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. 3: 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. www.pioneersettlement.org

Aug. 3-4: Great Train Expo, Orlando Model train enthusiasts, rejoice, as this is one for you. This national traveling show comes to the Central Florida Fairgrounds. The show features more than 300 tables of train dealers who offer everything from HO Scale, N Scale, Lionel (O Gauge), G Gauge, Z Scale, American Flyer (S Gauge), hobby tools, die-cast vehicles, train whistles, scenery items, Railroadiana Slides, gift items, books, photos and more. Also featured are operating-model railroad and toy layouts in different scales and gauges. Admission is $9 for adults (good both days). Children under 12 years old are free. There are trains kids can play on with and a riding train for children, as well as free demonstrations and workshops. Parking is free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. 630-608-4988. www.greattrainexpo.com/

Aug. 7: National Lighthouse Day, Ponce Inlet. Join the staff at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, Florida's tallest, to observe National Lighthouse Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy family-oriented activities, demonstrations and newly installed lighthouse exhibits. 386-761-1821. www.ponceinlet.org/

Aug. 9: 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. http://www.space-coast.com/Calendar

Aug. 17: 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. 3-7 p.m. Free. 386-624-5027. www.MainStreetDeLand.org

Aug. 20: 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 on Dec. 28. 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 Mary at 386-761-1821 ext. 10.

Aug. 23: Fourth Fridays Art Walk, Sanford. Central Florida's only monthly juried art show. With exhibits and music at participating venues. 6-9 p.m. Downtown Sanford, First Street, Sanford, FL, 32771. Free. 407-323-2774. www.sanfordinfo.com

Aug. 24: Art Walk on Flagler, New Smyrna Beach. Held on the fourth Saturday each month, Flagler Avenue livens up with entertainment and wine tastings at participating venues. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (wine walk 1-7 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. www.flaglergallerygroup.com

Tampa Bay-Sarasota

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

Aug. 2, 3: 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 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. www.artistsguildofmanatee.org

Aug. 3: WaZoo, Tampa. Featured as one of the "10 Great Beer Festivals in the Country" by USA Today, this 16th annual tropical taste explosion features beers and beverages from around the world, food sampling from local restaurants, a wine garden and live music. Admission $80 day of event, $70 early purchase, $25 designated drivers, $75. 7:30-10:30 p.m. At Lowry Park Zoo. 813-935-8552 x276. www.lowryparkzoo.com/calendar_events.php

Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Former Mermaids Perform, Spring Hill. This show will take you back to the early years of mermaid performances at Weeki Wachee Springs. The show will include performers representing the '40s to the '70s. From noon-2 p.m. 352-592-5656. www.weekiwachee.com/

Southwest Florida

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

Aug. 9-11: Florida's Creative Coast Weekend, Pine Island. On the second weekend each month November-April, Pine Island businesses offer themed artistic events. Galleries and shops are open extended hours on Friday, many offering special openings. Take a cooking class, or listen to live music. Other special events and workshops are planned at individual shops on Saturday and Sunday. 239-283-4842. www.floridascreativecoast.com

Aug. 15: Downtown Gallery Walk, Punta Gorda. Held monthly on the third Thursday, 5-8 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. 941-505-1915. www.puntagordashopping.com

South Florida and the Keys

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

Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Broadwalk Friday Fest, Hollywood Beach. Live jazz, blues, pop and everything in between along the city's signature 2.5-mile Broadwalk, held every Friday. Oceanfront cafes and restaurants serve up innovative cuisine. Free admission. East of U.S. Hwy. A-1-A at Johnson Street and the ocean. 954-924-2980. http://www.sunny.org/events/

Aug. 4: Suntrust Sunday Jazz Brunch, Fort Lauderdale. Live outdoor concert series bringing the area's best local jazz artists to the city's scenic Riverwalk the first Sunday of each month. Listen to the soulful sounds on four different stages. Everyone is welcome to attend, including well-behaved, leashed pets, and there is ample room to set up chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. 954-828-5363. www.fortlauderdale.gov/events/jazzbrunch/jazzbrunch.htm

Aug. 8-11: Key West Lobsterfest, Key West. Festivities include Friday's Lobsterfest Duval Crawl, the street fair and free concert on Saturday, and the Lobster Brunch on Sunday. Advance reservations required. 305-293-1818 x7537. 305-294-2000. www.keywestlobsterfest.com

Aug. 11: Folk and Bluegrass Concert, North Palm Beach. Longtime local musicians Willie Allen and Jerry Axelrod will be performing folk and bluegrass music in the park’s theater. The program is free with park admission of $5 per vehicle. 2-4 p.m. At John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. 561-776-7449, ext. 109. www.floridastateparks.org/macarthurbeach/

Aug. 15: Third Thursday Art Walk, Islamorada. The Morada Way Third Thursday Art Walk presents local fine arts, music and culinary specialties. The galleries of Morada Way are between Mile Markers 81 and 82. Event hours are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. www.fla-keys.com

Aug. 17-18: Buckler's Craft Fair, West Palm Beach. Custom home décor, jewelry, furniture, country and traditional crafts, scrapbooking, folk art, dolls, hair accessories, candles, baby items, artwork, pet items, quilts, wearable art, flags, painted glass, yard art, personalized items, gourmet foods, and more. At South Florida Fairgrounds; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission $8. 386-860-0092. www.bucklercraftfair.com/

Aug. 18: Bluegrass Music: The Untold Riches, North Palm Beach. The Untold Riches bring their bluegrass music to the amphitheater of John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. The concert is free with park admission. 561-624-6952. www.floridastateparks.org/macarthurbeach/

Aug. 31: B.E. Easy Music and Arts Festival, Fort Lauderdale. The B.E. Easy Music and Arts Festival will host its second annual event at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Featuring a jam band and folk-music artists like The Funky Nuggets, Cope, Crazy Fingers and Lucky Costello. Live paintings and handmade crafts will be offered at this event, which is established to raise funds for the B.E. Easy Scholarship Fund. $38 before the event, $48 at the door. www.beeasymusicandartsfestival.com/

Northeast Florida

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

Aug. 2: First Friday Art Walk, St. Augustine. One of the city's most popular cultural events, held the first Friday of each month from 5-9 p.m.. Enjoy new exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at 15 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. 904-829-0065. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com

Aug. 3: Jazoo's Birthday-Back to School Summer Bash, Jacksonville. Join in the celebration for Jazoo and friends as he celebrates his birthday and the upcoming school year. There will be cupcakes, games and prizes, music, visits from local mascots and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. At Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. 904-757-4463. www.jacksonvillezoo.org/

Aug. 3: 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. www.nps.gov/foma/index.htm

Aug. 3, 4: First Weekend Union Garrison, Fernandina Beach. Re-creation of daily life in a Civil War fort, 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.-noon. Park entrance fee $6 per vehicle plus Fort tour $2 per person, under 6 free. 904-277-7274. www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch

Aug. 10: 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. 5:30-8:30 p.m. 800-226-3542 www.ameliaisland.com/calendar.aspx

Panhandle

Including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)

July 27-Aug. 3: St. Joseph Bay Scallop Festival, Port St. Joe. A family-oriented festival featuring live entertainment, arts and crafts, children's rides, and food. Fried scallop dinners are available as well as scallops to take home and cook. Two days of fun and activities for the whole family. At Shipyard Cove. 850-227-1223. www.gulfchamber.org

July 27, Aug. 2-3: Funday and Possum Festival, Wausau. This is Wausau's 42nd 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. www.wausaupossumfestival.com

Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Americana Under the Stars, Santa Rosa Beach. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to join us each week for an evening of music, featuring the best musicians and singer/songwriters touring America today, hosted by Lucky Mud. Each program will offer an open mic showcase of local musicians from 5-6:30 p.m. with the concert following at 7 p.m. 5-11 p.m. At Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. 850-267-8332. www.floridastateparks.org/topsailhill/

Aug. 3: Colonial Crafts, Tallahassee. Children are invited to Mission San Luis to create crafts they can take home. The program is free with regular admission to the mission: $5 for adults, $2 for children. 850-245-6406. www.missionsanluis.org/

Aug. 3: Camp Helen History Tour, Panama City Beach. Camp Helen State Park invites you to its monthly history walk at Camp Helen State Park. Come learn about the early history of the park and local area while wandering on a guided tour around Camp Helen's restored historical buildings. The walk starts at 10 a.m. and lasts about 45 minutes. At Camp Helen State Park. 850-233-5059. www.floridastateparks.org/camphelen/

Aug. 3: A Summer Arts Festival, Tallahassee. Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park invites the public to attend a Summer Arts Festival. The event will feature artists and their work in the Historic Gardens. At Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. 850-487-4115. www.floridastateparks.org/maclaygardens/

Aug. 9: 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. www.floridastateparks.org/hendersonbeach/

Aug. 15: Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, Destin. Henderson Beach State Park will host the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge staff and its animal ambassadors. In addition to hearing how the animals were rescued, you will learn what they eat, where they live and how they survive in the wild. Be sure to bring your camera for some great photo opportunities. Event weather permitting. 11:30 a.m.-noon. At Henderson Beach State Park. 850-837-7550. www.floridastateparks.org/hendersonbeach/

Aug. 24: Early Boat Tour, Wakulla Springs. Wakulla Springs State Park invites you to enjoy the wildlife along the Wakulla River. This tour will appeal to photographers interested in birds. Starts at 8 a.m. $10 for adults, $7 for 12 and under. 850-561-7276. www.floridastateparks.org/wakullasprings/

Special Correspondent Georgina Cruz contributed to this report