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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 2015

May 21-24, 2015
2015 Jacksonville Jazz Festival

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

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.

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 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.

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.

May 2015

May 2 - August 1, 2015
2015 Saturday in the Park Concert Series

On the first Saturday of each month this summer, the Ponce De Leon Park in the Downtown Chain of Parks in Tallahassee puts on a family-friendly concert, featuring beer and wine and more. Show times vary by day.

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.

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.

June 13, 2015
2015 Latin Salsa Festival

A Caribbean style event featuring salsa music, regional cuisine, and more at the Fort Walton Landing Park in Fort Walton Beach. The event begins at 10 a.m.

July 2015

July 4, 2015
2015 Sertoma's Independence Day Celebration

Known as the largest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast, this 4th of July celebration in downtown Penascola will surely attract visitors from far and wide. The day-long event begins at 11 a.m. in Seville Square.

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.

May 2015

May 23, 2015
2015 Great American Beach Party

Celebrate the start of summer with Ft. Lauderdale residents during this year's Great American Beach Party, being held at Fort Lauderdale Beach, featuring live music, festival activies, and plenty more fun. The event begins at 10 a.m.

June 2015

June 20 & 21, 2015
2015 Redland Summer Fruit Festival

Experience some local tastes at the Redland Festival – two days of vendor booths showcasing homegrown produce, local wines, and more. The annual event is hosted at Fruit and Spice Park  in Miami, and begins at 10 a.m.

June 2015

June 26, 2015
2015 Viernes Culturales Arts & Culture Festival

Set in Little Havana, this festival features plenty of unique food, art, and music native to the region. The event is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

June 18-21, 2015
2015 Key West Africana Festival

A great celebration of culture, this annual festival sees three days of art, music, local tourism, and more at various venues throughout Key West. 

July 2015

July 3-5, 2015
3rd Annual Key Lime Festival

Celebrate all things key lime pie in, well, the Keys this summer, featuring everything from pie-eating contests, pageants, key lime cocktails, and, of course, plenty of delicious key lime pie. The event will be held throughout Key West.

Tampa & West Central Florida Events

March 2015

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.

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.

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.

Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Events

June 2015

June 7, 2015
Naples 29th Annual Fitness Challenge Triathlon

Sign up for this Naples reverse triathlon either as an individual or a relay team member.

June 20 & 21, 2015
23rd Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival

Some of the nation's best crafters converge onto Venice's Miami Avenue. Buy paintings, photographs, stained glass, and more.

June 26 - July 5, 2015
31st Annual Super Boat Grand Prix

This annual Sarasota festival features a kickoff party, golf tournaments, parades of boats, and the signature boat races.

July 2015

July 5, 2015
5th Avenue South Sidewalk Sale

Participating Naples stores down 5th Avenue offer sidewalk sales throughout the afternoon and evening.

July 2015

July 17 & 18, 2015
Christmas in July

Celebrate Venice's Christmas in July with parades, food, and arts & crafts down Venice Boulevard.

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 22, 2015
Sarasota Craft Brew Fest

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

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