Leading up to Festival Day, a whole month of activities take place.
The first Saturday of January, the Chamber kicks off Festival month with the "Dade City Cruise-in" featuring hundreds of cool cars, thousands of attendees, great food and shopping in Downtown Dade City.
On the second Saturday of January, Downtown Dade City hosts a Kumquat Relay for Life 5K, and a Recipe Contest, where you can invent or re-invent your favorite dishes using kumquats.
The third Saturday of January, features the "Kumquat Pageant", an event that showcases the poise, personality and presentation of our local youth, and cumulates with the crowning of "Miss & Mr. K
During the week prior to Festival Day, our Downtown Merchants compete in the Window Decorating Contest.
The Thursday and Friday before Festival Day visit the Kumquat Growers Open House, offering packing house and grove tours in St. Joseph from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.
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.
Contact: (352) 567-3769
For further information visit www.kumquatfestival.org or www.dadecitychamber.org
Come and enjoy the unique, quaint and family fun of "old Florida" during our Kumquat Festival in historic downtown Dade City - it`s one of a kind!!!
The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce has established a flagship event that celebrates everything that makes the Dade City area unique, while encouraging visitors to participate in the fun! Since the nearby town of St. Joseph was already known as the Kumquat Capital of the World, the Chamber of Commerce decided that this little fruit with a funny name could be the focus of an annual festival.
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, 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