Florida Events & Festival Roundup

November through April, Key Largo

Keys Community Concert Band Looking for Musicians
Whether you have not played an instrument in quite some time or are an experienced or even a professional musician, the Keys Community Concert Band wants you! The group performs free outdoor concerts once a month from November through April. Rehearsals are Mondays at Key Largo School, MM 105. Tuning/warm up is at 6:45 p.m., with rehearsal from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join some great players in an easygoing atmosphere and have tons of fun. Just show up with your instrument or you can borrow one. For more information, call 305-451-4530 or visit www.keyscommunityconcertband.org.

Through February 2, Marathon

“Drinking Habits”
Wine and secrets are spilled in the Marathon Community Theater comedy featuring two nuns who secretly make wine to keep their poverty-stricken convent afloat—behind the back of their alcohol-detesting Mother Superior. Unbeknownst to them, their wine has won a $500,000 award. Two newspaper reporters, who are ex-fiancés, break the story after going undercover as a nun and a priest. Their presence and the arrival of a new nun spurs paranoia that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down.
www.marathontheater.org; 305-743-0994


February 1-3 & 22-24, Sebring

Firemen’s Flea Market
Hunt for bargains and treasures at Highlands County’s oldest flea market, open Friday and Saturday year-round from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Highlands County Fairgrounds at the corner of Sebring Parkway and Kenilworth Boulevard. Admission is free. Vendor spaces are available.
Betty Mansfield, 863-840-2193

February 2, Tavernier

Winter Festival
Coral Isles Church, MM 90, hosts a day of fun from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with activities for kids, live music, food and beverages, art, a silent auction featuring goods from local merchants, and jewelry, plant, bake and yard sales. Proceeds benefit the church and numerous community programs it supports. Admission is free. Parking is available at Coral Shores High School.
www.coralisles.org; 305-852-5813

February 2-3, Lake Placid

Arts & Crafts Country Fair
More than 200 arts and crafts and food vendors fill DeVane Park for the free event, which features live entertainment, children’s activities, an exhibit hall, and arts and crafts demonstrations.
www.tourlakeplacid.com; 863-465-3963

February 6, Tavernier

Art Guild of the Purple Isles
The organization’s general meeting is 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Florida Keys Elk Lodge, MM 92.6.
www.agpi.us; janicekaylee@gmail.com


February 8, Wimauma

Pomegranate Growers Meeting
The public is invited to the Florida Pomegranate Association meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Gulf Coast Research Education Center, 14625 CR 672. Save fees with advance registration.
https://2019FPAGrowersMeeting.eventbrite.com; flpomegranate@gmail.com; 863-604-3778


February 8-9, Palmetto

50th annual Collectibles Show
See antique bottles, stoneware, toys, fossils, tins and artifacts at the Suncoast Antique Bottle Collectors event at the Manatee River Fair Association Building, 1402 14th Ave. W. Early buyers are welcome from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday for $20. Admission from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday is $3 and free to those 16 and younger with an adult.
www.facebook.com/groups/SuncoastAntiqueBottleCollectors; 941-722-7233


February 8-11, Everglades City

48th annual Seafood Festival
Feast on fresh gulf shrimp, fish, stone crab claws and fried gator while listening to live country music or enjoying carnival rides. More than 100 vendors offer food and handmade arts and crafts.


February 8-March 27, Lake Placid

Art of Mary Mirabal
Highlands Museum of the Arts hosts an exhibit by the award-winning contemporary abstract expressionist painter. Admission is free; donations are accepted.
www.HighlandsArtLeague.org/mota; 863-385-5312


February 9, Arcadia

Ride for Tiny Town
Help the homeless by pedaling 15, 30 or 60 miles in the bicycling fundraiser that starts and ends at the Mosaic Arena. The event—which includes food and music—begins at 8 a.m. and benefits DeSoto Cares Homeless Services through the building of tiny houses and the All-Florida Championship Rodeo Association.
www.ridefortinytown.com; 941-807-3950


February 9, Sebring

Roaring 20s Festival
Doff your fedora, polish your pearls and celebrate a golden era of opulence, arts and crafts, big band music and vintage cars in downtown Sebring. Admission is free.


February 9, Tavernier

Annual Yard Sale
New, gently used and vintage items and plants are featured at the San Pedro Women’s Guild event from 8 a.m. to noon at San Pedro Catholic Church, MM 89.5.


February 9-10, Sebring

Bike Sebring 12/24
Held annually at Sebring International Raceway, the event allows cyclists to compete in a 12- or 24-hour cycling race on and off the track.


February 10, Tavernier

Renaissance Concert
Enjoy music on Renaissance instruments by Alison Crum and Roy Marks at 2 p.m. at Burton Memorial United Methodist Church, MM 93. Suggested donation is $12. A reception follows.
Kathleen Merfeld, 305-451-0134


February 15-24, Sebring

Poisoned apples and glass slippers? Forget the princesses you think you know. Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses come to life to set the record straight in the comedy musical that is anything but Grimm. The Highlands Little Theatre production contains adult humor, unsuitable for children.
www.highlandslittletheatre.org; 863-382-2525


February 16, Fort Meade

14th annual Tractor Drive Through the Groves
The Flywheelers Antique Engine Club event is at 7000 Avon Park Cutoff Road.
www.floridaflywheelers.org; 863-285-9121


February 16, Islamorada

Pops in the Park
The Family Bluegrass Band is featured along with animal-themed music from 4 to 5 p.m. at Founders Park, MM 87. The free outdoor event includes a puppy parade (bring your dog), adoption opportunities through the Humane Animal Care Coalition and perhaps a petting zoo.
www.keyscommunityconcertband.org; 305-451-4530


February 16, Key Largo and Plantation Key

Garden Walk 2019
“Really Groovy Gardens” is a self-guided tour presented by Garden Club of the Upper Keys from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit island garden styles not otherwise available for viewing and stroll through the Francis Tracy Garden Center grounds, MM 94,
while enjoying a complimentary tea party, vendors of all types, an art show, plant sales, artisan wares and educational exhibits. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 the day of the event.
www.gardenclubupperkeys.org; 305-451-8137


February 20-23, Fort Meade

27th annual Antique Engine and Tractor Show
Flywheelers Antique Engine Club features International Harvesters, Case IH, Case and New Holland tractors during the event at 7000 Avon Park Cutoff Road.
www.floridaflywheelers.org; 863-285-9121


February 22 & 23, Bay County

22nd Annual St. Andrews Mardi Gras
Panama City’s St. Andrews Mardi Gras is the largest celebration in Bay County. Guests can view more than 14 Krewes and 30 brightly colored floats alongside festive music, with tens of thousands of beads and doubloons tossed to the crowd of more than 50,000 people. The two-day parade and festival Friday, February 22, and Saturday, February 23, is filled with food, fun and music. For more information, visit www.standrewsmardigras.com.


February 28-March 3, Sebring

Spring Vintage Classic
Compete in or watch sprint, endurance and off-track activities promoted by the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association and staged at Sebring International Raceway.


March 1, Islamorada

17th Annual Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys Cocktail Party
“Hard Hats & High Heels” is the theme of the fundraiser at the Florida Keys Conference Center, Islander Resort, MM 82. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, silent and live auctions and dancing under the stars from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
www.habitatupperkeys.org; 305-453-0050


Through April 17, Islamorada

Dive Into Art Show
Members of the Art Guild of the Purple Isles and 200 students from Plantation Key and Key Largo schools present works reflecting man’s quest to explore under the sea at the History of Diving Museum, MM 82.9. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission fees apply.
www.agpi.us; 305-664-9737


March 1-2, Panama City Beach

Mardi Gras and Music Festival
The event at Pier Park includes the Krewe of Domonique Youx’s parade at the beach and features entertainment for the entire family.
www.visitpanamacitybeach.com; 850-233-5070


March 1-3, Marathon

13th annual Sombrero Beach Run
Several hundred racing circuit runners are attracted by a weekend filled with sunshine, food, drinks, music and entertainment. Awards are given to overall finishers in the 10K run, 5K run and 5K walk.
305-743-4582 or 305-289-9868


March 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31, Sebring

Firemen’s Flea Market
Hunt for bargains and treasures at Highlands County’s oldest flea market, open Friday through Sunday year-round from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Highlands County Fairgrounds. Admission is free to patrons. Vendor spaces are available.
Betty Mansfield, 863-840-2193


March 2, Marathon

House and Garden Tour
Homes and gardens are featured at the Marathon Garden Club’s event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buy tickets at the garden club, MM 50, or from the Marathon Chamber of Commerce.


March 2, Key West

57th annual Conch Shell-Blowing Contest
Celebrate the historic importance of conch as contestants make “music” with fluted conch shells in the garden of the Oldest House, 322 Duval St. Registration begins at 10 a.m. The contest starts at noon.
oirf.org; 305-294-9501


March 3, Marathon

62nd annual Key Colony Beach Days
Enjoy a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m., a parade at 11:30 a.m. and old-fashioned family fun with live music through 6 p.m. at Key Colony Beach City Hall. Admission and parking are free.
kcbca.org; 305-393-6823


March 5-22, Islamorada

Joe Cella Birds in Nature Show
The non-judged annual show hosted by the Art Guild of the Purple Isles features paintings, photography and sculpture of birds native or migratory to the Keys. The exhibit is in the Everglades room at Ocean Sotheby’s, MM 81.8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.


March 6-9, Panama City Beach

Emerald Coast Cruizin’ Car Show
Thousands of classic cars, hot rods, custom cars and trucks converge on Aaron Bessant Park for a parade, car auction and live music. A daily pass is $15. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.

March 6-24, Islamorada

53rd annual Judged Art Show
Art Guild of the Purple Isles’ free show spotlights original work by local artists at the Keys History and Discovery Center, MM 82.1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.


March 9, Pensacola

42nd annual McGuire’s 5K Prediction Run
More than 14,000 participate in the nation’s largest prediction run, which starts at 9 a.m. Awards go to the fastest and most accurate in predicting the time it will take them to complete the 3.1-mile course.


March 9-10, Marathon

Original Seafood Festival
Delicacies from the waters of the Florida Keys and live music highlight the munch-fest sponsored by Organized Fishermen of Florida and the Marathon Chamber of Commerce at Marathon Community Park, MM 49. An open-air boat show is staged at the entrance to the festival.
www.marathonseafoodfestival.com; 305-743-5417


March 13-16, Sebring

Sebring International Raceway hosts a doubleheader of endurance sports car races: the 1000 Miles of Sebring and the 67th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Tickets are available at the gate. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.


March 15-17, Pensacola

10th annual Smokin’ in the Square
Fifty professional and 25 backyard teams compete in a barbecue cookoff at Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park. The event also features live music, family fun and arts and crafts.


March 15-17, Panama City Beach

Emerald Coast Boat and Lifestyle Show
See boat displays and marine accessories, standup paddleboards, fishing kayaks, outdoor kitchens, diving gear, beach-cruising bicycles and activewear at Aaron Bessant Park. Tickets are $10 a day or $20 for all three days. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.
www.emeraldcoastboatshow.com; 850-348-1498


March 16, Arcadia

15th annual Pioneer Day and BBQ
The DeSoto County Historical Society event showcases the history of southwest Florida from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DeSoto Veterans Park, State Road 70. Activities include demonstrations of old-fashioned skills and crafts, musical entertainment, Florida foods, live animals, vintage automobiles, antique engines, Florida authors and artists, and a free “discover history” hands-on children’s area with old-fashioned games. This year’s festival also commemorates the centennial of American Legion Post K-11.
www.historicdesoto.org; 863-266-5774


March 16-17 & 23-24, Arcadia

Padgett Ranch Spring Family Fest
Enjoy a family fun day on the ranch two weekends in March with a giant bounce pillow, TerraGator ride, hayride, barrel train, corn box, duck race, play areas and more. Admission is $10 for those 12 years and older, $8 for children 3 to 11, and free for those 2 and younger. Parking is free.
Facebook@Padgett Ranch Family Fest; 863-494-5221


March 23, Blakely, Georgia

Peanut Proud Festival
Celebrate all things peanut on the town square. The day begins with registration for a 5K and fun run at 7 a.m. and ends with a street dance. In between are a parade, more than 100 vendors, a kids’ peanut butter obstacle course and free entertainment.


March 23, Juno Beach

16th Annual TurtleFest
More than 10,000 people will gather Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Loggerhead Park, 14200 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach. The event promotes conservation through up-close interactions with threatened and endangered sea turtles. Activities include educational presentations, live music, art, shopping and games. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.marinelife.org.


March 24, Islamorada

Seafood Festival and Art Show
Taste local seafood prepared by Keys chefs and see arts and crafts by juried artists at the kid- and pet- friendly event on the old road in front of the Islamorada Moose Lodge and down Morada Way. Hours are
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entertainers and the Junkanoo Band perform all day.
www.facebook.com/IslamoradaMoose; 305-664-8120


Photo courtesy of Ciclovia Pensacola

March 23, Pensacola

Ciclovia Pensacola
As part of a unique international movement, downtown Pensacola streets close to motorized traffic Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The community is invited to be active and have fun riding bikes, walking, running or doing whatever moves them. The event promotes safe physical activity and exploring downtown. For more information, visit Pensacolaopenstreets.com or call 850-293-1853.


March 30, Key Largo

Pops in the Park
Florida heritage is featured in story and song in “Swaying Sounds of Paradise” from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Murray Nelson Government Center’s Peace Park. The free outdoor event includes a naturalist speaker, local authors, poetry, a conch-blowing contest and pirates.
www.keyscommunityconcertband.org; 305-451-4530


March 30, Bradenton

14th annual Bradenton in Bloom
Take a self-guided tour of five gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Manatee River Garden Club event. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the clubhouse, 3120 First Ave. West, on the day of the tour. Enjoy a gourmet luncheon at the clubhouse and visit plant vendors for an additional $12.
www.manateerivergardenclub.com; 941-870-2259


March 30-31, Key West

Southernmost Air Spectacular
U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron the Blue Angels takes to the skies at Naval Air Station Key West. The theme is Women in Aviation, with a focus on the future of flight. Gates open at 9 a.m. The air show starts at 10:30 a.m. Admission and parking are free.
airshowkeywest.com; 305-293-2503