Florida travel calendar for July

Check out festivals and events in July across the state.

This list is organized by region.

Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County)

July 3: Red Hot and Boom, Altamonte Springs. Popular festival that includes live music from nationally and internationally known entertainers, as well as an awesome fireworks display and food-beverage booths. Sponsored by the City of Altamonte Springs and XL 106.7 FM, it is Central Florida's largest Independence Day celebration. At Cranes Roost Park. Free admission. 407-571-8857. www.orlando-florida.net/events/july/red-hot-and-boom.htm

July 3: Old-Fashioned July Fourth Celebration, Winter Park. Beautiful Central Park downtown is the site of this lively festival featuring patriotic music, a parade, hot-dog-eating contest and other activities for the whole family. Admission is free. 407-623-3363. www.orlando-florida.net/events/july/winter-parks-oldfashionedjuly4thcelebration.htm

July 4: Mount Dora 4th of July Celebration, Mount Dora. Independence Day celebration with a parade, live music and fireworks at dusk. Sponsored by the Rotary Club. Free. 352-383-2165. www.mountdora.com/events.php

July 4: Celebration of Freedom, Winter Springs. Gather the family and spend an all-American day of live music, great food, kids' games, contests, activities and an awesome fireworks display over Lake Jesup. At Central Winds Park. Free. 407-327-6593. www.orlando-florida.net/events/july/celebration-of-freedom.htm

July 4: Fourth of July Lakefest Celebration, St. Cloud. A community get-together on Lakeshore Boulevard with day-long activities, entertainment, arts and crafts and fireworks. Festivities start at 10 a.m. Free admission. http://goflorida.about.com/od/eventsfestivals/ss/fourthofjuly_2.htm

July 4: July Fourth Celebration, Cocoa. Independence Day celebration featuring the Brevard Symphony Orchestra playing along with a beautiful fireworks display. From 8 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. At Riverfront Park in downtown Cocoa Village. Free admission. 321-242-2024. www.cocoafl.org/CurrentEvents.asp">

July 4: July Fourth Celebration, Kissimmee. One of the most popular annual events in Osceola County, this holiday celebration attracts more than 45,000 people and features live entertainment, karaoke, arts and crafts, bingo, a food festival, water-ski show and a spectacular fireworks display. At Kissimmee Lakefront Park. Free admission. 407-933-8368. www.orlando-florida.net/events/july/city-of-kissimmee-4th-of-july-celebration.htm

July 4: Fourth of July Celebration, Sanford. A family-oriented holiday extravaganza with live entertainment, games, family activities and concessions, this event culminates with one of the largest fireworks shows in Central Florida. Festivities take place along the city's brand-new RiverWalk downtown, overlooking Lake Monroe. Admission is free. 407-302-2520. www.orlando-florida.net/events/july/sanford-fourth-of-july-celebration.htm

July 4: Fourth of July Celebration, St. Cloud. Celebrate Independence Day along the laid-back St. Cloud Lakefront with live music, carnival rides, a petting zoo, classic car show, model stock car racing, an arts and crafts show, food and fireworks display. Admission is free. 407-892-3671. www.orlando-florida.net/events/july/stclouds-4th-of-july-celebration.htm

July 4: Fireworks at the Fountain, Orlando. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon around beautiful Lake Eola in downtown Orlando with games, activities, live entertainment and delicious food, followed by a fabulous 30-minute fireworks display at night. Admission is free. 407-246-3720. www.cityoforlando.net/executive/communications/events/fireworks/index.htm

July 4: Independence Day Celebration, Ormond Beach. Holiday celebration featuring food, music, games, arts and crafts, inflatables and, of course, fireworks. 6-10 p.m. At City Hall Plaza-Fortunato Park-Rockefeller Gardens. Free. 386-676-3241. www.zvents.com/ormond_beach_fl/events/show/229995184-independence-day-celebration

July 4: Walt Disney World July Fourth Celebrations, Lake Buena Vista. A variety of special events for Fourth of July are scheduled at all four major theme parks, Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, and Disney's Hollywood Studios™, such as patriotic parades, live music and spectacular fireworks shows. A street party with live entertainment and fireworks is also planned for Downtown Disney. All Fourth of July celebrations are included in the regular admission price. 407-934-7639. www.orlando-florida.net/events/july/walt-disney-world-fourthofjulycelebrations.htm

July 5: Jazz Friday at Fossaner Museum of Art. Melbourne. Every third Friday of the month the Fossaner Museum of Art hosts Jazz Friday in their galleries. Expect great music from local favorites. Admission is free for members of the Museum and $10 for non-members. 1463 Highland Avenue, Melbourne FL 32901. 321-433-4470. www.visitspacecoast.com

July 6, 13, 20, 27: Summer Music Series, Clermont. Live music every Saturday from 1-4p.m. in front of the vineyards at Lakeridge Winery. Food, complimentary tours and wine tasting. Free. 352-394-8627. www.lakeridgewinery.com/

July 6: Daytona Coke Zero 400, Daytona Beach. Celebrating Independence Day by watching NASCAR's elite compete at Daytona International Speedway is a family tradition among die-hard racing fans. It's nighttime racing at its best, followed by a spectacular fireworks extravaganza. Admission prices vary. 800-748-7467. www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

July 12. Friday Fest. Melbourne Held the second Friday of the month in Historic Downtown, it's a family-oriented event that includes art craft and business vendors, lots of great food, beer and wine, a children's activity. Highland Avenue, Melbourne FL 32922. Free. 321-724-1741. www.downtownmelbourne.com

July 19-20: Celebrity Mascot Games, Orlando. Watch more than 30 mascots from the NFL, NHL, NBA, NCAA and MLB compete in wild and crazy games such as Mascot Joust, Inflatable Obstacle Course and Dodge Ball. 20th annual. At the Amway Center. 407-648-4900. www.mascotgames.org/

July 20: Cruisin' Downtown DeLand Classic Car Show. DeLand. Every 3rd Saturday of the Month (Except November). East Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Classic cars & rods line East Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Live DJ, giveaways, shopping & dining. 4-8 p.m. Free. 386-624-5027. www.MainStreetDeLand.org

July 22: Climb to the Moon. Ponce Inlet. Climb to the Moon at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse offers views of the sunset and moonrise from atop the lighthouse on Dec. 28. The lighthouse keeper relates the story of this National Historic Landmark. Sparkling cider and hors d'oeuvres are provided by Inlet Harbor Restaurant. The lighthouse is at 4931 South Peninsula Drive. Participation is limited to 25 people and tickets ($25) must be purchased in advance by calling Mary at 386-761-1821 ext. 10. www.ponceinlet.org

July 26: Fourth Fridays Art Walk, Sanford. Central Florida's only monthly juried art show. With exhibits and music at participating venues. 6-9 p.m. Downtown Sanford, First Street, Sanford, FL, 32771. Free. 407-323-2774. www.sanfordinfo.com

July 26: 4th Fridays in Artisan Alley & DeLand Art Walk. DeLand. Gather with friends every fourth Friday of the month at Artisan Alley and also enjoy the DeLand Art Walk. DeLand Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour of the Historic Downtown area. Enjoy music, food, drinks, arts, crafts and more. Art galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and boutiques host artists within their businesses on the fourth Friday of every month, rain or shine. Look for an official Art Walk banner in the front of each stop to identify the participating venues. Choose your own route, or begin from Museum of Florida Art. Downtown, 100 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand FL 32720. 6-9 p.m. 386-738-0649. delandartwalk.com/

July 27: Art Walk on Flagler, New Smyrna Beach. Held on the fourth Saturday each month, Flagler Avenue livens up with entertainment and wine tastings at participating venues. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (wine walk 1-7 p.m.). Free ($25 for wine walk or $20 with previous month's glass). Flagler Avenue, 100 Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32169. 386-428-1770. www.flaglergallerygroup.com

Date TBA: Music on the Beach Concert, Tarpon Springs. The Relics (Classic Rock) perform at Sunset Beach. No pets, no alcoholic beverages. Hot dogs, popcorn, sodas and water available for purchase. Free admission, but donations are appreciated. 727-937-3102. www.tarponspringsmusic.com

July 27: Art Walk on Flagler, New Smyrna Beach. Make the fourth Saturday of each month a special day at the beach. Join resident and guest artists, view their works on porches and in studios as you stroll from river to ocean down historic Flagler Avenue. This month's theme is Christmas in July. Free. 386-428-1770. www.nsbfla.com/calendar.cfm

 

Tampa Bay-Sarasota (including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa)

July 4: Gulfport's Fourth of July Celebration, St. Pete There will be fishing, fireworks, a parade and more at this all-day Fourth of July celebration. Festivities begin at 8 a.m. near Beach Boulevard and continue until 10 p.m. For more information call 727-893-1118.

July 4: Clearwater Celebrates America, Clearwater Spend the night at Coachman Park watching fireworks, listening to music and eating delicious food. The celebration begins at 4 p.m. with fireworks scheduled at 9:30 p.m. For more information call 727-562-4700.

July 4: Fourth of July at the Pier, St. Pete Classic rock 'n' roll bands will provide the soundtrack to a day full of face painting, performances and family fun. The celebration begins at noon and end around 11 p.m. For more information call 727-821-6443.

July 6, 13, 20, 27: Azalea Community Saturday Fresh Market, St. Petersburg This weekly market, located outside of the Science Center, features food, fresh produce, arts and crafts, activities and more from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. www.azaleafreshmarket.com

July 6: St. Pete Indie Market, St. Petersburg On the first Saturday of every month from noon to 6 p.m. local independent designers and artists take to the sidewalks to show off their best works. www.stpeteindiemarket.com

July 26: Vans Warped Tour, St. Petersburg This outdoor music festival features 30 plus bands on three stages at Vinoy Park. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. www.vanswarpedtour.com/

July 27: Mixon Fruit Farms Antiques, Arts and Crafts Fair, Bradenton. Mixon will be hosting an arts and crafts fair every fourth Saturday of the summer. www.mixon.com

June 29 - July 7: 29th Annual Super Boat Grand Prix Festival, Lido Beach. More than 30 boats from around the country will race on Lido Beach. The races are held from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. 941-371-8820. www.visitsarasota.org


Southwest Florida (including Naples, Fort Myers, Venice, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda)

July 4: Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim, Punta Gorda. Always held on July 4, this is an event or happening with no one in charge, nothing structured, no sign-up and no rules or requirements except courtesy and common sense. It is simply a swim starting at the north end of the southbound US 41 bridge and finishing at Fishermen's Village. Flotation and propulsion aids are used by some. People who are trained distance swimmers have finished the 1.5-mile course in 30 to 40 minutes; other entrants take an hour or two; some have taken as long as four hours. Free. 941-661-5622. www.charlotteharbortravel.com/cms/index.php?id=276

July 4: 4th of July Fireworks Cruise, Sanibel Island. Join Adventures in Paradise on this Independence Day cruise filled with fireworks. $47. www.sanibel-captiva.org

July 4: Fort Myers Beach Fireworks, Fort Myers Beach. Spectacular fireworks show begins at dusk, accompanied by music and activity in the Times Square area. Free. 239-454-7500. www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/FortMyersBeachAreaFL/eventCalendar

July 4: Red, White and Boom, Cape Coral More than 50,000 people attend this annual festival that's big enough to close down local streets. There will be live music, fireworks and more with festivities beginning at 4 p.m. www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/event/?eid=54167

July 4: Fourth of July Celebration, Port Charlotte Fireworks begin at 7 p.m. at Bayshore Live Oak Park. www.charlottecountychamber.org/calendar/displayEvent.php?eventId=4511&type=&month=07&year=2013

July 4: 4th of July Celebration at Fishermen's Village, Punta Gorda At 11 a.m. there will be a Freedom Swim starting at Harpoon Harry's and the celebration will continue through the night until 9 p.m. Call 639-8721 for more information.

July 6, 13, 20, 27: Third Street Farmers Market Fresh produce and homemade goods are available at this local market from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Saturday. www.thirdstreetsouth.com/farmersmarket.html

July 13-14: MangoMania Tropical Fruit Fair, Pine Island. Celebration of mangoes and other tropical fruit grown on the island, including lychee, carambola, longan, papaya, and "chocolate pudding fruit." Fruit, exotic fruit trees, and fruit-related products are available for purchase. The festival also offers live music, kids' activities and rides, contests, and other diversions. Times are 10-7 Saturday and 10-5 Sunday. Admission is $6 adults, free for children 9 and younger. At German-American Social Club. 239-283-0888. www.mangomaniafl.com

July 18: Downtown Gallery Walk, Punta Gorda. Held monthly on the third Thursday, 5-8 p.m. Visit any of the downtown merchants, restaurants and galleries for your game card. As always, there will be live entertainment, food and drink samplings, art, beauty and health demonstrations, a free trolley, and an evening of fun. Free; free parking. 941-505-1915. www.puntagordashopping.com

July 26-28: Fishermen's Village Pirate Fest, Punta Gorda Pirate battles, a parade and live mermaids are just some of the attractions the whole family can enjoy at this annual festival. The festival runs each day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information visit www.fishermensvillagepiratefest.com/


South Florida and the Keys (including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and the Treasure Coast)

July 4: America's Birthday Bash, Miami. Largest Independence Day celebration in South Florida. Enjoy live music, food and drink, children's activities and a fireworks display over Biscayne Bay. Free. At Bayfront Park. 305-358-7550. www.miamiandbeaches.com/fourth_of_july_celebration.asp

July 4: Fourth of July Celebration, Miami Beach. Whether you're looking for a patriotic ceremony or a July Fourth party at the beach, this City of Miami Beach celebration is sure to fit the bill. Festivities include concerts and a grand finale of fireworks that'll make you wish the Fourth of July would never end. Free. 305-673-7400. www.miamiandbeaches.com/fourth_of_july_celebration.asp

July 4-6: Key Lime Pie Festival, Key West. Taste some of the best key lime pies in the area at this annual festival. www.keylimefestival.com/

July 4: Red, White and Boom Celebration, Cape Coral. The Cape Coral Bridge and Cape Coral Parkway shut down between the bridge and Del Prado Boulevard beginning at 4 p.m., when music on two stages sparks a street party that more than 50,000 people attend. Four bands play, a kids' carnival keeps the little ones happy, and vendors sell food and beer. At dusk, watch the spangled fireworks over the river from land or boat. 239-549-6900. www.eventscapecoral.com

July 4: Old Fashioned Fourth at Flamingo Gardens, Davie. Celebrate Independence Day 1930s style. Barbeque and picnic lunches at the Flamingo cafe, jazz and swing music, vintage model A cars. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Half-price admission. 954-473-2955. www.flamingogardens.org/events.html

July 4: Salute to Independence, Boynton Beach. The city celebrates in spectacular style with the region's largest Independence Day celebration. Features food, concerts, fireworks and more along the city's waterfront. Free. 561-737-3256. www.events.pbpulse.com/boynton_beach_fl/events/show/302438625-july-4th-salute-to-independence

July 4: July Fourth Celebration, Delray Beach. Family-friendly celebration featuring the annual Sand Sculpting Competition, a Patriotic Bicycle and Scooter Parade, plenty of children's activities, live entertainment on the beach, food, and a fireworks display. Free admission. 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. 561-279-1380. http://downtowndelraybeach.com/

July 4: Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Picnic at The Barnacle Historic State Park, Coconut Grove. Enjoy the Fourth at an old-fashioned picnic on the grounds of this 19th century pioneer home site. Hosted by The Barnacle Society, it features lawn games, kite-making, knot-tying demonstrations and more. House and grounds are decorated in traditional July 4th bunting, as when Commodore Munroe's family lived here. The public is invited to join the staff and volunteers in wearing a period costume. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and enjoy the day's celebration. Admission $5 adults, $3 ages 6-11. 305-442-6866. www.floridastateparks.org/

July 5, 19, 24: Jupiter Lighthouse Sunset Tour, Jupiter. Take in the spectacular sunset views and witness the Jupiter Light turning on to illuminate the night sky. Visitors get an inside look at the nuts and bolts of a working lighthouse watch-room. www.jupiterlighthouse.org

July 7: Suntrust Sunday Jazz Brunch, Fort Lauderdale. Live outdoor concert series bringing the area's best local jazz artists to the city's scenic Riverwalk the first Sunday of each month. Listen to the soulful sounds on four different stages.  Everyone is welcome to attend, including well-behaved, leashed pets, and there is ample room to set up chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. 954-828-5363. www.fortlauderdale.gov/events/jazzbrunch/jazzbrunch.htm

July 13: Underwater Music Festival, Big Pine Key. A quirky concert broadcast underwater for divers and snorkelers, emphasizing reef preservation and tips on how people can enjoy the ocean while minimizing the impact on the reef and overall marine environment. At Looe Key Reef, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. 305-872-2411. www.lowerkeyschamber.com

July 13-14: International Mango Festival, Coral Gables. Come to the 20th annual International Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden to buy hand-selected mango trees and fruit, enjoy mango lectures and smoothies, view the world's largest display of mangos, take part in the world's only mango auction and buy mango merchandise and botanical art.  There will also be mango culinary demonstrations, an International Fruit Market, fun activities for kids and much more. Admission $25 adults, $18 seniors, $12 children 6-17, free to Fairchild members and children 5 and under. 305-667-1651. www.fairchildgarden.org

July 16-21: Hemingway Days, Key West. The 33rd annual celebration of the legendary author's work and lifestyle features literary readings, a short-story competition, fishing tournament, Sloppy Joe's Look-Alike Contest and more. A celebration will be held July 21 honoring Hemingway's 112th birthday. 305-296-2388 for look-alike events. 305-294-0320 for literary events. www.hemingwaydays.org

July 18: Third Thursday Art Walk. Islamorada The Morada Way Third Thursday Art Walk presents local fine arts, music and culinary specialties on Dec. 20. The galleries of Morada Way are between Mile Markers 81 and 82. Event hours are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For details, visit www.fla-keys.com


Northeast Florida (including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Flagler County and Amelia Island)

July 4: Fourth of July Celebration, Jacksonville. Downtown Jacksonville celebrates the red, white and blue throughout the week, leading up to an amazing fireworks show over the St. Johns River.  Enjoy concerts, family activities and more.904-630-3690. www.makeascenedowntown.com/

July 4: 4th of July Concert & Fireworks, St. Augustine . You'll have a blast at one of the East Coast's largest fireworks shows as showy displays burst above the ancient Castillo de San Marcos Fort and reflect in the waters of Matanzas Bay. Come early to the 9:30 fireworks for the best vantage points located along the bayfront between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions. Free. 904-825-1004. www.getaway4florida.com/events/calendar/

July 4: Stars & Stripes at the Sea Walk, Jacksonville Beach. The Beaches light up with a spectacular fireworks show over the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier.  904-270-9301. www.jacksonvillebeach.org

July 5: First Friday Art Walk, St. Augustine. One of the city's most popular cultural events, held the first Friday of each month. Enjoy new exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at 15 participating galleries, plus great food courtesy of the St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Assn. Tours begin at Rembrandtz American Craft Gallery. St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys offer complimentary shuttle service to most galleries. Shuttles run on a continuous loop every 30 minutes. 904-829-0065.www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com

July 13: Artrageous Artwalk, Fernandina Beach . Held monthly on second Saturday each month, to open the doors of some of Amelia Island's incredible galleries, featuring photography, pottery, copper, stained glass, watercolor, acrylics and more. Participants can peruse more than a dozen galleries in downtown Fernandina Beach and at the Plantation Artists' Guild and Gallery located at Amelia Island Plantation. 5:30-8:30 p.m. 800-226-3542. http://www.ameliaisland.com/calendar.aspx

July 14: Summer Jazz Concert Series, Jacksonville Beach. The City of Jacksonville Beach presents this outdoor concert with great jazz musicians.  Relax on the lawn as renowned jazz performers take the stage at Sea Walk Pavilion.  904-270-1658. www.jacksonvillebeach.org.

July 15-20: Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, Jacksonville. Five-day fishing tournament that also includes a free festival with live music, a boat show and food, plus a Junior Angler Tournament presented by Carolina Skiff  904-251-3011. www.kingfishtournament.com

North-Central Florida (including Ocala, Gainesville and Tallahassee)

July 3: Red, White and Blues, Ocala Live music, food and fun to honor America. The festival is free and runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Ocala. For more information call 352-628-8444

July 6: First Saturday Jam, Barberville. On the first Saturday each month visit the Pioneer Settlement for entertainment and fun for the entire family. 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Includes informal music jams, free workshops, a chili cook-off, yard sale. Admission is free. 386-749-2959. www.pioneersettlement.org

July 13: The Ichetucknee Time Machine, Fort White. Take a fascinating journey by van into the Ichetucknee forest and visit the site of the 17th Century Mission de San Martin de Timucua. Learn all about the ancient Timucuan capital of Aquacalyquen. We highly recommend you wear long pants, sturdy shoes and insect repellent. Begins at 9 a.m. Meet at the Head Spring Parking Lot (North Entrance) of Ichetucknee Springs State Park. Regular park entrance fee, $6 per vehicle. 386-497-4690. www.floridastateparks.org/ichetuckneesprings/Events.cfm

July 26-27: Smokin' on the Suwannee BBQ Festival, Live Oak. At Spirit of the Suwannee River Music Park. Admission. 386-364-1683. www.musicliveshere.com


The Panhandle (including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)

Independence Day Fireworks Celebration, Apalachicola Enjoy food and drinks as you watch the fireworks and parade from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. For more information call 850-899-8689.

July 4: Sertoma's 4th of July Celebration, Pensacola Activities such as pony riding, hot dog eating contests, and arts and crafts will begin at 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., and fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. www.pensacolafireworks.com/

July 4: Independence Day Fireworks, Pensacola Grab your blankets and chairs and see a beautiful display of fireworks on the beach. Call 850-932-1500 for more information.

July 4: Star Spangled Spectacular, Panama City Beach This celebration holds the title of biggest fireworks display on the gulf coast. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. and fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/events/detail.cfm?eventid=491

July 4: 4th of July Extravaganza on the Harbor, Destin Come celebrate the Fourth of July at Harbor Village starting at noon. For more information call 850-424-0600.

July 4: Salute to Freedom, Panama City There will be live music, food and more at the Panama City Marina to celebrate the Fourth of July. Activities begin at 2 p.m. and fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/events/detail.cfm?eventid=473

July 27: Summer Bash, Destin More than 20 bands will be hitting the stage at The Game Plan, located at 8781 West Fairfield. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and lasts until 3 a.m. www.events.emeraldcoast.com/pensacola_fl/events/show/314590103-2013-summer-bash

July 30: Bands on the Beach, Pensacola This summer concert series runs every Tuesday night May through September. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. patrols can sit on the beach and enjoy local classic rock artists. For more information call 850-932-2257.

Correspondent Georgina Cruz contributed to this report.