Things to Do In Florida Right Now!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Things to Do in Florida This Weekend - Friday, January 25th thru Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Beautiful Southwest Florida
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, January 25th thru Sunday, January 27th, 2013






9th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival – Monday, January 21st thru Saturday, January 26th

Delray Beach, Florida
Old School Square Cultural Arts Center







The Palm Beach Poetry Festival includes poetry lectures, workshops and readings.  This year’s featured poets include B. H. Fairchild, Tony Hoagland and Lisa Russ Spaar. 

Tickets for individual events are still available.




Islamorada Fine Art Expo – Friday, January 25th thru Sunday, January 27th
Islamorada, Florida
Morada Way Arts District
Mile Marker 81.5 on the Old Highway
81549 Overseas Highway
6PM to 8PM Friday
10AM to 5PM Sat/Sun





This fine art event features some of the area’s best artisan work.  One of the features of The Islamorada Fine Art Expo is that it includes “cutting-edge performance art” not typically available at outdoor art fairs.

Food and drink will be offered by some of the Keys finest restaurants.



Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival – Friday, January 25th thru Wednesday, January 30th
Titusville, Florida
Brevard Community College - Titusville Campus
1311 North US Highway 1






Now in its 15th year, this event is the largest of its kind in the United States. 

Field trips to Blue Heron Wetlands and St. Johns National Wildlife Refuge offer new and returning attendees a chance to enjoy Florida’s wilderness.

Events include field trips, classroom presentations, photography lectures and opportunities, water adventures, exhibitors, an art show and a silent auction. 

Evening Keynote Speakers and professional photographers highlight each day’s events.





17th Annual Pigfest Barbecue Competition – Friday, January 25th and Saturday, January 26th
Lakeland, Florida
Tiger Town
6PM to 11PM Friday
10AM to 5PM Saturday
www.lakelandpigfest.net

More than 150 teams will compete with categories from professional to kids. 

Admission is free but you’ll need to purchase Pigbucks at the gate to eat the great barbecue food available.  Participants are guaranteed a finger-lickin’ good time!  There will be music and entertainment on both days.  Proceeds go to area charitable organizations.


From the East (Orlando)
Get off I-4 at Exit 33.
Stay left and take Socrum Loop Road – South (left).
Stay right on to FL-33 – South (Lakeland Hills Blvd).
Drive 2 miles – Tiger Town will be on the left.

From the West (Tampa)
Get off I-4 at Exit 33.
Stay right and merge onto FL-33 – South (Lakeland Hills Blvd).
Drive 2.5 miles – Tiger Town will be on the left.



Ghost Walk – Friday, January 25th and Saturday, January 26th
Estero, Florida
Koreshan State Historic Site
7PM to 8PM
Reservations Required – Tickets purchased in advance
$10 per person




Enjoy a play about the life of the Koreshans at Koreshan State Historic Site during this guided moonlight and luminary night walk tour.  There will be four walks given during the 7PM to 8PM timeframe.  Each walk is limited to 28 people.  Tickets are $10 each and must be purchased in advance.



7th Annual International Chocolate Festival – Friday, January 25th thru Sunday, January 27th
Coral Gables, Florida
Fairfield Tropical Botanical Garden
9:30AM to 4:30PM





Come sample chocolates from around the world among the lush beauty of Fairchild Gardens.  Enjoy lectures, demonstrations, chocolate beer, yoga, a plant sale and a ChocoWalk. 





Kumquat Festival – Saturday, January 26th
Dade City
Downtown Dade City
9AM to 5PM
Free



Come enjoy the quaint historic Old Florida town of Dade City and enjoy the family-friendly fun at the annual Kumquat Festival!

Heralded as Eastern Pasco County’s biggest and most distinctive event, this festival celebrates the kumquat.  The neighboring town of St. Joseph, Florida is known as the Kumquat Capital of the World.

As many as 40,000 people attend this one-day event every year.   Over 400 vendors and 40 sponsors participate filling the historic Downtown to the core.

Visitors will be invited to sample all kinds of tasty kumquat treats.  You’ll find kumquat pie, cookies, smoothies, ice cream, marmalade, and even kumquat salsa.

During the week leading up to Festival Day, Downtown Merchants compete in the Window Decorating Contest and the Kumquat Growers host an Open House with grove and packing house tours - all part of the festivities that round out our Kumquat Festival month.

Admission is FREE.  Transportation from the satellite parking areas is FREE.  City owned public parking downtown is FREE. 




St. Armand’s Circle Art Festival – Saturday, January 26th thru Sunday, January 27th
Sarasota, Florida


Just off the coast from Sarasota lies St Armands Key, a small island in the Gulf of Mexico.   Set amidst the beauty of tropical Florida, St. Armands offers visitors interesting shopping and gourmet restaurants.
This is the setting for the Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival, what Sunshine Artist Magazine lists as one of the top art shows in the country.

For two days, festival-goers will enjoy works from the nation's best talent- long-time festival favorites along with the newest names on the contemporary art scene. You’ll see one of a kind jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography and more.   Enjoy the fine weather to come meet the artists and view and purchase original art.

From I-75, take exit 210 (Fruitville Rd.) west to US41 (Tamiami Trail).  Turn left (south),
and then make an immediate right onto Gulfstream Blvd.   Take Gulfstream Blvd. over the causeway to St. Armands Circle.




27th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire – Saturday, January 26th thru Sunday, January 27th and again 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.








Bird Walk – Friday, January 25th
Dunnellon, Florida
Rainbow Springs State Park
19158 SW 81st Place Road
Headsprings Entrance
8AM
Free after park admission



Rainbow Springs State Park will be holding monthly bird walks from January through April in 2013.  Led by volunteer Fred Hileman and other birding enthusiasts, we’ll be walking the park trying to identify birds in the area.  Meet at the Headsprings Entrance parking lot.

All levels of birders are welcome.   Bring binoculars or other birding tools, good shoes, and water.

We hope to have a few pairs of extra binoculars may be available for use.

Come join us in this beautiful setting!

Rainbow Springs State Park day use area is located three miles north of Dunnellon on the east side of U.S. 41.

From I-75, exit at the second Ocala exit onto State Road 40. Take State Road 40, west. Drive until it dead-ends at U.S. 41. Turn left; the park entrance is on the left-hand side of the road. From Tampa, take U.S. 41, north. Drive through the town of Dunnellon. The Headsprings Entrance is located on the right-hand side of the road, approximately 2.5 miles north of Dunnellon. From areas in the northwest, take U.S. 41 to the town of Williston. After passing through Williston, you will come to a traffic light where State Road 40 has come to a dead-end. Go through this light.



Moon Over the Mounds – Friday, January 25th
Crystal River, Florida
Crystal River Archaeological State Park
8PM
352-795-3817 or 352-563-0450

See the mounds in a different light! 

Join a Ranger, an Archaeologist or a Volunteer on a moonlit tour of Crystal River Archaeological State Park.  The Pre-Colombian mound complex is a National Historic Landmark. 

Refreshments will be served before the walk and you can tour the museum and gift shop as well.  This is a family-friendly event.  All minors must be accompanied by an adult.  The walk is an easy stroll over a ¾-mile paved sidewalk and short grass trail.  There will be interpretive stops in-between.  Bring your flashlight and bug spray.
Friday tours cancelled by weather will be held on Saturday, same time.

This event is free, although donations to the park will be happily accepted by the Friends of Crystal River State Parks, Inc.

Crystal River Archaeological State Park is located on Museum Point in Crystal River.  From the town of Crystal River travel north on U.S. 19 for two miles, turn west on State Park Street. Travel one mile, turn left on Museum Pointe and follow it into the park.




The Sauce Boss – Friday, January 25th
Sarasota, Florida
Myakka River State Park
7PM
$15 per person
941-361-6511or 373-7839

Myakka River State Park will be cooking this evening as blues legend Sauce Boss brings his slide guitar and blues to the crowd. 

The Friends of Myakka River Park will be cooking up some gumbo which will be served at the end of the concert. 

Bring your chair.  Feel free to bring your own picnic for an earlier dinner. 

North gate will also be open from 5:30pm to 6:30pm to help ease traffic. 

Tickets will be on sale day of concert.  $15.00 per person.  Friends Members- $12.00.   Park entrance fee is waived for concert.    Rain or shine all ticket sales finale.

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




Night Sounds Concert Series at Sebastian Inlet State Park – Saturday, January 26th
Sebastian, Florida
Sebastian Inlet State Park
7PM to 9PM
Free after regular park admission


The Night Sounds at Sebastian Inlet State Park Concert Series on Friday features recording artists Lee Hunter and Arvid Smith known as the band Tammerlin.

Tammerlin have been playing their own type of folk/roots music since 1992 and have five C.D.'s featuring clever, thoughtful original songs along with traditional tunes to their credit. 

You’ll hear exceptional guitar work and melodies that make you want to sing along. 

The concert is held at the Coconut Point pavilion located on the south side of Sebastian Inlet overlooking the water.

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.



Timucuan Adventure Day – Saturday, January 26th
Fort George Island Cultural State Park
Ribault Club
10AM to 3PM
Free after park admission

Come learn about the Timucuan Ecologic and Historic Preserve today!  Enjoy activities such as a digital photography workshop, "Timucuan Technology", a guided nature hike and more.

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.







Bird Walk – Saturday, January 26th
Homosassa, Florida
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
7:45AM
Free after park admission
(352) 628-5343, ext. 1002


Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, in cooperation with Citrus County Audubon Society, will host a bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail for novice and advanced birders alike.

An experienced birder from Citrus County Audubon, will lead the walk on this trail--one of 19 birding trails in Citrus County that are part of the West Section of the Great Florida Birding Trail.   Pre-registration is appreciated.

Participants should meet at 7:45 a.m. at the entrance to the park’s Visitor Center. The bird walk will begin at 8AM sharp.  Binoculars and a field guide are recommended to aid your experience. 

Pepper Creek Trail is approximately 3/4 mile in length and follows along the park’s tram road, connecting the Visitor Center on U.S. 19 and the West entrance on Fishbowl Drive. Participants can either walk back down the trail or wait and take the first returning boat after the park opens. There is no charge to use the Pepper Creek trail or to take the return boat trip.

Bird walks are planned monthly from January through April.

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is located in Homosassa Springs, 75 miles north of Tampa on U.S. 19 and 90 miles northwest of Orlando.


MacArthur Under Moonlight – Saturday, January 26th
North Palm Beach, Florida
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
7PM to 9PM  - Doors open at 6PM
$5 per person – Kids under 10 free
(561) 624-6952






Join us under the full moon for a magical night of music as Bill and Kate Isles will be playing original and classic folk songs.

This concert series will be held October thru April on the Saturday night nearest the full moon featuring a different band every month.

Come on out and bring the whole family! No reservations 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.


Saltmarsh Kayak Tour – Saturday, January 26th
Flagler Beach, Florida
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
11AM to 1PM
(386) 517-2086




Join a naturalist for this guided ride on the Intracoastal Waterway and a tour of the saltmarsh, which will last approximately two hours. Learn about the importance of this dynamic ecosystem while relaxing peacefully in one of the park’s kayaks!

Participants of all levels of experience are welcome and will receive a brief safety demonstration and an introduction to basic kayaking techniques and gear requirements. Bring sunscreen and bug repellent and dress appropriately for the weather.

Kids in double kayaks must be at least 12 years old. Kids in single kayaks must be at least 16 years old. All kids must be accompanied by an adult on the tour.

Reservations are required. The cost of the tour is $25 per person and proceeds will benefit the Friends of Gamble Rogers State Park. There will be three double and five single kayaks available for the program, provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

To reserve your place or request assistance or information, please call (386) 517-2086.

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.


Last Saturday Living History at Fort Mose Historic State Park – Saturday, January 26th
St. Augustine, Florida
Fort Mose Historic State Park
10AM to 2PM
Regular park entry fees apply
(904) 823-2232


Fort Mose Historic State Park will host Living History Days on the last Saturday of each month. 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 explore a different topic.

Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and bring insect repellant, as the program will be held outdoors.

The program is weather permitting and will not be held in February (due to Flight to Freedom), June (due to Battle of Bloody Mose), August or December.

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.


Flying Wild Educator Workshop – Saturday, January 26th
Brunnell, Florida
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
9AM to 1PM
Free for all educators




This program is an educator workshop on birds. Participants will receive a free “Flying Wild” guide and bird conservation material.

Bring a bag lunch and drink.

Contact Kristin Wood, Kristin.n.wood@dep.state.fl.us or 352-793-4781 or visit www.dadebattlefield.com.

Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is located off I-75 and state Road 48, west of Highway 301.



Pioneer Day – Saturday, January 26th
Port St. Lucie, Florida
Savannas Preserve State Park
10AM to 3PM
$2/person or $10/family
(772) 398-2779







This 6th Annual Pioneer Day will include butter churning, candle-making, hayrides, learning to lasso, old-fashioned games, storytelling, re-enactments, folk music and much more.

The Environmental Education Center is located approximately 2 miles east of U.S. 1 on Walton Road in Port St. Lucie. The address is: 2541 Walton Road, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952.




Fireside Chat – Saturday, January 26th
Wakulla Springs, Florida
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
6:30PM to 8PM
Free after paid park admission
(850) 561-7286

Wakulla Springs State Park invites you to relax before a crackling campfire and bask in the ambiance of an earlier time as you reminisce with your special guest speaker at the park's picnic grounds. The Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park, Inc. will offer hot cocoa, tea or coffee along with tasty desserts for a small donation.

Travel East on I-10 to Exit 196. Take State Road 263 (Capitol Circle) south 12 miles. Turn right (South) onto U.S. 319/State Road 61 (Crawfordville Highway) for two miles. Bear left onto State Road 61(Wakulla Springs Rd) for six miles. Turn left onto State Road 267 at flashing stop light. Turn right into Park entrance. From West I-10, use Exit 203. Take State Road 61 (Thomasville Road) south. Continue on State Road 61 through Tallahassee for 10 miles. Take U.S. 319/State Road 61 (Crawfordville Highway) south for two miles. Bear left onto State Road 61 (Wakulla Springs Road) for six miles. Turn left onto State Road 267 at flashing stop light. Turn right into the park.


Manatee Festival – Saturday, January 26th thru Sunday, January 27th
Orange City, Florida
Blue Spring State Park
10AM to  5PM
Regular park fees apply to those not attending festival






The Orange City Blue Spring Manatee Festival at Valentine Park near Blue Spring State Park is a Fundraiser the Orange City Community. Proceeds will benefit "Friends of Blue Spring State Park", Educational scholarships, and other Greater Orange City Organizations.

Fees:  Adults $8, Children 4-10 $2, 3 and under are FREE. $10 additional fee for a dog.   Admission to the Festival includes a free shuttle to Blue Spring State Park to see manatees.
 Blue Spring is located west of Orange City. Take U.S. 17/92 to Orange City, go west two miles on French Avenue to the entrance.




Moonlight Night Hike – Saturday, January 26th
Brunnell, Florida
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
6PM to 8PM
Regular park entry fees apply

Come join us in a moonlight night hike on Dade Battlefield’s nature trails to see or listen to frogs, owls, bats and other creatures of the night.

Bring a your flashlight and insect repellant.

Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is located off I-75 and state Road 48, west of Highway 301.




Moonlight Paddle – Saturday, January 26th
Chiefland, Florida
Manatee Springs State Park
5:45PM
Regular park entry fees apply
352-493-6072


Come paddle along the Suwannee River and learn about the history of the river while enjoying the beautiful scenery by moonlight. The park’s Citizen Support Organization will provide a short program following the moonlight paddle. Light refreshments will be served.

To reserve a rental kayak for $20.00 or canoe for $30.00 through Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures, call 352-949-6751.

Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring bottled water, a flash light and whistle. Children under the age of six and pets are not allowed due to safety.

Manatee Springs State Park is located at the end of S.R. 320, off U.S. 98, six miles west of Chiefland.


Early Bird Walk – Saturday, January 26th
Micanopy, Florida
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Meet at the LaChua trailhead
8AM
$2 per person
352-466-4966


Wake up and join the birds at Paynes Prairie! Designated as one of the "gateways" on the Great Florida Birding Trail, Paynes Prairie is a hotspot for novice and experienced bird watchers alike. Learn more at the Great Florida Birding Trail.

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).


Yesterdays Festival – Saturday, January 26th
Keystone Heights, Florida
Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
Free after paid park admission
352-473-4701





We invite you to experience a piece of history at one of Florida’s first state parks.  Learn the old-fashioned way of making cane syrup.  Take a walk back in time and witness how to loom and spin weave.  Moonshine simmers a pungent brew and Civil War re-enactors pose proudly by rustic campsites and cannons.  See the Antique Roadshow.  Join the Florida Park Service Alumni as they demonstrate open fire and cast iron cooking. 

We’ll have vendors making root beer floats and kettle corn, and others selling their handmade crafts.   Local organizations will be selling a variety of foods and goodies ranging from hamburgers and hot dogs to homemade ice cream. 

Experience an unforgettable event, an exciting time for everyone, as we peek down history’s corridors! 

Gold Head is located in northeast Florida midway between Gainesville and Jacksonville, 6 miles north of Keystone Heights on S.R. 21.


Florida Challenge Trail Run – Sunday, January 27th
South of Tampa, Florida
Alafia River State Park
8AM



Half Marathon & 5K Trail Run.

Alafia River State Park has some of the state’s best single track trails. The trails are tough but great fun. Come run with us and see for yourself.

Contact: www.tamparaces.com

Alafia River State Park is located 10 miles southeast of Tampa on County Road 39.


From the South take I-75 North to exit 240 and go east on State Road 674. Continue on State Road 674 for approximately 15 miles and turn left at the flashing light onto County Road 39. Continue for approximately five miles, the main park entrance will be on the right.
   

From the North take I-75 South to exit 257 and go east on State Road 60. Continue to County Road 640 (Lithia Pinecrest Road) and go right. Go 11 miles and turn right at County Road 39. Continue to the park entrance on left.

From I-4 take exit 22 onto Park Road. Follow Park Road for approximately 2.5 miles. Bear right onto 39B and turn left onto State Road 39 (James Redman Parkway). Continue on state for approximately 15.2 miles to the main park entrance on the left.



Hammock and House Tour – Sunday, January 27th
Coconut Grove, Florida
The Barnacle Historic State Park
11AM
$5 ages 13 and up; $3 ages 6-12; under 6 free – Fee includes park admission and tour.
(305) 442-6866


Step onto the pathway leading toward the main house at The Barnacle Historic State Park, and soon the noise of the city fades away.

Majestic oaks, figs, and mastic trees spread their branches overhead in one of the last remnants of a once-abundant natural community—the tropical hardwood hammock.

The term hammock derives from the Native American word hamaca, meaning shady place. It is now used in the South to describe small forests of mixed tropical and temperate plant species growing on patches of high ground. Not very long ago, this hammock stretched for 50 miles along the rocky ridge separating Biscayne Bay from the Everglades, but little now remains.

Coconut Grove pioneer, Ralph Middleton Munroe preserved two acres of hammock on part of his land, stating that it has “worked out its life's problems and established itself as the legitimate occupant of the land.”

Join a Park Ranger on a discovery of this native landscape and the historic house with the whimsical name.

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






Old Tyme Dance – Sunday, January 27th
Coconut Grove, Florida
The Barnacle Historic State Park
6:30PM to 10PM (Gate opens at 6:00 PM)
$10 ages 10 and up; under 10 free
: (305) 442-6866






Come out and party like it’s 1899! Lou Dow calls the circles, squares, contras, and waltzes to the accompaniment of traditional American music. Gates open at 6 pm. Music and dancing from 6:30 to 10 pm. No pets please.

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







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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