Florida Events & Festival Roundup

August 2-12, Pensacola

Mary Poppins
Pensacola Little Theatre presents the Disney family musical Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are half price on Thursdays, and the Saturday matinee on August 11 is half price for children 12 and younger.
www.pensacolalittletheatre.com; (850) 432-2042


August 3-4, Chipley

Charlotte’s Web
Spanish Trail Playhouse presents the classic story of Wilbur the pig and his spider friend Charlotte at
7 p.m. shows. Tickets are $8 to $12.
www.spanishtrailplayhouse.com; (850) 638-9113


August 3-5, Florida Keys

Sixth annual Museum and Attractions Weekend
Organized by WLRN, South Florida’s National Public Radio affiliate, in partnership with the Florida Keys Tourism Council, residents and visitors are invited to discover the history of the Florida Keys through free- or reduced-admission incentives at more than 20 participating museums and attractions. Register online, then download and print your pass.


August 4, Wausau

49th annual Fun Day and Possum Festival
Discover why this odd marsupial is special during the celebration that includes a parade, 5K, auction, square dance, cross-cut saw contests, sack races, greasy pole contests and possum ice cream.
www.wausaupossumfestival.com; (850) 638-1781


August 4-5, Milton

Pensacola Numismatic Society Coin Club
Buy, sell and trade coins at the free show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Rosa County Auditorium. Parking is free. Boy Scout Troop 427 will sell food both days.
Bob Thomas, (850) 287-1806


August 10, Pensacola

Movies in the Park
Bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets and spread out on the lawn at the Hunter Amphitheater at Community Maritime Park to watch a free movie with the family, “Justice League,” at 7:40 p.m. Concessions are available. No pets or glass containers, please.
(850) 436-5670


August 10-11, Panama City Beach

Grand Lagoon Grand Slam
Hosted at the Lighthouse Marina on Grand Lagoon, the offshore fishing tournament offers cash awards and bonus points for tuna, wahoo and dolphin; the opportunity to compete for cash jackpots for blue marlin; and video-certified billfish catch and release.


August 11, Lake Placid

Indoor Flea Market
Sell or buy goods from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the American Legion, 1490 U.S. Highway 27. Vendor tables are $10, with 7 a.m. set up. Burgers and baked goods will be sold.
(863) 465-0975


August 11, Lake Placid

Henscratch Farms Grape Stomp
Make your own wine label and unleash your inner Lucille Ball complete with a Lucy look-a-like contest, all-you-can-eat grapes, ice cream and live music from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Henscratch Farms. Admission is $5 per person. Children 6 and younger get in free.
(863) 699-2060


August 11, Sebring

Saturday Night Cruise
From 5 to 8 p.m., cruisers come to Sebring’s downtown circle to see classic cars and listen to live entertainment.
(863) 314-6244


August 11, Pensacola Beach

Sea Turtle Baby Shower
The family-friendly event is Saturday, August 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Landshark Landing in Pensacola Beach. It features games, activities and entertainment to educate and celebrate sea turtles. Take the sea turtle friendly oath, meet Meg the mermaid, make sea turtle ornaments and crafts, and touch a real turtle shell. Admission is free. For more information, call (850) 916-6971 or email info@pbadvocates.org.


August 11, Chipley

An Evening of Southern Gospel
Area musicians and singers performing gospel favorites at
7 p.m. at the Spanish Trail Playhouse. Tickets are $15.
www.spanishtrailplayhouse.com; (850) 638-9113


August 15, Islamorada

Immerse Yourself
Kayla Ripple of the Coral Reef Foundation will talk about “Coral Sex in the Sea” during a free lecture series at 7 p.m. at the History of Diving Museum, MM 83. Call ahead to reserve your seat.
(305) 664-9737


August 18, Marathon or Key West

Clear the Shelters
As part of a nationwide effort to place animals, visit Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelters at Marathon or Key West Saturday, August 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for an adoption event, with usual fees waived this day. Current adoption procedures and policies still apply. There will be games, kids’ activities, a face painter, door prizes, food and a kiss-a-bull booth. For more information, visit fkspca.org or call (305) 294-4857.


August 24-25, Mexico Beach

22nd annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament
The charitable event raises funds to build artificial reefs. The Captain’s Party is 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Veteran’s Memorial Park at St. Joe Beach. Fishing starts early Saturday, with weigh-in at 1 p.m. at the Mexico Beach Marina. Formed in 1997, the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association has deployed more than 150 artificial reefs.
www.mbara.org; (850) 819-2333


August 31-September 2, Marathon

Heroes Salute Tribute Weekend
Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key honors military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical personnel at the Labor Day event that includes an all-American barbecue, heroes tribute, country music concert and fireworks show.


August 31-September 2, Panama City Beach

Sixth annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam
Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett headline the celebration of sun, fun and country music at Frank Brown Park. Music starts each day at 2 p.m.
(615) 340-9500


September 1, Pensacola

Third annual Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition
Multiple artists are featured from 3:30 to 11:45 p.m. at Community Maritime Park. Coolers, lawn chairs and umbrellas are allowed. Glass containers, tents, grills, weapons and those under age 18 are not allowed. Tickets are $75, or $85 the day of the event.
www.gulfcoastsummerfestjazzedition.com; (800) 745-3000


September 1-3, Sebring

36th annual Tour of Sebring
Enjoy one, two or three days of cycling in the gently rolling hills of Highlands County. Riders enjoy low-traffic roads, friendly motorists, citrus groves, cattle ranches and small towns typical of rural Central Florida.
www.tourofsebring.com; (863) 655-7211


September 2, Pensacola

U.S. Navy Country and Bluegrass Band
The seven-member ensemble plays banjo, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle, electric and upright bass, dobro, pedal steel guitar and drums. The show is at 6 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre. Admission is free, but a ticket must be picked up from the box office prior to the event.
(850) 595-3880


September 4-7 & 24-28, Avon Park

Classic Caladiums Open House
Sign up to tour a caladium farm or visit a walk-in garden at Classic Caladiums, 1315 SR 64 West, Avon Park, between September 4-7 and September 24-28. Meet at the main facility at 8 a.m. on your reserved day for the tour of the Zolfo Springs farm. At the end of the tour, about 1 p.m., an optional lunch is available for a fee. The walk-through garden in Avon Park is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are preferred for all tours. For more information, visit www.classiccaladiums.com/classic_gardens.htm, email info@classiccaladiums.com or call (863) 453-0014.

September 7-8, Pensacola

Bulls on the Beach
Cowboys ride live bulls and try to hold on for the longest 8 seconds of their lives at the Flora-Bama Lounge. Doors open at 6 p.m. The rodeo begins at 8 p.m. Festivities include face painting, kettle corn and old-fashioned fun.
www.facebook.com/bullriding247; (850) 492-0611


September 7-9, Islamorada

Third annual Florida Keys Poker Paddle
Have fun and raise money participating in a “poker” paddle race for kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. The approximately 4-mile route consists of five stops in mainly shallow water, including two sandbars.
www.facebook.com/floridakeyspokerpaddle; (305) 407-7939


September 8, Pensacola Fifth annual Pensacola

Dragon Boat Festival
Forty teams of 20 synchronized paddlers, one drummer and one steersperson race 300 meters in the waters off Bayview Park in 40-foot canoes. Children’s activities include a fishing game, bubbles, face painting, coloring, sack races, corn hole, sidewalk chalk and sprinklers (bring a towel). Admission is free.
pensacoladragonboatfestival.com; (850) 380-5855


September 8, Pensacola Beach

Vettes at the Beach
The Miracle Strip Corvette Club expects 300 Corvettes from across the country to descend on the Casino Beach parking lot for the annual car show. Registration is $50. Visitors are admitted free.
(850) 375-6993


September 8, Davie

Weekley Brothers Davie Pro Rodeo
Some of the best compete for more than $200,000 in prize money, the championship buckle and points before the circuit finals. Steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds. Tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for children 3-10.
(954) 680-8005


September 12, Islamorada

Immerse Yourself
Lamar Hires of Dive Rite talks about “Rebreathers Revisited” during a free lecture series at 7 p.m. at the History of Diving Museum, MM 83. Call ahead to reserve your seat.
(305) 664-9737


September 14, Pensacola

Movies in the Park
Bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets and spread out on the lawn at the Hunter Amphitheater at Community Maritime Park to watch a free, family-friendly movie, “Sherlock Gnomes,” at 7 p.m. Concessions are available. No pets or glass containers, please.
(850) 436-5670


September 14-15, Pensacola Beach

11th annual Taste of the Beach
Chef cooking competitions, a team cook-off, live entertainment and kid-friendly activities are planned at Casino Beach. Friday is a VIP dinner. Admission is free to Saturday events, although there is a charge for food and drinks.
www.tasteofpensacolabeach.com; (850) 932-1500


September 14-16, Sebring

Sebring Thunder
The car show includes a burnout, Saturday show with trophies, vendors, music, beer, food and the finale: Sunday laps around Sebring International Raceway for show entrants. Admission is free for spectators.
(863) 381-0786


September 14-16, Key West

46th annual Phil Peterson’s Florida Keys Poker Run
Motorcyclists from throughout the United States travel the 113-mile scenic Overseas Highway to raise money for charity.
www.petersonsharley.com; drew@petersonsharley.com


September 15, Islamorada

Annual Swim for Alligator Lighthouse
Swimmers participate in a 9-mile roundtrip race from Islamorada to the Alligator Lighthouse and back. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Pool in Islamorada, providing scholarships to those in need and preserving historic lighthouses on Florida’s coastal waterways.


September 18-22, Pensacola

Ninth annual The HUB Music Festival
More than 50 artists perform as music enthusiasts celebrate, eat, drink and dance to all genres of live music 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Bartram Park. Admission and games in the park are free

September 22, but online registration is required to obtain the necessary wristband. Tickets for other dates are available for purchase.
https://thehubmusicfestiva.wixsite.com/thehubmusicfest; (850) 889-8157


September 20-23, Key Largo

Join the Reef Environmental Education Foundation for a celebration of marine conservation with kayaking, snorkeling and diving alongside marine life experts and free afternoon seminars.
(305) 852-0030


September 21-23, Islamorada

Memorial Backcountry Fishing Championship
Named after Herman Lucerne, the man affectionately known as “Mr. Everglades,” the event challenges anglers to target seven species of fish in two days during this one-of-a-kind tournament, staged in the boundaries of Everglades National Park. The event is headquartered at the Islander Resort, MM 82.1.


September 22, Chipley

Seventh annual Scarecrow Express
The festival features a scarecrow building contest, kids’ crafts, a marketplace for arts and crafts, and live entertainment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Washington County Historical Society lawn.
www.washingtoncountyhistorical society.com; (850) 638-0358


September 22, Flomaton, Alabama

Flomaton Railroad Junction Day
A car show, arts and crafts, live entertainment, food, history displays and a log cabin tour are among the features at the Flomaton Area Railroad Museum event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
www.facebook.com/Flomaton-Railroad-Junction-Day; (251) 296-1110; flomatoncoc@att.net


September 22, nationwide

National Public Lands Day
Enjoy free entry to national parks. Amenities and user fees still apply.


September 28-29, Islamorada

Conch Scramble Charity Golf Tournament
Floating greens and biodegradable fish food balls highlight the annual “par-tee” on the water.
(305) 509-0315


September 28-30, Key Largo

Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge
Anglers compete for trophies for trout, snook and redfish. An auction showcase and Sunday evening dinner are open to the public. Proceeds support local vocational scholarships for all ages and scholarships for financially challenged Upper Keys students.
(305) 331-0525


September 29, Pensacola

5210 Day of Play
Join us for a day of activities, games, sports, contests and physical challenges for the entire family from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Community Maritime Park.
(850) 436-5670


September 28-30, Pensacola

Seafood Festival
Sample mouth-watering seafood dishes and enjoy entertainment at the free event in Seville Square Park. Other features include arts and crafts vendors, a children’s area and cooking demonstrations.
www.pensacolaseafoodfestival.com; (850) 433-6512