Watermelons have long been a calling card for the City of Hope.


The Hope Watermelon festival features numerous activities including arts & crafts, food, entertainment and other family-oriented activities. Local civic clubs hold dinners featuring such down-home fare as locally grown smoked chicken and golden fried catfish. What else can you do at the festival? You can participate in a 5 k race, take in a dog show, enter the "Watermelon Idol" talent contest.  The Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour staring Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee will headline the Friday night concert in the park! Saturday night concert will see mark the return of gospel music...Gospel Fest! 



Great News! new festival hours 2018!

                                          These closing hours are for food vendors.  We will have a Friday & Saturday night concert, so you may

                                           choose to stay open until the end of the concert each night. 

                                                                                 Thursday - 12:00 P.M - 7:00 P.M

Friday - 10:30 A.M - 9:00 P.M 

Saturday - 9:00 A.M - 9:00 P.M

Vendor application

Thursday, August 9 - August, Saturday 11

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watermelon idol

Thursday, August 9 and Friday, August 10

McDonald's Stage

Registration Form Coming Soon! 



Saturday, August 11 - 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Near Swimming Pool 

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Festival program

Plan your day! Check out what's happening this year. 

Coming Soon! 


watermelon 5k run/walk

Saturday, August 11 - 7:30 am 

Fair Park Gate 

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little miss & Mister watermelon

Friday, August 10 - 6:00 pm

McDonalds Stage 

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baggo tournament

Friday, August 10- 7:00 p.m.

Legion Field at Fair Park 

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