April 4, Islamorada
Frederic L. Borch III will talk about the Spanish-American War at a
6 p.m. lecture at the Keys History and Discovery Center, MM 82. Doors open at 5 p.m. The cost is
$25 for non-museum members (free for members), and includes museum admission, light appetizers and a cash bar. Reservations are recommended.
April 5, Ona
Register by April 2 to attend the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grazinglands Education Building. The $15 fee includes literature, a steak lunch and a tour of beef enhancement projects.
http://rcrec-fd-2018.eventbrite.com; (863) 735-1314
April 6-7, Chipley
Third annual Washington County Heritage Festival
Experience the “real Florida” at Falling Waters State Park with live music and more than 75 demonstrators and crafters, including blacksmiths, flint knappers, an Indian village, antique tractors, a petting zoo, live alligators, homemade crafts and artwork for sale, food and old-fashioned, wholesome fun for the family.
April 7, Sebring
Sebring Soda Fest
A vintage 1950s vibe encompasses the inaugural event featuring samples of hundreds of craft sodas, a classic car show, art and craft vendors, pop-up retail storefronts, food trucks, a kids’ zone and entertainment throughout the day.
April 7, Jay
Bands, dance groups and martial arts academies entertain during a fundraiser for Vision of Hope, a nonprofit that serves adults with developmental disabilities, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Ranch off Highway 178. The event includes arts and crafts, food and access to family-friendly attractions such as hay rides, zip lines and a petting zoo. Admission is $10 for adults and children ages 3 and older.
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April 7, The Lower Keys
Third annual Putts for Paws Golf Tournament
Have fun while helping support your local Florida Keys SPCA animal shelter. The tournament is at Boondocks Grille & Draft House, MM 27, Ramrod Key. Cash, prizes and trophies will be awarded. Teams of two can enter. Register online or contact the Marathon Campus of FKSPCA.
www.fkspca.org; (305) 743-4800
April 7-8, Pensacola
The free festival from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in historic Seville Square features great music, arts and crafts, food and a kids’ area.
April 8, Islamorada
Local and guest artists perform at the ICE Amphitheater at Founders Park, MM 87, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
www.keysice.com; (305) 394-2765
April 12-15, Pensacola
Tall Ships Challenge Series
Tall Ships America brings its series of races and port festivals to Plaza de Luna. Festivities include onboard tours, sail-away ventures, VIP viewing parties and events, private ship receptions, entertainment, food and vending booths. Pensacola is one of only three Gulf of Mexico host ports, and the only Florida one.
April 13, Bradenton
Teen Idol Contest
Manatee Performing Arts Center invites aspiring performers ages 13 to 18 to apply for the 8 p.m. contest. Admission is $11.
www.manateeperformingartscenter.com; (941) 748-5875
April 13-14, Chipley
Flea Market Days
As part of the Flea Across Florida initiative, people from the area will set up and sell furniture, clothing and everything in between along Highway 90.
April 14, Pensacola Beach
Pensacola Beach Firefighters Challenge
Teams of firefighters test their strength, agility, teamwork and skills through a series of obstacles on the sand at Casino Beach Saturday, April 14. Each participant wears full firefighting gear as he or she completes obstacles, including forced entry, charged hose drag, Kaiser sled, dummy drag and hose hoist. For the team competition, the first person completes the obstacle, then passes the timing piece to the second person and so on. Individual competition begins at 9 a.m., with team challenges at 2 p.m. For more information, visit pensacolasports.org or call (850) 434-2800.
April 14, Port St. Joe
Annual Plant and Yard Sale
Buy plants and herbs, Mother’s Day gifts, crafts and unique yard items from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST at the Port St. Joe Garden Club, 216 Eighth St.
April 14, Marathon
37th annual Seven Mile Bridge Run
A field of 1,500 runners races across the longest of the 43 bridges that comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. The bridge is closed from 6:45 to 9 a.m. for the event.
www.7mbrun.com; (305) 395-7040
April 18, Islamorada
Treasures of NOAA Ark
A panel from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration talks about the traveling exhibition that explores the history of the agency at 6 p.m. at the Keys History and Discovery Center, MM 82. Doors open at 5 p.m. The cost is $25 for non-museum members (free for members), and includes museum admission, light appetizers and a cash bar. Reservations are recommended.
April 18-22, Panama City Beach
20th Seabreeze Jazz Festival
Jazz artists perform at Aaron Bessant Park with a full weekend of fun, sun, great beaches and good times.
April 20-29, Key West
36th annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration
Activities range from a wacky bed race to a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships.
April 21, Callahan
13th annual Railroad Days
The West Nassau Historical Society’s fundraising festival around the 137-year-old Callahan Train Depot includes antique engines, tractors and trains exhibited outside the depot; model train layouts inside; a kids’ area; an exhibit of aviation history; an old-fashioned stump for local candidates; arts, crafts and food vendors and live entertainment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; a classic car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; a kids’ area; and celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Victorian building’s renovation and the fabled hobos and the recycling skills they used while riding the rails. Unlike past years past, there will be no parade. Bring lawn chairs.
www.wnhsfl.org; (904) 879-3406
April 21, Islamorada
Pops in the Park: Young Musicians Concert
The free season-closing outdoor concert starts at 4 p.m. at the ICE Amphitheater at Founders Park, MM 87, and features local students with the Keys Community Concert Band. Bring blankets.
www.keyscommunityconcertband.org; (305) 853-7294
April 21-29, nationwide
National Park Week
All national park admission fees are waived on Saturday, April 21.
April 26-28, Panama City Beach
Sandjam Music Festival
The inaugural adult-alternative rock music festival is at M.B. Miller County Pier from 5 p.m. to midnight Thursday and 2 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
www.sandjamfest.com; (888) 810-2063
April 26-29, Pensacola
34th annual Interstate Mullet Toss and Beach Party
Toss a mullet (a dead fish) from Florida over the Alabama state line and enjoy drinks, food, games and people-watching during the four-day event staged by the Flora-Bama.
www.florabama.com; (850) 492-0611
April 28, Key Largo
6th Annual Coral Reef Foundation Gala
Be inspired, entertained, enlightened and join the mission Saturday, April 28, as you learn about what can be done to save our coral reef ecosystems—like the healthy elkhorn thicket shown above. Raise the Reef 2018 is the Coral Restoration Foundation’s fundraising event at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo. The guest of honor is Richard Vevers, the man behind the hit Netflix documentary, “Chasing Coral,” and founder and CEO of the Ocean Agency. Every dollar raised directly benefits the work of the Coral Restoration Foundation to restore coral reefs to a healthy state in Florida and beyond. A VIP cocktail reception is at 5 p.m., with a silent auction at 6 p.m. The gala starts at 7 p.m. and features a sustainably sourced dinner, cocktails, music, and silent and live auctions. For tickets and more details, visit http://gala.coralrestoration.org or call (305) 453-7030.
April 28, Key West
Key West Paddle Classic
Presented by Lazy Dog Adventures, the challenge includes a 12-mile elite race and a 4-mile open race. Other events include a kickoff registration party, paddleboard clinics and races for kids.
www.lazydog.com; (305) 304-4259
April 28, Avon Park
Eighth annual Bluegrass Blueberry Festival
The event at Donaldson Park features live bluegrass music, blueberry products, barbecue chicken dinners, a kids’ zone, and arts and crafts vendors.
www.avonparkrotaryblueberry festival.com; (863) 449-0334
May 2, Panama City Beach
Who’s Eating Who?
Join volunteer Judith Scott at
2 p.m. CDT at St. Andrews State Park for a program about some of the native creepy, crawly insects found in North Florida. Learn about the bugs that bite you and the ones you could bite. Meet in the Environmental Interpretive Center.
May 2, Islamorada
“Towers in the Sand”
Seventh-generation Floridian and second-generation broadcaster Donn Colee Jr. discusses and signs his book about the history of Florida broadcasting at 6 p.m. at the Keys History and Discovery Center, MM 82. Doors open at 5 p.m. The cost is $25 for non-museum members (free for members), and includes museum admission, light appetizers and a cash bar. Reservations are recommended.
May 2-6, Panama City Beach
Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally
Bikers from around the country enjoy scenic rides, live entertainment and local cuisine.
www.thunderbeachproductions.com; (850) 249-7627
May 3-19, Marathon
“Making God Laugh”
Marathon Community Theater presents the comedy that tells the story of three kids’ plans as they embark on their adult lives and their parents’ plans to deal with changes.
May 4-6, Pensacola
34th annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival
The event at Bartram Park features 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish, Cajun dishes, traditional festival fare, live entertainment and activities for all ages. Admission is $5 daily or $10 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.
May 5, Century
Sawmill Day and Car Show
The Alger-Sullivan Historical Society’s heritage celebration features history displays, museum tours, a car show, local arts and crafts, live entertainment and food. The flag raising is at 8:30 a.m. and car show awards are at 2 p.m. Parking and admission is free.
May 5, Panama City
Third annual Blindfolded Regatta
Blindfolded rowers maneuver around a buoy and back as their partners yell directions. The event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club. Proceeds benefit the Panama City Lions Club.
www.facebook.com/PanamaCityLionsClub; (850) 896-3617
May 5, Pensacola
Curiosity Day: AstronoMay
Celebrate International Space Day at Pensacola MESS Hall by exploring astronomy and planetary science. Activities are available from 1 to
4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and kids over the age of 3.
May 5-6 & 12-13, Panama City Beach
Pro Watercrossers Race into the Panhandle
The national circuit for personal watercraft racing brings professional and amateur athletes to Panama City Beach Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6, for the first round of competition. The following weekend, the circuit heads to Pensacola Beach Pier, with racing from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 12, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13. For more information, visit www.prowatercross.com, or call (850) 434-2800 to find out more about the Pensacola event.
May 5-6, Sanford
St. Johns River Festival of the Arts
Fine artists and craftsmen line downtown streets with paintings, pottery, sculpture, woodworking, jewelry, photography and blown glass. Enjoy food, music and chalk art from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free.
(407) 416-1779 or (407) 314-6809
May 9-13, Key West
23rd annual Key West Songwriters’ Festival
The showcase of musical magic features America’s foremost performing songwriters, with concerts staged in intimate, audience-friendly island settings.
www.keywestsongwritersfestival.com; (305) 304-0814
May 10, Panama City
World’s Greatest Baby Shower
Presented by Healthy Start, the free event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church is open to any pregnant woman or parents of a baby born in the past six months and living in Bay, Franklin or Gulf counties. Games, entertainment and a free photo booth are provided.
May 12, Gainesville
34th annual Windsor Zucchini Festival
Support the local volunteer fire department while having fun and being entertained with an arts and crafts show, plant sale, country store, raffle, auction, music, kids’ activities and inflatables, a chicken barbecue meal, and zucchini cooking, baking and carving contests.
May 12, Avon Park
Racers compete for trophies, bragging rights and love of the sport in the season finale at 6 p.m. at the Mower Plex, 2155 W. Herrick Road.
www.nasgrassinc.com; (863) 581-6381
May 15-20, Panama City Beach
Third Annual Jeep Beach Jam
Thousands of jeep owners and enthusiasts gather for family-friendly fun-in-the-sun activities Tuesday, May 15, through Sunday, May 20, at Aaron Bessant Park in Panama City Beach. Among the features is an obstacle course. For more information, visit www.jeepbeachjam.com or call (850) 890-3447.
May 16, Islamorada
Dr. Sally Bauer, founder of the History of Diving Museum and a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, will talk about underwater photography during a free lecture series at 7 p.m. at the museum, MM 83. Call ahead to reserve your seat.
May 17-20, Brooksville
Orange Blossom Jamboree
Sertoma Ranch hosts numerous bands. Tickets start at $89.
May 17-20, Key Largo
Key Largo’s Original Music Festival
Enjoy food, entertainment and the ambiance as Nashville’s hit songwriters and musicians and local entertainers are featured at multiple on-the-water venues.
www.keylargooriginalmusicfest.com; (305) 394-3736
May 19, Wewahitchka
Tupelo Honey Festival
Visit Lake Alice Park from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. to taste and take home the local rare delicacy, enjoy food, arts and crafts, rides, games and music.
May 19, Pensacola
Music for Families
An instrument petting zoo, arts and crafts, science and hands-on activities start at 9:30 a.m. and a special performance with the symphony is at 11 a.m. at Saenger Theatre. Admission is $5.
May 19-20, Gulf Breeze
43rd annual Family Fishing Rodeo
Gulf Breeze Optimist Club sponsors the event at Shoreline Park South. Admission is $25.
www.gulfbreezeoptimistclub.org; (850) 261-3731
May 25-27, White Springs
Florida Folk Festival
Experience the traditions and savor the flavors, sights and sounds of the state’s culture through music, dance, stories, crafts and food at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park.
May 25-28, Palatka
30th annual Blue Crab Festival
Live music, arts and crafts, carnival rides and commercial vendors are featured, with a parade Monday. Admission and parking are free.
June 16, Key West
41st annual Swim Around Key West
Presented by the Key West Athletics Association, the 12.5-mile endurance swim has three categories: solo swimmer, two-person relay team and three-person relay team. Registration deadline is May 18.