Enjoy a special lunch from Chinsegut Hill, one of the tallest places in Florida, overlooking a marvelous vista. Wonderful food catered by Albanese Catering and new friends who love history and beauty, as well as a nice meal. Then head over to the Manor House Museum for a lovely tour… Read More
The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce is once again partnering with The Mertailor to bring a little fantasy and wonder to Ft Island Gulf Beach. See The Mermaids swimming (They LOVE to show off). Sip on frosty margaritas with enjoying live music all day from DJ Diorio, Barefoot Bob and… Read More
Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry began performing in the 1990s as part of two different bands with Montgomery’s brother, John Michael Montgomery. Montgomery Gentry was formed in 1999. The duo was known for its Southern rock influences and collaborated with Charlie Daniels, Toby Keith, Five for Fighting, and members of… Read More
The Live Oak Theatre version of the 70s smash hit, Stephen Schwartz’ hit musical Godspell will be presented over three weekends from March 29 through April 14, at the Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, Florida. Godspell opened off-Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has since been… Read More
The loquat festival is a learning and sharing event expanding the knowledge and appreciation of the loquat tree and its fruit. There will be presentations on the cultivation of loquat trees, how to eat its fruit, how to can it and cook with it, including recipes using loquats. Also featured… Read More
A three day musical weekend under the stars for all ages includes music workshops and internationally acclaimed blues entertainment. There’s a new blues fest on the horizon and it’s guaranteed to be a good one! GPS Festival Production partners Greg Herndon, of Mojoe Productions, and Paul Benjamin, of the North… Read More
Since 1980, Florida’s historic Withlacoochee River Bluegrass Festival in Dunellon is a 4-day festival featuring the brightest and best bluegrass entertainment. Come on out and camp alongside the river. Enjoy campground picking. Come for the day or the weekend. Thursday features a dinner special and open mic. Sunday Bluegrass Gospel… Read More
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council, along with this year’s presenting sponsor, Raymond James Financial Inc., invites you to the 35th Annual Art in the Park event on Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10 from 10 am to 5 pm at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, in downtown Brooksville. This… Read More
The Floral City Strawberry Festival is a salute to local agriculture. Ferris Farms, our local grower, supplies hundreds of flats of strawberries that are made into fresh strawberry shortcakes, and are also sold fresh to festival-goers to bring home to make their own strawberry delicacies. The festival will open Saturday… Read More
The SunWest Crab & Shrimp Festival is back for a fourth year, and this time around we have added more seating, bigger bands and extended hours, so you have more time to enjoy the festival and fantastic destination, Sunwest Park! This event brings thousands of individuals to SunWest Park with… Read More
Friday, February 22, 8 a.m. at Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Learn to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. There will be binoculars and bird books available for use. For information, text Linda at 352-428-2629 or email [email protected] Share this:… Read More
Walk along the Good Neighbor Trail and enjoy this Free Event & Free Parking. Visit with over 60 artists, crafters, vendors, storytellers and Re-enactors. Enjoy Music in the Gazebo, Chinese Auction Basket raffles and Home baked goods. Breakfast & Lunch food trucks will be available. We will also have Historic… Read More
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Florida Manatee Festival 2019
January 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
One event on January 20, 2019 at 9:00am
The Florida Manatee Festival returns to downtown Crystal River on Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20. Produced by the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Crystal River Rotary, the festival is consistently rated year after year by attendees as the best outdoor event in Citrus County.
There are shuttle buses from The Crystal River Mall to the festival and parking is Free.
Some highlights include:
~ Free shuttles and entry to Three Sisters Springs (see the manatees up close!)
~ Boat Tours of Kings Bay to see the manatees (first come-first served, fee charged)
~ Musical entertainment all day on three stages
~ Over 200 fine art, craft, commercial and non-profit vendors
~ A Kids Zone with inflatables, face painting and costumed characters
~ A food court with a multitude of choices, including a new Food Truck Alley
~ Two beer and wine gardens
Car Show – Featuring Vettes & Camaros and Nature Coast Mustangs
The Florida Manatee Festival is the place to go to enjoy outstanding musical entertainment on three stages – the Waterfront Main Stage, the Little Springs Gazebo Stage and the Heritage House Gazebo Stage.
David Ferman – “America’s Got Talent” – Performance area across from Little Springs Park
Millions across the globe have witnessed David & Jenny in over a thousand live performances, as well as appearances on America’s Got Talent and international TV networks. David’s inspiration came at the age of 8 when a juggler pulled him on stage. By the age of 17, David had already won the world juggling championships and set several world records. Having mastered juggling, David was hungry for a new challenge and found his skills enabled him to quickly excel in the art of magic.
Today, David and his fiancé Jenny perform world class illusions and innovative feats such as making a motorcycle appear out of thin air and a modernized version of Houdini’s greatest escape. Their magic is interlaced with hilarious comedy and audience participation, and enhanced by special effects lighting and video projection backdrops.
Best of all David & Jenny have a unique ability to connect with the audience and make them laugh, creating an unforgettable experience for ALL ages.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. | 12:00 p.m. | 2:00 p.m. | 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. | 1:00 p.m. | 3:00 p.m.
- Lizzie Downs – Stilt Walker
- Skippy the Dragon
Main Stage – Waterfront
The Waterside Main Stage is the setting for the best in high-energy band and vocal performances. Located at the south end of the festival, the performances throughout the weekend will have you singing along with some of your favorite classic songs. And when the music moves you, we invite you to get up and dance!
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Jo Jo Jones Band
“Come hear for yourself what has her fans coming back for more! JoJo Jones has a powerful voice and infectious energy that is other worldly. Her band consists of virtuoso players which help put both you and JoJo right in the moment.”
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. DJ Diorio
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Ashley Young
Homosassa native Ashley Young grew up in Citrus County and is coming home for the Manatee Festival! Ashley has been singing for most of her young life. Following high school, she attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She is now a singer, songwriter, musician, and entertainer working out of Daytona Beach and is returning especially to perform for you at the festival. This young lady is on her way up as a headliner star! See her now and be able to say in years to come, “I saw her when she was getting her start!”
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Jeff Jarrett
Jeff Jarrett returns to the Florida Manatee Festival after a great performance at last year’s festival. He will have you singing along in no time with his awesome mix of today’s hits and yesterday’s favorites. His passion for music, vocal range, and great stage presence always make for an entertaining performance. Having played hundreds of shows across the State of Florida in 2017 and 2018, Jeff is always a popular entertainer that comes with his own following.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. DJ Diorio
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Dan Story Band
Dan Story band formed in 2004 to support two singles being released over the next two years.
2005 “Every man needs a rock” singled nationally, charting on music row. Later released again in the Christian market and charting at #9.
2006 “Drunk Dialin” released the next year charted at 92 on music row.
Over the next 12 years , the Dan Story band played mostly Florida Club scene. East coast to west, Dan played the larger venues in the state making lots of new friends and fans, opening for icons such as George Jones, and Charlie Daniels band and many other national acts.
Gazebo Stage – Little Springs
Enjoy top-notch local entertainers at the Gazebo Stage on the north side of the festival. Relax at the nearby Beer and Wine Garden and feast on a variety of international cuisine in Food Truck Alley.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sophie Noelle
Sophie was born in September of 1999 and grew up in Central Florida, where she still resides. In her first live performance, she performed the American National Anthem and Canadian National Anthem for the Tampa Bay Lightning, at age 8, in front of 19,000 people. She never looked back!
While Sophie performs several genres of music, from Etta James to Cheap Trick, she remains loyal to her true love: Country Music. Sophie adds a little country flair to most songs she performs. She recently recorded an EP of original songs in Nashville, TN. Nashville Entertainment Weekly Records, a Nashville recording label, was so impressed that they signed Sophie as a recording artist.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. DJ Diorio
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Taking Anderson
Taking Anderson is an Electric/Acoustic guitar duo comprised of Garrett Manning and Eric Tremante. They’ve been playing together for a decade now and pride themselves on their versatility. Together they can play almost every genre’ of music, which gives them the ability to please any audience. Taking Anderson provides music for many social events around the community, many of which are for the Citrus County School system, as they are both Citrus County Educators. Most notably, they were back-to-back winners of the Citrus County Education Foundation’s “Foundation Fest” Battle of the Bands. They are best known for their musical “Mash-ups” and their ability to play for hours on end without stopping. Their motto is “We are Taking Anderson, not Taking Breaks”!
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sarah Miller – June Tunes
Sarah Miller was born in Citrus County and is currently a 17 year-old senior at Crystal River High School. She started playing violin at age four until age ten when she decided that the violin was not for her. She then picked up the guitar and eventually the ukulele which she started to write her own songs on at age 12. She made herself a brand with the name “June Tunes” at age 16. Her aspirations include having her own music professionally produced and released as well as performing for thousands of people. She wants to send a message through her music that mental disabilities such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia should not be looked at as an illness to cure, but as a characteristic to one’s person.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. DJ Diorio
Heritage House Gazebo Entertainment
Enjoy fun local entertainers at the Gazebo Stage located in the heart of Heritage Village. Be sure to visit the Animal Education Area and enjoy the cars on display.
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Trinity Ann Martinez
This homegrown Citrus County country singing cutie is 14 year old Trinity Ann. You may have heard her musical talents singing the National Anthem at a Gator game, at ICE! at Gaylord Palms or at the Citrus County Rodeo.
A local, fun loving group that performs at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, church and community events, they have a “touch of class and just a pinch of sass”!
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Sass With Class Cloggers
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. 4 the Fun of It Acapella Quartet
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Sass With Class Cloggers
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Sass With Class Cloggers
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. 4 the Fun of It Acapella Quartet
This group of lovely ladies sing in four part harmony. They are just delightful!
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