Love Your Shorts Film Festival

This international short film festival is held annually at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center. Watch a great selection of short films from different genres such as drama, comedy or horror, all organized in film blocks, then vote for your favorite film in each block. Winning filmmakers get awarded “the Monroe” at Sunday’s “Best of Fest”. The setting is intimate and film fans often even get to talk to the filmmakers and actors themselves, not just at the workshop that are being offered during the event.

Mardi Gras Street Party

Sashay down Sanford Avenue at the annual Sanford Mardi Gras parade and then hang out to party New Orleans style with brass band live music, tasty food and drinks. Catch those beads and laissez les bon temps rouler.


Even though only in its 2nd year, Sanford Porchfest is a community event that is as much part of Sanford as the brick streets of the historic district. This outdoor music festival takes place right in the historic residential district. Bring your lawn chairs and favorite food and drinks and mix and mingle with your neighbors and friends as you listen to (local) bands perform on, you guessed it, front porches!


Pints n’ Paws Craft Beer Festival

Pints n Paws Craft Beer Festival

This is one of the only craft beer festivals you can share with your furry friends! Join thousands of dog owners and bring your dogs along as you sample some of the best craft beer around. Fittingly, 100% of the proceeds are donated to Pet Rescue by Judy and Dolly Foundation.


Hollerbach’s SpringfestHollerbachs Springfest

Head out to Magnolia Square in beautiful Historic Downtown Sanford for the 3rd Annual Hollerbach’s Springfest German Street Party on April 6th and 7th. This free to attend outdoor German festival will feature German cuisine, beer, wine and Schnapps from Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café and entertainment by the Alex Meixner Band as well as our Haus musical duo Jimmy and Eckhard: Live Traditional German Music.


Brews Around the Zoo

Who doesn’t like the idea of a Zoo visit after dark? And if you pair it with some great live music, refreshing craft beer and food from local favorites, it gets even better! At Brews Around the Zoo attendees get to experience an amazing beer and wine tasting event – animal encounters included! This wildly popular event benefiting the Zoo sells out quickly though so be sure to get tickets as soon as you can.


St. Johns River Festival of the Arts

This popular art festival held on the brick streets of beautiful historic Downtown Sanford attracts thousands of art aficionados every year. Free hands-on demonstrations and workshops by some of the artists themselves are one of the things that make this festival so special.


Star Spangled Sanford

On 4th of July there’s no better place in Central Florida to watch the fireworks than over Lake Monroe! While you wait for this spectacular light show that draws thousands of families to town year after year, enjoy a beautiful picnic with food and drinks at Fort Mellon Park, cool off at the splash pad and listen to live music.


Sanford Jazz in the Park, September 29, 2018, 12-7pm

Come out and enjoy some of the finest food and jazz in the idyllic setting of Downtown Sanford’s Centennial Park and let’s raise money for local charities.


Sanford Oktoberfest

We challenge you to find an Oktoberfest event in Central Florida that has more people wearing Dirndls and Lederhosen! Hollerbach’s Oktoberfest is one of Florida’s most authentic Oktoberfest events and is growing every year. Real Bavarian music, food and of course beer transport you right to Munich (kind of).


Holiday Tour of Homes

Having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit? We have just the cure for you: how about touring beautiful historic homes, decorated for the holidays? Hosted by the Sanford Historic Trust this holiday event has become a tradition for many locals and helps to kick off the holiday season in style.


Christmas in the Square

Witness the annual lighting of the Christmas tree on Magnolia Square. Live holiday music, snow and a visit from a special someone make this festive event an all time favorite for young and old.


Parade of Lights

This parade lasts well over an hour and has you admiring beautifully and creatively decorated holiday floats. First Street is lined with thousands of spectators all excited and ready to celebrate the holidays around town.


Sanford Jingle Jam

Celebrate the holidays at this huge free street party in Downtown Sanford! Listen to live music on 3 stages, enjoy food from 15+ food trucks, try your luck at carnival games and of course, have your picture taken with Santa himself! This event is full of holiday fun for young and old! Bring your pets too and let’s have a jolly good time!