A table exhibit at the Zora! Festival
On Track Media
A table exhibit at the Zora! Festival
On Track Media

ZORA!™ Festival: A Celebration of Education, Arts and Culture in Orlando

More than half a century before construction began on Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort, celebrated author Zora Neale Hurston grew up in Eatonville, Florida, just 30 minutes from our tourism district. Today, the historic town — one of the first self-governing, all-Black communities in the U.S. — honors Hurston’s memory with the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, aka The Hurston, and the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities, aka ZORA! Festival.

Here’s what you can expect from this multifaceted celebration of education, culture and the arts when it returns to Eatonville in 2021!

32nd Annual Zora Neale Hurston™ Festival of the Arts and Humanities

Jan. 7-31, 2021

First presented in 1990, ZORA! Festival is a multi-day, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational event composed of public talks, conferences, movie screenings, arts education programming and more. The celebration takes place primarily in Eatonville and throughout Orange County.

For 2021, organizers are hosting the following month-long series of virtual and in-person events, with face masks and social distancing required at the latter. (Hand sanitizer will also be available.) For complete details, visit ZORAFestival.org/Schedule!

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021

Monday, Jan. 25, 2021

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021

Friday, Jan. 29, 2021

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021

Eatonville and The Hurston Museum

If you can’t make it to Orlando during ZORA! Festival, note that historic Eatonville and The Hurston are worth visiting whenever you’re in Orlando.

Learn more: Orlando History

Handmade baskets at the Zora Festival
On Track Media

Eatonville was one of hundreds of communities founded by and for African-Americans in the southern U.S. between the 1880s and 1930s, and one of a handful still remaining. Encompassing about 20 acres, the town is home to several buildings that were constructed between 1882 and 1946.

In addition to honoring its namesake, The Hurston provides information about the community and displays work by legendary and emerging artists of African descent. Also available from the museum are tour brochures for the Zora Neale Hurston Trail, which ties Hurston’s writing to 16 sites related to Hurston’s life and 10 markers with her writing.