Florida Events & Festival Roundup

March 2-5, Bradenton

23rd annual NMRA Spring Break Shootout
Bobby Ducote of “Street Outlaws” is among the draws for drag racing fans at Bradenton Motorsports Park. Daily admission is $25, and free for children 12 and younger.
www.nmradigital.com; (866) 694-3475

March 3, Islamorada

15th annual Habitat for Humanity Upper Keys “Diamonds and Denim” Cocktail Party
Wear your favorite denim and bling at the fundraiser from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Florida Keys Conference Center, MM82. The event includes an open bar, food, live and silent auctions, live music and a real diamond dig. Tickets are $150 a person or $250 a couple. RSVP.
www.habitatupperkeys.org/events; (305) 453-0050


March 3-5, Panama City Beach

Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show
See displays for boats, standup paddleboards, fishing kayaks, outdoor kitchens, diving gear, active wear and beach cruising bicycles. The event at Aaron Bessant Park is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Two-day passes are $15.
www.gulfboatshow.com; (850) 348-1498


March 4, Panama City Beach

Scottish Festival and Northwest Florida Renaissance and Fantasy Faire
Kilts, bagpipes, Celtic music, Scottish fare and clan information combine with the medieval world of kings, queens, knights and fairies as re-enactors fence, fight and play human chess. Magicians, storytellers, bards, wizards, trolls and belly dancers stroll the grounds at Frank Brown Park from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance, or $15 at the gate.
www.visitpanamacitybeach.com; (850) 252-3821


March 4, Marathon

House and Garden Tour
The Marathon Garden Club hosts the tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at the garden club, 5270 Overseas Highway, or the Marathon Chamber of Commerce.
www.marathongardenclub.org; (305) 743-4971


March 4-5, Lake Placid

Fine Arts Show
Caladium Co-op, 132 Interlake, hosts its inaugural show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring middle and high school art, all mediums, photography and 3D. Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded.
(863) 699-5940


March 4-5, Palmetto

Sarasota Bradenton Home Show
The consumer show is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Bradenton Area Convention Center. Admission is $4.
(407) 273-7469


March 6, Marathon

“Who Do You Think You Are?”
Ancestry genealogist Crista Cowan will show how to navigate the company’s website at the Florida Keys Daughters of the American Revolution event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Banana Bay Resort and Marina, 4590 Overseas Highway. The cost is $30 and includes sandwiches for lunch. Please RSVP.
Edna, (305) 451-3753; ednaw37@yahoo.com


March 8, Lake Placid

Highland County Audubon
Leave Lake Placid Tower at 7:30 a.m. for a boardwalk guided tour through Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and Blair Audubon. Entry is $10. Bring lunch or buy it on-site.
Roberta, (863) 599-0124


March 8-11, Panama City Beach

Emerald Coast Cruizin’
The event at Aaron Bessant Park features thousands of classic and custom cars and trucks, hot rods, a swap meet and parade.
www.emeraldcoastcruizin.com; (662) 587-9572


March 9-12, Bradenton

NCMA Muscle Car Mayhem
Bradenton Motorsports Park hosts the first race of the season. Daily admission is $25, and free for children 12 and younger.
www.nmcadigital.com; (866) 694-3475


March 9-12, 16-19 and 23-26, Islamorada

51st annual Judged Art Show
Art Guild of the Purple Isles, Key Largo and Upper Keys hosts a free show at the Florida Keys History and Discovery Center, MM 82.1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all days except the 23rd, which is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The group meets at The Elks Lodge in Tavernier the first Wednesday of each month from November through April, with a social at 9:30 a.m. and a meeting at 10 a.m.


March 11-12, Marathon

Original Marathon Seafood Festival
Delicacies from the Florida Keys, an open-air art show, live music and vendor booths highlight this event sponsored by Organized Fishermen of Florida and the Marathon Chamber of Commerce at Marathon Community Park, MM 49.
www.marathonseafoodfestival.com; (305) 743-5417

March 11-18, Florida Keys

2nd annual Outdoor Fest
Learn from local experts about native wildlife, migrating birds and area refuges as Friends and Volunteers of Refuges offer guided walks, family fairs, bike rides, kayak excursions and more. Space is limited for some activities, so please preregister.


March 14-19, Okeechobee

Okeechobee County Fair
Enjoy family fun with exhibits, rides, a petting zoo, racing pigs, an illusionist and more.


March 15, Islamorada

Immerse Yourself!
Dawn Kernagis, an aquanaut who joined NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations, will talk about her journey to the world’s only undersea research station at 7 p.m. at the History of Diving Museum, MM 83.
www.divingmuseum.org; (305) 664-9737


March 17, Lake Placid

Highland County Audubon
Leave Lake Placid Tower at 7:30 a.m. and see snail kites and eagles during a Lake Kissimmee State Park pontoon boat tour. The cost is $20 for the first 10 to sign up and pay. Bring lunch or buy it at the snack shack.
Roberta, (863) 599-0124


March 19, Islamorada

Seafood Festival and Art Show
Taste locally prepared seafood and see the best juried art at the kid- and pet-friendly event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of the Islamorada Moose Lodge and down Industrial Way. Entertainers and the Junkanoo Band perform all day.
(305) 664-8120


March 24-25, Panama City Beach

“UNwineD: Vines to Steins”
Visit Panama City Beach partners with Garden & Gun magazine in a celebration of wine, craft beer, gourmet coastal fare and live music at Aaron Bessant Park. Tickets are limited.


March 25, Islamorada

Pops in the Park: Tropical Tunes
Enjoy free music from paradise and a conch- blowing contest at 4 p.m. at the Founders Park Amphitheater, MM 87. Attendees are invited to dress as pirates. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
(305) 853-7294


March 25, Lake Placid

Highland County Audubon
Leave Lake Placid Tower at 10 a.m. to see flamingos at Markham Park and STA2. Participation is limited to 30. Bring lunch.
Roberta, (863) 599-0124


March 25, Pensacola

Ciclovia Open Streets
Five miles of streets in the historic and bayfront areas are closed as part of a worldwide movement where all ages and backgrounds gather to have fun and show civic pride. People are invited to walk, run, bike, rollerskate/blade, skateboard or just play in the streets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.pensacolaopenstreets.com; (404) 557-5479


March 25, Blakely, Georgia

9th annual Peanut Proud Festival
The celebration honoring the peanut industry includes free concerts throughout the day, a parade, food and merchandise vendors, a kid zone, a 5K and fun run, arts and crafts vendors, and a street dance. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Blakely Courthouse Square.


March 26, Islamorada

Bay Jam 23
The music and art festival features local and guest artists performing on the shores of Florida Bay at the Founders Park Amphitheater, MM 87, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $15. Proceeds benefit student art and music scholarships.
www.keysice.com; (305) 394-2765


March 31, Lake Placid

Highland County Audubon
Leave Lake Placid Tower at 7:30 a.m. to see water birds at Fort Desoto Park in St. Petersburg. Participants should bring a lunch.
Roberta, (863) 599-0124


March 31-April 16, Sebring

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to life in this musical parable at Highlands Little Theatre. The family-friendly show featuring a local cast is at Lakeside Playhouse 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10 to $30.
www.highlandslittletheatre.org; (863) 385-2175


April 1, Pensacola

A Bark to Remember
Gulf Coast Health Care’s dog-friendly event raises awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Community Maritime Park. There will be dog contests, vendors, a silent auction and entertainment. Admission is free.
(850) 430-0281


April 1, Marathon

36th annual Seven Mile Bridge Run
A field of 1,500 runners participates in the annual foot race sponsored by the Marathon Runners Club across the longest of the 43 bridges that help comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway.
www.7mbrun.com; (305) 395-7040


April 1, Pensacola

2017 JazzFest
Enjoy music, arts and crafts, food and a kids’ area from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Seville Square Park.
www.jazzpensacola.com; (850) 433-8382


April 1-2, Islamorada

26th annual Florida Keys Island Fest
Music, art, food and fun complement this annual art show sponsored by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce, with nearly 100 artists and crafters, live music and a “Taste of the Islands” foodie competition. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Founder’s Park, MM 87.
www.islamoradachamber.com; (305) 664-4503


April 2, Keys

4th Annual Cow Key Channel Bridge Run
Join zany-dressed participants Sunday, April 2, for the world’s only Zero K across one of the shortest bridges in the Keys. Registration is $10. For more information, visit www.cowkeybridgerun.com.

April 8, Pensacola

Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Children 12 and younger are invited to hunt for eggs at 10 a.m. at the Roger Scott Athletic Complex, 2130 Summit Boulevard, during the event that also features carnival games, bounce houses, bubble stations and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Admission is free with a donation to Manna Food Pantries.
www.playpensacola.com; (850) 436-5670


April 8, Panama City Beach

4th annual Coach Post Fun Run
Walkers and runners of all levels are welcome on this family-friendly, chip-timed, 1-mile, 5K and 10K course along St. Andrews State Park. A post-race party is included in the registration fee.
www.active.com; (850) 814-7602; (850) 769-7448

April 19, Cortez

Shanties and Songs of the Sea
Join Charlie Canniff at the Florida Maritime Museum at 3 p.m. for a free guided discussion about shanties and sing a few of the songs.
www.floridamaritimemuseum.org; (941) 708-6120


April 19-23, Panama City Beach

19th annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival
Aaron Bessant Park hosts a weekend of all-star music, fun and sun.
www.seabreezejazzfestival.com; (877) 987-6487


April 21-22, Key West

Harry S. Truman Legacy Symposium
Key West’s political history is highlighted in panel discussions and tours of the Little White House, 111 Front St., where Truman spent many working vacations during his presidency. The 2017 theme is Truman’s Legacy on Latin and South America.
www.trumanlittlewhitehouse.com; (305) 294-9911


April 21-30, Key West

35th annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration
Activities range from a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships to a wacky bed race.
www.conchrepublic.com; (305) 296-0213


April 22, Callahan

12th Annual Railroad Days
The West Nassau Historical Society hosts its signature fundraising celebration in and around the historic 1881 Callahan Train Depot and adjoining 1856 Florida Railroad bed Saturday, April 22. The event includes arts and crafts and food vendors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; local live entertainment on the main depot stage from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; a classic car show from noon to 3 p.m.; a kids’ area with jumpy houses, a climbing wall and hobo games; and the unveiling of a 25-foot-by-8-foot historic mural painted on the north façade of the depot annex. The Shriner-led parade starts at 11 a.m. Antique engines, tractors and trains are exhibited outside the depot, and model train layouts are displayed in the depot annex. As part of the event—which coincides with Earth Day—the fabled hobos and the reuse skills they used while riding the rails will be celebrated. The all-volunteer nonprofit historical society also pays homage to the 150th anniversary of naturalist and Sierra Club founder John Muir’s walk through Florida along the old Florida Railroad. For more information, visit www.wnhsfl.org or call John Hendricks or Emily Baumgartner at (904) 879-3406.


April 22, Lake Placid

Highlands County Audubon Society
Ann Paul leads a group limited to 10 people on a boat trip to the Alafia Banks bird sanctuary. Spots must be reserved.
Roberta, (863) 599-0124

April 22, Islamorada

Pops In the Park: Young Musicians
The Keys Community Concert Band features local students at a free season-closing concert at 4 p.m. at the ICE Amphitheater at Islamorada’s Founders Park, MM 87. Bring blankets.
(305) 853-7294


April 22-23, Panama City

Gulf Coast Salute
Learn about the mission and airmen of Tyndell Air Force Base at show featuring the Thunderbirds, the F-22 demonstration team, the Golden Knights parachute team and more. Base gates open at 9 a.m. daily. Parking and admission are free.

April 28-29, Panama City Beach

Pepsi SpringJam Music Festival
Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker headline the country and pop lineup at Aaron Bessant Park.

April 28-29, Jay

15th annual Jay RAM Rodeo
Bull riding, saddle broncs, calf and team roping, steer wrestling, women’s breakaway and barrel racing, and a calf scramble for the little ones are featured at 8 p.m. at the Ted May Arena. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Parking is free. Food is available. Proceeds benefit area youth programs.
(850) 288-0634


April 28-30, Pensacola

Interstate Mullet Toss
Billed as the Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party, activities start at 10 a.m. near the Flora-Bama Lounge. Among the highlights, participants throw a dead mullet over the state line of Florida and Alabama to see who gets it the farthest.
www.florabama.com; (850) 492-6838

April 29, Panama City

Panama City Pops
Beethoven transformed the symphony. The Beatles transformed rock music. Levi Strauss transformed the clothing industry. Let your hair down in a night of “long-haired” music wearing your favorite jeans at the Marianna Civic Center.
www.bayartsevents.com; (850) 785-7677