Florida — Festivals and Events
The year-round balmy climate of Florida is perfect for festivals and special events of all kinds. The state celebrates everything from its delicious seafood to film, motorcycles, and music. There is something happening throughout the state every month of the year, but some really standout and attract worldwide attention.
Daytona Beach Bike Week
If it’s March then it’s time for motorcycles to roar into Daytona for a week of rowdy biker fun. This event has been happening since 1937 and is a premier US event for motorcycle enthusiasts. Besides the preening, there are races, competitions, music concerts, and lots of partying.
Afro-Cuban Dance Festival
Florida International University hosts one of Miami’s most popular festivals every April. The sounds and culture of the state’s Latin culture come alive in the streets of Miami, Little Havana, and other neighborhoods with live music and dance performances. Backing this up are loads of great food and cultural workshops, lectures, and other events designed to educate, as well as entertain.
Florida Film Festival
Orlando hosts one of the state’s top film festivals every April for 10 days of cinematic indulgence. Everything from independent flicks to Hollywood blockbusters and documentaries are on show, backed up by special food events, music, and other cool activities. Of course, there is also the competition for best film in several categories.
Florida Renaissance Festival
Each April, Miami turns back the clock a few centuries and indulges in a week of Renaissance style and fun. The Cauley Square Historic Village is the site of this amazing festival featuring traditional craftspeople, jousting knights, period food, drinks, music, and more.
Pensacola Seafood Festival
Florida certainly has its share of amazing seafood, and every September the city’s historic Seville Square turns into a giant foodie mecca with seafood at its core. Around 150 arts and crafts vendors set up stalls selling their unique creations and live music runs until the sun goes down. During the day there are loads of kids’ activities in Pelican Park.
Sarasota Blues Fest
Every September, the city of Sarasota welcomes the blues to the Ed Smith Stadium. But with truly something for everyone, this music festival has expanded its offerings to include folk, rock, and other genres. It’s been going strong for more than 20 years and always draws a solid line up of bands and musicians.
Jacksonville Light Parade
Each November at Thanksgiving, the town of Jacksonville transforms itself into a wonderland of lights and a magical parade of boats along the St Johns River. This amazing spectacle is only rivaled by its fireworks show, which features waterfalls of lights off the bridges and other stunning scenes.