Heart of Palm Salad Cedar Key
UF Butterfly Rainforest Gainesville
Margorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park Cross Creek
Monticello Opera House Southern Music Rising Festival
Haunted Orbs at Denham House in Monticello
Great Fishing at Steinhatchee
Steinhatchee Honeymoon Cottages
Sign at Suwannee River Rendezvous Mayo
Ray Charles Monument Haffye Hayes Park Greenville
Wakulla Springs Glass Bottom Boat Tour
Kayaking on the Suwannee River Dixie Gilchrist Levy Counties
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park and Museum White Springs
Four Freedoms Monument Madison
Biking on the Saint Marks Trail
Canoeing a Spring Run in Natural North Florida
Jousting at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Kanapaha Botanical Garden Gainesville
Panacea Blue Crab Festival
Southern Pines Blues and BBQ Competition
Historic Homes Walking Tour Monticello
Riding the Trails of Natural North Florida
Gator Football at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Weekly Farmers Markets
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Hickory Grove Founders Day
10/17/15 visit website
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 churning, re-caning old chairs, quilting demonstrations and picking up homemade jelly in the Hickory Grove Country Store. Get yourself some homemade ice cream for a dollar a cup! Look for the fabulous Antique Car Show, Hog Calling Contest and Dill Pickle Spitting Contest. The Hickory Grove Singing Stage will be filled with songs you know, just before the old-time circuit riding preacher shows up to give an inspiring message to the crowd.
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.
Light Up Madison
12/05/15 visit website
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 along S.W. Range Avenue and Pinckney Street are festive and open. Historic Four Freedoms Park becomes a Winter Wonderland in the Park decked out in sleighs, reindeer, and beautiful Christmas decorations with singing groups entertaining at the Gazebo. The Jingle Bell Jog sends runners/walkers around the block with bells on their shoes! Becky’s Dance Steps Studio presents a holiday street dance in front of the Courthouse Annex. A creative parade of Jeeps and parade floats cross the downtown square. Everyone is invited for old-fashioned free hayrides or to take an old-time horse and buggy ride around Four Freedoms Park. Santa takes his seat in front of Norris Café. Truly a night to make memories!
Southern Pines Blues & BBQ Festival
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 the sweet smoky aroma of meaty goodness.
Florida Forest Festival
10/24/15 visit website
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 Forest Capital Park in Perry, FL, still exhibits the essence of the festival’s original vision during its celebration in the Tree Capital of the South!
Hidden Coast Paddling Adventures
The Annual Florida Hidden Coast Paddling Adventures.
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.
46th Annual Seafood Festival
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
October 9 and 10, 2015
Friday 5:00 – Midnight
Saturday 10:00 AM – Midnight
Entertainment both days all day, Friday’s headliner is Highway to Hell and Saturday’s headliner band is Moccasin Creek
Porta Potty pulls will be a feature game Saturday afternoon at 5:00
Bike Show will also be on Saturday
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.
36th Annual Pioneer Day Festival
10/10/15 visit website
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 participant, we feel that you will be glad you came. The weekend is sure to be full of excitement and activities. We have a wonderful agenda planned for all who participate.
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.