Special Events

Mount Dora is an ideal environment to hold or attend a special event due to inviting weather, abundance of shops and activities, and year-round attractiveness to many visitors and residents. Mount Dora is a dynamic destination with exemplary art, entertainment, and culinary offerings.

The City recognizes special events as an important part of Mount Dora’s quality of life and the contribution they make to a sustainable tourism industry. Special events also provide economic benefits to local businesses and residents, while providing a love of place through unique civic, cultural, educational, recreational, and entertainment experiences.

The City hosts over 30 events throughout the year, enriching the lives of residents, bringing tens of thousands of visitors to the City, and benefiting local nonprofits, small businesses, and vendors. Community favorites include Light Up Mount Dora, where the entire City is decked out in holiday decorations; Snow in the Park, which allows many local children to go sledding in Donnelly Park in the heart of downtown; and Freedom on the Waterfront, which showcases an incredible fireworks show on Lake Dora. Our Back to School Rally and African American History Festival bring the community together for family-friendly activities. Mount Dora also hosts several large festivals, such as the Arts Festival sponsored by Mount Dora Center for the Arts, and the Craft Fair sponsored by Visit Mount Dora.

From 5Ks and bicycle festivals to wine walks and pet-friendly activities, we offer something for everyone. Special events play a large role in making Mount Dora "Someplace Special."

Contact Us

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



Mount Dora Arts Festival

- First Weekend of February - A juried fine arts festival for art lovers, casual festival-goers, and families. Presented by the Mount Dora Center for the Arts.

African American History Festival

- Second Weekend of February - Celebrate Black History Month during the African American History Festival at Cauley Lott Park. Presented by UCAN Leaders of Lake County.


Taste in Mount Dora

- Second Weekend of March - A spectacular evening of culinary delights prepared by Mount Dora's finest restaurants. Presented by the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mount Dora Spring Show

- Third Weekend of March - Over 300 vendors displaying treasures all throughout the Downtown streets of Mount Dora. Presented by Visit Mount Dora.

Mount Dora Regatta - Last weekend of March - The oldest sailboat regatta in the state proves to be a fun day for the whole family! Presented by the Mount Dora Yacht Club.


Earth Day 

- 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. Presented by Mount Dora Friends of the Environment. 

Mount Dora Blueberry Festival 

- Last weekend of April - The annual festival returns with over 100 vendors on hand, live entertainment, kids' activities, and much more! Presented by Visit Mount Dora.


Twilight 5K 

- First weekend of May - Come walk or run through the historic Downtown Mount Dora residential and business district. Presented by the Mount Dora Road Runners.


Freedom on the Waterfront

- July 3 - Enjoy live music and a spectacular fireworks show after sundown at Elizabeth Evans Park. A City of Mount Dora event.

4th of July Parade

- July 4 - Celebrate your independence with a traditional Downtown parade. A City of Mount Dora event.


Mount Dora Seafood Festival

- Last weekend of September - A festival with over 100 vendors offering a variety of seafood, beverages, merchandise, kids' area, and live entertainment. Presented by Visit Mount Dora.


Mount Dora Bicycle Festival

- First weekend of October - Attracting over 1,000 cyclists annually, this is Florida's oldest and largest bicycling event. Presented by the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mount Dora 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. Presented by Visit Mount Dora.


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. Presented by the Mount Dora Plant and Garden Fair.

Mount Dora Scottish Highland Festival

- Third Weekend of November - Enjoy this celebration of heritage and culture with Scottish music, Highland games, dancing, and so much more. A City of Mount Dora event.

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! A City of Mount Dora event.


Mount Dora Christmas Walk

- First Friday after Light Up Mount Dora - Family-friendly street party with Santa, music, food, and street performers. Presented by the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce.

Christmas Parade

- First weekend of December - Floats, bands, music, and marching down Donnelly Street in Downtown Mount Dora. Presented by the Mount Dora Lions Club.

Mount Dora Lighted Boat Parade

- First weekend of December - Come enjoy a Lighted Boat Parade on Lake Dora beginning at the Lighthouse. Presented by Rusty Anchor Mount Dora.

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 this holiday home tour. Presented by the Women's Committee of Fine Arts of Mount Dora.

Snow in the Park

- Second weekend of December - Enjoy snow in the park where the kids can sled down the hill, go ice skating, see Santa, and enjoy all the festivities. A City of Mount Dora event.

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 and 5K. Presented by the Mount Dora Road Runners.

New Year's Eve Celebration

- December 31 - Ring in the New Year at Sunset Park beginning at 9 p.m. with live entertainment, food, beverages, and fireworks at midnight. A City of Mount Dora event.

All Holiday Event Listings

 - For a full list of holiday events and programs.