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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 17, 18 & 19

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.
 39th Annual Arts Festival
February 1- 2, 2014 - (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
17th Annual Mount Dora Music Festival
February 20 - 23, 2014 - (3rd weekend in February)
Celebrate four-days of great music: An evening with Chad & Jeremy, 60s British Invasion duo, Saturday 7:30 pm, and the legendary Leon Redbone, Friday 7:30 pm, plus 10 free concerts featuring the Teen Music Talent Contest, Music in Donnelly Park, various performances at the Lakeside Inn, library, local churches and assorted venues.
Details: www.mountdoramusicfest.com.
Tickets & info (352) 385-1010 or (352) 383-2627
Music Festival 
Lake Book Fest
March 10 - 15, 2014

Writers contests, meet your favorite authors and various literature readings. Call (352) 735-7180 for details. Events held at the W.T. Bland Public Library.
Lake Book Fest 
Mount Dora Spring Show
March 22 - 23, 2014
Over 200 vendors displaying treasures on the downtown streets of Mount Dora. Sponsored by VistiMountDora. For details, call (352) 217-8390.

 Spring Show

61st Annual Sail Boat Regatta
April 5 - 6, 2014

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 
"Freedom on the Waterfront": A Fireworks Celebration
July 3, 2014
Join us for a vibrant display of fireworks and special effects on Lake Dora. Enjoy live music, kids' activities and food vendors. The festivities will take place at Evans Park and Simpson Cove beginning at 5:00 PM, with fireworks beginning at 9:15 PM. Sponsored by the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Mount Dora. For more information, call (352) 735-7183.   
Independence Day Parade
July 4, 2014
Celebrate our Independence with a traditional downtown parade. The parade will kick off on Donnelly Street, at 7th Avenue with an interactive patriotic celebration that best salutes our nation's holiday. Due to the construction of Donnelly Street, just south of 5th Avenue, the parade will take place along an alternative route beginning on 7th Avenue and ending on 4th Avenue. The parade will begin at 10:00 AM. For more information, call the Rotary Club of Lake County Golden Triangle at (352) 267-2879.   
Independence Day 
40th Annual Bicycle Festival
October 10 - 12, 2014
Attracting nearly 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 
30th Annual Craft Fair
October 25 - 26, 2014
- (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 
20th Annual Mount Dora Plant & Garden Fair
November 1 - 2, 2014
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 
2nd Annual Mount Dora Scottish Highland Festival
November 7 - 8, 2014
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 or visit the event's webpage.

Highland Festival      

3rd Annual Mount Dora Patriot Cruise & Salute
November 9, 2014
This second 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 
33rd Annual Light Up Mount Dora
November 29, 2014
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 5, 2014
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
54th Annual Christmas Parade
December 6, 2014
This is small town America at its best! Meet us downtown for this annual holiday celebration. Contact the Mount Dora Lions Club at (352) 735-9629 for more information.
 Christmas Parade
Lighted Boat Parade
December 6, 2014

Enjoy a lighted parade of boats on Lake Dora at 7:00 PM. For more information, please contact the Mount Dora Boating Center or Mount Dora Lions Club at (352) 383-3150. 
 Boat Parade
Christmas Tour of Homes
December 6 - 7, 2014
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 
Children's Christmas in the Park with Snow
December 13, 2014
Join us in Donnelly Park from 5 PM to 9PM 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
December 21, 2014
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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