Last updated on January 27th, 2020 at 08:55 am

A comprehensive guide to January 2020 festivals and events throughout Florida.

2020 free days national parks January Events in FloridaFree days in national parks: Get our calendar of free days. Monday, Jan. 20 is Martin Luther King Day and national park admission is free. 

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. 

Seafood and beer garden. Fresh seafood dishes start at $5. Admission free. 11 am to 5 pm. Esplanade Park, Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival, Jan. 16-19, 2020, Fellsmere
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.

Key West Home and Garden Tours, Jan. 17 and 18, 2020. Four weekends a year, the owners of some of Key West’s most interesting houses open their doors to visitors in order to raise money for historic preservation on the island. Read more. (Sponsored)

Florida Keys Seafood Festival, Jan 18-19, 2020, Key West. Fresh seafood caught locally. Sponsored by the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association. Bayview Park, 1320 Truman Ave, Key West.

Crystal River Manatee Festival, Jan. 18-19, 2020, Crystal River
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.

Goodland Mullet Festival and Buzzard Lope, Jan 24-26, 2020, Marco Island.
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

Orange City Blue Spring Manatee Festival, Jan. 25-26, 2020, Orange City
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

Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, Jan. 18, 2020, Tampa
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 January Events in Florida
The southernmost rodeo in the USA is held in Homestead in January

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.

Images – A Festival of the Arts, Jan. 24-26, 2020, New Smyrna Beach
In 2019, Images presented 234 artists from 28 states and Canada in a waterfront setting. It’s a free festival that attracts 45,000.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest, Jan. 25-26, 2020, Tampa
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 January Events in Florida

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. 

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    Love reading your interesting and informative articles! Would you consider adding a Florida map to your postings indicating locations? This would save time for those of us unfamiliar with the names of all the counties and location of highlighted towns. Thank you and keep up the good work!

    • Bob Rountree

      Good suggestion! We do include the location on every listing, and we usually include a locator map on other articles. To do it right, a map on the calendar pages would have to focus on the individual events that month, so it will require a lot of work to tie those listings to a map. One issue we have to consider is whether such a map would be too cluttered, which would render it useless. Nevertheless, it’s a good suggestion and we’ll play with some ideas. Stay tuned, and thank you!

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