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

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S CORTEO! Held in Sunrise, this show portrays a joyous funeral procession and festive parade seen through the eyes of a clown.
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Calendar of Florida Events for June and July 2024

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

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 No matter where you are in Florida, you'll be able to find a great fireworks show and other festivities on July 4th. This picture shows the City of West Palm Beach's vibrant extravaganza.
-Courtesy of the City of West Palm Beach

SOUTH FLORIDA

EVERYTHING IS A SPIRAL – 17 Miami-based resident artists explore the concept of time as an ever-evolving coil, where the present is layered with multiple pasts and possible futures. The artists use mediums such as sculpture, painting, collage, photography, textile and digital to interpret their takes on the theme for this exhibit.
When: Now through July 14
Where: Oolite Arts, Miami Beach
Web: oolitearts.org/exhibition/everything-is-a-spiral/

ART IN THE GARDEN – A beautiful botanical garden features local art and sculptures that convey a sense of nature using only natural, recycled and/or repurposed materials. They can range from the very small to the very large and are built to withstand high winds and heavy rains. If you haven’t yet visited this beautiful botanical garden, now would be a good time to go.
When: Now through July 31
Where: Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden on Stock Island
Web: keywest.garden

SOUTHERN FRIED POETRY SLAM – This is an annual performing arts festival that celebrates poetry, the spoken-word and community outreach. It was started in 1993 and each year a different city is the host. This year it will be held right here in SoFla. Through a sense of family and good old Southern home-cooked meals, it shares some of the South’s time-honored traditions, such as hospitality, grace and comfort. It’s also a tournament. Some 200 poets, orators and writers will compete for cash and prizes.
When: June 12-15
Where: Various locations in Pompano Beach
Web: pompanobeachfl.gov/events/southern-fried-poetry-slam

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 12-16 followed by a virtual streaming segment from June 17-24
Where: Various locations in Miami Beach
Web: abff.com/miami/

CHILDHOOD CLASSICS: 100 YEARS OF CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION – Your kids will love it and so will you. And, actually, it’s a little more than 100 years, covering illustrations and illustrators from the early 20th century pen and ink drawings by Sarah Nobles Ives right up to modern digital creations like those by Moe Willems. Attendees will see original artworks from Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and Garth Williams Stuart Little, along with contributions from illustrators such as Rosemary Wells, Richard Scarry, Chris Van Allsburg and Hillary Knight. Much-loved characters like Babar, Eloise and Cat in the Hat will mesmerize family members of all ages.
When: Now through Aug. 11
Where: Naples Art Institute, Naples
Web: paradisecoast.com/event/exhibition-childhood-classics-100-years-childrens-book-illustration-naples-art-institute

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 that have taken place over the years: 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 12-16
Where: Various locations in Stock Island and some in Key West
Web: ilovestockisland.org

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 recognitions 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 is the float-laden parade in the evening. Some 50,000 people are expected to attend.
    When: June 15
    Where: Downtown Wilton Manors
    Web: wiltonmanorsstonewall.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 15-16
Where: Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa, Captiva Island
Web:  tween-waters.com/captivaville/

DOWNTOWN VENICE CRAFT FESTIVAL – Crafters from across the nation will showcase their creations in a variety of media, including stained glass, photography and personal products, including some for children and pets. While you are there, take a walk through the Green Market, which features plants, handmade soaps, BBQ sauces and live orchids.
When: June 15-16
Where: Along Miami Avenue, Venice
Web: 31st Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival | ArtFestival.com

GO FOURTH, FLORIDA! – No matter where you are in Florida, you will be able to find a great fireworks show and other fabulous Independence Day festivities on July 4th, as we celebrate the 248th birthday of our great nation. Just use Google for any city and you’ll be all set. All of us at VisitFlorida.com wish all of you and yours a happy and safe Fourth of July.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S CORTEO! – Question: When is a funeral procession loads of fun? Answer: When it is part of Cirque’s Corteo! Corteo means cortege in Italian and the show is a joyous procession and a festive parade seen through the eyes of a clown. The clown imagines his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly by caring angels. In a first for Cirque, the stage is central to the arena and divides the arena, with each half of the audience facing the other half. The set curtains are inspired by the Eiffel Tower.
When: July 11-21
Where: Amerant Bank Arena, Sunrise
Web: cirquedusoleil.com/corteo

MIAMI BEACH CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL – More than 200 classical musicians will showcase their talents at this month-long festival in both free and ticketed performances. Among the highlights will be the Fourth of July orchestra and fireworks show, live renditions of Jake Heggie’s version of Dead Man Walking and Richard Wagner’s Die Walkure, an immersive performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, the always-popular opera nights and the immersive Space Symphony, which combines cutting edge projection-mapping technology with the power of a full orchestra.
When: June 27-July 28
Where: Various venues in Miami Beach
Web: miamimusicfestival.com

FLORIDA SUPERCON – Calling all pop culture nerds! This is one of SoFla’s biggest comic book, anime, animation, video game, fantasy and sci-fi conventions. Fans can interact with their favorite comic artists, TV and film stars, all while celebrating pop culture and discovering exclusive merchandise and artwork. There are celebrity guests, comic creators, voice actors, cosplayers, writers, Q&As, panels, workshops, films and shorts, costume and cosplay contests, vendors and parties.
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center
When: July 12-14
Web: floridasupercon.com

THE CALLE OCHE EXPERIENCE – It doesn’t get more Miami than this. Get to know historic Calle Ocho with your own personal guide. You’ll see the Latin Walk of Fame, see locals in Domino Park, visit a traditional Cuban cigar shop, hear the sounds of Latin Music, learn about Cuban history and enjoy popular Cuban food. Want to learn how to make great Cafecito (Cuban coffee)? A lesson is included, as is a light Cuban foods lunch and Cuban ice cream.
Where: The starting point is the Futurama 1637 Art Building in Little Havana, Miami
When: Now through the end of August, but only on Sundays.
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SOUTH FLORIDA ADVENTURE PASS – This will enable you to have unlimited admissions to four 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 $60 and for people under 13 the cost is $50.
When: Now through Sept. 30
Where: The four attractions mentioned above.
Web: southfloridaadventurepass.com/

HEMINGWAY DAYS – The annual Papa-fest features readings, a museum exhibit of rare Ernest Hemingway memorabilia, a zany “Running of the Bulls,” a three-day marlin tournament, a short story competition, street fair, a party commemorating the 124th anniversary of his July 21st birthday, a 5-K run, a museum exhibit of rare Hemingway memorabilia, a paddleboard race and, of course, the famous Look-Alike Contest.
When: July 16-21
Where: Various locations in Key West
Web: fla-keys.com/hemingway-days/

INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL OF MIAMI – This three-week toe shoe and tutu-a-thon will feature performances by ballet companies from all over the world and modern and contemporary dance ensembles. Some 100 principal dancers will be showcasing their talents. The festival also includes a stellar lineup of multidisciplinary events that includes art exhibits, film screenings, ballet master classes, workshops and book presentations.
When: July 20-Aug. 11
Where: Various locations in Miami and Miami Beach
Web: internationalballetfestival.org/calendar-landing

UNDERWATER MUSIC FESTIVAL – Be among the hundreds of divers and snorkelers who go deep each year at this quirky concert that emphasizes reef preservation and also is a whole lot of fun. Classic rock is piped in underwater via speakers suspended from boats hovering above the third largest reef in the world. Contact any of the local dive shops to reserve a spot on their vessels and enjoy their costume parties.
When: July 12-13
Where: Looe Key Reef (about six miles south of Big Pine Key)
Web: lowerkeyschamber.com/product/underwater-music-festival/

KEY LIME FESTIVAL – This annual affair is a mega-celebration of Florida’s official state pie. If you think you can devour a 9-inch pie faster than anyone else, make sure to enter the always hilarious pie-eating contest. Other events include: The Key Lime Kick-Off (sip champagne on the veranda of the 1869 mansion where key lime pie was first created), the Key Lime Sip & Stroll (sample key-lime infused drinks from local bars and vote for your favorite), the Key Lime Pie Hop (sample different variations of pie), a Key Lime Scavenger Hunt, a cooking contest, a Key Lime rum sampling and distillery tour and the zany Key Lime Pie Drop.
When: July 3-7
Where: Various locations in Key West
Web: keylimefestival.com

PALM BEACH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL -- The Bard’s King Lear gets the royal treatment this year as the festival will continue to use two outdoor locations. Bring your beach chair, blanket and picnic basket, or enjoy fare from numerous food trucks. Note: It’s officially free, but a donation of $5 per person is suggested.
When & Where: July 11-14 and July 18-21 at Carlin Park in Jupiter and July 25-28 at Commons Park in Royal Palm Beach.
Web: pbshakespeare.org

MIAMI SALSA CONGRESS – This five-day festival features a unique gathering of the world’s top Salsa talent including local and international touring artists, award-winning dancers, world-class dance instructors, top industry DJs and great Latin bands. There will be pool parties, pre-event parties, nightly dance parties, evening galas, dance workshops, concerts, showcases and activities for kids.
When: July 17-22
Where: Intercontinental Hotel, Miami
Web: miamisalsacongress.com

JOURNEY TO SPACE – Far out, man! We mean really far out. Through interactive exhibits and authentic objects, you’ll be transported to the International Space Station. The highlight of this museum exhibit is the full-scale, climb-aboard replica of the Destiny Lab, the heart of U.S. research on the International Space Station. You will experience a simulated zero gravity environment while astronauts share their experiences by way of a virtual tour.
When: Now through Oct. 6
Where: Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Miami
Web: frostscience.org/exhibition/journey-to-space/

MANGO FESTIVAL – The mango is known as “The King of Fruits” and this fest pays tribute to His Majesty with fun for the whole family. Included are: cooking demos and mango tastings, specialty mango smoothies and cocktails, the signature mango brunch, a wide variety of mangos for purchase, food vendors with mango-inspired menus, mango lectures, mango tree sales, lawn games and live music.
When: July 13-14
Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables
Web: fairchildgarden.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: July and August
Where: Various luxury spas throughout Miami-Dade County.
Web: miamispamonth.com

 JULY 4TH WEEKEND AT INNISBROOK RESORT – Celebrate Independence Day in Palm Harbor with a multi-day lineup of summer fun.
-Innisbrook Resort

CENTRAL FLORIDA

ST. PETE PRIDE – Florida’s biggest month-long celebrations of the LGBTQ+ community happens in St. Petersburg, beginning with a Mx. St. Pete Pride pageant on May 26 and a kick-off party on June 1. The month’s festivities include a Youth & Family Day, a two-day Shades of Pride art and music event honoring diversity, a colorful Saturday parade that draws tens of thousands to the streets and a Sunday vendor “carnival” in the trendy Grand Central District.
When:  Throughout June
Where: Various locations, St. Petersburg
Web: https://www.stpetepride.org/

TAMPA THEATRE SUMMER CLASSICS MOVIE SERIES – Returning for a 33rd year, the historic landmark Tampa Theatre is bringing back its popular Summer Classics series, which kicks off the first weekend of June. Among this year’s lineup: “Thelma & Louise,” “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” “Apollo 13,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Do The Right Thing,” “The Princess Bride” 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/

SARASOTA MUSIC FESTIVAL – Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the Sarasota Music Festival is once again hosting three weeks of internationally recognized musicians for what has become known as one of the finest classical-music events in the nation. Enjoy a rare glimpse of both treasured top artists and young 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. This year’s event infuses some fresh sounds, breaking boundaries with jazz and bluegrass influences.
When: Several dates between June 2-June 22
Where: Sarasota Opera House and Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, Sarasota
Web: https://www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival

LATIN AMERICAN FESTIVAL OF PERFORMING ARTS – Offering both virtual and live performances, this fest hosted by Latina women-led nonprofit kicks off with a virtual showcase from June 17-20, presenting plays and workshops from Spain, Argentina, Mexico, and Venezuela, followed by captivating live performances from June 21-23 at the Fringe Art Space in downtown Orlando. Experience contemporary New York City, Miami, and Washington D.C. productions with Spanish and English audio and captions in more than 25 languages through AI technology, attend workshops and intrigue the senses with presentations like “Odd Man Out,” where the audience sits in complete darkness while hearing, smelling, tasting and feeling the story of a blind jazz musician traveling to Buenos Aires.
When: June 17-23
Where: Fringe Art Space, downtown Orlando
Web: https://www.openscene.org/presenting

TAMPA BAY AREA JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL – Honoring Juneteenth Independence Day, this R.O.C. the Block fest brings thousands to Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium with live musical acts, DJs and Caribbean performances on the main stage and more than 20 vendors serving a variety of cuisine and sweet treats. Bring the whole family and enjoy bounce houses and obstacle courses, a petting zoo, a basketball court, a health clinic, a job fair and an exciting fireworks show. Bring some cash and shop among the various small business stands and arts and crafts tents.
When: June 15
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Web: https://www.roctheblockinc.com/

BURGERS & BREWS FESTIVAL – As a fun summer kick-off to Independence Day week, Burgers & Brews brings the seasonal aroma of grilled burgers to Riverside Park and a day of live music and fun. Vote for your favorite in the “Best Burger in Indian River County Competition” and enjoy beverages from various regional breweries, as well as other food truck delicacies, a kids zone, a car show and other activities. The fest also offers VIP tickets to access an air-conditioned lounge near the stage and a cocktail bar.
When: June 29
Where: Oaks Area at Riverside Park, Vero Beach
Web: https://burgersandbrews.org/

CALADIUM FESTIVAL – This three-day fest honors Lake Placid’s beloved caladium plant and highlights this little-known local farming industry and aspect of Florida’s natural beauty. Take a bus tour of the vibrant caladium fields, enjoy live bands and regional dance troupes, learn about Florida’s grape industry and wineries, buy some unique plants and crafts and check out the floral arrangement and art competitions. There’s also a Saturday car and bike show filled with antique vehicles and classic motorcycles, as well as a Friday afternoon Tiny & Little Miss Caladium pageant.
When: July 26-28
Where: Stuart Park, Lake Placid
Web: https://www.caladiumfestival.org/

SHARK CON – This fun, interactive and educational two-day event returns for a 10th year, bringing a number of “Jaws” and “Halloween” stars for meet-and-greets, including actors Richard Dreyfuss, Lance Guest and Jeffrey Kramer. Dip your hands in touch tanks and sand pits, take scuba lessons, dig for sharks’ teeth and take your photo with mermaids and costumed sharks. Hear experts and speakers discuss shark conservation and other marine science topics, or buy a souvenir from more than a hundred vendors selling shark and ocean-related merchandise.
When: July 13-14
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa
Web: http://sharkcon.com/

THUNDER ON THE RIDGE – Central Florida’s largest and most longstanding Independence Day celebrations continues its tradition of bringing Polk and surrounding counties together for a fun-filled evening. Families from all over the area bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy an amazing fireworks show, live music, DJs, food trucks, children’s activities, yard games and a beer garden. As an added bonus, Lake Eva Park has lots of space and play areas.
When: July 4
Where: Lake Eva Park, Haines City
Web: https://www.hainescity.com/353/Thunder-on-the-Ridge

TAMPA BAY RODEO & FAMILY FESTIVAL – Known as “the hottest show on dirt” and hosted by Bartow Ford, this rodeo festival features some of the best cowboys and cowgirls in the southeast region saddling up for competitive bull riding, bronco busting, barrel racing and more. Test your mechanical bull skills, eat some BBQ and pizza, pet some baby goats, try your hand at axe throwing and enjoy live country tunes all weekend. Get out of the heat by visiting one of two “cool zones” or the entertainment beer tent, and fun-seekers of all ages can enjoy the yard games and 45-foot slide.
When: July 19-20
Where: Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, Dover
Web: https://tamparodeo.com/

THE FANCY FLEA – One of Florida’s fanciest indoor summertime vintage markets returns with lots of antique and shabby chic home furnishings, original artwork, retro signage and garden décor, collectibles, jewelry and more. Enjoy a leisurely shopping weekend in the comfort of an indoor, air-conditioned venue and come away with some one-of-a-kind pieces that make great gifts or special touches to your home or garden. This year’s flea theme is “For the Love of Vintage,” with plenty of vendors on hand selling previously loved items and repurposed goods.
When: July 26-27
Where: RP Funding Center, Lakeland
Web: https://www.facebook.com/fancyfleamarket

VENARDOS CIRCUS – On its 2024 tour, this Broadway-style, animal-free circus will make a stop in Orlando for an eight-week run. This year, the awe-inspiring cast will celebrate a Decade of Dreams under the big top, featuring music from Venardos Circus Tours throughout the years but with fresh acts and a reimagined showcase under a custom Italian-made circus tent. Enjoy aerialists, acrobats, juggling, balancing, comedy, daredevilry, magic and more, plus traditional circus treats such as popcorn, cotton candy and pink lemonade.
When: Several dates throughout July
Where: Westgate Vacation Villas Resort, Orlando
Web: https://venardoscircus.com/

SARASOTA MYSTIC FAIRE – The Sarasota Mystic Faire once again brings a fascinating array of healers, hard-to-find products, natural treatments and spiritual lecturers all under one roof for a weekend of soul-soothing and enlightenment. Visit with psychics, tarot card and palm readers, mediums and alternative health practitioners or shop for a wide variety of gifts and home goods such as crystals, raw honey, Tibetan bowls, jewelry, clothing, incense, books, rugs, sacred art, pillows, mandalas and more.
When: July 20-21
Where: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, Sarasota
Web: https://www.mysticfaires.com/sarasota-mystic-faire-and-crystal-river-mystic-faire.html

JULY 4TH BOAT PARADE – Pick a spot at one of the many viewing areas along downtown Tampa’s Riverwalk and beyond to watch a patriotic-themed boat parade, a special Blessing of the Fleet ceremony and fireworks. Viewing is free, with drinks and food available at several of the designated watch areas, as well as some live entertainment at select venues and a dazzling water ski show at Sparkman Wharf. A trophy will be given to the boat donning the most impressive red, white and blue, so be prepared to see some fun, over-the-top displays.
When: July 4
Where: Downtown Tampa
Web: https://thetampariverwalk.com/events-news/events/fourth-of-july-boat-parade.html

BUSCH GARDENS SUMMER NIGHTS – Busch Gardens is bringing back its summertime after-hours fun, keeping the safari-themed park open until well after dark so guests can enjoy open-air dance parties, glowing lights strung from trees and a sparkling fireworks show on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Guests can cool down at the new ice show, Rhythm of Nature, hit the awe-inspiring Cirque Electric acrobatic stunt show or rock along to a concert at Gwazi Plaza. Grab a complimentary beer sample at Orang Café in Jungala or, on the weekends, sample a summertime “hushpuppy dog” or peach pie cupcake at the Festival Walkway.When: Every night in July
Where: Busch Gardens, Tampa
Web: https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/summer-nights/

14TH ANNUAL SARASOTA IMPROV FESTIVAL –This interactive fest and showcase brings 16 troupes and 80 artists from around the country to Florida Studio Theatre’s five-theatre, two-block campus for a weekend of laughs, lyrics and lessons. Headlining this year is Impro Theatre, a Los Angeles-based group that creates completely improvised, full-length plays in the styles of the world’s greatest playwrights, authors, and composers. Guests can also participate in one of the many Saturday workshops teaching improv storytelling, “clowning,” character-building and other techniques for both beginners and experienced actors and comedians.
When: July 12-13
Where: Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota
Web: https://www.floridastudiotheatre.org/events-and-tickets/14th-annual-sarasota-improv-festival

COOL ART SHOW – Offering an intriguing respite from the Florida heat, the Cool Art Show brings nearly 70 talented artisans and thousands of art fans into the air-conditioned, historic St. Petersburg Coliseum, showcasing sculpture, woodwork, paintings, photography, glass art and other works in a relaxing space. Admission and parking are free, and drinks and food are available at the concessions stand. Take your time gazing or shopping while chatting with the artists, then visit one of the nearby downtown restaurants, bars or museums.
When: July 20-21
Where: The Coliseum, St. Petersburg
Web: https://pava-artists.org/cool-art-show

JULY 4TH WEEKEND AT INNISBROOK RESORT – Celebrate Independence Day by checking into Central Florida’s well-known Innisbrook Resort and indulging in a multi-day lineup of summer fun, including a Journey Tribute concert, an Independence Day golf tournament, a colorful fireworks display, pool activities, a golf cart parade, an ice cream sandwich contest and other activities for guests of all ages and activity levels.
When: July 4-7
Where: Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor
Web: https://www.innisbrookgolfresort.com/activities/independence-weekend

SUMMER RUM & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – What could represent Florida summer better than fresh seafood and fruity rum drinks? Sample dishes from more than dozen seafood restaurants or drinks from a full rum cocktail lounge – including rum sampling for those 21 and up – plus have some fun with giveaways, games, crab races, special costumed characters, photo stops and selfie stations, local business vendors, and live music with an island vibe. Parking is free, as is entry for kids under 18.
When: July 13
Where: Tampa Premium Outlets, Lutz
Web: https://www.facebook.com/events/457898406700396/

TAMPA THEATRE SUMMER CLASSICS MOVIE SERIES – Returning for a 33rd year, the historic landmark Tampa Theatre is bringing back its popular Summer Classics series, which kicks off the first weekend of June and end in late Augst. Among this year’s lineup: “Apollo 13,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Do The Right Thing,” “The Princess Bride” 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 throughout the summer
Where: Tampa Theatre, downtown Tampa
Web: http://tampatheatre.org/movie-categories/summer-classics/

 FIREWORKS OVER THE MATANZAS — St. Augustine’s annual all-American birthday bash starts with a live concert by The All Star Orchestra in Plaza de la Constitucion.
-Provided by Florida Historic Coast

NORTH FLORIDA

NAO TRINIDAD TALL SHIP TOUR — Set foot on a 150-ton, 93-foot replica of the Nao Trinidad, the flagship of Magellan-Elcano Expedition which was the first to circumnavigate the globe between 1519 and 1522. The floating museum offers guided or self-guided tours and features four decks of maritime history that explores what life onboard was like for Spanish sailors 500 years ago.
When: through June 15
Where: St. Augustine Municipal Marina
Web: https://naotrinidad.org/en

SOARING HIGH — Ooh and aah when the world-famous Blue Angels pilots cruise through the sky at speeds of 700 miles per hour while defying physics with dazzling aerial feats. Their mid-week practices are a great chance to catch the Pensacola-based flyers in a smaller setting than during an airshow. Practice sessions typically last about 55 minutes and begin at 10:30 a.m. There is open bleacher seating for about 500 people in the outdoor viewing area at the National Naval Aviation Museum. After practice, set aside time to explore the museum which houses more than 150 restored aircraft including the SBD-2 Dauntless (It survived the Pearl Harbor attack and is the lone remaining plane that participated in the Battle of Midway.) and HH-1K Iroquois (a famed “Huey” helicopter that transported ground troops during the Vietnam War). On June 5, some of the Blues pilots will visit with fans to answer questions and sign autographs.
When: June 4-5, 11-12, 18, 25-26
Where: National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola
Web: http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org

JUNETEENTH EMPOWERMENT DAY FESTIVAL — Tallahassee’s Juneteenth celebration aims to bring the community together for a freedom-based, family-first, day of music and heritage. The day of unity features live music acts, local arts and craft vendors, cultural heritage workshops and local eats and treats. 
When: June 15
Where: Cascades Park, Tallahassee
Web: https://visittallahassee.com/events/juneteenth-empowerment-day-festival

EMERALD COAST BLUE MARLIN CLASSIC — The Blue Marlin Classic is considered one of the top ten big-money, off-shore fishing tournaments in the world by Marlin magazine and usually attracts more than 80 boats. As in year’s past, the fishing tournament is predicted to shell out about $2 million in cash awards. The “modified release” tournament means that blue marlin and billfish are the only catch that can be boated for the daily weigh-ins if they meet a minimum length of 110 inches. The daily weigh-ins at Baytowne Marina include live music, food and Friday night fireworks. Awards are presented for top overall catch, release, lady and junior anglers. Last year, anglers netted 63 billfish including 30 blue marlin and 74 gamefish including 25 dolphin.
When: June 19-23
Where: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Miramar Beach
Web: https://www.fishecbc.com

ST. AUGUSTINE MUSIC FESTIVAL — Take a break from the seasonal deluge of jazz, rock  and country music fests throughout the state  to salute the world’s greatest classical composers — Georg Philipp Telemann (Don Quixote Suite), Mozart (Concerto for Flute Harp and Orchestra in C major), Stravinsky (Soldier’s Tale for violin, clarinet and piano), Shostakovich (Quartet No. 8), Brahms (Horn Trio), Sibelius (En Saga septet brass quintet, flute and clarinet) and many more — at this free classical music festival. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, the Juneteenth Recognition Concert (June 19) will feature the Marcus Roberts Trio jazz trio.
When: June 21-23, June 28-30
Where: St. Augustine
Web: https://www.staugustinemusicfestival.org

MELON HEADS REJOICE! — Did you know that Florida not only produces 30% of the nation’s watermelon crop, but it’s also responsible for the largest share among all the states. Thanks to this windfall, the agricultural communities celebrate with festivals. 

  • Watermelon Festival (Monticello, June 14-15): Enjoy a slice of the good life at Monticello’s 72nd annual small town shindig. The watermelon is plentiful and the fest includes a street dance party, family entertainment, the Kiwanis 5K Run & Walk, Watermelon Parade, antique car show, watermelon games, food vendors and a beer garden. https://www.monticellowatermelonfestival.com
  • Panhandle Watermelon Festival (Chipley, June 21-22): Chipley’s 68th annual free fest has become less about the watermelon and more about country music. The headliners include Grace and Grit, Exile, Clay Walker and Jeff Bates. Other events include the city’s parade, pancake breakfast, 5K Hot Trot and classic car show. Guests will be able to eat watermelon by the slice, talk with arts and craft vendors and participate in the watermelon auction. https://www.panhandlewatermelon.com

FORGOTTEN COAST SEA TURTLE FESTIVAL  Get educated on the importance of the sea turtle’s habitat at the seventh annual celebration.  The Florida Conservancy and Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center have turned this into a hands-on event that includes arts and crafts, kids activities and a Sea Creature Parade. There will also be live music, food trucks and education and conservation groups.
When: June 30
Where: George Core Park, Port St. Joe
Web: https://www.visitgulf.com/event/8th-annual-forgotten-coast-sea-turtle-festival/1135

FIREWORKS OVER THE MATANZAS — St. Augustine’s annual all-American birthday bash starts with a live concert by The All Star Orchestra in Plaza de la Constitucion at 6 p.m. Guests will have time to grab a bite or cocktail before the main event lights up the night along the Matanzas Bay and above Castillo de San Marcos. Insiders say the best viewing points are along the bay between the fort and the Bridge of Lions.
When: July 4
Where: St. Augustine
Web: https://www.floridashistoriccoast.com/events/fireworks-over-the-matanzas

AMERICAN RANCH HORSE ASSOCIATION WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW — The ARHA is America’s premier ranch horse organization and the World Championship is its showcase event and the largest ranch horse competition east of the Mississippi. The 20th annual show celebrates not only the people who love ranch horses, but the horses, themselves. These athletes will be sitting high in the saddle if they win one of marquee events — America’s Top Ranch Hand, the Ranchmanship Sweepstakes, World Champion Buckles of the Versatility Challenge. Youth and amateur categories include the Amateur and Youth Team Tournament and Rookie of the World. Thankfully, spectators and contestants will stay nice and cool because the competition takes place in one of the World Equestrian Center’s indoor arenas.
When: July 3 -13
Where: World Equestrian Center, Ocala
Web: https://americanranchhorse.net/WorldChampionshipShow.asp

GET FIRED UP! — Panama City hosts not just one, or two, but three(!) fireworks extravaganzas for the Fourth. Pick your fave or check them all off your list.

GONNA MAKE YOU SWEAT — Since you’re already slightly sweaty just standing in the shade, you might as well go all in by participating in one of these scenic, annual 5Ks! As a bonus, you’ll head home with some commemorative race swag.

  • Firecracker 5K (July 4, Tallahassee): Run through beautiful Cascades Park during this annual family-friendly 5K walk/run. Also includes a 1-Mile Sparkler Run for kids. Race entry includes a commemorative tee. https://raceroster.com/events/2024/85421/firecracker-5k-and-1-mile-fun-run-2024
  • Celebration 5K (July 4, Jacksonville): Wear  your favorite stars and stripes running gear and kick off the holiday with this annual event that includes a post-race watermelon festival! Don’t have patriotic running gear? No worries. Participants are encouraged to carry either a large or small flag during the race! All participants will receive a moisture-wicking race tee and custom finisher medals. The top three male and female athletes will receive prize money; the top time in each age category will also receive a watermelon. https://1stplacesports.com/races/celebration5k/
  • Freedom Springs Triathlon (July 4, Marianna): Run (5K), bike (10 miles) and swim (400 meters) to the finish line during the 38th annual event at Blue Spring State Park. All participants receive a finisher medal and race tee. The race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Marianna/FreedomTri
  • Firecracker 5K (July 6, Amelia Island): Run or walk through the beautiful, shaded, tree-lined canopy of the Omni Amelia Island Resort. All participants receive a race tee and finisher medal. https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/FernandinaBeach/Firecracker5KAmeliaIsland
  • Flora-Bama Freedom Run (July 6, Pensacola): This 4-mile run/walk (Yes, you get bonus points for completing more than a 5k!) encourages participants to celebrate America by wearing patriotic ribbons, bows, socks and tees. All participants receive a race shirt and patriotic swag. https://www.florabama.com/freedom-run
  • Bridge of Lions 5K Run (July 13, St. Augustine): Start your run in historic St. Augustine at Castillo San Marcos before cruising over the city’s famous Bridge of Lions and through the tree-lined neighborhood of Davis Shores. The 40th annual race finishes at Oglethorpe Park on Anastasia Island. All participants receive a finisher medal. This is a USATF 5K certified course and participants are capped at 1500. https://runsignup.com/Race/Info/FL/StAugustine/BridgeofLions5K

RED, WHITE AND BLUES WEEK — Just when you think the Independence Day festivities are over, the Blue Angels soar through the skies over the city’s gulf coast beaches for four days of high-flying acrobatics. The Navy’s flight demo squad call Pensacola Beach home and put on their biggest show of the year each July. The event kicks off with “Breakfast with the Blues” on July 10, includes two days of rehearsals and concludes with the Pensacola Beach Air Show on Saturday, July 13. Other acts joining them in the skies include Skip Stewart, Carol Pilon and Third Strike Wingwalking, Veterans Flight, Julian MacQueen, Kevin Coleman, Patty Wagstaff and the Red Bull Air Force Team. Saturday’s air show is one of the community’s marquee annual events and visitors are encouraged to arrive early. Local guides claim one of the prime viewing spots is just east of the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier at Casino Beach. Bring extra sunscreen and plenty of water! If you miss the festivities during Red, White and Blues Week, you can still catch the Blue Angels during one of their regularly-scheduled practices on July 16-17 and 23.
When: July 10-13
Where: Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach, Pensacola Beach
Web: http://www.visitpensacolabeach.com/whats-happening-blue-angels/

SWAMP STOMP MUSIC FESTIVAL — Spread your blanket under the Spanish moss dripping from the live oak canopy for an evening of music featuring folk, blues, contemporary acoustic, highlands and more. Make it a long day by arriving early to explore the museum’s 52-acre park along Lake Bradford either at ground-level along the boardwalk and trails or from the treetops on the zipline adventure. Like the music fest’s genre spanning lineup, the museum has something for everyone and includes an opportunity to walk gorgeous nature trails, to explore historic buildings and an 1880s working farm or to view Florida’s native species like the panther and red wolf in their native settings. This year’s live music lineup includes former festival favorites Carol Ann Mathews, Eddie Mac & Ken and Del Suggs. Includes a cash bar for guests ages 21 and up.
When: July 13
Where: Tallahassee Museum
Web: https://tallahasseemuseum.org/events/swamp-stomp-2024/

BECOMING FLORIDA’S CAPITAL — Sprinkle a little bit of Sunshine State history into your adventures with a visit to this temporary exhibit tied to Tallahassee’s bicentennial celebration. ‘Becoming Florida’s Capital’ takes visitors on a journey through the historical actions and power struggle that defined the city’s past and eventually led to Governor William Duval announcing it as the new state capital on March 4, 1824. Guests can explore at their own pace any time, or attend one of the staff-led tours on either July 19 or August 16. Staff-led tours are free but require registration in advance.
When: through Jan. 5, 2025
Where: Florida Historic Capitol Museum, Tallahassee
Web: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-tour-of-becoming-floridas-capital-registration-869246388347

KING’S RANSOM — Grab your rod, get your crew together and enjoy multiple days along the Atlantic or gulf  coasts during one of these big-money kingfish tournaments.

  • Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament (July 10-20, Jacksonville): More than 300 boats usually participate in the annual tournament that also features a payout structure for Lady Anglers and an offshore contest for junior anglers. The daily weigh-in for the 44th annual event is always a hotspot for fun off the water and includes a food festival, boat display and Boatique. This year, the tournament will payout more than $356,000 with the grand prize winner also taking home a Contender 28T with twin 200HP Yamaha Outboards, Ameritrail Trailer and Custom T-Top. New this year is the GJKT Kickoff Beach Tournament. The one-day event requires all fishing to take place within state waters (ie. only three miles out) from the Brunswick (Georgia) inlet to the Flagler Pier. That event’s top prize is $50,000 and includes payouts for at least 20 places. https://kingfishtournament.com
  • MBARA 28th Annual Kingfish Tournament (July 26-27): Anglers compete for almost $20,000 in cash prizes in multiple divisions during the annual event which supports the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association. Boats can register in either the Open Division (boats over 26 feet or have a professional angler on board) or the Recreational Division (boats under 26 feet with no professional anglers). There are also a ladies and junior angler divisions. A Captain’s Party closes the event. https://mbara.org/kingfish-tournament/kingfish-tournament-registration/

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