Every year on the second weekend in March, Downtown Leesburg opens its doors and hosts the annual Leesburg Art Festival to celebrate the ARTS, while highlighting local artists for the Central Florida region. Painters, jewelers, sculptures and potters from all over the United States exhibit and sell one of a kind art pieces, while competing for top prizes!
Music, Art, Theater, Film and Books, its all happening March 10th and 11th in Downtown Leesburg. Join us in town square on Saturday on the Main Stage with Nashville songwriter and singer Lillie Mae rocks the Main Stage start at 2p.m. and Sunday same place for Central Florida's songwriting circle the Swamp Sistas from 11p.m.-2p.m.
MAS (Mobile Art Studio)
Unleash your inner creative and join us for interactive art fun! MAS will be popping up in various locations throughout the festival and its not just for kids. Fun and engaging hands on art activities for the entire family. Volunteers from local organizations will be on hand to keep your family busy with creative fun from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. each day of the Festival. Water guns and paint? We are filling up squirt guns with colorful water based paint and kids will let loose and have fun creating abstract expressionist masterpieces in our Kids Area!
See "Art in Action" as Artists create and perform throughout the event. Melon Patch Theater will feature performances from their upcoming show, "How to Succeed in Business", Body Artist, Mandi Ilene Schiff is creating a rendition of the town clock live and Environmental Artist Patricia Gilmore will be creating Mandalas with chalk. Plein Air Artists and the Leesburg Art League Scketching group will be throughout the event sketching festival moments.
Pop Up Party
Join us as we celebrate the opening of the 41st Leesburg Art Festival Friday, March 9th in the Leesburg Center for the Arts. The evening will feature behind the music with signer and songwriter Lillie Mae. And meet the poster Artist Steven Hlavac get your festival swag signed.
Literary Arts Festival
The Leesburg Public Library will host the 5th Annual Literary Arts Festival on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. As in previous years, the Literary Arts Festival will coincide with the Leesburg Fine Arts Festival. Fifteen authors will be under the big white tent in front of the library during festival hours. People will have a chance to meet and chat with local indie authors, purchase their books and have them signed. There will be great reads for both youth and adults including fiction, inspiration, memoirs and more. The Leesburg Public Library is located at 100 East Main Street. For more information regarding programs at the library, email email@example.com or call (352) 728-9790, option 3.
"Pop the Cork"
The Leesburg Art League presents "Pop the Cork", Celebrating ART. This juried show opens March 2nd and ends March 23rd located in the Leesburg Center for the Arts gallery showcasing one piece of work from over 25 local artists and is judged by Kim Minichiello. Join us, for the opening reception and awards presentation Friday, March 2nd from 7-9p.m. at the Leesburg Center for the Arts 429 W. Magnolia St. Leesburg.
Student Art Exhibit
Art Students from Leesburg High School, Leesburg Elementary, Treadway Elementary and Carver Middle display their artwork at the Leesburg Center for the Arts from March 2nd to March 30th. Join us for the Award Reception March 11th at 2p.m.
Short Film Series
New this year is our Short Film Series featuring eight award winning short films. Film showings are on Saturday March, 10th and Sunday, March 11th starting at 12p.m. Content provided by Central Florida Film Festival.