Please check individual websites for complete details; be aware that dates can change and cancellations may occur.


    The International Ballet Festival of Miami is a multi-disciplinary event that features 100 great performers from all over the world.

    The International Ballet Festival of Miami is a multi-disciplinary event that features 100 great performers from all over the world.

    - The International Ballet Festival of Miami

     Florida Events for July and August 2021

    Whatever your passion, Florida has something for you. Here are just some of the major events scheduled in the Sunshine State.  Please check individual websites for more details.

    South Florida

    Central Florida

    North Florida

     

    Sandy Guthrie, right, fits Riley Haydon, 5, with a lobster hat during Lobsterfest Key West in Key West.

    Sandy Guthrie, right, fits Riley Haydon, 5, with a lobster hat during Lobsterfest Key West in Key West.

    - Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

     

    SOUTH FLORIDA 

          

    ALLIED WITH POWER: AFRICAN AND AFRICAN DIASPORA ART – This art exhibit consists of a sizable selection of African and African Diaspora artists and highlights artists whose work embody the possibilities and complexities these contemporary times. It showcases a wide range of practices and themes, including abstraction, politics, spirituality and race. Face coverings are required and there will be a reduced capacity to help contribute to social distancing.
    When: Now through July 31
    Where: Perez Art Museum, Miami
    Web: pamm.org

    NIGHT MARKET AT DANIA POINTE – When the sun goes down, farmers will have already laid out their produce, craft makers will already have set out their handmade, homemade and remade merchandise and a local musician begins to set the scene for the night. It’s all part of a street bazaar fashioned after the famous Temple Street in Hong Kong.
    When: The second and fourth Friday night of every month for the rest of the year
    Where: Dania Beach
    Web: nightmarketatdaniapointe.com

    J.N. “DING” DARLING WILDLIFE REFUGE – You can still drive, hike or bike through the four-mile wildlife drive every day. (Except Friday, to give wildlife a day off!) The Indigo Trail and the Bailey Tract are the trails still open. Sightings can include a large variety of wading birds and shorebirds, raccoons, marsh rabbits, alligators and occasionally otters and bobcats.
    When: Any time
    Where: 
    J. N. “Ding Darling Wild Life Refuge, Captiva Island
    Web: 
    fws.gov/refuge/JN_Ding_Darling/visit/visitor_activities 

    FORT MYERS SCAVENGER HUNTS – Let’s Roam has some good ones for Fort Myers and all the stops are outdoors. You’ll walk from landmark to landmark to discover art, culture and history. Search plaques, statues and art to solve riddles that can only be found on location. Work with a team to answer trivia questions and complete photo challenges. Earn extra points for each hidden treasure and photo your team takes.
    When: Any day you want, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Where: Fort Myers
    Web: letsroam.com/scavenger_hunt/Fort_Myers_Scavenger_Hunt

    FORT LAUDERDALE SCAVENGER HUNT: BY THE NEW RIVER – Download an app and take this self-guided scavenger hunt. It will be easy to social distance and there are no inside locations. Walk from landmark to landmark to discover art, culture and history. Search plaques, statues and art to solve riddles that can only be found on location.
    When: 
    Any day you want, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Where: 
    Along the New River in Fort Lauderdale
    Web: 
    letsroam.com

    UNDERWATER BURLESQUE SHOWS – You’ll be able to enjoy living mermaids from MeduSirena and her pod of Aquaticats performing from a porthole view while enjoying a tropical cocktail and dining on fresh seafood. Recently added is a show with The Aquamen. Admission to the show is $60 per person, with a credit of $45 toward food and beverages during the show. Patrons are required to wear masks except while eating and drinking. There will be no bar seating and no dancing. Tables will be spaced out and capacity has been cut by 50 per cent.
    When: Ongoing. The ladies perform every Friday and Saturday night and the men are on Thursday night.
    Where: Wreck Bar at B Ocean Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
    Web: bhotelsandresorts.com/b-ocean-resort/eat-drink/mermaids-at-the-wreck-bar/

    SOUTH FLORIDA ADVENTURE PASS – This will enable you to have unlimited admissions to three popular attractions in Broward County – Butterfly World, Flamingo Gardens and Sawgrass Recreation Park. Check out the appropriate website below for Covid-19 information for each attraction.
    When: Now through Sept. 30
    Where: The three attractions mentioned above.
    Web: southfloridaadventurepass.com for details on the Adventure Pass. Also ButterFlyWorld.com, FlamingoGardens.org and EvergladesTours.com for information on what each attraction offers and Covid-19 measures that may be in place.

    HEMINGWAY DAYS – Hooray! It’s back to its old self this year. The annual Papa-fest features readings, a museum exhibit of rare Ernest Hemingway memorabilia, a zany “Running of the Bulls,” a three-day marlin tournament, a short story competition, street fair, a party commemorating his July 21st birthday, a 5-K run, a paddleboard race and, of course, the famous Look-Alike Contest.
    When: July 20-25
    Where: Various locations in Key West, but the Look-Alike contest and the “Running of the Bulls” will be at Sloppy
    Joe’s Bar
    Web: fla-keys.com/hemingway-days/

    BUGFEST BY-THE-SEA – Win big bucks by catching big “bugs” – as in lobsters. It’s timed to coincide with Florida’s lobster mini-season. The limit is a fabulous 12 bugs per day and night-diving is permitted. Also included: bug hunting seminars, underwater photo and video contests and a lobster cook-off. There’ll be $10,000 in cash and gear prizes up for grabs.
    When: July 27-29
    Where: Lauderdale-By-The-Sea
    Web: discoverlbts.com/bugfest/

    PALM BEACH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL -- SHAKESPEARE BY THE SEA – The Bard’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night will be presented this year as the festival expands to two outdoor locations. Bring your beach chair, blanket and picnic basket, or enjoy fare from numerous food trucks. Note: It’s officially free, but a donation of $5 per person is suggested.
    When & Where: July 8-18, but only on Thursdays through Sundays, at the Seabreeze Amphitheater for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. August 19-29, but only on Thursdays through Sundays, at Commons Park Amphitheater in Royal Palm Beach for Twelfth Night.
    Web: pbshakespeare.org

    JURASSIC GARDEN: A PREHISTORIC ADVENTURE – No matter how many millennia have passed and the fact that dinosaurs have been extinct for, oh, about 65 million years, we still are fascinated by them. Attendees will be able to walk among life-size dinosaurs surrounded by cycads and other living plants that date back to prehistoric times. A cooling mist in the Rainforest and Conservatories will make hiking through Jurassic Garden even more enjoyable.
    When: Now through July 18
    Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables
    Web: fairchildgarden.org

    HERE BE DRAGONS – Come celebrate mythical fire-breathing beasts from dragon lore. There are three Dragon Realms to explore: Medieval, Asian and Dragons in Paleontology (a.k.a dinosaurs). There are live creatures, too, including 10 species of lizards. The Ecoscapes exhibit features reptiles that are native to Florida.
    When: Now through Sept. 6
    Where: Museum of Science and Discovery, Fort Lauderdale
    Web: mods.org

    AVRON B. FOGELMAN SPORTS HISTORY MUSEUM – After being closed more than a year due to Covid-19, it is open again. The 3,500 square-foot exhibit holds 1,200 pieces of sports memorabilia valued at about $10,000,000. It is widely recognized as one of the largest private sports collections owned by a private individual. Highlights include: The 13 original rules of basketball by James Naismith, Babe Ruth’s uniform pants worn on his first day as a New York Yankee in 1921, Joe DiMaggio’s 1936 uniform, Roger Maris’s uniform worn in 1961 when he broke the single-season home run record, Hank Aaron’s uniform from 1974 when he broke the career home run record, the final cleats worn by football legend Jim Thorpe, a football signed by the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins, the 1969 Ryder Cup Trophy and the 1985 Kansas City Royals World Series Trophy (Fogelman once owned the Royals).
    When: Now and ongoing
    Where: Florida Atlantic University campus, Boca Raton
    Web: fau.edu/artsandletters/fogelman-sports-museum/

    MIAMI SALSA CONGRESS – This five-day festival features a unique gathering of the world’s top Salsa talent including local and international touring artists, award-winning dancers, world-class dance instructors, top industry DJs and great Latin bands. It is recognized as one of the largest festivals of its kind. There will be pool parties, pre-event parties, nightly dance parties, evening galas, dance workshops, concerts, showcases and activities for kids.
    When: July 24-28
    Where: Eden Roc Nobu Hotel, Miami Beach
    Web: miamisalsacongress.com

    MANGO DAYS OF SUMMER – The Mango is so big it is going to take an entire month to celebrate its bigness! There are classes, demos and lectures the entire month. On July 4, there is a mango-centric picnic and every Saturday you can attend the Mango Market. In addition to the live events, there will be virtual cooking and cocktail classes featuring local celebrity chefs and bartenders.
    When: Throughout July
    Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables
    Web: fairchildgarden.org

    MIAMI SPA MONTH – Why they call it Miami Spa Month when it lasts two months, we do not know. What we do know is that summer is here and what better way to chill than being pampered at some of Miami’s world-famous luxury spas at discount prices.
    When: July and August
    Where: Various luxury spas throughout Miami-Dade County.
    Web: miamispamonth.com

    FLORIDA KEYS BREW-BQ – Welcome the new kid on the block of July’s impressive Keys festival lineup, as this is the inaugural edition of this event. In addition to the yummy BBQ, there will be lots of craft beers to wash it down. There will also be a BBQ cooking contest (amateurs only) with prizes, vendors, live music and activities for kids.
    When: July 17-18
    Where: Marathon Community Park, Marathon
    Web: keysbrewbq.com

    TRYST: A LOVERS RENDEZVOUS – Take a risqué journey with this immersive cabaret show, which delicately entices with stories of escapades from a bewitching mistress’s past, present and future loves. It combines teasing, but tasteful, burlesque, cirque nouveau and music and makes for an evening of provocative sensations.
    When: Thursdays through Saturdays in July
    Where: Faena Theater in the Faena Hotel, Miami BeachWeb: faenatheater.com/tryst-1

    INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL OF MIAMI – Ballet and contemporary dance fans will once again be entertained at this multi-disciplinary event that features 100 great performers from all over the world – this year, specifically from the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Scotland and Germany. There will be three weekends of live performances, a Dance Film Series, art exhibits inspired by dance, book presentations, workshops and master classes.
    When: July 24-August 15
    Where: Various locations in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties and live streamed on the festival’s website
    Web: internationalballetfestival.org

    KEY WEST LOBSTERFEST – It’s the 24th celebration of all things crustacean and signals the start of the Florida Keys lobster season. Highlights: The Lobster Boil, a Lobsterfest Pool Party, the Lobsterfest Duval Pub Crawl, lots of live music, a street fair with lobster-inspired culinary creations and a luscious lobster brunch Sunday.
    When: August 12-15
    Where: Various locations in Key West
    Web: keywestlobsterfest.com

    DINE OUT DOWNTOWN DELRAY RESTAURANT MONTH – Discover the diverse dining scene in downtown Delray Beach in this 31-day foodie fest. Enjoy prix fixe lunches and dinners at restaurants, cafes and fast-casual eateries at special prices. The event also includes dine-out deals, happy hour and brunch specials and culinary classes on pizza making sushi rolling and cocktail creating. There is also a special “Taste of the Town” one-evening event at which attendees can purchase a “Passport” for $30 and enjoy a sampling of food and beverages from 15 participating restaurants. The Passport can be purchased from July 26-Aug. 17 by calling 561-243-1077 or via email at DDA@DowntonDelrayBeach.com.
    When: Aug. 1-31 and Aug. 18 for “Taste of the Town”
    Where: Various locations in downtown Delray Beach
    Web: downtowndelraybeach.com/restaurantmonth

    A DOUBLE DIP OF AFRICAN-CENTRIC DANCE FESTIVALS – You’ll have a lot of fun and learn a lot, too, at these Miami-Dade County events:

    ·        At Dance Africa Miami participants will enjoy African and Caribbean dance, drum and music workshops, African fashions, yoga, a Better Living Health Fair & Symposium, a Global Bazaar and the Children’s Village. Seeds of the Diaspora will be presented, featuring renowned native artists form Guinea, Senegal, Mali, the Ivory Coast, Haiti and Cuba. There will also be virtual components to the festival.
    When: Aug. 6-8
    Where: Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Miami
    Web: adddff.delouafrica.org

    ·        Miami Beach Kizomba Festival aims to bridge the gap between Africa and African diaspora by sharing the music, dance and culture of various African countries. Included will be pool parties with famed DJs, dance workshops and rousing concerts.
    When: Aug. 26-30
    Where: Eden Roc Hotel, Miami Beach
    Web: thembkf.com

    MONSTER JAM – The high-flying action and four-wheel excitement returns to South Florida after a year of absence due to Covid-19. The Monster Jammers and their massive trucks will be going head-to-head for points in Freestyle, the Skills Challenge and racing competitions. Fans can become part of the action by voting for the winners in the Skills Challenge and Freestyle events via real-time, in-arena voting smart-phone voting. Before the vrooooming begins, attendees can see the trucks up close, watch pre-race interviews, participate in Q &A with the drivers, get pre-signed autograph cards and take pictures. Fun fact: If you are shorter than five-foot-six, the tires on the 12-foot high trucks are taller than you!
    When: Aug. 7-8
    Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise
    Web: sunny.org/event/monster-jam/34762

    MIAMI REGGAE FESTIVAL – If you like your music loud and vibrating, this one is for you. It features music played via the Jamaican SoundSystem (walls of giant speakers) culture. The festival features some of the best SoundSystem performers from around the world playing reggae, rock, roots and dub music. Visitors can also enjoy arts and crafts, dominoes, fresh juices and yummy Jamaican Caribbean jerk and curries food.
    When: Aug. 7-8
    Where: Opa-Locka Marketplace, Opa-Locka
    Web: rockersmovement.com/miami-reggae-festival-2/

    FOR THE RECORD: CELEBRATING ART BY WOMEN – This exhibit at the Norton Museum of Art looks at the contributions by women to the visual arts through the lens of the museum’s collections. It explores themes such as labor, activism, race, identity and gender in a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photography and video. Some of the highlighted artists include Teresita Fernandez, Viola Frey, Ellen Gallagher, Nikki S. Lee, Mariko Mori, Alison Saar, Mary Sibande, Kate Shepherd and Jennifer Steinkamp. The museum is offering free admission on Saturdays through Labor Day to Palm Beach County residents (valid ID must be shown).
    When: now through October 31
    Where: Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach
    Web: norton.org

    DAVID ROGERS’ BIG BUGS – Visitors of all ages will enjoy the 10 Rogers’ larger-than-life sculptures that are made out of willow limbs, twigs and branches, nestled throughout the grounds of one of South Florida’s premiere outdoor gardens. Some of the highlights: enormous ants marching to a picnic, a giant spider dangling from a tree, a humongous butterfly hovering over the water, a 10-foot tall Daddy Long Legs spider and a 17-foot long Praying Mantis.
    When: Now through September 6
    Where: Flamingo Gardens, Davie
    Web: flamingogardens.org

    KEY WEST TROPICAL HEAT – More than a dozen intriguingly decadent all-male events, ranging from drag shows to themed pool parties and gatherings at island clubs, have made this a world-renowned gay vacation destination.
    When: Aug. 11-15
    Where: Various locations in Key West
    Web: gaykeywestfl.com

    HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD – That’s Hollywood, Florida, not Tinsel Town. This friendly city nestled about halfway between Fort Lauderdale and Miami has two monthly events that are worthy of your attention: the Downtown Artwalk and the Dream Car Classic. The former presents a mural tour and the Hollywood Artisan Market, which features pop-up shops, artist showcases and vintage shopping. The latter features dozens – up to 85 – of hot rods, custom cars and trucks, modern beauties and classics.
    When: Respectively, third Saturday (the 21st in August) and first Sunday (the 8th in August) of each month.
    Where: downtown Hollywood
    Web: hollywoodfl.org

    THE ART OF TIM FORMAN: THE EVERGLADES – Tim Forman is the third generation of Formans to be born and raised in South Florida. He is primarily a self-taught artist and by age of 17 he was already receiving commissions. He uses field sketches, plein air paintings and photographs to compose his pieces that are painted in layers with knife and brush.
    When: Now through Sept. 26
    Where: History Fort Lauderdale Museum, Fort Lauderdale
    Web: historyfortlauderdale.org/museum/events

    Megacon Orlando is a four-day fest for fans of all things pop culture – cult classic movies, sci-fi, superheroes, comics, anime and more.

    Megacon Orlando is a four-day fest for fans of all things pop culture – cult classic movies, sci-fi, superheroes, comics, anime and more.

    - Megacon Orlando


    CENTRAL FLORIDA 

     

    DRIVE-IN MOVIES – Drive-in movie theaters are enjoying a renaissance, catering to those who like to enjoy the group film-watching experience while also keeping a car’s length distance. The Central Florida region has a number of old fashioned drive-ins showing movies old and new, and patrons wearing masks can buy popcorn, soda and Twizzlers at the snack bars. Load up the family – some venues even allow pets – and check out some of the classics under the stars.
    When:
    Five days a week to daily; check hours online
    Where:
    Dade City, Ruskin, Lakeland, Ocala
    Web: 
    silvermoondrivein.com and ocaladrivein.info and joylandrivein.com and ruskinfamilydrivein.com

    LAKE APOPKA WILDLIFE DRIVE AUDIO TOUR – Go on your own mini-safari through the restored former farm fields of Lake Apopka North Shore, where you’ll find lots of native birds, turtles, alligators, bobcats, snakes and other wildlife, as well as spotting rare Florida plant species. The St. Johns River Water Management District created a cool audio tour, which you can access with your mobile device, as you drive along the 11-mile stretch and soak in the scenery and solitude.
    When:
    Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from sunrise to sunset
    Where:
    Lake Apopka North Shore farmlands, Orange County
    Web:
    sjrwmd.com/lands/recreation/lake-apopka/wildlife-drive

    LUKAS NURSERY BUTTERFLY ENCOUNTER – This year-round butterfly and bird conservatory is a fun and memorable experience for kids and adults alike, offering up-close encounters with stunningly graceful butterflies, chirping finches, Chinese button quail and lots and lots of beautiful plants and flowers. Learn about butterfly gardening and life cycles from the on-site experts and feed these fluttering friends right from your fingertips before peak season ends in late September. Can’t make the trip? The nursery offers virtual tours via its YouTube channel: youtube.com/lukasnurserybutterflyencounter
    When:
    Daily
    Where:
    Lukas Nursery, Oviedo
    Web:
    lukasnursery.com/butterfly-encounter

    TAMPA BAY COMIC CONVENTION – Florida’s comic book, video game, cult film and anime fans look forward to this all year, planning their stunning cosplay looks for months. Tampa Bay Comic Con is a fun, geeky, family-friendly spectacle of characters, Hollywood stars, comic book authors and illustrators. Buy new toys and games to add to the collection or get photos and autographs from celebrities such as The Walking Dead’s Chandler Riggs, film star Dante Basco or comic book artist Omar Francia. Kids are free at this family-friendly event.
    When: July 30-Aug. 1
    Where: Tampa Convention Center, downtown Tampa
    Web: https://tampabaycomicconvention.com/

    TAMPA INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL – Slightly smaller than in years past, this fest still packs a punch with a variety of indie shows and acts ranging from comedy to dance to bizarre performance art, all completely uncensored in keeping with “fringe” tradition. Prepare to be highly entertained by some memorable and original artists and performers who get 100 percent of the ticket sales. The event stretches several days among two venues, set in the funky history Ybor City neighborhood where roosters roam and parties are a’plenty.
    When:  July 29-Aug. 8
    Where: Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City
    Web: https://tampafringe.org/

    SARASOTA MYSTIC FAIRE – After a hiatus year, the Sarasota Mystic Faire returns, bringing its usual good vibes, healers, unique product vendors and spiritual lecturers all under one roof for a weekend. Visit with psychics, tarot card readers, mediums and alternative health practitioners or shop for various hard-to-find items and gifts such as crystals, crystal bowls, jewelry, clothing, books, sacred art, angel art, mandalas and more.
    When: July 24-25
    Where: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, Sarasota
    Web: http://mysticfaires.com/sarasota-mystic-faire.html

    CALADIUM FESTIVAL – Celebrate Florida’s rich soil and natural beauty and support local farming at this three-day fest honoring the vibrant and hearty caladium plant for its 30th year. The event includes plant and bulb markets, samples of wine from local harvests, an art competition, a floral arrangement contest, a car and bike show, a 5K race, arts and crafts vendors and food trucks. Hop on a bus tour and learn more about the history, growing and harvesting of these strong and beautiful blooms and immerse yourself in the creative agricultural community that embraces the caladium life.
    When: July 23-25
    Where: Stuart Park, Lake Placid
    Web: https://www.caladiumfestival.org/

    METROCON – Billed as “Florida’s Best Anime Convention,” this exciting event returns, bringing cosplay entertainment to another level with roving mascots, actors and other creative acts mingling with guests dressed as their favorite anime, comic book, video game and sci-fi characters. Meet voice actors behind your favorite animated icons, hear from screenwriters and illustrators and take part in the various human chess matches, parties, video game battles and exciting fire shows that have now become annual tradition.
    When: July 23-25
    Where: Tampa Convention Center, downtown Tampa
    Web: https://metroconventions.com/

    BUSCH GARDENS SUMMER NIGHTS – Busch Gardens is bringing back its summertime after-hours fun, keeping the safari-themed park open until well after dark so guests can enjoy open-air dance parties, glowing lights lacing the trees and thrill rides and – new this year – a spectacular fireworks show and “Cirque Electric,” an awe-inspiring acrobatic stunt show exclusively produced for the park at the Stanleyville Theater. Grab a beer at the new Giraffe Bar and sample some grilled snacks or sweets that evoke the flavors of a backyard cookout.
    When: Every night in July
    Where: Busch Gardens, Tampa
    Web: https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/summer-nights/

    MEGACON ORLANDO – More than just a cosplay event, this four-day fest is for fans of all things pop culture – cult classic movies, sci-fi, superheroes, comics, anime and more – and guests will geek out with all of the celebrity meet-and-greets, comic artist “sketch duels,” vendors selling rare collectibles and other fun surprises. Along getting photos with roaming costumed characters, meet the main cast members from “Lord of the Rings Trilogy” and “The Office,” actors William Shatner Brendan Fraser, talented comic creators, voice actors from “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Futurama,” and other top names in the industry.
    When: Aug. 12-15
    Where: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando
    Web: https://fanexpohq.com/megaconorlando/

    SURREAL SUMMER NIGHTS – As part of The Dalí Museum’s Summer Jam Series, hang out after hours at this St. Petersburg architectural gem and groove along with a live DJ performance while sipping on a signature “surreal cocktail” as you enjoy some of the artist’s most fascinating works. As a bonus, the museum is also showing current special photography exhibition, “The Woman Who Broke Boundaries,” which is included in the reduced admission price after 5 p.m.
    When: Aug. 19
    Where: The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg
    Web: https://thedali.org/event/surreal-summer-nights-8-19-2021/

    SARASOTA SLAM – Thousands of anglers have participated in the Sarasota Slam since it began 15 years ago, and it’s easy to see why it’s now one of the most beloved fishing tournaments in Florida. The competition includes billfish, fun fish and junior angler divisions, making everyone feel included as the week winds down to a Saturday afternoon dockside BBQ and party as well as the finishing awards ceremony. The event also includes a silent auction and raffle that benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
    When: Aug. 3-7
    Where: Marina Jack, Sarasota
    Web: https://www.sarasotaslam.com/

    LAKERIDGE WEEKENDS AT THE WINERY – After reopening its grounds to the public, this beloved winery is bringing back live bands, tastings and a food court with a variety of delicious options that rotate every weekend. Bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket and enjoy the scenic rolling hills, try some wine slushies or chilled beer at the outdoor bar, listen to relaxing tunes and order a small cheese and meat plate to share with a friend. End the day with a sweet, cold dessert by Twistee Treat and take home some bottles from the wine shop.
    When: Saturdays & Sundays throughout August
    Where: Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, Clermont
    Web: https://www.lakeridgewinery.com/WATW/

    ARCADIA SUMMER ANTIQUE FAIR – Grab some friends and go treasure hunting at one of the most well-known antique markets in Florida, which features more than a hundred tables and tents offering everything from estate jewelry and to fascinating war memorabilia to one-of-a-kind vintage clothing pieces. Stay the weekend and visit some of quaint Arcadia’s cafes and shops, many of which feature unique gifts and collectible artifacts as well.
    When: Aug. 28
    Where: Downtown Arcadia
    Web: http://www.arcadiaflantiques.com/about.html

    SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK – While it’s hard to recreate the magic of the 1969 phenomenon of Woodstock, this three-day, camping-optional outdoor festival in the wooded terrain of Brooksville pays an excellent homage with a lineup of soul, funk, rock and blues bands, vendors selling both vegan and carnivore dishes, yoga, a hippie costume contest and more. Pets and children are welcome, and there will be plenty of kid-friendly activities to do onsite while parents (and grandparents) can relive the days of the free-spirited 60s and 70s among the rustic, rolling hills of Sertoma Youth Ranch.
    When: Aug. 13-15
    Where: Sertoma Youth Ranch, Brooksville
    Web: https://spiritofwoodstock.org/

    SLOW ART DAYS AT THE FLORIDA MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS – Located along Tampa’s historic downtown Riverwalk, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is the perfect place to stop along your stroll and spend time studying the details, nuances and messages buried in the museum’s collection of historic imagery, portraits and other fascinating works. The “slow art day” concept is a global museum event that encourages guests to slow down and view art for a more extended, more enjoyable period, allowing for discoveries that would have gone unnoticed otherwise.
    When: Aug. 17 & 31
    Where: Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, downtown Tampa
    Web: https://www.fmopa.org/event/slow-art-day-2021-08-17-2/2021-08-17/

    PLAID IN THE PARK – Mount Dora’s beautiful Sunset Park transforms into a scene of Celtic revelry as bagpipe bands, drummers and dancers celebrate the city’s Scottish heritage. Don your kilts and tartans and head downtown for an evening of entertainment, vendors selling teas, jams, pastries and gifts, and other food and drinks for sale. It’s a great way to experience this cute Florida small town and feel immersed in a faraway culture while also supporting small businesses in the downtown district.
    When: Aug. 14
    Where: Sunset Park, downtown Mount Dora
    Web: https://www.facebook.com/plaidinthepark

    REVERBERATIONS AT THE JAMES MUSEUM – The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum partnered with The James Museum to present REVERBERATIONS, a stunning collection of artwork from emerging and established Black artists who live and work in the Tampa Bay area and across the Southeastern U.S. Unveiled on Juneteenth, the highly praised exhibit is designed to tell stories of structural racism and oppression, as well as celebrate hope and resilience, through 60 curated pieces of striking images, paintings, sculpture and other works. REVERBERATIONS seeks to showcase the highs and lows of the Black experience in America, highlighting themes of family and community as well as marginalization and prejudice.
    When: Daily through Aug. 29
    Where: The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, downtown St. Petersburg
    Web: https://thejamesmuseum.org/reverberations/

    BUSCH GARDENS SUMMER NIGHTS – Busch Gardens is bringing back its summertime after-hours fun, keeping the safari-themed park open until well after dark so guests can enjoy open-air dance parties, glowing lights lacing the trees and thrill rides and – new this year – a spectacular fireworks show and “Cirque Electric,” an awe-inspiring acrobatic stunt show exclusively produced for the park at the Stanleyville Theater. Grab a beer at the new Giraffe Bar and sample some grilled snacks or sweets that evoke the flavors of a backyard cookout.
    When: Every night in August
    Where: Busch Gardens, Tampa
    Web: https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/summer-nights/

    THE GECKO BALL – As a part Gulfport’s popular annual GeckoFest, the Gecko Ball is a fun evening of live music, dancing, a costume contest, silent and live auctions, the Gecko Queen coronation and a cash bar. This year’s theme is “Gecko Bandstand” and guests are encouraged to come dressed as 1950s and ‘60s teens and be ready to dance the Twist, the Jitterbug, the Chalypso and other smooth moves as a tribute to the long-running, popular dance TV show “American Bandstand.” GeckoFest, which has been a part of Gulfport culture for 20 years, marks the end of the summer and is followed by the September street fair and costume party.
    When: Aug. 28
    Where: Gulfport Casino Ballroom, Gulfport
    Web: http://geckofest.com/gecko-ball-2021-gecko-bandstand/

    PLANT CITY STRAWBERRY CLASSIC CRUISE-IN – A Plant City favorite for more than two decades, this classic car show is still going strong, with this month’s show highlighting older, classic and antique trucks, as well as other classic cars and motorcycles. Cruise the streets and pop into downtown’s shops and restaurants, which stay open for evening hours to accommodate patrons. Bring your own lawn chair and relax while you listen to DJ-spun tunes and snack on kettle corn and other vendor goodies.
    When: Aug. 21
    Where: Downtown Plant City
    Web: https://www.facebook.com/PlantCityCarShow/

    NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY AT PONCE INLET – To celebrate the founding of the U.S. Light-House Establishment in 1789, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum invites guests explore one of the nation’s largest and most authentic light stations and climb to the top of Florida’s tallest lighthouse, where they can take in the stunning views of the Atlantic coastline. Tour the world-famous lighthouse museum and enjoy living history interpretations, hands-on workshops, and a special children’s workshop where kids can make their own lighthouse pendent to take home.
    When: Aug. 7
    Where: Ponce DeLeon Inlet Lighthouse, Ponce Inlet
    Web: https://www.ponceinlet.org/National-Lighthouse-Day-7-8368.html

    Summer at the Cummer, in Jacksonville, invites you to enjoy a Friday night at one of the state’s best museums with free admission from 4 to 9 p.m.

    Summer at the Cummer, in Jacksonville, invites you to enjoy a Friday night at one of the state’s best museums with free admission from 4 to 9 p.m.

    - Summer at the Cummer

     

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    GHOSTS, MURDERS AND MAYHEM SEGWAY TOUR  Learn a little more about Pensacola’s dark side and the ghosts who wander the city’s old Red Light District once the moon rises. Guests will zip along the city’s streets visiting the site of a street car bombing or the first drive-through funeral home. They’ll also learn about Seville Quarter’s bartending ghost. Tours must be booked in advance and are limited to only 6 guests. Stories told on the tour vary nightly.
    When:
     Daily
    Where:
     Pensacola
    Web:
     emeraldcoasttours.net/segway-tours

    KAYAK AMELIA  With Florida’s state parks now open, Kayak Amelia, which has its home base on the Big Talbot Island State Park, is back in business. The coastal barrier island, known for its boneyard beach, sits just south of Amelia Island and on Jacksonville’s far northeast corner. If you’re an experienced kayaker and want to set out on your own, they rent kayaks and paddleboards by the hour. But if you want to learn more about the coastal ecosystem join one of the guided kayak tours. Tour options include a Salt Marsh Eco Tour or an Eco Tour to Kingsley Plantation. For paddleboarders, Kayak Amelia offers an introductory class or SUP Yoga.
    When:
     Dates vary
    Where:
     Big Talbot Island
    Web:
     kayakamelia.com

    ILLUMIZOO SUMMER SPECTACLE As day fades into night, the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens comes alive with illuminated displays, live entertainment and interactive projections. Geared for “kids” of all ages, guests will enjoy sunset views and live music in the Riverview Gardens, fog bubbles and aquatic projections at the Play Park and a fire and ice theme at the Gardens at Trout River. The evening will also feature adult beverages, gourmet eats, unlimited Wildlife Carousel rides and animal stilt walkers.
    When: Friday nights, through Aug. 27
    Where: Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, Jacksonville
    Web: https://www.jacksonvillezoo.org/illumizoo

    SUMMER AT THE CUMMER What’s better than TGIF? How about enjoying a Friday night at one of the state’s best museums with free admission from 4 to 9 p.m. Yes, the Cummer’s family-friendly summer soirees are back in full swing. It’s the perfect party for everyone. Make it a couples date night and explore the galleries before chilling in the gardens with a cocktail, live entertainment and light bites. Or turn it into a family night on the town with each week includes different art and cultural experiences plus lawn games for the kids.
    When: Friday nights through Sept. 3
    Where: Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville
    Web: https://www.cummermuseum.org/summeratthecummer

    SCALLOP SEASON So much you hear about fishing the Florida coast has to do with reeling in kingfish (see tournament below!), grouper, tarpon, sailfish and more. Most of those catches require a boat, lots of luck and some skill. But scalloping the Gulf Coast just requires a keen set of eyes, Florida saltwater fishing permit, dive flag and net. It’s like going on an underwater treasure hunt. Yes, there are harvesting regulations but it’s the kind of “fishing” that even the kids will enjoy. Harvesting dates and quantities vary by county.
    When: through Sept. 24
    Where: Gulf County (Aug. 16 - Sept. 24), Franklin through northwest Taylor County (July 1 - Sept. 24), Dixie County (June 15 - Sept. 6)
    Web: https://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/bay-scallops

    WAUSAU POSSUM FESTIVAL It may be the dog days of summer, but the possum rules the roost in the Central Panhandle. And to honor its celebrity status for 52 years, the small town of Wausau has held a weekend festival for the beady-eyed marsupial. The event usually includes traditional farm-themed contests like Hog Callin’, a pageant, live entertainment, parade and more.
    When: August 6-7
    Where: Wausau
    Web: http://www.wausaupossumfestival.com

    18TH ANNUAL KINGFISH SHOOTOUT Looking for a reason to gas up your boat and purchase that new reel for your rod? This tournament has 5,000 reasons, because that’s how much money the winning angler will take home for the largest kingfish. This three-day event will pay out $16,500 in 10 places. Also includes two contests specifically for Youth Anglers (16 years and younger) and Lady Anglers, both of whom must reel in their catch unassisted. Plus, there’s a guaranteed prize money category for Spanish Mackerel which will pay out $3,500 for the three largest catches.
    When: Aug. 7-8
    Where: C-Quarters Marina, Carrabelle
    Web: http://www.c-quartersmarina.com

    WWE SUPERSHOW After almost a year without fans, professional wrestlers can finally throw down in arenas full of wildly cheering cult followers. WWE, which is making its first stop in Gainesville in three years, is bringing some of the RAW and Smackdown favorites to the ring. Catch Rey and Dominic Mysterio, Roman Reigns, Reha Ripley, Charlotte Flair, Biana Belair, Bayley, The New Day, Bobby Lashley and MVP for one entertaining night of beat downs, unpredictable comebacks and double teams.
    When: August 8
    Where: Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville
    Web: https://www.oconnellcenter.ufl.edu/events/wwe-supershow

    LOL JAX FILM FESTIVAL Laughter is the best medicine, right? The premise for this local film fest sets out to prove that point with two evenings of comedic short films paired with live performances by Jacksonville’s own stand-up comedians. Each showcase will be hosted by local comedian Jenn Weeks and also includes live music on the MOSH rooftop. Due to the nature of the material, the recommended age for guests is 13 and older.
    When: August 13, 15
    Where: Museum of Science and History, Jacksonville
    Web: https://themosh.org/event/lol-jax-film-festival-2

    SHEPARDFEST Celebrate the work of Sam Shepard, who was named the “greatest American playwright of his generation” during this three-day salute to his life and work. The inaugural festival, presented by Flagler College, brings together theater professionals, students and academics to present full productions, screening and staged readings of his work. Shepard appeared in more than 50 films as an actor and wrote screenplays, novels and more than 40 plays. Guests can purchase either a la carte tickets to specific events or a three-day pass.
    When: August 13-15
    Where: Flagler College, St. Augustine
    Web: https://www.floridashistoriccoast.com/events/shepardfest-presented-by-flagler-college

    EMERALD COAST POKER RUN Seriously, raise your hand if you don’t know what a Poker Run is? Yes, we figured as much. The poker run, as hosted by the Emerald Coast communities from Destin to Fort Walton Beach, requires all guests to have some mode of personal watercraft for traveling by water to at least 5 checkpoints. At each checkpoint, participants will receive a card. The goal is to build the best poker hand. The more checkpoints stopped at (there’s up to 10!), the better the chances are to have the best shot at winning a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and more! May the odds be ever in your favor.
    When: August 14
    Where: Emerald Coast
    Web: https://emeraldcoastpokerrun.com

    PARK HOPPER DAY Explore five of Gulf County’s most popular parks in one day! You’ll start at Lake Alice Park at 10 a.m. in Wewahitchka for local history, trivia and donuts. Then, participants will learn about beekeeping and get to taste local honey at Honeyville Park, tie fishing knots at Tom “Dooder” Parker Park and head out on a turtle patrol at Salinas Park. The day wraps at Veterans Memorial Park in Beacon Hill with a beach cleanup, live music and food trucks.
    When: August 14
    Where: Gulf County
    Web: https://www.facebook.com/events/762507167758242

    PADDLE AT THE PARK After a one-year hiatus, Paddle at the Porch is back with a new name, new location and two new categories in the three-mile race. It’s “paddles up” time for locals and visitors who can register to race through the gulf at Henderson Beach State Park for bragging rights and prizes. Race lengths are 1, 3 and 6 miles and participants choose from four paddling options at the 3-mile distance: displacement, surfstyle, inflatable and kayak.
    When: August 21
    Where: Henderson Beach State Park, Destin
    Web: https://www.destinchamber.com/paddle-at-the-porch

    TALLAHASSEE BEER FESTIVAL Sips and suds will be plentiful at Tallahassee annual craft brew fest featuring more than 200 different beers to sample. Not a traditional beer fan? They’ve got you covered with other offerings including ciders, meads, sparkling sodas and wine. All guests will receive a tasting cup, plus have the option to string their own pretzel necklace. More ambitious guests can register for the Beer Mile, a one-mile race in which participants get to drink a 12-ounce beer after each quarter-mile loop.
    When: August 28
    Where: Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, Tallahassee
    Web: https://tlhbeerfest.com

    SUMMER HAZE MUSIC FESTIVAL Before summer’s last gasp, favorite local acts from South Walton’s music scene will perform two days of live music at this inaugural fest. Guests will enjoy 16 shows over two days with the festival headliners still listed as a “surprise”. Announced acts include Boukou Groove, Will Thompson Duo, Ken & Andi Johnson, Dion Jones & The Neon Tears, Sarah Davidson and the Chris Alvarado Trio. The fest also includes food trucks and local craft beer.
    When: August 28-29
    Where: Santa Rosa Beach
    Web: https://www.southernsoundalliance.com/summer-haze-music-festival

    PANAMA CITY BEACH FOOD TRUCK FEST Fuel your inner beast with tasty eats from favorite regional food trucks. This family-friendly event also features arts and craft vendors, personal care products, jewelry and more.
    When: August 29
    Where: Aaron Bessant Park, Panama City Beach
    Web: https://orangebeachbreeze.com/pcb-city-food-truck-fest

     

     

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