Dade City, FL

About Our City

Located in the rolling hills of eastern Pasco County, Dade City typifies what many people think of as “old” or “historic” Florida by virtue of its physical features, its pioneer heritage, and the spirit of its residents. Established in 1889, Dade City is the county seat of Pasco County, and also serves as a commercial center for an area encompassing more than 7,500 residents and 7 square miles. Dade City’s downtown restaurants and unique gift shops are popular attractions for visitors and residents alike. 

Dade City’s local economy has historically been tied to agriculture, centered primarily on citrus and cattle production. Over time, employment has shifted more to innovative, manufacturing, and service industry jobs, many of which are clustered around Dade City’s central core and Dade City's Business Center. The City’s downtown district was an early participant in the Main Street Program, and today continues to thrive and promote Dade City as a successful example of community redevelopment efforts.

Two excellent educational institutions, St. Leo University and Pasco-Hernando State College, are located in the Greater Dade City area, as is the Dade City Heritage Museum, Pioneer Florida Museum, the Dade City Symphony, and other arts and cultural nonprofits. Additionally, Dade City plays host each year to a large number of popular annual events, including the Kumquat Festival, Florida's Bug Jam, Red Bull's Day in the Dirt Down South, PCRA Sanctioned Rodeos, Church Street Christmas and the Christmas Stroll. The City is proud to boast that there's something for everyone to do almost every weekend throughout the year. More information about our community events and festivals can be learned about at our visitor-centric