Things to Do In Florida Right Now!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Things to Do in Florida This Weekend - Friday, February 1st thru Sunday, February 3rd, 2013



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, February 1st thru Sunday, February 3rd, 2013







27th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire – Friday, February 1st thru Sunday, February 3rd
Alachua Country Fairgrounds
Gainesville, Florida
9:30AM to 3PM Fridays
10AM to 6PM Sat/Sun


Actors, artisans and musicians bring the Middle Ages to life through games, songs and demonstrations.  Chat with King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table and gobble up a giant turkey leg at the food court. 
Food, music, games and fun for all!

Admission is $14 for adults, $7 for children ages 5-17 and free for children under 5. On Friday, February 1, tickets are half price.






20th Anniversary Quilting in the Highlands – Friday, February 1st thru Saturday, February 2nd
Sebring, Florida
Highlands County Fair and Convention Cnter
781 Magnolia Avenue
9AM to 4PM
$7.00
(863) 453-3585







This 20th annual quilting show features a merchant mall, a boutique, an opportunity quilt, silent mini-quilt action, challenge quilts, demonstrations, displays, door prizes and food.

Admission is $7.00 per person.  Free parking.  Buses are welcome.






Benny Goodman Tribute Concert – Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra – 
Friday, February 1st and Saturday, February 2nd
Jacksonville, Florida
Times-Union Center
(904) 633-6110

Reminisce to the arrangements of Moonglow; Sing, Sing, Sing; Stompin’ at the Savoy; and more in this popular salute to the “King of Swing”.






Lemon Bay Fest – Saturday, February 2nd thru Saturday, Feburary 9th
Olde Englewood Village
(941) 474-5511










Celebrate Old Florida history with live music, family-friendly programs, folk artists and a Saturday Cracker Fair.






Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition – Now thru Sunday, March 3rd
St. Petersburg, Florida
Mahaffey Theatre
(727) 892-5798





Experience the legendary ship as never before.  Galleries feature recovered artifacts, room recreations and personal stories from this doomed 1912 voyage.







Take a Walk on the Wild Side – Every Saturday thru April
Sarasota, Florida
Myakka River State Park
8AM to Noon
$20 per person – fee includes park entry
Call 941 780-0881





Take a walk to the mysterious Deep Hole at Lower Myakka Lake at Myakka River State Park’s Wilderness Preserve.  The area is known as one of the best places in the park to view eagles, wading birds like roseate spoonbills and sandhill cranes, ducks, shorebirds, and alligators.

Your guide will be Bob Richardson, past president of the Sierra Club and a talented park Bird Interpreter who often leads outings to the Dry Tortugas and Belize.  Bob is known to delight locals and tourists alike with his knowledge and sharp eye for wildlife.

This is a 5-mile hike through moderately rough terrain, on sandy soils and along the lakeshore.

This trip is limited to 6 participants. Your donation will be used to help care for the park and river.

Reservations are required.  Call 941 780-0881or email Bob@rkwRealestate.com

Myakka River State Park is located 9 miles east of I-75 in Sarasota on S.R. 72





Plow Days – Friday, February 1st and Saturday, February 2nd
Between Gainesville and Newberry, Florida
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
10AM to 2PM
$5 per car park admission – festival is free
352-472-1142

Come join the fun for Plow Days at Dudley Farm Historic State Park. 

You’ll see folks demonstrating old time farming and plowing techniques both with mule teams and with draft.  This was the way it was done in the days before tractors.

Dudley Farm Historic State Park is located seven miles west of I-75 on State Road 26 between Newberry and Gainesville.






Fishing for Snook & Redfish – Saturday, February 2nd
Sebastian, Florida
Sebastian Inlet State Park
1PM
Free after paid park admission
321-984-4852 or 772-589-9659




Come and learn some of the best techniques for catching Inlet snook and redfish. 

All interpretive programs meet at the Sebastian Fishing Museum.  The Sebastian Fishing Museum is located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet State Park. 


From Indian River County: From Interstate 95, take the Fellsmere/Sebastian exit and go east (towards Sebastian) on County Road 512. After a short distance, turn right on County Road 510. This road will intersect with U.S. Highway 1. Continue east, over the Indian River, to State Road A1A. Turn left (north) and go 7 miles on State Road A1A, you will have arrived at Sebastian Inlet.

From Brevard County: From Interstate 95, take the U.S. 192 exit and go east until you reach State Road A1A in Indialantic. Turn right (south) on State Road A1A and go 18 miles to get to Sebastian Inlet.






First Weekend Union Garrisons – Saturday, February 2nd and Sunday, February 3rd
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Fort Clinch State Park
9AM to 5PM Sat / 9AM to noon Sun
Candlelight viewing – Saturday after sundown
Park entrance fee plus $2 Fort admission
904-277-7274



Living historians recreate life at Fort Clinch during the War Between the States. 

Activities may include artillery demonstrations, medical demonstrations and soldier drills.  Soldiers and civilians also take up duty in the laundry, infirmary, kitchen, barracks, quartermaster and carpenter shop.

The monthly candlelight viewing of Fort Clinch will be held on Saturday.  This is a self- guided tour of Fort Clinch which takes place after sundown.  There is a separate fee for the sundown tour of $3 per person after paid park admission.

Take I-95 to the Fernandina Beach/Callahan exit (Milepost Exit 373 - Old Exit 129), and stay to the right. You will then be traveling east on A1A. (This road becomes 8th Street within the town limits of Fernandina.) Stay on this road, (A1A), for 16 miles until you come to the intersection of 8th Street and Atlantic Avenue. Turn right on Atlantic Avenue and go about two miles, Fort Clinch State Park will be on the left.





Sea Turtles – Saturday, February 2nd
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
2PM to 3PM
Free after paid park admission
(850) 267-8330






Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to come and learn the facts about common Sea Turtles at Topsail.

The majestic Sea Turtles are just now winding down another reproductive season.  See what you can do to help preserve these awe inspiring creatures of the sea.

Park at the Day-Use area on Hwy 30A and take a short walk with park staff 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.





Primitive Arts Day – Saturday, February 2nd
White Springs, Florida
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
Craft Square
10AM to 4PM
386-397-1920


Step back in time to a more primitive Florida for an introduction to early pioneer arts and crafts.

Learn about 400-year old Inkle weaving; see smithies working at the blacksmith forge. Find out about Saggar Pit fired pottery.  Clay pots will be wrapped in organic materials such as hay, leaves, grasses, and moss and fired in open flames. Watch as talented spinners, weavers, knitters, crotchetier and quilters create their wares before your eyes. The demonstrators will happily answer your questions and sell their goods.

Groups are welcome.

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is located on U.S. 41 in White Springs, Florida.

From I-75 to S.R. 136 (Milepost Exit 439 - Old Exit 84), travel east on S.R. 136 for 3 miles. Turn left on U.S. 41. Park entrance is on the left. From I-10 to U.S. 41 North (Milepost Exit 301 - Old Exit 43), travel 9 miles to White Springs. Park entrance is on the left.




First Saturday Coffee House – Saturday, February 2nd
White Springs, Florida
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
7PM to 9PM
Free
386-397-4331





Come and join the coffee house crowd at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park’s Auditorium for open-mic night. 

Play music, read poetry, tell a story or go just to hear the music, poetry and stories of others and to indulge in the potluck of goodies!

This month’s Weekend Coffee House will be hosted by award winning Mary Z. Cox.  

See listing above for directions.





13th Annual Plantation Festival – Saturday, February 2nd thru Sunday, February 3rd
Ellenton, Florida
Gamble Plantation Historic State Park
10Am to 4PM
Free
(941) 723-4536

Gamble Plantation Historic State Park is hosting their 13th Annual Plantation Festival this weekend.   Visitors will enjoy an arts and crafts show, a school art competition, free tours of the Gamble Mansion and the Patten House, food and beverage vendors and more.

Donations will be accepted to benefit the Gamble Plantation Preservation Alliance, a non-profit Citizens Support Organization dedicated to supporting the Gamble Plantation Historic State Park.

Gamble Plantation is located in Ellenton, Florida. 

From I-75, Exit 224: Head west for 1 mile on US 301. Look for the landmark white picket fence and turn right into the main park entrance.





24th Annual Candlelight Tour at Torreya State park – Sunday, February 2nd
Bristol, Florida
Torreya State Park
Noon to Sunset
Free after paid park admission of $3 per vehicle
(850) 643-2674






Torreya State Park will hold its 24th Annual Candlelight Tour Event.

Visitors will enjoy fantastic foods while listening to the clinking of the blacksmith hammer; see, hear and feel the civil war cannons being fired; and experience live music from local artists along with authentic hearth cooking.

Foods will include chili, hot dogs, desserts and other goodies.

Any donations made will benefit the Friends of Torreya State Park, Inc.

Tours of the Historic Gregory House will begin at 10AM and will continue every hour on the hour up to 4PM.  At sunset, the Historic Gregory House will open its doors for leisurely tours, free of charge.

Torreya State Park is located off State Road 12 on County Road 1641, 13 miles north of Bristol.





Dolphins Lecture – Saturday, February 2nd
North Palm Beach, Florida
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
11AM
$5 per person
Reservations Required
(561) 776-7449, ext. 104

Dr. Denise Herzing will be giving a presentation on dolphins, titled “An Intimate Glimpse at an Aquatic Society."

The cost for the program is $5 per person and reservations are required.

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is located 2.8 miles south of the intersection of U.S.1 and PGA Blvd. on A1A in North Palm Beach.




Family Birding – Saturday, February 2nd
Micanopy, Florida
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
9AM to 11AM
Free after paid park admission
(352) 466-4100






February’s Family Birding session at Paynes Prairie will focus on How to Identify Birds and Their Song.  Meet at Visitor Center located within Paynes Prairie.

People of all ages are encouraged to participate, including children.  Bring the whole family! 

Topics will include Bird Habitat, Winter Bird Residents at Paynes Prairie, How to Identify Birds and their Songs, Migration, and Keeping a Birding Checklist.

No special gear is required.  The park has several pairs of binoculars to share and will provide basic instruction in their operation.  Feel free to bring your own.

This program is designed for anyone with an interest in birding – with or without experience – and to provide families with the knowledge and tools necessary to share a birding experience.

Contact the Visitor Center for information and reservations.  Please provide the ages of all children that will be participating so that we can plan activities suitable to their age group.

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is located 10 miles south of Gainesville, in Micanopy, on the east side of US 441.

Coming from the north on I-75: Take exit 374, the Micanopy exit, and turn left at the end of the exit ramp. You will then be traveling east on CR 234. Stay on this road 1.4 miles until it intersects with US 441. Turn left onto 441 and go 0.6 miles to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park (on the right).

Coming from the south on I-75: Take exit 374, the Micanopy exit, and turn right at the end of the exit ramp. You will then be traveling east on CR 234. Stay on this road 1.4 miles until it intersects with US 441. Turn left onto 441 and go about 0.6 miles to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park (on the right).
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Maritime Archeology Day – Saturday, February 2nd
St. Augustine, Florida
Anastasia State Park
10AM to 2PM
Free after paid park admission

Come and learn about the maritime history of Anastasia State Park. 

The Florida Public Archeology Network, the St.Augustine Lighthouse, The Pirate and Treasure Museum, The St.Augustine Yacht Club and various other area groups will be here to share their knowledge. 

Seafood with local recipes will be available at the Island Grill located within the park.

There will be complementary guided kayak tours of Salt Run offered on a first come, first serve basis (seating is limited).

There will be live local music guided ranger-led nature walk. 

Anastasia is located 1.5 miles north of State Road 312 on State Road A1A, less than 5 miles south of St. Augustine.

From I-95 take exit 311. Go east on State Road 207. Turn right on State Road 312. Turn left on A1A. Travel approximately 1.5 miles north to main park entrance. Turn right after The Surf Station.
 
From US-1 turn east onto State Road 312. Turn north (left) on A1A. Travel approx 1.5 miles north to main park entrance. Turn right after The Surf Station.



Guided Nature Hike – Saturday, February 2nd
Ocala, Florida
Silver River State Park
8AM
Free after paid park admission


Walk with a naturalist to learn about our Central Florida flora and fauna. 

Either David or Mickey will be your host.  David is a naturalist with a strong knowledge of plant life, exotic invasives, and ecosystems in our area.  Mickey has extensive knowledge of the history and culture of the Silver River area.  You can call ahead if you would like to know who is leading this week. 

Wear sturdy walking shoes.  No pets will be allowed on this hike.
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.



Camp Helen History Tour – Saturday, February 2nd
West of Panama City, Florida
Camp Helen State Park
10AM to 10:45AM
Free after paid park admission
(850) 233-5059

Camp Helen State Park invites you to their monthly history walk at Camp Helen State Park.

Come learn about the early history of the park and local area while wandering on a guided tour around Camp Helen's restored historical buildings.

The walks take place the first Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. and last about 45 minutes.

Camp Helen State Park is located west of Panama City Beach on U.S. 98 at the west end of the Phillips Inlet bridge, just inside Bay County. The entrance is South of U.S. Hwy 98 and approximately six miles west of State Road 79.




Backpack with a Ranger – Saturday, February 2nd (overnight)
Micanopy, Florida
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
La Chua Trail
10AM Saturday to Noon Sunday
(352) 466-4100       
$10 per person

If you’re interested in taking your next camping venture beyond the campground, but you’re not ready to make the trip on your own, then join one of our rangers on a group overnight hike just off the beaten prairie path. 

Journey along biologically and historically unique areas, and learn about the Prairie’s relationship to people of the past, present and future.

This overnight trip is a moderately strenuous hike of approximately 6.5 miles over level to slightly rolling terrain. 

The pack in, pack out hike begins Saturday morning with a 4.5 mile hike, and concludes on Sunday with a 2 mile hike along the picturesque north rim of the prairie basin.  The trip ends around noon Sunday at the starting point.

The hike is limited to 20 people.  Reservations are required!  Contact the Visitor Center between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for reservations at (352) 466-4100.       

This hike is not recommended for children under 10.  No pets permitted.

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is located 10 miles south of Gainesville, in Micanopy, on the east side of US 441.

Coming from the north on I-75: Take exit 374, the Micanopy exit, and turn left at the end of the exit ramp. You will then be traveling east on CR 234. Stay on this road 1.4 miles until it intersects with US 441. Turn left onto 441 and go 0.6 miles to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park (on the right).

Coming from the south on I-75: Take exit 374, the Micanopy exit, and turn right at the end of the exit ramp. You will then be traveling east on CR 234. Stay on this road 1.4 miles until it intersects with US 441. Turn left onto 441 and go about 0.6 miles to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park (on the right).




39th Annual Tallahassee Marathon
and Half Marathon – 
Sunday, February 3rd
Tallahassee, Florida
Tallahassee-St. Marks 
Historic Railroad State Trail
7:30AM
(850) 922-6007
WEBSITE 
www.tallahasseemarathon.com/.








The Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail State Park invites you to join the Gulf Winds Track Club as they host the 39th Annual Tallahassee Marathon and Half Marathon.

With the first marathon held back in 1975, the Tallahassee Half-Marathon has been held since the mid-1980s. This is the tenth year the marathon will be run from Florida State University.

One half of the net proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Lung Association of Florida. The remainder will be used by Gulf Winds Track Club to support club races and to provide services and amenities at the 2014 Tallahassee Marathon, in support of their goal to provide a first-class event.

The race will start at 7:30 a.m. EST on the campus of Florida State University on Chieftan Way in front of the FSU Circus.

Both courses utilize the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail, which is paved and essentially flat.

For more information call or visit the race website listed above.

Main Trailhead
4778 Woodville Highway
Tallahassee, FL 32305
GPS Cooridnates: N 30.3715 / W -84.2688

Wakulla Station Trailhead
1358 Old Woodville Road
Crawfordville, FL 32327-0621
GPS Cooridnates: N 30.2451 / W -84.2358

St. Marks River Trailhead
25 Riverside Drive
St. Marks, FL 32355
GPS Cooridnates: N 30.1544 / W -84.2042




Treasure Coast ESA Surf Contest – Sunday, February 3rd
Fort Pierce, Florida
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
8AM to 5PM
WEBSITE


For more information, visit the Eastern Surfing Association Treasure Coast District at http://tcst.surfesa.org/index.htm.

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is located four miles east of Fort Pierce, via North Causeway.





Learn to Kayak – Sunday, February 3rd
North Palm Beach, Florida
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
11AM
Free after paid park admission
(561) 624-6952





Representatives from Adventure Times Kayaks will teach a land-based course that gives beginners the skills necessary for kayaking.

Reservations are recommended.

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is located 2.8 miles south of the intersection of U.S.1 and PGA Blvd. on A1A in North Palm Beach.






Sculpture in Key West – Saturday, December 1st through Saturday, March 23rd
Key West, Florida


Each year contemporary outdoor sculptures come to Key West.  This year artists include Nellie Appleby, Bill Wood and Ursula Clark.













Gainesville Cell Phone Tours 
Daily 
Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs
Various - see website, Gainesville, FL 32601
352-393-8540
WEBSITE    
Free





Use your cell phone for a Free tour of Gainesville's nature, arts and historical attractions. You control what you hear and when. The tour is Free. (cell phone minutes do apply)

Print out a guide and start your adventure. Pick from one of the tours available.

Tours include Historic Downtown Gainesville, Historic Thomas Center, Matheson Museum, Paynes Prairie, Evinston, Dudley Farm and Oleno State Park. 

New tours in Gainesville are being introduced in 2013 so be sure to check them out!







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Saturday Farmers Markets



Lake Desoto Farmers Market 
Saturdays
Lake City, Florida
778 NE Lake Desoto Circle 
(Between Columbia County Courthouse and Shands Lakeshore Hospital
8AM to Noon





The Lake DeSoto Farmers' Market is open every Saturday from 8am to 12pm in Wilson Park, 778 NE Lake DeSoto Circle, located along Lake DeSoto between the Columbia County Courthouse and Shands Lakeshore Hospital.

The market's weekly offerings include a bounty of Florida-grown fruits and vegetables along with honey, goat milk, cheese, free range eggs, herbs, and organic arugula and mixed greens for salads. There are also fruit tree's, grape vines, herb and native plants available for your garden. Local artists also share space with local farmers, beekeepers, and downtown merchants like Ruppert’s Bakery.



Jacksonville's King Street Farmers Market 
Wednesday 
Jacksonville, Florida
1021 King Street
11AM to 2PM 









The King Street Farmers Market is a weekly Wednesday local food and farmers market in the Riverside neighborhood of Jacksonville, FL.   They’re located in the vacant lot next to Riverside Market Antiques & Interiors at 1021 King Street.   Hours are from 11AM to 2PM.

Shoppers will find fresh and organic fruits and vegetables straight from the farm, artisan breads and baked goods, food trucks, plant and tree vendors.

To contact: email kingstreetfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

Market managers:

    Cari Sanchez-Potter, Intuition Ale Works

    Melaine Taylor, Riverside Market Antiques & Interiors

    Amie Keslar, The Veggie Bin









Wildwood Growers' Market
Saturdays- Year 'Round
Wildwood, Florida
City Hall Grounds - 100 N. Main Street
9AM to 1PM



 Wildwood Growers' Market is a community market sponsored by the City of Wildwood in partnership with UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension.

The market is open 9:00 AM - 1:00PM every Saturday year round.

The Wildwood Growers' Market has been going strong since October 2009 and features only homegrown and homemade foods and products.

The market is located on the beautiful grounds of Wildwood City Hall on 301 in downtown Wildwood.  The street address is 100 North Main Street.   

There is easy access from I-75 or the Florida Turnpike.  The Market is only a few miles from the retirement community, The Villages.

They are always seeking local growers and artisans, within a 100 mile radius of Wildwood.

Contact Market Manager, Jerry Townsend at (352) 330-1330 x122 for a vendor application.






St. Andrews Waterfront Market 
Saturdays and Sundays
Panama City, Florida
Thru November 24, 2012
St. Andrews Marina

St. Andrews Waterfront Farmers Market first began as a seasonal market in 2004. Later that year, the community erected a pavilion to house the Market. 

In September, 2010 a group of dedicated volunteers took the Market on as a challenge and transformed it into the current vibrant, bustling year-round market with a unique Make-It-or-Grow-It atmosphere.   

In April, 2011 the market became host to St. Andrews Community Garden and together they work to promote our local agriculture, inspire healthy living and improve our regional economy. 

The first market expansion occurred on September 10, 2011 and put the market on BOTH sides of the water - at St. Andrews Marina and at Smith's Yacht Basin on Beck Ave. 

For $1.00 each way, shoppers enjoy  3-minute ferry service between the two market sites on beautiful St. Andrew Bay.  The  Market is proud to be America's only farmers market to offer ferry service to its shoppers!

On April 15, 2012, the market expanded to include the Grand Lagoon at Pirate's Cove operating on Sundays.

Saturday from 8am to 1pm in St. Andrews and every Sunday at Grand Lagoon from 1 to 6pm. 






Ocala Farmers Market
Saturdays
Ocala, Florida
Downtown - Ocala Square
8 AM - 1 PM











Chiefland Farmers and Flea Market 
Saturdays
Chiefland, Florida

Fresh produce, cool stuff. Come on out!









Boynton Beach Community Farmers Market
Saturdays through December 22nd
Boynton Beach, FL
9AM to 2 PM
561-737-3256

Fresh produce, plants, unique food & artisanal goodies. Corner of Boynton Beach Blvd and Federal Hwy - Vendor Info: Call Jerry at 561-714-2745









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





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