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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.

 

Pensacola & the Florida Panhandle Events

February 2014

February - November 2014
Panama City Friday Fest

Held on the first Friday of each month in downtown Panama City, Friday Fest features a car show parade, late hours for shops and restaurants, and over 50 food vendors along Harrison Avenue.

September 2014

September 26 - 28, 2014
Pensacola Seafood Festival

Guests in downtown Pensacola treat their taste buds to hundreds of dishes from vendors. Explore gumbo, crab, shrimp, grilled conch, and more.

October 2014

October 17-19, 2014
38th Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival Fun for the entire family with many different food concessions and fun in Niceville. Event times vary.
October 24 - 25, 2014
Tallahassee Greek Food Festival

Reflecting one of Tallahassee's many diverse cultures, this Greek food festival includes gourmet food, folk music, costumed traditions, and public dancing under Greek tunes.

October 2014

October 31 - November 1, 2014
Florida Seafood Festival

Held in Apalachicola, this premiere seafood festival features delicious dishes, musical entertainment, parade, eating contests, and a 5K run.

April 2015

April 12, 2015
Sopchoppy Worm Gruntin' Festival!

Games and contests take over the downtown streets of Sopchoppy. The events start at 7 a.m. with a 5K run.

June 2015

June 4 - 6, 2015
Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival

Pirates descend onto Fort Walton Beach for three days of plundering, torchlight parades, fireworks, and a family-friendly festival filled with activities and good food.

Tampa & West Central Florida Events

July 2014

Saturdays
July 12 - August 23, 2014

Light Up Channelside: Summer Fireworks Series Live music and great food fills the Channel District as people gather for the firework finale. Festivities begin at 5 p.m.

September 2014

September 20, 2014
Chillin Music Fest Curits Hixon Park in the heart of Tampa fills with multiple stages of music, great food and drinks, and an unbeatable atmosphere from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

South Florida & the Keys Events

November 2014

November 16, 2014
Ford EcoBoost 400 Watch as Jeff Gordon defends his title at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

December 2014

December 4-7, 2014
Art Basel View art from all around the world at Miami Beach. Times vary.

East Central Florida Events

October 2014

October 16-19, 2014
22nd Annual Biketoberfest A international festival full of motorcycle races, charity rides, and fun events that accompany street fairs. Event times vary.

Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Events

May 2014

May 1 - December 31, 2014
Captain Steve's Swamp Buggy Adventures Join in on one of Captain Steve’s tours for a unique view of the Everglades. There are many different types of tours and he is fairly flexible, just ask. Tour times vary.
May 1 - October 31, 2014
Corey Billie's Airboat Rides Take a tour through the Everglades on an Airboat with a native Seminole as your guide. Check for a convenient tour time that suits you.

May 2014

May 1 - December 31, 2014
Naples Trolley Tours Hop onto a vintage trolley for a one-of-a-kind narrated tour of Naples. Tours depart daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

November 2014

November 21-30, 2014
American Sand Sculpring Championships Head down to Fort Myers Beach and watch as it is turned into a magnificent art gallery. Event times vary.

Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Events

April 2014

April 26 - August 24, 2014
The New York Times Magazine Photographs Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art to view these unique photos that each have a unique story to tell. Check for exhibit times.

October 2014

October 11, 2014
4th Annual North Florida YogaFest Join the group yoga class at the Riverside Arts Market amphitheater and browse through booths by studio owners, instructors, and fellow enthusiasts. The meditation begins at 10 a.m.

Tallahassee & North Central Florida Events

October 2014

October 25, 2014
St. Marks Stone Crab Festival Enjoy live music, art, and fresh crabs in St. Marks. Event times vary.

November 2014

November 8-9, 2014
Downtown Festival and Art Show Wander through Downtown Gainesville and immerse yourself in art from all over the country. There will be physical art such as sculptures and paintings as well as artists performing beautiful dances or music. The festivities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Orlando & Central Florida Events

September 2014

September 19 - November 10, 2014
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Experience food and wine from all around the world while walking around Epcot.
September 20-21, 2014
Leesburg Fine Arts Fest Explore the many different booths displaying unique works of art. It starts at 10 a.m.

September 2014

September 5-6, 2014
Rock the Universe Join one of the biggest Christian music festivals in Florida at Universal Studios. Event times vary.

October 2014

October 4-26, 2014
SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular Put on your costume and watch special Halloween shows. Check for event times.

Must See in Florida

  • Florida Theme Parks

    Florida Theme Parks

    Find hotels near Florida theme parks like Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, LEGOLAND Florida, and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

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  • Florida Pro Sports

    Florida Pro Sports

    From the Marlins to the Buccaneers, find the exciting professional sporting event of your choice in Florida. 

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  • Florida Beaches

    Florida Beaches

    Find hotels near Florida beaches in Miami, Clearwater, Jacksonville, and Daytona Beach – plus the Emerald Coast & Florida Keys.

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    Florida Airport Hotels

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