Check out festivals and events in August across the state. View events this coming weekend, or view the whole month's offerings by region below.
This list is organized by region.
(Including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County)
Aug. 1: Friday Fest, Melbourne. Held the first 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.space-coast.com
Aug. 2: First Saturday Jam, Barberville. On the first Saturday of each month visit the Pioneer Settlement for entertainment and fun for the entire family. 9 a.m to 4 p.m. There will be informal music jams, free workshops and food. 386-749-2959. www.pioneersettlement.org
Aug. 2-3: Great Train Expo, Orlando Model train enthusiasts, rejoice, as this is one for you. This national traveling show comes to the Central Florida Fairgrounds. The show features more than 300 tables of train dealers who offer everything from HO Scale, N Scale, Lionel (O Gauge), G Gauge, Z Scale, American Flyer (S Gauge), hobby tools, die-cast vehicles, train whistles, scenery items, Railroadiana Slides, gift items, books, photos and more. Also featured are operating-model railroad and toy layouts in different scales and gauges. Admission is $9 for adults (good both days). Children under 12 years old are free. There are trains kids can play on with and a riding train for children, as well as free demonstrations and workshops. Parking is free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. 630-608-4988. www.greattrainexpo.com/
Aug. 3 Daytona Bandshell, Daytona Beach. Free Concert & Fireworks features a performance by Fire & Rain, James Taylor and Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band at the Daytona Bandshell on Aug. 2. Event hours are from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. The Bandshell is located at Oceanfront Park on the north end of the Boardwalk amusement area. For details, visit www.daytonabandshell.com.
Aug. 7: Jazz Concert, Daytona Beach. Want to enjoy cool sounds on a hot August night? You may wish to try a Jazz Concert at the News-Journal Center at the Daytona State College at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 7. Admission is $8 per person, two for $15. The News-Journal Center is at 221 North Beach Street. For information, visit http://www.daytonabeach.com/includes/calendar-of-events/Jazz-Concert/33973/.
Aug. 10: 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. 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
Aug. 16: 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. - 7 p.m. Free. 386-624-5027. www.MainStreetDeLand.org
Aug. 16-17: 20th Annual Harvest Grape Stomp, Clermont. What’s that? You’ve got purple feet? Chances are good you will, during the 20th Annual Harvest Grape Stomp at the Lakeridge Winery on Aug. 16-17. Admission is via a $2 donation benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs. Local musicians entertain and there are free winery tours and tasting. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For details, visit www.lakeridgewinery.com.
Aug. 22: Fourth Fridays Art Walk, Sanford. Central Florida's only monthly juried art show. With exhibits and music at participating venues. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Downtown Sanford, First Street, Sanford, FL, 32771. Free. 407-323-2774. www.sanfordinfo.com
Aug. 23: 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 p.m. - 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
Aug. 23-24: Buckler’s Craft Fair, Melbourne. The Buckler’s Craft Fair showcases handmade treasures at the Melbourne Auditorium on Aug. 23-24. Admission is $6 per person; children 12 and under are free. A $2 off admission coupon is available on line or bring a canned good to benefit a local food bank for the $2 discount. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Melbourne Auditorium is at 625 East Hibiscus. For information, visit www.bucklercraftfair.com
Aug. 25: Orlando Magical Dining Month, Orlando. The annual Orlando Magical Dining Month begins with a preview week on Aug. 25 and continues throughout September. More than 75 Orlando restaurants, including celebrity chefs eateries like Todd English’s bluezoo restaurant at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin, participate in the program and serve three-course dinners for $33. For details, visit www.OrlandoMagicalDining.com.
(Including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa)
Aug. 1-2: Sizzling Summer Artwalk, Bradenton. Visit the various galleries, studios, restaurants and other small businesses in the arts district on the first Friday of every month, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located in the Village of the Arts neighborhood just south of downtown Bradenton. 941-747-8056. www.artistsguildofmanatee.org
Aug. 2: WaZoo, Tampa. Featured as one of the "10 Great Beer Festivals in the Country" by USA Today, this 19th annual tropical taste explosion features beers and beverages from around the world, food sampling from local restaurants, a wine garden and live music. Admission is $60 for early purchase, $40 for designated drivers. 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. At Lowry Park Zoo. 813-935-8552 x276. www.lowryparkzoo.com/calendar_events.php
Aug. 9: ReptiDay, Sarasota. ReptiDay is a one-day reptile and exotic animal expo on Aug. 9. Animal seminars, vendors offering pet supplies and other merchandise, and free raffles are to be featured. Event hours, at the Sarasota County Fairground, Potter Building, are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children. For information, visit www.reptiday.com/sarasota.html.
Aug. 15: Night in the Tropics, New Port Richey. A Night in the Tropics is a Key West-style street party with a Latin flavor on Main Street and Grand Boulevard on Aug. 15. On the agenda are two stages with live music, craft vendors and classic car cruise in. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For information, visit www.nprmainstreet.com.
Aug. 30 - Sept. 1: Former Mermaids Perform, Spring Hill. This show will take you back to the early years of mermaid performances at Weeki Wachee Springs. The show will include performers representing the '40s to the '70s. Shows at noon and 2 p.m. 352-592-5656. www.weekiwachee.com/
(including Naples, Fort Myers, Venice, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda)
Aug. 1-2: The PBR Touring Pro Division, Estero. The PBR Touring Pro Division brings rodeo action with professional bull riders to the Germain Arena on Aug. 1-2. Tickets range from $12 to $77 and the event starts at 8 p.m. each day. The Germain Arena is at 11000 Everglades Parkway. For information, visit www.germainarena.com.
Aug. 8-10: Florida's Creative Coast Weekend, Pine Island. On the second weekend each month November-April, Pine Island businesses offer themed artistic events. Galleries and shops are open extended hours on Friday, many offering special openings. Take a cooking class, or listen to live music. Other special events and workshops are planned at individual shops on Saturday and Sunday. 239-283-4842. pineislandchamber.org
Aug. 9-10: Buckler’s Craft Fair, Fort Myers. This fair showcases the handiwork of professional crafters. Admission is $6 per person (good for both days with hand stamp, children 12 and under are free). The fair is at the Lee Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Road. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For details, visit www.bucklercraftfair.com.
Aug. 21: 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
Aug. 23: Just For Fun Dog Show, Cape Coral. Bring the family, including Rover, to the Just For Fun Dog Show at Rotary Park on Aug. 23. Dog merchandise vendors are featured and visitors may enter their pooch on a number of categories including Waggiest Tail, Best Kisser, Dog/Owner Look-Alike and more for prizes. Cost to enter your dog in one category is $6; $20 for four categories; $25 for unlimited categories. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rotary Park is at 5505 Rose Garden Road. For details, visit www.fortmyers-sanibel.com.
South Florida and the Keys
(Including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and the Treasure Coast)
Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Funtastic Friday, Hollywood Beach. Enjoy family fun with a DJ, face painter, games, bounce houses and more., held every Friday at ArtsPark. Free admission. 954-921-3500. http://www.sunny.org/events/
Aug. 3: 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
Aug. 7-10: Key West Lobsterfest, Key West. Festivities include Friday's Lobsterfest Duval Crawl, the street fair and free concert on Saturday, and the Lobster Brunch on Sunday. Advance reservations required. 305-293-1818 x7537. 305-294-2000. www.keywestlobsterfest.com
Aug. 10, 17: Bluegrass Concert, North Palm Beach. Longtime local musicians will be performing folk and bluegrass music in the park’s theater. The program is free with park admission of $5 per vehicle. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. At John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. 561-624-6952. www.floridastateparks.org/macarthurbeach/
Aug. 16: Anything That Floats Race, Key Largo. Grab an oar or just watch during the crazy and fun
Anything That Floats Race on Blackwater Sound in Key Largo on Aug. 16. Participants craft vessels from anything-that-floats-items around the house to compete in this wacky, family-friendly on-the-water race. The race is free to enter and prizes are awarded. Other attractions include local bands playing from land at Mile Marker 104, bayside at sunset. For information and event rules, visit www.keylargoanythingthatfloatsrace.com. For details on travel to the Florida Keys, including lodging, dining and attractions, log on to www.fla-keys.com.
Aug. 16-17: Buckler's Craft Fair, West Palm Beach. Custom home décor, jewelry, furniture, country and traditional crafts, scrapbooking, folk art, dolls, hair accessories, candles, baby items, artwork, pet items, quilts, wearable art, flags, painted glass, yard art, personalized items, gourmet foods, and more. At South Florida Fairgrounds; 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission $7. 386-860-0092. www.bucklercraftfair.com/
Aug. 17: 20th Annual Hollywood Beach Latin Festival, Hollywood Beach. This popular event showcases Latin culture with both traditional and folkloric music on two stages, dancing, food, arts and crafts, a health court and children's activities. Location is at Michigan Street north to Garfield Street. Free admission. 954-536-4515. www.hollywoodlatinfestival.com
Aug. 21: 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. www.fla-keys.com
Aug. 28: Fifth Annual Key West Brewfest, Key West. The Last Key sets the scene for the Fifth Annual Key West Brewfest on Aug. 28-Sept. 1. More than 150 beers and micro-brews are
on tap at this "tasty" event on Labor Day Weekend that benefits the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic. Beer tastings, a beer dinner, seminars, food and musical rhythms round out the weekend activities. BrewFest Tasting Festival tickets are $35 in advance; $40 at the entrance. For information, visit keywestbrewfest.com or call 800-354-4455.
Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Heroes Welcome Tribute Weekend, Duck Key. The Heroes Welcome Tribute Weekend honors military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical personnel at Hawks Cay Resort on Aug. 29-Sept. 1. The annual event, over Labor Day weekend, has such planned attractions as an All-American barbecue, fireworks, heroes’ tribute and country music concert. For information, visit www.hawkscay.com.
(Including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Flagler County and Amelia Island)
Aug. 1: First Friday Art Walk, St. Augustine. One of the city's most popular cultural events, held the first Friday of each month from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.. 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
Aug. 2: Living History Day, St. Augustine. From 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free, including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. At Fort Matanzas National Monument. www.nps.gov/foma/index.htm
Aug. 2-3: First Weekend Union Garrison, Fernandina Beach. Re-creation of daily life in a Civil War fort, at Amelia Island's Fort Clinch State Park on the first weekend of the month. Activities include artillery and medical demonstrations, soldier drills, and re-enactments of daily chores from laundry and kitchen duty to carpentry work, all reenacted by living historians dressed in period costume. Saturday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-noon. Park entrance fee $6 per vehicle plus Fort tour $2 per person, under 6 free. 904-277-7274. www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch
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.
Aug. 9: 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 www.ameliaisland.com/calendar.aspx
Aug. 9: Jazoo's Birthday-Back to School Summer Bash, Jacksonville. Join in the celebration for Jazoo and friends as he celebrates his birthday and the upcoming school year. There will be cupcakes, games and prizes, music, visits from local mascots and more. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. At Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. 904-757-4463. www.jacksonvillezoo.org
Aug. 10: Sunset/Moonrise at the St. Augustine Lighthous, St. Augustine. This event ncludes a champagne toast provided by the San Sebastian Winery, hors d’oeuvres from The Reef and an overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station on Aug. 10. Cost is $25. The lighthouse is at 81 Lighthouse Avenue. For information, visit www.staugustinelighthouse.org.
Aug. 13: A Music by the Sea, St. Augustine Beach. A Music by the Sea concert featuring Grapes of Roth (classic R/R) is slated for Aug. 13. The family-friendly concert is free; food from a local restaurant will be available for purchase. Food service begins at 6 p.m., the concert at 7 p.m. The event is at the St. Augustine Beach Pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd. For more information, visit www.thecivicassociation.org/music_by_the_sea_summer_concerts
Aug. 22-23: Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, Amelia Island. The Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Center invites one and all to the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off on Aug. 22-23. The event kicks off the college football season with a barbeque competition at the beach during the Fifth Annual Cook-off. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the happening includes professional barbeque competition teams competing for cash prizes at Main Beach Park. Admission is $5.00 per person and the event features free live entertainment, including Beach Street Blues Band and more. There is free parking with event shuttle. For additional information, visit www.gstailgatecookoff.com.
Including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)
Aug. 2: Funday and Possum Festival, Wausau. This is Wausau's 45th annual tribute to the lowly possum, which the town holds in high esteem. Join the fun with activities from the Possum Parade to possum auctions, possum stew and ice cream, arts and crafts, live music and dance, and hog callin', rooster crowin' and cow lowin' contests. Free. 850-638-1781. www.wausaupossumfestival.com
Aug. 2: Colonial Crafts, Tallahassee. Children are invited to Mission San Luis to create crafts they can take home. The program is free with regular admission to the mission: $5 for adults, $2 for children. 850-245-6406. www.missionsanluis.org/
Aug. 2: Camp Helen History Tour, Panama City Beach. Camp Helen State Park invites you to its monthly history walk at Camp Helen State Park. Come learn about the early history of the park and local area while wandering on a guided tour around Camp Helen's restored historical buildings. The walk starts at 10 a.m. and lasts about 45 minutes. At Camp Helen State Park. 850-233-5059. www.floridastateparks.org/camphelen/
Aug. 21-23: Blackwater Music Festival, Live Oak. The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park sets the scene for the annual Blackwater Music Festival on Aug. 21-23. Lineup includes Slightly Stoopid X2, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, and Steel Pulse. Single day admission ranges from $30 to $65; festival tickets with primitive camping are also available. For details, visit www.blackwatermusicfestival.com.
Aug. 22: Stargazing by the Shore, Destin. Henderson Beach State Park will host a star gazing program. Volunteers from the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will set up several telescopes for public viewing of star clusters, planets and galaxies. Also, prior to sunset, their telescopes will be equipped for safe viewing of the sun. All ages are invited. The park will close at sunset. All those attending should arrive prior to sunset. Call park for sunset time. Event weather permitting. At Henderson Beach State Park. 850-837-7550. www.floridastateparks.org/hendersonbeach/
Aug. 23: Early Boat Tour, Wakulla Springs. Wakulla Springs State Park invites you to enjoy the wildlife along the Wakulla River. This tour will appeal to photographers interested in birds. Starts at 8 a.m. $10 for adults, $7 for 12 and under. 850-561-7276. www.floridastateparks.org/wakullasprings/
Aug. 29-31: Ft. Walton Beach’s Greek Festival, Ft. Walton Beach. Visitors can “travel” to Greece without leaving Florida during Ft. Walton Beach’s Greek Festival at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Aug. 29-31. Greek foods, dances, and music are on the agenda as well as a variety of vendors. The Emerald Coast Convention Center is at 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy S.E. For details, visit www.stmarkella.org.
Aug. 29-31: Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Country Music Festival, Panama City Beach. Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bently and Blake Shelton are among the headliners for the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Country Music Festival on Aug. 29-31. General admission three-day pass is $139; children ages 6 and under are free. The festival’s Headline Stage is in Frank Brown Park, 16200 Panama City Beach Pkwy. For information, visit www.gulfcoastjam.com.Special Correspondent Georgina Cruz contributed to this report