Indie-Folkfest returns to the Mennello Museum this fall – Orlando Sentinel

Dogs and humans of all ages are invited to join Indie-Folkfest, an annual community celebration now in its eighth year at the Mennello Museum of American Art.

The free event takes over the museum’s sculpture garden on the shores of Lake Formosa with a day full of live music, food and art. This year’s festival appears on October 8 outside the museum.

Local favorites from the entertainment lineup include Beemo, Dale Brandy and the Blue Cans, Shine & The Shakers, Beth McKee and the Swamp Sistas and Oak Hill Drifters. Blue Star will serve as the event’s emcee.

“We are thrilled to present the eighth edition of this highly anticipated independent, community-based arts event,” Shannon Fitzgerald, the museum’s executive director, said in a press release. “This is a lakeside gathering surrounded by art where the base meets local artisans, great American music, and great food and drink by some of Orlando’s finest culinary arts.”

Food and beverage offerings come from Hanson’s Shoe Repair, Thirsty Topher, La Femme du Fromage, Pizza Bruno, Cholo Dogs, Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream and more. Visitors can browse a selection of art and jewelry vendors set up at the event.

A limited number of reserved picnic spaces are available for $75 each, which include a blanket and a bottle of wine. Check availability on

The 2020 festival had over 5,000 attendees and the museum is expecting even bigger crowds of people and animals this year.

Indie-Folkfest returns from noon to 5 p.m. at 900 E. Princeton St. in Orlando. The event is free, but reserved picnic areas are available. The festival is pet and family friendly. For more information, visit

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