Florida Events Calendar


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

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CARNAVAL MIAMI & CALLE OCHO – The 38th Calle Ocho Festival is the grand finale to Carnival Miami. It’s 23 city blocks long, which is why it’s called the world’s largest street party. It’s filled with musical stages, street performers, youth activities, folkloric sites and a variety of food vendors. Other events include: Carnaval on the Mile street fair, cooking contest, domino tournament, golf tournament and a 5K run.
When: March 1-15
Where: Various locations in Miami
Web: www.carnavalmiami.com

LIGHTS! CAMERAS! ACTION! FILM FESTIVALS! – There are four in SoFla in March: Miami International Film Festival, Palm Beach International Film Festival, Women’s International Film & Arts Festival in Miami and the Fort Myers Film Festival. Pick and choose and catch world premieres, edgy indie films and celeb-laden parties.
When: Respectively, March 6-15, March 26-April 2, March 20-29 and
March 25-29
Where: Various locations in, respectively: Miami, Palm Beach
County and Fort Myers.
Web: www.miamifilmfestival.com, www.pbifilmfest.org, www.womensfilmfest.com and www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com

FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS BOCA – This annual 10-day event will once again feature the finest in music, dance, film and authors. Highlights this year: Pulitzer Prize winners Thomas Friedman, Richard Ford, Siddhartha Mukherjee and Lucinda Franks; concerts featuring Bela Fleck and James Galway; a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City; and a re-mastered high definition big-screen version of West Side Story that features a simultaneous performance of the film’s music by Festival Orchestra Boca.
When: March 6-15
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheatre and Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center in Boca Raton.
Web: www.festivaloftheartsboca.org

FLORIDA KEYS ISLAND FEST – So much more than arts and crafts, although there’s enough of that to satisfy all tastes. Also included: live music, Taste of Islamorada (a culinary competition showcasing dishes from local restaurants), activities for kids (hula hoop contest, paint a live-sized dolphin statue, making sand castles) and the All-American Road Vintage Cruisers Car show.
When: March 28-29
Where: Founder’s Park, Islamorada
Web: www.fla-keys.com/calendarofevents

CRAWDEBAUCHERY FOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL – Just in its second year, it already is gaining a reputation as one of the best New Orleans-style festivals this side of Mardi Gras. Yummy food (po’boys, beignets, redfish, gumbo, etouffee, pralines, and jambalaya), great Zydeco music and a kids’ zone (face painting, jugglers, clowns, storytelling, interactive games and crawfish races).
When: March 21
Where: Pompano Beach Amphitheater, Pompano Beach
Web: www.crawdebauchery.com

LGBT DOUBLE SHOT – In the beginning of the month there’s the Winter Party Festival in Miami and at the end of the month, there’s PrideFest of Lake Worth and the Palm Beaches. The former features more than 20 events, such as pool parties, dance parties and the grand finale known as the sexiest beach party on the planet. The latter has a full slate of exceptional live music, fine merchandise from booth vendors and a great selection of food from many local restaurants.
When: March 4-9 for the Winter Party Festival; March 28-29 for PrideFest
Where: Respectively, various locations throughout Miami and the Beaches; Bryant Park in downtown Lake Worth
Web: www.winterparty.com and www.compassglcc.com

MIAMI MUSIC MANIA – First up: Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival, featuring a lineup of world-class artists representing a dynamic mix of musical genres, including jazz, R&B, Neo-Soul and World Beat sounds. Performers include Maxwell, Erykah Badu, R. Kelly, Toni Braxton, Sheila E., RUN DMC, Brian Culbertson and Men of Soul (Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson and Freddie Jackson), with syndicated radio personalities D. L. Hughley and Rickey Smiley hosting. If electronic music is your thing, don’t miss the Ultra Music Festival, featuring top DJs and live entertainment from around the world. New this year: A new stage called Resistance, which will feature an expanded lineup of underground artists.
When: Respectively, March 21-22 and March 27-29.
Where: Respectively, Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens and Bayfront Park in Miami.
Web: www.jazzinthegardens.com and www.ultramusicfestival.com

TWO FOR SEAFOODIES – On the west coast, help celebrate the annual shrimp harvest in the 57th iteration of the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Parade and Festival. There will be all kinds of sea food, but shrimp is the big attraction. Some 20,000 people will eat over a half ton of them. Also included: the Shrimp Festival Parade and more than 100 arts and crafts vendors. On the east coast, there’s the Marathon Seafood Festival. With about 21,000 attending last year, it has become the premier event for great seafood and live entertainment throughout the Keys. Mouthwatering local fare includes lobster tails, stone crabs, shrimp and all kinds of fish. Also includes kids’ activities and some 200 arts and crafts, clothing and jewelry vendors.
When: March 14-15 for both.
Where: Respectively, Lynn Hall Memorial Park in Fort Myers Beach and Marathon Community Park in Marathon.
Web: www.fortmyersbeachshrimpfestival.com and www.marathonseafoodfestival.com

DELRAY BEACH BACON & BOURBON FEST – Everybody knows that everything is better with bacon. And, when paired with an eclectic array of American bourbons, it’s like going to food and drink heaven. Pig out (pun intended!) on a wide-ranging menu developed by chefs exploring the boundaries of bacon and pork dishes, including, believe it or not, bacon ice cream. Seminars and great live music, too.
When: March 28-29
Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts and Old School Square Park in Delray Beach
Web: www.delraybaconandbourbonfest.com

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FAIR AND EXPOSITION – Known for years as The Youth Fair, the 63rd  annual event offers nearly 50,000 exhibits, concerts, a circus, strolling entertainment, food, games and a 100-ride midway. Also includes an acrobatic equestrian show, an extreme motorcycle show and an amazing balloon stunt show.
When: March 12-April 5
Where: Fair Expo Center, Miami
Web: www.fairexpo.com

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW – Celebrating its 35th year, the show will feature amazing military and civilian aircraft, some doing death-defying stunts performed by some of the best pilots in the world. Also, enjoy an expanded aircraft exhibit, a kids’ area and great refreshments.
When: March 27-29
Where: Punta Gorda Airport, Punta Gorda
Web:  www.floridaairshow.com

INTERNATIONAL ORCHID FESTIVAL – Choose from more than 10,000 orchid plants from world-wide vendors, explore the wonder of orchids during garden workshops and walking tours and marvel at rare orchid species in the American Orchid Society juried show. Good food and lots of entertainment, too.
When: March 13-15
Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables
Web: www.fairchildgarden.org

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS! – Celebrate the great playwright’s 104th birthday and his life. Highlights include a series of classic movies adapted from his award-winning plays, a poetry contest, artist challenge, stage readings, letters & journals, a film forum and much more.
When: Entire month of March
Where: Various locations in Key West
Web: www.twkw.org

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW – If you want a boat, need a boat or you like to fantasize about boats, this one’s for you. You’ll see an amazing array of vessels – from Cigarette, Comanche, Super Cat, inflatables, cruisers, runabouts, fishing boats, high performance, bow riders and, of course, 150-foot super yachts. Also: a full lineup of accessories and nautical fashions. It all adds up to one of the top five boat shows in the country.
When: March 26-29
Where: Lake Worth lagoon in downtown West Palm Beach
Web: www.showmanagement.com

MARCH MADNESS, ARTS & CRAFTS VERSION – You can’t swing a paint brush without hitting a great arts or crafts fair in SoFla in March. Chronologically, here are some of them: Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Craft Festival (March 7-8), Downtown Venice Art Classic (March 7-8),  Coral Springs Festival of the Arts (March 7-8), Marco Island Festival of the Arts (March 14-15), Delray Beach Marketplace Art & Craft Festival (March 14-15),  Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts (March 21-22), Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival (March 21-22), Rotary Key Biscayne Art Festival in Miami (March 21-22), Las Olas Art Fair, Part II in Fort Lauderdale (March 27-28).
Web: For more info, let your fingers do the walking through the internet.

BIG CYPRESS SHOOTOUT – Watch Seminole warriors and U. S. soldiers go at it as they reenact a battle form the Second Seminole War, circa 1835-42. Also: Native American food, live music, alligator wrestling, snake show, Seminole stomp dancing and much more.
When: March 13-15
Where: Billie Swamp Safari at Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in the Florida Everglades
Web: www.bcshootout.com

SOUTH FLORIDA UKULELE FEST 2015 – You’ll be strummin’ and hummin’ and diggin’ the pickin’ at this two-day affair featuring world famous ukulele artists and teachers such as James Hill & Anne Janelle, Gerald Ross, Big Jim Allen and Tommy Stryder. Includes workshops, hula lessons, good food and an all-star concert jam grand finale.
When: March 20-21
Where: ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale
Web: www.southfloridaukulelefest.com


RANCH JAM – Bring your whole camper or simply some folding chairs and a picnic blanket for this three-day festival of country, rock and blues bands. Plenty of beer and food vendors will be on hand to serve the masses, as well as bounce houses and face painters for the kids.
When: March 20-22
Where: Myakka City
Web: http://www.ranchjam.net/

ORANGE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL --  Mixon Fruit Farms celebrates 76 years of Florida Citrus with more than 80 craft booths, an antique car show, bungee jumping, bluegrass music, the Wallendas trapeze artists, bounce houses and an orange-themed kid zone, plus food. On Sunday, March 1, enjoy a 5K run through the orange groves.
When: Feb 28-March 1
Where: 2525 27th Street East, Bradenton
Web: http://www.mixon.com/

SPRING OBSESSION – Get garden-inspired by the array of Florida native plants, orchids, roses, herbs, gingers, fruits, exotics and other interesting greenery while dropping in on presentations, listening to live music and shopping for unique outdoor artwork and patio furniture. 
When: March 14
Where: Munn Park, Lakeland
Web: http://springobsession.org/

SUNLIT FESTIVAL – This nine-day festival devoted to entirely to literary culture is spread among several events at various venues – a Jack Kerouac night at one of the beat writer’s favorite dive bars, a huge antique book fair, an evening with local poets, a pub-and-coffee-shop crawl devoted to different eras of writing, and more.  
When: March 7-15
Where: St. Petersburg
Web: http://sunlitfestival.org/

SARASOTA FOLK FESTIVAL – With three stages of all-day music and a “jam tent” for aspiring musicians, this festival keeps folk music alive and fun for children and adults of all ages. Head to the workshop tent for pointers on honing your own skills, or head to the vendor tables to admire the works of painters, jewelers and craftsmen.
When: March 21-22
Where: Oscar Scherer State Park, Osprey
Web: http://www.sarasotafolkfestival.org/

UPTOWN ART EXPO – More than 150 of the country’s best painters, sculptors, photographers, glassworkers, potters, and crafters bring their best stuff to this juried art show, mingling with some new guests this year – chalk artists. Kids will love the street performances, sweet treats and lemonade stands.
When: March 28-29
Where: Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs
Web: http://www.uptownartexpo.com/

FLORIDA WINEFEST AND AUCTION – The highlight of this four-day fundraising event is undoubtedly the massive amounts of food served among various restaurants and banquet halls spread throughout Sarasota. There’s a street party featuring seafood and meat dishes, a lunch tasting, a brunch tasting and several wine tastings, including the final soiree, Wine on the Water.
When: March 19-22
Where: Sarasota
Web: https://floridawinefest.org/f/

FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG – This thrilling open-wheel series race twists and turns along a waterfront backdrop, nestled right in downtown St. Petersburg. Even those who don’t have track-side tickets can enjoy the surrounding events such as a beer garden, driver autograph sessions, games, music and refreshments.
When: March 27-29
Where: St. Petersburg
Web: http://www.gpstpete.com/

SPRING FAIR – Port Orange welcomes the warming weather with carnival rides, ponies, a BMX stunt show, a skate competition, bands, laser tag and a pet costume contest and parade. Arrive early and hit the business and craft expo booths or stay late and watch a movie under the stars.
When: March 5-8
Where: Port Orange
Web: http://www.familydays.com/spring-fair/

THE WORLD’S LARGEST FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL EVER – “World’s largest” is a heady claim but the Guinness record books don’t lie. Tampa continues its tradition of drawing hundreds of food trucks to one location for a weekend, giving guests tasty options from Philly cheesesteaks to fried ice cream to pho
When: March 28-29
Where: Tampa
Web: https://www.facebook.com/100TruckRally

ST. PETE BEACH BEER FEST – Use your own commemorative tasting cup to sample more than 50 types of beer from all over Florida and other parts of the country while enjoying the beautiful beach setting. Keep your belly full with tacos, BBQ and other festival foods, and finish it all off with a cigar, hand-rolled right in front of you.
When: March 6
Where: St. Pete Beach
Web: http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/event/st-pete-beach-beer-fest

BIKE WEEK – A Daytona Beach tradition for nearly 80 years, Bike Week is the world’s most fun and famous 10-day party for motorcycle enthusiasts and spring breakers, attracting bikers of all shapes, sizes, nationalities and eccentricities. Roam the streets and find vintage cycle shows, rock music concerts, biker breakfasts and planned rides.  
When: March 6-15
Where: Daytona Beach
Web: http://www.officialbikeweek.com/

GASPARILLA MUSIC FESTIVAL With an all-star alternative and indie lineup of Modest Mouse, Gogol Bordello, The Hip Abduction, The Gaslight Anthem and others, this year’s community-funded music fest is sure to bring tens of thousands of young and hip concertgoers to blend with fans of other genres like blues, gospel, bluegrass, country and folk.
When: March 7-8
Where: Downtown Tampa
Web: http://gasparillamusicfestival.com/

WILL MCLEAN MUSIC FESTIVAL – In its 26th year, this homage to the “Florida Father of Folk” brings families, campers, musicians and local historians to Hernando County, where they enjoy banjo and fiddle workshops, music by original songwriters, poetry, storytelling, Florida Cracker-style food, contests and crafts.
When: March 13-15
Where: Sertoma Youth Ranch, Brooksville
Web: http://www.willmclean.com/

NATIONAL CUBAN SANDWICH FESTIVAL – Miami and Tampa have been battling over who has the best and most authentic Cuban sandwich for decades. This festival aims to settle the debate – at least until next year – with its annual three-day competition spotlighting sandwich makers from both regions, working their magic with pork, Swiss cheese and whatever other secret ingredients the competitors slip between slices of fresh-baked Cuban bread.
When:  March 20-22
Where: Historic Ybor City, Tampa
Web: http://www.thecubansandwichfestival.com/

LAKERIDGE WINERY AND VINEYARDS WINE AND SEAFOOD FEST – As a perfect way to kick off Florida’s beautiful spring weather, Lakeridge Winery hosts its signature event featuring its own cuvee blanc, chardonnay, ports and other types of wine, as well as beer, soft drinks and a variety of seafood specialties. Complimentary tastings and tours are included.
When: March 20-22
Where: Clermont
Web: http://www.lakeridgewinery.com/Events/event.php?id=13152371573713

THE PREGO EXPO – Expectant parents, new parents and future parents (and grandparents) finally get their own expo event with educational seminars, safety tips, new product samples and more. New moms can visit a play area with their little ones and moms-to-be can get free 3D and 4D sonograms of their growing bumps. 
When: March 29
Where: Orlando


CUMMER GARDEN MONTH Jacksonville’s fine arts museum is revered as much for its permanent collection as it is for the gorgeous gardens originally constructed by premiere landscape architects for the Cummer family. The Italian Garden, designed in the 1930s, is the showstopper with its reflecting pools, cypress trees, azaleas and marble sculptures all overlooking the St. John’s River. During Garden Month, the museum offers guided tours of the gardens on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as outdoor concerts, a dance performance, lectures and a plein air watercolor workshop.
When: March 1-31
Where: Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville
Web: http://www.cummermuseum.org

SMOKIN’ IN THE SQUARE BBQ COOKOFF Yes, there will be plenty of barbecue to sample (there’s both a pro and backyard division) but that’s just the tipping point. The Smokin’ Cornhole Tournament at the event is one of the qualifying tournaments for the Gulf Coast Cornhole Series. So take aim... and eat some barbecue, too.
When: March 6-7
Where: Seville Square, Pensacola
Web: http://www.smokininthesquare.com

34TH ANNUAL ST. AUGUSTINE LIONS SEAFOOD FESTIVAL If it’s fished from the water, then it’s fair game at this fete, which serves up its seafood in all manners beloved in the Southeast. There’s jambalaya from Louisiana, fried conch from Miami, Maryland crab cakes and fried shrimp from Fernandina. But don’t dine and dash. Three days of live music -- including performances by Linda Cole and the Bill Doyle Quartet, Christian Lopez Band (American Idol), Florida Bluegrass Band, Sam Pacetti and the Flaming Pajamas -- will have toes tapping and hips swaying.
When: March 6-8
Where: Francis Field, St. Augustine
Web: www.lionsfestival.com

27TH ANNUAL FORESTRY CONCLAVE & LUMBERJACK FESTIVAL Channel your inner Paul Bunyan for competitive fun, which includes “everyday” activities like knife or axe throwing, a log roll, bow or cross-cut sawing and a pulpwood toss. If that’s not your thing, at least put on your best plaid flannel for a day of bluegrass music, nature and wildlife exhibits and firefighting demos.
When: March 7
Where: Pensacola State College, Milton Campus
Web: http://lumberjack.pensacolastate.edu

69TH ANNUAL FLORIDA AZALEA FESTIVAL & 19TH ANNUAL AZALEA DAYS The steep ravines are cotton-candy-colored perfection when the 100,000 azalea bushes bloom throughout the hilly terrain of Ravine Gardens State Park. The Palatka park, a WPA project during the Great Depression, holds its festival in conjunction with the city’s festival, which features arts and crafts vendors, a beauty pageant, antique car show, parade and good eats.
When: March 7-8
Where: Palatka
Web: http://flazaleafest.com

WORLD WIDE RODEO You don’t have to be a Texan to love a night of barrel racing, calf roping and bull riding under the lights at the World Wide Rodeo Association’s two-day competition.
When: March 13-14
Where: St. Johns County Fairgrounds, Elkton
Web: http://www.floridashistoriccoast.com/listings/view/23226

CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE — As car shows go, Amelia Island’s beauty pageant for unique, rare and lovingly-owned automobiles is one of the top five auto shows in the country. Check out all that gleaming chrome on the Ritz Carlton’s gorgeous golf course. This year’s event, with former Formula 1 driver Sir Stirling Moss as honoree, includes a chance to test drive cars and a seminar with the auto designers of General Motors, Mercedes Benz and Porsche.
When: March 13-15
Where: Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Web: https://www.ameliaconcours.org

30A ST. PATRICK’S FESTIVAL AND PARADE It may not be as wild as Savannah’s salute to the Irish but Santa Rosa’s annual tribute to all things green and four-leaved eclipses other Panhandle celebrations. Last year’s festival favorite, the American Celtic rockers Cleghorn, will fiddle their way into your heart. Also catch the Canadian band Stearson and the Drake School of Irish Dance.
When: March 14
Where: Gulf Place, Santa Rosa Beach
Web: http://30aparade.com

BELK MUSIC FEST The crashing waves on the other side of the dunes at Jax Beach is a welcome accompaniment to a daylong salute to the roots and soul of Southern music. Pair featured Southern dishes with craft brews and make time to peruse the arts and crafts market.
When: March 14
Where: Seawalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach
Web: http://belkfest.com

BONIFAY DOWN HOME STREET FESTIVAL Join the people of Bonifay (population 4,000) for a relaxed festival that mixes community pride with fun and family. New to the festival in 2015 is the Down Home Music Fest. Featured entertainers are country stars Dustin Lynch, The Springs and Luke Langford and The 331 South Band. In keeping with the down home theme, feast on a Black Eye Pea and Cornbread Samplin’, work off extra calories during a 5K run and cheer on your favorite contestant at the beauty pageant.
When: March 21
Where: Bonifay
Web: http://www.bonifaystreetfestival.com

CAVERNS TO COAST TOUR Spend seven days exploring Northwest Florida on two wheels in a 520-mile bike ride from Blountstown to the beautiful beaches of Port St. Joe. If that’s too ambitious, there are 1-, 2- and 5-day options and shorter fully supported mileage rides on most days. Includes tent and gear transportation to host sites, beer gardens, a beach party and fantastic food.
When: March 20-27
Where: Blountstown, Marianna and Port St. Joe
Web: http://bikeflorida.org/2015-spring-tour

TRENTON’S SUWANNEE VALLEY QUILT FESTIVAL Be inspired by the intricate fabric works of art created by more than 30 quilting groups throughout the state. To see these treasures explore historic downtown Trenton, where the quilts will be displayed in stores and town buildings both inside and out. Also, make time for sewing demos on paper piecing, embroidery, children’s dresses and needlework.
When: March 21
Where: Trenton
Web: http://trentonquiltfestival.com

O’LENO OLE’ CHILI COOK-OFF & SPRINGS CELEBRATION After you set your taste buds afire with a spicy bowl of chili, cool off with a quick dunk in the Santa Fe River,which winds around O’Leno State Park. The chili cook-off features two categories for anyone interested in taking home a monetary prize and bragging rights. Also includes live music, interactive water educational displays highlighting the importance of Florida’s springs and kids’ activities.
When: March 28
Where: O’Leno State Park, High Springs
Web: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Oleno

SPRINGTIME TALLAHASSEE FESTIVAL What began as a small-town celebration to promote Tallahassee’s beauty has turned more than 40 years later into two full-fledged days of entertainment. Enjoy 200 arts, crafts and food vendors, the Grand Parade featuring floats and marching bands, live music, a beer garden and a children’s park to keep more than 200,000 festival-goers happy  and well fed.
When: March 27-28
Where: Kleman Plaza, Tallahassee
Web: http://www.springtimetallahassee.com

SLIDE INTO SPRING MUSIC AND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL Beach, beer and Bob Marley! Live the dream at Fernandina Beach’s two-day festival, which promises an eclectic mix of tunes and brews along one of the best stretches of beach in North Florida. The lineup includes Matisyahu (a Jewish-American reggae rapper), Railroad Earth (roots/new grass), The Wailers (reggae) and Supervillians (reggae).
When: March 28-29
Where: Main Beach Outdoor Festival Venue, Fernandina Beach
Web: http://www.goincoastalmusic.com/upcoming-events/slide-into-spring

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Jemma Ryan January 7, 2015 10:28 AM
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