Florida travel calendar for January

Check out festivals and events in January 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)

Through Jan. 1: Salvador Dali-BIBLIA SACRA: Dali & His Bible Art Exhibition, Winter Park. Baterbys Art Gallery offers this first-time exhibit to benefit the Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute. The exhibiting artworks constitute Dali’s 105 lithographs and ther artist’s largest suite of prints. Complementing the display of Dali’s depictions of verses and events in the Bible will be the 296-page hardcover book, BIBLIA SACRA. Tickets range $5-$50. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Baterbys Art Gallery, 6848 Stapoint Court. baterbys.com

Through Jan. 1: Space Coast Light Fest, Melbourne. This annual event is a holiday themed drive-through featuring shimmering lights and dazzling animated displays drawing more than 15,000 vehicles each year. 6:30-10 p.m. Car $15, Walkers, Hayride $5. 2 and under free, 2500 Parkway Drive. 321-576-7556. spacecoastlightfest.com

Through Jan. 2: A December to Remember, Daytona Beach. Enjoy numerous family friendly activities throughout the holiday season with visits from Santa, a craft village, tribute bands and even a pet weekend. At the Daytona Beach Bandshell, 70 Boardwalk. daytonabeach.com

Through Jan. 6: Universal Orlando holiday events. Orlando. Universal has expanded its holiday celebrations for 2017 to more days than ever before. New for this year will be Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which will feature themed decorations and lighting, holiday-themed food and performances by the Frog Choir and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. At night, projection mapping and lighting will wrap Hogwarts castle. Back for 2017 is the Holiday Parade featuring Macy's with more than a dozen balloons and 15 floats with characters from films like "Despicable Me," "Madagascar" and "Shrek" as well as Santa Claus. Also returning is Grinchmas at Seuss Landing with the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” and extra-cose breakfast with the Grinch and friends. Back in concert will be Mannheim Steamroller on on Nov. 18, 19, 25, 26 and Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17. On-site hotels will each have holiday-themed activities as well. UniversalOrlando.com/holidays

Through Jan. 7: ICE! at Gaylord Palms Resort, Kissimmee. With more than two million pounds of carved ice, ICE! is back. Kept at 9 degrees Fahrenheit, you'll see hand-carved ice sculptures, ice slides, live ice carving and a celebration of holidays from various cultures. Check website for prices. Gaylord Palms, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway. 407-586-4423. christmasatgaylordpalms.com

Through Jan. 8: The Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens Holiday Home Tour, Lake Wales. Bok Tower Gardens is ready for the holidays! The Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens Holiday Home Tour showcases the 20-room Mediterranean-style mansion at Pinewood Estate. Central Florida designers transform the 1930s winter retreat into a glittering holiday showcase for the event. Holiday Home Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Events include a family holiday hunt, symphony performances, food and talks with authors Heather McPherson, Pam Brandon and Katie Farmand. Advance tickets are $25/adults; $10/children ages 5-12. Children under 5 free. 1151 Tower Boulevard. boktowergardens.org/christmas

Jan. 1: Citrus Bowl. The seventh-oldest collegiate bowl game in the country, the Citrus Bowl began as the Tangerine Bowl in 1947. 407-423-2476. floridacitrussports.com

Jan. 3-7: Walt Disney World Marathon and Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Lake Buena Vista. Thousands of participants are expected for the annual event that charts a course through Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot. The two races are the climax of a whole weekend of fitness fun that also features Disney's Health and Fitness Expo in The Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. Registration prices vary. 407-939-4786. rundisney.com

Jan. 5-14: Mecum Auction and Collector Car Show, Kissimmee. Gates open daily at 7:30 a.m. Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee; $20, children 12 and under are free; mecum.com

Jan. 6: First Saturday Jam, Barberville. On the first Saturday each month visit the Pioneer Settlement for entertainment and fun for the entire family. Includes informal music jams, free workshops, a chili cook-off, yard sale. 386-749-2959. pioneersettlement.org

Jan. 6: Oviedo Farmers Market, Oviedo. The Oviedo Historical Society, will celebrate its 6th Anniversary this year with the monthly farmer’s market at The Lawton House. Browse among vendors selling fresh eggs, breads, honey, beef, jams, jellies, soaps, pickles, baked goods, spices. Held each first Saturday of every month (except July). 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Oviedo Farmers Market at The Lawton House, 200 West Broadway Street. oviedohistoricalsociety.com

Jan. 6: Houdini's Hidden Theater, Kissimmee. With only 35 seats, you will see classic and modern magic performed the way it was meant to be, up close and magical. Located in a secret room inside the Mandolin's restaurant at the Radisson Resort, 2900 Parkway Boulevard, Kissimmee, Florida 34747. Celebration parking behind the hotel. If gate is down just push the buzzer to enter. 8-9 p.m. $26.62. 863-307-9400. houdinistheater.com

Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27: Winter Music Series at the Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, Clermont. Each Jan., Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards is the hot spot for live music, winery tours and wine tastings. The winery is located west of downtown Orlando, on a 127-acre estate in gently rolling countryside. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. 800-768-9463. lakeridgewinery.com

Jan. 6-7: Dade's Battle Re-enactment & Trade Fair, Bushnell. Often called a massacre, the battle that sparked the Second Seminole War definitively gave first blood to the Seminoles. This annual re-enactment takes history buffs back in time to the Indian ambush of U.S. Major Francis Langhorne Dade and his troops in 1835, a battle that only three of his 107 men survived. Florida may be a vacation destination for many now, but for a weekend, the Dade Battlefield Society provides a glimpse into the hard road that led us here with its Civil War-era encampment and demonstrations. From 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 7-8 (with battles at 2 p.m.). Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603. $5 adults, free ages 6 and younger. 352-793-4781. dadebattlefield.com

Jan. 12-15: Otronicon, Orlando. Otronicon is the premiere technology event that you can’t afford to miss. Discover how we will live, learn, work and play in the years to come through video games, simulation and other technology — most of which is made here in Orlando. Features larger-than-life video game experiences, state-of-the-art medical and military simulators, workshops taught by industry pros and so much more. Friday-Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Science Night Live Saturday 8 -11:30 p.m. $20.95 daily for adults, $18.95 daily for students/seniors, $14.95 ages 3-11, free 2 and under. Science Night Live extra. At Orlando Science Center, 777 East Princeton Street. 407-514-2000. otronicon.org

Jan. 13: Dirt Day #2-Four Seasons of Family Fun 2018 Series, Lakeland. Polk County Master Gardeners will present four fun, activity-filled workshops for kids in K-5th grade. The workshops will highlight Central Florida's native plants and the conservation of Central Florida pristine habitats. Free. 9 a.m.-noon. Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Road. polknature.com

Jan. 13-14: Central Florida Scottish Highland Games, Winter Springs. Traditional Scottish sporting events take the field for a day of history, culture and excitement. Also included are drum and bagpipe competitions, highland dancing, sheepdog demonstrations, archery competitions and Scottish singers. At Central Winds Park. flascot.com

Jan. 17-20: Florida Flywheelers 31st Annual Antique Engine & Tractor "Swamp Meet." Fort Meade. 7000 Avon Park Cutoff Road. 863-285-9121. floridaflywheelers.org

Jan. 18-20: World Quilt Florida, Orlando. Handmade treasures are on display at this annual event at the Orange County Convention Center featuring the World Quilt Competition, workshops and lectures and more. 9800 International Drive. quiltfest.com

Jan. 18-21: Yeehaw Music Festival, Yeehaw Junction. This festival presents pickin' and foot-stompin' music at Yeehaw Junction. The music fest also features arts, crafts and carnival fare. bluegrassfestivalguide.com/yeehaw.htm

Jan. 18-21: Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival, Fellsmere. This festival has been serving up frog leg dinners to hungry festival goers for years. In addition to frog legs and gator tail, the festival features a lineup of activities including live entertainment, a midway, crafters, pony rides and helicopter rides. 22 South Orange St. 772-571-0250. froglegfestival.com

Jan. 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. Free. 407-323-2774. sanfordartwalk.com

Jan. 20: 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. 4-7 p.m. Free. 386-738-0649. mainstreetdeland.org

Jan. 20-21: Brooksville Raid Re-enactment, Brooksville. Annual Civil War re-enactment. Camps open at 9 am. Battle re-enactments, artillery demonstrations, entertainment, food, vendors. Tour the “authentic” Confederate and Union camps and enjoy the Grand Review on Sunday. Bring your chair and your camera. Sand Hill Scout Reservation. 352-799-0129. brooksvilleraidreenactment.com

Jan. 20-28: Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities, Orlando/Eatonville. This festival highlights the life and works of one of America's most celebrated collectors and interpreters of Southern rural African-American culture through theatrical performances, educational programs and a juried art show. The annual event takes place in various locations throughout Orlando and Eatonville, the nation's oldest incorporated African-American municipality. Prices vary by activity. 407-647-3307. zorafestival.org

Jan. 24-29: Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, Titusville. The 2017 Festival is located at: Eastern Florida State College-Titusville Campus (Brevard Community College) 1311 North US1 Titusville, Florida 32796. Featuring classroom presentations, keynote speakers, field trips and more. 321-268-5224. spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org

Jan. 26-28: Images, a Festival of the Arts, New Smyrna Beach. This 42nd annual event is an outdoor art show honoring artistic excellence, offering more than $70,000 in prize and patrons' monies. Free. Friday, 1-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 386-423-4733. imagesartfestival.org

Jan. 27-28: Blue Spring Manatee Festival, Orange City. Two-day festival featuring manatee viewing, Central Florida Zoo presentations and animal ambassadors, arts and crafts, dancing, walk-on-water balls, food, face painting, shows and rides, sand sculpting and entertainment. Cost: $8 per person, children 4-10 $2, children 3 and under free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. At Valentine Park on W. French Avenue off U.S. Highway 17-92. themanateefestival.com

Jan. 27-28: Rolex 24 at Daytona, Daytona Beach. The annual 24-hour race featuring sportscars liked Ferraris, Porsches and more endurance racers. It's also a festival event including carnival rides in the infield, all to kick off the racing year at Daytona International Speedway. $40-$100. daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Jan. 28: NFL Pro Bowl. The NFL will celebrate its brightest stars of today and tomorrow with Pro Bowl week festivities in 2018 in Orlando. 3 p.m. Tickets start at $45. 407-423-2476. FloridaCitrusSports.com

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

Jan. 6: Annual Epiphany celebration, Tarpon Springs. The event features services at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral and such highlights as a procession including bands, choir, school children dressed in traditional Greek costumes as well as a dove bearer bearing a white dove; blessing of the waters and dive for the Epiphany cross in the bayou, and an Epiphany Glendi with Greek food, music and dances on Jan. 6. Free. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral is at 36 North Pinellas Ave. St. Nicholas Community Center where the Epiphany Glendi takes place is at 348 North Pinellas Ave. epiphanycity.org

Jan. 6-7: Sunshine City Antiques and Collectibles Show, Venice. This nationally recognized show features nearly 100 exhibitors of antique furniture, art, pottery, jewelry, silver, toys and glass. The event also features a two-day Antiques Appraisal Fair, held Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. sunshinecityantiqueshow.com

Jan. 6-7: Coquina Beach Winterfest Arts & Crafts Show, Bradenton Beach. Right on Gulf Of Mexico Drive north of Longboat Key. 2650 Gulf Drive, South. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. sunsetboulevardpromotions.com

Jan. 7: Elvis Ultimate Birthday Bash, Clearwater. Back by popular demand, the top two "Elvises" return with one show. Scot Bruce as the young Elvis and Mike Albert as the Las Vegas Elvis along with the Big "E" Band offer a rockin' birthday party celebration of America's first rock 'n' roll icon, on Sunday, which is one day early of The King's Jan. 8 birthday. This performance sells out every year. Tickets range from $18 to $35 (limited number of VIP seats are $35 each) $195 for all 13 performances. The Ruth Eckerd Hall is at 1111 McMullen Booth Road. rutheckerdhall.com

Jan. 11-20: Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, Tampa. The days of cultural events provide educational philanthropic and community-based diversity to the Tampa Bay Community. TBBHF features local and nationally known speakers musicians artists poets and craftspeople. The Festival always encompasses the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The highlight of the Festival is the free 2-day Heritage Street Festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. tampablackheritage.org

Jan. 11-21: Manatee County Fair, Palmetto. Showcase for the best of Manatee County. Includes exhibits and vendors, livestock shows and auctions, competitions, a midway, a variety of entertainment and great fair food. At Manatee County Fairgrounds. Ticket prices vary. 941-722-8951. manateecountyfair.com

Jan. 12-14: Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show, Sarasota. Dealers from across America will offer an outstanding variety of gems, jewelry, crystals, minerals, and beads for show and sale. Municipal Auditorium. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5. 801 N. Tamiami Trail (Hwy. 41). frankcoxproductions.com

Jan. 13: Celebrity Auto Festival, Tampa. See all kinds vehicles from classic to modern muscle cars, TV & Movie tribute cars, Hot Rods and Custom vehicles. Open to all makes and models, motorcycles, trucks, exotics and especially TV & Movie vehicles of all types. Free for spectators includes shopping and refreshments. Guests can vote on their favorites. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Show Car Judging, 9 a.m.-noon and Trophy Award Ceremony at 2 p.m. Big Top Flea Market, 9250 E Fowler Ave. 813-352-0039. celebrityautofest.com

Jan. 13: Gasparilla Ball, Tampa. This is a pirate-themed fundraiser aboard The American Victory Ship. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Tampa, this event benefits numerous local nonprofits. VIP’s board at 6 p.m. and “stowaways” board at 7 p.m. Music by The Black Moneys and cash bar until 11 p.m. Tickets are $75 for stowaways and $125 for VIP’s. 813-223-3394. rotarycluboftampa.org

Jan. 13: Second Saturdays In The Park, St. Petersburg. This event features some of the area’s best groups, and will also host to some of the best Food Trucks in the area. There will also be a vendor fair, with all types of Multi Cultural Vendors for a unique shopping experience. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 350 2nd Ave N. $25-$300. eventbrite.com

Jan. 13-14: Sunshine Music Festival, St. Petersburg. All-day music festival at Vinoy Park on Saturday and Mizner Park on Sunday. Ticket prices vary. sunshinemusicfestival.com

Jan. 13-14 Sarasota Winter Fine Arts Festival, Sarasota. Artists showcase their creations during this sixth annual event. Browse artwork such as painting, photography, metalwork, jewelry and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. 801 Gulf Stream. 941-487-8061. paragonartevents.com

Jan. 13-15: Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks Art and Craft Festival, Tarpon Springs. Fine art, fine craft, food, music. Free admission. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday. 352-344-0657. tnteventsinc.com

Jan. 19-21: Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show, St. Petersburg. Dealers from across America will offer an outstanding variety of gems, jewelry, crystals, minerals, and beads for show and sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5. The Coliseum Ballroom, 535 4th Avenue N. frankcoxproductions.com

Jan. 20-21: Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival, Sarasota. This 3rd annual event features food, drink and live music including on-site fresh ingredient preparation including grouper, mahi-mahi, stone crabs, oysters, shrimp, soft-shell crabs and more. Admission and parking are free. Musical acts will include R&B, rock, soul, jazz and Caribbean. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. VIP tent admission is $50. Selby Five Points Park, 1 Central Ave. paragonartevents.com

Jan. 20: Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, Tampa. This alcohol-free, family-friendly event ushers in and celebrates the return of Gasparilla Season in Tampa Bay with parade, beads and a “piratechnic” pirate ship battle. It is followed by the Gasparilla Pirate Parade with the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. gasparillapiratefest.com

Jan. 20: East-West Shrine Game, St. Petersburg. The East-West Shrine Game is the oldest college all-star game in the country and features the finest athletes in the U.S. and Canada. $15. At Tropicana Field. 813-281-8686. shrinegame.com

Jan. 27: Gasparilla pirate parade and street festival, Tampa. The festival reminiscent of Mardi Gras has been going on in Tampa since 1904. The event pays homage to a Spanish pirate named Jose Gaspar, who sailed off the west coast of Florida in the 18th and 19th centuries. City leaders back in 1904 decided to adopt Gaspar for their own street festival to be on the scale of New Orelans' Fat Tuesday. The crux of the early festival that continues today is pirates, namely high society members in pirate outfits, capturing the city. While they initially invaded on horseback, the yearly invasion soon came by sea, and now each year Ye Mystic Krewe invades aboard the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship, flanked by hundreds of more modern boats, sailing into Hillsborough Bay to downtown Tampa where they ceremoniously seize the key to the city from the mayor. The invasion then gives way to the Invasion Brunch at the Tampa Convention Center, a parade with nearly 100 floats down Bayshore Boulevard rife with bead throwing as well as the daylong Pirate Fest Street Festival on Ashley Street in downtown Tampa. The invasion, parade and festival are all free. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with the sailing invasion running from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The parade runs from 2-5:30 p.m. and the street festival into the night. Parking will be difficult to navigate. Expect to pay at least $20 or more to park in the sundry downtown garages. In years past, many people have taken advantage of park and ride services from Raymond James Stadium or parking in Ybor City and taking public transportation to the festivities. gasparillapiratefest.com

Jan. 25-28: Community Fair, Winter Haven. Free family friendly fair benefits Hope Kid, Inc. Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m. The first-ever pioneer cooking competition at the community fair will happen Jan. 27 from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Eagle Lake, 600 E 5th St., Eagle Lake. winterhavenchamber.com/events

Jan. 27: Rollin' On The River Casino Night, Palmetto. Hosted by We Care Manatee, a local nonprofit facilitating free medical care for people in need. Located at Riverview, a beautiful setting right on the river. Enjoy a buffet dinner, cocktails, and music by a special surprise guest. Roll the dice, bid on silent and live auction items. Cocktail attire. Tickets $175 per person, Premier Tables (8) $1500 per table, Sponsorships $1,750- $10,000 available. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Riverhouse, 1001 Riverside Dr. 941-755-3952 ext.2 wecaremanatee.org

Jan. 27: Kumquat Festival, Dade City. Ready for some old fashioned Florida fun? Dade City features the annual Kumquat Festival in its historic downtown. The fest offers family-friendly entertainment, arts and crafts and all manner of kumquat treats. Admission is free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. dadecitychamber.org

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

Jan. 7-8: Bi-Annual Estero Fine Arts Show, Estero. This twice-a-year show features the work of artists from 30 states and Canada. Glass, clay, wood, fiber, jewelry, sculpture, painting, photography, and metal will be on display. A youth art competition also takes place throughout the weekend. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. At the Miromar Outlets, 10800 Corkscrew Road. hotworks.org

Jan. 6-7: Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair, Naples. The 22nd annual event takes place along historic Fifth Avenue South, cordoned off so visitors may browse in booths showcasing original art in a wide variety of media. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. artswfl.com

Jan. 6-7, 13-14: Medieval Faire, Fort Myers. This annual event includes jousting, a human chess match, entertainment, live sword fighting, children's games and rides, medieval clothing, period food and beverages, artisans, jugglers, magicians, and other live entertainment on seven stages. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $15 for everyone age 12 and up, $5 for children 5 to 11 and children under 5 are free.  Free on-site parking with paid admission. At Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive.  239-369-6881. medieval-faire.com

Jan. 13-14: Florida's Creative Coast Weekend, Pine Island. On the second weekend each month November-April, Pine Island businesses offer themed artistic events. Galleries and shops are open extended hours on Friday, many offering special openings. Take a cooking class, or listen to live music. Other special events and workshops are planned at individual shops on Saturday and Sunday. pineislandchamber.org

Jan. 13-14: Cape Coral Festival of the Arts, Cape Coral. This is the 33rd annual street festival, attracting 85,000 people each year with 300 juried artisan booths and entertainment. Artists and craftspeople will be located on both sides of the median down the center of Cape Coral Parkway from Cape Coral Street to Vincennes. There will be plenty of food, activities for the kids, and fun for people of all ages. Live music is continuous from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, but the party continues up and down the street at local businesses on Saturday night. Free. 239-699-7942. capecoralfestival.com

Jan. 13-14, Feb. 10-11, March 3-4: Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Bonita Springs. This is the 41st annual outdoor exhibition featuring more than 200 nationally and internationally acclaimed artists working in a variety of media including paintings, glass, jewelry, clay works, photography, sculpture and more. Food and beverages will be available. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 10450 Reynolds St. 239-495-8989. artinusa.com/bonita

Jan. 13-14: 21st Annual Sullivan Street Craft Festival, Punta Gorda. Outdoor show featuring some 150 crafters, who offer affordable original works. 331 Sullivan St. Free. artfestival.com/Festivals

Jan. 20: Project HELP's 21st Annual Chocolate Extravaganza, Naples. This event includes cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, candies and other decadent treats donated by dozens of restaurants, bakeries, chefs and caterers are donating. The evening includes hors d'oeuvres, wine, soft drinks and auctions. This year's theme is “Rockin Through the Decades” costumes optional.  6-9 p.m.  $95. Hodges University, White Community Room, 2655 Northbrooke Drive. projecthelpnaples.org/events

Jan. 27-28: ClamJam of Southwest Florida Seafood & Music Festival, Cape Coral.  This is a family event that offers Kids Games and Rides, 2 full days of Live Music, Fishing Seminars with Captain Terry Fisher from Fish Face Charters and other seminars. Fresh local seafood, right-off-the-boats. Fresh squeezed lemonade, boiled peanuts, coffee and hot chocolate, CW Fudge Factory’s flavored popcorn, candies and homemade fudge, homemade ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt, root beer or orange ice cream floats, as well as art and craft vendors. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets at the Gate: $10, Advance Sale Tickets $8, Kids 12 and under free, free onsite parking. 2101 Pine Island Road. ClamJamSWFL.com

Jan. 28: Florida Challenge Half-Marathon & 5K Trail Runs, Lithia. Annual running event takes place at Alafia River State Park in southeast Hillsborough County. On race day the park will open at 7 a.m. (there is a $4 fee to enter the park). This race features t-shirts, custom awards, DJ music, post-race feast and water stops. $29-$46 14326 South County Road 39. TampaRaces.com

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

Jan. 4-14: Uncorked Key Largo and Islamorada Food and Wine Festival, Key Largo. Come on down to the Keys and enjoy all of the tasty temptations, and some of your favorite wines, as South Florida’s culinary experts step up to the plate to show you what Key Largo and Islamorada have to offer. Eleven days of wine tasting events, cooking demonstrations, wine dinners, live music, food and wine pairing classes, progressive wine dinners, art and wine shows. The festival highlight is scheduled for Saturday Jan. 13, 2018 at The Islander Resort in Islamorada. This is a Grand Tasting where area restaurants and wine experts come together to present samples of their finest cuisine and world-class wines. Live music, celebrity chef appearances and cooking demos as well. VIP tickets entry 11am- $90 General admission 12 noon – $65 – advance on-line ticketing. Add $10 for purchase at the gate. Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $65 plus tax for general admission. keylargofoodandwinefestival.com

Jan. 6-7: Las Olas Art Fair, Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale celebrates the 30th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part II.  Considered one of the top art festivals in the nation, it features the work of some 150 artists on Las Olas Boulevard in the heart of the city. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. artfestival.com

Jan. 11: Hamlet presented by Shakespeare Miami, Miami. “To be or not to be…” Shakespeare Miami’s Hamlet is set in the elegance of the Danish Court in 1920, and features period music and costumes, and dazzling displays of swordsmanship. Directed by Colleen Stovall and starring Seth Trucks as Hamlet. 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Free. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest. shakespearemiami.com

Jan. 12-14: Art Deco Weekend, Miami Beach. Step back in time and celebrate Art Deco style on the Broadway stage with live music, art and antiques dealers, walking tours, films, lectures, classic cars, street theater and more. Kids can submit drawings for the Club Poster Contest. This event will be held along Ocean Drive, between 5th and 15th Streets. Friday noon-11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 305-672-2014. artdecoweekend.com

Jan. 12-14: BayGrass Bluegrass Festival, Islamorada. The 6th annual Baygrass Bluegrass features Oldgrass, Newgrass, next generation Bluegrass and variations of the genre on Jan. 13-15. The event takes place at various venues. Friday and Saturday are both free, tickets for Sunday are $20 in advance. Money raised helps fund music, dance and art scholarships for local students. baygrassbluegrass.com

Jan. 12-28: South Florida Fair, West Palm Beach. Since 1912 each January, more than half a million visitors enjoy 17 fun-filled days at the South Florida Fair, one of Florida’s oldest and largest community events.  Fairgoers are entertained by stage shows, national concert performances, midway rides, shopping and fair food. Admission: Adults, $15; children, 6-11 $8; kids 5 and under are free. 561-793-0333. southfloridafair.com

Jan. 13-14: Florida Keys Seafood Festival, Key West. This 13th annual family-friendly event offers a menu of fried fish, grilled spiny lobster, stone crab claws and other delights from the bounty of the sea. Beverages and desserts will also be available for purchase. The event is at Bayview Park (corner of Truman Avenue & Jose Marti Drive). Also on the festival's agenda are children's activities, marine-related crafts and live music. Admission is $5, 12 and under are free. keywest.com

Jan. 13-14: Boca Fest, Boca Raton. Now in its 31st year, this event draws more than 200 artists to South Florida's high-end shopping at Boca Raton's Town Center Mall. 6000 Glades Road. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Free. artfestival.com

Jan. 13-14: Broward Shell Show, Pompano Beach. Thousands of beautiful and unusual shells from Florida, the Caribbean and around the world will be on display or for sale. Includes competitive displays by dozens of collectors and craftspeople, an International Shell Market featuring shells, shell craft, jewelry, educational shell books and more and a Shell ID Clinic. This year the show has added five educational programs on seashells and shell craft to be presented during the shell show. At Emma Lou Olson Civic Center 1801 NE 6th St. Hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 954-786-4111. browardshellclub.org

Jan. 13-14:  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 magnificent, charming and tropical residences. Admission $30 per person in advance. 305-294-9501. oirf.org

Jan. 15-20: Key West Race Week 2017, Key West. Nearly 300 racing yachts compete for class championships in this international midwinter sailboat regatta presented by Quantum Sail Design Group. keywestraceweek.com

Jan. 14: Key West Half Marathon, Key West. The gun will sound at 7 a.m. for one of "Runners World" magazine's recognized 10 great winter half marathons. The run is a 13.1-mile course through Old Town Key West, historic landmarks and Key West's scenic waterfront. $95–$120 for the half marathon. keywesthalfmarathon.com

Jan. 16-17: Big Pine Key Nautical Market, Big Pine & the Lower Keys. Nautical-themed crafts and merchandise will be displayed and sold during the annual Big Pine Key Nautical Market. Other activities include live music, food and beverages. The event takes place on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, Mile Marker 31 ocean-side. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 305-872-2411. lowerkeyschamber.com

Jan. 17: Art Palm Beach 2018, West Palm Beach. ArtPalmBeach celebrates its 21st Edition at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. ArtPalmBeach is considered one of the most influential contemporary art fairs on Florida’s Gold Coast by both critics and art enthusiasts. International galleries from around the world will be exhibiting contemporary and emerging artists. The fair also offers a full schedule of lectures, art film screenings, artists discussions, and curatorial tours. Restaurant, champagne bar, and espresso bar available. $8-$20, kids 10 and under are free. Noon-7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; Noon-6 p.m. Sunday. nextlevelfairs.com/artpalmbeach

Jan. 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. 6-9 p.m. moradaway.org

Jan. 19 -21: International Chocolate Festival, Coral Gables. Fairchild Gardens hosts this celebration of the tropical plant obroma cacao, the source of chocolate. For three days guests are immersed in the world of chocolate. From chocolate treats to tree sales, cooking demonstrations to chocolate sculpture competitions, chocolate reigns supreme. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. At Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables. Free for Fairchild Members, Adults: $25, Seniors (age 65 and up): $18, Children (ages 6-17): $12, Free for children 5 and younger. 305-667-1651. fairchildgarden.org

Jan. 20-21: Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts, Delray Beach. This is the 29th annual signature event for the city, and is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation. Along a one-mile stretch of Atlantic Avenue, starting at U.S. 1 and continuing east over the Intracoastal Waterway all the way to A-1-A on the Atlantic Ocean. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.  artfestival.com

Jan. 27: Port Salerno Seafood Festival, Port Salerno. This marks the 12th year of this popular local event in Martin County featuring seafood specialties, live music, family fun area, maritime exhibitors, arts and crafts and more. Along the waterfront. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. with most food served from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission at the Gate: $10, children 12 and under free. Online Advance Tickets: General Admission $7, VIP $150. portsalernoseafoodfestival.org

Jan. 27-28: Key West Craft Show, Key West. This 33rd annual event features juried artisans and crafters displaying their work at a show on lower Whitehead Street in historic Old Town Key West. The Key West Craft Show, which attracts buyers from locals, cruise boats and tourists, was rated by Sunshine Artists in the top 100 shows, most recently at #45. The 2017 show had attendance estimated over 25,000 visitors. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. keywestartcenter.com/craft.html

Jan. 28: Mariners Hospital Bougainvillea Ball, Islamorada. To be held at Founders Park in Islamorada. The Ball begins at 6 p.m. keylargochamber.org

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

Through Jan. 31: Nights of Lights Festival and Celebration, St. Augustine. This inspiring display of more than two million tiny white lights adorning the palm trees and buildings throughout the city's historic district is based on a custom by the town's original Spanish colonists, who placed a white candle in their windows to brighten the nights during the Christmas holidays. Among special events and activities awaiting visitors: nighttime tours of ancient buildings and inns led by storytellers in period clothing, rollicking train and trolley tours through the narrow brick streets, art walks featuring more than 30 galleries serving free holiday refreshments on the first friday, special antique shopping events, a dazzling regatta, Florida ice skating, luminaries in the town plaza, and holiday concerts. NightsofLights.com

Jan. 5: 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 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. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Shuttles run on a continuous loop every 30 minutes. floridashistoriccoast.com

Jan. 6: Guided Exploration Hike, Ponte Vedra Beach. On the first Saturday of every month from 8:30-10:30 a.m., visitors can learn about the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula as well as the natural biodiversity during a guided hike. Find out about the peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history, including how native peoples used estuarine resources, what European plantation life was like, and current efforts to learn about and save these resources. Meet at the GTM Research Reserve’s Trailhead Pavilion located west of the Guana Dam. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes. Free. There is a $3 per vehicle parking fee. For more information, call 904.823.4500. Reservations required by visiting Eventbrite.com

Jan. 19-28: Annual Amelia Island Restaurant Week, Amelia Island. 10th annual event includes some of Amelia Island's most popular dining destinations. Residents and visitors enjoy pre-fix meals, which includes three courses and a nonalcoholic beverage. 6 p.m. $100 per person (includes tax and gratuity) restaurantweek.ameliaisland.com

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

Jan. 13: Tour de Felasco, Gainesville. The Tour de Felasco is a 50-mile mountain bike ecotour that gives the participants, for one day, access to some of the most scenic views of nature that North Central Florida has to offer. 8:30 a.m. roll-out. Registration fee is $75. www.active.com/alachua-fl/cycling/mountain-biking/tour-de-felasco-2018

Jan. 13-14: Florida Manatee Festival, Crystal River. In honor of its namesake, the endangered manatee, the festival gives visitors the opportunity to view the gentle creature in its own environment. Boat tours are offered for a small charge into Kings Bay, which the manatee calls home. Festival also includes a Fine Art show featuring everything from watercolor artwork and photography to sculptures, stained glass and handmade jewelry. Live entertainment will be provided continuously Downtown on Citrus Ave. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 adults; kids 12 and under are free. gomanateefest.com

Jan. 27: Shakespeare Uncorked, Tallahassee. This 21+ event features six of Tallahassee's top chefs showcasing a gourmet sampling to pair with a wine. The multi-station event is followed  by Uncorked: Whiskey & Cigars with cigard provided by FUMA to go with four curated whiskeys provided by MSL Whiskey House. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Governors Club, 202 South Adams Street. $94-$165. southernshakespearefestival.org

Jan. 27 -28: Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, Gainesville. Come be swept away by medieval magic on this 32nd annual 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: Adults $18; Youth (5-17) $8; Senior/Military $15; Children under 5 are free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. hoggetownefaire.com

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

Jan. 10: Mardi Gras Kick-Off Celebration. Pensacola. The traditional beginning of their Carnival season occurs on Twelfth Night with the "parade in reverse," in which more than 40 krewes and their floats park along the waterfront. The floats don't move, but people go from float to float to collect beads and other "throws." The celebration lasts until 11 p.m. when the krewes cut the city's first official king cake. Free. visitpensacola.com

Jan. 12-13: Apalachicola Oyster Cook Off, Apalachicola. Fundraiser for the Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Department. Submit recipes. Oysters all sorts of ways. The event features a silent auction, oysters galore, shrimp, smoked mullet, hot dogs, hamburgers, local beer, live music, kids’ activities, dancing performances and a 5K run. Well-mannered pets are welcomed on a leash. 86 Water Street, Riverfront Park. 850-323-0385. oystercookoff.com

Jan. 13: Pensacola Beach 1/2 Marathon, 5K and 10K Run, Pensacola Beach. All three courses are flat and fast. Pick the distance you want at the turns. If you feel good at the 5K turn, just keep going for the 10K, and the same is true for the 1/2 Marathon. Several exhibitors, and drink and food specials. 7:30 a.m. (Half Marathon Start), 8 a.m. (5K/10K Start) Casino Beach, Pensacola Beach. Fees $23-$60. pensacolarunners.com

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