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Main Street Holidays

Downtown New Port Richey plays host to the annual Main Street Holidays that “CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS”with family friendly activities and entertainment. Historic downtown New Port Richey is all aglow with holiday lights and decorations, as well as places to shop for those special gifts for the folks on your Christmas and Holiday list.

Start off December 1st by cruising through Downtown New Port Richey and checking out all of the Holiday Wreaths!  You can vote between December 1st and December 15th for your favorite wreath on the the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce Web site.  New Port Richey Main Street will have lists of all the businesses competing in the Wreath Contest on the Facebook page and in the office so make it a family fun outing and help choose the People’s Choice winner!

We officially kick off the holidays on December 2nd with River Lights Boat Parade & Festival, the lighting of the New Port Richey Christmas Tree and the West Pasco Chamber’s Holiday Cards at 6pm.  After a walk around Orange Lake everyone is invited to a free movie in Sims Park at 7pm!  There will be arts & craft vendors as well as food vendors so bring your chairs, blankets and make an evening of it! Don’t forget to stop by the New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center for the Art Show and Holiday Festivities too!

River Lights Boat Parade and Festival on the first Saturday, December 3rd  brings you live entertainment from noon to 9pm, arts & craft vendors for those unique Christmas gifts, great food vendors and THE RIVER LIGHTS BOAT PARADE! New Port Richey Main Street is hosting this great event and West Pasco Business Association is chairing the River Lights Boat Parade!

The following  Saturday December 10th enjoy Brunch with Santa featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus from 11am to 1pm, kids activities,  and fun, fun, fun!  There will be free gift for first 100 children,  arts & crafters, Children’s Make-and-Take crafts all happening at Railroad Square. Free photos with Santa from 3-5pm courtesy of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce are happening at teh gazebo in Simms Park!

The Annual Downtown New Port Richey Holiday Parade starts at 6pm on December 10th!

After the parade head back to Railroad Square for live music, celebrity sing-alongs and a second look at the arts and crafts!

Come on downtown and get into the Holiday spirit!


River Lights Boat Parade

Set your compass for the 2016 Seventeenth Annual River Lights Boat parade sailing on Saturday, December 3, 2016.  

Seeking Sponsors, participants and volunteers!  

Contact Maria Faith to register your boat for the River Lights Boat Parade or call the Main Street office 727.842.88066 or send an email: kc@nprmainstreet.  

Boaters Parade on the Cotee River down to Sims Park and back

This annual nighttime boat parade takes place on the first Saturday each December when brightly lit boats and watercraft are launched from Moonlight Bay at 6:30 p.m.  Cruising past the admiring crowds and numerous Holiday parties along the banks, and sailing past the judges stand, the parade finishes at Sims Park in downtown New Port Richey before heading back.  The parade which started in 2000, has become a Holiday staple for the New Port Richey Main Street program.

This boat parade is fun whether it is warm or cold – a very festive way to kick off the Holiday season here in New Port Richey whether you are watching from the shore or participating on a boat or kayak.  This year the fun starts at 6pm on December 2nd at Orange Lake with the Christmas Tree and Card Lighting Ceremony followed by a walk around the lake to see all the cards!  After that head on over to Sims Park for the FREE movie Polar Express!  Saturday the 3rd gets started at noon with arts, crafts, music, food vendors and all around fun!  Application link: Lights Boat Parade


Cotee River Seafest

presents the

APRIL 21, 22 & 23, 2017

Friday 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm



Boat Show Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm

arts n crafts

Arts & Crafts Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm


                      Pirate Magician of St. Augustine                                     Two performances daily

miss daisy

‘Miss Daisy’ Boat Rides on the Cotee River            Saturday & Sunday $5.00 for 30-45 minute boat tour


Live music all day with Concert in evening


art show
“Only Natural” Art show, West Pasco Art Guild    Peace Hall 10:00 am to 6:00 pm   Saturday & Sunday

Pasco Camera Exchange 13th annual Photo contest Award ceremony Saturday 3:00 pm at Main Stage           All contest entrees on display both days

3rd annual DUCKtona 500 Duck Race 4:00 pm from Main Street bridge.  Results and awards immediately following the end of the race.

             Friday Musical Entertainment:              (Times subject to change)

5:00 – 6:30        SPF 40                                                                           7:00 – 8:30       Barefoot Bob & The Hope
9:00 – 10:30   Sean Chambers

Saturday Musical Entertainment:

           LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY – and it’s FREE!

12:00 -1:00  Franc Robert
1:00 – 2:30  Troy Youngblood & The Soulfish
3:00 – 4:30  Tampa Music Machine with Nitro
5:00 – 6:30  Sarasota Slim w/guests LC Williams & The Driver
7:00 – 8:30    Albert Castiglia
9:00 – 10:30   Eric Gales

      Sunday Musical Entertainment:

1:00 – 2:00  Bear & Franc Robert                                                       2:30 – 4:00   Betty Fox
4:30  –  6:00  Selwyn Birchwood

Arts and crafts – we have an excellent selection of items to browse and shop for from prepared food items, to adorable puppy hats and sunglasses, hand crafted sculptures, jewelry and kitschy clothes. Prices range from $5 to $500

Food vendors are a fabulous collection of seafood favorites including Grouper sandwiches, crab cakes and Crawfish Etouffe as well as a few landlubber treats including festival “must have” corndogs, shaved ice and funnel cake!

Activities and Games for kids including bounce houses, slides and other interactive bounce houses. Games run an average of $5.

The Boat Show features all new boats – ranging from sport fishing boats and flats boats to pleasure cruisers and pontoons. Visitors are invited to climb aboard the vessels docked on dry land. The estimated of total value of boats & personal water craft that will be on display is over $500,000!

                 Thank you to all of our sponsors!                                                   







KIAFest Main Street Blast

Downtown New Port Richey

2016 KIAfest July 1, 2, 2016

What is more fun than Apple Pie and Ice Cream, Fireworks and 4th of July???    Main Street’s annual Independence Day celebration KIAFest Main Street Blast returning to Sims Park in 2016.

We will be back in the new renovated Sims Park in downtown New Port Richey to bring you a grand salute to America’s Independence Day celebrated in true hometown style!     

Bring the whole family down to the 17th Annual friendly KIAFEST Main Street Blast and enjoy classic rock music, food & beverages, Beer Garden, Military Vehicles on display, kids’ games and much more.

Great thanks to the friendly folks at Friendly KIA we can host  two days of FREE concerts including the talents of the ever popular we have scheduled!

Get a group together and enter to win the Trolley Pull!  1st and 2nd place teams will win prizes!

Finish off the fun on Saturday with a fabulous fireworks display cosponsored by Friendly KIA and Greg Henry Restoration over Orange Lake (weather/conditions permitting) but get there early, more than 25,000 people enjoyed New Port Richey’s fireworks display last year!

This event received “Honor Award for Best Event Main Street Event” by Florida’s Secretary of State and was named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by Southeast Tourism magazine.  

  • Sunset Corvette and Classic Car Club Cruise-In Flyer
  • Friendly KIA Trolley pull


KIAfest opens at 5 pm Friday until 11 pm and then on Saturday from noon to 11 pm. Live music on the main stage in Sims Park, arts and crafters, classic car cruise-in, KIA trolley pull and lots of fun and games!


5:30                     Event Opens/National Anthem
5:00 – 6:30      SPF 40
9:00 – 10:30   THE WHOLIGANS

Main Stage Sims Park  – SATURDAY

12:00 Noon – Event opens, music and announcements

Food Vendors, Beer Garden, Arts and Crafts, Kid’s Games, Commercial Vendor Exhibits
Food Court, Crafters, Commercial Vendors

1:00-2:30 GLAD ALL OVER                                                                                            2:00 –  3rd Annual friendly KIA Trolley Pull
Grand Boulevard between Bank and the TBMM Center at 2:00 pm ENTRY FEE $150     Grand Prize $500!!                                                                    Saturday Team Registrations 12 noon to 1:30 pm
2:30 announcement of Trolley Pull Winners                                                             3:00-4:30  VELVET JONES BAND                                                                    
5:00 –  6:30  THE BOB HOPE BAND
7:00 – 8:30 PETTY HEARTS                                                                                           9:00 –    FIREWORKS over Orange Lake (weather/conditions permitting) 9:15 – 10:30  – FLEETWOOD MAX

** Schedule of events is accurate at time of publication but is subject to change


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If you are interested in being a vendor at KIA Fest,click on “Application Forms” above, download, complete and submit to become a vendor.  For information about becoming a Sponsor, contact the GNPRMS Office : / 727.842.8066.

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