2019 Florida Big Bend Bay Scallop Harvest Season Announced and Scallopers Are Optimistic!

Florida has one of the few recreational scallop harvests in the US, and it’s all centered around Natural North Florida’s Big Bend.  While the scallop region extends from Gulf County (in the panhandle) to the Anclote Key lighthouse (off Tarpon Springs), the epicenter of the harvest is in Dixie and Taylor counties, west of Gainesville. …

Cedar Key, Workout On Waterfront Run/Paddle, Saturday March 16, 2019

Come visit Cedar Key for the day and participate in the 3rd Annual Workout on Waterfront festivities.  Sponsored by the City of Cedar Key, the event aims to inform visitors about Cedar Key’s goal to become one of the cleanest and most-visitor friendly waterfronts in Florida. Events include the BowWoW run/walk with your leashed pooch, …

50th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Drag Races, Gainesville, March 14-17, 2019

One of the highlights of the year for the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) is Gatornationals.  This year, the event will be held March 14-17 at the Gainesville Raceway, on N. County Road 225, just north of Gainesville.  Race enthusiasts from all over the US gather in Gainesville, located in North Central Florida.  Gainesville is …

Your Florida State Parks Annual Pass–Cheaper Than a Gym Membership!

Florida’s State Parks are some of the best in the country, and our Natural North Florida region boasts some of the finest.  This year, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the State Parks have begun a new initiative “Get Florida Park Fit”.  While there are several ways to take advantage of the Park …

Float The Santa Fe River, Then Enjoy Music at Rum 138 Outfitters, March 2, 2019, In Fort White, FL

  Doug Jipson and Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson’s Rum138 Outfitters has become a gathering spot for paddlers and music lovers in southern Columbia County.  Located on CR138 (off US27, west of High Springs) at the corner of Rum Island Road, the building houses a thriving canoe and kayak rental/livery as well as some spectacular art. Out back, …

Iron Horse Mud Ranch, 2019 Events Schedule–This Much Fun Should Be Illegal!

Big powerful trucks, big wheels and tires, and lots of slimy mud–Mud boggin’ isn’t for everyone!  But if noisy engines and the chance of getting really dirty doesn’t bother you, a day at a “mud ranch” might be fun! 2019 events at Taylor County’s Iron Horse Mud Ranch begin in March with the IHMR Dysfunctional …

Third Annual Suwannee Spring Reunion–American Music Festival at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, March 21-24, 2019

Our Natural North Florida region is well known for some great music festivals and events.  After all, Gainesville “raised” Stephen Stills, Tom Petty, Bo Diddley and others.  But at the northern end of the region, at one of the largest venues, some great “American music” can be heard at several events held at Spirit of …

“It’s All About Da Crab” at the 11th Annual Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival, February 15-17, 2019

        I remember the very first Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival.  The community stuck it’s neck out, en masse, with a fishing tournament, a few food trucks, a chili cook-off, music and of course, fiddler crab races.  And it poured rain!  But in spite of the bad weather, the crowds magically appeared.  I …

17th Annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival in Perry, FL April 4-6, 2019 Don’t Miss It!

Join music lovers from all ’round the southeast April 4-6 in Perry, Fl for the 17th Annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook-Off.  The event will be held at the Forest Capital State Park, just south of town.  Sponsored by the Perry/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Development Board, the event has something …

Second Annual Big Bend Brewfest, Rosehead Park, Perry, FL–March 2, 2019 Don’t Miss It!

Join us for unlimited tastings of over a hundred different beers from brewers all over the Southeast United States. The event is scheduled to start at 5:00 PM and run until 8:00 PM that night (4:00 PM for VIP Ticket Holders). The standard admission ticket includes entry to the festival and unlimited beer tastings. The …