Florida Events & Festival Roundup

May 31 to June 2, Key Largo

Fifth annual Skippers Dolphin Tournament
More than $60,000 in cash and prizes are awarded to winners in ladies, junior and senior divisions. Spectators can watch weigh-ins Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Skippers Dockside.
www.skipperstournaments.com; 305-522-4868


June 1, Pensacola

Fiesta of Five Flags
Begin Fiesta activities with a traditional ecumenical prayer service at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 6 East Wright St. Then decorate your boat and join one of the largest boat parades on Pensacola Bay. Boats depart from the mouth of Bayou Chico at 1 p.m. Make your way to the Quietwater Beach Amphitheater on the Portofino Boardwalk at Pensacola Beach at 3 p.m. for the DeLuna Landing Ceremony—a parody of conquistador Don Tristan DeLuna’s claiming of Pensacola under the flag of Spain.
www.fiestaoffiveflags.com; 850-434-6211


June 1, Avon Park

15th annual Fishing Derby
Kids 16 years old and younger are invited to a free fishing derby at Tomlin Lake. Bring your own gear and bait. Registration opens at 7 a.m. The derby is from 9 to 11 a.m. A free lunch follows, along with an awards ceremony. Trophies are awarded in four age classes for biggest fish, most fish and casting. Participants must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
www.avonparkafr.net or 863-452-4254


June 1, Marathon

Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival
The waters off Sombrero Beach are transformed into a swift racecourse as 20 paddlers move in unison in 40-foot-long race boats. The festival is free and open to the public. Food, beverages, merchandise and entertainment are available shoreside.
www.battleinthebaydragonboat.com; 813-426-3544


June 3-7, 10-14, 17-21 & July 8-12, 15-19 Marathon, Parrish

Photo by Anne Ross

Manatee County Youth Rowing
Learn to row as a team in competitive racing shells while having fun on the beautiful Manatee River at weeklong summer camps for students entering sixth through 12th grade in the fall. Sessions are at Ft. Hamer Park in Parrish during June and July. Full-day camps run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $295 a week. Sessions are June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21 and July 8-12. A half-day camp from 8 a.m. to noon July 15-19 is $150. For more information, visit www.manateeyouthrowing.com.


June 5, Pensacola

Movie Under the Stars
A free showing of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
will be at From the Ground Up Community Garden, 501 N. Hayne St., at 7:15 p.m. Gates open at 6:45 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket. Space for seating is limited. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Dogs are not allowed.
www.fromthegroundupgardenpensacola.com; 850-934-3609


June 7-8, Islamorada

Seventh annual Ladies Dolphin Tournament
Florida Keys Elks Lodge 1872 hosts this annual event, which kicks off with a silent auction Friday. Prizes are awarded to the winning teams and the top junior anglers. Everyone is welcome to come bid on items and watch the ladies weigh in their catches.
www.floridakeyselks1872.com; 305-522-4868


June 7-23, Sebring

Mamma Mia!
On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the Greek island they visited 20 years earlier. The show at Lakeside Playhouse may not be suitable for children under 13. Performances are Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for youth and $20 to $30 for adults.
www.HighlandsLittleTheatre.org; 863-385-2175


June 8, Key Largo

Fifth annual Coralpalooza: Plant a Coral, Restore a Reef
Celebrate World Oceans Day with a family fun day of reef-saving adventures. Certified divers are invited to join the Coral Restoration Foundation on Friday for hands on training, followed by a day of reef restoration activities Saturday. Register online. Other activities are open to snorkelers. Join Captain Coral and unlock mysteries of the deep in a land-based treasure hunt at the Exploration Center.
www.coralrestoration.org; 305-453-7030


June 8-9, Sebring

Heartland Triathlon
Swim in the clear, spring-fed waters of Lake Jackson, ride on the smooth, fast bike course on the open roads north of Sebring and run the historic downtown Sebring Circle Park to the finish line in sprint, Olympic and youth races.


June 10, Pensacola

Music Under the Stars
Honkey-tonk singer Nikki Talley performs from 7 to 9 p.m. at From the Ground Up Community Garden, 501 N. Hayne St. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
www.fromthegroundupgardenpensacola.com; 850-934-3609


June 12-23, Bradenton

Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding
Based on a traditional Italian-American wedding and reception, the show features exaggerated stereotypes for comic effect. Performances are 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees, at Manatee Performing Arts Center’s Stone Hall.


June 13-16, Pensacola

49th annual Bill Hargreaves Fishing Rodeo
Headquartered at the Grand Lagoon Yacht Club, fishing starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at 8 p.m. Saturday, with prizes distributed after a mouth-watering fish fry Sunday. There are door prizes, a silent auction and fun for all. Kids 12 and younger fish free. Tickets for adults are $40, which includes a fish fry ticket.
www.billhargreavesfishingrodeo.com; 850-607-7569


June 15, Key West

FKCC Swim Around Key West
Florida Keys Community College’s officially sanctioned 12.5-mile swim begins and ends at Smathers Beach. It is open to individual swimmers and relay teams of all ages. Open water swims of 800 yards, 1 mile, 2 miles and 10K are available.
www.swimaroundkeywest.org; 305-809-3562


June 19, Islamorada

Immerse Yourself!
Captain Dick Magaldi, a maritime historian, will speak about “Discovery of the HMS Edinburgh” at 7 p.m. at the History of Diving Museum, 82990 Overseas Highway.
www.divingmuseum.org; 305-664-9737


June 21-22, Bradenton

Junie B. Jones Jr.
The Kidz Camp production tells the story of Junie’s first day of first grade. The show is at
7 p.m. June 21 and 2 p.m. June 22 at Manatee Performing Arts Center’s Stone Hall.


June 26-27, Islamorada

IFC Captains Cup Dolphin Tournament
Just three fish are all that’s needed to capture the $25,000 winner-take-all grand prize, but the aggregate weight of the three dorado must be the highest in the tournament.
www.theislamoradafishingclub.com; 305-664-4735


June 27, Ona

Field Day
Learn about smutgrass management options using the weed wiper and practices to improve warm-season grass haylage quality from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education Center. Participation is free, but limited to the first 80 registrations by June 20.
https://bit.ly/2GqhCAr; 863-735-1314


June 28-29, Chipley

63rd annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival
Country artists William Michael Morgan, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fortune and the local Drummond Family headline the free musical event at Pals Park. Other attractions include a parade, free watermelon slices, an auction, arts and crafts vendors, a pancake breakfast, a 5K race, an antique car show and activities for children.


June 29, Pensacola

Firecracker 5K
Raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida. Wear your most patriotic attire to run or walk at 7 a.m. at Seville Square Park. A free kids’ fun run follows the 5K.


June 29-July 4, Palmetto

RV Show
Admission and parking are free to the show at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and July 4, and
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. all other days.


June 30, Port St. Joe

Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Festival
Enjoy live music, mermaids, games, art vendors, ice cream & more beginning at 11 a.m. at George Core Park. Bring a blanket or chair.


July 3, Panama City

Freedom Rocks!
Grand Lagoon hosts a fireworks display at 9 p.m.


July 4, Key Largo

Annual Parade and Picnic
Key Largo Chamber of Commerce and the Upper Keys Reporter old-fashioned community event is from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Key Largo Community Park.


July 4, Panama City Beach

Star-Spangled Spectacular
Celebrate the Fourth with fireworks fired from the identical City Pier and County Pier at 9 p.m. Tune in to the 103.5 app for a choreographed music simulcast.


July 4, Marathon

Beach Party & Fireworks Show
Families gather for a day of activities including a patriotic parade that begins around 10:30 a.m. from Marathon High School on Sombrero Beach Road (MM 50 oceanside) to free-admission Sombrero Beach, where a daylong celebration features food, drink, kids’ crafts and entertainment. Activities conclude with fireworks after dark.


July 4, Panama City

Salute to Freedom
The event kicks off with a parade down Harrison Avenue at 3 p.m. followed by live music on the green at Panama City Marina featuring The Dave Matthews Tribute Band. Activities include a dance contest for kids, cornhole contest, hot dog eating contest, charity dunk tank, a water balloon toss and three-point basketball shoot. Bring a blanket and lawn chair for a fireworks show at 9 p.m. over St. Andrews Bay.


July 4, Pensacola

Seratoma’s Independence Day
The 29th annual celebration begins at 11 a.m. with free activities until 6 p.m. in Seville Square, including a children’s area with inflatables, a rock climbing wall and pony rides, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and live entertainment on the bayfront stage in the evening. Signups for a hot dog eating contest are at 11:15 a.m. The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra plays at the Hunter Amphitheater in Vince Whibbs Community Maritime Park at 7:30 p.m. Festivities culminate with a fireworks show over Pensacola Bay at 9 p.m., synchronized with music broadcast on 98.7.


July 4, Wewahitchka

Fourth of July Festival
Gather around Lake Alice when the sun goes down for a spectacular display over the water.
www.visitgulf.com; 850-639-2605


July 4, Key Largo

Fireworks Show
Blackwater Sound, MM104, provides the perfect mirrorlike surface to make the annual fireworks display at 10 p.m. seem like a 3-D viewing experience.


July 4, Bradenton

Fourth of July Fireworks
Enjoy a fireworks display over the Manatee River at 9 p.m. Bring a blanket and chairs. Fireworks are launched from the Green Bridge fishing pier and are viewable from nearly all of the Riverwalk.


July 4, Port St. Joe

Fourth of July
The fireworks show at the Port St. Joe marina begins at 10 p.m. Eastern time.
www.visitgulf.com; 850-639-2605


July 4, Highlands County

Fourth of July Celebrations
Three fireworks shows will be staged from 9 to 10 p.m.: City Pier Beach in Sebring, Donaldson Park in Avon Park and Lake June in Lake Placid.


July 4, Pensacola Beach

Independence Day Fireworks
Start celebrating at 8:30 p.m. at Casino Beach.


July 4-7, Key West

Seventh annual Key Lime Festival
A wacky talent show, pie-eating and cooking contests, and other tasty temptations await at the event that celebrates key limes.


July 5-7, Key West

Key West Mermaid Festival
Activities in the inaugural event include mermaid meet and greets, vendors, entertainment, ocean awareness and dancing under the sea, with activities for all ages.
www.keywestmermaidfestival.com; 305-304-1988


July 9, Pensacola

Pensacola History Talk
John Appleyard shares stories about Pensacola’s history at 9 a.m. at the Pensacola Visitor Information Center’s Wayside Park. The event is free, but seating is limited.


July 11-13, Key West

Mel Fisher Days
Commemorate the famous 16-year search for the Spanish galleon Atocha, which led to a $450 million treasure discovery in the waters off Key West with a chance to explore the Fisher family’s 90-foot working salvage boat, behind-the-scenes tours of the family’s private artifact conservation lab and social events with members of the crew that found the Atocha’s riches.


July 13, Looe Key Reef

Photo by Frazier Nivens/Florida Keys News Bureau

35th Annual Underwater Music Festival
Mariah Reynolds blows an artist’s rendition of a conch shell at the 2018 Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary near Big Pine Key. About 400 divers and snorkelers participated in the event that provided entertainment and promoted coral reef preservation. The 2019 submerged songfest is at Looe Key Reef from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13. Staged by US1 Radio 104.1 FM, the music is broadcast underwater via speakers suspended beneath boats positioned above the reef. For more information, visit www.lowerkeyschamber.com or call 305-872-2411.


July 13, Pensacola Beach

Pensacola Beach Air Show
The show at Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach begins at noon with civilian acts. The Blue Angels fly at 2 p.m. The Blue Angels hold several practice sessions along the beach in the days leading up to the show.


July 16-21, Key West

Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

39th Annual Hemingway Days
Past winners judge contestants in the 2018 Hemingway look-alike contest. The event is part of the weeklong celebration of the legendary author’s work and lifestyle. This year’s activities are July 16-21 in Key West. Other activities include literary readings, running of the bulls, a short-story competition, fishing tournament, 5K run, paddleboard race and a birthday party commemorating Ernest’s July 21 birthday. For more information, visit www.fla-keys.com/hemingway-days.
For details about the look-alike contest, call 305-296-2388. For information about literary activities, call 305-797-0579.


July 17, Islamorada

Immerse Yourself!
A speaker from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission speaks at 7 p.m. at the History of Diving Museum, MM83.


July 19-20, Bradenton

The Music Man
The funny, wicked, romantic and touching family-friendly musical is a Broadway Bootcamp production. The bootcamp is July 1-19, with performances at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Manatee Performing Arts Center.
www.manateeperformingartscenter.com; 941-748-5875


July 20, Islamorada

PADI Women Dive Day
The History of Diving Museum joins the global Professional Association of Diving Instructors to celebrate women in diving. The day begins with a morning presentation, followed by a fun dive for ladies and gentlemen.


July 26-28, Lake Placid

Lake Placid Caladium Festival
The annual event celebrates the beautiful plant with caladium field tours, art competitions and vendors, bulb and plant sale, antique cars, and live entertainment.


July 27, Bradenton

Mixon Farms Craft Fair
The indoor fair is in the back of the processing plant from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month from April to September. Fifteen to 25 craft vendors participate.
941-748-5829 ext. 239