Check out festivals and events in March 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)
Feb. 4- March 25: Universal Studios Mardi Gras, Orlando. With 14 concerts lighting up the stage; 1.7 million beads flying through the air; a wild and wonderful parade led by amazing, outrageous performers and plenty of food. Included with Universal Studios ticket. 407-363-8000. www.universalorlando.com/Events/Mardi-Gras
Feb. 11-May 13: SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival. Orlando. A hybrid of two of the theme park’s discontinued festivals — Bands, Brew & BBQ and Viva La Musica. The food is now the title character in the new event held only on Saturdays with concerts on each day. Food kiosks alongside craft beers will be throughout the park with each station featuring four dishes plus beverages. Items like mushi-gyoza, salpicao Brazilian chicken salad, cinnamon slow-roasted pork belly, roasted sweet-potato tacos, grilled-cheese pound cake (with cheddar cheese and raspberry sauce) and something called Loco Moco, described as grilled Spam, scrambled egg and brown gravy. In addition to 11 internationally themed markets, SeaWorld will serve up barbecue for the first six Saturdays, then switch that space to Latin cuisine. Most prices for food will run between 3.75 and $6.50 per item. There are multi-dish samplings for sale for $40 (10 items) and $55 (15 items). Seven Seas is included with regular park admission. For more on the menu and other details, go to seaworldorlando.com/sevenseas
March 1-May 29: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, Lake Buena Vista. Discover dazzling gardens, high-energy entertainment, family fun and more at this spectacular springtime event. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will be brimming with special experiences for every age and interest. At Walt Disney World's EPCOT with admission. www.disneyworld.com/flower
March 3: 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. 5:30 pm to 7:30 p.m. 1463 Highland Avenue, Melbourne FL 32935. 321-674-8916. foosanerartmuseum.org
March 4-5: Floral City Strawberry Festival, Floral City. Primary focus of the event is, of course, the celebration of strawberries - by the berry, by the flat, atop shortcake or covered in chocolate. Each day includes continuous live entertainment, contests, children's games and activities, and more than 200 arts and craft booths. Special features include an antique car show, pony rides, rock climbing wall, pie eating contest, Strawberry Princess pageants, and continuous children's activities. At Floral Park. Admission. 352-795-3149. visitcitrus.com/events-calendar
March 4-5: The Grant Seafood Festival, Grant. The Grant Seafood Festival serves up the bounty of the sea on March 4-5. In addition to delicacies from the sea, the festival features entertainment and crafts exhibits from more than 100 artists at 4580 First Street. Festival hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit www.grantseafoodfestival.com.
March 4: First Saturday Jam, Barberville. On the first Saturday each month visit the Pioneer Settlement for entertainment and fun for the entire family. 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Includes informal music jams, free workshops, a chili cook-off, yard sale. Admission is required. 386-749-2959. www.pioneersettlement.org
March 5: Chocolate Festival, Melbourne. Brevard's best chocolatiers, pastry chefs and restaurateurs come together with community volunteers to raise funds to support scholarship programs. Guests may sample chocolate confections, cakes and desserts, then vote to select "Brevard's Best Chocolate Fix." In addition, there are beverages, appetizers and entertainment by local musicians. At Melbourne Auditorium. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.zontaspacecoast.org
March 9-19: Space Coast Bike Week, Palm Bay. Based at the Space Coast Harley-Davidson off Interstate 95 in southern Brevard County, this growing event features daily bands, bikini contests, dunk tank, midget wrestling, a fire performer, stunt shows and ATV thrill show. Free. 1440 Sportsman Lane. 321-259-1311. spacecoastharley.com
March 10-12: Florida Anime Experience. Orlando. Started in 2011, this anime convention is a celebration focused exclusively on anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture with three days of entertainment including an artist alley, dealer’s room, Japanese video game room, maid cafe, cosplay, panels, workshops, and more. At the Park Inn by Radisson Resort & Conference Center at 3011 Maingate Lane in Orlando. 3-Day Pass at the door: $45, Friday only $20, Saturday only $25, Sunday only $20. Three and under free. www.floridaanime.com
March 10-12: Tico Warbird Airshow, Titusville. The Air Force Thunderbirds kick off the Florida air show season at this annual three-day event that highlights military aviation and features some of the most famous trainer, transport, fighter and bomber aircraft that flew in combat around the world. The Thunderbirds perform Saturday and Sunday while a Friday night show will feature a susnet aerobatic team followed by fireworks. Advance tickets for the Titusville show cost $20 for 13 and older, $5 for children 6-12 and free for 5 and under. Parking is free. Located at the Space Coast Regional Airport, 6600 Tico Road, Titusville. valiantaircommand.com
March 10-19: Bike Week, Daytona Beach. This annual event and rally is one of the largest motorcycle gatherings around the world. Daily concerts, bike shows and all sorts of bike-related festivities will take over not only Daytona Beach, but also New Smynra Beach, Samsula, DeLand and spillover events in Sanford, Orlando and other Central Florida destinations. Expect more than 500,000 motorcycles at the event.
March 10-19: Firefighters' Indian River County Fair, Vero Beach. Since 1980, proceeds from this event have supported Indian River County Burn Fund, high school scholarships, Fairground Improvements and other charitable activities. At county fairgrounds. Gate prices are $8 for adults, $5 for children (6-12) and senior citizens. 772-562-2974. http://www.firefightersfair.org
March 10: Friday Family 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. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Highland Avenue, Melbourne FL 32922. Free. 321-724-1741. www.downtownmelbourne.com
March 11: Taste of Oviedo, Oviedo. The Taste of Oviedo offers visitors the opportunity to sample local fare. Also on the event’s agenda are entertainment, a car show, vendors’ exhibits, children’s activities and fireworks. A highlight is a Citrus & Celery Cook-Off. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The event is at the Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Marketplace Boulevard. www.tasteofoviedo.org
March 11-19: Orlando Bike Week, Orlando. Based at the Orlando Harley-Davidson south of downtown off Interstate 4, this growing annual event plays off the bigger Bike Week up the road in Daytona. The H-D dealership features entertainment including daily bands and food vendors. 2017's bands include The Bloody Jug Band, Thomas Wynn & The Believers, Keepers, Slippery When Wet and Chris Dupree. Free. orlandoharley.com/bikeweek
March 12: 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 once a month. The lighthouse keeper relates the story of this National Historic Landmark. Hors d'oeuvres are provided. 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. ponceinlet.org
March 17-19: Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park. The Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is a juried outdoor fest on March 17-19. More than 1,100 artists from around the world apply for entry and an independent panel of judges selects approximately 225 to participate in the show. The three-day event also features jazz and children’s activities. Admission, to the event on Park Avenue between Canton Avenue and New England Avenue, is free. www.wpsaf.org
March 18: Cruisin' Downtown DeLand Classic Car Show, DeLand. Every 3rd Saturday of the month. East Indiana Avenue in Downtown 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
March 18: Sanford 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. 407-302-2586. www.sanfordartwalk.com
March 24-26: Annual Spring Daytona Turkey Run. The Annual Spring Daytona Turkey Run is set inside Daytona International Speedway's infield and showcases more than 6,000 collector cars and trucks. 386-255-7355. www.turkeyrun.com
March 25-26: Battle at Narcoossee Mill, St. Cloud. Authentic reenactment of a Civil War battle. Roam through civil war camps and watch the mounted cavalry ride back from the past. Educational and entertaining for all ages. Held at Ralph V. Chisholm Park in Narcoossee. Adults $7, children 5-11 $5, children under 5 are free. www.jacobsummerlin.org
March 25: Art Walk on Flagler, New Smyrna Beach. Held on the last Saturday each month, Flagler Avenue livens up with entertainment and wine tastings at participating venues. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Flagler Avenue, 100 Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32169. www.facebook.com/FlaglerArtwalk
Tampa Bay-Sarasota (including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa)
March 2-5: Music on the Bay, Tampa. Music on the Bay is a Trop Rock festival presenting a lineup of more than 20 artists and bands. The event is at outdoor beach stage at Whiskey Joe’s Barefoot Beach Bar, 7720 West Courtney Campbell Causeway, next to the waters of Tampa Bay. www.musiconthebay.org
March 2-12: Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City. Strawberry celebration dating back to 1930. Features daily entertainment, agriculture shows, livestock and the Midway with more than 60 rides. At Plant City Festival Grounds. Admission required. 813-752-9194. www.flstrawberryfestival.com
March 3-5: Swamp Fest, Weeki Wachee. A good, old-fashioned family fun festival presented by three community organizations. Includes swamp food, swamp costume contest, arts and crafts, entertainment, drawings and more. At Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Admission $8 for adults, $4 for kids 6-12, free for children 5 and younger with paying adult. 352-597-4424. swampfestweekiwachee.com
Through March 4: Real Music Concert Series, Tampa Bay. Busch Gardens Tampa’s longest running concert series, Real Music, returns Jan. 9 through March 4 (Monday through Saturday) with incredible live music spanning from the 1950s to today, featuring genres for all ages, including swing, blues, pop, jazz, and rock ‘n roll. Concerts are held at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. seaworldparks.com
March 4-5: Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa. The Annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts showcases original creations at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. Entertainment, children’s activities and food vendors will be featured. Admission is free. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For details, visit www.gasparillaarts.com.
March 11-12: Gasparilla Music Festival, Tampa. A weekend of music, art, vendors and more. Held annually the second weekend of March, this year's headliners include Cage the Elephant and Ryan Adams among more than 40 acts. Advance two-day tickets are $60, or $40 for Saturday, $30 for Sunday. At Curtis Hixon Park, Kiley Gardens and MacDill Park. gasparillamusic.com
March 17-26: Sarasota Agricultural Fair, Sarasota. Featuring exhibits, midway rides and fair food. At Sarasota County Fairgrounds. Admission is $8 adults, $4 senior citizens and active military and free for children ages 5 and younger. 941-365-0818. www.sarasotafair.com
March 23-26: Sertoma Youth Ranch Spring Bluegrass Festival, Brooksville. Sertoma Youth Ranch Spring Bluegrass Festival presents a lineup of artists including Balsam Range, Blue Highway, Nothin Fancy, and A Deeper Shade of Blue on March 23-26. A variety of tickets is available. Camping available for a fee. For more information, visit www.evansmediasource.com.
March 25-26: Annual Spring Fine Arts Festival, Englewood. Stroll the avenue viewing the work of more than 100 artists from around the country while you enjoy live entertainment, shopping and snacks along the way. Downtown area. $2 donation requested. www.therotaryclubofenglewood.org
March 27-April 2: Citrus County Fair, Inverness. The Citrus County Fair features pageants, a flea market, exhibits, livestock show, and midway rides. The Citrus County Fairgrounds is at 3600 South Florida Avenue. www.citruscountyfair.com
March 31-April 2: Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival, Ybor City. The Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival serves up this favorite treat –sometimes referred to as “the sandwich that conquered America” –in historic Ybor City. On the agenda are music, dances, more than 150 crafts and cultural exhibitors, and a contest between rivals Miami and Tampa to find the best traditional and non-traditional Cuban sandwiches. Admission is free. For information, visit www.thecubansandwichfestival.com.
Southwest Florida (including Naples, Fort Myers, Venice, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda)
Through March 5: Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair, North Fort Myers. Old-fashioned and fun, this fair offers midway rides, livestock exhibits, pig races, a petting farm, and entertainment ranging from clowns, family shows and local talent. Adult admission tickets cost $8 in advance. Admission price for children 6 to 11 is $4 in advance. Children under 5 are admitted free. Advance-purchase mega-passes allow holders admission and unlimited rides for any day of their choice. www.swflcfair.com
March 2-4: Sanibel Shell Fair and Show, Sanibel Island. In celebration of this world-renowned shelling island, the Shell Fair features shell displays and crafts, food and entertainment. The fair takes place inside and outside of the Community House. 239-395-3626. sites.google.com/site/thesanibelcaptivashellclub
March 4-5: Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Bonita Springs. This annual outdoor exhibition features more than 200 nationally and internationally acclaimed artists working in a variety of media. Food and beverages will be available. At Riverside Park. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 10450 Reynolds St., Bonita Springs. www.artinusa.com/bonita
March 4-5: Downtown Venice Art Classic, Venice. Hosted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in downtown Venice. Admission is free. 219 W Venice Ave. www.artfestival.com
March 4-5: Arts and Crafts Show, Marco Island. Fine art and fine crafts are on display during the Arts and Crafts Show. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. At the Center for the Arts. www.marcoislandart.org
March 4-25: Sanibel Music Festival, Sanibel Island. Tuesdays and Saturdays in March, Sanibel hosts accomplished musicians from around the world, including the Opera Theater of Connecticut, the American Chamber Players and Emerson String Quartet. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. Sanibel Congregational Church. www.sanibelmusicfestival.org
March 4, 11-12: Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival and Parade, Fort Myers Beach. Fresh shrimp from the local docks to you. Enjoy delicious shrimp cooked a variety of ways and many other taste-tempting foods. Also offered are arts and crafts booths, live entertainment and many children's activities. Coordinated and sponsored by the Fort Myers Beach Lions Club. www.fortmyersbeachshrimpfestival.com
March 4: Sharks Tooth 10K run, Venice. Runners will run through neighborhoods, along the beach-front road, into Caspersen Beach Park and return along the Venetian Waterway Trail to finish at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds. Starts at 7:30 a.m. Participants will receive complimentary entry into the Shark's Tooth Festival. Also included, door prizes and a post-race party. 941-312-4955. www.sharkstooth10k.com
March 9-12: All-Florida Championship Rodeo, Arcadia. This annual rodeo includes Calf Scramble, Mutton Bustin', barrel racing, Shootout and more. Admission varies $15-$30. 800-749-7633. www.arcadiarodeo.com
March 10-12: Art Under The Oaks, Vero Beach. One of the largest art festivals in Vero Beach, the Annual Art Under The Oaks, displays original creations under majestic live oaks in Riverside Park. Approximately 210 artists will display their work. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. www.verobeachartclub.org
March 15-18: Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sebring. Sebring International Raceway hosts thousands of race fans from around the world to witness the historic 12-hour classic. Gates open on Wednesday and remain open 24 hours a day through Saturday's title race. Admission prices vary. 800-626-RACE. www.sebringraceway.com
March 16: Alive After Five, 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. www.charlotteharbortravel.com
March 18-19: Peace River National Arts Festival, Punta Gorda. Charlotte County's premier outdoor juried fine arts show, the annual Peace River National Art Festival returns to Laishley Park, Punta Gorda, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 941-639-8810. www.visualartcenter.org
March 18-19: Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts, Naples. An annual event for the entire family. Along Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples. Free. 239-262-6517. naplesart.org
March 18: Southwest Florida Reading Festival, Fort Myers. Enjoy the multiple stages with multiple best-selling authors, buy books and have them signed. Kids can have fun watching and listening to popular authors and illustrators, pick out a free book and make a craft. Teens can find a book, make a craft and watch the Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands final competition, and more. At Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.readfest.org
March 24-26: Marco Island Seafood & Music Festival, Marco Island. This scenic Southwest Florida enclave sets the scene for the annual Marco Island Seafood & Music Festival. The festival features live music, crafts, kids’ zone, and plenty of delicacies from the sea available for purchase. Admission to the festival, at Veterans Park, is $10 for a one-day ticket. For information, visit www.marcoislandseafoodfestival.com.
South Florida and the Keys (including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and the Treasure Coast)
Feb. 11-March 12: Carnaval Miami, Miami area. Largest Hispanic festival in the nation, with a variety of events including a beauty contest, footrace, art and jazz performances, cooking contest, domino and golf tournaments, Cuban Sandwich Smackdown and Calle Ocho, the world's largest street party, which takes place on March 12. 305-644-8888. www.carnavalmiami.com
Carnaval Miami, Miami area. Largest Hispanic festival in the nation, with a variety of events including a beauty contest, footrace, art and jazz performances, cooking contest, domino and golf tournaments, Cuban Sandwich Smackdown and Calle Ocho, the world's largest street party, which takes place on March 12. 305-644-8888. www.carnavalmiami.com
March 2-12: Festival of the Arts BOCA, Boca Raton. The Festival of the Arts BOCA is a multi-day cultural arts event that features jazz, opera and classical performers, as well as recognized, award-winning authors and speakers. At the Mizner Park Amphitheater and the Cultural Arts Center. festivaloftheartsboca.org
March 2-5: Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival, Okeechobee. Chart-topping acts like Kendrick Lamar, Skrillex and Mumford & Sons will be at the Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee for this four-day festival. Tickets start at $239. okeechobeefest.com
March 3-12: Miami International Film Festival, Miami. Brings the best of world cinema to South Florida, exhibiting U.S. and international films, with a special focus on Ibero-American cinema. Since its fruition, the festival has presented films from more than 50 countries, including Oscar nominees and winners and many international prizewinners. At various locations throughout Miami and Dade County.www.miamifilmfestival.com/
March 3-5: West Palm Beach Antiques Festival, West Palm Beach. Florida's biggest and best antique shows have been running at the same location for more than 20 years, attracting dealers from all over the country who show and sell a vast array of antiques, collectibles and decorative accessories. Noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Two-day pass available for $10. South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33411. www.festivalofantiques.com
March 4: Conch Shell Blowing Contest, Key West. The contest, sponsored by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, will take place in the garden of the Oldest House. There is no cost to enter or compete, and no experience is necessary. Conch shells will be available for purchase for those who do not have their own. Begins at noon. 322 Duval Street. oirf.org/event.php?id=10
March 4: Evening on Antique Row, West Palm Beach. Antique Row will come to life with music and special entertainment, food and beverages, an antique appraisal tent, shopping, and much more. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. General admission is $40 in advance, $65 at the door. www.westpalmbeachantiques.com
March 5: JM Lexus 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
March 5: 13.1 Marathon Miami, Miami Beach. This event is a half marathon consisting of 13.1 miles, of which 45-50 percent of the route will take participants through Miami Beach. Walkers welcome. www.run131series.com/miamibeach
March 10-11: Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Delray Beach. It’s that time of year to celebrate all things Irish during the annual Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade. The festivities include a two-day Celtic Siamsa Party featuring Irish dancing, traditional pipe and drum bands, Irish storytelling and live music on the corner of Atlantic & Swinton Avenue. Food and beer will be available for purchase. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and continue on through Saturday evening. Admission to both the Parade and the Festival is free. stpatrickparade.com
March 10-12: Fairchild's International Orchid Festival, Coral Gables. Explore the wonder of orchids during one of our many garden workshops and walking tours where local and national vendors will sell an amazing variety of orchids and orchid products. 305-667-1651. www.fairchildgarden.org
March 11-12: Original Marathon Seafood Festival, Marathon. Celebrate the fishing heritage of the Middle Keys at this popular event offering lobster, stone crab, conch chowder and fritters, local fish, smoked fish dip, key lime pie and more. Also includes arts and crafts, boat show, nautical market, and live entertainment. At Marathon Community Park. $5 per person, free for children 12 and under. 305-743-5417. www.marathonseafoodfestival.com
March 11-12: Art Fest by the Sea, Juno Beach. This festival brings together longtime favorites and newest names in the contemporary art scene. Life-size sculptures, paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics and more. At 14200 U.S. 1 in Juno Beach. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Free. www.artfestival.com
March 14-19: Okeechobee County Fair, Okeechobee. For those looking for some old-fashioned fair fun, the Okeechobee County Fair features exhibits, beauty pageant, midway rides, equine events, petting zoo, livestock show and entertainment. The fair is at the Agri-Civic Center & Fairgrounds, 4601 Highway 710 East. Tickets ($5) may be purchased online and picked up at the fair’s box office. www.okeechobeecountyfair.com
March 16-19: Art Boca Raton, Boca Raton. The fair will showcase contemporary work, modern masters, and emerging art, sculpture, photography, works on paper and installations. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at the International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches
at the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University. www.artbocaraton.com
March 16: 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 moradaway.org.
March 17-18: Historic House Tours, Key West. Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, this house and garden tour offers a rare opportunity to see inside some of Key West's charming tropical residences. Each tour showcases five homes chosen for their contribution to the Key West community as significant historic buildings, creative renovations or examples of the Keys lifestyle. Tour participants will discover unique interiors filled with art collections and antiques as well as lush gardens and imaginatively designed outdoor living areas. Admission $30 per person. Tours available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 305-294-9501. oirf.org
March 18-19: Coral Springs Festival of the Arts, Coral Springs. Event that combines fine artists, craft market exhibitors and musical entertainment. Held at 2874 N University Dr. in Coral Springs. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. www.artfestival.com
March 23-26: Palm Beach International Boat Show, West Palm Beach. One of the top five boat shows in the country - featuring more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers. Tickets are $22 for adults, $12 for children ages 6 to 15 and free for children under 6. www.showmanagement.com
March 23-April 16: Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition, Miami. This county fair offering nearly 50,000 exhibits, concerts, a circus, strolling entertainment, food, games, shopping and a 100-ride midway. At Fair Expo Center. www.thefair.me
March 24-26: Ultra Music Festival, Miami. Multi-day electronic music festival. All tickets are currently sold out. At Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. ultramusicfestival.com
March 25: TurtleFest, Juno Beach. Guests of all ages can enjoy up-close encounters with threatened and endangered sea turtles during the Annual TurtleFest from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Loggerhead Marinelife Center and Loggerhead Park. Local bands will take the stage while educational activities, art, shopping and other activities are available for children. Admission is free. For more information, call 561-627-8280. www.marinelife.org/turtlefest
March 25-26: Pridefest, Lake Worth. The event, which is Palm Beach County's largest LGBT visibility event, features a parade, live performances and entertainment for all ages. Noon to 6 p.m. both days. Sunday parade starts at 11:30 a.m. At Bryant Park. www.compassglcc.com
Northeast Florida (including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Flagler County and Amelia Island)
March 3 – April 2: Miniature Marks Art Exhibit. The miniatures in this juried exhibit pack a big punch! The exhibit features 2D and 3D pieces that are no larger than 12”. Visit the opening reception during First Friday Art Walk on March 3 from 5-9 p.m. St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine Street, St. Augustine. For more information, call 904-824-2310 or www.staaa.org.
March 3-5: Lions Seafood Festival, St. Augustine. Great seafood, live music, arts and crafts, family-friendly contests and prizes. At Francis Field, behind Visitor Information Center. $5 adults, free for children 15 and younger. www.lionsfestival.com
March 4: Menorcan Cultural Celebration. In 1768, over 1,400 people left the Mediterranean and set sail for British East Florida. Among this group were Menorcans, who brought their cultural and culinary traditions to St. Augustine. At this cultural celebration, sample pilau, a signature Menorcan rice dish, spicy Menorcan chowder, and traditional music, dancing at the gardens of the historic Llambias House. Llambias House, 31 St. Francis Street, St. Augustine. For more information, call 904-826-3388 or visit www.menorcansociety.net.
March 10 – April 2: The Mystery of Irma Vep presented by Limelight Theater. A sympathetic werewolf, a vampire, and an Egyptian princess brought to life when her tomb is opened make this a comedy that has everything you need for a night of laughs. Two actors play all the roles! Limelight Theater, 11 Old Mission Avenue, St. Augustine. For more information, call 904-825-1164 or www.limelight-theatre.org.
March 10-12: Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, Amelia Island. Celebrates classic cars and the people who admire them. Events take place at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach. www.ameliaconcours.org
March 10-12: The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival, St. Augustine. The sights, sounds, and tastes of Celtic history come to the nation's oldest city for this 7th annual event. A Friday night whiskey tasting event leads into two days of Celtic fun including a parade, Highland Games and headlining acts Albannach, The Dublin City Ramblers, Emmet Cahill, Emish, Seven Nations, The Real McKenzies and more. Tickets are $8 with VIP upgrades available. Main festival events are on Francis Field, 29 W Castillo Dr. www.celticstaugustine.com
March 11: Gate River Run, Jacksonville. Extraordinary 15k run through Downtown Jacksonville and over its bridges. Attracts nearly 20,000 runners and walkers. Live music plays throughout the course to pump up the participants. http://www.1stplacesports.com/
March 16-18: Anastasia Music Festival. An epic three-day bluegrass music festival featuring nearly 20 of bluegrass music’s brightest stars including The Del McCoury Band, David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience, Sam Bush, Elephant Revival and more. St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine Beach. For more information, call 904-209-3751 or www.anastasiamusicfestival.com.
March 18: Founding of Fort Mose. On March 15, 1738, Governor Manuel de Montiano officially proclaimed the establishment of the first free African community in what is today the continental United States. Day of lectures and events will commemorate the occasion. Fort Mose, 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine. For more information, call 904-823-2232 or www.fortmose.org.
March 25: Uptown Saturday Night, St. Augustine. Uptown Saturday Night features live music, exhibits, book signings and more at the galleries, antique stores and shops on the Old City’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The free event is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the Mission Nombre de Dios provides free parking. augustine.com/event/uptown-saturday-night
North-Central Florida (including Ocala, Gainesville and Tallahassee)
March 4-5: Azalea Festival, Palatka. One of Florida's oldest festivals, enduring for decades years and surviving WWII, floods and financial disaster. Held in the historic downtown area and Memorial Park. 386-328-0909. www.flazaleafest.com
March 4: Race the Tortoise 5K, High Springs. Being held at O'Leno State Park starting at 7:30 a.m. Participants of all ages are welcome to either walk or run the out and back certified race course. 410 SE O'Leno Park Road, High Springs.www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Oleno
Mar. 9-12: Red Hills International Horse Trials. Tallahassee. Olympic riders and horses compete in this international equestrian event that includes dressage, cross country and stadium jumping competitions. Kids 12 and under free, daily pass $15, 3-day pass $40 ($30 when purchased online before Feb. 28). For more information visit www.visittallahassee.com
March 10-12: Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment, Williston. This annual living history reenactment will be held at the Kirby Family Farm. Authentic costumes, modern concessions, battle reenactments. www.naturecoastcivilwarreenactment.com
March 11-17: Paddle Florida, Lake Talquin. Kayakers are invited to participate in Dam to the Bay on the Ochlockonee River. Register on the main website by Feb. 25. Trip is limited to 60 paddlers. 352-377-8342. www.paddleflorida.org
March 16-19: NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville. The Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals has a long and storied history as the East Coast opener for the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. 11211 N County Road 225, Gainesville. www.nhra.com
March 16-29: Suwannee Spring Fest, Live Oak. Springfest is held each spring at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park on the famous Suwannee River. Enjoy Americana and grassroots music on the river. 386-364-1683. https://www.festivalticketing.com/
Mar. 18: T.O.U.R. Guide – Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. Tallahassee. As part of the T.O.U.R. Guide program encouraging people to further explore the wonders of our area, take a dive into one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world. Experience an array of wildlife, river boat tours, or venture through nature trails at this National Natural Landmark. Free admission for kids. For more information visit www.visittallahassee.com
March 18-19: Spring Garden Festival, Gainesville. Hosted at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. The Spring Garden Festival features about 175 booths offering plants, landscape displays, garden accessories, arts and crafts, educational exhibits and, of course, foods. Also featured are a children's activities area, live entertainment and live auctions. kanapaha.org/events/spring-garden-festival
Mar. 31–Apr. 1: Springtime Tallahassee Festival & Grand Parade 2017. Tallahassee. Annual celebration of spring kicks off with a concert by a national recording artist on Friday night and continues on Saturday with the Grand Parade – one of the largest and most celebrated parades in the Southeast. Includes Jubilee in the Park art show, the Children’s Park and a 5K run. Free admission. For more information visit www.visittallahassee.com
Mar. 31–Apr. 22: Flying High Circus. Tallahassee. As one of two collegiate circuses in the nation, the Flying High Circus performs a variety of jaw-dropping routines. Each spring showcase tackles a different theme while preserving crowd favorite acts like flying trapeze, juggling and quartet adagio front and center. Adult tickets $15 - $29, child tickets $10 - $24. For more information visit www.visittallahassee.com
The Panhandle (including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)
March 4-5: The Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire, Pensacola. Come tour the castle where you can meet the King and Queen, watch full-metal jousting, and drink and be merry while you're entertained by jesters, gypsy dancers, magicians and more. $10 for adults and teens, $5 for children 5 - 12, free admission for children under 4. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. www.gcrf.us
March 17-18: Smokin' in the Square, Pensacola. Come enjoy live music while you taste the best of the best BBQ around at this annual cooking contest. This free event is held from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. www.smokininthesquare.com
March 18: City of Destin Run with the Dogs 5K, Destin. Runners and walkers are invited to enjoy the nice, flat course of this annual 5K. Oh, and their dogs are invited too. Registration starts at $20 and increases after March 5. runsignup.com