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

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SOUTH FLORIDA

MYSTERY, MAHEM & VICE CRIME COACH TOUR: Miami’s colorful criminal past is revealed as you hear stories of mobsters, murderers and drug smugglers on this bus ride with noted historian Dr. Paul George. Visit the Miami City Cemetery, the site of the attempted assassination of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and sites where the Miami Vice TV series was filmed.
When: June 5
Where: HistoryMiami museum in Miami is the starting point
Web: historymiami.org/folklife

LAUDERDALE LIVE: Just minutes away from vibrant Las Olas Boulevard, you’ll be able to rock and roll all weekend. Attendees will enjoy great music set against the backdrop of historic waterways and top restaurants. Some of the headliners: Phillip Phillips,  O.A.R., Ben Rector, Sister Hazel, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Dumpstaphunk, Kris Allen, Luke Wade, Emily Kopp and Beverly McClellan.
When: June 19-21
Where: Huizenga Plaza on the New River, Fort Lauderdale
Web: lauderdalelivemusic.com

CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH EVENTS: At Taste of the Caribbean, you can savor the best in Caribbean cuisine at tasting meals, workshops and seminars with leading chefs who will provide insider secrets on enhancing your dining experience. It’s a competition-style event that showcases the region’s best chefs, pastry chefs, junior chefs and bartenders. Colors of the Caribbean is a free family-friendly festival celebrating Caribbean culture. Live acts include Inner Circle, Soca Monarch Rikki Jai, Ricardo Dru and Kevin Lyttle. Also: A Caribbean Travel Expo, a Kids Zone, arts and crafts, a food village and smaller stages featuring folk dancing and steel bands.
When: Respectively, June 12-14 and June 20.
Where: Respectively, Hyatt Regency hotel, Miami, and Young Circle in downtown Hollywood
Web: Respectively, caribbeanhotelandtourism.com and colorsofthecaribbean.com

THE POOL -- ALL GLOW, NO H2O:  No, this has nothing to do with swimming.  New to the waterfront in West Palm Beach this summer is a temporary interactive art extravaganza by prominent light sculptor Jen Lewin. The Pool is comprised of giant, colorful, glowing concentric circles where you can run, jump and play together, making art of the lights.
When: June 4 through July 4
Where: Downtown West Palm Beach
Web: wpb.org/summer-in-paradise

ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE AND DOWNTOWN VENICE CRAFT FESTIVALS: Peruse booths filled with painting, crafts, stained glass, pottery, jewelry, photography, personalized products for kids and pooches and much more, including a Green Market for plants, handmade soaps, tangy BBQ sauces and gorgeous orchids. The St. Armands event is in its 14th straight year and the Venice event is in its 23rd.
When & Where: St. Armands Circle on St. Armands Key just off the coast of Sarasota, June 13-14; Miami Avenue in Venice, June 20-21
Web: artfestival.com

SUMMERLAND CONCERT TOUR: If the 1990s was your decade, this one’s for you. This annual event will feature ’90s bands such as Toadies, Fuel, American Hi-Fi and Everclear. No food and drinks allowed, but not to worry, plenty of both will be provided on site.
Where: Top Rocker Field, Fort Myers
When: June 11
Web: SixBends.com

SUMMER MOONLIGHT SEA TURTLE WALKS: Enjoy an evening of sea turtle exploration and identification while uncovering the natural history and myths of turtles. With a little luck and weather permitting you might just see a 300-pound loggerhead venture out of the ocean to lay her eggs.
When: Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from June 2-July 9
Where: Museum of Discovery & Science and the beach, Fort Lauderdale
Web: mods.org

KEY WEST PRIDE: This five-day celebration includes a film festival, dance parties, drag shows, bike tours, pool parties, water excursions, a street fair, Pride Pageants and a “Pride in Our Community” parade down Duval Street. Key West shows its Pride every day and now is your chance to join in on the fun.
When: June 10-14
Where: Key West
Web: fla-keys.com

SEEK IN THE CITY: Here’s a chance to participate in a great scavenger hunt and learn about one of SoFla’s great towns, Delray Beach. You can enter by yourself or as part of a team up to five. You can win money, too: $1,000, $500 and $250 for first, second and third place, respectively. Note: A car and a smart phone with a bar-code scanner app are needed. Afterward, hang out downtown and enjoy some of the great eateries and night spots.
When: June 27
Where: Downtown Delray Beach
Web: seekinthecitydelray.com

REDLAND SUMMER FRUIT FESTIVAL: Summer’s a comin’ and it’s time enjoy seasonal and rare fruits and much more at this annual affair. Vendor booths will feature local wines and yummy foods. Children age 11 and under get in free.
When: June 20-21
Where: Fruit & Spice Park, Homestead
Web: fruitandspicepark.org

STONEWALL PRIDE STREET FESTIVAL & PARADE: It’s an 11-hour blast, with performances late into the evening on three different stages, along with a marketplace featuring vendors selling arts, crafts and more. There will also be food trucks, frozen drink tents and a Kids Zone. Don’t miss the Stonewall Summer Pride Twilight Parade.
When: June 20
Where: Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors
Web: wiltonmanorsstonewall.com

WEST AFRICANA FESTIVAL: Explore music, art and Afro-Caribbean culture during a three-day destination retreat that focuses on thought, culture and wellness. The festival integrates music, art and cultural tourism.
When: June 18-21
Where: Various locations in Key West
Web: fla-keys.com

HUKILAU POLYNESIAN FESTIVAL: Tikiphiles can expect an all-things Polynesian extravaganza, including great musical acts. Headliners are The Alika Lyman Group, The Intoxicators, Gold Dust Lounge and singer-songwriter Pablus. A special guest will be Dawn Wells, a.k.a. Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island.
When: June 10-14
Where: Hyatt Regency Pier 66 and the Mai-Kai restaurant, Fort Lauderdale
Web: thehukilau.com

SUMMER JAZZ ON THE GULF: This is the 30th consecutive year for this popular and free Southwest Florida tradition. An appealing and diverse selection of Jazz acts will be presented in a series of concerts amid a hotel setting that has beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico, stunning sunsets and cool breezes. The Betty Fox Band is the headliner for the first show. Note: Event is open to the general public, not just hotel guests.
When: June 27
Where: Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
Web: naplesbeachhotel.com


CENTRAL FLORIDA

MAIN STREET BLAST – For those who can’t wait until July 4 to get the party started, New Port Richey’s KIAFEST Main Street Blast early Independence Day celebration includes all the holiday highlights: fair food, a Miss Firecracker contest, live music and, of course, fireworks.
When: June 27-28
Where: Downtown New Port Richey
Web: nprmainstreet.com/kiafest-main-street

TAMPA BAY CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL– Festive music, loud colors and fiery foods take over St. Petersburg’s Albert Whitted Park while a colorful street parade honors the Caribbean culture. Musical headliner and pop star Sean Paul is scheduled to perform, promising a huge crowd.
When: June 6-7
Where: St. Petersburg
Web: tampacarnival.com/

ONE MAGICAL WEEKEND – One of the world’s biggest LGBT weekend events returns to the Walt Disney World resorts, bringing an exciting lineup of pool parties, film viewings, Epcot drink-around-the-world shenanigans and other fun times to the Sunshine State.
When: June 5-7
Where: Lake Buena Vista
Web: onemagicalweekend.com

COCOA BEACH PIRATE FEST – This family-friendly pirate fest has enough to keep everyone entertained, including interactive treasure hunts, water-cannon battles in a pirate-themed splash pool, black powder weapon demonstrations and an adults-only Pirate’s Ball. Parking and admission is free.
When: June 27
Where: International Palms Resort, Cocoa Beach
Web: cocoabeachpiratefest.com/

ST. PETE PRIDE – One of the southeast United States’ largest LGBT pride celebrations gets even bigger this year with two weeks of events incorporating artists, musicians, fashion designers, community leaders, business owners and activists. The grand finale is the evening night parade and family- and pet-friendly street festival on the last weekend of Pride.
When: June 12-28
Where: St. Petersburg
Web: stpetepride.com/

SARASOTA SUP CHAMPIONSHIPS – Paddleboard enthusiasts, competitors and newbies hit one of the world’s best beaches to watch various elite, juniors, sprint and distance events on the water. Demos for kids and adults help even the paddle-weary learn to enjoy this accessible and popular sport.
When: June 20
Where: Siesta Key Beach
Web: sarasotasupchampionships.com/

SILVER SPURS RODEO – After 70 years, this classic Central Florida rodeo is still going strong, drawing the best bull riders, barrel racers and ropers to the Silver Spurs Arena. The event kicks off with the glitzy Miss Silver Spurs pageant and has various kids’ activities and interesting vendors to visit during rodeo breaks.
When: June 4-6
Where: Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee
Web: silverspursrodeo.com/

POLKA DOT FLEA – As cute as it sounds, the annual Polka Dot Flea is filled with cool vintage items and wares, more like a Paris street market than a junkyard of overstock items. Treasure hunters delight in one-of-a-kind finds for their home and garden, as well as unique items of clothing, funky antique jewelry, repurposed bikes and furniture and more.
When: June 13-14
Where: Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando
Web: polkadotflea.com/

SARASOTA MUSIC FESTIVAL – Hundreds of music students from some of the top programs in the world attend this three-week festival to showcase their talent and learn new skills. Festival audiences are invited to any of the concerts or lectures, including the Thursday afternoon Artist Showcase concerts, Friday Festival chamber concerts, and Saturday Symphony orchestra concerts.
When: June 4-20
Where: Sarasota
Web: sarasotaorchestra.org/festival

NEW SMYRNA BEACH KITE FESTIVAL – What better way to kick off the summer than by flying a good old-fashioned kite? See kite demonstrations and kite club competitions and get free lessons by the pros. A kid's zone offers free kites to the first 400 children each festival day and the kites can be personalized at a decorating station. Bring your own and join in the fun!
When: June 6, 7
Where: New Smyrna Beach
Web: new-smyrna-beach-kite-festival

25TH ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL – Lakeridge Winery invites the public to this event featuring an annual stomping of the grapes and live music. Local artists and crafters show off their goods while patrons may sample dozens of types of wine and beer, as well as soft drinks, food and desserts.
When: June 12-14
Where: Lakeridge Winery, Clermont
Web: lakeridgewinery.com

HISTORIC COCOA VILLAGE’S BBQ & BLUES – In one of Cocoa Village’s most competitive events of the year, culinary teams from around the southeastern U.S. bring their pork butts, ribs, sauces and A-games to grill, smoke and slow-cook their way to win $9,000 in cash prizes. You be the judge of People’s Choice, Best Sauce and Best Dessert.
When: June 5-6
Where: Historic Cocoa Village
Web: cocoavillagebbqandblues.com/

REPTICON – This long-running annual event returns to the Florida State Fairgrounds with tub-loads of slithery, cold-blooded creatures for petting, handling, photographing, purchasing or watching in one of the many educational lecture events devoted to snakes, geckos, iguanas, toads, turtles and more.
When: June 13-14
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa
Web: repticon.com/tampa.html

THE BEER PROJECT – St. Petersburg’s Museum of Fine Arts teams up with the homegrown Green Bench Brewing to present this well-meshed combo of arts and craft beer. Cast your vote in a homebrewed beer competition and taste local breweries’ special beers inspired by selected works in the Museum’s collection.
When: June 12-13
Where: St. Petersburg
Web: fine-arts.org/beer-project/

NORTH FLORIDA

BILLY BOWLEGS PIRATE FESTIVAL — Scallywags beware! The dread pirate Billy Bowlegs and his nefarious crew are sailing the Gulf’s emerald waters of the Panhandle looking for the perfect spot to celebrate another successful year at sea. In addition to the pirate ship landing and family festival, other swashbuckling events include a Pirate Pub Crawl, Fireworks and Torchlight Parade.
When: June 4-8
Where: Fort Walton Beach
Web: billybowlegsfestival.com

DIGITAL GRAFFITI — Digital Graffiti is an innovative and dynamic event that explores how art and architecture can intermix. During the three-night event, 27 digital artists from around the world will showcase original works on Alys Beach’s iconic white walls,
When: June 4-6
Where: Alys Beach
Webdigitalgraffiti.com

RENDEZVOUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL transforming the typically serene town into a visually stunning and vibrant art space. — Let your creative juices flow during this 9-day fest geared toward budding filmmakers, up-and-coming musicians and gamers. It’s a movie lovers dream: seven films will have red carpet premieres; plus there will be screening 37 animated films, nine feature films, 25 international feature and short films and 10 documentaries.
When: June 5-13
Where: various venues, Amelia Island
Web: rendezvousfestival.org

DRAKE’S RAID — In 1586, the English corsair Sir Francis Drake and his band of raiders invaded the city of St. Augustine and burned the city. The two-day 28th reenactment begins on Friday with news of the arrival of the British marauders and continues on Saturday with a battle between the British and Spanish in the historic district, ending at Plaza de la Constitucion.
When: June 5-6
Where: Fountain of Youth Park, St. Augustine
Web: hfm.club/events/annual/drakesraid

SUN, SAND AND SONGS — Kick off your shoes and get your groove on during these two beachfront music festivals. Perdido Key’s Third Annual Shindig on the Sand features at least 70 musical acts during three days. On the east coast, make your way to Jacksonville Beach for a taste of the Bold City at the Seawalk Music Festival which emphasizes all things local: music, food and culture.
When: June 5-7 (Shindig on the Sand), June 20 (Seawalk Music Festival)
Where: Flora-Bama in Perdido Key and Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach, respectively
Web: florabama.com/events/shindig-on-the-sand, communityfirstseawalkmusicfest.com

22ND ANNUAL WELLBORN BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL — Indulge in all things blueberry: from cobblers and pies to ice cream and jellies to syrups and fudge. This year’s theme is “Come Clown Around.” The day includes the crowning the blueberry queen and king, water walkers, ponies, the blueberry parade, the blueberry bake-off and a blueberry pancake breakfast. Blueberry bushes will be for sale.
When: June 6
Where: Andrews Square, Wellborn
Web: wellborncommunityassociation.com/BlueberryFestival

MARJORIE KINNAN RAWLINGS AND WORLD WAR II: AN AUTHOR’S EXPERIENCE— Learn the role that The Yearling author played during World War II as recounted through her books and through the letters of her wartime correspondence with servicemen and women. Park Manager Valeri Rivers will lead the discussion that is part of a Victory Florida program for the 70-year anniversary of V-Day.
When: June 6
Where: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, Hawthorn
Web: floridastateparks.org/park/Marjorie-Kinnan-Rawlings

SEED SPITTIN’ SHINDIGS — Mark Twain said, “When one has tasted a watermelon he knows what angels eat.” True or not, get ready to indulge in the juicy fruit at one of these annual fests: the Watermelon Festival in Chiefland, the Jefferson County Watermelon Festival and the 59h Annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival. All include parades, live music, running (5K or 10K) and, of course, a seed-spitting contest.
When: June 6 (Watermelon Festival); June 19-20 (Jefferson County Watermelon Festival);  June 26-27 (Panhandle Watermelon Festival)
Where: Chiefland, Monticello and Chipley, respectively
Web: chieflandchamber.com/watermelonmonticellojeffersonfl.com/event/watermelon-festivalpanhandlewatermelon.com

18TH ANNUAL FLORIDA AFRICAN DANCE FESTIVAL — Kick off your shoes and let the frenetic beat consume you during one of the dance or drum workshops at this annual event sponsored by the African Caribbean Dance Theatre. Workshops include traditional dance styles from the Congo, Senegal and Guinea taught by renowned instructors. Also includes children’s workshops and story hours, a wheelchair dance class and evening performance concerts.
When: June 11-13
Where: Tallahassee Community College
Web: fadf.org

PLEIN AIR, PAPER & POTTERY — Experience St. Augustine’s breathtaking beachfront and salt marshes through the eyes of artist Matthew J. Cutter. Cutter’s new exhibit features a body of work created “en plein air,” or painted on location outdoors and onsite. Talk with him about artistic inspiration and painting techniques at the two-day opening of the exhibit.
When: June 12-13
Where: Cutter & Cutter Fine Art Galleries
Web: cutterandcutter.com

LATIN SALSA FESTIVAL — Play a friendly game of dominoes or work on your hot salsa moves at this annual fete geared to the Puerto Rican and Caribbean lifestyle. DJs will spin merengue and reggae tunes, the Tallahassee Salsa Dancers will perform as will other well-known Latin-American acts. Also includes Caribbean food and a kids’ zone.
When: June 13
Where: Fort Walton Landing Park
Web: boricuasausentes.org

WILD BLACKBERRY FESTIVAL — Spend the weekend in the heart of the Suwannee River Valley in beautiful Jasper, just south of the Florida/Georgia state line in Hamilton County. Explore three of the state’s meandering rivers — the Suwannee, Withlacoochee and Alapaha — either on foot or by boat, then head to downtown Jasper for the town’s sixth annual festival featuring blackberry pancakes, cobblers, jams and jellies, as well as live music, family activities and craft vendors.
When: June 13
Where: downtown Jasper
Web: facebook.com/pages/Wild-Blackberry-Festival

FLORIDA COUNTRY SUPERFEST — The men of country rule at this year’s two-day extravaganza. The king of all things honkytonk, Kenny Chesney, headlines that second annual event that brought thousands of cowboy-hat wearing fans to jam along the St. Johns River. The killer lineup also includes the Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert, Cole Swindell, Tyler Farr, David Nail, Colt Ford, Danielle Bradberry and the Swon Brothers.
When: June 13-14
Where: Everbank Field, Jacksonville
Web: floridacountrysuperfest.com

VETTES AT THE VILLAGE — Treat your dad to a pre-Father’s Day trip to admire the sleek lines and natty details of more than 100 late-model and custom Corvettes. Cast your vote for the People’s Choice winner and then enjoy lunch at Murray Bros. Caddy Shack.
When: June 20
Where: World Golf Village, St. Augustine
Web: nfca.net

DODGE BRAWL — Remember of the 5 Ds of dodgeball, at least according to movie Dodgeball’sPatches O’Houlihan — “Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge” — while competing in this 64-team, double-elimination tournament. Assemble the perfect six to 10-person team, coordinate your uniform (think matching old-school sweatbands and striped tube socks) and get ready to rock the court. The top three teams receive medals and a monetary award for the charity of their choice.
When: June 27
Where: Pensacola Bay Center
Web: pensacolabaycenter.com/events/detail/dodgebrawl

AMERICA ON TAP: Sips and samples will be plentiful at America On Tap’s ode to craft beer. The three-hour event will feature more than 100 releases from some of the country’s best craft breweries paired with live music and food. Breweries set to tap new releases include favorites like Abita, Bell’s and Brooklyn Brewery. More obscure labels include Guns & Oil Brewing Co. (Texas), Lucky Bucket Brewing Company (New England) and Radiant Pig (New York).
When: June 27
Where: Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, Jacksonville
Web: americaontap.com


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Jemma Ryan
Jemma Ryan January 7, 2015 10:28 AM
Hi I work for Eglin Air Force Base here in FL and we are trying to get some brochures to show the troops when they come in looking for vacations with their families. If this is a possibility please email me. Thank you.

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Hi,
I'm wanting to take a single woman vacation in FL. where I'll be safe and have time on the beach, also maybe meet other single persons..companionship , maybe tours , I want transportation provided for 5 to 7 days in Aug and or Sept. I live in Central MO. I would fly out of St Louis. Just a get away!! I'm in my early 60's..
Hi Deborah,
Thanks for reaching out.
There are so many places that you can go! First, here's some basic info about Florida beaches to help you choose your destination and find one that sounds like you.
- Gulf of Mexico Beaches will tend to have white sand and calmer waters that are great for young children or for those timid about the water.
- Atlantic Beaches tend to have golden brown sand and waves for surfing and other fun.
- The Florida Keys offer superb scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing, but are not renowned for their beaches, with the exception of beautiful Bahia Honda. Many of the Florida Keys' beaches are manmade, or are just a layer of sand over a sliver of limestone.
- The north is almost always cooler than south, something to remember in both summer and winter. To find out the average temperature of a destination, just look at the top of VISIT FLORIDA's home page. You'll find a place to enter the city's name plus the month.
Next, you should figure out the general vibe you're looking for. Do you want a big city? A charming little town with shopping and cafes? A beach where you see almost nobody else? Someplace upscale? Someplace old-fashioned? Do you like miniature golf and T-shirt shops, or do you hate them? Florida features beaches on both coasts in all these varieties.
You could stay in some really walkable cities if you'd like, ones with trolley service or both, like Hollywood Beach (http://www.visithollywoodfl.org/). I'm thinking that might be really fun for you. It's got a three-mile paved walkway right on the beach where you can grab a bite, rent a bike, shop, and it has little resorts there too. It also has a beach theatre with nightly free concerts, and I'm thinking it would be so easy to meet people there.
Beautiful Siesta Key (charming town, white sand beaches, http://www.visitsarasota.org/) is walkable and has a trolley, and St. Augustine (historic, cool, busy and touristy, http://www.floridashistoriccoast.com/) is very foot friendly. Follow the links for more info about each area from their visitors' services.
But you can go on a tour too. Just figure out the area you want to go to and then do a search for "group tours." Or write back to me and I'll find a couple for you to choose from.
See you soon!
Lauren
Lauren Tjaden
VISIT FLORIDA Beaches and Adventure Insider