Florida Watermelon Festivals in 2019: Find a Watermelon Festival Near You!
Looking for a Watermelon festival in Florida in 2019?
(just scroll down the page)There is no other listing as
complete and current as this list, just updated! All the Watermelon
festivals in Florida we can find are listed on this page!
If you love strawberries, look for a festival near you below! And I'm always
looking for more Watermelon festivals! Please write me, if
you know of any to add! I update the dates as soon as the festivals
publish their information, but you can always click on the links (usually
the name of the festival) to see the current information on the festival's
I update this list
every year, but still click on the
links to the festival (the blue, underlined name of the each festival) to confirm this
year's dates on the website for each festival. They may change or
at the last minute. . If they don't have a
website, call the phone number provided, but ALWAYS CONFIRM THIS YEAR'S
DATES AND TIMES BY EITHER VIEWING THEIR WEBSITE OR CALLING.
Click here for the form to add a festival and have detailed information; or click
here if you have general information and are not connected with the event!
2019 Florida Watermelon Festivals
Watermelons typically ripen from June (in northern Florida and Texas)
through July, August and September in the mid-Atlantic,
Midwest and New England. July and August
dominatesas the months for Watermelon production (and festivals)
Unlike strawberries, which grow almost anywhere, watermelons are
grown commercially far fewer states, since they require warmer
temperatures and a much longer season.
There are two general types of Watermelon festivals 1) community festivals, usually organized by a church, school, local Chamber of commerce or a town and 2).
Watermelon festival held at and by a farm. They are different in what they
community festivals tend to be less expensive so they are grouped separately.
(of course not all states and areas have both.)
festival listings are links to our easy to follow directions about
making Watermelon jam, freezing watermelons, Watermelon pies and
Community Watermelon Festivals
Chiefland Watermelon Festival - the first Saturday in June, every
Chiefland, FL. City Park, Tommy Usher Center. The Parade runs from
high school to CR 345. Watermelons, parade, music, crafts, Watermelon Queen
Contest. Call (352) 493-2330. Alternate phone: (352) 493-1849 for more information. A
one-day festival includes arts and crafts exhibitors, and children's
activities, such as the Greased Pole and the Seed Spitting contests. Free
cold watermelon, donated by local growers, is served by Civitan members and
other volunteers throughout the day. The festival parade is made up of
floats with a watermelon theme, high schools bands, fire engines, and cars
chauffeuring contestants of the Watermelon Festival Queen contest. Local
growers enter their biggest and best melons in the watermelon weighing
contest, conducted in three categories. Following the awards ceremony, the
delicious entries are auctioned off. Their proceeds help pay for festival
expenses. Children's activities are a special part of the festival. The
Little King and Queen Contest, organized by the Chiefland Woman's Club, is
for youngsters between three and five years old. Each year, 20 to 30
pre-school children dress up and parade in front of an auditorium full of
proud relatives and friends. The festival is sponsored by Chiefland
Activities Incorporated, which consists of the Civitans and the Chiefland
- Clay County Annual Watermelon Fest - 2nd Annual; June 23 and 24, 2018,
Saturday & Sunday 10am to 5pm.
Clay County Fairgrounds, 2497 SR 16 W, Green
Cove Springs, FL 32043. Phone: 386-86-0092. Email:
[email protected]. Directions:
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards,
Visa/MasterCard, Discover .Family Fun & Festivities Inside & Out, Ice Cold
Watermelon, Free Water Slide, Art & Crafts, Vendors, Grilled Watermelon,
Free Bounce Houses, Live Entertainment, Wacky Watermelon Games, Delicious
Food, Watermelon Eating Contest, Pony Rides, Free Watermelon Samples, Yummy
Treats, Watermelon Wine Slush Mixes, Free Corn Hole, Cutest Baby Contest,
Free Petting Farm, Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest, Face Painting, Free
Rock Painting, Watermelon Fudge, Karaoke, Train Rides, Free Coloring
Contest, Free Inside Toddler Play Area, Watermelon Bingo, Watermelon
Smoothies, Free Sack Races, Photo Op, Whole Watermelons & Much More! Adults
$7, Kids 3-12 $6, Kids 2 & Under Free. $1 OFF ADMISSION! Visit our website
for coupon or bring a canned good for discount. Benefits the local food
bank.Click here for a link to our Facebook page. Crafts and crafters
sales and exhibitions, Sales of the featured fruit (or vegetable), Baked
items for sale, Deserts for sale (like strawberry shortcake, blueberry pie,
etc.) , Food vendors, Live music, Games, Pets are NOT allowed, Free parking,
Bouncy castle or moon bounce, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals,
restrooms (ADDED: May 01, 2018, Suggested by a visitor)
Monticello Annual Watermelon Festival - Held the third
weekend of June,
Monticello, FL. Phone: (850)-997-5552. Email:
[email protected]. This festival has enjoyed 65 plus years
of watermelon, music, children's theater, pageants, Street Dance, arts and
crafts vendors, food, a 5K run, car show, art show ghost tours seed spitting
contest, watermelon carving contest, softball tournament, Beer Garden,
parade and much, much more. The Watermelon Festival continues as a
time-honored tradition that says it's summertime. See the below schedule for
details on how you can participate, volunteer, enjoy, or become a vendor!
This is your one-stop spot for the 66th Annual Watermelon Festival.
4, Watermelon Pageants
June 10, Kickoff Dinner, Bed Race, and Rodeo
June 11, Rodeo
June 16, Woman's Club Fashion Show
June 17, Rotary
Barbecue, Street Dance & Children's Theatre
June 18, FMB Breakfast,
Antique Car Show, Children's Theatre, Parade & Festival.
28, 2016, JBS)
Newberry Watermelon Festival
- May from 9:00AM - 4:30PM.
Destiny Community Church, SW 202nd Street, Newberry, Florida 32669. Email:
[email protected]. The 71st Newberry Watermelon
Festival will be held at Destiny Community Church's future location. Each
year the Newberry Watermelon Festival committee works hard to improve the
festival and its activities. The watermelons are always provided from a
local grower and given to the festival goers for FREE. We have beauty
pageants for ages 0-22 years. Our pageants are held at the Newberry Oak View
Middle School Auditorium starting on Friday for girls ages 5-16 years old
and on Saturday for the boys and girls ages 0-4 years old. Our Queen's
pageant for young ladies ages 17-22 years old are held on Friday with the
Queen being crowned on Saturday. Our 2008 Master of Ceremonies for the
pageants was 93.7FM K-Country's very own Midday DJ, Mr. Lewis Stokes. Lewis
has graciously volunteered his time and talents to our festival pageants for
several years now. Some of the favorite festival activities started many
years ago and still continue today. These activities include contests for
watermelon eating, seed spitting, hog calling, pie/cake baking, and of
course the "Big Melon." (ADDED: April 28, 2016, JBS)
Panhandle Watermelon Festival- Chipley, Florida - Held the last
Saturday in June, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Chipley, FL. Phone: (850) 638-6180.
Big Parade at 10:00 A.M. from Old High School through downtown. Held in the
quaint Florida panhandle town of Chipley, at the Agricultural Center on
Jackson Avenue, Highway 90. Events include: a Big Watermelon Contest, comedy
shows and other surprise guests, a 5000 Meter Run, a Car & Truck Show,
Contests for Kids, Tournament Horseshoe Pitching, Square dancing and
Singers. There is also nightly entertainment at the Northwest Florida
Campground, in Chipley games and plenty of entertainment for the kids. For
More Information Contact : Washington County Ag. Center
Farm Watermelon Festivals
In addition to community and church festivals, some private farms have their own
See each farm for this year's dates (they often do not announce them
until the end of May). They usually have PYO strawberries then, too.
Also, scroll down to see the links to recipes, freezing, canning and jam making
directions at the bottom of the page.
- We will be adding these as we find them; Please write me,
if you know of any to add!
Related Watermelon Information: Watermelon jelly and
Pickled watermelon rinds
Besides eating them fresh, watermelons make two
great preserves which are really easy to make with these
illustrated, step-by-step instructions:
For other fruit and vegetable festivals, see this page!