Check out festivals and events in September across the state.
This list is organized by region.
Including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County
Aug. 24-Nov. 1 (Select Dates): Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Walt Disney World. The special event at Magic Kingdom returns earlier than ever before with the first Halloween party on Aug. 25 and will be held on select dates on 32 nights through Nov. 1. The event again will include the “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks display, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade and the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show in front of Cinderella Castle.Dates are Aug. 25 and 29; Sept. 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29; Oct. 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31; and Nov. 1. 2017 prices have yet to be announced, but 2016 prices ranged from $59 to $73 ($54 to $68 for ages 3-9) with earlier nights being the least expensive. 407-824-4321. disneyworld.com/halloween
Aug. 31- Nov. 13: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, Walt Disney World. The annual food and wine lover's paradise offers beverages from close to 30 global marketplaces. Also on tap are celebrity chef demonstrations and rock star performances during the Eat to the Beat concert series. Festival comes with Epcot admission and plates range in price. 407-939-5277. disneyworld.com/foodandwine
Aug. 31-Sept. 4: NKF Surf Festival, Cocoa Beach. The 32nd annual NKF Surf Festival features surfing, food, music and silent auction at the Radisson Resort to benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Florida. 321-784-5661. www.nkfsurf.com
Sept. 1-3: Central Florida Film Festival, Ocoee. . The Central Florida Film Festival returns to Ocoee this summer and features a full roundup, from locally-created student shorts to international documentaries. Screenings daily at the West Orange Cinema, 1575 Maguire Road, Ocoee. $25 daily pass. 407-370-3703. centralfloridafilmfestival.com
Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22: Bandshell Concert Series, Daytona Beach. The Bandshell Concert Series runs every Friday and Saturday through Sept. 17. Program hours are from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and admission is free. 70 Boardwalk. 386-671-8250. For information, visit www.daytonabandshell.com
Sept. 2: 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 and a chili cook-off. 386-749-2959. www.pioneersettlement.org
Sept. 2: Art Stroll and Gallery Walk, New Smyrna Beach. Held on the first Saturday each month, historic Canal Street livens up with art vendors, musicians and exhibitions. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 386-428-1600. nsbfla.com
Sept. 2-4: Cold-Blooded Weekend, Melbourne. The Brevard Zoo celebrates its cold-blooded friends. As part of the three-day event, the zoo will display a variety of cold-blooded animals in the Nyami Nyami River Lodge. Cold-Blooded Weekend is free with paid zoo admission. Zoo daily admission is $18.95 for adults; $14.95 for children ages 2-12; free for children under 3. The zoo is at 8225 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne. www.brevardzoo.org
Sept. 8: Main Street's Friday Fest, Melbourne. This family-friendly event occurs the second Friday of each month with live music, food, late shopping hours and a kids' zone. 6-10 p.m. Highland Avenue, Downtown Melbourne. Free. 321-724-1741. www.downtownmelbourne.com/main-street-events/friday-fest
Sept. 8-9: Night of Joy at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista. Night of Joy is celebrating its 35th year. The two-day event has migrated to Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and includes a collection of some of today's most powerful voices in contemporary Christian music. The 2017 edition on Saturday includes MercyMe, TobyMac, Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey, Matt Maher, Colton Dixon, Rend Collective and Zach Williams. On Sunday, acts will be Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Kirk Franklin, Jordan Feliz, Crowder, Jeremy Camp and Tye Tribbett. Night of Joy tickets will go on sale in June. 407-939-5277. www.nightofjoy.com
Sept. 8-9: Rock the Universe at Universal Orlando, Orlando. Lecrae, Casting Crowns and Chris Tomlin will be among the performers at the 2017 edition of this annual two-day Christian-music festival at Universal Studios theme park. The event requires a ticket separate from theme park admission. On Friday night, Tomlin and Lecrae will be joined by Kari Jobe, Lauren Daigle, 7eventh Time Down, Social Club Misfits, Steven Malcolm, Hollyn, GAWVI and Kolby Koloff. Saturday evening’s performers include Casting Crowns, For King & Country, Thousand Foot Krutch, Andy Mineo, Family Force 5, Ryan Stevenson, DJ Promote, For All Seasons, Hannah Kerr and Aaron Cole. Saturday night’s festivities include a candle-lighting ceremony. rocktheuniverse.com
Sept. 9: Turtle Krawl 5K Run/Walk, Indialantic. Test your endurance and help marine life during the 5K Run/Walk at 7:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Sea Turtle Preservation Society. The event begins at 7:30 a.m.and ends at Nance Park on the corner of A1A and Fifth Avenue (U.S. 192). Cost is $35 on race day; online registration discount available. www.turtlekrawl.com
Sept. 9-10: Buckler’s Craft Fair, Melbourne. The Buckler’s Craft Fair showcases handmade treasures at the Melbourne Auditorium. Admission is $6 per person; children 12 and under are free. A $2 off admission coupon is available on line or bring a canned good to benefit a local food bank for the $2 discount. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Melbourne Auditorium is at 625 East Hibiscus. For information, visit www.bucklercraftfair.com
Sept. 14: Alive After 5, Sanford. Themed street party with vendors and entertainment held on the second Thursday of each month. 5-8 p.m. Thursday; Downtown Sanford, 230 East First Street, Sanford; free admission; 407-302-2586. www.sanfordwelcomecenter.com
Sept. 15 - Nov. 4 (select nights): Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, Orlando. The event is considered one of the world's largest, most elaborate Halloween celebrations. See if you can survive new haunted houses, spine-chilling street experiences, outrageous live shows and more. 407-363-8000. www.halloweenhorrornights.com
Sept. 15: Cocoa Beach Friday Fest. Cocoa Beach. Held the third Friday of each month, this family-oriented event has live music, food and a kids' zone. 6-10 p.m. Downtown Cocoa Beach, A1A. Free. www.facebook.com/cocoabeachfridayfest
Sept. 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. 386-738-0649. www.MainStreetDeLand.org
Sept 16: 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
Sept. 16-17: Sebastian Inlet Regular Joe Surf Festival, Melbourne Beach. See some of the best local surfers completing in this benefit surf contest! The Regular Joe Surf Festival benefits the Sebastian inlet Charter of Surfrider Foundation. Labeled as a "contest for the rest of us." Free with regular park admission. 9700 South A1A. 321-574-0600. www.visitspacecoast.com
Sept. 22-24: 80s in the Park, Melbourne. Rock bands take the stage with headliners Jackyl, Lynch Mob and Phil Lewis. A variety of tickets is available including three-day passes from $59-$79. One-day tickets as low as $29. 80sinthepark.com
Sept. 22: Pirates of the Saint Juans Festival, Sanford. A buccaneer bash with a pirate parade, music, entertainment and costume contests in downtown Sanford is among the highlights of the Pirates of the Saint Juans Festival. For information, visit www.facebook.com/Pirates-of-the-Saint-Juans-Festival-301169253243819/
Sept. 18 -24: Global Peace Film Festival, Orlando. Guests can celebrate the art of film and its power to promote understanding. Held in conjunction with the U.N.'s International Day of Peace, the festival promotes the art of motion picture to further the goal of peace on earth. Events will take place at various locales across Orlando and will include film programs, panels, parties and a special concert. www.peacefilmfest.org
Sept. 22-24: New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival, New Smyrna Beach. Music fills the air as bands play at several locations throughout the Flagler Avenue shopping district. 386-423-9760. nsbjazzfest.com
Sept. 23-24: The Colony Plaza Craft Festival, The Villages. Annual festival featuring arts and crafts all created in the U.S. Handmade jewelry, personalized wall hangings, art for your pets, ceramics and more. An expansive Green Market lends plants, exotic flora and homemade soaps. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Free. Colony Plaza: 327 Colony Blvd. 561-746-6615. artfestival.com
Sept. 23-24: Craft & Quilt Show, DeLand. Artists, crafters and quilters from around the state will display and sell their handmade items along Woodland Boulevard in downtown DeLand. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. 386-738-0649. mainstreetdeland.org
Sept. 28- Oct. 1: Port Orange Family Days, Port Orange. With a carnival, food truck and car show, a movie at the amphitheater and a parade: Port Orange City Center, 1999 City Center Circle, Port Orange; free admission and parking (carnival rides extra); 386-506-5935. familydays.com
Sept. 29: Cocoa Village Friday Fest. Cocoa. Held on the last Friday of each month in downtown Cocoa Village, visitors can enjoy food, vendors, kids' activities and live music. 6-9 p.m. Brevard Avenue. Free. www.cocoafl.org
Sept. 29-Oct. 1: Klingon Feast, Daytona Beach. No vendors or celebrity guests will be at this event, now in its 18th year, just fans celebrating Star Trek with a feast, games and more. $45 for preregistered guests, $55 at the door. At Best Western Aku Tiki Inn, 2225 S Atlantic Ave. www.klingonfeast.com
Sept. 30: Wine Walk & Art Walk, New Smyrna Beach. Stroll Flagler Avenue and explore over 100 interesting wines inside local pubs, galleries and restaurants during this monthly progressive wine tasting event. $25 Tasting Passports on sale day of the event at 3 locations along Flagler Avenue. Discount with official glass from a previous Wine Walk. 1-7 p.m. In conjunction with ArtWalk with displays of art works by resident and visiting artists, along with entertainment and demonstrations 10 a.m.-5 p.m. from nsbfla.com
Including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa
Sept. 2: GeckoFest, Gulfport. Celebrating the town's unofficial mascot and favorite reptile, this annual family-friendly event presents music on two stages, a costume contest, arts and crafts and street performers. This year's theme will be "geckostock," a celebration of the 1969 Woodstock Festival and the hippie generation. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 3101 Beach Boulevard. Free. www.sikpromotions.com
Sept. 2: St. Pete Indie Market, St. Petersburg. On the first Saturday of every month, local independent designers and artists take to the sidewalks to show off their best works. Beyond vendors, you'll also find local food, drinks and music. Free. Green Bench Brewery, 1133 Baum Ave. stpeteindiemarket.com
Sept. 2-4: Sponge Docks Art and Craft Festival, Tarpon Springs. The nation’s top artists and crafters showing off U.S.-made creations, including jewelry, ceramics, plants, photography, paintings and homemade soap. At The Sponge Docks. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. 15 Dodecanese Blvd. www.spongedocks.net
Sept. 8: Yappy Hour, Fort Myers. Grab your pup and head to Bell Tower Shops for Yappy Hour, held on the second Friday of each month. You can meet adoptable dogs, enjoy an outdoor bar and listen to live music. Finish the night at one of the eight pet-friendly restaurants in the center. Proceeds benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. The Bell Tower Shops, 13499 U.S. 41 SE. thebelltowershops.com
Sept. 9: Second Saturday St. Petersburg ArtWalk, St. Petersburg. Meet artists and gallery owners every second Saturday of the month as more than 40 studios and galleries from all five arts districts come together as one arts destination. Get around on free ArtWalk trolleys that encompass all of the districts. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. 727-518-5142. stpeteartsalliance.org
Sept. 9: Parsons Collector's Market, Brandon. Monthly outdoor event featuring vintage, antique, repurposed, handcrafted and more. 20-30 local vendors. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 207 S Parsons Ave. www.visittampabay.com
Sept. 9-10: I Like It Hot Festival, Largo. It's all about spicy food during the 16th annual I Like It Hot Festival. Among the highlights are spicy foods for sale, competitions and Jalapeno pepper eating contest. Minnreg Hall, 6340 N. 126th Ave. Admission $5, children under 12 are free. www.ilikeithotfestival.com
Sept. 17: Channelside Bay Plaza Fresh Artisan Market. Tampa. Offering live entertainment, restaurants, fresh produce and locally handcrafted treasures, this destination offers residence & visitors alike, a waterfront shopping experience right at the Port of Tampa. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 615 Channelside Drive. www.visittampabay.com
Sept. 22- Oct. 29: Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, Tampa. The annual Halloween event transforms Busch Gardens into a nightmarish array of haunted houses, wandering creatures mixed with the thrills of the park's roller coasters and other rides. The scares start at 7:30 p.m., but tickets give entry beginning at 5 p.m. $45.99-$70.99. 10165 N McKinley Drive. www.howloscream.com
Sept. 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. www.mixon.com
Sept. 23: Great Gay 5k, Sarasota. This fun beach run/walk is a celebration of the LGBT+ community, supporters, and athletes of all shapes and sizes. Registration is $20-$40. 6300 Midnight Pass Rd. www.visitsarasota.org
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1: Super Boat International, Clearwater Beach. The weekend features the races, as well as parties, fireworks, concerts, a beauty pageant and the chance to see the boats and drivers up close. 727-593-5536. superboat.com
Including Naples, Fort Myers, Venice, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda
Sept. 2-3: Labor Day Weekend Craft Festival, Venice. The annual festival takes place on Miami Avenue in downtown Venice. This community craft festival features ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, metal works and much more. The Green Market offers live flora, freshly popped kettle corn, gourmet spices, and sauces. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. 220 Miami Ave W., Venice. www.artfestival.com
Sept. 9-10: Galloway Captiva Triathlon, Captiva Island. This triathlon offers adult and children's events at the South Seas Island Resort. Kid's individual entry fee is $30; adult's individual entry fee is $95. 5400 Plantation Rd. www.captivatri.com
Sept. 16-17: Sullivan Street Craft Festival, Punta Gorda. This annual festival continues to grow and highlights the talents of many unique crafters, providing the area with one of its most enjoyable summer traditions. Meet and visit with some of the nation's best crafters while enjoying the charming streets of Punta Gorda. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. 331 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda. www.artfestival.com
Sept. 21: Alive After Five, Punta Gorda. Held on the third Thursday of each moth, Alive After Five is an evening of fine art and craft, wine tastings, art receptions and more. 5 pm. to 8 p.m. Free. Downtown Punta Gorda. 941-505-0130. charlotteharbortravel.com
Sept. 22- Oct. 1: Island Hopper Songwriter Fest, Fort Myers area. Musicians will perform at a variety of venues in the Fort Myers area during the free 10-day festival. Various locations around Fort Myers. www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/island-hopper
South Florida and the Keys
Including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and the Treasure Coast.
Aug. 27 - Sept. 7: International Ballet Festival of Miami, Miami. This is an internationally recognized ballet festival featuring performances by world-renowned dance companies from Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean and North America. At various locations throughout Miami and Dade County. 305-549-7711. www.internationalballetfestival.com
Aug. 31-Sept. 4: Eighth Annual Key West Brewfest, Key West. More than 150 beers and micro-brews are on tap at this “tasty” annual event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic. Events from beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, late-night parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting Festival Event are some of the offered activities. $40 in advance, $50 day of. Located in various establishments throughout Key West. 800-354-4455. www.fla-keys.com
Sept. 2: Wheelin' Dealin' Foodtruck Festival, Fort Lauderdale. The best food trucks in South Florida meet the first Saturday of every month at The Casino @ Dania Beach. Free admission. 301 E. Dania Beach Blvd. 954-920-1511. www.sunny.org
Sept. 2: MiMo on the Beach Walking Tours, Miami. Every first Saturday, this walking tour introduces you to the distinctive MiMo (Miami Modern) architecture that makes the area unique. 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Reservations aren't required, and you can buy tickets ($20-25) online or pay with cash on the day of the tour. Tours depart from the southeast corner of 73rd Street and Collins Avenue. 305-763-8026. mdpl.org
Sept. 3: Dream Classic Car Show, Hollywood. The Downtown Hollywood Dream Car Classic Car Show features dozens of classic cars, trucks and other vehicles of interest lining Hollywood Blvd. Vehicles compete for awards for the Top 30 vehicles and the People's Choice Award. Vehicle registration is $20. Attendence is free. 954-825-1027. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.www.sunny.org
Sept. 3: Sunday Jazz Brunch, Fort Lauderdale. Live outdoor concert series bring the area's best local jazz artists to the city's scenic Riverwalk the first Sunday of each month. Listen to the soulful sounds on four different stages. Everyone is welcome to attend, including well-behaved, leashed pets, and there is ample room to set up chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. 954-828-5363. www.fortlauderdale.gov
Sept. 6: Fresh Air with Byrd, Pompano Beach. Fresh Air with Byrd is a bi-monthly writing workshop for all levels of writers and performers. Richard “Byrd” Wilson is an award-winning poet and public speaker who teaches emerging artists the techniques to improve their poems, songs, stories and delivery. 7-8 p.m. $15.00. 41 NE 1st Street. 954-284-0141 www.sunny.org
Sept. 6: Jupiter Lighthouse Moonrise Tour, Jupiter. Take in the spectacular view of a full moon from the top of the tower. Tour lasts approximately 75 minutes. $20. jupiterlighthouse.org
Sept. 7: Micro Mini Muse, Fort Lauderdale. Micro Mini Muse is a monthly drop-in art program for children ages 3 -5 featuring interactive art projects and child friendly exhibition tours. The program provides a unique opportunity for families to create art together and explore museum exhibitions. 4:30-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 1 E. Las Olas Blvd. 954-262-0258. www.sunny.org
Sept. 9: Full Moon Kayak Tour, North Miami. Come paddle under the full moon with the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center. Offered monthly, your tour guide will supply you with all the equipment and instruction needed prior to launching into a beautiful mangrove cove. The group will paddle under the full moon for 1 hour with illuminated colorful lights on each vessel lighting the way, followed by a Bonfire Beach Party. Roast S'mores, go for a swim and enjoy nature. $50 per adult, $40 per college student. 3400 NE 163rd St. floridastateparks.org/oletariver
Sept. 9: Supercar Saturdays Florida, Fort Lauderdale. Held on the second Saturday of each month, Supercar Saturdays is a gathering of car enthusiasts. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lamborghini Broward, 4645 Volunteer Road. 305-761-2929. sunny.org
Sept. 9: Wynwood Artwalk, Miami. Held every second Saturday, this event features openings at art galleries, instuitions and businesses. Art enthusiasts from all over crowd the streets to have a great night out and enjoy the Miami art scene. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free. NW 2nd Ave. and NW 23rd St. 305-814-9290. www.wynwoodartwalk.com
Sept. 14-17: Miami Web Fest, Miami. A new type of "film festival" for a new type of "filmmaker." Miami Web Fest finds the best of these programs and shows them in theaters in Miami, along with panel discussions, exclusive parties, and an elaborate awards ceremony to increase their exposure. The company also operates a film awards show for veterans. The Veteran Film Awards "VFA's" is an annual awards ceremony recognizing excellence in filmmaking. Located at varios venues throughout Miami and Miami Beach. www.miamiandbeaches.com
Sept. 20: Jupiter Lighthouse Sunset Tour, Jupiter. Take in the spectacular sunset views and witness the Jupiter Light turning on to illuminate the night sky. Visitors get an inside look at the nuts and bolts of a working lighthouse watch-room. $20. www.jupiterlighthouse.org
Sept. 23: Swim for Alligator Lighthouse, Islamorada. Swimmers participate in an eight-mile race from Islamorada to the Alligator Lighthouse and back during the Islamorada Swim for Alligator Lighthouse. Proceeds benefit the "Friends of the Pool" in Islamorada to help provide scholarship opportunities to those in need and preserve treasured historic lighthouses on Florida's coastal waterways. Registration is $150. For information, visit www.swimalligatorlight.com.
Sept 28.-Oct. 1: REEF Fest, Key Largo. Join Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) in a celebration of marine conservation. Morning activities include ocean adventures of kayaking, snorkeling and diving, all alongside marine life experts. Afternoons feature free seminars from renowned experts in topics like Marine Mammals, Shark Behavior, Deep Sea Exploration and Emerging Ocean Issues. Evenings boast food, drinks and fun with friends old and new. All events are open to the public. Various locations throughout Key Largo. 305-852-0030. www.fla-keys.com
Sept. 29-30: Conch Life Scramble, Islamorada. A wacky on-the-water charity golf tournament that brings together four-person teams to enjoy a game of nine holes by boat. Proceeds benefit Keys charities. www.conchscramble.com
Sept. 30: FATVillage Artwalk, Fort Lauderdale. FATVillage, a community home to local artists and creative businesses, presents a night of great art, food and music every last Saturday of the month. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free. 523 NW 1st. Ave. 954-540-9897. sunny.org
Including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Flagler County, Amelia Island.
Sept. 1: First Friday Art Walk, St. Augustine. One of the city's most popular cultural events, held the first Friday of each month, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Enjoy new exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at several participating galleries. 832-779-2781. artgalleriesofstaugustine.com
Sept. 8-10: Spanish Wine Festival, St. Augustine. The Old City sets the scene for the St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival. The festival features Spanish foods and wines presented at a variety of special events and restaurants. Highlights include Vino Veritas, during which guests learn the secrets of authentic Spanish recipes and Spanish wine pairings from Spanish food and wine experts; the Grand Tasting for sampling more than 100 different types of wines made in Spain; and the Batalla de Vinos, during which participants spray one another with wine for charity, as well as other events. Ticket prices vary. Festival venues are in various locations in St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.SpanishWineFestival.com.
Sept. 9: Artrageous Artwalk, Amelia Island. Held monthly on second Saturday, to open the doors of some of the island's incredible galleries, featuring photography, pottery, copper, stained glass, watercolor, acrylics and more from 5-8 p.m. 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. 904-261-7020. islandart.org/artrageous-artwalk.
Sept. 16: Masquerade 5k, Palm Coast. To support Arts in Education, the Flagler Auditorium & Performing Arts Center invites the entire community to walk or run in masquerade costumes. The course will take place on the campus of the Flagler Palm Coast High School. Start/Finish at the Auditorium, winding through the campus including the sports complex track with the FPCHS marching band on the field. Awards for costumes. 7 a.m.-12 p.m. 5500 East Hwy 100. 1-866-352-4537. www.visitflagler.com.
Sept. 17: Jerk Food Fest, Jacksonville. The festival invites jerk food lovers to enjoy a weekend with food, live entertainment, a cook-off, kid’s zone and a variety of vendors. 2 p.m. to midnight. 2 Independent Drive. 917-301-6045. www.facebook.com/JaxJerkFoodFest
Sept. 23: The Florida Heitage Book Festival, St. Augustine. This annual festival showcases Florida's rich and diverse literary legacy, and welcomes writers and literary fans to Flagler College. Free and open to the public. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. http://fhbookfest.com
Including Ocala, Gainesville, and Tallahassee
Sept. 1: First Friday Outdoor Concert, Thomasville. Featuring Beau & Luci, these two young sisters focus on folk-rock sounds with a singer-songwriter’s heart and a special attention to lyrics. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and spend a fun evening in Downtown Thomasville. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free admission. 131 S. Stevens St. 229-228-7977. www.visittallahassee.com
Sept. 3: Florida Safari, Ocala. On the first Sunday of each month take a tram tour of the longleaf pine forest. Learn about the park's land management practices and see Florida wildlife. Begins at 10 a.m. Limit of 15 spaces available. To RSVP, call 352-236-7148 ext. 4. 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd. floridastateparks.org/silversprings
Sept. 16: St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, Tallahassee. The event features a scenic 5K, family friendly activities and live entertainment. Participants are encouraged to form teams and raise funds to help support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude, where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food, so that families can focus on helping their child live. Registration is $10 for walkers and $20 for 5K Run. Children ages 5 and under are free. Participants who raise $100 earn an official event T-shirt, and participants who raise $250 become members of the St. Jude Fearless Fundraiser Club and earn additional St. Jude gear as they fundraise. The Walk/Run begins at 8:30 a.m. at SouthWood Town Center, 3196 Merchants Row Blvd. 850-907-1901. www.visittallahassee.com
Sept. 22: River Rhythms, Ocala. On the fourth Friday of each month, Silver Springs State Park hosts an evening of live music featuring a drum circle. To particpate in the drum circle, make sure to bring your own drum or percussion instrument. 4 p.m. to sundown. Free with paid park admission. 1425 NE 58th Ave. (352) 236-7148. www.floridastateparks.org
Including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin
Sept. 1-3: Greek Festival, Fort Walton Beach. Visitors can “travel” to Greece without leaving Florida during Ft. Walton Beach’s Greek Festival at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Greek foods, dances, and music are on the agenda as well as a variety of vendors. The Emerald Coast Convention Center is at 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy S.E. For details, visit http://www.greekfestivalfwb.com/.
Sept. 1-3: Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Country Music Festival, Panama City Beach. Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Little Big Town are among the headliners for this annual country music event. Tickets go on sale April 2. The festival's Headline Stage is in Frank Brown Park, 16200 Panama City Beach Pkwy. www.gulfcoastjam.com
Sept. 2: Gulf Coast Summer Fest, Pensacola. This all-day music festival at the Pensacola Community Maritime Park celebrates R&B, jazz, and Southern soul blues with a variety of artists from all over the country. 301 W. Main St. www.gulfcoastsummerfestjazzedition.com
Sept. 3: Alys Beach 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, Alys Beach. Located along Scenic 30A, the course winds through the town and ends with an oversized obstacle course for kids of all ages. Music, food, and beverages will be available in the Amphitheatre. 7:00 a.m. 9581 E. County Hwy. 30A. 866-481-8391.
Sept. 7-8: Emerald Coast Beer Festival, Pensacola. The Rosie O’Grady Good Time Emporium entertainment complex in Pensacola’s Seville Square sets the scene for the Emerald Coast Beer Festival. On the agenda are a beer-pairing dinner and a beer tasting. Must be 21 or older. General admission advance tickets start at $25; on day of the event, tickets are $40. 130 E Government St. For information, visit www.emeraldcoastbeerfest.com.
Sept. 11-17: Lobster Festival and Tournament, Panama City Beach. Schooners sets the stage for the 27th Annual Lobster Festival and Tournament. Weigh-ins begin on Saturday and end Sunday with prizes and a Lobster Feast. Proceeds benefit charities. Another highlight is the popular Sand Sculpting Contest that takes place on the beach behind Schooners. For details, visit www.schooners.com/events/lobsterfestival.htm.
Sept. 8-10: Juana's Good Time Regatta, Navarre Beach. Multi-hulls race and compete for prizes during the Juana's Good Time Regatta. Pre-sailing parties and complimentary continental breakfast are featured. The event is at Juana's Pagodas/Sailors Grill, 1451 Navarre Beach Causeway. www.juanaspagodas.com
Sept. 15-16: Taste of the Beach, Pensacola Beach. Dozens of restaurants offer up their fare to live music at the Gulfside Pavillion. Chef presentations and live entertainment are just some things to look forward to. Friday is an opening VIP party priced at $65 per person, Saturday is free entry with dishes priced at $5 or less. 735 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 850-932-1500. www.tasteofpensacolabeach.com
Sept. 29-30: Oktoberfest, Niceville. Niceville keeps German traditions alive during Oktoberfest in Bluewater Bay. A family-friendly event, it features German food, music, dancing, beer, wine, and children’s rides. Admission is free. For information, visit http://www.midbayrotaryclub.org/Events.html.
Sept. 29-Oct. 1: Pensacola Seafood Festival, Pensacola. Treat your taste buds to a variety of dishes from carefully selected food vendors bordering the park. Enjoy foods such as grilled conch, seafood gumbo, oyster croquettes, soft shell crab, coconut shrimp, Caribbean crab cakes and more. 850-433-6512. www.fiestaoffiveflags.org