Compiled by Adrienne Cutway, Orlando Sentinel
3:34 PM EDT, May 28, 2014
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 3: Mount Dora 4th of July Celebration, Mount Dora. Independence Day celebration with a parade, live music and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Sponsored by the Rotary Club. Free. 352-383-2165. www.mountdora.com/events.php
July 3-4: 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 Thursday night. Free admission. http://goflorida.about.com/od/eventsfestivals/ss/fourthofjuly_2.htm
July 4: A Sci-Fi Fourth of July, Celebration. Second-annual event features a movie-themed costume contest at 7:30 p.m., synchronized fireworks spectacular set to a Sci-Fi themed soundtrack, live music by Oliver’s Queen, Gina Marie Incandela, DJ Tami and The Dixieland Jazz Band plus jousting area, bounce houses and face painting. Free parking and admission. Parade at 9 a.m. in downtown Celebration. Evening event 5:30-11 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. 701 Front St. Celebration, FL, 34747. http://celebrationtowncenter.com/events/a-sci-fi-4th-of-july-2014-2/
July 4: Independance Day Celebration, Sebastian. Ready for a good, old-fashioned Independence Day celebration? You may wish to check out Sebastian’s in the Treasure Coast. Sponsored by the Sebastian Lions Club and the City of Sebastian, the festivities include the 42nd Annual Freedom Festival and July 4th Parade as well as an arts and crafts fair and entertainment at Riverview Park. A fireworks display will light up the skies at dusk. Food will be available for purchase. Festival hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and admission is free. www.sebastianchamber.com
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: 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
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.kissimmee.org
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 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
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 4: 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. 1463 Highland Avenue, Melbourne FL 32901. 321-433-4470. www.visitspacecoast.com
July 4: The Fourth of July Celebration at Venetian Garden, Leesburg. The Fourth of July Celebration at Venetian Garden features a large choreographed fireworks display, free baseball, live music, kid zone and rides. Event hours are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free. Venetian Garden is at 201 East Dixie Avenue. www.leesburgpartnership.com
July 5: Baldwin Park Independence Day Bash, Orlando. A relaxed, family-friendly Fourth of July celebration in Baldwin Park with room to lay out blankets in Harbor Park and watch fireworks from the shores of Lake Baldwin. The streets are closed off, restaurants are open along with radio DJ stage, vendors and general hometown feel. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free. http://www.baldwinparkevents.com/baldwin_park_events/home.html
July 5: 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 5, 12, 19, 26: Summer Music Series, Clermont. Live music every Saturday from 1-4 p.m. in front of the vineyards at Lakeridge Winery. Food, complimentary tours and wine tasting. Free. 352-394-8627. www.lakeridgewinery.com/
July 10: Music on the Beach Concert, Tarpon Springs. The Shakes Society performs 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 11: 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 13: 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 19: 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. 3-7 p.m. Free. 386-624-5027. www.MainStreetDeLand.org
July 19: Rocket Man, Daytona Beach. Rocket Man, a John Elton Tribute Band is featured during a free concert and fireworks on July 19. The concert is at the Bandshell, 70 Boardwalk in Oceanfront Park at the north end of the Boardwalk amusement area. Event hours are from 7:15 p.m. to 9: 45 p.m. For information, visit www.daytonabandshell.com
July 19-20: Buckler’s Craft Fair, Lakeland. Buckler’s Craft Fair showcases local and national handmade creations on July 19-20. Admission is $6 for adults (good for both days with hand stamp) and children 12 and under are free. A coupon for $2 off admission is available online or bring a canned good to benefit a local food bank for $2 off admission. The event is at the Lakeland Center, 701 West Lime Street. For information, visit www.bucklercraftfair.com
July 25: 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 25-26: 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 25-27: Anime Festival Orlando, Orlando. Celebrating 15 years, this annual festival celebrates the finest in Anime and Japanese Culture entertainment with costume contest, gaming, karaoke, art show, dance party, game shows, merchandise and guest voice actors Kari Wahlgren and Troy Baker. Early 3-day ticket available: $50. Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8000 International Dr. Orlando, FL 32819. www.animefestivalorlando.com.
July 26: Wine 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
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.-7 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.comTampa 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. www.gulfportflorida.us
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. www.visitclearwaterflorida.com/events
July 4: Fourth of July Celebration, St. Pete. Downtown St. Pete will provide the perfect venue for a colorful fireworks show hosted by the local Parks and Recreation department. Fireworks will start anywhere between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., depending on the weather. www.stpete.org/events
July 5: 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 5-6: Second Annual Madeira Beach Craft Festival, Madeira Beach. The Second Annual Madeira Beach Craft Festival showcases the creations of artists and crafters on July 5-6. A Green Market with handmade products and plants will also be featured. Admission is free. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and the festival will be located on Madeira Way between Gulf Boulevard and 150 Avenue. www.paradisenewsfl.com
July 25: 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 26: 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 28 - July 6: 30th 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. $49. www.sanibel-captiva.org
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: 4th of July Celebration at Fishermen's Village, Punta Gorda At 11 a.m. live music will start and the celebration will continue through the night until 9 p.m. Call 639-8721 for more information. www.charlotteharbortravel.com
July 5, 12, 19, 26: Third Street Farmers Market, Naples. 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 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.charlotteharbortravel.com
July 19-20: 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 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 adults, free for children 10 and younger. At German-American Social Club. 239-283-0888. www.mangomaniafl.com
July 25-27: 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/
July 25-27: 24th Annual Caladium Festival, Lake Placid. Stuart Park in Lake Placid sets the scene for the 24th annual Caladium Festival on July 25-27. On the agenda are colorful caladiums, arts and crafts, car and bike show, entertainment and more. Food will be available for purchase. Admission is free. Optional bus tours to the caladium fields will be featured for $10 per person. Event hours are Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, log on to www.lpfla.com/caladium.htm.
July 26: Native Plant Sale, Cape Coral. The Native Plant Sale At Rotary Park offers a variety of
trees, shrubs, plants, grasses, seeds and books on July 26. Information on butterfly gardening, backyard wildlife and Florida-friendly landscaping tips will be available. The event, at 5505 Rose Garden Road, is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free. A Rain Barrel Workshop is also scheduled for participants who wish to make a rain barrel and take it home to put to good use ($45 per barrel). For information, visit www.capecoral.net/
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
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
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
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.boyntonbeachcra.com
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. 561-279-1380. www.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 6: 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 9, 18, 23: 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 10-13: Mel Fisher Days, Key West. The Last Key sets the scene for Mel Fisher Days on July 10-13. Mel Fisher fans and treasure-hunting enthusiasts celebrate the anniversary of Fisher’s discovery of the shipwrecked Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha in the waters off Key West. For information and a schedule of events, visit www.melfisher.com.
July 12: 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 12-13: International Mango Festival, Coral Gables. Come to the 22nd 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 15-20: Hemingway Days, Key West. The 34th 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 115th birthday. 305-296-2388 for look-alike events. 305-294-0320 for literary events. www.hemingwaydays.org
July 17: Third Thursday Art Walk, Islamorada. The Morada Way Third Thursday Art Walk presents local fine arts, music and culinary specialties. The galleries of Morada Way are between Mile Markers 81 and 82. Event hours are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For details, visit www.fla-keys.com
July 26-27: Buckler Craft Fair, Fort Lauderdale. The Buckler Craft Fair showcases handmade crafts from local and national artists at the War Memorial Auditorium on July 26-27. Admission is $6, good for both days with hand stamp; children 12 and under are free. A $2 off coupon is available online or donate a canned good to benefit a local food bank to receive $2 off admission. Fair hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The War Memorial Auditorium is at 800 Northeast 8th Street. For details, visit www.bucklercraftfair.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 4: 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 20-30 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 5-6: American Civil War, Amelia Island. Union Garrison at Fort Clinch State Park features history interpreters recreating life at the fort during the American Civil War on July 5-6. Activities may include powder artillery demonstrations, medical demonstrations and soldier drills. Additionally, soldiers and civilians offer a glimpse into garrison life by taking up duty in the laundry, infirmary, barracks and kitchen. Admission is $6 per vehicle park admission plus $2 per person for entrance to the fort. www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch
July 12: 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 13: 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 16: Music by the Sea, St. Augustine Beach. The St. Johns County Pier Park & Pavilion sets the scene for a Music by the Sea concert by the Smoke n Mirrors band playing classic rock on July 16. Admission to the event, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., is free. The Seafood Kitchen will offer dinners for $10. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for comfortable seating. The St. Johns County Pier Park & Pavilion is at 350 A1A Beach Boulevard. For details, visit www.thecivicassociation.org.
July 21-26: 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. 904-251-3011. www.kingfishtournament.com
July 26-31: Annual Nature and Wildlife Exhibit, St. Augustine. The Old City puts on the Fifth Annual Nature and Wildlife Exhibit on July 26-Aug. 31. Nature in all its beautiful forms and the wildlife that inhabit the great outdoors are celebrated in this gallery-wide exhibition at the St. Augustine Art Association. Top national and local artists’ works are to be sold for the benefit of conservation and art education efforts. The St. Augustine Art Association is located at 22 Marine St. Admission is free. Exhibition hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For information, visit http://staaa.org.
July 30: Music By The Sea, St. Augustine Beach. The St. Augustine Beach Pier sets the scene for a Music By The Sea on July 30. It is Parrot Head Night with a performance by Jimmy Parrish & The Ocean Waves. The family-friendly concert, beginning at 7 p.m., is free; food is available for purchase from local restaurant Mango Mango’s. The St. Augustine Beach Pier is at 350 A1A Beach Blvd. For information, visit www.thecivicassociation.org/music_by_the_sea_summer_concerts.
Aug. 3: Second Annual Jerk Food Fest, Jacksonville. Want to add some flavor to a visit to Jacksonville? The Second Annual Jerk Food Fest may be the ticket on Aug. 3. The festival, at Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Boulevard, invites jerk food lovers to enjoy a weekend with food, live entertainment, a cook-off, kid’s zone, and a variety of vendors. Proceeds will benefit the Alpha Boys School, USO and Youth Connection. For information, visit www.jaxjerkfoodfest.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 5: 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 12: Museum Swamp Stomp Music Festival, Tallahassee. The Tallahassee Museum Swamp Stomp Music Festival invites one and all to stake out a spot among the lakeside oaks for hours of Americana and Blue Grass performances on July 12. Event hours are from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is included in admission to the museum ($9 for adults, $6 for children). The museum is at 3945 Museum Drive. For details, visit www.tallahasseemuseum.org.
July 18-19: Smokin' on the Suwannee BBQ Festival, Live Oak. At Spirit of the Suwannee River Music Park. Free admission. 386-364-1683. www.smokinonthesuwannee.com
The Panhandle (including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)
July 2-6: International Billfish Tournament, Pensacola. The Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club hosts one of the country's largest billfish tournaments at Pensacola, which attracts around 600 anglers from all over the Southeast. A Qualifying Event For The World Billfish Series & IGFA World Qualifier with the winner receiving an invitation to fish the IGFA World Championship. www.pbgfc.com
July 3: 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. www.apalachicolabay.org
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. www.visitpensacola.com
July 4: 4th of July 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
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.pcbeach.org/
July 4-5: Star Gazing on Pensacola Beach, Pensacola Beach. Are the stars out tonight? Visitors to Pensacola Beach can find out during the Star Gazing on Pensacola Beach programs on July 4-5. The free programs are conducted by the Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association and start at sunset. www.visitpensacolabeach.com
July 12: Pensacola Beach Air Show, Pensacola Beach. The Blues are back and all eyes will turn skyward during the Pensacola Beach Air Show over Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island on July 12. Event hours are from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the show is highlighted by a performance by the Blue Angels. For information, log on to www.visitpensacola.com.
July 17-19: Fiesta de San Fermin en Pensacola, Pensacola. Pensacola’s Seville Quarter in its historic downtown gives a nod to Pamplona, Spain (famous for its annual Running of the Bulls), during Pensacola’s own version of the “Fiesta de San Fermin en Pensacola – Running of the Bulls” on July 17-19. Various events celebrating Pensacola’s Spanish heritage, lead up to the “Running of the Bulls” at 10 a.m. on July 19, but here instead of angry bulls, roller derby ladies chase the runners. There is no cost for spectators (a fee is charged for runners/walkers). Visit www.sevillequarter.com/events.
July 1-29: 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. www.visitpensacolabeach.com
Correspondent Georgina Cruz contributed to this report.
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