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Florida travel calendar for March

Check out festivals and events in March across the state.

This list is organized by region.

Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County)

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Through April 2: Universal Studios Mardi Gras, Orlando. A New Orleans party atmosphere is mixed up with a lineup of big-name concerts for another year of Mardi Gras at the Orlando theme park. The event which takes place for 64 straight nights features Cajun and Creole cuisine, a Mardi Gras parade, street performers, lots of bead tossing and Zydeco bands direct from Louisiana. On 13 select nights, major label musicians will perform. Included with Universal Studios ticket or annual pass. 407-363-8000. www.universalorlando.com

Through May 3: SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival, Orlando.  Held on Saturday and Sunday with concerts on each day. Discover unique Asian, Latin, European, Polynesian and North Atlantic dishes throughout the park and feature a wide array of wine, specialty cocktails, and local and international craft brews. Seven Seas is included with regular park admission beginning at $35.00. For more on the menu and other details, go to: seaworld.com/orlando/events/seven-seas-food-festival/

March 1: The Grant Seafood Festival, Grant. This is the 54th year of the infamous Grant Seafood Festival. In addition to delicacies from the sea, the festival features entertainment and crafts exhibits from more than 100 artists at 4580 First Street. Festival hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit grantseafoodfestival.com

March 1: Chocolate Festival, Melbourne. 16th annual celebration of Brevard's best chocolatiers, pastry chefs and restaurateurs come together with community volunteers to raise funds to support scholarship programs. General admission is $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Adults-only "with a kick" tickets are $45. At Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E Hibiscus Blvd, 32901. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  zontaspacecoast.org

March 4-June 1: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, Lake Buena Vista. Discover dazzling gardens, high-energy entertainment, family fun and more at this spectacular springtime event. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will be brimming with special experiences for every age and interest. At Walt Disney World's EPCOT with admission. disneyworld.com/flower

March 6-15: Bike Week, Daytona Beach. This 79th annual event and rally is one of the largest motorcycle gatherings around the world. Daily and campground concerts. Join more than 500,000 motorcycles at the event. www.officialbikeweek.com

March 7: First Saturday Workshops & Jam, Barberville. On the first Saturday each month visit the Pioneer Settlement music workshops and a free open music jam. Workshops begin at 10 am and jam sessions begin at 1 pm in the auditorium. Admission is free for members. 1776 Lightfoot Lane, 32105 386-749-2959. pioneersettlement.org

March 7: Brevard County 4-H Family 5K, Melbourne.  All Brevard County 4-H members and their families are welcome to participate as we run, walk, bike, or scooter to the finish line. Registration is $6 per child and must be paid upon check-in at the event. Parents are able to participate in the event at no cost. The run will begin at 4:00 PM, but please plan to arrive by 3:30 PM to check in. The race will start and end at the Wickham Park Community Garden, adjacent to the Fantastic 4-H Farm in the horse stables. Healthy snacks will be available at the finish line. More Information: sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/brevard/4-h-and-youth/4-h-youth/

March 7-8: Lake Mary-Heathrow Festival of the Arts, Lake Mary. This is the 33rd Annual Art Fair.  View fine art and craft exhibits and enjoy live entertainment. Local food trucks offer great local food. Free. Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to p.m. At Oval Park, 900 International Pkwy; 407-323-1142 or: lakemaryheathrowarts.com

March 7-8: Floral City Strawberry Festival, Floral City. The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce hosts the 33rdAnnual Floral City Strawberry Festival, with more than 200 arts and craft booths. Special features include an antique car show, pony rides, rock climbing wall, pie eating contest, Strawberry Princess pageants, and continuous children's activities. New this year includes the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At Floral Park. A shuttle bus will be available. 352-795-3149. gostrawberryfest.com

March 7-10:  Space Coast Seafood and Music Fest, Viera. Lobster, crab, shrimp, tuna and all sorts of seafood will be available at this annual festival. Past artists have included Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, SOJA, Ky-Mani Marley, and The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra. Featuring art and craft exhibits and kid's activities. Space Coast Daily Park, 6091 Stadium Parkway in Viera. Thursday, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Ticket prices begin at $8. www.portcanaveralseafoodandmusicfestival.com

March 7-15: Orlando Bike Week, Orlando. Based at the Orlando Harley-Davidson south of downtown off Interstate 4, this growing annual event plays off the bigger Bike Week up the road in Daytona. The H-D dealership features entertainment including daily bands and food vendors. Past bands included The Bloody Jug Band, Thomas Wynn & The Believers, Keepers, Slippery When Wet and Chris Dupree. Free. orlandoharley.com/Events/Event-Calendar?view=list

Through March 8: Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City. Strawberry celebration dating back to 1930. Features daily entertainment, agriculture shows, livestock and the Midway with more than 60 rides. This year headliners include The Oak Ridge Boys, Rascal Flatts, Patti LaBelle, Skillet and so many more. Gate admission ranges $4 to $8, and headliner's tickets begin at $20. At Plant City Festival Grounds. Admission required. 813-752-9194. flstrawberryfestival.com

March 13-22: Firefighters' Indian River County Fair, Vero Beach. Since 1980, proceeds from this event have supported Indian River County Burn Fund, high school scholarships, Fairground Improvements and other charitable activities. At county fairgrounds. Live music from Mark Chesnutt and Shenandoah. Gate opens at 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 1 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays. Closes as warranted nightly. General admission tickets start at $16. 772-562-2974. firefightersfair.org

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March 20-22: ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo, Sebastian. Three-day event held in historic downtown Sebastian.  The weekend includes live music, kids' activities, wine, craft beer tasting, and tons of fresh local seafood.  Friday 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. At Riverview Park: US-1 & CR512, S (Trolley runs Noon to 7pm on Saturday and Noon to 5pm Sunday). shrimpfestfl.com

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March 20-22: Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park. The 61st annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is a juried outdoor fest. More than 1,100 artists from around the world apply for entry and an independent panel of judges selects approximately 225 to participate in the show. The three-day event also features jazz and children's activities. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission, to the event on Park Avenue between Canton Avenue and New England Avenue, is free. wpsaf.org

March 21: Downtown DeLand Classic Car Show, DeLand. Every 3rd Saturday of the month. East Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Classic cars & rods line East Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Live DJ, giveaways, shopping & dining. 4 -7 pm. Free. 386-738-0649. MainStreetDeLand.org

March 22-24: Spooky Empire. Orlando. The horror and pop culture convention draws celebrities and fans. Includes a tattoo festival. One-day passes start at $40. At Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Dr. spookyempire.com

March 23: Florida Blueberry Festival, Kissimmee. Live music accompanies this year's blueberry festival that features artisans selling their creations alongside food vendors that promise to offer a variety of blueberry treats and more. Tickets are $10 plus $10 for parking. Formosa Garden's Event Center. 3050 Formosa Garden Blvd.  orlandoinsidervacations.com/florida-blueberry-festival/

March 27-29: Annual Spring Daytona Turkey Run. The 31st Annual Spring Daytona Turkey Run is set inside Daytona International Speedway's infield and showcases more than 6,000 collector cars and trucks with shows, sales and swaps. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Tickets range from $5-$25 depending on the day. 386-255-7355. turkeyrun.com

March 28: Taste of Oviedo, Oviedo. The 26th annual Taste of Oviedo offers visitors the opportunity to sample local fare. Craft beers, live music, "Kids Taste" tables and entertainment. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The event is at the Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Marketplace Boulevard. tasteofoviedo.org

Tampa Bay-Sarasota (including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa)

Through June 28: Salvador Dalí Gardens of the Mind Exhibition, Sarasota.  Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind will showcase Flordalí (1968) is on loan from The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Ten lithographs offer a series of outlandish blooms: a rose sprouts butterfly wings instead of leaves; a lily's similarity to a horn-shaped gramophone generates a music-themed composition; a common dahlia morphs into a unicorn. With a special on March 11: Visions of Dalí's Spain with photographer Clyde Butcher. At Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S Palm Ave. Admission is ncluded with all-access admission to Selby Gardens: $25 adults; $10 children 4-17; free for members. A full schedule of events, including musical and cultural performances at Dalí Nights, is available at www.selby.org.

Through March 15: Real Music Concert Series, Tampa Bay. Busch Gardens Tampa's longest running concert series, Real Music includes pop and country artists like Eaglemania Tribute Band, Ones performing #1 hits of the Beatles and a cirque show featuring the Wallenda Duo. Live Concerts are held at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Included with admission. buschgardens.com/tampa/events/real-music-real-masters/

March 1: Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa. The 50th Annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts showcases original creations and live music at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. Awards Ceremony/ galaRE: The award winning art will be released at the galaRE: event on Saturday evening at Tampa Museum of Art. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. www.gasparillaarts.com

March 6-8: Swamp Fest, Weeki Wachee. A good, old-fashioned family fun festival presented by three community organizations. Includes swamp food, a t-shirt decorating contest, arts and crafts, and entertainment by multiple bands throughout the day. Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Boulevard, Spring Hill, 34607. Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12, free for children 5 and younger. 352-597-4424. swampfestweekiwachee.com

March 7-8: Palm Harbor Craft Festival, Palm Harbor. 4th annual outdoor craft show. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. On Florida Avenue (Palm Harbor's main street) just east of Alternate 19. www.artfestival.com/festivals/4th-annual-palm-harbor-craft-festival-0/crafter

March 23-29: Citrus County Fair, Inverness. The Citrus County Fair celebrates their 72nd year with pageants, a flea market, exhibits, livestock show, and midway rides. Times vary. Gate prices: $7 for adults, $4 kids 4-10 and free for kids 3 or under. Family Membership is $40 The Citrus County Fairgrounds is at 3600 South Florida Avenue. www.citruscountyfair.com

March 28-29: 17th Annual Spring Fine Arts Festival, Englewood. Stroll the avenue viewing the work of more than 100 artists from around the country while you enjoy live entertainment, shopping and snacks along the way. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown area. Free parking Admission is $2 and all proceeds benefit The Englewood Rotary Youth Foundation, Inc., and other Rotary Projects. festivalnet.com/20790/Englewood-Florida/Art-Shows/Spring-Fine-Arts-Festival

Southwest Florida (including Naples, Fort Myers, Venice, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda)

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Through March 8: Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair, North Fort Myers. This 96th annual fair features old-fashioned fun, midway rides, livestock exhibits, pig races, a petting farm, and entertainment ranging from a comic master hypnotist, clowns, family shows and local talent. Gate admission and unlimited rides are $20 each. Gates open at 4 p.m. Maingate and Parking to the Fairgrounds is located on Bayshore Road, just west of Hwy 31.  Free parking. www.swflcfair.com

March 3-28: 34th Annual Sanibel Music Festival, Sanibel Island. Tuesdays and Saturdays in March, Sanibel hosts accomplished musicians from around the world, including the Manhattan Chamber Players, Rolston String Quartet, Gould Trio with Robert Plane and more. Tickets start at $50, $25 for students. Concerts times vary. Sanibel Congregational Church, 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, 33957. www.sanibelmusicfestival.org

March 5-7: Sanibel Shell Fair and Show, Sanibel Island. In celebration of this world-renowned shelling island, the 82nd Annual Shell Fair features shell displays and crafts, food and entertainment. The fair takes place inside and outside of the Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, 33957 $5 suggested donation for inside exhibits. Free Parking. 239-395-3626. www.facebook.com/SanCapShellClub

March 7: Sharks Tooth 10K Run, Venice.  Runners will run through neighborhoods, along the beach-front road, into Caspersen Beach Park and return along the Venetian Waterway Trail to finish at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds. Starts at 7:30 a.m. Participants will receive complimentary entry into the Shark's Tooth Festival. Also included, door prizes and a post-race party. 941-312-4955. www.sharkstooth10k.com

March 7: Southwest Florida Reading Festival, Fort Myers. Celebrating their 21st year, guests can enjoy multiple stages with multiple best-selling authors, buy books and have them signed. Kids can have fun watching and listening to popular authors and illustrators, pick out a free book and make a craft. Teens can find a book, make a craft and watch the Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands final competition, and more. Food and beverages available for purchase. $5 parking. Fort Myers Regional Library Campus, 2450 First St. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.readfest.org

March 7-8: Downtown Venice Art Classic, Venice. This is the 19th year of this art show featuring pottery and other American art treasures. Hosted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in downtown Venice. Admission is free. 219 W Venice Ave. www.artfestival.com/festivals/downtown-venice-art-classic

March 12-15: All-Florida Championship Rodeo, Arcadia. This 92nd annual rodeo includes Calf Scramble, Mutton Bustin', barrel racing, Shootout and more. 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Located at Mosaic Arena. 2450 NE Roan Street. Arcadia, 34266. Premium Plus $36 (22″ Chairs with armrest); Premium $31 (22″ Chairs no armrest); General Admission $20  (22″ Aluminum bleacher no back). Group rates are available. Concessions and vendors are available on site. www.arcadiarodeo.com

March 14-15: Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival, Punta Gorda. 4th annual outdoor craft show. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 331 Sullivan St. www.artfestival.com/festivals/2nd-annual-punta-gorda-sullivan-street-craft-festival

March 14-15: Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp Festival, Fort Myers Beach. Celebrating its 61st year. Enjoy fresh shrimp cooked a variety of ways, including the local "pink shrimp." Also offered are arts and crafts booths, a parade, live entertainment and many children's activities. 950 Estero Boulevard. Free event. Dinner prices and event times vary. www.fortmyersbeachshrimpfestival.com

March 18-21: Super Sebring IMSA & FIA WEC Doubleheader, Sebring. Sebring International Raceway hosts thousands of race fans from around the world to witness the historic 12-hour classic on March 19.  Gates open on Wednesday and remain open 24 hours a day through Saturday's title race. Admission prices vary. 800-626-RACE. www.sebringraceway.com

March 20-22: Marco Island Seafood & Music Festival, Marco Island. This scenic Southwest Florida enclave sets the scene for the 12th annual Marco Island Seafood & Music Festival. The festival features live music from Ben Allen Band, Absolute Queen and others. There will be crafts, a kids' zone, and plenty of delicacies from the sea available for purchase. Admission to the festival, at Veterans Park, is $10 for a one-day ticket or $16 for two days of your choice. VIP tickets are $75 and it is highly encouraged your purchase these well in advance. Shuttle busses will be on hand for this event. 239-394-7549 www.marcoislandseafoodfestival.com

March 21-22: Peace River National Art Festival, Punta Gorda. 14th Annual festival features more than 70 booths of fine arts and exquisite crafts complimented by music, food, wine and beer. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking at Laishley Park, located on the Peace River in Downtown Punta Gorda at 100 Nesbit St. Ashuttle to the festival will be located at City Marketplace, on the corner of Marion Ave at 115 Tamiami Trl. visualartcenter.org/pages/peace-river-national-art-festival-prnaf

South Florida and the Keys (including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and the Treasure Coast)

Through March 8: Festival of the Arts BOCA, Boca Raton. With locations at the north and south end of Mizner Park, The Festival of the Arts BOCA is a multi-day cultural arts event that features jazz, opera and classical performers, as well as recognized, award-winning authors and speakers. 222 Yamato Road. To contact the box office, call 866-571-2787. festivaloftheartsboca.org

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March 1: JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch, Fort Lauderdale. Live outdoor concert series bringing the area's best local jazz artists to the city's scenic Riverwalk the first Sunday of each month. Listen to the soulful sounds on four different stages.  Everyone is welcome to attend, including well-behaved, leashed pets, and there is ample room to set up chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. 954-828-5363. www.fortlauderdale.gov/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/jazz-brunch

March 6: Full Moon Dinner Party, Fort Lauderdale. Come out to The Atlantic Hotel & Spa for a 4-course prix-fixe dinner menu provided by the hotel's signature restaurant, Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery, music entertainment from house DJ, and a fire dancer performance. 7:30 to 10 p.m. The Full Moon Dinner Party Ticket costs $35 per person. General Admission for The Full Moon Party is Free (does not include food or drinks). 601 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Reserve your tickets by calling 954-567-8020 or visit  https://www.atlantichotelfl.com/

March 6-15: Miami International Film Festival, Miami. 37th annual film festival brings the best of world cinema to South Florida, exhibiting U.S. and international films, with a special focus on Ibero-American cinema. Tickets range $10-$13 and venues vary. Since its fruition, the festival has presented films from more than 50 countries, including Oscar nominees and winners and many international prizewinners. At various locations throughout Miami and Dade County. www.miamifilmfestival.com

March 7: Conch Shell Blowing Contest, Key West. The 58th annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest, sponsored by Old Island Restoration Foundation. This event is free to register for or attend and open to children and adults of all ages. Conch shells will be available for purchase for those who do not have their own. 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.. 322 Duval Street. www.visitflorida.com/en-us/event.a0p1W000004YFxTQAW.html

March 7: Evening on Antique Row, West Palm Beach. Antique Row will come to life with music and special entertainment, food and beverages, an antique appraisal tent, shopping, and much more. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Advance General Admission tickets are $65 and VIP tickets are $125. This event is 21+.  www.westpalmbeachantiques.com

March 7-8: Las Olas Art Fair Part II, Fort Lauderdale. 32nd annual outdoor art show. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 600 East Las Olas Blvd. www.artfestival.com/festivals/las-olas-art-fair-part-ii

March 12: What's Next in Tech?, Fort Lauderdale. Founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales presents a talk on "How to Thrive in a 'Wiki' Future" on at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are available for $55-$65. Tickets are also available to a reception and photo opportunity with the speaker after each presentation. Tickets to the receptions are limited. At the Broward Center for the Performing Arts,  201 SW Fifth Ave. www.browardcenter.org

March 12 – April 5: Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition, Miami. This county fair offering nearly 50,000 exhibits, concerts, a circus, strolling entertainment, food, games, shopping and a 100-ride midway. Music by Switchfoot. General admission tickets begin at $10. The Fair Expo Center. 10901 SW 24 St, Miami, 33165 www.thefair.me

March 13-14: Delray Beach St. Patrick's Day Festival, Delray Beach. Since 1968, the annual Delray Beach St. Patrick's Day Festival and Parade has celebrated all things Irish. The festivities include a two-day Celtic Siamsa Party featuring Irish dancing, traditional pipe and drum bands, a parade and a fun run. Food and beer will be available for purchase. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and continue on through Saturday evening. Admission is free to both the Parade and the Festival. www.thepalmbeaches.com/top-event/delray-beach-florida-st-patricks-day-parade-festival

March 13-14: 60th Annual Historic House Tours, Key West. Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, this house and garden tour offers a rare opportunity to see inside some of Key West's charming tropical residences. Each tour showcases five homes chosen for their contribution to the Key West community as significant historic buildings, creative renovations or examples of the Keys lifestyle. Tour participants will discover unique interiors filled with art collections and antiques as well as lush gardens and imaginatively designed outdoor living areas. Admission $35 per person. Tours available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 305-294-9501. oirf.org

March 13-15: Fairchild's International Orchid Festival, Coral Gables. Explore the wonder of orchids during one of our many garden workshops and walking tours where local and national vendors will sell a wide variety of orchids and orchid products. The Orchid Festival is included with the price of admission to the Garden. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free for Fairchild Members, Adults: $25, Seniors (age 65 and up): $18, Children (ages 6-17): $12, Free for children 5 and younger. 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables, 33156. 305-667-1651. www.fairchildgarden.org/Events-Community-Outreach/Orchid-Festival

March 14-15: Royal Palm Beach Seafood Festival, Commons Park, Royal Palm Beach.  Three stages of entertainment. This festival offers plenty of Free on-site parking, Free shuttle bus service and big top shade tents for your dining comfort. ​ Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  www.pottcevents.com/royalpalmbeachseafoodfestival.html

March 14-15: Original Marathon Seafood Festival, Marathon. Celebrate the fishing heritage of the Middle Keys at this popular event offering lobster, stone crab, conch chowder and fritters, local fish, smoked fish dip, key lime pie and more. Also includes arts and crafts, boat show, nautical market, and live entertainment featuring Caribe. At Marathon Community Park. $5 per person, free for children 12 and under. 305-743-5417. www.marathonseafoodfestival.com

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March 14-15: Art Fest by the Sea, Juno Beach. This 32nd annual festival brings together longtime favorites and newest names in the contemporary art scene. Life-size sculptures, paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics and more. At 14200 U.S. 1 in Juno Beach. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Free. www.artfestival.com/festivals/art-fest-by-the-sea

March 15: Calle Ocho Music Festival, Miami. 15 blocks of Little Havana filled with musical stages, international food, dance, sampling sites and entertainment. 11 a.m. 8 p.m. From SW 27th avenue to SW 12th avenue. Free. www.carnavalmiami.com

March 16 – May 16: The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart Art Exhibition, Coral Springs.  Get a first-hand look at Wentworth Gallery's Mickey Hart Vibrational Expressionism, the depiction of emotional experiences through art. In addition, Hart will address his fans and art enthusiasts during an Artist Reception and Live Rhythm Experience Performance on the evening of March 28 at 6 p.m. The event requires a ticket purchase of $20 per person. Space is limited to standing room only. At Coral Spring Museum of Art, 2855A Coral Springs Dr.  bit.ly/CSMOAMickeyHart

March 21-22: Coral Springs Festival of the Arts, Coral Springs. The 16th Annual Festival of The Arts will highlight some of America's finest artisans and contemporary crafters. There will also be many performing arts events including fine dance, theatrical, and literary presentations. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2874 N University Dr. in Coral Springs. www.csfoa.com

March 19: Third Thursday Art Walk, Islamorada. The Morada Way Third Thursday Art Walk presents local fine arts, music and culinary specialties. The galleries of Morada Way are between Mile Markers 81 and 82. Event hours are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For details, visit moradaway.org

March 20-22: Ultra Music Festival, Miami. Multi-day electronic music festival. Featuring over 50 acts like Flume, Madeon, Gryffin and Sofi Tukker. Only 3-day tickets are still available starting at $399.95. At Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. ultramusicfestival.com

March 26-29: Palm Beach International Boat Show, West Palm Beach. One of the top five boat shows in the country, this is the 35th annual show featuring more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts, exotic cars and live music. Tickets are $28 for adults one day or $52 for two days, $18 for children ages 6 to 15 and free for children under 6. 101 S Flagler Dr, West Palm Beach www.pbboatshow.com/en/home.html

March 28-29: Palm Beach Pride, Lake Worth. The event, which is Palm Beach County's largest LGBT visibility event, features a parade, live performances and entertainment for all ages. Noon to 6 p.m. both days. Bryant Park, 201 North Dixie Highway.  www.thepalmbeaches.com/top-event/palm-beach-pride

March 28-29: Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Celebration, Dania Beach. Free family event featuring live music all weekend, including a special performance by the School of Rock and Lazy Bonez, among others, as well as a wrestling show by Gangrels Wrestling Asylum.  Arts and craft vendors will be present along with food and beverage vendors.  Kids' activities, Daily art exhibits and more. Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Frost Park: 300 NE Second Street. Free Parking at the Casino at Dania Beach & City Center Garage. daniabeachartsandseafoodcelebration.com

March 29: Deering Seafood Festival, Miami. Island-theme entertainment includes Virgin Islands Stilt Walkers, Bahamian Junkanoo musicians, island sounds of Steel Drums. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission: Adults $20 advance or $25 at the gate, Children (ages 4-14): $7 advance or $10 at the gate, Deering Estate Foundation Members are free.  Free public parking and shuttle service from Westminster Christian School to the North or Palmetto Bay Village Center to the South. www.deeringestate.org/seafood-festival

Northeast Florida (including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Flagler County and Amelia Island)

March 1: Humanly Possible: Figures & Portraits Exhibit, St. Augustine. Expressions of the human form bring personality to this exhibit. Drawing studies, formal portraits, daily life and other figurative works are presented in 2D & 3D media. 22 Marine Street. Jean Wagner Troemel Best in Show Award – Blinds, Xi Guo; First Place Award – Self Portrait at 35, Christina Mastrangelo; Second Place Award – Kate, Deanne Bushell.  All pieces are for sale unless noted otherwise. Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat, 12-4 p.m.; Sun, 2-5 p.m. Free Admission. call 904-824-2310 or www.staaa.org

March 5-8: Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, Amelia Island. The car connoisseurs bring you another annual event such as Cars & Coffee, RM Sotheby's Island sale preview, and a silent auction at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia island.   www.ameliaconcours.org

March 6: First Friday at Railroad Square Art Park, Tallahassee. Every first Friday of the month, Railroad Square Art Park's shops, galleries and studios stay open late. Guests can enjoy live music, craft beer, food vendors and creative demonstrations. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. 602 McDonnell Drive. visittallahassee.com

March 7: Race the Tortoise 5K, High Springs. 10th annual race being held at O'Leno State Park starting at 7:30 am. Participants of all ages are welcome to either walk or run the out and back certified race course. 410 SE O'Leno Park Road, High Springs. racethetortoise5k.itsyourrace.com

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March 7: Menorcan Heritage Celebration, St. Augustine. In 1768, over 1,400 people left the Mediterranean and set sail for British East Florida. Among this group were Menorcans, who brought their cultural and culinary traditions to St. Augustine. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. At this cultural celebration, sample pilau, a signature Menorcan rice dish, spicy Menorcan chowder, and traditional music, dancing at the gardens of the historic Llambias House, 31 St. Francis Street, St. Augustine 32084. 904-826-3388 or visit www.menorcansociety.net

March 7: Gate River Run, Jacksonville. 15k run through Downtown Jacksonville and over its bridges. Attracts nearly 20,000 runners and walkers for 43 years running.  Live music plays throughout the course to pump up the participants. Three classes of winners. Runners must register via email. gateriverrun15k.com

March 14-15: The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival, St. Augustine. The sights, sounds, and tastes of Celtic history come to the nation's oldest city for this 10th annual event. Two days of Celtic fun begin at 10 a.m. daily including a parade, Highland Games and headlining acts. Voted Jacksonville's Bold City Best Event/Concert, and Best of St. Augustine Festival. General Admission is $10 with VIP upgrades available. Main festival events are on Francis Field, 29 W Castillo Drive. www.celticstaugustine.com

North-Central Florida (including Ocala, Gainesville and Tallahassee)

March 6: First Friday at Railroad Square Art Park, Tallahassee. Every first Friday of the month, Railroad Square Art Park's shops, galleries and studios stay open late. Guests can enjoy live music, craft beer, food vendors and creative demonstrations. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. 602 McDonnell Drive. visittallahassee.com

March 7-8: Azalea Festival, Palatka. This is the 74th year for one of Florida's oldest festivals, enduring for decades years and surviving WWII, floods and financial disaster. Held in the historic downtown area and Memorial Park. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendors, food, outdoor shows, pet vendors, and kid's activities. festivalnet.com/12984/Palatka-Florida/Festivals/Seventy-Third-Florida-Azalea-Festival

March 8: Tallahassee Jewish Food & Cultural Festival, Tallahassee. Enjoy all your favorite Jewish foods, crafts from local artisans, a kids' booth and Israeli Dance and contemporary and traditional Jewish music at this 11th Annual Jewish Food & Cultural Festival. Free.  Temple Israel, 2215 Mahan Drive. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 850-877-3517 or visittallahassee.com

March 5-8: Red Hills International Horse Trials, Tallahassee. Join Olympic riders and horses and watch them compete in this 22nd annual international equestrian event that includes dressage, cross country and stadium jumping competitions. Kids 12 and under free. Held at Elinor Klapp-Phipps park, 4000 N Meridian Rd. rhht.org

March 5-11: NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville. The Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals has a long and storied history as the East Coast opener for the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. At the Gainesville Raceway: 11211 N County Road 225, Gainesville. www.nhra.com

March 13-19: Choctawhatchee Challenge, Gainesville.  Kayakers of all ages are invited to participate. Paddlers will paddle Geneva to Ebro. After boats and gear are loaded onto trailers and the truck, paddlers will be shuttled to the trip's launching point and then vehicles will be waiting for paddlers at trip's end. The trip fee includes camping, meals, and shuttle. Adult Paddlers: $549, Senior Paddlers (65+) and College Student Paddlers:  $525. Includes a meal plan. www.paddleflorida.org

March 19-22: 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 Bela Fleck, Nation of Two, Nikki Talley and Sloppy Joe. Kid's activities, music workshops and daily yoga. Single Day Tickets will be available the Gate only. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, 9379 County Road 132. suwanneespringreunion.com

March 20-22: Lions Seafood Festival, St. Augustine. Kid Zone, Arts & Crafts show, Spanish Landing and Pirate Village. Friday night is Jazz night, Saturday and Sunday will feature Country and Americana music. Families will enjoy rides, magic shows, superheroes, princesses, clowns and an interactive drum show. At Francis Field, behind Visitor Information Center. Friday 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 Adults, Kids under 15 and Active Duty Military are free. lionsfestival.com

March 21-22: 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. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for Adults and $5 for children three to thirteen. Cash only. Located at 4700 SW 58th Dr., but it is recommended guests park at Celebration Pointe & Bass Pro Area: 4526 SW Archer Road and shuttle over.   kanapaha.org/events/spring-garden-festival

March 27-28: Springtime Tallahassee Festival & Grand Parade, Tallahassee. This event has expanded from one day to two. Day one kicks off with a music festival at 6 p.m. and continues on Saturday with the Grand Parade – one of the largest and most celebrated parades in the Southeast, at 10:30 a.m. Free. At Kleman Plaza, 306 S Duval St. www.springtimetallahassee.com

The Panhandle (including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)

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March 7-8: The Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire, Milton. Come tour the castle where you can meet the King and Queen, watch full-metal jousting, and drink and be merry while you're entertained by jesters, gypsy dancers, magicians and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.  $10 for adults and teens, $5 for children 5 - 12, free admission for children under 4. 8604 Bobby Brown Rd. www.gcrf.us

March 20-22: Smokin' in the Square, Pensacola. Celebrating their 11th annual Smokin' in the Square. Offering excellent live music while you taste the best of the best BBQ around at this annual cooking contest. Contests and crafts are also on the agenda. New this year will be a VIP all-you-can-eat-and-drink experience on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park. This free event is held from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. www.smokininthesquare.com

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