2019 Alligator Warrior Festival
Join us for the 26th Annual Alligator Warrior Festival on October 18-20, 2019 in High Springs, Florida at O’Leno State Park. Celebrate the Alligator Warrior Festival with us, in memory of the years between 1800 and 1859, when High Springs, Florida was still called Alligator, Florida, and in memory of its most famous resident, the Seminole commander, Alligator Warrior. Don’t miss the reenactment of the 1836 Battle of San Felasco Hammock. In addition to the reenactment, the event is a festival that celebrates Native American and immigrant American cultures with music and dancing, living-history camps, demonstrators of historic skills, traders, craftspeople, and food vendors.
Alligator Warrior Festival
The Alligator Warrior Festival is a great family event in which children and adults alike can experience and learn about our history hands on. With activities such as: A living Native American village, soldier’s encampment, Drumming, Dancing, Flute Playing, Storytelling as well as other artisans set up at our festival to educate people. Friday is a school day and children get in for free.
Public Welcome – Park Fees Apply
Hours: Saturday & Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5 5 p.m.
Admission: State Park Entrance Fees Apply
Free Entry for School Groups.
$5.00 per vehicle holding 2-8 people.
$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, and additional passengers.
All Day Long: Living History in the Spanish Camp, Seminole Camp, Military & Militia Camps, Settlers Camp Dancing, Drum & Flute Music at the Dance Circle, Artisans & Blanket Traders in the Demonstrators Area, Traders Near the Dance Circle & Lodge, Food & Beverage Vendors Along the Road, Story Telling, Fundraising in Support of the Event
9:00AM – Video Presentaion: The Unconquered Seminoles
11:00AM – WGCU Public Media, Untold Stories Event
1:00PM – In the O’leno Lodge, the large building of the riverbank
Saturday Only: 11:00AM – Proclomation from the office of the Mayor of Lake City, Florida restoring the city’s name to Alligator Warrior for the week.
Saturday & Sunday:
2:00PM – Military weapons demonstration on the battlefield
2:15PM – Battle reenactment
After the Battle – Charitable fundraising auction at the Dance Circle
4:30PM – Charitable Drawing for Chance at the Dance Circle
Alligator Warrior Festival Mini-Gallery
Living History Reenactor Camps:
The annual event, which is in memory of the years between 1800 and 1859, features living-history camps and demonstrators of historic skills as well as a reenactment of the 1836 Battle of San Felasco Hammock. Take some time to visit with participants in their camps on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and learn about life in Frontier Florida and the various ‘nations’ vying for control.
- Seminole Reenactors’ Camp
- Soldier Reenactors’ Camp
- Militia Reenactors’ Camp
- Gamble’s Light Artillery Cannon Crew
- Pioneer / Settler Reenactors’ Camp
- Spanish Reenactors’ Camp
- Drum Arbor and Dance Circle
Participants: Provided cabin space
Visitors: Primitive camping as well as RV spaces are available. However, RV reservations have to be made in advance.
Reenactment of the Battle of San Felasco Hammock
Saturdday & Sunday @ 2:15 p.m. – Don’t miss the exciting reenactment presented by participating living historians from the various ‘reenactor camps’.
O’Leno State Park
410 S.E. Oleno Park Road
High Springs, FL 32643
About the Organizers
This event is organized by Alligator Festival of Lake City Florida, Inc., an all-volunteer, non-profit, public charity, dedicated to teaching and celebrating our local history by experiencing it together. The event is funded by the generosity of local business and individuals that care about bringing the long-time residents, recently arrived residents and tourists of north central Florida together to celebrate our local heritage. The income from the sponsorship, the annual donation raffle and donation auction during the festival goes entirely to support the annual event.
- Traders, food and beverage vendors, demonstrators, reenactors, dancers, drums, dances, musicians and other volunteers please visit the REGISTRATION and VOLUNTEER links on this page for more information and to print a registration form.
- School groups, members of the press, community leaders and sponsors please visit the REGISTRATION link on this page for more information and to print an RSVP form.
More general information: Cindy M. Vasci 386-487-5027
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Alligator Warrior Festival at the O’Leno State Park in High Springs, Florida the third weekend of October.
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