Check out festivals and events in June 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)
May 15 - June 14: Disney Star Wars Weekends, Lake Buena Vista The Force is always with you as Walt Disney World Resort's Hollywood Studios Park sets the scene for an out-of-this-world event: Star Wars Weekends. Held every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) through June 14. The event features celebrity autographs, shows and a nightly party with Wookies, Ewoks, Stormtroopers and other characters from the Star Wars series. Children ages 12 and under can hone their light saber skills at the Jedi Training Academy, while the whole family can enjoy the Star Tours -- The Adventure Continues attraction at the park. Star Wars Weekends festivities are included in the price of admission to the park. There are various ticket plans including Florida resident discounts. Visit www.DisneyParks.com.
June 2: 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 a select day each month. 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 386-761-1821 ext. 10. ponceinlet.org/climb-to-the-moon-tour
June 5: Jazz Friday at Foosaner Museum of Art, Melbourne. Every first Friday of the month the Foosaner Museum of Art hosts Jazz Friday in their galleries. Expect great music from local favorites. 1463 Highland Avenue, Melbourne FL 32901. 321-674-8916. www.visitspacecoast.com
June 5-6: Silver Spurs Rodeo, Kissimmee. Sixty of professional rodeo's top cowboys leverage razor-sharp reflexes and brainy brawn atop the country's top and most unpredictable livestock. At Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park. 7:30 p.m. both days. Adults $15; Children 10 and under free. 407-677-6336. www.silverspursrodeo.com
June 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. 386-749-2959. www.pioneersettlement.org
June 6-7: Kite Festival, New Smyrna Beach. Dozens of tethered kites, demonstrations and competitions with a kids zone and free kites to the first 400 children each day of the festival. Free. Flagler Avenue Beach Approach, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 386-428-1600. nsbfla.com
June 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. downtownmelbourne.com/events
June 12-14: Major Beach Soccer Tournament, Daytona Beach. SUSL Major Beach Soccer returns to Daytona Beach for sun and fun on the Atlantic Coast of Florida. The annual competition opens the USL Major Beach Soccer season and brings players, families, fans and spectators to the “World’s Most Famous Beach." www.majorbeachsoccer.com
June 12-14: Harvest Festival, Clermont. Annual grape stomping, arts and crafts, live music, wine and food. Complimentary winery tours and tasting. At Lakeridge Winery and Vineyard 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $2 donation. 800-768-WINE. www.lakeridgewinery.com
June 13: Sand Art Festival, New Smyrna Beach. Amateur teams of families, friends and other groups get a 10x10-foot space on the beach to compete for prizes alongside professional sand art sculptors. Free, but registration is limited to compete. Flagler Avenue Beach Approach, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 386-428-1600. nsbfla.com
June 13: Second Saturday Gamble Jam, Flagler Beach. Jam out at the Second Saturday Gamble Jam at the Intracoastal Pavilion on the day use side of the park. Musicians of all skill levels are encouraged to bring instruments and a chair to join the circle for a casual, acoustic jam session. Instruments of all types are welcome; however, there is no power source near the pavilion. Event is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Park admission is $5 per vehicle. www.floridastateparks.org/gamblerogers
June 18: Sea Side Fiesta, New Smyrna Beach. Four blocks of games, food and entertainment for all ages. On historic Flagler Avenue on the beachside, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. 386-424-2175. www.nsbfla.com
June 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. 21st annual. At the Amway Center. www.mascotgames.org
June 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 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free. 386-738-0649. www.MainStreetDeLand.org
June 20: Juneteenth Arts & Cultural Festival, Cocoa. The Juneteenth Arts & Cultural Festival will be one of many festivals around the country celebrating the observance of the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. As the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, this family-friendly festival will feature guest speakers, live music, vendors and more. The Juneteenth Arts & Cultural Festival will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in the Historic Diamond Square District located at the 800 & 900 blocks of Stone and Barbara Jenkins Street in Cocoa, Florida. www.facebook.com/juneteenthcocoa
June 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. www.sanfordinfo.com
June 27: Cocoa Beach Pirate Fest, Cocoa Beach. Avast, mates! The annual Cocoa Beach Pirate Fest will feature arts and crafts and pirate-themed merchandise vendors, food and beverages available for purchase, a Living History Pirate Encampment, Blackbeard's Pirate Ship, live music and entertainment on June 27. Highlights include Pirate Ship and Water Cannon Battles, a 150,000-gallon pirate themed splash pool, family friendly Water Balloon Battle with more than 1,000 “cannonball” water balloons and Black Powder Weapon Demonstrations. Admission is free. www.cocoabeachpiratefest.com
June 28: Wine Walk on Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach. Display of art works by resident and visiting artists, along with entertainment, demonstrations and a free prize drawing. Held on the last Saturday of each month January through June. In the five blocks between the Indian River and the ocean. 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free. $25 tasting passes. www.nsbfla.com
Tampa Bay-Sarasota (including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa)
May 31- June 21: Sarasota Music Festival, Sarasota. The Sarasota Music Festival is an intense three-week experience of chamber music, master classes and concerts, with the coaching and performance of chamber music as its focus. 100% tuition scholarship is provided to all participants. At Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. 941-953-3434. www.sarasotaorchestra.org
June 1 - June 14: Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week, Sarasota. Did you know you can plan a culinary adventure around our award-winning eateries without breaking the bank? During Savor Sarasota you can enjoy 3-course meals from famed eateries for $15 per person for lunch and $29 per person for dinner. And with a spread from Peruvian to French and every flavor in between, you'll taste your way around the world in no time. www.savorsarasota.com
June 6: World Oceans Day Family Festival, Sarasota. A worldwide ocean celebration is on the horizon — join the fun during the World Oceans Day Family Festival on June 6 at Mote Aquarium. Mote’s World Oceans Day event will feature a Dr. Seuss theme to spotlight the ocean's deep connection to the human spirit and the boundless inspirational power of our natural world's greatest resource. www.mote.org
June 6-7: Corey Avenue Craft Festival, St. Petersburg Beach. Craft fair featuring handmade jewelry, ceramics, pottery items, a Green Market and more. Along Corey Avenue, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. www.coreyave.com
June 27 - July 5: Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Festival, Sarasota. Festival activities leading up to offshore race by million-dollar cigarette boats, with race day on July 5. You don't need a ticket and you can come as you are. Events include golf tournament and Festival Kickoff Party, Festival Car Show, Parade of Boats downtown followed by Parade After Party Celebrity "Meet and Greet", "The Friendliest Catch" Fishing Tournament for the physically and mentally challenged, Meet and Greet Who's in the Driver's Seat and World's Largest Offshore Party at Hyatt Regency ballroom; Motorcycle ride and pancake breakfast; Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Boat Race; and all culminating in a Race Awards Celebration. Free admission. 941-487-7904 x103. www.suncoastoffshore.org/events.php
June 28: St. Pete Pride Festival, St. Petersburg. The purpose of St. Pete Pride is to promote unity, visibility, self-esteem and a positive image of and among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Tampa Bay and throughout the State of Florida by way of cultural and educational programs and activities. www.stpetepride.com
Southwest Florida (including Naples, Fort Myers, Venice, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda)
June 4-6: Tarpon Festival and Tournament, Boca Grande. Anglers in 2015 will enter a two-day tournament with up to 4 anglers per team and will be competing in 2 separate divisions for thousands in cash and prizes. Competitors will follow procedures designed for quick releases and the post-release welfare of all tarpon. Winners will be determined by the highest total number of tarpon successfully released, each of which are officially recorded when the Captain or mate touches the leader and immediately releases the tarpon. (941) 964-0568. www.charlotteharbortravel.com
June 12-14: Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, Punta Gorda. A weekend of fabulous blues music, local brews and hot-out-of-the-smoker BBQ at the Punta Gorda History Park on Shreve St., Punta Gorda. The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to present the Blues music of Frank Greathouse and Screamin' and Cryin', Seth Walker, and Sena Ehrhardt. Standard tickers are $30 each. (941) 639-3720. www.charlotteharbortravel.com
South Florida and the Keys (including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and the Treasure Coast)
June 5: Founder's Day at Whitehall, Palm Beach. Founder's Day gives visitors free access to this National Historic Landmark in honor of the museum's founder, Jean Flagler Matthews, who rescued the estate from demolition and established the Flagler Museum on June 5, 1959. The museum's extensive collection of art, furniture and historic objects related to life during the Guilded Age will be on display. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. 561-655-2833. flaglermuseum.us
June 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
June 13: West Palm Beach Carnival, West Palm Beach. This carnival will be a festive celebration of Caribbean culture with a parade of costumes, food, drinks and live entertainment. South Florida Fair Grounds. www.westpalmbeachcarnival.com/carnival.html
TBA: Cars & Cigars at The Barnacle Historic State Park, Miami. Celebrate Dad with classic cars, hand-rolled cigars, kids’ crafts, live music, and more. Bring a picnic or purchase lunch from The Barnacle Society. Park admission is $2 per person. www.floridastateparks.org
June 18: 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.
June 20-21: Redland Summer Fruit Festival, Homestead. Annual event showcasing local agriculture and tropical fruit plants. Booths feature local wines, yummy foods and rare fruit samplings. At Redland Fruit and Spice Park; 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Adults $8; children under 11 free. fruitandspicepark.org
June 27: The Weekley Brothers Davie Pro Rodeo, Davie. The Weekley Brothers Davie Pro Rodeo features cowboys performing at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds at 7:30 p.m. on June 27. The Bergeron Rodeo Grounds is at 4271 Davie Road. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the gate for adults; $8 in advance, $10 at the gate for children. A Davie Pro Rodeo For Kids is on June 26. www.davieprorodeo.com
Northeast Florida (including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Flagler County and Amelia Island)
June 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 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
June 6: Drake's Raid, St. Augustine. The English corsair, Sir Francis Drake and his raiders return to the Old City’s historic Colonial Quarter district in downtown St. Augustine during the Drake's Raid on June 6. A re-creation of the 1586 sack of St. Augustine, the event features re-enactments of the battle between the privateers and the defenders of St. Augustine, a raiders’ camp with crafts and lifestyle demonstrations, and costumed interpreters. www.drakesraid.com
June 13: Living History Day at Fort Matanzas, St. Augustine. Take the National Park Service's ferry to Rattlesnake Island and experience daily military life at Fort Matanzas, the 18th century Spanish fort that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish muskets and cannons at the fort. Free. www.nps.gov
TBA: Beach Bash at Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine. Enjoy a fun, family-friendly day at the beach. This day of fun has activities for everyone, starting with a scavenger hunt and ending with a spectacular sandcastle/sculpture contest. There will be interpretive programs, a geo-caching event, many interactive and informative table displays from community organizations and great prizes. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park admission is $8 per vehicle. www.floridastateparks.org
TBA: War Between the States, Amelia Island. The Union Garrison at Fort Clinch State Park recreates life at the fort during the War Between the States on June 7-8. This event offers visitors the opportunity to see how the soldiers lived during the Civil War. 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. Cost is $6 per vehicle entrance fee and $2 per person for admission to the fort. www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch
June 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 p.m.-8 p.m. islandart.org/artrageous-artwalk
June 13: Downtown Bazaar, St. Augustine. The Old City puts on the Downtown Bazaar in its Colonial Quarter courtyard on St. George Street from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on June 13. The evening presents music, crafts, fine art and local lore. Food is available for purchase. Admission is free. For information, visit www.thedowntownbazaar.com.
TBA: National Gardens Week Walk at Washington Oaks, Palm Coast. Come join a Park Ranger on a stroll through the formal gardens to learn about the various flowers, plants, and history that this park has to offer. Please be sure to bring your cameras, sunscreen, bug repellant and comfortable walking shoes appropriate for a leisurely stroll through the gardens. The walk departs from the greenhouse. After the walk stop by the Friends of Washington Oaks Plant Sale and purchase some unique and hard to find plants for your home or yard. Park admission is $5 per vehicle. www.floridastateparks.org
June 13: The Wild Blackberry Festival, Jasper. The Wild Blackberry Festival celebrates the yummy fruit in downtown Jasper on June 13. On the agenda are arts and crafts, entertainment, and food will be available for purchase. Event hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. www.facebook.com/pages/Wild-Blackberry-Festival/166354076751929
June 13 - 14: Florida Country Superfest, Jacksonville. Two nights of mega-concerts featuring today's hottest country superstars will rock EverBank Field, June 13 and 14 in Jacksonville. Ticket prices vary. www.floridacountrysuperfest.com
June 18-20, 25-27: The Annual St. Augustine Music Festival, St. Augustine. The Annual St. Augustine Music Festival features free classical music concerts on June 18-20 and 25-27. All concerts are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica, 38 Cathedral Place. For information, visit www.staugustinemusicfestival.org.
June 20: Seawalk Music Festival, Jacksonille. An all-local festival in Jacksonville Beach with local music, local food, local products. A selection of local bands will perform for a mix of reggae, hip hop fusion, pop/rock and even some classic cover tunes. www.visitjacksonville.com/events/seawalk-music-festival
June 20-21: Battle of Bloody Mose Anniversary Commemoration, Fort Mose Historic State Park. To commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Bloody Mose, the park, historical society and Florida Living History Inc. invites people to enjoy a day at the park where they can watch living history demonstrations, music and two battle re-enactments. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Regular park entrance fees. 904-823-2232. augustine.com/event/battle-bloody-mose
TBA: Plant-A-Poem Workshop and Reading, St. Augustine. Calling all poets at heart! The Plant-A-Poem Workshop and Reading invites one and all to bring a poem “seed” and watch it grow with Ancient City Poets on June 29. The theme of this workshop is Poems About Childhood Memories, and it takes place from 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Gallery Café. Cost is $10 and includes coffee and pastries. Participants are invited to bring pen and paper and an idea for a poem on the subject of childhood memories. The Gallery Café is at 1974 US-1 South. For information, visit www.bodor.org or www.floridashistoriccoast.com.
North-Central Florida (including Ocala, Gainesville and Tallahassee)
June 6: Watermelon Festival, Chiefland. The festival offers plenty of ice cold melon for all to enjoy. Other activities include arts and crafts, seed-spitting contest, parade, watermelon auction, weighing contest and the Watermelon Queen contest. At City Park. Free admission. 352-493-1849. www.chieflandchamber.com/watermelon.html
TBA: Colonial Crafts for Children, Tallahassee. Mission San Luis presents Colonial Crafts For Children on June 7. Kids go home with a craft item, a shell necklace. The program, from noon to 2 p.m., is free with paid site admission ($5 for adults, $2 for children). www.missionsanluis.org.
June 12-13: The Ride for Hope, Tallahassee. The Ride for Hope benefits the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center at the North Florida Fairgrounds on June 12-13. A Family Fun Walk/Ride is free (donations are appreciated) and various levels have fees beginning with $20 for 11 miles. The event includes a family health fair and vendor expo. The North Florida Fairgrounds is at the corner of Paul Russell Road and South Monroe Street. For details, visit www.therideforhope.com.
The Panhandle (including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)
June 4: Fiesta All Krewe Ball, Pensacola. The 2015 Fiesta All Krewe Ball will be held on Thursday, June 4 at the Hadji Shrine Temple beginning at 7 p.m. All Krewes are invited and the festivities will include live music, Krewe skits/dances, and a presentation of Krewe royalty. www.fiestaoffiveflags.org
June 4-8: Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival, Fort Walton Beach. Get ready for the pirate uprising at this annual event. Activities include local and regional bands, food, arts and crafts, pirates, a torchlight parade, children's activities, fireworks and more. Free. www.fwbchamber.org/
June 4, 11, 18, 25: Evenings in Olde Seville, Pensacola. Evenings in Olde Seville Square features the talents of a different band each Thursday in June. The free concert is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Seville Square Park, Alcaniz and Government Streets. www.eveningsinoldesevillesquare.com
June 5 - 7: Shindig on the Sand 3-Day Music Festival, Pensacola. Break out the sunscreen and head to the world-famous Flora-Bama Lounge & Package for 3 days of music on the beach and throughout the bar. Featuring 70 musical acts and more than 200 musicians. www.florabama.com
June 6: Wellborn Blueberry Festival, Wellborn. Annual celebration of the harvest, with blueberries in pies, cobblers, jellies, syrups and more. Also includes bake-off, country store, arts and crafts, children's games and crafts, parade, entertainment, adult and children's talent contests, tasting party and cash raffle grand prize. At Andrews Square downtown. Free. 386-963-1157. wellborncommunityassociation.com/Pages/BlueberryFestival.aspx
June 13: Annual St. George Island Mullet Toss, St. George Island. See how far you can throw a mullet. Plan on spending the day on the beach in front of the sponsoring business, Blue Parrot Ocean Front Café. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.blueparrotsgi.com/
June 17-21: Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, Destin. This annual event offers something for everyone. Most importantly, for the angling teams, there are the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, red-hot billfish action, and cool green cash. While onshore, both tournament participants and their families can enjoy the wide variety of recreational activities offered at the Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort and The Village of Baytowne Wharf. The spectacular night time weigh-ins, held at the Baytowne Marina at Sandestin®, are free and open to the public. www.fishecbc.com/index.htm
June 26-27: Panhandle Watermelon Festival, Chipley. Held on the last full weekend in June, this event is a summer tradition. Activities include watermelon contests, entertainment and more. Concert both days. Free. www.panhandlewatermelon.com
Special Correspondent Georgina Cruz contributed to this report