Last updated on January 27th, 2020 at 08:55 am
A comprehensive guide to January 2020 festivals and events throughout Florida.
Jensen Beach Fine Arts and Crafts Show, Jan. 11-12, 2020, Jensen Beach. Features 125 artists selected by a jury out of hundreds of applicants. The setting is the charming historic streets of Jensen Beach.
This funky festival has been happening for 20 years. Food choices start with one frog leg (a frog “pop” on a stick for $3). Then try the gator-tail and frog leg dinner for $14. Music, games, down-home goods.
This manatee festival is located near springs where hundreds of manatees gather each winter. There are a variety of activities, including opportunities to view manatees.
Usually, the weekend before Super Bowl. Quirky and fun festival featuring fried and smoked mullet and lots of other fresh seafood and “good eats” from a variety of vendors along with arts and crafts. Buzzard Lope Queen and Princess events. Inspired by Stan Gober’s song, Buzzard Lope, depicting the strange dance that buzzards do as they hover over roadkill. Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant, 221 West Goodland Drive, Goodland
This manatee festival is located near a site where hundreds of manatees gather each winter. There are a variety of activities, including opportunities to view manatees. Florida Rambler story on two January manatee festivals
Kickoff of Gasparilla Days, featuring a children’s parade along Bayshore Boulevard and “piratechnic” sea battle commemorating the imaginary invasion of Tampa, which is re-enacted next weekend. Family-friendly and alcohol-free.
Homestead Rodeo, Jan. 24-26, 2020, Homestead
Homestead rodeo is the southernmost rodeo in the continental United States. You may be surprised to learn that Florida has a rich history of rodeos in its small towns.
In 2019, Images presented 234 artists from 28 states and Canada in a waterfront setting. It’s a free festival that attracts 45,000.
Colorful, fully-rigged pirate ship Jose Gasparilla magically appears at the south end of Hillsborough Bay, where the invading Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla are met by a flotilla of pleasure craft. The mock sea battle is followed by a Mardi Gra-like parade.
Kumquat Festival, Jan. 25, 2020, Dade City
The historic downtown in Dade City fills with as many as 35,000 people for this free event celebrating the tangy little fruit grown locally. Along with dozens of booths and live entertainment, a highlight is tasting kumquat treats, from kumquat pie to kumquat cookies to kumquat salsa. Free shuttles run from two satellite parking areas –the Pasco County Fairgrounds on State Road 52 and next to Jarrett Ford on US Hwy 301 Truck Route. On the preceding Thursday and Friday, the kumquat growers open their groves and packing houses for tours.
Tours of historic Nike missile base in Everglades National Park open for the season. In the middle of Everglades National Park is the best preserved Nike missile base in South Florida, a relic of the Cold War and the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Today it reminds us of those days of John F. Kennedy, fallout shelters and Bob Dylan protest songs. Learn more
Free Homestead trolley gives you free entrance to Everglades National Park. The trolley runs every winter weekend through April 12, 2020. Riders enter free, saving the $35 park admission. Learn more.
Planning ahead to next month and beyond?
These events are compiled from our specialty calendars, which list festivals and events the rest of the year for your long-term planning.