Special Events

Some of the best attractions for visitors to Mount Dora are our festivals. The city has 34 festivals throughout the year. We are considered a ‘Festival City’ and we offer a service in providing free festivals and events for the public’s enjoyment. The large events bring upwards of 250,000 people into Mount Dora, and the smaller events bring tens of thousands to town, benefitting our small businesses and vendors.

We have nine cornerstone events such as Light Up Mount Dora during the holidays, the African-American History Festival and growing Independence Day festivities that include fireworks over Lake Dora.

Contact Us

  1. Chris
    Chris Carson
    Cultural and Special Events Coordinator
    Ph: (352) 455-3171

    Grace Aguda
    Special Events Assistant Coordinator
    Ph: (352) 735-7100 Ext. 1610

The Mount Dora Lions Club is now accepting applications for the Annual Christmas Parade on December 1, 2018

Use this Parade Application if you'd like to participate!


Arts Festival

- First Weekend of February - A juried fine arts festival, for art lovers, casual festival-goers and families

African-American History Festival

- Second Weekend of February - Celebrate Black History Month during the African American History Festival at Cauley Lott Park. 

Mount Dora Music Festival

- Third Weekend of February - The Mount Dora Music Festival is dedicated to presenting an annual, multi-genre, high quality, cross-cultural celebration of music.


Taste in Mount Dora

- Second Weekend of March - A spectacular evening of culinary delights prepared by Mount Dora's finest restaurants. 

Mount Dora Spring Show

- Third Weekend of March - Over 300 vendors displaying treasures all throughout the downtown streets of Mount Dora.

Blues and Groove Festival

- Last Weekend of March - The Mount Dora Blues & Groove will continue the tradition of bringing fabulous Blues Music to the Mount Dora Waterfront in gorgeous, lakefront Elizabeth Evans Park. 

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

- Last Weekend of March - Easter Egg Hunt for kids at the W.T. Bland Public Library.

Easter Egg Drop and Hunt

- Last Weekend of March - A helicopter will drop 25,000 plastic candy-filled Easter Eggs! 50 of those eggs will have awesome prizes.

Annual Sailboat Regatta

- First weekend of April - This oldest Sail Boat Regatta in the state will prove to be a fun day for the whole family.


Earth Day Mount Dora

- Third weekend of April - Celebrate Earth Day with live music, exhibits, food, yoga, trash-to-trends fashion show, educational workshops, rain barrels and much more. 

Blueberry Festival 

- Last weekend of April - The 4th Annual festival returns to the shores Lake Dora at Elizabeth Evans Park with over 100 vendors on hand, live entertainment, kids activities and much more!


Twilight 5K Run 

- First weekend of May - Come walk or run through the historic downtown Mount Dora residential and business district.


Freedom on the Waterfront

- July 3rd - live music and a spectacular fireworks show after sun down at Elizabeth Evans Park.

4th of July Parade

- 4th of July - Celebrate your Independence with a traditional downtown parade. 


Seafood Festival

- Last weekend of August - The festival with over 100 vendors offering a variety of seafood, beverages, merchandise, kids area and live entertainment. 


Annual Bicycle Festival

- First weekend of October - Attracting over 1,000 cyclists annually, this is Florida's oldest and largest bicycling event.

Annual Craft Fair

- Last weekend of October - This nationally ranked juried event continues to attract over 250,000 visitors and over 350 of the best crafters in the country.


Mount Dora Plant and Garden Fair

- Second weekend of November - Central Florida's top growers bring more than 12,000 plants, herbs and garden antiques to this annual event in Donnelly Park.

Mount Dora Scottish Highland Festival

- Third Weekend of November - Enjoy the celebration of heritage and culture with Scottish music, Highland games, dancing and so much more at the Mount Dora Scottish Highland Festival.

Light Up Mount Dora

- Last weekend of November - Join us in lighting Donnelly Park and downtown Mount Dora with over 2 million sparking lights with an appearance by Santa! 


Christmas Walk

- First Friday after Light Up Mount Dora - : Family Friendly Street Party with Santa, music, food and street performers.

Annual Christmas Parade

- First weekend of December - Floats, Bands, Music and Marching, all down Donnelly Street in downtown Mount Dora.

Lighted Boat Parade

- First weekend of December - Come enjoy the lighted Christmas Boat Parade on Lake Dora beginning at the Lighthouse

Christmas Tour of Homes

- First weekend of December - Relive cherished memories and traditions or create new ones, while getting to know Mount Dora and its residents on the 2017 Holiday Home Tour.

Children's Christmas in the Park

- Second weekend of December - Snow in the park where the kids can sled down a slide, go ice skating, see Santa and enjoy all the festivities.

Mount Dora Half Marathon and 5K

- Third Weekend in December - 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

New Year's Eve Celebration

- December 31 - Ring in the New Year at Sunset Park beginning at 9pm with live entertainment, food, beverages and fireworks at midnight.

All Holiday Event Listings

 -- Events Included are with Public Safety, Library, Community Building and City Events.