The Virginia Gazette

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. 5: 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. 5-7: The Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza, Apopka. A family festival showing off the 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore.  On Saturday the free Birdapalooza festival offers guided bus tours and hikes, including children’s hikes, photo hikes, bird banding, and other children’s activities. At Magnolia Park. www.birdapalooza.com

Feb. 6-7: Art in the Park and Music Festival, Lady Lake. Fine arts, fine crafts, entertainment, food. At Log Cabin Park. festivalnet.com

Feb. 6: 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. 6: 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. 6-7: 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. 6-April 16: 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. 12: 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. 12-13: Olustee Festival & Re-enactment, Olustee/Lake City. The annual Olustee Festival & Re-enactment, on Feb. 12-13 features a re-enactment of the largest Civil War Battle in Florida with hundreds of re-enactors and an arts and crafts show. The re-enactment takes place at the Olustee Battlefield State Park. The craft fair is on Marion Street in Downtown Lake City. www.olusteefestival.com

Feb. 12-14: Wine Fest XXVI, Clermont. Arts and crafts, complimentary winery tours, tasting and live music are part of the fun during Wine Fest XXIV at the Lakeridge Winery on Feb. 12-14. 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. 13: Indie-Folkfest, Orlando. The Orlando Folk Festival celebrates art, music and traditional crafts on Feb. 13. The event, on the grounds of the Mennello Museum of American Art at Loch Haven Park, nestled between three lakes and home to a variety of museums and cultural institutions, has free admission. Noon to 5 p.m. Loch Haven Park is at 900 East Princeton Street. orlandofolkfestival.wordpress.com

Feb. 13-21: Budweiser Speedweeks, Daytona Beach. The Daytona International Speedway sets the scene for the Budweiser Speedweeks on Feb. 13-21. This NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event is highlighted by a variety of races, such as the Sprint Unlimited on Feb. 13 and the Can-Am Duel At Daytona on Feb. 18. The event culminates in the annual Daytona 500, often called “The Great American Race,” on Feb. 21. Tickets for the Daytona 500 vary. Travel packages are available. www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Feb. 19-21:  Silver Spurs Rodeo of Champions, Kissimmee. The Silver Spurs Rodeo of Champions attracts cowboys from the pro circuit to the Silver Spurs Arena in Osceola Heritage Park on Feb. 19-21. Tickets are $15, children 10 and under are free. The arena is at 1875 Silver Spur Lane. Visit www.silverspursrodeo.com

Feb. 20: 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. 407-323-2774. www.sanfordartwalk.com

Feb. 20: 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. 21: 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-STOP. www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Feb. 26: 4th Fridays in Artisan Alley & DeLand Art Walk, DeLand. Gather with friends every fourth Friday of the month at Artisan Alley and also enjoy the DeLand Art Walk. DeLand Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour of the Historic Downtown area. Enjoy music, food, drinks, arts, crafts and more. Art galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and boutiques host artists within their businesses on the fourth Friday of every month, rain or shine. Look for an official Art Walk banner in the front of each stop to identify the participating venues. Choose your own route, or begin from Museum of Florida Art. Downtown, 100 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand FL 32720. 6-9 p.m. 386-738-0649. mainstreetdeland.org/area.cfm

Feb. 26-28: 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. visitportcanaveral.com

Feb. 26 - 28: George Washington Birthday Festival, Eustis. Georgefest honors our first president, George Washington,during the George Washington Birthday Festival on Feb. 26-28. Festival highlights include a parade, pageants, entertainment and arts and crafts. For details, visit www.eustischamber.org

Feb. 27: 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 or $20 with previous month's glass). Flagler Avenue, 100 Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32169. 386-428-1770. www.flaglerartwalk.com

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

Through March 5: Real Music Concert Series, Tampa Bay. Runs Monday through Saturday at the Stanleyville Theater at Busch Gardens. Free with theme park admission. Concerts are held at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 888-800-5447 www.buschgardens.com

Feb. 4-15: Florida State Fair, Tampa Bay. Ready for some good old-fashioned fair fun? The annual Florida State Fair may be the ticket beginning on Feb. 4 and continuing for 12 days in a salute to the best of our state in agriculture, equestrian pursuits, industry, entertainment and achievement. On the agenda are shows, midway rides and games, exhibits, music and shopping as well as a variety of foods available for purchase. Admission to the fair is $9 for adults, and $5 for children ages 6-11 if you buy tickets online in advance. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge every day. 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. 5-6: Celtic Family Jamboree, Brooksville. The Celtic Family Jamboree at the Sertoma Youth Ranch features Celtic music on Feb. 5-6. 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; $35 at the gate. Kids 17 and under are free. www.celticheritageproductions.com

Feb. 13-14:  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. 13-14: 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. 13-14: 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. 13-14. The event, on Main Street, is free. Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. For details, visit www.escape-to-sarasota.com.

Feb. 15-21: Pasco County Fair, Dade City. The Pasco County Fair offers midway games and rides, exhibits, pageants and entertainment on Feb. 15-21. 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

Feb. 20: Ozello Chili Cook-Off & Craft Show, Crystal River. The Ozello Chili Cook-Off & Craft Show on Feb. 20 starts with the craft fair at 9 a.m. and continues with the chili competition at 11 a.m. Chili tasting is $5 or chili dinner with condiments and a drink for $7. 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.ozello.net/OCAchiliCookoff&Craftshow.htm

Feb. 27: Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, Tampa. Tampa serves up the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival on Feb. 27. 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.

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

Feb. 6-7: 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. 5. 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. Tickets are $79 Feb. 10-12 and $85 Feb. 13-14. 239-275-8487. www.semgulf.com

Feb. 13-14: 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. 14: Edison Festival of Light Junior Events, Fort Myers. Edison Festival of Light's junior events kick off with a Junior Run downtown beginning at 1 p.m. Open to fifth-graders and younger, the race runs for one mile and less, depending on age group. Spectators attend free. The Junior Parade follows, beginning at 2:30 p.m. and features floats, bands and costumed troupes, in imitation of the Edison Grand Parade. Crowning of the Junior King and Queen winds up the afternoon at 4:30 p.m. for children 5-7 years old. There is a $5 entry fee for children participating in the run. Downtown. 239-334-2999. www.edisonfestival.org

Feb. 18: 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. 19-21: 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 and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Exhibitors are selling items ranging from jewelry, quilts and handmade crafts. At Centennial Park. Free. 239-334-2999 www.edisonfestival.org

Feb. 20: 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. Featured artists include Mindi Abair, Nick Colionne, and Bobby Caldwell. Admission prices is $65. www.puntagordachamber.com

Feb. 20: 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. 25-March 6: 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. 239-543-8368. fair.leeciviccenter.com

Feb. 26-28: 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; 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For details, visit www.greekfestfortmyers.com.

Feb. 26-28: Conquistador Cup Regatta, Punta Gorda. Annual regatta of Punta Gorda Sailing Club, the largest sailboat regatta in Southwest Florida. Races on Saturday and Sunday. Best viewing points Fishermen's Village or Ponce de Leon Park. www.pgscweb.com

Feb. 27-28: 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. 27: 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

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

Feb. 4-15: 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. 5-7: Civil War Heritage Days Festival, Key West. The Last Keyopens a window to the past during the annual Civil War Heritage Days Festival at the Civil War-era Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park on Feb. 5-7. Colorful Civil War re-enactments and the roar of cannon fire greet visitors during the event. Park admission fees are $6 per vehicle (2-8 people per vehicle), $2 per pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers; $4 for single occupancy vehicle or motorcycle; plus .50 per person Monroe County Surcharge. For details, visit floridastateparks.org/forttaylor.

Feb. 6-7: 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. 305-289-9555. www.pigeonkeyartfestival.com

Feb. 7: 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

Feb. 8-14: 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. 10-16: 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. 11-15: 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 Beach Convention Center, Miamarina at Bayside, and Sea Isle Marina and Yatchting Center. www.miamiboatshow.com

Feb. 12-13: 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. 12-14: 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.com

Feb. 12-21: 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. 13-14: 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.comFeb. 13-15: 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. Tickets are $12 each, children 12 and under are free. www.artigras.org

Feb. 20: 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. 20-March 13: Carnaval Miami, Miami area. Largest Hispanic festival in the nation, with a variety of events including a beauty contest, footrace, art and jazz performances, cooking contest, domino and golf tournaments, and Calle Ocho, the world's largest street party, which takes place on March 13. 305-644-8888. www.carnavalmiami.com

Feb. 18: 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. 20-21: 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. 20-21: 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

Feb. 20-21: Jupiter Seafood Festival, Jupiter. Expect seafood, live music and family friendly fun. Admission is $10, kids under 12 are free. Parking is also free and pets are allowed. Held at Carlin Park. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. www.jupiterseafoodfestival.net

Feb. 20-21: 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. 22-28: 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. 25-28: 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. www.miamiwinefestival.org

Feb. 27: Garden Walk 2016, Key Largo. The event offers the opportunity to enjoy a self-guided tour showcasing beautiful private garden properties in the Upper Keys. Also on the agenda is a private garden tea party with live music, artisans, plant sales, original art, refreshments and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, visit www.gardenclubupperkeys.org.

Feb. 27: Italian Fest, Boca Raton. Downtown Boca hosts the city’s inaugural Italian Fest, at Sansborn Square in Boca Raton, which will feature live entertainment, authentic Italian cuisine, beer and wine, cooking demonstrations, and face painting and rides for the kids. Admission is free, event hours are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. www.downtownboca.org

Feb. 27-28: 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

 

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

Feb. 5: 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. 5-7: Amelia Con, Amelia Island. The first Amelia Con will be held at the Amelia Island Recreation Center and the Women’s Club. This event is Amelia Island’s premier anime, comic book, animation, video game, fantasy, sci-fi, and pop culture convention. The day features celebrity and comic book guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, Q&A’s, films, exhibits and more. www.ameliacon.com.

Feb. 13: 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. 13: Flight To Freedom, St. Augustine. Historic Fort Mose State Park sets the scene for Flight To Freedom. Participants in this living history event will meet a number of travelers en route to Fort Mose in Spanish St. Augustine, the first legally sanctioned free black settlement in the United States. Activities will include guided tours, drumming and music and colonial weapons demonstrations. Fort Mose State Park is at 15 Fort Mose Trail. Event hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the park is $2 per person. Children ages 5 and under are free. For details, visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose

Feb. 20: Amelia Island Chili Cook-Off, Fernandina Beach. Approximately 20-plus cook teams whipping up their amazing chili recipes and some of the best local talent playing to the crowds. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Held at Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach. www.ameliaisland.com

Feb. 27-28: 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 27-28: Seawalk Music Festival, Jacksonville Beach. Hours are Saturday noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. www.communityfirstseawalkmusicfest.com


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

Jan. 30-31, Feb. 5-7: 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. 6: 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. 12-14: 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. 20-21: Five Points of Life Race Weekend, Gainesville. The weeked 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

Feb. 26: 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


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

Feb. 13: 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

Feb. 5-6: Mardi Gras At The Beach, Panama City Beach. Pier Park sets the scene for Mardi Gras At The Beach with the Krewe of Dominique Youx. The celebration will include a festival and parades with such activitiess as a street dance with live bands; Cajun food, gumbo and New Orleans flair. Pier Park is at 16101 Front Beach Road. Admission is free. For details, visit www.mardigrasatthebeach.com

Correspondent Georgina Cruz contributed to this report.

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