...lies twelve miles south of Gainesville and The University of Florida. It was first established in 1821 as a trading post by Edward M. Wanton for the settlers of the Arrendondo Grant. Named after a Seminole chief, the town was witness to Indian wars, army posts, and the beginnings of a new frontier. With agricultural prosperity Micanopy grew to become a community of fine homes, schools, and a popular tourist destination. However, the severe freezes in the late 1890s devastated the citrus industry changing the local economy for many years. Today, Micanopy enters the new century with strong roots to the past. It maintains the small town atmosphere as evident by the involvement of the local citizenry. Along with the many homes being restored, our town boasts an array of historic landmarks, the Micanopy Historical Society Museum, and a variety of shops including art, used books, antiques, casual eateries, and one of the finest Bed and Breakfasts in the area.
Beautification, improvements, and updates made along the boulevard have not detracted from small town charm. This environment makes the perfect setting for one of the town's biggest events, The Micanopy Fall Festival!
For the past 45 years, thousands have gathered under the old oak trees for the Micanopy Fall Festival. The festival is sponsored by a committee comprised of eleven local nonprofit groups ranging from churches to youth groups to historical organizations. All of the proceeds from the festival go back to these groups to assist in their annual operating costs.
The many talented, local artists, crafters, and musicians represent works from all over the southeast. The tradition and ever-evolving quality of the show attracts a broad range of the buying public. Along with over two hundred displays of arts and crafts, there are other attractions. The main stage plays host to a variety of good-time music throughout the festival and an old-time auction of items donated by participating vendors on Saturday afternoon.
Feel free to stop by the Information booth during the festival and pick up a Festival Program including Entertainment Schedule, Vendor List, and Local Businesses.