Cane Boil & FiddleFest

Celebrate Bygone American Traditions at Cane Boil & FiddleFest on Saturday November 24, 2018!

Free Admission! Every November on the Saturday after Thanksgiving: Saturday, November 24, 2018, from 10 am-4 pm. Contestants may download, complete and email the registration form between now and Wednesday, Nov. 21, or register on-site the morning of Nov. 24 Sign up 8:30 am–9:30 am; Contest 10 am–Noon.

Presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and the Friends of Nature Parks. This event is held each year the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and combines traditions of giving thanks and fall harvest with live fiddle, banjo and string-band music, which were major influences on American entertainment for more than 150 years. Bring your holiday guests, friends and family out to Morningside’s beautiful Living History Farm to experience the making and bottling of sugar cane syrup, biscuits hot from the wood cookstove, live roots music, horse-drawn wagon rides and living history interpreters and demonstrators bringing a country day in 1870 to life.

The Longleaf Pine Youth Fiddle Contest portion of the Cane Boil is for musicians 18-years-old and younger who may enter in one of three age group divisions:

Sprouts Division (beginner to 9 years-old)
Seedlings Division (10-13 years-old)
Saplings Division (advanced or ages 14-18)
Contestants may download the registration form between now and Wednesday, Nov. 22, or register on-site the morning of Nov. 24 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Preregistered contestants should also check-in during this time. The contest starts at 10 a.m., concluding with judging and presentation of prizes, awarded to first, second, third place winners and runners-up in each of the three divisions. Traditional music played by talented, local musicians will follow all afternoon.

For registration and complete rules, and more information about judging and prizes, download the registration form from here: or call 352-393-8240. Morningside Nature Center is located at 3540 E. University Ave., approximately three miles east of downtown Gainesville.

Plan to round out your holiday weekend with a relaxing and enjoyable day at Cane Boil & FiddleFest!