Florida travel calendar for May

Check out festivals and events in May 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. 11-May 14: 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 mostly Saturdays with concerts on each day. The festivval ends on a Sunday. Eleven global marketplaces will take you on a culinary journey, with the ability to experience more than 60 dishes from around the world and 55 local and international craft brews. Items like Peking duck lo mein, Brazilian churrasco, cinnamon slow-roasted pork belly, and fried kataifi oranges will be available for your choosing. In addition to the international markets, SeaWorld will present over a dozen headlining guests, including Styx, Bill Engvall, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Seven Seas is included with regular park admission. For more on the menu, concert lineups, and other details, go to seaworldorlando.com/sevenseas

Through May 29: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, Lake Buena Vista. Spring special event filled with flowers, gardens, topiaries, live music and educational events. See millions of blooming flowers and a vibrant collection of specially themed topiaries. At Walt Disney World's EPCOT with admission. 407-939-5277. www.disneyworld.com/flower

May 1-31: Seminole County During the First World War, Sanford. The Museum of Seminole County will present an exhibit on Seminole County during the First World War in honor of the 100th anniversary of America’s entrance into the conflict. This exhibit will feature both militaria and artifacts from the domestic side of the war, and will also address its far-reaching impact on this county. 300 Bush Blvd. visitseminole.com

May 5-6: APC National Pie Championships, Orlando. The American Pie Council National Pie Championships will take place at the Rosen Centre Hotel on International Drive. Amateur pie makers, professional bakers/chefs and commercial pie companies from around the country and Canada have been competing at the NPC since 1995. 9840 International Dr. www.piecouncil.org

May 5-7: Orchid Show and Sale, Merritt Island. Thousands of orchids will be on sale during the three-day event, plus there will be experts available to provide advice and demonstrations. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. $5 admission, with free parking included. Kiwanis Island Park Gymnasium and Annex, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Road, Merritt Island. 321-525-7540. www.PlatinumCoastOrchidSociety.org

May 6: 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. $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and veterans, $4 for children aged 6-12, free for children under 5. 1776 Lightfoot Lane. 386-749-2959.www.pioneersettlement.org

May 6: Art Stroll and Gallery Walk, New Smyrna Beach. Held on the first Saturday each month, historic Canal Street livens up with art vendors, musicians and exhibitions. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 386-428-1600. nsbfla.com

May 6-7: St. Johns River Festival of the Arts, Sanford. Art festival in downtown Sanford featuring over 150 artists and touting live demonstrations and audience participation opportunities with a juried art show, food vendors, live acoustic music, and chalk artists. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Downtown Historic Sanford. 407-416-1779. stjohnsriverartfest.com

May 6-7: Jazz on the Vineyard Green, Clermont. Live jazz music, free tours and wine tasting, and food and beverages available for purchase. At Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $3 admission. 800-768-WINE. 19239 U.S. 27 N. www.lakeridgewinery.com

May 6-14: Lego Star Wars Day, Winter Haven. Visit a galaxy far, far away during this Lucasfilm-authorized event, which features some of the most famous scenes from the Star Wars saga made out of 1.5 million Lego bricks in the Lego Star Wars Miniland Model Display. Activities will include appearances by costumed Star Wars fans, Lego building activities inspired by Star Wars characters, settings and stories, and a Star Wars-themed costume parade for kids. Admission starts at $73.00. One Legoland Way. 877-350-5346. legoland.com

May 10: Climb to the Moon, Ponce Inlet. Climb to the Moon at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is offered only once a lunar month when the moon is at its fullest. The lighthouse keeper relates the story of this National Historic Landmark. Sparkling cider and 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. 10. www.ponceinlet.org/climb-to-the-moon-tour

May 11: Alive After 5, Sanford. Themed street party with vendors and entertainment held on the second Thursday of each month. 5-8 p.m. Thursday; Downtown Sanford, 230 East First Street, Sanford; free admission; 407-302-2586. www.sanfordwelcomecenter.com

May 11-14: New Smyrna Beach Blues Festival, New Smyrna Beach. A music-filled journey with scores of bands playing at multiple locations around New Smyrna Beach. Event is free admission. Flagler Avenue. nsbfla.com

May 12: Downtown Melbourne Friday 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, food, beer and wine, children's activities, and DJs. Highland Avenue. 6-10 p.m. Free. 321-724-1741. www.downtownmelbourne.com

May 13: Endangered Species Day, Sanford. Learn about endangered species from around the world right here at the Central Florida Zoo. The Zoo is home to many endangered species that need help, including cheetah, Indian rhinos, clouded leopards, and more. You can also learn about Florida's many endangered species, and the things you can do in your own backyard to help protect them, through fun games, crafts, and animal encounters. Event is included in general zoo admission. 3755 US-17. (407) 323-4450. centralfloridazoo.org

May 13: Taste of Soul, Orlando. A family festival of sights, sounds and tastes of the African-American and other diverse cultures of Soul Food Cooking. Taste of Soul will feature vendors and family activities as well as lots of music. An amazing outdoor experience with multiple vendors serving all of your favorites. There will also have an opportunity to enjoy a full bar and Arts & Crafts/business vendors. For kids there is a designated play area to interact with many their age. Prices range from $5-$35. 2911 E Robinson St. gopartylive.com

May 13: Art and Music in the Park, Casselberry. Food trucks and entertainment: 6-9 p.m. Lake Concord Park, 95 Triplet Lake Drive. Free admission. 407-262-7700. www.casselberry.org

May 13-14: Mayfaire-by-the-Lake, Lakeland. Begun as a crafts fair on the lawn of the Lakeland Public Library, this event has grown into one of Florida's premier outdoor art festivals. Held on Mother's Day weekend each year, Mayfaire is located on the shores of Lake Morton in the downtown area and is one of the largest and oldest outdoor art festivals in Central Florida with nearly 165 artists and food and beverage vendors. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Lake Morton Drive. Free. 863-688-7743 ext. 237. polkmuseumofart.org

May 14: Mother’s Day Carillon Concert, Lake Wales. Don’t just give Mom flowers on her day, give her a garden. Bok Tower Gardens marks Mother’s Day with free admission to all Moms May 14. Moms can enjoy walks along meandering garden paths and special Mother’s Day Carillon Concerts will be presented at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 1151 Tower Boulevard. 863-676-1408. www.boktowergardens.org

May 17-29:  Orlando Fringe Festival. Orlando. 13 days of more than 140 short plays, musical performances, magic acts and a visual-art exhibition. Headquartered at Loch Haven Park, off Princeton Street between Orange and Mills avenues, north of downtown Orlando. $10 button plus tickets required for indoor plays; outdoor performances, art exhibits and weekend kids’ activities are free. orlandofringe.org

May 18-21: Orange Blossom Jamboree, Brooksville. Come on down to the Sertoma Ranch for four days of jam bands and themed nights. Over 50 bands will be performing. Tickets start at $95 for a four-day pass. 85 Myers Rd. orangeblossomjamboree.com

May 19: Cocoa Beach Friday Fest. Cocoa Beach. Held the third Friday of each month, this family-oriented event has live music, food and a kids' zone. 6-10 p.m. Downtown Cocoa Beach, A1A. Free. facebook.com/cocoabeachfridayfest

May 19-21: The Florida Boat Show, Daytona Beach. The Florida Boat Show at Halifax Harbor and Marina is where the marine industry comes together to highlight new boats, live music, Dock Jam Seafood Music Festival, boating safety and seminars, and exciting festivities for a weekend of family fun. Power boats, sail boats, kayaks, and marine accessories of all types will be featured throughout the over four acres of dry park space and ‘in-water’ marina dock. Admission is $10 for adults, free for children 16 and under. 450 Basin St. (904) 759-2758. thefloridaboatshow.com

May 20: Beer 'Merica festival. Orlando. The 3rd annual Beer ‘Merica Craft Beer Festival will feature 100 American craft beers, live music, food trucks and adult games. At Gaston Edwards Park, 1236 N. Orange Ave., Orlando. $35 ($55 for VIP), $15 for designated drivers. 3-7 p.m. with 2 p.m. admission for VIPs. orlandoweeklytickets.com

May 20: Cruisin' Downtown DeLand Classic Car Show, DeLand. Every 3rd Saturday of the month. Classic cars & rods line East Indiana Avenue downtown. Live DJ, giveaways, shopping & dining. 4-7 p.m. Free. 386-738-0649. www.MainStreetDeLand.org

May 20: Art Walk, Sanford. Central Florida's only monthly juried art show, held the third Saturday of each month. With exhibits and music at participating venues. 6-9 p.m. 230 E First Street. Free. 407-302-2586. facebook.com/Sanford-Art-Walk-146847842040361

May 20-21: Dock Jam Seafood Festival, Daytona Beach. A huge down-home seafood music festival with over 10 bands rocking the River. The Dock Jam pairs a good selection of craft beer from Ormond Brewing Company, Sweetwater, Fat Tire and Budweiser to match up perfect with seafood and a great view of the marina. Cornhole, stand up paddleboard and kayak relay races, sailing demos, arts village, The Florida Boat Show, and Ms. Florida Boat Show Bikini Contest add more to the fun. Admission is $10 for adults, and free for children aged 16 and under. 450 Basin Street. (904) 759-2758. thedockjam.com

May 25-28: Megacon, Orlando. The southeast's largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event, attracting over 100,000 fans each year across four days of comic book stars, cosplay, gaming and more. Guests include Stan Lee, Tim Curry, and Norman Reedus. At the Orange County Convention Center. 4-9 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $20. 9800 International Drive. megaconvention.com

May 26-28: Country 500, Daytona Beach. Country music stars take over Daytona International Speedway for this three-day event. Artists include Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, and several other performers. Single-day tickets $85, three-day passes $200. VIP packages available. 1-800-PITSHOP. www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

May 27: Wine Walk & Art Walk, New Smyrna Beach. Stroll Flagler Avenue and explore over 100 interesting wines inside local pubs, galleries and restaurants during this monthly progressive wine tasting event. $25 Tasting Passports on sale day of the event at 3 locations along Flagler Avenue. Discount with official glass from a previous Wine Walk. 1-7 p.m. In conjunction with ArtWalk with displays of art works by resident and visiting artists, along with entertainment and demonstrations  10 a.m.-5 p.m. from nsbfla.com

 

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

May 3-6: IGLTA's 2017 Annual Convention, St. Petersburg. For the first time, a city on Florida's Gulf Coast will host the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association's Annual Global Convention, the premier educational and networking event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tourism industry. This four day event will showcase the destination in conjunction with a conference that's open to any individual, association, corporation or partnership directly or indirectly involved with the LGBT travel industry. 501 5th Ave. NE. visitstpeteclearwater.com

May 6: Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest, Siesta Key. Bring your pail, shovel, sunglasses and creativity to Siesta Key Public Beach on for the Annual Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest. The contest, traditionally held the first Saturday of May, is held near the Pavilion on at Siesta Public Beach. Free and open to all ages of participation, the Siesta Sand Sculpture Contest also awards five cash prizes. 941-861-5000. www.escape-to-sarasota.com

May 6: St. Pete Indie Market, St. Petersburg. On the first Saturday of every month, local independent designers and artists take to the sidewalks to show off their best works. Beyond vendors, you'll also find local food, drinks and music. Free. Green Bench Brewery, 1133 Baum Ave. stpeteindiemarket.com

May 11-13: Harvey Milk Festival, Sarasota. The annual Harvey Milk Festival features a variety of music, art and film over three days. Downtown Sarasota at Five Points Park and various other venues. Admission is free to Five Points Park events. www.escape-to-sarasota.com

May 12: Clearwater Beach Taste Fest, Clearwater. This event will feature a tasting from each participating restaurant, wine & craft beer, live music, exquisite raffle items and an awesome surprise at the end of the night. On Beach Walk and South Gulfview Boulevard. 727-447-7600. clearwaterbeachrestaurantweek.com

May 13: Temple Terrace Craft BrewFest, Temple Terrace. The Craft BrewFest will feature samples of 70 beers from 30 different breweries. $20-$32. Families welcome. Discount tickets available along with unlimited water and soda for designated drivers. Event is 4-8 p.m. at Woodmont Park, 415 Woodmont Ave. 813-230-3389. www.templeterracebrewfest.com

May 13: Second Saturday St. Petersburg ArtWalk, St. Petersburg. Meet artists and gallery owners every second Saturday of the month as more than 40 studios and galleries from all five arts districts come together as one arts destination. Get around on free ArtWalk trolleys that encompass all of the districts. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. 727-518-5142. stpeteartsalliance.org

May 21: 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. 12-4 p.m. Historic Rialto Theatre, 1617 N Franklin St. Free. 561-746-6615. theindieflea.com

May 27: Tampa Bay Margarita Festival, Tampa. Listen to live music all day on the main stage, chill & play games with your friends while you sip and drink on a variety Margarita drinks available for purchase.  From the classic to top shelf to extreme margaritas, make sure you visit all the featured bars. Presale admission starts at $15, with regular admission starting at $25. 12:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. 600 N Ashley Dr. tampamargaritafest.com

May 27: Mixon Fruit Farms Antiques, Arts and Crafts Fair, Bradenton. Mixon will be hosting an arts and crafts fair every fourth Saturday of the summer. mixon.com

May 27-28: Sunset Music Festival, Tampa. The Sunset Music Festival is an electronic dance music fest at the Raymond James Stadium North Lot. Various tickets and packages are offered, starting at $139.95. 18+ only. 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. www.smftampa.com.

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

May 3-31: Art by the DisABLEd, Sanibel. Enjoy works by artists in Lee Memorial Health System’s therapeutic program—patients who may have limitations, but their creative skills are unlimited. The exhibit displays the beauty of their art and helps extinguish old stereotypes about the capabilities of persons with disabilities. Free admission. 900 Dunlop Rd. 239-395-0900. fortmyers-sanibel.com

May 6: Great Dock Canoe Race, Naples. Wildly decorated canoes and costumed paddlers compete in this annual event in Naples Bay in front of The Dock restaurant at Naples City Dock. This year's event begins at 10:30 a.m. and the theme is "Back to the Great Dock Canoe Race."  www.greatdockcanoerace.com

May 7: Taste of the Beach, Fort Myers. More than 20 restaurants will participate along with live on-stage concerts. Restaurants will offer samples of their signature dishes available for purchase and compete for top Taste of the Beach Award honors in the categories of Best Appetizer, Best Desert, and four awards for Best Entrée. Gates open at 11 a.m. Food will be served until 4 p.m. Admission is $5. Children under 12 are free. Old San Carlos Blvd. chamber.fortmyersbeach.org

May 12: Yappy Hour, Fort Myers. Grab your pup and head to Bell Tower Shops for Yappy Hour, held on the second Friday of each month. You can meet adoptable dogs, enjoy an outdoor bar and listen to live music. Finish the night at one of the eight pet-friendly restaurants in the center. Proceeds benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. The Bell Tower Shops, 13499 U.S. 41 SE. thebelltowershops.com

May 13: Turtle Trot 5K, Fort Myers. The Turtle Trot 5K Race invites runners, joggers and walkers alike to Lovers Key State Park to join in the fun on May 13. Participants will trek over a path along Black Island Trail, run up a 38-foot hill and cross two bridges as they race toward the finish line at the beach. Lovers Key State Park is at 8700 Estero Boulevard. Advance registration is required. www.friendsofloverskey.org

May 13: 5th Annual Key Lime Festival, Punta Gorda. Enjoy family-friendly games and activities all day, along with music and dancing. Village merchants will feature specialties like key lime-scented Florida sea salts and soap, as well as all manner of key lime goodies, including gelato, ice cream, milk shakes, yogurt, pie, fudge, marinade, dips, jelly, candy, almonds, truffles, cookies, limeade, taffy, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and “Lime-a-Ritas.” Free admission. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade. (941) 639-8721. charlotteharbortravel.com

May 18: Alive After Five, Punta Gorda. Held on the third Thursday of each moth, Alive After Five is an evening of fine art and craft, wine tastings, art receptions and more. 5 pm. to 8 p.m. Free. Downtown Punta Gorda. 941-505-0130. charlotteharbortravel.com

May 29: Myakka River Blues Festival, Venice. Ready for some blues? The Annual Myakka River Blues Festival is taking place on Memorial Day. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Children under 12 are free. Snook Haven, 5000 E. Venice Avenue. 941-485-7221. myakkablues.com

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

May 3-7: Sunfest, West Palm Beach. Sunfest presents a lineup of headliners in downtown West Palm Beach. A variety of tickets are available including a regular admission one-day pass for $35 for ages 13 and up. For information, visit www.sunfest.com.

May 5-7: Rolling Loud Festival, Miami: Party for a weekend at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami at one of the world's largest hip-hop festivals, featuring performances from Kendrick Lamar, Future, Lil Wayne, and more. Tickets start at $249.00 for a three day pass. 301 Biscayne Blvd. rollingloud.com

May 6: MiMo on the Beach Walking Tours, Miami. Every first Saturday, this walking tour introduces you to the distinctive MiMo (Miami Modern) architecture that makes the area unique. 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Reservations aren't required, and you can buy tickets ($20-25) online or pay with cash on the day of the tour. Tours depart from the southeast corner of 73rd Street and Collins Avenue. 305-763-8026. mdpl.org

May 6: Wheelin' Dealin' Food Truck Festival, Fort Lauderdale. The best food trucks in South Florida meet the first Saturday every month at The Casino. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free. The Casino, 301 E. Dania Beach Blvd. 954-920-1511. sunny.org

May 7: Sunday Jazz Brunch, Fort Lauderdale. Live outdoor concert series bring 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. to 2 p.m. Free. 954-828-5363. www.fortlauderdale.gov

May 10: Full Moon Kayak Tour, North Miami. Come paddle under the full moon with the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center. Offered monthly, your tour guide will supply you with all the equipment and instruction needed prior to launching into a beautiful mangrove cove. The group will paddle under the full moon for 1 hour with illuminated colorful lights on each vessel lighting the way, followed by a Bonfire Beach Party. Roast S'mores, go for a swim and enjoy nature. $50 per adult, $40 per college student. 3400 NE 163rd St. floridastateparks.org/oletariver

May 10-14: Key West Songwriters' Festival, Key West. The annual showcase of musical magic features America's foremost performing songwriters, with concerts staged in intimate, audience-friendly island settings. 305-304-0814. www.keywestsongwritersfestival.com

May 11-14: Discovery Series, Miami Beach. Witness the emergence of the Next Great Generation of keyboard giants and brilliant prodigies in an intimate, non-competitive setting. At the Art Deco Colony Theatre on Miami Beach. 1040 Lincoln Rd. Admission details online. www.miamipianofest.com

May 13: 7th Annual Fairy & Pirate Festival, Vero Beach. Children will delight in the mythical wonder and fascination of the  McKee Botanical Garden as it transforms into an enchanted land of fairies and pirates.  Come celebrate the beauty and wonder of nature in an imaginative surrounding at this family-themed festival.  Create your own fairy house with natural items harvested from the Garden. Additional themed activities include face painting, crafts, ring toss games, fairy manicures and temporary tattoos. $10 adults, $5 children aged 3-12. 350 US-1. 772-794-0601. mckeegarden.org

May 13: Supercar Saturdays Florida, Fort Lauderdale. Held on the second Saturday of each month, Supercar Saturdays is a gathering of car enthusiasts. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lamborghini Broward, 4645 Volunteer Road. 305-761-2929. sunny.org

May 13: Wynwood Artwalk, Miami. Held every second Saturday, this event features openings at art galleries, instuitions and businesses. Art enthusiasts from all over crowd the streets to have a great night out and enjoy the Miami art scene. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free. NW 2nd Ave. and NW 23rd St. 305-814-9290. www.wynwoodartwalk.com

May 13-15: Sunshine State Games Spring Festival, Manatee County. Rugby and figure skating will take place at Saveology Iceplex in Coral Springs. Entry fee and registration date information can be found at www.flasports.com

May 14: Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival, Marathon. Don't miss this high-action event as High Five Dragon Boat arrives in Marathon for the only beach-launch boat race of its kind. Bring a team or come and watch as boats race along a 400-meter course parallel to Sombrero Beach. www.battleinthebaydragonboat.com

May 18: 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.

May 18-19: Harry S. Truman Legacy Symposium, Key West. The Last Key sets the scene for the Harry S. Truman Legacy Symposium. Key West's political history is highlighted in panel discussions, a reception and tours of the Little White House where Truman spent many working vacations during his presidency. Tickets are $125 per person including a reception on Friday, the conference, a snack and lunch on Saturday. For details, visit www.trumansymposium.com.

May 18-21: Aqua Girl, Miami. The largest Women's Week celebration in the country, is a popular annual fundraiser for the female LGBT community of South Florida. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the Aqua Foundation for Women, a not-for-profit whose mission is to serve as the funding catalyst for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender wellness and equality in South Florida through grants, scholarships, and initiatives. Highlights of the weeklong event range from dance parties at South Beach nightclubs, a comedy night, pool and beach parties, a jazz brunch, rock concert and more. VIP passes start at $125.00. 305-576-2782. aquagirl.org

May 18-21: Key Largo Original Music Festival, Key Largo. Multiple melodic happenings are to set the stage for music lovers during the annual festival, featuring live and original performances. Hit songwriters from Nashville and around the U.S. are expected to appear during the four-day festival on various intimate stages. Individual singers and bands, both locally and nationally acclaimed, participate in the musical celebration that includes pop, rock, blues, jazz and country. Sunday finale to feature crawfish boil and pig roast. 305-394-3736. 104450 Overseas Highway. www.keylargosongwritersfestival.com

May 19-21: Redland International Orchid Show, Homestead. The largest annual orchid show in the U.S. featuring educational exhibits and orchid vendors. An American Orchid Society judged event that showcases various types of orchids, plant and supplies for sale. Hear lectures, try your look at one of the many raffles and taste an assortment of delectable treats from around the world. At Fruit and Spice Park. 24801 SW 187th Ave. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $10. 305-247-5727. redlandfruitandspice.com

May 20: Bunfest, Stuart. The Southeast Bunfest is all about bunnies and the people who love them. Sponsored by the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, activities for all ages are planned and there will be a Critter Spa, Bunny Playground, bunny seminars and adoptable critters. Visitors are invited to bring their bunny if they have one. The event, at the Flagler Place, is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, visit. southeastbunfest.org

May 20: The Big Cat Race Series, Palm Beach. Join the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society for the Stacy Konwiser Memorial Save the Tiger 5k. Proceeds from the walk/run will help support Malaysian tigers at the Endau Rompin National Park in Malaysia. There are only an estimated 250 Malaysian tigers left in the wild. Registration starts at $25 for adults 18 and over, $20 for students under 18. Race registration is from 6:00-7:00 a.m. 1301 Summit Blvd. 561-547-9453. palmbeachzoo.org

May 20: Downtown Hollywood Artwalk, Hollywood. Recurring every third Saturday, this event features pop-up shops, artist showcases, vintage shopping, boutique goods live music and more. Stroll through downtown Hollywood on a guided tour to learn about Hollywood and the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free. 1945 Hollywood Blvd. 954-924-2980. floridashollywood.org

May 20-21: KEYS100 Ultra-Marathon, Florida Keys. The race is a point-to-point event beginning in Key Largo to Marathon for the 50-mile race and Big Pine Key for the 50 KM race, ending in Key West on the Atlantic Ocean at Higgs Beach. Visit www.keys100.com.

May 20-21: Stuart Sailfish Regatta, Jensen Beach. The Stuart Sailfish Regatta is an annual power boat race organized to benefit the local economy and local charities of the Treasure Coast. Formal beneficiaries being The US Sailing Center of Martin County, The Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast and newly added Hibiscus Children of Martin County. Event lasts from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days. 3320 NE Sugarhill Ave. (772) 324 9094. stuartsailfishregatta.com

May 27: FATVillage Artwalk, Fort Lauderdale. FATVillage, a community home to local artists and creative businesses, presents a night of great art, food and music every last Saturday of the month. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free. 523 NW 1st. Ave. 954-540-9897. sunny.org

May 29: Palm Beach Jerk & Caribbean Culture Festival, West Palm Beach. The Palm Beach Jerk & Caribbean Culture Festival presents Caribbean music, food, crafts and children’s activities. The event, at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Boulevard, is from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Advance admission is $25 (children under 12 are free).  For details, visit www.visitwpb.com.

 

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

May 5-7: Gamble Rogers Folk Festival, St. Augustine. This annual event celebrates the best in folk and Americana for three days with music, stories and dance that made Gamble Rogers famous. A variety of tickets, packages and passes is available. 904-794-4163. www.gamblerogersfest.org

May 5-7: Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Amelia Island. The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival lures thousands of visitors to historic downtown Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island to celebrate all things shrimp. The event features free admission, nationally-recognized juried fine arts and crafts show, antiques, live entertainment, children’s activities, contests, pirates and more. Dozens of food vendors will be serving up the tastiest shrimp you can find, prepared every way possible by local non-profit organizations. 102 Centre St. For information, go to www.shrimpfestival.com.

May 5-14: Romanza Festivale Week, St. Augustine. A celebration of art and music in the Old City featuring more than 60 productions and presentations by dozens of organizations. Daily events include music and dance performances, concerts, art shows, dramatic productions and more at locations throughout the city. Many of the events are free; admission is required for others and prices vary. www.Romanzafestivale.com

May 6: First Coast Tour de Cure, St. Augustine. The Tour de Cure, established in 1991, raises funds with the goal of one day stopping diabetes. This exciting and energy-packed cycling event helps raise funds to support diabetes research, education and advocacy. The event begins at World Golf Village. One World Golf Place. Registration includes is $15-25 fee with a fundraising minimum of $200. 904-730-7200. donations.diabetes.org

May 9-14: The Players Championship, Ponte Vedra Beach. One of golf's biggest events played annually at Northeast Florida's stunning Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Tournament begins on Tuesday with practice rounds. Thursday, Round 1 of tournament play begins leading up to the big finish on Sunday to see who will take home the crystal trophy. Events, including The Players Downtown Experience, are scheduled throughout the region. Daily stadium passes start at $20. 904-285-3700. http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/the-players-championship.html

May 13: Harry Potter Festival, St. Augustine. Take a walk down St. Augustine's Diagon Alley, leading you into a wizarding world and a new view of some of St. Augustine's local shops. Walk through to AUGSmeade Village and stop in for some Butterbeer. Cheer for your favorite team during an exciting Quidditch Match. The event is noon-8 p.m. at Francis Field. West Castillo Drive. Tickets are $4 in advance, $5 at the door. 904-460-4479. floridashistoriccoast.com

May 19-20: Riding Into History, St. Augustine. Riding Into History, one of America's premier motorcycle events, returns to World Golf Village in St. Augustine. The event features hundreds of classic American motorcycles along the Village's Walk of Champions on Saturday and a motorcycle ride and dinner on Friday. Vendors, exhibitors and entertainment included. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Admission is $10, with all proceeds benefitting K9s for Warriors. 1 World Golf Place. 904-677-9452. ridingintohistory.org

May 19-21: Wild Amelia Nature Festival, Amelia Island. Educates residents and visitors about the bioregion, and encourages stewardship of the area's natural resources. Started by a group of residents who realized that Amelia Island's unique position of being almost surrounded by State and National Parks made it the perfect place for a nature festival. Includes kids activities, live music and more. Wide variety of tours and outings offered, ranging in price.  www.wildamelia.com

May 20-21: St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Festival, St. Augustine. Events include the Quick and Dirty Boat Building Competition and Race, The Chalupa Bartenders Challenge, dog agility contest, pup parade, children's maritime education corner with hands-on activities, and Saturday Night at the Fountain featuring dinner and music. Daily admission includes entry into the Fountain of Youth, which is $15. Proceeds from the festival support the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation's education and scholarship funds. Takes place at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. 11 Magnolia Ave. 904-599-3800. staugmaritimeheritage.org

May 25-28: Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Jacksonville. Jazz performances in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. This year it is a street festival featuring a jazz club atmosphere with multiple stages of entertainment, Art in the Heart Downtown juried art show and sale, children's educational activities and more. In downtown Jacksonville on West Duval Street. Free admission; smaller ticketed events. 904-630-3690. www.makeascenedowntown.com

May 26-29: Blue Crab Festival, Palatka. Florida's largest Memorial Day celebration. Includes Memorial Day Parade, seafood cook-off, live entertainment, helicopter and airboat rides, arts and crafts, antiques, and more, culminating in a fireworks show Saturday night at 9:15. Downtown. Free admission. 386-983-9772. www.bluecrabfestival.com


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

May 3-6: Suwannee River Jam, Live Oak: The Suwannee River Jam at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park presents a lineup of headliners including Lynyrd Skynyrd and Big & Rich. A variety of tickets is offered with general admission for 4 days costing $90. Children under 6 are admitted for free. The Suwannee Music Park is at 3076 95th Drive. For information, visit www.suwanneeriverjam.com.

May 6-7: 3rd Annual Garden Show & Festival, Williston: A display of the Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens newest additions and developments--including new Japanese Torii and animal enclosures--just in time for Mother's Day. A great opportunity to buy mom a great nature gift. The event will be held 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Sunday. 4990 NE 180th Ave. 352-529-0055. cedarlakeswoodsandgarden.com

May 7: Florida Safari, Ocala. On the first Sunday of each month take a tram tour of the longleaf pine forest. Learn about the park's land management practices and see Florida wildlife. Begins at 10 a.m. Limit of 15 spaces available. To RSVP, call 352-236-7148 ext. 4. 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd. floridastateparks.org/silversprings

May 12-14: Southern Shakespeare Festival. Tallahassee. This three day festival entices theatre lovers and the like with interactive performances that pay tribute to The Bard and some of his most notable works. Performers offer unique renditions of sonnets and play scenes by incorporating new-age spins. Free admission. 4449 Meandering Way. For more information visit  southernshakespearefestival.org

May 13: Windsor Zucchini Festival, Windsor. For the past several decades, the folks in this Alachua County city celebrate the zucchini with a zucchini contest, zucchini carving a Duke of Zuke & Zuqueenie Pageant and even zucchini ice cream. The event also features live music, kids activities, a raffle, arts and crafts and plant sale . Held at the Windsor Fire Station grounds east of Gainesville. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 352-372-4875. windsor-z-news.org/events.html

May 14: Gainesville Indie Flea, Gainesville. Held on the second 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. 1-5 p.m. Historic Old Gainesville Depot. 203 Southeast Depot Ave. so local food and drinks and music. 12-4 p.m. Historic Rialto Theatre, 1617 N Franklin St. Free. theindieflea.com

May 20: Emancipation Day Celebration. Tallahassee. Join the Knott House and John G. Riley Museum in commemorating the Emancipation Proclamation in Tallahassee with this annual event. The event features a reading of the document, period music and a picnic in Lewis Park. The event is open to the public.  For more information visit www.visittallahassee.com

May 20: T.O.U.R. Guide - Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. Tallahassee.  As part of the T.O.U.R. Guide program encouraging people to further explore the wonders of the area, spend a day strolling through Maclay Gardens. The beautiful venue is a picturesque site paying homage to floral architecture and serenity. Kids 12 and under free. 850-487-4556. For more information visit www.visittallahassee.com

May 20: Newberry Watermelon Festival, Newberry. Some of the favorite festival activities started many years ago and still continue today, including contests for watermelon eating, seed spitting, hog calling, pie/cake baking, a beauty pageant and of course the "Big Melon." Melons are from local growers and are provided free to festival goers. At Easton Sports Complex, 24880 NW 16th Ave. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. www.newberrywatermelonfestival.com

May 20: Tupelo Honey Festival, Wewahitchka. Honey is a local delicacy in Wewahitchka, and one day a year people come from all over the world to sample the sweet nectar. Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.tupelohoneyfestival.com

May 27: River Rhythms, Ocala. On the fourth Friday of each month, Silver Springs hosts an evening of live music featuring a drum circle.  To participate in the drum circle, make sure to bring your own drum or percussion instrument. At Silver Springs State Park. 4 p.m. to sundown. Free with paid park admission. 1425 NE 58th Avenue. (352) 236-7148. www.floridastateparks.org/silversprings

May 27: Cracker Village Tour, Ocala. Come and discover what life was like at the turn of the century in the Florida "piney woods." The cracker homestead is a replica of a 19th century pioneer settlement. This collection of buildings represents a small "Cracker'' settlement dating to the 1890s. During the tour, these buildings will be open and unlocked and on most tours the blacksmith's forge will be fired up. Free with regular park admission. 1425 NE 58th Ave. 352-236-7148 ext. 4. floridastateparks.org

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

May 3: Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour, Destin. The Songwriters Tour offers an opportunity to enjoy the hits heard on the radio every day performed “acoustically live in concert” by the songwriters who wrote them. The songwriters will also provide guests with the “story behind the songs”, life experiences, and a peek behind the scenes in Nashville in a series of casual, intimate performances hosted at iconic venues. Event is from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. 10 Harbor Blvd. For more information, visit the Facebook event.

May 5: Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl Fiesta, Destin. Grab your friends and celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Destin. Drink specials from 7 local bars will be featured. Event is from 6:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. $10 pub crawl pass, with all proceeds benefiting a local charity. For more information, visit the Facebook event.

May 3-7: Thunder Beach Spring Rally, Panama City Beach. One of the fastest growing motorcycle rallies in the Southeast. Held twice yearly, the first weekend in May and October, to share stories, see great bands and live entertainment, find the hottest custom motorcycles and motorcycle accessories available, and experience a scenic ride on "The World's Most Beautiful Beaches." All activities are free. www.thunderbeachproductions.com

May 5-6: Spring Tour of Historic Homes, Apalachicola. Many of Apalachicola's private homes and buildings can only be viewed from the exterior except on this day. For $25 you can take a guided tour through architecturally and historically significant homes, churches and commercial buildings. Homes are open to visitors on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 850-653-9550. www.apalachicolahistorichometour.org

May 13: Ironman 70.3 Gulf Coast, Panama City. The race will begin with a 1.2-mile, open water swim in the Gulf of Mexico, along white sand shores. Competitors then bike 56 miles on an out-and-back course which travels through the rural areas of Bay County and Panama City Beach.The 13.1-mile run will feature some of the most picturesque beach front areas that distinguish the area, with a spectacular finish at the Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort.  With 27 miles of white sand beach, Panama City Beach proves to be a great destination for athletes and families alike, with multiple state and beachfront city parks, nearly 100 public beach access points, and an untouched seven-mile long barrier island. Registration starts at $420.00 ironman.com

May 17-21: Jeep Beach Jam, Panama City Beach. Five day family oriented event, filled with fun in the sun activities that will prove to be one of the highest sought over Jeep festivals in the complete southeastern United States. The Vendor Village will feature national and regional industry-leading companies in which they will provide new, state-of-the-art accessories, parts and other Jeep merchandise. Special tents will be set up for workshop seminars, charity raffle tents and official JBJ merchandise. Alongside the Vendor Village there will be the Official Jeep Kids Zone. Large Jeep bounce houses, remote control Jeeps with obstacle courses and even a real safely built obstacle course where kids will be able to test their skills in two seated electric Jeeps. 16200 Panama City Beach Pkwy. Registration is $70.00 per Jeep. jeepbeachjam.com

May 19-21: Digital Graffiti, Alys Beach. Walk through pedestrian paths and take in the incredible digital art projected upon Alys Beach’s stark white architecture. The event is the world’s first projection art festival, with artists using the latest technologies to project their original, dynamic works. Ticketed events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday ranging from $15-$175 with $250 weekend passes available. 18 Charles St. 850-213-5000. visitsouthwalton.com

May 24: Life as the St. Andrews Hermit, Panama City. Norwegian sailor Theodore "Teddy"  Tollofson found himself shipwrecked on the St. Andrews peninsula after a hurricane in 1929. He never left the remnants of his ship and lived on the sandy peninsula for over 25 years. Join us at Bath House 3 in the campground to learn how this sailor survived and how he became known as "Teddy the Hermit." Admission is free with park admission of $8. 4607 State Park Lane. (850)-233-5150. floridastateparks.org

May 26: Star Gazing, Santa Rosa Beach. Volunteers from the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will set up several telescopes for public viewing of stars, clusters, planets and galaxies. They will also answer questions about the night sky. All ages are invited to enjoy an evening under the stars. The park will close at sunset at 7:37pm. All those attending should arrive prior to sunset. Event is free with paid parking admission, which is $4 per vehicle. 181 Eden Gardens Rd. 850-267-8320. floridastateparks.org

May 26-28: Florida Folk Festival, White Springs. On Memorial Day Weekend the Stephen Foster Folk Cultural Center State Park in the little hamlet of White Springs abounds with the sounds and sights of Florida's finest music, dance and stories. The Florida Folk Festival presents the roots of Florida's many cultures as performers gather from little towns and large cities. One of the oldest state folk festivals in America, the event now brings 30,000 concert-goers to the festival site each year to hear more than 300 performances on multiple stages. Admission starts at $25 for adults. www.floridastateparks.org/folkfest

Correspondent Georgina Cruz contributed to this report.

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