Check out festivals and events in September across the state.
This list is organized by region.
Including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County
Through Sept. 30: Magical Dining Month. Orlando. Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month named "Best Foodie City in the Nation" by Wallethub is in it's 13th year. The promotion is offered at more than 100 area restaurants with $35 prixe-fixe three-course meals.One dollar from each meal served during Magical Dining is being donated to this year's charities, Freedom Ride and BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation. OrlandoMagicalDining.com
Through Oct. 31: (select dates): Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Walt Disney World. The special event at Magic Kingdom will be held on select dates on 32 nights through October 31. The event again will include the “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks display, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade and the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show in front of Cinderella Castle. Check website for dates. Prices range from $74 to $115 ($69 to $110 for ages 3-9) with earlier nights being the least expensive. 407-824-4321. disneyworld.com/halloween
Through Nov. 12: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, Walt Disney World. The annual food and wine lover's paradise offers beverages from close to 30 global marketplaces. Also on tap are celebrity chef demonstrations and rock star performances during the Eat to the Beat concert series. Festival comes with Epcot admission and plates range in price. 407-939-5277. disneyworld.com/foodandwine
Sept. 1-4: NKF Surf Festival, Cocoa Beach. The 32nd annual NKF Surf Festival features surfing, food, music and silent auction at the Radisson Resort to benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Florida. 321-784-5661. www.nkfsurf.com
Sept. 7-9: Central Florida Film Festival, Ocoee. The 13th annual Central Florida Film Festival returns to Ocoee this summer and features a full roundup, from locally-created student shorts to international documentaries. Screenings daily at the West Orange Cinema, 1575 Maguire Road, Ocoee. $25 daily pass. 407-370-3703. centralfloridafilmfestival.com
Through Sept. 29: Bandshell Concert Series, Daytona Beach. The Bandshell Concert Series runs every Friday and Saturday. Saturday shows also feature fireworks that begin at 9:45 p.m. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Tickets for each Friday night are $3 for general admission; $10 for VIP (includes a chair) plus applicable fees. Children under 10 are free. August guests include tribute bands playing the music of Tom Petty, Micheal Allman and George Strait. 70 Boardwalk. 386-255-0415. www.daytonabandshell.com
Sept. 1: First Saturday Jam, Barberville. On the first Saturday of each month visit the Barberville Pioneer Settlement for entertainment and fun for the entire family. Includes informal folk music jams, free music lessons, a chili cook-off and a yard sale. 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Free. 1776 Lightfoot Lane. 386-749-2959. www.pioneersettlement.org
Sept. 1: Art Stroll and Gallery Walk, New Smyrna Beach. Held on the first Saturday each month, historic Canal Street livens up with art vendors, musicians and exhibitions. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 386-428-1600. nsbfla.com
Sept. 7: Friday Fest, Melbourne. Held the second Friday of each month in Historic Downtown, Friday Fest is a family-oriented event that includes live music, vendors, lots of great food, beer and wine and children's activities. 6 to 10 p.m. Free. New Haven Avenue. 321-724-1741. www.downtownmelbourne.com
Sept. 7-8: Rock the Universe at Universal Orlando, Orlando. Lecrae, Casting Crowns and Chris Tomlin will be among the performers at the 2017 edition of this annual two-day Christian-music festival at Universal Studios theme park. The event requires a ticket separate from theme park admission. Rock the Universe to include perfomances from Switchfoot, Skillet, Newsboys, tobyMac, and others. Saturday night’s festivities include a candle-lighting ceremony. Tickets start at $66.99. rocktheuniverse.com
Sept. 8: Turtle Krawl 5K Run/Walk, Indialantic. Test your endurance and help marine life during the 5K Run/Walk at 7:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Sea Turtle Preservation Society. The event begins at 7:30 a.m.and ends at Nance Park on the corner of A1A and Fifth Avenue (U.S. 192). Cost is $35 on race day; online registration discount available. www.turtlekrawl.com
Sept. 8-9: Buckler’s Craft Fair, Melbourne. The Buckler’s Craft Fair showcases handmade treasures at the Melbourne Auditorium. Admission is $6 per person; children 12 and under are free. A $2 off admission coupon is available on line or bring a canned good to benefit a local food bank for the $2 discount. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Melbourne Auditorium is at 625 East Hibiscus. For information, visit www.bucklercraftfair.com
Sept. 14-Nov. 3 (select nights): Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, Orlando. The event is considered one of the world's largest, most elaborate Halloween celebrations. See if you can survive new haunted houses, spine-chilling street experiences, outrageous live shows and more. 407-363-8000. www.halloweenhorrornights.com
Sept. 21: Cocoa Beach Friday Fest. Cocoa Beach. Held the third Friday of each month, this family-oriented event has live music, food and a kids' zone. 6-10 p.m. Downtown Cocoa Beach, A1A. Free. facebook.com/cocoabeachfridayfest
Sept. 15: Downtown DeLand Classic Car Cruise-In, DeLand. Every third Saturday of the month classic cars and rods line East Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Includes a live DJ, giveaways, shopping and dining. 4 to 7 p.m. Free. East Indiana Ave. 386-738-0649. www.MainStreetDeLand.org
Sept. 15: Art Walk, Sanford. Central Florida's only monthly juried art show, held the third Saturday of each month. With exhibits and music at participating venues. 6 to 9 p.m. 230 East First Street. Free. 407-302-2586. sanfordartwalk.com
Sept. 7-23: Global Peace Film Festival, Orlando. Guests can celebrate the art of film and its power to promote understanding. Held in conjunction with the U.N.'s International Day of Peace, the festival promotes the art of motion picture to further the goal of peace on earth. Events will take place at various locales across Orlando and will include film programs, panels, parties and a special concert. www.peacefilmfest.org
Sept. 28-29: DeLand Craft Show, DeLand. Artists, crafters and quilters from around the state will display and sell their handmade items along Woodland Boulevard in downtown DeLand. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. 386-738-0649. mainstreetdeland.org
Sept. 29-30: DeLand Craft Show, DeLand. Artists and Crafters from all over the state will display and sell their handmade items along Woodland Boulevard in Downtown DeLand. Entertainment, demonstrations by crafters, children's activities and more. Free admission and parking. 386-738-0649. delandcraftshow.com
Sept. 28-30: Klingon Feast, Daytona Beach. No vendors or celebrity guests will be at this event, now in its 20th year, just fans celebrating Star Trek with a feast, games and more. $50 for preregistered guests, $60 at the door. At Best Western Aku Tiki Inn, 2225 S Atlantic Ave. www.klingonfeast.com
Sept. 29: Sip & Stroll. Cocoa. Under the Harvest Moon Sip & Stroll from 5-9 p.m. in Historic Cocoa Viallge with wine or beer samplings, snacks and shopping deals to welcome fall and celebrate the Oktoberfest season. For $20 in advance, $25 night of event (after 3 pm) , you will receive a Sip & Stroll commemorative wine or beer glass, shopping bag, and a map of the participating merchants. Ticket automatically enters you a gift basket drawing. 321-749-3407. http://visitcocoavillage.com/sip-stroll/
Sept. 29: Bacon & Brew Fest, DeLand. Pigs and brews come together for this festival that celebrates great combinations. It'll be bacon, beer, music and fun. 125 beverage and food vendors will be on hand with live music and events like a bacon eating contest. 1 to 7 p.m. At Earl Brown Park, 755 S. Alabama Ave. Free admission. www.baconandbrewfestdeland.com
Sept. 29-30: The Pinellas Plaza Craft Festival, The Villages. Annual festival featuring arts and crafts all created in the U.S. Handmade jewelry, personalized wall hangings, art for your pets, ceramics and more. An expansive Green Market lends plants, exotic flora and homemade soaps. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Free. Pinellas Plaza. 2500 Burnsed Blvd. artfestival.com
Sept. 22: Wine Walk & Art Walk, New Smyrna Beach. Stroll Flagler Avenue and explore over 100 interesting wines inside local pubs, galleries and restaurants during this monthly progressive wine tasting event. $20-$25 Tasting Passports on sale day of the event at 3 locations along Flagler Avenue. Discount with official glass from a previous Wine Walk. 1 to 7 p.m nsbfla.com
Including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa
Sept. 1: GeckoFest, Gulfport. Celebrating the town's unofficial mascot and favorite reptile, this 18th annual family-friendly event presents music on two stages, a costume contest, arts and crafts and street performers. This year's theme will be "Geko-Con" A celebration of superheroes, villains, cult characters, imaginary locations and more from comics, books, movies, tv shows, and anime. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 3101 Beach Boulevard. Free. www.sikpromotions.com
Sept. 1-3: Sponge Docks Art and Craft Festival, Tarpon Springs. The nation’s top artists and crafters showing off U.S.-made creations, including jewelry, ceramics, plants, photography, paintings and homemade soap. At The Sponge Docks. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. 15 Dodecanese Blvd. www.spongedocks.net
Sept. 8: Second Saturday St. Petersburg ArtWalk, St. Petersburg. Meet artists and gallery owners every second Saturday of the month as more than 40 studios and galleries from all five arts districts come together as one arts destination. Get around on free ArtWalk trolleys that encompass all of the districts. 5 to 9 p.m. Free. 727-518-5142. stpeteartsalliance.org
Sept. 8: Parsons Collector's Market, Brandon. Monthly outdoor event featuring vintage, antique, repurposed, handcrafted and more. 20-30 local vendors. 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. 207 S Parsons Ave. www.visittampabay.com
Sept. 8-9: I Like It Hot Festival, Largo. It's all about spicy food during the 18th annual I Like It Hot Festival. Among the highlights are spicy foods for sale, competitions and jalapeno pepper eating contest. Minnreg Hall, 6340 N. 126th Ave. Admission $5, children under 12 are free. www.ilikeithotfestival.com
Sept. 14: Yappy Hour, Fort Myers. Grab your pup and head to Bell Tower Shops for Yappy Hour, held on the second Friday of each month. You can meet adoptable dogs, enjoy an outdoor bar and listen to live music. Finish the night at one of the eight pet-friendly restaurants in the center. Proceeds benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. The Bell Tower Shops, 13499 U.S. 41 SE. www.thebelltowershops.com
Sept. 16: Channelside Bay Plaza Fresh Artisan Market, Tampa. Offering live entertainment, restaurants, fresh produce and locally handcrafted treasures, this destination offers residence & visitors alike, a waterfront shopping experience right at the Port of Tampa. 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. 615 Channelside Drive. www.visittampabay.com
Sept. 21-October 28: Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, Tampa. The annual Halloween event transforms Busch Gardens into a nightmarish array of haunted houses, wandering creatures mixed with the thrills of the park's roller coasters and other rides. The scares start at 7:30 p.m., but tickets give entry beginning at 5 p.m. $45.99-$70.99. 10165 N McKinley Drive. www.howloscream.com
Sept. 28-30: Super Boat International, Clearwater Beach. THis is the 10th annual weekend featuring the races, as well as parties, fireworks, concerts, a beauty pageant and the chance to see the boats and drivers up close. 727-593-5536. superboat.com
Including Naples, Fort Myers, Venice, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda
Sept. 1-2: Labor Day Weekend Craft Festival, Venice. The 10th annual festival takes place on Miami Avenue in downtown Venice. This community craft festival features ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, metal works and much more. The Green Market offers live flora, freshly popped kettle corn, gourmet spices, and sauces. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. 220 Miami Ave W. www.artfestival.com
Sept. 15: Galloway Captiva Triathlon, Captiva Island. This triathlon offers adult and children's events at the South Seas Island Resort. Kid's individual entry fee is $30; adult's individual entry fee is $95. 5400 Plantation Rd. www.captivatri.com
Sept. 15-16: Sullivan Street Craft Festival, Punta Gorda. This 21st annual festival continues to grow and highlights the talents of many unique crafters, providing the area with one of its most enjoyable summer traditions. Meet and visit with some of the nation's best crafters while enjoying the charming streets of Punta Gorda. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. 331 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda. www.artfestival.com
Sept. 20: Alive After Five, Punta Gorda. Held on the third Thursday of each month, Alive After Five is an evening of fine art and craft, wine tastings, art receptions and more. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Downtown Punta Gorda. 941-505-0130. www.charlotteharbortravel.com
Sept. 21-30: Island Hopper Songwriter Fest, Fort Myers area. Musicians will perform at a variety of venues in the Fort Myers area during the free 10-day festival. Various locations around Fort Myers. www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/island-hopper
South Florida and the Keys
Including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and the Treasure Coast.
Aug. 30-Sept. 3: Key West Brewfest, Key West. More than 150 beers and microbrews are on tap at this 9th annual event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic. Events from beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, late-night parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting Festival Event are some of the offered activities. $40 in advance, $50 day of. Located in various establishments throughout Key West. 800-354-4455. www.fla-keys.com
Sept. 1: Wheelin' Dealin' Food Truck Festival, Fort Lauderdale. The best food trucks in South Florida meet the first Saturday every month at The Casino. 5 to 10 p.m. Free. The Casino, 301 E. Dania Beach Blvd. 954-920-1511. www.sunny.org
Sept. 1: MiMo on the Beach Walking Tours, Miami. Every first Saturday, this walking tour introduces you to the distinctive MiMo (Miami Modern) architecture that makes the area unique. 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Reservations aren't required, and you can buy tickets ($20-25) online or pay with cash on the day of the tour. Tours depart from the southeast corner of 73rd Street and Collins Avenue. 305-763-8026. mdpl.org
Sept. 2: Sunday Jazz Brunch, Fort Lauderdale. Live outdoor concert series bring the area's best local jazz artists to the city's scenic Riverwalk the first Sunday of each month. Listen to the soulful sounds on four different stages. Everyone is welcome to attend, including well-behaved, leashed pets, and there is ample room to set up chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. 954-828-5363. www.fortlauderdale.gov
Sept. 8: Supercar Saturdays Florida, Fort Lauderdale. Held on the second Saturday of each month, Supercar Saturdays is a gathering of car enthusiasts. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lamborghini Broward, 4645 Volunteer Road. 305-761-2929. sunny.org
Sept. 8: Wynwood Artwalk, Miami. Held every second Saturday, this event features openings at art galleries, instuitions and businesses. Art enthusiasts from all over crowd the streets to have a great night out and enjoy the Miami art scene. 6 to 10 p.m. Free. NW 2nd Ave. and NW 23rd St. 305-814-9290. www.wynwoodartwalk.com
Sept. 15: Swim for Alligator Lighthouse, Islamorada. Swimmers participate in an eight-mile race from Islamorada to the Alligator Lighthouse and back during the Islamorada Swim for Alligator Lighthouse. Proceeds benefit the "Friends of the Pool" in Islamorada to help provide scholarship opportunities to those in need and preserve treasured historic lighthouses on Florida's coastal waterways. Registration is $150. For information, visit www.swimalligatorlight.com.
Sept. 21: Jupiter Lighthouse Sunset Tour, Jupiter. Take in the spectacular sunset views and witness the Jupiter Light turning on to illuminate the night sky. Visitors get an inside look at the nuts and bolts of a working lighthouse watch-room. 6:30 to 8 p.m.. $20. www.jupiterlighthouse.org
Sept. 22: Full Moon Kayak Tour, North Miami. Come paddle under the full moon with the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center. Offered monthly, your tour guide will supply you with all the equipment and instruction needed prior to launching into a beautiful mangrove cove. The group will paddle under the full moon for 1 hour with illuminated colorful lights on each vessel lighting the way, followed by a Bonfire Beach Party. Roast S'mores, go for a swim and enjoy nature. $50 per adult, $40 per college student. 3400 NE 163rd St. floridastateparks.org/oletariver
Sept. 29: Conch Life Scramble, Islamorada. A wacky on-the-water charity golf tournament that brings together four-person teams to enjoy a game of nine holes by boat. Proceeds benefit Keys charities. www.conchscramble.com
Sept. 29: FATVillage Artwalk, Fort Lauderdale. FATVillage, a community home to local artists and creative businesses, presents a night of great art, food and music every last Saturday of the month. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free. 523 NW 1st. Ave. 954-540-9897. sunny.org
Including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Flagler County, Amelia Island.
Sept. 7: First Friday Art Walk, St. Augustine. One of the city's most popular cultural events, held the first Friday of each month, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Enjoy new exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at several participating galleries. 832-779-2781. artgalleriesofstaugustine.com
Sept. 8: Artrageous Artwalk, Amelia Island. Held monthly on second Saturday, to open the doors of some of the island's incredible galleries, featuring photography, pottery, copper, stained glass, watercolor, acrylics and more from 5-8 p.m. 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. 904-261-7020. islandart.org/artrageous-artwalk.
Sept. 4: Jerk Food Fest, Jacksonville. The festival invites jerk food lovers to enjoy a weekend with food, live entertainment, a cook-off, eating contests, kid’s zone and a variety of vendors. 2 p.m. to midnight. 2 Independent Drive. 917-301-6045. www.facebook.com/JaxJerkFoodFest
Sept. 22: The Florida Heitage Book Festival, St. Augustine. This annual festival showcases Florida's rich and diverse literary legacy, and welcomes writers and literary fans to Flagler College. Free and open to the public. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. http://fhbookfest.com
Including Ocala, Gainesville, and Tallahassee
Sept. 2: First Friday Sip and Stroll, Thomasville. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and spend a fun evening in Downtown Thomasville. First Friday concerts are free. Participating shops and restaurants in Downtown Thomasville will stay open late, many with speical pricing for the evening. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free admission. 131 S. Stevens St. 229-228-7977. www.visittallahassee.com
Sept. 2: Florida Safari, Ocala. On the first Sunday of each month take a tram tour of the longleaf pine forest. Learn about the park's land management practices and see Florida wildlife. Begins at 10 a.m. Limit of 15 spaces available. To RSVP, call 352-236-7148 ext. 4. 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd. floridastateparks.org/silversprings
Sept. 15: St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, Tallahassee. The event features a scenic 5K, family friendly activities and live entertainment. Participants are encouraged to form teams and raise funds to help support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude, where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food, so that families can focus on helping their child live. Registration is $10 for walkers and $20 for 5K Run. Children ages 5 and under are free. Participants who raise $100 earn an official event T-shirt, and participants who raise $250 become members of the St. Jude Fearless Fundraiser Club and earn additional St. Jude gear as they fundraise. The Walk/Run begins at 8:30 a.m. at SouthWood Town Center, 3196 Merchants Row Blvd. 850-907-1901. www.visittallahassee.com
Including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin
Sept. 1-3: Greek Festival, Fort Walton Beach. Visitors can “travel” to Greece without leaving Florida during Ft. Walton Beach’s Greek Festival at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Greek foods, dances, and music are on the agenda as well as a variety of vendors. The Emerald Coast Convention Center is at 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy S.E. For details, visit http://www.greekfestivalfwb.com/.
Through Sept. 2: Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Country Music Festival, Panama City Beach. 2017's lineup included Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Little Big Town. Tickets available for all three days only. The festival's Headline Stage is in Frank Brown Park, 16200 Panama City Beach Pkwy. www.gulfcoastjam.com
Sept. 1: Gulf Coast Summer Fest, Pensacola. This all-day music festival at the Pensacola Community Maritime Park celebrates R&B, jazz, and Southern soul blues with a variety of artists from all over the country. Begins at 3:30 p.m. General Admission is $60. Festival Grounds at Pensacola Maritime Park, Pensacola. www.gulfcoastsummerfestjazzedition.com
Sept. 2: Alys Beach 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, Alys Beach. Located along Scenic 30A, the course winds through the town and ends with an oversized obstacle course for kids of all ages. Music, food, and beverages will be available in the Amphitheatre. 7:00 a.m. 9581 E. County Hwy. 30A. 866-481-8391.
Sept. 6-7: Emerald Coast Beer Festival, Pensacola. The Rosie O’Grady Good Time Emporium entertainment complex in Pensacola’s Seville Square sets the scene for the Emerald Coast Beer Festival. On the agenda are a beer-pairing dinner and a beer tasting. Must be 21 or older. General admission advance tickets start at $25; on day of the event, tickets are $40. 130 E Government St. For information, visit www.emeraldcoastbeerfest.com.
Sept. 17-23: Lobster Festival and Tournament, Panama City Beach. Schooners sets the stage for the 28th Annual Lobster Festival and Tournament. Weigh-ins begin on Saturday and end Sunday with prizes and a Lobster Feast. Proceeds benefit charities. Another highlight is the popular Sand Sculpting Contest that takes place on the beach behind Schooners. For details, visit www.schooners.com/events/lobsterfestival.htm.
Sept. 7-9: Juana's Good Time Regatta, Navarre Beach. Multi-hulls race and competion for prizes during the 28th annual Juana's Good Time Regatta. You must be an experienced saior to register for racing. Pre-sailing parties and complimentary continental breakfast are featured. The event is at Juana's Pagodas/Sailors Grill, 1451 Navarre Beach Causeway. www.juanaspagodas.com
Sept. 14-15: Taste of the Beach, Pensacola Beach. Dozens of restaurants offer up their fare to live music at the Gulfside Pavillion. Chef presentations and live entertainment are just some things to look forward to. Friday is an opening VIP party priced at $65 per person, Saturday is free entry with dishes priced at $5 or less. 735 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 850-932-1500. www.tasteofpensacolabeach.com
Sept. 28-29: Oktoberfest, Niceville. Niceville keeps German traditions alive during Oktoberfest in Bluewater Bay. A family-friendly event, it features German food, music, dancing, beer, wine, and children’s rides. Admission is free. For information, visit http://www.midbayrotaryclub.org/Events.html.
Sept. 28-30: Pensacola Seafood Festival, Pensacola. Treat your taste buds to a variety of dishes from carefully selected food vendors bordering the park. Enjoy foods such as grilled conch, seafood gumbo, oyster croquettes, soft shell crab, coconut shrimp, Caribbean crab cakes and more. 850-433-6512. www.fiestaoffiveflags.org