Florida travel calendar for February
Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23: Artisan Alley Farmer’s Market More on Georgia, Deland. Featuring local produce, plants, pickles, honey, baked goods, arts crafts. Free. 104 S. Artisan Alley. 386 589 3118. 3 4: Brevard Renaissance Fair. Melbourne. Medieval times will be in full swing with artisans sellings a variety of goods from blacksmithing, pewter jewelry, stone carvings, wood working, weaving, hand blown glassware and leather crafts. Live events include jousting knights, musicians and other performers, pony rides, archery and battle axe challenges, food court with meade and more. $5 $21. At Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Dr. 321 458 3515. 2: 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. Free. 1463 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. 321 674 8916. 3: Art Stroll Gallery Walk, New Smyrna Beach. 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. Admission is free. 386 690 8666. 3 4: The Mount Dora Arts Festival, Mount Dora. The 43rd 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. 352 383 0880. 3: First Saturday Jam, Barberville. On the first Saturday each month visit the Pioneer Settlement for entertainment and fun for the entire family. Includes informal music jams, free workshops, a chili cook off, yard sale. 386 749 2087. 3 April 7: Universal Studios Mardi Gras, Orlando. A 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 64 straight nights features Cajun and Creole cuisine, a Mardi Gras parade, street performers, lots of bead tossing and Zydeco bands direct from Louisiana. On 13 select nights, major label musicians including Sean Paul on opening night, The Beach Boys on Feb. 10 and Andy Grammer on Feb. 18. Included with Universal Studios ticket or annual pass. 407 363 8000. 9: 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. Highland Avenue, Melbourne FL 32922. Free. 321 724 1741. 9 10: Old Florida Outdoor Festival, Apopka. This FBA sanctioned festival is a barbecue contest judged by the Florida BBQ Association, featuring over 100 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 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. 9 11: Wine Fest, Clermont. This 28th Annual festival features arts and crafts, complimentary winery tours, tasting and live music at the Lakeridge Winery. Food and wine will be available for purchase. Music by Lady The Boyz, Shawline, Mike Quick Band, and others. $10 for adults and children under 12 are free. on Sunday. 19239 Highway 27 North. 9 18: Osceola County Fair, Kissimmee. Miss Osceola pageant on Feb. 17. 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 online for $25. Check website for 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. 10: 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. DeLand Craft Beer Festival is a Rain or Shine Event. 21+ No ID No Entry. No infants or pets allowed located in Historic Downtown DeLand on E. Indiana Avenue. 10 18: 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. 15. The event culminates in the annual Daytona 500, often called “The Great American Race,” on Feb. 18. Tickets for the Daytona 500 vary. Camping and travel packages are available. 15 18: Space Coast Seafood and Music Fest, Viera. Lobster, crab, shrimp, tuna and all sorts of seafood will be available at this annual festival. Concerts include Willie Nelson, Don McLean and Los Lonley Boys. Featuring art and craft exhibits and kid’s activities. Space Coast Daily Park, 6091 Stadium Parkway in Viera. Ticket prices begin at $8 and does not include concerts, but there are plenty of specials available on the website. 16 18: Silver Spurs Rodeo, Kissimmee. The 140th 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). Sunday. 1875 Silver Spur Lane. 17 April 15: SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival, Orlando. Each Saturday and Sunday at Sea World. 13 internationally themed markets from around the world and Florida are paired with drink specials at each kiosk. Entertainment by Lynard Skynyrd, Styx, ZZ Top, Village People, and more. Pass Members get early access to purchase front row and reserved seating to concerts. Seven Seas is included with regular park admission. 17: Art Walk, Sanford. Central Florida’s only monthly juried art show. Every third Saturday of the month with exhibits and music at participating venues. Downtown Sanford, First Street, Sanford, 32771. Free. 17: Cruisin’ Downtown DeLand Classic Car Show, DeLand. Every third 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. Free. 24 25: 45th Annual Pioneer Days Festival, Orlando. Pioneer Days returns to Cypress Grove Park to celebrate its 45th year of highlighting local history. This year’s theme is “Land of Fair Waters.” Attractions include a Saturday morning parade, entertainment, and historic demonstrations in traditional music, quilting, basketry, storytelling historic encampments and reenactments. Sunday. Cypress Grove Park, 290 Holden Ave. $5 adults, $3 children. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa)
Feb. 8 19: 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 organizers of “Dance Moms” will host a dance competition on December 16 and 17. $9 adults, $7 seniors, $5 kids 6 11, with all day armband specials. The Florida State Fair is held at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 Highway 301 North, where parking is free during the fair. 9 10: Celtic Family Jamboree, Brooksville. The Celtic Family Jamboree at the Sertoma Youth Ranch features Celtic music and more. Bring your own food, drinks, alcohol. Family friendly, leashed dogs OK, RV Tent camping on site, playground, campfires, bathrooms/showers; food, ice, firewood and beer available. Friday evening potluck dinner, Saturday morning free workshops, ongoing Highland athletics demo. Celtic merchandise and jewelry for sale. The Sertoma Youth Ranch is on 85 Myers Road. Ticket pricing for adults; kids 17 and under admitted free in the company of paid adult Two Day Admission: $35 at the gate, Camping Per Night: $40. Weekend and camping passes are available at the website. 10 11: 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. This 30th annual festival is consistently ranked one of the top 100 Fine Art Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine, The Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts is one of the area’s biggest and best art events. 1718 Main Street, Sarasota. Free. each day.