Things to Do In Florida Right Now!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

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

SwampFest 2013 – Friday, March 8th 
thru Sunday, March 10th
Spring Hill, Florida
Weeki Watchee Springs State Park
9AM to 5PM Friday and Saturday
9AM to 4PM Sunday
$8 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6-12.
Kids five and under are free.
(352) 592-5656

The 20th Annual Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest has grown from a small local community fundraising festival to a statewide annual event attracting over thousands of fun seekers and featuring more than one hundred and forty arts and craft vendors.

Along with a great variety of food to enjoy like fried grouper, bar-b-que chicken, crab cakes, Alligator, bloom in' onion, jambalaya, greens & black eyed peas, beans and rice, swamp cabbage, fried green tomatoes, slaw, hot dogs, Cuban Sandwiches, and hamburgers.

Entertainment includes dancers, folk, country and instrumental music throughout the weekend.

The “Swamp Monster” contest has always been a favorite with the crowd, and with clever and wildly creative costumes, kids and adults alike vie for the cash prizes. Drawings will be held for over 200 other prizes throughout the event. 

Weeki Wachee Springs is located at the intersection of State Road 50 and Hwy 19.  Parking will be offsite and visitors will be bussed to the park. 

Speckled Perch Festival – Saturday, March 9th thru Sunday, March 10th
Okeechobee, Florida
Flagler Park
Downtown Okeechobee
863-763-3372 (ext. 500)

This annual Okeechobee festival kicks off with a parade that wraps around Flagler Park.  Hundreds of arts, crafts and food vendors.  Live music.

The Original Marathon Seafood Festival – Saturday, March 9th thru Sunday, March 10th
Marathon, Florida
Marathon Community Park
200 36th St., Marathon, FL, 33050
Approx. @ Mile Marker 49

The Original Marathon Seafood Festival features fresh seafood, rides, games and fabulous food.

Fresh local seafood including lobster tails, stone crab, fish, shrimp, etc.  Inexpensive beverages to quench your thirst from all that fresh seafood.  

 Live music entertainment throughout 2-day event.   

Games for children, rock-climbing wall,  Keys Artist Village & Art Show, over 200 vendors selling jewelry, clothing, arts & crafts, and other great souvenirs, raffle give-aways and other great prizes and games.

No pets are permitted within the Marathon Community Park Grounds. 

54th Annual Shrimp Festival – Saturday, March 9th thru Sunday, March 10th
Fort Myers, Florida
(239) 233-8250

Shrimp Festival Parade begins at 10AM Saturday. This 2 mile long parade runs down Estero Boulevard, the main street of town. 

More than 100 great vendors hit the beach from 10AM to 6PM.  World Famous Lions Shrimp Dinners will be sold!  Shrimp will be provided by our local fishermen. 

Celtic Music and Heritage Festival – Saturday, March 9th thru Sunday, March 10th
St. Augustine, Florida

Rich with Celtic history, the city of St. Augustine invites visitors to enjoy Celtic dance, music and vendors during the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day.  Holiday parade begins Saturday at 10AM. 

Celtic clans from around the world show their ancestral pride, Highland games athletes demonstrate their mind-boggling strength, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches through the streets of the Oldest City’s Historic District, and vendors offer up Celtic cuisine and hand-made crafts.

But the hands-down favorite of the St. Augustine Celtic festival is the music. Scottish and Irish bands playing both traditional tunes and modernized renditions of the ancient Celtic music appear live on stage throughout the two-day festival - arguably the best collaboration of Celtic artists assembled in the United States. We’re talking Scots-born Albannach, Ireland’s Dublin City Ramblers, and Jacksonville’s Beach’s own Rathkeltair and Spade McQuade & the Allstars, attracting fans from throughout Florida and Georgia. 

Last Naval Battle of the American Revolution – Saturday, March 9th
Merritt Island, Florida
Veterans Memorial Center

Commemoration of the Battle of March 1783 which occurred off Cape Canaveral.  Color guard, wreath laying, and other events.  Read More about the Last Naval Battle Here 

Orchid Society Show – Saturday, March 9th thru Sunday, March 10th
Jacksonville, Florida
Garden Club

Artistic arrangements of blooming plants created by individuals, clubs and commercial growers.  Sponsored by the Jacksonville Orchid Society.

Wildlife Walk on the Boardwalk – Saturday, March 9th
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Meet at the LaChua trailhead at 9AM
$2 per person

Come join the rangers of Paynes Prairie for a short distance wildlife walk at an easy pace, perfect for those with limited mobility or who just want to take it slow and relaxed.

Contact Amber Roux at 352-466-4966 for more information and to RSVP.

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).

Old Time Music – Saturday, March 9th
Flagler Beach, Florida
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
1PM to 2PM
Free after regular park admission

Come enjoy some traditional Hammered and Appalachian Dulcimer music in the park!

Renowned dulcimer champion Michael Vickey will be giving a special one hour performance at our Cedar Pavilion, so come out and relax beside the Intra Coastal Waterway and listen to this old-time musical treat!  

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.

Friends of Hontoon Music and Cookout – Saturday, March 9th
DeLand, Florida
Hontoon Island State Park
11AM to 2PM
Donations accepted

Live bluegrass music along with hot off the grill hamburgers, hotdogs, beans, chips, desserts, and iced tea or lemonade.

This event is a fundraiser for the playground addition.

Come and explore the island, enjoy the food and music, and make new friends.

Hontoon Island is located west of DeLand off of State Road 44. Turn on County Road 4110 (Old New York Ave.), left if you are traveling west on 44, right if you are traveling east on 44. Follow County Road 4110 to County Road 4125 (Hontoon Road) make a left, go to River Ridge Road (continuation of County Road 4125) and make a left on to River Ridge Road. Our address is 2309 River Ridge Road.

Amelia Island Art Walk – Saturday, March 9th
Fernandina Beach, FL
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Free – Second Saturday of Every Month

Amelia Island is known for its galleries and talented artists who call this Island home. 

The downtown Fernandina Beach galleries host monthly art events.   

The galleries offer a vast array of fine art in varied media-photography, pottery, copper, metal, fused as well as stained glass, watercolors, acrylics, oils and batik.

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.


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

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 10th
Estero, Florida
Koreshan 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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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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