Florida Events Calendar

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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. Please check individual websites for more details:

 

SOUTH FLORIDA

 


COCONUT GROVE ARTS FESTIVAL – Nearly one mile of great art, gourmet eats at the Global Food Village, fun and an eclectic mix of live music. This annual affair will feature 360 of the finest artists and craftsmen in the world. Don’t miss the show within the show: The St. Stephen’s Art Show, featuring the work of more than 150 artists, a children’s area and an international food court. All off this wonderful art, food and culture is set amidst the bay-front backdrop with beautiful views.
When: Feb. 18-20
Where: Coconut Grove, Miami
Web: cgaf.com

 

ART & CRAFTS GALORE – Can’t make it to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival? Not to worry. There are beaucoup festivals and art happenings throughout SoFla during February. Here are some of them:

  • Artigras, Feb. 18-20 in Jupiter. artigras.org
  • Art Wynwood, Feb. 16-20 in Miami. artwynwood.com
  • Street Art for Mankind Street Art Exhibition, Feb. 10-20 in Miami. This is the start of a five-year, world-wide project aimed at ending child slavery and will feature world-famous street artists who will work together to create 12,000 square feet of murals. streetartmankind.org
  • ArtFest Fort Myers, Feb. 3-5. artfestfortmyers.com
  • Downtown Stuart Art Festival, Feb. 25-26. ArtFestival.com
  • Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts, Feb. 4-5. ArtFestival.com
  • Naples National Art Festival, Feb. 18-19. naplesart.org
  • Old Island Days Art Festival, Feb. 26-27 in Key West keywestartcenter.com
  • American Glass, Pottery and Dinnerware Show & Sale, Feb. 4-5 at the Emma Lou Watson Civic Center, Pompano Beach. sfdgc.com

 

LOST EGYPT: ANCIENT SECRETS, MODERN SCIENCE – Through hands-on challenges, authentic artifacts and guidance from archaeologists, this interactive exhibit will unearth the mysteries of Egypt, its culture and people. Don’t miss the human and animal mummies and the chance to sit on an almost life-sized camel!
When: Feb. 4-April 20
Where: Museum of Science and Discovery, Fort Lauderdale
Web: mods.org

 


SWAMP CABBAGE FESTIVAL – For 51 years, the authentic Florida town of La Belle just east of Fort Myers has been celebrating swamp cabbage in a down-home festival featuring, among a host of activities, armadillo races, beauty pageants, live music, a fishing tournament and a car show.
When: Feb. 25-26
Where: Various locations in La Belle
Web: labelleswampcabbagefestival.org

 


GROUNDUP MUSIC FESTIVAL – This could be one of the most eclectic music festivals on record. Jazz ensemble Snarky Puppy is the host and will appear all three days. Other headliners are David Crosby, Banda Magna, Terence Blanchard Esperanza Sterling, Bokante, the Pedro Martinez Group and Laura Mvula. Enjoy the music and gourmet food in a hammock-filled park next to the stage.
When: Feb. 10-12
Where: North Miami Beach Concert Bandshell, Miami Beach
Web: groundupmusic.net

 

PALM BEACH JEWELRY, ART & ANTIQUE SHOW – This is one of the largest shows of its kind in the United States. International exhibitors display their fine works and possessions in this gathering that encompasses fine jewelry, exquisite works of art and fascinating antiques. Looking for a 17th Century rug or an art deco lounge chair? You’ll probably have success here.  Specialists such as curators, skinners and conservators will provide an abundance of information and entertainment throughout the weekend.
When: Feb. 15-21
Where: Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach
Web: palmbeachshow.com

 

DEERFIELD BEACH PIONEER DAYS – It’s a three-day celebration of the city’s agricultural roots, but the festival features so much more: arts and crafts, live concerts, yummy food, a parade with 50 floats and a grand fireworks show finale.
When: Feb. 17-19
Where: The main beach parking lot in Deerfield Beach
Web: deerfield-beach.com/Pioneer-Days

 

SWATCH BEACH VOLLEYBALL MAJOR SERIES – Do you like beach volleyball? Then, attending this tournament is a slam dunk… make that a spike! The best beach volleyball players in the world will be participating in this tournament, which is the kick off for the Swatch series. Some of the players include the top U.S. men’s team of Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, Laura Ludwig, Kira Walkenhorst, Bruno Schmidt and Alison Cerutti. A VIP package will get you closer to the action and some tasty world-class cuisine.
When: Feb. 7-12
Where: Fort Lauderdale Beach Park
Web: swatchmajorseries.com

 

11th ANNUAL BOCA CONCOURS D’ ELEGANCE – Here’s your chance to gawk at some of the most elegant classic cars and motorcycles in the world.  There is an opening night airport hangar party, a gala dinner featuring an auction and comedian Jeff Foxworthy and the finale on Sunday that with all the cars and bikes that have been entered into the show on display. Gourmet food and wine will be in abundance at all the events.
When: Feb. 10-12
Where: Atlantic Aviation hanger at the Boca Raton Airport on Friday and the Boca Raton Resort & Club for the other two events.
Web: bocaratonconcours.com

 

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL MAP FAIR – Whether you are just curious or an avid collector, you’ll have a great time if you like antique maps, rare books, panoramas, globes ant atlases. The fair features presentations by renowned experts and private tours of the HistoryMiami archives. Bring one map from your collection for a free expert opinion.
When: Feb. 4-5
Where: History Miami Museum, Miami
Web: historymiami.org

 

SOUTH FLORIDA GARLIC FEST – It’s still the Best Stinkin’ Party in Town – just a different town as the storied event moves from downtown Delray Beach to downtown Lake Worth. You’ll sample great garlic-fused recipes, from Argentinean garlic BBQ to garlic ice cream, and enjoy top-notch live entertainment.
When: Feb. 10-12
Where: John Prince Park in Lake Worth
Web: sflgarlicfest.com

 

BAKLAVA BACCHANALIA – Not one, not two, but -- count ’em -- three Greek festivals are set for SoFla in February. Pick one and immerse yourself in all things Greek: food, drink, music, dance, clothing and so much more, including carnival rides and other activities for the kids. It’s the perfect time to come out and say “yassou” (hello) to people who are an important part of our communities.
When & Where: St. Barbara  Greek Orthodox Church in Sarasota, Feb. 9-12; St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Lauderdale, Feb. 9-12, and Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Myers, Feb. 24-26
Web: bradentonorthodox.com, fortlauderdalegreekfestival.org and greekfestfortmyers.com

 

THE PLACE TO BE FOR SPORTS – That would be Palm Beach County in February, for sure. Here’s why:

  • The best golfers in the world will go for $6.1 million in prize money and try to rack up early points in the race for the Fed Ex Cup title at The Honda Classic at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Feb. 20-26.  The field gets keeps getting stronger and stronger each year and this year will be no exception, including 2016 champ Adam Scott. Plus, Tiger Woods has committed to play as part of his 2017 comeback. thehondaclassic.com
  • Do you like the aging-gracefully golfing greats, too?  Check out the Allianz Championship at The Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, Feb. 6-10. It’s the first full-field event of the Champions Tour and includes defending champion Esteban Toledo. allianzchampionship.com
  • Tennis anyone? At the Delray Beach Open you can see both former and current stars at two back-to-back tournaments: The ATP Champions tour, Feb. 17-19, and the ATP World Tour, Feb. 20-26. It’s all happening at the downtown Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. yellowtennisball.com
  • Play Ball! Well, the actual games don’t begin until late February, but you can check out spring training workouts for both the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter beginning in the middle of the month. rogerdeanstadium.com

 

THREE MIAMI BOAT BIGGIES – At the Progressive Miami International Boat Show, you’ll preview the latest in powerboats, sailboats, engines, cutting-edge marine electronics, accessories and nautical apparel in a show that features more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors from all over the world. Upgrade your experience with a VIP package. Also included is the Progressive Strictly Sail Miami show, featuring the best that the sailing industry has to offer. Finally, there is Yachts Miami Beach, with its spectacular display of yachts and marine products.
When: Feb. 16-20 for both events the first two events and Feb. 16-17 for the third.
Where: Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin and other locations in Miami for the International Boat Show, Miamarina at Bayside for Strictly Sail and various locations in Miami Beach for Yachts Miami Beach.
Web: miamiboatshow.com , strictlysailmiami.com and showmanagement.com

 

LAKE WORTH STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL – This annual event is the chalk of the town, for sure. See how the pavement becomes canvas and the street becomes a museum for fine works of art. Lasting only until the next rain drops, these masterpieces (made with environmentally-friendly chalk) are a true beauty to behold. It’s one of the largest street painting festivals in the country and also offers great food, live music and street performers.
When: Feb. 25-26
Where: Downtown Lake Worth
Web: streetpaintingfestivalinc.org

 

FOOD NETWORK SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL – This star-studded affair showcases the talents of famous chefs, culinary personalities and wine and spirit producers. Events include brunches and lunches, grand tastings and demos, seminars, intimate dinners, walk-around tastings and late-night parties. It’s great for people-watching, too, as celebrities abound. Don’t miss the satellite event, Taste Fort Lauderdale Series. Suggestion: Book early for all events!
When & Where: Feb. 22-26 at various locations throughout South Beach and Fort Lauderdale
Web: sobefest.com

 

EDISON FESTIVAL OF LIGHT – Thomas Edison wintered in Fort Myers from 1885 until his death in 1931 and this almost month-long fest pays homage to the great inventor. Highlights include: the Thomas Alva Edison Science & Inventors Fair, Strolling Flower Show, Antique Car Show, Thomas Edison Birthday Party, Crafts on the River & Vintage Market, Grand Parade, Classic Car Show and the don’t-miss-it Mutt Strutt.
When: Feb. 11-19
Where: Various locations in Fort Myers
Web: edisonfestival.org

 

FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL – Come all ye wenches and knaves and journey back to the 16th century as you step through castle gates and into the days of yore. There are seven themed weekends of fun. Explore the artisans’ village and view live demonstrations of glassblowing, magic, jousting, the Lipizzan stallions, Irish dancing, archery and more. Feast on hearty food fit for a king and enjoy live performances on stage and in the lanes. The shows feature more than 100 costumed performers, 12 stages and 20 acts from around the world. New this year: jousting tournaments and an aerial high wire thrill show.
When: Saturdays and Sundays from Feb. 11 through March 26
Where: Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach
Web: ren-fest.com

 

SEMINOLE TRIBAL FAIR – It’s a family affair at the 45th annual celebration of Native American arts and culture. Highlights include wildlife shows, alligator wrestling, Native American dancing (for fun and competition), arts and crafts, drum circle, Seminole clothing contest and more. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band is the headlining musical act.
When: Feb. 10-12
Where: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood
Web: semtribefairandpowwow.com

 

EVERGLADES CITY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – This freebie packs ’em in for fresh seafood, country music, carnival rides and crafts booth, as this small town of 500 swells to 50,000 folks! While you are there, check out this off-the-beaten path pocket of Old Florida with many original buildings and a rich history steeped in the lore of pirates and smugglers and murder and mayhem.
When: Feb. 10-12
Where: Everglades City
Web: evergladesseafoodfestival.org

 

31st ANNUAL CIVIL WARS DAYS HERITAGE FESTIVAL – Experience colorful Civil War reenactments, the roar of cannon fire and uniformed Yankee and Rebel soldiers, while learning about Key West’s past.
When: Feb. 3-5
Where: Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park in Key West
Web: fla-keys.com

 

13th ANNUAL POLYNESIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL – Itching to do the hula? Now’s your chance and you just might win the big contest. And much more, too: An authentic Polynesian show, fire & knife dancers, island music, ukulele exhibition, South Pacific arts and crafts, a kids corner and, of course, mouth-watering island food.
When: Feb. 25-26
Where: Jaco Pastorius Park, Oakland Park
Web: polynesiancultureassociation.com

 

CENTRAL FLORIDA

 

FLORIDA CRAFT BREW & WINGFEST – Bring the whole family to this free event located right along the water, where local restaurants and cooks enter their secret recipes into the “Best Vero Beach Wings” competition and a special bracelet allows tastings of more than 150 craft and micro brews. Watch bands perform all day from two stages as other vendors sell kid-friendly fare such as burgers and pizza.
When:  Feb. 18
Where: Royal Palm Pointe Park, Vero Beach
Web: floridacraftbrewandwingfest.com

 

ART OF THE RIVER SHOW – A true regional art show, Art of the River invites all artists inspired by or living near the Peace River region to enter works that promote natural Florida resources, past or present life in the Peace River Valley and other environmental or cultural aspects of the area. The show returns for a fifth year, bringing with it a new batch of fresh and interesting paintings, sculpture and photography depictions of everything from Florida's water birds and orange groves to people shopping for antiques or relaxing on a beach.
When: Feb. 2-4
Where: South Florida State College, Arcadia
Web: desotoartscouncil.org

 

MOUNT DORA ARTS FESTIVAL – There may be no more lovely time to visit the cozy town of Mount Dora than in early February when the air is cooler than usual and the sun sets early. This outdoor arts festival takes full advantage of timing, drawing visitors from all over the country to its quaint streets and showcasing artists of all disciplines, including clay, digital, glass and photography.
When: Feb. 4-5
Where: Downtown Mount Dora
Web: mountdoraartsfestival.org

 

LOCALTOPIA – St. Petersburg’s mayor called this the “most St. Pete-esque event a resident or visitor can attend,” and it’s easy to see why. The Localtopia festival celebrates all things unique to this hip little city, including local restaurants and sweet shops, local artists, local bands and local boutiques, bike shops and even local banks. The family-friendly event has activities for all ages, including a 3D art maze.
When: Feb. 4
Where: Williams Park, St. Petersburg
Web: keepsaintpetersburglocal.org

 

FLORIDA STATE FAIR – Much has changed since Tampa began hosting this state fair more than 100 years ago, though some things have stayed the same. The games, the popcorn, the sugary treats and the prized livestock still remain. The Florida State Fair now attracts up to 500,000 people over 12 days, a testament to its exciting thrill rides, unusually decadent fair foods such as the pizza cone and bacon ice cream and its timeless, old-fashioned fun.
When: Feb. 9-20
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa
Web: floridastatefair.com

 

CELTIC FAMILY JAMBOREE – Get into the Celtic spirit at the rustic, woodsy Sertoma Youth Ranch, where families can camp, bring their dogs, participate in a potluck and enjoy bagpipe, drum and fiddle music, watch Highland athletics demonstrations, eat fish ‘n chips and haggis, shop for Celtic jewelry and crafts and take part in workshops.
When: Feb. 10-11
Where: Sertoma Youth Ranch, Brooksville
Web: celticheritageproductions.com

 

WINEFEST – One of Central Florida’s top vineyards serves up wine of all varieties, from dry to sweet, harvested from the previous year. For a $2 donation, guests can sample several different wines while perusing artwork, jewelry, handbags and other crafts made by locals. The winery also offers tours and has live music on an outdoor stage.
When: Feb. 10-12
Where: Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, Clermont
Web: lakeridgewinery.com/winefest

 

RANCH DAYS – A 2,000-acre working ranch in Dade City puts on one of the coolest, free family-friendly weekend events to ever launch in this rural spot. Regional blues rock, alt-country and even mariachi bands play on two stages as guests enjoy exotic snake and birds of prey shows, tethered hot air balloon rides, Boy Scout-guided hiking tours, face painting and more.
When: Feb. 11-12
Where: Little Everglades Ranch, Dade City
Web: lerevents.com/ranch-days

 

ART FIESTA – New Smyrna Beach engages, yet again, in its favorite combination of art, music, food and fun and more than 200 artists set up booths to display fine watercolor paintings, quirky Florida folk art, metalwork, glass vases and jewelry, photography and other creative endeavors. A great place to shop for interesting gifts while relaxing in historic downtown New Smyrna.
When: Feb. 18-19
Where: Old Fort Park, New Smyrna Beach
Web: facebook.com/ArtFiestaNSB

 

DAYTONA 500 – While the big race on the 26th is the main event, visitors and NASCAR fans flock to Daytona Beach days before to take part in the meet-and-greet Fanzone experience, campgrounds with free Wi-Fi, pre-race concerts and other celebrations. Last year’s sold-out crowd saw the closest finish in Daytona 500 history so expect big crowds again.
When: Feb. 18-26
Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach
Web: daytonainternationalspeedway.com

 

LIADO’S SAN GENNARO FESTA – Those of Italian heritage – or even just those who appreciate good Italian food, music and culture – will love this weekend of all things Italy. The street festival kicks off with a parade-style procession followed by cannoli eating contest, bocce ball tournaments, live Italian music and dancing.
When: Feb. 18-19
Where: Safety Harbor Marina & Waterfront Park, Safety Harbor
Web: liadosangennarofesta.com

 

LEESBURG MARDI GRAS – The fun little city of Leesburg does its best impression of New Orleans, with several galas and events leading up to this day of parades, brass jazz bands, stilt walkers, jugglers, face painting, and of course, lots and lots of beads. It even creates a little mini-French Quarter with festive food, beer and street entertainers.
When: Feb. 18
Where: Leesburg
Web: leesburgmardigras.com

 

BEER, BOURBON & BBQ FESTIVAL – What could be more indulgent? This touring event brings a day of beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin' to one of Tampa’s finest waterfront parks. Admission comes with a sampling glass so you can try up to 40 types of bourbon and 60 kinds of beer, while BBQ vendors serve up their best meats. There’s also a gaming area with giant Jenga, trike races and cornhole.
When: Feb. 18
Where: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, downtown Tampa
Web: beerandbourbon.com

 

OZELLO CRAFT SHOW & CHILI COOK-OFF – The quiet community of Ozello, known for great kayaking, motorcycle riding and nature trails, shows off its goods with an old-fashioned chili cook-off and a craft show featuring the work of local artisans, jewelers, seamstresses and other creative types. Sample different kinds of chili, enter a raffle for a kayak and vote on your favorite dish.
When: Feb. 18
Where: Crystal River
Web: ozello.net

 

CARLISLE WINTER FLORIDA AUTOFEST – This four-day showcase designed for automotive enthusiasts combines a swap meet, classic car sale, collector car show and auction with fun events for the entire family such as antique bicycle displays, aviation-themed vendors women’s bingo and the so called “Women’s Oasis” – a variety of shopping options.
When: Feb. 23-26
Where: Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum, Lakeland
Web: visitcentralflorida.org

 

NORTH FLORIDA

 

CONTEMPORARY EXPRESSIONS OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE — Using the lyrics of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” a song written by Jacksonville natives James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson in 1900 for a celebration of Lincoln’s birthday, contemporary artists created works that explore the dynamics between race relations in Jacksonville and beyond.
When: through Feb. 12
Where: Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville
Web: cummermuseum.org

 

FORGOTTEN COAST FILM FESTIVAL — Experience the Forgotten Coast of Florida through the eyes of filmmakers who have pointed their cameras at the region. The film series kicks off with the silver screen gem “Ulee’s Gold” (Jan. 26) and includes a premiere night meet-and-greet with a member of the movie’s film crew. Other movies scheduled to be screened include “Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida” (Feb. 16), “Coastlines” (Feb. 23) and “Apalachicola River: An American Treasure” (March 16).
When: Jan. 26, Feb. 16 and 23, March 16
Where: Franklin County Senior Center, Carrabelle
Web: carrabellehistorymuseum.org

 

WINTER BAY DAY Explore the natural beauty of the Gulf Coast while exploring Buffer Preserve. The preserve, which protects the natural coastal landscape, has one of the largest collection of rare Southeastern plants including Chapman’s rhododendron and pinewoods aster. Visitors will be able to attend nature talks, go on a birding tour and learn more about how preserve serves a vital role along St. Joseph Bay. Also includes a Low Country Shrimp Boil and live music.
When: Feb. 4
Where: St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve
Web: stjosephbaypreserves.org

 

FULL MOON PADDLE — Thousands of Floridians and tourists go tubing on the crystal clear waters of the Ichetucknee River during the summer. Here’s a chance to experience the river in the moonlight on this ranger-led canoe paddle as the sun’s setting awakens the wildlife that call the river home. Paddlers should bring a small light source for the end of the trip. Reservations required.
When: Feb. 11
Where: Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Fort White
Web: floridastateparks.org/Ichetucknee-Springs

 

FLIGHT TO FREEDOM & CASTILLO BY CANDLELIGHT — Before there was the Underground Railroad, slaves fled British indigo and sugar plantations in South Carolina in the mid-17th Century and used the Freedom Trail to find refuge in St. Augustine. This two-part living history event presented by Fort Mose State Park includes:

  • Flight to Freedom (Feb. 11): Walk along the Freedom Trail and hear the stories of the journey to freedom.
  • Castillo by Candlelight: The Mose Story (Feb. 18): Experience The Mose Story when visitors meet runaway slaves in a Spanish farm house and need to complete their last stretch of their journey to St. Augustine. Under candlelight, Governor Montiano will talk about why he founded Mose in 1738 and integral role the Black Militia played in defending St. Augustine.

When: Feb. 11, 18
Where: Fort Mose State Park, St. Augustine
Web: floridastateparks.org/Fort-Mose

 

ALL AMERICAN AIR TABLE TENNIS CLASSIC AND YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP — You don’t need to be Serena Williams or Rafael Nadal to compete in this “tennis” tournament. Yes, there is a net, court, ball and rackets but table tennis, also affectionately known as ping pong, is a little less strenuous. The event, which also serves as a charitable fundraiser, includes prizes and trophies and players are encouraged to dress in costume and bring an entourage.
When: Feb. 10-11
Where: River House, St. Augustine
Web: aaacharitablefoundation.org


AMELIA ISLAND BOOK FESTIVAL — Get writing tips from authors and start adding titles to your summer reading list at this three-day event that features an Author Face-Off Dinner Gala and a writer’s workshop with best-selling author Steve Berry, whose Cotton Malone international espionage series spans 11 books with “The Lost Order” (Book 12) arriving in bookstores (or appearing on your e-reader) in April. Berry will be joined by other best-selling authors including R.L. Stine, David Baldacci, Joseph Finder Lara Adrian and Mary Kay Andrews for the Face-Off Dinner. Also includes an author expo, author presentations, book signings and smaller ticketed events.
When: Feb. 16-18
Where: various venues, Amelia Island
Web: ameliaislandbookfestival.org

 

13TH ANNUAL PALATKA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL — More than 15 musical acts in three days round out the lineup for one of the state’s can’t-miss tributes to bluegrass. Headliners include festival favorites Dailey & Vincent (Thursday), the Del McCoury Band (Friday), Daryle Singletary with special guest Rhonda Vincent (Sunday). Festival headliners each play one 90-minute show.
When: Feb. 16-18
Where: Rodeheaver Boys’ Ranch, Palatka
Web: adamsbluegrass.com

 

SANDESTIN GUMBO FESTIVAL — Do you have gumbo running through your veins? Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast celebrates all things New Orleans (see also Mardi Gras parades) with this annual event that’s one of the region’s largest winter food fests. A Crawfish Boil at Fat Tuesday gets the party going on Friday. Arrive hungry and eat your way from table to table seeking out which entrant will get your vote for People’s Choice during Saturday’s Gumbo-Off. Also includes live music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe.
When: Feb. 17-18
Where: Village of Baytowne Wharf, Destin
Web: sandestingumbofestival.com

 

BATTLE OF OLUSTEE REENACTMENT AND 38TH ANNUAL OLUSTEE FESTIVAL — More than 25,000 visitors arrive in Lake City to practice their oh-so-Southern drawl, listen to two-days of live music and watch the Civil War battle reenactment. The Olustee Festival is Friday and Saturday and features more than 200 arts and crafts vendors, a 5K fun run, a parade and the Skirmish on Lake Desoto. Head to the historic battlefield on Saturday and Sunday for the Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee, the site of Florida’s largest battle of the Civil War.
When: Feb. 17-19
Where: Olustee Battlefield State Park (reenactment), downtown Lake City (festival)
Web: olusteefestival.com, battleofolustee.org

 

9TH ANNUAL FIDDLER CRAB FESTIVAL — Enjoy a weekend along the Big Bend that exudes Southern fun and hospitality. Pick a winner during the festival-favorite Fiddler Crab races, take a boat tour along the winding Steinhatchee River, dance to live music all day during the Suwannee River Jam, compete in a fishing tournament and chow down on lots of great eats.
When: Feb. 17-19
Where: Steinhatchee
Web: facebook.com/Steinhatchee-Fiddler-Crab-Festival

 

KINGSLEY HERITAGE CELEBRATION — The National Park Service honors the plantation period with two days of cultural and historical activities. On February 18, the time period will come to life with performances by the Nan Nkama Pan-African Drum and Dance Ensemble (most of its rhythms are from Senegal, Mali and Guinea), kora player Ajamu Mutima and storyteller Cynthia Watts. On the second weekend, reenactors will be spread throughout the plantation to portray a living timeline of life on Fort George Island. Themed crafts and games are featured both weekends.
When: Feb. 18, 25
Where: Kingsley Plantation, Jacksonville
Web: nps.gov/timu

 

FIELD DAY MUSIC FEST — Just when Floridians thought they could store the tailgate chairs until fall, the festival season gets into swing. This one-day fest features live music, a beer garden, hay rides, food trucks and field games. Yes, you and your kids can get in some cornhole practice or crown a winner at on a life-size game of Jenga. New Orleans singer/songwriter Colin Lake, the Tallahassee bluegrass duo Two Foot Level and the folk group The Mosleys will perform.
When: Feb. 18
Where: Apalachee Regional Park, Tallahassee
Web: fielddaytallahassee.com

 

MARDI GRAS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL — Panama City Beach turns Mardi Gras into a two-day, sand and sun-kissed, family-friendly take. Friday’s lineup is especially geared toward your pint-sized revelers with float tours, a fun zone, kids costume contest and kids parade. Saturday’s revelry kicks off with a 5K and two stages of live music, an adult costume contest and a parade. Both nights conclude with fireworks at the pier.
When: Feb. 24-25
Where: various venues, Panama City Beach
Web: visitpanamacitybeach.com

 

MARDI GRAS PARADES — It’s a bead-lovers extravaganza with four days of Mardi Gras parties and parades for Emerald Coast-area revelers. Elaborate floats and outlandish costumes will lead the Florida-style pageantry. It kicks off with the Krewe of Lafitte’s Illuminated Night Parade (Feb. 24), continues with Pensacola’s Grand Mardi Gras Parade (Feb. 25), the Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade (Feb. 26) and Destin Harbor’s 9th Annual Mardi Gras Parade at HarborWalk Village (Feb. 28). If you’re looking for an option that doesn’t include parade floats and haphazardly flung beads, check out Pensacola’s Fat Tuesday Street Party (Feb. 28).
When: Feb. 24-26, 28
Where: Pensacola and Destin
Web: kreweoflafitte.com/krewe, pensacolamardigras.com, pensacolabeachmardigras.com, facebook.com/fat-tuesday

 

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Looking forward to these events. very exited !!!!
Please keep me updated on upcoming events
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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!
YEAH, I WANTED TO TRAVEL THE STATE OF FLORIDA FROM AMERICA, REACHING OUT MY DESTINATION FINDING NEW PLACES TO EXPLORED BY DOING SOME SIGHTSEEING AROUND OUTDOOR FUN & GAMES, AND THE BEAUTIFUL STATE OF FLORIDA FROM AMERICA HAD IT-ALL FOR ME TO ENJOY MYSELF WITH MY AMERICANS GIRLFRIENDS DURING MY EVERYDAYS LIFE ON PLANET EARTH WORLD, GO! ..FLORIDA.....HERE.
TKS!.....BYE!.....
Your date for the Miccosukee event is incorrect. This year, the American Indian Day Festival will be held on September 24th, 2016. For future reference, the event always falls on the last Saturday of the month.
You advertise on the link for American Indian Festival in Hollywood FL but it's no where on your page! What's up with that? Please list this if you are going to have it on the search engine!!!! disappointed in visitflorida.com
If you can't post them all at once at least post by month so you can fit them in!!
I want to visit this great Florida
my mother is coming to visit me from dec. 6th thru dec.12th and i am looking for things for us to do during her stay...prefer south florida (including key west) any suggestions please let me know
Impossible to find what you want. Why can't I put in dates to narrow search?
This website is awful! over 1 year ago visitors asked to be able to search by date and or location. Still not fixed? such a simple thing to do. The website is essential useless to plan ahead. The advertisers should take notice of complaints and spend their money on useful sites.

Just an observation......
I can't wait for Gasparilla for kids. I also plan to be at Gasparilla for adults. Please come out and say hello.