About Festival of the Holy Name

Join together in celebration and immerse yourself in transcendental sound vibration.

Experience the maha-mantra and chant at the Festival of the Holy Name!

November 25 and 26, 2016 — 10 AM to 10 PM
November 27, 2016 — 10 AM to 1:30 PM
(Thanksgiving weekend)
At ISKCON New Raman Reti in Alachua, Florida

This festival is free as a service to and celebration of the holy names of the Lord and the community. If you'd like to volunteer to assist with the festival in any way, we'd love your help and involvement:

  • decorations
  • set up
  • technical assistance
  • kids camp
  • donations

Thank you to those who made last year's festival a success.

Festival 2016


You can also see stream the festival live on YouTube.


10:00 AMBada-haridasa
11:15 AMAgnideva
12:00 PMBalarama-tirtha
12:45 PMRadharani
1:30 PMVrindavanesvari
2:00 PMMitrasena
3:00 PMKid's Kirtan
3:45 PMVrindavan Dasis
4:15 PMSaci-suta
5:00 PMVrinda-devi
5:45 PMBhadra
6:45 PMNadiya-mani
7:30 PMMadhava
10:00 AMRucira
10:30 AMVisvambhara
11:30 AMSyamala-kisori
12:15 PMOmkara
12:45 PMLilananda
1:15 PMMrkanda & family
2:00 PMSyama-darsini
2:30 PMTulasi-priya & Ekendra
3:30 PMParijata
4:00 PMLalita (Lee)
4:15 PMKrishna-kishor
5:00 PMAgnideva
5:45 PMAmala-harinama
6:45 PMDhanya
7:45 PMBada-haridas

11:00 AM–1:00 PM Closing ceremony


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The nearest airports are Gainesville (approx. 20 min.), Jackonsville (approx. 90 min.), Orlando (approx. 2 hrs.), Tampa (approx. 2 hrs.)

Location Address

ISKCON of Alachua / Hare Krishna Temple
17306 NW 112th Blvd., Alachua, Florida 32615
(386) 462-2017


The following hotels are only a few minutes driving away from the festival location.

Days Inn
(386) 462-3251
16100 Nw Highway 441, Alachua, FL

Econo Lodge
(386) 462-2414
15920 Northwest US Highway 441, Alachua, FL

Quality Inn
(386) 462-2244 ‎
15960 NW US Hwy 441, Alachua, FL

Nearby Gainesville (about a 20 minute drive away) has many more options. Try the following websites to get decent prices: hotels.com, priceline.com, hotwire.com.

For additional information, please contact:
Govinda Syer
(352) 505-1241

Note: Please bring warm clothes. The weather gets chilly in the evenings.

Get Involved

This festival would not be possible without the involvement of the entire community.

From the organizing team and the volunteers, to the kirtaniyas and cooks, the entire project is based on Vaisnava cooperation and assistance. We appreciate your feedback and support. Please let us know how we can help enhance your experience at next years festival.

Please contact us below to volunteer for a specific service.

There are many devotees that come from out of town every year for the Festival of the Holy Name. Please help them feel welcome to the community and encouraged to participate in the festival. Please contact us if you would help offering your support to any of these devotees in the form of opening your home for a place to stay, transportation accomodations, prasad, or contributing towards the expenses of devotees whos only occupation is spreading Krishna's name.