Florida Events & Festival Roundup

June 1, Panama City

Roots and Boots Tour
Country artists Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye join forces at the seventh annual Faith and Hope Concert for stories and songs at 7:30 p.m. at the Marina Civic Center. Proceeds benefit St. John Catholic School. Tickets are $29 to $59.
(850) 763-4696


June 1, Pensacola

Movies in the Park
Bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets and spread out on the lawn at the Hunter Amphitheater at Community Maritime Park to watch a free, family-friendly movie, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” at 7:50 p.m. Concessions are available. No pets or glass containers, please.
(850) 436-5670


June 1-3, Lower Keys

Original Big Pine & Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament
The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce presents its 25th annual event, where anglers contend for more than $35,000 in cash prizes and awards. A special prize of $20,000 is awarded for the largest dolphin over 50 pounds. Additional prizes await winners in the open, ladies and youth divisions.
(800) 872-2411


June 1-3, Key Largo

Skippers Dolphin Tournament
Anyone, including captains and mates, are eligible to participate in the fourth annual event headquartered at Skippers Dockside Restaurant. Junior anglers must be younger than 16 on the first day of the tournament. Cash prizes are awarded to the top six teams, including $20,000 for first, $10,000 for second and $5,000 for third, along with money for top daily, lady and junior anglers.
(305) 522-4868


June 1-17, Sebring

Arsenic and Old Lace
Highlands Little Theatre presents the classic American tale full of mishaps, mystery and murder of two spinster aunts who see their killing as an act of charity. Staged at the Lakeside Playhouse, shows are Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for youth, and $20 to $30 for adults.
(863) 382-2525


June 2, Marathon

Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival
The waters off Sombrero Beach are transformed into a swift racecourse as 20 paddlers move in unison in 40-foot-long race boats. The festival is free and open to the public. Food, beverages, merchandise and entertainment are available shoreside.
www.battleinthebaydragonboat.com; (813) 426-3544


June 2, Marathon

Tropical Nights Gala
A silent auction, open bar, live entertainment and food benefit Wesley House Family Services in Marathon and Key West. The second annual event is 6 to 9 p.m. at Royal Furniture Gallery, 6001 Overseas Highway. Tickets can be purchased at Royal Furniture or Wesley House Family Services.
www.wesleyhouse.org; (305) 809-5060


June 5-9 and 12-16, Lake Placid

Art and Craft Classes
The Caladium Arts and Crafts Cooperative, 132 E. Interlake, offers classes for children. Morning and afternoon sessions are available.
www.caladiumarts.org; (863) 699-5940; office@caladiumarts.org


June 5-10, Bradenton

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding
Manatee Performing Arts Center presents the dinner theater experience based on a traditional Italian-American wedding and reception, with warm and intrusive stereotypes exaggerated for comic effect. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $44.
www.manateeperformingartscenter.com; (941) 748-5875


June 8-9, Key Largo

Fourth annual Coralpalooza
Plant a coral, restore a reef in honor of World Oceans Day. Join the Coral Restoration Foundation on Friday for a presentation and hands-on training, with reef restoration on Saturday. Must be dive certified to participate. Register online. Activities are offered for non-divers.
(305) 453-7030


June 9-10, Sebring

Heartland Triathlon
Swim in the clear waters of Lake Jackson, bike on the smooth open roads north of Sebring and run the historic downtown Sebring Circle Park to the finish line, then celebrate with friends and family with food and beverage. Olympic, sprint and youth categories offered.


June 12-14, Islamorada

41st Ladies Tarpon Fly Tournament

Get up close and personal at the invitational all-release fly-fishing tournament that attracts premiere women fly anglers and guides to Islamorada. The event is Tuesday, June 12, through Thursday, June 14. Here, Meredith McCord—who shared grand champion honors with her guide, Camp Walker, last year—kisses a tarpon. For details, visit www.facebook.com/keystarpon or call (917) 607-8779.


June 15-17, Florida Keys

Third annual Guitar Festival
Three virtuoso local guitarists—Dave Feder, Mateo Jampol and Rolando Rojas—present 8 p.m. concerts at Key West Theater, Marathon Community Theater and Islamorada Community Church, with performances in classical to contemporary to Latin. Buy tickets online for $25 per concert, or $35 the day of the concert.
www.floridakeysguitarfestival.com; (305) 304-1437


June 16, Clewiston

Art at Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki
Learn from Seminole artists and be inspired by art exhibits to create take-home crafts at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
www.ahtahthiki.com; (863) 902-1113


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.


June 16-17, Panama City Beach

Panama Jack Summer Slam
Athletes from throughout the Southeast battle for thousands of dollars in prize money in the largest professional beach volleyball tournament in the Florida Panhandle. Admission is free. The event is staged at Sharkey’s Beach Front Restaurant and Tiki Bar.
(321) 277-1599


June 18-29, Avon Park

STEM Summer Camp
Free to students who will be high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in 2018-2019, the South Florida State College half-day program focuses on improving math skills that are the foundation of science, technology and engineering. Register online.
www.southflorida.edu/applySTEMcamp; (863) 784-7401; moralest@southflorida.edu


June 20, Islamorada

Immerse Yourself
Ed Uditis of the Historical Diving Society will talk about recovery of the Squalus submarine during a free lecture series at 7 p.m. at the History of Diving Museum, MM 83. Call ahead to reserve your seat.
(305) 664-9737


June 22, Chipley

62nd Panhandle Watermelon Festival

Watermelon is the attraction Saturday, June 22, at Pals Park in Chipley. Country recording artists Joe Nichols, Deana Carter, Wendell Mobley and Paul Overstreet headline the free event, which also features a parade, free watermelon slices, a watermelon auction, a pancake breakfast, a 5K race, an antique car show, activities for children, arts and crafts vendors, and food vendors. For more information, visit www.panhandlewatermelon.com.


June 22-23, Bradenton

The Lion King Jr.
The African savannah comes to life in the inspiring, coming-of-age story that features the music of Sir Elton John and dazzling costumes. Tickets for the 7 p.m. Friday or 2 p.m. Saturday show are $11.
www.manateeperformingartscenter.com; (941) 748-5875


June 22-23, Islamorada

Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing
Novice anglers are invited to learn in a non-intimidating, fun competition, fishing for inshore and offshore fish. The entry fee is $85 per angler for adults and $35 for teens and younger. Optional charter fees apply.
(954) 475-9068


June 30, Key West

FKCC Swim Around Key West
The 12.5-mile swim is open to all age groups, and both individual swimmers and relay teams. The event includes swims of 800 yards, and 1, 2 and 6.1 miles. This year, the swims include categories for wearing mermaid tails and a mono fin rather normal fins.
www.fkccswimaroundkeywest.com; (305) 809-3562


June 30-July 4, Key West

Sixth annual Key Lime Festival
A wacky talent show, pie-eating and cooking contests await visitors.


Photos by Laura Northen, DragonFly Photography

July 1, Gulf County

Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Festival

Learn about amazing sea turtles and the places they call home at the third annual Florida Coastal Conservancy and Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center event at St. Joe’s on Sunday, July 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Village Drive and George Core Park. The festival includes live music, hot dogs and ice cream, marine life touch tanks, a sidewalk chalk art contest for all ages, educational displays, local art vendors, activities for kids and giveaways. For more information, visit www.visitgulf.com.


July 1, Panama City Beach

Light Up the Bay Fireworks
The long holiday weekend begins with fireworks off Sheraton Bay Point Resort’s Bay Beach at 8:30 p.m.
www.sheratonbaypoint.com; (850) 236-6065


July 3, Panama City Beach

Freedom Rocks!
Celebrate Independence Day early with a 9 p.m. fireworks show at Grand Lagoon Bridge choreographed to music and simulcast on FM 103.5.


July 3, Big Pine Key

Pre-Independence Day
Big Pine and Lower Keys Rotary Club activities begin at 5 p.m. at Big Pine Community Park, MM 30, with entertainment, vendors, food, beverages, family activities and a 50/50 raffle. Fireworks are at 9 p.m. Admission is free. No coolers, pets or personal fireworks are allowed.
(305) 923-5370


July 6, Pensacola

Movies in the Park
Bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets and spread out on the lawn at the Hunter Amphitheater at Community Maritime Park to watch a free, family-friendly movie, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” at 8 p.m. Concessions are available. No pets or glass containers, please.
www.cityofpensacola.com; (850) 436-5670


July 7, The Lower Keys

34th annual Underwater Music Festival
The submerged songfest is at Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The marine musical event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is staged by radio station 104.1 FM. The music is broadcast underwater via speakers suspended beneath boats above the reef.
www.lowerkeyschamber.com; (305) 872-2411


July 7-8, Sebring

Sebring 500 and Sprint Races
The Formula and Automobile Racing Association event at Sebring International Raceway features a 4-hour endurance race Saturday and four sprint races Sunday. Courtesy tickets are available from Alan Jay Automotive dealerships in the Sebring area. Gates open Saturday at noon and Sunday at 9 a.m.
www.farausa.com; (305) 761-9067


July 7-8, Chipley

George M. Cohan Tonight
Spanish Trail Playhouse presents the tunes of George M. Cohan, who produced or co-produced more than 80 shows and penned hundreds of songs. Tickets are $15. Shows are at 7 p.m. Saturday and
2 p.m. Sunday.
www.spanishtrailplayhouse.com; (850) 638-9113


July 13-15, Marathon

Marathon Marlin Tournament
Teams compete out of Faro Blanco Marine Resort for awards for the three heaviest dolphin fish, wahoo and tuna (yellowfin, blackfin and skipjack). The top-scoring team earns free entry into the following week’s Key West Marlin Tournament.
www.keywestmarlin.com; (305) 304-0317


July 14, Pensacola Beach

Pensacola Beach Air Show
The event at Casino Beach features the world-famous Blue Angels. Don’t forget $1 for the toll bridge.
www.blueangels.navy.mil; (850) 932-2257


July 17-22, Key West

38th annual Hemingway Days
Celebrate the author’s birthday, work and lifestyle with a look-alike contest, literary readings, running of the bulls, a fishing tournament, 5K run and paddleboard race.


July 18, Islamorada

Immerse Yourself
Author Joe Williams talks about World War I espionage and treasure salvage during a free lecture series at 7 p.m. at the History of Diving Museum, MM 83. Call ahead to reserve your seat.
(305) 664-9737


July 21, Islamorada

PADI Women’s Dive Day 2018
In conjunction with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, join the History of Diving Museum’s Sally Bauer for a 10 a.m. “Diving Divas” presentation. Bauer is a Women’s Diver’s Hall of Fame member. An afternoon dive follows at the Islamorada Dive Center.
www.divingmuseum.org; programs@divingmuseum.org; (305) 664-9737


July 22, Youngstown

Hope for Heroes and Horses 5K
The walk/run is a fundraiser for the HOPE project, which rescues horses to help bring hope to physically or emotionally injured veterans, first responders and their family members. Registration is $20 to $30 for ages 13+; $5 to $10 for ages 4-12; and free for ages 3 and younger.
www.facebook.com/HealingOurPatriotswithEquines; (850) 527-5534


July 27-29, Lake Placid

Caladium Festival
The annual event in Stuart Park celebrates the 40-plus varieties of the namesake plants grown in the area with field tours, art competitions and vendors, a bulb and plant sale, a car show and live entertainment.
www.lpfla.com; (863) 465-4331


July 28, Clewiston

Seminole War Day
Visitors to the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation can discover more about the Seminole War period with a special exhibit, tools of survival game and more. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
www.ahtahthiki.com; (863) 902-1113


July 28 to August 12, Pensacola

Mary Poppins
Pensacola Little Theatre presents the musical based on the Walt Disney film. Most shows are at 7:30 p.m., but Sundays and the final Saturday show are at 3 p.m.
www.pensacolalittletheatre.com; (850) 432-2042