You can live in the present any old time. Why not spend a day in the past with a Calusa Indian, a Seminole family, a Civil War soldier, Cracker cattleman or Spanish Conquistador and dozens of other costumed time-travelers at the Old Florida Festival, scheduled for March 9 and 10 at the Collier County Museum. The annual family-style adventure brings together over 100 of the state’s finest historical reenactors, craftworkers and living history presenters to recreate over ten centuries of everyday life on the Southwest Florida frontier.
Continuous all-day demonstrations will be offered by the blacksmith, soap maker, telegraph operator, flintknapper, basket weaver and other craftworkers, along with 1800s-style music and entertainment, cannon and musket firing, a Seminole War skirmish, and authentic military drills by soldiers from the American Revolution to World War II. Artists, sutlers and traders will also offer handmade gifts, toys and craft items for your homestead, as well as kettle corn, old-fashioned candy, Southern barbeque, and other traditional treats from the past.
- Stone Age Man
- Calusa & Seminole Indians
- Spanish Conquistadors
- Cannon Firings
- Seminole War Soldiers
- British Red Coats
- Civil War Camp and Dances
- World War II Soldiers
- Cracker Cowboys
- BBQ, old-fashioned kettle corn and other delicious treats
- Live Music
- Demonstrations on broom-making, net-making, telegraph operation, soap-making, leather smith and more.
Event Parking is free of charge and offers accessible parking spaces. Museum is fully accessible.
Admission: Adults: $5 | Children (8 to 18): $2 | Children under 8: Free