Things to Do In Florida Right Now!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Things to Do in Florida Memorial Day Weekend - May 25th thru May 28th, 2012

Florida…Just For Fun!
Things to Do in Florida Right Now

Want to do something interesting in Florida this weekend?     
 Here are some suggestions!

Friday, May 25th thru Monday, May 27th 
Memorial Day Weekend 2012

Click on links for more information

Jacksonville Jazz Festival – Friday, May 25th – Sunday, May 27th
Downtown Jacksonsonville

Friday night marks the beginning of FREE jazz performances on multiple stages in the heart of downtown including Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio; and Sonny Rollins on Memorial Day Weekend!

The Wine Down/Brew Town Tasting Experience and the Art in the Heart Downtown juried art show and sale will also be open along with jazz exhibits and displays to start the festival weekend.

The downtown festival includes a variety of jazz genres, a jazz piano competition, a juried art show, and wine and beer tasting

Florida Folk Festival - May 25 - 27, 2012
White Springs, FL
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive
Just off US 41

Arlo Guthrie and John Anderson will be performing

The Festival is held at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, which is located at 11016 Lillian Saunders Drive, White Springs Florida 32096, just off U.S. 41.

From I-75 to S.R. 136 (Exit 439), travel east on S.R. 136 for 3 miles. Turn left on U.S. 41 at the State of Florida's Nature & Heritage Tourism Center. Festival Walk-In Entrance is on the left.

For Main Entrance and Festival Parking, proceed one mile north on U.S. 41 and turn left at Florida Folk Festival sign. From I-10 to U.S. 41 North (Exit 301), travel 9 miles to town of White Springs.

Campgrounds for tents and RVs and area motels are located in White Springs, and nearby in Lake City, Jasper, Jennings and Live Oak.

Orlando International Fringe Festival – Wednesday, May 16 thru Monday, May 28th
Downtown Orlando & Loch Haven Park, Orlando, Florida

"100% uncensored. 100% accessible. 100% non-juried." 

Initiated in 1992, the Orlando International Fringe Festival features cutting-edge performers and innovative works.

The festival is billed as “10 Days of Theatre, Art, Music and Madness.” Spread out over various Orlando venues such as Loch Haven Park, Lowndes Shakespeare Center and The Orlando Repertory Theatre, the 2012 Orlando International Fringe Festival will take place in May 2012, and feature the talents of more than 500 performers and 70 theater companies.

 It is the oldest operating fringe festival in the United States. Admission is charged.

Concert in the Grove – Friday, May 25th
Bradenton, Florida
Mixon Fruit Farms
6 PM

Enjoy the Main Street Band at the Concert in the Grove at Mixon Fruit Farms

Blue Crab Festival – Friday, May 25th – Monday, May 28th
Palatka, Florida

Lots of Crab, arts, crafts, beauty pageant, petting zoo.  Parade downtown, Memorial Day tribute at the amphitheater. 

Memorial Day Concert Celebration – Saturday, May 26th – Sunday, May 27th
Destin, Florida

World War II Event - Saturday, May 26th thru Sunday, May 27th
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Fort Clinch State Park

Honor those who served at Fort Clinch State Park.  Explore military displays, view memorabilia, uniforms, weapons, vehicles and lifestyle from those who were part of the war.

Families in Nature – Saturday, May 26th
Panacea, Florida  Area
St. Marks Wildlife Refuge
11 AM to 2 PM
Top of Form

Water Wonders is the theme for this Saturday's Families in Nature.

Rock-n-Roll ThrowAThon – Saturday, May 26th – Sunday, May 27th
St. Petersburg, Florida
Morean Arts Center
Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, 10am - 4pm

Come and listen to the music and watch 6 potters each working from 2 wheels throwing like crazy, see thirty or forty produced! This is going to be a truly memorable event don’t miss it. Light refreshments will be served. Don Williams will be leading this amazing throwathon.
This event is FREE, work will be available for sale.

Only a few more FREE Saturdays @ the Morean left for the season.  Last one will be Saturday, June 2nd. Where else can you find wonderful hands-on children's activities for FREE....thank you to Bank of America for making this possible!

Dirty Dozen & Dirty Half Dozen – Friday, May 25th
Sebring, Florida
Sebring International Raceway – on the Midway
Starting at 6 Pm
Free To Dirty Dozen Participants & Kids Under 7
10 To The Public
Vendors On Site - No Coolers Please

DIRTY DOZEN is a 2 mile fun run with lots of mud (DIRTY) and 12 insane obstacles (DOZEN) designed to challenge your fitness level and tickle your funny bone! You will crawl, climb, jump, swing, run and giggle through our crazy course for the simple reward of great music, cold beer, a cool tshirt, and mud in places mud just shouldn't be!!

The Dirty "half" Dozen is for ages 7-12. It consists of a 1-mile fun run with (6) Crazy Obstacles. You will STILL crawl, climb, jump, swing, run and giggle through this crazy course for the simple reward of great music, cold power drinks, a cool event tshirt, and mud in places it just shouldn't be! 

Cool T-shirt FREE Beer & Power Drinks
Great Music! FREE Showers! Great Food

Crabbing for Beginners  -  Friday, May 25th
Flagler Beach, Florida
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Free with park entry

Ranger Richard will teach the basics of crabbing and demonstrate how to nab that crab. 

Participants are encouraged to bring their own crabbing equipment and supplies. Crabbing nets are available for sale in the ranger station for $4.

 This event is included in the regular park entrance fee of $5 per carload of two to eight people, $4 for one person in a car and $2 per pedestrian or bicyclist. To reserve a spot at the program, please contact Lauren Swanson at (386) 517-2086 or via email at

Directions: From I-95: Whether you are traveling north or south on I-95, take exit 284 (State Road 100). Turn east onto State Road 100 and travel approximately 3 miles till you reach A1A (and the ocean). At the light turn right (south) and travel approximately another 3 miles. The Ranger Station will be located on the drive to your right and our day use beach facilities will be on the left.

From Daytona: Take A1A north to approximately 1 mile north of the Flagler/Volusia County line (approximately 18 miles)The Ranger Station will be located on the drive to your left and our day use beach facilities will be to your right.

From Ormond Beach: Take West Granada (40) east, across the Halifax River, to A1A. Turn left (north) on A1A and travel approximately 11 miles (1 mile north of the Flagler/Volusia County line). The Ranger Station will be located on the drive to your left and our day use beach facilities will be to your right.

From Palm Coast: Take Palm Coast Parkway east across the Intercoastal Waterway (toll bridge) to A1A. Turn left (south) on A1A and travel approximately 11 miles. The park is located on A1A. The Ranger Station will be on the drive to your right and our day use beach facilities will be to your left.

Avoid the toll: Take Palm Coast parkway east to Colbert Lane. Turn right (south) on Colbert Lane and travel approximately 7 miles to SR 100. Turn left (east) on SR 100 and travel approximately 1.5 miles to A1A. Turn right on A1A and travel about 3 miles. The Ranger Station will be located on the drive to your right and our day use beach facilities will be to your left.

From St. Augustine: Take A1A south for approximately 32 miles to SR 100. Continue straight through the light and travel approximately another 3 miles to the park. The Ranger Station will be located on the drive on your right and our day use beach facilities will be located on your left.

Star Gazing by the Shore  – Friday, May 25th
Destin, Florida
Henderson Beach State Park
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Free with Park Admission Fee

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Henderson Beach State Park will host a star gazing program.

 Volunteers from the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will set up several telescopes for public viewing of star clusters, planets, and galaxies and will answer questions about the night sky.

All ages are invited to come see the stars at Henderson Beach. The park will close at sunset; all those attending the star gaze should arrive prior to sunset. Call park for sunset time. Event will take place weather permitting.

Henderson Beach State Park is located just east of Destin on U.S. 98.

Spiders Lecture and Demonstration – Saturday, May 26th
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Free after Park Admission is Paid
(850) 267-8330

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Topsail Hill Preserve State Park will be having a presentation on spiders. 

Did you know spiders are arachnids, but not all arachnids are spiders? In fact, there are over 35,000 named species of spiders worldwide and Florida has the honor of having the most diverse group in the eastern US. 

Come out and join us and learn more about some of the most famous members of the arachnid family. Park at the day-use area on Hwy 30A and take a short hike to the clubhouse.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located in Santa Rosa Beach, 10 miles east of Destin, FL. Take I-10 to Exit 85 (Defuniak Springs) and follow U.S. Highway 331 south. Travel 27 miles to U.S. Highway 98. Turn right and travel approximately five miles west to scenic Highway 30A. Turn left and go one quarter mile to the entrance on the right.

Cracker Village Tour – Saturday, May 26th
Ocala, Florida
Silver River State Park
10:00 am
Free after Park Fees

Take a tour through the replica Cracker Village buildings and learn about life in Central Florida in the 1800's.  

Guide Mr. Sam was raised in a Cracker-style home and has wonderful stories about living without air conditioning or electricity.  You will see the Cracker House, Chapel and Smithy for a look into a lifestyle gone by.  No pets, please.  See entry below for directions.

Stargazing – Saturday, May 26th
Ocala, Florida
Silver River State Park
8:00 pm

The Ocala Astronomy Club brings telescopes and knowledge for an educational evening under the night sky.  This is a great opportunity for budding astronomers to learn about what they are seeing among the stars.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket; insect repellant suggested.  No pets, please.  Event is weather permitting.

Silver River State Park is located east of Ocala, 1 mile south of S.R. 40 on S.R. 35. From Interstate 75, take exit 352 onto SR 40 east, about 9 miles to SR 35. From Interstate 95 take exit 268 to Route 40 west, about 60 miles to SR 35.

Friends of Lake Louisa State Park 5K Run / Walk– Saturday, May 26th
Clermont, Florida
Lake Louisa State Park
7:30 a.m.

Run or walk this USATF certified 5K (3.1-mile) paved course through Lake Louisa State Park. Water will be available on the course and at the finish line. The race will have 8 age groups (8-14, 15-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65-69, 70 and over). Champion Chip timing will be provided by Sommer Sports. 

Trophies will be given to the top over all female and male finishers as well as awards to each age group's top female and male participants. For safety reasons, headphones, baby joggers/strollers, bicycles, roller skates, in-line skates, and pets will be prohibited from the race course. Please visit for updates and future details on the race and how to register.

Fees: Through May 14: $20. May 15- May 25: $25. Day of race: $30

Lake Louisa State Park is located on US 27, seven (7) miles south of State Road 50.

Things that Go Bump in the Night  – Saturday, May 26th
East of Jacksonville, Florida
Fort George Island Cultural State Park
Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Have you ever been camping and wondered what that noise was behind you, or what may be watching you from just beyond the fire light? Come see what is creeping around the Talbot Islands after dark with a Park Ranger. 

This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

Fort George Island Cultural State Park is located approximately 16 miles east of downtown Jacksonville on State Road A1A, or three miles south of Little Talbot Island State Park.

All Things Green – Saturday, May 26th
Chipley, Florida
Falling Waters State Park
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free after Park Entrance Fee

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Falling Waters State Park invites you to an "All Things Green" presentation. 

Matt Orwat from the University of Florida's Extension Office will be presenting a program on all the things that make Falling Waters green. Learn about the unique plants that inhabit the park and surrounding area. Many of the plants have been used by Native Americans and pioneer settlers to the Florida panhandle and some of their stories will also be shared.

Falling Waters State Park is located three miles south of Chipley off State Road 77. Turn left on State Park Road and follow it to the park entrance. From I-10, take the Chipley exit south on State Road 77 and follow signs to the park.

Last Saturday Living History – 
Saturday, May 26th
Fort Mose Historic State Park
Fort Mose Trail – Between St. Augustine and Jacksonville

Fort Mose Historic State Park
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Park Fees

Volunteers will be onsite in period dress offering visitors a fascinating glimpse into the past. Each living history program throughout the year will offer visitors a chance to discover a different topic. This month's program will focus on military maneuvers and colonial weapon demonstrations.

A theater performance by actors from the Mission San Luis will also be included, with a presentation of Miguel Cervantes’ Siege of Numancia adapted to Saint Augustine on June 25, 1740. 

In addition to the demonstration, the park's weekly ranger program will be offered to visitors at 11:00am and 1:00pm for those who wish to participate (See Ranger Programs). Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and bring insect repellant, as the program will be held outdoors. Program is weather permitting.

From St. Augustine: From downtown St. Augustine, drive north on A1A. At the carousel (you read it correctly), continue straight north on San Marco. (A1A turns right towards Vilano Beach. Don't go that way.) San Marco merges with Hwy 1. Shortly after the merge, look for a bronze statue on the right and a sign for Fort Mose. Turn right on Fort Mose Trail. Fort Mose Trail dead ends into Fort Mose picnic area and parking lot.

OR: From Hwy 1 in St. Augustine, drive north past Hwy 16. Look for a bronze statue on the right and a sign for Fort Mose. Turn right on Fort Mose Trail. Fort Mose Trail dead ends into Fort Mose picnic area and parking lot.

From Jacksonville: Drive south on Hwy 1. Turn left on Fort Mose Trail. (If you pass Hwy 16 you've missed Fort Mose Trail.) Fort Mose Trail dead ends into Fort Mose picnic area and parking lot.

Sea Turtle Talk  – Saturday, May 26th
Pensacola, Florida Area
Big Lagoon State Park
(850) 492-1595
8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Big Lagoon State Park would like to invite campers this Memorial Day weekend to join us for a special after-hours program on Sea Turtles.

 Join a Park Ranger at the small amphiteater/campfire circle in the youth camp area for an interpretive program on sea turtles found in the waters of NW Florida.

There is no charge for this program; however, it is only available for campers and after-hours permit holders.

Big Lagoon State Park is located at 12301 Gulf Beach Highway, about 10 miles southwest of Pensacola.  From I-10 take Exit 7 south on Pine Forest Road. Turn right on Blue Angel Parkway, right on Sorrento Road. Finally go left on Bauer Road.

Old Time Dance  – Sunday, May 27th
Coconut Grove, Florida
The Barnacle Historic State Park
 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fees:  $10 – Kids under 9 free

Kick up your heels to live traditional American music while learning traditional American folk dance steps from Lou Dow. 

All levels are welcome, instruction is provided. 

Dances such as circles, squares, contras, and waltzes were all the rage in the 1800s, so come party like it's 1899! Gates open at 6pm, live music and dancing from 6:30 to 10pm. No pets please.

The Barnacle is located in Coconut Grove (Miami) at 3485 Main Highway.

Southwest Florida Museum of History
Fort Myers, Florida
Museum/Art Gallery
2031 Jackson Street,
(239) 321-7430

The Photographic Journal of Clyde Butcher exhibit has been extended at the Museum through July 28. 

Lakeland, Florida

Don't miss Albert Paley's "Sketches & Steel," showing through June 23!

Polk Museum of Art is a fine art museum located in Downtown Lakeland, Florida.

The Museum hosts about 20 exhibitions per year in its 9 galleries.

Geocaching at the Crowley Museum & Nature Center – All Month
Farmers Market – Saturday mornings       
16405 Myakka Rd
Sarasota, FL 34240
(941) 322-1000

Sopchoppy Harvest Grower’s Market – Saturday, May 19th
Sopchoppy, Florida
Corner of Rose Street & Winthrop Avenue
Downtown Sopchoppy
11 AM – 3 PM
Every Saturday

The market features local organic and unsprayed vegetables, homemade, hand-ground fresh bread from Crescent Moon Farm, live music, and various demonstrations, events, vendors and activities.

They are seeking interested growers, seafood vendors, and recreational specialists.
They are also interested in people who would like to offer eco-friendly and food-related demonstrations, and in performers who would like to share their talent during market hours.

They accepting grower's and farmers who sell their  OWN produce, seafood, etc.; No resale. The produce must be grown without pesticide and with organic method farming. Jennifer Taylor, FAMU Small Farms Program Director, visits the farms and growers to make sure they are growing accordingly.  We also allow licensed facilities and individuals who do organic and unsprayed canned items, jams, etc.  Growers and seafood vendors who meet these requirements and who wish to participate may phone Jennifer Taylor at (850)241-3873 or email famu.register@fmail.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For general information or to offer an activity, demonstration or performance, please contact Posh at (850)962-1010 or Debbie Dix at (850)528-5838, or email .

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