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 some 100 great performers from all over the world.
- Phillipe Obregon

 

Florida Events for August 2022

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

 KEY WEST LOBSTERFEST is the 25th iteration of all things crustacean and celebrates the start of the Florida Keys lobster season.
-Key West News Bureau

 

 

 

 

 

SOUTH FLORIDA
 

ART OF THE HOLLYWOOD BACKDROP: CINEMA’S CREATIVE LEGACY – This exhibition of original, historic backdrops from the MGM studio - long guarded as special effect secrets - transports viewers into cinematic history and reveals the technical painting and drawing virtuosity of artists created specifically for the camera's eye. Featuring original backdrops from iconic films such as "The Sound of Music," "Singin' in The Rain," "Ben-Hur," and "North by Northwest," take a step behind the curtain for an American art experience.
When: through Jan. 22
Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton
Web: https://bocamuseum.org/

THE DINNER DETECTIVE – Enjoy a yummy dinner and being a part of the show. Throughout the night, a “murder” will occur, hidden clues will be revealed and everyone present will try to crack the case. A prize package will be awarded to the Top Sleuth who gives the best answer before the killer is unmasked. But beware – the criminal is lurking somewhere in the room and you just might wind up being a prime suspect. Notes: Prop guns, loud simulated gunshots and short lighting blackouts are used as part of the performance. You must beat least 15 years old to attend.
When: Select Saturday nights through Dec. 17
Where: The Hilton Garden Inn, Fort Myers
Web: thedinnerdetective.com/fort-myers/murder-mystery-tickets-showtimes/

NICKELODEON’S TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SECRETS OF THE SEWER – If you have youngsters who haven’t yet been to the excellent Miami Children’s Museum, this would be the perfect time to go. Families will be transported to the underground home of the crime-fighting heroes to see what really happens in their secret hideaway. Turtles brothers Leonardo (the tactical, courageous leader in blue), Michelangelo (the free-spirited jokester in orange), Raphael (the aggressive tough guy in red), and Donatello (the scientist and technological genius in purple) invite families to their New York City sewer lair to train together and learn about the Turtles’ comedic, skillful strategies. Through team-building challenges, collaborative games and mind-teasing puzzles, attendees will learn skills to help them successfully work together. Here are a few examples: Build a “bridge” together and think creatively as a team to overcome challenges, assemble two electrical circuit puzzles by taking one apart to build another, plan ahead and use patience to navigate the rope maze, practice ninja speed and slicing skills while playing a dexterity-based computer game. Practice your balance on skateboards and create a sewer pipe together and see where it goes.
When: through Sept. 11
Where: Miami Children’s Museum, MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island, Miami
Web: miamichildrensmuseum.org

SOUTH FLORIDA ADVENTURE PASS – This will enable you to have unlimited admissions to four amazing and popular attractions in Broward County – Butterfly World, Flamingo Gardens, the Museum of Discovery and Science and the Sawgrass Recreation Center. The pass for people 13 and over is $50 and for people under 13 the cost is $40.
When: through Sept. 30
Where: The four attractions mentioned above.
Web: southfloridaadventurepass.com/

SPACE ADVENTURE – This exhibit covers 30,000 square feet and brings together more than 300 original NASA items that were part of a series of space missions in the 1960s. You’ll see a huge gallery of high-quality photos and videos, rockets, computers and space suits. Some of the objects made the trip to the moon. There is a Lunar area with a life-sized Lunar Module and Lunar Rover, an Apollo mission control center and an immersive room a simulating a departure to the moon.
When: through Sept. 15
Where: Mana Wynwood Convention Center, Miami
Web: spaceadventure.us

SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE EXHIBITION – This free-with-museum special exhibit features original manuscripts and period artifacts, investigative tools used by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s intrepid late-1890s London detective and interactive crime-solving opportunities. You’ll learn how Holmes, a scientist ahead of his time, used seemingly trivial observations to solve mysterious crimes. Pop culture enthusiasts will enjoy the exhibit’s final gallery, featuring all things “Sherlockian,” including card games, comics, magazines, radio scripts and movie and television show props.
When: through Sept.5
Where: Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Miami
Web: frostscience.org/exhibition/sherlock-holmes/

OOLITE ARTS EXHIBITS – Art Center/South Florida was created in 1984 but has changed its name to Oolite Arts to reflect its roots and mission. Oolite is a sedimentary rock formed by shells, corals and other organic material coming together. It is the bedrock of Miami, a fundamental part of its ecosystem. And, Oolite arts wants to be the bedrock of the visual arts in Miami, composed of residents, alumnae, curators and visitors. Two summer exhibits have opened with all this in mind: At the Edge, which features all female artists who use abstraction as a means to investigate and challenge the boundaries of material, process and the environment, and Lean-to, which displays work by 2022 artists-in-residence. The art is inspired by the architectural form of a lean-to.
When: through Sept. 11 for both exhibits
Where: Oolite Arts, Miami Beach
Web: oolitearts.org

MIAMI SPA MONTHS – Summer is here and it is starting to get hot. So, chill out indoors and pamper yourself at some of Miami’s world-famous luxury spas at discount prices.
When: August
Where: Various luxury spas throughout Miami-Dade County.
Web: miamispamonth.com

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: ongoing
Where: Florida Atlantic University campus, Boca Raton
Web: fau.edu/artsandletters/fogelman-sports-museum/

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 and first Sunday of each month.
Where: downtown Hollywood
Web: hollywoodfl.org

INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL OF MIAMI – Ballet and contemporary dance fans will once again be entertained at this multi-disciplinary event that features some 100 great performers from all over the world – this year, specifically from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal and the United States. There will be live performances, a Dance Film Series, art exhibits inspired by dance, book presentations, workshops and master classes. There are also virtual components to the festival.
When: through Aug. 14
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 25th iteration of all things crustacean and celebrates 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 11-14
Where: Various locations in Key West
Web: keywestlobsterfest.com

TRANQUIL TROPICS: THE ART OF TIM FORMAN & FRIENDS – This all-new summer art exhibit featuring Forman’s award-winning works and six other well-known local artists focuses on Florida’s tropical beauty and its conservation. Foreman, mostly a self-taught artist, uses field sketches, plein air paintings and photographs to compose his pieces that are painted in layers with both brush and knife. Visitors can donate $10 to the museum to be entered into a raffle to win one of Foreman’s original works.
When: through Sept. 11
Where: History Fort Lauderdale Museum, Fort Lauderdale
Web: historyfortlauderdale.org/museum/events/current-events

MIAMI SPICE – It’s not one, but two full months (August and September) of fantastic dining at some 200 restaurants and bistros. Three-course menus will be offered for lunches, brunches and dinners. Lunches and brunches will be $28 and new this year will be an option of $45 or $60 for dinner.
When: Aug. 1-Sept. 30
Where: Participating restaurants in Miami Beach and Miami
Web: iLoveMiamiSpice.com

THE PALM BEACHES RESTAURANT MONTH – Participating restaurants will offer multi-course, prix-fixe menus, giving visitors and locals the opportunity to indulge in the best of dining in the Palm Beaches. The menus will highlight delicious pairings presented by the best chefs in the area, both new to the culinary scene and from years past. Pop-up artwork across Palm Beach County will add to the ambiance.
When: Aug. 1-31
Where: Participating restaurants throughout Palm Beach County
Web: thepalmbeaches.com/top-event/palm-beaches-restaurant-month

MARISOL AND WARHOL TAKE NEW YORK – This exhibit explores the parallel rise to success of Andy Warhol and the Paris-born French artist known simply by her first name, Marisol. It shows the blossoming of their early artistic practices from 1960 to 1968. Marisol held a central position in the New York art scene and American Pop movement. Over time, she was written out of the white male-dominated pop movement. By placing her work in dialog with Warhol’s, the exhibit seeks to reclaim the importance of her work.
When: through Sept. 4
Where: Perez Art Museum, Miami
Web: pamm.org/en/exhibition/marisol-and-warhol-take-new-york/#gallery

KEYWEST BICENTENNIAL EXHIBIT – Key West turned 200 years old this year and this exhibit highlights its people, history and culture, beginning with the settlers and government officials who arrived at the then remote island in early 1822. The exhibit is divided by decades and emphasizes many of the significant events and people that helped make the island what it is today. Visitors to the exhibit will learn how Key West grew during its history through development and changes in migration patterns, advances in transportation and commerce, and historical milestones like the Civil War, the Great Depression and World War II.  Centerpiece artifacts include sponging equipment; cigar roller tables and tools; 19th century home wares, clothing, journals and photographs; Overseas Railway memorabilia; Ernest Hemingway’s boxing gloves; Native American tools; Key West Hand Print dresses, and artwork created by Cuban-American folk artist Mario Sanchez.
When: through Dec. 11
Where: The Custom House Museum, Key West
Web: www.kwahs.org/exhibitions/keywest200

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

  • IFE-ILE Afro Cuban Dance Festival: This year’s theme is “Dance Untamed: Rituals of Resistance for the 21st Century.” The festival will feature dance workshops in Afrocuban dance (oricha, rumba, palo, yuka and arara), guest styles (Afro fusion, Cubaton, Afro-modern, belly dance and Haitian), timba, drumming, academic panels (live and virtual) and Afro-contemporary dance. There will also be live performances, after parties, lectures and children’s activities.
    When: Aug. 3-6
    Where: History Miami Museum and the Koubek Center, Miami
    Web: ife-ile.org/festival/festival.htm
  • 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. Rise Above will be presented, featuring renowned native artists from Cuba, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Haiti, the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal.
    When: Aug. 5-7
    Where: Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Miami
    Web: adddff.delouafrica.org
  • Miami Beach Kizomba Festival: It 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. 25-29
    Where: Eden Roc Hotel, Miami Beach
    Web: thembkf.com

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/

FLOTSAM FAUNA – Ten sculpture displays made of ocean debris and salvaged plastics created by artists Kurt and Manon Weiss are the main attraction. A “Pollution Solutions” exhibit will also be featured. A narrated train tour, other gallery displays and specialty weekend programming are included in the admission price.
When: through Sept. 5
Where: Flamingo Gardens Botanical Gardens & Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary, Davie
Web: www.flamingogardens.org/events/

THE ANDES TO THE CARIBBEAN: ART OF THE SPANISH AMERICAS FROM THE THOMA COLLECTION – Featured are paintings from Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Cuba and Puerto Rico, dating from about 1600 to 1850. Many of the works reflect the powerful role of the Catholic Church during three centuries of Spanish rule. The variety of styles underlines the diversity among works of art broadly called “Spanish Colonial.”
When: through Sept. 4
Where: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami
Web: frost.fiu.edu/

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. 10-14
Where: Various locations in Key West
Web: gaykeywestfl.com

 The SARASOTA SLAM draws more than 500 anglers each year to compete for more than $500,000 in cash prizes and support local charity organizations.
-Sarasota Slam

 

 

CENTRAL FLORIDA
 

TAMPA THEATRE SUMMER CLASSICS MOVIE SERIES – If you’re looking for a cool, dark escape from the summer heat, head to the beautiful and iconic Tampa Theatre, a historic landmark which begins its Summer Classics series the first weekend of June. Revisit old scenes you forgot, silently recite your favorite lines while you munch on popcorn and reminisce with old favorites such as “In the Heat of the Night,” “Stand By Me,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Blazing Saddles” and a sing-along version of “West Side Story.”
When: Sundays through August
Where: Tampa Theatre, downtown Tampa
Web: http://tampatheatre.org/movie-categories/summer-classics/

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL – One of EPCOT’s biggest draws, the Food & Wine Festival kicks off in July for a four-month celebration of gourmet dishes and desserts from around the worlds, as well as every type of libation from French wine to Belgian beer to hot Japanese sake. Visit the park for the rides and attractions, and linger for the around-the-world flavors and aromas that highlight various customs and cultures to suit each palate.
When: through Nov. 19
Where: EPCOT, Lake Buena Vista
Web: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival/

TAMPA THEATRE SUMMER CLASSICS MOVIE SERIES – If you’re looking for a cool, dark escape from the summer heat, head to the beautiful and iconic Tampa Theatre, a historic landmark which revives the oldies each year during its Summer Classics series. Revisit old scenes you forgot, silently recite your favorite lines while you munch on popcorn and reminisce with old favorites such as “Stand By Me,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Blazing Saddles” and a sing-along version of “West Side Story.”
When: Sundays through August
Where: Tampa Theatre, downtown Tampa
Web: http://tampatheatre.org/movie-categories/summer-classics/

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 INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL – Founded on the principles of outside-the-box thinking and performing versus the traditional arts festival, Tampa Fringe is 10 days of skits, storytelling, comedy, musical acts, burlesque, magic tricks and other creative works spread among various stages. This year’s fest features a bigger-than-ever Kids Fringe with the disabilities-focused Theatre eXceptional performing A Goofy Musical as well as free story time sessions and arts & crafts stations.
When: through Aug. 7
Where: Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City, Tampa
Web: https://tampafringe.org/

SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK – This three-day, camping-optional outdoor festival in the wooded terrain of Brooksville pays an excellent homage to the revolutionary 1969 concert event with a lineup of soul, funk, rock and blues bands, vendors selling both vegan and carnivore dishes, yoga, a hippie costume contest and more. There will be plenty of kid-friendly activities to do onsite while the adults can re-live the days of the free-spirited 60s and 70s among the rustic, rolling hills of Sertoma Youth Ranch. Pets are welcome, and in fact, this year there’s a “Hippie Hound Pooch Parade” and costume contest.
When: Aug. 12-14
Where: Sertoma Youth Ranch, Brooksville
Web: https://spiritofwoodstock.org/

11TH ANNUAL GREAT ST. PETE CUPCAKE CONTEST – Cupcake lovers and bakers come together for this delicious, decadent contest highlighting all flavors and colors of the rainbow. Up to one hundred bakers will enter this annual competition for best creation in categories such as novice, professional, specialty, people’s choice and youth/teen. Go home with a box of 12 or 24 cupcakes (depending on which entry ticket you buy) and enjoy a wild array of combinations. To give you an idea: Last year’s winners included Red Velvet with Activated Charcoal Frosting and Chocolate Guinness Pretzel Cake.
When: Aug. 27
Where: Morean Center for Clay, St. Petersburg
Web: https://moreanartscenter.org/11th-annual-great-st-pete-cupcake-contest/

SUMMER RUM & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – Sample different rums and rum cocktails while enjoying a Jimmy Buffet tribute band and noshing on crab legs, lobster rolls and other seafood dishes. Check out the hourly crab races and take photos with a strolling pirate and pirate ship, all taking place among the more than 100 shops of the Tampa Premium Outlets complex.
When:  Aug. 27
Where: Tampa Premium Outlets, Lutz
Web: https://www.facebook.com/events/tampa-premium-outlets/summer-rum-seafood-festival/433140235241079/

FLORIDA KIDS AND FAMILY EXPO – Returning for a sixth year, this back-to-school event provides a large air-conditioned space where children can play, bounce, create, discover, eat, explore and have fun while you gather new ideas and learn about enriching and exciting programs for all ages. It’s a great way to spend the day and you’ll walk away with a year full of prospects to get your family more involved in athletics, arts, music and more. New this year: A Baby Zone with products, samples, information and ideas for prenatal parents.
When: Aug. 20-21
Where: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando
Web: https://mycentralfloridafamily.com/orlando-expo/

SARASOTA SLAM – One of southwest Florida’s more well-known fishing tournaments, the Sarasota Slam draws more than 500 anglers each year to compete for more than $500,000 in cash prizes and support local charity organizations. 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.
When: Aug. 23-27
Where: Marina Jack, Sarasota
Web: https://www.sarasotaslam.com/

GECKO CRAWL & GECKO BALL – Leading up to Gulport’s famously unusual Gecko Fest, this small waterfront town gets ready to mark the end of summer with an evening bar crawl including a poker run with prizes, followed by the Gecko Ball that includes dancing, live music, snacks, a costume contest and a Gecko Queen Coronation. This year’s theme is “Game Night,” which is sure to draw some creative game-themed hats, dresses, tuxedos and other fun accessories.
When: Aug. 13 & 27
Where: Gulfport Historic Waterfront and Gulfport Casino
Web: http://geckofest.com/

SURREAL SUMMER NIGHTS AT THE DALI – As part of The Dalí Museum’s Summer Jam Series, this iconic St. Petersburg architectural gem keeps its doors open after-hours for this special event featuring a live DJ, lights, dancing, mingling and some specialty “surreal” cocktails served at the Café Gala. Guests can also enjoy a reduced admission to enjoy the museum’s permanent collection of more than 2,400 Salvador Dalí works.
When: Aug. 18
Where: The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg
Web: https://thedali.org/event/surreal-summer-nights-at-the-dali-8-18-22

MOUNT DORA FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN ART SHOW, SALE & BENEFIT – Get the chance to meet living history while taking in the original artwork that brought fame to the Florida Highwaymen, a group of self-taught African American painters who sold their artwork out of their cars from the 1950s through the 1980s. Meet two of the original 26 Highwaymen artists, Isaac Knight and Roy McLendon, as well as some 2nd generation Highwaymen and Highwaymen legacy artists who will be on-site to discuss their work. Admission is free.
When: Aug. 13
Where: Donnelly Park Pavillion, Downtown Mount Dora
Web: https://www.mountdora.com/events/details/mount-dora-florida-highwaymen-art-show-sale-benefit-08-13-2022-3721

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 Ocean coastline. Tour the world-famous lighthouse museum and enjoy living history interpretations, hands-on workshops, and special kids’ craft workshops, all included in the price of regular admission.
When: Aug. 6
Where: Ponce DeLeon Inlet Lighthouse, Ponce Inlet
Web: https://www.ponceinlet.org/National-Lighthouse-Day-7-10731.html

NEW SMYRNA BEACH SHRIMP & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – One of New Smyrna Beach’s main roads closes to traffic for an evening so hungry festival-goers can sample award-winning seafood dishes from some of the town’s best restaurants. Top chefs and cooks will be competing for best shrimp, shellfish, fish, and specialty seafood, with all dishes priced between $5 and $8 so guests can get their fill. The evening also includes crafts booths, live entertainment and local business vendors.
When: Aug. 4
Where: Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
Web: https://flaglerave.com/event/15th-annual-new-smyrna-beach-shrimp-seafood-festival/

BACKYARD BAZAAR – Take advantage of the cooler temperatures around sundown at this interesting and fun nighttime market, which happens the first Saturday of each month in downtown New Port Richey. Find unique home goods, gifts, clothing, jewelry, used books, homemade candles, woodwork furniture and wall art, gourmet jams and honeys, pottery, plants and more, all sold by local and regional artisans and crafters.
When: Aug. 6
Where: Nebraska Avenue, New Port Richey
Web: https://backyard-bazaar.com/

TAMPA THEATRE SUMMER CLASSICS MOVIE SERIES – If you’re looking for a cool, dark escape from the summer heat, head to the beautiful and iconic Tampa Theatre, a historic landmark which revives the oldies each year during its Summer Classics series. Revisit old scenes you forgot, silently recite your favorite lines while you munch on popcorn and reminisce with old favorites. August’s showings include “Casablanca,” “All That Jazz,” and “Blazing Saddles.”
When: Sundays in August
Where: Tampa Theatre, downtown Tampa
Web: http://tampatheatre.org/movie-categories/summer-classics/

SIP & STROLL invites you to enjoy a casual night out on the downtown Jacksonville waterfront during the monthly happy hour-esque event.
-Sip & Stroll

 

 

NORTH FLORIDA
 

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

ANIMATIONLAND — Inspire your future “Walt Disney” with a visit to the Cade Museum for this interactive, immersive exhibit on the art of storytelling. Guests are encouraged to use their imagination as they develop their own animated production by learning the step-by-step processes for storyboarding, sketching, stop-motion filming and more. The special exhibit from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will be at the Cade through Jan. 1.
When: through Jan. 1
Where: Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention, Gainesville
Web: https://www.cademuseum.org

BUDDHA AND SHIVA, LOTUS AND DRAGON — Explore the diversity of Asian art at this special exhibit of 67 masterpieces collected by John D. Rockefeller III and his wife, Blanchette, on loan from the city of New York. The collection includes sculptures, bronzes and ceramics that range from the late 6th century BCE to the early 19th century and come from Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam. Attend one of the museum’s special events that have been paired with the exhibit like the Asian Cocktail Experience with Local Mixologists and Wildcrafters (Aug. 5), a Heartfulness Meditation (Aug. 16), the Clay Lotus Flower Tealight Holder Youth Workshop (Aug. 27) or a lecture on Buddhist Compassion (Sept. 2).
When: through Sept. 18
Where: Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville
Web: https://www.cummermuseum.org/visit/art/exhibition/buddha-shiva-lotus-dragon

BLUE ANGELS PRACTICE SCHEDULE — This is your chance to catch the world-famous Blue Angels practicing from their home base above the National Naval Aviation Museum as they prep for the annual air show circuit. You’ll see daredevil tricks and tight formations as they wind along the coastline. Department of Defense ID card holders and their guests can attend the practice session at the museum. The practice on August 24 also includes an autograph session.
When: Aug. 2, 23-24, 30-31
Where: Pensacola
Web: https://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/blueangels

WAUSAU POSSUM FESTIVAL — Who doesn’t want to participate in the annual Hog Callin’, Rooster Crowin’ and Cow Lowin’ contests? And, why is Wausau’s most famous annual event named after a marsupial? Turns out they thrive in the one blinking light town in the central Panhandle. What else should you expect? A possum sighting or two! Plus, the Possum Trot 5K Run/Walk, a post-run Pancake Breakfast, the annual Possum Parade, and the Possum/Quilt Auction. This year’s live entertainment lineup includes Neal James, Anthony Severson and Cody Boyett. There also will be the crowning of the Possum King and Queen, pony rides, inflatables, arts and crafts vendors and more. Don’t forget no visit to the Possum Festival is complete with getting your pic taken in front of the Possum Monument at Town Hall.
When: Aug. 6
Where: Wausau
Web: https://visitwcfla.com/events/wausau-possum-festival

OVER THE MOON — With hundreds of miles of coastline, the Sunshine State is a beacon for lighthouse lovers. But a chance to catch the bird’s eye views during a full moon each month is even more spectacular. Full moon tours usually fill up quickly so reserve your space early.  

  • Crooked River Lighthouse (Carrabelle, Aug. 11): Celebrate the Sturgeon Moon from 103 feet above the beach on the circular parapet of the tallest lighthouse on the Forgotten Coast. All climbers must be at least 44 inches tall and there will be a time limit for viewing at the top during the Full Moon Climb. Tours also include the Keeper’s House Museum which has the lighthouse’s original Fourth Order Fresnel lens made in Paris in 1894 on display. https://www.crookedriverlighthouse.com/full-moon-climb 
  • Cape St. George Light (St. George Island, Aug. 11): Enjoy views of St. George Island, the Gulf of Mexico and Apalachicola Bay from the top of St. George Island’s new lighthouse. After the lighthouse, originally built in 1833, succumbed to erosion the current lighthouse was rebuilt using the original plans obtained from the National Archives and using as much of the preserved original materials as possible. Guests will ascend and descend the tower in small groups during the Sunset and Full Moon Climb and will have a time allotment at the top. https://www.stgeorgelight.org 
  • St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum (St. Augustine, Aug. 11): With 219 spiral steps and its distinctive its black and white candy-cane stripes and red top, St. Augustine’s tower is one of the most iconic lighthouses in the state. Thus making it a memorable locale to watch the sky change as sunset bleeds into moonrise. The monthly Sunset Moonrise Climb also includes a champagne toast and light hors d’oeuvres. https://www.staugustinelighthouse.org

INTERNATIONAL BEACH GAMES — Do you think you have the best spike on the beach volleyball court; or have perfected your open stone throw? Florida’s Sunshine State Games Olympic-style competition heads along the surf to the sugar soft sand beaches of Panama City for the three days of competition. Registration is open for Beach Soccer Beach Volleyball and the Highland Games. The Highland Games throwing competitions include Open Stone, Heavy Weight for Distance, Light Weight for Distance, Heavy Hammer, Caber, Sheaf and Weight Over Bar. Kilts are not required to compete, but look fantastic in all the photos.
When: Aug. 12-14
Where: Panama City Beach
Web: https://sunshinestategames.com/beach-games

SIP & STROLL — Enjoy a casual night out on the downtown Jacksonville waterfront during the monthly happy hour-esque event. You’ll be able to cruise the southbank riverwalk while enjoying handcrafted specialty cocktails featuring Jacksonville’s Manifest Distillery, listening to live music and enjoying local eats while taking in the sunset. Guests can take a break at the picnic area or enjoy a beverage while they walk as long as it’s in a branded Sip & Stroll cup. Lawn chairs, picnic blankets and dogs are welcome.
When: Aug. 18
Where: Jacksonville
Web: https://downtownjacksonville.org/sipandstroll

JACKSONVILLE TATTOO CONVENTION — Show off your ink and get inspiration for your next work of body art at Jacksonville’s annual convention featuring more than 60 tattoo artists and shops from Miami to California. The convention also includes live tattooing, meet-and-greets, vendors, special guests and parties.
When: Aug. 19-21
Where: World Golf Village, St. Augustine
Web: http://www.setattoo.com

CARIBE — Celebrate the history, culture, music and folklife of the Caribbean islands at this one-day family fest at the FAMU Way Market Area. All guests can allow their creativity to shine by donning masks and costumes for the parade led by a band. Also includes food and drink vendors, arts and crafts, live performances and more.
When: Aug. 20
Where: Railroad Square Art Park, Tallahassee
Web: https://www.tallahasseearts.org/event/caribe-palance-in-the-park

KAYAKING DEEP CREEK — Exploring the freshwater ecosystem of Deep Creek is perfect for novice paddlers or those looking for a gentle trip with very little tidal flow that is also protected from the coastal high winds. The launch site opens onto the St. Johns River and scenic waterways meander through the old Florida wilderness with frequent sightings of turtles, alligators, water birds. Lucky paddlers might even spy a manatee or river otter. Earth Kinship’s kayak tours feature single or tandem Wilderness kayaks and they’ll provide all the necessary gear. Advance reservations are required.
When: Aug. 20
Where: Deep Creek Kayak Launch, St. Augustine
Web: https://www.earthkinship.us

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