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230 E 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771 United States

Sanford is more than just a city rich in history. Sanford is a place where everyone feels like they belong and the spirit of southern hospitality is experienced on every street corner. Take the time to stroll the residential streets that are lined with beautiful city parks and hundreds of turn of the century homes, adorned with hundred year old oaks that whisper the secrets of the past.

Our history dates back to the early 1800?s when Sanford was once a hub for commerce on the St. John’s River. The city sits on the south shore of Lake Monroe at the head of navigation on the St. John’s River, a 9,406 acre lake and offers beautiful lake views.  Sanford’s Riverwalk is a perfect place to take an afternoon stroll and lends a picturesque place to watch the sun set over Lake Monroe.

First Street is the center of the historic downtown. Historic buildings,  revitalized brick streets and period appropriate light posts are a few of the things that will transport your spirit back in time. The Victorian-era cottages that adorn the surrounding residential area are lovingly restored and framed with gingerbread trim and picket fences.  We invite you to our wonderful city to savor our history and pride in our past. Make Sanford your next destination in Central Florida!  Visit the Historic Sanford Welcome Center, the hub for information on Sanford Florida businesses, arts and events.

November 2018

Sanford Beer Week 2018!

November 17 @ 12:00 pm - November 18 @ 1:00 am
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One event on November 13, 2018 at 12:00pm

One event on November 16, 2018 at 5:00pm

One event on November 17, 2018 at 12:00pm

One event on November 18, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on November 19, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on November 14, 2018 at 12:00pm

One event on November 15, 2018 at 12:00pm

Downtown Sanford FL, 230 E 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771 United States
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Sanford Beer Week 2018! Hosted by The Current-Sanford Florida Join us for our 4th annual Sanford Beer Week November 13th-19th! A week full of beer events in Downtown Sanford celebrating our love for craft beer! Here are the events so far: Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 13th-15th, 2018 Beer Week Progressive Dinner Tuesday-Sunday Nov. 13th-18th Sanford Beer Week at Luisa's Cellar Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 Beer and Cheese Pairing for Sanford Beer Week! at The Imperial at Washburn Imports-Sanford. Wednesday, November 14, 2018 IPA is…

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Sanford Beer Week 2018

November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:00pm, repeating until November 19, 2018

Downtown Sanford FL, 230 E 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771 United States
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Join us for our 4th Annual Sanford Beer Week November 13th-19th! A week full of beer events in Downtown Sanford celebrating our love for craft beer! Here are the events so far: Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 13th-15th, 2018 Beer Week Progressive Dinner Tuesday-Sunday Nov. 13th-18th Sanford Beer Week at Luisa's Cellar Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 Beer and Cheese Pairing for Sanford Beer Week! at The Imperial at Washburn Imports-Sanford. November 14th-30th, 2018 Sanford Brewers Celebrating Craft for Sanford Beer Week Thursday, November 15th, 2018…

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Sanford Art Walk

November 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Third Saturday of Every Month
Downtown Sanford FL, 230 E 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771 United States
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Free

Sanford Art Walk The Welcome Center show is a juried art show judged by local judges, and all who attend this event can join in the fun by voting for the People’s Choice Award. The Judge’s Choice award is $100, and People’s Choice Award will earn a lucky artist $50—voting ends at 8:30 and the winner is announced then! Along with the Welcome Center show, area galleries and other venues host art, artwork and artists to showcase area talent with their own…

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Historic Downtown Sanford Shop Hop | Shop Small for the Holidays

November 24 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Downtown Sanford FL, 230 E 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771 United States
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Historic Downtown Sanford Shop Hop | Shop Small for the Holidays Historic Downtown Sanford is home to over 50 independently-owned and -operated small businesses. Shop where it makes a difference in local lives! SHOP SMALL FOR THE HOLIDAYS IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN SANFORD! #ShopSmall #SupportLocal #HistoricDowntownSanford #Sanfording The movement that supports small businesses every day and everywhere! You're shopping small every time you pick up a latte at the corner coffee shop, grab lunch at a local café, buy a new…

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Sanford Avenue Block Party

November 24 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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4th Saturday of every month
Downtown Sanford FL, 230 E 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771 United States
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Free

Sanford Avenue Block Party Sanford Avenue BLOCK Party!!! FREE FREE FREE FESTIVAL -4th Saturday OUTDOOR HISTORIC DOWNTOWN SANFORD AVENUE BLOCK PARTY The LIVE OUTDOOR music for the SABP in AUGUST is Moonlight Drive-In is an alternative/pop rock group . They preform as a cover band playing alt favorites from the 90's to now and original music as well. We'll have vendors and beer and a magician and music as usual, we recommend to bring your own chair. Thank you for…

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Holiday Tour of Drinks piloted by Via Airlines

November 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Downtown Sanford FL, 230 E 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771 United States
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Holiday Tour of Drinks piloted by Via Airlines Win TWO ROUND TRIP TICKETS to any Via Airlines destinations! Help us kick off our 30th annual Holiday Tour of Homes with some holiday cheer in a glass. A good old fashioned Pub Crawl, Tour of Homes style! The Sanford Holiday Tour of Drinks piloted by Via Airlines will make 4 stops and $1 from each drink special will be donated back to the Sanford Historic Trust starting 11/27 through the entire…

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Christmas in the Square

November 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Sanford FL, 230 E 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771 United States
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Free

Christmas in the Square Live holiday entertainment, the official tree lighting ceremony, face painters and balloon artists, giant snow globe and Santa Claus! Fun for the whole family! On first street in Magnolia Square by the big clock! EVENT DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE PLEASE CALL BUSINESS TO VERIFY.

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December 2018

30th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes, Sanford, FL

December 1 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Downtown Sanford FL, 230 E 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771 United States
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$30

30th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes, Sanford, FL Saturday, December 1, 2018 3pm – 9pm The holidays are fast approaching, and the Sanford Historic Trust is celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of its annual Holiday Tour of Homes. In honor of this milestone, the Tour of Homes Committee plans to feature several homes that have been on the tour in the past while also adding a few new homes to the lineup. This year’s tour will pay tribute to the pioneers…

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The 8th Annual Hysterical Tour of Gnomes

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - December 2 @ 1:00 am
Downtown Sanford FL, 230 E 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771 United States
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The 8th Annual Hysterical Tour of Gnomes On Saturday, December 1, 2018, Gnomes plan to tour historic downtown Sanford once again. Whilst the Sanford Historical Trust has their annual Holiday Tour of Homes, the bars have the Hysterical Tour of Gnome. Follow your hostess “Knocker’s the Gnome” in the pageantry through Sanford’s Bars and Restaurants. Smurfs, Trolls, Pixies, Elves, and Dwarfs are welcomed too. We will be accepting non-perishable foods for the local food bank. Stay up to date with…

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Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade

December 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Downtown Sanford FL, 230 E 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771 United States
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Free

Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade Celebrate the holiday season as illuminated floats light up the night at Sanford’s Annual Christmas Parade with a special appearance by Santa Claus! Fun for the whole family! EVENT DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE PLEASE CALL BUSINESS TO VERIFY.

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Alive After Five

December 13 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Second Thursday of Every Month
Downtown Sanford FL, 230 E 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771 United States
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Free

Alive After Five Hosted by the Historic Sanford Welcome Center, Alive After 5 is Sanford's monthly street festival taking place on the second Thursday of every month from 5-8PM. AA5 is Central Florida's largest recurring monthly street party with live music, local artists, food and craft beers in a beautiful historic town. Enjoy:Great local restaurants, art galleries, gift shops, antique stores, nightlife and a variety of other unique businesses ! If you are interested in showcasing your business and/or artwork,…

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Holiday Lighted Bike Ride! 2018

December 14 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Downtown Sanford FL, 230 E 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771 United States
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Holiday Lighted Bike Ride! 2018 Christmas is upon us once again and you know what that means....lights! So get some lights on your bikes and meet us on December 14th at Touhy Park, we will start riding at 6:30. Meet at the corner of 6th and Myrtle Avenue. For GPS reference use 301 West 7th Street, which is Venue 1902 Preservation Hall. You can get really cool and easy install lights at Pedal Driven at 210 North Park Ave. And,…

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February 2019

2nd Annual Sanford Porchfest Music Festival

February 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Downtown Sanford FL, 230 E 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771 United States
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Free

2nd Annual Sanford Porchfest Music Festival Join us on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 for the 2nd Annual Sanford Porchfest Music Festival, where 40 local bands / artists from all genres will perform simultaneously on ten front porches from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Attendance is FREE and the festival is family friendly! Set up within walking or biking distance throughout the Sanford residential historic district, spend the day meandering between the porches, meeting new neighbors and experiencing all that Sanford…

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