Florida Events Calendar

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Whatever your passion, Florida has it. Here are just some of the major events scheduled for this month in the Sunshine State:

SOUTH FLORIDA


Goombay Festival – Colorful costumes! Caribbean rhythms! Three entertainment stages! 300 vendors selling arts, crafts and yummy food! Don’t miss it!

When: June 8-9

Where: Along Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove

Web: www.goombayfestivalcoconutgrove.com

 

Stonewall Summer Pride & Street Festival – 13th annual bash highlights all areas of GLBT interest. Expanded to two days by popular demand!

When: June 22-23

Where: Wilton Manors

Web: www.stonewallsummerpride.com

 

American Black Film Festival – Features Black films from around the world (shorts, full-length, documentaries and unreleased), panels and symposiums.

When: June 19-23

Where: Various theaters throughout Miami Beach

Web: www.abff.com/festival

 

Sea Turtle Walks – Nature lover? Go out on the beach and observe the nesting behavior of the amazing Loggerhead sea turtle.

When: Friday and Saturday nights in June and July

Where: Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, Stuart

Web: www.floridaocean.org

 

West Africana Festival – Explore music and art and Afro-Caribbean culture in this retreat that focuses on thought, wellness and ideas.

When: June 13-16

Where: Key West

Web: www.keywestchamber.org/events

 

Coral Gables Restaurant Week – Actually, this year it’s three weeks! Save at least 20 per cent off from regular lunch and dinner menus at more than 30 restaurants.

When: June 10-30

Where: Various downtown Coral Gables restaurants

Web: www.coralgablesrestaurantweek.com

 

Redland Summer Fruit Festival – Summer’s a comin’ and it’s time enjoy seasonal and rare fruits at this annual affair.

When: June 15-16

Where: Fruit & Spice Park, Homestead

Web: www.fruitandspicepark.org

 

Pompano Beach Food & Wine – Enjoy food from some of South Florida’s best chefs. And more: raffles, silent and live auctions, too.

When: June 4, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Hillsboro Club, 901 Hillsboro Mile, Pompano Beach

Web: www.pompanobeachchamber.com

 

Arts On The Avenue – Heading to the West coast? Check out the local talent: sculptors, painters, photographers and musicians.

When: June 21, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Coconut Point Mall, Estero

Web: www.facebook.com/coconutpointmall

 

Motivation Man 2013 – Two great races: Motivation Man One-Half Iron & Olympic Distance Triathlon. Cross the finish line and join the party!

When: June 1

Where: Downtown West Palm Beach

Web: www.motivationman.com

 

Hukilau 2013 – The 12th annual festival honors the world famous Mai-Kai restaurant and celebrates the history and modern revival of Polynesian pop culture.

When: June 6-9

Where: Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel

Web: www.thehukilau.com/2013

 

Fatality Fest 2013 – Don’t let the name scare you away! It’s a new horror/sci-fi convention featuring screenings, celebrity guests and more than a 100 vendors.

When: June 7-9

Where: Marriott Hotel in West Palm Beach

Web: www.fatalityfest.com

 

 

CENTRAL FLORIDA

 

Pinellas Pepper Fest – Those with tough taste buds will love sampling regional hot sauces and fiery foods while enjoying live music, and the brave can enter a hot pepper eating contest.

When: June 1 & 2

Where: Pinellas Park

Web: http://pinellaspepperfest.webs.com

 

Historic Cocoa Village’s BBQ & Blues – A professional BBQ competition featuring some of Fla., Florida’s best-known live blues musicians, a Kids Fun Zone and arts and crafts vendors.

When: June 7 & 8

Where: Cocoa

Web: http://cocoavillagebbqandblues.com

 

Hippiefest Street Festival & Happy Together Concert -- Live music from regional bands, foods, drinks, 1960’s merchandise, art, plants, pottery, face-painters, psychics and other blasts from the past.

When: June 9, 3-7 p.m.

Where: Daytona Beach

Web: http://www.peabodyauditorium.org/eventschedule.html

 

Sarasota Music Festival – For three weeks each June, internationally recognized guest artists and student musicians come together in Florida to study and perform chamber music. Buy passes or pop in for a featured performance.

When: June 3-22

Where: Sarasota

Web: http://www.sarasotaorchestra.org/sarasotamusicfestival

 

Kissimmee Blue Skies and Silver Spurs Festival – This unique (and free) event combines a raucous and exciting sanctioned rodeo with the breathtaking launch of dozens of hot air balloons, as well as live music.

When: May 31-June 2

Where: Kissimmee

Web: http://www.kissimmeeblueskiesfestival.com

 

Repticon – Snakes, frogs, lizards, crocodiles and all things slithery are the star of this convention, which features petting areas and demonstrations for both kids and adult collectors.

When: June 8 & 9

Where: Tampa

Web: http://www.repticon.com/tampa.html

 

St. Pete Pride Festival & Promenade – Tampa Bay’s largest LGBT event, drawing tens of thousands to its colorful street parade lined with food vendors, live bands and merchandise.

When: June 29

Where: St. Petersburg

Web: http://www.stpetepride.com

 

Cocoa Beach Pirate Fest – Intertwined throughout the International Palms beachside resort, this event is fun for both kids and adults with live entertainment, a pirate ship water cannon battles, a pirate-themed splash pool and an adults-only Pirate’s Ball.

When: June 14-16

Where: Cocoa Beach

Web: http://www.cocoabeachpiratefest.com

 

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards 23rd Annual Heritage Festival – Take part in the annual stomping of the grapes and enjoy wine tastings and tours against the backdrop of live music, and arts and crafts vendors.

When: June 21-23

Where: Clermont

Web: http://www.lakeridgewinery.com/Events/

 

Military Collector’s Show – For the war and military enthusiasts, this show features uniforms, medals, insignia and other memorabilia as far back as the Civil War.

When: June 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Polk City

Web: http://www.visitcentralflorida.org/events/military-collectors-show

 

New Smyrna Beach Kite Festival – Bring your own kite or purchase one to decorate at this perfect introduction to summer, with professional kite demonstrations and colorful competitions.

Where: New Smyrna Beach

When: June 1-2

Web: http://nsbfla.com/kitefest

 

Bay Area Soleciety Sneaker and Apparel Expo – Sneaker and urban street wear collectors will be in heaven at this expo with DJ entertainment and prizes.

Where: Tampa

When: June 15, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Web: http://bayareasolecietyexpo.eventbrite.com

 

 

NORTH FLORIDA

 

Goin’ Coastal Georgia Barbecue Association BBQ Competition and Music Festival — Try and resist the intoxicating aromas of vinegar, tomato and molasses smothered over thick slabs of ribs or juicy pulled pork as BBQ teams across the Southeast try to earn a spot at the national competition in Las Vegas. After the winner is crowned, stay for the live music celebration.

When: June 7-8

Where: Central Park, Fernandina Beach

Web: www.fbeachbbq.com/index.html

 

Brew with a View at the Lighthouse — Sip and savor while taking in one of St. Augustine’s world-class sunsets from the best vantage point in the city — the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse. As for the sipping and savoring, indulge in local craft beers and a Low Country boil.

When: June 6

Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse

Web: www.StAugustineLighthouse.org

 

St. Augustine Music Festival — Take a break from the seasonal deluge of jazz, funk, blues and country music fests to salute the world’s greatest composers — Bach, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and Mozart —  at this seventh annual tribute to classical music. The program on June 27, “Spanish Accents”, is musical tribute to Viva Florida!, the year-long celebration of Ponce de Leon’s discovery of the state 500 years ago.

When: June 20-22 and 27-29

Where: Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine

Web: www.StAugustineMusicFestival.org

 

Taste of Gainesville: Dining Through the Decades — When the students flee the University of Florida for the summer, the locals turn out to dine on signature dishes from 30 local restaurants spotlighting different flavors through the eras. Not to miss: the always-popular local Iron Chef competition. 

When: June 2

Where: UF Hilton Conference Center, Gainesville

Web: tasteofgainesville.com

 

St. George Island Mullet Toss — Start warming up your throwing arm. $25 gets you two mullet ($20 for children) to toss across the beach at this annual event. The winner in each category (You didn’t think the men and women competed against each other, did you?) gets bragging rights and some kind of prize. All proceeds go to charity.

When: June 8

Where: St. George Island

Web: http://blueparrotsgi.com/calendar/mullet_toss.htm

 

Real.Fun.BeachFest — “OMG! It’s The Wanted!” tweens girls scream. “Who?” adults ask. All you need to know is that the tween British boy band sensation that was named Breakout Artists of the Year at the People’s Choice Awards, that their song “I’m Glad You Came” has been played incessantly on the radio, and that they’re the headliner for this beach fest. 

When: June 1

Where: Panama City Beach

Web: www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/realfunbeachfest

 

Chiefland Watermelon Festival and Tour de Melon Bike Ride — Pedal off all the calories you’ll consume at the Watermelon Festival ahead of time by participating by the annual bike ride. Beginners can enjoy an easy 15-mile trail ride while advanced cyclers can take on the 100-mile trek. Afterward, indulge in ice-cold watermelon, participate in the seed-spitting contest and cheer on the newly-crowned Watermelon Queen at the annual festival.

When: June 1

Where: Chiefland

Web: http://chieflandwomansclub.org  and http://www.tourdemelon.com/home/

 

20th Annual Wellborn Blueberry Festival — Indulge in all things blueberry: from cobblers and pies to ice cream and jellies to syrups and fudge. The highlights of the annual festival: crowning the blueberry queen, the blueberry parade, the blueberry bake-off and the famous blueberry pancake breakfast. 

When: June 7-8

Where: Wellborn

Web: www.wellborncommunityassociation.com

National Trails Day Sunset Walk on the Florida National Scenic Trail — Gain an appreciation for Florida’s natural beauty with this ranger-led sunset walk at the start of the Florida National Scenic Trail. The 2-mile hike begins at the historic Fort Pickens in Gulf Island National Park.

When: June 1

Where: Pensacola Beach

Web: www.nps.gov/guis

 

Tallahassee Latin Dance Festival — Shake your moneymaker with two days of workshops, three evening parties, a performance showcase and dance contests dedicated to the salsa mambo, tango, bachata and cha cha for a wannabe or established dancer. Beginners can enroll in a Salsa boot camp.

When: June 7-9

Where: Tallahassee

Web: http://tallylatindancefest.com

 

Hurley’s Rip My Shred Stick Tour 2013 — Kids aged 16 and under have a chance to Hang 10 when the Hurley tour visits the Sunshine State. The fun-loving surf contest is open to the first 75 registrants and encourages novice to experienced wave riders to enjoy a day in the sun.

When: June 17

Where: Jacksonville Beach

Web: www.hurley.com

 

Ghost Hunt — “Who you gonna call?” Be your own ghost buster in this two-hour tour of the Pensacola Lighthouse, including the Keeper’s Quarters. Psychics and clairvoyants call it the most haunted lighthouse in America. The Travel Channel and SciFi’s Ghost Hunters agree. Bring your own equipment or share with others.

When: June 7-8

Where: Pensacola

Web: http://www.pensacolalighthouse.org/

 

Knights of Mayhem Ultimate Jousting Championship — Cheer on the Knights of Mayhem as they gallop toward each other on 2,000-pound horses with 11-foot-long stainless-steel lances in this centuries-old sport. During breaks in the live jousting matches, gawkers can eat, drink and listen to live music. 

When: May 30-June 2

Where: Florahome

Web: http://www.knightsofmayhemultimatejoust.com

 

9th Annual Putt N’ Crawl — Dig out your argyle socks, plaid shorts and visors for the most unique 18 holes of miniature golf you’ll play. Bars, restaurants and local charity organization create their part of the course. Your mission: Just get the ball in the hole while having fun.

When: June 8

Where: Jacksonville Beach

Web: www.PuttNCrawl.com

 

Alachua County Festival — Cheer on more than 2,000 amateur athletes in this Olympic-style sports competition. Enjoy archery, fencing, rowing, swimming and synchronized swimming events.

When: June 7-9

Where: various venues in Alachua County

Web: http://www.flasports.com/

 

If you have an event you’d like to be considered for inclusion in this monthly feature, please forward information at least a month in advance of the event date to one of our correspondents:

 

South Florida 

danorman32@gmail.com

 

Central Florida

emily.nipps@gmail.com

 

North Florida

jendecamp@gmail.com

 

 

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