Florida Events Calendar
Whatever your passion, Florida has something for you. Here are just some of the major events scheduled this month in the Sunshine State. Please check individual websites for more details.
FLORIDA SUPERCON – If you’re a fan of comic books, anime, animation, video games, fantasy, sci-fi, and pop culture, this four-day, geek-a-thon is for you. It features celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, writers, panels, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, workshops, celebrity Q & A sessions, gaming events, fantasy Super Cosplay wrestling and the Super Geek Film Festival. Among the featured guests: William Shatner, Tara Reid and Lou Ferrigno.
When: July 12-15
Where: Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S CRYSTAL – The company’s newest production pushes the boundaries of performance by combining stunning skating and acrobatic feats. Follow Crystal, the lead character, on an exhilarating tale of self-discovery as she dives into a world of her own imagination. Synchronized skating, freestyle figures and extreme skating are featured alongside traditional circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial traps and hand to hand.
When & Where: July 12-15 at Germain Arena in Estero and July 18 to July 29 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise
SIRO-A TECHNO CIRCUS – Siro-A were semi-finalists on season 10 of America’s Got Talent and their show fuses mime, ground-breaking visual effects and a techno soundtrack. It is the ultimate expression of the collaboration between humans, technology and music.
When: July 28-29
Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami
THE KEY LIME FESTIVAL – The sixth annual affair is a mega-celebration of Florida’s official state pie. It includes, of course, pie eating and pie making contests, but also much more: the Key Lime Bar Sip & Stroll, a wacky talent show, the Key Lime Pie Hop, samplings of Keys-distilled rum flavored with the tangy lime, a scavenger hunt and the Miss Key Lime Pie and L’il Miss Key Lime pageants. A spectacular fireworks display on the fourth concludes the affair.
When: June 30-July 4
Where: Various locations in Key West
GO FOURTH, SOUTH FLORIDA! – Speaking of fireworks, no matter where you are in South Florida on the 4th of July, you’ll be able to find a great show and other fabulous Independence Day festivities as Americans celebrate the 242nd birthday of our great nation. Just Google any city and fireworks and you’ll be all set. All of us at VISITFLORIDA.com wish all of you and yours a happy and safe Fourth of July.
SUMMERTIME MOONLIGHT SEA TURTLE WALKS – Hopefully, you will observe a loggerhead sea turtle lay her eggs and head out to sea. At the least, you will learn about sea turtle nesting.
When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday’s from June 12 to July 28
Where: Museum of Discovery & Science and then the beach, Fort Lauderdale
MIAMI SWIM FASHION WEEK – It’s a four-day platform for innovative swimwear and resort wear designers who are emerging on the Miami and international fashion scenes. The designers will showcase all their latest creations. There’s almost always a DJ accompanying the shows and don’t miss the dinner events and after-show parties. There are two main shows during the week, Paraiso Fashion Fare and SwimShow.
When & Where: July 11-15 at various locations in and around Miami Beach for Paraiso and July 14-17 at the Miami Beach Convention Center for SwimShow
Web: paraisofashionfair.com and swimshow.com
HEMINGWAY DAYS – The annual Papa-fest turns 38 this year and features readings, a museum exhibit of rare Ernest Hemingway memorabilia, a zany “Running of the Bulls,” a three-day marlin tournament, a short story competition, street fair, a party commemorating his July 21st birthday and, of course, the famous Look-Alike Contest.
When: July 17-22
Where: Various locations in Key West
OVERTOWN MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL – It’s a full day of non-stop fun, featuring great live music, ethnic cuisine and artists, crafters and jewelers showcasing their work. There’s also a gigantic Youth Zone for the youngsters that includes more live music, arts and crafts, face painting, bounce houses, karaoke and fun fitness activities.
When: July 14
Where: Overtown Business District, Miami
MEL FISHER DAYS – Celebrate the 16th anniversary of Mel Fisher’s 16-year search for the Spanish galleon Atocha and the discovery of the Atocha Mother Load. Events include the annual dock party at Schooner Wharf Bar, tours of salving vessels, raffles, silent and live auctions and live entertainment.
When: July 12-14
Where: Key West
SHAKESPEARE BY THE SEA – The Bard’s Antony & Cleopatra gets the royal treatment at the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival. Enjoy the play under the stars at a unique beach-side setting. Bring your beach chair, blanket and picnic basket, or enjoy fare from numerous food trucks. Note: It’s officially free, but a donation of $5 per person is suggested.
When: July 12-15 and July 19-22
Where: Seabreeze Amphitheatre in Jupiter’s Carlin Park.
MIAMI SALSA CONGRESS – This five-day festival features a unique gathering of the world’s top Salsa talent including local and international touring artists, award-winning dancers, world-class dance instructors, top industry DJs and great Latin bands. In its 17th year, MSC is recognized as one of the largest festivals of its kind. Don’t miss the pool parties, pre-event parties, nightly dance parties, evening galas, dance workshops and showcases and activities for kids. Los Van Van is the featured musical performer.
When: July 25-29
Where: Edon Roc Hotel, Miami Beach
34th ANNUAL UNDERWATER MUSIC FESTIVAL – Be among the hundreds of divers and snorkelers who go deep each year at this quirky concert that emphasizes reef preservation and also is a whole lot of fun. Classic rock is piped in underwater via speakers suspended from boats hovering above the third largest reef in the world.
When: July 7
Where: Looe Key Reef (about six miles south of Big Pine Key)
EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY IN PALM BEACH COUNTY – Here are two events sure to make for a happy tummy and a quenched thirst:
- 7th Annual Boca Burger Battle -- You’ll not only find great burgers, but there will also be an array of tasting stations featuring other gourmet goodies. There also will be a variety of craft beers and outstanding wines.
When: July 14
Where: Sanborn Square Park in downtown Boca Raton
- Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest – There’s so much more than the 150 available craft beers, and here’s the food angle: You’ll find an array of outstanding food trucks serving delicious fare that will go great with your cold brewskis.
When: July 21
Where: South Florida Fair Grounds in West Palm Beach
BUGFEST BY-THE-SEA – Win big bucks by catching big bugs – as in lobsters. It’s timed to coincide with Florida’s two-day lobster mini-season. The limit is a fabulous 12 bugs per day and night-diving is permitted. Also included: bug hunting seminars, underwater photo and video contests, a lobster cook-off and much more.
When: July 24-29
THE MONTH OF THE MANGO – Two events celebrate the King of Tropical Fruit, one on the east coast and one on the west coast, both on the same weekend. East coast: 26th Annual International Mango & Tropical Fruit Festival. West Coast: 22nd Annual MangoMania Tropical Fruit Fair. A variety of mango-related activities will be offered at both: yummy tastings, recipes, food demonstrations, refreshing mango smoothies, mango trees for sale, pie-eating contests, island-flavored music, vendors and children’s activities.
When & Where: Respectively, July 14-15 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables and July 14-15 at the German-American Social Club in Cape Coral.
Web: Respectively, fairchildgarden.org and mangomaniafl.net
FLOAT: ART-MAKING WORKSHOP – New York-based Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) returns for a third year after the success of Whirl and Bloom. The performance will be built into a week-long series of public workshops. People of all ages and abilities work closely with PAW artists to create lanterns. Those who wish will also have the opportunity to perform in a twilight procession at the end of the week.
When: July 28-Aug. 2
Where: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami
SUMMER GREEN MARKET – The Summer Market is a smaller version of the Winter Market with approximately 30 vendors. It all takes place in Delray Beach’s newest branded neighborhood, The Set, which is a friendly, melting-pot community of entrepreneurs, innovators, friends and neighbors.
When: Every Saturday from June 2 to July 28
Where: Tennis Center, Delray Beach
MIAMI SPA MONTH – Why they call it Miami Spa Month when it lasts two months, we do not know. What we do know is that summer is here and what better way to chill than being pampered at some of Miami’s world-famous luxury spas at discount prices.
When: July and August
Where: Various luxury spas throughout Miami-Dade County.
INTERNATIONAL CULTURE FEST – There will be music, dance, ethnic food, exhibits and more, including performances by the Ragady Lapsey Band, Tampa Bay AfroFit and Chris G.
When: July 13-14
Where: Fisherman’s Village, Punta Gorda
GROVELAND STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR – The City of Groveland teams up with a family-owned blueberry farm to host a fun-filled evening of berry picking, watermelon- and cobbler-eating contests, BMX shows, pony rides, water tag, video games, and of course, fireworks. Bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets and enjoy live music on two different stages leading up to the light show.
When: July 4
Where: Lake Catherine Blueberries, Groveland
COKE ZERO SUGAR 400 – Known for its exciting close races and dazzling fireworks shows, this NASCAR Cup Series Stock Car race is one of the most well attended summer events of the year. Country music star Josh Turner will provide the pre-race entertainment along with several other fun fan activities and pageantry. Bring your RV, tents, inflatable pools and coolers of cold beer for an extra memorable weekend.
When: July 7
Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach
SHARK CON – Never have sharks seemed more loveable, fascinating and important than at Shark Con, a fun, interactive and educational two-day event dedication to ocean life conservation, marine research and advocacy. Dip your hands in touch tanks sponsored by aquariums and research labs from around the Gulf Coast region, try scuba diving, plunge down a 22-foot shark slide, dig for sharks’ teeth and take your photo with mermaids.
When: July 14-15
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa
COOL ART SHOW – When the Florida summer heat slows down the outdoor festival circuit, the Cool Art Show brings artisans and art fans into the air-conditioned, historic St. Petersburg Coliseum, showcasing sculpture, woodwork, paintings, photography, glass art and other works in a relaxing space. Sip beer and wine and take your time perusing the various booths and stations while chatting with the artists.
When: July 14-15
Where: St. Petersburg Coliseum, St. Petersburg
SMOKE ON THE WATER & FIRE IN THE SKY – Three nights, three different cities along Florida’s Space Coast, three spectacular fireworks shows. Enjoy free parking and free admission and join in the Independence Day-themed fun at these three waterfront spots, each with their own special views, dining options, amenities and experiences.
When: July 3-5
Where: Cove at Port Canaveral, Riverfront Park in Cocoa Village & Cocoa Beach
TAMPA RED WHITE & BLUE FESTIVAL – Bring the kids, as well as the pets, to this free downtown daytime fest featuring southern fare, seafood, hot dogs and BBQ in the Tampa Red White & Blue Festival Food Court, a July 4-themed clothing and costume contest, an arts and crafts zone, an apple pie-eating contest, raffles and giveaways and lots of other good, ol’ American fair activities. This year, stop by the greyhound adoption petting area to visit some pups.
When: July 4
Where: Cotanchobee Park, downtown Tampa
SARASOTA MYSTIC FAIRE – People come from all over the state to find healing, enlightenment and natural health products and techniques at this fascinating fair. Visit with psychics, tarot card readers, mediums and alternative health practitioners or shop for various hard-to-find items and gifts such as crystals, crystal bowls, jewelry, clothing, books, sacred art, angel art, mandalas and more.
When: July 28-29
Where: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
CALADIUM FESTIVAL – Celebrate Florida’s rich soil and natural beauty and support local farming at this three-day fest honoring the vibrant and hearty caladium plant. This year’s event includes bus tours, plant and bulb markets, samples of wine from local harvests, an art competition, a car show, arts and crafts vendors and food trucks.
When: July 27-29
Where: Stuart Park, Lake Placid
METROCON – Billed as “Florida’s Best Anime Convention,” this exciting event brings cosplay entertainment to another level with roving mascots, actors and other creative acts mingling with guests dressed as their favorite anime, comic book, video game and sci-fi characters. Meet voice actors behind your favorite animated icons, hear from screenwriters and illustrators and take part in the various human chess matches, parties, video game battles and fire shows.
When: July 19-22
Where: Tampa Convention Center
SARASOTA LIONFISH DERBY – As a way to harvest large numbers of the invasive lionfish species that has spread along the eastern Atlantic coast, divers harvest these fancy-looking sea creatures, provide public education and prepare delicious lionfish dish tastings for free. This year’s event will be based at Mote, with a captain's meeting on July 6, lionfish hunting July 7 in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico from Collier County to Escambia County, and the official lionfish weigh-in July 8 at Mote Marine Laboratory.
When: July 6-8
Where: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Sarasota
APOLLO CELEBRATION GALA – Take part in this awe-inspiring, education-fundraising gala event held under the Apollo Saturn V Rocket at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to kick off a 12-month celebration of 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing. Join astronauts from across the Apollo Era to modern-day space programs as the country celebrates a magnificent period in space exploration history. Proceeds benefit Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation and the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.
When: July 21
Where: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Cape Canaveral
AETHERTOPIA – One of the country’s biggest steampunk shows to come to Florida, bringing a nomadic city full of steampunk artists and artisans, performers and makers, authors and other enthusiasts to astound the senses with this mind-bending genre of science fantasy. From armor and hats, garb to gauntlets, dancers, singers, theater and authors from all around the state and beyond, this family-friendly event is sure to be memorable.
When: July 7-8
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa
MEDIEVAL TO METAL: THE ART AND EVOLUTION OF THE GUITAR — Explore the rich history of the world’s most popular instrument. The touring exhibit, on loan from the National Guitar Museum, includes 40 rare, antique and innovative instruments as well as photographs and illustrations that explores 400 years of changes in the materials, shape and design of guitars. The Appleton Museum is holding a free museum day on July 7.
When: through Sept. 2
Where: Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala
HISTORICAL LOOK INTO THE OLD SPANISH QUARRIES — Coquina, a type of limestone composed of mollusk shells and sand found along the east coast of Florida, was used to build many of the colonial structures in the state, including Castillo San Marcos. Take a ranger-led tour of the Old Spanish Quarries learn about how they influenced the architecture and history of St. Augustine.
When: June 30, July 11
Where: Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine
FORGOTTEN COAST SEA TURTLE FESTIVAL — Get educated on the importance of the sea turtle’s habitat at the third annual celebration for our coastal neighbors. The Florida Conservancy and Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center have turned this into a hands-on event that includes marine life touch tanks and educational displays. There will also be live music, sidewalk chalk contest, art vendors and food.
When: July 1
Where: Village Drive and George Core Park, Port St. Joe
REAL.FUN.FOURTH — Panama City Beach knows the 27 miles of sugar-soft sand beaches are the community’s calling card, so it’s raising the stakes to have a Independence Day beach blast visitors won’t forget. How so? They’re presenting five nights of fireworks from five different locations. Here’s the roundup:
- Light up the Bay Fireworks (July 1, Sheraton Bay Point Resort): Pre-fireworks entertainment includes an aerialist show, ukulele orchestra performance and sandcastle competitions. Night fireworks will blast off from the resort’s private beach. (sheratonbaypoint.com)
- Freedom Rocks! (July 3, Treasure Island Marina): Grab a chair or beach blanket for fireworks show choreographed to a music simulcast available on either the Kick’n 103.5 app or online at kickin1035.com
- Veterans Memorial Ceremony (July 4, Aaron Bessant Park): Before heading to the night’s main event, salute our country’s heroes during a special ceremony. (visitpanamacitybeach.com)
- Star Spangled Spectacular (July 4, Panama City Beach): Arrive early to set up your beach chair for a front row seat to PCB’s dueling fireworks show which utilizes both the city (Russell-Fields) and county (M.B. Miller) Pier for the blast off points. Kickin 103.5 will simulcast music through their app during the show. (visitpanamacitybeach.com)
- Summer Concert Series (July 5, Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater): The band Tobacco Road will be playing their country hits, the city will be blasting off the fireworks after the show. (visitpanamacitybeach.com)
- Beach Bash & Light Up the Gulf Fireworks Show (July 6, Boardwalk Beach Resort): The 12th annual bash includes seafood and live music before the area’s largest private fireworks show. (visitpanamacitybeach.com)
INDEPENDENCE EVE CELEBRATION — Head over to the Big Bend for a small-town slice of Americana along the Apalachicola River. The town’s pre-party includes live entertainment (Southern Flood will open for the Bo Spring Band), free ice cream, a veteran’s tribute, food and music and fireworks.
When: July 3
Where: Apalachicola Riverfront Park
FLORIDA FOURTH — Experience Independence Day with “Real Florida” hospitality in one of the state’s small northern communities. These family-friendly events will usually take place along a tree-lined park or riverfront, there might be a parade (with or without tractors) and lots of great locals eats and live music before the first boom sounds in the night sky. Here’s a quick a roundup to plan your day trip.
- 7th Annual Independence Day Celebration (July 3): Madison Street Park in Marianna
- Fourth of July Fireworks in Gulf County (July 4): Two locations; St. Joseph Bay in Port St. Joe and Lake Alice Park in Wewahitchka
- 5th Annual Fourth of July Celebration (July 4): River Landing Park in Chattahoochee
- 4th of July Fireworks (July 2): Carrabelle
- Sopchoppy 4th of July Celebration (July 4): Myron B Hodge City Park
- Hometown All American Fourth of July Celebration (July 4): Fernandina
RIDE THE TIDE — Explore the Intracoastal Waterway on laidback, three-hour stand-up paddle board ride following the tide. Paddlers will depart from the Matanzas Inlet and cruise to the S.R. 206 Bridge. Bring your own gear or rent it from Ocean Extreme Sports. A t-shirt and shuttle ride is included with registration. Advance registration is required.
When: July 8
Where: Matanzas Inlet, St. Augustine
RED, WHITE AND BLUES WEEK — Catch the world-famous Blue Angels’ daredevil tricks and incredible aerial acrobatics on their home turf. Although the annual Pensacola Beach Air Show features other high-flying acts, the Blues and Fat Albert (its C-130 Hercules transport) are the stars. Leading into the show are a series of practices and events like Breakfast with the Blues (July 12, Blues will be overhead at 8 a.m.) and the dress rehearsal (civilian acts begin at noon, the Blues fly at 2 p.m.). During the airshow, the Blues are scheduled to perform around 2 p.m. on July 14. If you can’t make the festivities during Red, White and Blues Week, you can catch the Blues during one of their practice sessions at the National Naval Aviation Museum as they gear up for the fall airshows (July 3, 5-6, 11, 17-18, 24).
When: July 11-14
Where: Pensacola Beach, Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach
SWAMP STOMP MUSIC FESTIVAL — Spread your blanket under the Spanish moss dripping from the dense live oak canopy for one night of acoustic music by Southern singer/songwriters. Kids can explore the museum’s 52-acre park along Lake Bradford either at ground-level along the boardwalk and trails or from the treetops on the zipline adventure. The event is free for active duty military personnel.
When: July 14
Where: Tallahassee Museum
GREATER JACKSONVILLE KINGFISH TOURNAMENT AND FESTIVAL — Grab your rod and enjoy one of the coolest outdoor locales in July as you cruise along the coast during the granddaddy of all fishing contests in Jacksonville. More than 300 boats and 20,000 spectators participate in the 38th annual five-day tournament that also features an offshore contest for junior anglers. The weigh-in each day is the hotspot for photos, but festival goers can also enjoy the food festival, live entertainment and Boatique. This year grand prize winner will take home a Contender 22 Sport with 250HP Yamaha Outboard, Magic-Tilt Trailer and Marine Electronic Light Package.
When: July 16-21
Where: Jim King Park & Boat Ramp at Sister Creek, Jacksonville
SEAGRASS EXPLORATION — Immerse yourself in the seagrass ecosystem under the surface during this ranger-led course in St. Joseph Bay that explores the link between conservation and protection of the seagrass beds and the organisms that make them their home. Participants will be snorkeling in the seagrass beds near Cape San Blas and responsible for bringing their own equipment, change of clothes and towel. Registration is required.
When: July 19
Where: St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve, Port St. Joe
BEER, BLUEGRASS & BBQ — Downtown Jax is celebrating summer with a free concert featuring local bluegrass acts Rusty Shine, The Firewater Tent Revival and Cain’t Never Could. Supplement the tune with BBQ from local food trucks and craft brews.
When: July 21
Where: Hemming Park, Jacksonville
VOID PRO/AM SURF CONTEST — Most of the state’s beachfront areas are too tame for surfers to Hang Ten regularly, but Jacksonville Beach is an exception. You’re definitely not going to see California-sized waves but there’s still an avid local surf culture in the early morning hours. There are two categories, professional and amateur, so via your own board in the waves or watching from shore experience the area’s best take on the Atlantic Ocean.
When: July 28-29
Where: Jacksonville Beach Pier
SKOPELOS WINE, SPIRIT & FOOD FESTIVAL — When Florida reaches the dog days of summer, locals hibernate inside with the air conditioning blasting and the grand outdoor food festivals that fill the cooler months are almost nonexistent. That makes Skopelos a great find. You’ll be indoors — score! The second annual fest features 125 wines and spirits from around the world paired with culinary noshes from local chefs. Also includes live big band and jazz music and an onsite store so you can bring home a bottle (or three) of your new favorites.
When: July 29
Where: Skopolos at New World, Pensacola
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