Bikers will descend into Lake County by the thousands this weekend and Eustis is welcoming them with open arms. The city will host second annual Bikefest Eustis Music Festival April 28 - 30 in Ferran Park.
The three-day event touts the stunning ride around Lake Eustis and promotes the city as a festive destination for Leesburg Bikefest attendees. The festival features continuous live music, free bike parking, local food vendors and drink specials.
The Music Festival kicks off at noon on Friday, April 28 and last until 10 p.m. It will continue from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Live music includes performances by Ultimate AC/DC Tribute Band, The Bearded Brothers Band, Bad Mannerz, the Buddy Blues Band, Southern Chaos, Highway Starz and JW Gilmore & The Blues Authority. On Sunday at 11 a.m., LakeHaven Church will host a worship service and bike blessing.
In conjunction with the Music Festival, downtown Eustis will also host The Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Several community events related to the Moving Wall will be hosted at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art, Bay Street Players Theatre and Trout Lake Nature Center.
“There will be many great activities across Lake County, so it will be a fun weekend for all,” said Erin Bailey the City’s Event Coordinator. Check the calendar at MountDoraBuzz.com for more event details.
The city recognized for its historic and quaint downtown, is also an active supporter of emerging and professional artists.
One evening a month, Mount Dora allows artist and performers onto its downtown sidewalks during Art Splash. The event is designed to celebrate and support the arts by providing a vibrant venue to showcase the talents of visual and performance artists. The event takes place the second Friday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m.
Art Splash, co-produced by Mount Dora Center for the Arts,Mount Dora Buzz, and the City of Mount Dora was inspired by Portland, Maine's Art Walk.
While artists sell their creations on downtown sidewalks and inside local studios, musicians and other performers fill up their tip jars. Visitors can take it all in while strolling downtown or take advantage of the public interactive painting area where they can create their own masterpiece.
Participation in the event is free, however artists and performers must obtain a free permit from Mount Dora Center for the Arts. For more Art Splash information, click here. For permit information call Kristina Groh-Rosenburg at 352-383-0880. Maps to downtown's open galleries will also be available.
Take your pick. Pie or pancakes? At this month’s Mount Dora Blueberry Festival, visitors can choose both and a lot more. Now in its third year, the festival is expected to be bigger than ever with five local blueberry farms selling their freshly-picked gems, according to Brian Young, one of the event’s organizers.
The free downtown festival runs April 29-30, celebrating the growing agricultural importance of blueberries to Central Florida.
The event kicks off with a blueberry pancake breakfast on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. hosted by IHOP. The two-day event also features a pie-eating contest, blueberry wine and craft beer, blueberry plants, plus live music and an estimated 100 craft vendors.
The public is invited to show off their skills at a baking contest on Saturday. Bakers can enter their homemade pies, cobblers, muffins or other blueberry dessert. Entries must arrive at the judging table by 10:30 a.m.
Mount Dora Blueberry Festival runs 9 a.m. to 5 .p.m. on both days. Park-and-ride shuttles are available at Mount Dora High School on Highland Street from 8:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m.
It's rare that an idea combines tons of talent and a bit of creative enterprise.
Those are the ingredients required when live performance acts from across the US converge on the Eustis Buskers Festival on April 8.
Busking, entertaining in a public place for donations, is sometimes credited with adding charm to intimate settings, like downtown Eustis. The city's festival will provide buskers a bigger stage, while giving residents and visitors a weekend to remember. The acts can range from musicians and acrobats to artists and magicians.
The buskers will compete for over $6,500 in prize money from sponsors, including the festival's grand prize of $5,000 and a people’s choice award of $1,500.
The family-friendly event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout downtown at outdoor “busk stops.” The grand finale will feature top performers from each category on the stage at Ferran Park beginning at 6:30 p.m.