Avid readers and history buffs visiting Orlando in the winter are in for a treat. Since 1990, Central Floridians have proudly honored author Zora Neale Hurston’s legacy with an annual festival known as the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. The multi-day event held in historic Eatonville and throughout Orange County celebrates the arts, culture, and education of rural southern African-American life.
Who is Zora Neale Hurston?
Born January 7, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama, Hurston moved to Eatonville, Florida when she was a young child. At sixteen, Hurston joined a traveling theatrical company, which landed her in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance. While in New York City she received her B.A. at Barnard College, where she conducted research with noted anthropologists. After college, Hurston traveled throughout the Caribbean and the American South, conducting anthropological research as well as gathering inspiration for her literary works. Though a primary voice of the Harlem Renaissance era, her life in Eatonville influenced her writing the most.
Thousands of individuals in Central Florida will come together for the special celebration recognizing one of the finest twentieth-century American novelists.
The 30th Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival
Saturday, January 26 – Sunday, February 3, 2019
Outdoor Festival of the Arts in Historic Eatonville
Friday, February 1 – Sunday, February 3, 2019
Hours: Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, 10 am. – 6 p.m.
Celebrate Zora Neale Hurston’s life and literary works in historic Eatonville along with the cultural contributions that African ancestors made both in the United States and worldwide.
The main festival will include cultural arts, heritage booths, merchandise, and more, and will take place in the Community Park next to the library and along E. Kennedy Blvd.
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