Things to Do In Florida Right Now!

Friday, March 1, 2013

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

Florida Strawberry Festival – Thursday, February 28th thru Sunday, March 10th
Plant City, Florida

This annual Plant City event, held around the first two weeks of March, features live nationally known country entertainment, a midway full of rides, livestock exhibits, and strawberries made every way you like them.

Florida Renaissance Festival – Saturday, February 9th thru Sunday, March 17th
Deerfield, Beach, Florida
Weekends only

These 5 Weekend events allow you plenty of time to browse through enchanted crafts villages, applaud hundreds of period performers, cheer valiant knights, enjoy continuous entertainment, birds of prey and food fit for a king.

45th Annual Pioneer Park Days – Wednesday, February 27th thru Sunday, March 3rd
Zolfo Springs, Florida

Come see more than 400 antique tractors, steam engines and old farm equipment included in some of the many exhibits featured in one of the state’s oldest festivals of its kind.  Food, music, old tool flea markets are just some of the interesting things you’ll encounter.

The Miami International Film Festival – Saturday, March 2nd thru Monday, March 11th
Miami, Florida

Some of the best-crafted films from around the world come to South Florida in March, as the Miami International Film Festival showcases some of the hottest movies from a variety of genres and countries.

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras – Saturday evenings February 9th – April 20th
Orlando, Florida

Universal Orlando will be transformed into the "Big Easy" with its annual one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras celebration every Saturday night through April 6th. 

47th Annual Art Show – Thursday, February 28th thru Sunday, March 10th
Key Largo, Florida
Key Largo Library – Tradewinds Plaza
MM 91.9
10AM to 6PM

Chalo Nitka Festival – Friday, March 1st thru Saturday, March 2nd
Moorehaven, Florida

The Seminole Tribe of Florida celebrates their traditions and culture in Glade County with exhibits of Seminole villages, food, traditional arts and crafts, midway games and rides, a parade and many, many vendors. 

The Big Cypress Shootout – Friday, March 1st thru Sunday, March 3rd
Big Cypress Reservation, Florida

The Seminole Tribe of Florida re-enacts the Second Seminole War at the Big Cypress Shootout at Billie’s Swamp Safari, located between Fort Lauderdale and Naples just North of I-75.

36th Battle of Natural Bridge Re-enactment – Saturday, March 2nd thru Sunday, March 3rd
Woodville, Florida
Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park
10AM to 4PM

Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park commemorates the 148th anniversary of the Civil War battle which took place 12 miles south of Tallahassee. 

Come see the cavalry and the artillery shows.  The battle reenactment will take place at 2:30PM on Sunday afternoon.

World War II Weekend – Saturday, March 2nd thru Sunday, March 3rd
Bushnell, Florida
Dade Battlefield Historic State park
10AM to 5PM

Dade Battlefield Historic State Park commemorates the armed conflict of WWII.   

Event includes Allied and Axis uniformed reenactors, weapon demonstrations, and big band music.  Allied and German forces will battle each day at 2PM.

The Florida Azalea Festival  – Saturday, March 2nd thru Sunday, March 3rd
Palatka, Florida
Downtown Palatka and
Ravine Gardens State Park

Come view the thousands of blooming plants through the Palatka area.  Two venues celebrate the beauty of this natural area of NE Florida with food, music, parades, vendors, tournaments and more.  
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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, March 3rd
Punta Gorda, Florida
Charlotte Harbor Preserve 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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