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Planning a visit to Florida? Or maybe you're a local that's just looking for what's going on. Here's a sampling of some of the popular local events in the state.


Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Events

November 2016

November 5 & 6, 2016
Sarasota Medieval Fair

Don't miss this year's Sarasota Medieval Fair. Held on November 5th and 6th at the Historic Asolo Theater, the Sarasota Medieval Fair is one of the city's premier events. 

November 2016

November 4, 2016
Les Stroud: An Evening of Music, Conversation & Video

Fans of the popular Discover Channel program Survivorman will not want to miss this event in Fort Myers. Les Stroud: An Evening of Music, Conversation & Video live at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall should be a real treat. Hear Les tell stories of his explorations and adventures, and listen to his authentic songs.

Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Events

January 2016

January 19 - December 20, 2016
2016 Jax Beach Classic Car Cruise

Planning a trip to scenic Jacksonville? Into cars? Then check out this classic car show, hitting the streets near the Sea Walk Pavillon on the third Tuesday of each month, all year long. It all starts at 5 p.m. Come check out the unique festivities.

Tallahassee & North Central Florida Events

October 2016

October 6, 2016
2016 Art & Soul Celebration

A celebration of the visual arts, featuring live entertainment, a live auction, dinner, and more, at the Goodwood Museum and Gardens. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in a costume. Tickets are available now.

October 21 & 22, 2016
5th Annual French Country Flea Market

An annual shopping event held at Sweet South Cottage featuring a ton of deals on vintage and refurbished furniture, jewelry, clothing, and other unique wares. It all gets underway at noon.

October 12, 2016
2016 Korn & Breaking Benjamin

Two of rock's heaviest hitters are ready to tear up the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Tickets are on sale now. 

October 2016

October 17-24, 2016
2016 Suwannee River Wilderness Trail

Join Paddle Florida as they explore the Suwannee River in Gainsville this autumn. Register today.

December 2016

December 2 & 3, 2016
2016 Art & Antiques Fair & Arists' League Crafts Expo

Come grab some handcrafted and homemade gifts, goods, and goodies at the Museum of Fine Arts on the Florida State University for two straight days.

Orlando & Central Florida Events

October 2016

October 28 & 29, 2016
7th Annual Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

The world famous theme park hosts the 7th rendition of this classic event. There will be tons of food, activities, seminars, and more. It all begins at 5:30 p.m.

December 2016

May 31 - December 28, 2016
2016 Kissimmee Valley Farmer's Market

Main Street in Kissimmee transforms into a hub for locally grown produce and handcrafted gifts and goods each Tuesday afternoon. It all begins at 3 p.m.

Pensacola & the Florida Panhandle Events

October 2016

October 1, 2016
Tar Heels v. Seminoles – college football

Head for Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee for a premier college football matchup. On October 1st, the North Carolina Tar Heels take on the Florida State Seminoles, starting at 1 p.m. 

November 2016

November 11 & 12, 2016
2016 Blue Angels Homecoming Show

The world-famous Blue Angels will put on their famous flight show at National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola. Grab your passes today.

November 2016

November 13, 2016
12th Annual Pensacola Marathon

Get and explore Pensacola for a great cause. The run begins at Veteran's Memorial Park, and will traverse over 13 miles of the city's bayfront and downtown streets. There will be plenty of festivities and live music. Register today.

South Florida & the Keys Events

March 2016

March 17 - September 30, 2016
2016 National Parks Adventure 3D

Explore America's National Parks without ever leaving Fort Lauderdale by visiting IMAX Fort Lauderdale. Exploratory nature films filmed in beautiful 3D will be shown all summer long. Check the showtimes during your visit.

September 2016

September 29 - October 2, 2016
2016 REEF Fest

Celebrate marine life and culture in Key West this autumn, as festivities will be held for several days, including seminars, kayaking and snorkeling trips, and dinners will be open to the public. 

October 2016

October 13-16, 2016
2016 Miami International Film Festival

A four-day film event held at MDC's Tower Theater in Miami. There will be tons of activities as well as screenings of new movies.

November 2016

November 23-27, 2016
2016 International Sand Art Competition

A fun beachside festival featuring some of the region's best sand sculptures and artists competing for prizes. The event is spectator friendly, and it's held at Atlantic Beach.

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