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Winter Garden Heritage & Music Festival
Winter Garden Heritage & Music Festival
Celebrating the City’s 120th Anniversary
Saturday, February 11, 2023
11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Established in 1903, the City of Winter Garden commemorates its heritage with a special 120th anniversary extravaganza. Festivities include six stages of entertainment, strolling performers, and much more!
This Winter Garden Heritage & Music Festival is a FREE event for all ages and is brought to you by the City of Winter Garden along with the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation and other generous partners and sponsors.
For comprehensive Event Details including Music Schedule, Entertainment Bios, Children's Activities, Heritage Activities, Sponsors, and much more, visit https://downtownwg.com/home/winter-garden-heritage-music-festival-2023.
Please bring a chair to listen to some wonderful music. The Festival will take place rain or shine.
Free Parking & Complimentary Shuttle Service
Free Parking and Complimentary Shuttle Service for the Festival can be found at the following downtown locations:
- Three-Level Parking Garage, 160 S. Boyd Street
- 117-space Boyd Parking Lot, 37 N. Boyd Street
- City Hall, 300 W. Plant Street
- Veterans Memorial Park, 420 S. Park Avenue (Parking attendants will direct vehicles in the lot.)
- Little League Parking Lot, 415 S. Park Avenue
- Wells Fargo Bank Parking Lot on 801 S. Dillard Street. Shuttle Service provided from 10:00 am – 11:00 pm. Drop-off and Return Pick-Up at Dillard Street and Plant Street.(Parking attendants will direct vehicles in the lot.)
- 9th Street and Plant Street Parking Lot. Shuttle from 10:00 am – 11:00 pm. Drop-off and Return Pick-Up at Dillard Street and Plant Street. (Parking attendants will direct vehicles in the lot.)
- Woodland Ave/Plant Street Lot (Rainbow Lot)
- Joiner Street Parking Lot
- Smith Street Parking Lot behind Plant Street Market
- Dillard Street Elementary School, 311 N. Dillard Street (no shuttle/walking distance)
- Downtown Side Streets
- Additional Handicap Parking (Handicap tag only) and Golf Cart Parking at Farmers Market Pavilion after approx. 2:00 pm, 104 S. Lakeview Avenue
Live Music & Entertainment, 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Simultaneous and continuous performances will be held at various outdoor stages throughout historic downtown stretching from Central Avenue to Dillard Street. The entertainment kicks off at 11:00 am and continues nonstop through 10:00 pm.
Live Music & Entertainment Schedule
There will be 30+ live music acts of a variety of genres across six stages plus strolling performers! The performances are continuous and simultaneous from 11:00 am - 10:00 pm throughout Historic Downtown Winter Garden.
Click link to download music schedule of entertainers and venues: Heritage Music – Stage Schedule 2023.
A few of the many high caliber performances include Selwyn Birchwood, L & G Live Duo, Flight Scene, Big Ron Betts, and Michael Andrew & Swingerhead.
Please note that schedule is subject to change.
Kids' Zone & Back to the Future Entertainment, courtesy of First Baptist Church of Winter Garden
As part of the Festival, the First Baptist Church of Winter Garden (125 E. Plant Street) is celebrating its 135th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of its Old Sanctuary building.
Schedule at First Baptist Church of Winter Garden:
10:00am Blippi (National Children Entertainer)
11:00am Back to the Future Band
12 Noon DeLorean, Doc & Marty (Back to the Future Nostalgic Stage Show)
12:30pm Foundation Academy’s Steel Drum Band
1:00pm Back to the Future Band
2:00pm DeLorean, Doc & Marty (Back to the Future Nostalgic Stage Show)
2:30pm Foundation Academy’s Steel Drum Band
Children's Live Entertainment
Guests will enjoy the nostalgic "Back to the Future" stage show with Doc, Marty McFly, and a DeLorean, as well as live music and special guest Blippi, a popular children’s entertainer and educator.
Visit the large kids’ zone area and hop on board the children’s train.
Vintage Cars Display
In addition, fifteen 1920 vintage cars will be on display and there will be tours of the Old Sanctuary as well as historical displays.
Hot dogs, popcorn, cakes, and pretzels will be available at roll back prices.
History Walking Tours
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a great way to learn about the history of downtown’s buildings, monuments, and even its trees is by taking a walking tour.
Guided History Walking Tour
The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation will host History Walking Tours of downtown at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm during the Festival. The tour will go along Plant Street from Woodland Avenue to Lakeview Avenue.
The tour meeting location is at the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation Visitors' Center, 21 E. Plant Street. No advance registration required.
Self-Guided Heritage Trees Walking Tour
A self-guided Winter Garden Heritage Trees Walking Tour through historic downtown is available by following the map available here or a paper copy at City Hall and at the Winter Garden Heritage Visitors' Center. The two-mile tour highlights 56 trees, many of which have labels with QR codes highlighting historic information. This tour is presented by the Bloom & Grow Garden Society.
Special Historical Exhibitions
West Orange Times & Observer Historical Exhibit Booth
Did you know that our beloved community newspaper has been reporting Winter Garden news for 118 years? Visit the Observer Media Group booth located adjacent to the Clock Tower (south side in front of Three Birds Cafe) to see firsthand the evolution of the newspaper through the decades. Originally called Winter Garden Ricochet when it was first published on September 13, 1905, by the City of Winter Garden's first Mayor A.B. Newton, original pages of social, sports, and news articles over the years will be on display.
Downtown Museums and Art Gallery Exhibits
Downtown's museums and art gallery have exhibitions, artifacts, and memorabilia depicting Winter Garden and West Orange County’s history. Admission is always FREE.
Below are the special exhibitions and presentations taking place during the Festival:
Outdoor Heritage Exhibit, Downtown Historic District
The Downtown Historic District's Architectural Beginnings
Historical architectural images from the archives of the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation will be displayed along Plant Street and Main Street. The displays will showcase former images of select historical buildings.
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Winter Garden Heritage Museum, 1 N. Main Street
School Bells are Ringing: A History of Lakeview and Drew High Schools
With artifacts and photographs dating back almost a century, the exhibit features the history of Lakeview and Drew High Schools. Established in 1927, Lakeview High School did not admit African American students until 1969 when desegregation changed the educational system in Orange County. Charles R. Drew High School rose on Winter Garden’s east side in the 1950s, ensuring that black students received an education without having to travel to Orlando.
The exhibit features the history of both schools from their inception to the day when all students in Winter Garden could attend classes together.
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Heller Hall at Winter Garden Heritage Research & Visitors' Center, 21 E. Plant Street
Farming & Citrus Culture
Historic farm equipment through the ages will be on display.
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Art in Public Places Gallery in City Hall, 300 W. Plant Street
Reflection of Time: Tribute to Local African American Artists.
The exhibition explores the journey of African American artists from the Winter Garden community and surrounding areas. This collective body of work preserves a small portion of the continuous American struggle, which is an African American struggle that needs to be told so that the importance can be felt year-round.
The exhibition showcases artwork by local artists of different artistic disciplines, unified under one brushstroke that shares one common denominator—Black excellence. Patrick Noze, Crealdé School of Art Senior Curator of Exhibitions, curated the exhibit.
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Central Florida Railroad Museum, 101 S. Boyd Street
Housed in a former train depot, the museum features an abundance of railroad artifacts and memorabilia, in addition to a working model train set.
Railroads of Winter Garden Presentation
1:00 pm and 2:00 pm
The presentation will provide highlights of the history of railroads that served Winter Garden.
Extended Museum Hours for the Festival, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
SOBO Art Gallery, 127 S. Boyd Street
The SOBO Art Gallery is housed in a former fire station, a historical landmark, and is home to the Winter Garden Art Association.
History Preserved: New Images of Winter Garden's Architectural Legacy
Photographs highlighting many of the local architectural treasures documented in a 2021 survey of Winter Garden's commercial and residential historic districts. The photographs are from the archives of the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation.
Arts in Motion
This exhibit of 2D and 3D artwork celebrates movement and motion form sports and exercise to concept like energy, fluidity, and mechanics.
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Historical Presentation -- Railroads of Winter Garden
Central Florida Railroad Museum, 101 S. Boyd Street
Join the Central Florida Railroad Museum for a series of 30- to 45-minute presentations related to the history of Winter Garden and West Orange County.
Admission is free and registration is not required for these talks.
Presentations: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm
Winter Garden Farmers Market - 120th Anniversary Tote Bag Giveaway (limited supply)
In celebration of the Winter Garden Heritage & Music Festival, the Winter Garden Farmers Market will be handing out complimentary 120th Anniversary commemorate reusable tote bags to the first 120 market goers that stop by the Information Tent at the Pavilion entrance.
In addition, the Market is hosting a Valentine's Day Celebration on the same day as the Festival with complimentary Valentine craft making at the KidZone tent at the Parking Garage Plaza (9:00 am - 12:00 pm), as well as live music and family friendly games on the lawn adjacent to the Pavilion.
8:00 am - 1:00 pm (tote bags distribution limited to while supplies last)
Downtown Pavilion, 104 S. Lakeview Avenue
Live Musical --Rock of Ages
Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant Street
It is only fitting that the historic Garden Theatre live production pays tribute to music during the Winter Garden Heritage & Music Festival. ROCK OF AGES is a big, energetic tribute to the classic rock of the ‘80s, featuring all of your favorite rock anthems and power ballads, including: “We’re Not Going to Take It,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” “The Final Countdown,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
The live show takes you back to the time of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos, and sporting even bigger hair! This five-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and more.
Two performances will be held during the Festival at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Click here to purchase tickets.
The Garden Theatre is a historical site. Originally built in 1935 as a single-screen cinema, the Theatre was the first in Central Florida built for "talkies!"
Rock of Ages Book by Chris D'Arienzo, Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ethan Popp
Please note that vendors opportunities for this event are closed. All vendor applications are processed directly with the City of Winter Garden Parks & Recreation Department and never a third party. Questions: 407-656-4155, email@example.com.