Historic downtown Mount Dora will transform its New England-style charm into a sea of vibrant art on February 1st and 2nd, when hundreds of the United States’ best artists show their works at the 45th annual Mount Dora Arts Festival.
The juried festival, organized by Mount Dora Center for the Arts, has been ranked among the top 20 art festivals in the country and provides art lovers the opportunity to shop for fine arts, artisan jewelry, and pottery created by 295 of the most talented professional artists from all over the United States.
This year's event will once again feature aButterfly Encounter in the Kids Zone located on the pickleball courts in Donnelly Park. Visitors will get a chance to interact with and feed nectar to hundreds of butterflies in the educational walk-through exhibit. The Kids Zone will also feature a creative station, face painter, bounce house, balloon twister on stilts, fairy hair vendor, bungee jump and climbing wall.
The festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Visitors who arrive early may be able to find free street parking within walking distance. Other patrons can park at the free shuttle location at Mount Dora Golf Club at 1110 S. Highland Street from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on both days. Five-dollar round-trip shuttles are available at Mount Dora High School, 700 N. Highland Street; Mount Dora Christian Academy, 301 W. 13th Avenue and Mount Dora Plaza Shopping Center at 2700 W. Old Highway 441.
Mount Dora Arts Festival is free to attend, but a $1 donation is suggested to help support the Mount Dora Center for the Arts Summer Camp, kids outreach programs, gallery exhibits, and other projects. Donations can be dropped off at the information booth.
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