LAUDERDALE LIVE: Just minutes away from vibrant Las Olas Boulevard, you’ll be able to rock and roll all weekend. Attendees will enjoy great music set against the backdrop of historic waterways and top restaurants
Where: Huizenga Plaza on the New River, Fort Lauderdale
CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH EVENTS: At Taste of the Caribbean, you can savor the best in Caribbean cuisine at tasting meals, workshops and seminars with leading chefs who will provide insider secrets on enhancing your dining experience. It’s a competition-style event that showcases the region’s best chefs, pastry chefs, junior chefs and bartenders. Colors of the Caribbean is a free family-friendly festival celebrating Caribbean culture. Event features live music, A Caribbean Travel Expo, a Kids Zone, arts and crafts, a food village and smaller stages featuring folk dancing and steel bands.
Where: Respectively, Hyatt Regency hotel, Miami, and Young Circle in downtown Hollywood
Web: Respectively, caribbeanhotelandtourism.com and colorsofthecaribbean.com
ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE AND DOWNTOWN VENICE CRAFT FESTIVALS: Peruse booths filled with painting, crafts, stained glass, pottery, jewelry, photography, personalized products for kids and pooches and much more, including a Green Market for plants, handmade soaps, tangy BBQ sauces and gorgeous orchids.
Where: St. Armands Circle on St. Armands Key just off the coast of Sarasota; Miami Avenue in Venice
SUMMERLAND CONCERT TOUR: If the 1990s was your decade, this one’s for you. This annual event features the best acts that were popular in that decade.
Where: Top Rocker Field, Fort Myers
SUMMER MOONLIGHT SEA TURTLE WALKS: Enjoy an evening of sea turtle exploration and identification while uncovering the natural history and myths of turtles. With a little luck and weather permitting you might just see a 300-pound loggerhead venture out of the ocean to lay her eggs.
Where: Museum of Discovery & Science and the beach, Fort Lauderdale
KEY WEST PRIDE: This LGBT five-day celebration includes a film festival, dance parties, drag shows, bike tours, pool parties, water excursions, a street fair, Pride Pageants and a “Pride in Our Community” parade down Duval Street.
Where: Various locations in Key West
SEEK IN THE CITY: Here’s a chance to participate in a great scavenger hunt and learn about one of SoFla’s great towns. You can enter by yourself or as part of a team up to five. You’ll have a lot of fun and maybe win some cash, too.
Where: Downtown Delray Beach
REDLAND SUMMER FRUIT FESTIVAL: Summer’s a comin’ and it’s time enjoy seasonal and rare fruits and much more at this annual affair. Vendor booths will feature local wines and yummy foods. Children age 11 and under get in free.
Where: Fruit & Spice Park, Homestead
SARASOTA SUP CHAMPIONSHIPS – Paddleboard enthusiasts, competitors and newbies hit one of the world’s best beaches to watch various elite, juniors, sprint and distance events on the water. Demos for kids and adults help even the paddle-weary learn to enjoy this accessible and popular sport.
Where: Siesta Key Beach
STONEWALL PRIDE STREET FESTIVAL & PARADE: It’s an 11-hour LGBT blast, with performances late into the evening on three different stages, along with a marketplace featuring vendors selling arts, crafts and more. There will also be food trucks, frozen drink tents and a Kids Zone. Don’t miss the Stonewall Summer Pride Twilight Parade.
Where: Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors
WEST AFRICANA FESTIVAL: Explore music, art and Afro-Caribbean culture during a three-day destination retreat that focuses on thought, culture and wellness. The festival integrates music, art and cultural tourism.
Where: Various locations in Key West
HUKILAU POLYNESIAN FESTIVAL: Tikiphiles can expect an all-things Polynesian extravaganza, including great musical acts.
Where: Hyatt Regency Pier 66 and the world-famous Mai-Kai restaurant, Fort Lauderdale
SUMMER JAZZ ON THE GULF: An appealing and diverse selection of Jazz acts will be presented in a series of concerts amid a hotel setting that has beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico, stunning sunsets and cool breezes.
Where: Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
iHEARTRADIO ULTIMATE POOL PARTY – Presented by VisitFlorida.com, the musical weekend getaway is broadcast nationally on the CW network. Past performers include Jennifer Lopez, Neon Trees, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Tiesto and Lil John.
Where: Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Miami Beach
SARASOTA MUSIC FESTIVAL – Hundreds of music students from some of the top programs in the world attend this three-week festival to showcase their talent and learn new skills. Festival audiences are invited to any of the concerts or lectures, including the Thursday afternoon Artist Showcase concerts, Friday Festival chamber concerts, and Saturday Symphony orchestra concerts.
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