All ages can find something new and exciting around every corner of the state. Filled with rich history, abundant natural beauty and diverse events all year, Florida has something fun for everyone.


Port St. Joe

September 1-15

Members’ Art Market

The Joe’s Members’ art is featured from 11 a.m. to 6 pm. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at The Joe Center for the Arts. Art includes jewelry, glass, watercolor, paintings, sculpture and photography.; 770-337-7947



September 1, 15 and 29

Cinemas in the Sand

Pack up your chairs and a blanket, and dig your toes in the sand while watching classic family movies on the beach. Movies are free to the public and start at 8 p.m. in front of the Gulfside Pavilion stage. Featured films are “The Greatest Showman” on September 1, “Wall-E” on September 15 and “Night at the Museum” on September 29.; 850-530-3349



September 2

Birding on the Boardwalk

Start each month with an opportunity to hone your birding and wildlife sighting skills from 10 a.m. to noon at the Blanton Family Lagoon at Bonnet Springs Park. Staff and volunteers provide binoculars and birding guides for guests to use. Participants are encouraged to bring water.; 863-413-0652



September 4

Labor Day Festival and Parade

Gather your family and friends for a day of fun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Flagler Park. This free event is filled with arts and crafts, handcrafted goods, food, live music, a parade and children’s activities.; 863-357-6246


River Ranch

September 2

Saturday Night Rodeo

Cowpokes and bronco busters descend upon Westgate River Ranch Resort at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of fun. A long-standing tradition, this real-life rodeo features trick riding, bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and rodeo clown antics.; 863-692-1321


Port St. Joe

September 2-3

Scallop, Music and Arts Festival

Come out and enjoy a weekend of arts, crafts, live music, food and more. Tickets can be bought in advance or at the gate. One-day passes are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Two-day passes are $20 in advance. Children 12 and younger get in free.; 850-227-1223


September 2 and 16

Salt Air Farmers’ Market

Shop local farmers and artisans as your family enjoys art pieces from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors sell fresh veggies, sweet tupelo honey and vine-ripened fruit. Admission to the market is free.; 850-229-7800



September 4

Matecumbe Historical Trust Labor Day Service

This service pays tribute to those who lost their lives in the Labor Day 1935 Hurricane. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. at the Islamorada Hurricane Monument (MM 81.5). The monument memorializes hundreds of American veterans and local citizens who died in the storm.; 305-393-0940



September 7-9

Bulls on the Beach

Bring the family out to experience the ultimate adrenaline rush with three nights of live rodeo action. Thursday night features junior riders on miniature bulls, followed by professional riders Friday and Saturday nights.; 850-492-0611


Key Largo

September 10

MarineLab’s Family Day

Curious about what lives in the ocean? Interested in taking a closer look at marine animals? If so, come learn more about local marine habitats while investigating with hands-on science and snorkeling. Activities range from interactive labs to hopping on boats and heading out to the coral reef. These free community events are hosted on our campus at 51 Shoreland Drive (MM 103 on the oceanside) and led by our marine biologist education staff. Each event is a bit different, so be sure to check out our website for more details.; 305-451-1139, option 9


Panama City Beach

September 23

Fall Festival and Market

Bring the whole family to Aaron Bessant Park for this free event. Enjoy fall fun, crafts, music, food and handmade items from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live music is performed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first 300 visitors get a complimentary tote bag.; 850-233-5045



September 24

Keys Kids Fishing Derby

The 26th year of the derby is at Lorelei Restaurant in Islamorada. The derby is for Keys children ages 10 and younger. There are three divisions: shoreline, backcountry and offshore. The three age groups are 4 and younger, 5-7 and 8-10. Prizes are awarded to the top three in each age group and division. A casting contest is on the beach along with other fun children’s activities. A ditty bag is given to the first 125 registered anglers, along with a fishing rod from Fish Florida license plate sales. Lines are in at 9 a.m., and weigh-in closes at 1 p.m. The derby is free to all children.; 305-522-4868


Key Largo

September 23

Key Largo Critter Cruise/Crawl

Enjoy a day of fun and frolicking on the water with a multi destination boat (or land) cruise with adult challenges at each stop. There are trophies for best decorated boat and crew, and the grand prize is the “Coveted Bucket of Cheer.” The event starts at noon and ends at 5 p.m. at the Caribbean Club. Other locations of the “Cruise/Crawl” are Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill, Bayside Grille & Sunset Bar, Blackwater Siren, Buzzards Roost and Shipwrecks Bar & Grill. Proceeds benefit the Upper Keys Humane Society.; 305-451-3848



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