33rd Annual Plant City

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Festival

"Visit Plant City,Florida- Discover its Heritage!"


January 11 - 26, 2019



When: Saturday January 19, 2019

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


WHERE: Baseball Field #1, 1601 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Plant City, FL 33563


What's different about this year? The City of Plant City has demolished the Dr. MLK Recreation Center and construction is underway for a 4 million dollar MLK Community Center. The City of Plant City is supporting to continue the MLK Street Festival at the site during construction.

Power will be available for food vendors only. Non food vendors will not have access to high amp power.

Every vendor is highly encouraged to bring at least a 50 foot extension cord (100 feet recommended).




Other information

MLK Street Festival attendanc is generally 4,000 at its lowest. As festival organizers we prefer to give the lowest attendance for vendors to have a realistic approach to prepare. Set up is between 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday January 19, 2019.

All vehicles will need to be removed by 11:00 a.m. at the gates to the field will be closed/locked.

The parade starts in historic downtown at 1:00 p.m. and ends at the MLK Street Festival at 2:15 p.m.

Immediately following will be the drumline battle and concerts on the baseball field through 6:00 p.m.

As of 1/14/19 there are 2 food truck and 2 food vendor spaces available. There are 4 non-food vendors spaces still available. The following merchant categories are already reserved- All Natural Oils, Soaps, and Healthcare products, Women's Jewerly, African Attire Clothing, and Purses & Handbags.

Vendors from the Bealsville Flea Market are already registered.

Check the other activties for the 11 day festival


SPONSORED BY Felton's Meat & Produce and Tampa Electric

Heritage, Culture, Education, Legacy

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"Unity Starts Here: the Work Continues!"

Theme for Plant City MLK 2019 - #PCMLK

The Legacy

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., once said, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Now it's time for the Plant City and the surrounding communities to come together as one. The Improvement League of Plant City will be hosting the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Arts Festival on January 11 - 26, 2019 at the Plant City MLK Sports Complex, 1601 East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Plant City, FL 33563. 

This cultural event held in Plant City during the month of January features a variety of family oriented activities. Timed to coincide with the national holiday commemorating the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Festival provides an all-inclusive setting in which citizens of every ethnic background can experience and celebrate the contributions of African Americans to the culture of Hillsborough County & West Central Florida.

Opening Ceremony, Freedom Parade, High/Middle School Drumline Showdown, Sunday Leadership & Community Awards Breakfast, College Scholarship Awards, Book Signing Mr. McDaniel, I IMPACT Conference, Gospel Fest, Plant City African American Driving Tour including the Bing Rooming House Museum and a one day street venue with ethnic cuisine, and concerts for children and adults highlight the Festival. 

There is also a featured "MLK Day of Service" where residents work on community service projects in neighborhoods.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN GETTING INVOLVED?.....Click on the Schedule Tab for Parade, Vendor and Drumline applications.


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Payments can be made via mail or dropped off in person at the Bing House Museum. Make money orders (no checks are accepted) to Improvement League of Plant City.

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