Florida Events & Festival Roundup

November through April, Key Largo

Keys Community Concert Band Looking for Musicians
Whether you have not played an instrument in quite some time or are an experienced or even a professional musician, the Keys Community Concert Band wants you! The group performs free outdoor concerts once a month from November through April. Rehearsals are Mondays at Key Largo School, MM 105. Tuning/warm up is at 6:45 p.m., with rehearsal from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join some great players in an easygoing atmosphere and have tons of fun. Just show up with your instrument or you can borrow one. For more information, call 305-451-4530 or visit www.keyscommunityconcertband.org.

Through April 17, Islamorada

Dive Into Art Show
Members of the Art Guild of the Purple Isles and 200 students from Plantation Key and Key Largo schools present works reflecting man’s quest to explore under the sea at the History of Diving Museum, MM 82.9. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission fees apply.
www.agpi.us; 305-664-9737



April 5-6, Sebring

Sebring Soda Festival
The family-friendly event at the downtown circle features 200-plus craft sodas, live entertainment, vendors, food trucks, a kids’ zone and a car show. Festivities open Friday night with live music and a ’50s block party from 5 to 8 p.m. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, but tickets are required to taste sodas.


April 5-6, Pensacola

Fourth annual Food Truck Festival
The Pensacola Habitat for Humanity event starts Friday evening at Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St., with several food trucks and a band. Saturday is a foodies’ paradise with dozens of food trucks, live music and HabiVillage welcoming crafty people.


April 5-7, Sebring

Ferrari Challenge North America
Ferrari owners battle in an epic single-make race at Sebring International Raceway. Tickets are available at the gate.


April 6, Marathon

38th annual Seven Mile Bridge Run
A field of 1,500 runners participates in the annual foot race across the longest of the 42 bridges that comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. The bridge is closed from 6:45 to 9 a.m.
www.keywesthistoricseaport.com, 305-395-7040


April 6-7, Pensacola

36th annual Pensacola JazzFest
This free festival from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Seville Square Park celebrates America’s unique musical art form with local jazz standouts to world-renowned acts.


April 6-7, Islamorada

28th annual Florida Keys Island Fest
Music, art, food and fun join a juried art show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Founders Park, MM 87, with nearly 100 artists and crafters, live music and a Taste of the Islands foodie competition. Admission to the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce event is free. On-site parking is $5.


April 7, Milton

Terrain Run

Conquer 20-plus obstacles and play in the mud Sunday, April 7, at the Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center, 8974 Tomahawk Landing Road in Milton. Athletes must be at least 14 years old to race solo. Youngsters 7-13 may compete on the 3-mile course if accompanied by a parent. Registration is $60. After all of the adult waves, a half-mile course is available for 2- to 10-year-olds. Registration is $35. Showers are available at the end. For more information, visit www.terrainracing.com or call 850-623-6197.


April 10, Islamorada

Lecture Series
Jerry Lorenz, state research director for Audubon of Florida, talks about “Roseate Spoonbills in Florida Bay: Pink Canaries in a Coal Mine” at the Keys History & Discovery Center, MM 82. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the lecture at 6 p.m. Light appetizers and a cash bar are available. The cost is $10. Reservations are recommended.


April 11, Islamorada

Spring Into Art and Antique Car Show
The event from 5 to 8 p.m. at Coconut Cove Resort, MM 84, features local artists, antique cars, a fashion show, music, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a silent auction. A $15 donation is suggested.


April 12-14, Avon Park

“Shepherd King: The Story of the Bible”
More than 20 stories from creation to the second coming are told by more than 100 volunteer actors from central Florida with elaborate costuming and sets at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $25 to $35.
www.powerandlightproductions.com; www.sfscarts.org; 863-375-4031


April 13, Callahan

14th annual Railroad Day Festival
The West Nassau Historical Society hosts the event from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. at the historic Callahan Train Depot, with live entertainment and arts and craft vendors. It also features a classic car show.
www.wnhsfl.org; 904-879-3406


April 13, Marathon

Marathon Pentathlon
Events include a 1-mile foot race, a half-mile swim, a 1-mile standup paddle board race, a 1-mile kayak race and longest golf drive. Events start at 8 a.m. at Banana Bay Resort, with an awards ceremony at 1 p.m.
Participation is capped at 45. Proceeds benefit 10 nonprofits.


April 13, Pensacola

23rd annual Mullet Man Triathlon
Flora-Bama Lounge hosts the event, which features a quarter-mile swim, 16.5-mile bike and 3.9-mile run. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
www.florabama.com; 850-492-6838


April 13, Panama City Beach

Sixth annual Beer Festival
The event from 1 to 4 p.m. at Fishale Taphouse & Grill features more than 200 craft beers and ciders, food trucks and bourbon. A portion of the proceeds from the $30 to $60 tickets goes to All Things Panama City Beach Outreach, a local nonprofit formed after Hurricane Michael to help the Bay community.


April 13, Key West

Ninth annual Ocean Fest
Celebrate the marine environment, explore conservation exhibits, buy wares from local artists and vendors, experience touch tanks, and listen to live music while raising funds for coral reef research and restoration. The Mote Marine Laboratory event is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at NOAA’s Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and Truman Waterfront.
https://mote.org; 941-388-4331


April 13, Pensacola Beach

Firefighters Challenge
Watch as teams of firefighters test their strength, agility, teamwork and skills at the family-friendly event. The competition takes place on the sand of Pensacola Beach near Casino Beach Bar and Grille,
41 Fort Pickens Road. Admission is free for spectators.


April 13, 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 17, Islamorada

Immerse Yourself!
Allison and Carlos Estape present “Citizen Science & You” at 7 p.m. at the History of Diving Museum, 82990 Overseas Highway.


April 19-28, Key West

37th annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration
With activities such as a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic’s 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys.


April 22-26, Pensacola

RePurposed Art Show
Pensacola State College’s art department partners with Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore to present a show and auction. The exhibition is at the ReStore, 6931 N. 9th Ave., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the benefit auction and reception from 5 to 8 p.m. April 26.


April 24, Islamorada

Lecture Series
Ryan Harke, anthropologist and public archaeologist for the Florida Public Archaeology Network, will talk about “Southernmost Pre-Columbian Site” at 6 p.m. at the Keys History & Discovery Center, MM 82. Doors open at 5 p.m. to allow guests to view exhibits. Light appetizers and a cash bar are available. The cost is $10. Reservations are recommended.

April 24, Pensacola

Mullet Swing Golf Classic
Perdido Bay Golf Club hosts the four-person scramble. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
www.florabama.com; 850-483-6267


April 25-28, Panama City Beach

21st annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival
More than 20,000 fans converge on Pier Park to hear performances from more than 40 national jazz artists.


April 26-28, Pensacola

Mullet Toss
Participants throw a dead mullet over the Florida/Alabama state line to see who can toss the farthest.
www.florabama.com; 850-492-6838


April 26-28, Pensacola

35th annual Crawfish Festival
More than 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish will be served, along with crab cakes, gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp, po’boys and more at Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St. The event includes a children’s area, arts and crafts vendors, crawfish-eating contests and live entertainment. Admission is $6. Kids 12 and younger get in free.


April 26-28, Panama City Beach

Second annual SandJam Fest
More than 20 acts perform on two stages at the alternative rock music festival at M.B. Miller County Pier.


April 26-28, Panama City Beach

Parrot Head Rendezvous
More than 13 national trop rock music acts perform at Sharky’s Beach Front Restaurant & Tiki Bar. Proceeds benefit Girls Inc.


April 26-28, Panama City Beach

Schooner’s Cajun Festival
Enjoy Cajun music, a crawfish boil on the beach, a crawfish-eating contest and kids’ activities at Schooners Last Local Beach Club, 5121 Gulf Drive.
www.schooners.com; 850-235-3555


April 27, Islamorada

Pops in the Park: Young Musicians Concert
The free season-ending outdoor event features talented local students performing with the Keys Community Concert Band at 4 p.m. at Founders Park, MM 87. Scholarships will be awarded, and play-along instruments are provided. Bring a chair or blanket. Leashed dogs are welcome.
www.keyscommunityconcertband.org; 305-451-4530


April 27, Pensacola

Be My Neighbor Day
Community organizations will be at WSRE Amos Studio at Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd., with children’s activity booths and information for parents from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event spotlights the values of Mister Rogers and features PBS KIDS’ stars.
www.wsre.org; 850-484-1200


April 27, Avon Park

Ninth annual Bluegrass Blueberry Festival
The lakeside event at Donaldson Park features live bluegrass music, blueberry products and barbecue chicken dinners for sale, a kids’ zone, and original arts and crafts vendors.


April 27-29, Islamorada

Islamorada Spring Classic
Nine gulf and backcountry saltwater species are targeted, with trophies awarded in weight and release categories to various vessels and junior release divisions.
Diane Harbaugh, 305-522-4868; islamoradafishingclassics@aol.com


April 30, Sarasota

Second annual Musical Friends Concert
Musicians from Sarasota, Bradenton and Tampa perform at 1:30 p.m. at the Jack J. Geldbart Auditorium at Selby Public Library, 1331 First St. Admission is free.
Mimi Diaz, 941-225-3935


May 1-5, Panama City Beach

Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally
Bikers from around the country enjoy scenic rides along the Emerald Coast, live entertainment, local cuisine and varied activities.
www.thunderbeachproductions.com; 888-396-1638


May 4, Century

29th annual Sawmill Day  and Car Show
The Alger-Sullivan Historical Society hosts its heritage festival from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Houston Jones Park, 610 4th St. The event attracts more than 50 classic and custom vehicles, a vendor area, and all-day entertainment from local dance and singing groups. Invited exhibits include arrowhead makers, antique bottle collections, a potter, Munson’s fur trapper museum and a woodcarver’s club.
www.algersullivan.org; 850-256-3980


May 4, Key West

Key West Paddle Classic
Presented by Lazy Dog Adventures, the paddleboard challenge includes a 12-mile elite race around the island and a 4-mile open race. Other events include a kickoff registration party, paddleboard clinics and races for kids.
https://lazydog.com; 305-304-4259


May 4, Key West

Fourth Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade
Key West artist Suzanne Brown won the “Wonderdog Award” at last year’s Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade for her entry “Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree.” The procession honors late Key Largo folk artist Stanley Papio, who created whimsical sculptures out of discarded car parts, appliances and other recycled objects. Participants create entries primarily from recycled materials. All mobile sculptures must be people-powered. The parade is at noon Saturday, May 4, on Duval Street. The event is presented by the Key West Art and Historical Society.
For more information, visit www.papioskineticparade.com or call 305-295-6616.


May 8, Islamorada

Lecture Series
Erin Muller, program manager and science director of the Mote Marine Laboratory Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration, will talk about “Coral Restoration: A Beacon of Hope to Save the Florida Reef Tract” at 6 p.m. at the Keys History & Discovery Center, MM 82. Doors open at 5 p.m. to allow guests to view exhibits. Light appetizers and a cash bar are available. The cost is $10. Reservations are recommended.
www.keysdiscovery.com; 305-922-2237


May 8-12, Key West

Key West Songwriters’ Festival
The annual 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 9-25, Marathon

Making God Laugh
Marathon Community Theater presents a family comedy that takes place in four scenes, with the kids—who have grown to become a priest, an aspiring actress and a former star football player—returning home at 10-year increments. Showtimes are 8 p.m., with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee.
www.marathontheater.org; 305-743-0994


May 10, Pensacola

Pensacola History
Famed historian John Appleyard shares his knowledge of Pensacola’s history with one of his famous storytelling sessions at 9 a.m. at the Pensacola Visitor Information Center, 1401 E. Gregory St. The event is free, but seating is limited.
www.visitpensacola.com; 850-434-1234


May 11, Panama City Beach

Ironman 70.3
Swim 1.2 miles in the Gulf of Mexico, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles on a flat, fast course. A rolling start begins at 6 a.m. The event is headquartered at Boardwalk Beach Hotel & Convention Center.


May 11, Pensacola

Fiesta Children’s Treasure Hunt
Enjoy field games, music, face painting and a Zaxby’s chicken lunch from noon to 2 p.m. at Bayview Park, 2001 E. Lloyd St. A treasure hunt for children ages 3 to 10 years old begins at 2 p.m.
www.fiestapensacola.org; 850-433-6512


May 11, Marathon

13th annual Mother’s Day Dolphin Tournament
This festive fishing tournament for the heaviest dolphin is for new and seasoned anglers. All registration fees are tax deductible as allowable by law and will be used directly to build four new affordable homes in Marathon through Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys.
www.habitatmiddlekeys.org; 305-743-9828


May 14-18, Panama City Beach

Fourth annual Jeep Beach Jam
Meet up with thousands of jeepers at Frank Brown Park for a relaxing vacation on the beach with off-road trail excursions, an obstacle course, a poker run, a scavenger hunt, a vendor village, a show and shine, an outdoor movie night and live music.
www.jeepbeachjam.com; 850-890-3447


May 15, Islamorada

Immerse Yourself!
Marlies Tumolo will speak about “Dive Into Your Sanctuary” at 7 p.m. at the History of Diving Museum, 82990 Overseas Highway.
www.divingmuseum.org; 305-664-9737


May 16, Pensacola

Movies Under the Stars
A free showing of “Bee Movie” is at From the Ground Up Community Garden, 501 North Hayne St. Gates open at 6:45 p.m. and the movie starts at 7:15 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket. Space for seating is limited. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Dogs are not allowed. Popcorn, goodies and drinks will be sold.
www.eventbrite.com; 850-934-3609


May 16-19, Key Largo

Key Largo’s Original Music Festival
Enjoy the food, entertainment and ambiance of five on-the-water venues featuring professional singers and songwriters and local entertainers. Admission is free.
www.keylargooriginalmusicfest.com; 305-394-3736


May 18, Pensacola

The Big Scoop
Taste an assortment of ice cream flavors, toppings and sweet snacks at the benefit that celebrates Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida 30th anniversary. There will be fun, games and activities for everyone at the pet-friendly event from 3 to 5 p.m. at Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St. Tickets are $10 each. Children younger than 3 get in free.
www.facebook.com/bbbsnwfl ; 850-433-5437


May 18, 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. A blood drive is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.tupelohoneyfestival.com; 850-832-4843


May 20, Pensacola

At the Movies Concert
Pensacola Bay Concert Band presents music from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Lion King,” “The Sound of Music,” “Star Trek” and more at the University of West Florida Center for Fine and Performing Arts from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is a nonperishable food item to be donated to Manna Food Pantry.
https://pcbband.org; 850-974-8335


May 24-26, Sebring

Sebring LakeFest
Kick off the summer from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Lake Jackson with family fun. The main event is a duathlon: a 2K foot race followed by a canoe race. Other highlights include food, music, raffles, a static boat display with pontoon tours on Lake Jackson, a KidZone and a vendor village. Visit with the Florida Watermelon Queen and compete in a seed-spitting contest. Admission is free. Parking is $5.


May 25, Pensacola

Graffiti Bridge 5K
This unique 5K run/walk will start and finish at the classic local landmark, 317 N. 17th Ave. The event starts at 8 a.m. Medals will be handed out to every finisher.
www.werunwild.com; 850-435-9222


May 29, Pensacola

Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon Fiesta Days Celebration
Seville Quarter comes alive from 7 to 10 p.m. with entertainment, decorations and food saluting the area’s history under the flags of the five governments that have flown over Pensacola. Dignitaries surrender the city to DeLuna and his queen for the Fiesta season.
www.fiestapensacola.org; 850-434-6211


May 30, Pensacola

Stories Under the Stars: Grow
Individuals are invited to share original, personal stories on the theme “Grow” from 7 to 9 p.m. at From the Ground Up Community Garden, 501 North Hayne St. Stories are limited to 5 minutes, and cannot be read from any paper or device. People’s choice and judge’s award winners receive a gift card. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Dogs are not allowed.
www.eventbrite.com; 850-934-3609


May 31, Pensacola

69th annual Grand Fiesta Parade
Catch beads, hear the sounds of local high school marching bands and enjoy beautiful floats as they parade through downtown beginning at 7 p.m.
www.fiestapensacola.org; 850-433-6512