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 24 and 25, 2017 — 10 AM to 10 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 2017



The schedule of singers will be announced shortly before the festival.

The schedule of singers will be announced shortly before the festival.


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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.

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.

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

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The Seva experience.

The Festival of the Holy Name team is very excited to offer the Seva experience this year. One of the main aspects will be the addition of an outdoor kitchen where we will be preparing and serving prasadam from 11:00 am until 9 pm every day.

In previous years, the evening programs started on Saturday night of the week prior to the Festival. This year, we will kick off on Sunday morning, November 19, with decorating the tent and setting up. This will be followed by the first evening program of Kirtan in the temple after the Sunday feast.

Stay tuned for more details regarding this program which will be shared on our Facebook event page.

We invite you to participate with us and experience the bliss of Seva and make this festival experience even more beneficial and enjoyable by our whole community.

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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.