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


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SOUTH FLORIDA

INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL OF MIAMI – This two-week tutu-a-thon features more than 100 world-class dancers representing 20 ballet companies from around the world. The festival incorporates film, art, literature, live performances and workshops featuring classical ballet, modern dance and jazz

When: Aug. 27-Sept. 11
Where: Various locations throughout Miami-Dade County and Miramar
Web: internationalballetfestival.org

PRO WATERCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – There’ll be vrooooooms with a view – of the very best professional and amateur personal watercraft racers. The six-day event is the culmination of the season-long tour and world champions will be crowned in runabout, sport and ski classes. Smile, because you might wind up on TV: the event will be filmed by CBS Sports Spectacular and aired on Oct. 16.
When: Sept. 20-25
Where: Sugden Regional Park, Naples
Web: paradisecoast.com/listings

MARINE-LIFE TRIO -- Not one, not two – but count ’em – three great marine-life themed festivals at the same time in the same place: The 8th Annual Florida Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival, the South Florida Fall Boat Show and the Martine & Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show. One admission price of 10 bucks gets you into all three, with children under 12 admitted free.
When: Sept. 23-25
Where: South Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach
Web: Respectively: FLNauticalFleaMarket.com, SouthFloridaFallBoatShow.com and MarineWildlifeArtFestivalCraftShow.com


MIAMI HOME DESIGN & REMODELING SHOW – You can pick up a houseful of decorating and remodeling tips at this five-day event, which is the Southeast’s largest home improvement and design event.
When: Sept. 2-6
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach
Web: homeshows.net

MIAMI SPICE & FLAVOR PALM BEACH– Go on a mini-diet now and then pig out during these two yum-on-the-cheap dining programs. In the Miami area, some 200 restaurants and bistros will be offering three-course prix fixe menus for lunch ($23) and dinner ($39). Further north, more than 50 eateries from Boca Raton to Jupiter will also offer three-course prix fines menus for lunch ($20) and dinner ($30 to $45).
Where: Various restaurants throughout Greater Miami and the Beaches and also throughout Palm Beach County
When: August and September for Miami Spice, September for Flavor Palm Beach.
Web: Respectively, iLoveMiamiSpice.com and flavorpb.com

BOFFO BEER BASH NO. 1: 7th Annual Key West BrewFest – About 200 varieties of beers and ales, including unique microbrews, will be there for the sampling during this five-day suds-a-thon. The schedule also features brew-focused dinners, beer and cigar gatherings, seminars, a light-hearted “beer run,” happy-hour parties and a lavish tasting festival on the bea
Where: Southernmost Beach Resort and other locations in Key West
When: Sept. 1-5
Web: keywestbrewfest.comch.

BOFFO BEER BASH NO. 2: Brew 2 at the Zoo – Cool critters and cold brewskis. That’s what is on tap at this affair. More than 25 Florida craft beers, with a special emphasis on those in Palm Beach County, will be available at tasting stations spread throughout a great zoo. Also: live music, food trucks and a VIP lounge, at which you can get great eats and beers not found elsewhere on the grounds.
Where: Palm Beach Zoo, West Palm Beach
When: Sept. 17
Web: palmbeachzoo.org

BOFFO BEER BASH NO. 3: Third Annual Fort Myers Craft Beer Festival – Featured will be more than 80 craft beers, good eats, a cornhole tournament, live music and much more.
When: Sept. 24
Where: Marina at Edison Ford, Fort Myers
Web: marinaedisonford.com


5th ANNUAL BOCA BRAZILIAN BEAT -- Celebrate Brazilian Independence Day with live bands,  a Zumba showcase, a Capoeira circle, carnival dancers, samba drummers, and of course, authentic Brazilian food and cocktails. The headliner this year is world renowned and multiple Grammy nominee singer-songwriter Bebel Gilberto.
When: Sept. 10
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton
Web: DowntownBoca.org

ISLAND HOPPER SONGWRITER FEST – Behind every great country music hit, there is usually another outstanding singer/songwriter who wrote the tune. This annual event features some of the best, including Aaron Barker, Helen Darling, Billy Montana and Maia Sharp. Get to know the back stories behind country’s biggest hits by artists such as Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley and Lee Ann Womack. This event is so big it has been expanded to three locations over 10 days.
When: Sept. 23-25 and Sept. 30-Oct. 2
Where: Captiva Island, downtown Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach
Web: fortmyers-sanibel.com

RIVERWALK FALL FESTIVAL – It might not feel like it yet in SoFla, but summer is coming to an end. This free festival features fall-themed carnival games, activities and competitions. Also on hand: great live music and an assortment of vendors and food trucks.
Where: Esplanade Park, Fort Lauderdale
When: Sept. 24
Web: goriverwalk.com


REEF FEST – Activities include seminars, evening social gatherings, silent and live auctions and, of course, diving events along some of the best coral reef sites in the country. For non-Scuba folks, there will be snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding. All seminars are free, but pre-registration is recommended.
When: Sept. 29-Oct. 2
Where: Various locations in and near Key Largo
Web: www.reef.org


AMERICAN INDIAN DAY FESTIVAL – Step into a world of tradition and heritage at this annual free event. Happenings include Native American music and dance and food, a Miccosukee fashion show, airboat rides, tribal arts and crafts and alligator wrestling shows.
When: Sept. 26
Where: Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami
Web: Miccosukee.com

19th BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF MIAMI – 25 full-length films and shorts will be presented during the event’s eight days. Included this year will be three iconic movies: “Four Days in September,” “World’s West End” and “Transtime.” The Annual Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented and the Crystal Lens Awards for best feature and short films will be given, based on voting by festival attendees.
When: Sept. 17-24
Where: Various locations throughout Miami Beach
Web: brazilianfilmfestival.com

MIAMI FASHION FILM FESTIVAL – A variety of films and filmmakers will showcase and creatively examine the art and culture of fashion, both locally and nationally.  You’ll get a close and colorful look at the creative, fast-paced world of the fashion industry.
When: Sept. 20-23
Where: Miami Beach Cinematheque
Web: miafff.com


KEY WEST WOMANFEST – Thousands of singles, couples and groups of women are expected to attend and immerse themselves in activities ranging from concerts, comedy acts, pool parties, sailing and snorkeling to late-night dance parties and a drag king pageant.
When: Sept. 7-11
Where: Various locations in Key West
Web: womenfest.com

FAIRCHILD’S 7TH ANNUAL BIRD FESTIVAL –Want to learn about SoFla’s fine feathered-friends? Interested in becoming a birder? This one’s for you. It kicks off with two days of off-site tours of great bird habitats led by Tropical Audubon Society experts and then continues at Fairchild with activities for birders of all ages, including an amateur bird photo contest.
When: Sept. 29-Oct. 2
Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables
Web: fairchildgarden.org

TTAPA HOP 2016– he annual pub crawl features trolley transportation to six great restaurants that will provide appetizer items, a.k.a. tapas. Also included will be raffle prizes, grand prizes and a poker run.
When: Sept. 20
Where: Fort Myers Beach
Web: fortmyersbeachtapahop.com

HARVEST FEST – It has been such a success in its first six years that it has been expanded to a two-day event. Along with tons of activities for kids, there will be craft vendors, food trucks, live music, giveaways, a People’s Choice Car Show and a Big-Truck Showcase and Climb Through.
When: Sept. 24-25
Where: Boynton Beach Mall, Boynton Beach
Web: boyntonbeachmall.com/

44th ANNUAL PHIL PETERSON’S KEY WEST POKER RUN – It’s an All-American event as motorcycle enthusiasts from around the U.S. travel the Keys’ scenic Overseas Highway to raise money for charity. Stops are arranged throughout the Keys with a final celebration in Key West.
When: Sept. 15-18
Where: Throughout the Keys
Web: fla-keys.com

CENTRAL FLORIDA

SPACE COAST COMIC CON — Returning for a second year, this kid-friendly convention celebrates all things comics, characters and cosplay. Among some of this year’s featured guests: “Warcraft” actress Anna Van Hooft, Designer Daddy costume designer Nephi Garcia, illustrator and graphic designer Christopher Burdett and various voice actors and directors.
When:  Sept. 9-11
Where: Space Coast Convention Center, Cocoa
Web: spacecoastcomiccon.com/

BUSCH GARDENS RED CARPET SERIES WITH ARTURO SANDOVAL — Tampa’s famous theme park brings glamor and culture to its newly renovated Moroccan Palace, presenting famous Cuban jazz musician Arturo Sandoval, who studied under Dizzy Gillespie and is now regarded as one of the world’s most talented jazz trumpeters, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.
When: Sept. 17
Where: Busch Gardens, Tampa
Web: seaworldparks.com

PAELLA PARTY AT FARMTABLE KITCHEN — As an accompanying kick-off event to The Dali Museum’s exhibit, “Ferran Adria: The Invention of Food,” the ticket price includes a gastronomic presentation, a Spanish meats and cheeses station, tapas, unlimited sangria and more at this “Dali Museum takeover” of the entire restaurant, patio and veranda.
When: Sept. 24
Where: FarmTable Kitchen, downtown St. Petersburg
Web: thedali.org-paella

SPONGE DOCKS ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL – Florida’s favorite little Greek town hosts its occasional arts & crafts fair, featuring more than 90 vendors selling jewelry, artwork, clothing, purses, sculptures, glasswork, gifts and food. When you’re finished shopping, stop at one of the nearby restaurants for an authentic Tarpon Springs-style Greek salad (with potato salad) or a lamb gyro.
When: Sept. 3-5
Where: Tarpon Springs
Web: spongedocks.net

PIONEER DAYS FESTIVAL – As one of the signature events in Englewood’s weeks-long Pioneer Days celebration, this quaint weekend of family fun has everything you’d want from a small-town fall festival: a capella singers, vendor tents with samples and giveaways, a kids’ scavenger hunt, bands, arts and crafts, games and activity areas. 
When: Sept. 4-5
Where: Pioneer Park, Englewood
Web: englewoodpioneerdays.com

 

I LIKE IT HOT! FESTIVAL – Test your tongue’s tolerance levels at one of Florida’s biggest gourmet spicy food fests. If you like heat, you’ll love the hundreds of samples available for tasting and buying, including hot sauces, jellies, rubs, beef jerky, salsas and straight-up peppers off the plant. True warriors may enter the jalapeno-eating contest for bragging rights and prizes.
When: Sept. 10-11
Where: Minnreg Hall, Largo
Web: likeithotfestival.com

 


VIVA INTERNATIONAL LATINO FESTIVAL — Lakewood Ranch celebrates Latin Heritage Month with a day of festive and beat-heavy reggaeton, salsa, merengue, bachata and other loud music that’s sure to get you moving to work off all the delicious Latin food.
When: Sept. 24
Where: Downtown Lakewood Ranch
Web: facebook.com/ViVa-Sarasota

 


SHINE ST. PETERSBURG MURAL FESTIVAL — Artists from all over the world make their statements on walls throughout St. Petersburg, spreading color and life in urban corners and back alleys where you least expect it. The non-profit project draws everyone from German modern artists to New York City street graffiti gurus to create intriguing images which guests can tour.
When: Sept. 1-10
Where: Various locations, St. Petersburg
Web: shineonstpete.com

 

FOOD TRUCK WARS – This roving, delicious event makes a stop in Winter Haven, where 40 different food trucks will compete for best casual cuisine, best dessert, best sales and other categories. Among some of the popular contenders: lobster rolls, gator tacos, steamed dumplings and gourmet ice cream treats.
When: Sept. 24
Where: Winter Haven
Web: foodtruckwars.com

 

GULF COAST OKTOBERFEST — Don your lederhosen and head to this Florida-style German fest, where you can hoist steins of beer, dance the polka and wolf down a nice, greasy bratwurst. Check out one of the many costumed German bands, including an impressive 16-piece ensemble called Hafenkapelle.
When: Sept. 23-24
Where: Westfield Sarasota Square Mall, Sarasota
Web: gulfcoastoktoberfest.com

 

REGAL RAILWAYS TOY & HOBBY SHOW — A model train nerd’s heaven, this show and market also has a wide variety of hobby vendors, including collectible dolls, Star Wars figurines from every era, miniature houses and landscapes for model train setups, and of course, real moving model trains.
When: Sept. 24
Where: Hernando County Fairgrounds, Brooksville
Web: regalrailways.com

 

HORSEY YARD SALE –Where else but in Ocala, the horse capital of Florida, would you find such a large display of horse riding paraphernalia at bargain prices? The Horsey Yard Sale, hosted by the Tack Shack, draws riders and horse lovers from all over the state looking for gently used tack, stable equipment, riding clothing and more, plus burgers and hot dogs if you get hungry.
When: Sept. 24-25
Where: Ocala
Web: tackshackocala.com

 

RANCH RODEO & COWBOY FESTIVAL— For a glimpse into the real working Florida cowboy or cowgirl’s life, check out this weekend-long competition spotlighting rural farming families showing off their ranch horse skills and cow dogs, who have their own special set of talents not typically displayed at other rodeos. The final day features a steak supper followed by the finals.
When: Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Where: Silver Spurs Arena, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee
Web: floridacattlemen.org

 

THE PURPLE XPERIENCE – Chillounge Night, a producer of special outdoor evening lounge parties, pairs with three top Central Florida venues to create a special Prince Tribute concert honoring the late pop music maestro. A five-piece tribute band from Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis performs all the hits, recreating the memories and magic.
When: Sept. 22-24
Where: Tampa, St. Petersburg and Lakeland
Web: chilloungenight.com

 

FLORIDA WEDDING EXPO – Brides-to-be and wedding planners can shop at this expo for just about anything and everything to make the perfect day complete: gowns, tuxes, cakes, hair and makeup services, creative and unique decorations, flowers and more. Enter to win one of 100-plus giveaways, including honeymoon packages and other wedding services.

When: Sept. 25

Where: Embassy Suites USF, Tampa
Web: floridaweddingexpo.com

 

 

NORTH FLORIDA

 

PEPSI GULF COAST JAM —Floridians love their country music, whether it twangs, trills or has crossover pop appeal. More than 15,000 people gather annually for the Labor Day weekend to sing Dixie tunes while swaying barefoot in Panama City Beach’s sugar-soft sand. This year’s headliners include as always the crème de la crème of country crooners — Brad Paisley, Jake Owen and Eric Church. Other notable performers include The Band Perry, Florida’s own Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sara Evans, Brett Eldridge, Charles Esteen (from TV’s “Nashville”), Colt Ford and Mark Chesnutt.
When: Sept. 2-4
Where: Frank Brown Park, Panama City Beach
Web: gulfcoastjam.com


GULF COAST SUMMER FEST: JAZZ EDITION —Grab your tailgate chairs, stock the coolers, lather on the sunscreen and enjoy of eight hours of nonstop jazz at Pensacola’s waterfront park. Festival performers include Gerald Albright, Steve Cole, Pieces of a Dream, the Groove Symphony Band and more.
When: Sept. 3
Where: Community Maritime Park, Pensacola
Web: gulfcoastsummerfestjazzedition.com

 


ST. AUGUSTINE SPANISH WINE FESTIVAL — Swish, sip and spit your way through more than Spanish-only wines, which concludes the four-day salute to St. Augustine’s Spanish roots at Sunday’s Grand Tasting. The annual fest is as varied as the wine poured — other events include the high-brown Vino Veritas, which pairs wine with seafood and caviar and the Grand Batalla de Vino, which pits teams of not-so-dignified adults in a red wine super soaker battle.
When: Sept. 8-11
Where: St. Augustine, various venues
Web: spanishwinefestival.com

 

FLEA ACROSS FLORIDA — You know how it goes, you don’t know how much you want something until you spot it with a “For Sale” sticker for a ridiculous price. It’s all about the score, right? Trinkets, treasures and useful goods will be for sale by the carload during Florida’s largest yard sale. More than 50 shops and communities are signed up to participate in the event which travels along I-10 from McClenny to Pensacola. 
When: Sept. 11-12
Where: Check website for up-to-date locations
Web: thefleaacrossflorida.com

 

PLEIN AIR PAINT OUT —Explore your connection to the natural world while strolling the lush grounds of Kanapaha Gardens looking for the perfect scene for your next art masterpiece. Kanapaha is opening the gardens for three days to help promote the Worldwide Artist Paint Out. If could only dream of applying to paint to canvas, it’s a perfect opportunity to watch artist at work.
When: Sept. 9-11
Where: Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville
Web: kanapaha.org

 

BRUVAL BEACHES FALL FESTIVAL —Why wait for next month’s Octoberfest celebrations to salute the sunshine state’s craft beer scene? All of the First Coast’s top dogs in brewing -- from Bold City to Zeta -- plus several national notables like Cigar City, Goose Island, Sweetwater and Southern Tier will be on hand to pour their faves. Also includes live music and a family-friendly activity zone.
When: Sept. 10
Where: Seawalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach
Web: bruvaljax.com

 

27TH ANNUAL ENDLESS SUMMER WATERMELON RIDE —Endless summer is correct as cooler fall temps are still two months away. So just embrace the heat and enjoy a gorgeous coastal bicycle ride along the beautiful of First Coast. This family-friendly, timed ride allow participants to choose from five distances (21, 32, 58, 78, or 103 miles) as they cruise through Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach’s tree-lined streets and along AIA through the Talbot Island State Parks.
When: Sept. 11
Where: Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center, Fernandina Beach
Web: nfbc.us

 


27TH ANNUAL LOBSTER FESTIVAL & TOURNAMENT —Yes, summer’s not over yet — especially if Schooner’s has anything to say about. The Panama City Beach club/restaurant throws one heck of shindig just when the season is starting to wind down. Dine on local lobster fresh from the weigh-in scales, take plenty of selfies with the larger-than-life sand sculptures from the 17th annual contest and party all day and night to a mix of live music beachside.
When: Sept. 12-18
Where: Schooner’s Last Local Beach Club, Panama City Beach
Web: schooners.com

 

QUILT FEST 2015: ALL THAT STASH — If you can casually mention quilting terms like fat quarter and understand the purpose of a jelly roll that has nothing to do with breakfast, then make plans to spend a day at one of Southeast’s largest quilt shows. With more than 400 entries in the annual show, it is hard not to be inspired by the color play, intricate stitching and creativity expressed through fabric that has moved well beyond retro sewing circles to high-end art. Also: vendors, live demonstrations, silent auction and special displays. 
When: Sept. 15-17
Where: Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, Jacksonville
Web: quiltfestjax.com

 

THE FUZZY PINEAPPLE FESTIVAL —This indie arts and crafts festival will feature more than 100 artists showcasing their original creations. But what makes this a standout newbie to the Florida arts festival scene are all the planned activities for all ages which include creating original shirts, tie-dying, string art and participating in an art installation. Also includes short films, kids’ games, live performances and a scavenger hunt.
When: Sept. 17
Where: Tallahassee
Web: thefuzzypineapple.com

 

WAKULLA WINGS & WHEELS FLY-IN —For 53 years, festival participants have had two ways to arrive at this annual event, either with four wheels or two wings. Yes, the municipal airport in Wakulla has been home to not only a classic car show but also a small aircraft show. Other festival events include a 5K, BBQ cook off, live music and kid’s activities.
When: Sept. 17
Where: Wakulla County Airport 2J0
Web: wakullawingswheels.com

 

THIRD ANNUAL FOLK IN THE SPRINGS — Nestled in the heart of the state’s collection of best fresh-water springs, is the quaint town of High Springs. Explore the historic buildings and shop while traveling from site-to-site to enjoy live music by ten acoustic musicians at ten different venues. There will be a welcome station plus a farmer’s market.
When: Sept. 18
Where: High Springs
Web: facebook.com

 

FLORIDA JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL — You’ll be moving and grooving to the swinging beats for three evenings of live music featuring the legendary Count Basie Orchestra, the gospel-based blues stylings of Lady Bianca and the Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and band leader Brian Lynch. Festival goers will experience 20 acts over three days and tickets are available for individual nights or as a three-day package.
When: Sept. 23-25
Where: Capital City Amphitheater at Cascades Park, Tallahassee
Web: fljazzandblues.com

 

SOUTH WALTON RUN/SUP —This combo race combines a two-mile run through the state park before hitting the water for a two-mile stand up-paddle on Western Lake.
When: Sept. 24
Where: Grayton Beach State Park, Santa Rosa Beach
Web: active.com/walton-run-sup

 

FLORIDA SCALLOP & MUSIC FESTIVAL — Northeast Florida has its shrimp, St. Pete/Clearwater has an abundance of stone crab claws and fresh grouper, but the state’s Forgotten Coast from Steinhatchee to St. Joseph Bay is scallop country. Alt rockers and Gainesville-bred Sister Hazel is the event headliner. Also includes a kid zone and lots of fresh scallops.
When: Sept. 30 - Oct. 1
Where: Port St. Joe
Web: scallopfestfl.org

 

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

 

South Florida
danorman32@gmail.com

 

Central Florida
emily.nipps@gmail.com

 

North Florida
jendecamp@gmail.com

 

Our mission is to support and promote Florida tourism throughout the state. Because of the heavy volume of requests for listings, not all submissions can be included in our calendar each month.

For a month-by-month list of Florida events, check out our Florida Yearly Events Calendar.

 

 


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Looking forward to these events. very exited !!!!
Please keep me updated on upcoming events
Answer:
Hi Edward,
Thanks for reaching out.
We can’t send you emails as events are added to the calendar, but you can check back around the 11th of each month to see the latest offerings. Also, if you have interest in a particular area, its visitors’ services will often have an events calendar too—with even more offerings.
Why doesn't the VisitFlorida dot com web site allow searches by date and city? Totally lame to view entire state or regional events all at once when they do not correspond to where your resort is located!! ANSWER: Jerry, you make a good point. We're working on it!
Hello, I am traveling out for the biggest car auction in the world Mecum in Kissimmee, and the Rolex Daytona 24 hr race,
they don't seem to be on your things to do in Florida list ?
answer:
Hi Gary,
Thanks for reaching out.
There are so many events in Florida – including, as you point out, major ones -- that it’s impossible to list them all on the monthly calendar. If you go to a specific area’s visitors services they’ll have their own list of events which will cover more of them. For instance, Daytona Beach’s visitors’ services event calendar has all the races listed. Check it out: http://www.daytonabeach.com/events/
Sunny regards,
Lauren Tjaden for VISIT FLORIDA
WE AREVISITING FROM INDIA FROM 15.05.2016 TO 25.05.2016 PL GUIDE YOUR PROGRAMMES
Thank you for these infos! I can't wait for all these festivals! Pompano rocks! I just moved in the Saabia Beach residence by the beach and I love the area. I wish I moved in earlier.
Nice work, can't wait!
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