Wakulla Springs Glass Bottom Boat Tour
Kayaking on the Suwannee River Dixie Gilchrist Levy Counties
Jousting at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Southern Pines Blues and BBQ Competition
Biking on the Saint Marks Trail
Weekly Farmers Markets
Monticello Opera House Southern Music Rising Festival
Ray Charles Monument Haffye Hayes Park Greenville
Kanapaha Botanical Garden Gainesville
Steinhatchee Honeymoon Cottages
Sign at Suwannee River Rendezvous Mayo
Haunted Orbs at Denham House in Monticello
Canoeing a Spring Run in Natural North Florida
Panacea Blue Crab Festival
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park and Museum White Springs
Riding the Trails of Natural North Florida
Four Freedoms Monument Madison
Great Fishing at Steinhatchee
Margorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park Cross Creek
Gator Football at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Historic Homes Walking Tour Monticello
UF Butterfly Rainforest Gainesville
Heart of Palm Salad Cedar Key
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Kirby Family Farm's Rock-N-Roll Easter Train
Hop on down to the Kirby Family Farm for our Easter Egg Hunt, Bunny Trail, Rides, Games, Spring Farm Babies Petting area, meet the Easter Bunny and of course climb aboard The Kirby Family Railroad, a full size 1800’s locomotive, one of only three just like her still in operation in the world.
36th Annual 5th Avenue Arts Festival
The Annual Fifth Avenue Arts festival began in the summer of 1979. The purpose of the Festival was to share the rich cultural history of the 5th ave /Seminary Lane community. The participation in the first year was less than 100 people. A group of people made up of UF students a community residents joined together to organize the event. Lavern Porter Dancers were among the first performers along with
The Festival has grown and has hosted up to 20,000 people.
The event is currently three days of performing, and visual arts. Local businesses and organizations participate in the 2 day event. They bring information about opportunities for both youth and adults in the community.
April 25-26th 2015
Southern Music Rising Festival
04/25/15 visit website
Monticello's music is North Florida's best kept secret. In past year's, Southern Music Rising brought a Grammy award winner, one of Nashville's top songwriters, one of the nation's best saxophonists, the Nation's top Ragtime performer and nationally known award-winning bluegrass bands. It also promoted our own local and regional talent.
Activities begin at 9:00 am and last into the night at the historic Monticello Opera House in beautiful downtown Monticello.
Yulee Railroad Days
06/06/15 visit website
Various events at different venues throughout the day celebrating the history of the Florida Railroad System! Come out and join the fun!
Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment
Experience the History of the Civil War like never before! The Kirby Family Farm is very proud to present the Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment again this year. One of the largest reenactments in the Sunshine State, the Battle features a full size historical locomotive on Florida’s largest private railroad. Before the Battle there’s a whole day of fun including period music, daily artillery or mortar demonstrations, Union and Confederate camps, sutlers, optional historic tram ride, authentic artifacts, and more. Enjoy a train ride through the battlefield and camps.
03/29/15 visit website
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Historic Thomas Center, 12–6pm. FREE ADMISSION!
It is with great pleasure that we can announce the 3rd season of Jest Fest, the City of Gainesville’s newest signature event.
For the past two years, Jest Fest occurred each Saturday night in April at 6:00 pm for a 2 hour show at The Bo Diddley Community Plaza stage in downtown Gainesville. Each Saturday featured completely different world renowned comedy, variety and circus entertainers.
This year our Plaza Theater is being renovated and Jest Fest is moving to our City’s cultural center at The Historic Thomas Center and Gardens. With the move, we have created 5 stage locations both indoors and out and are combining all of the wonderful entertainers into one fun-filled festival day which will occur on Sunday March, 29 from noon to 6 pm.
Worm Gruntin' Festival
04/11/15 visit website
The 15th Annual Sopchoppy Worm Gruntin’ Festival – which will take place on the second Saturday in April as always, or April 11th this year, in the lovely downtown streets of historic Sopchoppy – promises to be the best ever. Take a look at the program and you will find lots of games and contests for children and adults plus live music by popular local bands culminating with the Worm Grunters' Ball in the evening.
Saturday, April 11th, 7 a.m.- 10 p.m.
46th Annual Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival
Set amid picturesque turn-of-the-century homes in the Northeast Gainesville Historic District, the 46th annual Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival on Sat.-Sun., April 11-12, offers fun and inspiration for the whole family, including the work of fine artists from throughout the country; the Art Jungle where children can create art; an area where young people can sell their artwork; dancers and musicians performing on two stages; a variety of food concessions; and a Saturday evening concert.
Jefferson County Watermelon Festival
June is the home to our ever popular Jefferson County Watermelon Festival. Originally the festival was started to recognize the watermelon growers in Jefferson County. Held the third weekend of June, this festival has enjoyed 65 plus years of watermelon, music, children’s theater, pageants, Street Dance, arts and crafts vendors, food, a 5K run, car show, art show ghost tours seed spitting contest, watermelon carving contest, softball tournament, Beer Garden, parade and much, much more. The Watermelon Festival continues as a time-honored tradition that says it’s summertime in Monticello, FL.
Chiefland Watermelon Festival
06/06/15 visit website
Held on the first Saturday in June, the Annual Watermelon Festival is perhaps the biggest event in Chiefland during the year, drawing thousands of visitors from all parts of the state. The one-day event began in 1954, as the City of Chiefland wrapped up the completion of new sidewalks and streets. The Chiefland Civic Club decided there was a definite cause to celebrate! It was summer and the watermelon season was drawing to an end, so farmers donated their last watermelons for the celebration. Today, farmers continue to donate watermelons, which are served ice cold and delicious for all visitors to enjoy.
With time, the festival has grown, and now showcases arts and crafts exhibits from around Florida and neighboring states. There are plenty of children's activities, including a watermelon seed-spitting contest! The watermelon parade, auction, weighing-contest, and the Watermelon Queen contest are just some of the festival highlights that draw spectators from all around the area. The tradition has carried on through 50 years, maintained by the Chiefland Women's Club. Hopefully, it will continue on for at least another 50! For more information about the Watermelon Festival or to obtain a vendor or parade application please visit www.chieflandwomansclub.org.
Kanapaha Spring Gardens Festival
Spring Garden Festival: March 21 (9am - 5pm) & 22 (10am - 5pm) 2015
This is Gainesville's premier horticultural event. The Spring Garden Festival features about 175 booths offering plants, landscape displays, garden accessories, arts and crafts, educational exhibits and, of course, foods. Also featured are a walk-through butterfly conservatory, children's activities area, live entertainment and live auctions. Parking is free and two off-site parking areas are serviced by shuttle buses. Admission is $8 for Adults and $5 for children three to thirteen. Cash only (no credit cards) at these events. A $2 discount is given for members of Kanapaha.
Sponsors of the show include: Visit Gainesville, Dominos Pizza and Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives
7th Annual Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival
03/21/15 visit website
View hundreds of quilts and a variety of quilt & craft demonstrations
Created by over thirty Florida Quilt Groups and Participants
Inside and outside Trenton's historic buildings
Centered around a turn of the century Railroad Depot
Also featuring: Quilt Demonstrations, Old Time Crafts, Antique Dealers
Music & Good Food, Plus a Display of Antique Cars & Tractors.
March 21, 2015 – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Spring Native Plant Sale at Morningside Nature Center
“GO NATIVE” AT THE SPRING NATIVE PLANT SALE
SPRING DATE: April 3 and 4, 2015
Take advantage of the largest offering of native plants in North Florida during the 2015 Spring Native Plant sale, at Morningside Nature Center. An exclusive member's sale is on the Friday prior to the sale and is open to members of the Friends of Nature Parks (FNP) and the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) only. Memberships are available at the gate. Cash, checks and debit/credit cards are accepted! The sale is hosted cooperatively by the City of Gainesville's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, the Friends of Nature Parks (FNP) and Paynes Prairie chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS). Images from last Spring Sale, please visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gainesvilleprca/sets/72157635508119064/
Levy County Fair
A full County Fair experience with livestock shows and equestrian events, adult and youth creative arts shows, a full midway with rides and food, live entertainment on stage and roving acts.
The goal of the fair is to inform, educate and entertain all age groups, while celebrating Levy County's rich agriculture, livestock and aquaculture heritage.
Ride Armbands will be on sale at the 2015 Levy County Fair. Gate Admission to the fair will be $5.00. Armband prices listed below are in addition to this entry fee.
Thursday Night Special: Ride Armbands $10.00-Unlimited Rides
Friday Night: Ride Armbands $15.00
Saturday: Ride Armbands $15.00
Sunday: Ride Armbands $15.00
Florida State Bluegrass Festival
One of the best events in the Southeast...The Florida State Bluegrass Festival. Features three days of awesome bluegrass music by some of the most renowned artists in the country...a grand Chili Cook-off competition, arts & crafts, music workshops and great food vendors. Tickets only $15.00 if you purchase them online or $20.00 at the gate for a three day pass!!
Welcome To Natural North Florida -- the original Florida tourism destination.
There are off-beat and old-fashioned towns to explore where you can still savor a slice of life from bygone days. This region is also home to the largest collection of natural springs in the world, amazing sunsets, wonderfully quiet recreational rivers and trails, and world-class flora and fauna. With no crowds and no palm trees, it'll alter your stereotypes of the state. As you wander along the tree-lined and scenic roads winding through the region, you'll forget that you are in the fourth largest state in the US.
It's a "come as you are" kind of place, where you'll find people very down home yet very sophisticated, natural and nice, all at once.