February and March Events in Florida

    Whatever your passion, Florida has something for you. Here are just some of the major events scheduled for February and March in the Sunshine State. Please check individual websites for more details.
     

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    Come all ye wenches and knaves and journey back to the 16th Century as you step through castle gates and into the days of yore at the Florida Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach.

    Come all ye wenches and knaves and journey back to the 16th Century as you step through castle gates and into the days of yore at the Florida Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach.

    - Florida Renaissance Festival

     

    SOUTH FLORIDA 

    INTERNATIONAL KINETIC ART EXHIBIT & SYMPOSIUM -- Visitors will see 12 large-scale kinetic sculptures that actually move, powered by solar, water, wind, gravity and human interaction.  Six of the sculptures were created for this exhibition, which occurs every two years. The installations are accessed by an easy-to-walk self-guided tour or scheduled group tours with trained docents.
    When:
    through September
    Where:
    Downtown Boynton Beach
    Web:
    www.IntlKineticArtEvent.org

    DOWNTON ABBEY: THE EXHIBITION – Jonesing for some more Downton Abbey? This traveling exhibit transposes you to post-Edwardian England, where the Downton characters’ fashions and iconic house come to life. You’ll be immersed in the fascinating history, culture and some of the most memorable moments from the show’s six-season run. Sorry, no cast members will be in attendance, but some 50 costumes will be on display. Rooms such as the Crawleys’ glamorous dining room, Mrs. Patmore’s hectic kitchen and Lady Mary’s bedroom, to name a few, have been painstakingly recreated. This is the second stop on the tour, after a successful run in New York City. The New York Times gave the exhibit a great review, saying: “…a cleverly immersive experience mounted with the same exacting care as the show itself.”
    When:
    through at least early April, 2019
    Where:
    Culture Lab at City Place, West Palm Beach
    Web:
    downtonexhibition.com

    HORSING AROUND IN WELLINGTON – Head west of West Palm Beach to Wellington for two outstanding horse-centered multi-month happenings: the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Palm Beach International Polo Season. The former brings together the partnership of horse and rider during the thrills and grace of show jumping and the elegance of dressage. The latter features the best polo players in the world. And, both are as much about the horsey-set lifestyle with many options and side shows to keep you entertained and well-fed.
    When & Where:
    Respectively, Jan. 9-March 31 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and Dec. 30-April 21 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.
    Web:
    Respectively, pbiec.coth.com and ipc.coth.com

    BIG DOINGS IN DAVIE – And, they both are at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds in this great town just west of Fort Lauderdale:

    ·       At the 82nd annual Orange Blossom Festival Rodeo, you’ll see professional cowboys and cow girls compete in all the usual thrill-a-minute events, such as bronc riding, steer wrestling barrel racing and bull riding.
    When: Feb. 23-24
    Web: davieprorodeo.com

    ·       The 30th annual Airboat Show & Festival will feature airboats, full tracks, wheel buggies and new this year, side-by-sides. Much more, too: a kids zone play area, pony rides, vendors, live bands, raffle prizes and animal demonstrations.
    When: Feb. 9-10
    Web: www.browardairboat.org

    WE GOT THE BEAT – We sure do. In SoFla, the music never stops. You’re sure to find something up your musical alley here:

    ·        III Points Music & Arts Festival – With more than 100 musical acts performing until 5 a.m. each night, this eclectic fest also includes more than 100,000 square feet of visual arts, films, great food and style. Musical headliners are SZA, A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator, James Blake, Erykah Badu, Beach House, Herbie Hancock, Blood Orange and Pussy Riot.
    When: Feb. 15-17
    Where: The Wynwood Arts District in Miami.
    Web: iiipoints.com

    ·        Coral Head Music Festival – Headliners are Vince Neil, Jackyl, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Mitch Perry, Lazy Bonez, Art Mulcahy, Caffeine Carl, Fiddle Rock, John Bartus and Jen.
    When: Feb. 16-17
    Where: Marathon Community Park Amphitheater in Marathon.
    Web: coralheadmusicfest.com

    ·               The Mega Mix Beer & Music Fest features TKA, Rob Base, Cynthia, Johnny O and Debbie Deb. Tickets also include unlimited craft beer samples, food trucks and interactive lawn games.
    When: Feb. 15
    Where: Magic City Casino in Miami
    Web: magiccitycasion.com

    MIAMI BOAT SHOW BIGGIES – There are two in February (both are Feb. 14-18) and you need to see both of them, as each one is outstanding in its own right:

    ·        The Miami Yacht Show – This one will showcase more than 500 new and used yachts and a wide array of the latest marine technology and accessories. It also features floating cocktail lounges, great food and live music. A VIP Experience ticket includes a personal concierge.
    Where:
    Biscayne Bay, downtown Miami
    Web: MiamiYachtShow.com

    ·        Progressive Miami International Boat Show – This one has its share of big yachts, too, but also includes powerboats, sailboats and fishing boats (more than 1,300 boats in all), as well as engines and-cutting edge marine electronics and accessories.
    Where: Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, Miami
    Web: miamiboatshow.com

    LAKE WORTH STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL – It’s the chalk of the town, so to speak. See how the pavement becomes canvas and the street becomes a museum for fine works of traditional, contemporary and 3D art. Lasting only until the next rain drops, these masterpieces (made with environmentally-friendly chalk) are a true beauty to behold. It’s one of the largest street painting festivals in the country and also offers great food, live music and street performers.
    When:
    Feb. 23-24
    Where:
    Downtown Lake Worth
    Web:
    streetpaintingfestivalinc.org

    FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL – Come all ye wenches and knaves and journey back to the 16th century as you step through castle gates and into the days of yore. There are seven themed weekends of fun. Explore the artisans’ village and view live demonstrations of glassblowing, magic, jousting, Irish dancing, archery and more. Feast on hearty food fit for a king and enjoy live performances on stage and in the lanes. The shows feature more than 100 costumed performers, 12 stages and acts from around the world.
    When:
    Saturdays and Sundays from Feb. 9-March 24
    Where:
    Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach
    Web:
    ren-fest.com

    COCONUT GROVE ARTS FESTIVAL – Nearly one mile of great art, gourmet eats at the Global Food Village, fun and an eclectic mix of live music. About 360 of some of the finest artists and craftsmen in the world will display their work. Don’t miss the show within the show: The St. Stephen’s Art Show, featuring the work of more than 150 other artists. There is also a children’s area and an international food court.
    When:
    Feb. 16-18
    Where:
    Coconut Grove, Miami
    Web:
    cgaf.com

    FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS BOCA – The folks who put together this eclectic lineup of talent always seem to top themselves and this year is no exception. Opening the fest will be Pulitzer Prize winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin discussing her new book, “Leadership in Turbulent Times.” The “force” will be with the festival as “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” gets its Florida premiere on the big screen to live music by The Symphonia, led by Constantine Kitsopolous, playing John Williams’ epic Academy Award-winning score. Other highlights include “Rhapsody in Blue,” an evening of orchestral blockbusters performed by The Symphonia with renowned jazz pianist Shelly Berg; Pink Martini, the wildly popular group described as “The United Nations house band of 1962 meets Lawrence Welk on acid;” An Evening of Classical Russian Ballet featuring stars from the  Russian National Orchestra and the Bolshoi Ballet; Nu Deco Ensemble, an innovative virtuosic and eclectic chamber orchestra designed for the 21st century; and 10-time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval and his band.  The Authors and Ideas program features Constitutional scholar and author Jeffrey Rosen, PoemJazz with former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, who will read his poetry while accompanied by a small jazz ensemble; and Pulitzer Prize winning writer David Sanger, who will talk about his latest book, “The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age.”
    When:
    Feb. 28-March 10
    Where:
    Mizner Park Amphitheater and Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, Boca Raton.
    Web:
    festivalboca.org

    FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD – Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum and Yum. That’s one “Yum” for each of these food-centric happenings in February:

    ·        The biggie is known as the “Super Bowl of Foodies.” It’s a two-county (Miami Dade and Broward) extravaganza called – get ready, it’s a mouthful: The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival, which includes the CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series. This star-studded affair showcases the talents of famous chefs, culinary personalities and wine and spirit producers. Events include brunches and lunches, grand tastings and demos, seminars, intimate dinners, walk-around tastings and late-night parties. It’s great for people-watching, too, as celebrities abound. Suggestion: Book early for all events!
    When: Feb. 20-24
    Where:
    Various locations in both counties
    Web:
    SoBeWFF.org

    ·        SoLa Rum, Food & Wine Festival – A wide variety of multicultural tapas style food, rum and wine will be served, along with live music and seminars led by mixologists. The VIP package will get you exclusive chef presentations and a three-course meal with food and beverage pairings.
    When:
    Feb. 17
    Where:
    Lauderhill Performing Arts Center in Lauderhill.
    Web:
    solarumfoodwinefest.com

    ·        Italian Feast & Carnival – On the menu will be all kinds of great Italian food and wine, along with midway rides, games and live music.
    When:
    Feb. 21-24
    Where:
    Venice Airport & Convention grounds
    Web:
    italianamericanclubofvenice.com

    BOCA CONCOURS D’ ELEGANCE – Here’s your chance to gawk at some of the most elegant classic cars and motorcycles in the world.  There is an opening night airport hangar party, a gala dinner featuring an auction and the finale on Sunday with all the cars and bikes that have been entered into the show on display. Gourmet food and wine will be in abundance at all the events. This year, car enthusiast Jay Leno doubles up as both the headline entertainer for the Saturday gala party and the celebrity judge.
    When:
    Feb. 22-24
    Where:
    Atlantic Aviation hanger at the Boca Raton Airport on Friday and the Boca Raton Resort & Club for the other events.
    Web:
    BocaCDE.com

    SOUTHWEST FLORIDA BURROWING OWL FESTIVAL – A whole lot of folks give a hoot about this well-attended gathering in Cape Coral, which is home to the largest known population of this threatened species. It’s a family-fun filled event with educational exhibits and live owls, bus tours to local owl burrows and much more, including live music, food vendors and arts & crafts activities for kids.
    When:
    Feb. 23
    Where:
    Rotary Park Environmental Center, Cape Coral
    Web:
    ccfriendsofwildlife.org

    THE PLACE TO BE FOR SPORTS – That would be Palm Beach County in February, for sure. Here’s why:

    ·        Tennis anyone? The Delray Beach Open is the only place you can see both former and current stars at two back-to-back tournaments: The ATP Champions tour and the ATP World Tour.
    When:
    Feb. 15-24.
    Where:
    Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center, downtown Delray Beach
    Web:
    yellowtennisball.com

    ·        Play Ball! You can check out spring training workouts and attend games of four major league teams in SoFla. The World Series-winning Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals will play at the FIFTTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach from Feb. 23 to March 24. The Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals will play at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter from Feb. 23 to March 23. fitteamballpark.com and rogerdeanstadium.com

    ·        The best golfers in the world will go for $6.8 million in prize money and try to rack up early points in the race for the Fed Ex Cup title at The Honda Classic. The field keeps getting better every year and this year is no exception, including defending champion Justin Thomas.
    When:
    Feb. 23-March 3
    Where:
    Championship course at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens
    Web:
    thehondaclassic.com

    GAY8 FESTIVAL – It’s one of the largest Hispanic LGBTQ festivals in the country and more than 60,000 people are expected to attend. It will include activism, art, dance, and a film festival but the street party is the main event.
    When:
    Feb. 17
    Where:
    Calle Ocho and the surrounding area, Miami
    Web:
    gay8festival.com

    PRIDE FORT LAUDERDALE – The festival includes great entertainment, local and national exhibitors and a food court, but so much more: a family area, sporting area, History of Pride area, a Senior Chill Zone, a Sober Zone and a VIP area.
    When:
    Feb. 24
    Where:
    Fort Lauderdale Beach
    Web:
    pridefortlauderdale.org

    BIG DOINGS IN BONITA SPRINGS – Use either of these two events to get acquainted with this small but lovely southwest Florida city known for its beautiful beaches and parks:

    ·        The Bonita Springs International Film Festival will present about 70 carefully curated narrative, documentary, animation and short films from around the world, complemented by a wide variety of workshops, demonstrations and Q & A sessions with filmmakers, writers and actors, along with great opening and closing night parties.
    When:
    Feb. 21-24
    Where:
    Various locations in Bonita Springs
    Web: artcenterbonita.org/biff/

    PALM BEACH MARINE FLEA MARKET & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – This must be the place if you want rods, reels, lures, boating apparel, nautical décor and jewelry, taxidermy, diving equipment, marine artifacts and antique collectibles and maps. A steady supply of fresh sea food will be sure to please the palate.
    When:
    Feb. 16-17
    Where:
    South Florida Fairground, West Palm Beach
    Web:
    flnauticalfleamarket.com

    ARTS & CRAFTS GALORE – Can’t make it to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival? Not to worry. There are many other festivals and art happenings throughout SoFla during February. Here are some of them:

    ·        Artigras, Feb. 16-18 at Abacoa in Jupiter. artigras.org

    ·        Art Wynwood, Feb. 14-18 on Biscayne Bay, Miami. artwynwood.com

    ·        Coconut Point Mall Art Festival, Feb. 16-17 in Estero. ArtFestival.com

    ·        Downtown Stuart Art Festival, Feb. 23-24. ArtFestival.com

    ·        Naples National Art Festival, Feb. 23-24 at Cambier Park. naplesart.org

    ·        Old Island Days Art Festival, Feb. 23-24 in downtown Key West. keywestartcenter.com

    ·        Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair, Feb. 16-17 at the Sanibel Community House. sanibelartfair.com

    ·        South Miami Rotary Art Festival, Feb. 23-24 in downtown South Miami. southmiamiartfest.com

    SWAMP CABBAGE FESTIVAL – For 53 years, the authentic Florida town of La Belle just east of Fort Myers has been celebrating swamp cabbage in a down-home festival featuring, among a host of activities, armadillo races, a rodeo, beauty pageants, live music, a fishing tournament and a car show.
    When:
    Feb 23-24
    Where:
    Various locations in La Belle
    Web:
    labelleswampcabbagefestival.org

    PALM BEACH JEWELRY, ART & ANTIQUE SHOW – One of the largest shows of its kind in the United States, it includes a lecture series with industry experts offering their extensive knowledge. Specialists such as curators, skinners and conservators will provide an abundance of information and entertainment.
    When:
    Feb. 13-19
    Where:
    Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach.
    Web:
    palmbeachshow.com

    DEERFIELD BEACH PIONEER DAYS – It’s a three-day celebration of the city’s agricultural roots and features arts & crafts, live concerts, yummy food, a parade with 50 floats and a grand fireworks show finale.
    When:
    Feb. 15-17
    Where:
    Downtown Deerfield Beach
    Web:
    deerfield-beach.com/Pioneer-Days

    EDISON FESTIVAL OF LIGHT – Thomas Edison wintered in Fort Myers from 1885 until his death in 1931 and this fest pays homage to the great inventor. Highlights include: the Thomas Alva Edison Science & Inventors Fair, Strolling Flower Show, Antique Car Show, Thomas Edison Birthday Party, Crafts on the River & Vintage Market, Grand Parade, Classic Car Show and the don’t-miss-it Mutt Strutt.
    When:
    Feb. 9-18
    Where:
    Various locations in Fort Myers
    Web:
    edisonfestival.org

    POLYNESIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL – Itching to do the hula? Now’s your chance and you just might win the big contest. And much more, too: An authentic Polynesian show, fire & knife dancers, hula dancers and a hula contest, island music, ukulele exhibition, South Pacific arts and crafts, a kids corner and, of course, mouth-watering island food and a Tiki bar.
    When:
    Feb. 23-24
    Where:
    Jaco Pastorius Park, Oakland Park
    Web:
    polynesiancultureassociation.com

    MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL – The 36th edition will show more than 160 feature narratives, documentaries and short films from more than 40 countries. Some of the many highlights: “This Changes Everything” (the festival opener) is a pivotal documentary examining past and current gender inequity in the American film and television industries, the world premiere of “Singular,” a documentary love letter to renowned Miami-born jazz singer Cecile McLorin-Salvant and the U.S. premiere of “The Accused” from Argentina and directed by Gonzalo Tobal. This year’s prestigious Precious Gem Award winner is Patricia Clarkson. She was a 2019 Golden Globe winner for her role in the HBO series “Sharp Objects,” received an Oscar nomination for Pieces of April (2003) and a Tony Award nomination for the Broadway production of “Elephant Man” and two Emmy Awards for her work in “Six Feet Under.”
    When:
    March 1-10
    Where:
    Various theaters throughout Miami and Miami Beach.
    Web:
    miamifilmfestival.com

    JAZZ IN THE GARDENS – Once again, a stellar lineup will be featured, along with other events to entertain you. On Saturday, you’ll see Stephanie Mills, Black Violin and Teddy Riley (creator of New Jack Swing) and Friends (Blackstreet, Bobby Brown, Doug E. Fresh, Envogue and Jagged Edge. The Sunday schedule includes Lionel Ritchie, Brandy, Tye Tribbett, the O’Jays and the JITG All-Stars (Maysa, Nelson Rangell, Gerald Veasley and Chieli Minucci). Don’t miss the art vendors and a food village and the other events held two days before the concerts (FMAC: Film, Music, Art and Culture conference, National Poetry Contest and the Opening Night Party).
    When:
    March 7-10
    Where:
    Hard Rock Stadium, Miami.
    Web:
    JazzInTheGardens.com

    NAPLES FLOWER SHOW –
    The Naples Botanical Garden and Naples Garden Club combine resources to present one of the largest flower shows in Florida. It includes a Garden Market, a variety of educational demonstrations as well the Naples Garden Club’s spectacular juried designs and horticultural exhibits.
    When:
    March 22-23
    Where:
    Naples Botanical Garden
    Web:
    naplesgardenclub.org

    ANNUAL ANTIQUE ENGINE & QUILT SHOW – Antique engines and quilts? At the same show? Affirmative. This year will the 27th iteration of this event, so somebody must be doing something right. A variety of antique engines and beautifully crafted quilts will be featured at this eclectic event. Antique engines will line the Historic Settlement’s shell paths, some of them running as if they were made yesterday. All this and food venders and live music, too.
    When:
    March 16-17
    Where:
    Koreshan State Park, Estero
    Web:
    fortmyers-sanibel.com/events

    ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL -- Party-hearty folks from around the world will once again head to this three-day electronic dance music extravaganza. Some of the headliners are Afrojack, David Guetta, the Chainsmokers, Armin Van Buuren, Marshmello, Louis The Child, Alesso, Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Deadmau5, Galantis, Griz, Illenium and Odesza.
    When:
    March 29-31
    Where:
    Virginia Key, Miami
    Web:
    ultramusicfestival.com

    MIAMI SAILING WEEK – Teams representing countries from all over the world will compete against the backdrop of beautiful Biscayne Bay. More than 200 sailors from 23 countries usually participate. There’s a lot more than racing, too: awards ceremonies, cocktail parties and cultural exhibits.
    When:
    March 4-10
    Where:
    Regatta Park, Coconut Grove
    Web:
    miamisailingweek.com

    BROWARD COUNTY WATERWAY CLEANUP – Take an eco-break from your SoFla vacation and help clean up more than 30 locations around the county. You’ll feel good about helping haul away some of the 20-plus tons of trash. And, you don’t need a boat; they will be provided. Also includes the annual Trash Bash that features food, drinks, raffle prizes and live music.
    Where:
    Various locations in Broward County
    When:
    March 2
    Web:
    waterwaycleanup.org

    CALLE OCHO & CARNAVAL ON THE MILE – At 23 blocks long, Calle Ocho Festival is rightfully called one of the world’s largest street parties. It features 12 musical stages, street performers, youth activities, folkloric sites and a variety of food vendors. Carnaval on the Mile is widely thought of as a tamer version of the wild party that is Calle Ocho. There is plenty to do, though – lots of great music, outstanding food and artisanal vendors.
    When:
    March 2-3 for Carnaval on the Mile and March 10 for Calle Ocho
    Where:
    Miracle Mile in Coral Gables for Carnaval on the Mile and Little Havana in Miami for Calle Ocho.
    Web:
    carnavalmiami.com

    THE MIAMI OPEN – It has always been the closest thing to a fifth major championship on the pro tennis circuit and will be again as it moves to a new home this year. The world’s best players will try and wrest the titles away from 2018 winners John Isner and Sloane Stephens. Included in the field: eight past champions, the top-ranked 50 men (including No. 1 Novak Djokovic) and women (led by No. 1 Naomi Osaka) in the world and 19 players who have combined for 109 career Grand Slam titles. Keep your camera or smart phone handy, because celebrities always abound. Food, fashion and entertainment always are a large part of the scene.
    When: March 18-31
    Where: A 13,800 capacity stadium constructed within Hard Rock Stadium, Miami
    Web: miamiopen.com

    COLLIER COUNTY FAIR – All the county-fare staples are included: livestock shows and competitions, arcade games, carnival rides, live music, kids’ activities, and all the cotton candy you could ever want.
    When:
    March 14-24
    Where:
    Collier County Fairgrounds, Naples
    Web:
    colliercountyfair.com

    MIAMI HOME DESIGN & REMODELING SHOW – Thousands of home improvement and décor choices will be on display for flooring, closets, furniture, garden and patio, home automation and security. Be sure to visit the featured interior designers at their stylish display rooms. Also included: lifestyle seminars, a food & wine pairing session and family day art activities.
    When:
    March 1-3
    Where:
    Mana Wynwood Convention Center, Miami
    Web:
    homeshows.net

    GOOD EATS (AND DRINKS!) Food and beverage-centric events abound throughout SoFla in March. Here are some that whet our appetite and thirst:

    ·        Naples Craft Beer Fest, March 2 at Pedestrian Plaza; paradisecoast.com

    ·        Original Marathon Seafood Festival, March 9-10, at Marathon Community Park; marathonseafoodfestival.com

    ·        Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp Festival, March 9-10 at various locations; fortmyersbeachshrimpfestival.com

    ·        Islamorada Seafood Festival & Art Show, March 24, at the Islamorada Moose Lodge; fla-keys.com

    ·        Marco Island Seafood & Music Festival, March 22-24 at Veterans Community Park, Marco Island; marcoislandseafoodandmusicfestival.com

    ·        Wellington Bacon & Bourbon Festival, March 22-24 at the city’s Community Center & Amphitheater, Wellington; baconbourbonfest.com

    ·        Riverwalk Burger Battle, March 29, downtown Fort Lauderdale; goriverwalk.com

    ·        FemAle Brew Fest, March 23, at Huizinga Plaza, Fort Lauderdale; femalebrewfest.com

    ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE & FESTIVAL – There are lots of St. Patty’s Day activities throughout SoFla, but this one is a two-day affair. So, get your green on and head on down to this all-things Irish celebration, which proudly turns 51 this year.
    When:
    March 15-16
    Where:
    Downtown Delray Beach
    Web:
    downtowndelraybeach.com

    TURTLEFEST – This family-friendly event allows visitors to have up-close encounters with threatened and endangered sea turtles, as well as fine art shopping, children’s games and activities, a Global village and live music.
    When:
    March 23
    Where:
    Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach
    Web:
    marinelife.org

    ARCADIA ALL-FLORIDA CHAMPIONSHIP RODEO – The 91st version (no wonder it is called “The Grandaddy of ’Em All”) of this annual Stetson hat-studded event is back and bigger than ever. All the rodeo staples are included: saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, calf roping and bull riding. There are kids’ events, too: mutton bustin’, calf scramble, barrel racing and steer and bull riding.
    When:
    March 7-10
    Where:
    Rodeo Arena, Arcadia
    Web:
    arcadiarodeo.com

    LGBTQ HAPPENINGS – In the beginning of the month there is the Winter Party Festival in Miami Beach and at the end of the month there is Palm Beach Pride. Winter Party features more than 20 events, such as pool parties, dance parties and the grand finale known as the sexiest beach party on the planet. PrideFest has a full slate of exceptional live music, merchandise from booth vendors and a great selection of food from many local restaurants.
    When & Where:
    Respectively, Feb. 27-March 5 at various Miami Beach locations and March 30-31 at Bryant Park in Lake Worth
    Web:
    winterparty.com and compassglcc.com

    PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW – If you want a boat, need a boat or you like to fantasize about boats, this one’s for you. You’ll see an amazing array of vessels – from Cigarette, Comanche, Super Cat, inflatables, cruisers, runabouts, fishing boats, high performance, bow riders and, of course, 150-foot super yachts. You’ll also find a full lineup of accessories and nautical fashions. It all adds up to one of the top boat shows in the country.
    When:
    March 28-31
    Where:
    Lakeworth Lagoon in downtown West Palm Beach
    Web:
    pbboatshow.com

    INTERNATIONAL ORCHID FESTIVAL – Choose among more than 10,000 orchid plants from world-wide vendors, explore the wonder of orchids during garden workshops and walking tours and marvel at rare species in the American Orchid Society juried show. Good food and lots of entertainment, too.
    When:
    March 8-10
    Where:
    Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables
    Web:
    fairchildgarden.org

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS – The great playwright visited the Keys from 1942 until his death in 1983 and you can celebrate his 108th birthday and his life throughout the month of March. Highlights include a series of classic movies adapted from his award-winning plays, artist challenge, stage readings, letters and journals, a film forum and much more.
    When:
    March 4-31
    Where:
    Various locations in Key West
    Web:
    twkw.org

    ASIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL – This annual event showcases Asian crafts, art, exotic music and dance and a tasty selection of Far Eastern cuisine. There will be demonstrations of Ikebana (the art of Japanese flower arrangements) and Origami (Japanese techniques of folding papers into decorative shapes). One of the featured performers will be Japanese Taiko drummers Fushu Daiko. Other highlights: fruit and vegetable carvings, games and puppet shows from Malaysia, literature and crafts.
    When:
    March 2-3
    Where:
    Fruit and Spice Park, Homestead
    Web:
    asianculturefestival.net

    ART BOCA RATON 2019 – This year’s edition will showcase the work of more than 500 artists represented by 55 leading international galleries exhibiting  contemporary, modern and emerging art, sculpture, photography, works on paper and art installations.
    When:
    March 15-18
    Where:
    International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches and FAU Research Park, Boca Raton.
    Web:
    nextlevelfairs.com/artbocaraton

    MARCH MADNESS, ARTS & CRAFTS VERSION – Can’t make it to the six-day art show in Boca? There are plenty of two-day events in SoFla in March. Here are some of them (some also include food and live music):

    ·        Las Olas Art Fair, Part II, March 2-3, in downtown Fort Lauderdale; lasolasart.com

    ·        Downtown Venice Art Classic, March 2-3; veniceartfestival.com

    ·        Fort Myers Craft Festival at Gulf Coast Town center, March 2-3; fortmyersartfestival.com

    ·        Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Riverside Park, March 2-3; artcenterbonita.org

    ·        Palm Beach Gardens Medical ArtFest by the Sea, March 9-10, Juno Beach; junobeachartfestival.com

    ·        Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival, March 9-10; puntagordaartfestival.com

    ·        Art Fest in the Pines, March 9-10 at Pembroke Pines City Center; ppines.com

    ·        Coral Springs Festival of the Arts & Crafts, March 16-17; coralspringsartfestival.com

    ·        Mad Hatter Arts Festival, Barnacle State Historic Park and along Main Highway, Coconut Grove, March 16-17; miamiandbeaches.com

    ·        Downtown Naples Art Show, March 23-24; naplesart.org

    Coconut Creek Craft Festival, March 30-31; artfestival.com

     

    Local, national and international artists create stunning sidewalk art in Safety Harbor’s Bloom N Chalk Fest, where guests can stroll the streets, pop into cafes and restaurants and relax in the park in between gazing at the chalk masterpieces.

    Local, national and international artists create stunning sidewalk art in Safety Harbor’s Bloom N Chalk Fest, where guests can stroll the streets, pop into cafes and restaurants and relax in the park in between gazing at the chalk masterpieces.

    - Sharyn R Chan


    CENTRAL FLORIDA

    FLORIDA FOOD & BREWS FESTIVAL – This newly established festival features the finest that the Tampa Bay region and other parts of Florida have to offer: delicious dishes and desserts from local restaurants and food trucks, craft beer, musicians, stand-up comedians, handmade clothing and gifts and other fun goodies.
    When
    : Feb. 23-24
    Where
    : England Brothers Park, Pinellas Park
    Web
    : foodandbrewsfestival.com

    RIDE POVERTY OUT OF TOWN – Join other cyclists in a community fundraising ride filled with ocean views and historical sites such as the McLarty Treasure Museum – the site of the 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet wreck – as well as stops in Melbourne Beach and Sebastian Inlet Surf & Sport Shop. Participants may choose a route of either 40 miles or a 100-mile full century, ending the day with a splash party cool-down.
    When
    : Feb. 23
    Where
    : Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway, Vero Beach
    Web
    : upirc.org/ride-poverty-out-of-town

    FLORIDA STATE FAIR – Good, old-fashioned, indulgent fun takes over the state fairgrounds, filled with all of the spinning, whirling rides, racing pigs, Elvis impersonators and country music stars. Plan accordingly to check out dog and human stunt shows, the Budweiser Clydesdale horses, alligator wrestling or a Chinese troupe of acrobats. Hungry? The deep-fried butter hits the spot.
    When
    : Feb. 7-18
    Where
    : Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa
    Web
    : floridastatefair.com

    HARDEE COUNTY FAIR – Experience a true-to-its-roots, down-home county fair set in rural Wauchula, where the whole family can enjoy petting farms, livestock exhibitions, midway rides and games and delicious fair food treats. Don’t miss the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show and the Miss Hardee County pageants, as well as the many arts and crafts vendors and folks selling homemade goods.
    When: Feb. 16-23
    Where
    : Wauchula
    Web
    : hardeecountyfair.org

    LEESBURG MARDI GRAS – The streets of this small city become alive with a family-friendly version of New Orleans Mardi Gras, including a pet parade, a kids’ parade, brass bands, jugglers, stilt walkers, fire eaters and lots of messy fair food. Hit the corner of 4th and Market Street for rock bands, beer and Bourbon Street-style fun.
    When
    : Feb. 16
    Where
    : Historic Downtown Leesburg
    Web
    : leesburgpartnership.com/mardigras

    BEER, BOURBON & BBQ FESTIVAL – This touring fest has grown to become one of Tampa’s favorite events, bringing a day of beer, music, cigar, and barbeque – lots and lots of barbecue – to one of downtown’s finest waterfront parks. Admission comes with a sampling glass so you can try up to 40 types of bourbon and 60 kinds of beer, while BBQ vendors serve up their best fare. There’s also a gaming area with giant Jenga, trike races and cornhole.
    When
    : Feb. 16
    Where
    : Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa
    Web
    : beerandbourbon.com/tampa

    WINTER AUTOFEST – This three-day showcase designed for automotive enthusiasts combines a swap meet, classic car sale, collector car show and auction with events for the entire family, as well as a free cruise-in. This year, the event organizer tops its cap to the aeronautical side of SUN ‘n FUN, providing helicopter rides and more air-themed fun.
    When
    : Feb. 22-24
    Where
    : SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus, Lakeland
    Web
    : flysnf.org/carlisle

    HAINES CITY RIBS ON THE RIDGE – The sweet smells of smokers fill the air and pit masters serve up platters of fall-off-the-bone meat at this Florida BBQ Association-sanctioned competition, bringing professional and backyard teams from across the region to compete for cash and bragging rights to the best BBQ in town. Beer, wine and other food vendors are on available, plus live music all weekend.
    When
    : Feb. 22-23
    Where
    : Lake Eva Park, Haines City
    Web
    : hainescity.com/Ribs-on-the-Ridge

    SHRIMPFEST & CRAFT BREW HULLABALOO – Local restaurants, chefs and food trucks compete for the highly coveted “Golden Shrimp Award” at this delicious showdown and festival, which also has vendors serving up non-shrimp dishes such as hamburgers and pizza. The fest also features suds from more than 20 craft and home brewers in a Craft Beer Tasting, and also live music, a car show and a special virtual reality motorcycle simulator.
    When
    : March 15-17
    Where
    : Riverview Park, Sebastian
    Web
    : shrimpfestfl.com

    WATER LANTERN FESTIVAL – Experience the magic of watching 1,000 softly lit lanterns floating and reflecting off water. Entry includes a floating water lantern, a keychain LED flashlight and a marker to design your lantern or write a special message. Sit back and enjoy live bands, or visit the food trucks serving snacks, treats and gourmet dishes.
    When
    : March 16
    Where
    : Orlando Watersports Complex, Orlando
    Web: waterlanternfestival.com/orlando

    LONGWOOD PIRATE SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – Seafood lovers and landlubbers alike can enjoy Florida cuisine and refreshing drinks at this family-friendly day packed with music, pirates and a free kid zone that promises a pirate ship, shark ride and maybe even a mermaid or two. Join in the fun by arriving in pirate gear or just people-watch as you enjoy the beautiful Florida spring weather.
    When
    : March 30
    Where
    : Rieter Park, Longwood
    Web
    : longwoodfestival.com

    DRAGONFEST – Rotary Club of Lake County Golden Triangle presents DragonFest, a full day of activities beginning with brightly decorated Dragon Boat racing throughout the morning followed by ongoing entertainment, craft vendors, food trucks and a car show throughout the afternoon. Nationally-known band Parmalee will hold a free outdoor concert at 7, with special VIP seating available for purchase. Proceeds provide scholarships for Lake County students.
    When
    : March 9
    Where
    : Wooten Park, Tavares
    Web
    : cfdragonboat.org

    PORT CANAVERAL SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL – Set in a picturesque 30-acre Space Coast park, this festival is a culinary delight, a carnival, a country music concert and a kids’ activities extravaganza rolled into one. Fresh seafood and music star Travis Tritt are the main draws, but there’ll also be elaborate costumes and shenanigans at the pirates and mermaids parade. Children 10 and under get in free.
    When: March 7-10
    Where: Space Coast Daily Park, Viera
    Web: portcanaveralseafoodandmusicfestival.com

    BLOOM N CHALK FEST – Local, national and international artists create stunning sidewalk art in the form of portraits, black and white vintage, landscapes, abstract and other beautiful works from humble bits of chalk. The event is free and family-friendly, set in the adorable town of Safety Harbor, where guests can stroll the streets, pop into cafes and restaurants and relax in the park in between gazing at the chalk masterpieces.
    When: March 16-17
    Where: Main Street, Safety Harbor
    Web: facebook.com/chalkfest

    GASPARILLA MUSIC FESTIVAL – Musicians and their fans come from all over to mingle with local bands at one of Florida’s best multi-genre music festivals of the year, spread among several venues and stages in downtown Tampa. Among this artists headlining this year: The Avett Brothers, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Gary Clark Jr., The Pharcyde and J’Nelle.
    When
    : March 9-10
    Where
    : Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Kiley Gardens Park, downtown Tampa
    Web
    : gasparillamusic.com

    WINTER BIRDING ECOTOUR – Embark on a three-hour tour exploring the sandbar of Disappearing Island, where you’ll spot and learn about some of the area’s coolest migratory birds, including Bald Eagles, Greater Yellowlegs, Willets, Ruddy Turnstones, Least Sandpipers, Royal Terns and Black Skimmers. Great for both beginner and novice bird watchers alike.
    When
    : March 21
    Where
    : Marine Discovery Center, New Smyrna Beach
    Web
    : marinediscoverycenter.org

    SEWING & QUILT EXPO – Those who know their way around a needle and thread – or least want to – will love this expo of quilt displays, classes, workshops, vendors selling new sewing and crafting products and a trunk show. Check out the chic fashion show for inspiration and meeting some of the trendsetters – quilting “influencers,” if you will – that keep this traditional hobby fun and fresh.
    When
    : March 14-16
    Where
    : RP Funding Center, Lakeland
    Web
    : sewingexpo.com

    OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FAIR – Smack dab in the middle of the state, the Okeechobee State Fair rolls out a multi-day wonderland of livestock competitions, sideshow and daredevil acts, spinning carnival rides, an exotic animal petting zoo and a crowd-pleasing demolition derby. Take home some baked goods or hand-painted crafts as a souvenir.
    When: March 12-17
    Where: Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center and Fairgrounds, Okeechobee
    Web: okeechobeecountyfair.com

    VENICE BOOK FAIR AND WRITERS FESTIVAL – Budding writers, bibliophiles, established national and local authors and avid readers love this weekend filled with interesting writing workshops, helpful publishing seminars and book signings. This year’s new location allows for more sidewalk vendor tents and is only a few blocks from the local farmer’s market.
    When: March 15-16
    Where: The New Library and West Blalock Park, Venice
    Web: venicebookfair.com

    DAYTONA BIKE WEEK – Dubbed the “World’s Largest Motorcycle Event,” this 10-day event filled with high-octane street festivals, concerts, motorcycle races, bike shows, rallies, manufacturer showcases and much more. The event was established more than seven decades ago and has grown into a crowd of over 500,000 motorcyclists who make it an annual pilgrimage.
    When
    : March 8-17
    Where
    : Daytona Beach area
    Web
    : officialbikeweek.com

     

    The 17th hole of Sawgrass TPC Stadium Course is one of the most challenging of The PLAYERS Championship held in Ponte Vedra Beach.

    The 17th hole of Sawgrass TPC Stadium Course is one of the most challenging of The PLAYERS Championship held in Ponte Vedra Beach.

    - The PLAYERS Championship

     

    NORTH FLORIDA

    VENARDOS CIRCUS — Kevin Venardos, once the youngest ringmaster in Barnum & Bailey’s history, has reinvented the circus to match modern interests (For example, there are no animal performers, only human.). The self-proclaimed “Little Circus That Could” has one ring and brings Broadway to the Big Top, or in their case Modest Top, combining musical theater with an array of death-defying feats.
    When:
    Dec. 19 – Feb. 27
    Where:
    St. Augustine Amphiteatre
    Web:
    venardoscircus.com

    HITS OCALA WINTER CIRCUIT — The horse country capital of Florida gears up for three months of tournaments and gives away $4 million in prize money to best the hunter/jumper jockeys during the winter season. The HITS Post Time Farm has more than 450 acres, 100 permanent turn-out paddocks and 30 permanent bars for training. The season kicks off with the Ocala January Classic ($75 thousand in prize money) and ends with the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix on March 24.
    When:
    Jan. 15 – March 24
    Where:
    HITS Post Time Farm, Ocala
    Web:
    hitsshows.com/ocala

    WORLD VIEW — Embrace and explore different cultures and food at these fests.

    ·         World of Nations (Feb. 23-24, Jacksonville): Jacksonville’s annual cultural celebration moves from May to February for 2019. Attendees are encouraged to show off their cultural heritage by dressing up in old attire. International arts, cuisine and music from a diverse selection of countries will be on display. World-of-Nations.net
    ·         2nd Annual World Culture Festival (Feb. 9, Tallahassee): Celebrate Tallahassee’s diverse collection of culture and faiths at the second annual event. The family-friendly event will feature dance performances, live entertainment and food. wcftally.com

    SANDESTIN GUMBO FESTIVAL — Do you have gumbo running through your veins? The Panhandle’s Emerald Coast celebrates all things New Orleans (see also Mardi Gras parades) at the 30th annual event. A Seafood Boil gets the party going on Friday. Arrive hungry and eat your way from table to table seeking out which entrant will get your vote for People’s Choice during Saturday’s Gumbo-Off. This year, local bars and restaurants will also be seeking the over-21 vote in the “Best Bloody Mary at The Beach” competition. Also includes live music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe and family activities.
    When:
    Feb. 15-16
    Where:
    Village of Baytowne Wharf, Miramar Beach
    Web:
    sandestingumbofestival.com

    ST. AUGUSTINE SPANISH WINE FESTIVAL — Swish, sip and spit your way through more than 100 Spanish-only wines while saying “salud” to St. Augustine’s Spanish roots at the Grand Tasting. The annual fest has undergone many changes, including adding a Wine and Dine featuring food truck cuisine, but the biggest is its move from September to February. Still on the schedule is the Cava Reception and Dinner which features a Spanish-inspired courses paired with Spanish wines.
    When:
    Feb. 15-17
    Where:
    St. Augustine
    Web:
    spanishwinefestival.com

    11TH ANNUAL FIDDLER CRAB FESTIVAL — Enjoy a weekend along the Big Bend that exudes Southern fun and hospitality. Pick a winner during the festival-favorite Fiddler Crab races, take a boat tour along the winding Steinhatchee River, dance to live music all day during the Suwannee River Jam, compete in a fishing tournament and chow down on great eats. New in 2019, a “King Crab” trophy will be awarded to the best-decorated golf cart, boat or float during the annual parade. Audience participation is one of the judging criteria so be ready to cheer on the entrants.
    When:
    Feb. 15-17
    Where:
    Steinhatchee
    Web:
    steinhatcheechamber.com/fiddler-crab-festival

    BATTLE OF OLUSTEE REENACTMENT AND 41ST ANNUAL OLUSTEE FESTIVAL — More than 25,000 visitors arrive in Lake City for two-days of live music and the annual Civil War battle reenactment. The Olustee Festival is Friday and Saturday and features arts and crafts vendors, parade, memorial service and youth pageants. Then, head to the historic battlefield on Saturday and Sunday for the Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee, the site of Florida’s largest battle of the Civil War. Some of the other events associated with the reenactment include medical demonstrations, artillery night firing, an old-fashioned barn dance, parade and ladies tea.
    When:
    Feb. 15-17
    Where:
    Olustee Battlefield State Park (reenactment), downtown Lake City (festival)
    Web:
    https://www.olusteefestival.com/ and http://battleofolustee.org/

    ST. AUGUSTINE CIVIL RIGHTS & BLACK HERITAGE WALKING TOUR — St. Augustine has played a role in the Sunshine State’s African-American experience from the arrival of the first African settlers (who were explorers and soldiers with Pedro Menendez, not slaves) to Martin Luther King Jr.’s arrest in the city for attempting to eat at a whites-only establishment in 1964. The 90-minute tour includes 10 different stops significant to the city’s role in the Civil Rights Movement.
    When:
    Feb. 16
    Where:
    St. Augustine
    Web:
    staugustineblackheritagetours.com

    BRAINQUILITY MUSIC FESTIVAL — This fest brings together funk, jazz and global fusion musicians for two days of camping, more than 20 live music acts on two stages. This year’s lineup includes the groove-based improv artists Lotus, funk and dance chart-topper Opiuo and the bluesy rock duo Boombox. Includes food and drink vendors.
    When:
    Feb. 16-17
    Where:
    The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak
    Web:
    brainquilityfest.com

    ST. ANDREWS MARDI GRAS 2019 — Yes, the show must go on. The hosting Krewe of St. Andrews lost four of their 10 floats when their den was damaged by Hurricane Michael. But they buckled down and rebuilt the damaged floats and continued planning for the one city’s biggest parties of the year. Saturday’s parades are the fest’s main events and feature more than 30 floats and New Orleans-style music. Other events include the Kids and Pets Parade and Masker Parade. There will also be two days of live music, a kids zone and food vendors.
    When:
    Feb. 22-23
    Where:
    Historic St. Andrews neighborhood, Panama City
    Web:
    standrewsmardigras.com

    PENSACON — This convention proves geeky, sci-fi love has no borders as fanboys and girls of seemingly diverse groups like MMA, horror movies, gaming and paranormal enthusiasts can coexist under one roof. The fest will host two reunions featuring stars from “Indiana Jones” (Karen Allen, Julian Glover, Paul Freeman and Wolf Kahler) and “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” (Austin St. John, Paul Freeman and Peta-Marie Rixon). No comic con would be complete without a costume competition, so start planning what you’ll be wearing now. Also includes a Short Film Festival.
    When:
    Feb. 22-24
    Where:
    Pensacola Bay Center
    Web:
    pensacon.com

    STONE AGE AND PRIMITIVE ARTS FESTIVAL — The 12th annual event allows visitors to get hands-on experience living in the past by learning former survival skills like flint knapping, deer-hide tanning and projectile-point fastening. Learn how to make your own bow and arrow and then sign up to compete in the primitive archery competition. While there, take time to explore the parks 543 acres along the Gulf Coast, which includes rivers and creeks and nature trails for hiking. Birders will be on the lookout for the rare red-cockaded woodpecker.
    When:
    Feb. 22-24
    Where:
    Ochlockonee River State Park, Sopchoppy
    Web:
    knapfest.com

    NORTHEAST FLORIDA SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES & FESTIVAL — Experience a “Wee bit o’ Scotland” in North Florida during the annual Highland Games. Throw your hat in the ring and compete in feats of strength (22 pound Hammer Throw, 56 pounds Weight Throw, Caber Toss or Tug of War) or artistic competitions (Band and Solo Bag Piping, Fiddle or Highland Dance). The festival is all things Scottish, include Gaelic demos, a Tartan Museum, traditional music and food. New for 2019 is not just one, but two Guinness Beer Tents.
    When:
    Feb. 23
    Where:
    Clay County Fairgrounds, Green Cove Springs
    Web:
    neflgames.com

    MARDI GRAS BARKUS PARADE — Instead of a parade featuring pirates tossing beads, you’ll be entertained by our favorite four-legged friends decked out in eye patches, beads and more. Led by the Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers, this year’s theme is “Furry Tails Do Come True.” All are invited to be a part of the festivities by outfitting you and, more important,  your dog. And because it’s Florida, decked-out bicycles and golf carts also are welcome in the parade. As per tradition, the parade’s queen and king will feature two shelter dogs looking for a “furever” home. Includes live music, artisans and food.
    When:
    Feb. 23
    Where:
    Apalachicola
    Web:
    floridasforgottencoast.com/barkus

    SEAWALK MUSIC FESTIVAL — This two-day music festival is always a harbinger for spring on the First Coast. The family-friendly event, which is free, makes it the perfect way to spend a weekend relaxing oceanfront while listening to great tunes. Includes food, beverage and arts and crafts vendors.
    When:
    Feb. 23-24
    Where:
    SeaWalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach
    Web:
    communityfirstseawalkmusicfest.com

    MARDI GRAS — You’ve eaten King Cake, scored enough beads to start gifting them to others and cheered on enough krewe “royalty” to go hoarse. But Pensacola says, “Stop. Wait a minute.” Yes, Mardi Gras finally arrives in Pensacola with a series of parades and parties that will give everyone something to cheer. As always, the Annual Krewe of Lafitte Illuminated Mardi Gras Parade is the inaugural event (March 1), followed by the Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade (March 2) and the Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade (March 3). The season officially concludes with the Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Street Party (March 5).
    When:
    March 1-5
    Where:
    Pensacola
    Web:
    kreweoflafitte.com, www.kreweofwrecks.com, pensacolamardigras.com

    IDIDAHIKE — Show your support for the Sunshine State’s scenic trails and make new friends during the 11-mile annual IDidAHike fundraiser. Hikers will check in at the main gate of the Spirit of the Suwannee Campground and Music Park before being shuttled to the hike’s jumping off point. Scenic locales along the route  include Disappearing Creek, the historic 129-truss bridge over the Suwannee River and the ruins of the Suwannee Mineral Spring.
    When:
    March 2
    Where:
    Spirit of the Suwannee Campground and Music Park, White Oak
    Web:
    floridatrail.org

    ST. AUGUSTINE FASHION WEEK — Twice a year, St. Augustine rolls out the catwalk giving its local rock star fashion designers a chance to see their clothes on the runway. The main week’s main event is always the two days of Designer Runway Shows followed by a Design Showroom on The Deck at Push Push Salon to the close out the event. Other events throughout the week include a youth fashion design competition, feature film and designer meet and greets.
    When:
    March 2-10
    Where:
    St. Augustine
    Web:
    www.stafashionweek.com

    CLASSIC CHROME — Hand-polished details, butter-soft leather and the oh-so-elegant lines of classic cars will display on each coast this weekend.

    • Concours D’Elegance (March 7-10, Amelia Island): As car shows go, Amelia Island’s collection of unique, rare and lovingly-owned automobiles is one of the top five auto shows in the country. Leading up to Sunday’s main event are smaller functions which include the Porsche Driving Experience (You don’t have to be a Porsche owner to participate!), a Porsche 962 Dynasty panel discussion that includes the 2019 festival honoree Jacky Ickx (Belgian Formula One driver who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans six times), Cars & Coffee on the Concours, test drives and an auction by Sotheby’s. ameliaconcours.org
    • Emerald Coast Cruzin’ (March 6-9, Panama City Beach): This beachfront car show reflects the laid-back personality of the city, pairing county music with classic cars. On the musical side, the event headliners features of trio of county crooners: John Schneider, Sylvia and Ronnie McDowell. For auto lovers, events include a Hot Rod Show & Block Party, collector car auction, beach car parades and more. The show will feature cars previously registered for their fall 2018 event which was postponed during the recovery after Hurricane Michael. emeraldcoastcruizin.com

    VEGFESTS — Take your vegan lifestyle to the next level or use one of these vegan fests to make the first steps toward adjusting your diet.

    • Northeast Florida Veg Fest (March 2, Jacksonville): The eighth annual family (and dog-friendly) event features vegan food vendors, a beer garden, pie-eating contest, kids zone, live music and more. nfvegfest.org
    • North Florida VegFest (March 9, Tallahassee): This eco-conscious event (including animal-friendly vendors) will have live music, nationally recognized speakers and authors, vegan cooking demos, kids activities and live music. northfloridavegfest.com
    • Ocala Veg Fest (March 24, Ocala): Ocala’s inaugural event intends to be a zero waste event that extols a plant-based diet to both vegans and non-vegans. The event has a lineup of speakers as well as vegan food and lifestyle vendors selling everything from donuts to natural oat soaps. ocalavegfest.org

    RED HILLS INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS — See future Olympic hopefuls during this equestrian annual competition sanctioned by the sport’s international and national governing bodies. During the week, the equestrian triathlete will compete in dressage, cross country and show jumping. Includes a vendor village for shopping, food court and children’s activities.
    When:
    March 7-10
    Where:
    Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park, Tallahassee
    Web:
    rhht.org

    THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP — After a dozen years of being THE tournament on the PGA Tour in May, THE PLAYERS returns to its March home as a precursor for The Masters. The move means everyone can enjoy the week free of May’s sweltering heat, the course will be played predominantly on rye grass instead of bermuda and the winner will be the first to hoist the tournament’s new trophy designed by Tiffany & Co. (Check out the video on how it was designed and created on the THE PLAYERS site, below.) What won’t change? The best of the best will be aiming to take home a chunk of the record $12.5 million purse, the famed 17th island green will break or make champions and it will be a weeklong outdoor cocktail party to remember.
    When:
    March 12-17
    Where:
    TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra
    Web:
    theplayers.com

    IN THE GARDEN — Gainesville’s ode to spring features a historic goes modern home tour and a celebration of blooms at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

    • Spring Promenade (March 9, Gainesville): “Historic Gainesville Where the Past Meets the Present” is the theme for this year’s spring event that includes five vintage homes which have been renovated to support modern lifestyles. The tour also include the W.R. Thomas Home, known as the Sunkist Villa, where tickets can be purchased. visitgainesville.com/promenade
    • Spring Garden Festival (March 23-24, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens): Although the theme for the 2019 festival hasn’t been announced yet, previous visitors know that Gainesville’s biggest horticultural event of the year includes about 150 vendors selling plants, flowers, landscape accessories, art and food. Also includes live entertainment, kids activities and live auctions. kanapaha.org

    SUWANNEE VALLEY QUILT FESTIVAL — Celebrate National Quilt Day with inspiration provided by more than 400 intricate fabric works of art created by quilting groups and individuals throughout the state. View these treasures while exploring Trenton’s historic downtown during the 13th annual event, which is Florida’s largest outdoor quilt festival. The quilts will be on display in stores and town buildings, inside and out. Also, make time for sewing demos on paper piecing, embroidery, children’s dresses and needlework.
    When:
    March 16
    Where:
    Trenton
    Web:
    trentonquiltfestival.com

    DOWN HOME STREET FESTIVAL — Head to Bonifay for a relaxed event that mixes community pride with fun and family. Preceding the festival are the Miss Trailblazer Pageant (Feb. 16) and the Trailblazer Trot 5K (March 9). In keeping with the down home theme, there will be games, crafts and family-friendly live entertainment throughout the day, as well as a chance to see the pageant winners and car show.
    When:
    March 16
    Where:
    Bonifay
    Web:
    downhomestreetfestival.com

    MARCH MADNESS BASKETBALL — It’s the greatest week of the men’s basketball season: 68 teams, 52 games, 9 tournament sites. Usually the NCAA spreads the love gifting cities with tournament games that are evenly distributed around the country. This year, Jacksonville feels more like an outlier with most of the host sites in the North. The eight teams coming to the First Coast are still unknown but during the 2015 games in Jacksonville, the fans saw buzzer beaters, cheered on an unlikely Cinderella and watched a perennial powerhouse continue its march to the Final Four. Yes, anything is possible.
    When:
    March 21, 23
    Where:
    Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
    Web:
    jaxarena.com/madness

    CARRABELLE CULTURE CRAWL — Go on a self-guided shop hop through Carrabelle’s historic downtown along the banks of the Carrabelle River. The event includes stops in 20 galleries, museums, shops and restaurants. Some venues will be serving refreshments and raffling off door prizes.
    When:
    March 24
    Where:
    Carrabelle
    Web:
    floridasforgottencoast.com/culture-crawl

    SPRINGTIME TALLAHASSEE — What began as a small-town celebration to promote Tallahassee’s beauty has turned into two days of entertainment marking it’s 51st anniversary this year. Friday night’s music festival featuring headliner Chris Janson (“Buy Me a Boat” and “Drunk Girl”) with openers Highway 85 and Tyler Reeve.The party gets started Saturday morning with the Grand Parade featuring New Orleans-style krewes with more than 100 decorated floats, marching bands and more. Don’t forget to bring your reusable shopping bag for Jubilee in the Park with more than 200 art, craft and food vendors.
    When:
    March 29-30
    Where:
    Kleman Plaza, Tallahassee
    Web:
    springtimetallahassee.com

    CEDAR KEY ARTS FESTIVAL — For 55 years, historic Cedar Key has watched it’s festival gain stature in the fine arts community with a juried art show giving away $18,000 in prizes from it’s beautiful Gulf Coast setting. While checking out the paintings, jewelry, ceramics and photography for sale, festival goers can also indulge in homemade treats and fresh seafood from local vendors.
    When:
    March 30-31
    Where:
    Cedar Key
    Web:
    cedarkeyartsfestival.com

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