Popular Florida Events & Festivals in March

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Some of the most popular events that bring visitors flocking to Florida each year happen within the month of March. It’s a ideal time for northerners to escape winter’s chill and it’s still peak season for snowbirds, so it’s hard not to find a reason to travel to the Sunshine State and experience some of these unforgettable festivals and events.

The best is yet to come, so without further ado, let’s take you through a few of the phenomenal March happenings:

 

Northern Florida

Florida Azalea Festival
March 4-5, 2017
Palatka Area

Steeped in tradition, this two-day family friendly event is one of the oldest festivals in Florida and features azaleas in bloom at the Ravine Gardens State Park and its annual Florida Azalea Pageant, which debuted with the festival in 1936. Enjoy a host of other activities too, such as live entertainment, arts and crafts, a variety of vendors, a parade, and an antique car show!

Resorts about an hour away

 

Cummer Garden Month
March 4-30, 2017
Jacksonville Area

Take a stroll through a living museum against a gorgeous backdrop along the bank of the St. Johns River during Garden Month at the Cummer Museum! These breathtaking gardens preserve the legacy of what the Cummer family created on the original estate when they settled in the Jacksonville area in the early 1900s. Engaging the assistance of some of the foremost names in landscape design and horticulture, the family created three distinct gardens, known as the English, Italian and Olmsted Gardens. Each has their own distinct look and feel with features that include beautifully laid brick paths, reflecting pools, and a stunning collection of garden ornaments. During Garden Month, the Cummer Museum offers guided garden tours, special events and workshops, so patrons can enjoy all the majesty of the formally private grounds of the Cummer family, who pioneered these living masterpieces!

Resorts less than an hour away

 

Central Florida

Florida Strawberry Festival
March 2-12, 2017
Lakeland Area

It’s safe to say that the Florida Strawberry Festival is a berry exciting event offering 11 days of fun-filled entertainment! Enjoy big name concerts, exhibits, stage shows, contests and competitions, a variety of attractions, unique and delicious food concoctions, and, of course, the ruby red star of this annual event that brings everyone together: sweet and juicy strawberries grown locally in Plant City!

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Resorts less than an hour away

 

Spring Fair & Food Festival
March 2-5, 2017
Port Orange Area

Ahhh…spring is in the air…and food! The Spring Fair & Food Festival is a great event that’s fun for the whole family! Enjoy scrumptious eats, wine and craft beer from local area restaurants that cater to the foodie in all of us. There’s also live entertainment to enjoy each day, a carnival and a skateboarding competition for the thrill seeker in you!

Resorts less than an hour away

 

Swamp Fest
March 3-5, 2017
Weeki Wachee Area

Gators, mermaids, and swamp monsters! Oh my! This hodgepodge of characters can only be found at the annual Swamp Fest in Weeki Wachee, a fundraising festival that has helped countless local charities over the years. Watch the famous mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs perform a variety of underwater feats, participate in the annual Swamp Monster costume contest, and enjoy a multitude of food and craft vendors at the fun-filled family event!

Resorts less than an hour away

 

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
March 10-12, 2017
St. Petersburg Area

Get ready for an adrenaline rush at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg! This annual event brings a series of races along the picturesque waterfront track with a diverse racing lineup. Enjoy all that downtown St. Petersburg has to offer at nearby restaurants, unique boutiques and antique shopping, world famous art museums, live music and entertainment!

Resorts less than an hour away

 

Daytona Bike Week
March 10-19, 2017
Daytona Area

Known as one of the world’s largest motorcycle events, Daytona Bike Week has been a tradition in the making for over 75 years! This motorcycle rally gathers thousands of bikers together each year to enjoy ten days of gorgeous Florida weathers, views of the Atlantic Ocean, entertainment and exhibitions with a host of manufacturers and suppliers available for festival goers and motorcycle enthusiasts to check out.

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Resorts less than an hour away

 

Spring Obsession
March 11, 2017
Lakeland Area

Join in on a celebration of gardening, art and music at the annual Spring Obsession! This family-friendly event features local nurseries, garden exhibitors and artwork with fun-filled children’s activities and an insightful speaker presentation. If you have a love of gardening, you won’t want to miss this celebration spring and everything green at this wonderful annual festival!

Resorts less than an hour away

 

Southern Florida

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival
March 2-5, 2017
Okeechobee Area

Immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience and enjoy over 100 bands, DJs and unique musical collaboration with a full list of additional attractions that are sure to keep you hopping during 4 days and nights of non-stop fun!

Resorts less than an hour away

 

Marathon Seafood Festival
March 11-12, 2017
Marathon Area

Experience the second largest event in the Florida Keys and a premier event for fresh seafood and entertainment! Tantalize your taste buds with mouthwatering lobster tails, stone crab, fish, shrimp and more with fun-filled family entertainment, a great selection of vendors, raffle giveaways and live entertainment.

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Resorts less than an hour away

 

Florida Keys Wildlife Refuges Outdoor Fest
March 11-18, 2017
Florida Keys Area

Get back to nature with guided walks, bike rides, kayak excursions, photography workshops that allow you to get up close and personal with the wildlife refuges. This festival also features two Wildlife and Outdoor Fairs on March 11 and 18 with special activities for kids, great food, music, a silent auction and more! Space is limited and pre-registration is required for some of these events, so make sure to check out the website to get all of the latest details.

Resorts less than an hour away

 

Keys Woofstock
March 18-19, 2017
Islamorada Area

This two-day event is all about man’s best friend! Join in on all the fun at Founders Park in Islamorada with a K-9 talent contest, 5K9 Walk Run Fun Run, and the Woofstock Festival featuring live entertainment, a great selection of vendors, delicious food, Yoga with your dog, a doggie fun zone, and pet adoptions!

Resorts less than an hour away