As many as 40,000 people attend our one day event every year, with over 400 vendors and 40 sponsors participating, filling our historic Downtown core. Here, visitors can enjoy all kinds of tasty kumquat treats, from kumquat pie to kumquat cookies, smoothies, ice cream, marmalade, and even kumquat salsa.
Dade City's Annual Kumquat Festival®, held the last Saturday in January each year, (Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 9am to 5pm) has become extremely popular for its homegrown, family-friendly entertainment. Visitors can listen to local entertainment, get their face painted, look at antique cars, and shop for arts and crafts.
Admission is FREE, transportation from the satellite parking areas is FREE, city owned public parking downtown if FREE and the experience of a unique, authentic and fun filled festival is unforgettable.
— From Interstate 75 — east on Highway 52 to Downtown Dade City (on Festival Day - free satellite parking at the Pasco Fairgrounds on Highway 52 coming into Dade City, free shuttle to the Festival)
— From Highway 301 — north or south follow into Downtown Dade City (on Festival Day - free satellite parking across from Jarrett Ford, free shuttle to the Festival)
Come and join us — for more information call our Chamber at 352.567.3769
The first Saturday of January, the Chamber of Commerce kicks off Festival month with the "Dade City Cruise-in" featuring hundreds of cool cars, thousands of attendees, great food and Downtown Dade City shopping.
On the Saturday two weeks prior to Festival Day, Downtown Dade City hosts a 5k Relay for Life, and a recipe contest, where you can invent or re-invent your favorite dishes using kumquats.
The Saturday prior to Festival Day features the "Miss & Mr. Kumquat Pageant", an event for ages 2-18 with categories of Wee Miss & Mr., Tiny Miss & Mr., Little Miss & Mr., Junior Miss & Mr., Teen Miss & Mr. and Miss & Mr. Kumquat,that showcases the poise, personality and presentation of our local youth, and cumulates with the crowning of "Miss Kumquat".
During the week leading up to Festival Day, our Downtown Merchants compete in the Window Decorating Contest and the Kumquat Growers host an Open House (Thursday and Friday) with grove and packing house tours - all part of the festivities that round out our Kumquat Festival month.
Many of our visitors come back after the Festival to see the Historic Courthouse and experience more of everything there is to enjoy in Downtown Dade City. (Please see our Shopping and Dining)