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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

April 2015

April 6 - October 4, 2015
2015 Tampa Bay Rays Baseball

The Tampa Bay Rays will play 81 home games this summer at Tropicana Field as they take on AL East rivals like the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Game times vary by day.

May 2015

May 8 - December 12, 2015
2015 North Tampa Market

Held on the second Saturday of each month, the North Tampa Market brings a wealth of handcrafted goods, locally grown produce, unique gifts, and more to the Carrollwood Cultural Center. The market opens at 10 a.m.

South Florida & the Keys Events

April 2015

April 24 - September 27, 2015
2015 Miami Marlins Baseball

The MLB's Miami Marlins look to improve upon last season, as Giancarlo Stanton and Co. take on all comers at Marlins Park this summer. The Marlins will play 81 home games from April to September, will game times subject to change.

August 2015

August 26, 2015
2015 Miami Beach Food Truck & Music Fest

A street fair specializing in Latin flavors, featuring an eclectic mix of food trucks and live music at the Miami North Shore Park Bandshell & Ocean Terrace. The event begins 5 p.m.

August 8, 2015
Back to School Bash & Supply Drive

Located at Center Court at the Palm Beach Outlets, the Back to School Bash & Supply Drive offers games, vendors, and tax-free shopping (Florida Tax Free Week is August 7th through 16th) from noon to 2 p.m.

September 2015

September 25, 2015
2015 Veirnes Culturales Arts & Culture Festival

Little Havana celebrates its Latin heritage with an arts and culture festival along Southwest 8th Street. The agenda is set to feature art galler showings, local restaurant specials, and live music at Domino Plaza, all beginning at 6:30 p.m.

September 2-7, 2015
5th Annual Key West BrewFest

A week-long festival featuring delicious craft beers from over 150 regional breweries. Other activities on the agenda include seminars, happy hours, and the Signature Taste Festival Event to end the week. The event held at various locations around Key West.

October 2015

October 9-10, 2015
5th Annual Miami Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival

A decadent event hosted in the downtown Miami area, featuring plenty of live entertainment, delicous food, an exotic car show, and a fun-fill kids' area for the little ones. The event begins at 12 p.m.

October 2015

October 23 & 24, 2015
2015 Goombay Festival

Visit the historic Key West neighborhood of Goombay for two days of island-style food, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and much more throughout the streets. Festival start time is TBA.

October 9-11 & 16-18, 2015
2015 Oktoberfest

Two weekends of brats and beers this fall in south Florida, all occuring under a massive tent near the American German Club in Lake Worth. Event start time is TBA.

October 9, 2015
Palm Beach Outlets Wine Festival

Cheese, dessert, and of course, wine will be plentiful at the PBO Wine Festival – October 9th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Get your tickets now!

December 2015

December 12, 2015
Santa Pet Photos

Bring your furry friend to the Palm Beach Outlets this holiday season for Pet Photos with Santa.

December 19, 2015
CHANUKAH Family Festival

Head to the Palm Beach Outlets for the free CHANUKAH Family Festival, featuring Chanukah-themed gifts, games, food, raffles, and live entertainment like "Glow in The Dark Shtick."

East Central Florida Events

January 2015

January - December 2015
Super Swap Sunday Car & Motorcycle Swap Meet

Held on the 2nd Sunday of each month, this Ormond Beach event features the southeast's largest car & motorcycle swap meet.

March 2015

March 15 - December 15, 2015
Forever Fest

Every 3rd Sunday of the Month, Forever Florida near Kissimmee and Cocoa offers free food, live music, horse rides, and more.

August 2015

August 8, 2015
Florida Comic Experience

Melbourne near Cocoa celebrates the comic book's legendary characters and its status as an art form.

Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Events

August 2015

August 7 & 8, 2015
Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament

Participate in this annual Sarasota tournament and catch billfish, wahoo, tuna, snapper, and more.
 

August 2015

August 22, 2015
Sarasota Craft Brew Fest

Enjoy unlimited craft beer samples and select food samples at this Sarasota event.

Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Events

January 2015

January 7 - December 30, 2015
2015 Wednesday Market at the Pier

The historic city of St. Augustine hosts a colorful market every Wednesday at the St. Augustine Pier – featuring handcrafted goods, locally grown produce, jewelry, baked goods, and more. The market opens at 8 a.m.

August 2015

August 20, 2015
2015 Tim McGraw

Award-winning country music artist Tim McGraw brings his Shotgun Rider 2015 tour to Veterans Memorial Arena for one night only. The Show beings at 7 p.m.

Tallahassee & North Central Florida Events

August 2015

August 14-15, 2015
2nd Annual Southern Extreme Ram Rodeo

A fun-filled two-day event featuring mutton bustin, the Wild Donkey Race, a children's area, and a world-class rodeo to finish it off. The event is held at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum at 5:30 p.m.

September 2015

September 18-20, 2015
2015 Florida Museum of Natural History Butterfly Fest

A celebration of biodiversity unlike any other, this event will feature extended museum hours, a plant sale, food vendors, and family-friendly activities. The event is hosted at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville.

September 4 - October 30, 2015
2015 Tallahassee Downtown Getdown

A annual tradition in Tallahassee, the Downtown Getdown occurs every Friday night for two months on Adams Street before FSU football games, featuring live music, food, crafters, and plenty of beverages. The fun begins at 6 p.m.

October 2015

October 9 & 10, 2015
2015 Starke Bikefest

A fun-filled bike fest featuring plenty of entertainment, including live music, a bike show, a collection of vendors, and more, all held in downtown Starke, beginning at 10 a.m.

October 10 & 11, 2015
2015 Art in Thornebrook Village

A two-day art festival featuring a juried art show, fine crafts, art booths, eclectic entertainment, and children's activities. The event is held at the Thornebrook Plaza in Gainesville.

October 10, 2015
2015 Havana Pumpkinfest

A unique fall-themed festival held in the city of Havana each year, Pumpkinfest is set to feature carnival rides, bounce houses, street vendors, and more town-wide celebrations. The event is held throughout downtown Havana.

Orlando & Central Florida Events

March 2015

March 15 - December 15, 2015
Forever Fest

Every 3rd Sunday of the Month, Forever Florida near Kissimmee and Cocoa offers free food, live music, horse rides, and more.

March 8 - October 25, 2015
2015 Orlando City SC

Catch some MLS action this summer, as the Orlandy City SC take on the opposition at the Orland Citrus Bowl. Orlando City play 19 home games this season.

August 2015

August 14-16, 2015
2015 Anime Festival Orlando

Fans of Japanese animation will gather at the Wyndham Orlando Resort for a weekend of guest appearances from famed anime programs and a cosplay contest. Event start times vary by day.

September 2015

September 11-13, 2015
2015 Orlando Home & Garden Show

Check out some home improvement tips from Tim the Tool... err, experts at the Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show, taking place for three days at the Orange County Convention Center.

Pensacola & the Florida Panhandle Events

March 2015

March 7 - November 28, 2015
2015 Tallahassee Downtown Market

Get a true "Taste of Tally" this summer, when downtown Tallahassee hosts its marketplace every Saturday from March until November. Enjoy fresh produce, homemade breads and goods, and much more. The market opens at 9 a.m.

June 2015

June 11 - August 13, 2015
2015 Summer Concert Series

Each Thursday during the summer, a free concert is held at Aaron Bessant Park in Panama City. Everything from blues to alternative rock to country. The shows begin at 7 p.m.

August 2015

August 8 & 9, 2015
2015 Penascola Comic Convention

Celebrate all things paranormal, pop culture, and science fiction at the Penascola Interstate Fair Grounds Expo Hall during this two-day festival. Festival start time is TBA.

September 2015

September 4-6, 2015
2015 Gulf Coast Jam

A three-day country music festival held at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach, featuring headliners Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, and more. The festival start time is TBA.

September 2015

September 26, 2015
4th Annual Capital City Bikefest

Bikers of the motorized variety are encouraged to get together at the Tallahasse Regional Airport for this all-day event, featuring a bike show, vendors, live music, a market, and plenty of food and refreshments. The event begins at 10 a.m.

October 2015

October 16 & 17, 2015
2015 UNwinded Panama City Beach

A two-day event featuring some of the best craft beers and award-winning wines Panama City Beach has to offer. There will also be food pairings and live music as well. The event is at Aaron Bessant Park starting at 6 p.m. and 2 p.m.

October 10, 2015
2015 Apalachicola Riverfront Film Festival

A celebration of both film and the great outdoors, this event will feature a variety of independent film screenings beneath the stars and October's full moon at Riverfront Park. Festival start time is TBA.

October 31, 2015
2015 Pumkinpalooza

A costume contest hosted at HarborWalk Village in Destin, featuring live music, trick or treating, pumpkin decorating, face painting, and more Halloween activities. The event begins at 11 a.m.

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