Popular Florida Events & Festivals in January

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As winter snowbirds and vacationers begin to flood into the Sunshine State to escape the frozen north, there are always the famous Florida attractions to look forward to and explore. But did you know there are also a host of local festivals and events that are growing in popularity each year?

Let’s take a closer look at just a few of the fantastic local events featured in January that many visitors and native Floridians alike look forward to each year:

 

Northern Florida

Florida Manatee Festival
January 14-15, 2017
Crystal River Area

Festival goers will enjoy music and live entertainment, children’s activities, arts and crafts, great food, and the main attraction: manatees! Free bus tours run continuously throughout this two-day event so attendees can have an opportunity to encounter these majestic creatures in their natural environment!

Resorts less than an hour away

 

Circus XTREME
January 12-16, 2017
Orlando Area

Ladies and Gentlemen, step right up and be amazed by all things XTREME! Entertainment is everywhere with spectacular circus artists and inspiring animals as you witness all of the talented acts that make up The Greatest Show on Earth®!

Resorts less than an hour away

 

Central Florida

Downtown Dunedin Art Festival
January 7-8, 2017
Dunedin/Clearwater/St. Petersburg Area

Enjoy a spectacular display along Dunedin’s Main Street showcasing an array of artistic mediums including sculpture, photography, glass paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and mixed media! This art festival provides a meet and greet with artists against the wooded and subtropical backdrop of one of the oldest towns on the West Coast of Florida.

Resorts less than an hour away

 

Circus XTREME
January 12-16, 2017
Orlando Area

Ladies and Gentlemen, step right up and be amazed by all things XTREME! Entertainment is everywhere with spectacular circus artists and inspiring animals when you witness all of the talented acts that make up The Greatest Show on Earth®!

Resorts less than an hour away

 

Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest
January 21, 2017
Zephyrhills Area

Reap the benefits of this friendly BBQ competition with the sweet sounds of blues music as a backdrop for the entire event! Bring the whole family and enjoy delicious eats, great entertainment, and a host of vendors for a day sure to satisfy the palate and the soul!

Resorts less than an hour away

 

Circus XTREME
January 25-29, 2017
Tampa Area

Ladies and Gentlemen, step right up and be amazed by all things XTREME! Entertainment is everywhere with spectacular circus artists and inspiring animals when you witness all of the talented acts that make up The Greatest Show on Earth®!

Resorts less than an hour away

 

Lakeland Pigfest
January 27-28, 2017
Lakeland Area

The Lakeland Pigfest brings over 150 teams for some serious BBQ competition and bragging rights, not to mention all the good eatin’ for those lucky enough to attend this annual local charity event! Bring the whole family for a weekend of great good, fun activities, live music and entertainment for all attendees and participants to enjoy and all for a great cause!

Resorts less than an hour away

 

Gasparilla Pirate Fest
January 28, 2017
Tampa Area

Get ready for a swashbuckling good time, Matey! The Pirate Fest, located in downtown Tampa, is always a good time and features the annual Gasparilla Invasion by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla followed by the Parade of Pirates. This event has been a tradition in the making since 1904 providing entertainment to millions of people traveling from all over the world to attend this fun and unique festival.

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Resorts less than an hour away

 

Southern Florida

Uncorked…the Key Largo & Islamorada Food & Wine Festival
January 5-15, 2017
Florida Keys Area

Indulge your senses with wine tasting events, cooking demonstrations, wine dinners, live music, food and wine pairing classes, progressive wine dinners, art and wine shows, and the Grand Tasting event! Plus, there are all of the other fabulous everyday local attractions that bring so many to the Florida Keys throughout the entire year such as scuba diving, fishing, shopping and breathtaking scenery!

Resorts less than an hour away

 

Southwest Florida Nature Festival
January 13-15, 2017
Naples/Ft. Myers Area

Discover Florida’s native beauty and learn all about the local environment with a great selection of 40 guided field trips and 20 wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida with lectures at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Festivities are offered in conjunction with partners such as Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Big Cypress National Preserver and Conservancy of Southwest Florida – the perfect event for nature lovers!

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Resorts less than an hour away

 

South Florida Fair
January 13-29, 2017
West Palm Beach Area

This annual 17-day event, located at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach, has been delighting people since 1912! The fair is known for its agriculture and livestock exhibits, one of the greatest aspects of the event, which exposes and educates the thousands of attendees who visit each year. And, of course, there are all the rides, games, concessions, and other entertainment to enjoy as well!

Resorts less than an hour away

 

Swamp Buggy Winter Classic
January 28-29, 2017
Naples/Ft. Myers Area

It’s time to get down and dirty at the Swamp Buggy Winter Classic, where swamp buggy vehicles race around the Mile O’Mud! This annual event takes place on Florida’s Paradise Coast, just minutes from downtown Naples in what might just be one of the muddiest races in the nation!

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