March 2018 Florida Events
March is the perfect time to visit Florida – it’s Spring break, and the kids are ready to get out and have some fun! Check out these 2018 Florida events across the state – and if you have time, make a stop at Disney World!
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March 1 – April 7: Mardi Gras at Universal Studios, Orlando. Lights, Camera, Action! Picture 1.7 million beads flying through the air, 14 concerts, parades and food! You don’t want to miss this! (Included with your Universal Orlando ticket) universalorlando.com/mardigras
March 1 – April 15: SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival, Orlando. If you are a foodie, this festival will absolutely delight your taste buds! Asian, Latin, European, Polynesian and other dishes! Discover unique Asian, Latin, European, Polynesian and North Atlantic dishes throughout the park as well as wine and specialty cocktails and a variety of craft brews. For more information, seaworldorlando.com/sevenseas
March 9 – 18: Firefighters’ Indian River County Fair, Vero Beach. Tracy Lawrence will perform on March 11 at 7 pm. Gate opens at 5 pm Monday to Friday and 1 pm Saturdays & Sundays. Gate prices are $8 for adults, $5 for children (6-12), senior citizens, and first responders.. 772-562-2974. firefightersfair.org March 24: Jerry’s Tiki Bar Spring Break Reggae Festival, Ponce Inlet. Come out and celebrate the 7th anniversary of this festival. Noon to 11 pm. 33 Inlet Harbour Rd. Ponce Inlet, 32127. Tickets available on facebook.com/JerrysTikiBarSpringBreakReggaeFestival/ March 24: Color Me Crazy 5K Walk/Run, New Smyrna Beach. $12 pre-registration. 8 am to 11:30 am. Color is 100% safe and made from nontoxic cornstarch. 248 N Samsula Drive, New Smyrna Beach, 32168. Resister by March 10 and receive a free t-shirt. eventbrite.com/e/color-me-crazy-5k-walkrun-tickets-42661688258?aff=es2 March 24-25: Melbourne Air and Space Show, Melbourne. Headlined by U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, this show is always spectacular and features both military and civilan planes. Advance tickets $16.25 ($25 day of show) for 13 and older, $9.75 for children 6-12 and free for 5 and under. Parking is an additional $15 when purchased online or $20 day of show. The event is sponsored by Northrop Grumman and held at the international airport, 1 Air Terminal Parkway in Melbourne. airandspaceshow.com March 24-25: Indialantic Art Festival, Indialantic. 25th annual outoor art show. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In Nance Park, 201 N Miramar Ave. www.artfestival.com/festivals/indialantic-melbourne-art-festival March 31-April 1: Brownwood Paddock Square Art & Craft Festival, The Villages. 22nd annual arts & crafts show with live music. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. At Paddock Square urban downtown at 2705 W Torch Lake Dr. in the Southwest corner of The Villages. www.artfestival.com/festivals/brownwood-paddock-square-art-craft-festival March 31-April 1: Downtown Melbourne Festival of the Arts. Come see more than 140 artists at this outdoor art show. You’ll see original hand-made artwork including paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography and more. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. On New Haven Avenue. www.artfestival.com/festivals/Downtown-MelbourneFestival-of-the-Arts-on-New-Haven-Avenue
Tampa Bay-Sarasota (including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa)
March 3-April 29. Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival, Tampa. 13 culinary stations, 65 wines, 50 craft brews and specialty cocktails – oh my! And music acts including Edwin McCain & Sister Hazel (March 3), Grupo Niche (March 4), The Fray (March 10), Southern Uprising Tour: A Southern Rock Revival with Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws (March 11), Olga Tañón (March 17), Goo Goo Dolls (March 18), Better Than Ezra & Tonic (March 24), Michael Bolton (March 25), Boyz II Men (March 31), Natalie Grant (April 1), Hank Williams, Jr. (April 7), TLC (April 8), Bret Michaels (April 14), TBD (April 15), The All-American Rejects (April 21), Cole Swindell (April 22), Flo Rida (April 28), Kaleo & Bleachers (April 29). Free with park admission. VIP upgrades available. Saturdays and Sundays. buschgardens.com/tampa/events/food-and-wine-festival/
Southwest Florida (including Naples, Fort Myers, Venice, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda)
South Florida and the Keys (including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and the Treasure Coast)
March 14 -18: Art Boca Raton, Boca Raton. Contemporary work, modern masters, and emerging art, sculpture, photography, works on paper will be on display. Proceeds on March 14 will benefit Boca Raton Museum of Art and School. 11 am to 6 pm daily at the International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches, Research Park at Florida Atlantic University, 3450 NW 8th Avenue, Boca Raton, FL 33431 www.artbocaraton.com
Northeast Florida (including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Flagler County and Amelia Island)
March 9 – 31: Limelight Theatre presents Corpse!, St. Augustine. Set in London in 1936, this whodunit where things do not go as they should and people are not what they seem. Limelight Theater, 11 Old Mission Avenue, St. Augustine. For more information, call 904-825-1164 or www.limelight-theatre.org March 10: Gate River Run, Jacksonville. Extraordinary 15k run through Downtown Jacksonville and over its bridges. Attracts nearly 20,000 runners and walkers. Live music plays throughout the course to pump up the participants. There is also a post-party hosted by Publix. www.1stplacesports.com/grr_index.html March 16 – 18: Lions Seafood Festival, St. Augustine. Come celebrate some of St. Augustine’s favorites with fresh seafood, Arts and Crafts and pirates! Music, rides, magic shows and more! At Francis Field, behind Visitor Information Center. Friday 3 pm – 9 pm; Saturday 10 am – 9 pm; Sunday 11 am. www.lionsfestival.com March 23 -25: Duval Spring Fest, Jacksonville. All-indie music festival includes a kick-off party on Bay street Friday night (March 23), a Community Benefit Luncheon for victims of the aforementioned illnesses Saturday, March 24, 12-3pm followed by an artist showcase for local bands and musicians that night, and on Sunday, March 25, they wrap up the weekend with Feed Those in Need 3-6pm at Hemming Park, and finally “Rep Yo Brand!” from 6-9pm at Top Golf, featuring Jacksonville’s top musical talent, models, fashion designers, and small businesses on display. Free up to $300 VIP tickets available on Eventbrite.com
North-Central Florida (including Ocala, Gainesville and Tallahassee)
March 16-18: NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville. Come out and support drage racing at the Gatornationals has a long and storied history as the East Coast opener for the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. 11211 N County Road 225, Gainesville. www.nhra.com March 16-29: Suwannee Spring Reunion, Live Oak. Springfest is held each spring at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park on the famous Suwannee River. Enjoy Americana and grassroots music on the river. Over 25 bands scheduled such as Amy Helm, Sloppy Joe and Front Country. Kid’s activities, music workshops and daily yoga. Single Day Tickets will be available the Gate only, beginning at $30. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, 9379 County Road 132 Live Oak, 32060. suwanneespringreunion.com March 24 – 25: Spring Garden Festival, Gainesville. Hosted at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. The Spring Garden Festival features about 175 booths offering plants, landscape displays, garden accessories, arts and crafts, educational exhibits and, of course, foods. Also featured are a children’s activities area, live entertainment and live auctions. 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is $8 for Adults and $5 for children three to thirteen. Cash only. kanapaha.org/events/spring-garden-festival
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