Florida Seminole Tourism

Brighton Field Day is Just Around the Corner

A Day of Tradition

The 81st Annual Brighton Field Day is almost here! It is an annual Seminole Tribe celebration for the last 80 years. It all started in 1938 when William and Edith Boehmer decided it was well worth trying out a “day of fun”. Both William and Edith were teachers who lived on the Seminole Brighton reservation, and had originally planned the day of fun to be for the local tribal community audience. Over time, the event expanded significantly in size, and is now open to the public as well as tribal members to enjoy! And they do; thousands of participants come out to the Seminole Brighton reservation each year to partake in the cultural theater and experience the community’s festivities first-hand.

Brighton Field Day will be held at the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena at the Brighton Seminole Reservation in Okeechobee, FL.

This year’s Seminole Brighton Field Day will take place on February 15-17, 2019.

What to Expect

Expect to see horse races, native dances, rodeos, carnival, comedy and, of course, great live music. Food booths are local and include great Seminole food, but there will be something for everyone in the Pro Rodeo Fan Zone just before the arena. Past events have included Saturday evening concerts by major entertainment country singers, and even performances by Florida State University’s marching band. Don’t be surprised while here if you find yourself hearing an exciting personal narrative from a storyteller, participating in a clothing contest, or watching in delight as native dance troupes from various Native American tribes perform their very best moves. At this year’s Brighton Field Day, you can expect to find tons of fun things to do, rich Native American culture to enjoy and delicious food to eat. So, if your looking for fun things to do in Florida, make sure this is on your list!

Rave Reviews

Facebook posts and reviews over the years highlight just how fun the event truly is. Users have the festival currently rated as a 4.9/5, and they have loads of photos and comments to prove just how meaningful and exciting the event can be. Check out their social media to see just how much people enjoy the food, culture and overall value of the event, direct from the people who attended it.


Event Schedule

Information is updated daily online at Brighton Field Day site.

  • Friday, February 15th starting at 9:00 AM
  • Saturday, February 16th starting at 8:30 AM
  • Sunday, February 17th starting at 9:00 AM

The PRCA Rodeo will be held everyday of the event at 3:00 PM

Ticket prices are just $20 each day inclusive of all events for that day.


About Florida Seminole Tourism (FST)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is a federally recognized Indian Tribe. FST is a top Florida Everglades adventure, learning and camping destination. We share the excitement and wonder of the Florida Everglades to visitors from around the globe. Our award-winning Everglades attractions including Billie Swamp Safari, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, and Big Cypress RV Resort & Campground.





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