It’s time to start planning day trips and weekend getaways for February. There are plenty of special events occurring throughout the state focusing on food, drink, art, music and even a Civil War battle re-enactment. Time to add one or more to the calendar.
Alright, so the first is actually in January, but there’s still time to rub elbows with pirates in Tampa.
January 30 Tampa Gasparilla Pirate Fest
Start the day with the historic pirate invasion followed by the Parade of Pirates along Bayshore Boulevard. A day of cannon fire amid swashbucklers. Something everyone should experience at least once.
February 4-15 Tampa Florida State Fair
For twelve days, Tampa will showcase a carnival midway, fair food (especially anything deep fried), livestock exhibits, a Student Chef Cook-off, a People’s Choice Burger Contest and of course live entertainment. Sound like fun? Then spend a day at the Florida State Fair.
January 30-31 and February 5-7 Alachua County Fairgrounds Hoggestowne Medieval Faire
Looking for a different Floirda festival? A production of the City of Gainesville Department of Parks and Recreation, the Hoggestown Medieval Faire, in its 30th year, has become an educational and entertaining tradition in North Florida. The Alachua County Fairground will be transformed into a medieval marketplace the first weekend in February as well as the last weekend in January as it hosts dancers, singers, artisans and magicians. You’ll even find jousting events as well as a living chess match as part of the festivities.
February 12-13 Olustee Festival
Civil War buffs should enjoy the annual Re-enactment of the Battle of Olustee held at the Olustee Battlefield State Park. Hundreds of re-enactors bring to life the largest Civil War battle in the state of Florida. The festival also includes an arts and crafts show, food, entertainment, and both pony and train rides.
February 13-15 Coconut Grove Arts Festival
If you’re longing for a little south Florida sunshine, you may want to schedule time to visit the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. With nearly a mile of art, food and fun, this three day festival is a terrific way to enjoy art on a warm winter’s day.
February 20-21 Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival
What’s a festival in Florida without seafood? The Sea-Blues Festival combines fresh seafood with music to provide a spectacular weekend in Coachman Park. Best of all, this is a free event. So pack a lawn chair and head to Clearwater.
February 24-28 Miami South Beach Wine and Food Festival
Looking for a star studded event? Then this one may be for you. Sponsored by the Food Network, its celebrity chefs can be found cooking on South Beach during the festival. This year’s the 15th anniversary of an event known for featuring internationally renowned talent as well as focusing on the best of the best wines, spirits, food, and of course, fun.
February 27th Miami Nine Mile Music Festival
This festival could be named “Everything Marley”, as this year’s performers include Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Julian Marley and Skip Marley. But what says reggae better than Marley? This charitable musical festival, started by the mother of Bob Marley, celebrates the music he made famous with a full line up of artists who carry on reggae sound.
Get out your calendar and start making plans!