival Parade (on the preceding Thursday), the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, a 5k run (or three alternatives), and fireworks. In March, you can go to their website (www.shrimpfestival.com) to make sure I didn’t leave something out.
This will be our fourth consecutive time participating in this event. It is free to the public and will be open from 9 am to 5 pm both Saturday, April 28th, and Sunday. Once again, they are expecting 45 thousand visitors to 250 artists around the back lake. Other activities include a 5k run, KidsWorld, children’s workshops, and continuous live entertainment. Although not yet complete, you can go to their website (www.melbournearts.org) for more information.