Florida Events Calendar
Whatever your passion, Florida has something for you. Here are just some of the major events scheduled this month in the Sunshine State. Please check individual websites for more details.
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS AND NEW YORK: SCENES FROM THE 1890s-1930s – This ambitious museum exhibition focuses on how entertainment, nightlife and society impacted life in both cities after the Industrial Revolution. The artwork of William Glackens, Pablo Picasso, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Berenice Abbot, Edith Dimock, Alphonse Mucha, John Sloan, Eugene Atget and Maurice Prendergast, among others, is the cornerstone for the exhibit, but there’s more: street posters, photographs, video clips of early cinema by Thomas Edison and the Lumiere brothers, along with avant-garde music by Claude Debussy and Darius Milhaud.
When: Now through Sept. 23
Where: Nova Southeastern University Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale
4th ANNUAL CORALPALOOZA – Looking for a great eco-vacation? This one certainly fills the bill. You’ll have a great time and do a lot of good at the same time. The Coral Restoration Foundation is hosting a weekend dedicated to promoting awareness and preserving our coral reefs. Activities will range from helping in coral tree nurseries, monitoring existing colonies and out-planting threatened species of corals. Last year, the event totaled 2,923 hours of reef restoration. Note: You must be dive-certified to participate.
When: June 8-9
Where: Throughout the Florida Keys
SWFL SPACECON – Last year’s debut was such a success it’s coming back, as they say, by popular demand. The science fiction & comic book convention features guests from the comic book, film and book industries and more: vendors, game demos, drop-in gaming, game tournaments, cosplay guests, photo and autograph ops, panels, and of course, costume contests.
When: June 16-17
Where: Lee Civic Center, North Fort Myers
SIZZLING SUMMER SAVINGS – Everyone knows that SoFla is hot in the summer, but there are also hot deals to be found. You’ll find discounts and BOGOS galore. Check out these five:
- S.I.P. IN W.P.B. (SUMMER IN PARADISE IN WEST PALM BEACH) offers free things to do in downtown West Palm Beach throughout the summer. Attendees will be treated to dynamic interactive art, exciting community events, waterfront activities and eclectic shopping and dining. The big highlight this year: 15 child-size playhouses, collectively known as the Fairy Tale Playhouses. At the Magic Garden, there will be one more playhouse, depicting Thumbelina. S.I.P. festivities start on June 7 and run through July 26. See wpb.org/summer-in-paradise
- The Summer Savings Pass offers unlimited admission to four great SoFla venues: Lion Country in West Palm Beach, Miami Seaquarium, the Museum of Science and Discovery in Fort Lauderdale and Zoo Miami. You can purchase a pass at any of the four attractions or online. The offer runs from May 12 through Sept. 30. See summersavingspass.com
- The 2-for-1 Summer Savings in Broward County is already underway and lasts through Sept. 30. It offers buy-one-get-one-free offers for museums, restaurants and bars, shopping and all kinds of indoor and outdoor activities. Some 60 businesses and attractions are participating. See Sunny.org/Summer
- Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week actually lasts two weeks (May31 through June 13) and celebrates dining out at an affordable price. Last year it was known as Naples Restaurant Week, but this year it has been expanded to also include eateries in Fort Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs, Marco Island and Cape Coral. Participating restaurants will offer three-course menus starting at $25 and $35. See swflrestaurantweek.com
- With the South Florida Adventure Pass you’ll have unlimited admissions for one set price from May 15 until Sept. 30 at these five Broward County attractions: the historic Bonnet House, Flamingo Gardens, Sawgrass Recreation Park, Xtreme Action Park and Young at Art Museum. At the Xtreme Action Park, roller skating is free, including skate rentals. See southfloridaadventurepass.com
THE CARIBBEAN COMES TO SOUTH FLORIDA – Can’t make it to the islands any time soon? Not to worry. June is Caribbean American Heritage Month and these SoFla events will bring the islands to you:
- At Taste of the Caribbean (June 22-26 at the Hyatt Regency in Miami), you can savor the best in Caribbean cuisine at tasting meals, workshops and seminars with leading chefs who will provide insider secrets on enhancing your dining experience. It’s a competition-style event that showcases the region’s best chefs, pastry chefs, junior chefs and bartenders. See chtataste.com
- At The Taste the Islands Experience, you’ll enjoy authentic sights and sounds of the Caribbean, celebrity cooking demos, an artisan shopping village, live music and great food and spirits. It’s on June 2 at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. See ttiexperience.com
MIAMI FASHION WEEK – It’s the only fashion week that is dedicated to resort wear. Some 30 designers and 20 jewelry and accessory designers from around the world will show their wares. More than 10,000 people attended the fashion shows, seminars, special events and after parties last year. Once again Antonio Banderas is scheduled to be honorary president and ambassador for the event.
When: May 30-June 3
Where: Various locations throughout Greater Miami and the Beaches
CAUSEWAY BOAT AND MARINE SHOW -- It's a boat show, nautical flea market and seafood festival, all rolled into one. More than 100 boats will on display and for sale, on land and in water. There will be more than 100 booths for boating and fishing enthusiasts, selling rods, reels, boating apparel, nautical decor and jewelry, diving equipment, antique collectibles and maps and marine artifacts. Enjoy delectable seafood of all types cooked fresh onsite. Live local bands and island-style music will play throughout the festivities.
When: June 9-10
Where: Causeway Cove Marina, Fort Pierce
22nd ANNUAL AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL – The ABFF was started to promote diversity in the film and television industries and today it is widely recognized as a major conduit for bringing new black talent to the forefront, both in front of and behind the camera.
When: June 13-17
Where: Various theaters and other locations throughout Miami Beach
RAINBOW POWER – Check out any or all of these three LGBTQ events:
- Enjoy a month-long variety of activities at the Out in the Tropics Festival. There’ll be performances by international, national and local artists. Also included will be community workshops and lectures. Many of the events are free. It runs from May 24 to June 24 at various locations throughout Miami Beach. See fundarte.us
- Key West Pride is a five-day celebration (June 6-10 at various Key West locations) that includes a film festival, dance parties, late-night drag shows, bike tours, pool parties, water excursions, a street fair, Pride Pageants and a “Pride in Our Community” parade down Duval Street. Key West shows its Pride every day and now is your chance to join in on the fun. See keywestpride.org
- The Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Street Festival & Parade is an 11-hour blast (June 16) with performances late into the evening on three different stages, along with a marketplace featuring vendors selling arts, crafts and more. There will also be food trucks, frozen drink tents and a Kids Zone. The highlight of the event, of course, is the float-laden parade. See wiltonmanorsstonewall.com
ULTIMATE MIAMI – Who are the rising local stars among bartenders, comedians and drag queens? Three days of competitions will determine that as the locals will share the stage with nationally-known performers in each category.
When: June May 31-June 2
Where: Magic City Casino, Miami
MYSTERY FEST KEY WEST – Highlights include panels, presentations and parties with two dozen high profile and award winning mystery and crime authors, book signings and professional publishing and marketing discussions. Headlining authors this year are Ace Atkins and Heather Graham.
When: June 22-24
Where: DoubleTree Resort, Key West
REDLAND SUMMER FRUIT FESTIVAL -- It’s time to enjoy seasonal and rare fruits and much more at this annual affair. Vendor booths will feature local wines and yummy foods. Don’t miss the hilarious watermelon-eating contest for kids. Children 11 & under get in free.
When: June 23-24
Where: Fruit & Spice Park, Homestead
FLORIDA KEYS GUITAR FESTIVAL – No bass, no drums, no pianos -- nothing but guitars. Three amazing musicians (Mateo Jampol, classical; David Feder, contemporary finger style, and Rolando Rojas, Latin guitar) will perform at three different Keys locations on one weekend. They will play individually, as duos and also as a trio.
When & Where: June 15 at the Islamorada Community Church, June 16 at the Marathon Community Center and June 17 at the Key West Theater.
HUKILAU POLYNESIAN FESTIVAL -- Tikiphiles can expect an all-things Polynesian extravaganza, including musical acts, a cocktail academy, mermaid show, Tiki Treasures Bazaar, symposiums and a rum island pool party.
When: June 6-10
Where: Pier 66 Hotel and the world-famous Mai-Kai restaurant, Fort Lauderdale
SUMMER JAZZ ON THE GULF -- An appealing and diverse selection of Jazz acts will be presented in a series of four concerts in a hotel setting that has beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico, stunning sunsets and cool breezes. The Show Biz Kids are the headliner for the first show. Note: Events are free and open to the general public, not just hotel guests.
When: June 23, July 14, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15
Where: Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
BATTLE IN THE BAY DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL – Each sleek and colorful 40-foot boat will have 20 paddlers moving in unison in a combination of strength and teamwork. Food, beverages, merchandise and a variety of entertainment will be available shore-side.
When: June 2
Where: Sombrero Beach, Marathon
26th ANNUAL DOWNTOWN VENICE CRAFT FESTIVAL – There’s a significant downturn in the number of arts & craft festivals in SoFla beginning in June, but this one is still going strong. Peruse booths filled with stained glass, photography and even personalized products for children and doggies. Don’t miss the Green Market for plants, handmade soaps, tangy BBQ sauces and orchids.
When: June 16-17
Where: Along Miami Avenue in Venice
TITUSVILLE SEA TURTLE FESTIVAL – Celebrate Florida’s natural habitat and one of its most precious creatures, the sea turtle, along the Space Coast with a turtle-themed street part, live music, food vendors and hula dancers. There’s also plenty to do for kids of all ages, including a children’s art competition, an obstacle course, a scavenger hunt, face painting and a beach clean-up where the whole family can do some good for our planet.
When: June 8-9
Where: Downtown Titusville
GULFPORT GRAND PRIX – Revving up for its second year, the Gulfport Grand Prix is a Formula One powerboat championship and boat show, free to the public. The shoreline area of downtown Gulfport transforms into a hub of activity featuring antique boats, pleasure boats, boating supplies and accessories vendors, and of course, a weekend of exciting powerboat drag racing along the Boca Ciega Bay.
When: June 1-3
Where: Downtown Gulfport
ST. PETE PRIDE – St. Petersburg’s “Pride Weekend” continues to grow, drawing hundreds of thousands of people of all ages and orientations to the downtown area, where the city is host to the area’s largest LGBT parade, a large street fest spanning several blocks and a benefit concert held at the scenic Straub Park. Visitors can expect to enjoy lively and booming music, colorful costumes and floats, fantastic food and lots and lots of parties throughout the weekend.
When: June 22-24
Where: St. Petersburg
CLIMB TO THE MOON TOUR – Climb to the top of Florida’s tallest lighthouse, a National Historic Landmark, and wait for the golden glow of the setting sun to fade before toasting to the full moon as it rises above the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres under the moonlight and gaze at panoramic views at this event limited to 25 guests only when the moon is at its fullest. Yes, the event sells out quickly, but don’t worry. You’ll have other chances; the full moon happens every month.
When: June 28
Where: Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, Ponce Inlet
DOWNTOWN DUNEDIN CRAFT FESTIVAL – As craft festivals go, this one is not to be missed, as it’s an arts and crafts lover’s delight with thousands of memorable, one-of-a-kind items such as eye-popping jewelry, functional pottery, funky clothing, fun hair accessories, ceramic planters, handmade toys and other cool gifts and treats. The fest brings its wares for its 16th year to downtown Dunedin, which has plenty of great restaurants, cafes and bars for rest stops along the way. When: June 23-24
Where: Main Street, downtown Dunedin
NEW SMYRNA BEACH SPRING KITE FESTIVAL – In this beach town known for its whimsical fests, the spring kite show never disappoints, filling the sky with thousands of floating, flying works of art. Kite clubs from all over Florida come to play and compete, and first-timers can join in, too. The first 400 children to attend the fest each day get free kites to which they can add their own flair at a decorating station.
When: June 2-3
Where: Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
SILVER SPURS RODEO – Celebrating its 131st year (!), the Silver Springs Rodeo is a time-honored favorite among locals and visitors alike and a longstanding tradition to ring in springtime in Florida. Along with bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, and team roping – and yes, the rodeo clown between events – families can enjoy bounce houses, games, music and some performances from the junior teams.
When: June 1-2
Where: Osceola Heritage Park/Silver Springs Arena, Kissimmee
SARASOTA MUSIC FESTIVAL – For three weeks each June, internationally recognized guest artists and student musicians come together in Florida to study and perform chamber music, performed for the public at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center and the Sarasota Opera House. Guests can expect to enjoy wide variety of symphony artistry including artist showcase concerts, chamber concerts and orchestra shows that offer glimpses of some of the top talents of the present and future.
When: June 4-23
SUMMERFEST ZEPHYRHILLS – Before the summer doldrums begin to set in for the kids, Zephyrhills shakes things up with downtown’s only fireworks show, as well as dance and watermelon-eating contests, bounce houses, face painting, crafts, games and lots and lots of delicious food and treat vendors. Bring the whole family, including the dog, and be sure to stick around after sundown for the booming explosions and light showers over the lake.
When: June 23
Where: Downtown Zephyrhills
ST. PETE STREET FOOD & CRAFT BEER FEST – Located in the heart of downtown at Mirror Lake Park, this food and beer fest brings the best of Florida’s “Gulp Coast” breweries as well as the Tampa Bay area’s most delectable and interesting food trucks and vendors. Save plenty of room in your stomach to sample gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, Filipino dishes, soul food and seafood, then wash it down with a hoppy beverage (or two) of your choice.
When: June 15
Where: Albert Whitted Park, St. Petersburg
NEW SMYRNA BEACH REGGAE AND ISLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL – Be cool in the early summer heat at this free, three-day fest celebrating reggae, Caribbean and island music at venues and stages throughout New Smyrna Beach. Dance along to your choice of more than a dozen acts, many of which also include band meet-and-greets afterward. The fest is open to all ages, though some venues require patrons be 21 and up.
When: June 21-24
Where: Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach
OPA! PALOOZA GREEK FESTIVAL – Head towards the historic Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks for a three-day celebration of Greek heritage and culture at the family-friendly Opa! Palooza Greek Festival. The pet-friendly event, hosted by the Tarpon Springs Merchant’s Association, will feature live music, dancing, seminars, workshops, food, pastries and spirits… all Greek-style, of course.
When: June 8-10
Where: Dodecanese Boulevard on the Sponge Docks, Tarpon Springs
DINOSAURIA — This month is the last chance to explore our world’s prehistoric past and take your best holiday card photo ever with lifelike dinosaurs that invaded the Jacksonville Zoo in March. The 21 life-size, animatronic species are both carnivorous and herbivorous and are loving their temporary home in north Florida’s wooded, swampy environment. After, make time to see the zoo’s Malayan and Sumatran tigers up close as they freely roam a unique set of trails in the Land of the Tiger and then cool off at the splash ground.
When: through July 7
Where: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
JACKSONVILLE 48-HOUR FILM PROJECT — Think you can make a short film in 48 hours? Go! The contest begins on Friday, June 1, at 7 p.m. and completed films must be turned in by Sunday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. All creativity and artistic work -- writing the script, costume/set design, shooting, editing, sound design -- can take place only during that time frame. The winning film from Jacksonville will compete at Filmapalooza 2019 for a chance to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 Short Film Corner. If the behind-the-scenes part of the movie business isn’t quite your thing, you can attend the official film screenings at Jacksonville’s SunRay Cinema on June 11-13.
When: June 1-3, 11-13
25TH ANNUAL WELLBORN BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL — Indulge in all things blueberry: from cobblers and pies to ice cream and jellies to syrups and fudge. Don’t miss the blueberry pancake breakfast and the “Christmas in June” parade. Also includes classic car and truck show, “Scales and Tails” live animal show, more than 100 food and craft vendors and live entertainment. Blueberry bushes and fresh-picked berries will be for sale!
When: June 2
Where: Andrews Square, Wellborn
SUMMER MOVIE SERIES — Colonial Oak Music Park has teamed up with St. Augustine’s favorite odditorium, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! for another summer of movies under the stars. Grab your folding chair and take the Red Train complimentary shuttle from Ripley’s to the park and back. All movies are family friendly and include recent favorites like Coco and Wonder Woman or Disney classics like Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.
When: Wednesdays, June 6 - Aug. 1
Where: Colonial Music Park, St. Augustine
WORLD OCEANS DAY — Since 1992, World Oceans Day has served as a chance for global organizations, aquariums and zoos to create programming that speaks to the need to honor and protect the our oceans. Panama City Beach will kick off the event with a beach cleanup at M.B. Miller County Pier. At the same time, there will be educational activities and shows at Gulf World Marine Park. Later in the day, participate in an underwater dive at Diver’s Den or attend an after party at Sharky’s.
When: June 8
Where: various venues Panama City Beach
FAMU FARM FEST — Learn how to turn your backyard into a sustainable herb garden and viable food source from the leaders of FAMU’s Cooperative Extension Program. Workshops topics and hands-on demos include Protected Agriculture, Vegetable Production, Kitchen Mixology and Sustainable Herb Gardens. There’s separate programming for kids, which includes Fun with Food Science and Entomology, plus there are farm tours and carnival games. Participants can take a BBQ Master Class for an additional fee.
When: June 9
Where: FAMU Research and Extension Center
2018 U.S. OPEN OVERALL FRISBEE CHAMPIONSHIPS — Yes, we know, for most of us the relationship between human and Frisbee involves tossing it around at a beach picnic or allowing your dog to get some extra exercise with a game of fetch. Then there are those who have made spinning a Frisbee into an elite sport or artistic expression. Athletes will be competing in a wide variety of categories like freestyle (A highly artistic performance that combines the competitive aspects of gymnastics and dance with throwing and catching), distance (furthest throw wins) and disc golf.
When: June 11-17
ULTIMATE NATURE PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT — Explore Anastasia State Park while recording new memories during their photo scavenger hunt. Participants will have two hours to preserve all the scavenger hunt items on their smartphone or digital camera. Scavenger hunt essentials include comfortable shoes, sunscreen, a refillable water bottle and bug spray.
When: June 15
Where: Island Beach Grill at Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine
GREAT ATLANTIC COUNTRY MUSIC FEST — The tagline says it all: “Beach, Boots, Bikinis and Brews.” The music lineup is still TBD, but any fest at Jax Beach is a rockin’ time at the beachfront music pavilion. Just imagine country crooners, sunset and rolling waves on the other side of the dunes. And the fest is free and family friendly.
When: June 16
Where: Seawalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach
BATTLE OF BLOODY MOSE — Attend the annual reenactment of this 1740 Spanish victory battle between the British forces and a Spanish militia. The battle’s commemoration will feature two battle reenactments as well as a living history military encampment.
When: June 16
Where: Fort Mose, St. Augustine
EMERALD COAST BLUE MARLIN CLASSIC — If you’re angling to reel in the big one -- both the fish and Gulf coast’s largest purse, this sport fishing tourney has boasted nearly $2 million in prize money awarded. In 2017, Tropical Storm Cindy put a damper on the event with more than 40 boats withdrawing. Hopefully, 2018 will return the event to one of the Top Ten Big Money Tournaments in Marlin Magazine. Huge payouts are awarded to top marlin, tuna, wahoo and dolphin with daily weigh-ins at Baytowne Marina complete with live music, food and Friday night fireworks. The ECBC also is a qualifier for the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship, InTheBite’s Captain of the Year Cu and the Offshore World Championship.
When: June 20-24
ST. AUGUSTINE MUSIC FESTIVAL — Take a break from the seasonal deluge of jazz, funk, blues and country music fests to salute the world’s greatest composers — Schubert, Mozart, Saint-Saens, Rachmaninoff, Haydn and many more — at the country’s largest free classical music festival. Now in its 11th year, some of the festival’s announced featured musicians include cellist Andrew Diaz, violinist Nigel Armstrong and pianists Wendy Chen and Ileana Fernandez, who will be joined by members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
When: June 21-23, 28-30
Where: Cathedral Basilica, St. Augustine
62ND ANNUAL PANHANDLE WATERMELON FESTIVAL — The festival tagline just makes us smile: “Music On. Melons Ripe. Summer’s Here!” Yes, it’s finally feeling like summer in the sunshine state and Chipley’s annual music festival, with a side of watermelon, is one of those harbingers of the season. This year the event headliners are Joe Nichols, Deana Carter, Wendell Mobley and Paul Overstreet. Also includes the 40th Annual Hot Trot 5K & Fun Run, festival pageant and a classic car show.
When: June 22-23
OCALA COMIC CON — Of course, the best part of any comic con is the cosplay, or opportunity to appear in public as characters from Moana, the Avengers, the creepy clown from It, the 1960s Batman TV characters and more. Be ready to take lots of selfies. But don’t forget the actual stars. You’ll be able to meet Esme Bianco (Game of Thrones), anime voice actors Micah Solusod (Soul Eater) and Chuck Huber (Dragonball Z), cartoonist Eddie Pittman, Chelsea Talmadge (Stranger Things) and DC artist illustrator Clay Mann.
When: June 23-24
Where: Hilton Ocala
AMERICA! AMERICA! — You don’t have to wait until Independence Day to celebrate our nation’s birth. Celebrate twice by attending Maccleny’s annual fete. Of course, fireworks will light up the night sky but there will be food and craft vendors, live entertainment and a game truck in the early evening. After the fireworks, stay for movie night in the park.
When: June 30
Where: Memorial Park, Macclenny
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