Festive In Florida

Florida loves a good festival. Save the date—these regional spring festivals are right around the corner!

 

22nd Annual Brownwood

  • Paddock Square Art & Craft Festival
  • The Villages › March 31-April 1
  • This isn’t your typical arts and crafts festival. Shop thousands of products, from mixed media and paintings to hand bags, hats and jewelry. thevillages.com

Sea World’s Seven Seas Food Festival

  • Orlando › Through April 15 
  • We hope you’re hungry—Sea World’s Seven Seas Food Festival has prepared quite the menu. With authentic street fare selections from around the world, craft beers, thrilling rides and spectacular shows—you’ll want to bring the entire family along. Plus, every Saturday and Sunday of this festival, catch live performances from the industry’s hottest country, rock and Latin music artists. seaworld.com

Springing the Blues Music Festival

  • Jacksonville › Beach April 6-8 
  • Join Jacksonville locals as they enjoy this three-day blues festival by the shoreline. Browse the local arts and crafts vendors, or munch on tasty treats along the beach as you enjoy the music. Fifty musical acts are set to perform. springingtheblues.com

Tampa Bay Blues Festival

  • St. Petersburg › April 6-8 
  • Catch the blues in the best way possible at this festival promising some of the finest blues musicians in show.  tampabaybluesfest.com

49th Annual Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival & Exhibition

  • Gainesville › April 7-8 
  • Calling all art fanatics—check out the local artwork on display, not to mention work from nationally esteemed artists. Festivalgoers will walk amongst some of Gainesville’s finest historic homes while enjoying food, fun activities and live entertainment.  sfspringarts.org

Spring Fiesta in the Park

  • Orlando › April 7-8  
  • Who doesn’t like a pretty painting? Take home one or two of your own at the Spring Fiesta in the Park where more than 600 artists and crafters will be selling their original work. This venue will also have live entertainment and plenty of food. fiestainthepark.com

26th Annual Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival

  • Venice › April 13-15
  • Did you know that Venice, Florida, is named Shark Tooth Capital of the World? Every year millions of shark teeth wash up on its beaches. To celebrate, this festival will include a mixture of art, music, fun activities and prehistoric fossils on display for the kids—come on out to see what all the hoopla is  about. sharkstoothfest.com

Brews Around the Zoo

  • Sanford › April 14 
  • Sorry kids, this event is for adults ages 21 and up. Sip on cold brews, eat delicious food from local restaurants, bop to live music and more. We challenge you to a selfie with all your favorite zoo animals! centralfloridazoo.org

10th Annual Winter Park Paint Out

  • Winter Park › April 22-28 
  • Watch in awe as 25 talented artists paint outdoors using the landscape around Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens as their muse. Stop by to see the artists in action and for the option to purchase the canvases after they are finished. polasek.org

2nd Annual Martin County Shrimp & Lobster Festival

  • Stuart › April 27-29 
  • What festival showcases today’s best seafood vendors, premier artists and superb musicians? If you guessed Stuart’s annual shrimp and lobster festival, you are correct! Enjoy a day of eating fresh seafood, drinking cold beer, browsing local vendors and concert hopping.  shrimpandlobsterfest.com

57th Annual Apopka Art & Foliage Festival

  • Apopka › April 28-29
  • Shop unique knickknacks from over 160 artisans and crafters, take advise from local growers and plant-doctors, and watch live entertainment at this weekend-long event. apopkaartandfoliagefestival.org

Sunfest

  • West Palm Beach › May 3-6 
  • With a spectacular waterfront view, this major music festival along Flagler Drive will include musical performances by Ellie Goulding, the Goo Goo Dolls, Young the Giant and more! sunfest.com

54th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

  • Fernandina Beach › May 3-6, 
  • Don’t miss the pirate parade, arts and crafts exhibits, antiques, games, contests, seafood and live music. Fernandina Beach sure knows how to throw a festival! shrimpfestival.com

2nd Annual Venice Seafood & Music Festival

  • Venice › May 5-6
  • Plan a weekend getaway with the girls and visit Venice during its 2nd Annual Venice Seafood & Music Festival. Enjoy food, drinks, shopping and live music from Florida’s favorite R&B, jazz, rock, reggae and Caribbean bands. paragonartevents.com

Jazz on the Vineyard Green

  • Clermont › May 12-13
  • Listen as talented Jazz musicians take on the outdoor stage at Lakeridge Winery for the weekend. Purchase wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food at this one-day event. Reserve your spot for complimentary tours and wine tastings. A great idea for date night!  lakeridgewinery.com

65th Annual Florida Folk Festival

  • White Springs › May 25-27 
  • Celebrate what makes Florida unique at the Florida Folk Festival. Help preserve Florida’s oldest traditions such as music, dance, crafts and other activities. Try your hand at a new hobby during demonstrations and workshops throughout the festival. floridastateparks.org

Annual Blue Crab Festival

  • Palatka › May 25-28 
  • This year’s Blue Crab Festival will be the talk of the town. Held in downtown Palatka, the event includes carnival rides, live musicians and plenty of vendors selling food and drinks. bluecrabfestival.com

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

  • Orlando › Through May 28 
  • Visit Epcot’s annual spring festival to meander through interactive gardens, participate in hands-on workshops and admire over 30 million vibrant blossoms as you make your way around the park. disneyworld.disney.go.com

Orange Blossom Dance Festival

  • Oviedo › May 31-June 3
  • This fully sanctioned dance competition includes some heavy hitters in the world of country and swing dancing. Top swing and country instructors will be on hand, so wear your dancing shoes. orangeblossomdance.net

64th Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival

  • Chiefland › June 2 
  • This annual event features arts, crafts, vendors, melons and the popular Chiefland Watermelon Pageant. chieflandwomansclub.org

3rd Annual Festival of the Sea

  • Orlando › June 16  
  • If Florida knows one thing, it’s how to prepare seafood. Bring your appetite to this event and sample carefully seasoned festival fare. Chase down the seafood with a cool refreshment, then walk off the calories by browsing various arts and crafts stands. gopartylive.com/festivalofthesea

11th Annual St. Augustine Music Festival

  • St. Augustine  › June 21-23 & 28-30
  • The St. Augustine Music Festival is a free event open to the public featuring musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joined by internationally acclaimed artists. The musicians will be performing a variety of classical compositions in the St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica. staugustinemusicfestival.org

28th Annual Lake Placid Caladium Festival

  • Lake Placid › July 27-29
  • Learn everything there is to know about caladiums at this popular festival. Feeling extra brave? Sign up beforehand to participate in the Dr. Tom McDonald 5K Race or the floral arrangement competition. Winner takes home bragging rights. lpfla.com

Sing Out Loud Festival

  • St. Augustine › September TBD
  • Gals and guys, here is one festival that you must attend. This festival features hundreds of performances by various artists at venues around St. Augustine, and all concerts are free and open to the public! singoutloudfestival.com

Road Trip!

Wait, there’s more! Take a family road trip or plan a weekend getaway with your significant other to visit these farther away festivals. Break out the calendar—you won’t want to miss these events.

56th Annual Delray Affair

  • Delray Beach › April 13-15 
  • Stretching 12 blocks across Delray Beach, this event is the largest arts and crafts festival in the Southeastern United States. Artist come from around the world to display their fine work—let’s show them our support! delrayaffair.com

Spring Garden Festival & 39th Annual Spring Plant Sale

  • Coral Gables › April 14-15  
  • Celebrate spring the Coral Gables way. Learn a multitude of tips from plant professionals, gather secrets from local chefs and browse an array of pretty plants from the nicest vendors. fairchildgarden.org

34th Annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival

  • Pompano Beach › April 27-29
  • This seafood fest draws thousands of seafood lovers each year to sample seafood specialties, peruse the craft-filled streets and sing along as the entertainment lights up the sandy stage. pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com

33rd Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival

  • Pensacola › May 4-6 
  • In addition to the 16,000 pounds of crawfish provided by the Cordova Crawfish Company of Pensacola, this fancy fest will offer traditional Cajun dishes, from red beans and rice to spicy jambalaya. Looks like the sun won’t be the only thing bringing the heat to this event. fiestapensacola.org/pensacola-crawfish-festival

ForD Lauderdale Air Show

  • ForD Lauderdale Beach › May 5-6 
  • Make sure to reserve your tickets for this beachfront air show. Want a true VIP experience? We suggest you kayak the nearby waterways while the planes fly overhead. fortlauderdaleairshow.com

27th Annual International Mango Festival

  • Fairchild › July 14-15
  • A mango a day keeps the doctor away? Close enough. Lectures, demonstrations, tips and tricks all related to this tasty fruit await you at this sweet two-day event. Want to know the secret to keep your mango tree alive in sunny Florida? Visit this fun festival in Fairchild to find out. fairchildgarden.org

38th Annual Hemingway Days

  • Key West › July 17-22
  • Ernest Hemingway was an American author known for his classic novels, including The Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bells Tolls. Hemingway spent most of his time writing from his home in Key West, so it’s only appropriate that locals gather once a year to celebrate his many accomplishments on the same island. The annual festival commemorates the late author with look-alike contests, poetry readings, presentations and memorabilia. Don’t forget to tour his house before or after the festival as an added bonus. fla-keys.com
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