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2019 Inverness Event & Visitor Bureau Event List

2019

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2019 FESTIVALS & EVENTS


MLK Unity Day Walk & Presentation

Monday, January 21, 2019
8:30 a.m. Gather at the Inverness Military Memorial, 212 W. Main Street, Inverness
9:00 a.m. Walk to Valerie Theatre, 207 Courthouse Square, Inverness
9:15 a.m. Presentation on the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Valerie
The City of Inverness and the New Church Without Walls to present a unity walk starting at the Inverness Military Memorial to the Valerie Theatre. Following the walk, a 45-minute presentation an celebration of the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Valerie Theatre presents the movie Hidden Figures at no charge. Visit ValerieTheatre.org for more on the movie.

Citrus Got Talent Finals
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Starts 7:00 p.m.
207 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida 34450
Following the preliminary talent contest at the Cooter Festival in the fall, finalist compete for top local nods on stage at the Valerie Theatre. This is the final competition for junior, teen and adult categories. Since 2016. Tickets at ValerieTheatre.org Since 2016.

Inverness St. Patrick’s Festival
Saturday, March 16, 2019
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
1 Courthouse Square, Inverness
The largest St. Patrick’s celebration in west central Florida with a massive downtown parade and celtic rock concert. The parade starts at 6:00 p.m., and marches through downtown Inverness. At 7:00 p.m. the town will shake to the sounds of Seven Nations. Calling all leprechauns and fairies for the leprechaun and fair costume contest. And try your luck with our Leprechaun Crawl and check out our local pubs, restaurants and shops with great St. Paddy Day specials.

Inverness Bass Classic
Saturday, March 23, 2019
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Eden Park 614 Lake Shore Drive, Inverness
Watch the fishing action on Lake Henderson drawing anglers from the southeast. It will be a day filled with impressive weigh-ins and steep competition for the $1,000 hourly prize. Apopka Marine hosts the Junior Angler Boat giveaway at the event, where any youth under the age of 18 may enter to win. Questions? InvernessBigBassClassic.com.

Sunshine Grand Prix
Thursday, March 28 through March 31, 2019
Locations, times and activities to be announced.
Saturday, March 30, 2019, downtown Inverness Criterium with 200 pro cyclists with vendors and live entertainment. Hosted by the City of Inverness and the Florida Cycling Association| SunshineGrandPrix.com | (727) 741-7250

Bike Florida
Sunday, March 31 - Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Locations, times and activities to be announced
Hosted by Bike Florida | BikeFlorida.org | (352) 224-8601

The Taste
Saturday, April 13, 2019
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Downtown InvernessThe Taste, is a one-day music, beverage and art festival that is also a qualifier for the World Food Championship (WFC). This event welcomes top chefs and food trucks to compete in nine categories: Sandwich, Burger, Bacon, Chicken, Steak, Appetizer, Dessert The chef with the highest score in the named category will move onto the WFC, which is the largest competition in food sport. Questions? TasteofInverness.com

Patriotic Evening
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
9:15 p.m.
Fireworks display over Lake Henderson. Liberty Park and Wallace Brooks Park closed for renovations. Residents are encouraged to find vantage points throughout the downtown and surrounding area to catch the display.

Pine Street Jam
Saturday, August 3, 2019
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Pine Avenue and Courthouse Square, Inverness
The downtown is transformed into a Margaritaville-themed street party with live music by the Caribbean Chillers. Check out the local restaurant and pub specials and a parrot-themed crawl, ugliest Hawaiian shirt contest, games and more. 

9-11 Freedom Walk
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Freedom Walk starts at 5:30 p.m.
207 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida
View a collection of World Trade Center artifacts, flags and memorabilia at the . Freedom walk starts at the Valerie Theatre at 5:30 p.m. with flags provided by Citrus County Operation Welcome Home. The walk will head to Liberty Park and circle back to the Valerie Theatre. 

Inverness Founders Day 
Saturday, September 14, 2019
1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida
Celebrates 100 years of the City of Inverness while stepping back into 1919. Enjoy history tours, merchants, old time specials, horse carriages, entertainment and games. 

Centennial Celebration: Roaring into the 1920s
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Valerie Theatre, 207 Courthouse Square, Inverness
Details TBD.

Cooter Festival 3-Day Music Festival
October 25-27, 2019
Times TBD
Location TBD
Free admission and free parking available in the downtown. Always the last full weekend in October. Since 2004. 

Inverness Festival of the Arts
November 2-3, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days
1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida
Enjoy fine art exhibits and live entertainment in Courthouse Square. The art show is free to attend and has free parking. Enjoy a wide range of fine art from watercolors, oil paintings, photography and mixed media. 

Old Fashioned Christmas
Friday, December 13, 2019
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
1 Courthouse Square, Inverness
Historic downtown Inverness is transformed into an old-fashioned Christmas scene with a 22 foot Christmas tree on the Valerie Plaza and glowing lights around the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. The food trucks, merchants and choir begin at 5 p.m. The City lights the tree at 6 p.m. and the weather report calls for snow this evening. An old fashioned locomotive will provide free rides all night through the square.

FRIDAY NIGHT THUNDER DATES

It’s all about enjoying small town done right. Every third Friday, the City along with the Citrus MOPARS Car Club work together to host the live music car cruise-in. Each month is crafted to make the event unique and special. Don’t forget to circle the square and visit the local merchants and restaurants for specials. Find the music located near the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. Questions about the car cruise-in go to the Citrus MOPARS or call 352- 341-1165. Event questions? Email or (352) 341-7820. Event is rain or shine. Check our Facebook page for weather and event updates.

Jan. 18, 2019
The Band 4-Play Live
This is a great party band that will get the crowd dancing. Check out the Citrus MOPARS car cruise-in.

Feb. 15, 2019
Rhythm Express Live
This band is funky and fun and will play hits to celebrate Black History Month. Check out the Citrus MOPARS car cruise-in.

March 15, 2019
Lochlann Live
Check out this Celtic band with a fiddle just in time for the St. Patrick’s Day coming that weekend. Check out the Citrus MOPARS car cruise-in. There will also be an Inverness Business Leaders Business Expo in conjunction with this event. 

April 26, 2019 
(note 4thweekend due to holiday on 3rdFriday)
Friday Night Thunder Goes Green with Duke Energy
Humans in Disguise will headline this spring concert. This Arbor Day celebration is full of amazing giveaways from Duke Energy.

May 17, 2019
Sock Hop with Chrome 57 presented by Grand Living
Dance to the oldies such at Friday Night Thunder with Chrome 57 playing top hits of the 1950s and 1960s. 

June 21, 2019
Citrus MOPARS DJ play classic pop, doo-wop and rock hits of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Don’t miss the car cruise-in.

July 19, 2019
Citrus MOPARS DJ play classic pop, doo-wop and rock hits of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Don’t miss the car cruise-in.

August 16, 2019
Insight Credit Union Welcome Elvis.
Elvis DJ is in the house for this special Friday Night Thunder with giveaways and Elvis’ top loved songs all evening. Don’t miss the car cruise-in.

September 20, 2019
TC & Sass live
This high energy 1980s dance band will put a smile on your face. As they say, you will, “dance your Sass off.” Don’t miss the car cruise-in.

 


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