Pinellas News

Hippie Fest back in Tarpon for third year

— Hippie Fest, Tarpon Springs’ annual tie-dyed celebration of all things groovy and out of sight, pulls back into town from 4– 10 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

The one-day event, now in its third year, continues to grow in popularity, said organizer Rea Sieber, estimating a crowd of roughly 5,000–6,000 to attend.

“It’s looking good,” said the local business owner and city commissioner. “It’s coming together really well and there’s been a lot of interest. I set up a Tarpon Springs Hippie Fest Facebook page and there’s been a lot of communication on that. It looks like people are excited to come.”

Hippie Fest was scheduled for this weekend in remembrance and celebration of history’s ultimate love fest and hippie gathering, Woodstock. This year marks the 45th anniversary of that seminal event in upstate New York, held from Aug. 15–17, 1969.

While matching Woodstock’s 32 combined musical acts in the span of one Tarpon Springs evening is an unlikely feat, Hippie Fest does boast six-straight hours of music at the Sponge Docks and downtown.

Playing at the Sponge Docks will be Higher Tides, 4–6 p.m., and The Defendants, 6:30–10. Performing on the same time table downtown is Ken Peterson, followed by Ron and the Classics.

Keeping with the flower-child theme, the Volkswagen Love Bug show and contest will be held at the docks, along with a hippie costume contest and hula hoop competition.

Specific to the downtown area will be rows of food trucks lining Tarpon Avenue, from Ring to Pinellas Avenues.

Before anyone’s buzz gets killed fretting about the mile separating downtown and Sponge Docks activities, Sieber assured there will be a shuttle service running nonstop. “It’ll be going back and forth between continuously so people can visit both locations and enjoy the Love Bugs, the food trucks, all four bands and everything else.”

For more information on this year’s event, call (727) 641-8012 or search for Tarpon Springs Hippie Fest on Facebook.1

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