Lake County Folk Festival Oct. 6-7 A time to relish America’s great music with groups like Passerine, and Remedy Tree along with Larry Mangum and Rachel Grubb. Lots of great food, Amish furniture, Intertribal Spirit Designs, and much more. Indoor shows hosted by the Historic Bay Street Theater and Lake Eustis Museum of Art, and outdoor performances at Ferran Park. SPORTING EVENTS MARCH
Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta March 16-18, Wooton Park, Tavares The past comes alive as vintage and classic race boats of bygone eras return to Lake Dora, now a major stop on the CRA Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit. In addition to seeing and hearing these beautiful vintage boats run, spectators also can view them close-up in the pit area. APRIL
Sail Boat Regatta April 7-8, Mount Dora Yacht Club The 64th annual Sail Boat Regatta is the oldest in the state and provides a full day of family fun in Mount Dora.
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Freedom on the Waterfront July 3, 5pm, Mount Dora An old-fashioned celebration in Elizabeth Evans Park with live music, activities for children, and ﬁreworks.
Lighted Boat Parade Dec. 1, 7pm, Grantham Point The beautiful boat parade on Lake Dora begins at the signature lighthouse. Local boat owners compete for best in light show display and originality.
Independence Day Parade July 4, 10am, Mount Dora A red, white, and blue parade in beautiful downtown Mount Dora that goes from the corner of Donnelly and Seventh streets to Charles Avenue.
Children’s Christmas in the Park with Snow Dec. 8, 5-9pm, Mount Dora Go snow sledding in Donnelly Park during this special night. It’s a free event for families!
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Leesburg’s Fourth of July Celebration July 4, Shores of Venetian Cove Venetian Gardens, Leesburg Leesburg’s Fourth of July Celebration at Venetian Gardens is a fun-ﬁlled evening with live entertainment, traditional summertime food, kids’ games, baseball, and of course, spectacular choreographed ﬁreworks over Lake Harris. Red, White, and Boom July 4, Waterfront Park, Clermont Traditional Americana-type activities for all ages with the evening ending in ﬁreworks above Lake Minneola. OCTOBER
National Night Out Oct. 2, Clermont The Clermont Police Department joins law-enforcement agencies across the country celebrating this annual event. NOVEMBER
Light Up Mount Dora Nov. 24, 5-6:30pm, Mount Dora Join in the celebration as Mount Dora lights up Donnelly Park and downtown with close to 2 million sparkling lights, complete with a visit from Santa. DECEMBER
Mount Dora Christmas Parade Dec. 1, 10am, Downtown Mount Dora The 58th annual Mount Dora Christmas Parade takes over the streets of downtown, featuring
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Mount Dora’s ﬁnest and ushering in the arrival of Santa Claus.
Mount Dora Half Marathon Dec. 16, 7am The event offers two walk/run distances, a single-loop half marathon, and a 5K walk/run. The half marathon is a USATF Certiﬁed Course. New Year’s Eve in Mount Dora Dec. 31, 8pm–midnight An evening of celebration with food and drink and live entertainment in the streets of Mount Dora. Fireworks at midnight to ring in the new year. Light Up Clermont Waterfront Park, Clermont Clermont’s three-day holiday festival recently added a live Christmas tree at City Hall Park, which will be the focus of the lighting ceremony, live carolers, and food trucks. Leesburg Christmas Parade Downtown, Leesburg Enjoy an evening of holiday entertainment and fun for the whole family in historic downtown Leesburg with performances by local groups, dazzling Christmas light displays, festive food, plus carnival rides and games for kids. Light Up Lady Lake Log Cabin, Lady Lake At Christmastime, the Lady Lake Chamber of Commerce sponsors Light Up Lady Lake, featuring over 2.2 million lights decorating the chamber’s Log Cabin and Veterans Park. Howey Christmas Festival Log Cabin, Howey-in-the-Hills
The annual Howey-in-the-Hills Christmas Festival is held downtown each December and features food vendors, a car show, and a parade.
Cracker Christmas Parade & Festival SR 19, Cadwell Park, Umatilla A hometown Christmas celebration that includes the annual Cracker Christmas Parade & Festival in beautiful Umatilla. The day begins with a Dog Jog followed by the parade at 9:30am along Central Avenue (SR 19). The event continues throughout the day with the festival in Cadwell Park. It features live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, food, children’s activities, and more. RECURRING AND M O N T H LY E V E N T S
Renninger’s Antiques Extravaganza January/February/November Renninger’s Antique Center, Mount Dora Three times a year, Renninger’s plays host to nearly 800 dealers from across the U.S. offering an array of items, including highquality antiques and collectibles, clothing, and oddities. Leesburg Food Truck Night This is a free monthly event that features a classic car cruise-in, live entertainment, a free movie, and food trucks lining downtown. Movie, musical performers, and trucks change out regularly. For dates and information, visit foodtrucknﬂick.leesburgpartnership.com. Music on Montrose Every ﬁrst Friday gather to enjoy the free music series on Montrose Street, downtown Clermont. Features food trucks and local talent. To see the lineup of either, visit clermontdowntownpartnership. com/other-events/ﬁrst-fridays. Eustis Live! Family-friendly events held downtown featuring vendors and two stages with live entertainment. Enjoy the lovely local shops and eateries. Every ﬁrst Friday 6–10pm.
Sources: visitlakeﬂ.com/Events/AnnualEvents,leesburgpartnership.com/events, clermontdowntownpartnership.com, eustis.org, mountdora.com
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