Monday, September 9, 2013

Central Florida Art Festivals

Fall is almost here in Central Florida, and with it comes all the wonderful art festivals. Make sure to take some time between football games to go to some of the areas best art shows.
Here is a rundown of some of my favorites:

October 12 & 13 head to Winter park for the 40th Annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival
The Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is the only juried art show to feature Florida artists exclusively.  Held annually on the second weekend in October, this community-oriented sidewalk show presents quality visual art, live entertainment, children's activities and more.  The festival is held in beautiful Central Park located along historic Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park.

October 19 & 20 enjoy seafood and art at the 48th annual seafood festival in Cedar Key!
This major event features well over 200 arts and crafts exhibits, and great local seafood in City Park. There will be live musical entertainment at several places around town during the days and nights, and a parade on Saturday morning.There is also an open house at the lighthouse on Seahorse Key, the big island 3 miles to the west of Cedar Key. Explore the lighthouse, look at the exhibits and wander this beautiful island. Shuttle boats are available at City Marina.

October 26 & 27 head to Ocala, for the 47th Annual Ocala Arts Festival!
Experience art at its best. There will be over 200 fine artists from all parts of the country displaying their art.. This is the place to get started on your holiday shopping, purchase for your own collection, or browse and appreciate the art.

November 2 & 3 head to Invernesss for the Festival of the Arts!
Located around the Courthouse Square in Inverness, the annual event features over 100 artists displaying a wide variety of unique creations, including fine arts and hobbies and crafts. It is the longest running juried art show in Citrus County and is produced each year as a means to promote the Arts. Also in Inverness is the Annual Cooter Festival. You may have heard of the event when it was spoofed by The Daily Show. The last full weekend of October brings Sunny Cooter out of his turtle shell for three days of non-stop fun.

November 9 & 10 head to Homosassa for the Annual Art & Seafood Festival!
Located in the historic district of Old Homosassa, the art show is judged and non-judged with exhibitors from all over the country. The food court is a well-known attraction of the festival. Vendors from the community provide their seafood and other specialties. Whether it's fried catfish, gator tail or conch fritters, you will find it all and more in the food court.

November 16 & 17 travel to Gator Country to Gainesville's  Downtown Festival & Art Show!
Celebrating its 32nd  annual return, the show  transforms downtown Gainesville into a venue for award-winning artists and draws a crowd of more than 100,000. For two days, visitors can leisurely stroll through historic downtown and marvel at works from more than 250 of the nation’s most talented artists, who display their original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, captivating sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography. With such a diverse array of unique art displayed for sale and competition, the Downtown Festival & Art Show is a great way to purchase one-of-a-kind art for you or a friend.

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