2024 Upcoming Events

Membership meeting and class information (bottom of the page) 

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JULY 2024

Friday, July 26, 2024, Night at the Museum , 6 pm - 9 pm

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JULY 2024

Friday, July 26, 2024, Night at the Museum, 6 pm - 9 pm

 

AUGUST 2024

Saturday, August 24, 2024, Genealogy Workshop, 12 - 3 pm

SEPTEMBER 21 2024

Saturday, September 21, 2024, Raid on Moonshine Event, Time TBD

 

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 Fall 2024 - Spring 2025 Event Season Dates

  •  Vendor Registration will start in June 2024 for all events.

OCTOBER 2024

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Saturday, Oct. 12, 2024, Scarecrow Festival 9 am - 4 pm

Experience the most extraordinary Fall Festival of the year! Pumpkin Patch, Build Your Own Scarecrow, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Costume Contest, Children’s Games with prizes, Children’s make and take Arts and Crafts, Live Entertainment, Vendors, Food Trucks, Traditional Craft Demonstrations, Blacksmith, Model Trains, photo ops, Pasco Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, all museum buildings open and more.

$10 adults, $5 students, under 5 free. Tickets at the Gate only..Parking is free, parking donations appreciated, but not required.
Activities are a nominal fee, live entertainment and shows are included in admission.
Many activities and food are cash only.

 

Field trip Friday


Friday, Oct. 25, 2024, Florida Territory - a turn to the 20th Century Field Trip Day, 9 am - 1 pm

$8 admission for students and chaperones. Parking is free. Concession stand is open for food, drinks, snack, and desserts. Cash Only. This day will consist of self-guided tours for public, private, and home school students. Students pass through a series of living history stations. A living history event depicting Florida history at the turn of the 20th century, including Seminole history Pre-registration required (registration opens in June 2024) for Field Trip Day.

2024 Florida Territory topper

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Saturday, Oct. 26, 2024, Florida Territory - a turn to the 20th Century - Living History Event,  10 am - 4 pm

A living history event depicting Florida history at the turn of the 20th century, including Seminole history and a Bare Handed Alligator Capturing Demonstration. More information to come.
$12 adults, $10 seniors or veterans, $6 students,
under 5 free, tickets at the Gate only.
Parking is free

NOVEMBER 2024

Field trip Friday

Friday, Nov. 15, 2024, Civil War - Living History Field Trip Day, 9 am - 1 pm

$8 admission for students and chaperones. Parking is free. Concession stand is open for food, drinks, snack, and desserts. Cash Only
This day will consist of self-guided tours for public, private, and home school students. Students pass through a series of living history stations.

Pre-registration required (registration opens in June 2024) for Field Trip Day.
Lesson plans will be available in the pre-registration form.


Florida State Standards Addressed by this field trip include, but are not limited to:
SS.4.A.5 - Crisis of the Union: Civil War and Reconstruction in Florida
SS.8.A.5 - Examine the causes, course, and consequence of the Civil War and Reconstruction including its effects on American peoples.
SS.912.A.2 - Understand the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War and Reconstruction and its effects on the American people.

 

Civil War reenactment 2018 Firing Cannon
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2024 Civil War - Living History Event, 10 am - 4 pm

Battle at 2 pm

Weapons, tactics demonstrations, period camps, living history presentations, blacksmith and carpentry demonstrations, crafters, sutlers, great food, and more!

$12 adults, $10 seniors or veterans, $6 students, under 5 free, tickets at the Gate only.

Parking is free

DECEMBER 2024

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Friday, Dec. 6, 2024, Dade City Christmas Parade, downtown Dade City, 7 pm

Dade City Christmas Parade - downtown Dade City
Parade route is on 7th Street in between MLK Blvd and Church Street.
More information and an application link on https://www.pioneerfloridamuseum.org (by August 1) Check back here.
Applications will close the Monday before Thanksgiving (NO EXCEPTIONS) or when we reach capacity.
Sponsor opportunities: PioneerFloridaMuseum@gmail.com

PARADE SPECTATOR SAFETY
The most important part of parades is staying safe, creating memories and enjoying family fun. Safety checklist:
 Have a safety plan. Before you head out to the parade, talk to your children about parade safety, stay back off the roads during the parade, away from the floats, watch for vehicles, stay together, don’t fight over candy or beads. Be polite and courteous to other attendees.
 ALWAYS keep track of your children! Be as certain as humanly possible as to where they are and what they are doing. Always emphasize to your children that if they become lost or separated from family members, they can always approach a uniformed police officer for assistance! Point out any police officers to your kids as you make your way to your parade viewing spot. Designate an area where kids/family can meet you if you get separated.
 Plan a buddy system. If you are going to the parade with a large group of people, or you have a large family, set up a buddy check before you leave. Pair off members of the family in groups of two. Make sure there is always an older person with the youngest children. Let family members know that they must stay with their buddy and not separate for any reason.
 Stay charged. Before leaving your house, make sure everyone has charged their phones.
 NEVER attempt to run in front of a float or reach under one in an effort to grab any item, such as beads or candy! NEVER grab on to a float. NEVER get close enough to a float that the crowd may push you either into it or under it! NEVER throw ANY items: toward a float, parade entry, spectators, band or at any of the float riders. NEVER throw items from one side of the street to the next.
 Practice NIGHTTIME SAFETY. Be sure you are lit up. Consider purchasing glowsticks, reflective clothing or flashlights. Having a light to carry or wear may help ensure your kids are seen at night. Cross the roads at the corners or crosswalks. Assume vehicles cannot see you. Use sidewalks whenever possible.
 Please report any suspicious or unsafe activity immediately to the nearest police officer.
 No pets and no smoking please.
 HAVE PATIENCE, the streets will be very busy, especially after the parade. Be prepared to have to wait in line to get out on the road to leave. It seems like a long time, but most of the crowd is out of the area within 30 minutes.

 

 

2022 Scotty Claus and Cosmic Riot

 Saturday, Dec. 7, 2024, Pioneer Christmas and Vintage Market, 10 am - 4 pm

Discover a treasure trove of unique vendors, offering the perfect Christmas presents for your loved ones. Indulge in delicious treats from our mouthwatering food trucks, while enjoying live entertainment, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Gnome Scavenger Hunt, Children’s Games with prizes, Children’s make and take Arts and Crafts, Traditional Craft Demonstrations, Blacksmith, Model Trains, photo ops, and photos with Santa. Our buildings are beautifully adorned with Christmas decorations. Engage with our knowledgeable docents, dressed in charming time period attire, and try your luck at winning a stunning quilt in our raffle drawing.

$10 adults, $5 students, under 5 free tickets at the Gate only.
Parking is free

JANUARY 2025

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Saturday, Jan. 11, 2025, Raising Cane and Moonshine Festival, 10 am - 4 pm

Sugar Cane Syrup and Moonshine Tasting event! Join us for live sugar cane syrup making at our fully operational cane mill. Southern Syrup-Makers Association Syrup Tasting Competition, where the finest syrups will tantalize your taste buds. Taste and vote for your favorite. A captivating presentation by US Sugar, delving into the fascinating world of Florida Sugar Cane. Explore our Moonshine Shed exhibition. Listen intently to local moonshine stories. Savor the flavors of FREE moonshine and rum samples, meticulously crafted by talented local distilleries. Live Entertainment, food and craft vendors, axe throwing, blacksmith demonstrations and more. All museum buildings are open, where history comes alive with every step. Discover the rich heritage of the region and gain a deeper understanding of the pioneers who shaped our community. $10 adults, $5 students, under 5 free tickets at the Gate only. Parking is free

FEBRUARY 2025

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Saturday, Feb. 1, 2025, Farm Festival and Quilt Show, 10 am - 4 pm

Join us for the 36th annual Farm Festival and Quilt Show. Southern Draft Horse Associations Draft Horse Pull, starting at the stroke of noon. Witness the sheer power of these magnificent creatures as they compete in two weight classes: Lightweights (3400lbs and under) and Heavyweights. There is also stunning display of local quilts at our Quilt Show. Marvel at the intricate designs and craftsmanship, and if you're feeling lucky, enter your own quilt for a chance to win a ribbon. Live Entertainment, Vendors, Food Trucks, Traditional Craft Demonstrations, Blacksmith, Model Trains, Pasco Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, all museum buildings open and more.
www.pioneerflroidamuseum.org $10 adults, $5 students, under 5 free, tickets at the Gate only. Parking is free, parking donations appreciated, but not required.

 

Field trip Friday

Friday, February 28, 2025, Cracker Cowboy - Field Trip Day, 9 am - 1 pm

$8 admission for students and chaperones. Parking is free. Concession stand is open for food, drinks, snack, and desserts. Cash Only. This day will consist of self-guided tours for public, private, and home school students. Students pass through a series of living history stations. A living history event depicting Florida Cracker Cowboys. Pre-registration required (registration opens in June 2024) for Field Trip Day. 

MARCH 2025

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Saturday, March 1, 2025, Cracker Cowboy Day, 10 am - 4 pm

Step right up, folks! Get ready to be transported back in time. Florida's cracker cowboys had a truly remarkable way of herding cattle, using the sound from their trusty whips. Picture this: a 10-12 foot braided leather whip cracking through the air, creating a thunderous sound that could be heard for miles around. It's no wonder these cowboys earned the nickname "crackers." Intrigued? Well, join us on this unforgettable day to learn more! Whip cracking presentation, blacksmith exhibition, heading and heeling roping demonstration, children's roping and a petting zoo. The first 100 children to the petting zoo will get a free cowboy/cowgirl hat. (While supplies last), axe throwing. For those Yellowstone TV fans, take photos with our cardboard cut-out of Rip Wheeler at the Train Station. Cow camps, cowboy music, Cowboy Poetry (very popular), cracker cows, cracker horses, food, wonderful vendors, live entertainment and more.
$10 adults, $5 students, under 5 free tickets at the Gate only.
Parking is free

 

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Saturday, March 8, 2025, Cracker Cowboy Dinner, 6 pm - 10 pm

Y'all ready for a good time at the Cracker Cowboy Dinner? Saddle up and join us for a cowboy feast with amazing entertainment. Get ready to dust off your boots, grab your favorite hat and prepare for an unforgettable evening filled with cocktails, live entertainment, dancing, charity auction and a delightful grilled steak or chicken dinner under the twinkling stars. Please join us at the highly anticipated Cracker Cowboy Dinner. Tickets start at $100 per person. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 1, check back here. Sponsor and VIP opportunities: PioneerFloridaMuseum@gmail.com.

We sincerely thank you for considering supporting our cause. By joining us, you will not only be part of an incredible evening, but you will also be contributing to the preservation, education, and celebration of Florida's rich pioneer history. Let's come together and make a difference! Don't miss out on this extraordinary event. Mark your calendars, spread the word, and get ready to have an amazing night.

APRIL 2025

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Saturday, April 5, 2025, Jelly Bean Fling, 10 am - 4 pm

The Jelly Bean Fling is a spectacular Spring Festival with Pony Rides, Face Painting, Children’s Games with prizes, Children’s make and take Arts and Crafts, Live Entertainment, unique Vendors, Food Trucks, Traditional Craft Demonstrations, Blacksmith, Model Trains, photo ops, FREE photos with the Easter Bunny, and Easter Egg Hunt for children.  All museum buildings are open, where history comes alive with every step.

$10 adults, $5 students, under 5 free. Tickets at the Gate only. Parking is free.

 

 Field trip Friday

 

Friday, April 25, 2024, World War II - Living History Field Trip Day, 9 am - 1 pm

$8 admission for students and chaperones. Parking is free. Concession stand is open for food, drinks, snack, and desserts. Cash Only
This day will consist of self-guided tours for public, private, and home school students. Students pass through a series of living history stations.
Pre-registration required (registration opens in June 2024) for Field Trip Day

 

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Saturday, April 26, 2024, World War II  - Living History Event, 10 am - 4 pm

Step back into an immersive WWII Homefront experience. More information closer to the event.

$12 adults, $10 seniors or veterans, $6 students, under 5 free, tickets at the Gate only. Parking is free

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Annual Membership Meeting

Monday, September 16, 2024, 6 pm

Main Building at the Pioneer Florida Museum

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CLASSES
 
 weaving class   
 
Introdction to Weaving

This class is an introduction to weaving with an emphasis on multi-harness looms. In this class you will prepare a table loom and weave a sampler on it. As you make the sampler you will learn the parts of a loom and their functions. Other topics include weaving terms and tools. Other types of looms will also be discussed. All tools, yarn and looms are provided for this introductory class.

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER, at least, 3 DAYS IN ADVANCE: Please Contact Marilynn Ory (405)-250-5473 voice or text.

Class fees are $25 for the first class and $20 for follow-on classes.

 
2024 - June 8, July 13, Aug 10 and Sept 21
 

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Heritage Skills Workshop July

Fridays. July 12 and 19, 10 AM - 2 PM, lunch included

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Pre-registration required, classes fill up quickly
 
PARTICIPATION WAIVER REQUIRED  Please print, fill out and bring with you.
 

The Pioneer Florida Museum & Village is hosting heritage skills classes to interested students and their families. The workshops will be from 10am to 2pm on consecutive Fridays. July 12 and 19. 

STUDENTS WILL CHOOSE A PRIMARY SKILL:

    • BLACKSMITHING*  $100
    • WOODWORKING*  $100
    • SPINNING*              $100
    • (Pine Needle Basket Weaving has been cancelled for July, but will be offered in August)

    *Additional materials required for class
    Blacksmith – protective glasses, gloves
    Woodworking–carving tools
    Spinning – cards, drop

SCHEDULE:

  • Workshops starts at 10 am
  • Pioneer lunch (included)
  • Pioneer games from 12pm to 1pm
  • Workshops from 1pm to 2pm

Call or email the museum front desk to get registered or for more information
(352) 567-0262
pfmfrontdesk@gmail.com

 

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Heritage Skills Workshop August

Fridays. August 9 and 16 10 AM - 2 PM, lunch included

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Pre-registration required, classes fill up quickly
 
PARTICIPATION WAIVER REQUIRED  Please print, fill out and bring with you.
 

The Pioneer Florida Museum & Village is hosting heritage skills classes to interested students and their families. The workshops will be from 10am to 2pm on consecutive Fridays. August 9 and 16

STUDENTS WILL CHOOSE A PRIMARY SKILL:

  • WILD FORAGE/MUSHROOMS, $100
  • BLACKSMITHING*   $100
  • PINE NEEDLE BASKET WEAVING   $100
  • LOOM WEAVING     $100

*Additional materials required for class
Blacksmith – protective glasses, gloves

SCHEDULE:

  • Workshops starts at 10 am
  • Pioneer lunch (included)
  • Pioneer games from 12pm to 1pm
  • Workshops from 1pm to 2pm

Call or email the museum front desk to get registered or for more information
(352) 567-0262
pfmfrontdesk@gmail.com

 

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Pioneer Quilt Guild Meeting


The first Tuesday of every month starts at 6 pm
Main Building of the Pioneer Florida Museum in the Lockey Room

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Please wash or sanitize your hands often. The museum frequently sanitizes common areas and has hand sanitizer available. If you are sick, please stay home. The health and safety of our staff, guests and volunteers is our highest priority. 

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