What could be better than a weekend in April? With highs in the mid-80's, it's the perfect time to get out and head to an event.
Since April is one of the busiest times of the year for events, you can count on plenty of things to choose from all month long. Here are a few that caught my eye that are coming up this weekend:
Saturday, April 27
- Concert Under The Stars at Bok Tower Gardens – Grab a spot on the Great Lawn for an evening of music, with performances by the Alison Brown Quartet and The Duhks. Boxed picnic meals are available from the Blue Palmetto Cafe, with additional food and beverages for sale at the Hilltop Cafe concession. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets, insect repellent and flashlights. Admission is $30 on the day of the show. For details, visit www.boktowergardens.org.
- Bloom Season at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park – Spring has sprung, and the gardens are full of color. Guided tours are available every weekend through the end of April. The tours are free with paid park admission. Check out www.floridastateparks.org/maclaygardens for more information.
- Salt Springs Classic Kayak Race at Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park – Paddlers, load up your kayak gear and head to Port Richey for the 7th annual Salt Springs Classic race. The course is 5.5 miles long, and features open water and river sections. Not a pro? No worries, there's a "fun paddle" class for mere mortals. Get the scoop at www.saltspringsalliance.com.
Sunday, April 28
- Passport to the Past at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center – If coastal and marine environments are your thing, you have to visit Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Sunday's Passport to the Past event is co-hosted by the Florida Public Archaeology Network, and features cultural presentations, family activities and guided nature walks. For more information, visit www.gumbolimbo.org.
- Introduction to Surfing at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park – If you want to learn how to catch a wave (or at least how it's done), hang out with Ranger Rob Matriscino on Sunday. It's an event for both adults and kids, and lessons will take place on both the land and water. The event is free with paid park admission. See www.floridastateparks.org/macarthurbeach for details.
Remember, this isn't a comprehensive list of events. On any given weekend, there are tons of things to see and do all around the state. Keep an eye on all the VISIT FLORIDA Insider sections for weekend ideas, and if you know of any outdoorsy stuff happening, feel free to share with me on Facebook.