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 16 - June 15: 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 15. 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 ($94 for adults, $88 for children). There are various ticket plans including Florida resident discounts. Visit www.DisneyParks.com.
June 6: Jazz Friday at Fossaner Museum of Art, Melbourne. Every first 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
June 6-7: 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 7: 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
June 12: 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 Mary at 386-761-1821 ext. 10. ponceinlet.org/climb-to-the-moon-tour
June 13: 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 13-15: 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." 103 S. Ocean Ave., Daytona Beach, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.majorbeachsoccer.com
June 13-15: Third Annual Cocoa Beach Pirate Fest, Cocoa Beach. Avast, mates! The Third 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 13-15. 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. The event is at the International Palms Resort, 1300 North Atlantic Avenue. www.cocoabeachpiratefest.com
June 14: 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. 3 p.m. to sunset. Park admission is $5 per vehicle. www.floridastateparks.org/gamblerogers
June 19: 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/calendar.cfm
June 20-22: 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 21: 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 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free. 386-624-5027. www.MainStreetDeLand.org
June 21 - 22: 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, 2014 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 27: 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
June 28: Art and 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. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. 386-428-1770. www.nsbfla.com
June 28: 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.-5 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
Tampa Bay-Sarasota (including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa)
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 2-21: Sarasota Music Festival, Sarasota. For three weeks each June, internationally recognized guest artists and student musicians come together to study and perform chamber music. Nearly 500 students from top music programs at colleges and conservatories worldwide audition to participate, but only 60 are accepted. These exceptional students work side-by-side with a group of 40 music masters, which comprise the guest faculty. The public can hear these artists rehearse or perform together Thursday afternoon Artist Showcase Concerts, the Friday and Saturday evening Chamber Concerts, and the Festival Orchestra Concerts. Festival Passes, which allow access to master classes and rehearsals, may be purchased, and eight student concerts are free and open to the public. At Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. 941-953-3434, 953-4252. www.sarasotaorchestra.org/sarasotamusicfestival/festivalconcerts.cfm
June 7: 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 7 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/worldoceansday
June 7-8: Eigth Annual Pepper Fest, Pinellas Park. Hot and spicy foods and sauces to sample and purchase. Also pepper plants, barbecue, crafts. At The England Brothers Bandshell Park, Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3 admission, children 12 and under free, free parking. 727-423-8433. http://pinellaspepperfest.webs.com/
June 7-8: 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 4 p.m. Free. www.coreyave.com
June 13: Sunset Cruise, Crystal River. Depart from the Crystal River Preserve State Park Visitor Center dock for a delightful Sunset Cruise and travel out to the Gulf for a spectacular sunset. These cruises are a fun and relaxing Friday evening retreat back to nature. Refreshments and snacks are provided. Tickets are $20, available one month in advance at the Preserve Visitor Center. 352-563-0450. www.floridastateparks.org
June 14 - 15: St. Armands Circle Craft Festival, Sarasota. Craft fair featuring paintings, jewelry, pet and spa products, a Green Market and more. At St. Armands Circle, a popular shopping area, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. www.artfestival.com/events
June 27 - 29: 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
June 28 - 29: Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival, Dunedin. Pottery, photography, glasswork and woodwork are among the crafts offered at this craft festival. Enjoy the Green Market all weekend. Downtown, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. www.artfestival.com/events
June 28 - July 6: Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Festival, Sarasota. Festival activities leading up to offshore race by million-dollar cigarette boats, with race day on July 6. 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. 941-371-8820 x1800. www.suncoastoffshore.org/events.php
Southwest Florida (including Naples, Fort Myers, Venice, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda)
June 19: Downtown Gallery Walk, Punta Gorda. Held monthly on the third Thursday, 5 p.m. - 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
June 21-22: Downtown Venice Craft Festival, Venice. Features fine crafts, from photography, pottery, stained glass and more, plus a Green Market open all weekend. In downtown area, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. www.artfestival.com
South Florida and the Keys (including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and the Treasure Coast)
June 1: 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
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 14: 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. Mardi Gras begins at 11 a.m. Early bird tickets are $15. South Florida Fair Grounds. www.westpalmbeachcarnival.com/carnival.html
June 15: 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 19: 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 21-22: 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/friends/
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 28. 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 27. www.davieprorodeo.com
Northeast Florida (including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Flagler County and Amelia Island)
June 6: 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
June 7: 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 7. 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. Admission is free. www.drakesraid.com
June 7: U.S. vs. Nigeria Soccer Game, Jacksonville. U.S. Men's National team returns to Jacksonville to face Nigeria on June 7, 2014 at EverBank Field. The U.S. Men’s National Team will play three Send-Off Series matches in San Francisco, New York and Jacksonville, Fla., as part of its final preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The U.S. will face Azerbaijan, Turkey and Nigeria in the Send-Off Series, providing the U.S. MNT with the opportunity to play three matches in 12 days – a similar timeline the team will encounter during the group stage of the World Cup. The U.S. concludes the series on June 7 at 6 p.m. ET against Nigeria at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.
June 7: Living History Day at Fort Matanzas, Marineland. 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. 904-471-0116. www.floridashistoriccoast.com/
June 7: 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
June 7-8: 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 14: 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. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 800-226-3542. http://www.ameliaisland.com/calendar.aspx
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.
June 14: 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 14: The Wild Blackberry Festival, Jasper. The Wild Blackberry Festival celebrates the yummy fruit in downtown Jasper on June 14. On the agenda are crafts 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 14 - 15: Florida Country Superfest, Jacksonville. All-American fun. The first-ever Florida Country Superfest, two nights mega-concerts featuring today's hottest country superstars will rock EverBank Field, June 14 and 15, 2014 in Jacksonville. Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Big & Rich, Easton Corbin, Colt Ford and Joe Nichols will rock Jacksonville’s EverBank Field on June 14 and 15 in the inaugural edition of the mega-fest. Ticket prices vary. www.floridacountrysuperfest.com
June 14 - 15: 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 19-21, 26-28: The Eighth Annual St. Augustine Music Festival, St. Augustine. The Eighth Annual St. Augustine Music Festival features free classical music concerts on June 19-21 and 26-28. Guest artists include The Diaz Trio, pianist Eugenio Urrutia-Borlando and violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen. All six concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica, 38 Cathedral Place. For information, visit www.staugustinemusicfestival.org.
June 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. Regular park entrance fees. 904-823-2232. www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose/events.cfm
June 21 - 26: Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, Jacksonville. Professional and amatuer anglers and those looking for a fun, family way to spend a week gather in July at Jim King Park & Boat Ramp at Sister Creek for the largest kingfish tournament in the world. www.kingfishtournament.com
June 29: 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
North-Central Florida (including Ocala, Gainesville and Tallahassee)
June 7: 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
June 7: 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 13-June 14: The Ride for Hope, Tallahassee. The Ride for Hope benefits the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center at the North Florida Fairgrounds on June 13-14. 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 5 - June 6: Fiesta Day Parade, Pensacola. Catch some beads when beautiful floats parade down Palafox Street entertaining people of all ages. Special appearances will be made by DeLuna LXII, his Queen and Court. www.fiestaoffiveflags.org
June 5-June 7: Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival, Fort Walton Beach. Get ready for the pirate uprising at this 59th annual event. Activities include local and regional bands, food, arts and crafts, pirates, a torchlight parade, children's activities, fireworks and more. Free. 850-244-8191. www.fwbchamber.org/
June 6 - 9: 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. Tickets are $40 each. www.florabama.com
June 7: 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 14: 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. 850-927-2987. www.blueparrotsgi.com/
June 18: Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, Destin. The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin has set the new precedent for world-class sportfishing tournaments along the Gulf Coast. Ranked 5th Richest Tournament in the world by Marlin Magazine, sanctioned by the World Billfish Series and part of the International Game Fish Association Off-shore circuit this event gives serious angling teams their shot at winning a huge pay-off while receiving the royal treatment from the this Destin, Florida fishing event's hosts and sponsors. With cash categories for dolphin, tuna, and Wahoo as well as individual angler trophies, fishermen have a multitude of ways to stake their claim. www.fishecbc.com/index.htm
June 26: Evenings in Olde Seville, Pensacola. Evenings in Olde Seville Square features the talents of Sarah Mac and her band on June 26. The free concert is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Seville Square Park, Alcaniz and Government Streets. www.eveningsinoldesevillesquare.com
June 27-28: 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. 850-638-6180. www.panhandlewatermelonfestival.com
Special Correspondent Georgina Cruz contributed to this report