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. Due to scheduled construction work we are unable to use the Springs for 2018 so we are heading back to the swamp! 2018 will be held, once again, at Linda Pedersen Park!

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.

Parking Info

Parking at Linda Pedersen Park will be first come, first served. Once the location parking is at capacity you are encouraged to drop off your party at the entrance and proceed to our off-site parking.

Friday’s remote parking locations will be the Weeki Wachee Area Club, 7442 Shoal Line Boulevard, Weeki Wachee, FL 34607  and Coastline Realty Services Inc, 7404 Shoal Line Boulevard, Weeki Wachee, FL 34607. These locations will also serve as overflow parking on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday and Sunday remote parking will be located in the open area on Cortez Boulevard and Arbutus Avenue.

Pedestrian pickup will also be available along Shoal Line Boulevard at both ends of Ramada Street and Hushpuppy Lane. *If you are using pedestrian pickup please make sure you have permission to park in this area before doing so.

*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 Linda Pedersen Park lot to pick up your item.

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