Florida travel calendar for August

Check out festivals and events in August across the state. View events this coming weekend, or view the whole month's offerings by region below.

This list is organized by region.

Central Florida: (Including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County)

Aug. 4: Shrimp and Seafood Festival, New Smyrna Beach. Flagler Avenue closes down on a Thursday night for this annual fest with seafood, music and entertainment. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free. 386-428-1600.

Aug. 6: Art Walk on Flagler, New Smyrna Beach. Held on the first Saturday each month, Flagler Avenue livens up with entertainment and wine tastings at participating venues. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (wine walk 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.). Free ($25 for wine walk or $20 with previous month's glass). Flagler Avenue, 100 Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32169. 386-428-1770.

Aug. 5 : Jazz Friday at Foosaner Museum of Art, Melbourne. Every first Friday of the month the Eau Gallie Arts District hosts live entertainment, arts and craft vendors, food and drinks on the corner of Highland Avenue and Eau Gallie Boulevard. The Foosaner Museum of Art is also open to the public and will provide live entertainment. Expect great music from local favorites. 1463 Highland Avenue, Melbourne FL 32901. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Free. 321-674-8916.

Aug. 6: First Saturday Jam, Barberville. On the first Saturday of each month visit the Pioneer Settlement for entertainment and fun for the entire family. 9 a.m to 4 p.m. There will be informal music jams, free workshops and food. 386-749-2959.

Aug. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27: Bandshell Concert Series, Daytona Beach. The Bandshell Concert Series runs every Friday and Saturday through Sept. 17. Program hours are from 7:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. and admission is free. Saturday shows put on by Friends of the Bandshell feature fireworks that begin at 9:45 p.m. The Bandshell is at 70 Boardwalk. For information, visit

Aug. 13, 27: Gamble Jam, Flagler Beach. Jam out at the second and fourth Saturday each month at the Intracoastal Pavilion on the day use side of the park. Musicians of all skill levels are encouraged to bring instruments and a chair to join the circle for a casual, acoustic jam session. Instruments of all types are welcome; however, there is no power source near the pavilion. Event is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Park admission is $5 per vehicle.

Aug. 13: Friday 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. Highland Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32922. Free. 321-724-1741.

Aug. 13-14: Annual Harvest Grape Stomp, Clermont. What’s that? You’ve got purple feet? Chances are good you will, during the Annual Harvest Grape Stomp at the Lakeridge Winery on Aug. 15-16. Admission is via a $2 donation benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs. Local musicians entertain and there are free winery tours and tasting. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For details, visit

Aug. 14-16: Anime Festival Orlando, Orlando. This annual festival celebrates the finest in Anime and Japanese Culture entertainment with costume contest, gaming, karaoke, art show, dance party, game shows, merchandise and guest voice actors. Early 3-day ticket available: $55. Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Dr., Orlando.

Aug. 18: 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. Sparkling cider and 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.

Aug. 20: Cruisin' Downtown DeLand Classic Car Show, DeLand. Every 3rd Saturday of the Month (Except November). 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. 386-738-0649.

Aug. 20: Art Walk, Sanford. Central Florida's only monthly juried art show, every third Saturday with exhibits and music at participating venues. 6-9 p.m. Downtown Sanford, First Street. Free. 407-323-2774.

Aug. 20-21: 4 Wheel Parts Orlando Truck & Jeep Fest, Orlando. The 4 Wheel Parts Orlando Truck & Jeep Fest is a trade show, fair and exhibition at the Orange County Convention Center. The event features custom trucks and jeeps, product demonstrations, and hourly giveaways. Admission is free. The Orange County Convention Center is at 9800 International Drive. For information, visit

Aug. 20-21: 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

Aug. 25-28: 80s in the Park, Melbourne. 80s In The Park presents a lineup of bands at the Melbourne Auditorium. A variety of tickets is available including a three-day General Admission Tickets start at $59. The Melbourne Auditorium is located at 625 East Hibiscus Boulevard. For information, log on to

Aug. 27: 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. $25 Tasting Passports on sale day of the event at 3 locations along Flagler Avenue.  $20 for Tasting Passports with an official glass from a previous Wine Walk. 1-7 p.m.

Aug. 27: Taste of the Nation For No Kid Hungry, Orlando. Orlando Taste of the Nation For No Kid Hungry is a culinary event dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America. VIP tickets for the event, at the Orlando World Center Marriott, are $150 each. Event hours are from 6:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Orlando World Center Marriott is at 8701 World Center Drive. For details, visit

Aug. 27: The Rolling Stones Tribute & Fireworks, Daytona Beach. The Rolling Stones Tribute & Fireworks is a free program part of a summer series at the Bandshell. The concert starts at 7:15 p.m. and the fireworks light up the skies over the Atlantic Ocean beginning at 9:45 p.m. The Bandshell is at 70 Boardwalk. For information, visit

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

Aug. 5, 6: Sizzling Summer Artwalk, Bradenton. Visit the various galleries, studios, restaurants and other small businesses in the arts district on the first Friday of every month, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located in the Village of the Arts neighborhood just south of downtown Bradenton. 941-747-8056.

Aug. 6: St. Pete Indie Market, St. Petersburg. On the first Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., local independent designers and artists take to the sidewalks to show off their best works.

Aug. 26: Night in the Tropics, New Port Richey. A Night in the Tropics is a Key West-style street party with a Latin flavor on Main Street and Grand Boulevard held each year the fourth Friday in August. On the agenda are two stages with live music, craft vendors and classic car cruise in.

Aug. 27: Mixon Fruit Farms Antiques, Arts and Crafts Fair, Bradenton. Mixon will be hosting an arts and crafts fair every fourth Saturday of the summer.

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

Aug. 8, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 26, 29, 31: Tours of the Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly House, Cape Coral. Tours of the Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly House at Rotary Park are offered at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. The event takes place at the Rotary Park Environmental Center, 5505 Rose Garden Road. For details, visit

Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27: Third Street Farmers Market, Naples. Fresh produce and homemade goods are available at this local market from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Saturday.

Aug. 18: 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, a free trolley, and an evening of fun. Free; free parking. 941-505-0130.

TBA: Just For Fun Dog Show, Cape Coral. Bring the family, including Rover, to the Just For Fun Dog Show at Rotary Park. Dog merchandise vendors are featured and visitors may enter their pooch on a number of categories including Waggiest Tail, Best Kisser, Dog/Owner Look-Alike and more for prizes. Cost to enter your dog in one category is $6; $20 for four categories; $25 for unlimited categories. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rotary Park is at 5505 Rose Garden Road. For details, visit

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

Aug. 7: 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.

Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: 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.

Aug. 11-16: Key West Lobsterfest, Key West. Festivities include Friday's Lobsterfest Duval Crawl, the street fair and free concert on Friday and Saturday, and the Lobster Brunch on Sunday. Advance reservations required.

Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26: Funtastic Friday, Hollywood Beach. Enjoy family fun with a DJ, face painter, games, bounce houses and more., held every Friday at ArtsPark. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission. 954-921-3500.

Aug. 14, 21: Bluegrass Concert, North Palm Beach. Longtime local musicians will be performing folk and bluegrass music in the park’s theater. The program is free with park admission of $5 per vehicle. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month. At John D. MacArthur Beach State Park.

TBA: Anything That Floats Race, Key Largo. Grab an oar or just watch during the crazy and fun Anything That Floats Race on Blackwater Sound in Key Largo on Aug. 15. Participants craft vessels from anything-that-floats-items around the house to compete in this wacky, family-friendly on-the-water race. The race is free to enter and prizes are awarded. Other attractions include local bands playing from land at Mile Marker 104, bayside at sunset.

Aug. 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. Event hours are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Aug. 5-7: Florida Keys Guitar Festival. Key West. This is the final weekend of the musical celebration after stops in Marathon and Key Largo. The Last Key features classical and jazz guitar performances at various time and locations Friday-Sunday. Each concert $25.

TBA: Upper Keys Reef Crawl, Key Largo. Key Largo celebrates the pristine environment of the Florida Keys during the Upper Keys Reef Crawl on Aug. 20-23. Visitors can see the beautiful reefs and abundant sea life of the Upper Florida Keys at sites from Key Largo to Islamorada. Attendees can enjoy fun, sun and camaraderie as they dive, snorkel, kayak and paddle the amazing reefs along the way. Other attractions include hands-on seminars by the Coral Restoration Foundation and Reef Environmental Education Foundation. For information, visit

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

July 23- Aug. 28: Nature and Wildlife Exhibit, St. Augustine. The Old City puts on the Nature and Wildlife Exhibit on July 25-Aug. 31. Nature in all its beautiful forms and the wildlife that inhabit the great outdoors are celebrated in this gallery-wide exhibition at the St. Augustine Art Association. Top national and local artists’ works are to be sold for the benefit of conservation and art education efforts. The St. Augustine Art Association is located at 22 Marine St.

TBA: Cherokee Native Historians, St. Augustine. Cherokee Native Historians feature demonstrations and offer lectures at Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaelogical Park on Aug. 1. Visitors can learn about how the Southeastern Cherokee Nation interacted with the Timucua tribes in the area for centuries before the arrival of the Europeans. The event at the park’s Timucua Village of Seloy, is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $9 for children ages 6-12. The park is at 11 Magnolia Avenue. For information, visit

TBA: Living History Day, St. Augustine. From 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free, including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. At Fort Matanzas National Monument.

Aug. 6-7: First Weekend Union Garrison, Fernandina Beach. Re-creation of daily life in 1864 at Amelia Island's Fort Clinch State Park on the first weekend of the month. Activities include artillery and medical demonstrations, soldier drills, and re-enactments of daily chores from laundry and kitchen duty to carpentry work, all reenacted by living historians dressed in period costume. Saturday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Park entrance fee $6 per vehicle plus Fort tour $2 per person, under 6 free. 904-277-7274.

Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31:  Music by the Sea, St. Augustine Beach. The annual Music by the Sea concert features free Wednesday night concerts with food service from a local restaurant available for purchase. Food service begins at 6 p.m., the concert at 7 p.m. The event is at the St. Augustine Beach Pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd. For more information, visit

Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25: Concerts In The Plaza, St. Augustine. Concerts In The Plaza is a series of free summer concerts at Plaza de la Constitucion under the live oaks in historic downtown St. Augustine. Event hours are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Plaza de la Constitucion is at Cathedral and King Street. For details, visit

Aug. 5: First Friday Art Walk, St. Augustine. One of the city's most popular cultural events, held the first Friday of each month from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Enjoy new exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at participating galleries, plus great food and music. Tours begin at Rembrandtz American Craft Gallery. Trolleys offer complimentary shuttle service to most galleries. 832-779-2781.

Aug. 13: Artrageous Artwalk, Fernandina Beach. Held monthly on second Saturday each month, to open the doors of some of Amelia Island's incredible 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. 5:30-8 p.m.

Aug. 12-14: Caribbean Parade and Festival, Jacksonville. The Caribbean Parade and Festival is a Caribbean-style Mardi Gras celebration celebrating the cultures of our sea and featuring music, crafts, foods and a street parade. The Salaam Club venue, 8101 Beach Boulevard, is transformed into Jacksonville’s Carnival City for the fest. Tickets are $10, children under 12 are free. For information, visit

TBA: Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, Amelia Island. The Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Center invites one and all to the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off. The event kicks off the college football season with a barbeque competition at the beach during the Annual Cook-off. The happenings include professional barbeque competition teams competing for cash prizes at Main Beach Park. The event features free live entertainment, including Beach Street Blues Band and more. There is free parking with event shuttle. For additional information, visit

Aug. 25: National Park Service’s Birthday, St. Augustine. The Old City celebrates the National Park Service’s Birthday by featuring free admission at the historic Castillo de San Marcos National Monument on Aug. 25. The park is open from 8:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. so here is your chance to spend a day time-traveling to Spanish colonial times at the Castillo and it will be gratis. The Castillo de San Marcos is at 1, South Castillo Drive Street. For information, visit or

Aug. 18: Sunset/Moonrise at the St. Augustine Lighthouse, St. Augustine. This event includes a champagne toast provided by the San Sebastian Winery, hors d’oeuvres from The Reef and an overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station. Cost is $25. The lighthouse is at 81 Lighthouse Avenue. For information, visit

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

Aug. 6: 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.

Aug. 3: Archaeological Tour of Mission San Luis, Tallahassee. An Archaeological Tour of Mission San Luis is featured at 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. Visitors can join a Mission San Luis archaeologist for a tour of Tallahassee’s only National Historic Landmark from an archaeological perpective and learn how the site was excavated and what was discovered about the Apalachee and Spanish residents from the 17th century. These tours, one of Viva Florida events at Mission San Luis, are presented on every first Wednesday of the month. Admission to the mission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-17. The mission is at 2100 West Tennessee Street. For information, log on to

Aug. 26: River Rhythms, Ocala. On the fourth Friday of each month, Silver Springs hosts an evening of live music featuring a drum circle. To particpate in the drum circle, make sure to bring your own drum or percussion instrument. At Silver Springs State Park. 4 p.m. to sundown. Free with paid park admission. 1425 NE 58th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34470. (352) 236-7148.

Panhandle: Including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)

Aug. 6: Funday and Possum Festival, Wausau. This is Wausau's 47th annual tribute to the lowly possum, which the town holds in high esteem. Join the fun with activities from the Possum Parade to possum auctions, possum stew and ice cream, arts and crafts, live music and dance, and hog callin', rooster crowin' and cow lowin' contests. Free. 850-638-1781.

Aug. 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 30: Blue Angels practice, Pensacola. The Blue Angels practice at 11:30 a.m. The National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Boulevard, has a viewing area. After the practice the team comes and visits the museum and signs autographs after the Wednesday practice. Admission is free. For information, visit

Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25: 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 $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.

Aug. 6: Sandstock, Perdido Key. It's not Woodstock, it's Sandstock the Flora-Bama way. Music, food and good times at the bar on the border of Florida and Alabama. Enjoy ‘60s and ‘70s music under a big tent. Customers are encouraged to dress up in hippie style threads and will receive free peace sign beads for dressing up while supplies last. Noon. Free. At Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar. 17401 Perdido Key Drive. 850-492-0611.

TBA: Stargazing by the Shore, Destin. Henderson Beach State Park will host a star gazing program. Volunteers from the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will set up several telescopes for public viewing of star clusters, planets and galaxies. Also, prior to sunset, their telescopes will be equipped for safe viewing of the sun. All ages are invited. The park will close at sunset. All those attending should arrive prior to sunset. Call park for sunset time. Event weather permitting. At Henderson Beach State Park. 850-837-7550.

Special Correspondent Georgina Cruz contributed to this report

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