Florida travel calendar for July

Check out festivals and events in July 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 30-July 2: Daytona Coke Zero 400 Weekend, Daytona Beach. Celebrate Independence Day by watching NASCAR's elite compete at Daytona International Speedway, a family tradition among die-hard racing fans. It's nighttime racing at its best, followed by a spectacular fireworks extravaganza. Saturday night features a 400-mile Sprint Cup race under the lights while the Xfinity Series Firecracker 250 will run Friday night. Admission prices vary. 800-748-7467.

July 1: 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. Admission is free. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 1463 Highland Avenue, Melbourne.

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Summer Music Series, Clermont. Live music every Saturday from 1-4 p.m. in front of the vineyards at Lakeridge Winery. Food, complimentary tours and wine tasting. Free. 1-800-768-9463

July 2: Vans Warped Tour, Orlando. This outdoor music festival features 30 plus bands on three stages at Tinker Field. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

July 2: Fireworks over the Harbor, Cape Canaveral. For the best view, check out the Cove at Port Canaveral where you can dine at one of the waterfront dining spots and explore the Exploration Tower. Fireworks are expected to go off around 9 p.m. www.visitspacecoast.comJuly 3: Fireworks. Cocoa Beach. Grab your chairs and head to Cocoa Beach to watch fireworks over the ocean. Fireworks are expected to go off around 8:45/9 p.m.

July 3: Baldwin Park Independence Day Bash, Orlando. A relaxed, family-friendly Fourth of July celebration in Baldwin Park with room to lay out blankets in Harbor Park and watch fireworks from the shores of Lake Baldwin. The streets are closed off, restaurants are open along with radio DJ stage, vendors and general hometown feel. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free.

July 3: Red Hot and Boom, Altamonte Springs. Popular festival that includes live music from nationally and internationally known entertainers, as well as an awesome fireworks display and food-beverage booths. Sponsored by the City of Altamonte Springs and XL 106.7 FM, it is Central Florida's largest Independence Day celebration. The event runs from 4-11 p.m. At Cranes Roost Park. Free admission. 407-571-8857.

July 3-4: Freedom on the Waterfront, Mount Dora. Independence Day celebration with a parade, live music and fireworks, starting at 5 p.m. on the 3rd. Call 352-735-7183 for more information. An Independence Day parade will take place on the 4th. Sponsored by the Rotary Club, 352-385-1418. Free. At Elizabeth Evans Park.

July 3-4: Walt Disney World July Fourth Celebrations, Lake Buena Vista. A variety of special events for Fourth of July are scheduled at all four major theme parks, Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom such as patriotic parades, live music and spectacular fireworks shows. A street party with live entertainment and fireworks is also planned for Downtown Disney. All Fourth of July celebrations are included in the regular admission price. 407-934-7639.

July 4: Hunter Vision Watermelon 5K, Winter Park. Gather friends, family and neighbors for a spectacular Independence Day celebration of fitness and fun. All runners receive a festive T-shirt, plentiful refreshments, ice-cold watermelon and lots of fun. Military Personnel and family receive a $10 discount and a special bib. The event runs from 6:45 to 8:15 a.m. 251 Park Avenue South, Winter Park.

July 4: Old-Fashioned July Fourth Celebration, Winter Park. Central Park downtown is the site of this annual celebration with patriotic music performed by the Bach Festival Brass Band and Bach Festival Choir, horse-drawn wagon rides, Orlando Cloggers, Rockin’ Roadster Road Show and more. Children’s activities will include the annual bicycle parade at 9 a.m. (lineup begins at 8:30 a.m.) from City Hall to Central Park, as well as fun games and inflatables. Free hot dogs, watermelon and water. Admission is free. 407-646-2182.

July 4: Fourth of July Lakefest Celebration, St. Cloud. A community get-together on Lakeshore Boulevard with day-long activities, entertainment, arts and crafts and fireworks. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. Free. 407-892-3671.

July 4: An All-American Fourth of July, Celebration. Celebration Town Center's annual celebration of the nation's independance will feature a parade, DJ, chorus performance, Mac McAnally, kids activities and fireworks. Parade througgh town at 9 a.m. Town Center activities begin at 4 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. Free. 407-566-1200.

July 4: Sebastian River Area Freedom Festival & Parade, Sebastian. The annual Sebastian River Area Freedom Festival & Parade celebrates our independence on July 4. In addition to the parade, highlights include a watermelon eating contest, music, arts and crafts booths, and fireworks. The event, from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., is at Riverview Park, 600 North U.S.1. For details, visit

July 4: July Fourth Celebration, Cocoa. Independence Day celebration featuring the Brevard Symphony Orchestra playing along with a beautiful fireworks display. From 8 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. At Riverfront Park in downtown Cocoa Village. Free admission. 321-639-3500.

July 4: Star Spangled Sanford, Sanford. A family-oriented holiday extravaganza with live entertainment, games, family activities and concessions, this event culminates with one of the largest fireworks shows in Central Florida. Festivities take place along at Fort Mellon Park. 4-10 p.m. Admission is free.

July 4: Fireworks at the Fountain, Orlando. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon around beautiful Lake Eola in downtown Orlando with games, activities, live entertainment and delicious food, followed by a fabulous 30-minute fireworks display at night. Admission is free. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. 321-281-2185.

July 4: The Fourth of July Celebration at Venetian Garden, Leesburg. The Fourth of July Celebration at Venetian Garden features a large choreographed fireworks display, free baseball, live music, kid zone and rides. Event hours are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free. Venetian Garden is at 201 East Dixie Avenue. 352-365-0053.

TBA: Celebration of Freedom, Winter Springs. Gather the family and spend an all-American day of live music, great food, kids' games, contests, activities and an awesome fireworks display over Lake Jesup. At Central Winds Park. 407-327-6593.

TBA: July Fourth Celebration, Kissimmee. One of the most popular annual events in Osceola County, this holiday celebration attracts more than 45,000 people and features live entertainment, karaoke, arts and crafts, bingo, a food festival, water-ski show and a spectacular fireworks display. At Kissimmee Lakefront Park. Free admission. 5 p.m. to  9 p.m.

TBA: Independence Day Celebration, Ormond Beach. Holiday celebration featuring food, music, games, arts and crafts, inflatables and, of course, fireworks. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. At Rockefeller Gardens, Fortunato Park, and Cassen Park. Free. 386-676-3241.

TBA: Celebrate the American Dream, Tavares. The annual Independence Day parade highlights this event as well as kids rides, an interactive dance party, Sandy Candy sand art, face painting, live music and more. The event is from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. Free. 352-742-6319.

July 8: 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. Free.

July 16: 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. 386-624-5027.

July 19: 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 event is from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. The lighthouse is at 4931 South Peninsula Drive. Tickets ($25) must be purchased in advance by calling 386-761-1821 ext. 10.

July 22: Fourth Fridays 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. 407-323-2774.

July 23: Wine Walk on Flagler, 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.

July 29 - 31: 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.

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

June 25 - July 4: Super Boat Grand Prix Festival, Lido Beach. More than 30 boats from around the country will race on Lido Beach. Event times vary. 941-487-7904 x103.

July 1: Vans Warped Tour, St. Petersburg This outdoor music festival features 30 plus bands on three stages at Vinoy Park. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

July 1-2: Kiafest Main Street Blast, Newport Richey. Kiafest Main Street Blast, Newport Richey. Kiafest Main Street Blast is the annual Independence Day celebration before the Fourth of July at Sims Park. On the agenda are activities, music, arts and crafts, children's area and fireworks. Sims Park is at 6341 Banks Street. Free.

July 2, 16: 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.

July 2-3: Madeira Beach Craft Festival, Madeira Beach.  The Madeira Beach Craft Festival showcases the creations of artists and crafters. A Green Market with handmade products and plants will also be featured. Admission is free. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and the festival will be located on Madeira Way between Gulf Boulevard and 150 Avenue.

July 4: Clearwater Celebrates America, Clearwater. Spend the night at Coachman Park watching fireworks, listening to music and eating delicious food. The celebration begins at 4 p.m. with fireworks scheduled at 9:30 p.m. 727-562-4700.

July 7: Sunset Beach Concert Series, Tarpon Springs. Trop Rock Junkies performs at Sunset Beach. No pets, no alcoholic beverages. Hot dogs, popcorn, sodas and water available for purchase. Free admission, but donations are appreciated.

July 9: ReptiDay, Sarasota. ReptiDay is a one-day reptile and exotic animal expo. Animal seminars, vendors offering pet supplies and other merchandise, and free raffles are to be featured. Event hours, at the Sarasota County Fairground, Potter Building, are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children. For information, visit

July 23: 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)

July 2, 9, 16, 23: 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.

July 4: Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim, Punta Gorda. Always held on July 4, this is an event or happening with no one in charge, nothing structured, no sign-up and no rules or requirements except courtesy and common sense. It is simply a swim starting at the north end of the southbound US 41 bridge and finishing at Fishermen's Village. Flotation and propulsion aids are used by some. People who are trained distance swimmers have finished the 1.5-mile course in 30 to 40 minutes; other entrants take an hour or two; some have taken as long as four hours. Begins at 10 a.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. Free. 941-661-5622.

July 4: 4th of July Fireworks Cruise, Sanibel Island. Join Adventures in Paradise on this Independence Day cruise filled with fireworks. $59.

July 4: Red, White and Boom, Cape Coral. More than 50,000 people attend this annual festival that's big enough to close down local streets. There will be live music, fireworks and more with festivities beginning at 5 p.m.

July 4: 4th of July Celebration at Fishermen's Village, Punta Gorda At 12 pm live music will start and the celebration will continue through the night until 9 p.m.

July 16-17: MangoMania Tropical Fruit Fair, Pine Island. Celebration of mangoes and other tropical fruit grown on the island, including lychee, carambola, longan, papaya, and "chocolate pudding fruit." Fruit, exotic fruit trees, and fruit-related products are available for purchase. The festival also offers live music, kids' activities and rides, contests, and other diversions. Times are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 adults, free for children 10 and younger. At German-American Social Club.

July 21: 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. 941-505-0130.

July 29 - 30: The PBR Touring Pro Division, Estero. The PBR Touring Pro Division brings rodeo action with professional bull riders to the Germain Arena on July 31 - Aug. 1. Tickets range from $12 to $77 and the event starts at 8 p.m. each day. The Germain Arena is at 11000 Everglades Parkway. For information, visit

July 29-31: Annual Caladium Festival, Lake Placid.  Stuart Park in Lake Placid sets the scene for the annual Caladium Festival. On the agenda are colorful caladiums, arts and crafts, car and bike show, entertainment and more. Food will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For information visit

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

July 1-4: Florida Supercon, Miami Beach. Florida Supercon is a comic book, anime, video game, fantasy, Sci-Fi and pop culture convention at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Highlights include celebrity guests, Q&A sessions, films and shorts. A variety of tickets and passes are available. The Miami Beach Convention Center is at 1901 Convention Center Drive. For details, visit

July 2-4: Key Lime Pie Festival, Key West. Taste some of the best key lime pies in the area at this annual festival.

July 3: Vans Warped Tour, West Palm Beach. This outdoor music festival features 30 plus bands on three stages at Coral Sky Aphitheatre at the South Florida Fairgrounds. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

July 3: 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.-2 p.m. Free admission. 954-828-5363.

July 4: America's Birthday Bash, Miami. Largest Independence Day celebration in South Florida. Enjoy live music, food and drink, children's activities and a fireworks display over Biscayne Bay. Held from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Free. At Bayfront Park. 305-358-7550.

July 4: Old Fashioned Fourth at Flamingo Gardens, Davie. Celebrate Independence Day 1930s style. Barbecue and picnic lunches at the Flamingo cafe, jazz and swing music, vintage model A cars. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Half-price admission. 954-473-2955.

July 4: Salute to Independence, Boynton Beach. The city celebrates in spectacular style with the region's largest Independence Day celebration. Features food, concerts, fireworks and more along the city's waterfront. At Intracoastal Park. Free.

July 4: July Fourth Celebration, Delray Beach. Family-friendly celebration featuring a sand sculpture contest, music, children's activities, live entertainment on the beach, food, and a fireworks display. On the beach at the intersection of A1A and Atlantic Avenue.

July 6, 13, 20, 27: 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.

July 8: International Mango Festival, Coral Gables. Come to the annual International Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden to buy hand-selected mango trees and fruit, enjoy mango lectures and smoothies, view the world's largest display of mangos, take part in the world's only mango auction and buy mango merchandise and botanical art.  There will also be mango culinary demonstrations, an International Fruit Market, fun activities for kids and much more. Admission is $25. 305-667-1651.

July 9: Underwater Music Festival, Big Pine Key. A quirky concert broadcast underwater for divers and snorkelers, emphasizing reef preservation and tips on how people can enjoy the ocean while minimizing the impact on the reef and overall marine environment. At Looe Key Reef, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. 305-872-2411.

July 19-24: Hemingway Days, Key West. The annual celebration of the legendary author's work and lifestyle features literary readings, a short-story competition, fishing tournament, Sloppy Joe's Look-Alike Contest and more. A celebration will be held July 21 honoring Hemingway's birthday. 305-461-3300

July 21: 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

July 23-24: Buckler Craft Fair, Fort Lauderdale.  The Buckler Craft Fair showcases handmade crafts from local and national artists at the War Memorial Auditorium. Admission is $6, good for both days with hand stamp; children 12 and under are free. A $2 off coupon is available online or donate a canned good to benefit a local food bank to receive $2 off admission. Fair hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The War Memorial Auditorium is at 800 Northeast 8th Street. For details, visit

July 26-30: BugFest-By-The-Sea, Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Kick off the lobster mini season with a party, a lobster hunting class and a workshop before The Great Florida Bug Hunt Contest. Prizes will be given in several categories, including biggest lobster. $20 registration includes a BugFest T-shirt and goody bag.

July 28: Free Fish I.D. Classes, Key Largo. If you’ve ever wondered what kind of fish was that interesting one that sped past you while you were snorkeling, here is your chance to find out. Key Largo, famous for its crystalline waters and abundant marine life, sets the scene for Free Fish I.D. Classes with Keys Underwater Photographers at 7 p.m. on July 16. Visitors can join Allison and Carlos Estape at REEF Headquarters on Mile Marker 98.3 in the median, for interactive fish behavior and I.D. classes. The July 16 class features rays and other fish in Florida waters. For details, visit

TBA: Fourth of July Celebration, Miami Beach. Whether you're looking for a patriotic ceremony or a July Fourth party at the beach, this City of Miami Beach celebration is sure to fit the bill. Festivities include concerts and a grand finale of fireworks that'll make you wish the Fourth of July would never end. Fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. Free. 305-673-7400.

TBA: Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Picnic at The Barnacle Historic State Park, Coconut Grove. Celebrate Independence Day the good old fashioned way with hot food, live music, games, crafts, and fun for the whole family. Admission $5 adults, $3 ages 6-11, children under 6 are free. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 305-442-6866.

TBA: Mel Fisher Days, Key West. The Last Key sets the scene for Mel Fisher Days. Mel Fisher fans and treasure-hunting enthusiasts celebrate the anniversary of Fisher’s discovery of the shipwrecked Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha in the waters off Key West. For information and a schedule of events, visit

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

July 1: 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 20-30 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.

July 2-3: First Weekend Union Garrison, Amelia Island. Union Garrison at Fort Clinch State Park features history interpreters recreating life at the fort as it was in 1864. Activities may include powder artillery demonstrations, medical demonstrations and soldier drills. Additionally, soldiers and civilians offer a glimpse into garrison life by taking up duty in the laundry, infirmary, barracks and kitchen. Admission is $6 per vehicle park admission plus $2 per person for entrance to the fort.

July 4: 4th of July Concert & Fireworks, St. Augustine. The 4th of July Concert & Fireworks in St. Augustine starts at 6 p.m. with the All Star Orchestra performing in the Plaza de la Constitucion.  At 9:30 p.m., one of the largest fireworks displays on the East Coast bursts above the ancient Castillo de San Marcos and reflects in the waters of Matanzas Bay.  Admission is free with the best vantage points along the bay front between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions.

July 6, 13, 20, 27:  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

July 7, 14, 21, 28: 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

July 9: 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.

July 10: Summer Jazz Concert Series, Jacksonville Beach. The City of Jacksonville Beach presents this outdoor concert with great jazz musicians.  Relax on the lawn as renowned jazz performers take the stage at Sea Walk Pavilion. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 904-247-6100.

July 18 - 23: Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, Jacksonville. Professional and amateur anglers and those looking for a fun, family way to spend a week gather in July at Jim King Park & Boat Ramp at Sister Creek for the largest kingfish tournament in the world.

July 19: 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 on Aug. 10. Cost is $25. The lighthouse is at 81 Lighthouse Avenue. For information, visit

July 23- Aug. 28: Nature and Wildlife Exhibit, St. Augustine. The Old City puts on the Nature and Wildlife Exhibit annually at 22 Marine St. 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.

TBA: Fourth of July Celebration, Jacksonville. Downtown Jacksonville celebrates the red, white and blue throughout the week, leading up to an amazing fireworks show over the St. Johns River.  Enjoy concerts, family activities and more.904-630-2489.

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

July 9: Museum Swamp Stomp Music Festival, Tallahassee. The Tallahassee Museum Swamp Stomp Music Festival invites one and all to stake out a spot among the lakeside oaks for hours of Americana and Blue Grass performances on July 11. Event hours are from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is included in admission to the museum ($10 for adults, $7 for children). The museum is at 3945 Museum Drive. For details, visit

July 22: River Rhythms, Ocala. On the fourth Friday of each month, Silver Springs hosts an evening of live music featuring a drum circle.  To participate 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.

TBA: Slide the City, Ocala. This family friendly event features a 1,000 foot water slide, food trucks, entertainment and a beer garden. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 941-932-1373

The Panhandle (including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)

July 2: 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.

July 4: Sertoma's 4th of July Celebration, Pensacola. Activities such as pony riding, hot dog eating contests, and arts and crafts will begin at 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., and fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. 850-434-1234.

July 4: Riverfest, Milton. The Milton Riverwalk in Downtown Milton sets the scene for the July 4 Riverfest to celebrate Independence Day. The fest features various activities, arts and crafts booths and fireworks. Event hours are from 10 a.m. until dark. 850-623-2339. For details, visit

July 5, 12, 19: Bands on the Beach, Pensacola. This summer concert series runs every Tuesday night May through September. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. patrols can sit on the beach and enjoy local classic rock artists. For more information call 850-932-2257.

July 7, 14, 21, 28: 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.

July 8 - 9: Star Gazing on Pensacola Beach, Pensacola Beach. Are the stars out tonight? Visitors to Pensacola Beach can find out during the Star Gazing on Pensacola Beach programs. The free programs are conducted by the Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association and start at sunset.

July 15-16: Pensacola Beach Air Show, Pensacola Beach. The Blues are back and all eyes will turn skyward during the Pensacola Beach Air Show over Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island. At 2 p.m. and the show is highlighted by a performance by the Blue Angels. For information, log on to

July 21-23: Fiesta de San Fermin en Pensacola, Pensacola. Pensacola’s Seville Quarter in its historic downtown gives a nod to Pamplona, Spain (famous for its annual Running of the Bulls), during Pensacola’s own version of the “Fiesta de San Fermin en Pensacola – Running of the Bulls." Various events celebrating Pensacola’s Spanish heritage, lead up to the “Running of the Bulls” at 10 a.m. on July 18, but here instead of angry bulls, roller derby ladies chase the runners. There is no cost for spectators (a fee is charged for runners/walkers). Visit

TBA: 4th of July Spectacular, Panama City Beach. This celebration holds the title of biggest fireworks display on the gulf coast. There will be five area fireworks displays for you to enjoy depending on where you are in the area of Bay County. Two in the Beach area, one in Panama City at the Panama City Marina at the end of Harrison Avenue, one just north of us in the City Of Lynn Haven and one in Mexico Beach.

TBA: Star Spangled Spectacular, Panama City. There will be live music, food and more at the Panama City Marina to celebrate the Fourth of July. Activities begin at 9 a.m. and fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m.

TBA: Independence Day Fireworks Celebration, Apalachicola. Enjoy food and drinks as you watch the fireworks and parade. Event runs from noon to 9 p.m. For more information call 850-899-8689.

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