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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.

 

Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Events

May 2014

May 23 - 26, 2014
Jacksonville Jazz Festival

Stay in Jacksonville and experience one of the country's premier jazz festivals. Music starts at 2 P.M. and it keeps up on playing till long after dark. Occurring parallel to piano competitions and art in the heart of downtown, visitors are sure to leave Jacksonville jazzed up.

May 15 - 17, 2014
World Arts Film Festival

Jacksonville's World Arts Film Festival supports the vision and creativity of artists and filmmakers of all ages expressed through the power of short film. In addition to film showings, viewers can participate in workshops and attend panels. The festival takes place at the Museum of Contemporary Art. 

May 2014

May 2 - 5, 2014
World of Nations Celebration

Jacksonville reveals its melting pot colors with the traditional World of Nations Celebration. Take the time to broaden your perspective on culture, food, and traditions. Music and entertainment provided. Perspectives are changed at Metropolitan Park.

May 17-18, 2014
Blue Crab Festival Join in on the local tradition taking place on the Grand Strand that features crafts, specialty foods, and entertainment. Event times vary.

Tallahassee & North Central Florida Events

June 2014

June 7, 2014
Watermelon Festival

You can everything and anything that has to do with watermelons in this one day festival. Seed-spitting contests, weighing contest, tour de melon bicycle event and watermelon donations are all part of Chiefland's great mid-summer extravaganza. The event starts in downtown Chiefland at 8 A.M.

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

February 2014

Select Nights February 8 - June 7, 2014
Universal Studios Mardi Gras Eventful evening full of music and fun that is always associated with Mardi Gras. Times and days vary.

March 2014

March 5 - May 18, 2014
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Wander through the gardens and enjoy the wonderful flowers and plants.

April 2014

April 24 - May 10, 2014
Orlando Cabaret Festival

Over 40 cabaret events are scheduled to perform at Orlando's Mad Cow Theater. Featuring the best of Central Florida's cabaret singers and a few surprises from New York City, this show is set to thrill. Opening night starts at 6:30 pm.

April 25-27, 2014
Leesburg Bikefest

Participate in this massive motorcycle and musical event in Downtown Leesburg. Time vary per event.

June 2014

June 21 - August 10, 2014
Summer Nights at SeaWorld Enjoy this nighttime spectacular with special shows. Check for event times.

July 2014

July 4, 2014
2014 Sanford Fourth of July Celebration

Witness one of the largest firework shows in Central Florida from historic downtown Sanford. Stroll along the brand new RiverWalk overlooking Lake Monroe and celebrate Sanford's great Fourth of July extravaganza. Come down to Fort Mellon Park and Lake Monroe at 5 pm.

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 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.

Pensacola & the Florida Panhandle Events

May 2014

May 1 - May 11, 2014
Florida's Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational

Witness the artists at work as plein air artists descend upon Florida's Forgotten Coast to capture the allure of the sea and of the landscape. Exhibitions, on location artists, and sales will be shown across towns on the coast, from Mexico Beach to Carrabelle and Apalachicola.

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.

Tampa & West Central Florida Events

April 2014

April 3 - May 24, 2014
Friday Extra Concert Series

Occurring every Friday for eight weeks, Tampa's waterfront plays a soundtrack of its own. Local musicians hit the stage and entertain starting at 7 pm. Park venues vary.

April 2014

April 23-26, 2014
International Indian Film Academy Awards Watch as your favorite Bollywood stars walk the green carpet for the first time in the U.S. in Tampa.

South Florida & the Keys Events

April 2014

April 18-27, 2014
The Conch Republic Independence Celebration Join the celebration full of humor and fun. Check for different event times.

July 2014

July 15-20, 2014
Hemingway Days A festival celebrating the wonderful life of the exceptional author. Event times vary.

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

April 2014

April 23-27, 2014
Jeep Beach

Bring your Jeep out to Daytona Beach for this Jeep-lovers event full of obstacle courses, parades, and raffles. Event times vary.

May 2014

May 3-4, 2014
Art in the Park Rockefeller Gardens fills with music, art, and food for this festival. It all begins at 10 a.m.

June 2014

June 20, 2014
Movies in the Park and Food Trucks- Despicable Me 2

Come on down to Riverfront Park for a movie under the stars at 8:30 p.m.

July 2014

July 3-5, 2014
Coke Zero 400 NASCAR fans converge on the Daytona International Speedway for this race. Event times vary per day.

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.

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