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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.

 

Tampa & West Central Florida Events

June 2016

June - August, 2016
2016 Channelside Bay Plaza Fresh Artisan Market

On the first of every month this summer, visitors are invited to enjoy the Channelside Bay Plaza's artisan market in Tampa, which features live music, locally grown and handpicked produce, handcrafted goods, and more. It all starts at 11 a.m.

June 25 & 26, 2016
2016 Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival

Main Street in downtown Dunedin is set to become a hub for handrafted goods and talented crafters this summer. Come grab some homemade jewelry, pottery, stained glass, and more. This event is free of admission.

June 2016

June 4, 2016
2016 Beer Camp Across America

Brew lovers, head on over to Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa and enjoy the collection of tasty brews, food trucks, live music, and commemorative tastings. It all starts at 6 p.m.

East Central Florida Events

June 2016

June 3 & 4, 2016
23rd Annual Blue Water Open Offshore Fishing Tournament

Prove your worth with a rod and reel – it's the 23rd Annual Blue Water Open Offshore Charity Fishing Tournament. Head for Sebastian's Capt'n Butcher's Seafood Grille & Bar June 3rd and 4th for a chance to win great prizes.

July 2016

July 4, 2016
Sebastian's Freedom Festival

Celebrate the Fourth this year in Sebastian. Make your way to the Lion's Club of Sebastian and enjoy Sebastian's Freedom Festival. There's a parade, craft booths, food, and much more.

Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Events

June 2016

June 18, 2016
MLT Sarasota Triathlon

Make your way to Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota for the MLT Sarasota Triathlon. Held on June 18th, starting at 8 a.m., this event will test even the braun-iest of super athlete – swim, bike, and run your way to the finish line. 

September 2016

September 11, 2016
Brian Wilson Live

See the legendary musician, and former Beach Boy, Brian Wilson perform live in Sarasota. On September 11th, head for the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall at 7 p.m. and catch Wilson perform his biggest hits.

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 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.

April 2016

April 21 - September 15, 2016
2016 North Beaches Art Walk

Beaches Town Center is the place to be in Jacksonville on the third Thursday of each month, as a collection of artists set up shop to showcase their greatest creations and cultural offerings. Bring the whole family check it out – it starts at 5 p.m.

Orlando & Central Florida Events

July 2016

July 4, 2016
Watermelon 5K

Celebrate the Fourth this summer in Winter Park, near Orlando, with a run – it's a the Watermelon 5K. The run starts at 7 a.m., and the money raised here directly benefits the local Track Shack Foundation. 

July 4, 2016
2016 Fireworks at the Fountain

Celebrate our nation's independence at Eola Park in Orlando with an evening of music, kids' activities, food and drinks, and a dazzling fireworks show to top it off. The event is free, and it begins at 4 p.m.

August 2016

June 11 – August 14, 2016
Summer Nights at SeaWorld

This summer, check out SeaWorld Orlando – at night! For nearly three months, you and the family can explore SeaWorld Orlando well beyond the normal closing hours. 

August 20, 2016
3rd Annual Glo with the Flo 5K

Citizen's Circle in downtown Ocala is set to host this fun-filled 5K race, with all proceeds going to a great cause. Sign up today.

September 2016

September 9, 2016
Maroon 5

Don't miss the greatest living band touring today – Maroon 5. Head for the Amway Center in Orlando on September 9th for this most excellent show. Show starts at 7:30, and tickets range from $28.50 to $123.50.

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

August 2016

August 26, 2016
ACME Rhythm & Blues w/ the FZB Horns

Visit the American Legion Post 13 at Lake Ella in Tallahassee for the ACME Rhythm and Blues night – featuring the FZB Horns. On August 26th, from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., enjoy this soul and funk revue. $10 at the door.

September 2016

September 17, 2016
Tallahassee Kids & Family Expo

Check out the Tallahassee Kids & Family Expo during your next visit. Head to the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center at FSU on September 17th at 10 a.m. for a full day of demonstrations, exhibits, hands-on fun, and great entertainment.

September 2016

September 14, 2016
Don Williams Live

See the iconic country western star Don Williams live on stage in Pensacola. On September 14th, head for the Saenger Theatre at 7:30 p.m. to catch this legend perform hits like Cryin' Eyes, I've Been Loved by the Best, and We're All the Way.

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. 

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.

July 2016

July 7-17, 2016
2016 Shakespeare by the Sea

Bill's best stories come to Carlin Park in Jupiter for two straight weekends. There will also be plenty food and other festivities. Bring a blanket and enjoy. Showtimes are TBA.

July 2016

July 23, 2016
2016 Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest

Head over to the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach for an afternoon of delicous brews, food trucks, live music, festival activities, and more. Event start time is TBA.

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