This year the 96th annual Founder’s Day Citrus Festival will take place at the historic Howey Mansion in Howey-in-the-Hills on Saturday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The free event will include craft vendors, a food truck, pony rides, free mansion tours, and a Howey history exhibit by the town’s Historical Society in the ballroom of the Howey Mansion which was built in 1927 by orange grove magnate William J. Howey. Neglected for nearly a decade, the 20-room Spanish Revival home was restored and reopened for special events and tours in 2018.
Guests are invited to purchase raffle tickets for the chance to a free night stay at the Howey Mansion Guest House and for baskets filled with items donated by the vendors and local businesses with proceeds going to the restoration of the vintage Howey 1946 Mack fire truck.
Just a short drive from Mount Dora and Tavares, the mansion is located at 1001 Citrus Ave. in Howey-in-the-Hills. Follow Mount Dora Buzz on Instagram. For more news and events in Mount Dora, Tavares & Eustis, visit the area's websiteand download the area's free mobile app.
Bikes and music will fill Eustis on April 23 and 24. The bike rally kicks off on Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The free, two-day event is bigger than previous years with four stages of live entertainment, bike shows, free bike parking and vendors in both Historic Downtown Eustis and beautiful lakefront Ferran Park. The line-up of live music will feature Wicked Serenity, Signs of Sacrifice, Big Engine, Jeff Howell Blues Trio, Crashrocket, Papa Wheelee, Southern Chaos, The Smokin' Torpedoes, Jen-n-Tonix, Greye, Time Machine, Sniper, and East Side Rock! Other entertainment includes The Wall of Death, ADV Fest and Mechanical Motorcycle.
On Saturday visitors can check out the Baggerz & Tailz Custom Bike Show downtown and adventure motorcycles will be on display in Ferran Park. Meanwhile, classic cars from all over Lake County will converge on Fountain Green.
It may be a small spot on the globe, but Mount Dora has an abundance of natural beauty and diverse wildlife, so it's no wonder the city's residents love to celebrate Earth Day.
Although Earth Day is observed every year on April 22 to raise awareness for the environment, Mount Dora is getting a jump on it and observing it a few days early. This year's free event will be held at Donnelly Park on April 17 beginning at 9 a.m. The day's festivities will include eco-friendly exhibits, plants, handmade products, yoga and a fundraising silent auction. The one-day event has multiple end times posted, but the earliest is 2 p.m. and the latest is 4 p.m.
Admission is free and proceeds from the one-day event help fund the purchase and planting of trees in Mount Dora. The first Earth Day, was organized in 1970 by founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson, to promote ecology and raise awareness of the growing problems of air, water, and soil pollution.
Take your pick or try it all. This month’s Mount Dora Blueberry Festival occurs during the berry’s peak season so visitors can enjoy fresh berries and a variety of food and beverages made from the locally grown superfood.
Now in its fifth year, the downtown festival runs April 24 and 25 celebrates the growing agricultural importance of blueberries to Central Florida.
Local blueberry farms will sell their freshly picked berries, while other vendors offer blueberry plants, fresh blueberry pies, blueberry beer, cobblers and other edibles. Crafters, live music, a pancake breakfast, blueberry wine and a blueberry pie-eating contest will also be featured at this free two-day event.
Mount Dora Blueberry Festival runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days in Donnelly Park, downtown.
A big weekend is planned at the downtown Tavares lakefront this week. Planes, Tunes & BBQ is a free three-day event that kicks off on Friday April 9. The family-friendly festivities include live music, a twilight acrobatic airshow, seaplane competitions, BBQ, vendors, a family fun zone and a fireworks show on Saturday evening. Here’s the schedule of events: Friday, April 9th: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Lake County Fair. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker heading for the rides or prefer to keep your feet on the ground and take in the exhibits, here’s a quick cheat sheet of what you need to know about this year's Lake County Fair that runs April 8-17.
1. LOCATION Lake County Expo Center is located at 2101 N. County Road 452 in Eustis.
2. FAIR HOURS Weekday opening: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Weekend opening: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
3. BYPASS THE LINE Purchase your 2021 Lake County Fair admission tickets online to save a couple of dollars and skip the ticketing line. Just have your pre-purchased tickets in hand (paper or on your cell phone) and proceed to the VIP/Fast Pass Gate for easy entry.
3. SHOWS, EXHIBITS & CONTESTS Please note, some shows begin before the full fair opens. Creative arts and photography competitive exhibits run throughout the fair. Livestock shows run April 8-17 Pie-eating Contest: April 9, 7 p.m. Fair Pageant: April 11, 2:30 p.m. Spaghetti Eating Contest: April 14, 7:30 p.m.
4. REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES Adults: $9 Seniors: $7 Kids ages 6 to 11: $3 Kids ages 5 & under: Free with a paying adult. Note: Rides are not included in any admission prices. Separate wristbands can be purchased for rides (see below).
5. RIDE WRISTBANDS & ADMISSION SPECIALS Thrillseekers looking for unlimited rides can buy wristbands which are valid from open to close for the day of purchase. The cost of wristbands is additional to the cost of admission into the fair.
All Fridays & Saturdays: Wristband $25 per day.
Thursday, April 8 $20 wristband.
Friday, April 9 2-for-1 Gate/Rides Two people admitted for the price of one, and two people ride for the price of one.
Saturday, April 10 $25 wristband. Sunday Funday, April 11 $2 admission, $2 per ride.
Monday Dollar Day, April 12 $1 Admission, $1 per ride.
Tuesday, April 13 $18 wristband.
Wednesday Carload Night, April 14 $55 Carload admission & wristbands, each person must be in a seat belt, max 8 people. Regular tickets are also available.
A special day trip to one city on Florida’s west coast is guaranteed to make art lovers giddy. Two of the State’s most impressive art collections are permanently housed in St. Petersburg, just a two-hour drive from downtown Mount Dora. Beautiful downtown St. Petersburg is home to The Dali museum and the spectacular Chihuly Collection about a mile away.
Visitors can enjoy both collections on the same day if they take in the Chihuly Collection first and then make the quick mile trek to The Dali, which remains open until 9 p.m.
CHIHULY COLLECTION BY MOREAN ARTS CENTER
720 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Just over a mile away from The Dali, art lovers will find another permanent collection from a world-renowned artist. The Chihuly Collection, presented by the Morean Arts Center, presents the bold and innovative glass works of internationally acclaimed American artist Dale Chihuly. The permanent collection is housed in a building that was designed specifically for the artist’s unique work to allow the art and architecture to work together to create a captivating experience of light, color and form. A much deeper appreciation is gained for the methods, potential and creativity of glass art after experiencing such an impressive display.
The intimate collection includes Chihuly’s large-scale installations like Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier and several impressive series works including Niijima Floats, Macchia, Ikebana, Persians and Tumbleweeds, which have captivated art lovers around the world.
Chihuly’s work is bold and awe-inspiring and leaves a lasting impression. The American artist’s impressive international installations include “Chihuly Over Venice” with his glass sculptures installed over the canals and piazze, and "Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem,” attended by more than one million visitors. “Chihuly Bridge of Glass” in Tacoma, Washington, and the “Lime Green Icicle Tower,” a 42-foot glass and steel sculpture housed in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts are two more of his spectacular large-scale works. Guests to the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg can continue their glass journey by watching local glass artists create new works in the Morean Glass Studio and Hot Shop located at the Morean Arts Center. Glass Blowing demonstrations are offered at the top of every hour from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday and Sundays, but there is no noon demonstration on Sundays. The Morean Glass Studio is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Adult tickets to the Chihuly Collection By Morean Arts Center are $20. Student tickets (with current student I.D.) are $13. Buy tickets here.
the dali (THE SALVADOR DALI MUSEUM)
1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Located on downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront, The Dali is home to an impressive collection of over 2,400 works by Salvador Dalí, the Spanish surrealist artist. The collection includes 96 oil paintings and the museum boasts a three-star Michelin rating.
This museum, housed in a contemporary architectural masterpiece, never disappoints. After visitors enter the awe-inspiring building with its blue reflective glass panels, they can ascend the winding modern staircase to enter the galleries where they will find Dali’s work as well as world-class visiting art exhibits.
Visitors that arrive by June 13 can experience Van Gogh Alive, an immersive and over-sized art installation that allows viewers to experience the art in a transformative way. The visiting art exhibition showcases more than 3,000 Vincent Van Gogh images of enormous scale viewed using high-definition projectors and synchronized to a classical score. In addition to the Dutch artist's iconic artwork, guests will also discover his inspiration via photos and videos.
The Dali’s distinctive gardens on the waterfront and Café Gala, featuring authentic Spanish cuisine, provide additional memorable experiences for guests.
Admission is $25 and there are discounts for students, seniors and youth. The Dali is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Buy tickets here.
Spring has sprung and beautiful weather means more time in the garden.
Inspiration for gardeners will be sprawled under Mount Dora’s oak trees for two days in April. An eclectic collection of garden treasures and plants will be available at the Vintage Garden Show on April 3 and 4. 100 local and out-of-state vendors will be selling everything from up-cycled outdoordecor, fresh herbs and plants, to architectural wrought iron, vintage patio furniture and a mix of curiosities just waiting to be repurposed.
Garden enthusiasts will also find a huge selection of ferns, succulents, flowers, and landscaping plants, plus gardening classes and demonstrations throughout the weekend. The show will also feature live music, plus food available for purchase.
The Vintage Garden Show runs both days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Renningers Antique Center located at 20651 U.S. 441 in Mount Dora. Admission and parking is free.