Celebrate Immokalee Festival
March 24 - 26, 2017
Hours: 5pm-10pm Friday; 9:30am-10pm Saturday; 11am-6pm Sunday
Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Robert's Ranch 1215 Roberts Ave., Immokalee, FL 34142
The first Celebrate Immokalee festival honors the town's pioneer roots, agricultural heart and diverse community. The festival gets underway Friday evening. On Saturday morning you can witness a real cattle drive arriving at historic Robert's Ranch! Cattlemen will herd the cattle through town, ending up at the cattle pens at the ranch. Due to road closures, visitors should be parked and in place by 9:30 a.m. to enjoy the grand arrival. The mix of old-fashioned and contemporary fun includes live entertainment on the main stage with a mix of Caribbean, country, hip hop, salsa, bachata and funk by Spin City DJ with live performances by Zoe Ness, K4C Band, Danny Boy and other local artists. Also featured: a cake and pie competition, a petting zoo, antique cars from Cool Cruisers car club, horses from Track to Trail Thoroughbreds rescue, arts and crafts vendors, and the winners of the Little Mr./Mrs. Immokalee competition. Some of Immokalee's home-grown NFL players will be on hand to sign autographs and a family carnival will run alongside the event Friday night through Sunday. Immokalee is Collier County's largest inland community and has long been linked with sprawling cattle ranches and a thriving agricultural economy. First occupied by the Calusa Indians and later by the Seminoles, the area has seen a colorful mix of hunters, trappers, cowmen, missionaries and Indian traders since it was first settled in 1873. Originally home to cattleman Robert Roberts and his family, the 15-acre Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Robert's Ranch is a living history museum (the longest running ranch in South Florida), and it provides visitors with a rare opportunity to experience what the daily working life on a Southwest Florida pioneer homestead, ranch and citrus grove from the early 1900s was like. Exhibits, living history programs, and twenty carefully preserved original buildings and features tell the story of the cow hunters, ranchers and pioneer-spirited families who struggled to tame this vast wilderness prairie on the edge of the Big Cypress Swamp.
Admission: Free admission; $3 parking