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

At the NoCo Center in Jacksonville, you'll find the BEYOND KING TUT: THE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE, inviting you to descend into King Tut’s burial tomb to trace the 3,300-year-old story of the Egyptian pharaoh’s birth, life and death through nine, multi-sensory galleries.

 

Florida Events for May and June 2023

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

 CORALPALOOZA makes going green fun with a day dedicated to promoting awareness and preserving the third largest coral reef on earth.

 

SOUTH FLORIDA
 

BAHAMA VILLAGE: RELICS OF A FADING COMMUNITY – Bahama Village was a thriving neighborhood in Key West from the early 1800s to the early 1900s. It consisted of Black Bahamians, Black Cubans, Chinese and other groups of color. These settlers were great contributors to Key West’s development. This museum exhibit contains never-before-on-view objects that tell the inspiring history and culture of the island’s first residents of color.
When: through May 21
Where: Key West Museum of Art & History

LITTLE HAITI BOOK FESTIVAL – There is a stellar, fun-filled lineup for this off-shoot of the Miami Book Festival. All in one day, here is just some of what is happening: Local authors and publishers featuring books in Haitian-Creole, English and French, DJ Nickymix, four workshops (Haitian modern dance; Introduction to Haitian Theater: Exploring Culture and Language through Performance; From Script to Screen: Navigating Film Project Management for Beginners and Meditation, and Yoga for all ages) and two panels (Building a Healthy Future: A Discussion on Environmental Sustainability in Haiti and Chaos and Community: The Impact of New Immigration Laws on Haitian Refugees in the U.S.). Don’t forget Children’s Alley, which always has a ton of activities for the youngsters, including storytelling and free books.
When: May 7 in person and online on May 21 and May 28
Where: Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami
Web: miamibookfair.com/littlehaiti/

MOSAIC IN THE PALM BEACHES – Enjoy a month-long celebration of shows, art, ideas and culture at some of Palm Beach County’s best attractions and museums at discounted prices. Here are some of past participants: Armory Art Center, Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Cox Science Center & Aquarium, Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, Lighthouse Art Center Gallery & School of Art, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Mounts Botanical Garden, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Resource Depot,Taras Oceanographic Foundation and Yesteryear Village Living History Village. Check closer to the event for additional groups.
When: Most are May 1-31, but some may extend further than that.
Where: Various locations in Palm Beach County
Web: mosaicpbc.com

HYUNDAI AIR & SEA SHOW – Also known as A National Salute to America’s Heroes, it honors and showcases the men, women, technology and equipment from all five branches of the United States Military and police, firefighters and their first responder agencies. The in-the-air events are spectacular, with the Air Force providing most of the action (the F-35 Lightning II, a B-52 Bomber, the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the  A-10 Thunderbolt, to name a few). But wait, there’s more: offshore powerboat racing, extreme water sports, the Monster Energy Freestyle demo steam, a kids fun zone, a drone light show and a four-block long interactive, military display village. The music features military bands and country music stars Big & Rich. The show will end with a night-pyro demonstration by the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team kicking off a fireworks extravaganza. There are several VIP packages to consider.
When: May 27-28
Where: Miami Beach
Web: usasalute.com

OCEAN BREWS & BLUES BEER FEST – Spend a day at the beach and sample an assortment of more than 100 beers form some of America’s finest craft breweries while listening to a variety of blues performers and bands. Lots of good food will be on hand, as will arts and crafts vendors.
When: May 20
Where: Deerfield Beach
Web: deerfield-beach.com/1601/Ocean-Brews-Blues

DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND CRAFT FESTIVAL – If you haven’t been to this bustling but pretty city in a while, this would be a good time to go. Paintings, jewelry, glass work and pottery are just few of the kinds of things you will be able to explore and purchase. It also includes a Green Market with gourmet sauces, handmade soaps and orchids.
When: May 27-28
Where: Delray Beach Tennis Center
Web: artfestival.com/festivals/25th-annual-downtown-delray-beach-memorial-day-weekend-craft-festival

AFRO NATION AFRO BEATS FESTIVAL –If you are into Afrobeats, hip hop, R&B, dancehall, amapiano and afro house music, this one is for you. This year’s lineup includes Burna Boy, WizKid, Rema, Asake, Beenie Man, Dadju, Ckay, Franglish, BNXN, Black Sherif, Nelson Freitas, Gyakie, Nissi, Major League DJZ, Uncle Waffles, Focalistic, Musa Keys, Vigro Deep, DBN Gogo, Kelvin Momo, Skyla Tylaa, DJ Walgee and Aya. DJS and hosts are Uncle Vinny, DJ Prince and ECool.
When: May 27-28
Where: loanDepot Park, Miami
Web: miamiandbeaches.com/event/afro-nation-afro-beats-festival/18803

THE HOME & DESIGN REMODELING SHOW – Every year, this show always features 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.
When: May 26-29
Where: Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach
Web: homeshows.net

SWEETHEAT MIAMI – A popular Pride celebration that was created by women for women, Sweetheat Miami consists of a week’s worth of pool parties, speed dating, nightlife parties, DJs, live music and dancing. Women from all over the world attend this gathering, which is expected to attract about 40,000 people.
When: May 16-22
Where: Various locations in South Beach, Wynwood, Hialeah and downtown Miami
Web: sweetheatmiami.com

REDLAND INTERNATIONAL ORCHID FESTIVAL – It will feature more than 50 booths of educational exhibits and vendors exhibiting an array of orchid species and hybrids. Learn about orchid caretaking through grower demonstrations and lectures. Watch as vendors and exhibitors vie for titles in an event judged by the American Orchid Society. There will also be international food for purchase. Everyone who buys a ticket in advance is automatically entered in one of two raffles. A second opportunity to enter is given to everyone who buys a ticket at the gate and fills out a raffle ticket. You could be the winner of scores of orchid plants, crafts and supplies.
When: May 19-21
Where: Fruit & Spice Park, Redland
Web: redlandorchidfestival.com

MIAMI FASHION WEEK – It goes beyond the runway to generate a mix between fashion, beauty, music, art, gastronomy, luxury and lifestyle. At press time, the runway shows and other events had not yet been announced, but check the website closer to the event for details.
When: May 23-June 2
Where: Various locations in Miami and Miami Beach
Web: miamifashionweek.com

I.CARE TRASH DERBY – Take a break from you vacation in the Keys or just head on down to do a good dead for our oceans and/or beaches. The derby includes one and a half days of debris collection, followed by a family friendly festival that includes, food, music, games, an awards ceremony, raffles, a silent auction and environmentally-minded vendors.
When: May 11-13
Where: Offshore and the beaches at Islamorada for the trash collecting and Founders Park in Islamorada for the festival
Web: icaretrashderby.com

HAITIAN HERITAGE MONTH – Pompano Beach, just north of Fort Lauderdale, has become a happening, diverse city and continues that tradition with a month-long series of events for Haitian Heritage Month. Featured will be art, poetry, films, music and dance.
When: The entire month of May
Where: Various locations in Pompano Beach
Web: pompanobeachfl.gov/events/hh-month

CORALPALOOZA – Looking for an eco-vacation? This one certainly fills the bill. You’ll have a great time and do a lot of good at the same time. The Coral Restoration Foundation is hosting a day dedicated to promoting awareness and preserving the third largest coral reef on earth. Activities will range from helping shore up coral tree nurseries, monitoring existing colonies and out-planting threatened species of corals.  Note: You must be dive-certified to participate.  Reservations are already underway and spots fill up quickly, so don’t hesitate if you want to participate.
When: June 10
Where: Throughout the Florida Keys
Web: coralrestoration.org

AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL – It is dedicated to empowering Black talent by providing a platform for up-and-coming artists and entertainment content by and about people of African descent. There will be five days of screenings, master classes, talent showcases, parties and a variety of networking events. Screenings will include a Hollywood release along with studio premieres and independent films.
When: June 14-18 followed by a virtual streaming segment from June 19-25
Where: Various locations in Miami Beach
Web: abff.com/miami/

BLACK THEATRE FRINGE JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS – This four-day gathering gives people the chance to see main-stage works by playwrights in the local Broward County arts community. These are never-seen before works by writers at all levels of their careers. There are also master classes featuring playwrights, producers, directors, teaching artists and actors. There is an outdoor event on the final day, featuring a parade, food trucks and arts & crafts vendors.
When: June 7-10
Where: Liberia Sankofa Cultural Center, Hollywood
Web: Black Theatre Fringe Festival of SoFlo 2023 - FESTIVAL TICKETS Tickets Eventbrite

I LOVE STOCK ISLAND FESTIVAL – Right before you get to Key West, you have to go through Stock Island, a community that tends to be residential in character with a year-round population. It is home to a thriving artist community and lots of friendly folks. You might want to put this five-day festival on your to-see list. Here are some of the events: a food truck tour, “dive-in” movie (watch while soaking or floating in a pool), an art stroll open house, a taste of Stock Island food tour, a farmers market, lots of live music, a Stock Island history tour, an authentic Cuban pig roast and beach party, a family day (with archery, horse shoes face painting, animal feeding and a picnic lunch), a Father’s Day fish fry and beach party and a Father’s Day fishing derby.
When: June 14-18
Where: Various locations in Stock Island and some in Key West
Web: ilovestockisland.org

FOUNDER’S DAY AT WHITEHALL – Once a year, you can gain access to one of Florida’s great museums for free. Founder’s Day is in honor of the Flagler Museum’s founder, Jean Flagler Matthews, who rescued the estate from demolition and established the museum on June 5, 1959.  Whitehall’s first and second floors will be open, as will Henry Flagler’s personal Railcar 91on the Flagler Kenan Pavilion.
When: June 5
Where: Flagler Museum at Whitehall, Palm Beach
Web: flaglermuseum.us

LGBTQ PRIDE MONTH EVENTS – The Stonewall Riots, also called the Stonewall Uprising, began in the early hours of June 28, 1969, when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village. The raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents as police hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement. In recognition of that, June has been designated LGBTQ Pride Month. Here are some of the events in South Florida:

  • Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Street festival & Parade –It’s a one-day blast with live music, a marketplace featuring vendors selling arts & crafts, food trucks and a Kids Zone. The highlight of the event, of course, is the float-laden parade in the evening.
         When: June 17
         Where: Downtown Wilton Manors
         Web: wiltonmanorsstonewall.com
  • Key West Pride – The festival typically includes pool parties at guest houses and emporiums, drag shows, a street fair on Duval Street, nighttime soirees at local clubs, a burlesque show and a lively “Rainbow Roast.”
         When: June 7-11
         Where: Various locations in Key West locations
         Web: gaykeywestfl.com/pride/
  • Naples Pride – It celebrates diversity and unity, educates the community on LGBTQ issues to promote equal rights for all. It’s an all-inclusive family-friendly event that is open to everybody and will feature entertainers, speakers, musicians, performers, vendors, exhibitors, activities for kids and food and drink
    When: June 10
    Where: Cambier Park, Naples
    Web: naplespride.org
  • Wynwood Pride Music Festival– Organizers are calling this their largest gathering yet, promising international headlining drag performers, concerts, DJs, state of the art production, a unique vendors market and a non-profit Community Village.
    When: June 10-11
    Where: A venue to be announced in the Wynwood area of Miami
    Web: tixr.com/groups/engagelive/events/wynwood-pride-2023-38929

MANGO FEST KEY WEST – Mango fans, head south! All things mango will be celebrated at this five-day event. Find out all the things you can do with a mango. There will be culinary and cocktail demos galore. The highlight of the gathering is the Vendors Village on Saturday, featuring mango trees for sale, arts & crafts, a farmers’ market and lots of activities for kids. The finale is the Mango Brunch on Sunday. There is also a mango photo contest.
When: June 22-25
Where: Various locations in Key West
Web: mangofestkeywest.com

CAPTIVAVILLE SONGWRITERS WEEKEND – It will be 72 hours of sun, fun, live music and one of the biggest pool parties of the year on Captiva Island. In the past, the music tended to be mostly country, but as of press time there were no details on the number of bands or what kind of music will be featured this year. Check the web site below closer to the event for more details.
When: June 16-18
Where: Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa, Captiva Island
Web:  tween-waters.com/captivaville/

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY’S BIG SUMMER – Two plays and a big band concert will be presented at the Boca Raton college’s Festival Repertory Theatre this summer. The plays are “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” by John Bishop and the world-famous “A Chorus Line” by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante). The big band concert will feature the Florida Wind Symphony and Jazz Orchestra, a professional ensemble-in-residence at FAU. The band will present an evening of hits from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, including songs by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman.
When: Various dates from June 10 through July 30
Where: The Marleen Forkas Studio One Theatre for the two plays and the University Theatre for the big band concert
Web: fau.edu/artsandletters/festivalrep/

COLLEGE OF THE FLORIDA KEYS SWIM AROUND KEY WEST – If you are up for an athletic-type vacation, you might want to try the 12.5-mile swim around Key West. The Atlantic Ocean water is pristine and you can see fish, coral and maybe even some turtles if you look close enough. Dolphins may even try to join in, too. If you don’t want to swim that many miles, there are smaller races – 6.1 miles, 2 miles, 1 mile and  800 yards.
When: The main swim is June 17, but there are also events on June 16 and June 18
Where: Starting and ending at Smathers Beach, Key West
Web: www.swimaroundkeywest.org

 SILVER SPURS RODEO is a thrilling semi-annual Osceola County tradition not to be missed.

CENTRAL FLORIDA
 

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

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

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

MAYFAIRE BY-THE-LAKE – One of Central Florida’s largest and oldest free outdoor art festivals, the 52-year-old Mayfaire By-the-Lake features more than 150 artist booths along the shores of beautiful Lake Morton. Check out thought-proving and fun works of art from painters, sculptors, etchers, glass blowers, photographers and other artisans from all over the country and enjoy the beautiful lakeside atmosphere. Don’t miss the belly dancers, musicians and other performers while you’re there, and grab lunch from one of the gourmet food trucks.
When:  May 13-14
Where: Lake Morton, downtown Lakeland
Web: https://www.mayfairebythelake.org/

ORLANDO CARNIVAL DOWNTOWN – Continuing its run of more than three decades, the multicultural Orlando Carnival Downtown returns, celebrating Caribbean life and customs with an entire weekend of brilliantly colored, feather- and sequin-adorned costumes, dancing, rhythmic music, spicy dishes and cocktails. This family-friendly event includes masquerade bands, DJs, pageantry and aromatic Caribbean street food treats from Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados and other Caribbean nations.
When: May 26-28
Where: Downtown Orlando
Web: www.orlandocarnivaldowntown.com

MAYFEST – As the school year winds down and the weather starts to transition into summertime heat, check out this family- and pet-friendly urban market with arts and crafts tents, live painting demonstrations, street musicians and bands and food trucks and vendors selling fresh-squeezed juices, seafood and BBQ dishes and hot and cold sweet treats. The fest invites local artists, jewelry makers, crafters and hobbyists of all ages to sell their wares in a downtown setting that’s close to Tampa’s Riverwalk and other city attractions.
When: May 28
Where: Perry Harvey Sr. Park, downtown Tampa
Web: https://www.facebook.com/events/228246232938225

ORLANDO FRINGE – This 14-day arts festival celebrates its 32nd 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, as well as a free outdoor music festival at Loch Haven Park. Kids Fringe for children and families also returns, as well as Fringers of the Future for teens, bringing entertaining performances by young artists, along with workshops, hands-on art activities and more.
When: May 16-29
Where: Various venues, Orlando
Web: https://orlandofringe.org/may/

WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE –A star-studded lineup of rock ‘n roll’s hottest bands come together to blow some minds in this epic, four-day outdoor music concert returning to the Daytona International Speedway. This year’s lineup includes Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Evanescence, Queens of the Stone Age, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Tool, Avenged Sevenfold and dozens more. The site offers surrounding campground rentals , various food and bar vendors throughout the property, and a Ferris wheel, waterslide and other fun attractions.
When: May 18-21
Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach
Web: https://welcometorockville.com/

ST. PETE TACOS & TEQUILA FESTIVAL – Get your taco fix and cool down with an ice-cold margarita at this two-day waterfront festival devoted to food, music and fun. More than two dozen food trucks and vendors will be selling tortillas stuffed with everything from tofu to seafood to carne asada, as well as other treats such as ice cream and donuts. Beer, wine, tequila and cocktails will also be available, and guests can enjoy live music by four bands playing on stage, keeping the mood festive and crowds dancing. Leashed dogs are allowed, and kids 13 and under are free.
When: May 13-14
Where: Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg
Web: https://www.stpetetacos.com/

16th ANNUAL HURRICANE PARTY MUSIC FESTIVAL – Since launching in 2006, this Annual Hurricane Party has grown each year, now featuring seven stages and more than 40 bands along the streets of Historic Downtown Sanford. Check out live art demonstrations, shopping and public service vendors and food trucks while paying homage to Mother Nature in hopes of a tranquil hurricane season, which follows in June. The downtown area is also the site of many award-winning restaurants, breweries, ghost tours, a marina and other activities that can fill a whole weekend for visitors.
When: May 27
Where: Historic Downtown Sanford
Web: https://www.historicdowntownsanford.com/downtown-sanford-events/16th-annual-hurricane-party-music-festival/

BIZARRE WORLD – Celebrate all that is weird and wonderful at this unique expo and market for peculiar and unusual artists and merchants. The day will feature six cosplay contests, more than 100 artisan and craft vendors, magic shows, tarot readings, historical displays and other oddities. Hungry guests can choose from more than 30 food vendors and also check out the Bizarre Food Wars, a judged competition among chefs and food artists showcasing their spooky, silly or strange edible dishes and treats.
When: May 13
Where: Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando
Web: https://www.lunattix.com/bizarre-world

THUNDER ON COCOA BEACH – This exciting, four-day offshore boat racing event brings some of the world’s fastest speedboats and lots of adrenaline to the shores of the Space Coast, creating some serious buzz in the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy live entertainment, dancing, parties and some of the top race teams in the world competing in various classes, with Class 1 reaching speeds over 175 miles per hour. After each day’s races, unwind at the downtown Cocoa Beach block party or a concert in Lori Wilson Park.
When: May 18-21
Where: Cocoa Beach
Web: https://www.thunderoncocoabeach.com/

SILVER SPURS RODEO – Since 1944, the “largest rodeo east of the Mississippi” has been a thrilling semi-annual Osceola County tradition not to be missed. Along with traditional events such as bull riding, tie-down roping, team steer wrestling and women’s barrel racing, attendees will also be treated to acts throughout the night from the rodeo clown, the Junior Silver Spurs Quadrille Team and junior bull riders. Don’t miss the Miss Silver Spurs Pageant, in which contestants from around the county compete for Miss Silver Spurs, Junior Miss Silver Spurs and Little Miss Silver Spurs.
When: June 2-3
Where: Osceola Heritage Park/Silver Springs Arena, Kissimmee
Web: https://www.silverspursrodeo.com/

ST. PETE PRIDE – Celebrating its 20th year, St. Pete Pride has grown from a small street parade to one of Florida’s biggest month-long celebrations of the LGBTQ+ community. Beginning with a kick-off party on June 1, the month’s festivities include karaoke parties, an exclusive museum reception, musical acts, comedy shows, LGBTQ+ Youth & Family Day and a new Shades of Pride event honoring diversity and minorities within the community. On the final weekend of the month, enjoy a special Friday concert, a colorful Saturday parade that draws tens of thousands to the streets and a Sunday vendor “carnival” in St. Pete’s Grand Central District.
When:  Throughout June
Where: Various locations, St. Petersburg
Web: https://www.stpetepride.org/

TAMPA THEATRE SUMMER CLASSICS MOVIE SERIES – The ornate, iconic historic Tampa Theatre offers a cool, dark respite from the heat while guests enjoy old film favorites with the Summer Classics series, which kicks off the first weekend of June. Among this year’s lineup: “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Fantasia,” “Mamma Mia,” “The Breakfast Club,” “The Lion King,” “Titanic” and “Casablanca.” For a special finale treat, the venue’s famous Wurlitzer Theatre Organ will play along for an afternoon of early 20th-century silent comedy classics featuring all-new original musical accompaniment scored and performed live.
When: Sundays in June through August
Where: Tampa Theatre, downtown Tampa
Web: http://tampatheatre.org/movie-categories/summer-classics/

TAMPA BAY AREA JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL – Honoring Juneteenth Independence Day, this R.O.C. the Block fest brings the noise to Tampa’s RayJay Stadium with live musical artists, DJs and Caribbean performances on the main stage while 20 vendors serve a variety of cuisine and sweet treats. Bring the whole family and enjoy bounce houses and obstacle courses, a petting zoo, a video game truck, a basketball court and other fun activities for all ages. Bring some cash and shop among the various small business stands and arts and crafts tents.
When: June 17
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Web: https://www.roctheblock.com/juneteenth2023

BODY MIND SPIRIT CELEBRATION – This one-of-a-kind holistic living festival brings the latest and greatest in alternative health practices, products and ideologies, as well as psychics, mediums and spiritual teachers to help guide those seeking a holistic approach to wellness and life goals. For a $12 admission, attend a whole weekend of seminars on topics such as animal communication, healing meditation, tarot readings, diet, herbal medicine, financial health and relationships. Guests can also shop for crystals, essential oils, books, clothing and other good-for-the-soul gifts.
When: June 10-11
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa
Web: https://www.bmse.net/event/eventhome.php?eid=393

SARASOTA MUSIC FESTIVAL – Bringing live performances back to the stage, the Sarasota Music Festival is returning for three weeks of internationally recognized guest artists and musicians for what has become known as one of the finest classical-music events in the nation. At this festival, the public gets to enjoy a rare glimpse of these top artists and rising stars rehearsing and playing together, as well as hearing lectures and learning more about orchestra life and the role of each musician and instrument.
When: Several dates between June 8-June 24
Where: Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, Sarasota
Web: https://www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival

PANCAKES & BOOZE ART SHOW – Aiming to be the antithesis of the “stuffy wine-and-cheese” art events of the upper class, this world-touring, innovative pop-up show features paintings, sculptures, digital creations, photography and other unusual and beautiful works of art designed to stimulate the senses and have some fun. Along with the creative displays, guests will be able to buy jewelry, stickers, patches and other keepsakes, enjoy upbeat DJ music and drink beer. Did we mention FREE pancakes? Come hungry and ready to play.
When: June 15
Where: The Abbey, Orlando
Web: https://www.pancakesandbooze.com/orlando

WINTER GARDEN FARMERS MARKET 15TH BIRTHDAY – A favorite among Orange County locals, the lively Winter Garden Farmers Market is celebrating 15 years of bringing the community together and offering small business owners a place to sell their homegrown produce, gourmet jams and honeys, fresh bread and baked goods, handmade clothing and jewelry, unique home décor and other locally and sustainably sourced items. Between 9 a.m. and noon, the market will be marking the anniversary with live music, a tote bag giveaway, face painting, kids’ crafts, giant lawn games and other fun activities.
When: June 3
Where: Downtown Pavilion, 104 Lakeview Avenue, Winter Garden
Web: https://www.cwgdn.com/584/Winter-Garden-Farmers-Market-15th-Birthd

PINEAPPLE FESTIVAL – Inspired by inspired by Puerto Rico’s Festival De La Piña Paradisíaca, this free, all-day outdoor festival brings tropical flavors, sounds and dancing to the hip and festive Boxi Park. Partygoers of all ages are welcome to join in the fun, which includes a kids’ zone with games and activities, several vendors serving traditional Puerto Rican dishes, live bands playing Latin and Caribbean dance music and bartenders serving up tasty, fruity frozen drinks and cocktails to cool down in the summer heat.
When: June 24
Where: Lake Nona Town Center, Orlando
Web: https://www.facebook.com/events/s/pineapple-festival/121801877565503/

SAFETY HARBOR FOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL – This day-long fest combines good food, cold drinks and fun competition with a co-ed kickball tournament for prizes and bragging rights. Kids and leashed dogs are welcome to this family-friendly park dotted with plenty of green space and a playground for little ones. There will be local food trucks and draft beer tents ready to serve kickball athletes and guests alike, and a fun zone for kids with a $5 admission. Enjoy live music and good shopping from the nearby retailers and spend a day strolling through this little waterfront town with lots of free parking.
When: June 3
Where: Safety Harbor City Park, Safety Harbor
Web: https://safetyharborkickball.com/

A CELEBRATION OF OLDE FLORIDA – Located west of Daytona Beach in Volusia County, the Barberville Pioneer Settlement will host its annual heritage celebration featuring music and storytelling, living history demonstrations, antique displays and interactive presentations on Florida life in the 1800s. Learn the art of broom making, weaving and blacksmithing while snacking on “cracker vittles” such as swamp cabbage, lassie cakes, BBQ and grits.
When: June 3
Where: Barberville Pioneer Settlement, Barberville
Web: https://www.pioneersettlement.org/events-calendar

ST. PETE BEACH CRAFT FESTIVAL – For nearly three decades, St. Pete Beach’s prominent Corey Avenue has transformed into a one-day lively marketplace featuring highly talented crafters showcasing handmade pottery, jewelry, paintings, purses and clothing. This open-air craft fest is a great place to shop for unique gifts and hard-to-find items, and in recent years, it added its popular Green Market offering an array of exotic live plants, handmade soaps, gourmet food items and homeopathic salves and oils. Spend a day shopping and then hit the beach for one of the area’s famous sunsets.
When: June 3
Where: Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach
Web: https://www.facebook.com/events/1321808005039057/1321808008372390/

 

 The Old School Kingfish Shootout comes to Vilano Beach, bringing a larger money event to Northeast Florida with the winning team guaranteed a Yellowfin 21’ Bay Boat and trailer valued at $105,000.

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

SHUT UP AND DRIVE — Spit shine your Harley or pull the top and doors off your Jeep to roadtrip to one of these Panama City Beach beach fests.

  • Florida Jeep Jam (May 15-20): Thousands of Jeeps, in all makes and models, will cruise oceanside at the annual event. Although the Topless for Turtles Beach Krawl and the Dunes Day Off-Road Trail excursions are always in hot demand, the obstacle course, which changes from year to year, is one of the top tickets and will feature rocks, tires, poles and lots of dirt. https://www.floridajeepjam.com

FOOD + WINE = :) — Sip and savor during one of these signature spring events. 

  • Fish to Fork (May 11-14, Amelia Island): The Omni Amelia Island brings in nationally-renowned chefs for its seventh annual dock-to-dish culinary extravaganza. Events include a fishing excursion where the fresh catch becomes that evening’s dinner, an individual and team cooking challenge and multi-course meal at Mocama Brewing Company. Some event tickets are available for individual purchase; some are only available to VIP ticket holders. https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/amelia-island/things-to-do/fish-to-fork

ST. AUGUSTINE HISTORY FESTIVAL — Founded in 1565, America’s oldest city will celebrate its storied past through 30 special events that welcome guests to its historic sites. The participating venues include well-known tourist sites like Castillo San Marcos and the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum. But it also shines a light on some of the city’s under-the-radar venues like the Fort Mose State Park, the Peña-Peck House and the Spanish Military Hospital. Events include a scavenger hunt at Tolomato Cemetery (May 12), a discussion on Fort Mose’s sister city in Cuba (May 12) and a discussion on a rare Timucuan discovery (May 11).
When: May 10-14
Where: St. Augustine
Web: https://www.staugustinehistoryfestival.com

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK — Celebrate spring’s last hurrah with a Shakespeare classic performed under the stars. After a pandemic-imposed hiatus, the Southern Shakespeare Company returns to Cascades Park for its free festival. This year’s production of Antony and Cleopatra stars two-time Emmy nominee, Kelsey Scott, and is directed by Alexander Bond. The Bardlings, the company’s junior acting troupe, will also perform a streamlined version of As You Like It on Saturday and Sunday. Seats are first-come, first-served at the Adderley Amphitheater and guests are also welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Food trucks will be on site.
When: May 11-14
Where: Cascades Park, Tallahassee
Web: https://southernshakespearefestival.org

WOMEN ROCK! — On the second Sunday in May we always honor all the amazing women in our lives which makes both of these upcoming events perfectly timed.

  • Brandi Carlile’s Mothership Weekend (Miramar Beach, May 12-14): Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, Brandi Carlisle, brings a rock-and-roll vibe to Mother’s Day weekend by launching this new fest that encourages attendees to sink their toes in the sand while enjoying three days of live music. Carlisle will headline the event on both Friday and Sunday. She’ll be joined by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats on Friday and Bonnie Raitt on Sunday. Hozier and Mavis Staples will be the Saturday night headliners. https://www.tixr.com/groups/brandivacations/events/brandicarlilesmothershipweekend-brandi-carlile-s-mothership-weekend-55696
  • Ladies Billfish Tournament (Santa Rosa, May 12-13): Big money fishing tournaments are part of life in the Gulf Coast cities, and many have a women’s division. For 43 years, the Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club has hosted this tournament just for female anglers in teams of two to four. https://www.pbgfc.com

ARTSQUEST FINE ARTS FESTIVAL — Shop for new treasures from more than 100 artists and crafters in fields like jewelry, metal, mixed media, oils and acrylics, digital art, glass, photography, sculpture, wood and works on paper. The annual fest will be awarding the $10,000 in cash prizes in a juried contest. Also includes live music, ImagiNation (a kids creativity zone), student exhibits and food vendors.
When: May 13-14
Where: Miramar Beach
Web: https://www.culturalartsalliance.com/arts-quest

AS IF! THE 90S FEST — The ‘90s are back! We’re baring our bellies, donning fanny packs, embracing hair clips, going casual in adidas slides or Birkenstocks and buttoning up our plaid flannels. Of course, this nostalgia also extends to rediscovered love for the music scene which saw the decade move from grunge to hip hop to bubblegum pop. This one-day live music fest features tribute bands playing throwback songs from favorites like Green Day, No Doubt, Nirvana and the Riot. After that they’ll turn the stage over to the event headliners, the Spin Doctors and Vanilla Ice. Also includes eats and sweet treats from local food trucks, face painting, ax throwing, body art and more.
When: May 20
Where: Francis Field, St. Augustine
Web: https://www.asifthe90sfest.com

JACKSONVILLE JAZZ FESTIVAL — For more than forty years, Jacksonville has welcomed jazz legends to the First Coast starting with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie at the first event. Since then, Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Kenny G, Herbie Hancock and Trombone Shorty have entertained thousands of guests in the downtown core with smooth beats and imaginative solos. The city’s largest, free music festival showcases three days of live music on two stages. The lineup always juxtaposes the genre’s past stars with its present. Some of the 2023 performers include Wynton Marsalis, Samara Joy, Shemekia Copeland, the U.S. Army Ambassadors Jazztet, Marcus Miller, Larry Carlton and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
When: May 25-28
Where: Jacksonville
Web: http://jacksonvillejazzfest.com

PALATKA BLUE CRAB FESTIVAL — Celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend by pairing Palatka’s small town charm with three days of fresh seafood, carnival rides, live music, fireworks and a Memorial Day parade. The festival’s national headlining acts include Molly Hatchet, the Ying Yang Twins and the Sugar Hill Gang. The fest sets up right along the waterfront and also includes a kids zone.
When: May 26-28
Where: Palatka
Web: https://www.palatkabluecrabfestival.com

GRAND FIESTA — Pensacola celebrates the city’s original founder, the Spanish Conquistador Don Tristan de Luna, when the mayor, fire chief, supervisor of elections, county sheriff and commanding officer of the Pensacola Naval Air Station “Surrender the City” to the 2023 Court of DeLuna (May 31). The party continues with the Grand Fiesta Parade (June 2) and the Fiesta Boat Parade (June 3). Those looking for an opportunity to break out their gala attire can purchase a ticket for the Fiesta All Krewe Ball (June 8). The parades will feature gorgeous floats or decked out boats, an opportunity to catch some beads, performances by high school marching bands, an appearance by the 2023 Fiesta King and Queen and their “royal” court, and the local Krewes. The best locations to watch the boat parade are from the Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Research Center or from Plaza de Luna in downtown Pensacola.
When: May 31 - June 8
Where: Pensacola
Web: https://www.fiestapensacola.org/other-events

GULF COAST JAM — PCB kicks off the summer beach season with Miranda Lambert and Kenny Chesney lighting up its gulf front stage. The four-day fest includes 30 acts featuring hitmakers from the country and southern rock music scenes including Kane Brown, Hardy, Justin Moore, Chase Rice, Dylan Scott, Gabby Barrett and more. Those looking to burn off some excess energy can also participate in Saturday’s Jam on the Coast 5K. The third annual event’s start/finish line is located at the entrance gates for the music festival. All runners receive a race t-shirt and finisher medal. Register at https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/PanamaCityBeach/JamOnTheCoast5K
When: June 1-4
Where: Frank Brown Park, Panama City Beach
Web: https://gulfcoastjam.com

WELLBORN BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL — Think of the $5 blueberry pancake breakfast as an appetizer for a day of berrylicious indulgences at the largest blueberry fest in Florida. The city of Wellborn hosts the annual event on the first Saturday in June and the 29th annual fest will feature more than 100 artists and craftsmen, a parade, classic car show, live entertainment, kids games, petting zoo and pony rides. All things blueberry — bushes, jams, jellies, pies, cobblers and ice cream — will be for sale.
When: June 3
Where: Wellborn
Web: https://www.wellborn.cc/blueberry-festival

BEYOND KING TUT: THE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE — Descend into King Tut’s burial tomb as you trace the 3,300-year-old story of the Egyptian pharoah’s birth, life and death through nine, multi-sensory galleries. Following on the success of other immersive art exhibits telling the life stories of Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet through their artwork, the National Geographic Museum in association with the Paquin Entertainment Group and Immersive Experiences traces the boy king’s journey. It also features larger-than-life projections of historic artifacts from King Tut's final resting place. Thanks to immersive art exhibits like this one, these treasures which can only be viewed in person in Egypt are reaching a worldwide audience.
When: June 9 - Sept. 3
Where: NoCo Center, Jacksonville
Web: https://beyondkingtut.com/city/jacksonville/

GO FISH! — “Do you have any flounder?” “Or Reds?” “What about trout?” Anglers during one of these fishing events aren’t going to be happy just to reel in their catch. They’re going to be crossing their fingers, wishing on a star and hoping they’ve landed a “big one” at the weigh in. June kicks off the fishing tournament season in the Sunshine State. There are many opportunities to cast your line on either coast and hope for the best.

  • Old School Kingfish Shootout (Vilano Beach, June 9-11): This northeast Florida tournament brings a larger money event to Northeast Florida with the winning team guaranteed a Yellowfin 21’ Bay Boat and trailer valued at $105,000. Second prize takes home $10,000 in cash. The winner in the Lady Angler division will receive $3,000 in cash and the winning male and female junior anglers win family vacations. https://www.oldschoolkingfish.com
  • Salvation Saltwater Slam Fishing Tournament (June 10, St. Marks): The largest catch in the redfish, trout and flounder categories each takes home $1,000 in this one-day event. The grand slam winner walks away with $2,000. https://give.salvationarmyflorida.org/event/the-salvation-army-saltwater-fishing-tournament/e467096
  • 20th Annual Kingfish and Red Snapper Shootout (Carrabelle, June 17): The big money payout is for kingfish ($5,000). The largest red snapper will reel in $3,000, with $2,000 going to the biggest Spanish mackerel. The 20th annual tournament has a guaranteed payout of $22,000 and includes divisions for Calcutta, target weight, youth angler (ages 16 and under), and Lady Angler. https://c-quartersmarina.com
  • Gage Pitman Memorial Rockin’ Reds Fishing Tournament (Panacea, June 24-25): Wakulla County’s annual fishing tournament includes categories for those with boats (red snapper or redfish), kayaks and youths. https://gagepitmanmemorialrockinreds.com

BREW AT THE ZOO — Did you know that the Sunshine State is home to the country’s only zoo on a college campus that’s accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums? Although this 10-acre zoo only has a full-time staff of 10, its 70 species are lovingly cared for by 100 students enrolled in the Santa Fe College’s Zoo Animal Technology program. Get a sneak peak at the after-hours, goings-on and help the zoo fundraise during this evening of live music, craft beer tastings, local eats and animal encounters for guests ages 21 and over.
When: June 10
Where: Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, Gainesville
Web: https://www.sfcollege.edu/zoo

RIVER CITY WRESTLING CON — Move over comic con, there’s a new contender in town with the featured guests wearing makeup and “costumes”. For two days, Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame stars like Kurt Angle and Rob Van Dam and Ron Simmons will be throwing it down with fans. Other featured stars include Britt Baker, Lina Fanene (fka Nia Jax), Bryan Danielson, Thunder Rosa and Saraya (fka Paige). The family-friendly weekend includes “meet and greets”, wrestling matches and panel discussions featuring more than 100 wrestling icons.
When: June 10-11
Where: Jacksonville Fairgrounds
Web: https://www.rivercitywrestlingcon.com

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION  — The Lincolnville Museum, which is housed in the former home of St. John County’s first black public high school, will honor black heritage and culture with four days of live music. Featured artists include award-winning saxophonist Marcus Click, a Gullah Geechee cultural experience featuring the Lowcountry recording artist Mahoganee, Grammy winner Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and jazz trumpeter Longineu Parsons. The weekend also marks the debut of the museum’s Juneteenth exhibit which tells the stories of St. Augustine’s historic black businesses from the 17th century through the Civil Rights Movement.
When: June 15-18
Where: Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, St. Augustine
Web: https://www.lincolnvillemuseum.org/

GO SHELLING — With 825 miles of coastline, Florida is a beachlovers paradise with each different part of the state home to its own unique ecosystem of shorebirds, fish, wetlands and beaches. Even the shelling varies from east coast to west coast. Learn about the shells commonly found along the big bend’s northern gulf coast beaches on this ranger-led, 2-mile beach tour occurring on National Seashell Day. Guests are encouraged to prepare for the sun. This recreation area, which is part of the state park system, has amenities to accommodate guests of all abilities. Motorized beach wheelchairs are available for use. Reservations are required.
When: June 21
Where: William J. “Billy Joe” Rish Recreation Area, Port St. Joe
Web: https://www.floridastateparks.org/index.php/events/national-seashell-day

PANHANDLE WATERMELON FESTIVAL — It might have watermelon in the name, but music is at the heart of this free, annual event that has kept Chipley rocking since 1969. Yes, the fest has all events that you would expect from a small-town salute including a pancake breakfast, car show, watermelon auction and parade. There’s even a Hot Trot 5K in which participants get a commemorative t-shirt. But the music lineup, which usually leans toward country artists, draws out-of-towners to this event. This year, Easton Corbin, Collin Raye, Andy Griggs, Ty Herndon and Leah Pettis will take the stage.
When: June 23-24
Where: Chipley
Web: https://www.panhandlewatermelon.com/

ARTOPIA — Acquire a new piece of art for your home while supporting those in need. In 2022, this charity fundraiser collected more than 400 artworks, including signed prints and numbered editions, by the best local and regional artists that were available for purchase. With Artopia celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, it promises to be a lively celebration with donated artwork in all forms of media including sculpture, photography, painting, photography and styles. More than 10 “Best in Show” pieces will be chosen for the live auction.
When: June 24
Where: Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, Tallahassee
Web: https://bigbendcares.org/artopia/

BAY POINT BILLFISH OPEN — Not only is the high-dollar Billfish Open returning to PCB, it’s coming back with an expectation that it will exceed $1 million in prize money this year. The payout for the largest blue marlin caught is expected to be $75,000 for first prize. The invitational still holds the state record for the largest blue marlin caught 1,046 pounds in 2001. The tournament allows anglers to catch pelagic species like blue marlin, tuna, wahoo and dolphinfish. There’s also Catch and Release categories for all billfish species. The fishing competition includes live music, food and drink, an in-water boat show and marina parties.
When: June 28 - July 1
Where: Point South Marina, Panama City Beach
Web: https://www.baypointbillfishopen.com

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