Levy County, Florida
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Cedar Key Florida
30th Annual Cedar Key Small Boat Meet
All shallow draft boats are welcome: canoes and kayaks, catboats and catamarans; trimarans, rowboats and sailing dinghies; scows, sharpies and sampans; punts, pirogues, prams and pirates' yawlboats. A great time to observe wildlife and take photographs. This event is completely informal. Tides and weather are still the only organization. There are no planned events, signups or fees.
46th Annual Seafood Festival
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. The festival will be from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
51st Annual Old Florida Celebration of the Arts
For decades, artists have been inspired by the natural beauty of Cedar Key, a
small island community located in the center of Florida’s Nature coast. Each spring, the town welcomes art enthusiasts to join them at the annual Spring Arts Festival, which was recently named as one of America’s top 50 fine arts festivals in a nationwide survey administered by ArtFairCalendar.com. This year’s festival design contest theme, Seeing the Art in Nature, captures the essence of Cedar Key and all there is to Experience, Explore and Enjoy, if you choose to get off the beaten path and follow SR24 to its western end, for
the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, March 28 & 29, 2015.
A Cedar Key Christmas
Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Bazaar
Come out to the Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Bazaar at the Cedar Key United Methodist Church! The event will be from 9AM to 2PM. All are welcome to this fun event! Enjoy some chili, beef stew, white chicken chili, cornbread, drinks and desserts! There will also be a cookie walk and sale.
Cedar Key Small Boat Meet
The Cedar Key small boat is completely informal. Tides and weather are the only organization. There are no planned events, signups, or fees.
All shallow draft boats are welcome: canoes & kayaks, catboats & catamarans, trimarans, rowboats, sailing dinghies, scows, sharpies, & sampans, punts, pirogues, prams, & pirates' jonboats.
For information call the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce, 352-543-5600.
Cedar Key Star Party
The events hosted by the State Park will be:
2/20/12 - evening event at Cedar Key Museum
2/22/12 - stargazing hayrides at Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve
2/24/12 - evening event at Cedar Key Museum
More info to follow
Cedar Keys Light Station
The Cedar Keys Light Station will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Third Annual Cedar Key Pirate Invasion Weekend. Be forewarned, the Cedar Key Pirates in Paradise have invited a tango of pirates to the Best Little Pirate Town in Florida! This is a fun, safe, and welcoming community experience attracting the attention of pirates and pirate groups from all over. It`s great to be a pirate in Cedar Key, even if it`s only for a weekend in September!
Smithsonian's Traveling Exhibit - Museum On Main Street
Museum On Main Street (MOMS) is a partnership between the Smithsonian Institute and State humanities councils nationwide that serves small-town museums and their patrons. This is a one-of-a -kind access to Smithsonian exhibitions and educational humanities programs. Like all MOMS exhibitions, THE WAY WE WORKED was specifically designed for students and families to "Think About It", "Let's Talk About It", "Let's Listen" and "Let's Watch" through visual displays as well as audio and view of video throughout the exhibition. The Cedar Key Historical Society Museum & the City of Cedar Key will host the Smithsonian traveling exhibit for six weeks from Sept 13-Oct 24, 2014. Cedar Key was chosen with only five other cities in Florida to host the Smithsonian Museum On Main Street exhibition. Cedar Key Library - Smithsonian Exhibit - "THE WAY WE WORKED" Cedar Key Historical Museum - "How We Worked Then & Now" Cedar Key Museum State Park *entry fee Cedar Key Aquaculture Association & University of Florida - IFAS Clam Farming Exhibit & Touch Tank
Chiefland Centennial Celebration
The City of Chiefland will celebrate its 100th year anniversary in 2013. The celebration will take place on Friday and Saturday April 5th and 6th 2013.
Friday April 5th. 7:00pm – 10:00 pm Centennial Program (at Train Depot) Historic Marker/Time Capsule Dedication
•Community Fish Fry Supper at the Depot
•Street Dance (Park Avenue)
Saturday April 6th. 8:00am – 4:30pm Information, Historic Trade Demonstrations, Food Entertainment
•9:30am Commemorative Monument / Flag Presentation
•10:00am Chili, BBQ Cook-Off, Pie/Cake Baking Contest (Judging 10:00am) Awards/Auction 11:00am
•1:00pm Parade (US19), Re-Enactments
•2:00pm Vintage Costume Contest (Community Center)
•2:00pm – 6:00pm Historic Picture Display (Community Center/Train Depot)
•2:00pm Horseshoe throwing contest
•3:30pm Hog and Turkey calling contest (Community Center)
•5:00pm Historian Interviews (Community Center)
•7:00pm Strickland Park opens for fireworks at dark
Chiefland Christmas Festival
The festival will include several events including: parades, live entertainment, caroling, visits with Santa and lighting competitions. Come join the fun!!
Chiefland Watermelon Festival
Held on the first Saturday in June, the Annual Watermelon Festival is perhaps the biggest event in Chiefland during the year, drawing thousands of visitors from all parts of the state. The one-day event began in 1954, as the City of Chiefland wrapped up the completion of new sidewalks and streets. The Chiefland Civic Club decided there was a definite cause to celebrate! It was summer and the watermelon season was drawing to an end, so farmers donated their last watermelons for the celebration. Today, farmers continue to donate watermelons, which are served ice cold and delicious for all visitors to enjoy.
With time, the festival has grown, and now showcases arts and crafts exhibits from around Florida and neighboring states. There are plenty of children's activities, including a watermelon seed-spitting contest! The watermelon parade, auction, weighing-contest, and the Watermelon Queen contest are just some of the festival highlights that draw spectators from all around the area. The tradition has carried on through 50 years, maintained by the Chiefland Women's Club. Hopefully, it will continue on for at least another 50! For more information about the Watermelon Festival or to obtain a vendor or parade application please visit www.chieflandwomansclub.org.
Clay Landing Days
Clay Landing Days will feature rides through the north trail system where visitors will experience the lifestyle of early settlers and Seminole Indians. One of the rides is accessible to persons with disabilities with little or no assistance, including wheelchairs. This fun ride and journey into the past will bear witness to survival skills used by Native Americans and pioneers alike to learn how they lived, what clothing they wore and how food was prepared over campfires. If you master communication with them, you may even get to sample tasty morsels.
Clay Landing Days activities are free with a paid park admission of $6.00 per carload of up to eight people. For more information please call the park at 352-493-6072.
Eerie Acres Hayride and Haunted Trail
Eerie Acres Haunted Attraction offers affordable Halloween fun and fright for all ages. Climb aboard our Hayride to view a variety of Halloween themed decorations, get lost in our Maze, face your fears in our Haunted Woods or bring the little ones for fun in our Kid Zone.
Friday and Saturday Nights in October, 7-11 pm.
Call for pricing.
Log Cabin Quilter's Show and Sale
Annual show and sale for the Log Cabin Quilters. Great gifts for the holiday season can be found. View the quilters at work and see some of the awesome products they have created.
Join the crew of the Sound Of The Nature Coast all age drum and bugle corps as we present our spirit night of fun, prizes and cheap burgers at Beef O'Bradys Chiefland. Help support the sport of music and marching.
Suwannee Valley Players
2008 Season, check website for show times.
Grease, Romeo & Juliet and Treasure Island.
Tour de Melon Bike Ride
Tour de Melon is a Family trail ride and a Century ride on an area highway route. The ride takes place each year in conjunction with Chiefland’s Annual Watermelon Festival. It is an unforgettable ride through rural North Florida. Enjoy the beautiful scenery with vast areas of ranches, cropland and nature. The price is $35.00 and $25.00 for the 20 mile route. Proceeds from the ride benefit national and local charities.
Inglis Music Festival
The inaugural Inglis Music Festival will be held from 10 a.m.
to 8 p.m. Renowned bluegrass musicians, Mark Newton & Steven Thomas,
will be performing. Open mic showcase of local talent throughout
the day. The festival will feature local food vendors, arts & crafts,
educational workshops for kids and raffles. Located in Inglis
Central Park behind town hall.
Withlacoochee River Bluegrass Festival
This is a 2 day Bluegrass festival on the banks of the beautiful Withlacoochee river. Camping is available and there will be food, arts and craft vendors. This is a family friendly festival. The event is located on private property in Levy county directly on the river between Inglis and Dunnellon.
Inglis & Yankeetown Florida
Otter Creek Florida
Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race
The 15 mile race is held on the Waccasassa River. There are six canoe classes and two kayak classes ranging from amateur to experienced. Prizes are awarded. Everyone is invited to join the festivities for food, music and fun. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the scenic Waccasassa River.
Starting point– Go S. on US 19 to Otter Creek. Turn L. on SR24. Approx. 5 mi to Waccasassa River Bridge. Finish line- Go S. on US 19 to S. 17 mi to Waccasassa River – 2-story white bldg on R. side of road. More details on website.
4th of July Celebration
Family, Fun, Food, Fireworks & Parade are all on hand as we Celebrate Old Glory! The parade begins on Noble Ave. by the High School at 5:00 p.m. Immediately following the parade festivities continue in Williston Horseman’s Park located 1 mile South of Williston on Hwy 41. The gates open to the public at 6:00 p.m. There is no admission fee and children’s amusement rides and entertainment all evening long are all free. The public is asked for a $2.00 per car donation to park. This is a donation and not required. The festival features several food and beverage vendors as well as many other July 4th holiday vendors. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and the whole family for an American Spirit filled evening. Fireworks will be set off at dusk.
Central Florida Peanut Festival
The Central Florida Peanut Festival takes place the first Saturday of October each year in Williston’s Heritage Park. This Williston tradition celebrates all things “Nutty”. There will be rides, arts & crafts, live music, information booths, the Little Peanut royal family, and of course, TONS of peanuts. Whether you like them boiled, baked, roasted or fried, this is peanut Mecca.
The festival is truly everything peanuts – from peanut oriented crafts to countless bags of the area’s prized crop to feast on, to the crowning of Little Peanut King and Queen and Baby Peanut.
Elephant Appreciation Day
Elephant Appreciation Day 2014
Saturday, September 20th 2014
11:00am until 5:00pm
Gate admission: $10.00 per person
At Two Tails Ranch
18655 NE 81st St
Williston, FL. 32696
Two Tails Ranch is having it's 3rd annual elephant appreciation day fundraiser!
Come join the fun & learn All About Elephants!
There will be animal rides, face painting, live music, and food!
We will also have animal talks, encounters, demonstrations and more…
Kirby Family Farm's Lost Railroad
Learn the story of an old Carnival train that derailed off it’s tracks, just south of the little town of Williston during a terrible storm. When the townspeople came out the next morning it had completely disappeared. Or did it? Come masterfully navigate your way through our Mega Maze of Fun, and see if you can discover the Lost Railroad! Climb aboard our Historical 1800’s Locomotive & Railroad and hold on tight! All ages will enjoy this adventure as it’s not too Scary, but kinda Spooky! It’s Fall family fun like never before!
Specific run dates are: Oct 10,11,16,17,18,23,24,25,30,31 & Nov 1.
Kirby Family Farm's Rock-N-Roll Easter Train
Hop on down to the Kirby Family Farm for our Easter Egg Hunt, Bunny Trail, Rides, Games, Spring Farm Babies Petting area, meet the Easter Bunny and of course climb aboard The Kirby Family Railroad, a full size 1800’s locomotive, one of only three just like her still in operation in the world.
Kirby Farm's Christmas Express
Kirby Family Farm is transformed into a Christmas wonderland, an unforgettable holiday attraction the whole family can enjoy. There are lots of activities to see and do including the featured train ride through thousands of Christmas lights pulled by an old-fashioned, full size 1800’s locomotive, one of only three just like her still in operation in the world.
Specific Run Dates: Nov 28,29,30, Dec 5,6,7,12,13,14,19,20,21,22,23,26,27 & 28. Christmas hours also 5:30pm-10 pm.
Levy County Fair
A full County Fair experience with livestock shows and equestrian events, adult and youth creative arts shows, a full midway with rides and food, live entertainment on stage and roving acts.
The goal of the fair is to inform, educate and entertain all age groups, while celebrating Levy County's rich agriculture, livestock and aquaculture heritage.
Ride Armbands will be on sale at the 2015 Levy County Fair. Gate Admission to the fair will be $5.00. Armband prices listed below are in addition to this entry fee.
Thursday Night Special: Ride Armbands $10.00-Unlimited Rides
Friday Night: Ride Armbands $15.00
Saturday: Ride Armbands $15.00
Sunday: Ride Armbands $15.00
Light Up Williston
Community pride and holiday cheer make the annual "Light Up Williston" celebration memorable for all who attend. This event will include a parade to celebrate the city being lit for the holidy season
Light Up Williston-Christmas
Watch Santa come to town on an elephant! Take a quick trek to the Christmas lighting ceremony, held in Heritage Park, 444 NW Main Street immediately following the parade. This exciting evening includes Christmas entertainment along with food and beverages available.
Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment
The Battle will feature a full size historical locomotive on Florida's largest private railroad.
Reenactor fee $7.00 per adult, $4.00 per child 8 to 17 including train ride at selected times. Children of the reenactors under 8 are free.
This event features battles at 2:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.
Education day will be held on Friday from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM.
There will be a daily artillery or mortar demonstration.
There will be a ladies tea on Saturday, & a civil war period ball Saturday night with a live band for reenactors only.
Church service will be held on Sunday morning.
Food will be available onsite to purchase.
Modern and authentic camping will be availiable to reenactors.
Hay will be provided for authentic camp bedding. Fire wood and water will be provided.
Cavalry units must bring a current Coggins Certificate and fodder for their horses.
Ride to Provide (Motorcycle Event)
Ride to Provide
Levy Association for Retarded Citizens
88-miles on scenic Levy County roads. Riders are encouraged to eat lunch at Levy ARC where we will offer a Hamburger plate for $7.00 ALL Proceeds from meal will go directly to support Levy ARC.
Williston Independence Celebration
10 am to 10 pm - all day fun at Williston's Horsemen's Park
across from the municipal airport.
FIREWORKS after dark.
Williston Peanut Festival
The Central Florida Peanut Festival takes place the first Saturday of October each year in Williston's Linear Park. This Williston tradition celebrates all things "Nutty". There will be rides, arts & crafts, live music, information booths,the Little Peanut royal family, and of course, TONS of peanuts. Whether you like them boiled, baked, roasted or fried, this is peanut Mecca.
The festival is truly everything peanuts - from peanut oriented crafts to countless bags of the area's prized crop to feast on, to the crowning of Little Peanut King and Queen and Baby Peanut.
Nature Coast Challange
Anglers will target the waters of the Withlacoochee River and the Withlacoochee Bay in a fun, conservation-oriented, catch-photo-release format. Fishing will begin at safe light on April 21. The entry fee includes a captain's bag with a tournament t-shirt, rights to fish, entry into the raffles and banquet. Trophies, prizes and gift certificates will be awarded for the first place through third place finishers in four open divisions which include Redfish, Trout, Cobia Slam, biggest Redfish, biggest Trout and biggest Cobia. There will also be prizes for best Jr. Angler and "Mystery Fish".
Nature Coast Challenge 2015
The intent of this tournament is to catch, photograph and release fish caught during official tournament hours. IYLC supports marine life conservation efforts and hopes that you will release all captured fish and other marine life. If you keep all or a portion of your catch you will not be disqualified from the tournament but please understand it is your responsibility to abide by all current State of Florida fishing rules and regulations including but not limited to species, size, slot, limits, etc. IYLC assumes no responsibility for your failure to do so. One of the advantages of a photo tournament is that you can win with fish outside any slot limits for their species which you could not legally land for a physical weigh-in.
Yankeetown Seafood Festival
The Yankeetown Seafood Festival takes place annually – always the weekend before Thanksgiving – in the quaint, “old Florida” town of Yankeetown located on the banks of the Lower Withlacoochee just three miles from the Gulf of Mexico.
The Inglis-Yankeetown Lions Club has hosted the Festival for over thirty years. All net profits from the Festival go to support charitable causes: local, state, national and international, in that order.
The Festival features Food, Entertainment, Arts, Crafts and interesting merchandise of all sorts. Plan to visit us — you’ll be glad you did!
For info call 352-505-7936 or email: email@example.com.