By Kathy L. Collins

The lovely Zenia Park in the community of Twin Lakes in Valrico is a great location for the 7th Art in the Park. This art festival is set to take place on Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Twin Lakes is located east of Lithia Pinecrest Road at the end of Bloomingdale Avenue. The event is open and free to the community.

Both artists and vendors of all kinds are encouraged to attend and share their creativity with the community. Artists and vendors can set up space anywhere within the 11 acre park. A fee of $10 is charged to offset the cost of hosting the arts event. There is no charge for Twin Lakes residents. Vendors must bring all of their supplies, including table, chairs and tent (not required). Electricity is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Art in the Park was started by festival organizer Lisa Harmon who said, “Art in the Park evolved over eight years ago when I volunteered on the Homeowners Association Social Committee. I was asked to create an event to bring the community together. What is better than an art festival to bring people together? This year, we would love to have as many artists as the park can hold.” The park is large enough that anyone who wants to attend and show their creativity is welcome.

There will be certainly be something for everyone at this year’s Art in the Park including food and entertainment. The park is shady and beautiful. It is filled with oaks that are over 100 years old. It is the perfect spot to spend a Florida fall afternoon either displaying your work or perusing the work of local artists and crafts people. Organizers expect to welcome approximately 60 vendors and 500 people to the festival this year.

Anyone interested in participating can register via email at Please provide your name, type of art or craft, and a cell phone number. Reservations are required for vendors and artists to participate.

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