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City of Inverness 2018 Signature Events Calendar

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on January 11, 2018

The Inverness Event & Visitor Bureau announces its signature events, monthly Friday Night Thunder dates and community events. All events are rain or shine and subject to change. Details on events will be found online at http://www.visitinvernessfl.com/. Questions? (352) 341-7820.

MLK Unity Walk

Church without Walls & City of Inverness Valerie Theatre, 207 Courthouse Square, Inverness

Jan. 15, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Contact: Doug Alexander

(352) 344-2425

Valerie Theatre start to Liberty Park. Note the Valerie Theatre will show the motion picture Selma that morning. Please call or visit the theatre for free tickets in advance.

Military Service Memorial Opening

City of Inverness with local veteran groups Inverness Government Center January 20, 2018

11 a.m.

This event will unveil a significant memorial in downtown Inverness. The sculpture is of male and female soldier and features a piece of the fallen Saddam Hussein statue from Iraq brought back by U.S. military leaders. City leaders have partnered with local veterans to welcome the Sculptor Scott Stearman and Gary O’Neal, author of American Warrior, the true story of a legendary Ranger, to speak about this memorial. Open to the public. We encourage all military and veterans to attend this patriotic ceremony.

Citrus Got Talent

January 27, 2018

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Valerie Theater, Inverness

Citrus County Talent Show

15 Finalists – 5 in each of 3 age categories www.CooterFestival.com<http://www.cooterfestival.com/>

Inverness St. Patrick’s Festival

March 17, 2018

5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

1 Courthouse Square, Inverness

Largest west central Florida St. Patrick’s celebration with live music by Seven Nations, large parade and local merchant crawl.

VisitInvernessFL.com<http://visitinvernessfl.com/>

Inverness Big Bass Classic

March 24, 2018

7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Liberty Park, 286 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness Draws over 100 anglers to Lake Henderson in hopes of reeling in the biggest bass. One of the largest non-professional fishing tournaments in the state.

InvernessBigBassClassic.com<http://visitinvernessfl.com/146/Inverness-Big-Bass-Classic>

Sunshine Grand Prix

March 22-25, 2018

Locations, times and activities to be announced SunshineGrandPrix.com<http://www.sunshinegrandprix.com/>

The Taste

April 14, 2018

12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Liberty Park, 286 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness Qualifier for the World Food Championship. The best of the best to win the chance to compete in the World’s biggest food competition. Brings in notable Florida food bloggers to judge the wide array of food. Craft beer tasting and some proceeds to benefit the Citrus County Education Foundation.

TasteofInverness.com<http://visitinvernessfl.com/175/The-Taste>

Inverness Patriotic Evening

July 3, 2018

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Liberty Park, 286 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness, Florida and Wallace Brooks Park, 208 N. Mill Ave., Inverness, Florida

(352) 341-7820

Celebration will start at 7 p.m., with live entertainment and a large firework display over Lake Henderson will take place at dark.

VisitInvernessFL.com<http://visitinvernessfl.com/>

Pine Street Jam Parrot Head Party

Aug. 4, 2018

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

(352) 341-7820

VisitInvernessFL.com<http://visitinvernessfl.com/>

Pine Ave. & Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida The downtown is transformed into a Margaritaville-themed street party with live music, by the Caribbean Chillers, street performers, local restaurant and pub specials and a parrot-themed scavenger hunt, ugliest Hawaiian shirt contest, games and more!

Cooter Festival 3-Day Music Festival

October 26-28, 2018

Location TBD

(352) 341-7820

CooterFestival.com<http://www.cooterfestival.com/>

Inverness Festival of the Arts

November 3-4, 2018

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday hours, and closes at 4 p.m. on Sunday

1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida

(352) 341-7820

InvernessFestivaloftheArts.com<http://fl-invernessevb.civicplus.com/144/Inverness-Festival-of-the-Arts>

Juried art show featuring fine arts and crafts the first weekend in November, and is the longest-running show in the county.

Inverness Grand Prix & Motorsport Festival

November 16-17, 2018 Friday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida

(352) 341-7820

InvernessGrandPrix.com<http://visitinvernessfl.com/148/Inverness-Grand-Prix>

Friday night concert and entertainment. Saturday kicks-off the street races in the morning with karts reaching as high as 65 miles per hour on city streets.

Light Up Inverness! Old Fashioned Christmas

December 14, 2018 5p.m. – 8 p.m.

1 Courthouse Square, Inverness

VisitInvernessFL.com<http://visitinvernessfl.com/>

An old-fashioned Christmas tree lighting event on Courthouse Square with music, elves, Santa and snow.

Friday Night Thunder

1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL

(352) 341-7820

The Citrus MOPAR Club hosts a car cruise-in and the City has live music in the downtown the third Friday of every month.

*   Jan. 19, 2018 Friday Night Thunder with TC and Sass live

*   Feb. 16, 2018 Friday Night Thunder Celebrates Black History Month with Rhythm Express

*   March 16, 2018 a special St. Patrick’s celebration

*   April 20, 2018 Friday Night Thunder Goes Green with Duke Energy, Band Groove 41

*   May 18, 2018 Friday Night Thunder with the Jo Jo Jones Band

*   June 15, 2018 Friday Night Thunder with MOPAR DJ

*   July 20, 2018 Friday Night Thunder with Elvis DJ Celebrates Citrus Memorial Hospital

*   August 17, 2018 TBD

*   September 21, 2018 Band TBD

*   October 19, 2018 Band TBD

*   November 16, 2018 Band TBD

*   December 21, 2018 Christmas Singers Jim and Michele

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