Florida Events & Festival Roundup

Through March 5, Islamorada

Trailblazers: The Perilous Story of the Tamiami Trail
The trail’s history, impact on the Everglades and plans to mitigate damage are featured in a traveling exhibit at the Keys History & Discovery Center, MM 82.
www.keysdiscovery.com;
(305) 922-2237

 

Through February 4, Marathon

“The Hallelujah Girls”
Six feisty Southern women decide time is precious and life is short, and embark on a hilarious journey.
www.marathontheater.org;
(305) 743-0994

 

February 3-5, Palmetto

54th annual Sarasota Shell Club Show
Everything for the shell lover is under one roof at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.
www.sarasotashellclub.com;
(941) 758-9790

 

February 3-5, Key West

Civil War Heritage Days
Re-enactments with cannon fire greet visitors at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park.
www.floridastateparks.org;
(305) 292-6850

 

February 3-5 & 9-11, Key Largo

Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical
The Key Players presents a comedy about the joys of growing older and the wisdom afforded. Performances are at the Murray Nelson Government and Cultural Center.
www.thekeyplayers.org;
(305) 942-4339

 

February 4, Bradenton Area

Third Annual Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta
The free family festival Saturday, February 4, runs from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and features powerboat racing, extreme pogo shows, BMX stunt performers, Frisbee dogs, a 5K fun run, a kids’ zone, concerts, food festival and fireworks show. For more details, visit www.bradentonregatta.com.

 

February 4, Tavernier

6th annual Winter Festival
Shop for jewelry and art and walk through a giant yard sale while enjoying live music, activities for the kids and a doggie spa at Coral Isles Church, MM 90, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking at the high school are free.
www.facebook.com/CoralIslesChurch; (305) 852-5813

 

February 4, Port St. Joe

Winter Bay Day at St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve
Enjoy a tour through the backwoods trails during the bi-annual shrimp boil and open house featuring live music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donation of $10 for the boil.
www.stjosephbaypreserves.org;
(800) 229-1787

 

February 4-5, Lake Placid

51st annual Country Fair
Visit DeVane Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and see more than 100 arts and crafts booths, along with local, nonprofit food booths, live entertainment, children’s activities, an exhibit hall, and arts and crafts demonstrations. Admission is free.
(863) 465-3963; lakeplacidcountryfair@gmail.com

 

February 4-5, Marathon

23rd annual Pigeon Key Art Festival
Artists and craftspeople exhibit their work from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Marathon Community Park, MM 49. Marine artist Wyland plans to create ink paintings to be auctioned as part of the fundraiser. A concert by Beatlemaniax is Saturday at 5 p.m.
www.pigeonkeyartfestival.com

 

February 7, Lake Placid

Highlands County Audubon Society
Visit Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and lunch at a local restaurant. Leave from Lake Placid Tower at 7 a.m.
Roberta, (863) 599-0124

 

February 10-12, Sebring

Bike Sebring 12/24
The Rotary Club of Highlands County and the Highlands Pedalers Bicycle Club host the cycling qualifier from 5 to 8 p.m. at Sebring International Raceway.
bikesebring.org; (863) 443-1403

 

February 10-18, Sebring

80th annual Highlands County Fair
See the achievements of local youth, from livestock to citrus trees and project boards, and watch the coronation of local royalty.
www.hcfair.net; (863) 382-2255

 

February 11, Sebring

34th annual Roaring 20s Arts & Crafts Festival
Nearly 80 craft, art and food vendors convene at the downtown circle from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate Sebring’s 1920s heritage with live big band music. Period costumes are encouraged.
www.visithighlandscounty.com;
(863) 446-2973

 

February 11, Layton

Layton Garden Club’s Flea Market
Start with a $5 pancake breakfast, then shop for new and used goods, baked goods, arts and crafts. The sale is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the fire house, MM 68.5. Proceeds benefit Keys-based charities.
s.murchie@yahoo.com; (305) 849-0149

February 11, Panama City

Strides for Scholars 5K
The fun run/walk promotes fitness and raises money for the Take Stock In Children scholarship and mentoring program for local kids. The start line is 10th Court and Balboa. Registration opens at 7 a.m.
www.bayartsevents.com;
(850) 767-4111

February 11, Key Largo

Lionfish Derby for Divers
Teams of up to four divers compete for cash and prizes.
www.reef.org; (305) 852-0030

February 15, Lake Placid

Highlands County Audubon Society
Visit Payne Creek Historic State Park and Solomon’s Castle. The castle tour is $10. Lunch is at the castle. Leave the Lake Placid Tower at 8 a.m.
Roberta, (863) 599-0124

February 15-March 30, Avon Park

20th Century Seminole Experience
Artist Muffy Clark Gill creates batik paintings that weave a love of color and design with a historical perspective of Native American Indians, particularly the Seminoles and Miccosukees, at the Museum of Florida Art and Culture.
www.mofac.org; (863) 784-7240
or (863) 453-6661

February 17-19, Lake Placid

Clown School
Learn the art of clowning, the history of clowning, costuming, makeup, expressions and character development from the American Clown School, hosted by the Toby the Clown Foundation.
www.tobysclownfoundation.org; (863) 465-2920

February 18, Tavernier

65th Birthday Bash of the Garden Club of the Upper Keys
Francis Tracy Garden Club, MM 94, entertains adults and kids from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with music, flower arranging, “Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in Neverland” costume competition for children, fairy school and fishing for treasure with Captain Hook.
(305) 240-1149

 

February 20, Lake Placid

Highlands County Audubon Society
Tour Circle B Bar Ranch and Nature Center in Lakeland. Leave from Lake Placid Tower at 7:30 a.m.
Tom and Janet, (585) 259-0104

 

February 22-25, Fort Meade

25th annual Engine and Tractor Show
Oliver tractors are spotlighted by the Florida Flywheelers.
www.floridaflywheelers.org;
(772) 316-1750

February 23-24, Sebring

International Motor Sports Association Test Racing
Fans of the 12-hour classic get a sneak preview. Admission is $10 a day or free with purchase of a ticket to the main event.
www.sebringraceway.com;
(800) 626-7223

 

February 24-25, Panama City Beach

Mardi Gras & Music Festival
Pier Park hosts a family-friendly celebration that includes parades, fireworks, a kids’ zone, float tours, Fat Tuesday street fair and live music.
www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/mardigras

 

February 24-28, Pensacola

Annual Krewe of Lafitte and Mardi Gras Grand Parade
Marching bands, floats and bead throws highlight the illuminated nighttime parade, which begins at 7 p.m. at Spring and Garden streets. The grand parade is at the same location at 2 p.m. the next day. The celebration ends with a downtown street party February 28 at 5 p.m.
www.pensacolamardigras.com;
(850) 436-7638

February 25, Islamorada

Pops in the Park Creature Feature
A free outdoor concert by the Keys Community Concert Band begins at 4 p.m. at ICE Amphitheater at Founders Park, MM 87, and features spooky music, including “Phantom of the Opera,” and a pet parade.
www.keyscommunityconcertband.org; (305) 853-7294

 

February 25-26, Islamorada

22nd Annual Gigantic Nautical Flea Market
Founders Park in Islamorada is filled with boats, tackle, dive gear, deck and dock materials, beach wear, hats and art Saturday, February 25, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, February 26, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fundraiser supports the Rotary Club of the Upper Keys scholarship program. More than $250,000 was raised last year. An all-you-can-eat breakfast is $5. For more information, visit www.giganticnauticalfleamarket.com.

 

February 25-26, Okeechobee

Battle of Okeechobee
See a re-enactment of the December 25, 1837, Seminole War battle, an alligator demonstration, pow-wow dancing, Seminole food and crafts, period vendors, children’s horse rides and period folk music. Admission is $10 per car.
www.okeechobeebattlefield.com

 

February 25-26, Palmetto

40th annual RealRail Model Train Show
Buy, sell or trade model trains at the Bradenton Area Convention Center Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
realrail.org; (941) 504-2474

 

February 25-26, Sebring

Seafood & Music Festival
Enjoy food while listening to eight bands play country, Southern rock and blues at Sebring International Raceway Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
www.sebringfest.com; (866) 611-0442

 

February 28, Lake Placid

Highlands County Audubon Society
Paul Gray guides a trip to grasshopper sparrow habitat at Kissimmee Prairie State Park. Bring lunch. Leave from Lake Placid Tower at 8 a.m.
Roberta, (863) 599-0124

 

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.
www.sarasotabradentonhomeshow.com;
(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.
www.agpi.us

 

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.
www.favorfloridakeys.org

 

March 14-19, Okeechobee

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

 

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.
www.unwinedpcb.com

 

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.
www.keyscommunityconcertband.org;
(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.
www.peanutproudfestival.com

 

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