Things to Do In Florida Right Now!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Things to Do in Florida This Weekend - Friday, February 22nd thru Sunday, February 24th, 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 22nd thru Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Flan Fest – Saturday, February 23rd
Ybor City, Florida (Tampa)
Ybor City Saturday Market
1901 19th Street

Come watch as 40 contestants will be competing for the Top Flan in Tampa Bay.  There will be flan sampling, shopping and entertainment all day long!
Judging begins at Noon.  Winners will be selected in both traditional and non-traditional categories.  (chocolate, strawberry, etc.)

Flan Walk & Eating Contest to be held at 2PM. 

Winners will be announced at 2:30PM. 

Florida Pioneer Cracker Weekend & Native Plant Sale – 
Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th
Dunnellon, Florida
Rainbow Springs State Park
10AM to 4PM
$2 per person

Come explore the original Florida Cracker lifestyle and history in Florida.  Exhibitors will spin yarn, make clothes, grind corn, churn butter, chop wood and make usable home items. 

You’ll also be able to see a Cracker cow camp, a trapper camp, learn how to make fire using a flint, and listen to stories and music about the Florida cracker period of history.

Swamp Cabbage Festival – Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th
LaBelle, Florida
Downtown LaBelle
Highways 78 and 80
863-675-2995 or 863-843-5684

Visit the beautiful little town of LaBelle, situated on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River in SW Florida as they celebrate their annual Swamp Cabbage Festival.

There will be plenty of backwoods foods such as gator meat, fritters, cabbage salad and swamp cabbage, as well has modern day treats.

The weekend begins with a 5K Swamp Stomp run.  There will be a bike show, a car show, parade, kiddie rides, fishing tournament, lawn mower races, live entertainment and a rodeo. 
Plenty of events to keep you busy!

Night Sounds Concert Series – Saturday, February 23rd
Sebastian, Florida
Sebastian Inlet State Park
7PM to 9PM
Regular park entry fees

Come hear the music of recording artists, Christine Stay and Aidan Quinn, known together as Friction Farm.  The concert will be at the pavilion on Coconut Point on the south side of the Sebastian Inlet and overlooking the water.
Tonight’s concert will be a mix of country, folk and pop.    

From I95 in Indian River County: Take the Fellsmere/Sebastian exit and go east (towards Sebastian) on County Road 512. 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 I95 in Brevard County: 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.

Warrior Walk – Saturday, February 23rd
Tallahassee, Florida
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
8AM to Noon
Park entry fees will be waived for participants
(850) 487-4115

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park will host the Tallahassee Warrior Walk to benefit The Wounded Warrior Project.

The Alfred B. Maclay Gardens are located .5 miles north on I-10 on U.S. 319/Thomasville Road. Turn west on Maclay Road. The park is a short distance on the right.

Pancakes in the Park – Saturday, February 23rd
Ocala, Florida
Silver River State Park
9AM to 11AM
Cost will be $5 for adults and $3 for children (cash only). Children under 3 eat free.
Admission to the park is free during the morning of the event.

Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Silver River State Park is sponsored by The Friends of Silver River State Park, Inc.   Come enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee served at the Day Use Pavillions.

Bluegrass music will begin at 9:30AM and will be provided by Pasture Prime.  

Each breakfast ticket purchased will receive a coupon for free admission to the Silver River Museum that must be used the same day.

A guided nature walk will be offered at 8AM.  Walkers will meet at the day use pavilions, where breakfast will also be served.

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.

Campbell Lake Hike – Saturday, Febuary 23rd
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
2PM to 3:30PM
Free after paid park admission
(850) 267-8330

Learn about Topsail Hill Preserve State Park’s coastal dune lakes, which are extremely unique features found rarely in the world.  Join a hike through some of Topsail's best ecosystems culminating with a stop at Campbell Lake.

The hike will leave from Tram Stop 1 in the day use parking area.

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.

Night Paddle – Saturday, February 23rd
Oscar Scherer State Park
Sarasota, Florida
Paddle starts ½ hour before sunset.
$10 per person

Enjoy a beautiful full moon paddle along South Creek. 

Oscar Scherer State Park is located on U.S.41, six miles south of Sarasota. Heading south on I-75 take exit 200. Heading north on I-75 take exit 195.

Camellia and Art Fest – Saturday, February 23rd
Port Washington, Florida
Eden Gardens State Park
10AM to 2PM
Free – Donations accepted.
(850) 233-5059

Eden Gardens State Park and the Friends of Eden Gardens announces their annual Camellia and Art Fest.   

Talks will be camellia identification, air layering (propagation), and the general maintenance and pest control of camellias.   

There will also be floral demonstrations and demonstrations on waxing blossoms as well.

Local artists will be on hand and displaying their artwork.  Refreshments will be available throughout the event time.

Admission to the park is free the day of the event; donations to the Friends of Eden will be accepted. There will be no additional fees for the event.

Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington, off U.S. 98 on C.R. 395.

African American History: Now and Then – Saturday, February 23rd
Palatka, Florida
Ravine Gardens State Park
6PM to 8PM
Free for participants

In celebration of Black History Month, Ravine Gardens State Park has arranged artists, historians and others to speak about black history in Palatka, and to display local artwork and artifacts.

Musical entertainment and refreshments will be provided.

Ravine Gardens State Park is located in Palatka, Florida. From US17/SR100, turn south onto Moseley Avenue, then turn east onto Twigg Street.

Preserving the Real Florida Hike – Saturday, February 23rd
Fort Pierce, Florida
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
9AM to 10AM
Free after paid park admission
(772) 468-3985

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park will offer a ranger-guided  “Preserving the Real Florida”  walk to highlight why and how the Florida Park Service manages the park’s natural resources.  You will be touring parts of the park not usually open to the public.

Participants will see exotic plants and learn how invasive species alter the natural landscape. See how park rangers use different methods to maintain the native plants and animals.

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is located four miles east of Fort Pierce off of the North Causeway.

Full Moon Hike – Saturday, February 23rd
Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
Keystone Heights, Florida (between Gainesville and Jacksonville)
Meet at 6PM, Hike starts at 6:30PM
Regular park entry fees apply

Hike approximately 3 miles on the Ravine Trail and a portion of the Florida Trail just before we reach the full moon. 

Bring water, bug repellent and wear appropriate hiking shoes.  Meet at the picnic area of the park at 6:00 p.m.  Hike starts at 6:30 p.m.

Foot traffic only.  No pets allowed.  Camping is by reservation only.

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

Stone Age & Primitive Arts Festival –
 Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th

Sopchoppy, Florida
Ochlockonee River State Park
8AM to 4:30PM
(850) 962-2771

Ochlockonee River State Park is holding their 6th annual Stone Age and Primitive Arts Festival.

Workshops will introduce visitors to primitive arts through family interaction.  Demonstrations include flint knapping, the art of projectile point fashioning, deer hide tanning and bone, wood and antler carving, old world and new world bow and arrow construction, basket weaving, and early pottery.

There will be competitions in Atlatl throwing and primitive archery.  An auction will be held on Saturday to auction off donated artwork.

Ochlockonee River State Park is located four miles south of Sopchoppy on U.S. 319.

Tai Chi by the Sea – Saturday, February 23rd
Flagler Beach, Florida
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
10AM to 11:30AM
$7 per person – includes park entrance fee
(386) 517-2086

Tai Chi instructor Bill Stone will be teaching Tai Chi by the Sea.

Reservations are required.  Participants should check in at the ranger station for parking and course instructions. All ages and experience levels are welcome!

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.

Bird Walk – Saturday, February 23rd
Homosassa Springs, Florida
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Meet at 7:45AM, Walk begins at 8AM
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.  All levels of birders are welcome to attend.

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.

Participants should meet at 7:45 a.m. at the entrance to the park’s Visitor Center. The bird walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. Binoculars and a field guide are recommended. Participation in the bird walk on Pepper Creek is free.

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.

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.

Music in the Park – Saturday, February 23rd
Sebring, Florida
Highlands Hammock State Park
(863) 386-6094

This month’s outdoor concert features the California Toe Jam Band.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets & flashlights.  Concerts are held outdoors in picnic area.   All proceeds go to benefit park improvements via Friends of Highlands Hammock.

Concert admission is $5.00 per person (accompanied children 12 & under admitted free of charge.) Park entrance fee of $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people per car) is waived after 6:00 p.m. on concert nights.

Food vendors will be on site with refreshments for sale.

Highlands Hammock State Park is located off US 27 on SR 634 (also known as Hammock Road), four miles west of Sebring.

Sunrise Canoe Tour – Saturday, February 23rd
Fort White, Florida
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
6AM to 9AM
$5 per person

Experience the incredible wildlife of the Ichetucknee River as the mist rises off the warm spring waters! 

Winter is a special time on the river, for Florida Gar spawn during the weeks of the second full moon each year. 

This special interpretive program is space-limited and by reservation only.  Participants do not need to bring personal canoes or kayaks, as all equipment and PFD’s will be provided. 

The tour will meet at the North Entrance, off Elim Church Road (County Road 238).  Launch time will be as close to 6:30 a.m. as possible (sunrise is at 7:03 a.m.). 

The tour will end at the Last Take-Out at the south end of the park, and transportation will be provided back to the North Entrance. 

Participants should dress warmly, as dictated by the weather.  Flashlights during the launching time are recommended.

Ichetucknee Springs State Park is located four miles northwest of Fort White, off State Roads 47 and 238. From the south, take I-75 north to exit 399. Take US 441 north to the city of High Springs. Take US 27 north to Ft. White, stay on US 27 north approximately 4 miles to the South Park Entrance.

Moonlight Paddle – Saturday, February 23rd
Chiefland, Florida
Manatee Springs State Park

Paddle along the Suwannee River by Moonlight and learn about the history of the river. 

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.

Park entrance fees apply. 

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

Old Tyme Dance – Sunday, February 24th
Coconut Grove, Florida (Miami)
The Barnacle Historic State Park
6:30PM to 10PM (Gate opens at 6PM)
(305) 442-6866

Kick up your heels like its 1891!

Come and dance the contras, circles, squares and waltzes to Traditional American music.

Picnics are welcome. No pets please.

$10 ages 10 and up; under 10 free

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

The Art of Fountain Pens – Tuesday, February 12th 
thru Sunday, October 6th
Winter Park, Florida

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
445 North Park Avenue
(407) 645-5311

The Morse Museum in Winter Park is sponsoring a new exhibit entitled “The Art of Fountain Pens”.

Once the standard in writing instruments, these beautiful and functional pens date from the years 1875 through 1975. 
Today, though still used by a few, they are collected and cherished as little works of art. In this vignette, the Morse presents its collection of fountain pens, giving these beautiful, functional objects much-deserved attention.
The museum is grateful to Dr. J. Peter Kincaid and Mrs. Calliopi “Poppy” Deliyanni Kincaid for their generous gift of the pens shown in this exhibition, their first-ever devoted to writing instruments as art objects.

The “Real Florida” Run Series – Sunday, February 17th
Sebring, Florida
Highland Hammock State Park

The "Real Florida" Run Series features 7 runs, in 7 weeks, at 7 Southwest Florida State Park.  Participate in one run, or all seven.  It’s up to you!

Ribbons will be presented to the first three male and female finishers per race, per age category.

Age categories: 0-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

Grand Prize: For runners who participate in all seven runs of the race series, there will be a Grand Prize awarded to the top three men and women overall. There will also be a trophy for the top three boys and girls, ages 17 and under.

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 
Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs
Various - see website, Gainesville, FL 32601

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 
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 
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

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
Ocala, Florida
Downtown - Ocala Square
8 AM - 1 PM

Chiefland Farmers and Flea Market 
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

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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