As many as 40,000 people attend our one day event every year, with over 425 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 28, 2017 - 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.
Fun Activities to SEE & DO at the festival include:Arts & Crafts, Delicious Food (from our local restaurants, food vendors and food trucks), Car & Truck Show, Health & Wellness Area, Live Local Entertainment, Farmer's Market, Kumquat Kids Corral, Kumquats, Kumquat Pie & Products, Quilt Challenge and our wonderful Sponsors.
Admission is FREE, transportation from two satellite parking areas is FREE, city owned public parking downtown is FREE and the experience of a unique, authentic and fun filled festival is unforgettable.
Directions to Dade City
— From Interstate 75 — east on Highway 52 to Downtown Dade City (on Festival Day - free satellite parking at the Pasco Fairgrounds on US Highway 52 coming into Dade City, free shuttle to the Festival)
— From US 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
Leading up to Festival Day -
a whole month of activities take place
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.
The first Sunday of January 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 Mr. & Miss Kumquat. You will find the application (along with all of the other applications) by clicking on "Join the Fun" at the bottom of this page, or you may call the Chamber for one.
During the week of the Festival, Kumquat Growers host an Open House (Thursday and Friday prior to the festival) with grove and packing house tours (visit www.kumquatgrowers.com for times and more information) - 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 pages for a list of all of our shops and restaurants and valuable coupons offered. You may also click on the Shopping and Dining Guide at the top of the page and for a printable list)