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Local happenings all across Florida

Local or visitor? Check out just a few of the popular events going on for the next few months in Florida. Find Best Western hotels convenient to most events.


Pensacola & the Florida Panhandle Events

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.

Orlando & Central Florida Events

March 2015

March 4 - May 17, 2015
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Epcot Park refreshes its sense of spring with blooming displays, character topiaries, and seasonal dishes.

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.

April 2015

April 10 - 19, 2015
2015 Florida Film Festival

Orlando brings in the latest cutting-edge features from leading voices in the industry.

May 2015

May 14 - 26, 2015
International Orlando Fringe Festival

The longest running fringe festival in the U.S. kicks off at Loch Haven Park in Orlando.

May 2015

May 22 - 23, 2015
BBQ Blow Out

The Oveido Mall near Orlando hosts this BBQ get-together. Enjoy food from professional BBQ Grill Masters and more.

June 2015

June 5 - 7, 2015
One Magical Weekend

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park throws its annual Riptide event. Enjoy music, fireworks, and food tasting in between water slides.

July 2015

July 4, 2015
Hunter Vision's Watermelon 5K

Celebrate the 4th of July with this Winter Park 5K run and watermelon eating contest.

Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Events

April 2015

April 9-12, 2015
2015 Disney On Ice: Let's Celebrate!

Catch Disney's classic characters as they "celebrate" with a performance chock-full of songs and dances from all of the Disney favorite films. The event is hosted at the Veteran's Memorial Arena.

April 4, 2015
2015 Riverside Arts Market

This event has drawn national press coverage, featuring over 100 juried artists showcasing pottery, paintings, jewelry, and so much more hosted in Jacksonville's Riverwalk.

April 10-12, 2015
20th Annual Rhythm & Ribs

Enjoy delicious BBQ from some of the best regional and national BBQ-ers alongside live music, arts, crafts, children's activities, and more. The event is hosted at Francis Field in St. Augustine.

May 2015

May 21-24, 2015
2015 Jacksonville Jazz Festival

Celebrate all things "cool" during this four day festival hosted at various venues throughout Jacksonville. 

May 2, 2015
2015 Tee Off Downtown

Celebrate the upcoming PLAYERS WEEK in downtown Jacksonville with a day of food trucks, live music, cash bars, and so much more at the Shipyards Downtown. The fun begins at 6 p.m.

May 5-10, 2015
2015 The PLAYERS Championship

Check out one of the PGA's biggest events held annually at TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Verde Beach. The tournament is five days long with differing tee times.

Tampa & West Central Florida Events

March 2015

March 4 - April 3, 2015
2015 Grapefruit League Spring Training

The New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, and Toronto Blue Jays make Tampa, Sarasota, and Dunedin their home field for over a month with games taking place almost daily. Check each team's schedule for specific game times.

March 8 - July 26, 2015
2015 Discover da Vinci at the Dali Museum

View some of the best pieces of art created by the legendary artists during the "Invention of Art" exhibit at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. Museum hours vary by day.

April 2015

April 5 & 7, 2015
2015 NCAA Women's Final Four

March madness may be over, but a champion must still be crowned. Catch the best that women's college hoops has to offer at the Amalie Arena with tip-off times TBA.

April 2015

April 25, 2015
2015 Sea Grapes at the Florida Aquarium

This is truly a one-of-a-kind event – enjoy excellent wine and food selections from over 25 local restaurants while exploring the depths of the deep blue sea at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay. The fun begins at 7 p.m.

April 18 & 19, 2015
2015 Mainsail Arts Festival

Just roughly over 100,000 fellow attendees at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg for two days of fantastic art displays and festival activities. Even start times are TBA.

May 2015

May 23, 2015
2015 Tampa Bay Margarita Festival

Cool off with a delcious margarita, enjoy live music, and don't miss the fireworks display at the end of the evening at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa Bay. The drinks start flowing at 1 p.m.

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.

April 2015

April 11 - 12, 2015
Indian River Festival

North Brevard near Titusville holds this traditional festival of live music, local seafood, arts & crafts, and more.

June 2015

June 5 - 6, 2015
Historic Cocoa Village's BBQ & Blues

Enjoy two days of world-class blues music and some of the best BBQ in the southeast at this Cocoa festival.

July 2015

July 4, 2015
Symphony Under The Stars

See the Brevard Symphony Orchestra during a 4th of July concert at Cocoa's Riverfront Park. The event is free and features fireworks.

July 5, 2015
CokeZero 400

Combine NASCAR racing with Independence Day fireworks at this Daytona Speedway event.

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.

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