Dunedin is not only known for its beautiful beaches but also for its rich array of annual events that captivate both locals and visitors alike. From mouthwatering seafood festivals to enchanting Celtic celebrations, Dunedin hosts a plethora of exciting events throughout the year. It is a city that knows how to celebrate life and its vibrant community spirit. Throughout the year, the city hosts an array of events that cater to diverse tastes and interests. Whether you’re a foodie, a sports enthusiast, a music lover, or someone who embraces cultural diversity, Dunedin’s annual events offer something truly special. So mark your calendars and join in the festivities to create lasting memories in this charming coastal gem of Florida. In this blog post, we’ll take you on a journey through some of the most anticipated annual events in Dunedin, showcasing the city’s unique culture, traditions, and diverse spirit of togetherness.
Transport yourself to the lively streets of New Orleans during the Dunedin Mardi Gras celebration. Typically held in February or March, this event features a vibrant parade with over 50 colorful floats, energetic dancers, and captivating music. Attendees can indulge in Cajun and Creole cuisine, dance to the rhythm of Dixieland jazz, and revel in the spirit of “Fat Tuesday” that defines this festive occasion.
Blue Jays Spring Training
Baseball enthusiasts rejoice as Dunedin plays host to the Toronto Blue Jays during their Spring Training. One of the many benefits of not having snow! Held in February and March, fans can catch exciting preseason games and get a sneak peek at the team’s lineup and prospects. The relaxed atmosphere and small-town charm make it a perfect opportunity for an unforgettable day at the ballpark.
Dunedin Seafood Festival
In the month of March, the Dunedin Seafood & Music Festival extends a warm welcome to all ages, offering free admission and a vibrant atmosphere to cherish. Whether you come with a date, gather a few friends, or enjoy quality time with family and pets, Edgewater Park’s marina views and eclectic downtown vibes promise an unforgettable experience. As the sun begins to set, the picturesque backdrop adorned with sailboats, powerboats, and commercial vessels sets the stage for a soothing spring sea breeze that calms the soul and nourishes the spirit. This intimate festival serves as a delightful gathering, bringing the community together to relish the city’s beautiful, green waterfront park while indulging in a delightful array of local cuisine from our esteemed restaurants and a selection of invited pop-ups.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Get ready for an extraordinary celebration at the most grand St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Florida! Flanagan’s Irish Pub takes great pride in presenting its highly-anticipated Annual Street Festival in the picturesque downtown of Dunedin, Florida. Embrace the festive ambiance with FREE ADMISSION, while the air resonates with the enchanting sounds of Live Music. Indulge in the delightful flavors of Food & Cold Brews/Drinks, explore a delightful array of Arts & Crafts, and peruse through a diverse selection of Shops & Vendors. With activities for all ages, this event promises an abundance of excitement and unforgettable Family Fun that will create cherished memories for everyone!
Dunedin, a city that prides itself on fostering an open and accepting community, celebrates Pride Month in June with a rich history of inclusivity and support for its LGBTQ+ residents and visitors. This annual event brings together people from all walks of life to celebrate diversity, promote equality, and embrace the values of love and acceptance. From its longstanding tradition as the only city in North Pinellas with a drag club to the array of colorful events that take place throughout the month, including City Flag Raising to kick off the month, Golf Cart Parade, Pride Drag Show at Blur Nightclub, and a Pool party and Gaylah at the Fenway Hotel.
July 3rd Fireworks at the Ballpark
Join in the patriotic festivities and celebrate America at TD Ballpark, where an exciting lineup of events awaits! Enjoy the invigorating performance of a live band, indulge in the fun of games, get your face painted with dazzling designs, and settle into the Grand Stand seating to watch a captivating movie and a pretty epic fireworks display. The movie and fireworks can be enjoyed from the Grand Stand seating, access to the field will not be permitted. This spectacular event is proudly presented by Dunedin Parks & Recreation, promising an unforgettable evening of joy and camaraderie in honor of the nation.
Witches of Dunedin
Since 2019, the Witches of Dunedin have been delighting Downtown Dunedin throughout October with their captivating flash mob-style performances, dancing in enchanting witch costumes while collecting funds for a different charity each year. These spirited and magical appearances bring joy and excitement to the streets as they twirl, spin, and charm the crowds, while also embodying the true spirit of unity and altruism, giving back to the community they love. Anticipation builds each year as locals eagerly await their surprise appearances, and the Witches of Dunedin have become a beloved annual tradition, reminding everyone that a little bit of magic and kindness can make a significant impact on those in need.
Dunedin Wines the Blues
For those who appreciate the finer things in life, the Dunedin Wines the Blues event is a treat for the senses. This annual gathering in November has been going on for over 30 years and combines the best of wine and blues music. Local wineries offer tastings of their finest vintages, complemented by the soulful sounds of live blues bands, creating a laid-back and sophisticated ambiance that epitomizes Dunedin’s artistic soul.
Dunedin Celtic Music Festival
Immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of the Celtic nations during the Dunedin Celtic Festival, held in November. The event showcases captivating Celtic music, dance performances, and a diverse selection of vendors offering Celtic-themed goods. From bagpipes to Irish step dancing, attendees can experience the beauty and heritage of these ancient cultures.
Old Fashioned Christmas
Step into a winter wonderland (or at least as close as you can get in Florida) during the Old Fashioned Christmas event, held in December. Dunedin transforms into a charming holiday village adorned with twinkling lights, festive decorations, and joyful holiday spirit. Visitors can enjoy a street parade that includes local dignitaries, decorated floats, bands, performers, and of course Santa Claus.
Following the parade, Downtown Dunedin undergoes a delightful transformation, turning into a nostalgic winter wonderland for an enchanting old fashioned Christmas celebration. The entire area comes alive with an array of festive activities and entertainment, transporting visitors back in time to embrace the holiday spirit. Families, children, and the young at heart are invited to revel in the joyous atmosphere, as Clydesdale horse-drawn carriage rides whisk them through the charming streets. The air is filled with the sweet melodies of Christmas caroling, complemented by the uplifting tunes of festive bands and live music performances in Pioneer Park, featuring the captivating sounds of “Late Night Brass.”
Reviving the cherished traditions of yesteryears, the event hosts a variety of old fashioned games and storytelling sessions that captivate both young and old. Children are invited to embark on mini train rides, complete with a friendly conductor guiding them on a delightful journey. Engaging in children’s crafts, roasting marshmallows to create gooey s’mores, and gleefully sliding down the “can’t miss” gigantic snow slides are just a few of the delightful activities that await eager participants.
If you love Dunedin and want to explore all the fantastic annual events it has to offer, make sure to download my Free 3-Day Guide to Dunedin. This comprehensive guide will provide you with insider tips, event schedules, and must-visit attractions to ensure you have an unforgettable experience in this vibrant Florida city.
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