Eustis 121st Annual Georgefest

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Michael Ray Concert at Eustis Georgefest 2021
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February 18-25, 2023

Historic Downtown Eustis 

"We the People"

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Happy Birthday George! The City of Eustis celebrates George Washington’s Birthday during a week long, family-friendly event taking place February 18-25, 2023. Georgefest is the longest running celebration of George Washington’s Birthday in the State of Florida, and is now the longest, continuously running celebration in the entire United States. 

Featuring carnival rides and games, a bass tournament, Running of the Georges Race, a dog jog, parade, contests, vendors, and awesome live entertainment! 

2023 King & Queen Nominations

Events

Schedule of Events

Saturday, Feb. 4 

3 pm - George's Chili Cook-off in Ferran Park 

Saturday, Feb. 11

8 am – Running of the Georges 5K & 1 Mile Kids Fun Run

Saturday, Feb. 18

4 - 7 pm – Downtown Cruise In Classic Car Show Downtown Eustis  

7 pm – Georgefest Kick-off Concert with Taylor Hicks (American Idol Winner) in Ferran Park 

Sunday, Feb. 19

Georgefest 4th Annual Bass Fishing Tournament

5:30 pm – Ice Cream Social in Ferran Park

6 pm – Gospel Concert by Southbound in Ferran Park

Monday, Feb. 20  

7 pm – Lake Concert Band in Ferran Park

Tuesday, Feb. 21

6:30 pm – High School Jazz Ensembles Concert in Ferran Park

7 pm – Family Movie Night in Ferran Park

Wednesday, Feb. 22

6 pm – Youth Talent Showcase in Ferran Park

7 pm – Lake Eustis Area of Chamber of Commerce Children’s Bike Parade in Ferran Park

7:30 pm – 1st Annual Georgefest History Recital in Ferran Park

Thursday, Feb. 23

Carnival  (Times: TBD)

7:30 pm – Nashville Comes Home; a series of up and coming new country artists performing in Downtown (stage on Eustis Street).

Friday, Feb. 24

Carnival (Times: TBD)

5 pm – 10 pm Georgefest Vendors (Downtown & Ferran Park)

6 pm – Music on Downtown Stage (TBD)

8 pm – Main Entertainment (To be announced later) in Ferran Park

Saturday, Feb. 25

Carnival (Times: TBD)

10 am – Georgefest Parade (same route, Downtown Eustis, Bay Street)

10 am – 10 pm Georgefest Vendors (Downtown & Ferran Park) MUSIC ALL DAY between two stages (Downtown and the Ferran Park Bandshell)

7:30 pm - Main Entertainment (To be announced later) in Ferran Park

9 pm – Fireworks, Downtown over Lake Eustis    

Map / Directions

 

Contact Us

City of Eustis Events & Tourism

(352) 483-5491 | Send Email

Georgefest History

Georgefest is the longest running celebration of George Washington’s Birthday in the State of Florida, and is now the longest, continuously running celebration in the entire United States. 

It all started on February 22, 1902 when Eustis citizens and businesses held an event in the Ocklawaha Hotel (a hotel that was located in Downtown Eustis) in appreciation of the winter visitors. The celebration portrayed historic events from Florida's past. February 22 is also the date of when George Washington, the first president of the United States, was born. Taking that into consideration, they started calling the event, "George Washington's Birthday Celebration."

Over the years, this event has since grown to include a large parade, concerts, a carnival, fireworks, and more and features a new modern name, "Georgefest." 

North on Bay, Feb 22 for George Washing Birthday Parade

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Photos taken around 1915 at George Washington's Birthday Celebration, now known as Georgefest.
(Photo credit: City of Eustis)

                                                                

Presenting Partners

     

Liberty Sponsors 

            

Freedom Sponsors 

       

Honor Sponsors
 
United Sponsors 

 

 

A Reminder From George

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 An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting Eustis events you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Please help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and washing or sanitizing your hands frequently. Visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus