Things to Do In Florida Right Now!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Things to Do This Weekend in Florida - Friday, February 8th thru Sunday, February 10th, 2013
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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 8th thru Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Florida State Fair – Thursday, February 7th thru Monday, February 18th
Tampa, Florida
Florida State Fairgrounds

The state’s best in agriculture and equestrianism is celebrated with shows, music, rides, food and shopping at the Florida State Fair.

Civil War Heritage Days – Friday, February 8th thru Sunday, February 10th
Key West, Florida
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park
Free after standard paid park admission

Civil War Heritage Days features a land and sea battle with schooners, patrol skirmishes, re-enactors in period costumes, demonstrations, and a special Kid’s Day.  

The Old Florida Outdoor Festival – Friday, February 8th thru Sunday, February 10th
Apopka, Florida

The theme of the weekend is outdoor living with exhibits on birding, shooting and hunting.   

There will be chili and barbecue cook-offs, as well as other food, music and fun.

Garlic Fest – Friday, February 8th thru Sunday, February 10th
Delray Beach, Florida

Garlic University offers free art activities for kids while the grown-ups enjoy Garlic Chef Stadium and Gourmet Alley. 

Everglades Seafood Festival – Friday, February 8th thru Sunday, February 10th
Everglades, Florida

Three days of seafood begins with Family Night on Friday from 5PM to 10PM.  Weekend events include country music, fresh seafood and a fun fair.

Sour Orange Festival – Saturday, February 9th
Lakeport, Florida
8AM to 3PM

Located between Moore Haven and Okeechobee, Lakeport celebrates its annual Sour Orange Festival with a Quilt Show and Crafters Fair, food, music, and their famous sour orange pies.  Gotta to there!

Fort Foster Rendezvous – Saturday, February 9th and Sunday, February 10th
Tampa, Florida
$5 per person.  Children under 5 are free

Fort Foster at Hillsborough River State Park will present a living history  event.  A re-enactment featuring a skirmish between the Seminoles and the troops of Fort Foster will be held with live ammunition after 1PM on both days.

Fort Mose - Flight to Freedom – Saturday, February 9th
St. Augustine, Florida
Fort Mose Historic State Park
10AM to 3PM
$2 per person plus museum admission fee
(904) 823-2232

Discover the rich history of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States.  

Take a guided tour and listen to the tales of oppression, resistance and the struggle for freedom from living historians.  There will be demonstrations describing what life was like for freedom seekers once they escaped slavery and earned their freedom in Spanish St. Augustine. 

Conclude your journey with a visit to the park’s museum, where you will enjoy a number of multimedia exhibits or visit one of the many booths onsite with exhibitors and craft and food vendors.

Limited parking is available at Fort Mose Historic State Park. Additional parking and a free shuttle service is available at the Old City Jail by Old Town Trolley.

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.

Cedar Key Star Party – Friday, February 8th
Cedar Key, Florida
Cedar Key Museum State Park

Public stargazing and slide show event.  Cedar Key is one of the few places in all the U.S. with skies dark enough to host a National Stars-n-Parks Program. The Public Education Astronomy Program given by volunteers. Activities are designed to stimulate interest in astronomy and to educate the public about advantages of protecting the night sky from light pollution.

Cedar Key Museum State Park is located on SW 166th Court in Cedar Key, Florida


Barnacle Under Moonlight Concert – Friday, February 8th
Coconut Grove, Florida (Miami)
The Barnacle Historic State Park
7PM to 9PM :00 PM (Gate opens at 6PM)
Admission is $7 for ages 10 and up and $3 for ages 6-9. Children under age 6 are free
(305) 442-6866

Local legend, Bob Ingram, performs under the moonlit sky of Coconut Grove.   Bring a blanket, bring a picnic lunch and bring your friends.

Ingram, a Coconut Grove native, was the cornerstone of the flourishing folk scene there throughout the 1960s and 70s.  For more than 4 decades, Ingram has performed around the Miami area.  He’s owned or  operated several coffeehouses in South Florida including “Café Catacomb" in Fort Lauderdale and "Gaslight South" in the Grove.  Ingram has performed with Neil Young, David Crosby, Jimmy Buffett, Vince Martin, Fred Neil and many others.  This evening offers you a rare opportunity to experience a true Florida original.

No pets please.

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

Coastal Dune Lakes Presentation  – Friday, February 8th
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
2:30PM to 4:30PM
Free after paid park admission
(850) 267-8330

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to a Coastal Dune Lakes presentation.  These rare lakes are found only in a few places worldwide, including right here at Topsail Hill.

Come learn what makes these lakes so special and what is being done to protect them. Park at the day use area and take the 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.
Jammin in the Hammock Annual Bluegrass Music Festival – Saturday, February 9th 
and Sunday, February 10th
Naples, Florida
10AM to 5PM
$15 per person one day or $25 both days
(239) 394-3397

Come and enjoy a weekend of Bluegrass Music out in the Old Florida countryside at Collier-Seminole State Park. 

The boat ramp and canoe rentals will not be available on Saturday and Sunday of the festival.

All vehicles need to be out of the parking lot at the boat basin by the time of the festival on both days.

Anyone who wants to enter the boat basin picnic area or walk the nature trail will need to have a ticket or pass for the festival area.

Collier-Seminole State Park is located on U.S. 41, eight miles south of County Road 951 (Collier Boulevard).

From Tampa on I-75 South, take exit 101 (state Road 951 & state Road 84) and turn right. Follow state Road 951 to U.S. 41. Turn left on US 41 and the Collier-Seminole State Park will be eight miles on the right, just past county Road 92.

From Fort Lauderdale, take exit 80 (state Road 29), go south to 41 and turn right. Follow 41 for about 15 miles, and the Collier-Seminole State Park will be on your left.

Cracker Village – Friday, February 9th
Ocala, Florida
Silver River State Park
Free after regular park admission

Learn about life in Central Florida during the 1800’s with this guided tour.  The main guide of this tour grew up in a Cracker house and has wonderful stories about living without electricity or indoor plumbing. 

The blacksmith shop will be operating and the cane syrup boiling process will be explained.  The monthly tours are the only time the buildings are open to the general public.

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.

2nd Saturday Gamble Jam – Saturday, February 9th
Flagler Beach, Florida
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
2PM to Sundown
Free after Regular park admission
(386) 517-2086

Jam out at the Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at the Second Saturday Jam Session in the park.

Musicians of all skill levels are encouraged to bring instruments and a chair to join the circle for a casual, acoustic jam session.

Instruments of all types are welcome; however, there is no power source near the pavilion.

Event is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions.

RSVP is required.

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.

Reflections on Resistance: Conquistadors and the Calusa – Saturday, February 9th
Estero, Florida
Koreshan State Historic Site
1:30PM to 4:30PM

In conjunction with the statewide VIVA FLORIDA 500 initiative, Lee Trust for Historic Preservation is holding a free symposium titled “Conquistadors and the Calusa: Reflections on Resistance” at the Koreshan State Historic Site Art Hall.

Space is limited. Interested parties are strongly encouraged to register attendance in advance at or consider viewing online at

I-75 Exit 123 Corkscrew Road, head west 2 miles, cross U.S. 41 and continue on Corkscrew Road approximately 1000 yards to entrance of park.  If traveling U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) Koreshan is located at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Corkscrew Road at Estero.

Due to construction commencing in Mid January 2011 and continuing until Late March 2013 to widen US Highway 41 from Corkscrew Road to San Carlos Blvd. visitors to the park should plan for delays when traveling north or south along US 41. Coming from I75 there may also be delays in crossing US 41 at Corkscrew Road.

Stargazing at Paynes Prairie – Saturday, February 9th
Micanopy, Florida
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
6:30PM to 9PM

$5.00 per person. Free for kids 6 and under.
Free for members of Friends of Paynes Prairie with membership card.

Come learn more about the stars and planets with help from the Alachua Astronomy Club who will supply the telescopes.

Enjoy sitting around a campfire while sipping hot chocolate and making smores.  Take a hayride.  Bring your family, friends, and chairs for relaxing.

Do not enter the park at the Main Entrance/Ranger Station on US Hwy 441.  Proceed to Hickory Ranch at 9300 S.E. CR 234, located approximately 5 miles north of the intersection of US Hwy 441 and County Road 234 in Micanopy.  To RSVP and get a map, email

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).

Walk with a Ranger – Saturday, February 9th
Sebastian, Florida
Sebastian Inlet State Park
Free after paid park admission
321-984-4852 or 772-589-9659

Take a leisurely stroll along side of Sebastian Inlet, while learning about the local history, Sebastian Inlet, Indian River Lagoon and the plants and animals that inhabit the area.  

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.

Citrus Harvest Festival – Saturday, February 9th
Marineland, Florida
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
10AM to 3PM
Free after paid park admission

The historical Gardens within the Park contain a citrus grove with several varieties of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons and limes, providing the perfect environment for you to enhance your knowledge about citrus.

Ruth Micieli, from Simple Gourmet Catering, will speak on growing and caring for citrus. 

There will be a Cooking with Citrus demonstration at noon. 

Park Rangers will be giving guided tours of the historic groves at 11AM and 2PM. 

 “Home-made” baked goods featuring citrus themed items, and hot and cold beverages will be on sale. 

Washington Oak’s popular Second Saturday Sweetheart Plant Sale will feature citrus plants for your patio/lanai.

Flying Dragon Citrus Nursery of Jacksonville will be selling cold-hardy citrus trees in 3 and 5 gallon containers.  All event proceeds benefit the Park for enhancement of current and new facilities.

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is located two miles south of Marineland, off A1A.

10th Annual Air Potato Rodeo – Saturday, February 9th
Palatka, Florida
Ravine Gardens State Park
9AM to 1PM

The Air Potato Rodeo is an annual project held to help control the invasive air potato vine (Dioscorea bulbifera) that is widespread in the park.   Participants are invited to enjoy a day of helping out the park, enjoying the great outdoors and participating with the community. 

Air Potato wranglers will assist park staff in the collection of the potato-like tubers.

Gloves, trash bags and tools will be provided. Prizes will be given for the largest potato, smallest potato and the most unusually shaped potato.

Door prizes and lunch will be provided as well.

Admission into the park is free to participants and the first 100 volunteers will receive a free tee-shirt. Together we can maintain our garden's natural beauty.

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

The Ichetucknee Time Machine – Saturday, February 9th
Fort White, Florida
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
9AM to Noon

Take a fascinating journey into the Ichetucknee forest to the site of the 17th Century Mission de San Martìn de Timucua.  Learn all about the ancient Timucuan capital of Aquacalyquen. 

This special interpretive program is space-limited, and reservations are recommended.

The tour will begin at the Head Spring parking lot, at the North Entrance off Elim Church Road (County Road 238).  We’ll be traveling by van, but some portions of the tour include walking, so long pants, sturdy shoes, and insect repellent are highly 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.

Bluegrass Music – Sunday, February 10th
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
2PM to 4PM
Free after paid park admission
(561) 624-6952

Come on down to the beach and listen to the bluegrass music of the Conch Stomp Band..

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.

Starlight Movie Classics Presents “Harvey” – Sunday, February 10th
Coconut Grove, Florida (Miami)
The Barnacle Historic State Park
7PM (Gate opens at 6 PM. Movie starts at 7 PM. No entry after 7:15 PM)
(305) 442-6866

Join The Barnacle Society for free admission to an exclusive members-only event.

The 1950 comedy Harvey stars James Stewart as a man with an invisible 6-foot tall rabbit for a friend. Harvey will be shown Sunday, February 4 on the starlit grounds of The Barnacle Historic State Park.

Memberships will be available at the gate and start at $20.

The gate opens at 6 pm and the movie starts at 7 pm. There is no entry after 7:15 pm.

Chairs, blankets, coolers and flashlights are welcome. No pets please.

Visit to join today!

This is a free, members-only event. Memberships start at $20 and will be sold at the gate.

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

The “Real Florida” Run Series – Sunday, February 10th
Bradenton, Florida
Lake Manatee 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.

Take exit 220 off of I-75. Lake Manatee State Park is located 9 miles east of I-75 on State Road 64 in Bradenton, Florida.

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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