Festivals

2017-2018 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

2017-2018 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

Our seafood festival calendar is one of our most popular features.

2009 Freedom Swim. Photo courtesy the Sun Herald.

2017 Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim: Cool 4th of July ‘happening’

The 2017 Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim begins at 11 a.m. July 4, but while folks cross the 1.5-mile wide Peace River, this isn’t a race. It’s a “happening” and one of the few ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Florida and stay cool.

Last Call! Spring’s hottest seafood festivals wrap up the season

Last Call! Spring’s hottest seafood festivals wrap up the season

Enjoy your last big seafood fling with festivals in Fernandina Beach or Palatka.

2017 Florida Strawberry Festival: March 2-12

2017 Florida Strawberry Festival: March 2-12

Florida Rambler’s guide to the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City. Entertainment line-up, places to stay, places to eat, places to camp and things to do nearby.

Florida Folk Festival: May 27 – 29, 2017

Florida Folk Festival: May 27 – 29, 2017

The Florida Folk Festival marks its 64th year at Stephen Foster State Park over Memorial Day Weekend. The annual event celebrates Florida’s land, people and diverse cultural heritage.

Drinks at the Maikai. Photo courtesy Slammie Productions.

Celebrate tiki culture in Fort Lauderdale at Hukilau, June 7-11, 2017

Hukilau is a festival of tiki culture that attracts more than a thousand people to Fort Lauderdale every year to celebrate rum drinks, tiki trinkets and nostalgia for the 1950s. If you don’t attend, you still might want to visit the unique bars and restaurants that attract the tikiphiles.

Cortez Fishing Festival celebrates its maritime roots: Feb. 18-19

Cortez Fishing Festival celebrates its maritime roots: Feb. 18-19

This tiny fishing village wedged between Bradenton and Anna Marie Island celebrates its rich heritage as a commercial fishing hub.

Characters created to embody Florida blueberries

Florida Blueberry Festival, April 22-23, 2017: Explore wild Brooksville

The Florida Blueberry Festival highlights not just Florida’s blueberry crop but also Brooksville, a lovely unspoiled region of Florida that is a great place for hiking, biking, kayaking and exploring.

Marathon Seafood Festival: Fresh stone crabs

Marathon Seafood Festival: March 10-11, 2018

The Marathon Seafood Festival calls itself the Original Marathon Seafood Festival to emphasize it’s the real deal – indigenous and authentic. Marathon is a fishing town, and you don’t get fish any fresher than here, unless you catch it yourself.

Armadillo races at 2015 Swamp Cabbage Festival. Photo courtesy Pete Cross.

Swamp Cabbage Fest marks 51 years, Feb. 25-26, 2017

La Belle — You can get gator tail and swamp cabbage at this festival. But the real reason to go is to revel in a last corner of small town America in Florida — beauty pageants, high school bands, armadillo races and a rodeo.

Grant Seafood Festival marks 52nd year March 2-4, 2018

Grant Seafood Festival marks 52nd year March 2-4, 2018

The Grant Seafood Festival is put on by community volunteers and has been held every year since 1966 in this riverside enclave between Melbourne and Sebastian.

The historic Donnelly House in Mount Dora.

Mount Dora: Eight big weekend festivals plus year-round charm

Mount Dora is a historic town that has figured out how to keep people returning year after year — with events like this: Feb. 4-5 is the 41st Annual Arts Festival, attracting 285 artists and thousands of visitors.

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