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Florida Festivals

There is always something to celebrate in Florida and your visit will no doubt coincide with events laid on to mark anything from sandcastle-building to Art Deco Architecture.
With endless sunny days many events take place out of doors. May sees a flurry of large craft fairs such as those held in Sarasota and Stuart and Delray has a spectacular Beach Craft festival with over a 100 stalls to explore.
The Florida State Fair in Tampa takes place every February with 2 weeks of demonstrations of agricultural life and livestock. Crafts, rides, steam engines and plenty of local fare complete the event.
South Beach Food and Wine Festival in late February attracts celebrity chefs while the annual Seafood Festival at Cedar Key over 2 days in October has both food and craft stalls. The first weekend in May head for Fernandina Beach docks for the Eight Flag Shrimp Festival. All manner of foods from peanuts to watermelons are celebrated in smaller events throughout the region.  If you like ethnic food then try the multicultural Kaleidoscope Festival in Gainesville in March.
The Florida Renaissance Festival held at Deerfield for 4 weekends in February is a celebration of all things 16th Century with traditional crafts for sale and performing minstrels, jesters, jousting and archery. The highlight is the 5 course King’s Feast.
Florida’s most famous musical event is the biennial Daytona Beach International Festival to be held next in mid April 2009 for 3 weeks. The festival caters for a wide variety of musical tastes and sees the London Symphony Orchestra in residence.
George’s Music Spring the Blues Festival held in annually in April at Jacksonville Beach is Florida’s largest free outdoor music event while Sunfest at West Palm Beachis the regions largest music, art and waterfront festival with national and local artists and performers.
Miami Carnival in November is a lively and colourful celebration of Caribbean music and food.  There are also many Goombay festivals (Caribbean Street Parties) throughout the region including those at Coconut Grove in June and Key West in October.
Film lovers will be attracted to the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival between October and November with over 100 films to choose from. Miami hosts an International Film Festival for a week in early March. Miami also hosts the nations largest Book Fair in November with hundreds of authors attending to give readings and plenty for children to do in Children’s Alley.  Finally and again for book lovers the Early Key West Literary Festival in January celebrates the lives and works of its 4 famous authors Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Robert Frost and Thornton Wilder. Enjoy!