Check out festivals and events in June 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)
June 2: 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. Free admission, and beer, wine and soft drinks available for purchase with cash. 1463 Highland Avenue. 321-674-8916. www.foosanerartmuseum.org
June 2-3: Historic Cocoa Village's BBQ & Blues, Cocoa. This seventh annual event is a pro barbecue competition with blues music, a kids zone and vendor village. Free. At Riverfront Park, Downtown Cocoa Village, 1 Oleander St. 321-631-9075.
June 3: 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
June 9: Friday Fest, Melbourne Main Street. Held the second Friday of the month in Historic Downtown, it's a family-oriented event that includes live music, vendors, lots of great food, beer and wine and children's activities. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free. New Haven Avenue. 321-724-1741. https://www.downtownmelbourne.com/
June 9: Climb to the Moon, Ponce Inlet. Climb to the Moon at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse offers views of the sunset and moonrise from atop Florida's tallest lighthouse on a select day each month. The lighthouse keeper relates the story of this National Historic Landmark, and visitors can enjoy beverages and hors d'oeuvres. Participation is limited to 25 people and tickets ($25) must be purchased in advance by calling 386-761-1821 ext. 10. 4931 South Peninsula Drive. ponceinlet.org/climb-to-the-moon-tour
June 9-11: Harvest Festival, Clermont. Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards' annual grape stomping, local artists, live music, wine and food. Complimentary winery tours and tasting. At Lakeridge Winery and Vineyard, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $3 admission. 19239 U.S. North. 800-768-WINE. www.lakeridgewinery.com
June 16: Art Walk, Sanford. Central Florida's only monthly juried art show that includes a walking tour of the art venues in downtown Sanford. With exhibits and music at participating venues. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. Downtown Sanford, 230 East First St. 407-302-2586. www.sanfordinfo.com
June 16-18: Cocoa Beach Pirate Fest, Cocoa Beach. This annual event will feature arts and crafts and pirate-themed merchandise vendors, food and beverages available for purchase, a Living History Pirate Encampment, Blackbeard the Pirate, live music and entertainment. Highlights include a 150,000-gallon pirate themed splash pool, a family friendly Water Balloon Battle with more than 1,000 “cannonball” water balloons, Black Powder Weapon Demonstrations and an adults-only Pirate's Ball. Admission is free, though the event asks people to donate a $2 “Buck-n-ear.” 561-792-9260. www.cocoabeachpiratefest.com
June 18: Downtown DeLand Classic Car Crusie-In, DeLand. Every third Saturday of the month. Classic cars and rods line East Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Live DJ, giveaways, shopping and dining. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free registration. 386-738-0649. www.MainStreetDeLand.org
June 23-24: Celebrity Mascot Games, Orlando. Watch more than 30 mascots from the NFL, NHL, NBA, NCAA, MLB and the Arena Football League compete in wild and crazy gladiator themed games to detemine who are the champions of the mascot world. All proceeds benefit New Hope for Kids. At the Amway Center. 407-331-3059. www.mascotgames.org
June 24: Wine Walk on Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach. Display of art works by resident and visiting artists, along with entertainment, demonstrations and a free prize drawing. Features more than 100 wines inside pubs, galleries and restaurants. Held monthly. In the five blocks between the Indian River and the ocean. 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. $25 tasting passes. 800-541-9621. www.nsbfla.com
Tampa Bay-Sarasota (including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa)
June 1-June 14: Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week, Sarasota. During Savor Sarasota you can enjoy meals from more than 50 famed eateries for $16 per person for a two-course lunch and $33 per person for a three-course dinner. $1 from each dinner is donated to the Sarasota All Faiths Food Bank's Summer. www.savorsarasota.com
June 3: World Oceans Day Family Festival, Sarasota. Celebrate the World Oceans Day Family Festival at Mote Aquarium. Mote’s event will feature a Dr. Seuss theme. 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 941-388-4441. www.mote.org
June 4- June 25: Sarasota Music Festival, Sarasota. The Sarasota Music Festival is an three-week experience of classical music, master classes and concerts. The festival combines experienced musicians with youthful talent. At various venues. Tickets start at $5. 941-953-3434. www.sarasotaorchestra.org
June 10-11: St. Armands Circle Craft Festival, Sarasota. The Annual St. Armands Circle Craft Festival showcases handmade crafts from well-known and new names in the contemporary craft scene. The festival also includes a green market with orchids, dips and sauces. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 561-746-6615. artfestival.com.
June 24-25: Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival, Dunedin. Crafters converge to Dunedin to display their handmade works at the Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 271 Main St. For information, visit artfestival.com.
June 24-July 4: Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Festival, Sarasota. Festival activities leading up to offshore race by million-dollar cigarette boats, with race days on July 2nd 3rd. You don't need a ticket and you can come as you are. Events include golf tournament and Festival Kickoff Party, Festival Car Show, "The Friendliest Catch" Fishing Tournament (invite only), Meet and Greet Who's in the Driver's Seat and "Boats by the Bay" downtown block party; Motorcycle ride; and all culminating in a Race Awards Celebration. 941-487-7904 x103. www.suncoastoffshore.org/events.php
June 23-25: St. Pete Pride Festival, St. Petersburg. St. Pete Pride is Florida's largedst LGBT pride celebration. The festival includes a concert, parade and street fest. Free. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. 727-342-0084. www.stpetepride.com
Southwest Florida (including Naples, Fort Myers, Venice, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda)
June 2-4: Annual Watermelon Festival, Fort Myers. Watermelon eating and seed spitting contests are on the agenda during the Annual Watermelon Festival at Fleamasters Fleamarket. Highlights of the event include live entertainment on two stages and lots of fresh watermelon to sample. Free. S.R. 82 1-mile west of I-75. 239-334-7001. fleamall.com
June 17-18: Downtown Venice Craft Festival, Venice. The Downtown Venice Craft Festival showcases original creations including stained glass, photography and more. The festival also includes a Green Market with plants, soaps and live orchids. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Free. 220 Miami Ave W. 561-746-6615. artfestival.com.
South Florida and the Keys (including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and the Treasure Coast)
June 5: Founder's Day at Whitehall, Palm Beach. Founder's Day gives visitors free access to this National Historic Landmark in honor of the museum's founder, Jean Flagler Matthews, who rescued the estate from demolition and established the Flagler Museum on June 5, 1959. The museum's extensive collection of art, furniture and historic objects related to life during the Guilded Age will be on display. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. One Whitehall Way. 561-655-2833. flaglermuseum.us
June 4: 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. to 2 p.m. Free admission. 954-828-5363. www.fortlauderdale.gov
June 2-4: West Palm Beach Antiques Festival, West Palm Beach. Florida's biggest and best antique shows have been running at the same location for more than 20 years, attracting dealers from all over the country who show and sell a vast array of antiques, collectibles and decorative accessories. Noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Two-day pass available for $10. South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd. 941-697-7475. www.festivalofantiques.com
June 16-18: Mystery Fest, Key West. Fans of whodunits can learn how authors craft tales of murder and mayhem during the Annual Mystery Writers’ Key West Fest. Presented in part by the Mystery Writers of America, the festival features authors sharing insights on intrigue with readers and offers aspiring writers a chance to pitch their plots to editors and e-book publishers. www.mysterywriterskeywestfest.com.
June 10: Florida Keys Community College Swim Around Key West, Key West. Ever wondered what it’d be like to swim around the Last Key? Now participants can try it during the Florida Keys Community College Swim Around Key West event. The event is a 12.5-mile swim clockwise around the island of Key West that is open to all age groups. Individual swimmers and relay teams can compete. 1000 Atlantic Blvd. 305-809-3562. www.fkccswimaroundkeywest.com.
June 15: 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 http://moradaway.org/artwalk/
June 22-25: Africana Festival, Key West. The event explores the music, art and Afro-Caribbean influences of Key West during a three-day destination retreat focusing on thought, culture and wellness. The festival aims to be the nation's premier public gathering place for leaders to vacation and engage in discussion. La Concha Hotel, 430 Duval St. 786-529-8624. keywestafricanafestival.com.
June 10-11: Redland Summer Fruit Festival, Homestead. Annual event showcasing local agriculture and tropical fruit plants. Booths feature local wines, yummy foods and rare fruit samplings. 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Adults $8; children under 11 free. 24801 SW 187th Ave. 305-247-5727. redlandfruitandspice.com
June 18: Cars & Cigars at The Barnacle Historic State Park, Miami. Celebrate Father's Day with classic cars, hand-rolled cigars, kids’ crafts, live music, a biergarten and more. Bring a picnic or purchase lunch. $2 per person; children 6 and under are free. 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 3485 Main Highway. 305-442-6866. floridastateparks.org
June 24: The Weekley Brothers Davie Pro Rodeo, Davie. The Weekley Brothers Davie Pro Rodeo features cowboys performing at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds. A Davie Pro Rodeo For Kids is on June 24. Adults $22; children ages 3-12 $10; children 2 and under free. 4271 Davie Road. 877-318-0067. davieprorodeo.com
Northeast Florida (including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Flagler County and Amelia Island)
June 4: First Friday Art Walk, St. Augustine. One of the city's most popular cultural events, held the first Friday of each month. Enjoy new exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at participating galleries, plus great food courtesy of the St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Assn. Tours begin at Rembrandtz American Craft Gallery. St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys offer complimentary shuttle service to most galleries. Shuttles run on a continuous loop every 30 minutes from 6-9 p.m. Event runs from 5-9 p.m. 832-779-2781. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com
June 2-3: Drake's Raid, St. Augustine. Sir Francis Drake and his raiders return to the Old City’s historic Colonial Quarter district in downtown St. Augustine during the Drake's Raid. A re-creation of the 1586 sack of St. Augustine, the event features re-enactments of the battle between the privateers and the defenders of St. Augustine, a raiders’ camp with crafts and lifestyle demonstrations, and costumed interpreters. Adults $15; seniors $14; children ages 6-12 $9; free for children 5 and under. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday with the re-creation of the sacking and burning to start at 7 p.m. Saturday. Fountain of Youth, 11 Magnolia Ave. 904-824-9823. visitstaugustine.com
June 13: Living History Day at Fort Matanzas, St. Augustine. Take the National Park Service's ferry to Rattlesnake Island and experience daily military life at Fort Matanzas, the 18th century Spanish fort that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish muskets and cannons at the fort. Free. www.nps.gov
June 10: Artrageous Artwalk, Fernandina Beach. Held on second Saturday each month, the Artrageous Artwalk opens the doors of some of Amelia Island's galleries, featuring photography, pottery, copper, stained glass, watercolor, acrylics and more. 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. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 18 N. 2nd St. 904-261-7020. islandart.org/artrageous-artwalk
June 15-17, 22-24: St. Augustine Music Festival, St. Augustine. The annual St. Augustine Music Festival features classical music concerts by musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and international artists. All concerts are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica, 38 Cathedral Place. staugustinemusicfestival.org.
North-Central Florida (including Ocala, Gainesville and Tallahassee)
June 4: Guided Tour at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville. Offered the first Saturday of every month starting at 10 a.m. 4700 SW 58th Dr., Gainesville, FL 32608. Included with admission price. www.kanapaha.org
June 3: Watermelon Festival, Chiefland. This festival, which began in 1954, offers plenty of ice cold melon for all to enjoy. Other activities include arts and crafts, a seed-spitting contest, parade, watermelon auction, weighing contest and the Watermelon Queen contest. Free. At City Park. 352-493-1849. chieflandchamber.com/watermelon
June 9-10: The Ride for Hope, Tallahassee. The Ride for Hope is a cycling event that benefits the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center. A Family Fun Walk/Ride is free, but donations are appreciated. The event includes a family health fair and vendor expo. Saturday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prices range from $20 to $45. North Florida Fairgrounds, 441 Paul Russel Road. 850-431-5389. therideforhope.com.
June 23: River Rhythms, Ocala. On the fourth Friday of each month, Silver Springs hosts an evening of live music and entertainment featuring a drum circle. To particpate in the drum circle, make sure to bring your own drum or percussion instrument. 4 p.m. to sundown. Free with paid park admission. 1425 NE 58th Ave. 352-236-7148. floridastateparks.org/silversprings
The Panhandle (including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)
June 9: Fiesta All Krewe Ball, Pensacola. The Fiesta All Krewe Ball will be held at the Hadji Shrine Temple beginning at 7 p.m. All Krewes are invited and the festivities will include live music, Krewe skits/dances, and a presentation of Krewe royalty. Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased in advance. www.fiestaoffiveflags.org
June 2, 3, 5: Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival, Fort Walton Beach. Get ready for the pirate uprising at this annual event. Activities include local and regional bands, food, arts and crafts, pirates, children's activities, fireworks and more. The festival takes place on June 2 and 3, and the torchlight parade is on June 5. Begins Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. and Monday at 7 p.m. Free. The Landing, 139 Brooks St. SE. 850-244-8191. billybowlegsfestival.com
June 3: Wellborn Blueberry Festival, Wellborn. Annual celebration of the harvest, with blueberries in pies, cobblers, jellies, syrups and more. Also includes a bake-off, country store, arts and crafts, children's games, parade, talent contests, tasting party and cash raffle grand prize. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Andrews Square in downtown Wellborn. 386-748-1618. wellborncommunityassociation.com/
June 10: St. George Island Mullet Toss, St. George Island. See how far you can throw a mullet. Plan on spending the day on the beach in front of the sponsoring business, Blue Parrot Ocean Front Café. Proceeds benefit the Apalachicola Bay Charter School. $30 entry fee to participate in the mullet toss. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 68 West Gorrie Drive. 850-927-2987. blueparrotsgi.com
June 21-25: Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, Destin. This annual sportsfishing tournament is one of the top ten big-money tournaments in the world. The evening weigh-ins are free and open to the public. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort,
9300 Emerald Coast Parkway W. 850-267-6364. fishecbc.com
June 16-17: Watermelon Festival, Monticello. Monticello serves up its 66th annual Watermelon Festival in downtown. The festival includes Watermelon Pageants, a car show, parade and plenty of juicy watermelon. 1 Courthouse Circle. 850-997-5552. monticellojeffersonfl.com
June 29-July 2: International Billfish Tournament, Pensacola. The Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club hosts one of the country's largest billfish tournaments at Pensacola, which attracts around 600 anglers from all over the Southeast. A Qualifying Event For The World Billfish Series & IGFA World Qualifier with the winner receiving an invitation to fish the IGFA World Championship. www.pbgfc.com
June 24-25: Panhandle Watermelon Festival, Chipley. Held on the last full weekend in June, this event is a summer tradition. Activities include watermelon contests, entertainment and more. Concert both days. Free. www.panhandlewatermelon.com
Special Correspondent Isabelle D'Antonio contributed to this report