Florida Azalea Festival 2018
Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, 2018
The 72nd Annual Florida Azalea Festival will take place in the historic downtown area of Palatka, Florida, on Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, 2018. This two-day, pet-friendly outdoor festival includes entertainment on multiple stages, five blocks of vendors, a parade, antique car show, a beauty pageant, and, of course, azaleas in bloom.
The Florida Azalea Festival is one of the longest-running festivals celebrated in Florida, and is ideal for families, with special kids activities like face painting, games, and arts and crafts.
Visitors can browse the five blocks of vendors that include downtown businesses and restaurants as well as local arts and crafts and food vendors. Pets are not just allowed -- they're encouraged! Pets in costume are a traditional part of the Azalea Festival.
There's a hometown parade hosted by the Shriners' Club on Saturday on Main Street in Palatka. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Also on Saturday is the Florida Azalea Car Show at Riverfront Park (open throughout the day) and the Miss Florida Azalea Scholarship Pageant at 7 p.m.
Azalea Days at Ravine Gardens State Park
The nearby Ravine Gardens State Park will hold its 22nd Annual Azalea Days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2018, as part of the Azalea Festival. With some 100,000 flowering trees and shrubs, the park is a beautiful place to visit at this time of year. Activities include ranger-led wagon rides through the park, music and food. Visit here or call (386) 329-3721 for more information on the Ravine Gardens State Park event.
Admission: Admission to the 72nd Annual Florida Azalea Festival is free.
When: Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, 2018.
Where: On the banks of the St. Johns River near the Palatka Welcome Center located at 900 St. Johns Avenue, Palatka, FL 32177. Call the Welcome Center for more information at (386) 328-0909.
For more information on this event please visit here or call (386) 328-0909.