Yes, it’s already time to start thinking of the next art festival season. Last year’s Lutz Arts & Crafts Festivalannounced was our 100th festivalblog and Nancy received an awardblog. So what can we expect this year? If you are north of Tampa in early December, come see for yourself!
Put on by the GFWC Lutz-Land O’Lakes Woman’s Club, this 40th annual event will be held again at Keystone Preparatory High School (18105 Gunn Highway in Odessa) on Saturday, December 7, from 10 am to 5 pm and from 10 to 4 on Sunday. They are expecting about 250 artists. Some will be indoor, but we will be outside, as always. Admission is free but there is a five-dollar parking fee. For more information, see gfwclutzlandolakeswomansclub.org/annual-lutz-arts-crafts-festival/.
Well, it’s not over until it’s over, as they say. Normally our season ends in Fernandina Beach the first weekend in May at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival (as announced), but Nancy was just accepted into the 8th annual running of this festival on Friday, June 7, from 10 am past 6 pm, and Saturday from 10 to 4 in downtown Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island on the Gulf of Mexico.
This is our first time in this festival and although intrigued, we don’t yet know much about it. There will be 60 artist displaying as part of the Tarpon Festival, which coincides with the “World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament”. You might check out their Facebook page. See you there!
This will be our seventh time at this art festival in Fernandina Beach in eight art festival seasons. As I’ve mentioned beforeprevious, Amelia Island goes all out for this festival with parades, pageants, fireworks, etc. They are expecting around 135 thousand visitors this year. The art festival part is open from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday, May 4th and on Sunday from 10 to 5. Come find us in Booth 204. For more information, see their website (www.shrimpfestival.com).
This will be our fifth consecutive time participating in this eventprevious. It is free to the public and will be open from 9 am to 5 pm both Saturday, April 27th, and Sunday. They are expecting 49 thousand visitors to 250 artists around a lake in Wickham Park. Other activities include a 5k run, KidsWorld, children’s workshops, and continuous live entertainment. You can go to their website (www.melbournearts.org) for more information.
This will be their fiftieth annual festival, and our second appearance (our first was in 2015announced). It will be along historic Northeast 1st Street, between 2nd and 8th Avenues.
The college expects around 100,000 visitors to 190 artists. There will also be live music and dance performances. It is open from 9 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday and noon to 5 on Sunday. You can go to their website, www.sfcollege.edu/spring-arts/index for more information whe it becomes available.
Although we’ve had our booth on Francis Field beforeprior, this is our first time at the Lions Seafood Festival. The Lions Club is expecting 22 thousand visitors to one hundred artists. The hours for the art festival are 3 pm to 7:30 on Friday, March 22, 10 am to 7:30 on Saturday, and as shown below on Sunday. There is an entrance fee. For more information, go to lionsfestival.com.
Thanks to snow somewhere up north, we made it off the waiting list at the last minute so our string of consecutive appearances at this festival remains unbroken and increases to sixprevious. There will be more than 300 artists expecting around 85 thousand visitors over the three-day weekend. On Saturday, February 16th, and Sunday, it will be open from 10 am to 6 pm. The hours for Presidents’ Day (Monday) are from 10 to 5. The festival will be along Central and University Boulevards in the downtown Abacoa area in Jupiter.
For more information, including a more detailed festival map (where you can notice the positions of the three entrances in relation to the centralized information booth shown above), see their website (www.artigras.org).
There will also be live entertainment, artist demonstrations, children’s interactive art activities, and a Youth Art Competition Gallery. There is an entrance fee. For tickets (which are less expensive if purchased in advance), click here.
We will be in Booth 416, close to the north entrance. Come by and say “Hello”.