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  • Archer Florida

    • Yulee Railroad Days
      Various events at different venues throughout the day celebrating the history of the Florida Railroad System! Come out and join the fun!

  • Earlton Florida

  • Gainesville Florida

    • 10th Annual Florida Bat Festival
      The Annual Florida Bat Festival is an opportunity for attendees to view giant fruit bats, tour the conservancy grounds and enjoy the great outdoors while learning about how fruit bats benefit environments and ecosystems worldwide. The 2013 festival welcomed over 4,300 guests and attendance is expected to increase this year. The conservancy is not open to the general public on a regular basis, so this event is a rare opportunity for wildlife lovers to see our bats up-close. The bats at Lubee boast wingspans of up to 6 feet across. Guests will get to observe how the bats interact with each other, play with their toys and eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, a truly unique sight. Food and refreshments, and “batty” merchandise (including bat houses) will be available for purchase at the event. Also, other local environmental organizations will offer educational materials at their booths spread across the beautiful grounds of the conservancy. The festival is a fun, relaxing and recreational experience for the whole family with free activities, including bat-themed crafts and games for kids, educational exhibits, bouncy huts provided by Space Walk and presentations by bat experts. All proceeds of the festival help support bat conservation and education programs. The festival is held at Lubee Bat Conservancy, a 110-acre ranch, located at 1309 N.W. 192nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609. Admission is free, although donations are encouraged. For more information, please email us at

    • 30th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
      The Alachua County Fairgrounds is transformed into a bustling medieval marketplace for the 30th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. Step back in time and cheer on jousting knights, wander through the medieval marketplace where hundreds of artisans sell their wares, witness a battle on the living chess board, partake in olde world games and rides and feast on food fit for a king. Enjoy entertainment where the forgotten skills of full-flight falconry, gripping aerial acrobatics and old-world magic come to life. Jugglers, knife throwers and gypsy dancers add to the excitement as they fill the streets of Hoggetowne. Admission: $17 for adults $7 for ages 5–17 Friday admission is $8 for adults $3.50 for ages 5-17 Free for children under 5

    • 34th Downtown Festival and Art Show
      The nationally recognized Downtown Festival & Art Show transforms downtown Gainesville into a venue for award-winning artists and draws a crowd of more than 100,000. Presented by the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, the festival celebrates its 34th anniversary in 2015. For two days, visitors can leisurely stroll through historic downtown and marvel at works from more than 250 of the nation’s most talented artists, who display their original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, captivating sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography. With such a diverse array of unique art displayed for sale and competition, the Downtown Festival & Art Show is a great way to purchase one-of-a-kind art for you or a friend.

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 6th Annual Cinema Verde International Environmental Film & Arts Festival
      6TH ANNUAL CINEMA VERDE INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL FILM AND ARTS FESTIVAL The Cinema Verde Festival features over 40 films, music and art focusing on sustainable solutions for environmental concerns. The 6th Annual Cinema Verde Festival runs from 5 PM on Thursday, Feb. 12 through 8 PM Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. The Paramount Plaza Hotel & Conference Center located at 2900 SW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608 is this year's venue. Events include: over 40 films (local, national, international, and student - college and high school) Director discussions Eco Art Gallery Eco-Fair Music VIP Opening Night Reception Local Food Potluck Ticket prices range from a $100 VIP Pass (all inclusive-films and events), $50 Half Access VIP Pass, $25 1 day pass, to $10 single film. Tickets are available List of films Cinema Verde's mission is to provide environmental education to the public through film, arts, workshops, events, tours and any other forum or media; to increase public awareness of environmental practices that enhance public health and improve quality of life in urban, suburban and rural settings. We bring community organizations, businesses and citizens together to help forge sustainable solutions for our future. Cinema Verde provides environmental education through film and the arts. Trish Riley is founding director of Cinema Verde, an environmental film and arts festival held in Gainesville, Florida since 2010. Trish is a national award-winning investigative and environmental journalist and author, with work published in major newspapers, national and international magazines. She is the founder of, a website designed to promote green jobs, resources and businesses.

    • Art in Thornebrook Village
      The Art Festival at Thornbrook is a two-day festival of juried fine arts and fine crafts under the covered walkways and on the grassy areas and plaza of Thornebrook Village.

    • Boo at the Zoo
      The Zoo will OPEN at 3:00PM on October 31, 2014. We are scheduled to be closed from 9:00AM - 3:00PM in order to transform the zoo into a spooky but safe trick or teat event for the whole family. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience. Admission to the Trick or Treat Event: 1 can of food per person. Canned goods will be donated to local food banks.

    • Cane Boil & FiddleFest
      Every November on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend: Saturday, November 29, 2014, from 9am-4pm. Experience life in 1870’s North Central Florida at Morningside Nature Center Living History Farm. Visitors can sample fresh cane syrup and homemade biscuits, experience live folk music, farm animals and much more! The Longleaf Pine Youth Fiddle Contest will take place during the Annual Cane Boil, thus bringing together the traditions of giving thanks and fall harvest with a music tradition that has been so influential throughout the South. Make this event part of your Thanksgiving weekend tradition!

    • Cane Day Festival
      Cane Day Saturday, December 06, 2014 09:00am - 03:00pm See an original Florida working farm from the post Civil War to the 1940s as they grind sugar cane using mule power and boil it into syrup. Old-time craft demonstrations including woodworking, blacksmithing and butter churning, quilt drawing, children's activities and toys, old-time music and vendors are featured on this living history day.

    • Downtown Countdown New Year's Eve Celebration
      "Downtown Countdown" New Year's Eve Celebration December 31, 2014 9:00 PM - 12:30 AM Bo Diddley Community Plaza The City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs will host Downtown Countdown, a New Year’s Eve celebration concert at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. The free concert will begin at 9:30 p.m. and run until 12:30 a.m. At the stroke of midnight the sounds of noisemakers passed out to the audience earlier in the evening will chorus in the New Year.

    • Earth Day Festival
      Join us for a day of crafts, games, plant sales, and educational presentations from UF and Community Organizations to celebrate the Earth! All ages are welcome! The festival will be held on the University of Florida Campus at Fifield Hall on Hull Road. Cost is FREE! Contact JJ Sadler at for more information

    • First Annual Garden Bike Tour of Gainesville
      Bike Tour: 14-mile loop around gainesville to public and private gardens. The tour starts at the Downtown Plaza and ends at Citizens Co-op new store location, 435 South Main. Citizens Co-op is a local food market offering a dependable marketplace to small farmers in our area. It is a cooperatively-owned business with over 500 current members. The retail store aims to be fully operational in May 2010. Registration 9-11am at Downtown Plaza in Gainesville to receive Bike Tour Map, including workshops, classes, and garden visits around the greater Gainesville area. Pay a $20 fee to enter, receive event t-shirt, bike tour map, sponsor gifts, and entrance to music festival at Citizens Co-op new storefront, 435 South Main. Music Festival takes place from 5-12pm at the Co-op store to kick-off the opening of Citizens Co-op and help raise funds to further the Local Food Movement. Tickets are $10 if not attending the bike tour. Featuring Swamphead Brewery and Local Gainesville Musicians

    • Florida Crane and Nature Festival
      Join the Florida Trail Association and the Alachua Conservation Trust during MLK weekend to celebrate the wintering Sandhill Cranes, endangered Whooping Cranes, wild horses, bison and more than 270 species of birds in Alachua County. Activities include: Discovering more than 150 wintering birds, including the American Bald Eagle Biking the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail Saturday night dinner with a keynote speaker Silent Auction Wildlife and Birding Presentations There is a fee for registration that covers breakfast, lunch, dinner and shuttle service to bird-watching locations.

    • Florida Museum of Natural History's Butterfly Fest
      A Celebration of Wings, Wildlife and Biodiversity! ButterflyFest is an annual family-friendly festival to celebrate backyard wildlife with an emphasis on pollinators!

    • Frogs and Friends Friday
      Frogs and Friends Friday: FREE. First Friday of every month, Sept.–May, at 2:00 pm in the Education Building at Morningside Nature Center. Dates for 2014 are Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5, Jan. 2, Feb. 6, March 6, April 3 and May 1. Join the fun, get the facts! Youngsters, with an adult, can join a Morningside Nature Center animal caretaker for an exciting and educational program featuring live amphibians and reptiles.

    • Gainesville Christmas Historic Home Tour
      Step back in time and kick-off the holidays by reserving your luxurious and cozy weekend away at one of our charming Bed & Breakfasts during Gainesville’s Annual Historic Holiday Homes Tour December 11–13. Lavishly decked for the holidays, each of our four downtown B&B’s are offering exclusive holiday packages; including two-night accommodations, holiday wine & cheese, and admission for two for the Holiday Historic Homes Tour on the evening of Saturday, December 12. For full details about the Holiday Historic Homes Tour visit the Matheson Museum website(

    • Gatornationals
      Gainesville Raceway opened in 1969 and held its first Gatornationals event in 1970. Long considered one of the fastest tracks on the NHRA circuit, it was from this legendary launch point that drivers clocked the first 260-, 270- and 300-mph Top Fuel runs. It also was from this starting line, during the 2000 Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals, that eight of 10 national records were set in the professional classes. This year Gatornationals is scheduled for March 12-15, 2015!

    • Historic Holiday Weekend Festival
      Gainesville hosts its seventh annual Historic Holiday Weekend Festival Dec. 10-12, 2010 in the heart of its Southeast Historic District. The weekend features guided tours of charming historic homes, including four of Gainesville’s bed and breakfast inns, as well as the Polar Express Holiday Train Show at the Matheson Museum and tree lighting at the historic Matheson House. This year will include a turn-of-the-century street festival on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 5-9 p.m. For additional information about special weekend vacation packages, visit our website at or phone Marcheta Keefer at the VisitGainesville toll-free at 866-778-5002 or 352-376-7720.

    • Jest Fest!
      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.

    • 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

    • Lucas Oil 2011 Racing Series at Gainesville Raceway
      Featuring race vehicles that range from five-second Top Alcohol Dragsters and Top Alcohol Funny Cars to 15-second stockers, the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is the premier series of its kind in drag racing. The series boasts the eight categories of Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street and whose racers make up the vast majority of entries at NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series national events.

    • Morningside Nature Center Barnyard Buddies
      Barnyard Buddies: FREE. Every Wednesday, Sept.–May, at 3:00 pm at the Living History Farm. Morningside Nature Center has a farm, ee—i—ee—i—oh! On this farm, youngsters, with an adult, can meet and greet farm animals by helping staff with afternoon feeding on the Living History Farm. This program is free but the animals love donations of carrots, squash, apples, sweet potatoes, and melons (please give these items to a staff member and not directly to the animals). With a sheep here—and a cow there—learning about heritage breeds is fun!

    • Plow Days
      Plow teams will demonstrate farming life post Civil War prior to the invention of tractors. Observe draft horse teams pulling old time plows, discs and harrows as they work the land getting it ready for our spring planting. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

    • Poinsettias in the “Butterfly Rainforest”
      Visit the “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History from Nov. 15 through Dec. 31 to see the remarkable presentation of multicolor poinsettias, which make an ideal backdrop for holiday photographs. Daily butterfly releases are held at 2 p.m. with additional weekend releases at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., weather permitting. UF students with a valid Gator 1 card receive free admission year-round.

    • Rogers Farm Fall Festival
      Fun filled entertainment for the whole family. Young and Old will have a memorable experience. Take a pleasant stroll down the spooky trail where you will encounter the things you only thought existed only in your imagination. There is a full 12 acre corn maze, with a theme and map to help you along your journey. On Fri. & Sat. Nites from 8 PM to Midnight, we invite you to test your fear level by trying to outwit the ghouls and creatures lurking within the maze. See if you are as brave as you think! Admission is $8 for the attractions, $12 for the attractions and corn maze. Hours: Fridays, 5 p.m. to Midnight; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to Midnight; Sundays 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Located 7 miles north of Gainesville on SR 121

    • 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:

    • The Great Invader Raider Rally and Gainesville Greenway Challenge
      The hard work of 15 years of Great Air Potato Round Ups, along with some persistent and hungry beetles, has made quite a dent in the air potato crop! That great news allows us to focus on other challenges in our natural areas. With the momentum and community spirit that has guided the Round-Up for so many years, we proudly announce the first annual Great Invader Raider Rally and Gainesville Greenway Challenge. The Great Invader Raider Rally will take place January 31, 2015. Under trained leadership, volunteers will work to restore pre-assigned natural areas from 9 am to 11 am and then are invited to head to Morningside Nature Center for a celebration including t-shirts, music, prizes, environmental booths and games and food ($). Preregistration for the event is required and opens December 10, 2014. More details about the Gainesville Greenway Challenge are to come, so stay tuned!

    • University of Florida Homecoming Weekend
      Homecoming at UF is one of the largest celebrations in the world run completely by students.

  • Hawthorne Florida

    • Plein Air Event: 3rd Annual William Bartram Heritage Day
      Artists exhibit their work from the William Bartram Heritage Days Plein-Air event. William Bartram Heritage Day is intended to celebrate William Bartram and his drawings of flora and fauna and how his presence influenced the Hawthorne Area. The event provides all surrounding communities with an opportunity to learn about the importance of preserving this site (original settlement of Hawthorne “Morrison’s Mills”, circa 1850), learning of our heritage and sharing the beauty of this property.

  • high springs Florida

    • Folk in the Springs
      Folk in the Springs Sunday, September 21 12:00am – 8:00pm. HIGH SPRINGS - A different Folk artist will be performing at a different location thru-out downtown High Springs. This is to highlight the artist and specific location within walking distance of Main St. Come visit places you may have never seen, such as the Secret Garden and the High Springs Rail Road Museum. The headliner is Brian Smalley,2013 Florida Folk Album of the Year Winner. We will also have a grand finale party at the Great Outdoors Restaurant

    • High Springs Annual Fall Festival
      Put on your sun hats and walking shoes and join us Saturday, October 25, for our annual High Springs Fall Festival. Located at James Paul Park behind City Hall and downtown Main St. Here you will find a variety of vendors featuring food, crafts, fine art, nonprofit groups and our local business expo. Children of all ages will enjoy our Kids' Korral bounce houses and slides, bungy swing, pumpkin decorating, coloring and other activities. Wear your Halloween costumes at 2:00 p.m. for a chance to win a spot for you and your family in our Christmas Parade. Shop the Farmers' Market and enjoy music from local musicians all day long on 2 different stages. Free admission 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Please call the Visitors' Center at 386-454-3120 for more event and contest information.

    • High Springs Pioneer Days
      Enjoy browsing our Art and Craft vendors for that special treasure you have been wanting. There are plenty of activities at the Kids Korral to keep our young pioneers happy. Stroll over to Heritage Village and visit with the artisans as they demonstrate their craft or old time skill for you. And while at Heritage Village visit the Seminole Indian Dance Circle. Don’t forget to visit the Food Court for those festival foods that you love; funnel cakes, corn dogs, sausage dogs, BBQ, hot dogs and hamburgers, ice cream and corn on the cob, to name a few. Some of the vendors from our Farmers Market will be at the festival to sell you their locally grown produce and there will also be Flower and Plant Vendors. Get to meet some of the business owners from High Springs at the Business Expo area and get information on what they have to offer us. Enjoy Live Music and Entertainment all day, while you stroll through the festival area. And of course you don’t want to miss the Shoot-Out Re-enactments - Saturday at Noon and 2:00 PM and Sunday at 1:00 and 3:00 PM And there will be more to see and enjoy! For more information call 386-454-3120

    • High Springs Thursday Farmer's Markets
      Hours: Thursdays 2-6 pm A wonderful farmer's market featuring fresh produce, local breads and home made goods. There are often live music or entertainment groups as well.

    • Madness and Mayhem 2
      Madness and Mayhem Haunted House 2 Held at the High Springs Lions Club Benefiting Juvenile Diabetes and Community Outreach Christmas Wishes Programs Open: October 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 25 & 26, and Halloween nights, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 per person Children 21 and under half price, MUST be accompanied by paid adult.

    • Pedal/Paddle Challenge
      A Family Event for All Ages! The Pedal Paddle Challenge is being produced by the Yellow Bellied Sliders Bicycling Society and includes a full day of activities for all ages. Participants will bike their way through the River Rise State Preserve and O’Leno State Park, and paddle the Sante Fe River upstream to River Rise Resort in order to complete the entire course. A specially marked “Family Route” will be available for all ages. Food and entertainment will also be provided to Challenge participants. The Pedal Paddle Challenge will test participants’ bike handling skills and endurance on trails through swamp land, sandy uplands and hills. Sag or bail out points will be available through the course. Schedule of Activities (all activities at River Rise Resort) 9:00 a.m. Registration and Start of Pedal portion of the Challenge 9:00-6:00 p.m. Lake and river swimming 12:00 p.m. Lunch 1:00 p.m. Turtle Talk with Jerry Johnston 2:00 p.m. Tube Race by High Springs Main Street 2:00-4:00 p.m. Kayak Exhibit and ‘Test Drives’ 3:00 p.m. Culminating Meal 4:00 p.m. Pedal Paddle Awards for Most Challenged Points Reached 4:00-6:00 p.m. Live Music with County Road Band

    • Santa Fe River Jam
      Live at the Santa Fe River Park at Poe Springs! Performances by LoCash Cowboys, Woodard Johnson, McKinley and Beggs, Roadhouse, and a tribute to Elvis by Teddy-Mac Don't forget your lawn chairs! Great Country Music.....Great Food & Fun for the entire family....

  • Melrose Florida

    • Open Air Arts
      Melrose Bay Art Gallery, Bellamy Road Fine Arts and Shake Rag Artists' Collective will host this 4TH annual Melrose "en plein air" event. Artists from the region will be making art to celebrate the beauty and heritage of north Florida. As always, the celebration will include art, music, food and festivities.

  • Micanopy Florida

    • Doc Hollywood Days
      As depicted in the movie “Doc Hollywood”, starring Michael J. Fox, doctors who serve rural areas possess rare and special qualities. In an effort to recognize and honor rural practitioners, the Micanopy Area Chamber of Commerce has planned a two-day event to commemorate the 1991 film and honor a true “Doc Hollywood.” The setting for the events will be Micanopy, Florida, a small historic town with a population just over 600, where “Doc Hollywood” was filmed! For more information, please contact the Micanopy Area Chamber of Commerce. P.O. Box 331 207 Cholokka Blvd Micanopy, Florida 32667

    • Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival
      Micanopy Florida is a scenic location for a fall arts and crafts festival. Micanopy is the town that time forgot. This quiet little town bustles with activity as the vendors pour into town and fill Cholokka Boulevard. Many local artists, crafters, and musicians participate in the festival, as well as other artists from across the southeast. The tradition and ever evolving quality of the show attracts a broad range of the buying public. Along with the two hundred displays of arts and crafts there are many other attractions. The main stage plays host to a variety of good time music throughout the festival and an old time auction of items donated by participating vendors on Saturday afternoon.

    • Micanopy Family Fun in the Forest Night
      SCARIEST HAUNTED TRAIL IN ALACHUA COUNTY! Friday Oct 18th through Saturday Oct 19th, 7:30-9:30 PM Admission includes unlimited time on all activities: Haunted Trail, Bounce House, Barrel Train, Hay Ride, Kids Barn w/lots of games & prizes, Kids costume contest @ 8:00 p.m. (Baby-3 yrs, 4-8 yrs Prizes awarded to the winners). Must be present to Win! Concession serving ghostly treats: burgers, dogs, nachos, cotton candy, baked goods, and much more. Call 352-466-3121 for more information. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO MICANOPY FIRE DEPARTMENT EXPANSION PROJECT. Admission is $5.00, kids 3 & under are FREE (all major credit cards accepted)

  • Newberry Florida

    • 65th Annual Newberry Watermelon Festival
      Each year the Newberry Watermelon Festival committee works hard to improve the festival and its activities. The watermelons are always provided from a local grower and given to the festival goers for FREE. We have beauty pageants for ages 0-22 years. Our pageants are held at the Newberry Oak View Middle School Auditorium starting on Friday for girls ages 5-16 years old and on Saturday for the boys and girls ages 0-4 years old. Our Queen's pageant for young ladies ages 17-22 years old are held on Friday with the Queen being crowned on Saturda. Our 2008 Master of Ceremonies for the pageants was 93.7FM K-Country’s very own Midday DJ, Mr. Lewis Stokes. Lewis has graciously volunteered his time and talents to our festival pageants for several years now. Some of the favorite festival activities started many years ago and still continue today. These activities include contests for watermelon eating, seed spitting, hog calling, pie/cake baking, and of course the “Big Melon.” In 2005 we added a FREE concert on the Saturday night of the festival. In 2008, our concert opened with Newberry’s own, Mr. Mark Copeland. Mark has provided the festival and pageants with his entertainment for many years. Then, Cowboy Crush headlined our 2008 Festival concert.

    • 7th FL Infantry Regiment Muster
      A historic recreation as living historians and interpreters portray mustering, training and camp life of troops of the Confederate States of America Army in person "in character" in 1862. There will be cannon, musket firing and cavalry demonstrations.9am to 4 pm. $5 per vehicle.

    • Antique Tractor & Car Day
      See farmers on their vintage machines plow a field where sugar cane and corn will soon be planted.  This event honors the innovations in methods and equipment, showing the historical significance and importance of the tractor to agriculture.  Also the local Antique Automobile Club of America will display their cars. 9am to 2pm. $5 per vehicle.

  • Newberry Florida

    • Celebrate Adoption
      190 — That’s how many children we were able to give new dreams, bright futures, and forever families last year. We’re well on our way to helping even more children this year, and we’re ready to celebrate! Celebrate Adoption is a "family fun day" that recognizes National Adoption Month. This event is free and open to the public. Join us for music, dancing, food, games and more at our annual celebration! Celebration is 1-4PM.

  • Newberry Florida

    • Fall Farm & Cane Festival
      Dudley Farm Historic State Park - See an original Florida working farm from the post Civil War to the 1940s as they grind sugar cane using mule power and boil it into syrup. Old-time demonstrations include woodworking, blacksmithing and butter churning, quilt drawing, children's games and toys, old-time music and washday. Also the Dudley Farm Market and vendors. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. $8 per vehicle

    • Newberry's Cornfield Maze
      Hodge Farms Newberry's Cornfield Maze Laugh by Day, SCREAM by night! Corn Maze, Haunted House, Hay Rides, Mechanical Bull, Zombie Paintball and more. September 27th through October 26th 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Fridays 3 p.m. - 11 p.m. Saturdays 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sundays

    • Publicity/Dudey Farm Historic State Park
      Dudley Farm Historic State Park - The time after the War Between the States was very difficult. Living historians will re-enact the life of many different people: the US Army Occupation Officer and soldiers, former Confederate soldiers, Irish share cropper, temperance ladies, cow hunters, freemen, storekeeper and more. 9 am to 4 pm.

    • Quilt Day
      Dudley Farm Historic State Park - 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Bed Turning featuring popular quilts representative of the Dudley era, 11 am-noon. Question & answers 1:00 pm. Historical skills demonstrations such as pine needle basket weaving, palm weaving, tatting, spinning, quilting, inkle loom & cornhusk brooms, 1 pm-3 pm. Also featuring the Levy Co Quilt Museum, quilts for sale, quilt-related vendors and more.

    • Reconstruction Era
      Dudley Farm Historic State Park - The time after the War Between the States was very difficult. Living historians will re-enact the life of many different people: the US Army Occupation Officer and soldiers, former Confederate soldiers, Irish share cropper, temperance ladies, cow hunters, freemen, storekeeper and more. 9 am to 4 pm.

  • Windsor Florida

    • 25th Annual Windsor Zucchini Festival
      8:00AM-4:30PM When spring has sprung and zucchinis are spreading on the ground -- once again it will be time for the Annual Windsor Zucchini Festival. Events include: Zucchinithon Fun Run Duke of Zuke & Zuqueenie Pageant Arts & Crafts Vendor Show Cook-A-Zuke Contest Zucchini Contest: Carving, Biggest, Ugliest Fried Zucchini - Zucchini Ice Cream Live Band providing music Food - Food - Food Raffle The Famous Kazucchini Marching Band (played in the Doc Hollywood movie)