Florida Events & Festival Roundup

January 3, Key Largo

Orange Bowl Swimming Classic
Some of the best college swimmers compete at Jacobs Aquatic Center, MM 99.6. Warm-ups are at 10 a.m., with meets from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is free.
(305) 453-7946

January 4-14, Upper Keys

Uncorked … Key Largo and Islamorada Food & Wine Festival
The food, wine and spirits showcase features 30-plus events scattered among the Upper Keys.
(305) 522-1300


January 6-7, Marathon

4th annual Florida Keys Celtic Festival
Celtic musical masters, Irish and Scottish dancing, pipes and drums, Highland athletics, sheep-dog herding and children’s activities highlight the event at Marathon Community Park, MM 49.

January 12-14, Islamorada

6th annual Baygrass Bluegrass Festival
Variations of bluegrass are featured at the amphitheater at Founders Park, MM 87. The event supports local arts and music scholarships.

January 12-14, Miami

Tamiami International Orchid Festival
See exotic and prize-winning orchid displays, attend growing classes and buy orchids from around the world at the largest winter orchid event in the United States 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at the Dade County Fairgrounds Expo Center. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Children younger than 12 are admitted free.


January 13,  Tavernier

35th Annual Art Under the Oaks
The family-friendly festival Saturday, January 13, at San Pedro Catholic Church, MM 89.5, Tavernier, features handmade items from more than 100 local and national artisans—including ceramic artist Karen O’Malley—live music, food booths, a bake sale and raffles. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Onsite parking is $5 and offsite parking at Coral Shores High School is free. For more information, visit www.artundertheoaks.com or call (305) 664-0888.


January 13-14, Big Pine Key

14th annual Nautical Flea Market
Find deals for boating, fishing, diving and more from nearly 200 vendors from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce grounds, MM 31. Crafts, food and beverage, live music and entertainment round out the event.
(305) 872-2411

January 13-14, Key West

13th annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival
Enjoy food, marine-related crafts, youth activities and music at 11 a.m. at Bayview Park. Admission is $5.
www.floridakeysseafoodfestival.com; (813) 362-9555

January 13-15, Islamorada

Island Boat Show and Festival
Test-ride boats brought in by dealers, attend fishing seminars presented by local captains, shop for merchandise from vendors, bid on auction items and enjoy food at Island Christian School, MM 83. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekend, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. Proceeds from the $10 admission fee benefit the school.
(239) 691-3290

January 17-20, Fort Meade

31st annual Antique Engine and Tractor Swap Meet
The Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club hosts a flea market, antique tractor pull for members and a pedal tractor pull for kids. Antiques are displayed and some are for sale at the club’s 374-acre site at 7000 Avon Park Cutoff Road.
(863) 285-9121

January 19-20, Islamorada

Conch Scramble Charity Golf Tournament
Rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma, teams par-tee on the water with floating greens, golf boats and biodegradable fish food balls.
(305) 509-0315

January 20-21, Peace River

Photo courtesy of Ron Mandes Photography

Peace River Pro Rodeo Classic
Tobacco Free Hardee County presents the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association sanctioned event Saturday, January 20, and Sunday, January 21, at the Hardee County Cattlemans Arena in Wauchula. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:45 a.m. Sunday, with the rodeo starting at 2:30 p.m. Events include bull riding, bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, women’s barrel racing, tie down roping, steer wrestling and team roping. Points count toward the $16 million in prize money at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Entertainment includes the Patriotic Cow Girls and their white horses, and Tim “Wild Thang” Lepard and Team Ghost Riders—cowboy monkeys riding on the backs of border collies. For more information, visit www.masonprorodeo.com or call (863) 781-0294.

January 20, Islamorada

Pops in the Park:Back to the Future
Keys Community Concert Band presents the free outdoor event at 4 p.m. at Founders Park, MM 87.
www.keyscommunityconcertband.org; (305) 853-7294

January 21, Lake Placid

9th annual Roaring 20s Tea
The Caladium Arts and Crafts Cooperative presents its gala with a style show, hat/flapper contest and a crazy auction. Start the afternoon with a selection of gourmet teas followed by fruit breads, tea sandwiches and pastries. Doors open at 1 p.m. The event is 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the cooperative, 132 E. Interlake Boulevard.
www.caladiumarts.org; (863) 699-5940

January 21, Chipley

8th annual Bridal Expo
Wedding gowns will be modeled and vendors of all services related to weddings present at the event sponsored by the Chipley Woman’s Club, Highway 90 West, from 1 to
4 p.m. The event is free.
(850) 260-5896

January 22-23, Middle Keys

Rising Star
Florida Keys Concert Association features classical music newcomer Ji. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. at San Pablo Catholic Church, MM 53, Marathon, on January 22, and Island Community Church, MM 83, Islamorada. Young people are encouraged to attend at no charge.

January 22-29, Key West

Kelly McGillis Classic International Flag Football Championship
Nearly 30 teams of women and girls from across the United States, Mexico, Central America, Sweden and India compete in the Kelly McGillis Classic, followed by the USA versus International all-stars in the World Challenge.
www.iwffa.com; (305) 896-8678

January 24-27, Sebring

14th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
Learn about, try, fly and buy sport aircraft at Sebring Regional Airport, and witness a drone race. More than 150 aircraft will be featured. Rides can be purchased on the Ford Tri-Motor, which is known as the first luxury airliner and marked the beginning of commercial flight. Exhibits run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(863) 655-6444 ext. 117

January 27, Marathon

11th annual Family Fun Fest
See the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm and play games from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marathon Community Park, MM 49. The free event includes sno-cones, hot dogs and cotton candy.
(800) 262-7284

January 27, Marathon

Jamboree and Rummage Sale
Local plant experts answer questions, and vendors sell plants and orchids geared for the climate and soil conditions in the Keys at the Marathon Garden Club, MM 50, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event includes local vendors, jewelry, pottery, a huge rummage sale and hot dogs.
(305) 743-4971

January 30, Panama City

Teddy Bear Sleepover
Wear your pajamas and bring your special stuffed animal for bedtime stories at 6 p.m. at Bay County Public Library. Leave your bear for a special sleepover at the library. Pick him up the next day along with a photo of all the mischief that happened during the evening. Families are welcome.
www.nwrls.com; (850) 522-2118


Through February 4, St. Augustine

Dressing Downton:Changing Fashions for Changing Times
The exhibition of 36 costumes from the PBS series “Downton Abbey” has extended its stay at the Lightner Museum. The exhibition is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.


February 2-3, Marathon

24th annual Pigeon Key Art Festival
The juried event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. attracts more than 70 artists and craftsmen to Marathon Community Park, MM 49, for the fundraiser that helps promote and preserve the historic island. Marine artist Wyland plans to attend and create ink paintings to be auctioned live. Enjoy exhibits, touch tanks, hands-on activities, a puppet show that brings marine and wildlife education to life, music and food. Admission is $7 for both days. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.
www.pigeonkeyartfestival.com; (573) 680-5468


February 3, Pensacola

Double Bridge Run
The 15K takes runners from downtown across Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound bridges onto Pensacola Beach. The 5K takes runners and walkers from Gulf Breeze to Pensacola Beach.
www.pensacolasports.org; (850) 434-2800


February 3, Pensacola Beach

Krewe of Wrecks Kids and Kritters Parade
See costumed kids and pets, and floats made from wagons, in a walking procession from the northeast corner of the Casino Beach parking lot. Registration is at 1 p.m. and the parade begins at 2 p.m. Kids enter for free. Kritters are $5 and must be on a short leash.
www.pensacolabeachmardigras.com; (850) 932-1500


February 3-4, Islamorada

Second Half Marathon and 10K
Join the Friday Beach and Beer 1-mile event or compete Saturday for cash prizes in the half marathon and awards in the 10K. Register for all events online. Early-bird savings.
www.islamoradahalfmarathon.com; (305) 587-0901


February 5-6, The Keys

Evening of Opera Highlights
The Florida Keys Concert Association presents performances by various artists at 7:30 p.m. shows. Monday is at San Pablo Catholic Church, MM 53, in Marathon. Tuesday is at Island Community Church, MM 83, Islamorada. Tickets are available online.


February 7, Islamorada

Bahamian Migration and Influence
The Keys History and Discovery Center, MM 82, hosts a panel discussion at 6 p.m. 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.
www.keysdiscovery.com; (305) 922-2237


February 7-10, Key West

Inaugural Mile 0 Fest
Take in big music shows at Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheatre or get into a stripped-down acoustic set at one of the theaters or bars off Duval. A charity golf outing and fishing derby are among the activities and experiences that await.
www.mile0fest.com; (877) 412-7658


February 9, Pensacola

Krewe of Lafitte Mardi Gras Parade
The only illuminated night parade in Pensacola features floats and marching bands, with a
7:30 p.m. start from Spring and Garden streets.
www.kreweoflafitte.com; (850) 436-7638


February 9-10, Palmetto

49th annual Suncoast Antique Bottle & Tabletop Collectible Show
Antique bottles, a variety of advertising, stoneware, artifacts, fossils, insulators, old tins, postcards, jewelry and more are featured at the event’s new location at the Manatee River Fair Association Display Building, 1402 14th Ave. W. Admission is $25 for early buyers Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. plus Saturday, or $4 for Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children 12 years and younger are admitted free.
Linda, (941) 722-7233 or George, (727) 804-5957


February 9-10, Panama City Beach

Mardi Gras and Music Festival
Krewe of Dominique Youx hosts a parade and entertainment for the entire family at Pier Park.


February 10, Sebring

Roaring ’20s Festival
Dust off your fedora, polish your pearls and celebrate a golden era of opulence, art and music with Big Band music, vintage cars and an arts and crafts fair. Free general admission.


February 10, Pensacola

Grand Mardi Gras Parade
Catch beads, doubloons and moon pies during the family-oriented celebration, which starts at
2 p.m. from Spring and Garden streets.
www.pensacolamardigras.com; (850) 436-7638


February 10-11, 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 10-11, Okeechobee

Top of the Lake Art Fest
Arts, crafts, food, entertainment and a children’s area are featured at Flagler Park.


February 11, Pensacola Beach

Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade
No one leaves the island beadless after the 2 p.m. parade, and music plays at the shell. The route begins at Avenida 10 and Via DeLuna.
www.pensacolamardigras.com; (850) 932-1500


February 11, Lake Placid

Porcelain Show
Try your hand at china painting and buy unique gifts at the Lake Placid China Painters event at the Caladium Arts and Crafts Cooperative, 132 E. Interlake Blvd., from 12:30 to 3 pm. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund.
(863) 465-0854


February 13, Pensacola

Fat Tuesday Street Party
It’s the last hurrah before Lent at Palafox and Government streets at 5 p.m. Participation is free.
www.pensacolamardigras.com; (850) 436-7638


February 13-18, Clewiston

Hendry County Fair and Livestock Show
Fun, food, entertainment, pageants and more complement the livestock show. Admission is $6, but free to those less than 36 inches tall.
www.hendrycountyfair.com; (863) 983-9282


February 16-25, Sebring

Twelve Angry Men
Highlands Little Theatre presents the stage adaptation about jury deliberations during a murder trial. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for youth younger than 16.
www.highlandslittletheatre.org; (863) 382-2525


February 17, Islamorada

Pops in the Park: All Creatures Great and Small
A puppy parade (bring your dog) and a petting zoo are featured at a free outdoor concert presented by Keys Community Concert Band at 4 p.m. at the ICE Amphitheater at Islamorada’s Founders Park, MM 87. Bring blankets.
(305) 853-7294


February 17, Panama City Beach

Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival
Aaron Bessant Park hosts the inaugural event, which features 25 food trucks in Northwest Florida and at least 25 local and regional craft beer brewers, local entertainment, games and face painting for the kids.


February 17, Upper Keys

Garden Walk 2018: Celebrate Island Gardens
Presented by the Garden Club of the Upper Keys, the self-guided tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. offers a chance to see island gardens not otherwise available for viewing. Stroll through the Francis Tracy Garden Center grounds, MM 94, while enjoying a complimentary tea party. Enjoy a cooked-to-order lunch while shopping at vendors. Tickets are $25 (cash or check).
www.gardenclubupperkeys.org; (305) 451-8137


February 17-March 3, Key Largo

Photo by Gloria Avner

Birds in Nature Art Show
Art Guild of the Purple Isles invites bird lovers to enjoy paintings of the birds of southern Florida during the annual Joe Cella show. The free event is at the Key Largo Public Library, Tradewinds Shopping Center, MM 101.4, Saturday, February 17, through Saturday, March 3, during regular library hours. For more information, visit www.agpi.us.


February 17-18, Marathon

Second Coral Head Music Festival
Nationally recognized bands and Keys favorites perform during the event presented by the American Legion Riders at the Marathon Community Park Amphitheater from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds benefit the Hurricane Irma relief fund.
www.coralheadmusicfest.com; (305) 942-9862


February 19-20, The Keys

Attacca Quartet
The Florida Keys Concert Association presents the New York-based string ensemble at 7:30 p.m. shows. Monday is at Island Community Church, MM 83, Islamorada. Tuesday is at Marathon High School, MM 50. Tickets are available online.


February 21, Islamorada

Florida’s Hurricane History
The Keys History and Discovery Center, MM 82, hosts a lecture and book signing with author Jay Barnes at 6 p.m. 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.
www.keysdiscovery.com; (305) 922-2237


February 21-24, Fort Meade

26th annual Antique Engine and Tractor Show
Cockshutt Tractors are featured at the Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club show at the club’s 374-acre site at 7000 Avon Park Cutoff Road.
www.floridaflywheelers.org; (863) 285-9121


February 24, Pensacola

Fifth annual I Pink I Can Run
Proceeds from the 4-mile run/walk benefit the fight against breast cancer. The event is $30 and starts at 9 a.m. at the Flora-Bama Lounge.
www.active.com; (850) 516-9154


February 24-25, Okeechobee

Photo by Willis Tate

Battle of Okeechobee
The annual battlefield reenactment on a portion of the original battlefield site Saturday, February 24, and Sunday, February 25, heightens public awareness for the historic battle and the battlefield’s plight as the Okeechobee Battlefield Friends strive to create a battlefield park. The event is at 3500 SE 38th Ave. For more information, visit www.okeechobeebattlefield.com.

February 26-27, The Keys

The Florida Keys Concert Association presents the mix of Latin, Spanish, Sephardic, Balkan and classical sounds at 7:30 p.m. shows. Monday is at Marathon High School, MM 50. Tuesday is at Island Community Church, MM 83, Islamorada. Tickets are available online.