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)

July 1: Daytona Coke Zero 400, 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. 800-748-7867. www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: 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 www.lakeridgewinery.com

July 3: Freedom on the Waterfront, Mount Dora. Independence Day celebration with a parade, live music and fireworks, starting at 5 p.m.  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. http://ci.mount-dora.fl.us/index.aspx?NID=229

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 Disney Springs. At 9 p.m. both nights, the Magic Kingdom will be hosting a "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks show. All Fourth of July celebrations are included in the regular admission price. 407-934-7639. yourfirstvisit.net

July 4: Watermelon 5K, Winter Park. Central Park downtown is the site of this annual celebration with a 5K and watermelon eating contest. The 5K begins at 7 a.m., followed by a watermelon eating contest at 8 a.m. A free kids run will begin at 8:15 a.m. All runners are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes to an hour early. Entry fees vary by date of purchase, beginning at $30. Proceeds will benefit the Track Shack Foundation, an organization that promotes health and fitness with an emphasis on youth programs. 407-896-1160. 251 Park Avenue South. http://bachfestivalflorida.org/event/oldefashionedfourth2016/

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, 600 E 1st St. 4-10 p.m. Admission is free, with parking as low as $5. www.sanfordfl.gov

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. www.cityoforlando.net

July 4: Independence Day Celebration, Ormond Beach. Holiday celebration featuring food, music, games, arts and crafts, inflatables and, of course, fireworks. At Rockefeller Gardens and City Hall, 22 S Beach St. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. festivalnet.com

July 8-9: 16th Annual Indialantic Craft Festival, Indialantic. The 16th Annual Indialantic Craft Fair will feature artists and crafters from the American Craft Endeavours. Bring the whole family out for a fun time at Nance Park and finish your day at the beach. Free admission. 201 N Miramar Blvd. 561-746-6615. visitspacecoast.com 

July 9: 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. www.ponceinlet.org

July 9-11: Anime Festival Orlando, Orlando. This annual festival celebrates the finest in Anime and Japanese Culture entertainment with costume contests, gaming, karaoke, art show, dance party, game shows, merchandise and guest voice actors. Single day passes start at $35, with a standard 4-day pass startung at $45. Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Dr., Orlando. www.animefestivalorlando.com

July 15: 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. www.sanfordartwalk.com

July 15: Cruisin' Downtown DeLand Classic Car Show, DeLand. Classic cars & rods line East Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Live DJ, giveaways, shopping & dining. 4-7 p.m. Free. 386-738-0649. www.MainStreetDeLand.org

July 22: 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. www.nsbfla.com/calendar.cfm

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

June 24 - 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, with race dates being July 1-2. Throughout Sarasota and Sarasota Bay. 941-487-7904 x103. sarasotapowerboatgrandprix.org

June 30-July 1: 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. www.nprmainstreet.com

July 8-9: SharkCon, Tampa. Combining the fun and education, SharkCon will feature a interactive exhibits from the Florida Aquarium, SeaWorld, Clearwater Aquarium and others with games, trivia, shark tooth sand dig, touch tanks, a 22-foot-long shark slide and octopus bounce house. Lots of kid-friendly activities, change to try out Scuba diving, presentations from 15 speakers and more than 100 booths from vendors. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. At Florida State Fairgrounds. Daily tickets $14.95 for adults, $4.99 for children. shark-con.com

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

July 4: 4th of July Fireworks Cruise, Sanibel Island. Join Adventures in Paradise on this Independence Day cruise filled with fireworks. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $59. www.adventureinparadiseinc.com

July 4: Red, White and Boom, Cape Coral. More than 30,000 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., ending at 10:30 p.m. Event takes place on Cape Coral Parkway at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge. www.capeboom.com

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. www.charlotteharbortravel.com

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

July 1-2: International Mango Festival, Coral Gables. This 25th annual festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden features the mangos of Cuba, but also lets you 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, activities for kids and more. $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under. 10901 Old Cutler Rd. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 305-667-1651 www.fairchildgarden.org

July 1-4: Key Lime Pie Festival, Key West. Taste some of the best key lime pies in the area at this annual festival. Some events are free to watch, others have an entrance fee in order to participate. Various locations throughout Key West. www.keylimefestival.com 

July 2: Vans Warped Tour, West Palm Beach. This outdoor music festival features 30 plus bands on three stages at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre. 601 Sansburys Way. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. www.vanswarpedtour.com

July 2: 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. fortlauderdale.gov

July 4: Marathon Beach Party & Fireworks Show, Marathon. For one of the Keys’ largest and longest fireworks displays, families gather for a full day of activities in Marathon for a patriotic parade that begins around 10:30 a.m. and proceeds from Marathon High School on Sombrero Beach Road (MM 50 oceanside) to free-admission Sombrero Beach, where a daylong celebration features food, drink, kids’ crafts and entertainment, capped off after dark with fireworks. Marathon is known as the Boating Destination of the Keys, and hundreds of boaters line up in front of the beach for a preferred view of the festivities. 305-743-5417

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 30-minute fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m.. Park opens at 10 a.m. Free. At Bayfront Park. www.miami4thofjuly.com

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.  954-473-2955. www.flamingogardens.org

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, 2240 N. Federal Hwy. Free. www.boynton-beach.org

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. Events start at 8 a.m. and last all day, culminating in a fireworks spectacle at 9 p.m. On the beach at the intersection of A1A and Atlantic Avenue. www.downtowndelraybeach.com

July 4: 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 6-12, children under 6 are free. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  www.miamiandbeaches.com

July 5, 19, 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. www.jupiterlighthouse.org

July 7-9: Islamorada Summer Classic, Islamorada. A family-formatted boat tournament series is to feature nine target backcountry and oceanside species -- dolphin, grunts, jacks, shark, snapper, snook, tarpon, tuna & trout. Trophies are awarded to the top boats in weight and release categories, as well as private vessel (non guided) and charter (guided) divisions. Open to adults, teens and junior anglers. 305-522-4868. www.islamoradaclassic.com

July 8: 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. $10 per person if reserved in advance, $15 in advance. 305-872-2411. www.lowerkeyschamber.com

July 18-23: Hemingway Days, Key West. The 37th annual celebration of the legendary author’s work and lifestyle features literary readings, the Running of the Bulls, a short story competition, fishing tournament, 5k Run and Paddleboard Race, Sloppy Joe’s Look-Alike Contest and a birthday “party” commemorating Ernest’s July 21st birthday. (305) 797-0579. www.fla-keys.com

July 23-30: Pan American Weightlifting Championships, Miami. This is the highest level of competition for senior athletes in the western hemisphere. The 2017 Pan American Championships, in conjunction with the same competition in 2018, will determine the number of available competition slots for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. 500 SW 177th Ave. www.panamwf.org

July 25-30: 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. www.bugfestbythesea.com

July 26-30: Miami Salsa Congress, Miami Beach. Held every summer in Miami Beach, The Annual Miami Salsa Congress (MSC) is a five-day Latin music and dance event featuring a unique compilation of the world’s top Salsa talent. Five-day full event passes start at $230, and weekend party passes start at $85. 305-220-7115. 6701 Collins Ave. www.miamiandbeaches.com

July 27-30: Florida Supercon, Miami Beach. Florida Supercon is a comic book, anime, video game, fantasy, Sci-Fi and pop culture convention at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. Highlights include celebrity guests, Q&A sessions, films and shorts. A variety of tickets and passes are available, starting at $20. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center is located at 1950 Eisenhower Blvd. For details, visit floridasupercon.com

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

July 1: 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.  www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch

July 1: First Saturday Militia Muster and Training at Fort Mose, St. Augustine. Visit Fort Mose on the first Saturday each month from 9-11:30 a.m. to be transported back to the 18th century. Learn from the members of the Fort Mose Militia as they practice firing drills and demonstrate how to use historic weapons and show musket firing drills. There is also a children's militia training that uses wooden toy muskets. The park is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission into the park is free. Admission into the Visitor Center is $2 per person. 15 Fort Mose Trail. 904-823-2232. floridashistoriccoast.com

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.  http://augustine.com/event/fourth-july-fireworks-and-concert July 7: First Friday Garden Walk, Palm Coast. Visit Washington Oaks Gardens State Park on the First Friday of every month for a guided tour of the beautiful gardens. Meet in the garden parking lot at 10 a.m. and wear comfortable shoes. The tour will last approximately one hour. Admission into the park is $5 per vehicle, up to eight people; $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $2 per person on bicycle. 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd. 386-446-6783. floridashistoriccoast.com

July 8: 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. http://www.ameliaisland.com/calendar.aspx

July 15: Bridge of Lions 5K Run, St. Augustine. The annual run across St. Augustine's Bridge of Lions starts at 7:30 a.m. Runners and walkers start at the historic Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in downtown St. Augustine and then run over the Bridge of Lions and through Davis Shores. The race finishes at Oglethorpe Park on Anastasia Island. Registration ranges from $35-$25. Free parking is available at the fort until 10 a.m. or at the finish line in Davis Shores. 1 South Castillo Dr. 386-747-3532. floridashistoriccoast.com

July 17-22: 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. www.kingfishtournament.com

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

July 28: 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. www.floridastateparks.org/silversprings

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

July 1: 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

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. Bayside Park. www.visitpensacola.com

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 www.srcchamber.com

July 4: Salute to Freedom, Panama City Beach. Come celebrate Independence Day at the city and county piers with great live music, lots of food, and plenty of vendors starting at 2 p.m. www.pcbeach.org

July 4: Star Spangled Spectacular, Panama City. There will be live music, food and more at the city and county piers to celebrate the Fourth of July. www.visitpanamacitybeach.com

July 4, 11, 18, 25: 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. www.visitpensacolabeach.com

July 7-8: Pensacola Beach Air Show, Pensacola Beach.  The Naval performance team will have a practice day on Friday and join civilian acts for a full show on Saturday over Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island. Free event viewing on the beach. www.visitpensacola.com

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