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)
TBA: 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 1: 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. www.ponceinlet.org
July 2: Sunset Beach Concert Series, Tarpon Springs. Synergy performs at Sunset Beach. No pets, no alcoholic beverages. Hot dogs, popcorn, sodas and water available for purchase. Free admission, but donations are appreciated. www.ctsfl.us/recreation
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: Mount Dora 4th of July Celebration, Mount Dora. Independence Day celebration with a parade, live music and fireworks, starting at 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Rotary Club. Free. At Elizabeth Evans Park. www.mountdora.com/events.php
July 3: 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. www.baldwinparkevents.com
July 3: 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. Admission is free. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 1463 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. www.foosanerartmuseum.org
July 4: Hunter Vision Watermelon 5K, Winter Park. Gather friends, family and neighbors for a spectacular Independance Day celebration of fitness and fun. All runners receive a festive T-shirt, plentiful refreshments, ice-cold watermelon and lots of fun. Military Personnel and family receive a $10 discount and a special bib. cityofwinterpark.org
July 4: Fourth of July Lakefest Celebration, St. Cloud. A community get-together on Lakeshore Boulevard with day-long activities, entertainment, arts and crafts and fireworks. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. Free admission. www.stcloudflchamber.com
July 4: A Sci-Fi Fourth of July, Celebration. Celebration Town Center's "A Sci-Fi 4th of July" will feature a movie themed costume contest at 7:30 PM, so come dressed as your favorite character for a chance to win big prizes. It will also feature a synchronized fireworks spectacular set to a Sci-Fi themed soundtrack, bounce houses for kids, live music by Oliver's Queen, Gina Marie Inacandela, DJ Tami, and more as well as an unforgettable tribute to our Veterans. So, get ready to dance the night away in a one of a kind, family-friendly event with a fireworks show you will be talking about for years. www.experiencekissimmee.com
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 p.m. 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. 407-327-6593. www.winterspringsfl.org
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. 321-639-3500. 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. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 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 at Fort Mellon Park. Admission is free. www.sanfordfl.gov
July 4: Fourth of July Celebration, St. Cloud. Celebrate Independence Day along the laid-back St. Cloud Lakefront with live music, a bounce house, band performances and more. Admission is free. stcloudfireworks.org
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. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. www.cityoforlando.net
TBA: 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
TBA: 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: 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. 4thofjuly.leesburgpartnership.com
July 4, 11, 18, 25: Summer Music Series, Clermont. Live music every Saturday from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. in front of the vineyards at Lakeridge Winery. Food, complimentary tours and wine tasting. Free. 1-800-768-9463 www.lakeridgewinery.com
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 10: 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. Free. www.downtownmelbourne.com
July 18: 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. - 7 p.m. Free. 386-624-5027. www.MainStreetDeLand.org
July 18-19: Buckler’s Craft Fair, Lakeland. Buckler’s Craft Fair showcases local and national handmade creations on July 18-19. Admission is free. The event is at the Lakeland Square Mall. For information, visit www.bucklercraftfair.com
July 24: 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
July 25: Wine Walk on Flagler, New Smyrna Beach. Stroll Flagler Avenue and explore over 100 interesting wines inside local pubs, galleries and restaurants during this monthly progressive wine tasting event. $25 Tasting Passports on sale day of the event at 3 locations along Flagler Avenue. $20 for Tasting Passports with an official glass from a previous Wine Walk. www.nsbfla.com/calendar.cfm
Tampa Bay-Sarasota (including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa)
TBA: 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
TBA: 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
TBA: 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 3: 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 4-5: Madeira Beach Craft Festival, Madeira Beach. The Madeira Beach Craft Festival showcases the creations of artists and crafters on July 4-5. 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 4, 18: St. Pete Indie Market, St. Petersburg On the first Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local independent designers and artists take to the sidewalks to show off their best works. www.stpeteindiemarket.com
July 25: 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 27 - July 5: Super Boat Grand Prix Festival, Lido Beach. More than 30 boats from around the country will race on Lido Beach. Event times vary. 941-487-7904 x103. sarasotapowerboatgrandprix.org
Southwest Florida (including Naples, Fort Myers, Venice, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda)
TBA: 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. $59. www.adventureinparadiseinc.com
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 5 p.m. www.capeboom.com
July 4: 4th of July Celebration at Fishermen's Village, Punta Gorda At 12 pm live music will start and the celebration will continue through the night until 9 p.m. www.fishville.com
July 4, 11, 18, 25: 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 16: 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. 941-505-0130. www.charlotteharbortravel.com
July 18-19: 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. www.mangomaniafl.com
July 24-26: 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. For more information visit www.fishermensvillagepiratefest.com
July 24-26: Annual Caladium Festival, Lake Placid. Stuart Park in Lake Placid sets the scene for the annual Caladium Festival on July 24-26. 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. For information visit www.lpfla.com/caladium.htm.
TBA: 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 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: 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
TBA: 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
TBA: 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 3-4: 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: 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. www.boynton-beach.org
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. On the beach at the intersection of A1A and Atlantic Avenue. www.downtowndelraybeach.com
TBA: Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Picnic at The Barnacle Historic State Park, Coconut Grove. Enjoy the Fourth at an old-fashioned picnic on the grounds of this 19th century pioneer home site. Hosted by The Barnacle Society, it features lawn games, kite-making, knot-tying demonstrations and more. House and grounds are decorated in traditional July 4th bunting, as when Commodore Munroe's family lived here. The public is invited to join the staff and volunteers in wearing a period costume. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and enjoy the day's celebration. Admission $5 adults, $3 ages 6-11. 305-442-6866. www.floridastateparks.org/
July 5: 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. fortlauderdale.gov
July 9-12: Mel Fisher Days, Key West. The Last Key sets the scene for Mel Fisher Days on July 9-12. 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 11: 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 16: 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 moradaway.org/artwalk
July 11-12: International Mango Festival, Coral Gables. Come to the 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 is $25. 305-667-1651. www.fairchildgarden.org
July 21-26: Hemingway Days, Key West. The 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 116th birthday. 305-461-3300 www.hemingwaydays.org
July 25-26: Buckler Craft Fair, Fort Lauderdale. The Buckler Craft Fair showcases handmade crafts from local and national artists at the War Memorial Auditorium on July 25-26. 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.
July 25 - Aug. 1: BugFest-By-The-Sea, Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Kick off the lobster mini season with a party, a lobster hunting class and a workshop before The Great Florida Bug Hunt Contest on July 29 and 30. Prizes will be given in several categories, including biggest lobster. $20 registration includes a BugFest T-shirt and goody bag. www.bugfestbythesea.com
Northeast Florida (including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Flagler County and Amelia Island)
July 3: 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 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.904-630-2489. www.makeascenedowntown.com
July 4: 4th of July Concert & Fireworks, St. Augustine. The 4th of July Concert & Fireworks in St. Augustine starts at 6 p.m. with the All Star Orchestra performing in the Plaza de la Constitucion. At 9:30 p.m., one of the largest fireworks displays on the East Coast bursts above the ancient Castillo de San Marcos and reflects in the waters of Matanzas Bay. Admission is free with the best vantage points along the bay front between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions. www.FireworksOverTheMatanzas.com
TBA: 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 4-5: First Weekend Union Garrison, Amelia Island. Union Garrison at Fort Clinch State Park features history interpreters recreating life at the fort as it was in 1864. 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 11: 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. http://www.ameliaisland.com/calendar.aspx
July 12: 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. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 904-247-6100. www.jacksonvillebeach.org.
July 13 - 18: 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
TBA: 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 25- Aug. 31: Nature and Wildlife Exhibit, St. Augustine. The Old City puts on the Nature and Wildlife Exhibit on July 25-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. www.staugustineartfestival.com
TBA: Jerk Food Fest, Jacksonville. Want to add some flavor to a visit to Jacksonville? The 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)
TBA: 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 www.ocalamarion.com
TBA: 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 24-25: 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)
TBA: 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
TBA: 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.visitpensacola.com
July 4: 4th of July Spectacular, Panama City Beach. This celebration holds the title of biggest fireworks display on the gulf coast. There will be five area fireworks displays for you to enjoy depending on where you are in the area of Bay County. Two in the Beach area, one in Panama City at the Panama City Marina at the end of Harrison Avenue, one just north of us in the City Of Lynn Haven and one in Mexico Beach. www.panamacitysun.com/july-4th-fireworks
TBA: 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 7, 14, 21, 28: 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
July 11: 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 11. At 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. and the show is highlighted by a performance by the Blue Angels. For information, log on to www.visitpensacola.com.
July 16-18: 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 18, 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 24-25: 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 24-25. The free programs are conducted by the Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association and start at sunset. www.visitpensacolabeach.com
Correspondent Georgina Cruz contributed to this report.