Festivals & Events

Festivals & Events

The warm, sunny days of a Florida spring season create the perfect environment for some of the year’s most incredible festivals and events, from heart-pounding motorcycle races to mouth-watering seafood extravaganzas and a celebration of the quirkiest Republic you’ve never heard of.  

Gate River Run  
March 9 

For over 40 years, the GATE River Run has been an epic event that draws over 20,000 runners and spectators from around the country to downtown Jacksonville. The run is hosted by non-profit organization JTC Running, dedicated to providing summer running camp scholarships for high school students and other philanthropic offerings that promote fitness. After the race, enjoy the Publix Post-Race Celebration with food, drinks, live entertainment, an awards ceremony, and kids’ entertainment. gateriverrun15k.com  

Daytona 200 
March 16 
Daytona Beach 

While Daytona may be best known for their car race, you can’t miss their biggest motorcycle race! What started as a beach race has reached the high banks of the Daytona International Speedway. The DAYTONA 200 is all about showcasing the best in motorcycle road racing, and this event is the premier of the motorcycle racing season. And there’s more to this event than just watching the race - fans can get involved by checking out the Midway Extravaganza for the newest in motorcycle parts, accessories, and apparel, and you could even take a FREE demo ride of new products! Don’t miss the UNOH Fanzone to visit garages and get in on an autograph session. daytonainternationalspeedway.com  

Naples Flower Show 
March 22-23 

One of the largest flower shows in Florida, the Naples Flower Show at the Naples Botanical Garden is a feast for the senses! Not only will there be thousands of blooms to see and smell, but this year’s theme is “Making Music,” so your ears will be delighted as well. This two day event offers a variety of educational demonstrations as well as the Naples Garden Club’s spectacular juried Designs and Horticultural exhibits. Don’t miss the  Garden Market to take home some blooms of your own. naplesgarden.org


Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival 
March 22-24 
Marco Island 

Prepare your tastebuds - and your earbuds - for three full days of seafood and live music at the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival, which highlights the Gulf Coast’s freshest catches with fresh fish, grouper, crab cakes, stone crab, shrimp, crawdads, chowder, and more. In addition to surf meals, there will be “turf” options like burgers and chicken. Sip on beer and wine as you survey over 60 arts and crafts vendors, while listening to live music. There is also a fun-filled kids’ zone with bounce house, slide, rock-climbing wall, and more. And, don’t forget, there will be musical entertainment all day, every day! marcoislandseafoodandmusicfestival.com  


Naples Downtown Art Show 
March 23-24 

Warm up in the Spring sunshine while strolling around Downtown Naples as you peruse over 230 artists’ booths, mingling with these creative minds as you enjoy their works and having a good time with other art lovers. You’’ll find original oils and acrylics on canvas to watercolors, 2D and 3D mixed media, limited edition prints, photography, digital art, sculpture, wood carvings, ceramics, hand-crafted jewelry, leather works and more. In addition to the art show, you can visit all of famous Fifth Avenue’s shops, boutiques, and eateries. naplesart.org  


Springtime Tallahassee 
March 29-30 

Welcome Spring with this annual two-day event, packed with all kinds of things to see and do in the Florida outdoors. Hosted by Tallahassee’s Chain of Parks, this celebration includes arts, crafts, and food vendors,  a beer garden for adults, a play area for children, a parade with floats and marching bands, and live music from popular artists including popular American Idol winner Scotty McCreery. springtimetallahassee.com  


Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In Expo 
April 2-7 

This fun and fast-paced festival offers a week of aviation activities for flyboys and girls of all ages, with air shows, balloon launches, tours, films, competitions, a kids’ zone, and tours of educational exhibitions. The highlight of the fly-in is watching fighter jets soar high in the sky! flysnf.org  


Rhythm & Ribs Festival 
April 5-7 
St. Augustine  

For over 20 years, barbecue lovers have flocked to St. Augustine to enjoy the Rhythm & Ribs Festival - a true Southern event that features live music from nationally-celebrated artists, arts and crafts vendors to shop, a midway with rides and activities for kids (and kids at heart) and, of course, the most delicious barbecue you’ve ever tasted! For a good laugh, don’t miss the traditional “Kiss a Pig” contest. rhythmandribs.net  


Delray Affair 
April 12-14 
Delray Beach 

Attend the largest arts and crafts festival in the Southeastern United States: Delray Affair! Now in its 57th year, this award-winning and eclectic event takes place along the palm tree-lined streets of downtown Delray Beach, stretching 12 city blocks. The event features a mixture of fine art, great crafts and funky products from around the world - in fact, last year the festival featured artists and crafters from 30 states and 12 countries! If all this perusing makes you thirsty, visit the expanded Delray Honda Beer Garden. delrayaffair.com  


Tampa Bay Blues Festival 
April 12-14 
St. Petersburg 

Visit Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg to mingle with other blues fans during the 25th annual Tampa Bay Blues Festival, which celebrates the smooth style and sensational sounds of this musical genre with top blues artists performing all weekend. Enjoy the music along with refreshments including seafood, barbecue, Cuban dishes, beer, wine, mixed drinks, and more. Don’t miss the chance to upgrade your experience with a VIP pass! tampabaybluesfest.com  


2019 Florida Film Festival 
April 12-21 
Central Florida  

Celebrating 28 years, the annual Florida Film Festival is an Oscar®-qualifying festival, attended by stars of Hollywood and lovers of film - where “One Ticket is All It Takes.” The festival premieres the best in current, independent, and international cinema. The festival locations include several venues throughout Central Florida, primarily in Maitland and Winter Park. Through ten days of 180 films and first-class events, film lovers mingle with filmmakers and celebrities over hand-crafted cocktails and a delicious menu at Eden Bar and inside the Enzian Theater. 


Sugar Sand Festival 
April 12-28 
Clearwater Beach 

Enjoy the enduring beauty of Clearwater Beach’s most popular attraction: its sugar-white sand! The Sugar Sand Festival brings in artists from around the world to sculpt this fine, crystalline sand into magnificent sculptures beside the dazzling waves of the Gulf, as they work over nine days to shape their works of art. This year’s theme is “Sea the World,” which will take you on a visual journey around the globe. In addition to the Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit, you can enjoy festival wares, food, and drinks. Purchase tickets online for a free voucher towards festival merchandise. sugarsandfestival.com  


Conch Republic Independence Celebration 
April 20-28 
Key West 

Explore one of the quirkiest communities in the Florida Keys at the Conch Republic Independence Celebration. This tongue-in-cheek event honors the Republic, which was formed in response to actions by the U.S. Border Patrol and aims to provide Humor, Warmth, and Respect to the world. So it is that they celebrate with 10 days of humorous events, including a drag race, a wacky bed race, a light-hearted sea battle featuring tall ships, car show, and a costumed pirates’ ball. conchrepublic.com  


West Palm Beach 

Where better to celebrate the sun than in Florida? Known as the festival “where music meets the waterfront,” the SunFest takes place over five days, on three stages, with over 50 bands including popular artists like DNCE, PartyNextDoor, Nick Jonas, Pitbull, Third Eye Blind, and more! In addition to music, there will be artist performances in the Art District, with live art demonstrations, interactive installations, and consumer goods. When you need some refreshment, visit the waterfront along Flagler Drive to enjoy SunFest’s floating bars, with specially crafted drinks. sunfest.com   

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