Swamp Fest
Linda Pedersen Park, Weeki Wachee, Florida
1st full weekend in March
Founded in 1994
Swamp Fest is a three day festival of music, arts, crafts, food and good times. Beginning as a small community fundraising event, it has grown to an annual event drawing thousands of people. Although the location has changed several times since its inception in 1994, the Swamp Fest has now settled on Linda Pedersen Park as its home - a rural back-woods setting with forest, Jenkins Creek, and swamps as a backdrop - perfect for this authentic Florida style festival.

The entertainment stage hosts nearly non-stop musical performances featuring folk, country, instrumental and dance groups for all three days of the event. Food vendors and food trucks serve up tasty food for attendees who will also find over a hundred arts and crafts vendors selling unique hand crafted goods.

 One of the unique features that sets the Swamp Fest apart from others is its "Swamp Monster Contest", with separate competitions for adults and kids. Cash prizes are awarded, and some of the costumes can be very interesting. Entrants are encouraged to make their own costumes and wear them during the day to make things entertaining for other attendees. A T-shirt and logo design contest is also part of the festivities, as well as prize raffles.

There is a nominal admission fee for the event, which must be paid cash. Parking is free at the festival grounds, and with several overflow parking locations served by shuttles.
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