Spring in Florida means longer days and lighter nights, which is a perfect time to celebrate music, art and food. There are lively festivals to attend throughout the state, whether you want to indulge in sweet treats at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City or listen to music in the sunshine at SunFest in West Palm Beach. Discover what spring festivals in Florida you might want to attend this year.
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Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City (Nearby Hotels)
The 11-day Florida Strawberry Festival is a crowd pleaser with its wealth of strawberry-related food items on display. Held in Plant City where strawberries have been harvested since the 19th century, you can indulge in an abundance of strawberry treats and state fair-type fried foods, then enjoy the live entertainment, youth livestock shows and collection of carnival rides.
Dates: March 1 – March 11, 2018
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Orlando (Nearby Hotels)
Epcot at Walt Disney Wold turns into a kaleidoscope of colors in spring at its annual Flower & Garden Festival, where your senses will be overwhelmed with the variety of stunning flower displays. There’s also live concerts, outdoor kitchens and how-to demonstrations. Meander through vibrant gardens and see more than 70 world-renown topiaries.
Dates: February 28 – May 28, 2018
Mount Dora Spring Fest, Mount Dora (Nearby Hotels)
One of Mount Dora’s biggest annual festivals, the Mount Dora Spring Fest bring its downtown streets to life with over 250 crafters and artists displaying their works. This two-day, open-air event offers an atmospheric ambiance set against 19th-century clapboard houses, vintage shops and outdoor cafes. Browse the local vendors to discover an abundance of treasures to take home.
Dates: March 17-18, 2018
Ultra Music Festival, Miami (Nearby Hotels)
One of the biggest music festivals in Florida, Ultra Music Festival is a three-day event that is held in Miami. This electronic music festival caters to a high-energy crowd of music lovers, where you’ll find an extensive list of top DJ’s and big-name performers. What started as a small outdoor festival has bloomed into a massive production across the United States.
Dates: March 23-March 25, 2018
Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Fernandina Beach (Nearby Hotels)
Fernandina Beach is the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry, so it makes sense that the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival celebrates the delectable seafood delicacy. You’ll have the chance to indulge in freshly caught shrimp and seafood. Set in the Historic District, this event dates back to 1964 and has live music, parades, arts and crafts displays and a pageant.
Dates: May 4 – May 6, 2018
Sarasota Jazz Festival, Sarasota (Nearby Hotels)
The Sarasota Jazz Festival is one of the most well-respected jazz festivals in the United States, and boasts an impressive line-up of top performers. A must-see concert series for jazz enthusiasts, the Jazz Club of Sarasota works hard to preserve and promote the beauty of this music genre by showcasing some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world.
Dates: March 7 – March 10, 2018
International Fringe Theater Festival, Orlando (Nearby Hotels)
The International Fringe Theater Festival is an exciting 14-day event that celebrates the art of theater, music and dance. It’s a great place to go with the entire family, as all ages will enjoy the award-winning festival that attracts artists from around the world. It is the longest running Fringe Festival in the United States, celebrating 27 years as “Orlando’s most unique cultural experience.”
Dates: May 15 – May 29, 2018
Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival, Key Biscayne (Nearby Hotels)
Celebrating South Florida’s rich music and arts traditions, Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival is located in the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park nestled on the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll find an impressive line-up of music performers, while past years festival has included instrumental workshops, cooking classes, yoga and camping. There’s a full schedule of kids activities available, in addition to world cuisine for you to sample.
Dates: February 21 – February 25, 2018
SunFest, West Palm Beach (Nearby Hotels)
Held on the waterfront in West Palm Beach, SunFest is a lively festival with five days of top musical performers. In addition to its long list of top musical acts, the festival also hosts an impressive arts and craft event, a range of kid-friendly activities and an impressive fireworks show. You can get a drink from one of the floating bars or challenge your friends to a game of cornhole.
Dates: May 3 – May 6, 2018
Marathon Seafood Festival, Marathon (Nearby Hotels)
The second-largest event in the Florida Keys, the Marathon Seafood Festival is a premier event in Florida. You’ll find an abundance of excellent cuisine and family-friendly live entertainment in addition to a boat and art show. With over 200 vendors on hand, dine on some of the freshest seafood in the state, such as lobster, stone crab, grouper and snapper.
Dates: March 10 – March 11, 2018
Forgotten Coast En Plein Air, Forgotten Coast (Nearby Hotels)
Showcasing authentic Old Florida, the Forgotten Coast En Plein Air, America’s Great Paint-out, is a 10-day festival that displays architecture, streetscapes, working waterfronts and historic sites through its internationally acclaimed artists. Purchase paintings just completed at the “Art Fresh Off the Easel,” see a two-hour “Quickdraw” exhibition and admire a Masters’ Gallery with the artists’ finest studio work.
Dates: May 4 – May 13, 2018
Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, Okeechobee (Nearby Hotels)
The Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival has a buzzing lineup of artists. It has seen the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon and many others, while its yoga and meditation classes, massage tent and body painting have made it a staple in Florida’s music festival line-up. Florida’s largest camping festival, it is a weekend of music, art and community.
Dates: March 1 – March 4, 2018
Wanee Music Festival, Live Oak (Nearby Hotels)
Combine camping with Southern rock at Wanee. Held in the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, where 800 acres of primitive camping is surrounded by oak and cypress trees. Enjoy jam-filled sets from the likes of the Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic and Gov’t Mule. This four-day event blends music with outdoor adventures like kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding.
Dates: April 19 – April 21, 2018