Festivals

Lake Placid grows 98 percent of the caladiums sold.

Local color: Lake Placid Caladium Festival, July 28-30, is about a vivid plant

This small town festival celebrates a uniquely Lake Placid product: caladiums, a colorful plant grown commercially almost nowhere else. There’ll be music, food, a car show, arts and crafts plus bus tours of the caladium fields.

Seafood Festival with pirates on the side in historic St. Augustine

Seafood Festival with pirates on the side in historic St. Augustine

St. Augustine comes alive this weekend with twin events — 36th Annual Lions Club Seafood Festival and the historic re-enactment of privateer Capt. Robert Searle’s 1668 attack on the oldest city.

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Bike Week: Camping info, scenic rides, things to do

Bikers converge on Daytona Beach every March for Bike Week, but visitors often have a tough time finding a place to stay or camp and get lost in a sea of things-to-do. Our Bike Week guide helps sort it out.

Cedar Key sand spit by Kellie Parkin

Cedar Key Art Festival, March 24-25, 2018: Small town festival; big-time art

Like Cedar Key itself, the Cedar Key Art Festival is a slice of authentic Old Florida. This historic small town is located on an island on Florida’s Gulf coast, about 60 miles west of Ocala. Its festival attracts serious artists and all the food on festival grounds is made and sold by local non-profits.

Sunset at 'Ding'Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. (Photo credit: USFWS/George Gentry)

Sanibel Island in fall: ‘Ding’ Darling Days, Oct. 16-22, 2016

Fall is an ideal time to escape to Sanibel Island and if you can get away between Oct. 18 and 24, another excellent reason to visit is Ding Darling Days at J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

2014 Florida Panther Festival Nov.15 celebrates endangered animal

2014 Florida Panther Festival Nov.15 celebrates endangered animal

The Florida Panther Festival, Nov.15 celebrates the highly endangered animal and offers you some unusual opportunities to experience panther habitat.

Venice 2018 Shark’s Tooth Fest: Where to camp, eat, play

Venice 2018 Shark’s Tooth Fest: Where to camp, eat, play

Our festival guide includes information on where to stay, where to camp, where to eat, and what to do in this beautiful Southwest Florida city.

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2013 Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival: Nov. 1-3 on Sanibel Causeway

The 2013 Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival is a like an on-the-water convention for kayakers. It spotlights the Calusa Blueway Paddling trail, a 190-mile marked saltwater kayak trail along Florida’s Gulf Coast. If you want to attend, now’s time to make your plans.