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The Sunshine State knows how to celebrate, from the Florida Panhandle all the way down to Key West. With street fairs, music festivals, and a celebration for just about anything, plan your next visit to Florida and check out some of their prized affairs.
Discover the glitz and glam of the art world and come face to face with some of the world’s best artists at Art Basel. Set in Miami, Art Basel has become North America’s largest art fair, bringing in international and national artists from leading galleries from across the globe to participate and showcase their blood, sweat, and tears.
Who would have thought there would be an 11-day event celebrating the strawberry, but in Plant City, Florida, this fruitful event has become an extravaganza like no other. Pick, eat, and sample the best strawberries, or enter the strawberry-eating contest for a chance to win big prizes. Filled with food trucks, beer stands, rides and attractions, and live entertainment, grab a piece of strawberry shortcake and watch the fun unravel.
Held annually in January, the Florida Manatee Festival is set in downtown Crystal River at the intersection of U.S. Highway 19 and Citrus Avenue. Set on Florida’s northwestern coast, the event is held in honor of the King’s Bay manatee.
The Manatee Festival commemorates Crystal River heritage with live entertainment, food, shopping, and boat tours. Offering free parking at Crystal River Mall, the fest also features juried art shows, arts and crafts booths, games, and more.
Each year near the end of January, downtown Tampa becomes awash in pirate regalia during the Gasparilla Pirate Festival. Arrrr-guably one of the most eclectic, unique, and festive events held in Tampa, the Gasparilla Pirate Festival has roots entrenched in the very first Gasparilla Parade, held in 1904.
As you explore the Tampa area, be sure to take in the sights and sounds of the Gasparilla Pirate Festival. The festival seeks to celebrate and honor the legend of Jose Gaspar, the mythical Spanish pirate. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is hosted by the city of Tampa and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.
Established in 1982, the annual SunFest Music & Arts Festival is the largest music and arts festival held on the Florida waterfront. Scheduled for the first week of May, SunFest draws approximately 165,000 yearly attendees to the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown West Palm Beach.
SunFest guests can check out sunfestivities like the BB&T Juried Fine Art & Craft Show, or the year’s music headliners – featuring acts from the B-52s to Earth, Wind & Fire to Weezer. Let the kids loose in Youth Park, catch the fireworks show, or just enjoy the scenery of the southeastern Florida coast.
Held in mid-April, the annual Shark's Tooth Festival is a unique event set in the Shark Tooth Capital of the World – the city of Venice. Found on the southwest Florida Gulf Coast, the fest is held at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds.
The three-day Shark's Tooth Festival features live music and entertainment, plus food, games, and shopping. Other events include the Sharks Tooth 10K, the Sharks Tooth Scramble, and plenty of shark tooth hunting on the beach.