The Virginia Gazette

Florida travel calendar for March

Check out festivals and events in March 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. 6- April 16: Universal Studios Mardi Gras, Orlando. With 14 concerts lighting up the stage; 1.7 million beads flying through the air; a wild and wonderful parade led by amazing, outrageous performers and plenty of food. Included with Universal Studios ticket. 407-363-8000. www.universalorlando.com/Events/Mardi-Gras

Feb. 13- March 6: Bands Brew and BBQ music festival, Orlando. A music festival on Saturdays and Sundays at SeaWorld Orlando offers BBQ and bands. Performers have not yet been announced. Concerts begin at 4 p.m. Free with park admission. SeaWorld  seaworld.com

March 2-May 30: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, Lake Buena Vista. Discover dazzling gardens, high-energy entertainment, family fun and more at this spectacular springtime event. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will be brimming with special experiences for every age and interest. At Walt Disney World's EPCOT with admission. www.disneyworld.com/flower

March 4: Jazz Friday at Foosaner Museum of Art, Melbourne. Every first Friday of the month the Foosaner Museum of Art hosts Jazz Friday in their galleries. Expect great music from local favorites. 5:30 pm to 7:30 p.m. 1463 Highland Avenue, Melbourne FL 32935. 321-674-8916. www.visitspacecoast.com

March 4-6: Orlando Home & Garden Show, Orlando. The Orlando Home & Garden Show will be from noon to 7 p.m. on March 4,  10 a.m.-7 p.m. on March 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 6 at the Orange County Convention Center, 9400 Universal Blvd, Orlando. showtechnology.com/event/orange-county-home-garden-show/

March 4-13: Bike Week, Daytona Beach. This annual event and rally is one of the largest motorcycle gatherings around the world. It commences the start of motorcycle season. About 500,000 bikers from around the world come to Daytona Beach. www.officialbikeweek.com

March 5: 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. Admission is required. 386-749-2959. www.pioneersettlement.org

March 5-6: Floral City Strawberry Festival, Floral City. Primary focus of the event is, of course, the celebration of strawberries - by the berry, by the flat, atop shortcake or covered in chocolate. Each day includes continuous live entertainment, contests, children's games and activities, and more than 200 arts and craft booths. Special features include an antique car show, pony rides, rock climbing wall, pie eating contest, Strawberry Princess pageants, and continuous children's activities. At Floral Park. Admission. 352-795-3149. visitcitrus.com/events-calendar

March 5-6: The Grant Seafood Festival, Grant. The Grant Seafood Festival serves up the bounty of the sea on March 5-6. In addition to delicacies from the sea, the festival features entertainment and crafts exhibits from more than 100 artists at 4580 First Street. Festival hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit www.grantseafoodfestival.com.

March 6: Chocolate Festival, Melbourne. Brevard's best chocolatiers, pastry chefs and restaurateurs come together with community volunteers to raise funds to support scholarship programs. Guests may sample chocolate confections, cakes and desserts, then vote to select "Brevard's Best Chocolate Fix."  In addition, there are beverages, appetizers and entertainment by local musicians. At Eau Gallie Civic Center. Admission. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  www.zontaspacecoast.org

March 11: 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, a children's activity. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Highland Avenue, Melbourne FL 32922. Free. 321-724-1741. www.downtownmelbourne.com

March 11-13: Tico Warbird Airshow, Titusville. Located at the Space Coast Regional Airport, this annual three day event highlights military aviation and features some of the most famous trainer, transport, fighter and bomber aircraft that flew in combat around the world. 6600 Tico Road, Titusville. www.vacwarbirds.org

March 11-20: Firefighters' Indian River County Fair, Vero Beach. Since 1980, proceeds from this event have supported Indian River County Burn Fund, high school scholarships, Fairground Improvements and other charitable activities. At county fairgrounds. Gate prices are $7 for adults, $5 for children (6-12) and senior citizens. 772-562-2974. http://www.firefightersfair.org

March 12: Taste of Oviedo, Oviedo.The Taste of Oviedo offers visitors the opportunity to sample local fare. Also on the event’s agenda are entertainment, a car show, vendors’ exhibits, children’s activities and fireworks. A highlight is a Citrus & Celery Cook-Off. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The event is at the Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Marketplace Boulevard. www.tasteofoviedo.org

March 12-13: The Lakeland Craft Festival, Lakeland. The Lakeland Craft Festival displays handmade creations at Lakeside Village. Lakeside Village is located at 1479 Town Center Drive. Admission is free. Fair hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday.  www.artfestival.com

March 12-26: Praise Wave Christian music festival, Orlando. Experience a day of fellowship and fun at SeaWorld Orlando’s new Praise Wave Christian music festival this month. Each Saturday on March 12, 19 and 26, guests can enjoy live performances by the hottest names in Christian music, celebrate in an atmosphere filled with Christian friendship and  enjoy SeaWorld’s  rides, shows and attractions.  Praise Wave is included with park admission. seaworldparks.com

March 18-20: Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park. The Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is a juried outdoor fest on March 18-20. More than 1,100 artists from around the world apply for entry and an independent panel of judges selects approximately 225 to participate in the show. The three-day event also features jazz and children’s activities. Admission, to the event on Park Avenue between Canton Avenue and New England Avenue, is free. www.wpsaf.org

March 19: 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. 386-738-0649. www.MainStreetDeLand.org

March 19-20: Spring Break Nationals, Daytona Beach. Touted as "The World's Most Famous Soundoff" this custom car audio show is held indoors rain or shine at the Ocean Center at 101 N. Atlantic Ave. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. springbreaknationals.com

March 19-20: Art and Craft Festival, Flagler Beach. Show offers an array of fine art, fine crafts and food. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 100 Moody Boulevard.  www.tnteventsinc.com

March 19-20: Spring Antiques, Collectibles & Crafts Show, Mount Dora. This quaint Central Florida town puts on its annual Spring Antiques, Collectibles & Crafts Show. More than 200 vendors are to display their treasures on the downtown streets of Mount Dora from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is free. www.mountdoraspringshow.com

March 19-20: Battle at Narcoossee Mill, St. Cloud. Authentic reenactment of a Civil War battle. Roam through civil war camps and watch the mounted cavalry ride back from the past. Educational and entertaining for all ages. Held at Ralph V. Chisholm Park in Narcoossee. Adults $7, children 5-11 $5, children under 5 are free. www.jacobsummerlin.org

March 21: Moonlight Carillon Concert at Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. Visitors can stroll the meditative garden paths and find a spot to relax and enjoy the hour-long carillon concert under the light of the full moon. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 per person, free for members. 863-676-1408. www.boksanctuary.org

March 23: Climb to the Moon, Ponce Inlet. Climb to the Moon at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse offers views of the sunset and moonrise from atop the lighthouse once a month. The lighthouse keeper relates the story of this National Historic Landmark. Hors d'oeuvres are provided. The lighthouse is at 4931 South Peninsula Drive. Participation is limited to 25 people and tickets ($25) must be purchased in advance by calling 386-761-1821 ext. 10. ponceinlet.org

March 25: Fourth Fridays 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, FL, 32771. Free. 407-302-2586. www.sanfordartwalk.com

March 25-26: The Ultimate International Cheerleading Championship, Kissimmee. Cheerleaders compete for the Ultimate National Championship. At Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center. Admission required.  www.COAcheer.com

March 25-27: Annual Spring Daytona Turkey Run. The Annual Spring Daytona Turkey Run is set inside Daytona International Speedway's infield and showcases more than 6,000 collector cars and trucks. 386-255-7355. www.turkeyrun.com

March 25-27: Annual Ron Jon Surf Shop Easter Surfing Festival, Cocoa Beach. Championship surfers of all ages come from around the world to Cocoa Beach to compete in the Annual Ron Jon Surf Shop Easter Surfing Festival. An Easter egg hunt and food court, as well as surf clinics and demonstrations, are part of the fun. Admission is free.  www.eastersurffest.com

March 26: Art Walk on Flagler, New Smyrna Beach. Held on the last Saturday each month, Flagler Avenue livens up with entertainment and wine tastings at participating venues. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Flagler Avenue, 100 Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32169. www.facebook.com/FlaglerArtwalk

March 26: Kowtown Festival, Kissimmee. Celebrate Kissimmee's birthday with a family-friendly festival that honors the city's cattle ranching heritage. Enjoy live entertainment, unique games, food and festivities. At Historic Downtown Kissimmee and Lakefront Park. Free. 407-846-4643. www.kissimmeemainstreet.com

May 26-29: Megacon, Orlando. The annual comic book, sci-fi and general geek fest at the Orange County Convention Center with vendors, costume contests, autograph sessions and more. Advance tickets are available. Onsite ticket prices vary by day. 10 & under are free per paid adult. www.megaconvention.com

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

March 3-6: Music on the Bay, Tampa. Music on the Bay is a Trop Rock festival presenting a lineup of more than 20 artists and bands. The event is at outdoor beach stage at Whiskey Joe’s Barefoot Beach Bar, 7720 West Courtney Campbell Causeway, next to the waters of Tampa Bay. Cost is $80 per person for the four-day event. www.musiconthebay.org

March 3-13: Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City. Strawberry celebration dating back to 1930. Features daily entertainment, agriculture shows, livestock and the Midway with more than 60 rides. At Plant City Festival Grounds. Admission required. 813-752-9194. www.flstrawberryfestival.com

March 5: Plant City Bike Fest, Plant City. Gather in Historic Downtown Plant City near Tampa with motorcycle owners and enthusiasts to celebrate Bike Fest from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Held in an eight square block radius near the Plant City Train Depot at 102 N. Palmer St. Free admission; live entertainment and food vendors. 813-754-3707. www.plantcity.org

March 5-6: Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa. The Annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts showcases original creations at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. Entertainment, children’s activities and food vendors will be featured. Admission is free. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For details, visit www.gasparillaarts.com.

Through March 5: Real Music Concert Series, Tampa Bay. Busch Gardens Tampa’s longest running concert series, Real Music, returns Jan. 4 through March 5 (Monday through Saturday) with incredible live music spanning from the 1950s to today, featuring genres for all ages, including swing, blues, pop, jazz, and rock ‘n roll. Concerts are held at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. seaworldparks.com

March 11-13: Swamp Fest, Weeki Wachee. A good, old-fashioned family fun festival presented by three community organizations. Includes swamp food, swamp costume contest, arts and crafts, entertainment, drawings and more. At Linda Pederson Park at Jenkins Creek. Admission $8 for adults, $4 for kids 6-12, free for children 5 and younger with paying adult. 352-597-9421. swampfestweekiwachee.com

March 12-13: Manatee Festival of the Arts, Ruskin. Award-winning juried fine arts festival celebrating visual, culinary and performing arts as well as promoting awareness and preservation of the West Indian Manatee. At E.G. Simmons Park 2401 19th AVE NW Ruskin, FL 33570. $5 adults, free for children 12 and under. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 813-645-1366. www.facebook.com

March 12-13: Gasparilla Music Festival, Tampa. A weekend of music, art, vendors and more. Help annually the second weekend of March. Two-day general admission tickets are $60. At Curtis Hixon Park, Kiley Gardens and MacDill Park. gasparillamusic.com

March 18-20: Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival, Ybor City. The Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival serves up this favorite treat –sometimes referred to as “the sandwich that conquered America” –in historic Ybor City. On the agenda are music, dances, more than 150 crafts and cultural exhibitors, and a contest between rivals Miami and Tampa to find the best traditional and non-traditional Cuban sandwiches. Admission is free. For information, visit www.thecubansandwichfestival.com.

March 18-27: Sarasota Agricultural Fair, Sarasota. Featuring exhibits, midway rides and fair food. At Sarasota County Fairgrounds. Admission. 941-365-0818. www.sarasotafair.com

March 19-20: Annual Spring Fine Arts Festival, Englewood. Stroll the avenue viewing the work of more than 100 artists from around the country while you enjoy live entertainment, shopping and snacks along the way. Downtown area. $2 donation requested.  www.englewoodrotary.org/page6.php

March 25-29: Sertoma Youth Ranch Spring Bluegrass Festival, Brooksville. Sertoma Youth Ranch Spring Bluegrass Festival presents a lineup of artists including IIIrd Tyme Out, Nothin Fancy, and the Boxcars on March 25-29. A variety of tickets is available including a Weekend Ticket that is $62. Camping available for a fee. For more information, visit www.evansmediasource.com.

March 28-April 3: Citrus County Fair, Inverness. The Citrus County Fair features pageants, a flea market, exhibits, livestock show, and midway rides. The Citrus County Fairgrounds is at 3600 South Florida Avenue. www.citruscountyfair.com

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

March 1-22: Sanibel Music Festival, Sanibel Island. Tuesdays and Saturdays in March, Sanibel hosts accomplished musicians from around the world, including the Opera Theater of Connecticut, the American Chamber Players and Emerson String Quartet. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. Sanibel Congregational Church. Admission. www.sanibelmusicfestival.org

March 5: Sharks Tooth 10K run, Venice.  Runners will run through neighborhoods, along the beach-front road, into Caspersen Beach Park and return along the Venetian Waterway Trail to finish at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds. Starts at 7:30 a.m. Participants will receive complimentary entry into the Shark's Tooth Festival. Also included, door prizes and a post-race party. 941-312-4955. www.sharkstooth10k.com

March 5-6: Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Bonita Springs. This annual outdoor exhibition features more than 200 nationally and internationally acclaimed artists working in a variety of media. Food and beverages will be available. At Riverside Park. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 10450 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. www.artinusa.com/bonita

March 5-6: Downtown Venice Art Classic, Venice. Hosted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in downtown Venice. Admission is free. 219 W Venice Ave. www.artfestival.com

Through 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 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. www.swflcfair.com

March 3-5: Sanibel Shell Fair and Show, Sanibel Island. In celebration of this world-renowned shelling island, the Shell Fair features shell displays and crafts, food and entertainment. The fair takes place inside and outside of the Community House. 239-395-3626. sites.google.com/site/thesanibelcaptivashellclub

March 5-6: Arts and Crafts Show, Marco Island. Fine art and fine crafts are on display during the Arts and Crafts Show. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. At the Center for the Arts. www.marcoislandart.org

March 10-13: All-Florida Championship Rodeo, Arcadia. This annual rodeo includes Calf Scramble, Mutton Bustin', barrel racing, Shootout and more. Admission. 800-494-2014. www.arcadiarodeo.com

March 11-13:  Art Under The Oaks, Vero Beach. One of the largest art festivals in Vero Beach, the Annual Art Under The Oaks, displays original creations under majestic live oaks in Riverside Park. Approximately 210 artists will display their work. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. www.verobeachartclub.org

March 12: Swamp Buggy Nights, Naples. The Running of The World Famous Swamp Buggy Races return to the FloridaSportsPark. The Budweiser Cup Championship is once again up for grabs under the lights. Gates will open at 4 pm with the green flag droping at 6 pm sharp. Tickets required. 239-774-2701 swampbuggy.com

March 12-13: Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival and Parade, Fort Myers Beach. Fresh shrimp from the local docks to you. Enjoy delicious shrimp cooked a variety of ways and many other taste-tempting foods. Also offered are arts and crafts booths, live entertainment and many children's activities. Coordinated and sponsored by the Fort Myers Beach Lions Club. www.fortmyersbeachshrimpfestival.com

March 16: Wild Edibles Walk, Cape Coral. Participants learn how to identify edible plants and how to incorporate them into their landscaping during the Wild Edibles Walk at Rotary Park. Cost is $8 for non-Cape Coral residents. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Advance registration and payment is required. The event is at the Rotary Park Environmental Center, 5505 Rose Garden Road. For details, visit www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/event/?eid=57591 or www.facebook.com/CapeCoralParks.

 March 16-19: Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sebring. Sebring International Raceway hosts thousands of race fans from around the world to witness the historic 12-hour classic.  Gates open on Wednesday and remain open 24 hours a day through Saturday's title race. Admission. 800-626-RACE. www.sebringraceway.com

March 17: Fishermen's Village Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration, Punta Gorda. Featuring traditional Irish musics and other genres of live music. At Fishermen's Village Center Stage. Free. 941-639-8721. www.fishville.com

March 17: Downtown Gallery Walk, Punta Gorda. Held monthly on the third Thursday, 5-8 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. www.charlotteharbortravel.com

March 18-20: Marco Island Seafood & Music Festival, Marco Island. This scenic Southwest Florida enclave sets the scene for the annual Marco Island Seafood & Music Festival. The festival features live music, crafts, kids’ zone, and plenty of delicacies from the sea available for purchase. Admission to the festival, at Veterans Park, is $10 for a one-day ticket. For information, visit www.marcoislandseafoodfestival.com.

March 19: Southwest Florida Reading Festival, Fort Myers. Enjoy the multiple stages with multiple best-selling authors, buy books and have them signed. Kids can have fun watching and listening to popular authors and illustrators, pick out a free book and make a craft. Teens can find a book, make a craft and watch the Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands final competition, and more. At Harborside Event Center and Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 239-533-4826. www.readfest.org

March 19-20: Peace River National Arts Festival, Punta Gorda. Charlotte County's premier outdoor juried fine arts show, the annual Peace River National Art Festival returns to Laishley Park, Punta Gorda, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 941-639-8810. www.visualartcenter.org

March 19-20: Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts, Naples. An annual event for the entire family. Along Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples. Free. 239-262-6517. naplesart.org

 

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

March 4-13: Miami International Film Festival, Miami. Brings the best of world cinema to South Florida, exhibiting U.S. and international films, with a special focus on Ibero-American cinema. Since its fruition, the festival has presented films from more than 50 countries, including Oscar nominees and winners and many international prizewinners. At various locations throughout Miami and Dade County. www.miamifilmfestival.com/

March 4-16: Festival of the Arts BOCA, Boca Raton. The Festival of the Arts BOCA is a multi-day cultural arts event that features jazz, opera and classical performers, as well as recognized, award-winning authors and speakers. At the Mizner Park Amphitheater and the Cultural Arts Center. festivaloftheartsboca.org

March 4-6: Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival, Okeechobee. Chart-topping acts like Kendrick Lamar, Skrillex and Mumford & Sons will be at the Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee for this three-day festival. Tickets start at $259.50. okeechobeefest.com

March 5: Conch Shell Blowing Contest, Key West. The contest, sponsored by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, will take place in the garden of the Oldest House. There is no cost to enter or compete, and no experience is necessary. Conch shells will be available for purchase for those who do not have their own. Begins at noon. 322 Duval Street. oirf.org/event.php?id=10

March 5: Evening on Antique Row, West Palm Beach. Antique Row will come to life with music and special entertainment, food and beverages, an antique appraisal tent, shopping, and much more. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. General admission is $40 in advance, $65 at the door. www.historicalsocietypbc.org

March 5-6: CityPlace Art Fair, West Palm Beach. Festical takes place in the retail district of CityPlace downtown West Palm Beach. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission. www.artfestival.com

March 5-6: Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival, Delray Beach. The Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival showcases original work by more than 100 local, regional and national artists. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. The show is at Atlantic Avenue and Fourth Avenue. www.artfestival.com

March 6: 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

March 6: 13.1 Marathon Miami, Miami Beach. This event is a half marathon consisting of 13.1 miles, of which 45-50 percent of the route will take participants through Miami Beach. Walkers welcome. www.run131series.com/miamibeach

March 11-12: Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Delray Beach. It’s that time of year to celebrate all things Irish during the annual Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade. The festivities include a two-day Celtic Siamsa Party featuring Irish dancing, traditional pipe and drum bands, Irish storytelling and live music on the corner of Atlantic & Swinton Avenue. Food and beer will be available for purchase. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and continue on through Saturday evening. Admission to both the Parade and the Festival is free. stpatrickparade.com

March 11-12: 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 five 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. oirf.org

March 11-13: Fairchild's International Orchid Festival, Coral Gables. Explore the wonder of orchids during one of our many garden workshops and walking tours where local and national vendors will sell an amazing variety of orchids and orchid products. Free for members and children 5 and under. $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up. $12 for children 6 to 17. 305-667-1651. www.fairchildgarden.org

March 11-13: Fractal Beach, Miami. Expect a variety of electronic music artists, yoga on the beach, live painting, workshops and more. Ticket prices vary. fractalbeach.com

March 12-13: Original Marathon Seafood Festival, Marathon. Celebrate the fishing heritage of the Middle Keys at this popular event offering lobster, stone crab, conch chowder and fritters, local fish, smoked fish dip, key lime pie and more. Also includes arts and crafts, boat show, nautical market, and live entertainment. At Marathon Community Park. $5 per person, free for children 10 and under. 305-743-5417. www.marathonseafoodfestival.com

March 12-13: Art Fest by the Sea, Juno Beach. This festival brings together longtime favorites and newest names in the contemporary art scene. Life-size sculptures, paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics and more. At 14200 U.S. 1 in Juno Beach. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Free. 954-584-1925. www.artfestival.com

March 15-20:  Okeechobee County Fair, Okeechobee. For those looking for some old-fashioned fair fun, the Okeechobee County Fair features exhibits, beauty pageant, midway rides, equine events, petting zoo, livestock show and entertainment. The fair is at the Agri-Civic Center & Fairgrounds, 4601 Highway 710 East. Tickets ($5) may be purchased online and picked up at the fair’s box office. www.okeechobeecountyfair.com

March 17: 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.

March 17-20: Palm Beach International Boat Show, West Palm Beach. One of the top five boat shows in the country - featuring more than $1.2 billion  worth of boats, yachts  and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers. Tickets are $21 for adults, $11 for children ages 6 to 15 and free for children under 6. www.showmanagement.com

March 17-April 10: Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition, Miami. This county fair offering nearly 50,000 exhibits, concerts, a circus, strolling entertainment, food, games, shopping and a 100-ride midway. At Fair Expo Center. www.thefair.me

March 18-19: Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Fest, Delray Beach. The Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Festival shines a light on bacon, and the quintessential American liquor -- bourbon. Noon to 11 p.m. both days.  At the Delray Beach Center for the Arts & Old School Square Park. delraybaconandbourbonfest.com

March 18-20: Ultra Music Festival, Miami. Multi-day electronic music festival. All tickets are currently sold out. At Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. ultramusicfestival.com

March 18-21: Art Boca Raton, Boca Raton. The fair will showcase contemporary work, modern masters, and emerging art, sculpture, photography, works on paper and installations. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at the International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches
at the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University. Tickets are $20 for one day or $25 for a multi-day ticket. www.artbocaraton.com

March 19: TurtleFest, Juno Beach. Guests of all ages can enjoy up-close encounters with threatened and endangered sea turtles during the Annual TurtleFest from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Loggerhead Marinelife Center and Loggerhead Park. Local bands will take the stage while educational activities, art, shopping and other activities are available for children. Admission is free. For more information, call 561-627-8280. www.marinelife.org/turtlefest 

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March 13: St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Fun Celebration, Jensen Beach. Historic downtown Jensen Beach sets the scene for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Fun Celebration. Event hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the parade kicking off at 3 p.m. and going from Jensen Beach Boulevard (from circle) to Indian River Drive.  www.jbstpatricksparade.com.

March 19-20: Coral Springs Festival of the Arts, Coral Springs. Event that combines fine artists, craft market exhibitors and musical entertainment. Held at 2874 N University Dr. in Coral Springs. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. www.artfestival.com

March 19-20: Rotary Key Biscayne Art Festival, Key Biscayne. At Village Green Park,  400 Crandon Boulevard. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free. www.artfestival.com

March 19-20: Pridefest, Lake Worth. The event, which is Palm Beach County's largest LGBT visibility event, features a parade, live performances and entertainment for all ages. Noon to 6 p.m. both days. Pre-sale tickets are $8, $10 at the gate. At Bryant Park. www.compassglcc.com

March 20: Taste of the Islands, Marathon. Here’s a treat for tastebuds in the Keys: the Taste of the Islands features tastes from local restaurants. Admission is free and visitors may purchase tasting tickets at the event at the Key Colony Beach city park grounds. Music, vendors and a fashion show are also planned. Event hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit local charities. For details, visit www.facebook.com/pages/BPW-Taste-of-the-Islands/208075109203744?fref=nf.

March 31: International Gay Polo Tournament, Wellington. Hosted by the Gay Polo League, this annual Tournament takes place in Wellington for a weekend full of activities. At International Polo Club Palm Beach. General admission tickets are $25. www.gaypolo.com

 

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

March 1-April 2: Garden Month at Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville. Come celebrate these historic and nationally recognized gardens. 904-899-6038. www.cummer.org

March 4-6: Lions Seafood Festival, St. Augustine. Great seafood, live music, arts and crafts, family-friendly contests and prizes. At Francis Field, behind Visitor Information Center. $5 adults, free for children 12 and younger. www.lionsfestival.com

March 10-13: Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, Amelia Island. Celebrates classic cars and the people who admire them. Events take place at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach.  www.ameliaconcours.org

March 11-13: The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival, St. Augustine. Celebrate romantic St. Augustine's Celtic heritage. Saturate your senses in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Celtic history.Tickets are $7 with VIP upgrades available. Main festival events are on Francis Field, 14 W Castillo Dr. St. Augustine 32084. www.celticstaugustine.com

March 12: Gate River Run, Jacksonville. Extraordinary 15k run through Downtown Jacksonville and over its bridges. Attracts nearly 20,000 runners and walkers. Live music plays throughout the course to pump up the participants. www.1stplacesports.com/grr.html

March 19: Great Atlantic Seafood Festival, Jacksonville Beach. Family fun, arts and crafts, and, of course, lots of seafood. At Seawalk Pavilion. greatatlanticfestival.com

March 19-20: Old Town Art & Craft Show, St. Augustine. The Old City puts on the Old Town Art & Craft Show. The juried outdoors fair features the work of local, regional and national artists and takes place at Francis Field, 25 West Castillo Drive. Admission is free.  Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. www.holidayartshows.com

March 26: Uptown Saturday Night, St. Augustine. Uptown Saturday Night features live music, exhibits, book signings and more at the galleries, antique stores and shops on the Old City’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The free event is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the Mission Nombre de Dios provides free parking. augustine.com/event/uptown-saturday-night

March 27: Old City’s Easter Parade, St. Augustine. The Easter Bunny, St. Augustine’s Royal Family, marching bands, drill teams, clowns, the city’s carriage horses and floats make appearances during the Old City’s Easter Parade. The parade kicks off at the Mission of Nombre de Dios at 3 p.m. and winds its way through downtown St. Augustine. For information, visit oldestcityeaster.org.

 

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

March 3-5: Aura Music & Arts Fest, Live Oak.  Three days of DJs, electronic bands, visual artists and more. At the Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park. Single day tickets are $80, VIP packages and multiday passes are available. www.auramusicfestival.com

March 5: Race the Tortoise 5K, High Springs. Being held at O'Leno State Park starting at 7:30 a.m. Patricipants of all ages are welcome to either walk or run the out and back certified race course. 410 SE O'Leno Park Road, High Springs.www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Oleno

March 4-6: Azalea Festival, Palatka. One of Florida's oldest festivals, enduring for decades years and surviving WWII, floods and financial disaster. Held in the historic downtown area and Memorial Park. 386-312-6266. www.flazaleafest.com

March 11-13: Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment, Crystal River. This annual living history reenactment will be held at the Kirby Family Farm. Authentic costumes, modern concessions, battle reenactments. Admission. www.crystalriverreenactment.com

March 12-18: Paddle Florida, Lake Talquin. Kayakers are invited to participate in Dam to the Bay on the Ochlockonee River. Register on the main website by Feb. 27. Trip is limited to 75 paddlers. 352-377-8342. www.paddleflorida.org

March 17-20: NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville. The Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals has a long and storied history as the East Coast opener for the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. 11211 N County Road 225, Gainesville. www.nhra.com

March 17-20: Suwannee Spring Fest, Live Oak. Springfest is held each spring at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park on the famous Suwannee River. Enjoy Americana and grassroots music on the river. General admission single-day tickets are between $50 and $90. 386-364-1683. www.suwanneespringfest.com

March 18: Moon Over the Mounds, Crystal River. Moonlight tour and interpretation of the Crystal River State Archaeological Site, by archaeologists and park staff. Interpretive guides tell the story of the famous Crystal River Site by torchlight as guests tour though the moon-lit mound complex. Travel back to AD 600 when the Crystal River site was the most important ceremonial site in the region. Begins at 8 p.m. Free. 352-795-3817. www.floridastateparks.org

March 19-20: Spring Garden Festival, Gainesville. Hosted at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. The Spring Garden Festival features about 175 booths offering plants, landscape displays, garden accessories, arts and crafts, educational exhibits and, of course, foods. Also featured are a children's activities area, live entertainment and live auctions. kanapaha.org/events/spring-garden-festival

March 18: Wild Azalea Festival, White Springs. Festival highlights include musical performances, arts and crafts, the Little Miss Azalea Contest, the Suwannee River Duck Race, Children’s Area and other outdoor recreational opportunities. Visitors can to spend the day enjoying this street crafts fair where expert artisans will display and sell their handmade specialties. “Wild Azaleas” are a highlight of this event and will be available for purchase along with other native Florida plants. Visitors can listen to the sounds of music as they stroll through historic downtown White Springs. www.facebook.com/Wild-Azalea-Festival-White-Springs-Fl-501768619885219

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

March 5-6: The Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire, Pensacola. Come tour the castle where you can meet the King and Queen, watch full-metal jousting, and drink and be merry while you're entertained by jesters, gypsy dancers, magicians and more. $10 for adults and teens, $5 for children 5 - 12, free admission for children under 4. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. www.gcrf.us

March 18-19: Smokin' in the Square, Pensacola. Come enjoy live music while you taste the best of the best BBQ around at this annual cooking contest. This free event is held from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. www.smokininthesquare.com

March 19: City of Destin Run with the Dogs 5K, Destin. Runners and walkers are invited to enjoy the nice, flat course of this annual 5K. Oh, and their dogs are invited too. Registration starts at $20 and increases after March 4. runsignup.com

March 31: Americana Under the Stars, Santa Rosa Beach. Every Thursday at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park you can find original Americana music, including folk, jazz, blues and more by musicians from Florida and other states at the upgraded amphitheater. Updated schedule of artists and dates can be found at www.luckymudmusic.com. $5 donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park includes regular park admission. 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. 850-267-8330. www.floridastateparks.org/park/Topsail-Hill

Correspondent Georgina Cruz contributed to this report.

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