Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park and Museum White Springs
Gator Football at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Steinhatchee Honeymoon Cottages
Canoeing a Spring Run in Natural North Florida
Monticello Opera House Southern Music Rising Festival
Southern Pines Blues and BBQ Competition
Sign at Suwannee River Rendezvous Mayo
Heart of Palm Salad Cedar Key
Historic Homes Walking Tour Monticello
Ray Charles Monument Haffye Hayes Park Greenville
Wakulla Springs Glass Bottom Boat Tour
Riding the Trails of Natural North Florida
Jousting at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Biking on the Saint Marks Trail
UF Butterfly Rainforest Gainesville
Kanapaha Botanical Garden Gainesville
Haunted Orbs at Denham House in Monticello
Margorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park Cross Creek
Weekly Farmers Markets
Kayaking on the Suwannee River Dixie Gilchrist Levy Counties
Great Fishing at Steinhatchee
Panacea Blue Crab Festival
Four Freedoms Monument Madison
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Tour de Melon Bike Ride
06/06/15 visit website
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 nature. The price is $35.00 and $25.00 for the 20 mile route. Proceeds from the ride benefit national and local charities.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.