Things to Do In Florida Right Now!

Monday, March 18, 2013

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

33rd Annual Florida International Air Show – Friday, March 22nd thru Sunday, March 24th
Punta Gorda, Florida
Airport Boulevard
Gates open at 9AM

This annual air show has consistently been ranked one of the 10 best airshows in America.  The Florida International Airshow features both military jets and acrobatic pilots.

Be sure to pack your sunscreen and event chairs. However, carry-in packages, pop-up gazebos/tents, coolers, and pets are not permitted. 

Smoking is not allowed inside the gates. I

f attending with young children, please consider bringing ear protection (ear plugs or silencing ear muffs) to help keep them comfortable and enjoying the Show. 

All acts may not appear due to circumstances beyond control of the Florida International Air Show.

Pops in the Park – Saturday, March 23rd
Islamorada, Florida
Founders Park – Bayside
MM 87
(305) 451-4530

Pops in the Park is a free family-friendly band concert in the Florida Keys.  The theme for the concert will be “Florida Heritage”. 

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy an afternoon of music by the sea.

Sarasota Folk and Acoustic Music Festival – Saturday, March 23rd thru Sunday, March 24th
Osprey, Florida
Oscar Scherer State Park

Musicians from around the state will share their love of folk music at Oscar Scherer State Park.  This is the 10th annual festival and is sponsored by the Sarasota Folk Club.

There will be workshops, jams, concerts, food vendors and fun for the kids.

Live Oak International – Wednesday, March 20th thru Sunday, March 24th
Ocala, Florida
Live Oak Plantation
(352) 873-9407

Come see this unique event featuring the Equestrian Combined Driving competition with leading drivers, trainers, coaches and owners from all over Europe and North America.

Live Oak Plantation is a a leading thoroughbred racing organization providing breeding, foaling, training and racing for the international equestrian community.  During this one week in March, they bring together international equestrian athletes, corporate sponsors, patrons, volunteers, officials and friends to compete at this lovely location. 

Live Oak Plantation expects to receive more than 7,500 attendees for their Driving and Jumping Competition and Classic Car show. 

Moon Over the Mounds – Friday, March 22nd
Crystal River, Florida
Crystal River Archaeological State Park
352-795-3817 or 352-563-0450

Come see the archaeological mounds in a different light!  Join a Ranger, Archaeologist or a Volunteer on a moonlit tour of Crystal River Archaeological State Park.  T

The Pre-Colombian mound complex is a National Historic Landmark.  Here’s your chance to see it after dark.

There will be refreshments served before the walk and you can tour the museum and gift shop as well.  Friday tours cancelled by weather will be held on Saturday, same time.

This is a family friendly event.  Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.  The walk is considered easy.  It’s a ¾-mile hike along a paved sidewalk and short grass trail.  There will be interpretive stops along the way. 

Bug spray and flashlights are recommended.

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.

Saltmarsh Kayak Tour – Friday, March 22nd
Flagler Beach, Florida
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
10AM to Noon 
$25 per person
(386) 517-2086.

Join a naturalist for a 2-hour guided paddle along the Intracoastal Waterway and a tour of the saltmarsh.  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.

There will be three double and five single kayaks available for the program, provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reservations are required. 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.

In-Seine Adventure – Friday, March 22nd
Englewood, Florida
Manasota Key
Stump Pass Beach State Park
$5 per person
Park entrance fees apply
(941) 964-0060

Get up close and personal with the plants and animals of an estuary. Explore sea grass flats inhabited by seahorses, shrimp, young fish, crustaceans, mollusks and their egg casings and other marine creatures. 

This 2-hour Barrier Island Parks Society (BIPS) sponsored seining program is appropriate for adults and children ages 6 and up.

Meet at the picnic pavilion next door to the restrooms. Reservations are required.  Please call (941) 964-0060.

Stump Pass Beach State Park is located at the south end of Manasota Key in the town of Englewood, Florida. The 245 acre park consists of three islands and the protected channels between them.

From the north: Take the I-75 south to Exit 191 (River Road). Take River Road to Pine Street(Second traffic light after you cross US 41). Turn left on Pine Street. Take Pine Street to CR 776 (McCall Road) and turn right. Stay on McCall Road for approximately ½ mile. Turn left on Beach Road. Stay on Beach Road onto Manasota Key. When the road splits, keep to your left. This will become Gulf Blvd. Stay on Gulf Blvd till the road ends; you will be right in front of the park entrance.

From the south: take I-75 north to Exit 170 (Kings Hwy). Exit I-75 and turn left on Kings Hwy. After you pass under I-75 turn right onto Veteran's Blvd (CR 776). Stay on Veteran's Blvd approx 16 miles through Murdock, El Jobean and into Englewood (It becomes El Jobean Road when it crosses US 41). Look for McDonald's on the left side of the road. Just past McDonald's you will turn left on Beach Road. Stay on Beach Road onto Manasota Key. When the road splits, keep to your left. This will become Gulf Blvd. Stay on Gulf Blvd. till the road ends, you will be right in front of the park entrance.

Marion County Springs Festival – Saturday, March 23rd
Rainbow Springs State Park
$2 park admission.

The Marion County Springs Festival committee invites you to join us at Rainbow Springs State Park for the Annual Marion County Springs Festival. Enjoy the beauty of "THE REAL FLORIDA".

Events include live entertainment, a Springs Song Contest, Arts and Crafts, door prize giveaways and opportunities to hear some of Florida's premier water experts speaking about the fabulous Florida aquifer.

Bring your friends and family for a fantastic weekend and enjoy learning about our Florida aquifer and how you can make a difference in preserving this natural resource.

Outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, canoeing, camping, bird watching and exhibits in some of the most scenic and pristine areas in North Central Florida. Visit online at Marion County Spring Festival for more information, Vender Applications, Exhibitor Applications, Photo Contest Rules, and the Springs Song Contest Application.

For more information, call 352-465-8555 or

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.

Annual Fort Chokonikla Encampment – Saturday, March 23rd thru Sunday, March 24th
Micanopy, Florida
Paynes Creek Historic State Park
$2 per car plus park entrance fee

Come watch as re-enactors portry the fatal attack by renegade Seminoles on the Kennedy-Darling trading post.

Demonstrations will also include how United States soldiers, local pioneer settlers and Seminoles struggled to survive during the mid-1800s in central Florida.

Re-enactors will demonstrate their skills with bow and arrows and tomahawks.

There will also be exciting black powder demonstrations with period rifles, pistols, and cannons.
The fully stocked Kennedy-Darling trading post will be open for walk through viewing. The event will also have vendors and plenty of food.

Take U.S. 17 to Bowling Green and follow the signs at Main Street east to Lake Branch Road and the park.

Shark Teeth – Saturday, March 23rd
East of Jacksonville
Fort George Island Cultural State Park
Ribault Club

Come learn about these mysterious creatures of the deep with a Park Ranger.  We’ll discuss discuss the different types of shark teeth that can be found on the area’s beaches. 

This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

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.

Eye Shine Hike – Saturday, March 23rd
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
6PM to 7:30PM
Park entry fee of $6 per car
(850) 267-4330

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park presents “The Eyes Come Out at Night”.   Join Ranger Tammy as you scan the forest and look for shining eyes.

Each animal has a different color eye shine and you will learn how to identify them.

Meet at tram stop 1 in the day use parking area and be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp. This will be a short hike in the dark, please wear shoes you won't mind getting dirty.

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.


Old Time Dance – Sunday, March 24th
Coconut Grove, Florida (Miami)
The Barnacle Historic State Park
6:30 PM to 10PM (Gate opens at 6PM)
$10 ages 10 and up; under 10 free
(305) 442-6866

Kick up your heels like its 1891!  Join us for dance contras, circles, squares and waltzes to traditional American music.

Picnics are welcome.

This is an official event of Dade Heritage Days, a celebration of Miami-Dade’s historic places.
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.

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 24th
Sun City, Florida
Little Manatee River 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.

Little Manatee River State Park is located four miles south of Sun City Center, off U.S. 301 on Lightfoot Road. From Tampa: 

I-75 South to Exit 240A, East to U.S. 301, Then South 4 miles, Turn Right onto Lightfoot Road, Park is on the Right From Sarasota/Bradenton: 

I-75 North to Exit 229, East to U.S. 301, Then North 6 miles, Turn Left onto Lightfoot Road, Park is on the Right From Pinellas County: I-275 South, cross the Skyway Bridge to I-75 North, Exit 229, East to U.S. 301, Then North 6 miles, Turn Left onto Lightfoot Road, Park is on the Right

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

Click to Find a Fresh Market by Region 

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.

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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