Looking for a good time is never difficult in Lake and Sumter counties. There’s always something to do. These events will help you fill your calendar for the remainder of 2017.
First Friday Food Trucks and Music on Montrose
This is an evening of live music where families enjoy a diverse menu from the food trucks and shop in local stores.
Second Saturday Car Show
A classic car cruise-in with DJ music by Butch Johnson, food trucks, and cash prizes awarded just before closing.
Movies Under the Stars
Third Saturday each month, 7pm
Hosted by the Clermont Fire Department, this series of movies gives families an opportunity to enjoy a wholesome movie with friends and neighbors and learn about fire prevention and safety awareness.
Every Sunday, 9am-2pm
Find an array of fresh fruits and vegetables in Historic Downtown Clermont, and do your weekly shopping at nearby shops.
Red, White & Boom
Tuesday, July 4
An all-day event to celebrate America’s birthday at Clermont’s Waterfront Park, with traditional activities for all ages and an amazing fireworks presentation over Lake Minneola.
National Night Out
Tuesday, Aug. 1
This is an increasingly popular event where law enforcement officers visit community neighborhoods to help build camaraderie between police officers and residents.
Clermont Art Festival
Nov. 4 & 5
Set amid the distinctive shops in the historic business district of Clermont, the festival has as many as 100 vendors. The Clermont Farmer’s Market, with its 60 vendors, on Sunday is adjacent to the festival.
Light Up Clermont
Dec. 1, 5:30-9pm Dec. 2, 10am-8pm Dec. 8, 7pm, Movie Under the Stars 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.
First Friday Street Party, 6-10pm
Downtown Family-friendly events held downtown featuring vendors and two stages with live entertainment. Enjoy the lovely local shops and eateries.
Classic Car Cruise-In
Fourth Friday, 5-9pm
Enjoy perusing about 150 classic cars in the historic downtown with great music and cash prize giveaways.
Lake County Fair
April 6-15, Lake County Fairgrounds
The ever-popular annual fair, which runs 10 full days, includes a carnival, vendor booths, live entertainment, creative arts, horticulture displays, competitive exhibits, and livestock shows.
Busker Festival 2017
April 8, 10am-6:30pm
Bandshell Stage in Ferran Park Eustis welcomes local talent and street performers from across the country for the second annual festival in beautiful and historic downtown. The event for the entire family includes outdoor stages and a variety of performances, and visitors can vote for their favorite busker act and then watch finalists compete for the grand prize.
Fruitland Park Day
April 1, 10am-3pm
The day begins with the parade at 10am, moves on to the chili cook-off at noon, and lots of free activities throughout the afternoon, including local entertainment, face painting, caricatures, a DJ providing music, and more.
Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 29, 11:30am -1pm E.L. Puryear Building 243 S. Lake Ave.
Fourth of July Celebration
Tuesday, 4-11pm Lake David Park
26th Annual Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 9, 4pm, Downtown
Light Up/Christmas Stroll/Santa’s Workshop, 6pm
Dec. 8, 5-8pm Dec. 9, 8am-5pm Log Cabin
The annual Christmas Festival in the downtown area features food vendors, a car show, crafts, and a parade. Admission is free.
Light Up Lady Lake
December, Log Cabin
At Christmastime, the Lady Lake Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event, which features more than 2.2 million lights decorating the Lady Lake Chamber of Commerce Log Cabin and Veterans Park.
Leesburg Food Truck ‘n Flick Night
Every second Friday, 5pm
Free monthly events featuring the classic car cruise-in, live entertainment, a movie, and food trucks downtown. Movie, musical performers, and trucks change out regularly. For more information, visit foodtrucknflick.leesburgpartnership.com
Every Saturday, 8am-1pm
Weekly downtown gathering of local farmers and artisans. Browse produce, leather goods, jewelry, and much more as you enjoy live music. For more information, visit leesburgsaturdaymorningmarket.com.
21st Annual Spring Fish Fry
April 6, 5:30-8:30pm
Historic Mote Morris House Enjoy Southern cooking at its finest with fresh fried fish, steamed oysters, corn on the cob, collard greens, cornbread, navy beans, hush puppies, and key lime pie. Live entertainment from M.T. Pawketts. In case of rain, it will be held at the Leesburg Community Building.
20st Annual Bikefest
April 28-29, 9am-2am April 30, 9am-5pm
Downtown Lake County comes alive with the roar of motorcycles and more than 200,000 visitors for one of the most popular motorcycle rallies and music events in the world.
Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, Venetian Gardens, 6-10pm
A fun-filled evening with live entertainment, traditional food, games, free baseball, and Lake County’s most spectacular fireworks display over Lake Harris.
Craft Beer, Wine, & Food Festival
Held at the beautiful Venetian Gardens in Leesburg, this popular event allows attendees to travel booth-to-booth sampling more than 25 craft beers, wines, and signature fare.
Main Street Christmas Stroll
This enchanted evening features snow while you stroll through Leesburg’s historic downtown and enjoy the beautiful tree in Towne Square.
Holiday Concert Series
November-December, various times
Enjoy these concerts during the Christmas Stroll, Saturday Morning Markets, and the Christmas Parade.
Christmas Shop, Hop, and Wine Walk
Browse downtown shops and try a variety of featured wines. Ticket holders get a free glass of wine at every stop on the Wine Walk map. Enjoy yourself while Christmas shopping.
Main Street Christmas Parade Festival
December, 3-10pm Parade, 6pm
It’s not Christmas without a parade featuring marching bands, twirlers, dance groups, and illuminated floats.
Christmas on the Water
December, Lighting, 6pm Boat Parade, 7pm
See more than 5 million mini lights come on in beautiful Venetian Gardens and then enjoy the lights on the water as the boat parade goes by.
Mount Dora 64th Annual Sail Boat Regatta
The oldest regatta in the state provides a day of fun for the entire family. Visit mountdorayachtclub.com or call 352.383.3188 for details.
Orlando Transit Authority—A Tribute to Chicago
April 8, 7pm, $30/$20 Mount Dora Community Building
Groove with the hits from Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Third Annual Blueberry Festival
April 29-30, Elizabeth Evans Park
Live music, great food, vendors, and all things blueberry-related.
May 19-20 Elizabeth Evans Park, Mount Dora
Continuing a tradition of bringing fabulous blues and groovy music to the Mount Dora Waterfront.
The Sounds of the Sixties
May 27, $20, 7pm Mount Dora Community Building
Presented by the Mount Dora Library Association. All proceeds go to the library.
Independence Day Celebration
July 3 Elizabeth Evans Park
July 4 Parade kicks off on Donnelly Street with a great patriotic celebration. Contact the Rotary Club of Lake County Golden Triangle for information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352.385.1418.
Third Annual Seafood Festival
Aug. 26-27 Elizabeth Evans Park and Simpson Cove
More than 100 vendors with seafood, beverages, merchandise, kids’ area, and live entertainment.
43rd Annual Bicycle Festival
Oct. 6-8 Downtown
Florida’s oldest and largest bicycling event is expected to attract more than 1,300 cyclists. Registration opens May 1.
Mount Dora Craft Fair
Oct. 28-29, 9am-5pm
This annual craft fair is a nationally ranked juried event, attracting 200,000 visitors and more than 350 of the best crafters in the country.
Plant & Garden Fair
Nov. 11-12 Donnelly Park
Florida’s top growers bring thousands of plants, including native plants, butterfly-attracting perennials, herbs, roses, camellias, and begonias with a complete selection of rare and unusual tropical plants.
Fifth Annual Scottish Highland Festival
Nov. 17, 7pm “Night for the Celt” Concert, Elizabeth Evans Park Nov. 18, 10am-5pm, Festival and Games at Gilbert Park
Celebrate Scottish culture with Highland athletics, music, dancing, clan tents, and vendors.
36th Annual Light Up Mount Dora
Nov. 26 Donnelly Park
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.
25th Annual Christmas Walk
Dec. 2, 6-9pm
Live music, dancing, shopping, and Santa Claus.
56th Annual Christmas Parade
Dec. 2, 10am Downtown Mount Dora
The parade takes over the streets of downtown, featuring Mount Dora’s finest and ushering in the arrival of Santa Claus.
Lighted Boat Parade
Dec. 2, 7pm Lighthouse on Grantham Point.
Local boat owners compete for the best light display.
Snow in the Park
Dec. 9, 5-9pm
Donnelly Park is filled with snow for sledding fun. Sleds provided. New Year’s Eve Celebration Ring in the New Year at Sunset Park beginning at 9pm with live entertainment, food, beverages, and fireworks at midnight.
Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire
Nov. 3, 9:30am-3pm Nov. 4-5, 10am-5pm Nov. 11-12, 10am-5pm SR 19 and CR 448
Step back in time at the annual faire, recently expanded to two weekends at a new location in “Sherwood Forest.” The site includes more than 100 performers across seven stages, a joust field, and a chess board. More than 70 artisans fill the Shire, working with metal (swords), pottery, leather, blacksmithing, sculpture, candle making, and jewelry, and garb such as corsets, head covers, and kilts. Service dogs only allowed.
Fall Thunder Regatta
Nov. 17-19 Wooton Park
Watch vintage and classic race boats of bygone eras zoom across Lake Dora, now a major stop on the Classic Race Boat Association Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit. In addition to seeing and hearing these beautiful vintage boats race, spectators also can view them up close in the pit area. Spring Thunder Regatta is held in March.
40th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes
Dec. 2-3 Deer Island
A self-driving tour to see the interior of 10 beautifully decorated homes.
Umatilla Florida Black Bear & Wildlife Conservation Festival
October Cadwell Park
This festival is a fun and educational annual event that increases awareness and promotes safe coexistence of humans and wildlife. The festival focuses on appreciation of the Florida black bear and other native Florida species.
Cracker Christmas Parade and Festival
December SR 19, Cadwell Park
A hometown Christmas celebration that includes the annual parade and 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.
Webster Westside Auto & Cycle Swap Meet & Show
First Sunday, every month 516 NW 3rd St.
This is the largest monthly motorcycle and car event in Florida, with more than 200 vendors of new and used parts and related merchandise. Trophies and cash prizes are awarded for the show. Food, drinks, camping space, and an ATM available.
Wildwood Easter Egg Eggstravaganza
April 15, 9am – noon
Children are divided into age groups, and each group starts at a different time. Those who find the coveted golden eggs in each age group will receive a new bicycle donated by local businesses. There also will be plenty of other prizes, along with train rides and photos with the Easter Bunny.
April 28, 9:30am
Maddox Street Wildwood is known as Tree City USA, so the Parks & Recreation Department likes to let the children of Wildwood Elementary School plant new trees. Students receive a special escort from the Wildwood Police Department so they can safely cross the street to plant their trees. Last year’s celebration included an invocation, the pledge of allegiance, and the reading of a proclamation by Mayor Ed Wolf.
Happy Birthday, America
Thursday before July 4 City Hall Courtyard
This is a fun-filled family party that includes inflatables, a DJ or live band, food trucks, and ends with fireworks. Howling Fun Thursday before Halloween City Hall Courtyard Candy, candy, candy, and lots of entertainment and fun.
Nov. 11, 10:45-11:30am
A time to salute and say thank you to the many men and women in the Wildwood community who have bravely served their country.
Winterfest in the Courtyard
First Friday in December
Along with the usual inflatables and Christmas music, there will be a dance group performing, a special table to write letters to Santa Claus, and a magic mailbox available to ensure Santa receives them in time.