McIntosh 1890s Festival Goers at Avenue G and 4th Street
There's a lot to the McIntosh 1890s Festival, and we think we've included everything you need to know about our yearly event. We've also included information about the Friends of McIntosh who sponsor the festival, and the Town of McIntosh. Stroll through the five pages of our website, or use the handy links below to get to information quickly.
Frequently Asked Questions
McIntosh and Festival Maps
A Variety of Treasures & Gifts
Food! Entertainment! History!
Festival, McIntosh, and the Friends of McIntosh History
Photos from Past Festivals
The 2021 Festival on Facebook
Applications and Info
The McIntosh 1890s Festival is recognized as one of Florida’s premiere festivals. Over the years, it has grown to over 250 vendors and as many as 40,000 visitors. It’s now too large for nostalgic parades and home tours, but continues to draw crowds to quality arts, crafts, antiques, custom jewelry, and even homemade goodies. McIntosh’s hospitality and Victorian charm are always an attractive feature. The Friends of McIntosh’s 1890s Festival is the largest fundraiser of the year for several local organizations as well as for the Friends. As in the early days of the festival, only proceeds from booth space rentals and Gazette advertising go to the Friends of McIntosh.
Established in the 1880s, McIntosh flourished in the 1890s. The small town between Gainesville and Ocala in north central Florida retains its Victorian charm today. Streets shaded by massive live oak trees and lined with beautifully maintained Victorian homes are the perfect setting for a fall arts and crafts festival. Over 60 structures in this one square mile village are on the National Register of Historic Places. The town of 450 on the west shore of Orange Lake sees 35,000 to 40,000 visitors yearly for the McIntosh 1890s Festival.
For the Festival area and a walking map of McIntosh’s historic structures created by the McIntosh Seedlings Garden Club, check the maps at the bottom of this page.
The Friends of McIntosh have sponsored the McIntosh 1890s Festival since 1974. It has been called "The 1890 Festival" and "Gay Nineties Days," and 1890s Festival over the years.
Festival receipts fund Friends projects throughout the year.
The Friends of McIntosh, Inc. is a benevolent, non-profit organization [501(c)(3)] chartered on September 26, 1973. Its primary purpose is to preserve and enhance the natural and historic beauty of McIntosh, and to promote and sponsor cultural and recreational activities while encouraging friendship, community spirit and understanding among people of all ages in McIntosh.
Attending the Festival is FREE!
The Town of McIntosh started in the 1880s, and blossomed in the 1890s. The Festival is in the McIntosh's Historic district and many of the homes and buildings are from the 1890s. See the Walking Map in the MAPS section for a listing of historic homes you'll be seeing in McIntosh. For a stroll around the HISTORIC VILLAGE OF McINTOSH, check the bottom of the MORE THAN SHOPPING page. Karin Harms, a local artist, has drawn some of our wonderful Victorian treasures.
McIntosh is in North Central Florida between the cities of Ocala and Gainesville on US 441.
Check the MAPS page for directions and maps OR Parking/Handicapped Parking
The Festival is in McIntosh's historic district on the east side of US 441. It occupies Avenues F and G from 8th Street to 3rd Street. See maps of McIntosh and the Festival on the MAPS page.
While dogs are permitted on the streets of the Festival, it isn't a great place for them. The streets are crowded and the weather can be a challenge to our furry friends. If possible, the 1890s Festival suggests you leave dogs at home.
All Festival parking is on the west side of the Festival. Many local organizations and individuals offer parking for the Festival.
McIntosh streets are paved and wheelchair and scooter friendly. Please note that streets become steep east of 6th street. Golf carts and ATVs are not allowed.
There is no parking of any kind on Festival grounds.
Depending on availability, three large lots and many private lots have level ground appropriate for wheelchair users for a fee.
Parking may be available at
McIntosh First Baptist Church on the west side of US-441 at Avenue F
McIntosh Grocery on the east side of US-441 at Avenue F
McIntosh Area School on the west side of US-441 at Avenue I
In addition to traffic control, Marion County Sheriff's Officers are available to help with safety issues. Marion County First Responders are also available for health related events.
There is no published vendor list. This is at the request of our vendors.
To find a specific vendor or type of vendor, check at the information booths at the west corners of the park.
The 1890s Festival is "RAIN OR SHINE." There have been hot festivals and cold ones. They've been sunny or rainy – sometimes in the same day. But whatever the weather, the vendors and shoppers have come since 1974. The festival will be cancelled for weather only if directed by local or state authorities.
(The 2021 Festival started out gray and wet, but ended up being a great day for shoppers and vendors. See WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT THE 1890S FESTIVAL at the bottom of this page for Facebook comments about the November 6, 2021 Festival.)
Vendor Applications are available on the VENDOR INFORMATION page.
All vendor applications are juried. Selection is based on product quality, uniqueness, and how products fit into the festival.
All applications must be mailed with supporting checks and information. Deadline for postmark for applications is June 30. Acceptance letters are mailed to vendors by July 15. Some spaces may be available after the deadline.
The McIntosh 1890s Festival is dependent upon the University of Florida's football schedule and availability of Marion County Sheriff's Officers. We get the news out as soon as UF's schedule is posted and traffic control is assured.
Check out our MORE THAN SHOPPING page.
*ENTERTAINMENT in the park starts at 10:00 and ends at 3:00. You can count on a variety of music to enjoy as you sit under the heritage oaks in Van Ness Park.
• Booths specializing in children's activities may be found throughout the show.
• NON-PROFIT ORGANIATIONS have booths to introduce visitors to their programs and to sell organization-specific items.
• Enjoy walking in the HISTORIC VILLAGE OF MCINTOSH in McIntosh.