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Florida travel calendar for April

Check out festivals and events in April across the state.

This list is organized by region.

Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County)

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Through April 7: Universal Studios Mardi Gras, Orlando. With 14 concerts lighting up the stage; 1.7 million beads flying through the air; a wild and wonderful parade led by amazing, outrageous performers and plenty of food. Included with Universal Studios ticket. 407-363-8000. universalorlando.com/mardigras

Through April 29: SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival, Orlando.  Held on Saturday and Sunday with concerts on each day. Discover unique Asian, Latin, European, Polynesian and North Atlantic dishes throughout the park and feature a wide array of wine, specialty cocktails, and local and international craft brews. Seven Seas is included with regular park admission beginning at $59.99. For more on the menu and other details, go to seaworldorlando.com/sevenseas

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Through May 28: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, Lake Buena Vista. Discover dazzling gardens, high-energy entertainment, family fun and more at this spectacular springtime event. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will be brimming with special experiences for every age and interest. At Walt Disney World's EPCOT with admission. disneyworld.com/flower

April 4: Pictures Worth a Thousand Words - Poetry workshop, New Smyrna Beach. Hosted by Florida Poet Laureate, M.B. McLatchey, this event encourages guests of all ages "listen" and "respond" to the world around us using photographs and words. 4 pm to 6 pm. Free. 1414 Art Center Ave, New Smyrna Beach, 32168.  nsbfla.com

April 6-8: Spooky Empire. Orlando. Spooky Empire is a horror-themed convention at the Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Dr., Orlando. Advance tickets, now on sale, are discounted. In advance, three-day passes cost $60, one-day passes on Friday and Sunday go for $30, and one-day passes on Saturday are $35. Tickets for children younger than 11 are free. www.spookyempire.com

April 6-15: Florida Film Festival, Orlando. The 27th edition of the Central Florida event will present 182 films this year, and 35 have Florida connections. Through ten days of 180+ films and first-class events, film lovers mingle with filmmakers and celebrities over hand-crafted cocktails and a delicious menu at Eden Bar and inside the theater. At the Enzian, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, and Regal Winter Park Village Stadium 20, 510 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park. Costs: Individual tickets cost $11. Festival passes and packages are also available. floridafilmfestival.com

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April 7: First Saturday Jam, Barberville. On the first Saturday each month visit the Pioneer Settlement for entertainment and fun for the entire family. 9 am to 4 pm. Includes informal music jams, free workshops, a chili cook-off, yard sale. 1776 Lightfoot Lane, Barberville, 32105. www.pioneersettlement.org

April 7: Florida Lighthouse Day, Ponce Inlet. Come to the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse & Museum for family fun activities and workshops designed for children and families. Come visit the lighthouse museums and climb the largest lighthouse in Florida. Meet the lighthouse keeper as he describes his duties at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. All activities are included with regular admission, no advance reservations required. For details, visit www.PonceInlet.org.

April 10-15: Sun 'n Fun International Fly-in and Expo, Lakeland. The Air Force Thunderbirds had to cancel after the death of one the team's pilots, but the show will go on with the F-18 Super Hornet Demo Team and F-16 Viper Demo Team among others. This weeklong event that draws thousands of airplanes to Lakeland each year. It features daily performances Tuesday-Friday and the headlining acts Saturday and Sunday. This is the 44th year of Sun'n Fun, and more than 200,000 people were expected to attend. Camping is available. Gates open at 7 am. Daily admission is $37 for adults, $15 for those ages 11-17, free for 10 and under. The airport is at 3900 Don Emerson Drive in Lakeland. sun-n-fun.org

April 12-14: Celebration Exotic Car Festival, Celebration, Orlando and Daytona Beach. Check out some sweet rides at the Celebration Exotic Car Festival. This four-day event showcases North America's largest collection of exotic cars, race cars and iconic Hollywood movie cars. The event also lets registered participants take to the track at Daytona International Speedway, while regular folk can view the rides for free while listening to music along the waterfront of Celebration. The four-day event benefits Make-a-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics and Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital.  For more information visit www.celebrationexoticcars.com

April 13 - 15: Grant BBQ Fest, Grant. The Grand BBQ Fest serves up live entertainment, a car show, crafts and contests – barbecued pork ribs, chicken or brisket. New this year is a backyard BBQ contest for amateur residents of Brevard and Indian River Counties. Additional competitions include People's Choice and Sauce. Admission and parking are free. The festival is at 4580 1st Street. www.grantbbqfestival.com

April 14: Spring Central Florida Car Show, Cocoa. More than 130 collectible and special interest autos will be on display on the streets of Cocoa Village with awards in 13 classes plus Mayor's Choice and Best in Show, music, street vendors, a beer garden amid the dozens of shopping and dining options. 1 pm to 4 pm. Free. visitcocoavillage.com

April 14-15: Blues at the Winery, Clermont. For those who enjoy sipping a glass of Lakeridge wine and listening to the blues, this event is a must see. The event attracts the area's most talented blues musicians such as "Beautiful" Bobby Blackmon, who will perform on the outdoor stage the entire weekend. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food will be available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and wine tasting. At Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards on U.S. 27 in North Clermont. Event is from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Admission: $5 for 12 and over. 800-768-WINE. lakeridgewinery.com

April 19-21: Florida Music Festival, Orlando. Music fans will fill the streets of for this 18th annual concert showcase expected to draw 25,000 people to its 15 stages featuring more than 150 bands in genres from bluegrass to hip-hop. floridamusicfestival.com

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April 21: Earth Day, Orlando. Take the time to find out how to help the planet while having fun during this 13th annual Central Florida Earth Day celebration. This event at Lake Eola Park (east side) features music, guest speakers and activities for the family. Admission is free. Event hours are from 10 am to 6 pm. www.cfearthday.org

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April 21: Downtown DeLand Classic Car Cruise-In, DeLand. Every third Saturday of the month. East Indiana Avenue in downtown DeLand. Classic cars & rods line East Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Live DJ, giveaways, shopping & dining. 4 pm to 7 pm. Free. www.MainStreetDeLand.org

April 21: Art Walk, Sanford. Central Florida's only monthly juried art show. Held on the third Saturday of each month, rain or shine, with exhibits and music at participating venues. April's theme is, "Art is a Drag." 6 pm to 9 pm. Downtown Sanford, First Street, Sanford, 32771. Free. sanfordwelcomecenter.com/sanford-art-walk.html

April 21-22: Vero Beach Air Show. Vero Beach. The Blue Angels headline this air show along with the Geico Skytypers Airshow Team, the F-16 Viper Demo Team and other civilian air show performers. Also at the show will be static aircraft displays. A free Saturday food fest will take place at Riverside Park starting at 5 p.m. Advance tickets $20 for ages 13+, $12 for ages 5-12. $10 parking. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. veroairshow.com

April 27-29: Leesburg Bike Fest, Leesburg. The World's Largest 3-Day Motorcycle and Music Event celebrates their 22nd year with 30 blocks with 55+ Concerts, 200+ Vendors, 6 hotbody contests, bike and stunt shows at 8 venues. www.leesburgbikefest.com

April 28-29: Mount Dora Blueberry Festival, Mount Dora. This fourth annual celebration of the small, tart fruit will feature more than 100 vendors, live entertainment, kids activities and more. At Elizabeth Evans Park on Lake Dora. Free. 407-913-4140. ci.mount-dora.fl.us/982/Blueberry-Festival

April 28-29: Cocoa Beach Uncorked, Cocoa Beach. This is the 2nd Annual gastronomical event. Tickets to the Grand Tasting Village will provide access to Florida's Space Coast's most interesting food, beer, and wine establishments and is the top choice for food, wine, and craft beer adventurers. Enjoy fabulous tastings from the area's most delicious restaurants. 21+ 1 pm. Alan Shepard Park, 200 E Cocoa Beach Cswy., Cocoa Beach, 32931. www.cocoabeach.com/festivals-events/

April 29: Climb to the Moon, Ponce Inlet. Climb to the Moon at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse offers views of the sunset and moonrise from atop the lighthouse. The lighthouse keeper relates the story of this National Historic Landmark. Hors d'oeuvres are provided by Inlet Harbor Restaurant. The lighthouse is at 4931 South Peninsula Drive. Participation is limited to 25 people and tickets ($25) must be purchased in advance by calling (386) 761-1821 ext. 18. www.PonceInlet.org

Tampa Bay-Sarasota (including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa)

April 1-2: Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks Art and Craft Festival, Tarpon Springs. Dodecanese Boulevard sets the scene for the Sponge Docks Arts & Crafts Festival. More than 90 artists and crafters will be displaying their creations including jewelry, homemade soap, ceramics, paintings and photography. Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free. www.tnteventsinc.com

April 6-8: Tampa Bay Blues Festival, St. Petersburg. The festival established itself as one of the world's preeminent blues music events, having presented more than 195 of the world's greatest blues performers. Headliners this year are Robert Cray, Buddy Guy and Mississippi Heat. In addition to world class music, you can enjoy arts and crafts, taste treats from seafood and barbecue to Cuban cuisine, plus premium beer and wine. Various ticket options available. 727-895-6153. Vinoy Waterfront Park. www.tampabaybluesfest.com

April 7-8: Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival, Sarasota. Begun in 2002, this popular craft show takes place 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday, with approximately 200 crafters exhibiting their wares. Downtown at 1 Central Avenue. Free. www.artfestival.com

April 13-22: Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota. The festival screens more than 180 films including features, shorts, documentaries and kid-friendly picks. During the event films run daily at Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20 on Main Street in Downtown Sarasota. Various tickets and packages are available.  www.sarasotafilmfestival.com

April 28-29: Siesta Fiesta, Sarasota. The Siesta Fiesta displays arts and crafts along Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road in Siesta Key Village. Some 250 artists and crafters will feature their creations at the fair. Admission is free. Fair hours are from 10 am to 5 pm. www.artfestival.com

April 28-29: Pepper Fest, Pinellas Park. Hot and spicy foods and sauces to sample and purchase. Also pepper plants, barbecue, crafts. At The England Brothers Bandshell Park, Saturday 10 am to 9 pm., Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. Live music begins at 5 p m on Saturday. $3 admission, children 12 and under free, free parking. pinellaspepperfest.webs.com

Southwest Florida (including Naples, Fort Myers, Venice, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda)

April 8: BBQ, Bands & Brew, Fort Myers. This Southwest Florida city sets the scene for the BBQ, Bands & Brew. On the agenda are a barbecue competition, live music, games and vendors. Admission is $10. Children 12 and under are free. The event, which raises funds for local charities, is from 11 am to 6:30 pm at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Boulevard. www.bbqbandsandbrew.com

April 13-15: Sharks Tooth Festival, Venice. Go hunting for shark tooth fossils at the shark tooth's capital of the world. This annual event includes food, entertainment, arts and crafts, and children's activities. At Airport Festival Grounds, 610 E. Airport Avenue, Venice, 34285. Adults $4, children 12 and under free. 941-412-0402. www.sharkstoothfest.com

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April 15: Tampa Indie Flea, Tampa. Held on the third Sunday of each month, this market showcases the best vendors of all things local, indie and handmade. There is also local food and drinks and music. Free. The Armature Works is located at: 1910 N Ola Avenue, Tampa, 33602 theindieflea.com

April 19: Downtown Gallery Walk, Punta Gorda. Held monthly on the third Thursday, 5 pm to 8 pm. Visit any of the downtown merchants, restaurants and galleries for your game card. As always, there will be live entertainment, food and drink samplings, art, beauty and health demonstrations and an evening of fun. Free. www.charlotteharbortravel.com

CANCELED FOR 2018 April 21: Cardboard Boat Regatta, Cape Coral. Participants race boats that are handmade from cardboard. Event begins April 22 at 1 p.m. and includes food, beer, live music and children's playground. At Four Freedoms Park. 239-699-7942. www.capecoralregatta.com

April 22-23: Mainsail Arts Festival, St. Petersburg. The waterfront of downtown St. Petersburg provides a picturesque setting for the 43rd Annual Mainsail Arts festival at Vinoy Park just north of the pier. The two-day event combines visual and performing arts along with opportunities for children to actively engage in art activities. Also on hand will be an assortment of culinary arts and souvenirs. From 8:30 am to 6:30 pm on Saturday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on Sunday. Admission is free. At Vinoy Park. www.mainsailart.org

April 25-29: Fort Myers Beach Film Festival, Fort Myers Beach. This 12th annual festival provides movie-goers the opportunity to see independent films and be a part of events designed to cultivate the spirit of visual creativity and harbor the talents of local and upcoming film makers.  For details, visit fmbfilmfest.com

South Florida and the Keys (including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and the Treasure Coast)

April 6: GMSH Tour, Miami Beach. The 10th Annual GMSH Tour. This stop is in Miami Beach, FL on Friday, April 6th. This event takes place at Avenue, featuring some of the hottest independent artists in the Nation, including Jess Jones, Jayali, and More. Tickets start at $10.      9 pm to 2 am. 1429 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, 33139. www.getmoneystophatin.com

April 6: JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch, Fort Lauderdale. Live outdoor concert series bringing the area's best local jazz artists to the city's scenic Riverwalk the first Sunday of each month. Listen to the soulful sounds on four different stages.  Everyone is welcome to attend, including well-behaved, leashed pets, and there is ample room to set up chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. 11 am to 2 pm. Free admission. www.fortlauderdale.gov

April 8-10: Barret-Jackson Auto Auction, West Palm Beach. The Auction features rare, high-end, collector, vintage, exotics, customs, classics and hot-rods – all for sale.  Adult tickets begin at $20. At the South Florida Fairgrounds. www.barrett-jackson.com

April 13-15: The Annual Delray Affair, Delray Beach. The Annual Delray Affair showcases the work of more than 750 local, regional, national and international artists. The event is along the palm-tree-lined streets of downtown Delray Beach 12 blocks from the Intracoastal to Northwest Second Avenue, grounds of the Delray Beach Center for the Arts and Old School Square Park. Entertainment and street performances are also on the agenda. Admission is free. Friday and Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday 10 am to 5pm. www.delrayaffair.com

April 14: South Beach Scandals Tour, Miami Beach. This 90-minute walking tour focuses on illegal activities and shady characters in Miami Beach history. Topics include political corruption, illegal gambling, alcohol during prohibition, and organized crime figures. Tour departs from the Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL, 33139. It is held the 2nd Saturday of each month at 11 am. Adults - $25; Seniors, Veterans, and Students - $20; Children under 12 are free.  www.mdpl.org

April 14: Seven-Mile Bridge Run, Marathon. The annual Seven Mile Bridge Run is expected to draw 1,500 runners to a foot race across the longest segmental bridge in the world. The action kicks off at 7:0 am. For information, visit www.7mbrun.com

April 14: Black Gold Jubilee Festival, Belle Glade. To celebrate the annual end of the harvest season, the entire Glades Region – Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay – come together with friends and family at the Black Gold Jubilee for food, country music, a parade and firework show. 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Torry Island Recreation Center & Campground, 5000 West Canal Street North, Belle Glade, 33430. www.thepalmbeaches.com/top-event/black-gold-jubilee

April 21: Earth Day 5k. Key West. In its 22nd year, this annual 5k will give Earth-friendly recyclable awards to the various group winners. Starts at 8 a.m. from McCoy Indigenous Park, located at Atlantic Boulevard and White Street. Proceeds benefit FAVOR - Friends And Volunteers Of Refuges - Florida Keys. 305-745-3027. www.southernmostrunners.com

April 26-29: Key West Paddleboard Classic, Key West. The Last Key sets the scene for the Key West Paddleboard Classic. Presented by Lazy Dog Adventure Tours, the challenge includes a 12-mile Elite Race around the island and a four-mile open race. Other events include a kick-off registration party, paddleboard clinics and races for kids. lazydog.com/events

April 27-29: Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, Pompano Beach. This 34th Annual beachside food festival promises to serve up great seafood and entertainment for guests of all ages.  Admission required. www.pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com

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Through April 27: BBC Earth Presents: Incredible Predators 3D, Fort Lauderdale. Advanced filming techniques, including the latest gyro stabilized cameras, put the audience right beside the predators as they hunt, whether on land or under the sea. Recurring daily, showtimes vary. Showtimes Vary. Admission: Non-members Adults $9, Seniors $8, Child (2-12) $7, Military (w/ ID) $7. Museum of Discovery and Science & Autonation IMAX, 401 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, 33312. mods.org/films/incredible-predators/

April 27-29: SoFlo Cake and Candy Expo, Miami. The SoFlo Cake and Candy Expo will be April 28th and 29th, 2018. Classes will be offered on April 27th, 28th, and 29th. Tickets start at $20 with kids 12 and under free. 10 am to 4 pm. Miami Airport Convention Center at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 711 NW 72nd Avenue, Miami, 33126. www.soflocakeandcandyexpo.com

April 29: Sweet Corn Fiesta, West Palm Beach. The Annual Sweet Corn Fiesta offers lots of sweet corn, music, rides, corn shucking and cooking competitions and more. The event, at Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fair, is from 11 am to 5 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-11, (children's unlimited ride wristband is $5). www.sweetcornfiesta.com

Northeast Florida (including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Flagler County and Amelia Island)

April 5-7: Antique Tractor and Engine Show, White Springs. Farm machinery representing over 200 years of American history. Vintage farm equipment, tractor pulls and races for adults. Children's games and races. Demonstrations of wheat threshing and shingle milling. Food concessions.  At Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. Park admission $5 per vehicle. www.floridastateparks.org

April 6-8: St. Augustine Rhythm & Ribs Festival, St. Augustine. If you are looking for a treat for your taste buds and ear candy too you may wish to check out this one: The Annual St. Augustine Rhythm & Ribs Festival will be serving up scrumptious barbecue and music all weekend long. Admission is between $5 and $10. www.rhythmandribs.net

April 6-8: Springing the Blues, Jacksonville Beach. Bring the entire family to celebrate blues music and the arts at this three-day oceanfront event. Named one of the top 50 Music Festivals in the World by Downbeat Magazine. It features a number of renowned blues performers as well as numerous displays and activities geared for the entire family. General admission is free. At SeaWalk Pavilion. www.springingtheblues.com

April 6: First Friday Art Walk, St. Augustine. The Art Galleries of Saint Augustine founded and sponsors the award-winning First Friday Art Walk event on the first Friday of every month. Galleries open their doors from 5 pm to 9 pm, offering new art exhibits and lively receptions to the public. Free. artgalleriesofstaugustine.org

April 14: Free Admission to Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine. For the weekends bookending National Park Week, the city's iconic national monument will waive its admission fee. During the week, children ages 4-14 can become Junior Rangers at the Castillo to earn a Junior Ranger badge. Located on Matanzas Bay, the coquina structure is the only 17th-century fort in the U.S., with construction having begun in 1672. 8:45 am to 5:15 pm. www.nps.gov/casa/index.htm

April 14-5: The Makery - Spring Market, Jacksonville. Quality handmade, reclaimed, and vintage items are featured with a focus on fresh, modern design and attention to detail. 11 am to 4 pm. $5 at The Glass Factory, 601 Myrtle Avenue, North Jacksonville, 32204. Pre-sale tickets available at Eventbrite.com

April 18-22: Florida's Birding and Photo Fest, Ponte Vedra Beach. This annual event shines the spotlight on Northeast Florida's abundant bird life and natural beauty. More than 100 birding and photography events are featured during the festival. 6 to 8 pm. Tickets range $10 to $109.95. The fest is headquartered at the GTM Research Reserve, 505 Guana River Road. www.FloridasBirdingandPhotoFest.com

April 28: Bostwick Blueberry Festival, Bostwick. Berry fanciers may wish to check out the Bostwick Blueberry Festival. the fest serves up a blueberry pancake breakfast, blueberry ice cream, homemade blueberry pies and other goodies as well as free entertainment and arts and crafts. Event hours are from 8 am to 4 pm. (breakfast served from 8 am to noon). Held at the Bostwick Community Center, 125 Tillman Street. www.bostwickblueberryfestival.com

North-Central Florida (including Ocala, Gainesville and Tallahassee)

Through April 7: Clay County Agricultural Fair, Green Cove Springs. Showcase for Clay County's agricultural, educational, civic and commercial interests. Also includes livestock, midway, contests and Early Florida Pioneer Village. Entertainment by Russell Dickinson, Micah Taylor and more. Armbands begin at $7. 2493 State Road 16 W. Green Cove Springs, 32043. www.claycountyfair.org

April 5: Guest Chef Cocktail Party, Gainesville. Guest Chef Cocktail Party is back for its 17th year at the Gainesville Woman's Club. This year Jon Pimgrim of Mayflower Cellars is the Featured Chef. While tasting some of Gainesville's finest recipes and enjoying a complimentary beer and wine bar, guests can browse a great silent auction which features items from local businesses. Tickets $60 - $75. 5:45 pm to 8 pm. 2809 West University Avenue, Gainesville, 32607. gfwcfl-gainesvillewomansclub.org

April 6: First Friday at Railroad Square Art Park, Tallahassee. Every first Friday of the month, Railroad Square Art Park's shops, galleries and studios stay open late. Guests can enjoy live music, craft beer, food vendors and creative demonstrations. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. 602 McDonnell Drive. visittallahassee.com

April 6-7: Springtime Tallahassee Festival, Tallahassee. The 50th annual festival features music, handmade art and other entertainment. Free. 850-224-5012. visittallahassee.com

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April 6-8: Suwannee River Paddling Festival, Live Oak. Suwannee River State Park near Live Oak will serve as the festival's home base for the weekend at the confluence of the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers. Paddlers can take to the rivers and enjoy music, outdoor meals, an evening ghost tour through nearby ruins and an opportunity to hear from local experts dedicated to preserving North Florida's rivers, springs, and watersheds. Register on the main website. www.paddleflorida.org

April 6–21: Flying High Circus, Tallahassee. As one of two collegiate circuses in the nation, the Flying High Circus performs a variety of jaw-dropping routines. Each spring showcase tackles a different theme while preserving crowd favorite acts like flying trapeze, juggling and quartet adagio front and center. Adult tickets $15 - $29, child tickets $10 - $24. Evening shows 7 pm on Friday and Saturday. Sunday matinees at 2 pm. circus.fsu.edu/performances

April 7: O'Leno Ole' Chili Cook-Off & Springs Celebration, High Springs. Bring your best chili recipe and compete or taste test the samples and vote for your favorite. Chili cook-off is from 9 am to 3 pm. Springs Celebration is from 11 am to 3 pm. Admission for this event is free with the donation of one can of food per person. 410 SE O'Leno Park Road, High Springs. www.facebook.com/events/1972386339642444/

April 7 - 8: Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville. This free art festival, set in the Northeast Gainesville Historic District, features two stages of music and performers throughout the weekend of fun. Saturday, 9 am to 5:30 pm. Sunday, noon to 5 pm. Free. NE 1st St, Gainesville. www.sfcollege.edu/spring-arts/index

April 13 - 15: ADRL Spring Drags, Gainesville. Calling all race fans for the most superb drag racing on Florida's East Coast.  9 am to 1 am. Free. Gainesville Raceway, 11211 N County Road 225, Gainesville, 32609. www.adrltour.com

April 13 - 15: Word of South Festival, Tallahassee. This two-day festival features a unique blend of writers and musicians and aims to explore and celebrate the relationship between the two arts. Enjoy concerts and special performances and discover the southern charm of North Florida. Cascades Park, rain or shine. Free. www.wordofsouthfestival.com

April 15: Jest Fest, Gainesville. Celebrate hilarity, and feel the thrill of this free, family friendly spring festival. Held at the Historic Thomas Center. 302 NE 6 Ave, Gainesville. gvlculturalaffairs.org

April 21: T.O.U.R. Guide - The FSU Reservation, Tallahassee. As part of the T.O.U.R. Guide program encouraging people to further explore the wonders of our area, spend a day outdoors on Lake Bradford. In addition to offering an interactive ropes course, the "Rez" is a fantastic site for canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, swimming, sand volleyball, disc golf and more. Free admission for kids. www.visittallahassee.com

April 21: Tallahassee Pridefest, Tallahassee. Pridefest is an annual celebration that promotes peace and understanding among diverse cultures, races, genders and sexual identities. Enjoy food, vendors, entertainment, a kids' zone and more. Noon to 5:30 p.m. Free. At Kleman Plaza, 306 S. Duval St. 850-222-8555. pridefest.familytreecenter.org

April 21 - 22: LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival, Tallahassee. More than 10,000 are expected to view more than 150 artists for this annual event that will also have live entertainment, food trucks and more. Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5pm, Saturday Evening Concert, 5 pm to 7 pm. Held along the oak-lined Park Avenue just east of Monroe Street downtown. Free.  chainofparks.com

April 20-22: 5th Ave Arts Festival, Gainesville. 39th Annual festival celebrating Earth Day, music, food and culture. Hosted by the Cultural Arts Coalition. Free, family friendly. www.culturalartscoalition.org/annual-5th-ave-arts-festival/

April 26: Wine & Cheese Curator's Tour, Tallahassee. Hosted by Florida Historic Capitol Museum, this event is an after-hours tour led by Museum staff. Guests will enjoy three different stations of wine and cheese while discovering interesting architectural elements that one might not find at first glance. There will also be a special stop in the temporary exhibits. 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Reservations are required and space is limited on Eventbrite.com

The Panhandle (including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)

April 6 - 8: Pensacola Jazz Fest, Pensacola. Smooth sounds from a variety of artists and bands are the order of the day during the 34th annual jazz fest in Seville Square. Entertainers include Patrick Frost, the 4Kormers, numerous high school jazz bands and more.  Free. East Government Street and South Alcaniz Street. www.jazzpensacola.com

April 12 - 15: Tall Ships America, Pensacola. The first the official "Tall Ships Challenge" in Pensacola is one of only three host ports, and the only Florida port, included in the Tall Ships Gulf Coast series. The Pensacola Tall Ships festival is a celebration of its maritime history, and a re-creation of a historic voyage by the Tall Ship Elissa. The four-day festival will showcase four domestic and international Tall Ship vessels. $5 to $200. Plaza De Luna, 900 South Palafox Street, Pensacola, 32502. Tickets available at Eventbrite.com

April 18 - 22: Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Panama City Beach. This annual fest features the smooth sounds of contemporary jazz at Pier Park. The event, which typically attracts more than 20,000 fans, offers five days of jazz and a themed dinner cruise. Varied tickets and passes are available. www.seabreezejazzfestival.com

April 20 - 21: Pink Ribbon Tennis Tournament, Pensacola. Pensacola's largest ladies' tennis tournament to benefit Pink Ribbon Pensacola, Krewe du YaYas Keeping Abreast Foundation, Inc. Get your tickets early, as this tournament typically sell out each year. Roger Scott Tennis Center, 2130 Summit Boulevard, Pensacola, 32503. Noon to 3 pm. Tickets are $170, available at Eventbrite.com

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