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Florida travel calendar for August

Check out festivals and events in August across the state. View events this coming weekend, or view the whole month’s offerings by region below.

This list is organized by region.

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

Aug. 19, 26: Jupiter Lighthouse Sunset Tour, Jupiter. Take in the spectacular sunset views and witness the Jupiter Light turning on to illuminate the night sky. Visitors get an inside look at the nuts and bolts of a working lighthouse watch-room. www.jupiterlighthouse.org

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Aug. 21, 28: Funtastic Friday, Hollywood Beach. Enjoy family fun with a DJ, face painter, games, bounce houses and more., held every Friday at ArtsPark. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission. 954-921-3500. www.sunny.org/events/

Aug. 20: 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. moradaway.org/artwalk

Aug. 20-23: Upper Keys Reef Crawl, Key Largo. Key Largo celebrates the pristine environment of the Florida Keys during the Upper Keys Reef Crawl on Aug. 20-23. Visitors can see the beautiful reefs and abundant sea life of the Upper Florida Keys at sites from Key Largo to Islamorada. Attendees can enjoy fun, sun and camaraderie as they dive, snorkel, kayak and paddle the amazing reefs along the way. Other attractions include hands-on seminars by the Coral Restoration Foundation and Reef Environmental Education Foundation. For information, visit www.reefcrawl.com.

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

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Aug. 20: Shrimp and Seafood Festival, New Smyrna Beach. Flagler Avenue closes down on a Thursday night for this annual fest with seafood, music and entertainment. 5-9 p.m. Free. 386-428-1600. nsbfla.com

Aug. 23: Art 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. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (wine walk 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.). Free ($25 for wine walk or $20 with previous month’s glass). Flagler Avenue, 100 Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32169. 386-428-1770. www.flaglergallerygroup.com

Aug. 22-23: 4 Wheel Parts Orlando Truck & Jeep Fest, Orlando. The 4 Wheel Parts Orlando Truck & Jeep Fest is a trade show, fair and exhibition at the Orange County Convention Center on Aug. 22-23. The event features custom trucks and jeeps, product demonstrations, and hourly giveaways. Admission is free. The Orange County Convention Center is at 9800 International Drive. For information, visit www.4wheelparts.com.

Aug. 22-23: Buckler’s Craft Fair, Melbourne. The Buckler’s Craft Fair showcases handmade treasures at the Melbourne Auditorium on Aug. 23-24. Admission is $6 per person; children 12 and under are free. A $2 off admission coupon is available on line or bring a canned good to benefit a local food bank for the $2 discount. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Melbourne Auditorium is at 625 East Hibiscus. For information, visit www.bucklercraftfair.com

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Aug. 28: Fourth Fridays Art Walk, Sanford. Central Florida’s only monthly juried art show. With exhibits and music at participating venues. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Downtown Sanford, First Street, Sanford, FL, 32771. Free. 407-323-2774. www.sanfordinfo.com

Aug. 28-30: 80s in the Park, Melbourne. 80s In The Park presents a lineup of bands at the
Melbourne Auditorium on Aug. 28-30. A variety of tickets is available including a three-day General Admission Ticket for $49. The Melbourne Auditorium is located at 625 East Hibiscus Boulevard. For information, log on to 80sinthepark.com.

Aug. 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. 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. ponceinlet.org/climb-to-the-moon-tour

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

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Aug. 29: ReptiDay, Sarasota. ReptiDay is a one-day reptile and exotic animal expo on Aug. 29. Animal seminars, vendors offering pet supplies and other merchandise, and free raffles are to be featured. Event hours, at the Sarasota County Fairground, Potter Building, are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children. For information, visit www.reptiday.com/sarasota.html.

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

Aug. 22, 29: Third Street Farmers Market, Naples. Fresh produce and homemade goods are available at this local market from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Saturday. thirdstreetsouth.com/farmersmarket.html

Aug. 20: 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

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Aug. 22: Just For Fun Dog Show, Cape Coral. Bring the family, including Rover, to the Just For Fun Dog Show at Rotary Park on Aug. 22. Dog merchandise vendors are featured and visitors may enter their pooch on a number of categories including Waggiest Tail, Best Kisser, Dog/Owner Look-Alike and more for prizes. Cost to enter your dog in one category is $6; $20 for four categories; $25 for unlimited categories. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rotary Park is at 5505 Rose Garden Road. For details, visit www.fortmyers-sanibel.com.

Aug. 26: Wild Edibles Walk, Cape Coral. Participants learn how to identify edible plants and how to incorporate them into their landscaping during the Wild Edibles Walk at Rotary Park on Aug. 26. Cost is $8 for non-Cape Coral residents. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Advance registration and payment is required. The event is at the Rotary Park Environmental Center, 5505 Rose Garden Road. For details, visit www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/event/?eid=57591 or www.facebook.com/CapeCoralParks.

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

Aug. 19, 26:  Music by the Sea, St. Augustine Beach. The annual Music by the Sea concert features free Wednesday night concerts with food service from a local restaurant available for purchase. Food service begins at 6 p.m., the concert at 7 p.m. The event is at the St. Augustine Beach Pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd. For more information, visit www.thecivicassociation.org/music_by_the_sea_summer_concerts

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Aug. 21-22: Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, Amelia Island. The Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Center invites one and all to the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off on Aug. 21-22. The event kicks off the college football season with a barbeque competition at the beach during the Annual Cook-off. The happenings include professional barbeque competition teams competing for cash prizes at Main Beach Park. The event features free live entertainment, including Beach Street Blues Band and more. There is free parking with event shuttle. For additional information, visit www.gstailgatecookoff.com.

Aug. 25: National Park Service’s Birthday, St. Augustine. The Old City celebrates the National Park Service’s Birthday by featuring free admission at the historic Castillo de San Marcos National Monument on Aug. 25. The park is open from 8:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. so here is your chance to spend a day time-traveling to Spanish colonial times at the Castillo and it will be gratis. The Castillo de San Marcos is at 1, South Castillo Drive Street. For information, visit www.nps.gov/casa or www.floridashistoriccoast.com/listings/view/24886.

Aug. 29: Sunset/Moonrise at the St. Augustine Lighthouse, St. Augustine. This event includes a champagne toast provided by the San Sebastian Winery, hors d’oeuvres from The Reef and an overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station on Aug. 10. Cost is $25. The lighthouse is at 81 Lighthouse Avenue. For information, visit www.staugustinelighthouse.org.

Panhandle: Including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)

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Aug. 25-26: Blue Angles practice, Pensacola. The Blue Angels practice at 11:30 a.m. The National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Boulevard, has a viewing area. After the practice the team comes and visits the museum and signs autographs after the Wednesday practice. Admission is free. For information, visit www.visitpensacola.com/events/events/?filters[]=sd2015-08-03|ed2015-08-09.

Aug. 20, 27: Americana Under the Stars, Santa Rosa Beach. Every Thursday at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park you can find original Americana music, including folk, jazz, blues and more by musicians from Florida and other states at the upgraded amphitheater. Updated schedule of artists and dates can be found at www.luckymudmusic.com. $5 donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park includes regular park admission. 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. 850-267-8330. www.floridastateparks.org/park/Topsail-Hill

Special Correspondent Georgina Cruz contributed to this report.


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