The Jubilee Festival is two exciting days filled with arts, crafts, food, entertainment and fun all taking place on the streets of downtown Daphne, aptly called "The Jubilee City." The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the City of Daphne sponsors this wonderful event each year. The Festival, in its 25th year, is growing each year and is enticing many new exhibitors as well as old favorites to the event and the Eastern Shore.
The Jubilee Festival was created as a way to combine business, tourism and fun while showcasing the City of Daphne. The first planning committee selected the name Jubilee Festival due to the Jubilee phenomenon that occurs in areas around Mobile Bay and most frequently on the Eastern Shore.
Antiques were featured during the first Jubilee Festival which was held in November 1989. During that first year, Main Street in downtown Daphne was transformed into an "Antique Alley" with 60 vendor booths featuring mostly antiques. In addition to antiques, there were arts and crafts booths as well as food and entertainment.
Much of this continues today, except that antiques are no longer featured. The Jubilee Festival is a juried visual arts and crafts festival that currently features -----many artists and crafters from the local area and Southeast region along with entertainment, fair food and Kids Art in the Park.
Kids Art in the Park takes place in Centennial Park. It is a concept the Jubilee Festival started in 1999 as a way of promoting arts and crafts to children. Children have an opportunity to take part in several games and hands-on art activities which allows them the opportunity to expand their creativity through designing art projects such as hand fans, fish prints, beaded necklaces, and wooden structures.
One of the most exciting art projects offered at Kids Art in the Park is fence painting. The wooden fence Centennial Park will be transformed into a collage of children's artwork. Throughout the Festival the "Young Picasso's" will add their own artwork to an already existing scene of sea creatures. This collage of art will remain on the fence throughout the year and will come to life year after year with additions during future Jubilee Festivals.
The Jubilee Festival has become an Eastern Shore tradition offering fun and excitement for visitors of all ages. The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is pleased to provide this honored event for local residents and visitors. The Jubilee Festival is a great opportunity to showcase Daphne, the Eastern Shore, as well as Baldwin County.