Florida travel calendar for March

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)

Through April 7: 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. universalorlando.com/mardigras

Through April 15: SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival, Orlando.  Held on Saturday and Sunday with concerts on each day. Discover unique Asian, Latin, European, Polynesian and North Atlantic dishes throughout the park and feature a wide array of wine, specialty cocktails, and local and international craft brews. Seven Seas is included with regular park admission beginning at $59.99. For more on the menu and other details, go to seaworldorlando.com/sevenseas

Through May 28: 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. disneyworld.com/flower

March 1 and March 31: 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 lunar month when the moon is at its fullest. March 1: 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm; March 31: 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm. The lighthouse is at 4931 South Peninsula Drive. Participation is limited to 25 people and tickets, $35 for non-members and $30 for Preservation Association Members, must be purchased in advance by calling 386-761-1821 ext. 18. ponceinlet.org/climb-to-the-moon-tour

March 1 -11: 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. This year headliners include The Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire, Earth Wind & Fire and so many more. Gate admission ranges $4 to $8, and headliner’s tickets begin at $20. At Plant City Festival Grounds. Admission required. 813-752-9194. flstrawberryfestival.com

March 3: First Saturday Workshops & Jam, Barberville. On the first Saturday each month visit the Pioneer Settlement music workshops and a free open music jam. Workshops begin at 10 am and jam sessions begin at 1 pm in the auditorium. Admission is free for members. 1776 Lightfoot Lane, 32105 386-749-2959. pioneersettlement.org

March 3: Brevard County 4-H Family 5K, Melbourne.  All Brevard County 4-H members and their families are welcome to participate as we run, walk, bike, or scooter to the finish line. Registration is $6 per child, and must be paid upon check-in at the event. Parents are able to participate in the event at no cost. The run will begin at 4:00 PM, but please plan to arrive by 3:30 PM to check in. The race will start and end at the Wickham Park Community Garden, adjacent to the Fantastic 4-H Farm in the horse stables. Healthy snacks will be available at the finish line. Tickets available at brevard4h5k.eventbrite.com

March 3-4: Lake Mary-Heathrow Festival of the Arts, Lake Mary. At Oval Park, Heathrow; 407-323-1142 or lakemaryheathrowarts.com

March 3 - 4: Floral City Strawberry Festival, Floral City. The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce hosts the 31st Annual Floral City Strawberry Festival, with 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. A shuttle bus will be available. 352-795-3149. gostrawberryfest.com

March 3 - 4: The Grant Seafood Festival, Grant. This is the 52nd year of the infamous Grant Seafood Festival. 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 am to 7 pm on Saturday and 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit grantseafoodfestival.com

March 4: Chocolate Festival, Melbourne. Brevard's best chocolatiers, pastry chefs and restaurateurs come together with community volunteers to raise funds to support scholarship programs. General admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Adults-only “with a kick” tickets are $40. At Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E Hibiscus Blvd, 32901. 11 am to 4 pm.  zontaspacecoast.org

March 9: 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. Featuring the John Quinlivan Band. 6 pm to 10 pm. Highland Avenue, Melbourne, 32922. Free. 321-724-1741. downtownmelbourne.com

March 9 - 18: 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 included The Bloody Jug Band, Thomas Wynn & The Believers, Keepers, Slippery When Wet and Chris Dupree. Free. orlandoharley.com/bikeweek

March 9 -18: Bike Week, Daytona Beach. This 77th annual event and rally is one of the largest motorcycle gatherings around the world. Daily concerts, including Selwyn Birchwood Band, bike shows, a campground concert with Blu Diamond and others. Expect more than 500,000 motorcycles at the event. www.officialbikeweek.com

March 9 - 18: 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. Tracy Lawrence will perform on March 11 at 7 pm. Gate opens at 5 pm Monday to Friday and 1 pm Saturdays & Sundays. Closes as warranted nightly. Gate prices are $8 for adults, $5 for children (6-12), senior citizens, and first responders.. 772-562-2974. firefightersfair.org

March 10: Taste of Oviedo, Oviedo. The Taste of Oviedo offers visitors the opportunity to sample local fare. Craft beers, live music, “Kids Taste” tables and entertainment. Event hours are from 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is free. The event is at the Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Marketplace Boulevard. tasteofoviedo.org

March 16 - 18: Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park. The Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is a juried outdoor fest. 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. 9 am to 6 pm on Fridays and Saturday and 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Admission, to the event on Park Avenue between Canton Avenue and New England Avenue, is free. wpsaf.org

March 17: 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 pm. Free. 386-738-0649. MainStreetDeLand.org

March 22: ARTLife, Daytona Beach. The Rotary Club of Daytona Beach West and ArtHaus are hosting ARTLife. Come experience the art of Volusia County students K-12, enjoy the soothing sounds of the Spruce Creek Jazz Band, have a drink or two and participate in a one of a kind art auction. $10 - $15. 6 pm to 9 pm. Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, 350 South Nova Road, Daytona Beach, 32114. eventbrite.com/e/artlife-tickets-41519689509

March 23 - 25: 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 with shows, sales and swaps. Admission: $10/day Fri and Sat, $5 Sunday. Children under 11 are Free. 386-255-7355. turkeyrun.com

March 24: Jerry's Tiki Bar Spring Break Reggae Festival, Ponce Inlet. Come out for theis 7th annual music fest. Noon to 11 pm. $20 tickets to see headliners such as Badfish, Lance-O and DJ Red. 33 Inlet Harbour Rd. Ponce Inlet, 32127. Tickets available on facebook.com/JerrysTikiBarSpringBreakReggaeFestival/

March 24: Color Me Crazy 5K Walk/Run, New Smyrna Beach. $12 pre-registration. 8 am to 11:30 am. Color is 100% safe and made from nontoxic cornstarch. Music and snacks available after the race. 248 N Samsula Drive, New Smyrna Beach, 32168. Resister by March 10 and receive a free t-shirt. eventbrite.com/e/color-me-crazy-5k-walkrun-tickets-42661688258?aff=es2

March 24-25: Melbourne Air and Space Show, Melbourne. Headlined by U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the show will also feature military and civilian acts. Advance tickets $16.25 ($25 day of show) for 13 and older, $9.75 for children 6-12 and free for 5 and under. Parking is an additional $15 when purchased online or $20 day of show. The event is sponsored by Northrop Grumman and held at the international airport, 1 Air Terminal Parkway in Melbourne. airandspaceshow.com

March 24-25: Indialantic Art Festival, Indialantic. 25th annual outood art show. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In Nance Park, 201 N Miramar Ave. www.artfestival.com/festivals/indialantic-melbourne-art-festival

March 31-April 1: Brownwood Paddock Square Art & Craft Festival, The Villages. 22nd annual arts & crafts show with live music. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. At Brownood Paddock Square urban downtown at 2705 W Torch Lake Dr. in the Southwest corner of The Villages.

March 31-April 1: Downtown Melbourne Festival of the Arts. 2nd annual outdoor art show with more than 140 artists that create original hand-made artwork including paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography and more. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. On New Haven Avenue.

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

Through March 3: Real Music Concert Series, Tampa Bay. Busch Gardens Tampa’s longest running concert series, Real Music includes all-new this year, pop and country artists, a cirque show and an Irish dance group. Live Concerts are held at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm Monday through Saturday. Included with admission. buschgardens.com/tampa/events/real-music-real-masters/

March 3-April 29. Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival, Tampa. Now in its fourth year, more than 65 wines and 50 craft brews plus specialty cocktails will be on hand with 13 culinary cabins with dishes like mango shrimp ceviche, beef brisket on a spiced corn waffle, fried frog legs with bacon corn fritters, dish duck fat truffle fries and tostones rellenos de pollo. Held on Saturdays and Sundays. Musical guests are Edwin McCain & Sister Hazel (March 3), Grupo Niche (March 4), The Fray (March 10), Southern Uprising Tour: A Southern Rock Revival with Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws (March 11), Olga Tañón (March 17), Goo Goo Dolls (March 18), Better Than Ezra & Tonic (March 24), Michael Bolton (March 25), Boyz II Men (March 31), Natalie Grant (April 1), Hank Williams, Jr. (April 7), TLC (April 8), Bret Michaels (April 14), TBD (April 15), The All-American Rejects (April 21), Cole Swindell (April 22), Flo Rida (April 28), Kaleo & Bleachers (April 29). Free with park admission. VIP upgrades available. buschgardens.com/tampa/events/food-and-wine-festival/

March 3-4: Palm Harbor Craft Festival, Palm Harbor. 2nd annual outdoor craft show. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. On Florida Avenue (Palm Harbor’s main street) just east of Alternate 19. www.artfestival.com/festivals/palm-harbor-craft-festival-march-florida-0

Through March 4: 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 bands play until sunset on Sunday. 21+up. Whiskey Joe’s Barefoot Beach Bar, 7720 West Courtney Campbell Causeway. All charity contributions will benefit the The Shriner’s Kids. www.musiconthebay.org

March 2 - 4: Swamp Fest, Weeki Wachee. A good, old-fashioned family fun festival presented by three community organizations. Includes swamp food, a t-shirt decorating contest, arts and crafts, and entertainment by multiple bands throughout the day. Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Boulevard, Spring Hill, 34607. Friday & Saturday 9 am to 5pm and Sunday 9 am to 4 pm. Admission $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12, free for children 5 and younger. 352-597-4424. swampfestweekiwachee.com

March 3 - 4: Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa. The Annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts showcases original creations and live music at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. Awards Ceremony/ galaRE: The award winning art will be released at the galaRE: event on Saturday evening at Tampa Museum of Art. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Free. www.gasparillaarts.com

March 23-26: Sertoma Youth Ranch Spring Bluegrass Festival, Brooksville. Sertoma Youth Ranch Spring Bluegrass Festival presents a lineup of artists including The Gisbson Brothers, Nothin Fancy, and Dave Adkins. A variety of tickets are available. Camping available for a fee and minimum 3 night stay for a reservation, ticket purchase required for reserved seat, sites and seats will be assigned when order is received. Call 904-886-8378 to request a site or seat. No refunds. www.evansmediasource.com

March 24-25: St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival, St. Pete Beach. 15th annual outdoor craft show with more than 100 artisans and green market. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Along Corey Avenue and Gulf Boulevard. www.artfestival.com/festivals/st-pete-beach-corey-area-craft-festival

March 24 - 25: 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. Free parking Admission is free; however, Rotarians will be greeting festival attendees and requesting a "$2 Donation In Exchange for a Smile." All proceeds benefit The Englewood Rotary Youth Foundation, Inc., and other Rotary Projects. www.therotaryclubofenglewood.org/fine-arts-festival.html

March 26 - April 1: Citrus County Fair, Inverness. The Citrus County Fair celebrates their 70th year with pageants, a flea market, exhibits, livestock show, and midway rides. 9 am to 7 pm on Friday and 9 am to 3 am on Saturday. Gate prices: $7 for adults, $4 kids 4-10 and free for kids 3 or under. Family Membership is $40 The Citrus County Fairgrounds is at 3600 South Florida Avenue. www.citruscountyfair.com

March 31 - April 1: Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival, Ybor City. This 7th Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival serves up this favorite treat 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 4: 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 1 - 3: Sanibel Shell Fair and Show, Sanibel Island. In celebration of this world-renowned shelling island, the 81st Annual Shell Fair features shell displays and crafts, food and entertainment. The fair takes place inside and outside of the Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, 33957 $5 suggested donation for inside exhibits. Free Parking. 239-395-3626. sanibel-island.sanibel-captiva.org/events/details/81st-annual-shell-festival-28110

March 2: Naples City Live Music Festival, Naples. Music festival to benefit Children's Advocacy Center of Collier County.  Stages in front of the Naples Botannical Gardens, all ages can enjoy shows from Have Gun, Will Travel, William McCarthy, Augustines, and KIDS.  6 pm to 10 pm. Tickets range $20.44 to $150. Tickets available at Eventbrite.com

March 3: 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 am. 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 3: Southwest Florida Reading Festival, Fort Myers. New location! 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. Food and beverages available for purchase. $5 parking. Fort Myers Regional Library Campus, 1651 Lee St. 33901. 10 am to 4 pm www.readfest.org

March 3 - 4: Downtown Venice Art Classic, Venice. This is the 17th year of this art show featuring pottery and other American art treasures. Hosted from 10 am to 5 pm both days in downtown Venice. Admission is free. 219 W Venice Ave. www.artfestival.com/festivals/downtown-venice-art-classic

March 3 - 27: 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. Tickets are $50 each. Concerts begin at 8 pm. Sanibel Congregational Church, 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, 33957. www.sanibelmusicfestival.org

March 5 - 6: Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Bonita Springs. This annual outdoor exhibition features a juried art show of 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 am to 5 pm. 10450 Reynolds St. www.artinusa.com/bonita

March 8 - 11: All-Florida Championship Rodeo, Arcadia. This annual rodeo includes Calf Scramble, Mutton Bustin', barrel racing, Shootout and more. Located at the new Mosaic Arena. 2450 NE Roan Street. Arcadia, 34266. Premium Plus $31 (22″ Chairs with armrest); Premium $26 (22″ Chairs no armrest); General Admission $19 (advanced) (22″ Aluminum bleacher no back). Concessions and vendors are available on site. www.arcadiarodeo.com

March 9 - 11:  Art Under The Oaks, Vero Beach. Voted #2 in the 25th edition of Sunshine Artist's 100 Best Fine Arts & Design Shows in America, 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.  9 am to 4 pm. www.verobeachartclub.org

March 10 - 11: Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp Festival, Fort Myers Beach. Fresh shrimp from the local docks to you. Enjoy delicious shrimp cooked a variety of ways, including the local “pink shrimp.” Also offered are arts and crafts booths, live entertainment and many children's activities. 950 Estero Boulevard, Fort Meyers, 33931. Free event. Dinners vary in price. www.fortmyersbeachshrimpfestival.com

March 10-11: Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival, Punta Gorda. 2nd annual outdoor craft show. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 331 Sullivan St. www.artfestival.com/festivals/2nd-annual-punta-gorda-sullivan-street-craft-festival

March 14 - 17: 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

Through March 20: National Art Exhibition, Punta Gorda. More than 140 of the finest works of traditional 2D media created by artists across the country come together for one of the nation’s most prestigious exhibitions. People's Choice voting is only $1 per vote, and the People's Choice winner receives 50% of the proceeds. Special NAE Exhibit Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St. 33950. www.charlotteharbortravel.com/event/national-art-exhibition/1887/

March 23 -25: 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 or $16 for two days of your choice. VIP tickets are $75 and it is highly encouraged your purchase these well in advance. Shuttle busses will be on hand for this event. www.marcoislandseafoodfestival.com

March 31: Cars as Art, Marco Island. Vintage cars are displayed and judged by professional artists. The Cars will be on display in the  Marco Island Center for the Arts parking lot and grounds, visitors may park across the street in the The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island parking lot. Suggested donation of $5 to the Marco Island Center for the Arts. 10 am to 4 pm. marcoislandart.org/event/cars-as-art/

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

Through March 4: Festival of the Arts BOCA, Boca Raton. With locations at the north and south end of Mizner Park, 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. Bill Murray speaks on March 2nd. To contact the box office, call 866-571-2787. festivaloftheartsboca.org

March 1: Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure, Key West. Turn Key West into a giant game board with this scavenger hunt adventure hosted by Urban Adventure Quest. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Begin at 10 am and play at your pace.  Tickets start at $30. www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com

March 1-4: Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival, Okeechobee. Chart-topping acts like Arcade Fire, Slightly Stoopid and Thievery Corporation in Okeechobee for this four-day festival and beach party. Tickets start at $289, and group passes are running low so act fast! Sunshine Grove is located at 12517 NE 91ST Ave, Okeechobee, 34972 okeechobeefest.com

March 3: Carnaval Miami Cork & Fork, Coral Gables. A late night, sweet indulging spree at the first annual Cordials & Candy lounge at the heart of Carnaval on the Mile. Featuring a great line up of pastry chefs and the finest cordials, coffees, fine cigars, and live DJ. 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm. Ponce de Leon North & Miracle Mile. Tickets $65 - $220. www.carnavalmiami.com

March 3: Conch Shell Blowing Contest, Key West. The annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest, sponsored by Old Island Restoration Foundation is hosting its 56th Anniversary. This event is free to register for or attend and open to children and adults of all ages. 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=41

March 3: 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 pm to 9 pm. Advance General Admission tickets are $40 and VIP tickets are $100. www.westpalmbeachantiques.com

March 3-4: Las Olas Art Fair Part II, Fort Lauderdale. 30th annual outdoor art show. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 600 East Las Olas Blvd. www.artfestival.com/festivals/las-olas-art-fair-part-ii

March 4: 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 am to 2 pm. Free admission. 954-828-5363. www.fortlauderdale.gov/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/jazz-brunch

March 4: 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. New this year is the addition of a 400-meter speed challenge within the half marathon course starting at mile 3.05, as well as a fruit bar and dj stations throughout the route. Walkers welcome. www.run131series.com/miamibeach

March 9 - 18: 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 9 - 11: 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 a wide variety of orchids and orchid products. The Orchid Festival is included with the price of admission to the Garden.  Free for Fairchild Members, Adults: $25, Seniors (age 65 and up): $18, Children (ages 6-17): $12, Free for children 5 and younger. 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables, 33156. 305-667-1651. www.fairchildgarden.org

March 10-11: Art Festival Miami Springs, Miami.  Bring the entire family to the art fair with a Kidz zone, live music, food, beer and wine. 10 am to 6 pm daily. Free. 201 Westward Avenue, Miami Springs, 33166.

March 10-11: 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 10 - 11: 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 am to 5 pm both days. Free. www.artfestival.com/festivals/art-fest-by-the-sea

March 14 -18: Art Boca Raton, Boca Raton. The fair will showcase contemporary work, modern masters, and emerging art, sculpture, photography, works on paper and installations. Proceeds on March 14 will benefit Boca Raton Museum of Art and School.  11 am to 6 pm daily at the International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches, Research Park at Florida Atlantic University, 3450 NW 8th Avenue, Boca Raton, FL 33431 www.artbocaraton.com

March 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. For details, visit moradaway.org

March 15 – April 8: 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. General admission tickets begin at $12. The Fair Expo Center. 10901 SW 24 St, Miami, 33165 www.thefair.me

March 16 -17: Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Delray Beach. Since 1968, the annual Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade has celebrated all things Irish. The festivities include a two-day Celtic Siamsa Party featuring Irish dancing, traditional pipe and drum bands, a parade and a fun run. Food and beer will be available for purchase. Festivities begin at 5 pm on Friday and continue on through Saturday evening. Admission to both the Parade and the Festival is free. stpatrickparade.com

March 16 - 17: 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 am to 4 pm. 305-294-9501. oirf.org

March 17-18: Coral Springs Festival of the Arts, Coral Springs. The 14th Annual Festival of The Arts will highlight some of America's finest artisans and contemporary crafters. There will also be exciting performing arts events including fine dance, theatrical, and literary presentations. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2874 N University Dr. in Coral Springs. www.csfoa.com | www.artfestival.com/festivals/coral-springs-festival-arts-crafts

March 22 - 25: 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, exotic cars and live music. Tickets are $24 for adults, $14 for children ages 6 to 15 and free for children under 6. www.showmanagement.com/palm-beach-international-boat-show-2018/event/

March 23 -25: Ultra Music Festival, Miami. Multi-day electronic music festival. Only 3-day tickets are still available at $375.00 each. At Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. ultramusicfestival.com

March 24: TurtleFest, Juno Beach. Guests of all ages can enjoy up-close encounters with threatened and endangered sea turtles during the Annual TurtleFest from 10 am to 6 pm 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. Loggerhead Park: 14200 US Highway One, Juno Beach, 33408. www.marinelife.org/turtlefest

March 31 – April 1: 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. On the last Saturday in March, noon to 6 pm both days. Sunday Parade starts at 11:30 am in downtown Lake Worth along Lucerne & Lake Avenues. www.compassglcc.com/events/pridefest-of-the-palm-beaches/

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

March 2 - 31: Miniature Marks Art Exhibit, St. Augustine. 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 2 from 5-9 pm. St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine Street, St. Augustine. For more information, call 904-824-2310 or www.staaa.org

March 3: Menorcan Cultural Celebration, St. Augustine. 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. 11 am to 2 pm. 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, 31 St. Francis Street, St. Augustine 32084. 904-826-3388 or visit www.menorcansociety.net

March 9 - 11: Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, Amelia Island. The car connoisseurs bring you another annual event such as Cars & Coffee, RM Sotheby’s Island sale preview, and a silent auction at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia island.   www.ameliaconcours.org

March 9 - 11: 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 8th annual event. A Friday night whiskey tasting event leads into two days of Celtic fun including a parade, Highland Games and headlining acts. Twice voted Jacksonville’s Bold City Best Event/Concert, and Best of St. Augustine Festival. Event Tickets are $10 with VIP upgrades available. Main festival events are on Francis Field, 29 W Castillo Drive, 32084. www.celticstaugustine.com

March 9 - 31: Limelight Theatre presents Corpse!, St. Augustine. Set in London in 1936, this whodunit where things do not go as they should and people are not what they seem. Limelight Theater, 11 Old Mission Avenue, St. Augustine. For more information, call 904-825-1164 or www.limelight-theatre.org

March 10: 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. There is also a post-party hosted by Publix. www.1stplacesports.com/grr_index.html

March 16 - 18: Lions Seafood Festival, St. Augustine. Kid Zone, Arts & Crafts show,  Spanish Landing and Pirate Village. Friday night is Jazz night, Saturday and Sunday will feature Country and Americana music. Families will enjoy rides, magic shows, superheroes, princesses, clowns and an interactive drum show. At Francis Field, behind Visitor Information Center. Friday 3 pm – 9 pm; Saturday 10 am – 9 pm; Sunday 11 am. www.lionsfestival.com

March 23 -25: Duval Spring Fest, Jacksonville. All-indie music festival includes a kick-off party on Bay street Friday night (March 23), a Community Benefit Luncheon for victims of the aforementioned illnesses Saturday, March 24, 12-3pm followed by an artist showcase for local bands and musicians that night, and on Sunday, March 25, they wrap up the weekend with Feed Those in Need 3-6pm at Hemming Park, and finally "Rep Yo Brand!" from 6-9pm at Top Golf, featuring Jacksonville's top musical talent, models, fashion designers, and small businesses on display. Free up to $300 VIP tickets available on Eventbrite.com

March 24: Phoenix Rising Festival, Jacksonville. Announcing the planning of over 100,000 sq ft facility slated to house community event space, cafe, restaurant, gallery, live/work artist studios, workshops and classes for all ages in varying art forms. Festivities begin with Bobby K Fashion Show and Dance Party, then continues with a family friendly block party hosting art and food vendors as well as live demos from local artists. 10 am to 10 pm. 2320 North Liberty Street, Jacksonville, 32206. Tickets $15 each available at Eventbrite.com

March 31: 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, 27 Ocean Avenue, St. Augustine, 32084. The free event is from 5 pm to 9 pm each last Saturday of the month. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides free parking. augustine.com/event/uptown-saturday-night

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

March 2: First Friday at Railroad Square Art Park, Tallahassee. Every first Friday of the month, Railroad Square Art Park's shops, galleries and studios stay open late. Guests can enjoy live music, craft beer, food vendors and creative demonstrations. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. 602 McDonnell Drive. visittallahassee.com

March 3: Race the Tortoise 5K, High Springs. Being held at O'Leno State Park starting at 7:30 am. 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

March 3 - 4: 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. Vendors, food, outdoor shows, pet vendors, and kid’s activities. www.flazaleafest.com

March 3-4: Battle of Natural Bridge Reenactment, Woodville. Re-enactments of the Battle of Natural Bridge that took place during the Civil War, as well as living history demonstrations and historic presentations. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations required for admission. At Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park. 850-922-6007. visittallahassee.com

March 4: Tallahassee Jewish Food & Cultural Festival, Tallahassee. This annual event will feature food, crafts, and kids' activities. There will also be entertainment, including Israeli dance and Jewish music. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free At Temple Israel, 2215 Mahan Drive. 850-877-3517. templeisraeltlh.org

Mar. 8-11: Red Hills International Horse Trials, Tallahassee. Join Olympic riders and horses and watch them compete in this 20th annual international equestrian event that includes dressage, cross country and stadium jumping competitions. Kids 12 and under free. Held at Elinor Klapp-Phipps park, 4000 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, 32312.  rhht.org

March 10 - 16: Choctawhatchee Challenge, Gainesville.  Kayakers are invited to participate in Dam to the Bay on the Ochlockonee River. Trip is limited to 60 paddlers. Paddlers will leave their vehicles at the launch point in Geneva, AL for the duration of the trip.  At the trip's conclusion, paddlers and their boats and gear will be shuttled back to Geneva. The trip fee includes camping, meals, and shuttle. $100 day passes; Adult Paddlers: $575, Senior Paddlers (65+):  $550, College Student Paddlers:  $550, Youth Paddlers (8-17):  $525, Children (7 and under): free. www.paddleflorida.org

March 16-18: 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 Reunion, 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. Over 25 bands scheduled such as Amy Helm, Sloppy Joe and Front Country. Kid’s activities, music workshops and daily yoga. Single Day Tickets will be available the Gate only, beginning at $30. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, 9379 County Road 132 Live Oak, 32060. suwanneespringreunion.com

March 23 -25: Tallahassee Film Festival, Tallahassee. Enjoy feature films and shorts from around the world, representing a variety of genres at venues throughout the College Town/All Saints/Railroad Square corridor including the FSU Student Life Cinema, All Saints Cinema and Proof Brewing Company 6 pm to 11:55 pm. $10-$75, VIP and all-access tickets are available. www.visittallahassee.com/events/283403/tallahassee-film-festival-2018/

March 24: The Fuzzy Pineapple Art and Craft Festival, Tallahassee. Enjoy artists, chefs, entertainers, DIY art, food, live music, workshops, contests and more at the third annual indie arts festival. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. At Aakhet Center for Human Development, 1209 Paul Russell Road. 850-566-5661. visittallahassee.com

March 24 - 25: 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. 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is $8 for Adults and $5 for children three to thirteen. Cash only. kanapaha.org/events/spring-garden-festival

March 31: Brick City Beer and Wine Festival, Ocala.  The 5th annual Brick City Beer and Wine Festival will return Citizens Circle in beautiful Downtown Ocala. The festival will feature beer and wine samples from a variety of vendors, food trucks, and live music. This year’s festival will benefit Interfaith Emergency Services, an organization that provides basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, medications, hygiene items and much more to enhance the quality of life and ease the burden for those in financial distress. 2 pm to 8 pm. Citizens' Circle, 151 SE Osceola Avenue, Ocala, 34471. Tickets are $15 - $35. www.brickcitybeerfest.com

March 31: Springtime Tallahassee Festival & Grand Parade, Tallahassee. This event kicks off with a concert by special guests, Natalie Stovall and The Drive on Friday night and continues on Saturday with the Grand Parade – one of the largest and most celebrated parades in the Southeast6 pm to 10:30 pm. At Kleman Plaza,  306 S Duval St, Tallahassee, 32301 www.springtimetallahassee.com

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

March 3 - 4: 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 am to 6 pm each day.  $10 for adults and teens, $5 for children 5 - 12, free admission for children under 4. Fairgrounds: 6655 Mobile Hwy, Pensacola, 32526. www.gcrf.us

March 16 -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. At a new location; Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park, 301 W Main St, Pensacola, 32502 This free event is held from noon to 10 pm on Friday, 10 am to 8 pm on Saturday and 8 am to 5 pm on Sunday. www.smokininthesquare.com

March 17: City of Destin Run with the Dogs 5K, Destin. 18th Annual event now recruiting runners and walkers are invited to enjoy the nice, flat course of this annual 5K. Oh, and your dogs are invited too. Start at 4200 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin, 32541. www.raceplace.com/events/9766/16th-annual-run-with-the-dogs-5k

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