What's It All About?

Swamp Fest has grown from a small community fundraising festival to an annual event that draws thousands from all over. In 1994 Swamp Fest held its first annual festival in the parking lot at the Weeki Wachee Area Club, soon outgrowing the parking lot it moved around the corner to the Weeki Wachee Christian Camp. The festival remained there for a few years before moving even further down Shoal Line Boulevard to Linda Pederson Park. In 2013 Swamp Fest made the big move to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, where it will be held once again in 2017.

Swamp Fest is organized by the Weeki Wachee Crime Watch, The Weeki Wachee Area Club, and the Hernando Environmental Land Protectors (H.E.L.P.). All monies (after operating costs) are distributed among the three organizations and to many deserving local charities.

Some of the organizations that have received the donations in previous years are: 4-H, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Arc Nature Coast, Artificial Reef Development, Audubon Society, Boy Scout Troop #433, Chinsegut Hill, Civil Air Patrol, Coastal Spring Hill Education Center, Guardian Ad Litem, Hernando Beach Fire Department, Hernando Beach Marine Safety, Hernando Beach VFW, Hernando County Boys & Girls Club, Hernando County Recreation Dept. Youth Camps, Hernando County Sheriff, Hospice, Holy Ground (Pasco County), Jericho Road Ministries, People Helping People, Salvation Army, Save The Manatee Program, SHARP Crime Watch, Sierra Club (Gulf Coast), Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, The Dawn Center, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary 15-08, West Hernando Christian School.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Aerial Shot of the Springs

This beautiful, scenic park will host Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest for the 4th year in a row. Take the opportunity to visit the park at a discounted rate during Swamp Fest (half off the regular entry fee) while still enjoying all that is offered by the Springs. Extra mermaid shows will be added during Swamp Fest and there will also be 2 boats running the River Cruise for the weekend. Take pictures with the mermaids, enjoy the reptile show, or if you’re feeling particularly brave in the early March weather, take a dip in the Weeki Wachee River spring-head at Buccaneer Bay (73º year-round).

Parking Info

Parking in the lot at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park will be first come, first served. The first 3 rows will be reserved for handicapped. Once the lot is at capacity you are encouraged to drop off your party at the entrance and proceed to our off-site parking which is located up US 19 at Believers Fellowship Christian Church, 7410 Commercial Way (about 1.3 miles North of the park). By dropping off your party before going to the off-site lot you will help significantly decrease the wait time for the shuttles as well as any issues with transporting strollers or wheelchairs. Free shuttle buses* will transport you back and forth to the Festival.

*Please note that you are not able to take large, heavy, or bulky items back on the shuttle with you, however, pick-up passes are available (just ask the vendor of the item you would like to purchase) which will allow you to bring your car back to the Springs parking lot to pick up your item.