Schedule of Events

Leading up to the Festival

Now – October 22, Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center, Stetson University:

AQUIFERious: an exhibit by Margaret Ross Tolbert. For more details, click here.

Now – October 22, Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center, Stetson University: 

Vaselina Springs and the Arkie DeLeons. For more details, click here.

Now – May 5, 2017, Gillespie Museum, Stetson University:

Aquatic Gems. For more details, click here.

October 2 – November 8, Gateway Center for the Arts:

Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fragile Fountains of Youth, by John Moran. For more details, click here. 

Now – November 13, Museum of Art in Downtown DeLand:

Water Trouble: A Universally Local Crisis, a photographic essay by Barbara Neijna. There will be an opening reception on October 7 from 5-7 p.m. For more details, click here.

Update: The opening reception scheduled on October 7 has been cancelled due to weather conditions.

October 14, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., African American Museum of the Arts:

Film screening of Blue Spring, “Gem” of the St. Johns, narrated by Folk Historian Bill Dreggers. For more details, click here.

October 14 and 16, Wiley M. Nash Water Reclamation Facility:

Free tours of the DeLand Water Reclamation plant. To book a tour, call Rebecca Ackerman at (386) 626-7253 by 3 p.m., October 13. For more details, click here. 

October 15, 7 a.m., Blue Springs:

River of Lakes 5k Run/Walk. Join us on the brand new extension of the Rails-to-Trails section of Blue Springs in Orange City. For more details, click here.

Update: The 5k has been cancelled due to damages from Hurricane Matthew, and will be rescheduled for a later date in 2017. 

 Open daily year round, Lyonia Preserve and Environmental Center at the Deltona Regional Library:

Featuring a series of interactive displays that highlight the importance of the environment and explain how each person can conserve energy and natural resources. For more details, click here.

Day of the Festival

Inside the Sanborn Center

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Bill Belleville: Nature, Culture, and Sense of Place more…

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch Break

12:30 – 12:45 p.m. – Mayor Robert Apgar: Welcome

12:45 – 1:15 p.m. – Clay Henderson: Our Springs Are Our Future more…

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. – Senator David Simmons more…

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Break

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – John Moran: Springs Eternal more…

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Cynthia Barnett: Water Ethics more…

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Panel discussion TBA

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Closing.

There will be book signings by Bill Belleville and Cynthia Barnett in the Sanborn Center Lobby afterwards.

Park Stage Events

11:30 a.m. – Selections from The Addams Family Musical presented by the Athens Theatre. 

Comedy and song with America’s original and favorite odd-ball gothic family!

12:30 p.m. – Magda Hiller and Tanner Johnson live

DeLand’s own Magda Hiller, accompanied by Tanner Johnson, will perform music aptly described as rhythmic whup-ass, finger style, and swingy jazz guitar with rich, earthy vocals, a side of humor, and soul-baring, image-laden poetry.

2:00 p.m. – Rob Baldwin and Kevin Lynch live

Rob Baldwin, well known and much loved actor/musician, and Kevin Lynch, playing lead guitar, will perform classic rock and blues favorites from bands like The Beatles, The Eagles, The Doors, and many more.

3:30 p.m. – Jessica Flood and Robert Stephenson live

When not getting funky with the originals band, Jessica Flood and the Sleepless Breeders, Jessica and Robert Stephenson can be seen doing fresh, unusual blues/folk covers of well known songs.


10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

There will be games, arts and crafts, hands-on environmental learning experiences, puppets, and GIANT BUBBLES. Entertainment for the entire family!

Environmental and sponsor zone

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Visit our sponsors’ booths, receive free giveaways, and learn more about the environment and what you can do to help.

While you’re exploring the festival, why not grab a bite to eat at one of the wide selection of food trucks in attendance? Selections include:

  • Kona Dog
  • APP’s Wings & Burgers
  • El Cactus Azul
  • Wholey Smokey Waffles
  • Frenchy’s Crepes
  • Grandma’s BBQ
  • Baby Taino
  • Saigon Sizzle

After the Festival

October 17, 6 – 9 p.m. – Film Festival and book signing at the Athens Theatre: 

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Free to the public!

6:00 p.m. – The Florida Wildlife Corridor’s The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida.

7:30 p.m. –  In Marjorie’s Wake, a film by Equinox Documentaries, Inc.

For more information about the Athens Theatre film festival, click here.

October 26, 6-8 p.m., Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach:

Getting the Water Right: lecture and opening reception. For more details, click here.