Local Events

Reoccurring Events

Friday Foodie Fest 

Held the fourth Friday of every month, January - September, at Lake Lillian, this monthly event features lots of family fun! Centered around various food trucks, families can come and enjoy music, free activities for children and shop with local businesses and craft vendors while enjoying yummy food. Come for the food and stay for the fun!  

2023 Friday Foodie Fest - Food Truck Application

2023 Friday Foodie Fest - Craft/Business Vendor Application

Annual Events 

Annual Fishing Derby 

Fishing is Fun, and whether your kids are beginners or pros, they will have a great time at our annual fishing derby. Lake Lillian is stocked yearly to prepare for this event by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission with catfish and bass. Open to children ages 15 and under and held annually at Lake Lillian in April or May, this free event offers a morning of fishing with bait provided and prizes in two categories for biggest fish and most fish caught. We wrap the derby up with a free community cookout hosted by our Belleview Police Department. 

2023 Fishing Derby will take place at Lake Lillian on Saturday, April 1st from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Registration will begin at 8:30 am. 

2023 Fishing Derby Registration Release/Waiver

2023 Fishing Derby FAQ

Founders Day 

Our 2nd Annual Founder's Day will take place this coming May. Event attendees can enjoy a variety of craft, business, and food vendors! Free children's activities include games, crafts, and inflatables as well as activities and booths focusing on our city's history! 

2023 Founder's Day will take place at Lake Lillian on Saturday, May 6th from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Vendor applications can be submitted as early as February of 2023. 

2023 Founder's Day - Food Truck Application

2023 Founder's Day - Craft & Business Vendor Application

2023 Founder's Day Sponsorship Opportunities 

Freedom Walk

The Freedom Walk is held in remembrance of the victims of 9/11. The event includes a short ceremony with local first responders outside of City Hall and is followed by a solemn walk.  All are welcome to join the walk and the ceremony.

Community Yard Sale

Typically held in October, this is a free community event that provides fundraising for our local United Way. Citizens can donate yard sale items to be sold, or citizens can purchase a booth spot to sell their own items. 

Trunk or Treat

Held in October on the Saturday before Halloween, this is a free family fun event that provides safe trick-or-treating including games, hayrides, and more! Trunk-or-Treat is a fun way to promote your business/organization while being involved with the community.

2023 Trunk or Treat will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm by Lake Lillian. 

Light Up Lake Lillian 

Held the first Saturday in December, citizens from all over South Marion County come to take part in Lake Lillian’s first lighting for the holiday season. Attendees can enjoy a visit from Santa as well as free arts and crafts and children's activities. Vendors offer a wide variety of food and merchandise.

2023 Light Up Lake Lillian will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm. 

For event information contact Mikaela Schrickel (formerly Strope): mschrickel@belleviewfl.org or 352-245-7021 ext. 2122