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: 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, and beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase with cash. Free. 1463 Highland Ave. 321-674-8916. foosanerartmuseum.org

Aug. 4, 5, 11, 12, 19, 26: Bandshell Concert Series, Daytona Beach. The Bandshell Concert Series runs every Friday and Saturday from May 26 through Sept. 30. Saturday shows also feature fireworks that begin at 9:45 p.m. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Free. 70 Boardwalk. 386-255-0415. www.daytonabandshell.com

Aug. 5: 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

Aug. 5: 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

Aug 5: National Lighthouse Day, Ponce Inlet. See historical lighthouse exhibits, play games and make your own lighthouse pennant at the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse. Adults $6.95; children ages 2-11 $1.95. 4931 South Peninsula Drive. 386-761-1821. www.daytonabeach.com

Aug. 7: 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. 4931 S. Peninsula Drive. www.ponceinlet.org

Aug. 10: Alive After 5, Sanford. Themed street party with vendors and entertainment held on the second Thursday of each month. 5-8 p.m. Thursday; Downtown Sanford, 230 East First Street, Sanford; free admission; 407-302-2586. www.sanfordwelcomecenter.com

Aug. 11: 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 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free. New Haven Avenue. 321-724-1741. www.downtownmelbourne.com 

Aug. 12-13: 4 Wheel Parts Orlando Truck & Jeep Fest, Orlando. Off-road enthusiasts can enjoy the largest off-road touring show. The event features custom trucks and jeeps, product demonstrations and hourly giveaways. Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway. 877-474-4821. www.4wheelparts.com

Aug. 18: 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

Aug. 19-20: Annual Harvest Grape Stomp, Clermont. Join grape stomping competitions during the 23rd annual event at the Lakeridge Winery. Local musicians entertain and there are free winery tours and tastings. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $3. 19239 U.S. Highway 27. 800-768-WINE. www.lakeridgewinery.com

Aug. 19: Cruisin' Downtown DeLand Classic Car Show, 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 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free. East Indiana Avenue. 386-738-0649. www.MainStreetDeLand.org 

Aug. 19: 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. 230 East First St. 407-302-2586. www.sanfordinfo.com

Aug 25-27: Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show, Orlando.  The three-day event at the Orange County Convention Center will feature areas for home design, garden, new products, shopping and healthy living, kid's zone and live birds of prey and pet zone. Registation prices vary, On-site parking is $10. showtechnology.com/event/orlando-fall-home-garden-show

Aug. 25-Oct. 12: Magical Dining Month. Orlando. Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month was extended from original end date of Oct. 1 to Oct. 12 because of the impact of Hurricane Irma. The promotion is offered at more than 100 area restaurants with $35 prixe-fixe three-course meals. OrlandoMagicalDining.com

Aug. 25-Nov. 1 (select dates): Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Walt Disney World. The special event at Magic Kingdom returns earlier than ever before with the first Halloween party on Aug. 25 and will be held on select dates on 32 nights through Nov. 1. 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

Aug. 26: 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. Discount with official glass from a previous Wine Walk. 1-7 p.m. In conjunction with ArtWalk with displays of art works by resident and visiting artists, along with entertainment and demonstrations  10 a.m.-5 p.m. from nsbfla.com

Aug. 26-27: Mount Dora Seafood Festival, Mount Dora. This third annual festival features seafood, music, kids' activities and pirates. Begins at 11 a.m. both days. Free. Elizabeth Evans Park, 100 N. Donnelly St. 352-217-8390. www.visitlakefl.com

Aug. 31- Nov. 13: 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

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

Aug. 5: St. Pete Indie Market, St. Petersburg. On the first Saturday of every month, local independent designers and artists take to the sidewalks to show off their best works. Beyond vendors, you'll also find local food, drinks and music. Free. Green Bench Brewery, 1133 Baum Ave. www.stpeteindiemarket.com

Aug. 5: Night in the Islands, Tarpon Springs. Head to the Sponge Docks for Greek music, dancing and dining all while enjoying some of the best Greek food outside of Athens. The event also includes an hour of free Greek dance lessons from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. To reserve a table, contact the participating restaurants: Costa's, Hella, Mama's or Mykonos. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, 20 Dodeecanese Blvd. 727-937-1130. www.spongedocks.net

Aug. 12: 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 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. 727-518-5142. www.stpeteartsalliance.org

Aug. 19: Annual Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest, St. Petersburg. The Morean Arts Center invites dessert fans to indulge as bakers compete to earn the title of St. Pete's best cupcake. Taste up to 100 delicious cupcakes made from professional and novice bakers. Noon to 3 p.m. $5. Morean Center for Clay, 420 22nd St. 727-822-7872. www.visitstpeteclearwater.com

Aug. 20: 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. The Indie Flea also features local food, drinks and music. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Historic Rialto Theatre, 1617 N. Franklin St. 561-746-6615. www.theindieflea.com  

Aug. 26: 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

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

Aug. 11 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 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. The Bell Tower Shops, 13499 U.S. 41 SE. www.thebelltowershops.com

Aug. 12 Fisherman's Village TikiFest 2017, Punta Gorda. The second annual TikiFest will feature hula dancers, music, games, crafts and food and drink specials. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. 941-639-8721. Fisherman's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. www.charlotteharbortravel.com

Aug. 17: 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 pm. to 8 p.m. Free. Downtown Punta Gorda. 941-505-0130. www.charlotteharbortravel.com

Aug. 19: SummerJazz on the Gulf, Naples. The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club hosts the 32nd annual concert series with an array of jazz entertainment. August's concert features Gloria West and the Gents. 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free. 851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North. 239-261-2222. NaplesBeachHotel.com  

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

Aug. 2, 23: 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. $20. www.jupiterlighthouse.org

Aug. 5: Wheelin' Dealin' Food Truck Festival, Fort Lauderdale. The best food trucks in South Florida meet the first Saturday every month at The Casino. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free. The Casino, 301 E. Dania Beach Blvd. 954-920-1511. www.sunny.org 

Aug. 5: 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. www.mdpl.org

Aug. 5: 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

Aug. 6: 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

Aug. 7: Jupiter Lighthouse Moonrise Tour, Jupiter. Take in the spectacular view of a full moon from the top of the tower. Tour lasts approximately 75 minutes. $20. jupiterlighthouse.org

Aug. 10-13: Key West Lobsterfest, Key West. To celebrate the start of lobster season, festivities include Thursday’s Lobster Boil, Friday's sail and snorkel trip, Saturday's street fair and free concert, and Sunday's Lobster Brunch. Advance reservations required. 305-294-7170. www.keywestlobsterfest.com

Aug. 12: 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. www.sunny.org

Aug. 12: 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 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free. NW 2nd Ave. and NW 23rd St. 305-814-9290. www.wynwoodartwalk.com

Aug. 17: Third Thursday Art Walk, Islamorada. The Morada Way Third Thursday Art Walk presents local fine arts, music and culinary specialties. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. The galleries of Morada Way are between Mile Markers 81 and 82. 305-916-5521. www.moradaway.org 

Aug. 19: Downtown Hollywood Artwalk, Hollywood. Recurring every third Saturday, this event features pop-up shops, artist showcases, vintage shopping, boutique goods live music and more. Stroll through downtown Hollywood on a guided tour to learn about Hollywood and the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free. 1945 Hollywood Blvd. 954-924-2980. floridashollywood.org

Aug. 19-20: Islamorada Grand Prix of the Sea, Islamorada. AquaX and Superstock races come to Islamorada in this inaugural watercraft competition. Free. 407-985-1938. www.p1aquax.com

Aug. 25: Viernes Culturales Arts and Culture Festival, Miami. Little Havana's art and culture festival features music and art by local artists around the iconic Domino Plaza. Enjoy dancing, eating and shopping. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free. Along Southwest 8th Street from 13th to 17th Avenues. 305-643-5500. www.viernesculturales.org

Aug. 26: 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. www.sunny.org

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

Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Concerts in the Plaza, St. Augustine. This concert series will return for its 27th season, offering free concerts every Thursday in the gazebo of the historic Plaza de la Constitucion. Free. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 904-825-1004. www.visitstaugustine.com

Aug. 4: First Friday Garden Walk, Palm Coast. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park hosts a garden walk led by a park ranger. The walk introduces visitors to the history and variety of the formal gardens in this unique state park. 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. $5 per vehicle with up to eight people. 6400 N. Ocean Shore Blvd. 386-446-6783. www.visitstaugustine.com

Aug. 4: First Friday Art Walk, St. Augustine. One of the city's most popular cultural events held the first Friday of each month, visitors can enjoy new exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at participating galleries. Trolleys offer complimentary shuttle service to most galleries. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. Tours begin at Rembrandtz American Craft Gallery. 832-779-2781. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com

Aug. 5-6: 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 all reenacted by living historians dressed in period costume. Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $6 per vehicle plus $2 extra per person; children 6 and under free. 2601 Atlantic Ave. 904-277-7274. www.floridastateparks.org

Aug. 5: Fort Mose Militia Muster and Training, St. Augustine. The Fort Mose Militia bring the 18th century back to life by practicing firing drills and teaching new members historic weapons use and safety. There is also a children's militia training with wooden toy muskets and uniforms. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Program is free, but park entry is $2 per person; children 5 and under free. 15 Fort Mose Trail. 904-823-2232. 

Aug. 7: Schooner Freedom Full Moon Sail, St. Augustine. Schooner Freedom offers sails on the night of the full moon each month. Visitors can glide along the moonlit waters of Matanzas Bay aboard the 19th century replica ship. Includes complimentary soda, beer and wine, as well as live music. Departs at 8 p.m. $40. St. Augustine Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez St. 904-810-1010. www.visitstaugustine.com

Aug. 7: Sunset Moonrise Tour, St. Augustine. Once a month, the St. Augustine Lighthouse offers moonrise tours, where visitors can enjoy a view of the nation's oldest city, enhanced by the sight of the sun setting behind the city and the moon rising over the Atlantic. Begins at 7:30 p.m. $30, which includes champagne and hors d'oeuvres. 81 Lighthouse Ave. 904-829-0745. www.visitstaugustine.com

Aug. 10-13: Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival, Jacksonville. This Caribbean-style fest celebrates the multiple island cultures featuring their music, crafts, foods and a street parade. Adults $10; children under 10 are free. 904-465-1989. 1096 A. Phillip Randolph Park. www.jacksonvillecarnival.com

Aug. 12: Artrageous Artwalk, Fernandina Beach. Held on second Saturday each month, this event opens the doors of some of Amelia Island's incredible galleries, featuring photography, pottery, copper, stained glass, watercolor, acrylics and more. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. In downtown Fernandina Beach and at the Plantation Artists' Guild and Gallery located at Amelia Island Plantation. 904-261-7020. www.islandart.org

Aug. 12: Pup Crawl, St. Augustine. St. Augustine City Walks Food and Wine Tours offers a pup crawl on the second Saturday of each month. Visitors and their pups can stroll through downtown St. Augustine while learning about the city's history. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Free, but reservations are required. 4 Granada St. 904-825-0087. www.visitstaugustine.com

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

Aug. 5: Guided Tour at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville. Take a guided tour of the state's largest public display of bamboos and the largest herb garden in the Southest. Offered the first Saturday of every month. Begins at 10 a.m. Included with admission price. 4700 SW 58th Drive. 352-372-4981. www.kanapaha.org

Aug. 6: 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. www.floridastateparks.org

Aug. 13: Gainesville Indie Flea, Gainesville. Held on the second 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. 1-5 p.m. Historic Old Gainesville Depot. 203 Southeast Depot Ave. so local food and drinks and music. 12-4 p.m. Historic Rialto Theatre, 1617 N Franklin St. Free. theindieflea.com

Aug. 25: River Rhythms, Ocala. On the fourth Friday of each month, Silver Springs State Park 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. 4 p.m. to sundown. Free with paid park admission. 1425 NE 58th Ave. (352) 236-7148.  www.floridastateparks.org

Aug. 27: Pack Walk at Silver Springs State Park, Ocala. Every fourth Sunday, join volunteers from Marion County Animal Services and staff of Silver Springs State Park as they walk a pack of well-behaved dogs through the park's gardens and trails. This event gives adoptable dogs exercise and a chance to socialize. Visitors can "adopt" a dog to walk for the morning and adopt a dog for a fur-ever friend. Begins at 10 a.m. Free. 1425 NE 58th Ave. 352-236-7148. www.floridastateparks.org

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

Aug. 1, 8, 15: Fat Tuesday Parades, Destin. Every Tuesday throughout the summer, HarborWalk Village transforms into the Big Easy. Experience dazzling floats, costumes, street performers and plenty of beads. Begins at 7 p.m. Free. 10 Harbor Blvd. 850-424-0600. www.visitflorida.com  

Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Red, White and Blue Hero Celebration, Destin. Every Thursday enjoy a celebration of an American hero, including a presentation of the colors, celebration, WWII vintage airshow and fireworks. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. 850-424-0600. HarborWalk Village, 10 Harbor Blvd. www.destinchamber.com

Aug. 5: 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. 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. www.florabama.com

August 5: Wausau Possum Festival, Wausau. The 48th annual Possum Festival features a "Possum King and Queen" contest, arts and crafts vendors, a possum parade, a 5k and more. 850-638-1781. www.wausaupossumfestival.com

Aug. 6, 20: Blues on the Bay Concert Series, Pensacola. This summer series holds concerts on Sunday nights when the Blues Wahoos babeball team isn't playing in the park. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. Free. Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St. 850-436-5670. www.visitpensacola.com

Aug. 19: Jacksonian Guard Colors Ceremony, Pensacola. Celebrate Florida becoming a U.S. Territory where the ceremony originally took place in 1821. The Jacksonian Guard is a re-enactment group of Jacksonian era and Spanish soldiers, fifers and drummers. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. At the flagpole in Plaza Ferdinand. 850-466-5220. www.visitpensacola.com

Aug. 19: 6th Annual Paddle at the Porch, Destin. The Back Porch Seafood and Oyster Bar hosts a Kids' Fun Race, 1-Mile Beginner, 3-Mile Recreational and 6-Mile Elite races. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1740 Scenic Highway 98. 850-837-6241. www.destinchamber.com

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