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The Best Events and Festivals in Florida in March 2024

The Best Events and Festivals in Florida

Are you searching for the best events and festivals in Florida in March 2024? Thanks for visiting. Please use the links below to find fun events for all ages.

Florida hosts some amazing events and festivals. Each month I hope to take a look at a dozen or so of these in hopes of bringing you fun, exciting, and unexpected ways to enjoy our state.

If you have an event or know of one coming up that you feel should be highlighted, please drop me a line with as much information as you can, including a website. I’ll be glad to include your suggestions in future posts.

I have listed events in date order.

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Best events and festivals in Florida March 2024 Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant CityPlant City Florida Strawberry Festival

February 29 through March 10

Strawberries and more strawberries are the theme of this amazing annual festival. Enjoy agriculture, industry, livestock, commerce, fine arts, horticulture, arts & crafts, and strawberries. Live music from groups such as the Oak Ridge Boys, the Beach Boys, Black Eyed Peas (though it doesn’t look like Fergie is with them), ZZ Top, Foreigner,  Flo Rida, and many, many more. Enjoy over 80 games, attractions, and rides at the Belle City Midway.

Family fun, a date night, or an evening with friends, the Plant City Strawberry Festival has something for everyone. Click the image to check the website for ticket prices.

 

The best events and festivals in Florida in March 2024. Pigapalooza in Mulberry, FL March 8 and 9Pigapalooza

March 8 & 9 in Mulberry

The City of Mulberry is pleased to announce the return of Pigapalooza!, an FBA sanctioned BBQ competition. But this isn’t just BBQ, it’s Pigapalooza! We will host vendors, a kid zone, live music, and of course the opportunity to purchase award winning barbecue. This year we are launching Pigapalooza’s first Kids-Que!

 

Will McLean Music FestivalWill McLean Music Festival

March 8 through 10 in Brooksville

A premier event that will entertain you with 80 folk music groups performing on 3 covered stages.  Music styles include original and traditional songs, in Americana, Blues, Celtic, Bluegrass, Country, and Modern Folk. Besides performances, there are workshops, several jam areas, a young musician’s program, a children’s area and a performance of the winners of The Best New Florida Song contest. Food and craft vendors supply all your cravings.

 

 

 

Best events and festivals in florida March 2024 South Florida Food Fest & Craft Fair

South Florida Food Fest and Craft Fair

March 9 & 10 in Boca Raton

Two days of delicious foods priced from $1-$5 so sample everything. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be available. Music from popular local musicians, artisans, and a craft fair round out this amazing weekend in Boca Raton. Click the link or the image to buy your tickets in advance. Only $15 for a 2-day pass.

 

Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival

March 9 & 10

49 years strong, the Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival is one of the leading arts events in Florida.

More than 150 artists will have their work on exhibit. Works will be judged but also will be for sale. Music, craft beer, and foods will be available.

THIS EVENT IS NOT PET FRIENDLY!!! They are using the old  tired excuse of “insurance.”

 

 

Clewiston Sugar Festival Clewiston Sugar Festival

March 16

Over the years our festival has grown into a multi-day event, beginning with sports tournaments and a Miss Sugar Pageant leading up to the main festival day, followed by a Friday Night Kickoff concert with food trucks on festival weekend.

The event, including the concert lineup are free, making this a great family event.

On Saturday, the main festival day, attendees can enjoy free live music concerts, an antique tractor display, a car show, a free kids play park, visit a local baking contest and a professional baking display, plus enjoy the offerings of various food and crafts vendors present.

 

Marco Island Seafood & Music Festival

March 22-24

Enjoy stone crab, shrimp, and more, along with your favorite adult beverages. Live music will be performed throughout the event. Join more than 60 arts and craft vendors and let the kids play in the Kids Zone. Fun for the entire family. Tickets are $10 for adults, under age 12 are free.

 

Venice, FL Writer's Festival and Book Fair Best events and festivals in Florida March 2024Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival

March 22 & 23

This is a unique event, featuring writing and publishing workshops, and a special day when local and national authors sell and sign books at a festival market in a beautiful downtown park.

About 35 authors and not for profit organizations are currently signed up to attend. Be sure to support your local authors.

 

Pints n Paws Craft Beer Festival in Sanford March 23, 2024Pints n’ Paws Craft Beer Festival

March 23 in Sanford

Pints n’ Paws Craft Beer Festival is annual fundraiser you bring your dog to featuring over 100 breweries, food trucks, vendors, live entertainment and community in beautiful Historic Downtown Sanford, Florida. Each year one of the activities that everyone looks forward to is our Annual Poster Dog Contest to see who’s furry friend will shine on next year’s poster and event marketing.

Now in its 12th year, it has raised over $600,000 to date for local pet rescues!

It is hosted by the Sanfording Event Production Group of West End Trading Co., Celery City Craft and Historic Downtown Sanford® and is one of the premier events in Sanford, Florida!

The event is free to attend. Beer tasting tickets are available online in advance and I imagine can be purchased the afternoon of the event.

 

Florida Wildflower and Garden Festival in DeLand Best events and festivals in Florida March 2024Florida Wildflower and Garden Festival

March 23 in DeLand

A forum to promote environmentally-friendly and sustainable gardening practices featuring an array of vendors and presentations by wildflower and gardening experts. Vendors and speakers will be on hand.  Free admission and free parking is available throughout DeLand.

 

 

Islamorada Island Fest March 23 and 24, 2024 Islamorada Island Fest

March 23 and 24

Island Fest returns to Islamorada on March 23 & 24, 2024 featuring a juried art show, live music, great food, classic cars and much more. The annual Islamorada Chamber of Commerce fundraiser, now in its 32nd year, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and  Sunday at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside.

Around 100 artists will be taking part in the show. Delicious food can be found everywhere, including the smoked fish dip contest on Saturday. Try your hand at the homemade boat race with multiple categories for prizes. Musical guests and a large car show make this an event with something for every member of the family.

Free admission and on-site parking is $5.

Panacea Beer and Oyster Festival Best events and festivals in Florida March 2024Panacea Beer and Oyster Festival

March 30

The Panacea Beer and Oyster Festival is held along Dickerson Bay at Woolley Park in Panacea, Florida. The festival features unlimited samplings of local and national craft beers in the beer garden and will host local oyster farmers who will have their delicious oysters available for purchase!

The festival will also feature food & craft vendors, live music, and a beautiful view for sipping and shucking!

All proceeds benefit the Panacea Waterfronts Florida Partnership. Tickets are $25 and are only necessary if you would like to participate in the beer tastings held in the BEER GARDEN, or would like to accompany someone in. The rest of the event is open to the public to enjoy.

 

 

To conclude, I want to thank you for reading my listing of the best events and festivals in Florida in March 2024. Check back every month otherwise you might miss out on a great event you did not know about. If you are sponsoring or hosting an upcoming event, drop me a line so I can include it. Maybe we can work together on a blog post to promote the event. Let’s hear your ideas.

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The Best Events and Festivals in Florida in February 2024

The Best Events and Festivals in Florida

Are you searching for the best events and festivals in Florida in February 2024? Thanks for visiting. Please use the links below to find fun events for all ages.

Florida hosts some amazing events and festivals. Each month I hope to take a look at a dozen or so of these in hopes of bringing you fun, exciting, and unexpected ways to enjoy our state.

If you have an event or know of one coming up that you feel should be highlighted, please drop me a line with as much information as you can, including a website. I’ll be glad to include your suggestions in future posts.

I have listed events in date order.

Best Events and Festivals in Florida February 2024 Everglades Seafood Festival54th Annual Everglades Seafood Festival

February 2-4, 2024 in Everglades City

Enjoy three days of live country music, carnival rides, arts, crafts, and tantalizing seafood, right here in the Stone Crab Capital of the World.

 

 

 

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49th Annual Mount Dora Arts Festival49th Annual Mount Dora Arts Festival The Best Events and Festivals in Florida in February 2024

February 3 and 4, 2024 in downtown Mount Dora

Experience 300 fine artists lined along the streets to showcase a vast array of incredible talent in this juried event. There will be entertainment, beer, wine, cocktails, music and festival food to round out the amazing weekend. The event runs 9am-5pm on Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday and is FREE to attend.

While you are deciding whether to addend, I recommend you watch this video from the 2023 festival to see what is in store for you.

 

 

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Florida State Fair

February 8-19, 2024 in Tampa

Everything you would ever want in a fair: food, entertainment, rides, exhibits, and more.

Free parking is provided while admission and ride charges are separate. Check online for pricing. Pets are not permitted.

 

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Get close to many of Florida’s aquatic and terrestrial animals and ecosystems, as well as others from around the world at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, including sea turtles and coral. Your ticket allows you to access all of the exhibits, which feature diverse creatures and habitats. Click the image or THIS LINK for details and to purchase tickets.

 

 

Cuda Bowl Barracuda Tournament

February 8-10, 2024 in Sugar Loaf Key

The toothy barracuda are prey for competitors in this annual challenge. This is an all-release flats tournament. The name of the tournament is because it is scheduled each year just before the Super Bowl NFL football championship. The event is headquartered at South of the Seven Restaurant on Sugarloaf Key, mile marker 17. The top angler and guide in spin and fly divisions receive prizes. Recognition is given to the top scoring female and junior anglers.

 

Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford The Best Events and Festivals in Florida in February 2024Love Your Shorts Film Festival

February 15-18 in Sanford

The Love Your Shorts Film Festival is an annual showcase in Sanford, Florida, of short films from around Florida, the United States and the world. During the festival, film fans can view films up to 30 minutes each in a variety of categories and attend film workshops.

Click the link or image for details and to purchase tickets.

Gasparilla Music Festival

February 16-18 in Tampa

For music lovers, this is one of the best events and festivals in Florida in February 2024. The 2024 Gasparilla Music Festival takes place in Julian B Lane Riverfront Park on Feb 16-18, featuring musical acts from a wide variety of genres on several stages and cuisine from the region’s top restaurants. You will without doubt have an amazing time. The organization is involved throughout the year in several initiatives including providing scholarships and instruments to music students.

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Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival 202416th Annual Fiddler Crab Festival

February 16-18 in Steinhatchee

Live music, car and truck show, craft vendors, fishing tournament, a parade, food vendors, beer and wine garden, poker run, and finally, cap off the excitement with an incredible fireworks display. Fun for the entire family, this event is unlike any you have attended before.

 

 

 

 

60th Coconut Grove Arts Festival

February 17-19, 2024 in Coconut Grove

For 60 years, the mission of the Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association has been to nurture a future generation of artists. Proceeds from the Coconut Grove Arts Festival help to fund our year-round programs, create a positive impact on our community and touch the lives of many throughout the year.

31st Annual Black Heritage Festival New Smyrna Beach31st Annual Black Heritage Festival

February 24 at Pettis Park in New Smyrna Beach.

Enjoy singing, dancing, historical demonstrations, food, and much more. This is a signature event every year in New Smyrna Beach produced by the Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum.

Art and Seafood on the Waterfront

February 24 and 25 in Safety Harbor

Featured events include juried fine art, fish taco competition, delicious local seafood, interactive art activities, kids zone, entertainment for all ages and a full music stage.

General admission to the event is FREE! VIP tickets are available for purchase.

Key West 13 stop hop on hop off trolley tour. Click to book tickets.
This tour covers the entire city. You can avoid the trouble of driving and parking in a new place. You can hop-on and off the trolley and explore the city on your own, at any of the 13 stops. Your ticket is valid for all day, so you can tour at your own speed. Click the photo above or HERE for more information and to reserve your tickets.

 

 

 

Key West Art & Craft Festival February 24 and 25, 2024 The Best Events and Festivals in Florida February 2024

59th Annual Key West Art & Craft Festival

February 24 and 25, 2024 in Key West

The Key West Craft Show and The Old Island Days Art Festival are now combined as the The Key West Art and Craft Festival. The event dates are February 24th & 25th, 2024.  Old Town at The Truman Waterfront Park is home to the combined show.

This promises to be a tremendous show for artists and crafters. Seek out your new, favorite artisan and then support their efforts while in beautiful Key West.

 

LaBelle Swamp Cabbage Festival 202458th Annual Swamp Cabbage Festival

February 24 and 25, 2024 in LaBelle

Car show, parade, Swamp Cabbage Queen and Princess, musical entertainment, a rodeo, bass fishing tournament, artisans, and plenty of food including swamp cabbage. The Swamp Cabbage Festival is undeniably fun for the entire family.

 

To conclude, I want to thank you for reading my listing of the best events and festivals in Florida in February 2024. Check back every month otherwise you might miss out on a great event you did not know about.

This post may contain affiliate links. If you click these links and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This commission does not affect any price that you pay. All views and opinions provided are my own and are never influenced by affiliate programs or sponsors providing products.

 

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November 2023 The Best Events and Festivals in Florida

The Best Events and Festivals in Florida

The Best in Florida Festivals and Events November 2023

Use this post to find the best in Florida festivals and events in November 2023.

Florida hosts some amazing events and festivals. Each month I hope to take a look at a dozen or so of these in hopes of bringing you fun, exciting, and unexpected ways to enjoy our state.

If you have an event or know of one coming up that you feel should be highlighted, please drop me a line with as much information as you can, including a website. I’ll be glad to include your suggestions in future posts.

Posts are listed in date order.

Volusia County Fair logoNovember 2-12      Volusia County Fair           DeLand

Founded in 1923, the Volusia County Fair offers the chance to show livestock, horticulture, and home and craft products. Participants are able to compete for awards. Highlights of the fair include rides, games, live entertainment, and the Miss Volusia County Fair competition.

Buy tickets online or at the gate.

 

 

November 3-5             Cedar Key Pirate Invasion

Come, celebrate with the pirates! See how they lived on land when ashore. Learn from some of the finest re-enactors on the East Coast. Watch and listen as the pirates set up an outpost in the city park. The park will be open from 12:00 noon on Friday November 3th. Come and purchase wares and clothing from Vendors Row. Listen to rousing, toe tapping sea shanties. Friday evening roam the town with the Pirates eating and drinking in the local establishments! Pirates YE BE WARNED! No open containers in public!

 

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November 3-4             Florida Seafood Festival             Apalachicola

The festival features delicious seafood, arts and crafts exhibits, seafood related events, Musical Entertainment. Some of the notable events include Oyster Eating and Oyster Shucking contest, Blue Crab Races, Photo Contest, Parade, 5k Redfish Run, The Blessing of the Fleet, History of the Festival Exhibit and Tonging for Treasure.

This is a NON-PET FRIENDLY event.

 

 

Orlando Greek Fest Best Events and Festivals in FloridaNovember 3-5             Orlando Greek Fest

Fun for the whole family! Come out and enjoy authentic Greek foods, dancing, live music, church tours, iconography presentations, and much, much more! Free admission but be advised, this is a cashless event.

 

 

 

 

November 4                Jacksonville Porchfest        Historic Springfield

The ninth annual Jacksonville PorchFest, a music festival held on the welcoming front porches of Historic Springfield, will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 12 pm to 8 pm.  The free, family-friendly event will feature musicians from a wide variety of genres. Afternoon entertainment will include more than twenty performers on porches throughout the historic district. Attendees will stroll from porch to porch and “camp out” on front lawns and sidewalks as they enjoy live, local talent. Food, drink, and arts vendors are to be found throughout the event.

This is a dog friendly event!

 

 

November 4-5             Mount Dora Plant and Garden Fair

Vendors and nurseries from all over the state come to Mount Dora, Florida. With a wide variety of Florida native and exotic plants, garden ware along with arts & crafts at this annual event you will find something you need to take home. Get gardening advice from Experts and let our volunteers help you take your plants to your car.

 

 

Palatka Fall Bluegrass Festival Best Events and Festivals in FloridaNovember 9-11          Palatka Fall Bluegrass Festival    Palatka

Featuring Rhonda Vincent and dozens of other acts, this is a bluegrass lovers dream event. Multiple ticket options available online.

 

November 10-12        Electric Daisy Carnival               Orlando

Under the Electric Sky, we come together to celebrate life, love, art, and music. From the stages and the sound to the pyrotechnics and the performers, so many unique elements go into bringing this world to life. We invite you to wander, explore, interact, and connect. Imagination and positive energy are the currency of this place.

Buy your tickets online ahead of time.

 

Super Girl Surf ProNovember 10-12        Super Girl Surf Pro            Jacksonville

Established in 2007 as a showcase for women in action sports, the Super Girl Pro Series is the only large-scale all-women’s action sports, esports and lifestyle series in the world.  Developed as a celebration of female strength and empowerment, the platform has grown into a series of five incredible festivals centered around providing social, athletic, cultural, educational, business, and entertainment opportunities for young women in areas where they are traditionally underrepresented.

 

November 11              Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival

As you stroll through the Festival on Saturday feeling the balmy breeze while the sun sets you will be embraced in sensory delight as your journey takes you through a variety of Culinary Cuisines; a Welcome Reception, Italian, American, Mediterranean, Asia Pacific, Spanish, Sweet Endings Village, Spirits and BBQ Village, and the fan favorite Villages; Craft Brew, Fine Wine & Artisanal Cheese Village and Specialty Foods Village, Retail and Business Shopping Bazaar. The festival’s featured wines can be purchased during the event.

Buy your tickets online in advance.

 

 

South Florida Seafood Festival Best Events and Festivals in FloridaNovember 12              South Florida Seafood Festival           Miami

30+ Local Seafood Favorites, 10+ of Miami’s Finest Chefs fire up our Kitchen Lab, Amazing Cocktails by Miami’s top Mixologists, Live Music All Day, Big Kid Yard Games, Curated Nautical Market, Family Fun Zone with Huge Inflatables, Slides, Games & More!

Buy your tickets in advance to save. This event is rain or shine, no refunds.

 

 

Palatka Craft Beer FestivalNovember 18              Palatka Craft Beer Festival

Breweries from all over north and central Florida. Beer tastings of more than 20 different beers. Live music, food trucks, and free admission for designated drivers. VIP or General Admission tickets are available online. The proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Palatka.

 

 

 

Fall Festival of the Arts DeLandNovember 18 & 19    Fall Festival of the Arts DeLand

Their 30th annual fine arts, juried festival held in the downtown area. Downtown DeLand will be full of artists, vendors, food, and live entertainment. This is a free event.

 

November 18 & 19    Eau Gallie Arts Festival              Melbourne

Established in 1996, the festival is now in its 27th year. Artists from across the state bring their talents, passion, and wares. Live music on Sunday.

 

November 2023 Events and Festivals in Florida Daytona Turkey RunNovember 23-26,       50th Daytona Turkey Run           Daytona Beach

Held annually at Daytona International Speedway, this event is a car lover’s dream. Here you can see amazingly restored cars, buy and sell cars, parts, and memorabilia, enjoy fellow enthusiasts, visit the handmade craft vendor section, and enjoy food and drink. This year, enter for a chance to win a 1932 Ford Roadster. Funds raised by the Turkey Run are kept within the local community.

 

 

Island Art Festival

November 25              Island Art Festival              Big Pines Key

Come from 9am-3pm to celebrate the holiday season at this family-friendly event. Enjoy local arts and crafts with live music and delicious food at MM 31. Experience original one-of-a-kind Island art and a wide array of crafts. FREE ADMISSION & PARKING!

 

 I hope you have found interesting things to do in this look at the November 2023 Best Events and Festivals in Florida. Be sure to bookmark my site and check back for fun things to do in December in Florida!

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October 2023 The Best Events and Festivals in Florida

The Best Events and Festivals in Florida

The Best in Florida Festivals and Events October 2023

Florida hosts some amazing events and festivals. Each month I hope to take a look at a dozen or so of these in hopes of bringing you fun, exciting, and unexpected ways to enjoy our state.

If you have an event or know of one coming up that you feel should be highlighted, please drop me a line with as much information as you can, including a website. I’ll be glad to include your suggestions in future posts.

Posts are listed in date order.

I have purposefully not included Oktoberfest and Halloween related events in this post.

October 6-8      Destin Seafood Festival             Destin

This event which features seafood, music, art, and more serves as a fundraiser for the Destin Charter Boat Association, a not-for-profit organization formed in 1954. More than 70 vendors, five music stages, and seafood galore.

 

 

 

 

Boots, Bulls, and Barrels October 7, 2023

October 7         Boots, Bulls & Barrells              Kissimmee

An intense event that combines the thrill of bull riding with the fast agility of barrel racing. This tournament-style event brings together professional bull riders and skilled equestrians in a competition of adrenaline and skill.

The annual Silver Spurs Rodeo is one of the top rodeos in the country so this event promises to be excellent.

Take a video tour of the history of the Silver Spurs Rodeo below.

 

 

 

Green Cove Springs Soul Food FestivalOctober 7         Green Cove Springs Soul Food & Music Festival

Enjoy an amazing day of southern cooking, live music, dancing, children’s activities, local artists, specialty vendors, and more.

 

 

 

 

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Winter Park Autumn Art Festival  

October 7-8      Autumn Art Festival         Winter Park

The Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is the only juried fine art festival exclusively featuring Florida artists.

The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the festival on the second weekend in October each year. The community-oriented sidewalk show presents quality visual art and live entertainment the whole family can enjoy. The festival is held in beautiful Central Park located along historic Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park.

The festival is open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days.

Admission is free!

 

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Florida Birding & Nature FestivalOctober 12-15  Florida Birding & Nature Festival    Apollo Beach

Four days of field and boat trips, expert seminars, keynote speakers, and a free nature expo with more than 20 vendors and organizations. There October are charges for certain portions of this festival.

 

 

 

October 14                McIntosh 1890s Festival            McIntosh

Named for the decade when the community began to flourish, this festival has grown to more than 200 vendors with tens of thousands of visitors. Enjoy music, food, shopping, arts and crafts, jewelry, and more while enjoying local Victorian charm.

 

October 19-22           Biketoberfest            Daytona Beach

Motorcycle enthusiasts come together during the four-day rally each year to enjoy beautiful Florida weather, live music, motorcycle racing at Daytona International Speedway, and miles of scenic rides along famous A1A, historic Main Street or the scenic Loop. Come experience the Southeast’s best motorcycle rally featuring motorcycle shows, custom bike builds and hundreds of the industry’s top vendors throughout Daytona Beach.

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October 21                Sanford Jazz in the Park         Sanford

Come out to the 6th annual Jazz in the Park at Centennial Park. This family oriented events features live music, food trucks, vendors, and a cash bar. This music festival is presented by Ladies 327 in association with Historic Downtown Sanford.

Sanford, Florida Jazz in the Park October 21, 2023

 

October 21-22           Cedar Key Seafood Festival      Cedar Key

Now it’s 53rd year, this year’s festival will celebrate the year of the clam. The festival features seafood, more than arts and crafts vendors, music, and an amazing Saturday morning parade you won’t want to miss.

Renowned for its delectable seafood offerings, vibrant arts and crafts scene, and lively live music performances, the Cedar Key Seafood Festival promises visitors an unforgettable weekend full of fun and flavors. 

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October 25-29           Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

With plans for multiple show locales, more than 1,300 boats, 1,000 brands, and 100,000 attendees, this is the boat show for any marine enthusiast. Buy your tickets in advance online (HINT, HINT, they aren’t cheap).

 

Naples Stone Crab Festival

October 27-29           Naples Stone Crab Festival       Naples

A Naples tradition for more than a decade, enjoy stone crab, other seafood, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and more.

 

October 28       Florida Territory Living History      Dade City

A living history event depicting Florida history before 1845: pre-history/archeological, pre-Columbian (15th Century and before), Spanish Colonial Period, Seven Years/Revolutionary War, Patriot War/War of 1812, Seminole Wars.
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Thousands attend the Mt. Dora Craft Fair, consistently ranked one of the best craft fairs in the country.October 28-29   Mount Dora Fall Craft Fair      Mount Dora

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The downtown streets come alive with almost 400 of the best exhibitors in the country ready to show and sell their fine and fun crafts at this annual event. Festival food, music, beer, wine, cocktails and some special guest appearances will round out the event.

 

 

 

October 28-29           Lake Wales Pioneer Days Festival

Happening in Lake Wailes Park, this event will feature reenactors and historic demonstrations, more than 60 craft market vendors, local food vendors, community partners, and be sure to nominate someone for “Pioneer of the Year.”

 

October 29                Tavares Trailblazers                 Tavares

Join historian Richard Lee Cronin at the Tavares History Research Center for a presentation celebrating some of the exceptional individuals and the roles each played in the development of the town.

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August 2023 The Best Events and Festivals in Florida

The Best Events and Festivals in Florida

The Best in Florida Festivals and Events August 2023

Florida hosts some amazing events and festivals. Each month I hope to take a look at a dozen or so of these in hopes of bringing you fun, exciting, and unexpected ways to enjoy our state.

If you have an event or know of one coming up that you feel should be highlighted, please drop me a line with as much information as you can, including a website. I’ll be glad to include your suggestions in future posts.

Posts are listed in date order.

 

New Smyrna Beach Shrimp and Seafood Festival on Flagler AvenueAugust 3     New Smyrna Beach Shrimp and Seafood Festival            New Smyrna Beach

The best restaurants in New Smyrna Beach will be offering sample size portions priced at an economical $5-$8 each, allowing you to try all your favorites. No admission fees.

 

 

August 4th-6th        DanceAfrica Miami       Miami

Includes West African dance and drum instruction, concerts, food trucks, a kid’s village and more. Performers from Senegal, Haiti, Congo, and more are anticipated to participate.

DanceAfrica Miami August 4-6, 2023

August 4th-6th        Jurassic Quest                Daytona Beach

The largest and most realistic Dinosaur Exhibit on tour, featuring true-to-detail (and size!) dinosaurs, including a 60 foot long, sky-scraping Spinosaurus, the 80-foot-long Apatosaurus, and the gigantic LIFESIZE T. Rex.

 

Key West Lobsterfest August 10th-13th      26th Annual Key West Lobsterfest           Key West

Seafood lovers can chow down on Florida’s clawless lobster during a tasty “feast-ival” with a savory and packed schedule of events ranging from a traditional lobster boil to special dinners, and a lively street fair. The flavorful festivities celebrate the bounty of the Florida Keys lobster season that opens Aug. 6.

August 11-12        Fernandina Beach Kingfish Tournament and Fishing Rodeo     

With many of North Florida’s big fishing contests held in June and July, Fernandina’s annual family-friendly event also includes an inshore fishing contest. The Kingfish division pays out $10,000 for first place, the inshore Fishing Rodeo pays out for four species: flounder, sea trout, redfish and sheepshead. There are also contests for female and junior anglers.

 

August 12   16th Annual Parade & Commemoration of the 2nd Seminole War             St. Augustine

From 9 a.m.-2 p.m., the Florida National Guard will host the 16th annual Parade & Ceremony commemorating the end of the 2nd Seminole War and those who perished. Free and open to the public, at 10:45 a.m. historians will march to the National Cemetery where the commemoration ceremony will take place at the pyramids and Dade Monument.

 

August 19      Plaid in the Park        Mount Dora

Mount Dora’s beautiful Sunset Park transforms into a scene of Celtic revelry as bagpipe bands, drummers and dancers celebrate the city’s Scottish heritage. Don your kilts and tartans and head downtown for an evening of entertainment, vendors selling teas, jams, pastries and gifts, and other food and drinks for sale. It’s a great way to experience this cute Florida small town and feel immersed in a faraway culture while also supporting small businesses in the downtown district.

 

 

August 19th-20th    Central Florida Home Expo    Orlando

The Central Florida Home Expo features exhibitors with fabulous ideas for consumers. At this show you’ll find the latest in products and services for home improvement. Visitors meet with professionals to make your next remodeling, renovation, landscaping, patio, or decorating project a big success. Free admission.

August 26   Coke Zero Sugar 400      Daytona Beach

The regular season finale before the Chase for the Cup starts, provides that last chance for drivers to qualify for the biggest prize in NASCAR.

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August 26   FAMU Florida Grape Harvest Festival      Tallahassee

Celebrate family, food, fun, and agricultural discovery in recognition of FAMU’s role as a national leader in viticulture research. Featured activities include the vineyards trailer ride, grape and wine sampling, popular grape stomping contest, water slides, a grape throwing competition, a hula hoop competition, live entertainment, fun vineyard run and walk-a-thon (MAP), grape picking, a health fair, and more than 60 community exhibitors and vendors.

 

August 26   12th Annual Greater St. Pete Cupcake Contest    St. PetersburgSt. Pete Cupcake Contest

The Morean Arts Center invites you to our city-wide search for St. Petersburg’s BEST CUPCAKE!

The contest will be hosted at the Morean Center for Clay located in the Warehouse Arts District at 420 22nd Street South.

Tallahassee Beer Festival August 26, 2023August 26   Tallahassee Beer Festival         Tallahassee

General Admission: GA grants you access to the two main sample rooms. And by rooms we mean the entire arena and exhibit space at the Tuck. Beer is everywhere. Soft drinks and water are available for free. Food available for purchase.

 

August 31-September 4   Key West Brewfest         Key West

Brewfest is a multi-day festival hosted by Southernmost Beach Resort! It includes beer pairing dinners, pool parties, tap takeovers, and culminates with a signature tasting event with over 150 beers available for tasting. Events take place at many restaurants, hotels, and bars around town making Brewfest a great way to experience Key West!

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July 2023 The Best Events and Festivals in Florida

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The Best in Florida Events and Festivals July 2023

Florida hosts some amazing events and festivals. Each month I hope to take a look at a dozen or so of these in hopes of bringing you fun, exciting, and unexpected ways to enjoy our state.

If you have an event or know of one coming up that you feel should be highlighted, please drop me a line with as much information, including a website, as you can. I’ll be glad to include your suggestions in future posts.

Posts are listed in date order.

June 30-July 4      Key Lime Festival          Key West

2023 is shaping up to be the best Key Lime Festival yet. We’re pleased to offer a full 5 days of culinary events for every taste, including favorites from past years like the Key Lime Cocktail Sip & Stroll and Key Lime Pie Hop and new favorites for Key Lime lovers! We’ve also added a few intimate culinary events for our VIP Key Lime lovers!

 July 1-July 5         Key West Mermaid Festival    Key West

Welcome To the home of the 2023 Key West Mermaid Festival!

Join Key West native, Mermaid Kristi Ann, her Pod, and her crew, for 4 days of splish-splashing mermaid fun! Come swim with us as mermaids from around the nation take over the enchanted island of Key West.

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U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Image courtesy https://www.blueangels.navy.mil/media/

July 5-July 8         Pensacola Beach Air Show      Pensacola

Locals and visitors from all over look forward to the annual Pensacola Beach Air Show held in the summer. The show highlights our hometown heroes — the Blue Angels — the U. S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron stationed at Forrest Sherman Field aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola.

The Blue Angels hold several practice sessions along the beach in the days leading up to the big event on show day.

You can follow the Blue Angels on their YouTube channel HERE or sample their videos through the embedded video below.

July 8-July 9         Mango Festival     Miami

Fairchild Garden is home to The Tropical Fruit program and the world’s largest mango collection. Our annual Mango Festival is a celebration of the more than 400 varieties of mangos in our prized collection, and it all culminates in a dazzling weekend filled with mango madness.

You can keep up with Fairchild Garden on their YouTube channel HERE.

 

July 14-July 16     Trailblazer Country Music Festival           Elkton

A celebration of all things country from crafts to music to food, the festival will present exhibitor booths featuring exhibits, crafts, fashions, truck art, and food. The Trailblazer Country Music Festival includes the Trailblazer Craft Beer Fest. Those who purchase a ticket for this festival within a festival may enjoy unlimited samples of beer, wine, and spirits.

 

Hemingway Days 2023 in Key West, FLJuly 18-July 24     Hemingway Days           Key West

The annual celebration salutes the Nobel Prize–winning author’s writing achievements, sporting pursuits and enjoyment of the island’s easygoing lifestyle.

The festival’s undisputed highlight is the Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval St., a frequent hangout for the writer during his 1930s residence in Key West.

Looking for that perfect Hemingway book for yourself or as a gift? Look no further, click HERE to find everything Hemingway.

 

Rolling Loud Miami July 2023

July 21-July23     Rolling Loud        Miami

Everything is bigger for this Miami festival. Featuring 100+ of your favorite hip-hop artists from all over the world. This is a festival lineup built uniquely for our fans.

Find the best prices and get your tickets to the Rolling Loud Miami festival by click the image above or using THIS LINK.

 

July 22-July 23     Cool Art Show     St. Petersburg

The Professional Association of Visual Artists was formed in 1988, when a group of artists on a social outing, discussed the idea of hanving an indoor art festival to pass the time in the hot Florida summer. On a couple of cocktail napkins, the Cool Art Show was born.

July 28-July29      Caladium Festival          Lake Placid

While caladiums are the heart of our popular Caladium Festival, the event also highlights our creative community as well as our local heritage and culture.

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Key Lime Bike Tours, a 3 hour guided bike tour highlighting the best Key West has to offer. Close out your tour with a slice of key lime pie! Click the image for more details and to book your tour.
Visiting Key West for one of these great festivals? Why not take a 3-hour guided bike tour and close the tour with a delicious slice of Key Lime Pie? Click HERE or the image above for more information and to book your tour.