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Special Events
The Parks and Recreation Department offers many department-sponsored events throughout the year. In addition, there are several major events each year that are sponsored by the City of Mount Dora as well as the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce, VisitMountDora, the Mount Dora Center for the Arts, the Mount Dora Lions Club, and other area organizations.

If you would like to volunteer or would like more information about these events, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at (352) 735-7183.
*Please note: No pets are allowed at any major event.*

Renninger's Antique Extravaganza Dates
January 16-18, 2015
An antique lover's dream! This event held at Renninger's Twin Markets, is one of the largest gatherings of antique dealers in the south with over 1500 dealers attending. Antique Fairs held third weekend of each month. For more information, contact the twin markets at (352) 383-8393 or 800-522-3555
40th Annual Arts Festival
February 7-8, 2015
- (1st of weekend in February)
A juried fine arts festival, for art lovers, casual festival-goers and families, nothing compares to the Mount Dora Arts Festival. In addition to the endless rows of fine art, including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, clay, sculpture and photography, the festival features local and regional musical entertainment at a main stage in Donnelly Park.
For more information, contact the Mount Dora Center for the Arts at 352-383-0880.  
 Art Festival
18th Annual Mount Dora Music Festival
February 19-22, 2015 - (3rd weekend in February)
"18th Annual Mount Dora Music Festival" Time: 7:30 pm Location: Mount Dora Community Building - 520 N. Baker St - Mount Dora Description: The 18th Annual Mount Dora Music Festival proudly presents: A Grammy Winners Weekend! Thursday - Feb 19th - Suzy Bogguss - $25 / $35 / $55 VIPFriday - Feb 20th - Melissa Manchester - $40 / $55 / $75 VIP Saturday - Feb 21st - Jack Jones - $40 / $55 / $75 VIP PLUS Eight (8) FREE Concerts! Extra Info: Tickets and information: 352-383-2627 / 352-385-1010 or visit www.mountdoramusicfest.com 
Location: Most events held at the Mount Dora Community Building 520 N. Baker St. Mount Dora, Florida
Phone: Nancy Howell 352-383-2627
 Music Festival
Lake Book Fest
March 12-14, 2015
The Lake County Library System’s 12th annual Lake BookFest, will feature authors of fantasy and science fiction and related genres. Call (352) 735-7180 for details. Events held at the W.T. Bland Public Library.
Lake Book Fest 
Mount Dora Spring Show
March 28 - 29, 2015
Over 200 vendors displaying treasures on the downtown streets of Mount Dora. Sponsored by VisitMountDora™. For more information visit www.MountDoraSpringShow.com.  
Spring Show 
62nd Annual Sail Boat Regatta
April 28-29, 2015
The oldest in the state will prove to be a fun day for the whole family. For more information call (352) 383-3188 or visit www.mountdorayachtclub.com.   
Sail Boat Regatta 
Mount Dora Blues & Groove Weekend
May 15-16, 2015
Mount Dora Blues & Groove Weekend will continue the tradition of bringing fabulous Blues Music to the Mount Dora Waterfront in gorgeous, lakefront Elizabeth Evans Park. For details visit www.bluesandgroove.com.
Blues N Groove 
Independence Day Celebrations
July 3, 2015 - Freedom on the Waterfront 
Join us at 5:00 PM for live music and a spectacular fireworks show at sun down at Elizabeth Evans Park.
July 4, 2015
- Traditional Parade
Celebrate our Independence with a traditional downtown parade. The parade will kick off on Donnelly Street with an interactive patriotic celebration that best salutes our nation's holiday. For more information, contact the Rotary Club of Lake County Golden Triangle at (352) 385-1418 or email

Freedom on the Waterfront

41st Annual Bicycle Festival
October 9-11, 2015
Attracting over 1,000 cyclists annually, this is Florida's oldest and largest bicycling event. With rides of varying lengths and skill levels, cyclists of all ages come to see why Lake County is recognized as one of the best places in the world to ride. For more information, please call the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce at (352) 383-2165
 Bicycle Festival
31st Annual Craft Fair
October 24-25, 2015(Fourth weekend in October)
This nationally ranked juried event continues to attract over 250,000 visitors and over 350 of the best crafters in the country. Call (352) 735-1191 or email
 Craft Fair
21st Annual Mount Dora Plant & Garden Fair
November 7-8, 2015
Join us in downtown Mount Dora. Admission is free. Central Florida's top growers bring more than 12,000 plants, herbs and garden antiques to this annual event. For more information, please call Christine Cole at (352) 729-2170.  

 Plant and Garden Fair
3rd Annual Mount Dora Scottish Highland Festival
November 13-14, 2015
Enjoy Scottish bands and musicians performing throughout the weekend as well as an afternoon of Highland Games. For more information, contact the city's Parks & Recreation department at (352) 735-7183.

          2015 Scottish Highland Festival Brochure   
          Highland Festival   
4th Annual Mount Dora Patriot Cruise & Salute
November 8, 2015
This annual event organizes recreational boating events to benefit wounded, injured and ailing veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Visit http://mountdorapcs.org for more information.
 Patriot Cruise and Salute
34th Annual Light Up Mount Dora
November 28, 2015
Join us in lighting Donnelly Park and downtown Mount Dora with close to 2 million sparking lights & of course an appearance by Santa! Call the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce at (352) 383-2165 for more information. 
 Light Up
Christmas Walk
December 4, 2015
Enjoy this family-friendly holiday street party, complete with live music, Santa and shopping. Contact the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce for more information: (352) 383-2165.

 Christmas Walk
55th Annual Christmas Parade
December 5, 2015
This is small town America at its best! Meet us downtown for this annual holiday celebration. Contact the Mount Dora Lions Club at 352-449-8443 or Terry Askins 352-551-1333, .

 Christmas Parade
Lighted Boat Parade
December 5, 2015
Come enjoy the lighted Christmas Boat Parade on Lake Dora beginning at the Lighthouse across from Gilbert Park on Tremain Street and Liberty Street. Local boat owners compete for best in light show display and originally. For more information, contact the Mount Dora Boating Center and Marina at (352) 383-3150.             
 Boat Parade
Christmas Tour of Homes
December 5-6, 2015
Tour six Mount Dora homes that are beautifully decorated for the holidays. This is a self-driving tour to the various homes. Cost is $15. For more information, please contact Sandie Moery at (352) 735-4324
 Tour of Homes
Snow in the Park
December 12, 2015
Join us in Donnelly Park from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM for a chance to go snow sledding in Florida! For more information, please contact the Mount Dora Parks and Recreation department at (352) 735-7183. This annual event is FREE to the public and sleds are provided.  
 Snow in the Park
Mount Dora Half Marathon & 5K
December 20, 2015
The gentle rolling hills of Mount Dora give this course a uniqueness of its own. From the start to finish, you'’ll remember the Mount Dora Half Marathon as the event you will not want to miss. For more information, please contact the Mount Dora Road Runners at (352) 729-2150 or visit http://www.mountdoramarathon.com.  
 Half Marathon

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