Things to Do In Florida Right Now!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Things to Do This Weekend in Florida - Friday, March 15th thru Sunday, March 17th, 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 15th thru Sunday, March 17th, 2013




13th Annual Wild Azalea Festival – Saturday, March 16th
White Springs, Florida
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
9AM to 4PM
(386) 397-4331





Come enjoy the wild azaleas of NE Florida at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs.   

There will be live music, arts and crafts, a native plant sale, a duck race, a rock climbing wall, and a children’s play area.

A fun experience for the entire family!


Woofstock – Saturday, March 16th
Islamorada, Florida
Founders Bayfront Park
10AM to 6PM
(305) 453-1315





Celebrate an event gone to the dogs today as we gather for a day of fun and the promotion of animal adoption.  Bring your well-behaved and leashed pets and watch dock diving, lure coursing and other contests at Founder’s Bayfront Park.



Sebring 12-Hour Classic Sports Car Endurance Race – Saturday, March 16th
Sebring, Florida
Sebring International Raceway
Gates open Wednesday, March 13th




The 12 Hours of Sebring is now in its 61st year and is among America’s oldest and most prestigious sports car endurance races. 





DeLeon Springs State Park Spring Festival – Saturday, March 16th
DeLeon Springs, Florida
De Leon Springs State Park
Regular park entry fees apply
386-985-4212




Enjoy a day at De Leon Springs State Park.  There will be live music throughout the day, and a giant yard sale!

A car show will be featured at the park for you to see.  There will be custom cars, classic cars, and hot rods for your enjoyment.

This would be a good time to stop for breakfast at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill, or to rent a canoe, kayak, or paddle boat for some time on the water.

Take a swim or even a boat ride with Captain Frank for the Fountain of Youth ECO/History Tour.

The Park aims to provide access to the event for people of all ages and abilities. If you have special needs, please contact the park before your arrival.

De Leon Springs is located at the corner of Ponce de Leon and Burt Parks Road, west of U.S. 17.

Take US Hwy 17 North from Deland for approximately six miles, following the state park signs. Turn left onto Ponce De Leon Boulevard and travel approximately one mile to the entrance to De Leon Springs State Park.



Antique Engine Show – Saturday, March 16th thru Sunday, March 17th
Estero, Florida
Koreshan State Historic State Park
9AM to 4PM
$5 per car entry fee
(239) 992-0311



Engines, tractors, vehicles, gadgets and gizmos will be displayed throughout the historic Koreshan site.  Hourly demonstrations include that of an 80 hp 1929 Fairbanks Morse engine.




  
Can You Dig It?  - Saturday, March 16th
Gainesville, Florida
Florida Museum of Natural History
(352) 846-2000









Demonstrations of volcanic eruptions, gem mine digs for fossils and other treasures, jewelry making and more.





Leprechaun Hunt in the Park – Saturday, March 16th and Sunday, March 17th
Flagler Beach, Florida
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
All day
Regular park entry fees apply

There is a leprechaun hiding in the park!  Find him, bring him to the ranger station and win a gift certificate for free park entry and free kayak or bicycle rental for two people!   

There will be two winners each day!







Ice Cream and Music Social – Sunday, March 17th
Sarasota, Florida
Oscar Scherer State Park
1PM to 4PM
Standard Park Entry Fees apply
941-650-4679





Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of good folk music and good ice cream and good weather on the shores of beautiful Lake Osprey.

You’ll find Oscar Scherer State Park 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.







Florida Renaissance Festival – Saturday, February 9th thru Sunday, March 17th
Deerfield, Beach, Florida
Weekends only
www.ren-fest.com/deerfield-home.asp






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.

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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. 





The “Real Florida” Run Series – Sunday, March 17th
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
Copeland, Florida
1:00PM

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.

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is located at137 Coastline Drive in Copeland, Florida.  Phone number is (239) 695-4593.

From I 75 in either direction: Take exit 80 onto SR 29, immediately upon driving south of the interstate turn right at the first mailbox. The entrance road is a gravel road on the South side of a large area of lakes.

From US 41 in either direction: Turn North on SR 29 from US 41 near Everglades City. Travel approximately 17 miles North on SR 29. Make the last left turn possible before reaching the interstate. 
The entrance road is a gravel road with a mailbox near a large area of lakes.






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



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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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