ABOVE: Arts Festival tents line downtown Mount Dora streets.
Historic downtown Mount Dora will transform its New England-style charm into a sea of vibrant art on February 2nd and 3rd, when hundreds of the country’s best artists show their works at the 44th annual Mount Dora Art Festival.
The juried festival, organized by Mount Dora Center for the Arts, is regularly 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 298 of the most talented artists from all over the United States.
This year's event will feature aButterfly Encounter in ht==the Kids Zone in Donnelly Park. Visitors will get a chance to interact and feed nectar to hundreds of butterflies in the interactive and educational walk-through exhibit.
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 on both days. $5 round-trip shuttles are available during the same times at Mount Dora High School, 700 N Highland Street; Mount Dora Christian Academy, 301 W. 13th Avenue and Mount Dora Plaza Shopping Center shuttle train at 2700 W. Old Highway 441.
The 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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