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Gatornationals
Gatornationals photo
Mar 12 - Mar 15, 2015
11211 North County Road 225
Gainesville, FL 32609
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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
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Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment
Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment photo
Mar 12 - Mar 15, 2015
19630 NE 30th Street
Williston, FL 32696
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The Battle will feature a full size historical locomotive on Florida's largest private railroad. Reenactor fee $7.00 per adult, $4.00 per child 8 to 17 including train ride at selected times. Children of the reenactors under 8 are free. This event features battles at 2:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday
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Lee Homecoming Day
Lee Homecoming Day photo
Mar 20 - Mar 21, 2015
286 County Road 255
Lee, FL 32059
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Looking for an old-fashioned Festival? The Lee Homecoming Day Committee is sponsoring a delightful throwback celebration called Lee Day. Join in on Friday, March 20, to see the Deep South Steam Engine Club Trade Show, movies, music and the Pinewood Derby Car Race that thrills children with wooden de
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Kanapaha Spring Gardens Festival
Kanapaha Spring Gardens Festival photo
Mar 21 - Mar 22, 2015
4700 S.W. 58th Drive
Gainesville, FL 32608
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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 fe
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Plein Air Event: 3rd Annual William Bartram Heritage Day
Plein Air Event: 3rd Annual William Bartram Heritage Day photo
Mar 21, 2015
24115 SE Hawthorne Rd.
Hawthorne, FL 32640
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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 oppo
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Antique Tractor & Car Day
Antique Tractor & Car Day photo
Mar 21, 2015
18730 W Newberry Rd
Newberry, FL 32661
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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 di
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7th Annual Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival
7th Annual Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival photo
Mar 21, 2015
Trenton Historic Train Depot/ Downtown Trenton
Trenton, FL 32693
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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
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51st Annual Old Florida Celebration of the Arts
51st Annual Old Florida Celebration of the Arts photo
Mar 28 - Mar 29, 2015
2nd Street
Cedar Key, FL 32625
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For decades, artists have been inspired by the natural beauty of Cedar Key, a small island community located in the center of Florida’s Nature coast. Each spring, the town welcomes art enthusiasts to join them at the annual Spring Arts Festival, which was recently named as one of America’s top 50 f
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Kirby Family Farm's Rock-N-Roll Easter Train
Kirby Family Farm's Rock-N-Roll Easter Train photo
Mar 28 - Mar 29, 2015
19630 NE 30 Street
Williston, FL 32696
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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.
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Jest Fest!
Jest Fest! photo
Mar 29, 2015
302 NE 6th Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32601
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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 h
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Florida State Bluegrass Festival
Florida State Bluegrass Festival photo
Apr 2 - Apr 4, 2015
204 Forest Park Drive
Perry, FL 32348
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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 p
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Spring Native Plant Sale at Morningside Nature Center
Spring Native Plant Sale at Morningside Nature Center photo
Apr 3 - Apr 4, 2015
3540 E University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32641
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“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
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Levy County Fair
Levy County Fair  photo
Apr 9 - Apr 12, 2015
SW 19th Avenue
Williston, FL 32696
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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 r
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Worm Gruntin' Festival
Worm Gruntin' Festival  photo
Apr 11, 2015
Downtown Sopchoppy
Sopchoppy, FL 32358
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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 f
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46th Annual Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival
46th Annual Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival photo
Apr 11 - Apr 12, 2015
NE 1st Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
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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 Jun
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The Butterfly Festivus!
The Butterfly Festivus! photo
Apr 11 - Apr 12, 2015
20329 State Road 26
Earlton, FL 32631
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The Butterfly Festivus! April 11, 2015 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. April 12, 2015 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
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2015 Down Home Days
2015 Down Home Days photo
Apr 17 - Apr 18, 2015
Downtown & U.S. Route 90
Madison, FL 32340
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The 34th annual Down Home Days features the historic Festival from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with a lively Parade beginning at 10 a.m. This year’s Down Home Days Classic Car & Antique Show in Four Freedoms Park will bring plenty of “ahhs,” with a Jeep and Motorcycle Show, too! WaterVentures, Florida's 53-foot L
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Horseshoe Beach Spring Festival
Horseshoe Beach Spring Festival photo
Apr 18, 2015
Main Street
Horseshoe Beach, FL 32648
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5th Annual Horseshoe Beach Spring Festival on April 18, 2015 from 10 - 4. Parade at 11, vendors, live music, food, and family fun. Sponsored by the Horseshoe Beach Library.
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Nature Coast Challenge 2015
Nature Coast Challenge 2015 photo
Apr 18, 2015
22 59th Street
Yankeetown, FL 34498
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The intent of this tournament is to catch, photograph and release fish caught during official tournament hours. IYLC supports marine life conservation efforts and hopes that you will release all captured fish and other marine life. If you keep all or a portion of your catch you will not be disquali
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Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race
Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race photo
Apr 18, 2015
S.R. 24
Otter Creek, FL 32683
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The 15 mile race is held on the Waccasassa River. There are six canoe classes and two kayak classes ranging from amateur to experienced. Prizes are awarded. Everyone is invited to join the festivities for food, music and fun. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the scenic Waccasassa River.
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Wakulla Wildlife Festival
Wakulla Wildlife Festival photo
Apr 18, 2015
Wakulla Springs State Park
Wakulla Springs , FL 32327
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The annual Wakulla Wildlife Festival will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Wakulla Springs State Park. The festival is a celebration of the area’s wildlife and is intended to be especially inviting for children and the child in everyone. Local music, a Student Art Show (Aspiring Artists), childre
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Southern Music Rising Festival
Southern Music Rising Festival  photo
Apr 25, 2015
185 West Washington Street
Monticello, FL 32345
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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 pro
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High Springs Pioneer Days
High Springs Pioneer Days photo
Apr 25 - Apr 26, 2015
James Paul Park and Downtown High Springs
High Springs, FL 32643
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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 w
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36th Annual 5th Avenue Arts Festival
36th Annual 5th Avenue Arts Festival photo
Apr 25 - Apr 26, 2015
NW 5th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32603
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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 residen
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2015 Rock the Dock Fishing Tournament
2015 Rock the Dock Fishing Tournament  photo
Apr 25 - Apr 26, 2015
99 Rock Landing Rd
Panacea, FL 32346
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7th Annual Rock the Dock Fishing Tournament April 25 & 26, 2015 Rock Landing Dock, Panacea, Florida Recreational: $50, Kayak: $50, Youth: $25 Funds raised from this Tournament will benefit the revitalization of projects of the Panacea Area and further the goals of the Partnership for assuring p
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Big Bend Kayak Classic
 Big Bend Kayak Classic photo
May 1 - May 2, 2015
Downtown St. Marks
St. Marks, FL 32355
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The Big Bend Kayak Classic is a kayak fishing tournament benefiting Meals on Wheels in Wakulla County, FL. BBKC runs on a catch - photo - release (CPR) kayak fishing with prizes awarded for Biggest Red / Trout combo, Biggest Redfish, Biggest Trout, Biggest Freshwater Bass, & Biggest Red or Trout or
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Panacea Blue Crab Festival
Panacea Blue Crab Festival photo
May 2, 2015
Woolley Park
Panacea, FL 32346
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Just around the corner for the annual Blue Crab Festival. Keep your eyes open for details and sign up info. Lots of fun planned for the whole family. Vendors galore and great entertainment featuring a special solo guest appearance by Eric Durrance, lead vocalist for Tobacco Rd Band.
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The Fancy Flea Vintage Home & Garden Market
The Fancy Flea Vintage Home & Garden Market  photo
May 9, 2015
197 S.W. Range Street
Madison, FL 32340
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The Fancy Flea Vintage Home and Garden Market is a unique Spring street celebration in downtown Madison, Florida, home of a surprising array of antiques, collectibles and historical museum treasures. The 2015 Fancy Flea will feature garden décor, handmade jewelry, antiques, fabulous furniture, vinta
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Chiefland Watermelon Festival
Chiefland Watermelon Festival photo
Jun 6, 2015
East Park Avenue
Chiefland, FL 32626
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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. T
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Yulee Railroad Days
Yulee Railroad Days photo
Jun 6, 2015
Archer, FL
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Various events at different venues throughout the day celebrating the history of the Florida Railroad System! Come out and join the fun!
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Tour de Melon Bike Ride
Tour de Melon Bike Ride photo
Jun 6, 2015
116 N. Main Street
Chiefland, FL 32626
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Tour de Melon is a Family trail ride and a Century ride on an area highway route. The ride takes place each year in conjunction with Chiefland’s Annual Watermelon Festival. It is an unforgettable ride through rural North Florida. Enjoy the beautiful scenery with vast areas of ranches, cropland and n
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Jefferson County Watermelon Festival
Jefferson County Watermelon Festival photo
Jun 19 - Jun 20, 2015
Courthouse Circle
Monticello, FL 32344
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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
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Florida Museum of Natural History's Butterfly Fest
Florida Museum of Natural History's Butterfly Fest photo
Sep 18 - Sep 20, 2015
Powell Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611
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A Celebration of Wings, Wildlife and Biodiversity! ButterflyFest is an annual family-friendly festival to celebrate backyard wildlife with an emphasis on pollinators!
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46th Annual Seafood Festival
46th Annual Seafood Festival photo
Feb 25 - Oct 18, 2015
Downtown Cedar Key
Cedar Key, FL 32625
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This major event features well over 200 arts and crafts exhibits, and great local seafood in City Park. There will be live musical entertainment at several places around town during the days and nights, and a parade on Saturday morning. The festival will be from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
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Central Florida Peanut Festival
Central Florida Peanut Festival photo
Oct 3, 2015
Heritage Park (intersection of Hwy 27 & Main St.)
Williston, FL 32696
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The Central Florida Peanut Festival takes place the first Saturday of October each year in Williston’s Heritage Park. This Williston tradition celebrates all things “Nutty”. There will be rides, arts & crafts, live music, information booths, the Little Peanut royal family, and of course, TONS of pea
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36th Annual Pioneer Day Festival
36th Annual Pioneer Day Festival photo
Oct 10, 2015
Mayo Veterans Town Park US Hwy 27 & Co. Rd 300
Mayo, FL 32066
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Come see our newly renovated Mayo Town Park!!! The park has been updated and looks wonderful. The new pavilions, walk-way, restrooms, and more…Come Check It Out!! If you are a returning visitor, then we extend to you a warm welcome back to our town and festival. If you are a first time participan
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Art in Thornebrook Village
Art in Thornebrook Village photo
Oct 10 - Oct 11, 2015
2441 NW 43rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32606
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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.
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Hickory Grove Founders Day
Oct 17, 2015
1218 NE Hickory Grove Road
Pinetta, FL 32350
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What's more fun than Park ‘n Ride on a big tractor to bring you and your family onto the grounds of the 25th Annual Hickory Grove Founder’s Day? Throwback activities include cane grinding and syrup-making, just like it was done over 100 years ago, sausage-making in the ole smokehouse, butter churnin
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Florida Forest Festival
Florida Forest Festival photo
Oct 24, 2015
Forest Capital State Park, US 19 South
Perry, FL 32347
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Originating in 1956, the Florida Forest Festival (then called the Pine Tree Festival) began as an educational resource to share the story of Florida’s forestry heritage, fire safety, and the prevalence of the timber industry in Taylor County and the surrounding region. Today the event, held at Fores
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Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival
Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival photo
Oct 31 - Nov 1, 2015
P.O Box 335
Micanopy, FL 32667
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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 a
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Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival
Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival photo
Oct 31 - Nov 1, 2015
P.O Box 335
Micanopy, FL 32667
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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 a
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Hidden Coast Paddling Adventures
Hidden Coast Paddling Adventures photo
Nov 6 - Nov 8, 2015
Inglis & Yankeetown, FL 34498
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The Annual Florida Hidden Coast Paddling Adventures.
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34th Downtown Festival and Art Show
34th Downtown Festival and Art Show photo
Nov 14 - Nov 15, 2015
200 East University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32627
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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 anniversar
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Southern Pines Blues & BBQ Festival
Southern Pines Blues & BBQ Festival photo
Dec 4 - Dec 5, 2015
203 Forest Park Drive
Perry, FL 32348
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Wintertime brings a chill to the air, even in Florida. But each December, the hottest place to be in the Sunshine State is the Southern Pines Blues and BBQ Festival at Forest Capital Park in Perry, FL. Two days of heated competition in several professional and amateur categories fill the air with th
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Light Up Madison
Dec 5, 2015
Four Freedoms Park, U.S. Route 90 & S.W. Range Avenue
Madison, FL 32350
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This lovely downtown Madison celebration includes the lighting of the Four Freedoms Park huge Christmas tree in a simultaneous lighting of 32 community-sponsored Christmas trees, along S.W. Range Avenue to welcome the season. Historic streets dotted by antique and collectibles stores and restaurants
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30th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
30th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire photo
Jan 30 - Feb 7, 2016
Alachua County Fairgrounds 2900 NE 39th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32609
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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
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