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

At the Upper Keys Lionfish Derby & Festival, divers can help other fish and ocean critters by killing as many of this extremely invasive non-native species as they can.

Florida Events for August and September 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

 At the AMERICAN INDIAN DAY CELEBRATION, you will be able to connect with the Miccosukees, Miami’s original locals, and get a glimpse into the tribe’s culture and traditions.

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

YUM! YUM! YUM! YUM! That’s one big “Yum!” for four dine-on-the-relatively-inexpensive options:

  • Delray Beach Restaurant Month – Discover the diverse dining scene in downtown Delray Beach in this 30-day foodie fest. Enjoy prix fixe menus at special prices for lunches and dinners at about 50 restaurants, cafes and fast-casual eateries, including many new establishments that that have opened in the last year. The event also includes dine-out deals, happy hour and brunch specials and culinary events. Reservations are encouraged.
    When: Sept. 1-30
    Where: Various locations in downtown Delray Beach
    Web: downtowndelraybeach.com/restaurantmonth
  • Miami Spice – It’s not one, but two full months 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
     
  • Flavor Palm Beach -- More than 50 eateries from throughout Palm Beach County, from Boca Raton to Tequesta will offer prix fixe three-course menus for lunch and dinner.
    When: Sept. 1-30
    Where: Throughout Palm Beach County
    Web: flavorpb.com
  • Sizzle Dining Restaurant Week – Actually, it is three weeks long and you’ll be able to enjoy meals at some 65 great restaurants from Cape Coral down to Marco Island and everywhere in between. Two-course lunches and three-course dinners will be offered.
    When: Sept. 8-28
    Where: Throughout Lee and Collier Counties
    Web: sizzlerestaurantweek.com

WYNWOOD’S OCTOBERFEST—Let’s not quibble with the fact that this event actually happens in September. Just go and have a great time. Beer aficionados will experience great seasonal brews, live music, beer games, an artisan market and yummy food. Don’t miss the dog-friendly activities.
When: Sept. 9-11
Where: Wynwood Marketplace, Miami
Web: WynwoodOctoberfest.com

UPPER KEYS LIONFISH DERBY & FESTIVAL -- Divers can help fish and other ocean critters by killing as many of this extremely invasive non-native species as they can. Cash prizes will be awarded or the most, largest and smallest. Other events: free lionfish tastings, lionfish games and crafts for the youngsters, raffles and fillet and dissection demonstrations.
When: Sept. 8-11
Where: Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina, Islamorada
Web: reef.org/events/florida-keys-lionfish-derby-festival-2022

AMERICAN INDIAN DAY CELEBRATION – At this family-friendly festival, you will be able to connect with the Miccosukees, Miami’s original locals, and get a glimpse into the tribe’s culture and traditions. There will be indigenous craft and food vendors, alligator wrestling shows and airboat rides.
When: Sept. 24
Where: Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in the Florida Everglades
Web: https://miccosukee.com/aid

HEROES SALUTE TRIBUTE WEEKEND – This Labor Day Weekend bash honors military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical personnel and offers a whole lot of fun for all attendees, including moving tributes to the heroes, fireworks, live music, great food and a 5K run/walk.
When: Sept. 2-4
Where: Hawks Key Resort on Duck Key in the Florida Keys
Web: floridakeysheroes.com

BEER-B-Q – Get ready for some delicious barbecue, cold craft beers and toe-tapping live music. Come out and vote for Lauderhill’s Favorite BBQ. There will also be a DJ, a variety of local vendors and lawn games. The music headliner is Dru Hill, a group that had a string of No. 1 r & b hits in the 1990s. Also on the bill are JT Money and Mike Smiff.
When: Sept. 17
Where: Between 16th and 19th Streets on NW 38th Avenue, Lauderhill
Web: eventbrite.com/e/third-annual-beer-b-q-tickets-380594025977

CONFRONTATION: KEITH HARING AND PIERRE ALECHINSKY – This exhibit celebrates one of the best-known 20th century American artists, Keith Haring, while at the same time providing a means of access to one of the legends of the European avant-garde movement, Pierre Alechinsky. By connecting the two, this presentation emphasizes the under-recognized legacy of this key experimental genre, one that eroded artistic and social barriers by bringing work into the streets and adapting non-traditional creative sources including children’s art and pre-historic visual culture in order to instigate social change.
When: Now through Oct. 2
Where: Nova Southeastern University Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale
Web: nsuartmuseum.org/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/

KEY WEST BREWFEST – Nearly 200 beers and micro-brews are the big draw, but there is a lot more on tap: beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, late-night parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting event.
When: Sept. 1-5
Where: Various locations in Key West
Web: keywestbrewfest.com

ISLAND HOPPER SONGWRITER FEST – Behind every great country music hit, there is usually another outstanding singer/songwriter who wrote the tune.  Get to know the back stories behind country’s biggest hits and see them performed by the writers.
When: Various venues in Sanibel/Captiva, downtown Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach
When: Sept. 16-25
Web: fortmyersbeach.org/events/island-hopper-songwriter-fest/

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES ON HISTORIC INSTRUMENTS – If you’ve never heard music played on a 1902 J. H. & C. S. Odell & Company organ or a 1901 Steinway & Sons model B art case piano, now is your chance. A variety of popular music will be performed, including secular and spiritual pieces published or composed in the Gilded Age.
When: Select Sundays from Sept. 4 through Nov. 20
Where: Henry Flagler Museum, Palm Beach
Web: flaglermuseum.us/programs/organ-piano-demonstrations

WOMENFEST KEY WEST – Thousands of singles, couples and groups of women are expected to attend for activities ranging from concerts, comedy acts, pool parties, sailing and snorkeling to late-night dance parties and a drag king pageant.
When: Sept. 7-11
Where: Various locations in Key West
Web: gaykeywestfl.com/womenfest/

CRAFTS FESTIVAL TRIO – At all three of these outdoor gatherings, you’ll get to see stunning works in a variety of media, including ceramics, jewelry, stained glass and metal. For details on all of them, see artfestival.com.

  • Downtown Venice Labor Day Weekend Craft Festival, Sept. 3-4
  • Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival, Sept. 10-11
  • Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival, Sept. 17-18

MEL FISHER DAYS – For the uninitiated, treasure hunter Mel Fisher achieved fame for discovering shipwrecks off the Florida coast, the most famous one being the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, which sunk in 1622. Each year, there is a gathering celebrating his accomplishments and this one is being held in honor of the 400th anniversary of the sinking of the Atocha. There will be films, live and silent auctions, meet and greets with the Fisher family, live music, and a banquet dinner.
When: Sept. 2-6
Where: Various locations in Key West
Web: melfisher.com/MOBILE/site/MelFisherDays.html

COCKTAILS & CRAFTS & UPCYCLE DAY – Locals and visitors alike will have fun and learn about “Upcycling,” which is the process of transforming everyday materials into premium handmade items. The first part of the program (Cocktails & Crafts) is a Friday night party featuring local independent makers and upcycling enthusiasts. Saturday is Upcycle Day, with workshops offering great upcycling tips.
When: Sept. 16-17
Where: Resource Depot, West Palm Beach
Web: resourcedepot.org/upcycle-day

BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF MIAMI – The 26th version will show seven days of in-person screenings and two weeks of virtual events. The in-person movies will compete for the prestigious Crystal Lens Award for the best new Brazilian film. It will be announced at the Closing Awards night, which will also feature a performance by renowned singer/songwriter Adriana Calcanhotto and a ceremony honoring actress Dira Paes with a Lifetime Achievement award. The festival also includes live talks, panels with industry experts and masterclasses.
When: Sept. 10-25
Where: Various locations in Miami
Web: miamiandbeaches.com/event/brazilian-film-festival/18819?category=5

Burning taste buds for more than two decades, the I Like It HOT! Festival is a favorite among spicy food lovers, hot sauce connoisseurs and others with adventurous palates.

 

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

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

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/

I LIKE IT HOT! FESTIVAL – Burning taste buds for more than two decades, the I Like It HOT! Festival is a favorite among spicy food lovers, hot sauce connoisseurs and others with adventurous palates. This kid- and pet-friendly pepper-palooza has something for everyone, including amateur hot sauce and salsa competitions, hoola hoop contests, a spicy sucker lick-a-thon, beer and other beverage tents, live music, spice vendors and food trucks serving BBQ and other less fiery flavors.
When: Sept. 10-11
Where: Largo Event Center, Largo
Web: https://www.facebook.com/ILikeItHotFestival/

HOOTERS CLEARWATER OFFSHORE NATIONALS – This three-day offshore power boat showcase and competition is set along the white, sandy shores of beautiful Clearwater Beach and promises some thrilling sights, good music and memorable interactions with boat lovers of all ages. Meet the race teams and get drivers’ autographs, enjoy fresh seafood and other regional cuisine, hit the rooftop dance party and watch the Gulf of Mexico sunset at Pier 60 after a day of exciting racing with some of the world’s fastest boats.
When: Sept. 23-25
Where: Clearwater Beach
Web: https://clearwaternationals.com/

GECKOFEST – In its 22nd year, the waterfront village of Gulfport will once again mark the end of summer by paying homage to its unofficial reptilian mascot at Geckofest, a 12-hour revelry of live music, food, art and frolicking. Along with ogling at a parade of characters in costume, guests can enjoy craft vendors, kids’ activities and street performances featuring acrobats, magicians, daredevils, dancers, aerialists, escape artists, fire eaters, balloon artists and other unique entertainers. This year’s theme is “Game Night,” so expect lots of costume getups and themed attire paying homage to favorite board games and game-related characters.
When: Sept. 3
Where: Downtown Gulfport
Web: http://geckofest.com/

HARRY P. LEU GARDENS FAIRY DOORS – Visitors of all ages take delight in strolling through the beautiful 50-acre grounds and discovering 20 one-of-a-kind fairy doors, each with their own little story to tell. The annual Fairy Doors exhibit is included in daily admission at Leu Gardens, which is filled with native palms, azaleas, vines, bromeliads, tropical philodendrons. roses and camellias, as well as towering camphor, elm and oak trees providing shade from the late summer sun.
When: Daily throughout September
Where: Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando
Web: https://www.leugardens.org/fairy-doors-august-5-october-31/

FLORIDA RANCH RODEO FINALS & COWBOY HERITAGE FESTIVAL – Leading up to the highly ballyhooed Ranch Rodeo finals, the historic Silver Spurs Arena honors and celebrates its cowboys (and cowgirls), rodeo events and Florida ranching history. The weekend’s showcases and competitions include bronc riding, a whip-popping contest, a working Florida cow dog contest, wild cow milking, a boot scramble and a day full of cowboy poetry, storytelling and music.
When: Sept. 23-24
Where: Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee
Web: https://fca.memberclicks.net/rodeo

GLOBAL PEACE FILM FESTIVAL – Aiming to inspire change, educate and promote conversations about peace, activism, acts of bravery and historical events, the Global Peace Festival has curated a variety films and filmmaker discussions throughout the Orlando area. Among some of the short film and documentary topics are the Pulse shooting, life in Ukraine, freedom of speech and the many activists throughout history who have been inspired by Ghandi. For those who can’t make the in-person viewings, a virtual version of the festival will be available.
When: Sept. 19-25, virtual Sept. 26-Oct. 2
Where: Orlando and Winter Park areas
Web: https://peacefilmfest.org/

BUSCH GARDENS BIER FEST – Included in regular park admission, Busch Gardens will host this special beer-inspired food festival each weekend in August through Labor Day weekend in September, complete with live bands. Sip and sample from more than 70 varieties of IPAs, stouts, porters, lagers, sours, ciders and other frothy beverages while also tasting special seasonal dishes such as Brisket Poutine, Charcuterie in a Cup and a dessert Black Forest Pretzel. Tip: Hit the roller coasters before filling up on beer and food, not after.
When: Sept. 2-5
Where: Busch Gardens, Tampa
Web: http://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/bier-fest/

UNDER THE HARVEST MOON SIP & STROLL – Enjoy an evening walk through the tree-lined Main Street of this small Space Coast town, which invites guests to purchase a commemorative glass and shopping bag before sampling a variety of wines as they shop among the fun assortment of boutiques and small businesses of Cocoa Village. Grab a map and increase your chance of winning “Village Bucks” with each shop or restaurant you visit.
When: Sept. 24
Where: Historic Cocoa Village
Web: https://visitcocoavillage.com/sip-stroll/

LEGOLAND HEROES WEEKEND – Presented by the National Fire Protection Association, Heroes Weekend at LEGOLAND incorporates safety messages in a fun and kid-friendly way. Meet LEGO Doctor Max and LEGO Policeman characters, help build a LEGO City mosaic, catch a showing of The LEGO City 4D: Officer in Pursuit at the Fun Town 4D and stop by special booths to learn more about responsible actions to keep you and your family safe, all while enjoying the colorful and whimsical LEGO scenes and hopping aboard rides designed for all ages.
When: Sept. 3-5
Where: LEGOLAND Florida, Winter Haven
Web: https://www.legoland.com/florida/things-to-do/seasonal-events/heroes-weekend/

REGAL RAILWAYS TOY TRAIN SHOW & SWAP MEET – Collectors and hobbyists love this little traveling market and collectibles show, ideal for hunting down hard-to-find antique and classic toys, comic books, figurines, games, model trains and accessories and other unique items. An elaborate, running model train setup is always an entertaining attraction for the kids, and there will be a real train engine on display for a fun photo shoot.
When: Sept. 10
Where: Hernando County Fairgrounds, Brookesville
Web: https://regalrailways.com/regal-railways-upcoming-toy-and-collectible-shows-sale/

SOUNDS OF SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – What better way to wrap up the waning days of late summer than with some rock-n-roll along the Atlantic Ocean shore? The Daytona Beach Bandshell offers free concerts featuring tribute bands crooning the tunes of Kenny Chesney, The Who, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Tim McGraw. The shows draw fans of all ages to the music, rain or shine, and guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the concert well past sunset.
When: Sept. 2, 4, 9, 16, 23
Where: Daytona Beach Bandshell, Daytona Beach
Web: https://www.daytonabandshell.com/

TARPON SPRINGS SPONGE DOCKS CRAFT FESTIVAL – Florida’s favorite little Greek town hosts an arts & crafts fair, featuring more than 100 vendors selling jewelry, artwork, clothing, plants, soaps, purses, sculptures, glasswork, gifts, snacks, and of course, sponges harvested straight from the sea. In between shopping, stop into one of the many authentic Greek bakeries, cafes and restaurants serving house-made baklava, gyros, Tarpon Springs-style Greek salad, freshly caught seafood and other delicious dishes.
When: Sept. 24-25
Where: Dodecanese Boulevard, Tarpon Springs
Web: https://www.artfestival.com/festivals/tarpon-springs-sponge-docks-craft-festival

 "Beyond Van Gogh" offers you the chance to view the masterworks by French Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh.

 

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

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. 23-24, 30-31
Where: Pensacola
Web: https://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/blueangels

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

HOOK, LINE & SINKER — Two of the biggest “fall” seafood fests in North Florida are perfect bookends for September. You saw what we did there, right? The word fall is used loosely in the sunshine state until we spy faux pumpkins and trick-or-treaters. Also known as the fifth month of our endless summer, it’s the perfect time to indulge in sizzling, fresh from the boat, fried seafood outdoors! Both fests include arts and crafts vendors and alternative eats for landlubbers.

  • Florida Scallop, Music & Arts Festival (Sept. 3-4, Port St. Joe): Celebrate Labor Day weekend by dining on freshly harvested St. Joseph’s Bay scallops while enjoying two days of live music. The festival lineup includes American Blonde, Tiger County Regulators, Sauce Boss, The Josh Garrett Band. Kids under 12 are free. https://www.facebook.com/FLAScallopFestival
     
  • Pensacola Seafood Festival (Sept. 23-25, Pensacola): You name it, there’s a chance one of the food vendors is preparing it. Whether it's Crawfish Mac’n’Cheese, Alligator, Conch Fritters or Coconut Shrimp, the seafood served is fresh and plentiful. Those looking for a more gourmet experience can visit the Gulf to Table area where some of the city’s best chefs serve up signature dishes in bite-sized portions. The live music lineup includes The Molly Ringwalds, Tenille Townes, Goldmine and more. https://www.fiestapensacola.org/seafood-festival

BULLS ON THE BEACH — No guts, no glory for the brave contestants in this three-day competition. Flora-Bama hosts some of the more unique beachfront parties Yes, we’re talking about the Interstate Mullet Toss! and a full rodeo in the sugar soft sand seems almost tame in comparison. Although the professional bull riders will be the headline attraction, they’ll be taking a backseat to Thursday night’s lower key affair featuring junior riders on miniature bulls.
When: Sept. 8-10
Where: Flora-Bama Lounge, Package and Oyster Bar
Web: https://www.florabama.com/bulls-on-the-beach

EMERALD COAST BEER FESTIVAL — Before craft beer was trendy, Gulf Coast brew lovers were gathering to sample the best suds. Now 26 years later, they’re still gathering and sampling ales and lagers and IPAs from more than 100 microbreweries and about a dozen homebrew clubs. Also includes a beer pairing dinner, live music and food vendors.
When: Sept. 9
Where: Seville Quarter, Pensacola
Web: https://emeraldcoastbeerfest.com

AMELIA ISLAND DANCE FESTIVAL — Fall in love with movement during Amelia Island’s three-day celebration of dance in all its forms. The festival’s four live performances will feature top national and regional talent in a variety of styles including classical (The Florida Ballet), contemporary (NYC’s East by North Dance Theatre), acroyoga (Jacksonville duo JBacroduo), tap (Broadway performer John Manzari) and ballroom (ValNeda Latin Ballroom). Many of the performers will also lead dance workshops for a minimal registration fee. 
When: Sept. 9-11
Where: Amelia Island
Web: https://www.ameliaislanddancefestival.org

2ND ANNUAL TALLAHASSEE CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL This family-friendly fest brings the flavors, sounds and swagger of the Caribbean islands to landlocked Tally. The carnival includes three days of live music, sumptuous fashion, vibrant colors, live entertainment, food vendors and a kids zone. The event highlight is Saturday’s Caribbean Parade.
When: Sept. 9-11
Where: Tallahassee
Web: http://tccarnival.com

STEPHEN FOSTER OLD-TIME MUSIC WEEKEND — Don’t let that banjo keep collecting dust because you’ve yet to master fingerpicking. The Old-Time Music Weekend offers three days of music instruction, from beginner to advanced, on the banjo, guitar and fiddle. Each day also includes a free, live concert by different members of the weekend’s teaching faculty.
When: Sept. 9-11
Where: Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs
Web: https://stephenfostercso.org/event-3806109

QUILTFEST OF JACKSONVILLE — After two years of extra quality time at home, we’ve learned new crafts, finished lingering projects and expanded our skillset beyond sourdough starters. For anyone who has dusted off their sewing machine and started piecing fabric, Jacksonville’s annual show will provide plenty of inspiration on your new journey. This year’s theme, “20/20 is Sew Perfect” is part pun, part tongue-in-cheek throwback to the 2020’s theme which was canceled due to the pandemic. The show’s highlight is the wall-to-wall collection of quilts that fills up more than half of the exhibitor space. This year, organizer’s are expecting more than 400 unique works of fabric art in a variety of sizes and styles from modern and artistic to updated takes on classic patterns. Also includes live demonstrations, vendors, quilts for sale, a silent auction and special exhibits.
When: Sept. 15-17
Where: Prime Osborn Convention Center, Jacksonville
Web: www.quiltfestjax.com

BEYOND VAN GOGH — Whereas the journey to view the masterworks by French Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh in person would span continents, the chance to immerse yourself in his life and work in this traveling exhibit is nothing short of awe-inspiring. More than 300 works of art are projected in more than 4 trillion pixels over 30,000 square feet of exhibit space from the floors to the ceilings. But these are not just simple renderings of his artwork. These are paintings unbound from the traditional norms; they melt and morph, become larger than life and inspire emotion when paired with a modern soundtrack that’s available for repeat listening on Spotify. It’s a truly 21st century viewing experience that has the ability to touch all generations through its visual beauty and breadth. The heart of the exhibit is a half-hour film that traces Van Gogh’s artistic life through his paintings. Tickets must be purchased online through the exhibit’s website.
When: Sept. 16 - Nov. 6
Where: Immersive Art Space, Jacksonville
Web: https://vangoghjacksonville.com

SING OUT LOUD MUSIC FEST — St. Augustine’s multi-act, multi-genre, multi-venue live music festival not only contains a kicking lineup of local, regional and national stars, it’s also grown to include the St. Augustine Songwriters Festival (Sept. 23-25) and the St. Augustine Record Fair (Sept. 25). Some of the national acts performing at the festival include Snail Mail, Clint Daniels, Shovels & Rope and Lucius. Music lovers interested in a deeper dive into the songwriting process will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse during the Songwriters Festival. This year’s lineup includes 10-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally, a longtime member of Jimmy Buffet’s band; plus Casey Beathard (There Was Us), Chris Tompkins (Before He Cheats), Chris DeStefano (Good Girl) and Mark Irwin (Neon Light).
When: Sept. 16-25
Where: St. Augustine
Web: https://singoutloudflorida.com

FLORIDA FIN FEST — Grab your reusable water bottle, environmentally-friendly sunscreen and head to the beach for two days of information on ocean conservation, local eats and live music. Guests at this family-friendly seaside event can explore the Education Village and its immersive underwater VR experience, Jacksonville University touch tanks, a mobile planetarium from the Museum of Science and History as well as attend one of the panel discussions on topics like “Micro-plastics, Micro-fibers & Marine Debris” or “Water Quality”. Meanwhile, the pavilion’s main stage will host free live music featuring national headliners John Oates of Hall and Oates and Moon Taxi. Also includes 10 food trucks and all drinks will be available for purchase only in aluminum cans.
When: Sept. 17-18
Where: Seawalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach
Web: https://flfinfest.com

PASO FINO HORSE ASSOCIATION 50TH GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY GRAND NATIONAL SHOW — We’re all familiar with horse breeds like Thoroughbred, Arabian and Appaloosa but the term Paso Fino might have you struggling for a reference point. The Paso Fino breed was imported to the Caribbean from Spain and is known for having a smooth, natural ambling gait that’s perfect for trail riding. Spectators at the Paso Fino Horse Association’s annual show will get to see the country’s top horses in the breed compete for the honor to be named the 50th Anniversary Grand Champion.
When: Sept. 19-24
Where: World Equestrian Center, Ocala
Web: https://www.pfhagns.com

PANAMA CITY BEACH FISHING RODEO — While so many of the big Panhandle fishing tournaments take place in the heart of the summer season, Panama City offers up a fall event to get you back out on the water. Only in its second year, the competition spans 17 days with twice daily weigh-ins. Anglers will compete in one of seven divisions and each division includes prizes for up to 11 different species of fish. How you catch them determines your division think Kayak and Paddle Board Division or Recreation Boats 26 feet or larger. Even shore fishing is allowed! Rounding out the event is a Kids Fishing Rodeo (Oct. 9) that includes free bait, loaner rods and instruction with prizes awarded to the participants.
When: Sept. 23 - Oct. 9
Where: Panama City
Web: https://pcbfishingrodeo.com

SMOKIN’ IN THE PINES BBQ FESTIVAL — Southern rock and country music provide the background jams for traveling BBQ teams competing for over $10,000 in cash and prizes in the Open BBQ Competition. Meanwhile, spectators can try their hardest to eat their way through samples of more than 35 different pulled pork recipes, then cast their anonymous vote for their favorite in the People’s Choice Competition. As always, the “sweetest” competitions of the weekend are either the BBQ sauce competition or the Kidz-Que Grillmaster Contest. Includes overnight camping, artisans and a kids zone.
When: Sept. 23-24
Where: Forest Capital State Museum, Perry
Web: smokininthepinesbbq.com

OCCUPATION OF PALATKA — Although not a of the key battleground states during the Civil War, Union troops did cross into the northern part of Florida for minor skirmishes. The Bronson-Mulholland House was occupied by Union troops in 1864. This annual living history reenactment takes guests back in time through educational and weapons demonstrations, cannon firings and tours of the historic home.
When: Sept. 23-25
Where: Bronson-Mulholland House, Palatka
Web: http://putnam-fl-historical-society.org

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