One of the oldest festivals in Florida, the Florida Azalea Festival began in 1936 and started as Jaycees Days, a community fundraiser for the local club.
The featured attraction was the first official Florida Azalea Pageant, which was held in the Ravine Gardens State Park in Palatka, FL. The amphitheater was later built in the park to host the annual Azalea Pageant. The Florida Azalea Pageant is the oldest running pageant in the state of Florida. The event outgrew the park in later years.
The Azalea Festival is located along the banks of the beautiful St. Johns River and down St. Johns Avenue. The event is free for the whole family, featuring live entertainment, arts & crafts vendors, food and azaleas in bloom.
Featured events are the Florida Azalea Beauty Pageant, an Antique Automobile Club of America Car Show, a Bowling Tournament, a Shriners’ Parade, and a whole lot more!
For more information, please visit the Florida Azalea Festival website.