Florida travel calendar for August

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.

Central Florida: (Including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County)

Through Sept. 29: Bandshell Concert Series, Daytona Beach. The Bandshell Concert Series runs every Friday and Saturday. Saturday shows also feature fireworks that begin at 9:45 p.m. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Tickets for each Friday night are $3 for general admission; $10 for VIP (includes a chair) plus applicable fees. Children under 10 are free. August guests include tribute bands playing the music of Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead, U2 and so many more. 70 Boardwalk. 386-255-0415. www.daytonabandshell.com

Aug. 4: First Saturday Jam, Barberville. On the first Saturday of each month visit the Barberville Pioneer Settlement for entertainment and fun for the entire family. Includes informal folk music jams, free music lessons, a chili cook-off and a yard sale. 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Free. 1776 Lightfoot Lane. 386-749-2959. www.pioneersettlement.org

Aug. 4: Art Stroll and Gallery Walk, New Smyrna Beach. Held on the first Saturday each month, historic Canal Street livens up with art vendors, musicians and exhibitions. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 386-428-1600. nsbfla.com

Aug. 10: Friday Fest, Melbourne. Held the second Friday of each month in Historic Downtown, Friday Fest is a family-oriented event that includes live music, vendors, lots of great food, beer and wine and children's activities. 6 to 10 p.m. Free. New Haven Avenue. 321-724-1741. www.downtownmelbourne.com

Aug. 10-12: 24th Annual Harvest Grape Stomp, Clermont. Join grape stomping competitions during this now three-day event at the Lakeridge Winery. Local musicians entertain and there are free winery tours and tastings. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday;11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Aduts $10. 12 and under are free. 19239 U.S. Highway 27. 800-768-WINE. www.lakeridgewinery.com

Aug. 10-12: Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show, Orlando. The 9th annual three-day event at the Orange County Convention Center will feature areas for home design, garden, new products, shopping and healthy living, kid's zone and live birds of prey and pet zone. Registation prices vary, On-site parking is $10. http://orlandohomeandgardenshow.com/

Aug. 11-12: 4 Wheel Parts Orlando Truck & Jeep Fest, Orlando. Off-road enthusiasts can enjoy the largest off-road touring show. The event features custom trucks and jeeps, product demonstrations and hourly giveaways. Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway. 877-474-4821. www.4wheelparts.com

Aug. 17: Cocoa Beach Friday Fest. Cocoa Beach. Held the third Friday of each month, this family-oriented event has live music, food and a kids' zone. 6-10 p.m. Downtown Cocoa Beach, A1A. Free. facebook.com/cocoabeachfridayfest

Aug. 17-Oct. 31: (select dates): Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Walt Disney World. The special event at Magic Kingdom will be held on select dates on 32 nights through October 31. The event again will include the “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks display, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade and the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show in front of Cinderella Castle. Check website for dates. Prices range from $74 to $115 ($69 to $110 for ages 3-9) with earlier nights being the least expensive. 407-824-4321. disneyworld.com/halloween

Aug. 18: Downtown DeLand Classic Car Cruise-In, DeLand. Every third Saturday of the month classic cars and rods line East Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Includes a live DJ, giveaways, shopping and dining. 4 to 7 p.m. Free. East Indiana Ave. 386-738-0649. www.MainStreetDeLand.org

Aug. 18: Art Walk, Sanford. Central Florida's only monthly juried art show, held the third Saturday of each month. With exhibits and music at participating venues. 6 to 9 p.m. 230 E First Street. Free. 407-302-2586. sanfordartwalk.com

Aug. 24-Sept. 30: Magical Dining Month. Orlando. Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month named "Best Foodie City in the Nation" by Wallethub is in it's 13th year. The promotion is offered at more than 100 area restaurants with $35 prixe-fixe three-course meals.One dollar from each meal served during Magical Dining is being donated to this year's charities, Freedom Ride and BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation. OrlandoMagicalDining.com

Aug. 25: Wine Walk & Art Walk, 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 three locations along Flagler Avenue. Discount with official glass from a previous Wine Walk. 1 to 7 p.m. In conjunction with ArtWalk with displays of art works by resident and visiting artists, along with entertainment and demonstrations. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. http://see-daytonabeach.com/

Aug. 25-26: Mount Dora Seafood Festival, Mount Dora. This 4th annual festival features seafood, music, kids' activities and pirates. Begins at 11 a.m. both days. Free. Elizabeth Evans Park, 100 N. Donnelly St. 352-217-8390. www.visitlakefl.com

Aug. 26: Climb to the Moon, Ponce Inlet. Climb to the Moon at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse offers views of the sunset and moonrise from atop Florida's tallest lighthouse on a select day each month. The lighthouse keeper relates the story of this National Historic Landmark, and visitors can enjoy beverages and hors d'oeuvres. Participation is limited to 25 people and tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 386-761-1821 ext. 10. 4931. 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. 4931 S. Peninsula Drive. www.ponceinlet.org

Aug. 30-Nov. 12: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, Walt Disney World. The annual food and wine lover's paradise offers beverages from close to 30 global marketplaces. Also on tap are celebrity chef demonstrations and rock star performances during the Eat to the Beat concert series. Festival comes with Epcot admission and plates range in price. 407-939-5277. disneyworld.com/foodandwine

Tampa Bay-Sarasota: (Including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa)

Aug. 5: Night in the Islands, Tarpon Springs. Head to the Sponge Docks for Greek music, dancing and dining all while enjoying some of the best Greek food outside of Athens. The event also includes an hour of free Greek dance lessons from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. To reserve a table, contact the participating restaurants: Costa's, Hella, Mama's or Mykonos. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, 20 Dodeecanese Blvd. 727-937-1130. www.spongedocks.net

Aug. 11: Second Saturday St. Petersburg ArtWalk, St. Petersburg. Meet artists and gallery owners every second Saturday of the month as more than 40 studios and galleries from all five arts districts come together as one arts destination. Get around on free ArtWalk trolleys that encompass all of the districts. 5 to 9 p.m. Free. 727-518-5142. stpeteartsalliance.org

Aug. 19: Tampa Indie Flea, Tampa. Held on the third Sunday of each month, this market showcases the best vendors of all things local, indie and handmade. There is also local food and drinks and music. 12 to 4 p.m. Armature Works in Tampa Heights, 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, 33602. Free. 561-746-6615. theindieflea.com

Southwest Florida: (including Naples, Fort Myers, Venice, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda)

Aug. 10: Yappy Hour, Fort Myers. Grab your pup and head to Bell Tower Shops for Yappy Hour, held on the second Friday of each month. You can meet adoptable dogs, enjoy an outdoor bar and listen to live music. Finish the night at one of the eight pet-friendly restaurants in the center. Proceeds benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. The Bell Tower Shops, 13499 U.S. 41 SE. www.thebelltowershops.com

Aug. 11: Fisherman's Village TikiFest, Punta Gorda. The 3rd annual TikiFest will feature hula dancers, music, games, crafts and food and drink specials. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. 941-639-8721. Fisherman's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. www.charlotteharbortravel.com

Aug. 16: Alive After Five, Punta Gorda. Held on the third Thursday of each month, Alive After Five is an evening of fine art and craft, wine tastings, art receptions and more. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Downtown Punta Gorda. 941-505-0130. www.charlotteharbortravel.com  

South Florida and the Keys: (Including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and the Treasure Coast)

Aug. 4: Wheelin' Dealin' Food Truck Festival, Fort Lauderdale. The best food trucks in South Florida meet the first Saturday every month at The Casino. 5 to 10 p.m. Free. The Casino, 301 E. Dania Beach Blvd. 954-920-1511. www.sunny.org

Aug. 4: MiMo on the Beach Walking Tours, Miami. Every first Saturday, this walking tour introduces you to the distinctive MiMo (Miami Modern) architecture that makes the area unique. 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Reservations aren't required, and you can buy tickets ($20-25) online or pay with cash on the day of the tour. Tours depart from the southeast corner of 73rd Street and Collins Avenue. 305-763-8026. mdpl.org

Aug. 5: Sunday Jazz Brunch, Fort Lauderdale. Live outdoor concert series bring 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. to 2 p.m. Free. 954-828-5363. www.fortlauderdale.gov

Aug. 9-12: Key West Lobsterfest, Key West. To celebrate the start of lobster season, festivities include Thursday’s Lobster Boil, Friday's sail and snorkel trip, Saturday's street fair and free concert, and Sunday's Lobster Brunch. Advance reservations required for the brunch. 305-294-7170. www.keywestlobsterfest.com

Aug. 11: Supercar Saturdays Florida, Fort Lauderdale. Held on the second Saturday of each month, Supercar Saturdays is a gathering of car enthusiasts. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lamborghini Broward, 4645 Volunteer Road., 33330. 305-761-2929. http://www.lamborghinibroward.com/supercar-saturdays.htm

Aug. 11: Wynwood Artwalk, Miami. Held every second Saturday, this event features openings at art galleries, instuitions and businesses. Art enthusiasts from all over crowd the streets to have a great night out and enjoy the Miami art scene. 6 to 10 p.m. Free. NW 2nd Ave. and NW 23rd St. 305-814-9290. www.wynwoodartwalk.com

Aug. 16: Third Thursday Art Walk, Islamorada. The Morada Way Third Thursday Art Walk presents local fine arts, music and culinary specialties. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. The galleries of Morada Way are between Mile Markers 81 and 82. 305-916-5521. www.moradaway.org

Aug. 18: Downtown Hollywood Artwalk, Hollywood. Recurring every third Saturday, this event features pop-up shops, artist showcases, vintage shopping, boutique goods live music and more. Stroll through downtown Hollywood on a guided tour to learn about Hollywood and the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project. 5 to 10 p.m. Free. 1945 Hollywood Blvd. 954-924-2980. floridashollywood.org

Aug. 30-Sept. 3: Key West Brewfest, Key West. More than 150 beers and microbrews are on tap at this 9th annual event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic. Events from beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, late-night parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting Festival Event are some of the offered activities. $40 in advance, $50 day of. Located in various establishments throughout Key West. 800-354-4455. www.fla-keys.com

Aug. 31: Viernes Culturales Arts and Culture Festival, Miami. Little Havana's art and culture festival features music and art by local artists around the iconic Domino Plaza. Enjoy dancing, eating and shopping. 7 to 11 p.m. Free. Along Southwest 8th Street from 13th to 17th Avenues. 305-643-5500. www.viernesculturales.org

Northeast Florida: (Including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Flagler County and Amelia Island)

Aug. 2, 9, 16, 24 & 30: Concerts in the Plaza, St. Augustine. This concert series will return for its 28th season, offering free concerts every Thursday in the gazebo of the historic Plaza de la Constitucion. Free. 7 to 9 p.m. 904-825-1004. www.visitstaugustine.com

Aug. 3: First Friday Garden Walk, Palm Coast. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park hosts a garden walk led by a park ranger. The walk introduces visitors to the history and variety of the formal gardens in this unique state park. 10 to 10:45 a.m. $5 per vehicle with up to eight people. 6400 N. Ocean Shore Blvd. 386-446-6783. www.visitstaugustine.com

Aug. 4: Fort Mose Militia Muster and Training, St. Augustine. The Fort Mose Militia bring the 18th century back to life by practicing firing drills and teaching new members historic weapons use and safety. There is also a children's militia training with wooden toy muskets and uniforms. 9 to 11:30.m. Program is free, but park entry is $2 per person; children 5 and under free. 15 Fort Mose Trail. 904-823-2232.

Aug. 5: First Weekend Union Garrison, Fernandina Beach. Re-creation of daily life in 1864 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 all reenacted by living historians dressed in period costume. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $2.50 per person; children 6 and under free. 2601 Atlantic Ave. 904-277-7274. www.floridastateparks.org

Aug. 11: Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival, Jacksonville. This Caribbean-style fest celebrates the multiple island cultures featuring their music, crafts, foods and a street parade. Adults $10; children under 10 are free. 904-465-1989. 1096 A. Phillip Randolph Park. www.jacksonvillecarnival.com

Aug. 11: Artrageous Artwalk, Fernandina Beach. Held on second Saturday each month, the Artrageous Artwalk opens the doors of some of Amelia Island's 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 to 8 p.m. Free. 18 N. 2nd St. 904-261-7020. www.islandart.org 

Aug. 26: Sunset Moonrise Tour, St. Augustine. Once a month, the St. Augustine Lighthouse offers moonrise tours, where visitors can enjoy a view of the nation's oldest city, enhanced by the sight of the sun setting behind the city and the moon rising over the Atlantic. Begins at 7:30 p.m. $30, which includes champagne and hors d'oeuvres. 81 Lighthouse Ave. 904-829-0745. www.visitstaugustine.com

Aug. 26: Schooner Freedom Full Moon Sail, St. Augustine. Schooner Freedom offers sails on the night of the full moon each month. Visitors can glide along the moonlit waters of Matanzas Bay aboard the 19th century replica ship. Includes complimentary soda, beer and wine, as well as live music. Departs at 8:45 p.m. $40 ($5 cash discount). St. Augustine Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez St. 904-810-1010. www.visitstaugustine.com

North-Central Florida (including Ocala, Gainesville and Tallahassee)

Aug. 4: Guided Tour at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville. Take a guided tour of the state's largest public display of bamboos and the largest herb garden in the Southest. Offered the first Saturday of every month. Begins at 10 a.m. Included with admission price. 4700 SW 58th Drive. 352-372-4981. www.kanapaha.org

Aug. 5: Florida Safari, Ocala. On the first Sunday of each month take a tram tour of the longleaf pine forest. Learn about the park's land management practices and see Florida wildlife. Begins at 10 a.m. Limit of 15 spaces available. To RSVP, call 352-236-7148 ext. 4. 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd. www.floridastateparks.org

Aug. 12: Gainesville Indie Flea, Gainesville. Held on the second Sunday of each month, this market showcases the best vendors of all things local, indie and handmade. There is also local food and drinks and music. 1-5 p.m. Historic Old Gainesville Depot. 203 Southeast Depot Ave. so local food and drinks and music. 12 to 4 p.m. Historic Rialto Theatre, 1617 N Franklin St. Free. theindieflea.com

Panhandle: (Including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)

Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28: Bands on the Beach, Pensacola. This summer concert series runs every Tuesday night May through September. Prior talents have included includes Johnny Earthquake & the Moondogs, Reunion Band, Bay Bridge Band, The Rowdies, and Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters. From 7 to 9 p.m. Sit on the beach and enjoy local classic rock artists. For more information call 850-932-2257. www.visitpensacolabeach.com

Aug. 4: Wausau Possum Festival, Wausau. The 49th annual Possum Festival features a "Possum King and Queen" contest, arts and crafts vendors, a possum parade, a 5k and more. Possum Palace Park, Wausau, 32428. 850-638-1781. www.wausaupossumfestival.com

Aug. 18: Jacksonian Guard Colors Ceremony, Pensacola. Celebrate Florida becoming a U.S. Territory where the ceremony originally took place in 1821. The Jacksonian Guard is a re-enactment group of Jacksonian era and Spanish soldiers, fifers and drummers. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. At the flagpole in Plaza Ferdinand. 850-466-5220. www.visitpensacola.com

Aug. 18: 7th Annual Paddle at the Porch, Destin. The Back Porch Seafood and Oyster Bar hosts a Kids' Fun Race, 1-Mile Beginner, 3-Mile Recreational and 6-Mile Elite races. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1740 Scenic Highway 98. 850-837-6241. www.destinchamber.com

Aug. 19: Blues on the Bay Concert Series, Pensacola. This summer series holds concerts on Sunday nights when the Blues Wahoos babeball team isn't playing in the park. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. Free.  August talent is The Truth featuring Cat Rhodes and Crosstown. Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St. 850-436-5670. www.visitpensacola.com

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