Florida Events Calendar

    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.

    Bacardi Miami Sailing Week showcases teams representing countries from all over the world, competing against the backdrop of beautiful Biscayne Bay.

    Bacardi Miami Sailing Week showcases teams representing countries from all over the world, competing against the backdrop of beautiful Biscayne Bay.

    - Bacardi Miami Sailing Week


    ASIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL – This annual event, now turning 27, features Asian crafts, art, exotic music and dance and a tasty selection of Far Eastern cuisine. There will be demonstrations of Ikebana (the art of Japanese flower arrangements) and Origami (Japanese techniques of folding papers into decorative shapes such as flowers and animals). One of the featured performers will be Japanese taiko drummers Fushu Daiko.
    When: March 4-5
    Where: Fruit and Spice Park, Homestead
    Web: asianculturefestival.net

    OKEECHOBEE MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL – We predicted last year’s inaugural event would be big. It didn’t disappoint and this one won’t either. This year’s headliners – out of the more than 100 bands – include Kings of Leon, Usher & The Roots, Bassnectar, The Lumineers, Wiz Khalifa, Solange, Rae Sremmurd and Young the Giant. The Jungle 51 stage will feature three nights of pulsating house and underground techno music, including Kim Ann Foxman, Wolfram, DVS 1, Ryan Elliott, Omar S and Nightmares on Wax. And, oh, those environs: More than 800 acres of pristine grasslands, clear lakes and tropical woodlands. Attractions include white-sand lakeside-swimming beach and bar, wooded VIP camping, spectacular immersive art installations, craft beer makers, great food trucks and yoga and meditation sessions.
    When: March 2-5
    Where: Sunshine Grove, Okeechobee
    Web: okeechobeefest.com

    CARNAVAL MIAMI & CALLE OCHO – The 40th Calle Ocho Festival is the grand finale to Carnival Miami. At 23 city blocks long, it’s called the world’s largest street party. It features 12 with musical stages, street performers, youth activities, folkloric sites and a variety of food vendors. Other Carnaval events include the two-day Carnaval on the Mile street fair, Cork & Fork, a cooking contest, a domino tournament, a golf tournament and a 5-k run.
    When: Mid-February through mid-March for all events; March 12 for Calle Ocho
    Where: Various locations in Miami
    Web: carnavalmiami.com

    THE MIAMI OPEN – It’s the closest thing to a fifth major championship on the pro tennis circuit. Novak Djokovic will be going for his fourth straight title, but he is the No. 2 seed behind two-time winner Andy Murray. Serena Williams will be going for her ninth title and is seeded No. 1. Also representing the U.S. on the women’s side will be ninth-seeded Madison Keys, the 21-year-old rising star. Keep your camera or smart phone handy, because celebrities always abound. Food, fashion and entertainment always are a large part of the scene.
    When: March 20-April 2
    Where: Crandon Park Tennis Center on Key Biscayne
    Web: miamiopen.com

    COLLIER COUNTY FAIR – All the county-fare staples are included: livestock shows and competitions, arcade games, carnival rides, live music, kids’ activities, and all the cotton candy you could ever want. But so much more, too: a grizzly bear show, demolition derby, Lady Houdini and the Wall of Death motorcycle daredevil show.
    When: March 16-26
    Where: Collier County Fair in Naples
    Web: colliercountyfair.com

    FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS BOCA – This eclectic annual gathering will once again feature the finest in music, dance, film and authors. Highlights this year: violinist extraordinaire Sarah Chang (pictured), Pulitzer Prize winning authors Jon Meacham and Jennifer  Egan, 13-year-old piano prodigies Joey Alexander and Daniela Liebman, Branford Marsalis, a presentation of Puccini’s La Boheme, Sergio Mendes and New Yorker magazine Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff, who will oversee a cartoon caption-writing contest. This year’s movie to get the live-orchestra score treatment will be The Pink Panther.
    When: March 2-12
    Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater and Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center in Boca Raton.
    Web: festivaloftheartsboca.org

    TASTE OF LITTLE ITALY – It’s a three day celebration of all things Italian, including, of course, great food and wine. There will be cooking demonstrations and wine seminars, along with live entertainment, bocce, and festival rides.
    When: March 3-5
    Where: Huizenga Park in Fort Lauderdale
    Web: ftlauderdaleitalianfestival.com

    TURTLEFEST – This family-friendly event allows visitors to have up-close encounters with threatened and endangered sea turtles, as well as fine art shopping, children’s games and activities, a Global village and live music.
    When: March 25
    Where: Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach
    Web: marinelife.org

    BACARDI MIAMI SAILING WEEK – Teams representing countries from all over the world will compete against the backdrop of beautiful Biscayne Bay. The marquis event is the Star Class race for the prestigious Bacardi Cup.
    When: March 5-11
    Where: Regatta Park, Coconut Grove
    Web: miamisailingweek.com

    ARCADIA ALL-FLORIDA CHAMPIONSHIP RODEO – The 89th version (no wonder it is called “The Grandaddy of ’Em All”) of this annual Stetson hat-studded event is back and bigger than ever. All the rodeo staples are included: saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, calf roping and bull riding. There are kids’ events, too: mutton bustin’, calf scramble, barrel racing and steer and bull riding.
    When: March 9-12
    Where: Rodeo Arena, Arcadia
    Web: arcadiarodeo.com

    MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Attention, Richard Gere fans! He will help kick off the festival’s 34th edition by attending a screening of his new film: Norman: The Modern Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer. You’ll be able to see 131 feature-length and short films from 40 countries. Other highlights will be the made-in-Miami comedy A Change of Heart, starring Gloria Estefan and Jim Belushi, and writer-director Xavier Dolan’s controversial drama It’s Only the End of the World, which was booed by critics at the Cannes Film Festival but then went on to win the jury’s Grand Prize. Oscar-winning director David Frankel (he won for best short film in 1997 for Dear Diary), best known for The Devil Wears Prada, will be on one of the panels.
    When: March 3-12
    Where: Various theaters throughout Miami and Miami Beach.
    Web: miamifilmfestival.com

    BOCA BACCHANAL WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL – Yum and more yum! That’s one yum for each of the two nights that make up this unique wine and foodie event. First, there are the Vintner Dinners, which take place in grand estates and historic sites. Each one features a chef and vintner combining their talents to create a magnificent five-course meal. Next is Bacchanalia, featuring food from more than 30 local restaurants and great wine from world-class vintners. The night also includes a fashion experience by Saks Fifth Avenue, a high-tech auction and music by DJ and electric violinist Timothy Lovelock.
    When: March 24-25
    Where: Various locations in Boca Raton for the Vintner Dinners and Mizner Park Amphitheater for Bacchanalia.
    Web: bocabacchanal.com

    LGBTQ HAPPENINGS – In the beginning of the month there is the Winter Party Festival in Miami and at the end of the month there is PrideFest of Lake Worth and the Palm Beaches. Winter Party (pictured) features more than 20 events, such as pool parties, dance parties and the grand finale known as the sexiest beach party on the planet. PrideFest has a full slate of exceptional live music, merchandise from booth vendors and a great selection of food from many local restaurants.
    When & Where: Respectively, March 1-7 at various Miami and Miami Beach locations and March 25-26 at Bryant Park in Lake Worth
    Web: winterparty.com and compassglcc.com

    MIAMI MUSIC MANIA – Last year, Jazz in the Music Gardens and the Ultra Music Festival were on the same weekend, so you had to choose. Not so this time around. The former features world class artists representing a dynamic mix of musical genres, such as jazz, R&B, Neo-Soul and World Beat sounds. Headliners include Jill Scott, Robin Thicke, Herbie Hancock, LL Cool Jay featuring DJ Z-Trip, Common, the Roots, Andra Day and Morris Day and The Time. If you like electronic dance music and dazzling light shows, Ultra (pictured) will deliver. Live headliners are Ice Cube, Justice, Major Lazer, The Prodigy and Underworld. Top DJs are also on hand, including Afrojack, Hardwell and DJ Snake, among many others.
    When & Where: Respectively, March 18-19 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens and March 24-26 at Bayfront Park in Miami
    Web: jazzinthegardens.com and ultramusicfestival.com

    SEA FOOD, EAT FOOD -- There are three great sea food fests in SoFla this month. Two are on the left coast (the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Parade & Festival and the Marco Island Seafood & Music Festival) and one on the right coast (the Original Marathon Seafood Festival). All feature mouthwatering straight-from-the-sea fare and so much more: live music, arts & crafts vendors and a whole bunch of activities for kids.
    When & Where: Respectively -- March 4, 11-12 at various locations in Fort Myers Beach; March 24-26 at Veteran’s Community Park in Marco Island, and March 11-12 at Marathon Community Park in Marathon.
    Web: fortmyersbeachshrimpfestival.com, marcoislandseafoodandmusicfestival.com and marathonseafoodfestival.com

    FLORIDA KEYS WILDLIFE REFUGES OUTDOOR FEST –Enjoy a week of action packed outdoor adventures and hands-on activities, including guided birding tours and nature walks, history-themed bike rides, kayak excursions, art and photography workshops and more.
    When: March 11-18
    Where: Four different refuges in the Keys -- National Key Deer, Crocodile Lake, Great White Heron and Key West National Wildlife.
    Web: favorfloridakeys.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 boat shows in the country.
    When: March 23-26
    Where: Lakeworth Lagoon in downtown West Palm Beach
    Web: showmanagement.com

    INTERNATIONAL ORCHID FESTIVAL – Choose among 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 species in the American Orchid Society juried show. Good food and lots of entertainment, too.
    When: March 10-12
    Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables
    Web: fairchildgarden.org

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TENNESSEE! – As in Williams, not the state. The great playwright visited the Keys from 1942 until his death in 1983 and you can celebrate his 106th 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 and journals, a film forum and much more.
    When: Entire month of March
    Where: Various locations in Key West
    Web: twkw.org

    FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL – From goblets to swords and jesters to jousters, the festival celebrates its 25th anniversary with a unique format of seven straight themed weekends: Pirates, Time Travelers, Masquerade, Wenches, Taste of Florida Renaissance Festival, Celtic and Vikings and Barbarians.  New this year: jousting tournaments by Debracey Productions, the Murcia Family Aerial High Wire Thrill Show, The Roving Blades and The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told.
    When: Feb. 11-12 through March 25-26
    Where: Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach
    Web: ren-fest.com

    BROWARD COUNTY WATERWAY CLEANUP – Take an eco-break from your SoFla vacation and help clean up more than 30 locations around the county. You’ll feel good about helping haul away some of the 20-plus tons of trash. And, you don’t need a boat; they will be provided. Also includes the annual Trash Bash that features food, drinks, raffle prizes and live music.
    Where: Various locations in Broward County
    When: March 4-5
    Web: miasf.org

    ANNUAL KEY WEST HOUSE & GARDEN TOURS – See a series of elegant and unique private homes, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations and the interior design and landscaping that complements each one. Note: Transportation between the homes is not provided.
    When: March 17-18
    Where: Key West
    Web: oirf.org

    • MARCH MADNESS, ARTS & CRAFTS VERSION – Chronologically, here are some of the fine March events:
    • International Ceramics & Glass Fair, March 3-7, Gallery of Amazing Things in Dania Beach; icgfair.com
    • Las Olas Art Fair, Part II, March 4-5, in downtown Fort Lauderdale; artfestival.com
    • Downtown Venice Art Classic, March 4-5; artfestival.com
    • Palm Beach Gardens Medical Art Fest by the Sea, March 11-12, Juno Beach; artfestival.com
    • Coral Springs Festival of the Arts & Crafts, March 18-19; artfestival.com
    • Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts, March 18-19; naplesart.org
    Along with performances by top musical names such as Kings of Leon, Usher, The Lumineers and Cold War Kids, the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival offers four days of camping, yoga, dancing, lake-lounging and healing workshops.

    Along with performances by top musical names such as Kings of Leon, Usher, The Lumineers and Cold War Kids, the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival offers four days of camping, yoga, dancing, lake-lounging and healing workshops.

    - Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival



    OKEECHOBEEFEST –Along with performances by top musical names such as Kings of Leon, Usher, The Lumineers and Cold War Kids, the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is four days of camping, yoga, dancing, lake-lounging and healing workshops. The event draws thousands of festivalgoers from all over the country, many who stay an extra few days to explore the rural and wildlife-rich areas surrounding the fest.
    When:  March 2-5
    Where: Okeechobee
    Web: okeechobeefest.com

    FLORIDA STORYTELLING FESTIVAL – Storytellers of all ages flock to this festival, which celebrates the art of telling colorful, humorous, sad, scary and captivating tales. Attend “storytelling concerts” and attend workshops to learn how to hone your art, or simply listen to the main presentations, which include tips on how to use puppetry, audience interaction and other techniques when telling stories.
    When: March 30-April 2
    Where: Mount Dora
    Web: flstory.com

    BUSCH GARDENS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL – One of Florida’s best theme parks adds live music, delicious food samples and wine tastings to the mix, creating a whole new safari of fun and flavor. Enjoy concerts by Daughtry, the Goo Goo Dolls, Kool & The Gang and other artists while feasting on brown sugar-rubbed pork belly and bananas foster panna cotta.
    When: Saturdays and Sundays throughout March and April
    Where: Busch Gardens, Tampa
    Web: seaworldparks.com/buschgardens

    BREWMASTER’S INVITATIONAL – A beer-lover’s heaven, this event features more than 50 breweries and 150 beers from all over the world, giving you a chance to try every type of brew from pale ales to lagers to stouts to sour beer. Along with the suds, listen to regional funk and soul bands and visit the “bacon bar” or food trucks when you get hungry.
    When: March 4
    Where: Exploration Tower, Port Canaveral
    Web: brewmastersinvitational.com

    SPRING FINE ART & CRAFT FAIR – More than 150 artists compete for cash in this quirky arts festival set right in the heart of the adorable Cocoa Village. Parking and admission are free, and street entertainers, food and a beer garden make this kid-friendly and dog-friendly fair fun for all.
    When: March 5-6
    Where: Historic Cocoa Village
    Web: visitcocoavillage.com

    GRANT SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – The small Atlantic Coast community of Grant puts on huge party with a delicious down-home menu filled with fresh seafood dishes such as deviled crabs, clam chowder, lobster rolls, fried oysters, conch salad and more. Most of the food is prepared by Grant families for this 100 percent volunteer-run event.
    When: March 4-5
    Where: Grant
    Web: grantseafoodfestival.com

    RUNAWAY COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL – Some of country music’s hottest stars perform in this dual-stage fest that prides itself on good, clean fun and free shuttled parking. This year’s lineup includes Brad Paisley, Billy Currington, Jason Aldean, Tyler Farr, LOCASH, Cam and Runaway June. Campers of all sizes – from small tents to RVs – are welcome.
    When: March 17-19
    Where: Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee
    Web: runawaycountry.com

    BAY AREA RENNAISANCE FESTIVAL – Take part in a 16th century time-travel adventure into the 16th century, complete with live armored jousting,  dancing gypsies and smoked turkey legs as big as your head. Peruse the wares of more than 100 merchants contribute or visit one of the 12 stages of entertainment. There’s also a chance this year to sample wine and chocolate pairings or craft beer and bacon.
    When: Weekends throughout March
    Where: Tampa
    Web: bayarearenfest.com

    CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL – This ultra-indulgent fest and fundraiser for the Zonta Club of Melbourne brings all of the sweetest offerings from area restauranteurs, chocolatiers and bakers under one roof. Vote for “Brevard’s Best Chocolate Fix” and shop for chocolate-y gifts and novelties.
    When: March 5
    Where: Melbourne
    Web: zontaspacecoast.org

    BIKE WEEK – The world’s largest motorcycle event returns to Florida’s famously fun Daytona Beach for its 76th year, drawing around a half a million people annually. The 10-day festival includes a swap meet and bike show, rock concerts, organized scenic rides, games, prizes, raffles, food and lots and lots of wild parties throughout Daytona.
    When: March 10-19
    Where: Daytona Beach
    Web: officialbikeweek.com

    APOPKA FAIR – Hosted by the Rotary Club of Apopka Foundation, this charity fundraiser fair brings all the favorites back to this central Florida town. Among the highlights: thrill rides, kiddie rides, kettle corn, BBQ, games with prizes, bands and a beer garden. There’s also a Saturday classic and antique car show.
    When: March 9-12
    Where: Kit Land Nelson Park, Apopka
    Web: apopkarotaryfair.org

    WILL MCLEAN MUSIC FESTIVAL – Florida’s top folk singers and songwriters as well as thousands of music and prose lovers – celebrate the life, legacy, and music of “Florida Father of Folk” William McLean. Attend banjo or dulcimer workshops, watch the future of folk perform in the Young Performer’s Showcase and learn fiddle tunes by ear.
    When: March 10-12
    Where: Sertoma Youth Ranch, Brooksville
    Web: willmclean.com

    GASPARILLA MUSIC FESTIVAL – As one of Tampa Bay’s biggest music events, the Gasparilla Music Festival always brings a strong lineup combination of international, regional and local acts from all genres. Among this year’s performers: Cage the Elephant, Ghostface Killah, Ryan Adams, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Have Gun Will Travel and the Mt. Zion Gospel Choir. This year’s fest also has an hour-and-a-half morning yoga session.
    When: March 11-12
    Where: Downtown Tampa
    Web: gasparillamusic.com

    WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL – Known as one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals, this 77-year-old event draws 225 fine artists entering categories such as clay, digital, leather, printmaking, jewelry, wood and more. There’s also a schools exhibit of student art and interactive art activities for kids.
    When: March 17-19
    Where: Downtown Winter Park
    Web: wpsaf.org

    ST. PETERSBURG SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL – St. Petersburg’s newest festival combines the freshest, finest seafood dishes and delicacies with local and regional bands, as well as an arts and crafts market and beer and wine. Enjoy crab bisque, salmon poke and smoked fish spread while listening to salsa or a steel pan band in a beautiful waterfront setting.
    When: March 25-26
    Where: North Straub Park, St. Petersburg
    Web: srqseafoodfestival.com

    The 30a Wine Festival, held throughout the picturesque streets of Alys Beach, has it all —not only wine, but rose tastings, brunch, a croquet tournament and more.

    The 30a Wine Festival, held throughout the picturesque streets of Alys Beach, has it all —not only wine, but rose tastings, brunch, a croquet tournament and more.

    - 30a Wine Festival



    OCALA CULINARY FESTIVAL — With a goal of creating unforgettable culinary experiences and creating a platform to celebrate food, wine and spirits, the event line-up for the upcoming festival seems like a slam dunk for foodies. Kris Moon, vice president of the James Beard Foundation, will speak about the beloved culinary association which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017. Other events include wine or cocktail tastings, a gospel brunch, grilling clinic and a farm dinner.
    When: March 1-5
    Where: various venues in Ocala, Marion County
    Web: ocalaculinaryfestival.com

    EXPLORE THE NINA AND PINTA — Set foot on board these sailing museums for a self-guided tour back in history as a member of the crew of Columbus’ voyage to the “New World”. The replica ship of the Nina was constructed without the use of power tools and Archeology magazine has deemed it the most historically accurate replica built. Meanwhile, the Pinta is a larger replica of a caravel, built to hold crowds for tours.
    When: March 1-5
    Where: Perdido Key Oyster Bar & Marina
    Web: thenina.com

    EXPLORATION CAVE DIVING — With all the natural springs and caverns in North Florida, cave diving has become a top recreational sport for experienced scuba divers in the Sunshine State. The National Speleological Society-Cave Diving Section’s (NSS-CDS) winter workshop brings together legends in the sport with experienced divers to help promote dive safety and education. Attendees also will have the option to dive the caves around Marianna and take advantage of in-water equipment demonstrations.
    When: March 3-5
    Where: Marianna
    Web: nsscds.org

    71ST ANNUAL FLORIDA AZALEA FESTIVAL & 21ST 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. Guests who prefer not to explore the park on foot can take a ranger-narrated wagon tour along the park’s 1.8-mile road loop. The Palatka park, a WPA project during the Great Depression, holds its celebration in conjunction with the city’s Azalea Festival which features arts and crafts vendors, a beauty pageant, antique car show, parade and good eats.
    When: March 4-5
    Where: Palatka
    Web: floridastateparks.org/Ravine-Gardens, flazaleafest.com

    GULF COAST RENAISSANCE FAIRE AND PIRATE FESTIVAL — Leave the 21st century behind for the days of Robin Hood and Maid Marion for this two-day festival featuring full-armor jousting on horseback, gypsy dancers, medieval fighters, jesters, magicians and pirates.
    When: March 4-5
    Where: Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds
    Web: gcrf.us

    GARDEN PARTIES — After a prolonged fall, March arrives with a gentle breeze, bevy of flower blooms and urgent necessity to enjoy the great outdoors before the sweltering humidity descends. Thus, there are reasons to explore the beautiful outdoor gardens galore.

    • Yoga in the Gardens: Practice your meditation and breathing under the Spanish moss draped canopy at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park in Palm Coast. The class meets each Monday in March (March 6, 13, 20, 24). Call to register. floridastateparks.org/Washington-Oaks
    • Cummer Garden Month: The beauty of the St. John’s River in Jacksonville is only eclipsed by the gorgeous gardens of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens along its north bank near downtown. The museum is as well-known for its fine arts collection as its gardens originally designed for the Cummer family. The museum celebrates the gardens throughout March by offering guided tours, outdoor concerts and plein air art workshops. cummermuseum.org
    • Spring Garden Festival: Gainesville’s premier horticulture event at Kanapaha Gardens attracts green thumbs of all skill levels for a little recreational shopping at about 175 booths showcasing plants, outdoor accessories, arts and crafts and food. Also features a live entertainment, live auctions and a kids’ zone. March 18-19, kanapaha.org

    30A WINE FESTIVAL — Even though Saturday’s grand tasting throughout the picturesque streets of Alys Beach is the festival highlight, who wouldn’t want to attend Sunday’s Rose & Croquet. Yes, it has it all — rose tastings, brunch, a croquet tournament! Attendees are even encouraged to wear croquet whites. Other notable wine festival events include a four-course wine dinner featuring Pott wines and a barbecue and bourbon tasting.
    When: March 9-12
    Where: Alys Beach
    Web: 30awinefestival.com

    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. Get a glimpse of all the hand-polished chrome parked on the Ritz Carlton’s gorgeous golf course. Friday and Saturday feature smaller functions which include a Jaguar Racing Drivers Seminar roundtable discussion and the Porsche Driving Experience but all the hoopla surrounds Sunday’s car show featuring this year’s honoree Al Unser Sr.
    When: March 10-12
    Where: Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
    Web: ameliaconcours.org

    GATE RIVER RUN — A 15K is a dime a dozen in the state of Florida, but Jacksonville’s annual race is also the USA 15K Championship and features a bridge “affectionately” known by all who pass over it near the end of mile seven as “The Green Monster.” The elite runners competing for a piece of the $85,000 purse get a head start. The course winds through downtown over the St. Johns River and through the gorgeous waterfront historic neighborhoods of San Marco and St. Nicholas before finishing back at Everbank Field (home of the Jaguars). Meanwhile, the racers aren’t the only ones enjoying the Saturday festivities as many locals set up chairs along the route and impromptu morning parties featuring adult beverages (this is the South!) spring up in front lawns.
    When: March 11
    Where: Jacksonville
    Web: 1stplacesports.com

    ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL AND JACK MADDEN MEMORIAL PARADE — It’s not as wild as Savannah’s daylong party or as magnificent as Chicago’s tradition of dying the river green, but the Tallahassee Irish Society hopes there will be plenty of four-leaf clovers, kilts and bagpipes at their festivities. Enjoy live music, traditional Irish step dancing and exhibitors with enough Guinness to share.
    When: March 11
    Where: Kleman Plaza
    Web: tallahasseeirish.org

    ANASTASIA MUSIC FESTIVAL — This three-day musical salute to bluegrass music features more than 20 of the best bluegrass stars touring today. Featured performers include the Del McCoury Band, David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience, Sam Bush, Elephant Revival, the Jeff Austin Band and more. Friday and Saturday’s event will also include a kid’s tent and daily yoga. Festival goers can purchase single-day tickets or three-day passes.
    When: March 16-18
    Where: St. Augustine Amphitheatre
    Web: staugamphitheatre.com

    TRENTON’S SUWANNEE VALLEY QUILT FESTIVAL — Be inspired by the intricate fabric works of art created by quilting groups throughout the state. View these treasures while exploring Trenton’s historic downtown. Quilts will be on display in stores and town buildings, inside and out. Also, make time for sewing demos on paper piecing, embroidery, children’s dresses and needlework.
    When: March 18
    Where: Trenton
    Web: trentonquiltfestival.com

    ST. AUGUSTINE RACE WEEK — St. Augustine’s historic waterfront is always gorgeous but imagine the view accentuated with a rainbow of fluttering sails. The First Coast Sailing Association hosts this three-day event with multiple race formats that allow all ages and experience levels to participate. Also includes live music in the evenings.
    When: March 23-26
    Where: St. Augustine
    Web: staugustineraceweek.com

    352 CREATES — The founder of 352 Creates invites the community to imagine, make, play and thrive through everyday acts of creativity. They believe that even the most simple materials utilized by the even unskilled hands can yield ad amazing creation. The two-day event has two parts. The first day encourages participant to “Create in Place”, either solo or in groups at work or in the home. The second day encourages community-wide events within the 352 area code to gather people to work on pop-up style art activities together.
    When: March 24-25
    Where: various venues in 352 area code
    Web: 352creates.com

    49TH ANNUAL SPRINGTIME TALLAHASSEE — What began as a small-town celebration to promote Tallahassee’s beauty has turned into two full-fledged days of entertainment more than 40 years later. More than 200 arts, crafts and food vendors, a Grand Parade featuring New Orleans-style krewes with floats, a 5K, live music, a beer garden and a children’s park will keep festival-goers (including more than 27,000 out of town guests) entertained.
    When: March 31 - April 1
    Where: Kleman Plaza, Tallahassee
    Web: springtimetallahassee.com

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