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


     Florida Events for April and May 2021

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

    South Florida/Outdoors, Socially Distanced Events 
    South Florida/Virtual Events

    Central Florida/Outdoors, Socially Distanced Events 
    Central Florida/Virtual Events

    North Florida/Outdoors, Socially Distanced Events
    North Florida/Virtual Events

     

    The South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach features rides, an ice skating show, racing pigs, giant sand sculptures and live entertainment.

    The South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach features rides, an ice skating show, racing pigs, giant sand sculptures and live entertainment.

    - South Florida Fair

     

    SOUTH FLORIDA 

    OUTDOORS / SOCIALLY DISTANCED EVENTS
          

    MANOLO VALDES: THE LEGACY – Valdes is a noted Spanish artist who works in paint, mixed media and sculpture. Eighteen of his larger-than-life sculptures will be presented in 12 locations in Miami for six months, with several programs organized around the exhibition, such as guided tours, educational programs for students, public workshops, pop-up performances and the publication of a special-edition book.
    When: Now through the end of May, 2021
    Where: Various locations in Miami
    Web: dorcam.org

    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

    SATURDAY AFTERNOON POLO – Bring your family and friends and a picnic basket and enjoy an afternoon of polo in a beautiful setting. There are two matches, at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Masks are not required, but bring one just in case you come across a situation where you can’t be socially distanced from somebody.
    When: Every Saturday afternoon through the end of June
    Where: Hobe Sound Polo Club, Hobe Sound
    Web: eventbrite.com/e/saturday-afternoon-polo-at-the-hobe-sound-polo-club-tickets-136474770713

    MILE0FEST – The fact that this multi-group (some 60 bands!) music festival is actually happening this year is a really big deal! It’s one of the first such festivals of this magnitude to return. It features Red Dirt & Americana music and the lineup is outstanding. The headliners are Lucinda Williams, Blackberry Smoke, the Randy Rogers Band, Pat Green, Shovels & Rope, Old 97’s, Wade Bowen, Roger Creager, Jack Ingram, Hayes Carll, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Stoney LaRue and American Aquarium. At press time, all the VIP packages had been sold out. Single-day tickets were due to go on sale sometime around the middle of March and organizers expect them to sell out quickly, especially because reduced capacity for all shows will be in effect. Masks are required.
    When: April 27-May 1
    Where: Various venues in Key West, with most of the shows will be at the outdoors Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheater
    Web: mile0fest.com

    MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP – In Europe, they play polo in the snow, so why not beach polo in SoFla? Players on eight teams from all over the world will be playing in a series of high goal matches during the four-day event. There will be reduced capacity and all spectators will be sitting at tables that are properly spaced out. Masks do not have to be worn at the tables but they are required when people are moving around the grounds.
    When: April 22-25
    Where: The sands of Miami Beach at Collins Park.
    Web: miamipolocup.com

    U.S. OPEN PICKLEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS – This is a world-class international event, attracting the best players in the world, as well as pickleball enthusiasts of all ages and ability levels. It’s being held at a 64-court venue which is one of the best in the country. Masks will be required inside the Expo Tents and any area where you can’t maintain a safe distance from others. There also will reduced capacity, including at the Landshark Beer Garden where you can enjoy live music, beverages and yummy meals.
    When: April 17-24
    Where: East Naples Community Park, Naples
    Web: usopenpickleballchampionship.com

    WELLINGTON BACON & BOURBON FESTIVAL – Two American favorites, bourbon and bacon, are wrapped together in a two-day, palate-pleasing party. Taste an array of bacon and pork-related dishes such as braised pork bellies with tamari, garlic, ginger & chili peppers, and polish it off with bacon ice cream. Try an eclectic selection of bourbon and whiskeys and learn more about the spirits via seminars and tastings. It’s an all-outdoor event, but masks will be required.
    When: April 24-25
    Where: Village of Wellington Town Center Promenade
    Web: baconbourbonfest.com

    SWEET CORN FIESTA -- Sunshine yellow, hot and buttery! What’s not to like about freshly harvested sweet corn grown locally in the famous black soil of The Glades Region in The Palm Beaches. Combine the delectable eats with the all-day events of a harvest celebration and you have a family-friendly treat like no other. Live music, lots of summertime foods and kids activities will keep you smiling all day long. There will also be a sweet corn eating challenge and a corn shucking contest. Masks (except when actively eating or drinking) and social distancing are required.
    When: April 25
    Where: Yesteryear Village on the South Florida Fairground in West Palm Beach.
    Web: pickyourown.org/CornFestivals.htm

    BLACK GOLD JUBILEE – This annual festival pays homage to the rich soil (hence, Black Gold) of the Glades Region (consisting of Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay) at the end of the harvest season. Highlights include great food, country music, a parade and a fireworks show. Masks are required (except while actively eating or drinking) and temperatures will be taken upon entry. Social distancing should be practiced when not in your own family pod.
    When: April 17
    Where: Torry Island Campground & Marina
    Web: blackgoldjubilee.org

    THE FLORIDA OUTDOOR EXPO – Consumers and attendees will experience interactive environment with manufacturers, dealers and retailers, all showing the latest in archery, backyard living, biking, boating, camping, fishing, hunting, motorsports, outdoor vacations and watersports. There will be product demonstrations, seminars, classes, food courts, live entertainment and lots of kid-friendly events. One new addition this year that is sure to be popular is the Dock Dogs competition, i.e., dogs jumping off docks. It’s a part outdoor/part indoor event, with masks required and temperature checks administered upon entrance.
    When: April 23-25
    Where: Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach
    Web: floridaoutdoorexpo.com

    SUNCOAST BBQ & BLUEGRASS HOOT ‘N’ ANNIE – There will be a three-course BBQ dinner prepared by champion pitmaster Dana Hillis and bluegrass entertainment by The Grascals, a six-piece bluegrass band from Nashville. Seating will be limited and the venue requires that masks be worn, except while actively eating or drinking.
    When: April 17
    Where: Fox Lea Farm, Venice
    Web: suncoastbbqbash.com/hootenannie/

    FLORIDA AIDS WALK & MUSIC FESTIVAL – While HIV and AIDS have fallen out of the spotlight over the last several years, especially during the time of Covid-19, the epidemic is far from over. The Florida Aids Walk works to bring attention to this pressing issue. The music festival lineup had not yet been nailed down at press time, but check the website closer to the event.
    When: April 24
    Where: Fort Lauderdale and Fort Lauderdale Beach
    Web: floridaaidswalk.org

    CHUBB CLASSIC -- Do you like the aging-gracefully golfing greats, too?  Check out this Champions Tour event on a course designed by Greg Norman, as many of the best over-50 golfers compete for the $1.6 million in purse money. As of press time, no decision had been made as to whether fans will be allowed to attend. Check the web site below often, because no date for such an announcement has been posted.
    When: April 12-18
    Where: Tiburon Golf Club, Naples
    Web: chubbclassic.com

    SAVOR THE AVENUE -- You'll be able to dine outside at many of the restaurants on Delray Beach's main drag. The participating restaurants always take pride in cooking up something special for this event and this year is no exception. Reservations open up on March 15, so if you want to attend, you might want to book as soon as you see this, since it is a very popular event. Masks will be required (except while eating, of course) and temperature checks will be administered at check-in.
    When: April 19 (rain date is April 20)
    Where: Along East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach
    Web: downtowndelraybeach.com/savortheave

    VROOOOOOOMS WITH A VIEW! – There are two outstanding air shows in SoFla in May, both guaranteed to thrill:

    ·        The Fort Lauderdale Air Show once again features United States Navy Blue Angels flying in F-18 Super Hornets and performing loops, inverted rolls and high performance turns, with the planes sometimes no closer than two feet apart. Other highlights will be the Geico Skytoppers, a flight squadron of six vintage WWII planes, and the F-16 Viper Demo Team. A variety of VIP packages are available. Masks are required only when you are less than six feet apart from others and on lines to get food and beverages.
                When: May 8-9
                Where: Fort Lauderdale Beach
                Web: fortlauderdaleairshow.com

    ·        The Hyundai Air & Sea Show is part of the National Salute to America’s Heroes weekend. It features the United States Air Force A-10 and also showcases the men, women, technology and equipment from all five branches of the United States Military and police, firefighters and their first responder agencies. There are several VIP packages to consider. Masks are required except in open beach areas while seated and while seated in designated spaces to eat and drink.
                When: May 29-30
                 Where: Miami Beach
                  Web: usasalute.com

    SOUTH FLORIDA FAIR – There are no national touring acts this year due to Covid, but there is still plenty of fun to be had. It will feature all of the rides that fairgoers have come to count on, including the Midway Sky Eye, the largest traveling Ferris wheel in North America. Also returning are the always popular ice skating show, racing pigs and giant sand sculpture. All the buildings will be open for the usual shopping with vendors and arts & crafts and displays of live birds, bees and butterflies. The live entertainment includes top local and regional bands and strolling musicians. There will be livestock shows, too, and plenty of yummy fair food. Masks are required.
    When: May 7-23
    Where: Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach
    Web: www.southfloridafair.com

    FOOD NETWORK & COOKING CHANNEL SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY CAPITAL ONE – That is one giant mouthful of a title! Pun definitely intended because the mouthfuls you will get at this four-day foodie extravaganza will be, as always, ginormous and delicious. The 20th anniversary edition of the affair will look a little different this year due to Covid, but there will be plenty of opportunities to experience great food and beverages. There will be a plethora of intimate dinner experiences hosted by some of the country’s most celebrated, critically acclaimed chefs. All the events except the wine seminars are outdoors and the organizers are determined to have as safe an environment as possible. Masks are required (except while eating or drinking) and there will temperature checks. Attendees can expect to provide proof and/or attestation of a negative PCR Covid-19 test dated no more than 72 hours prior to the events or alternatively proof of completed Covid-19 vaccination. This is a very popular event and there will be reduced capacities, so book early.
    When: May 20-23
    Where: Various locations in Miami Beach
    Web: sobewff.org for the complete schedule of events and sobewff.org/covid-guidelines for the Covid-19 measures

    LIVE MUSIC IS ON THE WAY BACK! People are itching to hear good live music again and these two events should definitely scratch that itch:

    ·        Key West Songwriters Festival – This one features more than 100 performers spread over five days and nights. It features folks who have written songs for and/or performed with lots of A Listers, such as Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker, Kacey Musgraves, Eric Clapton, Booker T & The M.G.s and the North Mississippi All Stars. The headliners are Lee Brice, Brandy Clark, Lori McKenna, Robert Randolph and Steve Cropper. Most of the shows are outdoors but masks and social distancing are still required.
              When: May 5-9
              Where: Various venues in Key West
              Web: keywestsongwritersfestival.com

    ·        Afro Roots Festival – This used to be a strictly local event, but now it has gone regional, with concerts held throughout South Florida. Two of the headliners are Fabi World Music and Venezonix. Most of the shows are outdoors, but mask wearing and social distancing are musts for all events.
              When: April 17-May 30
              Where: Venues in Jupiter, Key West, Miami Beach, Miami, Doral and Islamorada
              Web: communityartsandculture.org/afrorootsevents

    FORT MYERS FILM FESTIVAL – If you are a fan of indie movies, this one is for you. Films for this year’s festival will be curated from all over the world and include movies in the following categories: Features, Documentaries, Shorts, Short Shorts, Strictly Local and Environment. There will be both an in-person and online events. There will be reduced capacities and the organizers strongly encourage the use of masks.
    When: May 12-16
    Where: Sydney & Berne Davis Arts Center and other locations in Fort Myers
    Web: fortmyersfilmfestival.com

    BEYOND THE SHIMMERING WATERS: EVERGLADES & IMMOKALEE PHOTOGRAPHY – This exhibit presented by History Fort Lauderdale features the work of Nicaraguan-born photojournalist Lisette Morales, whose camera has been her tool for activism since the early 1990s when she traveled through war-torn areas of Central America, documenting the disruption from military conflicts. To quote Morales herself: “The exhibit starts with a series of black and white digital photos enhanced with a filter to invoke the tintype photos from the late 1800s. These images highlight Miccosukee Grandmother Betty Osceola of the Panther Clan and her work bringing awareness to the sacredness of our planet. The second part consists of bright color portraits emphasizing the diversity and strength of the Latina and Indigenous women who work or live in the Immokalee area.” Masks and social distancing are required.
    When: Now through May 28
    Where: New River Inn, Fort Lauderdale
    Web: historyfortlauderdale.org/museum/events

    A MOSAIC OF THE KEYS – A large mosaic mural featuring art by nearly 300 Florida Keys island chain to celebrate the connection between the community and cultural initiatives. It is made up of individual 6-by-6-inch canvasses showing work in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, mixed media, beading and quilting. Subjects range from subtropical vistas and the Keys’ laid-back lifestyle to abstract images and underwater scenes. Face masks are required.
    When: Now through May 31
    Where: Big Pine Key’s Artists in Paradise Gallery from now until April 30 and Key West’s Royal Furniture from May 3-31.
    Web: keysarts.com

    THE HOME & DESIGN REMODELING SHOW – Every year, this show always shows the latest trends and brands in the home improvement industry. Here are just some of the areas that will be covered: kitchen and bathroom remodeling, custom closets, flooring and other surfaces, artificial turf, landscaping, patio design, outdoor kitchens and pergolas, impact windows and doors, smart homes technology and security, furniture, mattresses, solar energy solutions and roofing and gutters. There will be hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of projects to check out. This is an indoor event and masks are required.
    When: May 28-31
    Where: Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach
    Web: homeshows.net

    MOTHER’S DAY ORCHID GIVEAWAY – Celebrate mom by giving her a beautiful orchid you can get for free by shopping in one of the prettiest downtowns in South Florida. You will receive one Phalaenopsis orchid for every $200 spent on items purchased at Delray Beach fashion boutiques, specialty stores, gift shops, art galleries, salons and fitness studios. You can also register to win a Mother’s Day prize package valued at more than $500. The package includes dining, spa, shopping and attractions certificates. Masks are required when inside businesses and also when you pick up your orchid.
    When: May 1-8 for the shopping to be eligible to get the orchid, May 6-8 to pick up your free orchid and May 1-17 to register for the prize package
    Where: Downtown Delray Beach
    Web: downtowndelraybeach.com/mothersday

    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/

    STATE PARKS OPENING! – As the state undergoes various stages of reopening, so are most of the Sunshine State’s beautiful 175 state parks. The parks folks have been busy during the closings, repairing hundreds of buildings and other facilities and treating large patches of invasive exotic plants. Parks Director Eric Draper is looking forward to visitors returning and enjoying the parks while demonstrating proper safety procedures. At parks where camping is offered, there may also be measures in place such as reduced density. Meanwhile, if you can’t make it in person, check out the “Parks from Anywhere” program, a web-based way for you and your family to learn more about Florida’s wildlife and includes coloring sheets, park webcams and other activities.
    When: Now
    Where: Throughout Florida
    Web: floridastateparks.org
     

     SOUTH FLORIDA 

    VIRTUAL EVENTS
     

    THE VIRTUAL BASS – No, not the fish, the museum. Access all the interactive educational resources The Bass has to offer from your home via the museum’s virtual tour and video series. From virtual tours of select exhibits to thought provoking artist interviews and talks, there’s something for all to enjoy. If you’re interested in additional art-inspired home activities, check out @BassCreativityCenter on Instagram
    When:
    At your convenience
    Where:
    The Bass Museum, Miami
    Web:
    thebass.org/educational-resources

    FORT LAUDERDALE VIRTUAL RECREATION CENTER – You’ll find free, fun and educational activities and resources for people of all ages. Visit the center often or follow the city’s social media channels for a variety of instructor-led classes, at-home activities and great ideas to keep you and your loved ones healthy, entertained and informed.
    When:
    At your convenience
    Where:
    Anywhere you are
    Web: fortlauderdale.gov/departments/parks-recreation/recreation

    #THEPLAYGROUND – The Miami-Dade Parks Recreation and Open Space department will present interactive videos you can watch from anywhere in order to enjoy the county’s parks. Videos will include fitness classes, tours of the parks and interactions with Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill. Programs change often, so check the web site below for updates.
    When:
    At your convenience
    Where:
    Anywhere you are
    Web:
    youtube.com/miamidadeparks

    LIVE TURTLE CAM – Learn about sea turtle conservation and rehabilitation via a live turtle cam. The newest patient is Te Fiti, a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle that was found in St. Lucie with a deep wound on its right front flipper. The wound is being treated with antibiotics and topically with honey and a therapeutic laser.
    When:
    Whenever you want
    Where:
    Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach
    Web:
    marinelife.org/seaturtles/rehab/turtlecam

    A NIGHT (OR DAY) AT THE MUSEUM – The Nova Southeastern Art Museum in downtown Fort Lauderdale allows you to peruse its world-renowned contemporary art with a virtual tour. Check out the current exhibition "Happy!” It’s meant to spark joy and a range of emotions with its floating cloud balloons and colorful rainbows. The museum is encouraging virtual guests to select a piece that resonates with them and then share how it makes them feel with a friend or loved one.
    When: Ongoing
    Web: nsuartmuseum.org/#virtual

    FLORIDA REP STAGE@HOME SERIES – After canceling the remainder of the 2020 season, the Florida Repertory Theatre has begun this new weekly program, hosted live on Zoom and streamlined to Facebook each Friday. The shows will feature a panel of experts and theater artists talking about a different aspect of producing professional theater.
    When: Ongoing
    Where: Florida Repertory Theatre, Fort Myers
    Web: FloridaRep.org

    FROST SCIENCE @HOME – This new digital platform learning series presented by the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami is perfect these days, with children having to stay home and not go to school. It gives visitors the opportunity to explore free educational resources, videos, DIY science activities and behind-the-scenes content. It also offers a 360 degrees exploration of a museum’s top exhibitions and a close look into the world of its resident rehabilitated loggerhead turtle, Miko. The museum also offers virtual tours of its current exhibits.
    When: Ongoing
    Web: frostscience.org/at-home

    ARSHT@HOME – Stay connected with Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center, the arts and one another. You will be able to unleash your create your own masterpiece with your family, alongside local teaching artists. Watch as Miami actors perform monologues from your favorite plays and musicals. Sing along to Spotify playlists curated by staff members and artists from across Miami. “Living Room Live” gives front-row access to intimate performances by Miami musicians. The “From Our Resident Companies” (ballet, opera and symphony) program will keep you entertained while staying safe at home.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    arshtcenter.org/ARSHT-AT-HOME

    KRAVIS @HOME – The Kravis Center has launched its digital stage, featuring a line-up concerts, dance performances, lectures, dramatic play readings, arts educations activities for kids of all ages. New experiences are added every week so be sure to vist often.
    When: Ongoing
    Webkravis.org/athome

    THE HENRY MORRISON FLAGLER MUSEUM -- Experience this National Historic Landmark in Palm Beach, as you take a virtual tour of Whitehall, Henry Flagler’s Gilded Age estate that was built in 1902. The mansion is 100,000 square feet and has 75 rooms. You’ll see some of the rooms on the first and second floors of the museum, the Pavilion, the library, the music room, the billiard room and several bedrooms.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    flaglermuseum.us/visiting/virtual-tours

    VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDEN – This beautiful estate of former agricultural industrialist John Deering on Biscayne Bay in Miami gives visitors a glimpse into a unique part of Miami’s history. Your virtual tour of this National Historic Landmark allows you to explore the grounds of the waterfront East Terrace, formal gardens (including the Orchidarium), ground floor of the estate, as well as the rooms along the north, south and east galleries.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    vizcaya.org/virtualtour

    BONNET HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDENS VIRTUAL AND VINTAGE TOUR – This is a beautiful and serene sanctuary across from the beach in Fort Lauderdale. If you’ve never seen it, take this virtual tour, which includes a four-part video series. The vintage videos offer special tours inside the home, historic lore told by the late Bonnet House owner Evelyn Bartlett and Irene Hart (who as a child lived at and near the Bonnet House) and extended clips from the Bartletts’ home movies. It’s a way to relive much simpler times, until the home reopens for tours.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    bonnethouse.org/virtual-tour-of-bonnet-house

    PEREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI (PAMM) DIGITAL MUSEUM -- PAMM is open 24/7 via its Digital Museum, offering guided video tours of works from its permanent collection and special exhibitions, art-making activities for kids and art talks. “Virtual Local Views at PAMM” features Miami artists discussing works on view at the museum. The “Live Virtual Scholl Lecture Series” offers conversations with art world figures.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    pamm.org/digital-museum

    CONCERTS FROM YOUR COUCH – Gobs of musical artists are streaming performances from their houses while they are practicing social distancing and that is great. But, the BB&T center in Sunrise has assembled a list of amazing full concerts from around the world that you can also watch from the comfort of your couch. Here’s the list: Lady Gaga, John Legend, Beyoncé,  Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Queen, the Dead & Company and Linkin Park.
    When: Ongoing
    Web: thebbtcenter.com/concerts-from-your-couch

    PALM BEACH COUNTY VIRTUAL CULTURAL EXPERIENCES, TOURS & CLASSES – Although many cultural organizations are closed, you can still enjoy what they have to offer. The broad categories are music and theater performances; history experiences and lectures; museum, art and gallery tours and lessons; science and nature experiences and dance classes.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Where:
    Various locations in Palm Beach County
    Web:
    palmbeachculture.com/virtual-palmbeachculture-experiences

    VIRTUAL BLUEGRASS CONCERTS – Every once in a while the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach has live entertainment and such was the case back in April when two top blue grass bands were scheduled to perform. That, of course, was canceled, but you can still see the two groups perform. The headlining act was to be Grand Ole Opry members and multiple-Grammy award nominees Dailey & Vincent and the opening act was 2019 International Bluegrass Association Entertainers of the Year Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers. The folks at Flagler have compiled a list of websites where you can watch both perform.
    When: Ongoing.
    Where: Flagler Museum, Palm Beach
    Web:flaglermuseum.us/virtual-tour

    VIRTUAL CUBA LIBRE AND MOJITO COCKTAILS – Join Grace Della of Miami Culinary Tours as she goes on Zoom and prepares two of Miami’s most signature cocktails as she mixes in stories of the city’s history, culture and food. Be transported from the comfort of your own home to the tropics and feel the Miami-Cuban Spirit.
    When:
    Thursdays through Sundays, ongoing
    Where:
    Miami
    Web:
    miamiculinarytours.com

    FACTS ON THE TRACKS – The Gold Coast Railroad museum sends out interactive lessons that include facts about Florida railroad history, general railroad history and the museum’s history. Lessons begin with a video, text, a quiz and even a recipe.
    When:
    Every two weeks on Fridays
    Where:
    Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Miami
    Web:
    gcrm.org

    FLAMCAM AT THE EVERGLADES WONDER GARDENS – Who doesn’t like looking at beautiful flamingos? Well, now you can do that from the comfort of your own home, via the Flamingo FlamCam. Watch Amigo the Flamingo and the rest of the flamboyance (the official word for a gathering or flock of flamingos!) as they feed, preen and explore the flamingo lagoon and the beach. Other feathered friends, such as a white ibis and the gardens’ peafowl collection, including Picasso the Peacock (he’s the big blue one) and Prince Pierre (the white one). It’s best to check in at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the flamingos are fed.
    When:
    24 hours a day
    Where:
    Everglades Wonder Gardens, Bonita Springs
    Web:
    evergladeswondergardens.com

    JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE – Using interviews and rare archival footage, this film chronicles the recently-deceased civil rights icon’s 60 years of social activism and legislative action on voting rights, gun control, health care reform and immigration. Filmmaker Dawn Porter explores his childhood, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957.  In addition to interviews with Lewis and his family, the movie also features interviews with political leaders, congressional colleagues and other people who figured prominently in his life.
    When:
    At your convenience.
    Where:
    Streaming in support of Tower Theater in Miami
    Web:
    towertheatermiami.com/in-theater/john-lewis-good-trouble-virtual-theater

    J.N. “DING” DARLING WILDLIFE REFUGE – #DingAtHome, established because of Covid-19, includes virtual experiences that all ages can enjoy from home. Keep in touch often with this ever-evolving web page. There are Wildlife Webcams to help you enjoy nature from your home. The Official Refuge Facebook page offers daily themed activity videos.
    When:
    Any time
    Where: J. N. “Ding Darling Wild Life Refuge, Captiva Island
    Web:
    dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/ding-at-home

    NORTON FROM HOME – You can’t visit this West Palm Beach County museum at present but you can still see a whole lot that it offers. There are highlights of exhibits that appeared at the museum throughout the year before the closing, videos and podcasts of talks and behind-the-scenes features, activities inspired by the works of art and artists and you can explore highlights from the museum’s five curatorial departments (European, American, Chinese, Contemporary and Photography).
    When:
    Whenever you want
    Web:
    norton.org/building/NMAFromHome

    VIRTUAL FLEET WEEK – The in-person version is one of the most popular yearly events in Fort Lauderdale but the Navy and the Coast Guard can’t bring ships into Fort Lauderdale this year due to Covid. However, you can still see Sailors, Marines and Coastguardsmen, thanks to social media and streaming apps. Here are just some of the programs that will be available both streamed live and/or on-demand: Performances by the Navy Band Southeast and the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps; virtual ship tours, including classes of ships that normally don’t come into Port Everglades; the annual Tech Summit for STEM students, featuring both military and veteran speakers and representatives from South Florida tech companies; conversations with active duty Sailors and Coast Guardsmen about life in the military and how Covid has change how they fulfill their mission, and a Salute to Women roundtable with guest speaker Captain Jo-Ann Burdian, commander, USCG Sector Miami.
    When: April 21-May 7
    Where: From wherever you are
    Web: browardnavydaysinc.org

    WORLD PREMIERE OF AUDIO PLAY “ICH BIN EIN BERLINER” – The live shows at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton took place in early April, but you can still see the streaming versions. The fully-produced audio play, written by Vanessa Garcia, features audio, video, lighting effects and live music. The play is based on the true story of Garcia’s deep dive into why the fall of the Berlin Wall was seared into her soul, as she watched it come crashing down on television from her fifth-grade classroom in Miami.
    Where: From wherever you are
    When: Now through May 27
    Web: fauevents.com

    DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK – Dive a shipwreck, swim through the third-largest coral reef in the world and tour a Civil War-era fort. You can do all this without leaving home, thanks to the virtual tour of this this secluded, 100-acre national park that sits 70 miles west of Key West. One of the most awe-inspiring sights at the park is the historic Fort Jefferson and its natural beauty that just might inspire a trip there in the future.
    When: Ongoing
    Web: artsandculture.withgoogle.com/dry-tortugas

    Thunder on Cocoa Beach is an offshore boat racing event that brings some of the world’s fastest speedboats and lots of adrenaline to the shores of the Space Coast.

    Thunder on Cocoa Beach is an offshore boat racing event that brings some of the world’s fastest speedboats and lots of adrenaline to the shores of the Space Coast.

    - Thunder on Cocoa Beach


    CENTRAL FLORIDA 

    OUTDOORS/SOCIALLY  DISTANCED EVENTS

    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

    BUSCH GARDENS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL – Each spring, visitors flock to sample creative cuisine, desserts, beer, wine and cocktails at one of Florida’s best theme parks. This year’s open-air Food & Wine Festival will feature more than 110 items including dozens of craft beer, wine and seltzer varieties. Busch Gardens will also be bringing back its popular concerts featuring national acts, this time in a physically distanced setting for safety.
    When: Every weekend through April 25
    Where: Busch Gardens, Tampa
    Web: https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/food-and-wine-festival/

    SUN ‘N FUN AEROSPACE EXPO – Part dazzling air show, part educational forum and part family festival, this event returns with a full lineup of aviators, exhibitors, vendors, volunteers and performers at the SUN ‘n FUN campus. Each of the six days is packed with exciting shows, seminars, ceremonies and special guests. The ticket also includes entry to the Florida Air Museum. Don’t feel like joining the crowds? This year’s expo includes a virtual component you can access from home.
    When: April 13-18
    Where: SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus, Lakeland
    Web: https://www.flysnf.org/

    INDIEFAIRE – Visit downtown Gulfport and shop for local art, crafts, jewelry and locally sourced plants and herbs in this outdoor and socially distanced monthly street fair. Family-friendly and laid back, the evening event features live music, street performers, and uniquely designed-for-the-occasion dishes created by local restaurants for dine-in or walk-about eating.
    When:  April 17
    Where: Beach Boulevard, Gulfport
    Web: http://visitgulfportflorida.com/indiefaire/

    MOUNT DORA BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL – New to the Florida fruit harvest fair scene, the free Mount Dora Blueberry Festival celebrates the peak of Lake County’s blueberry season with a bounty of juicy foods and products produced and sold by local farmers and families. Among some of the highlights are blueberry pancakes, blueberry beer and wine and a blueberry pie eating contest. Make a weekend out of it and enjoy the quaint town of Mount Dora, which has lots of cafes, outdoor strolling areas and antique shops.
    When: April 24-25
    Where: Donnelly Park, Mount Dora
    Web: https://www.mountdorablueberryfestival.com/

    FORT PIERCE OYSTER FESTIVAL – Celebrate the breezy Fort Pierce Waterfront and its bounty with delicious oysters, tasty seafood dishes and landlubber foods, as well as live entertainment with a bevy of merchandise and arts & craft vendors. The oyster indulgence goes to a good cause; the shells are used for oyster restoration projects including the spoil islands near the Fort Pierce City Marina.
    When: April 24-25
    Where: Veterans Memorial Park & River Walk Center
    Web: https://www.facebook.com/fortpierceoysterfestival/

    BUSCH GARDENS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL – Each spring, visitors flock to sample creative cuisine, desserts, beer, wine and cocktails at one of Florida’s best theme parks. This year’s open-air Food & Wine Festival will feature more than 110 items including dozens of craft beer, wine and seltzer varieties. Busch Gardens will also be bringing back its popular concerts featuring national acts, this time in a physically distanced setting for safety.
    When: Every weekend in April
    Where: Busch Gardens, Tampa
    Web: https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/food-and-wine-festival/

    CENTRAL FLORIDA EARTH DAY– Learn about Florida’s endangered species, sample some vegan foods, learn some Tahitian dance moves, buy some plants and paint some crafts at Central Florida’s longest-running Earth Day celebration. This year will feature food prep demonstrations, animal adoptions, meditation and yoga, a “trash fashion show” and other events that will inspire you to love your planet and get in tune with your earthy side.
    When: April 25
    Where: Lake Eola Park, Orlando
    Web: http://www.cfearthday.org

    OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS – Also known as the Cedar Key Spring Arts Festival, this rebranded art show has been drawing art lovers to historic Cedar Key for more than five decades. The juried event this year is bringing an amazing array of talent, including potters and ceramics workers, glassblowers, jewelry makers, painters, photographers, woodworkers and other creative artists both old and new to this seaside event.
    When: April 17-18
    Where: Cedar Key
    Web: https://www.cedarkeyartsfestival.com/

    FLORIDA WILDQUEST – Take part in a little outdoor competitive scavenger hunting, completely on your own or in groups, by participating in Florida WildQuest, hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Download a free and easy-to-use app, pick a designated Wildlife Management Area such as Chinsegut or Tosohatchee, and take photos or videos of plants and animals to earn points while learning about Florida nature and history. You’ll see other players’ submissions in real time and be able to earn the chance to be entered into random prize drawings.
    When: May 1-9
    Where: Wildlife Management Areas throughout Florida
    Web: https://floridanaturetrackers.com/wildquest/

    MAYFAIRE BY-THE-LAKE – What began as a small crafts fair on the lawn of a public library nearly five decades ago has now grown into one of central Florida’s largest and oldest free outdoor art festivals, drawing tens of thousands to the shores of beautiful Lake Morton every year. Check out unique works of art from painters, sculptors, etchers, glass blowers, photographers and other artisans from all over the country and enjoy the beautiful lakeside atmosphere.
    When:  May 8-9
    Where: Lake Morton, downtown Lakeland
    Web: https://www.mayfairebythelake.org/

    TACO & BEER FIESTA – It doesn’t get much better than tacos and cold beer on a waterfront setting in May. Returning for a fourth time, this fiesta expands beyond those two delicious staples and includes two dozen gourmet food trucks serving special South American-inspired dishes along with their usual fare of everything from BBQ to sweets. Kids and pets are welcome, and bring your picnic chairs and blankets. The first 300 guests will get a free sombrero this year.
    When: May 21
    Where: Albert Whitted Park, St. Petersburg
    Web: https://www.facebook.com/events/467552960936643/

    DRIVE-IN HARVEY MILK FESTIVAL – Celebrating the LGBTQ+ community for more than a decade, this festival is creating a drive-in, distanced format for COVID-19 safety while still preserving its mission in entertaining, educating and enriching its community. The four-day event will feature a variety of attractions including live music, performing and visual artists, theatre, speakers, and food and drink vendors.
    When: May 13-16
    Where: Sarasota
    Web: https://www.facebook.com/events/237269957999480/

    ORANGE BLOSSOM JAMBOREE – Bring your RV or tent and set up camp at this five-day outdoor fest and friendly gathering filled with four days of Florida bands playing everything from rockabilly to funk to country and rock. Prepare your own meals at your campsite or buy food and beer from the many vendors on site while enjoying tunes from Uncle John’s Band, Led Zep, Wall of Echoes and other Sunshine State favorites.
    When: May 13-16
    Where: Sertoma Ranch, Brooksville
    Web: http://www.orangeblossomjamboree.com/

    THE WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL – Known as one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals, this 62-year-old event is returning after skipping last year, once again drawing hundreds of 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: May 14-16
    Where: Central Park, downtown Winter Park
    Web: https://www.wpsaf.org/

    ST. JOHNS RIVER FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS – Stroll the tree-lined, brick-paved streets of historic Sanford while checking out an array of artistic works including the festival’s “Art-in-Action” live artist demonstrations and chalk artists coloring the sidewalks. Create your own piece of artwork at one of the workshops and enjoy gourmet dishes at the Culinary Arts Court while acoustic performers play throughout the weekend.
    When: May 1-2
    Where: Historic downtown Sanford
    Web: https://stjohnsriverartfest.com/

    FLORIDA BOTANICAL GARDENS ANNUAL GARDEN TOUR – Spend a day enjoying the outdoors and strolling through a series of public and private gardens in either a docent-led small group tour or a self-guided journey of exceptional garden and landscape masterpieces throughout Pinellas County. It’s the perfect time of the year to get inspiration for planting or re-landscaping, and a fun little peek at other people’s creative use of native plants and flowers.
    When: May 2
    Where: Largo
    Web: https://www.flbgfoundation.org/annualgardentour

    ART & SEAFOOD ON THE WATERFRONT – Among one of the best spots to stroll an outdoor event, Safety Harbor is beginning to welcome back its springtime weekend offerings of fresh air, good food and beautiful artwork. This free fest combines a juried art show with a number of vendors serving delicious shrimp, fish and other seafood dishes along the beautiful waterfront and quaint downtown area. The artists’ work will include mixed media, paintings, 3-D artwork, photography, wood, metal, fiber and jewelry.
    When: May 22-23
    Where: Waterfront Park, Safety Harbor
    Web: https://www.safetyharborchamber.com/events/details/art-seafood-on-the-waterfront-2021-free-event-7579

    THUNDER ON COCOA BEACH – Returning in 2021 with some new event categories, this offshore boat racing event brings some of the world’s fastest speedboats and lots of adrenaline to the shores of the Space Coast. The five-day event draws bigger and bigger crowds each year, adding buzz to the live entertainment, dancing, parties and chances to see the impressive speed boats and racing teams up close at Race Village in Port Canaveral. Can’t catch it in person this year? Download the event’s app to live stream the races.
    When: May 20-23
    Where: Cocoa Beach
    Web: https://www.thunderoncocoabeach.com/

    DAYTONA BEACH OCEANFRONT BANDSHELL SERIES – A time-honored tradition on one of Florida’s most famous beaches, this live weekend concert series kicks off in May with some great performance along the Atlantic Ocean – a precursor to the strong summer lineup. Country star Chris Janson headlines the first show followed by the soulful St. Paul & The Broken Bones later in the month. Buy tickets early! Due to COVID-19 protocols, attendance is limited and chairs will be provided.
    When: May 7 & 22
    Where: Daytona Beach
    Web: https://www.daytonabandshell.com/

    ORLANDO FRINGE – This 14-day arts festival celebrates its 30th year as one of Orlando’s most unique cultural events, offering 850 un-juried, uncensored, and highly talented theatre, music, dance performances and artist displays of all genres. Kids Fringe for children and families also returns, bringing entertaining performances by Fringe artists, workshops, hands-on art activities. For those who cannot attend live, check out DigiFringe in June.
    When: May 18-31
    Where: Various venues, Orlando
    Web: https://orlandofringe.org/may/

     

      CENTRAL FLORIDA

    VIRTUAL EVENTS 

    VISIT THE DALI MUSEUM – Art lovers from all over the world have long enjoyed St. Petersburg’s fascinating Dali Museum, which has an astounding  collection of over 2,400 Salvador Dalí works, including nearly 300 oil paintings, watercolors and drawings, as well as more than 2,100 prints, photographs, posters, textiles, sculptures and objets d’art. Now, anyone can view these works through a free 360-degree tour of the museum, as well as some special online-only exhibits and various tours, lessons, lectures, art classes and other stimulating activities for all ages.
    When:
     Ongoing
    Web:
    thedali.org/the-dali-on-line

    FLORIDA AQUARIUM’S SEA-SPAN – Wondering what the Florida Aquarium’s penguins, sting rays, seahorses and a large Goliath grouper named Cleatus are up to while all the guests are away? Tune in to SEA-SPAN, the Aquarium’s new Facebook Live broadcast that keeps us connected to our underwater friends in Tampa until we’re able to return to pet the jellyfish and splash in the water park. Learn about conservation and get up-close insight into feedings, cleanings, care and other behind-the-scenes peeks. The videos are all posted on the Aquarium’s website.
    When:
    Daily at 10 a.m.
    Web:
    laquarium.org/sea-span

    GATORLAND’S SCHOOL OF CROC – If you’re into reptiles and other swampy creatures, be sure to check out footage of the daily feedings, encounters and other cool interactions at Gatorland, a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve located along South Orange Blossom Trail. Each morning at 10 a.m., the park airs “School of Croc,” which features fun up-close lessons on the resident gators, arachnids, wildcats, birds and more. Then check out the video blog posts, which are streamed each afternoon on YouTube.
    When:
    Daily at 10 a.m.
    Web:
    facebook.com/gatorland and youtube.com/channel

    FLORIDA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM EDUCATIONAL SERIES – The Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg is a historical gem, bringing awareness and enlightenment to visitors as it honors honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. Take a virtual tour of the museum and then tune in to its three-days-a-week interactive educational series on Facebook.
    When:
    Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
    Web:
    flholocaustmuseum.org/virtual-tour and facebook.com/TheFHM

    24/7 IN MY GARAGE VIRTUAL CAR SHOW – Car enthusiasts who love seeing classics and antiques can still get their fix with Lead Foot City’s free, innovative virtual car show, which invites collectors and mechanics to display photos of their restored classic Chevys, antique trucks, race cars and other vintage vehicles to preserve this well-loved showcase of Americana until it’s safe to gather to see the cars, in Brooksville, in real life again. 
    When:
    Thursdays and Fridays
    Web:
    facebook.com/LeadFootCity

    LIVE FROM BUSCH GARDENS – While Tampa’s famous, safari-centric theme park is closed to visitors, see and interact love with animals, rides and other favorite exhibits and areas from a new vantage point. Busch Gardens has been taking its Facebook fans along to an elephant birthday party, snack time for sloths, a flaming flock walk, a ride on Cheetah hunt and more.
    When:
    Multiple times weekly
    Web:
    facebook.com/BuschGardensTampaBay/videos

    SHINE MURAL FESTIVAL VIRTUAL TOUR – In recent years, St. Petersburg’s colorful urban murals have become internationally revered, in part thanks to the SHINE Mural Festival, which takes visitors on several stops via foot or bike. Now, you can enjoy the 90-plus murals from the comfort of your home, complete with vivid descriptions of the artwork, info on the artists and other fun facts.
    When:
    Anytime
    Web:
    stpeteartsalliance.org/shine-mural-festival

    FLORIDA ORCHESTRA CONCERTS – As a special treat to classical music fans, the Florida Orchestra is now broadcasting live recordings that you can enjoy while taking a bath or making dinner. Experience some of the more powerful moments from the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series, which includes Ravel’s Bolero, Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and Mason Bates’ Mothership. If you miss a radio broadcast, no worries – the concerts will be shared on-demand 45 days after they air.
    When:
    Thursdays at 7 p.m.
    Web:
    wsmr.org

    MOTE GOES #REMOTE – One of Florida’s top sea life research labs is aiming to keep its fans and supporters connected by offering a number of virtual events, exhibit tours and programs, as well as featuring live web cams so you peer into the daily activities of its resident sharks, manatees and otters. For parents teaching or entertaining little ones at home, Sarasota's Mote is hosting virtual story times, providing Google Classroom content and doing Wednesday livestream lessons. Check out the Mote’s various social media pages, which stay active with adorable animal photos, videos and behind-the-scenes tours.
    When:
    Anytime
    Web:
    mote.org/mote-goes-remote

    RINGLING’S MUSEUM FROM HOME – While the Ringling’s beautiful gardens, museum exhibits and education center in Sarasota are closed to foot traffic through the end of May, people can still view nearly 45,000 objects in the Ringling collection online, including circus artifacts, outdoor sculptures, stunning paintings and artwork and opulent furniture in the Ca' d'Zan house. Check out the interesting Art Chats series on YouTube or visit the Ringling’s social media pages for insights about popular museum features, staff favorites, objects of the week and tours.
    When:
    Anytime
    Web:
    ringling.org/MuseumFromHome

    ORLANDO VIRTUAL TOURS – Orlando is one of the world’s top playgrounds for theme parks, water parks, entertainment and attractions and the COVID-19 shutdown has left many craving the comfort and fun of their favorite spots. With this in mind, Visit Orlando now provides more than 100 virtual experiences including 360-degree tours, Facebook Live broadcasts, theme park thrills and more. Ride SeaWorld’s Mako, float down a lazy river at the Four Season, zip-line over alligators, take a walk through Universal Orlando Resort and take a swan boat ride on Lake Eola to get your Orlando fix while you’re waiting to visit in real life.
    When:
    Anytime
    Web:
    visitorlando.com/virtual-tours

    CENTRAL FLORIDA SCENIC DRIVES – When your eyes begin to blur from looking at the laptop or cell phone, your kids are getting antsy and you’re craving a connection to the outside world, hop in the car and take advantage of the cheap gas prices and sparse traffic. Central Florida is known to have a number of well-traveled scenic drives and one-tank trips over arching bridges connecting communities across bays, through funky beach towns, past natural wildlife refuges and through historic towns. Clearwater’s Courtney Campbell Causeway, Anna Maria Island’s Palma Sola Scenic Highway and the eastern coast’s Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway are favorites among road trippers. The Florida Scenic Highway Program provides an excellent tool to map out your drive and check out the top features of each region and roadway as you plan.
    When:
    Anytime
    Web:
    floridascenichighways.com

    CRACKER COUNTRY VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS – Typically open only select days during the year, this fascinating rural Florida history museum has opened its virtual doors to folks any time by introducing some food and culture learning programs for school-age kids, plus games, activities and an archive of videos for all ages to delve more into the lives of our Sunshine State pioneers. Listen to bluegrass, get a washboard music lesson, play “all aboard bingo” while learning about the Florida railroad system and watch some old fashioned food prep that sustained our Floridian ancestors.
    When: Anytime 
    Where: Tampa
    Web: facebook.com/Cracker.Country.livinghistory

    TAMPA THEATRE VIRTUAL CINEMA – While its historic auditorium remains dark, Tampa Theatre has launched Virtual Cinema, a collection of new, first-run movies released via streaming platforms exclusively for art-house audiences. Pop your own popcorn, pour your own wine and for $12, get a three-day rental of new titles such as “Clementine,” “Between Shadow and Soul,” “Deerskin” and “ROAR.”
    When:
    Anytime
    Where:
    Tampa
    Web:
    tampatheatre.org

    GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM FROM HOME – Bring the Glazer Children’s Museum’s hands-on activities and science experiments into your kitchen or living room by delving into its at-home offerings for kids of all ages. Make solar oven s’mores and homemade butter, build a canister rocket or two-ingredient slime, watch videos of staff interacting with a blue-tongue skink or going bird watching and participate in a yoga session or ukulele singalong.
    When:
    Anytime
    Where:
    Tampa
    Web:
    glazermuseum.org/GCMatHome

    THE RINGLING MUSEUM FROM HOME – The Ringling continues to provide remarkably engaging and educational content, artist talks, virtual tours, classes and more, even after reopening its doors to in-person guests in early July. Its Museum From Home page features nine interesting “Art Chats” with professionals from various fields, downloadable digital postcards with quirky images from the past, word searches and puzzle challenges and craft tutorials for kids. Get your circus history fix or art museum infusion right from the comfort of your couch.
    When: Anytime
    Where:
    Virtual from The Ringling, Sarasota
    Web:
    www.ringling.org/MuseumFromHome

    Gulf Hammock’s Wild Hog Canoe Race features two-person teams paddling through a waterway littered with felled trees.

    Gulf Hammock’s Wild Hog Canoe Race features two-person teams paddling through a waterway littered with felled trees.

     

    NORTH FLORIDA 

    OUTDOORS / SOCIALLY DISTANCED EVENTS
         

    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

    FISHING TOURNAMENTS--

    ·  11th Annual Pompano Fishing Tournament (March 28 - April 30, Santa Rosa Beach): Compete in Calcuttas for Redfish and Whiting and a new Shoreline Slam Calcutta for Pompano, Redfish and Whiting. Registration and the tournament kickoff is at Stinky’s Bait Shack. The tournament features daily weigh-ins, an ever-changing leaderboard and participant photos with their catch of the day. https://www.stinkysbaitshop.com

    ·  2020 Cobia World Championships (March 31 - May 3, Destin): Even junior anglers have an opportunity to take home a cash prize in this year’s event. But the big money goes to the Harbor Docks Cobia World Champion. Weigh-ins are daily at Harbor Docks. https://www.harbordocks.com/cobia-tournaments

    LIVE MUSIC? YES, REALLY In a sign of a slight spark of normalcy, some indoor and outdoor music fests are reappearing on calendars. Of course, there are Covid precautions.

    ·  Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival (various dates March 14 - April 25, Amelia Island): The 20th annual fest always features a who’s who lineup in the classical music world. Tickets are available to live, in-person performances by Beer & G-Strings (March 14), Midori and Ieva Jokubaviciute (April 9), Valentina Lisitsa (April 18) and the Scherzando 20th Season Celebration (April 25).. All guests will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing protocols. https://ameliachambermusic.org

    ·  Jax River Jams (April 8, 15, 22, 29, Jacksonville): Bring your camp chair and arrive early to secure a socially-distanced seat for this outdoor spring riverfront concert series in downtown Jax. Headliners include country singer Chase Rice (4/8), pop punk band New Found Glory (4/15), hip hop and Jacksonville natives Quad City DJ’s (4/22) and Sugar Ray (4/29). Each concert includes regional opening acts, a small business and artist market, food trucks and local craft beer vendors. https://downtownjacksonville.org/jax-river-jams

    BLUE ANGELS PRACTICES Be prepared to ooh and aah because the Pensacola-based Blue Angels are finally hosting their spring practice sessions along the coastline again. Due to current restrictions, access to the flight line and the National Naval Aviation Museum is open to Department of Defense ID card holders and their guests only. Don’t have a DoD ID? Not to worry. The world-famous pilots and their dazzling aerial feats can be seen by the general public as they cruise at speeds of up to 700 miles per hour over the city. Practice sessions typically last about 55 minutes and begin at 10:30 a.m.
    When: April 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, May 4-5, 11-12, 18-19
    Where: Pensacola
    Web: https://www.navalaviationmuseum.org

    WILD HOG CANOE RACE This ain’t your granddaddy’s canoe (and kayak) race, where everyone paddles fiercely down a gorgeous Sunshine state waterway toward the finish line and prize money. Think of it more like an obstacle course where two-person teams paddle (still fiercely) through a waterway littered with felled trees. Some go over, some try to go under, some capsize. Of course, it’s all in good fun and the money raised goes to charity. If fording a canoe over a tree isn’t for you, there’s also a cornhole tournament with $500 in cash prizes.
    When: April 17
    Where: Gulf Hammock
    Web: https://www.wildhogcanoerace.com

    ST. AUGUSTINE RACE WEEK The bayfront waters of historic St. Augustine’s will be awash in a rainbow of mainsails during its annual eight-day race week. Crews and sailors from 12 to 92 years old from all along the Atlantic Coast will compete in both in-shore and off-shore ocean contests. Racing formats include Offshore Performance Spinnaker, Inshore Class 1 Performance and One-Design 420 Dinghy for the Youth Sailing Regatta. Spectators can enjoy watching the racing and joining the competitors at the Party Tent after for food, drink and live music.
    When: April 17-24
    Where: St. Augustine
    Web: https://www.staugustineraceweek.com

    SEABREEZE JAZZ FESTIVAL From ragtime to blues, hot jazz (think Louis Armstrong) to symphonic jazz (think Paul Whiteman), the evolution of this truly American music format from its Dixieland roots keeps bringing old and new fans to this longtime festival. Enjoy a weekend of sun and beach fun paired with festival headliners The Family Stone, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Norman Brown, Marion Meadows and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. The festival’s Covid safety precautions will include face coverings, temperature screenings and social distancing requirements.
    When: April 21-25
    Where: Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, Panama City Beach
    Web: https://seabreezejazzfestival.com

    INTERSTATE MULLET TOSS  Come on. What is more fitting than throwing dead fish across the Florida/Alabama state line in the Panhandle area affectionately known as the Redneck Riviera. At $15 a toss, with all proceeds going to local charities, how can you say no? Plus, all tossers get a commemorative t-shirt. Kids get to control the action from 10am to noon; from noon to 4 p.m. the “adults” can let ‘em fly. Winners in all age and gender categories will be announced daily. Other than tossing mullet, the weekend is one big beach party with live music.
    When: April 23-25
    Where: Flora-Bama Lounge, Package & Oyster Bar
    Web: http://www.florabama.com/mullet-toss

    DOWN HOME DAYS For 40 years downtown Madison has hummed with activity in April during its signature event. Take a fun-filled trip to one of the “Best Little Towns in Florida” where live oaks drip with Spanish moss for a day of arts and crafts vendors, a classic car show, live entertainment, kids activities and food vendors. This year’s fun run will be 80s themed. If you’re the competitive sort, there are multiple options with either cash prizes and/or bragging rights. Sign up for the Pie Bake Off, Cornhole Tournament, Box Car Strut or Pickleball Tournament.
    When: April 24
    Where: Madison
    Web: https://www.facebook.com/MadisonCountyDownHomeDays

    BOURBON & BLOOMS: A SPRING TOUR OF GARDENS Be inspired by small floral container gardens tucked into private hideaways or sprawling, majestic lawns during the Historic Ocala Preservation Society’s self-guided tour. Each stop will include extras like artists at work, live musical performances, pop-up bars and boutiques and bourbon tastings. Master gardeners will be on location to answer questions about how guests might incorporate these ideas or flora into their own outdoor spaces.
    When: April 24-25
    Where: Ocala
    Web: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bourbon-blooms-a-spring-tour-of-gardens-presented-by-the-yard-stop-tickets-146606781831

    PENSACOLA CRAWFISH FESTIVAL Feast on all things crawfish when Pensacola’s Cordova Crawfish Company serves up thousands of pounds of boiled crawfish, fresh from Louisiana, along with  festival eats like boudin balls, etouffee, gumbo, chicken baskets and bloomin’ onions. Also includes live regional music like Louisiana swamp pop, Cajun, blues and zydeco. Festival goers will have plenty of choices throughout the weekend as all the arts and crafts and food vendor slots were sold out.
    When: April 30 - May 2
    Where: Seville Square and Fountain Park, Pensacola
    Web: https://www.fiestapensacola.org/crawfish-festival

    QUINCY PORCHFEST AND SKETCHCRAWL One day, 31 live music acts, 10 front porches. Set up a chair or lay down a blanket in between tour stops in historic downtown Quincy during the 8th annual event. New for 2021 will be a main stage for the headliners: gospel singer Kendrick Evans and Renew’d and blues legend Johnny Rawls. While listening to different genres including Americana, Zydeco, Classic Rock and Big Band; local artists will be creating live artwork to commemorate the day.
    When: May 1
    Where: Quincy
    Web: https://www.facebook.com/QuincyPorchfest

    BAYOU BASH If you think you can hook the largest Red Fish, Spotted Trout, Flounder or Mystery Fish, then get ready to hit the water near the gulf coast’s big bend. This annual tournament features a captain’s dinner to kickoff of the contest, as well as a mullet toss. Anglers will compete in two categories: youth (12 year and under) or adult (13 years and older) and may fish any public waters along the Forgotten Coast by boat or kayak, wade fishing or from the shore.
    When: May 1
    Where: Salinas Park, Port St. Joe
    Web: https://www.bayoubashpsj.com

    ROMANZA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS St. Augustine’s two week, daily salute to the arts, culture, cuisine and heritage has more than 30 events, many of which are free. The festivals headliners include Duo Beaux Arts, a husband and wife team of concert pianists (5/1); Mama Blue, a Jacksonville soul singer (5/9); Kaleidoscope of Dance (5/10); and Akia Uwanda, a Jacksonville jazz singer (5/15).
    When: May 1-15
    Where: St. Augustine
    Web: https://www.romanzafestivale.com

    JACKSONVILLE TACO AND TEQUILA FESTIVAL Get a jumpstart on your Cinco de Mayo fun at this inaugural fest which will feature authentic Mexican cuisine from 10 Jax restaurants and food trucks, tequila tasting stations and craft margaritas. VIP passes include a top shelf tequila flight tasting, sample of craft cocktails, the chance to taste test all tacos from the participating restaurants and a souvenir face mask and cup. Also includes local arts and craft vendors, games and live music. Face coverings will be required when not actively eating or drinking.
    When: May 2
    Where: Riverside Arts Market, Jacksonville
    Web: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jacksonville-taco-tequila-festival-tickets-142591642441

    ST. AUGUSTINE FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL With more than 300 wine, spirit and beer choices, guests can be picky as they sip and savor their way through the festival’s main tasting which also includes an afternoon of live music and live chef demos with tasting samples. Other festival events include a six-course Winemaker’s Dinner, a BBQ feast featuring 10 renowned Southeastern pitmasters and a Jazz Brunch.
    When: May 6-9
    Where: World Golf Hall of Fame and the World Golf Village Renaissance Resort, St. Augustine
    Web: https://staugustinefoodandwinefestival.com

    TUPELO HONEY FESTIVAL Enjoy a day trip to “real” Florida in the one stoplight town of Wewahitchka, known for a generation of beekeepers harvesting the liquid gold that’s also known as Tupelo honey. Purchase locally-made products featuring the honey, get a picture with the newly-crowned queen of the Miss Tupelo pageant and chill to live music. Also includes arts and crafts, food vendors and kids activities.
    When: May 15
    Where: Wewahitchka
    Web: http://www.tupelohoneyfestival.com

    SPRINGTIME TALLAHASSEE — Although scaled back to only one day, Springtime Tallahassee is happening in 2021! Shop from arts, crafts and food vendors; cheer on the New Orleans-style krewes and floats during the Grand Parade; and let the little ones expend a lot of energy at the Children’s Park. The day concludes with an evening music festival.
    When: May 15
    Where: Kleman Plaza, Tallahassee
    Web: http://www.springtimetallahassee.com

     

    NORTH FLORIDA 

    VIRTUAL EVENTS

     

    FLORIDA INSPIRED Normally one of the best ways to beat the heat in July is any outing that involves air conditioning. Tallahassee’s Museum of Florida History is giving you the opportunity to explore our gorgeous state, from the Panhandle to the Everglades, without leaving your home. This 15-minute, docent-led tour features some of the key works that Ron Risner collected and commissioned to celebrate the diversity of the state’s natural beauty. It includes more than 125 landscape paintings by 98 artists. The paintings were donated to the museum’s permanent collection and will also be available for in-person viewing when the time is right for the museum to reopen to the public.
    When:
    Anytime
    Web:
    youtube.com/florida-inspired

    CATTY SHACK RANCH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY VIRTUAL NIGHT FEEDINGS — Get to know the cats (think tigers and lions) that have found their forever home at Jacksonville’s big cat sanctuary. For fans of the ranch who have attended the night feeding in person, the virtual setup is similar. Executive Director Curt LoGiudice walks viewers through the cats’ dinner time, provides background on the residents, introduces you to key staff members and shows off some of the habitat changes from the ongoing $8 million renovation project. For example, viewers will learn that the female lion Nyra, who has spent almost 18 years at the ranch, gets more frequent and smaller meals of prime beef and chicken breasts to help with her senior needs, which differs from the diet of the younger big cat residents that includes bones and more. And with all the current interest in big cat sanctuaries thanks to Netflix’s Tiger King series, it should be mentioned that Catty Shack Ranch is a true sanctuary that doesn’t breed, trade, sell or buy residents.
    When:
    Facebook Live Virtual Night Feedings Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Facebook Live Educational Program Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 p.m.
    Web:
    facebook.com/cattyshackranch

    LIVE #ONTHELINE FROM THE FLORA-BAMA LOUNGE, PACKAGE AND OYSTER BAR — So you can’t sip your margarita with your toes in the sand while listening to live tunes. But you can find a sunny spot in your home, pop the top on the beer and join the iconic bar’s live stream daily through Facebook. It’s almost like bringing the vacation home with you. During performances, give them a shoutout from where you’re listening, make song requests and then just close your eyes — the beach isn’t as far away as you think.
    When:
    1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. CST daily
    Web:
    facebook.com/florabama

    JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA — With many of our favorite musical artists performing from more intimate spaces, the musicians of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra are doing somewhat the same. With social distancing rules in place, life has changed their live performances at Jacoby Symphony Hall to feature a much smaller part of the whole; for example only a string quartet. But the orchestra is still bringing virtual life to beloved music of the past. In between their Friday live performances, members of the JSO are also releasing solo in-home performances on the orchestra’s Facebook stream. And for those who want a little insider knowledge, check out the behind-the-scenes video with music director Courtney Lewis as he walks us through his process of learning and prepping a musical score for a performance.
    When:
    Fridays at 8 p.m.
    Web:
    hjaxsymphony.org/live or facebook.com/jaxsymphony

    BLUE ANGELS DEBRIEF — Spring is usually prime time to catch up with the country’s premiere flyers at their home base along Pensacola’s waterfront beaches while they’re prepping for the season’s air show circuit. In the past, spring breakers could attend these practices, which also include a weekly meet-and-greet with the pilots. While you’re homebound, they’re still practicing and they’re offering fans an opportunity to get to know the Angels’ top guns and learn more about their signature maneuvers. Each week, one of the pilots breaks down a maneuver and walks you through it from their cockpit vantage.
    When:
    Fridays at 9 a.m. on Facebook
    Web:
    facebook.com/USNavyBlueAngels

    GULFARIUM MARINE ADVENTURE PARK — Did you know that gopher tortoise like strawberries, that dolphins have a belly button and that albino alligators have poor vision? Learn all this and much more through the frequent educational Facebook videos about the marine residents at Gulfarium's waterfront park in Fort Walton Beach. When the trainers can schedule a live segment they’ll announce it ahead of time.
    When:
    varies throughout the week on Facebook
    Web:
    facebook.com/Gulfarium

    PENSACOLA MUSEUM OF ART — The museum’s team is still working hard to maintain a vibrant Facebook page with almost daily adult or child-appropriate art and craft projects using found materials — one included using socks to make stuffed bunnies, which were pretty fantastic. They’re also using this space to include Facebook Live talks with the artists whose work is currently exhibited at the museum. If you’re looking for additional inspiration or background on the artists, the museum also has created virtual tours of its exhibits at pensacolamuseum.org.
    When:
    varies throughout the week on Facebook
    Web:
    facebook.com/pensacolamuseum

    OUTSIDE THE ODDITORIUM: RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT — In 1950, the original Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum opened to the public in the Warden’s Castle in St. Augustine. Since then, the museum, which maintains a collection of more than 25,000 pieces, has expanded to 12 states (plus Canada) and added aquariums to its roster. During the shutdown, the museums’ researchers, illustrators and editors are keeping their home audience entertained with live virtual events throughout the week. These include Q&As, a look at some of their oddest exhibits, drawing tutorials and more.
    When:
    Monday through Friday, various times
    Web:
    ripleys.com/outside-the-odditorium

    ST. AUGUSTINE ALLIGATOR FARM ZOOLOGICAL PARK — From the 15-foot, 1,250-pound saltwater croc named Maximo to the mouse-sized pygmy marmosets, the zoological park, home to lots and lots of alligators, is staging weekly Facebook Live Virtual Events to educate and entertain. All events include a Q&A session and you can submit questions ahead of time through Facebook.
    When:
    Various times 
    Web:
    facebook.com/TheAlligatorFarm

    NATIONAL NAVAL AVIATION MUSEUM — Satisfy your child’s need to take flight from their homebound life while exploring some of the treasures in the world’s largest museum dedicated to naval aviation. The Pensacola museum’s 350,000 square feet of exhibit space includes 150 restored aircraft representing the Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy. Other than our military’s top flying machines, it also includes an exhibit dedicated to the Apollo space missions. Explore the space’s 360-degree tour and learn about the different flying machines on its website.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web: poly.google.com/view

    THE GROVE MUSEUM — Take a virtual walk through Florida’s antebellum history at the Call-Collins House (circa 1840) and its 10.5 acre grounds that make up The Grove in Tallahassee. The Grove has been open to the public only since 2017 and was named to the National Register of Historic Places. The staff of the museum is posting multiple videos each week, including Virtual Nature Walks through the grounds, live story time, and behind-the scenes glimpses into specific rooms. Learn more about the home’s history and the role it played in Florida’s Civil Rights movement. Visit the museum’s home page for its upcoming Facebook Live event schedule at thegrovemuseum.com.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    facebook.com/TheGroveMuseum/videos

    FORGOTTEN COAST MUSEUM TOUR — Did you know the father of air conditioning was from Florida? Or, that you can hold a 20,000-year-old oyster shell in Carrabelle? The communities of Carrabelle, Apalachicola, Alligator Point, St. George Island and Eastpoint consider themselves the Forgotten Coast along the Panhandle despite their rich history. Get a chance to explore this history through a collection of  short videos highlighting the Raney House Museum, Carrabelle History Museum, John Gorrie Museum and more.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    floridasforgottencoast.com/museum-series

    CASTILLO SAN MARCOS VIRTUAL TOUR — The star-shaped fort in St. Augustine holds the key to 450 years of history, and the University of South Florida Libraries and the National Park Service have teamed up to create this 360-degree virtual tour. Visitors will understand the lay of the land and the true size of the fort from a drone view while the tour loads. From there, the map will allow you to choose your own path as your explore the fort. Tour includes video explaining what life was like for its inhabitants and as well as its long and varied history under different flags as well as through close up views of the fort’s signage. The tour includes some interactive 3-D models that are virtual reality compatible.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    nps.gov/casa/virtualtour.

    SEACREST WOLF PRESERVE Get to know the wolves of this Chipley preserve which started as a small rescue effort and has expanded into a large preserve dedicated to wolf and wildlife conservation. While the preserve is still closed for VIP tours, their staff has created a robust collection of videos explaining the species covering topics like care for their pups, anatomy and pack dynamics. Seacrest is home to 30 wolves (Gray, Arctic-Type and British Columbian) as well as small Florida native species such as foxes, raccoons, skunks and foxes.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    facebook.com/pg/seacrestwolfpreserve

    ART TALKS LIVE! & VIRTUAL ART CAMP The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is bringing their current exhibits to your home with a collection of live online forums about featured artists. The most recent presentation aired on May 7 and was hosted by Anissa Ford, the museum’s education director, who discussed the life and work of Gainesville artist Eddy Mumma. Mumma was a shut-in who painted more than 1,000 works but refused to sell any of them. His work was eventually discovered and 800 pieces were rescued from a dumpster and now hang in permanent museum homes. For more art from home, also check out their Facebook page for curator-led tours which include a  behind-the-scenes look at their collection in the vault. The museum also will be hosting a Virtual Art Camp in June to keep kids creating.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    gadsdenarts.org/education

    CADE AT HOME With home schooling wrapping up and summer camps canceled, virtual activities are a great way to keep kids engaged and active. Gaineville’s Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention has taken its “Think, Meet, Be” mission in exploring inventors and entrepreneurs to create a home-based program of easy to replicate STEAM lessons and activities for different age ranges. A Little Sparks (ages 0-4) activity may include a song and craft whereas a Tech & Design (ages 10 and up) track will teach simple 3-D coding used in Minecraft through an ongoing series of video lessons.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    cademuseum.org/cade-at-home

    PENSACOLA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM & VIRTUAL TOUR Again, the amount of great online activities that local museums are providing for children is a gold mine. The museum has 11 projects and frequently adds new ones to keep you coming back for more. Projects include making water fireworks, learning how to make your own jellyfish, or learning the basics of binary computer coding and decoding. Each activity has a downloadable activity sheet that includes a supply list, step-by-step instructions and fast facts related to that project. Did you know that 60,000 jellyfish have been in space? You didn’t, right? Not to worry, we’re all learning something new every day. Want to get out and explore? You can also do that from your computer because the site has a virtual tour of 15 downtown Pensacola historic sites.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    historicpensacola.org

    ARTS AT HOME Tallahassee’s Council on Cultural Arts has created a one-stop guide to virtual events in the local art, music, theater, education and literary community. From streaming a children’s storytime to offering private online arts lessons to learning a foreign language to screening an arthouse flick, there’s something for everyone in this easily searchable community calendar.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
     tallahasseearts.org/online-streaming

    VIRTUAL SCAVENGER HUNT Set the kids free on a virtual scavenger hunt through Jacksonville. They’ll get to explore historic sites like Kingsley Plantation and the Ritz Theatre and Museum, hot tourist spots like Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary and the Museum of Science and History, and kid-friendly favorites like Sweet Pete’s. Each attraction has a list to check off by using 360-degree video to explore the location. Find them all and win an #onlyinjax prize.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    visitjacksonville.com/virtual-scavenger-hunt

    VIRTUAL ASADO Master grilling tips will be dispensed, meats and seafood will be rendered deliciously over high (or low) heat and barbecue queens and kings can ask questions and talk virtually with other fans of the grilling community. Urban Asado, a St. Augustine retailer which specializes in Argentinian-style grills, went looking to unite a community in isolation and in doing so birthed a series of live, virtual grilling experiences that bring together local chefs and mixologists. Most of the grilling experiences are about 60 minutes. Previous videos can be viewed at facebook.com/UrbanAsado.
    When:
    Sundays, Facebook Live
    Web:
     facebook.com/UrbanAsado

    2020 SPRING MEMBERS SHOW — To allow for social distancing and quarantine rules, the annual spring members exhibit of the St. Augustine Art Association has become an online show. View more than 90 works of art created by local artists that celebrate St. Augustine, Florida’s lush natural world and the human form, many of which are available for purchase. This was a juried art show with monetary prizes awarded. Todd Lane’s sculpture “The Workin’ Man” was the best-in-show winner and Martha Ferguson’s oil painting “Afternoon Light” took first place. 
    When: Ongoing
    Web:
    staaa.org/spring-members-online

    MERMAID ENCOUNTERS — Sister of the Sea & The Dive Bar have brought back their Live Mermaid Encounters over the weekend. Enjoy outdoor drinks or fresh catch while watching the coastal comings and goings as mermaids also frolic in their saltwater pool. The bar has also added a Live Mermaid Cam so you can watch from your home. 
    When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 3-6 p.m. in Panama City Beach
    Web:
    sistersofthesea.net/#mermaid-encounters

    SOCIAL DISTANCING SUP EVENTS With the state reopening for outdoor recreation, now’s the time to look at activities like stand up paddle boarding that achieve social distancing all on its own. Join V-Star Fitness, out of St. Augustine, for sunset stand up paddle tours. SUP gear rental is included in the tour price and there’s no charge if participants have their own SUP gear but everyone must have a leash, personal flotation device and lighting (if it’s night tour).
    When:
    Ongoing in St. Augustine
    Web:
    vstarfitnessgroup.com

    SWEET SYMPHONY — Usually the summer months are the offseason for most symphony orchestras as they regroup and plan for the fall kickoff. With the 2020 season cut short, both Tallahassee and Jacksonville’s top talent are keeping fans in tune.

    • Jacksonville Symphony Live (Fridays at 8 p.m. on Facebook): The Jacksonville Symphony quickly embraced the virtual space and performed social-distanced, small group concerts when live performances were canceled in March. The orchestra, led by music director Courtney Lewis, have continued to entertain fans all summer with music premieres, cocktail recipes as well as interviews with local entrepreneurs about how music inspires their lives. Viewers can find themselves trapped in a rabbit hole as they catch up on past performances, meanwhile regulars wait each week for Friday night’s Facebook watch party.
      When: Fridays, 8 p.m.
      Where: Jacksonville
      Web: https://www.facebook.com/jaxsymphony

    • Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (anytime): Treat yourself to an evening of live music from the orchestra’s archives as you pick and choose pieces to suit your current mood. In keeping up with the final months that would have rounded out the season, the orchestra posted weekly selections each with a personal note from a member of the organization. From Mozart to Star Wars, there’s something for everyone. When:
      When: Anytime
      Where:  Tallahassee
      Web: https://www.tallahasseesymphony.org/tso-at-home

    MOCA JAX SMART ONLINE Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art has created a complete virtual museum experience that includes student sessions featuring University of North Florida artist spotlights, Micro Concerts which pair live music as a response to an artwork, North Florida artists’ studio tours artists and live art lessons.
    When:
    anytime
    Web:
    https://mocajacksonville.unf.edu/smART-ed

    MOCA JACKSONVILLE: ONLINE TOUR Although Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art has reopened for in-person visits and tours, they understand that many might still prefer to visit from the comfort of home. Virtual visitors will embark on a live 360-degree tour of the galleries led by either one of the museum’s curators or members of the educational team. The tour includes two temporary exhibits, Project Atrium: Rina Banerjee and Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Print Media; as well as the permanent collection.
    When:
    Tuesdays through Thursdays
    Where:
    virtual
    Web:
    https://mocajacksonville.unf.edu/visit

    SUNSHINE STATE BOOK FESTIVAL In 2020, Gainesville’s annual book fest normally featured 75 authors and 3,000 readers. Instead of canceling the annual event, the festival has created a virtual festival that includes 100 authors writing across 17 genres. Avid readers can “meet” each author through videos submitted specifically for the festival that are 2 to 15 minutes in length, a brief written bio and a selection of the author’s books that are available for purchase. The festival also features five guest speakers including fiction writer Laura Lee Smith and Alachua County’s Poet Laureate E. Stanley Richardson who have recorded longer videos. Instead of just a two-day event, the website will be live through June 30.
    When: through June 30
    Web: http://sunshinestatebookfestival.com

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