There are thousands of events in Florida on any given day.  Some of them have been around for many years and have become iconic.  Here are a few from our companion website, Florida Backroads Travel.

Florida Annual Events By Month


Gasparilla Pirate Fest.  This annual celebration takes place in Tampa, usually in January, sometimes in early February.  The main feature is an "invasion" of the City by the legendary pirate Jose Gaspar.  Lots of music, parades and celebrations.  The first one was in 1904, making it one of the oldest Florida annual events.


Daytona 500. This is the most important race in the NASCAR annual calendar. It takes place the last weekend in February, and attracts close to 200,000 people.

Grant Seafood Festival. Grant is a small town on the western shore of the Indian River Lagoon south of Melbourne, Florida. It is usually a very quiet place except for the first weekend in March or last weekend in February.

Silver Spurs Rodeo.  This Florida annual event is held twice a year in Kissimmee.  It has been a tradition since 1944.  A climate controlled arena is a new feature that rodeo fans really enjoy.


Calle Ocho Festival. This festival in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood celebrates Latin culture and music every March for one week.It is the grand finale of Carnival Miami. The final event on Sunday is billed as the largest street festival or block party in the world. It is one of the Florida festivals you won't want to miss.

Daytona Beach Bike Week.  This is an annual event that usually starts in the first full week of March and extends over a period of 10 days.   There is always plenty going on during bike week.  You can enjoy motorcycle races, parties, concerts and various street festivals.  It has become one of the most popular motorcycle rallies in the country.


Sopchoppy Worm Gruntin Festival. Sopchoppy is a small town on the western side of the Appalachicola National Forest not too far south of Tallahassee. It bills itself as the "Worm Gruntin Capital" of the world. The festival is held the second Saturday of April.

Flora-Bama Interstate Mullet Toss.  Contestants stand near a line at the Flora-Bama Lounge and Oyster Bar on Perdido Key and toss a dead mullet across the Alabama-Florida border. Whoever throws it the farthest wins the contest.  It's usually the last full weekend in April, and is as good an excuse as any for a beach party.


Florida Folk Festival. This is a huge event that is a must see for Florida history and music lovers. It takes place every Memorial Day Weekend at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park on the Suwannee River near White Springs way up in North Florida.

Mug Race. This is billed as the "worlds longest river race" for sailboats, and I haven't heard anybody dispute that title. It is sponsored by the Rudder Club of Jacksonville, and has been a standard spectacle for many years. It takes place the first Saturday in May, and is one of several Florida annual events that are oriented around boats and the water.

Sunfest. SunFest is a Florida annual event that takes place the first week of May in downtown West Palm Beach. It starts on Wednesday and ends on Sunday with a fireworks display. In between are dozens of big time musical acts, art and craft displays and food vendors.


Goombay Festival in Coconut GroveThe Goombay Festival takes place in the streets of Coconut Grove every June. It is a celebration of the Bahamian-American culture that originally settled Coconut Grove in the 1800's. You will see parades, enjoy music and Bahamian food and just generally have a good time.

Fiesta of Five Flags. This annual event takes place in June in Pensacola.  It is a 10 day festival celebrating the establishment of Pensacola by Spain as the first settlement in the United States.

Kissimmee Boat A CadeThis is an annual small boat event that takes place every year in June since 1950 and starts in Kissimmee on Lake Tohopakaliga. A large group of boats join in this family event and travel to various places in the State of Florida and beyond.


Florida Scalloping.  Every year is scalloping season in Florida along the Gulf coast from Aripeka nortwest to Mexico Beach in the Florida Panhandle. Thousands of Floridians and tourists take advantage of harvesting their own scallops from about June 27 through September 24.


Wausau Possum Festival is usually held on the first weekend in August in this small Northwest Florida town.  Up to 10,000 visitors enjoy the Possum Trot race (for people) and look forward to meeting the new Miss Possum Day Queen.


Florida Heritage Book Festival.  This is a gathering of writers and literary fans that takes place every September in St. Augustine at Flagler College, whose main building is the restored and historic old Hotel Ponce de Leon.


Florida Georgia Game. One of the nation's oldest and most fierce football rivalries, the game is usually played on the last Saturday in October. This football game is traditionally played in Jacksonville at Everbank Stadium on the banks of the St. Johns River and is one of the signature Florida events.

San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival. San Antonio is a small town in central west Florida about 25 miles north of Tampa. The festival is always held on the third Saturday of October. Not many other Florida festivals feature rattlesnake roundups.


Light Up Mount Dora is an annual tradition that takes place in Donnelly Park in downtown Mount Dora the first Saturday after Thanksgiving.  More than two million lights are switched on and the park trees are a spectacular sight when they all come on at once.  Santa comes and there is always some snow for the kids to play in.


Winterfest Boat Parade. The Winterfest Boat Parade is an annual tradition that has been held every December in Fort Lauderdale since 1970. More than 100 boats from 20 feet long to huge megayachts dress up in lights and decorations and cruise along the New River and ICW in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach.

You can find hundreds more events at Visit Florida Events by Month, sponsored by the State of Florida at VisitFlorida.com.

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