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.

     

    SOUTH FLORIDA

    VROOOOM! VROOOOM! VROOOM! – That’s one very loud “vroooom” for each of these three bone-rattling two-day SoFla events in May:

    • The Fort Lauderdale Air Show features the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds, which fly at speeds up to 370 miles an hour. At times, the jets are just four feet apart and they punctuate their stunts with puffy ribbons of white smoke. The lineup also includes the U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet, a twin-engine fighter aircraft; the Air Force F-16 Viper, used for air-to-air-combat well as air-to-surface attacks, and Sean Tucker and his Team Oracle aerobatic biplane act.
    • The Air & Sea Show/Musical Explosion will feature personnel, technology and equipment from all five branches of the U.S. military, as well as police, firefighters and first responder agencies. In addition to jets soaring overhead (the Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, the Navy F-18 Super Hornet and a host of others) and powerboats racing across the water, there will an on-shore musical salute to America’s heroes, slated to be broadcast as a prime-time television event. The climax will be a star-spangled fireworks extravaganza over the Atlantic Ocean.
    • At the Stuart Sailfish Regatta hydroplanes, power boats and other race boats will compete for prize money and bragging rights. The regatta is open to 10 classes of inboards and four classes of outboards and also features the Powerboat P1 SuperStock Series. It also includes live music, food, a kids’ zone and a swimsuit contest.

    When & Where: Respectively, May 6-7 off Fort Lauderdale Beach; May 27-28 off Miami Beach, and May 20-21 off the north side of the Stuart Causeway Bridge in Stuart.
    Web: fortlauderdaleairshow.com, usasalute.com and stuartsailfishregatta.com

    Sunfest holds bragging rights as the largest five-day waterfront music/art fest combo in Florida.

    Sunfest holds bragging rights as the largest five-day waterfront music/art fest combo in Florida.

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    SUNFEST – It’s the largest five-day waterfront music/art fest combo in Florida. And, the organizers, never ones to rest on their laurels, are introducing a host of new features this year (examples: The art portion of the fest will feature live artist demonstrations and interactive installations; food upgrades include the Diner and the Fuel Station). Another eclectic musical lineup is on tap, including Blink-182, Weezer, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Widespread Panic, Snoop Dogg, Flo Rida, Marshmello, Ziggy Marley, Steve Winwood, Christopher Cross, Loverboy and Night Ranger. There are three main entertainment stages and three floating party barges.
    When: May 3-7
    Where: downtown West Palm Beach
    Web: SunFest.com

    STAY IN MAY FESTIVAL – The idea behind this 20-day long extravaganza (up six days from last year and formerly known as ArtNaples World Festival) is to get the snowbirds to stay a little longer. But this one is worth attending even if you have to make a special trip from outside or inside Florida. As always, there is an eclectic array of events this year, including dance, classical music, rock & pop, art, culinary and wine happenings, health and wellness programs, a short-film festival and a night of hit tunes from the 1930s and more. Can’t make it to France this year? Not to worry -- don’t miss the Night in Paris; Paintings & Cabaret program.
    When: April 25-May 14
    Where: Various locations throughout Naples
    Web: stayinmay.com

    PAPIO KINETIC SCULPTURE PARADE – They say that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. If that’s true, the late Key Largo folk artist Stanley Papio was a treasure hunter extraordinaire. Come celebrate his legacy and have a great time in the process. The entire family will enjoy this art-inspired, human-powered parade featuring colorful floats, tricycles with exotically-costumed riders and fantastically decorated bicycles and other moving works of art.
    When: May 5-7
    Where: Key West
    Web: papioskineticparade.com

    LITTLE HAITI BOOK FESTIVAL – Part of Miami Book Fair’s ReadCaribbean programming, this fest will include authors from Haiti and the Haitian Dispora, literary panels and craft talks, workshops for writers, hands-on activities for children, a film screening, a dance workshop and poetry, dance and music performances.
    When: May 27-28
    Where: Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Miami
    Web: miamiandbeaches.com

    • FLOWER POWER, TIMES TWO – At the 13th Annual Punta Gorda Hibiscus Festival, specialty hibiscus and other exotic plants, trees and organics will be displayed and up for sale. Lots of other fun stuff, too: Restored antique cars, Li’l Miss Hibiscus Pageant, a farmers’ market, live music and a secret garden tour. The 19th Redland International Orchid Show is one of the largest in the country, featuring more than 50 booths of orchid vendors and educational events and material. You’ll find all kinds of gorgeous orchids and more: lectures by experts, raffles and international food.
      When & Where: Respectively, May 19-20 at History Park in Punta Gorda and May 19-21 at Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead
      Web: Respectively: thehibiscusfestival.com and redlandfruitandspice.com

    RAINBOW POWER, TIMES THREE – Miami-Dade County will host three multi-day LGBT events this month:

    • The World OutGames comes to Miami-Dade for the first time, with more than 450 sporting, cultural and human rights events scheduled. And, each night the Festival Village in Lummus Park in Miami Beach will come alive with live music on two stages, haute pool parties, VIP events, a women’s space, family area and an adult zone. The World OutGames Miami Global Conference on Human Rights will be at the Miami Beach Center. (When, Where and Web: May 26-June 4 for the games and May 26-29 for the conference; outgames.org)
    • Sizzle Miami has become one of the most celebrated and anticipated urban gay events in America. It’s a five-day smorgasbord of captivating day-time events and pulsating nightlife. (When, Where and Web: May 25-29 at various locations in Greater Miami and the Beaches; sizzlemiami.com)

    Aqua Girl is the largest Women’s Week celebration in America. There is a wide variety of events, including cocktail receptions, gourmet dinners, an art exhibit, dance parties, a comedy night, pool and beach parties, a jazz brunch and more. The Aqualicious Pool Party is the highlight of the week. (When, Where & Web: May 18-21 at various locations in Miami Beach; aquagirl.org)

    MUSIC POWER, TIMES FOUR – Can’t get up to SunFest? Well, check out any of these four, count ’em, four further south outstanding events:

    • First up: The Key West Songwriters Festival. The 22nd annual showcase of musical magic features some of America’s foremost performing songwriters, with concerts staged in intimate, audience-friendly settings. Headliners include Cam, Steve Cropper, the Dylan Altman Band, Jeffrey Steele, Robert Earl Keen, Al Anderson and Shawn Camp. (When, Where and Web: May 10-14 at various locations in Key West; keywestsongwritersfestival.com)
    • At the Key Largo Original Music Festival songwriters from Nashville and around the United States, as well as top local bands, will perform on multiple stages and a variety of on-the-water venues. Pop, rock, blues, jazz and country music are all represented. Brian White and Meagan Conner are among the many talented-in-their-own-right performers who have written hits for other artists. Don’t miss the festival finale Paella & Pig Roast at the Caribbean Club. (When, Where and Web: May 18-21 at various Key Largo locations; keylargooriginalmusicfest.com)
    • The headliners at the South Dade MusicFest are the mother-daughter duo of Grammy Award winning gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard and Kierra “Kiki” Sheard. Also appearing will be Sensere, Gia Wyre, Christina Robinson, Adrian Bell and the South Dade “We Are One” Praise Team. (When, Where and Web: May 14 at the Watsco Center, University of Miami; watscocenter.com)
    • Pop, R&B, socca, reggae, hip hop and Caribbean music artists will perform at the Best of the Best Music Fest. Headliners are Movado, I-Octane, Josey Wales, Wendi, Dexta Caps, Chris Martin and Spice. (When, Where & Web: May 28 at Bayfront Park in Miami; bestofthebestconcert.com)

    DELICIOUS DOUBLE DIP FOR FOODIES – You can’t go to both of these, because they are on the same day, May 7. There’s the 22nd Annual Taste of the Beach on Fort Myers Beach. More than 20 restaurants will present yummy samples of their signature dishes and compete for prizes in Best Entrée, Best Appetizer and Best Desert. Live concerts are also featured. Taste of Collier at Bayfront Naples is a long-standing tradition featuring live music, crowd-pleasing ice-carving demonstrations, cooking competitions with local top chefs and savory samples from more than 40 of the best restaurants in Collier County.
    Web: Respectively, fortmyers-sanibel.com and tasteofcollier.com

    FLEET WEEK – This annual Fort Lauderdale event allows visitors to tour active Navy and Coast Guard ships for free. But don’t wait – reservations are necessary and there are only 12,000 slots open.  Even if you don’t get to see the ships, who doesn’t like to see a man or a woman in a uniform? They will be all around town during the week, so you can personally thank them for their service.
    When: May 1-7
    Where: Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale
    Web: browardnavydaysinc.org

    BRICKELL BASHES – At Cinco de Mayo Brickell you’ll enjoy food and drink, live music, a DJ and a fashion show featuring the latest outfits from Mary Brickell Village’s boutiques and shops. The 6th Annual Miami Taste of Brickell has more than great food from top restaurants: fine wine, spirits, craft beer, a cigar lounge, domino games, live music, an automotive showcase, exhibitors and vendors.
    When & Where: May 5 at Mary Brickell Village, Miami, and May 27 at First Presbyterian Church, Miami.
    Web: miamiandbeaches.com and tasteofbrickell.com

    DELRAY DOINGS – The 6th Annual Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest features more than 100 craft brews and ciders and there will also be wine available. There’s more, too: live music, reasonably-priced pub bites from local restaurants, a game area and live art. The 20th Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival once again will have paintings, jewelry, glass work and pottery. You’ll also enjoy a green market with gourmet sauces, handmade soaps and orchids.
    When & Where: May 12 at the Old Square Pavilion and May 27-28 in downtown.
    Web: DBCraftBeerFest.org and artfestival.com

    LEGO TAKEOVER! – Kids of all ages (and grown-ups, too) will build and then put their work on display. Participants will have plenty of inspiration, featuring everything from Marvel Comics superheroes to Disney princesses. Don’t miss the LEGO Jungle, where you can come face-to-face with lifelike animals made completely from the world-famous plastic bricks.
    When: April 28-May 15
    Where: The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens
    Web: thegardensmall.com

    RIVERWALK FORT LAUDERDALE BURGER BATTLE VIII – Sixteen top restaurants will be pitted against each other and you can help determine who has the best burger in town. Also included: a French-fry bar, a burger-eating contest, live music, cold beer, quality cocktails and refreshing wines.
    When: May 20
    Where: Huizenga Plaza, Fort Lauderdale
    Web: goriverwalk.com

    BATTLE IN THE BAY DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL – Each sleek and colorful 40-foot boat will have 20 paddlers moving in unison in a combination of strength and teamwork. Food, beverages, merchandise and a variety of entertainment will be available shore-side.
    When: May 20
    Where: Sombrero Beach, Marathon
    Web: battleinthebaydragonboat.com

    41st ANNUAL GREAT DOCK CANOE RACE – Featuring a “Back to the Future: theme, this year’s event will include new and updated activities and live music. In addition to the traditional themed canoe race, there are a host of other races: Tippycanoe VIP Sprint, Practically Professionals, Ambitious Amateurs, Next Generation and Truly Tenacious. Also added this year is a stand-up paddle board canoe race.
    When: May 6
    Where: Naples
    Web: greatdockcanoeraces.com

     

    CENTRAL FLORIDA

    CLEARWATER BEACH TASTE FEST -- The 8th Annual Clearwater Beach Taste Fest, on a beach recently named Trip Advisor's #1 in America, features tastings from more
    than 30 participating restaurants, wine and craft beer, live entertainment, a
    live auction, and vendors.
    When: May 12
    Where: Clearwater Beach
    Web: clearwaterbeachrestaurantweek.com

    TEMPLE TERRACE CRAFT BREWFEST – This craft brew-palooza is quickly becoming one of the Tampa Bay area’s most popular beer-tasting festivals, drawing 30 different brewers offering various ales, IPAs, stouts and other tasty styles to the beautiful oak-shaded Woodmont Park. Parking is free and proceeds help fund local charities.
    When: May 13
    Where: Historic Woodmont Park, Temple Terrace
    Web: templeterracebrewfest.com

    SEAGRAPES WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL – The Florida Aquarium does great work, in part thanks to fundraising from fabulous festivals like SeaGrapes, which serves guests samples of more than 100 wines as well as appetizers, small plates and desserts from some of the Tampa area’s best restaurants. The best part, though, is being able to do it while walking among native Florida fish, fauna and other wildlife at the aquarium.
    When: May 12
    Where: Florida Aquarium, Tampa
    Web: flaquarium.org

    SPRING FLOWER FESTIVAL – The Pink Bow Foundation, which benefits needy and homeless teen girls, and the City of Clermont team up to host this delightful springtime festival filled with family-friendly fun such as hay rides, flower exhibits, live music and the newly introduced Orange Blossom Bonnet Parade and bonnet contest.
    When: May 6
    Where: Historic downtown Clermont
    Web: thepinkbowfoundation.org

    PLANT CITY BIKE FEST – Known for its strawberry fields and railway crossings, Plant City shows its wild side at this quarterly fest filled with roaring engines, live music and vendors. See thousands of bikes on display, show off your own, shop for your first or simply enjoy the lively atmosphere of a quaint, historic downtown amped up by leather vests, shiny metal and friendly folks.
    When: May 6
    Where: Downtown Plant City
    Web: facebook.com/PlantCityBikeFest

    VENICE SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL – Local and regional musicians entertain with rock, jazz, steel pan, Caribbean, R&B and more, and guests can taste some of the best Mahi tacos, shrimp po-boys, seared scallops and smoked spreads Venice restauranteurs have to offer. There will also be fine arts and crafts vendors selling items.
    When: May 6-7
    Where: Centennial Park, Venice
    Web: seafoodfestivals.com

    TAMPA INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL – Patterned after similar festivals from around the world, Tampa now hosts its own un-juried “fringe” performing arts festival, featuring nearly 100 theatrical, stand-up comedy, dance or any other genre and type of performance that might not otherwise make the cut at a more traditional drama or arts festival. The focus here is on exposure for artists and having a great, big four-day party.
    When: May 11-14
    Where: Historic Ybor City, Tampa
    Web: tampafringe.org

    LIVE GREEN LAKELAND – This pro-sustainability, pro-local businesses, pro-charity event hosted by the Junior Woman’s Club of Lakeland returns with a lineup of great vendors selling products, hosting mini-seminars and handing out information related to urban farming, eco-friendly practices, upcycled furniture and other home goods and more. There’s also plenty of activities for kids.
    When: May 20
    Where: Munn Park, downtown Lakeland
    Web: gfwclakelandjuniors.org

    Pet-friendly, kid-friendly and certainly carnivore-friendly, the annual BBQ Blowout will bring 10 professional BBQ teams to Oveido this year.

    Pet-friendly, kid-friendly and certainly carnivore-friendly, the annual BBQ Blowout will bring 10 professional BBQ teams to Oveido this year.

    - – BBQ Blowout

    CENTRAL FLORIDA’S BBQ BLOWOUT –  Pet-friendly, kid-friendly and certainly carnivore-friendly, the annual BBQ Blowout will bring 10 professional BBQ teams to Oveido this year, all of which promise to serve their best ribs, chicken wings, brisket and sauces. The fundraiser event will also bring back its popular Kid-Que competition as well as live bands and a fun kids’ play zone.
    When: May 27
    Where: Oviedo Mall, Oveido
    Web: bbqblowout.org

    CRAFTY FEST – While St. Petersburg’s arts scene is becoming well-known, Crafty Fest is still one of the city’s better kept secrets. The monthly arts and crafts fair hosts jewelry artists, painters, dress makers, knitters, potters and others selling original work, as well as vendors selling vintage clothing, vinyl records and other funky items to add to your collection.
    When: May 6-7
    Where: St. Petersburg
    Web: artpoolrules.com/crafty-fest.html

    MIDFLORIDA MAYFAIRE BY-THE-LAKE – What started as a small crafts fair on the lawn of the Lakeland Public Library, Mayfaire has now grown into one of the largest and oldest outdoor art festivals in central Florida and is on “Sunshine Artist” magazine’s prestigious “Best 200 Art Shows” list as number 20, mainly due to the beauty and convenience of the location, a wide variety of artists, tons of kids art activities and delicious and eclectic food vendors.
    When: May 13-14
    Where: Lake Morton, downtown Lakeland
    Web: polkmuseumofart.org/mayfaire

    REPTIDAY SARASOTA – Iguanas, bearded dragons, snakes, spiders, small exotics… They’re all here at this two-day expo and fair, where reptile enthusiasts of all ages can learn about all things scaly and slithery through seminars by experts, handle or view some animals and buy various cages, equipment, food and toys for exotic or reptile pets.
    When: May 13
    Where: Sarasota County Fairgrounds
    Web: repticon.com/florida                                                    

    TURTLE TAKEOFF 5K & MARINE EXPO – Rarely are races named after a turtle but this fun run begins at the beach, is welcome to all ages and skill levels and ends with cool wildlife demonstrations and activities to help promote the community’s natural habitat in beautiful May weather. Proceeds from the event help support local charities.
    When: May 20
    Where: New Smyrna Beach
    Web: flaglerave.com

    COUNTRY 500 – In only its second year of existence, the Country 500 already boasts an impressive lineup of country and rock music stars, including Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Hank Williams Jr. and Martina McBride. In addition to witnessing several stellar performances in one weekend, guests can camp on site and even choose from “glamping” packages and stay in luxury RVs and air-conditioned tents.
    When: May 26-28
    Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach
    Web: country500.com

    TAMPA BAY MARGARITA FESTIVAL – Already one of downtown Tampa’s most popular spring festivals, the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival gets even better and tastier this year with a more convenient wristband system, more bartenders, more shady areas including a new “cool zone” and more food options, including Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Westshore Pizza and Mini Doughnut Factory.
    When: May 27
    Where: Curtis Hixon Park, downtown Tampa
    Web: tampamargaritafest.com

    ORANGE BLOSSOM JAMBOREE – More than 60 bands play on four stages for this four-day music fest featuring several of Florida’s best in blues, rock, jam, bluegrass and other genres. This year’s lineup includes The Heavy Pets, The Lee Boys, Come Back Alice, Uncle John’s Band, The Applebutter Express and Thomas Wynn and the Believers. But the real star is this perfect piece of Florida property itself – plan to camp out for the full experience.
    When: May 18-21
    Where: Seroma Ranch, Brooksville
    Web: orangeblossomjamboree.com

     

    NORTH FLORIDA

    PONTE VEDRA FOOD, WINE AND SPIRITS FESTIVAL —
    This weeklong series of culinary and beverage-inspired events will culminate with the Grand Tasting on May 6 and 7 at the Ponte Vedra Cultural Center. Ticketed areas include the Culinary Square (local restaurant samples), Wines of the World (unlimited wine samples), the Spirits Pavilion (bourbon, gin, vodka and tequila samples) and the Beer Garden (craft beer samples).
    When: May 2-7
    Where: various venues Northeast Florida
    Web: pontevedrafoodwineandspiritsfestival.com

    GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNING — Spit shine your Harley and flip a coin to pick which fest appeals to you most.

    • Thunder Beach Spring Motorcycle Rally: Panama City’s biannual event bills itself as the “most biker-friendly motorcycle rally in the U.S.” Events include Poker Runs, the Miss Thunder Beach pageant, bike parade and custom bike shows.  (May 3-7, Panama City, thunderbeachproductions.com
    • Emerald Coast Bike Fest: Sponsored by the Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson store, the event has many of the same features, like charity poker runs, the Miss Emerald Bike Fest Bikini Contest, live music and a classic car show.  (May 4-7, Fort Walton Beach, emeraldcoastbikefest.com

    FEAST ON THIS — Bookend the month with these longtime Sunshine State seafood fests.

    • Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival: For 54 years, thousands have crowded downtown Fernandina on the first weekend in May to feast on locally caught shrimp while perusing the arts and crafts show and listening to live music. An event highlight includes the decorated shrimp boats and blessing of the fleet. (May 5-7, Fernandina, shrimpfestival.com)
    • Panacea Blue Crab Festival: One of the longest-running festivals in Wakulla County features blue crab (as well as other seafood), a mullet toss, crab pickin’ contest, arts and craft vendors and plenty of live entertainment in a gorgeous waterfront venue. (May 6, Woolley Park, Panacea, bluecrabfest.com)
    • Blue Crab Festival: On the Atlantic coast, celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend by pairing Palatka’s small town charm with four days of fresh seafood, carnival rides, live music, fireworks and a Memorial Day parade. (May 26-29, Palatka, bluecrabfestival.com/)

    JAZZ ON THE GREEN — Pack the picnic blankets or tailgate chairs and chill to the smooth sounds of jazz. Friday’s show takes place in the appropriately named Bo Diddley Plaza in Gainesville and features an afternoon wine tasting and jazz crawl before the evening show. Meanwhile on Saturday morning, golfers can grab their sticks for a round at the Ocala Golf Club in the celebrity golf tournament before the afternoon show.
    When: May 5-6
    Where: Bo Diddley Plaza, Gainesville (May 5), Ocala Golf Club (May 6)
    Web: jazzonthegreentour.com

    ROMANZA FESTIVALE OF THE ARTS — St. Augustine’s 10-day salute to the arts, culture, cuisine and heritage with more than 60 events. Hot tickets include the Gamble Rogers Music Festival (May 5-7), a Harry Potter fest (May 13), the classical piano duo Lomazov and Rackers (May 11) and the Kaleidoscope of Dance regional showcase (May 9).  
    When: May 5-14
    Where: various venues, St. Augustine
    Web: romanzafestivale.com

    GHOSTWALK — Reenactors don period dress and take on the personalities of Apalachicola’s more colorful former residents to tell their life stories as they “meet” walk participants on a stroll through the Historic Chestnut Cemetery.
    When: May 6
    Where: Chestnut Street Cemetery, Apalachicola
    Web: aahs.wildapricot.org

    EAT YOUR HEART OUT — With the strawberry season concluding in April, the blueberry crop has its time to shine with these back-to-back festivals in Levy County.

    • Red White and Blues Blueberry Festival: The U-Pick blueberry farm puts its bumper crop on display when its crop is at peak picking time with a “Bluesfest” that includes live music, arts and crafts vendors, a beer and wine gazebo, blueberry baked goods and more than 100-plus acres for picking.  (May 6-7, Williston, redwhiteandbluesfarm.com)
    • Bronson Blueberry Festival: Bronson’s annual fest includes a 5K race, arts and craft vendors, tractor show, live music and blueberry goodies including fudge, tarts, cobblers and shortbreads. (May 12-13, James H Cobb Park, Bronson, naturalnorthflorida.com)

    THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP — It wouldn’t be Mother’s Day weekend in North Florida without nattily dressed families in their Sunday best strolling the rolling, lush emerald green lawn of TPC Sawgrass alongside the world’s best golfers. Arrive early if you hope to score a coveted spot in the gallery with a view of the 17th’s island green. A brilliant shot or Sunday splashdown has crowned champions and broken hearts. The tournament regularly offers parent/child discounts on advance ticket purchases.
    When: May 9-14
    Where: TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach
    Web: pgatour.com

    ART WEEK SOUTH WALTON — Art lovers will want to save the dates for South Walton’s second annual event, which features more than 130 international exhibiting artists. Signature events include the 29th Annual ArtsQuest fine arts festival (May 13-14), the Seaside Writers Conference featuring headlining authors Chris Offutt and Antonya Nelson (May 14-20), and the avant-garde gathering of artists for the Northwest Florida Theatre Festival (May 12-21).
    When: May 12-20
    Where: various venues, South Walton
    Web: artweeksouthwalton.com

    SOUTHERN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL — Enjoy live performances of the bard’s comedy “As You Like It” along with other tributes to history’s most famous playwright, such as Devon Glover delivering Shakespearean sonnets to a hip-hop beat, the touring show “Zombie Shakespeare,” the junior company’s presentation of “Shakespeare RE-TOLD” and more. Craft beer lovers can even buy a pint of Shakesbeer brewed specifically for the fest by GrassLands Brewing Co.
    When: May 12-14
    Where: Cascades Park, Tallahassee
    Web: southernshakespearefestival.org

    FLORIDA HOPE RIDE — Pedal for a cause on this four-day cycling event which begins at the American Cancer Society Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Hope Lodge and ends in at the proposed site of the lodge bearing the same name in Jacksonville. Overnight stops will be at the Youth Elks Lodge in Umatilla, the University of Florida in Gainesville and Camp Blanding in Starke. This is a non-competitive ride and all are encouraged to participate.
    When: May 18-21
    Where: Tampa to Jacksonville
    Web: community.acsevents.org

    Digital Graffiti turns the white walls of Alys Beach into blank canvases for digital artists, filmmakers, designers and photographers.

    Digital Graffiti turns the white walls of Alys Beach into blank canvases for digital artists, filmmakers, designers and photographers.

    - - Digital Graffiti

    DIGITAL GRAFFITI — The white walls of the resort community of Alys Beach — think Santorini, Greece, but with Florida beach architecture — are an ideal blank canvas for digital artists, filmmakers, designers and photographers. When the sun sets, the town comes alive with these digital projections which turn the community into a living and changing work of art.
    When: May 19-21
    Where: Alys Beach
    Web: digitalgraffiti.com

    FRONTIER DAYS — Florida has nothing on the Wild West but the town of Marianna is giving it its best shot and transporting visitors back in time to see how pioneers survived in the 1800s in the old Western town of Broken Horn. Entertainment includes live gun battles, magic show and a chance for kids to ride the Broken Horn Express train.
    When: May 19-21
    Where: Marianna
    Web: visitjacksoncountyfla.com

    3RD ANNUAL LIONFISH REMOVAL AND AWARENESS DAY — Be a Reef Ranger and help protect Florida’s coastal waters from the worst marine species’ invasion in the Gulf of Mexico. During the 2016 tournament, divers removed 8,089 lionfish from the gulf. Not a diver? Landlubbers can enjoy lionfish tastings, fillet demonstrations, family activities and a celebrity chef cook-off.
    When: May 20-21
    Where: Plaza de Luna Park, Pensacola
    Web: reefrangers.com

    JACKSONVILLE JAZZ FESTIVAL — Scatting, trombone solos and improv are all the rage during Jacksonville’s largest, annual free music festival, which showcases three days of live music on three stages and more than 20 artists including The Commodores, Chick Corea, Gregory Porter, Lalah Hathaway, The Rippingtons and Jane Monheit. In New Orleans fashion, Sunday will feature a parade by Jacksonville’s own Terry Parker High School Combo Band winding through the downtown streets.
    When: May 25-28
    Where: downtown Jacksonville
    Web: jacksonvillejazzfest.com

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