This is our first time at this festival. We will be on Robinson Street on the north side of Lake Eola. This will be the 29th time the Fiesta in the Park Committee of the Orlando Community & Youth Trust has put on this festival. They are expecting 175 thousand visitors to 200 artists. It will be open from 10 am to 5 pm both Saturday, April 7th, and Sunday. They are also supposed to have a Kids Zone and other entertainment. They may have more information later on their website, www.fiestainthepark.com.
We were in a predecessor of this event, also put on by the Pembroke Pines Recreation and Cultural Arts Department on the exact same dates in 2012blog. This one is also free to the public and is open from 10 am to 5 pm both days. This time it will be at the Charles F. Dodge City Center, which was just opened last May. They are expecting around 5,000 visitors to over a hundred artists. There will also be entertainment, live demonstrations, a student art competition, a farmers market, a kids art zone, and more. For more information, check out their website at www.ppines.com/1240/ArtFest-in-the-Pines.
This is our second time at this festival in historic downtown Bartow. Again, there will be about a hundred artists catering to thirty thousand visitors. The festival, a collaboration by the Bartow Art Guild, Bartow Chamber of Commerce, and Main Street Bartow will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, March 3rd and 10 to 4 on Sunday. In addition to the artists, the festival includes a Saturday car show and Sunday RV show, a quilt show, a flower show, a bicycle race, a “huge kids activities tent”, entertainment, food trucks, and more. You can find more information at.
This is our third time at this festival. This year they will be in Wickham Park, the main entrance of which is on the north side of Parkway Drive halfway between Wickham Road (on the west) and Croton Road. Moving is always tricky, but Wickham Park should be a great place for a festival and the art festival committee is still expecting 45 thousand visitors to about 250 artists. The festival is free to the public and will be open from 9 am to 5 pm both Saturday, April 22nd and Sunday. Besides the art, there will be a 5k run, KidsWorld, workshops, continuous live entertainment and, of course, food and drink. Although it doesn’t yet look complete, you can go to their website (www.melbournearts.org) for more information.