If you are in or near Central Florida, The Hippie Fest is coming to you.  There are back-to-back events coming up this month. Both will be chocked-full of peace, love and nostalgia.

First in Tarpon Springs

  It all kicks off this Saturday August 12 on the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs as the Sixth Annual Hippie Fest takes to the famous Dodecanese Blvd.
  As always there will be a great collection of VW bugs, vans and campers from mild to wild. Better than 50 will be parked for the festivities. Organizers say there has been such great interest to participate in this year’s event they have started a waiting list.
   There will be prizes for the best bug and van of the show. Additionally, there will be a prize in the “other” category. That is for dune buggies or different incarnations of the popular hippie vehicle.
The numbers of VWs have grown over the years. Now there is a waiting list.
  A  hippie costume contest and a hula hoop contest will be held as part of the fun. Prizes, including “professional grade hula hoops,” also will be given.

Music & More

   There will be a full line up of music for the event with three bands scheduled to entertain the throng throughout the day Saturday.  Booked for the entertainment area are Jericho Turnpike, The Black Honkeys and the band Bob Hope.
   In addition to all the restaurants and specialty shops that are at the Sponge Docks all year round, a full compliment of 80 different vendors will be set up the entire length of the boulevard with everything from food to tie-dyed T-shirts and various other items..
   Representatives of the Tarpon Springs Merchants Association say they have another two dozen vendors who would like to participate but they simply have run out of room.
   Those wanting additional information may go to the Tarpon Springs Merchants Association to find out about all the special events.

Another Chance

   However, if you miss the Tarpon Springs Hippie Fest (or just cannot get enough) the next weekend is a great time to visit the Sarasota Farmers’ Market as they go back to Woodstock. The revival is slated for next Saturday, Aug 19.
The inaugural Woodstock Revival is coming to the Sarasota Farmer’s Market

This is the inaugural trip back to Max Yasgar’s farm for this group, who specializes in the natural, flavorful and fun.

   The big stage will be located on 1st Street with music from the Woodstock era performed by the band Paisley Craze.
   They are a five-piece band that specializes in playing favorites from the 1960s. They use talent – and costumes to re-create the incredibly wide range of styles of that historic decade.
   From the sunny and light pop of the Beach Boys and Young Rascals to the mind-blowing psychedelic rock of Hendrix, Joplin and the Jefferson Airplane, the band will be groovin’ throughout the day,
   Also located on 1st Street will be the Manasota Aircooled V-Dubbers displaying many vintage Volkswagens, including bugs and buses.
   Along with many events on 1st Street, Tiny Lifestyle Homes LLC will be displaying their first tiny house made locally by Brian Kelly.
   Sarasota Farmers’ Market organizers emphasized that this will be a family event including  kids’ activities such as an opportunity for youngsters to  paint their own peace sign.
   A best dressed 60s/70s outfits will be judged and a winner will be chosen.  This is a free event for the community.
   More information may be had by going to the Sarasota Farmer’s Market web page and checking “Woodstock Revival” Did you go? Let us know. Visit our Florida Fun Zone Facebook page or drop us a line at [email protected].





  1. Such fun! Sorry but won’t be around either weekend. Hope to see people at Woodstock 50 in two years in Bethel where I spent my summer of love back in ’69. Groovy! Peace out ☮️

  2. When are you going to bring the small carnival back to Tarpon Springs it’s mist buy a lot of people they can check the rides and make sure the parents are on the rides with kids so they don’t stand up and fall out of the rides it wasn’t the Carnival Salt the kid should have never stood up I’m sorry she lost her life though prayers with the family9

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