Zora! Festival Celebrates Education, Arts and Culture in Orlando

Zora! Festival Celebrates Education, Arts and Culture in Orlando

Celebrating the life of author Zora Neale Hurston, this year's Zora! Festival returns on Jan. 26–28.

By Nate Shelton

Did you know prominent author Zora Neale Hurston grew up 15 minutes from downtown Orlando in the nearby town of Eatonville? Today, the historic community is home to both the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts and the annual Zora! Festival, also known as the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. Here's a look at what to expect during the 29th anniversary of this acclaimed arts, culture and education-focused event, which runs Jan. 26–28 this year.

Zora! Festival

Few writers of the Harlem Renaissance had a greater impact on the world than Zora Neale Hurston. Celebrating its 30th year in 2018, the event highlights Hurston's contributions to African-American culture and her hometown with a combination of activities promoting the importance of education and the arts.

The main festival will be held at Zora's Village on the front lawn of Historic Robert Hungerford High School Campus, which is adjacent to the Hurston Museum. Here, you can enjoy cultural arts and heritage booths and shop for related merchandise. Subject to change, the main festival's schedule is as follows:

Date

Hours

Admission

Focus

Fri., Jan. 26

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Free

Vendor's Booths, The Hurston Museum, International Food Court, Healthy Lifestyles Pavilion

Sat., Jan. 27

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Adults $10; children & students free

Vendor's Booths, The Hurston Museum, International Food Court, Healthy Lifestyles Pavilion

Sun., Jan. 28

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Adults $10; children & students free

International Marketplace, Healthy Lifestyles Pavilion, The Hurston Museum, Fine Arts, Community Stage


Additional Zora! Festival Programming

Starting Jan. 20, the main Zora! Festival will be complemented with related art and humanities programming at locations throughout the Orlando area. Highlights include:

Date

Hours

Event

Location

Admission

Sat., Jan. 20

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Retrospective — The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community: The Early Years 1987-1997

The Hurston Museum, Eatonville

Free

Mon., Jan. 22

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

An Eatonville Remembrance: 1987–1994

St. Lawrence African Episcopal Church, Eatonville

Free

Thu., Jan. 25

7 – 8:30 a.m.

Communities Conference II: Civic Conversations Continue (Day 1)

Rollins College, Winter Park

Paid Registration Required

Fri., Jan. 26

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Communities Conference II: Civic Conversations Continue (Day 2)

St. Lawrence African Episcopal Church, Eatonville

Paid Registration Required

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Zora! Education Day

Location 1: Zora! Festival; Location 2: Orlando Technical College

Free

8–11:30 p.m.

Cuttin' the Rug: Zora! Line Dance Showcase

Winter Park Civic Center

Paid Admission Required

Sat., Jan. 27

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

HATitude Party & Lunch

Winter Park Civic Center

Paid Admission Required

1–6 p.m.

Concert Stage: The Zapp Band

Wymore Athletic Field, Eatonville

Paid Admission Required

8–11 p.m.

An Evening With David Banner

UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Paid Admission Required

Sun., Jan. 28

8:30&ndash9:45 a.m.

Traditional Worship Service

St. Lawrence African Episcopal Church, Eatonville

Free

2–5 p.m.

Concert Stage: The National Motown Review

Wymore Athletic Field, Eatonville

Paid Admission Required


Eatonville and The Hurston Museum

If you can't make it to Orlando during the Zora! Festival, note that historic Eatonville and The Hurston Museum are worth visiting at any time of the year.

Encompassing about 20 acres, Eatonville was one of hundreds of communities founded by and for African Americans in the southern United States between the 1880s and 1930s, and one of a handful still standing today. Here, you'll find several buildings that were constructed between 1882 and 1946.

In addition to honoring its namesake, The Hurston Museum provides information on the community and displays work by legendary and emerging artists of African descent. At the museum, you can also get a tour brochure for the historic Zora Neale Hurston Trail, which ties Hurston's writing to 16 historic sites and 10 markers in Eatonville.

Broaden Your Artistic Horizons in Orlando

The Zora! Festival is one of many ways Orlando celebrates arts, history and culture, as well as one of many multicultural festivals we host each year. For the latest news on Orlando's arts and culture scene, including festivals, museums, art galleries, stage productions and more, refer to our blog.

Photo courtesy On Track Media. 

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Written by Nate Shelton, Consumer Content Writer at Visit Orlando. He’s a native Floridian who appreciates the entertainment, historical and culinary aspects of Orlando and Orange County.

 

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