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Celebrate history, heritage, and culture all year long in the Sunshine State and plan to visit for the hottest festivals and events in Florida. From city fairs and carnivals, food competitions, outdoor music festivals, and parades, Florida is exploding with action-packed events in every season from the top of the Panhandle to the southernmost point.
Held annually each winter for over a century, more than a half-million people flock to West Palm Beach, Florida for some rides and attractions with non-stop action for the South Florida Fair. This 17-day extravaganza features plenty of well-known carnival rides like the Gravitron and the Pirate, as well as first-class live performances, concerts, games, livestock shows, auctions, competitions, tons of kids’ activities and every kind of fair food from cotton candy to hot dogs and fried dough.
Anyone who is anyone heads to Miami every year to attend the internationally acclaimed Art Basel. As North America’s largest art fair, Art Basel is the centerpiece in the art world. Leading galleries from across the globe and over 4,000 artists showcase their works of contemporary paintings, sculptures, films, drawings, and photographs. Don’t miss the ever-growing and eclectic satellite art fairs that take place before, during and after Art Basel.
A South Florida staple since1982, the annual SunFest Music & Arts Festival is the largest waterfront concert and celebration in Florida. Held annually each May, SunFest brings in thousands of attendees to the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown West Palm Beach for five days of fun. Check out fun festivities from top music headliners to craft booths, kiosks, and tons of food trucks for every taste bud. Let the kids lose in the Youth Park, catch the fireworks show, or just enjoy the scenery of the southeastern Florida coast.
For an adventurous epicurean experience, including a multi-course seated dinner with wine pairings and signature cocktails all in one unique social setting, then the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival is just for you. This star-studded event showcases the culinary talents of renowned chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Rub elbows with celebrities and attend events within events from brunches and lunches, to the grand tastings.
Put on your eye patch and start practicing your accent to get ready for the ultimate pirate experience to celebrate and honor the legend of Jose Gaspar, the mythical Spanish pirate. Each January, downtown Tampa becomes inundated with pirate paraphernalia for the eagerly anticipated Gasparilla Pirate Festival. Arrrr-guably one of the most eclectic and unique festivals in Florida, Gasparilla has been a Tampa staple since 1904.
The Epcot Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida is a foodie’s dream destination that spans three months long each fall. Embark on a spectacular celebration of global cuisine, wine, and music as you sample indigenous cuisine from the participation counties around Epcot. Shop, dine and find must-see events, from book signings to top chef tips. Explore international foods kiosks, get schooled in wine, beer, and spirits, and eat ‘til your hearts content in this fun and magical destination.
Escape to Venice, Florida on the southwest coast and attend the highly anticipates Shark's Tooth Festival. Held in mid-April, this three-day event on the Venice Airport Festival Grounds features live music, plenty of entertainment, food, kids’ games, and crafts. If you’re not a shark’s tooth collector, fear not as there is so much fun happening here. Cheer on the participants in the Sharks Tooth 10K and the Sharks Tooth Scramble and get hunting.
For a fun way to stay refreshed in Florida’s heat, head to Naples each march for the Naples Craft Beer Festival at Bayfront. Celebrate the art of craft beer as a slew of breweries from across the country come out to provide samples to the masses. Perfectly pair delicious cuisine from local restaurants with each sample and take part in a friendly pairing competition. Along with good spirits, tasty beer, and scrumptious food enjoy the lively atmosphere, live music, and fun entertainment at this Naples festival.
Make your way to downtown Crystal River for the Florida Manatee Festival held annually in January. Set on Florida’s northwestern coast, the event is in honor of the King’s Bay manatee. Celebrate Crystal River heritage with live music on two stages, food, shopping, a colossal Kid Zone, and boat tours of the bay. Offering free parking at Crystal River Mall, the fest also features juried art shows, arts and crafts booths, games, and shuttle to Three Sisters Springs.
Even though there hardly is a spring season in Florida, northern Floridians celebrate its arrival. What once was a small-town celebration to promote Tallahassee’s beauty, has since turned into a grand event more than 40 years later. Visit Tally for the annual Springtime Tallahassee Festival and enjoy two days of arts & crafts, food, a Grand Parade featuring floats and marching bands, live music, a beer garden and a children’s park for hours and hours of fun for all ages.
Arts and culture are alive in St. Augustine, Florida. Movie aficionados, filmmakers, actors, and all cinematographers will have a full slate of entertainment at the St. Augustine Film Festival. View over 30 international and national independent films entered annually, choose your favorites to win the ultimate trophy. Opening night begins with a gala at the historic Lightner Museum. Films are screened at five different venues around the city.
Get your need for speed in Daytona Beach, Florida at one of NASCAR’s most prestigious races. Attend the Daytona 500 with adrenaline junkies from all over the world to watch this popular race on Florida’s eastern coast. Get an exclusive peek into NASCAR garages from the Sprint FANZONE, meet and greet your favorite drivers, and enjoy the live entertainment and historic car displays.
A Daytona Beach tradition for nearly 80 years, Bike Week brings together motorcycle enthusiasts of all kinds to the world’s most famous 10-day party. Ride through the streets, watch cycle shows, and enjoy live music rock concerts with fellow bikers to appreciate your love of wheels.