Culture and Heritage Festivals

When Greek and Irish immigrants settled in 19th century St. Petersburg/Clearwater, they organized community festivals as reminders of home. The communities were small then, but as St. Pete/Clearwater has grown, so have the festivals – into weekend, and sometimes week-long, celebrations with open invitations. The allure of these heritage events has encouraged the organization of new fetes too, creating a year-round festival line-up for you.

1 Greek Epiphany Celebration in Tarpon Springs

epiphany celebration in tarpon springs
Monday, January 6, 2020

If you can’t be in Greece on January 6, do the next best thing and get to Tarpon Springs. The day marks the annual celebration of the Epiphany, an Orthodox Christian holiday first celebrated in Tarpon Springs by its original Greek settlers in 1903. Today, the city welcomes around 30,000 people throughout this multiple-day celebration featuring live music and dancing, delicious food and the diving for the cross.

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2 Highland Games in Dunedin

Dunedin Scottish Highland Games
Saturday, April 4, 2020

Highland game days take place in many cities but there's nothing like those held in Dunedin, a town founded by two Scotsmen in the 1800s with tons of Scottish pride still today. With pipe bands, traditional dancing and athletics, you'll feel like you've landed in Scotland for the day. Enjoy food, music, and shop for a traditional kilt to take home as a souvenir.

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3 Celtic Festival

Downtown Dunedin

If you miss April’s Tattoo and Games, return in November for the annual Celtic Festival, a showing of Celtic rock bands and craft vendors, traditional dancers and Dunedin’s pipe and drum corps.

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