Cedar Key 2019 Seafood Festival, October 19 & 20

Fall is here and in Natural North Florida, that means several things! One, it’s cooler and second, the annual Cedar Key Seafood Arts and Crafts Festival is getting ready to happen, October 19 and 20, 2019. In the early ’90s, there was doubt that the city of Cedar Key would survive the official banning of …

64th Annual Florida Forest Festival (and Free Fish Fry!), at Perry, FL October 26, 2019

Yes, that’s a helicopter in the background of this photo of the two-man lumberjack competition at the 2018 Florida Forest Festival in Perry. And there’s more! You can expect to see lots of really spectacular logging gear, military vehicles this year as well as eat some gret food. You’ll also be able to climb aboard …

Get Artsy and Fall-Artsy—Gaineville’s Downtown Festival and Arts Show, November 16 & 17, 2019

There’s no better way to spend a cool fall day than attending the 38th Annual Gainesvlle Downtown Festival and Art Show. The event is planned for Saturday and Sunday November 16 and 17. You, and thousands of participants, can tour booths filled with art (think Christmas presents!), listen to music and eat delicious food from …

Lazy Days and Relaxing Nights on the Suwannee River

With the warm weather at its peak, it’s time to start thinking about getting back to nature as a family. Whether you like to pitch your own tent or get a good night’s sleep in an air-conditioned cabin, we found a place that’s great for all kinds of families.  My family of three enjoyed a …

Get A Head Start on Your July 4th Festivities–Celebrate at Jasper, FL on June 29th, 2019

In an effort to “upstage” the usual July 4th celebrations throughout our Natural North Florida region, the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners and the Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department are planning their holiday celebration early, on Saturday June 29th, in Jasper. There will be a full day of fun at the Jasper Recreation Center.  …

Red, White and BLUEBERRIES–Head to Williston, Florida For A Day of Family Fun and Good Eats

  Located just north of Williston, in Levy County off US27, Red, White and Blue Farms is a destination worthy of lots of family fun.  There’s something for every member of the family–playgrounds for the kids, picking blueberries for the grownups, and even some blueberry beer for Dad! It’s hard to say just what I …

Take A Kid (or a Grownup!) Fishing—Family Fishing Days, Gainesville

UF/IFAS’ School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) has a big, long name, and even though it doesn’t say “fish” or “fishing”, its programs include Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (FAS) programs, including Family Fishing Days.  This outreach program hosts monthly events (March through November) that provide families the opportunity to fish together in a safe …

Tour de Melon–Bring Your Bike to Chiefland, FL For Some Fun, June 1, 2019

Hosted by Suwannee Valley Rotary Club, The 2019 Tour de Melon in Chiefland, Florida is a great opportunity to ride the roads of Levy County with cyclists of all ages and experience.   RIDE INFORMATION   Choose from either a Road Route or multiple paved Trail Routes Terrain is flat. Well-marked rural highways. Route maps will be available …

2019 Gainesville Native American Festival, Gainesville, March 29-31

The 2019 Gainesville Native American Festival is new and it’s destined to be a great time for folks of all ages.  The event will be held at the Alachua County Fairgrounds and will feature traditional music and dances, handmade arts and crafts, native foods and a living history village.  Hours are 9-3 Friday, 10-6 Saturday …

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. …