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Florida travel calendar for February

Check out festivals and events in February 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)

Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24: Artisan Alley Farmer's Market & More on Georgia. Featuring local produce, plants, pickles, honey, baked goods, arts & crafts. Held every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. in Artisan Alley. 386-738-0649. mainstreetdeland.org/area.cfm

Feb. 3: Jazz Friday at Foosaner Museum of Art, Melbourne. The Foosaner Museum of Art hosts live jazz music during the First Friday in Eau Gallie Arts District. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 1463 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. 321-674-8916. www.foosanerartmuseum.org

Feb. 4: Art Stroll & Gallery Walk, New Smyrna Beach. Artistic vendors set up along the historic Canal street from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Musical artists play from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Christmas Park, 101 Live Oak Street. Galleries feature solo and group exhibitions and artist talks in the Douglas Avenue area of the district and at the Hub from 4-8 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please log on to the Canal Street Historic District website at www.canalstreetnsb.com

Feb. 4-5: The Mount Dora Arts Festival, Mount Dora. The Mount Dora Arts Festival showcases the works of 285 juried artists. Artists compete for awards in painting, printmaking, photography, jewelry, sculpture and numerous other categories. The art displays are combined with live entertainment and children's activities. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Admission is free. For more information, call the Mount Dora Center for the Arts at 352-383-0880. www.mountdora.com

Feb. 4-March 24: Universal Studios Mardi Gras. Orlando. New Orleans party atmosphere is mixed up with a lineup of big-name concerts for another year of Mardi Gras at the Orlando theme park. The event which takes place for 50 straight nights features Cajun and Creole cuisine, Mardi Gras parade, street performers, lots of bead tossing and Zydeco bands direct from Louisiana. On 12 select nights, major label musicians including Trace Adkins on Feb. 4, Ne-Yo on Feb. 11 and Collective Soul on Feb. 18. Other artists coming include Fifth Harmony, Kool & The Gang, Olivia Newton-John and Toby Keith. Included with Universal Studios ticket or annual pass. 407-363-8000. www.universalorlando.com

Feb. 4: First Saturday Jam, Barberville. On the first Saturday each month visit the Pioneer Settlement for entertainment and fun for the entire family. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Includes informal music jams, free workshops, a chili cook-off, yard sale. 386-749-2087. www.pioneersettlement.org

Feb. 10-11: Old Florida Outdoor Festival. Apopka. The festival has been reworked for 2017 with a barbecue contest organizers say will be the largest ever judged by the Florida BBQ Association, features 137 barbecuing teams. The festival will also feature a steak-grilling contest Friday night, fireworks, monster trucks and a car show on Saturday. Organizers expanded the “Kids Zone” with a bounce house and rides for a play-all-day fee of $10 per child. Concerts by country stars Rodney Atkins and David Nail are free, but seating in the amphitheater is first-come, first-serve. Free admission. $10 parking. Northwest Recreation Complex, 3710 Jason Dwelley Parkway. (407) 703-1641. www.oldfloridaoutdoorfestival.com

Feb. 10-12: Wine Fest XXVII, Clermont. Arts and crafts, complimentary winery tours, tasting and live music are part of the fun during Wine Fest XXVII at the Lakeridge Winery on Feb. 10-12. Food and wine will be available for purchase. A $2 donation will be accepted at the gate to benefit a local charity. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The winery is at 19239 Highway 27 North. For details, visit www.lakeridgewinery.com

Feb. 10-12: J/24 Midwinter Championship Regatta. Melbourne. Three days of sailing will take place north of the Eau Gallie Causeway on the Indian River Lagoon. 30 vessels are expected to compete in the 10 amateur races. www.j24midwinters2017.com

Feb. 10: Friday Family Fest, Melbourne. Held the second Friday of the month in Historic Downtown, it's a family-oriented event that includes art, craft and business vendors, lots of great food, beer and wine and a Kids Zone. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Highland Avenue, Melbourne FL 32922. Free. 321-724-1741. www.downtownmelbourne.com

Feb. 10-19: Osceola County Fair. Kissimmee. Ten days of amusement park rides, games, truck & tractor pulls, livestock shows and entertainment with the Miss Osceola pageant on Feb. 18. Gates open Monday-Thursday at 5 p.m., Friday-Sunday at noon. Daily admission $5 for adults, $3 for children 5-11 and seniors 60 and older with children 4 and under free. Advance all-day, any day ride passes available at Walgreens through Feb. 9 for $25. Check website for other daily specials. Free parking. At Osceola Heritage Park at 1875 Silver Spur Lane located one mile west of the Florida Turnpike exit 244 on Highway 192 in Kissimmee. www.osceolacountyfair.com

Feb. 11-May 13: SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival. Orlando. A hybrid of two of the theme park’s discontinued festivals — Bands, Brew & BBQ and Viva La Musica. The food is now the title character in the new event held only on Saturdays with concerts on each day. Food kiosks alongside craft beers will be throughout the park with each station featuring four dishes plus beverages. Items like mushi-gyoza, salpicao Brazilian chicken salad, cinnamon slow-roasted pork belly, roasted sweet-potato tacos, grilled-cheese pound cake (with cheddar cheese and raspberry sauce) and something called Loco Moco, described as grilled Spam, scrambled egg and brown gravy. In addition to 11 internationally themed markets, SeaWorld will serve up barbecue for the first six Saturdays, then switch that space to Latin cuisine. Most prices for food will run between 3.75 and $6.50 per item. There are multi-dish samplings for sale for $40 (10 items) and $55 (15 items). Seven Seas is included with regular park admission. For more on the menu and other details, go to seaworldorlando.com/sevenseas

Feb. 11: DeLand Craft Beer Festival, DeLand. This is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker to learn more about their favorite brews and discover new ones. There will be more than 100 breweries represented, including more than 25 Florida breweries, rare and vintage beers, casks, a cider corner and select imports. Educational breakout sessions during the festival will be hosted by industry professionals. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the gate. www.volusiabeerweek.com

Feb. 17-19: Silver Spurs Rodeo, Kissimmee. The 138th Silver Spurs Rodeo attracts cowboys from the pro circuit to the Silver Spurs Arena in Osceola Heritage Park. The largest rodeo east of the Mississippi, it is rated one of the top 50 events sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. The rodeo features seven traditional events include bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, and team roping. In between these events will be performances from the rodeo clown, the Silver Spurs Quadrille Team, and children ages 6–10 will be able to participate in the Calf Scramble.  Tickets are $15 (children 10 and under are free). Rodeo is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. The arena is at 1875 Silver Spur Lane. www.silverspursrodeo.com

Feb. 18-26: Speedweeks, Daytona Beach. Daytona International Speedway sets the scene for Speedweeks, the beginning of the NASCAR season highlighted by a variety of races, such as the Can-Am Duel At Daytona on Feb. 23. The event culminates in the annual Daytona 500, often called “The Great American Race,” on Feb. 26. Tickets for the Daytona 500 vary. Travel packages are available. www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Feb. 18: Art Walk, Sanford. Central Florida's only monthly juried art show. With exhibits and music at participating venues. 6-9 p.m. Downtown Sanford, First Street, Sanford, 32771. Free. www.sanfordartwalk.com

Feb. 18: Cruisin' Downtown DeLand Classic Car Show, DeLand. Every 3rd 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. 4-7 p.m. Free. www.MainStreetDeLand.org

Feb. 24-26: Port Canaveral Seafood & Music Festival, Port Canaveral. Lobster, crab, shrimp, tuna and all sorts of seafood will be available at this annual festival. Guests can also expect big name musicians from the country and reggae scenes. Featuring art and craft exhibits and kids activities. portcanaveralseafoodandmusicfestival.com/

Feb. 24 - 26: George Washington Birthday Festival, Eustis. Georgefest honors our first president, George Washington, during the George Washington Birthday Festival on Feb. 24-26. Festival highlights include a parade, pageants, entertainment and arts and crafts. For details, visit www.eustischamber.org

Feb. 25: Mardi Gras on MainStreet Dog Parade & Festival. DeLand. Watch pups and their two legged friends parade through downtown DeLand dressed in costume. The parade starts at 11 a.m., but stick around for live music, kids activities and food on Indiana Avenue until 3 p.m. Woodland Blvd., downtown DeLand. www.dogparadedeland.com

Feb. 25: Wine Walk on Flagler, New Smyrna Beach. Held on the fourth Saturday each month, Flagler Avenue livens up with entertainment and wine tastings at participating venues. More than 100 interesting wines inside local pubs, galleries and restaurants will be available for those who purchase wine tasting passports for $25. Passports include 20 tasting tickets and a keepsake wine glass. Flagler Avenue, 100 Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32169. www.nsbfla.com

Feb. 25-26: Downtown Food & Wine Fest. Orlando. For 2017, this ninth-annual two-day fest features dishes from 30 of Orlando’s top restaurants, 50 domestic and international wines, and live entertainment including headliners Gavin DeGraw and KC and the Sunshine Band. Downtown Orlando on Robinson Street along Lake Eola. Noon-9 p.m. Saturday. Noon-7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $20 per person, per day with advance online purchase (ends Friday).  Admission at the door is $25 per person, per day. www.DowntownFoodandWineFest.com

Feb. 25-26: 44th Annual Pioneer Days Festival. Orlando. Pioneer Days returns to Cypress Grove Park to celebrate its 44th year of highlighting local history. This year's theme focuses on historic Fort Gatlin. Attractions include live folk music on two stages; food & beverage; arts & craft vendors; a Civil War encampment and battle; Native American dancing; a cowboy shoot-out; horse & carriage tours; and train rides and bounce houses for the kids. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Cypress Grove Park,
290 Holden Ave. $5 adults, $3 children. www.pinecastlepioneerdays.org

Feb. 26: Gumbo Festival. New Smyrna Beach. More than 20 gumbos from local eateries will be on hand for those who purchase $15 Gumbo Tasting Passports. Tied to the city's Mardi Gras celebrations, passport holders can enjoy their gumbos along Flagler Avenue from noon-5 p.m. with start tents on Peninsula Avenue, Cooper Street and Atlantic Avenue intersections with Flagler. Passports have sold out for these events in the past, but you can order online at www.nsbgumbo.eventbrite.com

Feb. 26: Daytona 500, Daytona Beach. The best stock car drivers in the world compete in "The Great American Race," NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious event. 800-PIT-SHOP. www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

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

Feb. 9-20: Florida State Fair, Tampa Bay. Shows, midway rides and games, exhibits, music and shopping as well as a variety of foods available for purchase. The Florida State Fair is held at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 Highway 301 North, where parking is free during the fair. www.floridastatefair.com

Feb. 10-11: Celtic Family Jamboree, Brooksville. The Celtic Family Jamboree at the Sertoma Youth Ranch features Celtic music on Feb. 10-11. Celtic merchandise and jewelry will be available for purchase. The Sertoma Youth Ranch is on 85 Myers Road. Tickets are $30 for two days in advance; $38 at the gate. Kids 17 and under are free in the company of paid adult. www.celticheritageproductions.com

Feb. 11-12:  Annual Art and Craft Festival, Holmes Beach. Arts and crafts, music, food. To benefit the Butterfly Park. 5801 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach 34217. www.tnteventsinc.com

Feb. 11-12: Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival, Tampa Bay. Along Dunedin's Main Street, there is something for all, including botanical hotplates, functional pottery, hair accessories and handmade one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days. Free. www.artfestival.com

Feb. 11-12: Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts, Sarasota. The Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts showcases the work, including paintings photography, and sculptures, of local and national artists on Feb. 11-12. The event, on Main Street, is free. Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. For details, visit www.artfestival.com.

Feb. 18: Ozello Chili Cook-Off & Craft Show, Crystal River. The Ozello Chili Cook-Off & Craft Show on Feb. 18 starts with the craft fair at 9 a.m. and continues with the chili competition at 11 a.m. Visitors can peruse artwork in the fair and listen to music with views of the saltwater marshes. The event, which is sponsored by the Ozello Civic Association, 10495 West Ozello Trail, ends at 4 p.m. www.festivalnet.com

Feb. 18: Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, Tampa. Tampa serves up the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival on Feb. 18. On tap will be 60 beers, 40 bourbons and lots of barbecue. The event, at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, is from noon to 6 p.m. For details, visit www.beerandbourbon.com.

Feb. 20-26: Pasco County Fair, Dade City. The Pasco County Fair offers midway games and rides, exhibits, pageants and entertainment on Feb. 20-26. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children (kids ages 5 and under are free). The Pasco County Fairgrounds is located at 36722 State Road 52. www.pascocountyfair.com

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

Feb. 4-5: ArtFest Fort Myers, Fort Myers. ArtFest Fort Myers features artwork, entertainment, high school art competition and children's activities in Downtown Fort Myers on the waterfront. The event, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, is free. There's also a free Friday evening Opening Night party as well at Edwards Drive at Hendry Street in historic Downtown Fort Myers from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 3. For information, visit www.artfestfortmyers.com.

Feb. 10-12, 13-14: Sweetheart Express on Seminole Gulf Railway, Fort Myers. A strolling violinist completes your romantic evening aboard the Murder Mystery Dinner Train. Come celebrate this festive holiday on board and impress your special someone. Departure times are 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10-11, 13-14 and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Tickets are $85 Feb. 10 and Feb. 12 and $89 Feb. 11, 13-14. 239-275-8487. www.semgulf.com

Feb. 11-19: Edison Festival of Light Junior Events, Fort Myers. Featuring a STEM event, Junior Fun Run, Junior Parade and more. Downtown. 239-334-2999. www.edisonfestival.org

Feb. 16: Downtown Gallery Walk, Punta Gorda. Held monthly on the third Thursday, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. 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, a free trolley, and an evening of fun. Free; free parking. 941-505-0130. www.charlotteharbortravel.com

Feb. 17-19: Edison Festival of Lights Crafts on the River, Fort Myers. About 100 exhibitors display handicrafts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday-Sunday. Exhibitors are selling items ranging from jewelry, quilts and handmade crafts. At Centennial Park. Free. 239-334-2999 www.edisonfestival.org

Feb. 18-19: Rotary Club Arts and Crafts Fair, Sanibel Island. One hundred artists and thousands of visitors fill Sanibel Community House for this annual event sponsored by Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva. Suggested $5 donation. 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island. www.sanibelartfair.com

Feb. 18: Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade, Fort Myers. Entertainment begins at noon, climaxing with fireworks at 7 p.m. to kick off the grand lighted parade. 239-334-2999. www.edisonfestival.org

Feb. 23-March 5: Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair, North Fort Myers. Old-fashioned and fun, this fair offers midway rides, livestock exhibits, pig races, a petting farm, and entertainment ranging from a comic master hypnotist, clowns, family shows and local talent. Adult admission tickets cost $8 in advance. Admission price for children 6 to 11 is $4 in advance. Children under 5 are admitted free. Advance-purchase mega-passes allow holders admission and unlimited rides for any day of their choice for $25. www.swflcfair.com

Feb. 24-26: Greek Fest Fort Myers, Ft. Myers. The tastes and sounds of Greece can be enjoyed during the annual Greek Fest Fort Myers. Greek food, music and dances are on the festivals agenda at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 8210 Cypress Lake Drive. Admission is $5 for the weekend (children under 12 are free). Event hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. For details, visit www.greekfestfortmyers.com.

Feb. 25-26: Swamp Cabbage Festival, LaBelle. Want to try gator tail and watch armadillo races and more? You may wish to head for LaBelle. This Southwest Florida town puts on its annual Swamp Cabbage Festival. For information, visit swampcabbagefestival.org.

Feb. 25: Burrowing Owl Festival, Cape Coral. Cape Coral claims Florida's largest population of the Burrowing Owl, a species of special concern. This annual festival is designed to educate the public about the owl and its preservation. Events include a children's corner, butterfly tent, educational speakers, burrowing owl van tours, birding tours, native plant sales and exhibitor's displays. www.ccfriendsofwildlife.org

Feb. 26: Punta Gorda Wine & Jazz Festival, Punta Gorda. Smooth sounds and happy taste buds will be the order of the day during the Punta Gorda Wine & Jazz Festival. Admission prices is $47.50. www.puntagordachamber.com

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

Feb. 4-5: Pigeon Key Art Festival. Marathon. What started as a weekend gathering of local artists has grown into a nationally recognized art show. The festival features more than 70 local and national artists and craftsmen in multiple categories. Live entertainment is scheduled both days including a Beatles tribute band Saturday night, setting the mood for shopping, relaxing, and enjoying food and beverages from booths serving local delicacies. Also artist Wyland is expected to attend for an auction event. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $7 two-day entry fee per person 12 and older. At Marathon Community Park, MM49. www.pigeonkeyartfestival.com

Feb. 5: 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 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. 954-828-5363. www.fortlauderdale.gov/events/jazzbrunch/jazzbrunch.htm

Feb. 9-20: World Series of Poker, West Palm Beach. For 12 days, hundreds of players will come from all over the United States vying for the chance to move forward to the National Championship in the World Series of Poker. At the Palm Beach Kennel Club. palmbeachfl.com

Feb. 10-12: 18th Annual Garlic Fest, Lake Worth. No longer in Delray Beach, the Garlic Fest has migrated to John Prince Park in Lake Worth for a three-day run in 2017. 180 crafters and vendors explore the numerous culinary and health aspects of garlic  with garlic chef cooking competitions, music, a Gourmet Alley and children's area including amusement rides. 2017 musical acts include Kongos on Friday night and Michael Franti & Spearhead on Saturday. Advance tickets are $10, $20 at the gate on Friday and Saturday aftger 6 p.m., $10 on Sunday. Children 12 and under are free. Free and paid parking. 4759 South Congress Avenue. www.dbgarlicfest.com

Feb. 10-12: Everglades Seafood Festival, Everglades City. The annual Everglades Seafood Festival serves up delicacies from the sea in historic Everglades City. Live music, crafts and carnival games are also on the agenda. Food will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For details and directions, visit www.evergladesseafoodfestival.org

Feb. 11-March 12: Carnaval Miami, Miami area. Largest Hispanic festival in the nation, with a variety of events including a beauty contest, footrace, art and jazz performances, cooking contest, domino and golf tournaments, Cuban Sandwich Smackdown and Calle Ocho, the world's largest street party, which takes place on March 12. 305-644-8888. www.carnavalmiami.com

Feb. 11-12: Annual Palm Beach Marine Flea Market and Boat Sale, West Palm Beach. Massive maritime event returns with seafood, live music and nautical bargains galore. Hundreds of vendors offer new, used and close-out fishing rods, reels, lures and lines; antique collectibles and maps; teak furniture; tournament gear; nautical art, crafts and jewelry; marine artifacts; boating apparel; taxidermy; diving equipment and more. At South Florida Fairgrounds.  954-205-7813. www.flnauticalfleamarket.com

Feb. 11-12: ArtsFest, Stuart. In addition to arts and crafts booths, the festival features live entertainment and children’s art activities. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The festival takes place along Ocean Boulevard and Memorial Park in downtown Stuart. Admission is $5 (children under 12 are free). www.martinarts.org

Feb. 11: Everglades Day Festival, Boynton Beach. Celebrating 100 years of the Migratory Bird Treaty and headlining Florida singer/songwriters Dale Crider and Rod MacDonald, this festival and eco-adventure is dedicated to appreciation of wildlife, while learning and having fun. At the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. www.auduboneverglades.org

Feb. 15-21: Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, West Palm Beach. Each year the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show welcomes the best of the art world from around the globe – connoisseurs, private collectors, museum curators and high-end interior designers. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. At the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Ticket prices vary. www.palmbeachshow.com

Feb. 16-20: 2017 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show. Featuring more than 1,300 new vessels – from sport fishing boats and high performance boats, to personal watercraft and wake sport boats, family cruisers and luxury yachts. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Feb. 16-20. Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. Admission is $25 ages 16 and older, free ages 15 and younger. miamiboatshow.com 

Feb. 16: Third Thursday Art Walk, Islamorada. The Morada Way Third Thursday Art Walk presents local fine arts, music and culinary specialties. The galleries of Morada Way are between Mile Markers 81 and 82. Event hours are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For details, visit moradaway.org/artwalk.

Feb. 17-18: Annual Historic House Tours, Key West. Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, this house and garden tour offers a rare opportunity to see inside some of Key West's charming tropical residences. Each tour showcases homes chosen for their contribution to the Key West community as significant historic buildings, creative renovations or examples of the Keys lifestyle. Tour participants will discover unique interiors filled with art collections and antiques as well as lush gardens and imaginatively designed outdoor living areas. Admission $30 per person. Tours available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 305-294-9501. www.oirf.org

Feb. 17-26: Delray Beach Open, Delray Beach. See current and past legends of high-caliber professional tennis compete in more than a week of matches, and enjoy special events and parties along the iconic Atlantic Avenue District of Delray Beach. At Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. www.yellowtennisball.com

Feb. 18-20: Artigras Fine Arts Festival, Jupiter. This three-day, family friendly event over President's Day weekend is full of spectacular art in all media types and jam-packed with fantastic sights, sounds and fun. At Downtown Abacoa in Jupiter. www.artigras.org

Feb. 20-26: Winter Star Party, Florida Keys. The Winter Star Party, during the new moon week, offers amateur astronomers the opportunity to gather in the Florida Keys to learn from guest speakers, observe an unobstructed clear night sky and share information with other star enthusiasts. The event, hosted by the Southern Cross Astronomical Society Inc., offers lectures, workshops and programs. For details, visit www.scas.org

Feb. 20-26: The Honda Classic, Palm Beach Gardens. Make way for the PGA Tour as it stops for its annual visit to one of professional golf's most notable locations – PGA National Resort & Spa. www.thehondaclassic.com

Feb. 22-26: South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Miami. Ranked as one of the top wine events in the nation, the festival features an array of culinary and wine events including wine tasting and interactive dinner with a top chef, live and some of the highest quality wine lots in South Florida. Admission. 305-646-7011. sobefest.com

Feb. 25-26: Old Island Days Art Festival, Key West. The Last Key sets the scene for the Old Island Days Art Festival. An outdoor, juried show on lower Whitehead and Caroline Streets in Key West's historic Old Town, it displays the work of painters, sculptors, photographers and other artists from around the U.S. and Canada. Admission is free. For information, visit www.keywestartcenter.com

Feb. 25-26: Annual Upper Keys Gigantic Nautical Flea Market, Islamorada. Founder's Park hosts the Annual Upper Keys Gigantic Nautical Flea Market. The event offers deals on new and used boats, dive equipment, electronics, nautical arts and crafts and more. Founder's Park is on Mile Marker 87 bayside on Plantation Key. Admission is free and all proceeds benefit area youth. For details, visit www.giganticnauticalfleamarket.org

Feb. 25-26: Street Painting Festival, Lake Worth. Visitors can watch or let their creative juices flow along with more than 400 artists that will be using the pavement as canvas to work on their creations during the Street Painting Festival in Downtown Lake Worth. Musical acts entertain on the festival’s main stage in the Cultural Plaza in the heart of downtown Lake Worth. Starts at 10 a.m. both days. Admission is free. www.streetpaintingfestivalinc.org

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

Feb. 3: First Friday Art Walk, St. Augustine. Exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments are on the agenda at more than 20 Old City art galleries during the First Friday Art Walk. Galleries are open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For details, visit www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com.

Feb. 11: Artrageous Artwalk, Fernandina Beach. Held on the second Saturday of each month to open the doors of some of Amelia Island's incredible galleries, featuring photography, pottery, copper, stained glass, watercolor, acrylics and more. Participants can peruse more than a dozen galleries in downtown Fernandina Beach and at the Plantation Artists' Guild and Gallery located at Amelia Island Plantation. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. www.ameliaisland.com/calendar.aspx

Feb. 25-26: St. Augustine Arts & Crafts Show, St. Augustine Beach. The St. Augustine Arts & Crafts Show showcases original art by the sea. The event is at 350 A1A Beach Boulevard. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. www.tnteventsinc.com

Feb 25-26: Seawalk Music Festival, Jacksonville Beach. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. www.communityfirstseawalkmusicfest.com


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

Jan. 28-29, Feb. 3-5: Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, Gainesville. Come be swept away by medieval magic as troupes of actors, street performers and musicians journey back to the days of yore. Alachua County Fairground is transformed into a bustling medieval marketplace where there is jousting on horseback, street performers and minstrels, living chess match, medieval games, and eight stages of live entertainment. Admission $17 adults, $7 for children 5-17, under 5 free. 352-393-8536. www.hoggetownefaire.com

Feb. 4-5: Tallahassee Marathon. Tallahassee. The Tallahassee Marathon and Half Marathon is entering its 43rd year. The great community event has become a destination race with 1,400 runners and thousands of spectators and volunteers. The course ventures through Downtown, Midtown, the Myers Park neighborhood, Cascades Park, FAMU Way and the FSU Campus and ends at Kleman Plaza. Online registration closes 2 p.m. Feb. 3, admission prices vary.  For more information visit www.visittallahassee.com

Feb. 17-18: Olustee Festival and Craft Show, Olustee/Lake City. The annual Olustee Arts & Crafts Festival on Feb. 17-18 features arts and crafts from vendors all over the U.S., food and entertainment, and a kids area featuring pony rides, rock climbing walls and more. The festival is located in Downtown Lake City. www.olusteefestival.com

Feb. 17-19: Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival, Steinhatchee. The Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival displays original creations of artists and craftsmen. Also on the agenda are fiddler crab races, live entertainment, bungee jumping and children’s activities. Food will be available for purchase. For information, visit steinhatcheeriverchamber.org

Feb. 18: T.O.U.R. Guide – Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory. Tallahassee. As part of the T.O.U.R. Guide program encouraging people to further explore the wonders of our area, delve into the secrets of the sea at this marine Laboratory. This interactive nature and research center offers worlds of knowledge when learning about marine life and the species native to the Gulf of Mexico. Kids 12 and under free, $9.95 for adults. For more information visit www.visittallahassee.com

Feb. 18: Field Day Music Fest. Tallahassee. Make yourself comfortable and bring a blanket or chair to enjoy an evening of live music, food trucks, a beer garden and family-friendly games all while benefitting the Judy Field Memorial Foundation fighting pancreatic cancer. Kids 12 and under free, $25 GA, $150 VIP, $10 After Dark (7:30 p.m.). For more information visit www.visittallahassee.com

Feb. 18: The Ichetucknee Time Machine, Fort White. Take a fascinating journey by van into the Ichetucknee forest and visit the site of the 17th Century Mission de San Martin de Timucua. Learn all about the ancient Timucuan capital of Aquacalyquen. Begins at 9 a.m. Regular park entrance fee, $6 per vehicle. 386-497-4690. www.floridastateparks.org/ichetuckneesprings/Events.cfm

Feb. 24: Gainesville Art Walk, Gainesville. A free monthly self-guided tour that combines exciting visual art, live performance, and events in downtown Gainesville. Held the last Friday of each month from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with many local galleries, eateries and businesses participating. www.artwalkgainesville.com

Feb. 25-26: Five Points of Life Race Weekend, Gainesville. The weekend features several different races: a 5K, a children's marathon and a full, half and relay marathon. The Five Points of Life raises awareness of the need for lifesaving donations of blood, apheresis, marrow, cord blood, and organ and tissue. www.fivepointsoflife.com


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

Feb. 4: Double Bridge Race, Pensacola. A 15K course takes runners over two bridges crossing Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound from downtown to Pensacola Beach during the Pensacola Double Bridge Run. Runners and walkers are also welcome at the 5K course and Kids Fun Run. The race begins at 7 a.m.; the walk, at 8:30 a.m. There are participation fees but to watch is free.  www.doublebridgerun.com

Feb. 24-26: Mardi Gras. Pensacola. The three-day celebration begins Friday with the city's only illuminated parade, the Krewe of Lafitte Parade that begins at 8 p.m. with 12 floats, one live canon and 250 pirates. More than 75,000 are expected for the Grand Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday that begins at 2 p.m. and runs through downtown with more than 240 floats and 6,000 participants. On Sunday, the Krewe of Wrecks Parade begins at 2 p.m. on Via De Luna near the shoreline. For more information, visit www.visitpensacola.com

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