Florida Events & Festival Roundup

 July 1-4, Key West

Photo courtesy of Key Lime Festival

5th annual Key Lime Festival
Elliot Zeller celebrates his 2016 pie-eating championship, consuming his pie in 62 seconds. In addition to that contest, the festival features a wacky talent show, cooking contests and other tasty temptations July 1-4 in Key West. For more information, visit www.keylimefestival.com.

 

July 1, Wewahitchka

Independence Festival and Street Dance
Enjoy music, a kids’ zone, arts and crafts, door prizes and raffles beginning at 9 a.m. at Lake Alice Park. There will be a tye-dye presentation and demonstrations by chainsaw sculptor Chad Gainey (pieces to be auctioned off at the end of the day) and Mr. Murp the blacksmith. The event is sponsored by the city and Wewahitchka Search and Rescue.
shabarr@fairpoint.net; (850) 832-4843

 

July 1, Lake Placid

Independence Day Celebration
The Lake Placid Jaycees host the event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DeVane Circle Park, with fireworks at 9 p.m. over Lake June.
jayceeslp@gmail.com

 

July 4, Sebring

Fireworks Show
See the show at 9 p.m. at City Pier Beach.
(863) 471-5100

 

July 4, Panama City Beach

Star-Spangled Spectacular
Celebrate Independence Day at Pier Park with dueling fireworks from the city field and county pier.
www.visitpanamacitybeach.com

 

July 4, Lynn Haven

Fourth of July Celebration
The day starts with a parade at 9 a.m. along Highway 77 and ends with fireworks at 9 p.m. at A.L. Kinsaul Park. In between is old-fashioned family fun at Sharon Sheffield Park (until 1 p.m.) and A.L. Kinsaul Park (beginning at 4 p.m.).
www.facebook.com/cityoflynnhaven; (850) 271-5547

 

July 4, Key Largo

Fireworks Show on Blackwater Sound
The mirrorlike surface of the water makes the 10 p.m. display at MM 104 seem like a 3-D viewing experience.
www.keylargofireworks.com

 

July 4, Pensacola

Independence Day Celebration
For the 28th year, area Sertoma organizations coordinate and host the largest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast. Events begin at 11 a.m. at Seville Square Park, with fireworks over Pensacola Bay at 9 p.m.
www.pensacolafireworks.com; (850) 434-1234

 

July 4, Marathon

Beach Party and Fireworks Show
A patriotic parade begins around 10:30 a.m. and proceeds from Marathon High School to Sombrero Beach for a daylong celebration of food, drink, kids’ crafts, entertainment and fireworks.
www.floridakeysmarathon.com; (305) 743-5417

 

 

July 8, Pensacola

Photo by Specialist 1st Class Daniel M. Young, U.S. Navy

Pensacola Beach Air Show
The world-famous Blue Angels perform the Delta Break Out over Santa Rosa Island in the Gulf of Mexico during the Pensacola Beach Air Show in 2016. This year’s event is Saturday, July 8. For more information, visit www.blueangels.navy.mil or call (850) 932-2257.

 

July 8, Lower Keys

33rd annual Underwater Music Festival
The submerged songfest is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The marine musical event is broadcast underwater via speakers suspended beneath boats positioned above the reef.
www.lowerkeyschamber.com; (305) 872-2411

 

July 8-9, Sebring

Sebring 500
The Formula and Automotive Racing Association event features a four-hour endurance, sprint and Southern pro-am truck series road races, and the HPDE Driven to Perform Driving Academy for street cars. Courtesy tickets are available from Alan Jay Automotive dealerships. Entry at the gate is $10. Parking is $10 in the midway or $20 in the paddock.
www.farausa.com

 

July 11, Key West

Autism Society of the Keys
Learn about resources available to your child from other families dealing with autism at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 2713 Flagler Ave.
autismsocietyofthekeys@gmail.com; (305) 942-5172

 

July 18-23, Key West

37th annual Hemingway Days
Celebrate the legendary author’s birthday, work and lifestyle with literary readings, the running of the bulls, a short story competition, fishing tournament, 5K run, paddleboard race and look-alike contest.
www.fla-keys.com; (305) 296-2388 (look-alike); (305) 797-0579 (literary); (305) 240-0727 (run and paddleboard)

 

July 21, 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, “The Jungle Book” 2016, at 7:50 p.m. Concessions are available. No pets or glass containers, please.
www.pensacolacommunitymaritimepark.com;
(850) 436-5670

 

July 21-22, Marathon

Children’s Summer Theatre
Students conclude a six-week workshop with presentation of “Into the Woods Jr.,” by Stephen Sondheim. Performances are at 7 p.m. at Marathon Community Theatre.
www.marathontheater.org; (305) 743-0994

 

July 22, Bradenton

Snooty’s Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival
Celebrate the 69th birthday of Snooty, the world’s oldest manatee on record, with a free outdoor festival at the South Florida Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and half-priced museum admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See regional wildlife awareness organization exhibits, join in museum games and activities, eat from food trucks and see Snooty from an underwater viewing area.
www.SouthFloridaMusuem.org; (941) 746-4131

 

July 22, Bradenton

Mixon Farms Arts and Crafts Fair
Artists and vendors display their goods 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mixon Fruit Farms. Admission is free.
www.mixon.com; (941) 748-5829

 

July 25, Big Pine Key

6th annual Lobster Palooza
Learn about spiny lobsters from research biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and learn how to properly measure a lobster at Bahia Honda State Park. The event—from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.—features games for the kids, environmental booths and a Coast Guard vessel tour. Regular park entrance fees apply.
www.floridastateparks.org; (305) 872-9807

 

July 27, Pensacola

Korean War Remembrance Night
U.S. Army Sgt. (Retired) John Phillips, a Bronze Star recipient who was at the Battle of Pork Chop Hill, is featured in the Heroes Among Us speaker series at 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park and Wall South.
www.veteransmemorialparkpensacola.com; (850) 434-6119

 

July 28-30, Lake Placid

27th annual Caladium Festival
Travel by bus to caladium fields, buy caladium bulbs and plants, and enjoy food, entertainment and fun at Stuart Park. Admission is free to all activities, which include more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, a floral arrangement competition, an ornamental plant sale, an art contest, a wine display by the area’s grape growers and 5K race.
www.visitlakeplacid.com; (863) 465-4331

 

July 29, Lake Placid

21st annual Car and Bike Show
In conjunction with the Caladium Festival, visit DeVane Park to see Corvettes, trucks, motorcycles, antique tractors, and vintage and special cars. The top three in each class earn awards. Food and entertainment also are featured during the event.
www.visitlakeplacid.com; (863) 465-4331

 

July 29-30, Pensacola

42nd annual Coin and Currency Show
Buy, sell and trade coins, currency, stamps, pocket watches, tokens and other collectibles from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Hadji Temple. Food and drinks are available. Admission is $1.
www.pensacolacoinclub.com; (850) 602-7600

 

August 1, Key West

Autism Society of the Keys
Learn about resources available to your child from other families dealing with autism at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 2713 Flagler Ave.
autismsocietyofthekeys@gmail.com; (305) 942-5172

 

August 4, Pensacola

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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, “The Lego Batman Movie,” at 7:40 p.m. Concessions are available. No pets or glass containers, please.
www.pensacolacommunitymaritimepark.com;
(850) 436-5670

 

August 4-5, Wausau

48th annual Fun Day and Possum Festival
Royalty is crowned Friday night, with Saturday’s events including a pancake breakfast, 5K run, parade, sack races, live music, greasy pole contest and horseshoe pitching. Contests include hog calling, rooster crowing, cow lowing and crosscut sawing. The festival ends with an old-fashioned square dance at 8 p.m.
www.wausaupossumfestival.com; (850) 638-1781

 

August 8, Marathon

Autism Society of the Keys
Learn about resources available to your child from other families dealing with autism at 6:30 p.m. at Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 2146 Overseas Highway.
autismsocietyofthekeys@gmail.com; (305) 942-5172

 

August 9 and 16, Pensacola

Blue Angels Practice
Pilots will sign autographs in the National Naval Aviation Museum after their 11:30 a.m. practice. Follow signs to the outside viewing area on the museum flight line. Admission is free.
www.navalaviationmuseum.org; (850) 452-3604

 

August 10-13, Key West

21st annual Lobsterfest: A Crustacean Celebration!
To celebrate the start of the lobster season, enjoy a lobster boil, Duval Street pub crawl, street fair with lobster-inspired culinary creations, free concert and lobster brunch.
www.keywestlobsterfest.com; (305) 744-9804

 

August 12, Chipley

An Evening of Southern Gospel
The Spanish Trail Playhouse features area musicians and singers at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the playhouse box office, 680 2nd St.
www.spanishtrailplayhouse.com; (850) 638-9113

 

August 12, Lake Placid

17th annual Grape Stomp Festival
Festival attendees join together at the grape stomp tent at Henscratch Farms Vineyard and Winery to “do the Lucy” (stomp grapes) in an attempt to crush 2 tons of grapes. A Lucy look-a-like contest is at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $6. Children 6 and younger get in free.
www.henscratchfarms.com; (863) 699-2060

 

August 12, Cortez

Soap-Making Class
Learn how to make at least three different soaps to take home, customizing them with color, fragrance and herbs. The class is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W. The cost is $35.
www.floridamaritimemuseum.org; (941) 708-6120

 

August 16, Islamorada

Immerse Yourself!
Learn about the Marathon Turtle Hospital from Bette Zirkelbach at a free presentation at 7 p.m. at the History of Diving Museum, MM 83. Museum exhibits are open late.
www.divingmuseum.org; (305) 664-9737

 

August 18-19, Islamorada

Grand Prix of the Sea
Personal watercraft racers and P1 Panther race boats compete at speeds averaging 75 mph in the final round of the 2017 P1 SuperStock USA Championship, which heads to Islamorada for the first time for Powerboat P1 AquaX and Superstock races. The family-friendly event is free.
www.p1aquax.com; (407) 985-1938

 

August 19, Cortez

Pasta Making
Learn to make, shape and cook three different types of pasta from scratch: ravioli, gnocchi and noodles that can be dried and later cooked at home. Please bring a rolling pin and a clean hand-size towel to class at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W. The cost is $35.
www.floridamaritimemuseum.org; (941) 708-6120

 

August 25, Nationwide

National Park Service Birthday Celebration
Visit a national park without paying entrance fees at any of 124 national parks, including Everglades National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park.
www.nps.gov

 

August 26, Bradenton

Mixon Farms Arts and Crafts Fair
Artists and vendors display goods from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mixon Fruit Farms. Admission is free.
www.mixon.com; (941) 748-5829

 

August 31, Pensacola

Heroes Among Us
The veterans’ speaker series celebrates Marine Aviation Night at 6 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park and Wall South. The guest of honor is USMC Col. Chuck Lea, who served in Vietnam.
www.veteransmemorialparkpensacola.com;
(850) 434-6119