Event Details/FAQs

Here are answers to the most frequent questions about this year’s Melons for Moolah Watermelon Festival. If you have questions that aren’t answered here, please email us at melons@melonsformoolah.com.

When and where is the event?

The event is from 3-10 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, 110 Veterans Lane in Safety Harbor.

Is there an admission charge?

The festival is free! There is a small charge for some elements (waterslides, home brew biergarten, etc.), and of course for anything offered by our vendors. Credit cards will be accepted for most purchases.

What charities are benefiting?

Proceeds from the event benefit the Safety Harbor Public Library’s 20/20 Vision Campaign to outfit the new second story of our library with everything it needs to serve the public. In addition, there are elements of the event that will benefit additional Safety Harbor non-profit organizations, so thank you for supporting us!

Are we trying to break a Guinness World Record again this year?

We are so proud that the City of Safety Harbor set the World Record for “Largest Watermelon-Eating Contest” at last year’s Melons for Moolah, but it was A LOT of work to make that happen. We may look into attempting a new record again in the future, but there will be no attempt this year. But we’ll still host a watermelon-eating contest!

Is the event taking place rain or shine?

Yes! However, the safety of our participants and volunteers is paramount to us, so if the weather is so severe to threaten your safety, we’ll post news about any postponement/cancellation on our Facebook page.

Should we bring blankets and chairs?

Yes! There is very limited seating at Waterfront Park, so we encourage you to bring blankets and chairs and set up camp on the lawn. Small tents are permitted, too, though we kindly ask that you take all tents down at 7 p.m. so everyone can enjoy the screening of “Goonies” unobstructed.

Are dogs allowed?

Yes, this is a public park and dogs are allowed if you follow park guidelines (dogs must be leashed at all times, etc.)

Where do I park?

There are a limited number of public parking spots at the northernmost end of Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, but there are 1,021 free public parking spaces throughout downtown Safety Harbor a short walk from Waterfront Park, including a public lot at the corner of Main Street and 8th Avenue. All brick spaces along Second Street South and Second Avenue North are public. Park and take a stroll through beautiful downtown Safety Harbor and visit our many shops, restaurants and bars before, in the middle of and after the event. Also, please consider carpooling, using a ride-share service or riding your bicycle.

Here is a link to a map of free, public parking in Safety Harbor.

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