Check out festivals and events in April 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. 11-May 13: SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival. Orlando. A hybrid of two of the theme park’s discontinued festivals — Bands, Brew & BBQ and Viva La Musica. The food is now the title character in the new event held only on Saturdays with concerts on each day. Food kiosks alongside craft beers will be throughout the park with each station featuring four dishes plus beverages. Items like mushi-gyoza, salpicao Brazilian chicken salad, cinnamon slow-roasted pork belly, roasted sweet-potato tacos, grilled-cheese pound cake (with cheddar cheese and raspberry sauce) and something called Loco Moco, described as grilled Spam, scrambled egg and brown gravy. In addition to 11 internationally themed markets, SeaWorld will serve up barbecue for the first six Saturdays, then switch that space to Latin cuisine. Most prices for food will run between 3.75 and $6.50 per item. There are multi-dish samplings for sale for $40 (10 items) and $55 (15 items). Seven Seas is included with regular park admission. For more on the menu and other details, go to seaworldorlando.com/sevenseas
Through May 29: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, Lake Buena Vista. Spring special event filled with flowers, gardens, topiaries, live music and educational events. See millions of blooming flowers and a vibrant collection of specially themed topiaries. At Walt Disney World's EPCOT with admission. 407-939-5277. At Walt Disney World's EPCOT with admission. www.disneyworld.com/flower
April 1-2: Melbourne Air and Space Show, Melbourne. April 1-2: Melbourne Air and Space Show, Melbourne. Headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, they will be joined by the French Air Force’s Patrouille de France jet demonstration team, which has not performed in the U.S. in more than 30 years. Also on tap will be a performance from the military’s newest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, which will fly together with a P-51 Mustang to demonstrate the past and future of the Air Force. Civilian acts include a Harrier jump jet, a T-33 Shooting Star used by the Air Force in the 1950s and 1960s, the GEICO Skytypers vintage World War II precision flight maneuver team, the B-25 Bomber “Panchito” and stunt flyer Kent Pietsch, who will try to land his airplane on a moving RV. Advance tickets $19.75 for 13 and older ($25 day of show), $9.75 for children 6-12 and free for 5 and under. Parking is an additional $15 when purchased online or $20 day of show. The event is sponsored by Northrop Grumman and held at the international airport, 1 Air Terminal Parkway in Melbourne. www.airandspaceshow.com
April 1: 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. www.pioneersettlement.org
April 4-9: Sun 'n Fun International Fly-in and Expo, Lakeland. The Navy’s Blue Angels make their Florida debut during weekend shows April 8-9. The Fly-In is a weeklong event that draws thousands of airplanes to Lakeland each year. It features daily performances Tuesday-Friday and the headlining acts Saturday and Sunday. This is the 43rd year of Sun’n Fun, and the week will include the arrival of an honor flight carrying World War II and Korean War veterans from Washington, D.C., a vintage jet display, B-1 bomber, twilight midweek airshow as well as a weekend classic car show and hundreds of vendors and displays. It’s the only spring stop for the Blue Angels. More than 200,000 people are expected to attend. Daily admission is $37 for adults, $15 for those ages 11-17, free for 10 and under. The airport is at 3900 Don Emerson Drive in Lakeland. sun-n-fun.org
April 6-9: Celebration Exotic Car Festival, Celebration, Orlando and Daytona Beach. Check out some sweet rides at the Celebration Exotic Car Festival. This four-day event showcases North America's largest collection of exotic cars, race cars and iconic Hollywood movie cars. The event also lets registered participants take to the track at Daytona International Speedway, while regular folk can view the rides for free while listening to music along the waterfront of Celebration. The four-day event benefits Make-a-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics and Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital. For more information visit www.celebrationexoticcars.com
April 7-9: Grant BBQ Fest, Grant. The Grand BBQ Fest serves up live entertainment, a car show, crafts and contests – barbecued pork ribs, chicken or brisket, anyone? Additional competitions include People’s Choice and Sauce. Admission and parking are free. The festival is at 4580 1st Street. www.grantbbqfest.com
April 7: 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 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. 321-674-8916. www.foosanerartmuseum.org
April 8-9: Blues at the Winery, Clermont. For those who enjoy sipping a glass of Lakeridge wine and listening to the blues, this event is a must see. The event attracts the area's most talented blues musicians such as "Beautiful" Bobby Blackmon, who will perform on the outdoor stage the entire weekend. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food will be available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and wine tasting. At Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards on U.S. 27 in North Clermont. Event is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission: $2 donation. 800-768-WINE. lakeridgewinery.com
April 8: Florida Lighthouse Day, Ponce Inlet. Come to the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse & Museum for family fun activities and workshops designed for children and families. Come visit the lighthouse museums and climb the largest lighthouse in Florida. Meet the lighthouse keeper as he describes his duties at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. All activities are included with regular admission, no advance reservations required. For details, visit www.PonceInlet.org.
April 11: 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. The lighthouse keeper relates the story of this National Historic Landmark. Hors d'oeuvres are provided by Inlet Harbor Restaurant. 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. www.PonceInlet.org
April 13-16: Star Wars Celebration. Orlando. Mark Hamill headlines the four-day gathering of fans and celebrities making its third visit to Orlando. Also on tap will be Hayden Christensen, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davis and many more from the original, prequel and new Star Wars films. Hamill will host a remembrance of the late Carrie Fisher amid celebrations of the original film's 40th anniversary. At Orange County Convention Center. Advance single-day adult tickets $65-$75, children $30. www.starwarscelebration.com
April 15: Cruisin' Downtown DeLand Classic Car Show. DeLand. Every third 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 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. www.MainStreetDeLand.org
April 15: Art Walk, Sanford. Central Florida's only monthly juried art show. With exhibits and music at participating venues. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Downtown Sanford, First Street, Sanford, FL, 32771. Free. sanfordwelcomecenter.com/sanford-art-walk.html
CANCELED - April 15: Spring Central Florida Car Show. Cocoa. More than 130 collectible and special interest autos will be on display on the streets of Cocoa Village with awards in 13 classes plus Mayor's Choice and Best in Show, music, street vendors, a beer garden amid the dozens of shopping and dining options. Free. visitcocoavillage.com
April 16: Eggstreme Easter Egg Drop. Cocoa Beach. In a twist on the traditional Easter egg hunt, children will have to look up to find Easter eggs at the Cocoa Beach Pier event. Instead of searching through the grass, they’ll chase after plastic eggs filled with treats, scattered onto the beach from a passing helicopter. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. 401 Meade Ave. www.cocoabeachpier.com
April 20-22: Florida Music Festival. Orlando. Music fans will fill the streets of for this 17th annual concert showcase xpected to draw 25,000 people to its 15 stages featuring more than 150 bands in genres from bluegrass to hip-hop. floridamusicfestival.com
April 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
April 21-30: Florida Film Festival. Orlando. The 26th edition of the Central Florida event will present 182 films this year, and 35 have Florida connections. Celebrities slated to attend include "Back to the Future" star Lea Thompson, actor Billy Crudup and "Airplane!" director David Zucker and star Robert Hays. At the Enzian, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, and Regal Winter Park Village Stadium 20, 510 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park. Costs: Individual tickets cost $11 after 5 p.m. and $9 for 5 p.m. or earlier. Festival passes and packages are also available. floridafilmfestival.com
April 21-23: Spooky Empire. Orlando. Spooky Empire is a horror-themed convention at the Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Dr., Orlando. The 2017 lineup included “The Outsiders" stars Ralph Macchio and C. Thomas Howell, Malcolm McDowell, Dee Snider, Riki Rachtman, Joan Cusack, Ernie Hudson, Noah Schnapp amd Shannon Purser from Netflix’s “Stranger Things," Victoria Price, daughter of Vincent Price; and Ryan Lambert and Andre Gower from “Monster Squad.” Advance tickets, now on sale, are discounted. In advance, three-day passes cost $60, one-day passes on Friday and Sunday go for $30, and one-day passes on Saturday are $35. Tickets for children younger than 11 are free. www.spookyempire.com
April 22: Art Walk on Flagler, New Smyrna Beach. Held on the fourth Saturday each month, Flagler Avenue livens up with entertainment and wine tastings at participating venues. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (wine walk 1-7 p.m.). Free ($25 for wine walk). Flagler Avenue, 100 Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32169. nsbwaterfrontloop.com
April 22: Earth Day, Orlando. Take the time to find out how to help the planet while having fun during the Central Florida Earth Day celebration. This event at Lake Eola Park (east side) features music, guest speakers and activities for the family. Admission is free. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, visit www.cfearthday.org.
April 28-30: Leesburg Bike Fest, Leesburg. Leesburg Bike Fest is a motorcycle and music event on April 28-30. On the agenda are concerts, demonstrations, contests, 250 vendors and more at various outdoor and indoor venues in downtown Leesburg. For information, log on to www.leesburgbikefest.com.
April 29: Smokin' Blues, Bikes and BBQ, St. Cloud. Florida BBQ Association sanctioned competition for both pros and backyard teams. Festivities include live blues entertainment, bike show, crafts, children's play area, BBQ vendors and much more. At St. Cloud Lakefront. Free admission. www.stcloudmainstreet.org/smokin-blues.html
April 29: 4th Annual Coastal Art & Craft Beer Festival, New Smyrna Beach. The festival will feature 100+ craft beers, a free local art show, live music and more! The movie "Top Gun" will also be playing in the Palm Court at sunset. General and VIP Admission Tickets will be on sale at Outrigger's Tiki Bar & Grille. Save $5 when you buy in advance! 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Regular admission $25 day of event, VIP admission $35. Movie starts at 8:30 p.m. nsbfla.com
April 29: Oak Hill Riverfest, Oak Hill. Live music, food, arts, crafts and a clam chowder cook-off will be at this annual event at Mary Dewees Park from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Also on hand will be a kids zone. Free. oakhillcommunitytrust.com
Tampa Bay-Sarasota (including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa)
March 31-April 9: Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota. The festival screens more than 180 films including features, shorts, documentaries and kid-friendly picks. During the event films run daily at Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20 on Main Street in Downtown Sarasota. Various tickets and packages are available. For information, visit www.sarasotafilmfestival.com.
April 1-2: Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks Art and Craft Festival, Tarpon Springs. Dodecanese Boulevard sets the scene for the Sponge Docks Arts & Crafts Festival. More than 90 artists and crafters will be displaying their creations including jewelry, homemade soap, ceramics, paintings and photography. Admission is free. www.tnteventsinc.com
April 7-9: Tampa Bay Blues Festival, St. Petersburg. The festival established itself as one of the world's preeminent blues music events, having presented more than 195 of the world's greatest blues performers. In addition to world class music, you can enjoy arts and crafts, taste treats from seafood and barbecue to Cuban cuisine, plus premium beer and wine. Various ticket options available. 727-895-6153. Vinoy Waterfront Park. www.tampabaybluesfest.com
April 8-9: Siesta Fiesta, Sarasota. The Siesta Fiesta displays arts and crafts along Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road in Siesta Key Village on April 8-9. Some 250 artists and crafters will feature their creations at the fair. Admission is free. Fair hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, log on to www.artfestival.com.
April 8-9: Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival, Sarasota. Begun in 2002, this popular craft show takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with approximately 200 crafters exhibiting their wares. Downtown. Free. 941-957-1877. www.artfestival.com
April 8-9: Pepper Fest, Pinellas Park. Hot and spicy foods and sauces to sample and purchase. Also pepper plants, barbecue, crafts. At The England Brothers Bandshell Park, Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3 admission, children 12 and under free, free parking. http://pinellaspepperfest.webs.com/
April 21-23: The Cotee River Seafood & Blues Festival, New Port Richey. This fest serves up music and food plus arts and crafts and other family-friendly activities along the river in Sims Park Friday-Sunday. Bands include national, local and student bands. Dig into fresh seafood, made-to-order sushi, and more. Other highlights include a boat show, car show and a duck race. For more information, call 727-842-8066 or visit nprmainstreet.com/seafood-blues-boat-show
April 22: Mixon Fruit Farms Antiques, Arts and Crafts Fair, Bradenton. Mixon will be hosting an arts and crafts fair every fourth Saturday of the summer. mixon.com
April 22-23: Florida Blueberry Festival, Brooksville. This year’s blueberry festival will feature artisans selling their creations alongside food vendors that promise to offer a variety of blueberry treats and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for anyone ages 13 to 17 and free for children 12 and younger. www.floridablueberryfestival.org
Southwest Florida (including Naples, Fort Myers, Venice, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda)
April 7-9: Sharks Tooth Festival, Venice. Go hunting for shark tooth fossils at the shark tooth's capital of the world. This annual event includes food, entertainment, arts and crafts, and children's activities. At Airport Festival Grounds. Adults $4, children 12 and under free. 941-412-0402. www.sharkstoothfest.com
April 9: BBQ, Bands & Brew, Fort Myers. This Southwest Florida city sets the scene for the BBQ, Bands & Brew. On the agenda are a barbecue competition, live music, games and vendors. Admission is $10. Children 12 and under are free. The event, which raises funds for local charities, is from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Boulevard. www.bbqbandsandbrew.com
April 20: Downtown Gallery Walk, Punta Gorda. Held monthly on the third Thursday, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Visit any of the downtown merchants, restaurants and galleries for your game card. As always, there will be live entertainment, food and drink samplings, art, beauty and health demonstrations and an evening of fun. www.charlotteharbortravel.com
April 22-23: Mainsail Arts Festival, St. Petersburg. The waterfront of downtown St. Petersburg provides a picturesque setting for the Mainsail Arts festival at Vinoy Park just north of the pier. The two-day event combines visual and performing arts along with opportunities for children to actively engage in art activities. Also on hand will be an assortment of culinary arts and souvenirs. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. At Vinoy Park. www.mainsailart.org/
April 22: Cardboard Boat Regatta, Cape Coral. Participants race boats that are handmade from cardboard. Event begins April 22 at 1 p.m. and includes food, beer, live music and children's playground. At Four Freedoms Park. 239-699-7942. www.capecoralregatta.com
April 23: Tampa Indie Flea, Tampa. Held on the third Sunday of each month, this market showcases the best vendors of all things local, indie and handmade. There is also local food and drinks and music. 12-4 p.m. Historic Rialto Theatre, 1617 N Franklin St. Free. 561-746-6615. theindieflea.com
April 26-30: Fort Myers Beach Film Festival, Fort Myers Beach. This fest provides movie-goers the opportunity to see independent films and be a part of events designed to cultivate the spirit of visual creativity and harbor the talents of local and upcoming film makers. For details, visit fmbfilmfest.com
South Florida and the Keys (including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and the Treasure Coast)
March 29-April 2: Palm Beach International Film Festival, Manalapan. This week-long event features a variety of American and International independent films and has hosted a bevy of top celebrities and filmmakers. At The Palm Beachers Theatre. www.pbifilmfest.org/home.php
April 1-2: Florida Keys Island Fest. One hundred artists and crafters from around the state will display their work amid musical performances, kids activities and plenty of food options for this 26th annual event. Also returning is the All-American Road Vintage Cruisers Car Show. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. At Founder’s Park, Mile Marker 87, bayside. www.islamoradachamber.com
April 1-2: The Fort Pierce Oyster Festival. This 6th annual event grows to two days this year, celebrating the bounty of the sea along the waterfront with arts and crafts, live music and entertainment. Be sure to check out the Great Coconut Float Race. Seafood is available. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. ree. www.ftpierceoysterfest.com.
April 1: Seven-Mile Bridge Run, Marathon. The annual Seven Mile Bridge Run is expected to draw 1,500 runners to a foot race across the longest segmental bridge in the world. The action kicks off at 7:30 a.m. For information, visit www.7mbrun.com.
April 2: JM Lexus 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. www.fortlauderdale.gov
April 6-8: Barret-Jackson Auto Auction, West Palm Beach. The Auction features rare, high-end, collector, vintage, exotics, customs, classics and hot-rods – all for sale. At the South Florida Fairgrounds. www.barrett-jackson.com
April 7-9: The Annual Delray Affair, Delray Beach. The Annual Delray Affair showcases the work of more than 750 local, regional, national and international artists. The event is along the palm-tree-lined streets of downtown Delray Beach 12 blocks from the Intracoastal to Northwest Second Avenue, grounds of the Delray Beach Center for the Arts and Old School Square Park. Entertainment and street performances are also on the agenda. Admission is free. For information, visit www.delrayaffair.com.
April 8: Black Gold Jubilee Festival, Belle Glade. To celebrate the annual end of the harvest season, the entire Glades Region – Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay – come together with friends and family at the Black Gold Jubilee for food, country music, a parade and firework show. facebook.com/blackgoldjubilee
April 15: Earth Day 5k. Key West. In its 21st year, this annual 5k will give Earth-friendly recyclable awards to the various group winners. Starts at 8 a.m. from McCoy Indigenous Park, located at Atlantic Boulevard and White Street. Proceeds benefit FAVOR - Friends And Volunteers Of Refuges - Florida Keys. www.southernmostrunners.com
April 20: 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. For details, visit moradaway.org/artwalk.
April 27-April 30: Key West Paddleboard Classic, Key West. The Last Key sets the scene for the Key West Paddleboard Classic. Presented by Lazy Dog Adventure Tours, the challenge includes a 12-mile Elite Race around the island and a four-mile open race. Other events include a kick-off registration party, paddleboard clinics and races for kids. For details, visit lazydog.com/index.php/paddleboard-classic.
April 28-30: Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, Pompano Beach. This beachside food festival promises to serve up great seafood and entertainment for guests of all ages. Admission required. www.pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com
April 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
April 30: Sweet Corn Fiesta, West Palm Beach. The Annual Sweet Corn Fiesta offers lots of sweet corn, music, rides, corn shucking and cooking competitions and more. The event, at Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fair, is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-11, (children’s unlimited ride wristband is $5). For details, visit www.sweetcornfiesta.com.
April 30: Greynolds Park Annual Love-In, North Miami Beach. Miami-Dade Parks' annual 1960s-themed outdoor festival and concert. It features live music, a '60s costume contest, vintage VW bugs and a great time for the whole family. Greynolds Park. Admission $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Children under 12 get in free. Begins at 11 a.m. 18500 NE 22nd Ave. www.greynoldslovein.org
Northeast Florida (including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Flagler County and Amelia Island)
March 30-April 1: Antique Tractor and Engine Show, White Springs. Farm machinery representing 200 years of American history. Vintage farm equipment, tractor pulls and races for adults. Children's games and races. Demonstrations of wheat threshing and shingle milling. Food concessions. At Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. Park admission $5 per vehicle. www.floridastateparks.org/
March 31, April 1-2: St. Augustine Rhythm & Ribs Festival, St. Augustine. If you are looking for a treat for your taste buds and ear candy too you may wish to check out this one: The Annual St. Augustine Rhythm & Ribs Festival will be serving up scrumptious barbecue and music all weekend long. Admission is between $5 and $10. www.rhythmandribs.net
April 7-9: Springing the Blues, Jacksonville Beach. Bring the entire family to celebrate blues music and the arts at this three-day oceanfront event. Named one of the top 50 Music Festivals in the World by Downbeat Magazine. It features a number of renowned blues performers as well as numerous displays and activities geared for the entire family. At SeaWalk Pavilion. www.springingtheblues.com
April 7: First Friday Art Walk, St. Augustine. The Art Galleries of Saint Augustine founded and sponsors the award-winning First Friday Art Walk event on the first Friday of every month. Galleries open their doors from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., offering new art exhibits and lively receptions to the public. artgalleriesofstaugustine.org
April 8: Ponte Vedra Beach Home and Art Tour, Ponte Vedra. In its sixth year, Ponte Vedra Beach Home And Art Tour offers an insider’s view of four unique homes. Artists and interior designers are special guests onsite to meet visitors and talk about their work. Tickets are $35 including admission to Fantasy Farms, an exotic animal farm and habitat for endangered species. www.visitstaugustine.com
April 15-16, 22-23. Free Admission to Castillo de San Marcos. St. Augustine. For the weekends bookending National Park Week, the city's iconic national monument will waive its admission fee. During the week, children ages 4-14 can become Junior Rangers at the Castillo to earn a Junior Ranger badge. Located on Matanzas Bay, the coquina structure is the only 17th-century fort in the U.S., with construction having begun in 1672. 8:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. www.visitstaugustine.com
April 21-23: Jacksonville International Boat Show, Jacksonville. Largest in-water boat show in the region. The hottest boats and boating accessories will be on display along with live entertainment, fresh seafood and a riverfront tiki bar. At Metropolitan Park and Marina. Adults $12 and children are free. 904-759-2758. www.jaxboatshow.com
April 26-30: Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest, Ponte Vedra Beach. This annual event shines the spotlight on Northeast Florida’s abundant bird life and natural beauty. More than 100 birding and photography events are featured during the festival. The fest is headquartered at the GTM Research Reserve, 505 Guana River Road. For details, visit www.FloridasBirdingandPhotoFest.com.
April 29: Bostwick Blueberry Festival, Bostwick. Berry fanciers may wish to check out the Bostwick Blueberry Festival. Held at the Bostwick Community Center, 125 Tillman Street, the fest serves up a blueberry pancake breakfast, blueberry ice cream, homemade blueberry pies and other goodies as well as free entertainment and arts and crafts. Event hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (breakfast served from 8 a.m. to noon). For information, visit www.bostwickblueberryfestival.com.
North-Central Florida (including Ocala, Gainesville and Tallahassee)
March 30-April 8: Clay County Agricultural Fair, Green Cove Springs. Showcase for Clay County's agricultural, educational, civic and commercial interests. Also includes livestock, midway, stage entertainment, contests and Early Florida Pioneer Village. At fairgrounds. Admission. www.claycountyfair.org
March 31-April 1: Annual Springtime Tallahassee, Tallahassee. The Annual Springtime Tallahassee celebrates the season in our state capital. On the festival’s agenda are a Grand Parade with floats and marching units, Jubilee in the Park, Children’s Park and multiple stages with live entertainment including the Rock/Jazz/Blues Stage at Jefferson Street and Adams Street featuring local and regional talent, and a Community Stage at McCarty Park featuring local performers. More than 200 arts and crafts and food booths are to be featured. Some of the festival’s activities are free; others have fees. www.springtimetallahassee.com
Mar. 31–Apr. 22: Flying High Circus, Tallahassee. As one of two collegiate circuses in the nation, the Flying High Circus performs a variety of jaw-dropping routines. Each spring showcase tackles a different theme while preserving crowd favorite acts like flying trapeze, juggling and quartet adagio front and center. Adult tickets $15 - $29, child tickets $10 - $24. For more information visit www.visittallahassee.com
April 1: O'Leno Ole' Chili Cook-Off & Springs Celebration, High Springs. Bring your best chili recipe and compete or taste test the samples and vote for your favorite. Chili cook-off is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Springs Celebration is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission for this event is free with the donation of one can of food per person. 410 SE O'Leno Park Road, High Springs. www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Oleno
April 1-2: Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville. This free art festival, set in the Northeast Gainesville Historic District, features two stages of music and performers throughout the weekend of fun. NE 1st St, Gainesville. http://www.sfcollege.edu/spring-arts/index
Apr. 7-9: Word of South Festival, Tallahassee. This two day festival features a unique blend of writers and musicians and aims to explore and celebrate the relationship between the two arts. Enjoy concerts and special performances and discover the southern charm of North Florida. For more information visit www.visittallahassee.com
April 7-9: Suwanee River Paddling Festival, Suwanee County. Join the Paddle Florida event and spend the days exploring the spring-fed upper Wekiwa then paddle down to the St. John's and Blue Spring State Park on this long-weekend adventure. Register on the main website. www.paddleflorida.org
April 8-9: Cedar Key's Annual Fine Arts Festival, Cedar Key. A juried art show with more than $18,000 in prize money and purchase awards. Features paintings, sculptures, jewelry, crafts, ceramics, textiles, photography and more. Downtown area. Cedar Key Arts Center. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 352-543-5400. www.cedarkeyartsfestival.com
April 9: Jest Fest, Gainesville. Celebrate hilarity, and feel the thrill of this free, family friendly spring festival. Held at the Historic Thomas Center. 302 NE 6 Ave, Gainesville. gvlculturalaffairs.org
Apr. 9: Jewish Food Festival. Tallahassee. Nosh a little, Kibbitz a little… Enjoy! Admission to the festival is free of charge! Visit Temple Israel on April 9, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for an unforgettable event filled with delicious food, beautiful crafts from local artisans, and fun for the entire family, including a special area with activities and booths just for kids! For more information visit www.visittallahassee.co
Apr. 15: T.O.U.R. Guide - The FSU Reservation. Tallahassee. As part of the T.O.U.R. Guide program encouraging people to further explore the wonders of our area, spend a day outdoors on Lake Bradford. In addition to offering an interactive ropes course, the “Rez” is a fantastic site for canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, swimming, sand volleyball, disc golf and more. Free admission for kids. For more information visit www.visittallahassee.com
April 15-16: LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival, Tallahassee. More than 10,000 are expected to view more than 150 artists for this annual event that will also have live entertainment, food trucks and more. The event features The Village, an interactive art-centric area aimed at children. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Held along the oak-lined Park Avenue just east of Monroe Street downtown. Free. chainofparks.com
April 21-23: 5th Ave Arts Festival, Gainesville. Annual festival celebrating Earth Day, music, food and culture. Hosted by the Cultural Arts Coalition. Free, family friendly. culturalartscoalition.com
The Panhandle (including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)
April 1-2: Pensacola Jazz Fest, Pensacola. Smooth sounds from a variety of artists and bands are the order of the day during the 34th annual jazz fest in Seville Square. 2017 headliners includee Greg Abate, Wayne Bergeron, Annie Sellick, Dimas Sanchez and Fusion Beat. Free. East Government Street and South Alcaniz Street. www.jazzpensacola.com
April 19-23: Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Panama City Beach. This annual fest features the smooth sounds of contemporary jazz at Pier Park. The event, which typically attracts more than 20,000 fans, offers five days of jazz and a themed dinner cruise. Varied tickets and passes are available. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.
April 28-30: Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party, Pensacola. America's last great roadhouse can throw a party - and a fish - like nobody else. The is a silly event that raises serious money for local charities. Festivities take place at the Florabama Lounge & Oyster Bar. Participants can pay $15 to toss a 1-pound mullet across the state line from Alabama to Florida. Watching the event is free. www.florabama.com.
April 28-30: Pensacola Crawfish Festival, Pensacola. The bayou meets the beach at this gigantic mud bugs boil featuring Cajun and Zydeco music, dancing, crafts and games, crawfish races, crawfish eating contest and a complete range of foods from boiled crawfish to crawfish pies and poboys. 850-433-6512. www.fiestaoffiveflags.org
Correspondent Georgina Cruz contributed to this report.