Florida travel calendar for February

Check out festivals and events in February 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)

Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24: Artisan Alley Farmer's Market & More on Georgia. Featuring local produce, plants, pickles, honey, baked goods, arts & crafts. Held every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. in Artisan Alley. 386-738-0649. mainstreetdeland.org/area.cfm

Feb. 3: Jazz Friday at Foosaner Museum of Art, Melbourne. The Foosaner Museum of Art hosts live jazz music during the First Friday in Eau Gallie Arts District. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 1463 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. 321-674-8916. www.foosanerartmuseum.org

Feb. 4-5: The Mount Dora Arts Festival, Mount Dora. The Mount Dora Arts Festival showcases the works of 285 juried artists. Artists compete for awards in painting, printmaking, photography, jewelry, sculpture and numerous other categories. The art displays are combined with live entertainment and children's activities. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Admission is free. For more information, call the Mount Dora Center for the Arts at 352-383-0880. www.mountdora.com

Feb. 4-March 24: Universal Studios Mardi Gras, Orlando. Take the best traditions of The Big Easy, an amazing concert line-up, and all the excitement of Universal Studios Florida, and you’ve got the makings of the biggest party in Florida. Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras is sixteen nights of toe-tapping music, sizzling Cajun and Creole cuisine, and beads by the handful. Each night features one of the biggest names in music live in concert, a dazzling parade, outrageous street performers, and more. Included with Universal Studios ticket or annual pass. 407-363-8000. www.universalorlando.com

Feb. 4: First Saturday Jam, Barberville. On the first Saturday each month visit the Pioneer Settlement for entertainment and fun for the entire family. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Includes informal music jams, free workshops, a chili cook-off, yard sale. 386-749-2087. www.pioneersettlement.org

Feb. 10-12: Wine Fest XXVII, Clermont. Arts and crafts, complimentary winery tours, tasting and live music are part of the fun during Wine Fest XXVII at the Lakeridge Winery on Feb. 10-12. Food and wine will be available for purchase. A $2 donation will be accepted at the gate to benefit a local charity. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The winery is at 19239 Highway 27 North. For details, visit www.lakeridgewinery.com

Feb. 10: Friday Family 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 and a Kids Zone. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Highland Avenue, Melbourne FL 32922. Free. 321-724-1741. www.downtownmelbourne.com

Feb. 11: DeLand Craft Beer Festival, DeLand. This is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker to learn more about their favorite brews and discover new ones. There will be more than 100 breweries represented, including more than 25 Florida breweries, rare and vintage beers, casks, a cider corner and select imports. Educational breakout sessions during the festival will be hosted by industry professionals. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the gate. www.volusiabeerweek.com     `

Feb. 17-18: Olustee Festival and Craft Show, Olustee/Lake City. The annual Olustee Arts & Crafts Festival on Feb. 17-18 features arts and crafts from vendors all over the U.S., food and entertainment, and a kids area featuring pony rides, rock climbing walls and more. The festival is located in Downtown Lake City. www.olusteefestival.com

Feb. 18-26: Budweiser Speedweeks, Daytona Beach. The Daytona International Speedway sets the scene for the Budweiser Speedweeks on Feb. 18-26. This NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event is highlighted by a variety of races, such as the Can-Am Duel At Daytona on Feb. 23. The event culminates in the annual Daytona 500, often called “The Great American Race,” on Feb. 26. Tickets for the Daytona 500 vary. Travel packages are available. www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Feb. 18: 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, 32771. Free. www.sanfordartwalk.com

Feb. 18: Cruisin' Downtown DeLand Classic Car Show, DeLand. Every 3rd Saturday of the month. East Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Classic cars & rods line East Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Live DJ, giveaways, shopping & dining. 4-7 p.m. Free. www.MainStreetDeLand.org

Feb. 24-26: Port Canaveral Seafood & Music Festival, Port Canaveral. Lobster, crab, shrimp, tuna and all sorts of seafood will be available at this annual festival. Guests can also expect big name musicians from the country and reggae scenes. Featuring art and craft exhibits and kids activities. portcanaveralseafoodandmusicfestival.com/

Feb. 24 - 26: George Washington Birthday Festival, Eustis. Georgefest honors our first president, George Washington, during the George Washington Birthday Festival on Feb. 24-26. Festival highlights include a parade, pageants, entertainment and arts and crafts. For details, visit www.eustischamber.org

Feb. 25: Art Walk on Flagler, New Smyrna Beach. Held on the fourth Saturday each month (except September), 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). Flagler Avenue, 100 Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32169. www.nsbwaterfrontloop.com

Feb. 26: Daytona 500, Daytona. The best stock car drivers in the world compete in "The Great American Race," NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious event. 800-PIT-SHOP. www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

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

Feb. 9-20: Florida State Fair, Tampa Bay. Shows, midway rides and games, exhibits, music and shopping as well as a variety of foods available for purchase. The Florida State Fair is held at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 Highway 301 North, where parking is free during the fair. www.floridastatefair.com

Feb. 10-11: Celtic Family Jamboree, Brooksville. The Celtic Family Jamboree at the Sertoma Youth Ranch features Celtic music on Feb. 10-11. Celtic merchandise and jewelry will be available for purchase. The Sertoma Youth Ranch is on 85 Myers Road. Tickets are $30 for two days in advance; $38 at the gate. Kids 17 and under are free in the company of paid adult. www.celticheritageproductions.com

Feb. 11-12:  Annual Art and Craft Festival, Holmes Beach. Arts and crafts, music, food. To benefit the Butterfly Park. 5801 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach 34217. www.tnteventsinc.com

Feb. 11-12: Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival, Tampa Bay. Along Dunedin's Main Street, there is something for all, including botanical hotplates, functional pottery, hair accessories and handmade one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days. Free. www.artfestival.com

Feb. 11-12: Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts, Sarasota. The Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts showcases the work, including paintings photography, and sculptures, of local and national artists on Feb. 11-12. The event, on Main Street, is free. Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. For details, visit www.artfestival.com.

Feb. 18: Ozello Chili Cook-Off & Craft Show, Crystal River. The Ozello Chili Cook-Off & Craft Show on Feb. 18 starts with the craft fair at 9 a.m. and continues with the chili competition at 11 a.m. Visitors can peruse artwork in the fair and listen to music with views of the saltwater marshes. The event, which is sponsored by the Ozello Civic Association, 10495 West Ozello Trail, ends at 4 p.m. www.festivalnet.com

Feb. 18: Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, Tampa. Tampa serves up the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival on Feb. 18. On tap will be 60 beers, 40 bourbons and lots of barbecue. The event, at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, is from noon to 6 p.m. For details, visit www.beerandbourbon.com.

Feb. 20-26: Pasco County Fair, Dade City. The Pasco County Fair offers midway games and rides, exhibits, pageants and entertainment on Feb. 20-26. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children (kids ages 5 and under are free). The Pasco County Fairgrounds is located at 36722 State Road 52. www.pascocountyfair.com

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

Feb. 4-5: ArtFest Fort Myers, Fort Myers. ArtFest Fort Myers features artwork, entertainment, high school art competition and children's activities in Downtown Fort Myers on the waterfront. The event, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, is free. There's also a free Friday evening Opening Night party as well at Edwards Drive at Hendry Street in historic Downtown Fort Myers from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 3. For information, visit www.artfestfortmyers.com.

Feb. 10-12, 13-14: Sweetheart Express on Seminole Gulf Railway, Fort Myers. A strolling violinist completes your romantic evening aboard the Murder Mystery Dinner Train. Come celebrate this festive holiday on board and impress your special someone. Departure times are 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10-11, 13-14 and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Tickets are $85 Feb. 10 and Feb. 12 and $89 Feb. 11, 13-14. 239-275-8487. www.semgulf.com

Feb. 11-19: Edison Festival of Light Junior Events, Fort Myers. Featuring a STEM event, Junior Fun Run, Junior Parade and more. Downtown. 239-334-2999. www.edisonfestival.org

Feb. 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; free parking. 941-505-0130. www.charlotteharbortravel.com

Feb. 17-19: Edison Festival of Lights Crafts on the River, Fort Myers. About 100 exhibitors display handicrafts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday-Sunday. Exhibitors are selling items ranging from jewelry, quilts and handmade crafts. At Centennial Park. Free. 239-334-2999 www.edisonfestival.org

Feb. 18-19: Rotary Club Arts and Crafts Fair, Sanibel Island. One hundred artists and thousands of visitors fill Sanibel Community House for this annual event sponsored by Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva. Suggested $5 donation. 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island. www.sanibelartfair.com

Feb. 18: Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade, Fort Myers. Entertainment begins at noon, climaxing with fireworks at 7 p.m. to kick off the grand lighted parade. 239-334-2999. www.edisonfestival.org

Feb. 23-March 5: Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair, North Fort Myers. Old-fashioned and fun, this fair offers midway rides, livestock exhibits, pig races, a petting farm, and entertainment ranging from a comic master hypnotist, clowns, family shows and local talent. Adult admission tickets cost $8 in advance. Admission price for children 6 to 11 is $4 in advance. Children under 5 are admitted free. Advance-purchase mega-passes allow holders admission and unlimited rides for any day of their choice for $25. www.swflcfair.com

Feb. 24-26: Greek Fest Fort Myers, Ft. Myers. The tastes and sounds of Greece can be enjoyed during the annual Greek Fest Fort Myers. Greek food, music and dances are on the festivals agenda at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 8210 Cypress Lake Drive. Admission is $5 for the weekend (children under 12 are free). Event hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. For details, visit www.greekfestfortmyers.com.

Feb. 25-26: Swamp Cabbage Festival, LaBelle. Want to try gator tail and watch armadillo races and more? You may wish to head for LaBelle. This Southwest Florida town puts on its annual Swamp Cabbage Festival. For information, visit swampcabbagefestival.org.

Feb. 25: Burrowing Owl Festival, Cape Coral. Cape Coral claims Florida's largest population of the Burrowing Owl, a species of special concern. This annual festival is designed to educate the public about the owl and its preservation. Events include a children's corner, butterfly tent, educational speakers, burrowing owl van tours, birding tours, native plant sales and exhibitor's displays. www.ccfriendsofwildlife.org

Feb. 26: Punta Gorda Wine & Jazz Festival, Punta Gorda. Smooth sounds and happy taste buds will be the order of the day during the Punta Gorda Wine & Jazz Festival. Admission prices is $47.50. www.puntagordachamber.com

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

Feb. 4-5: Pigeon Key Art Festival, Marathon. What started as a weekend gathering of local artists has grown into a nationally recognized art show. The festival features dozens of local and national artists and craftsmen in multiple categories. Live entertainment is scheduled both days, setting the mood for shopping, relaxing, and enjoying food and beverages from booths serving local delicacies. At Marathon Community Park, MM49. www.pigeonkeyartfestival.com

Feb. 5: JM Lexus 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

Feb. 9-20: World Series of Poker, West Palm Beach. For 12 days, hundreds of players will come from all over the United States vying for the chance to move forward to the National Championship in the World Series of Poker. At the Palm Beach Kennel Club. palmbeachfl.com

Feb. 10-12: Everglades Seafood Festival, Everglades City. The annual Everglades Seafood Festival serves up delicacies from the sea in historic Everglades City. Live music, crafts and carnival games are also on the agenda. Food will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For details and directions, visit www.evergladesseafoodfestival.org

Feb. 11-12: Annual Palm Beach Marine Flea Market and Boat Sale, West Palm Beach. Massive maritime event returns with seafood, live music and nautical bargains galore. Hundreds of vendors offer new, used and close-out fishing rods, reels, lures and lines; antique collectibles and maps; teak furniture; tournament gear; nautical art, crafts and jewelry; marine artifacts; boating apparel; taxidermy; diving equipment and more. At South Florida Fairgrounds.  954-205-7813. www.flnauticalfleamarket.com

Feb. 11-12: ArtsFest, Stuart. In addition to arts and crafts booths, the festival features live entertainment and children’s art activities. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The festival takes place along Ocean Boulevard and Memorial Park in downtown Stuart. Admission is $5 (children under 12 are free). www.martinarts.org

Feb. 11: Everglades Day Festival, Boynton Beach. Celebrating 100 years of the Migratory Bird Treaty and headlining Florida singer/songwriters Dale Crider and Rod MacDonald, this festival and eco-adventure is dedicated to appreciation of wildlife, while learning and having fun. At the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. www.auduboneverglades.org

Feb. 15-21: Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, West Palm Beach. Each year the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show welcomes the best of the art world from around the globe – connoisseurs, private collectors, museum curators and high-end interior designers. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. At the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Ticket prices vary. www.palmbeachshow.com

Feb. 16-20: Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show, Miami. This five-day sailing event welcomes every type of sailor to enjoy shopping and test driving some of the latest sailboat designs, featuring some of builders from across the world, in an exhibit with almost 200 companies. Strictly Sail Miami is known as the catamaran capital of the world with the largest selection of catamarans of any show. At Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. www.miamiboatshow.com

Feb. 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.

Feb. 17-18: Annual Historic House Tours, Key West. Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, this house and garden tour offers a rare opportunity to see inside some of Key West's charming tropical residences. Each tour showcases homes chosen for their contribution to the Key West community as significant historic buildings, creative renovations or examples of the Keys lifestyle. Tour participants will discover unique interiors filled with art collections and antiques as well as lush gardens and imaginatively designed outdoor living areas. Admission $30 per person. Tours available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 305-294-9501. www.oirf.org

Feb. 17-26: Delray Beach Open, Delray Beach. See current and past legends of high-caliber professional tennis compete in more than a week of matches, and enjoy special events and parties along the iconic Atlantic Avenue District of Delray Beach. At Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. www.yellowtennisball.com

Feb. 18-20: Artigras Fine Arts Festival, Jupiter. This three-day, family friendly event over President's Day weekend is full of spectacular art in all media types and jam-packed with fantastic sights, sounds and fun. At Downtown Abacoa in Jupiter. www.artigras.org

Feb. 20-26: Winter Star Party, Florida Keys. The Winter Star Party, during the new moon week, offers amateur astronomers the opportunity to gather in the Florida Keys to learn from guest speakers, observe an unobstructed clear night sky and share information with other star enthusiasts. The event, hosted by the Southern Cross Astronomical Society Inc., offers lectures, workshops and programs. For details, visit www.scas.org

Feb. 20-26: The Honda Classic, Palm Beach Gardens. Make way for the PGA Tour as it stops for its annual visit to one of professional golf's most notable locations – PGA National Resort & Spa. www.thehondaclassic.com

Feb. 22-26: South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Miami. Ranked as one of the top wine events in the nation, the festival features an array of culinary and wine events including wine tasting and interactive dinner with a top chef, live and some of the highest quality wine lots in South Florida. Admission. 305-646-7011. sobefest.com

Feb. 25-26: Old Island Days Art Festival, Key West. The Last Key sets the scene for the Old Island Days Art Festival. An outdoor, juried show on lower Whitehead and Caroline Streets in Key West's historic Old Town, it displays the work of painters, sculptors, photographers and other artists from around the U.S. and Canada. Admission is free. For information, visit www.keywestartcenter.com

Feb. 25-26: Annual Upper Keys Gigantic Nautical Flea Market, Islamorada. Founder's Park hosts the Annual Upper Keys Gigantic Nautical Flea Market. The event offers deals on new and used boats, dive equipment, electronics, nautical arts and crafts and more. Founder's Park is on Mile Marker 87 bayside on Plantation Key. Admission is free and all proceeds benefit area youth. For details, visit www.giganticnauticalfleamarket.org

Feb. 25-26: Street Painting Festival, Lake Worth. Visitors can watch or let their creative juices flow along with more than 400 artists that will be using the pavement as canvas to work on their creations during the Street Painting Festival in Downtown Lake Worth. Musical acts entertain on the festival’s main stage in the Cultural Plaza in the heart of downtown Lake Worth. Starts at 10 a.m. both days. Admission is free. www.streetpaintingfestivalinc.org

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

Feb. 3: First Friday Art Walk, St. Augustine. Exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments are on the agenda at more than 20 Old City art galleries during the First Friday Art Walk. Galleries are open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For details, visit www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com.

Feb. 11: Artrageous Artwalk, Fernandina Beach. Held on the second Saturday of each month to open the doors of some of Amelia Island's incredible galleries, featuring photography, pottery, copper, stained glass, watercolor, acrylics and more. Participants can peruse more than a dozen galleries in downtown Fernandina Beach and at the Plantation Artists' Guild and Gallery located at Amelia Island Plantation. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. www.ameliaisland.com/calendar.aspx

Feb. 25-26: St. Augustine Arts & Crafts Show, St. Augustine Beach. The St. Augustine Arts & Crafts Show showcases original art by the sea. The event is at 350 A1A Beach Boulevard. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. www.tnteventsinc.com

Feb 25-26: Seawalk Music Festival, Jacksonville Beach. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. www.communityfirstseawalkmusicfest.com


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

Jan. 28-29, Feb. 3-5: Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, Gainesville. Come be swept away by medieval magic as troupes of actors, street performers and musicians journey back to the days of yore. Alachua County Fairground is transformed into a bustling medieval marketplace where there is jousting on horseback, street performers and minstrels, living chess match, medieval games, and eight stages of live entertainment. Admission $17 adults, $7 for children 5-17, under 5 free. 352-393-8536. www.hoggetownefaire.com

Feb. 17-19: Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival, Steinhatchee. The Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival displays original creations of artists and craftsmen. Also on the agenda are fiddler crab races, live entertainment, bungee jumping and children’s activities. Food will be available for purchase. For information, visit steinhatcheeriverchamber.org. Feb. 18: The Ichetucknee Time Machine, Fort White. Take a fascinating journey by van into the Ichetucknee forest and visit the site of the 17th Century Mission de San Martin de Timucua. Learn all about the ancient Timucuan capital of Aquacalyquen. Begins at 9 a.m. Regular park entrance fee, $6 per vehicle. 386-497-4690. www.floridastateparks.org/ichetuckneesprings/Events.cfm

Feb. 24: Gainesville Art Walk, Gainesville. A free monthly self-guided tour that combines exciting visual art, live performance, and events in downtown Gainesville. Held the last Friday of each month from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with many local galleries, eateries and businesses participating. www.artwalkgainesville.com

Feb. 25-26: Five Points of Life Race Weekend, Gainesville. The weekend features several different races: a 5K, a children's marathon and a full, half and relay marathon. The Five Points of Life raises awareness of the need for lifesaving donations of blood, apheresis, marrow, cord blood, and organ and tissue. www.fivepointsoflife.com


The Panhandle (including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)

Feb. 4: Double Bridge Race, Pensacola. A 15K course takes runners over two bridges crossing Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound from downtown to Pensacola Beach during the Pensacola Double Bridge Run. Runners and walkers are also welcome at the 5K course and Kids Fun Run. The race begins at 7 a.m.; the walk, at 8:30 a.m. There are participation fees but to watch is free.  www.doublebridgerun.com

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