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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 15-17, 2016
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
41st Annual Arts Festival
February 6-7, 2016
- (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
19th Annual Mount Dora Music Festival
February 18-21, 2016 - (3rd weekend in February)
"19th Annual Mount Dora Music Festival" Time: 7:30 pm Location: Mount Dora Community Building - 520 N. Baker St - Mount Dora Description
 Friday - Feb 19th - The Timeless Music of Henry Mancini featuring Mac Frampton, Cecil Welch and The Moon River Orchestra - $27 / $47 / $67 VIP
Saturday - Feb 20th - The Four Freshmen - $27 / $50 / $75 VIP 
PLUS Six (6) 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  2016
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 19 - 20, 2016
Over 300 vendors displaying treasures on the downtown streets of Mount Dora. Sponsored by VisitMountDora™. For more information visit www.MountDoraSpringShow.com.  
Spring Show 
63rd Annual Sail Boat Regatta
April 2-3, 2016
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 20-21, 2016
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, 2016 - 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. For more information and details, please contact the Parks and Recreation's Events Coordinator, Chris Carson at 352-735-7183.
July 4, 2016
- 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

42nd Annual Bicycle Festival
October 9-11, 2016
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
32nd Annual Craft Fair
October 22-23, 2016(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
22nd Annual Mount Dora Plant & Garden Fair
November 12-13, 2016
Join us at Donnelly Park. 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
4th Annual Mount Dora Scottish Highland Festival
November 18-19, 2016
Enjoy Scottish bands and musicians performing throughout the weekend as well as an afternoon of Highland Games.
Friday, November 18th: "Night for the Celt" Concert at Elizabeth Evans Park beginning at 7 pm. Featuring Celtic Music and Irish Dancing.
Saturday, November 19th:  Scottish Highland Festival and Games at Gilbert Park, 10 am - 5 pm.

 For more information, contact the city's Parks & Recreation department at (352) 735-7183.

          Highland Festival   
5th Annual Mount Dora Patriot Cruise & Salute
November 6, 2016
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
35th Annual Light Up Mount Dora
November 26, 2016
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 2, 2016
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 3, 2016
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 3, 2016
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 3-4, 2016
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 10, 2016
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 18, 2016
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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