SUNFEST – Join about 175,000 other attendees as music meets the water at the granddaddy of South Florida festivals. More than 50 live acts, including Fall Out Boy, Pixies, Lenny Kravitz, Paramore, Wilco, Boston and Eddie Money. Also: a juried art and craft show, three floating bar barges, fireworks and tons of kids activities.
When: April 29-May 3
Where: Flagler Drive, downtown West Palm Beach

VERITAGEMIAMI – Formerly known as the Miami Wine & Food Festival, VeritgageMiami brings together a who’s who of more than 3,000 food, wine, beer and spirits lovers, along with top sommeliers and notable chefs. Events include a fine wine tasting, craft beer tasting and an interactive dinner, at which a celebrity chef guides you and your guests to help make your own gourmet dinner.
When: April 15-18
Where: Various locations throughout Miami and Miami Beach

BRAIN: THE WORLD INSIDE YOUR HEAD – Using innovative special effects, hands-on learning activities, video games, optical illusions and interactive displays, this limited-engagement 5,000-square foot traveling exhibit shows how the brain functions. It’s a close-up look at the human body’s most essential and fascinating organ.
When: Ongoing, through May 3
Where: Museum of Discovery and Science, Fort Lauderdale

EQUESTRIAN SHOW JUMPING – There’s always a lot of horsing around on Miami Beach, but this event – The Longines Global Champions Tour – features some of the best four-legged jumpers in the world. The best riders in the world will be there, too, including Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward. Highlights are the 43rd American Invitational and the $600,000 Grand Prix.  No wonder this event, in its tenth season, is called the “Formula One” of show jumping
When: April 2-4
Where: Collins Park, Miami Beach

UPCYCLE! ART FEST – Artists from around the country will show their works at the second annual edition of this fine arts & crafts festival that requires the use of repurposed and re-envisioned materials. Activities include a silent auction for an exclusive piece and a make-and-take craft session for kids and adults
When: April 1-2
Where: J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Visitor & Education Center, Sanibel Island

33RD ANNUAL CONCH REPUBLIC INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION – The Florida Keys didn’t really officially leave the United States – or did they? Judge for yourself at this 10-day Conch Republic tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek birthday bash. Events include: a drag race (not cars; after all this is the Keys!), a wacky bed race, a light-hearted sea battle featuring tall ships and a cruiser car show.
When: April 17-26
Where: Various locations in Key West

TIGERTAIL’S FLAFRA FLORIDA/FRANCE FESTIVAL – Can’t make it to France this year? This month-long series of events highlights the French spirit of joie de vivre. Musical highlights include the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, Adrien Moignard: Gypsy Jazz Guitar and dancer Nadia Beugre. If you like sunrises, check out the daily five-minute salute on the beach honoring a significant French-born artist (musicians, philosophers, actors, painters, dancers, composers, authors, and poets).
When: April 1-30
Where: Miami Dade County Auditorium and other locations in Miami.

BARRETT-JACKSON AUTO AUCTION – As one of the premiere collector-car auctions in the country, each year this event brings thousands of viewers to the Palm Beaches to view millions of dollars’ worth of classics. There’s more to see (and buy) than cars, too: dealership signs, hood mascots, gas pumps, racing posters and much more.
When: April 17-19
Where: Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach

BALLOONS OVER PARADISE FESTIVAL – The third annual event will feature 60 hot air balloons and all kinds of great entertainment. Also: yummy food, arts & crafts, tethered balloon rides, a classic car show, dog agility performances, a polo exhibition and an equestrian drill team performance.
When: April 11-12
Where: Seminole Tribe Youth Ranch, Immokalee

They’re hopping throughout SoFla in April (just Google any city and Easter events), but here are two that we really like: Bunny-Palooza at the Miami Seaquarium, April 3-5, and the Underwater Easter Egg Hunt in Islamorada, April 5. Bunny-Palooza is a true eggstravaganza, with continuous hunts throughout the day, bounce houses, a giant fun slide, a rock climbing wall, and parades with marching bands, strolling performers, and costumed characters, including, of course, the Easter Bunny. In the Underwater Easter Egg Hunt, a human-sized bunny in dive gear hides brightly-colored eggs in the sand not far from a shallow reef. Divers and snorkelers then have a great time looking for the eggs and then can explore the reef. Don’t worry, environmentalists, the eggs are real and nontoxic colorings are used.
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DELRAY AFFAIR – Happy 53rd birthday, Delray Affair! It’s pedestrians only, so join the throngs who cram 12 city blocks and side streets for all kinds of fun: concerts, street entertainers, arts & crafts exhibitors, great food (don’t miss the conch fritters) and much, much more.
When: April 10-12
Where: Downtown Delray Beach

ROCK THE OCEAN TORTUGA MUSIC FESTIVAL –The sands of Fort Lauderdale will once again be transformed into an oceanfront multi-stage festival for music lovers and ocean lovers alike. The third annual bash features Kenny Chesney, The Zac Brown Band, Jake Owen, Little Big Town, The Doobie Brothers, Trace Adkins, The Mavericks and many more top acts.
When: April 11-12
Where: Fort Lauderdale Beach

HEINEKEN TRANSATLANTIC FESTIVAL – The 13th annual event explores modern world music from the great cities of the Atlantic rim – Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America. It features artists working in the beautiful collision between traditional rhythms and electronica/DJ culture. This year’s headliners include indie darlings Wild Belle, New York City’s afro-soul big band Budos Band, Chilean hip-hop emcee Ana Tijoux and Colombia’s rebellious cumbia experimentalists Puerto Candelaria.
When: April 10-1l
Where: North Beach Bandshell, Miami Beach

MIAMI BEACH GAY PRIDE – This annual event drew more than 60,000 people last year and features more than 125 LGTB-friendly vendors, exciting celebrities, musical performances, parties, parades, refreshments, food and a family-friendly play area. Actor Mario Lopez is this year’s Grand Marshal.
When: April 10-12
Where: Ocean Drive, between 5th and 15th Streets, Miami Beach

SOUTH BEACH COMEDY FESTIVAL – Be prepared to laugh yourself silly at this outstanding, if somewhat raunchy, gathering of top comedians. This year’s headliners include Hannibal Burress, Bill Burr, Mark Normand, Patton Oswalt and Michael Yo.
When: April 8-11
Where: The Fillmore, Miami Beach

FAB FILM-FEST FOURSOME — There are four film festivals of note in SoFla in April, two on the west coast (Sarasota Film Festival, April 10-19, and Fort Myers Beach Film Festival, April 22-26) and two on the east coast ( Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, April 24-May 3, and Miami and the Beaches Environmental Film Festival, April 15-19).
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POMPANO BEACH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – Yummy food for sure – but so much more. There’s a craft fair and lots of great music, including Loverboy and former Bad Company lead singer Brian Howe.
When: April 24-26
Where: On and near the Pompano Beach Pier in Pompano Beach

REDLANDS BLUES & BARBECUE FESTIVAL – The fifth annual bash features award-winning BBQ, but offers a whole lot more, too: a Miccosukee Indian alligator show, interactive Homestead Miami Speedway zone, bungee jumping, rock climbing and pony rides.
When: April 11-12
Where: Fruit & Spice Park, Homestead


FUNK FEST – Combining old school and new school rhythm and blues, the long-running Funk Fest brings its tour through Orlando. This year, R&B artists R. Kelly, Mint Condition, Silk and Whodini headline the lineup for this all-evening outdoor show with plenty of food and merchandise vendors.
When: April 18
Where: Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando

SUN ‘N FUN INTERNATIONAL FLY-IN & EXPO – This weeklong celebration of aviation is packed with activities for the young and old, the cutting edge and nostalgic, the adrenaline junkies and the picnic packers. Watch fighter jets soar and hot air balloons float after visiting entertaining and educational programs and expos.
When: April 21-26
Where: Lakeland

TAMPA BAY BLUES FEST – One of Florida’s most popular blues music events returns for the 20th year, set against the beautiful waterfront backdrop of Vinoy Park. Some of the featured acts include Boz Scaggs, Tower of Power, Southern Hospitality and The Lee Boys, and refreshments are plentiful, with tents serving seafood, barbeque, Cuban cuisine, beer, wine, and mixed drinks.
When: April 10-12
Where: Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg

FORT PIERCE OYSTER FESTIVAL – Oysters Casino, Oysters Mexicali, oyster stew, grilled oysters, raw oysters, fried oysters. While oyster lovers get their fill, festival goers will also contribute to a better ecosystem as shells will be gathered for oyster reef restoration projects. Anyone who doesn’t love the bivalves can nosh on other delicious dishes served at this charity event.
When: April 4
Where: Downtown Fort Pierce

FIESTA IN THE PARK – Experience the beauty of springtime weather in the most scenic area of downtown Orlando, where patrons can gaze at oil paintings, portraits, metal sculptures, Indian arts and crafts and other wares for sale while enjoying live music and feeding the geese in the Lake Eola. Pets welcome!
When: April 11-12
Where: Lake Eola, downtown Orlando

INDIAN RIVER FESTIVAL – This colorful and quaint festival is family-focused, with lots of interesting and fun activities for all ages including kite flying, kayaking, arts and crafts tents, food, music, an obstacle course and more. This year, adopt a rubber duck to enter into a river “race” across a finish line.
When: April 11-12
Where: Sandpoint Park, Titusville

FLORIDA BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL – Playing second fiddle to the strawberry, the Florida blueberry is often the state’s forgotten treat. But not at this annual festival, which features blueberry desserts, blueberry wines, blueberry vinegars and jams, as well as a beer garden, dog show, car show and a Blueberry Kids Zone.
When: April 11-12
Where: Brooksville

FESTIVAL OF CHOCOLATE – A touring chocolate celebration stops by Tampa, spreading cocoa love among the chocoholic attendees with traditional and creative desserts, candies and drinks. Small businesses show off their handmade products, pastry chefs and chocolatiers work their artistry and magic and chocolate advocacy groups (yes, these exist) educate guests on all that is wonderful about chocolate.
When: April 18-19
Where: Tampa

SUGAR SAND FESTIVAL – Honoring the Pinellas County beaches’ soft, white sand, this festival centers around a stunning display of sand sculptures crafted by 10 master sculptors who have nine days to create fairytale and literature-themed works. Be sure to check out Saturday’s fireworks show celebrating the City of Clearwater’s 100th birthday.
When: April 17-26
Where: Pier 60, Clearwater Beach

BOOMTOWN DAYS – The small town of Dunnellon pays homage to its roots — the discovery here of phosphate in the 1800s. Don’t miss the Lil’ Miss and Mr. Dunellon Pageant, which is the highlight event among other entertainment, crafts vendors and delicious BBQ and fair food tents.
When: April 18
Where: Historic Dunnellon

– In this unusual combination of Easter and surfboards, the Easter Surf Festival has something for everyone, particularly if you love Florida’s east coast waves. Along with various levels of surfing and skim board competitions, there’s an Easter egg hunt and a special sunrise service on the beach.
When: April 3-5
Where: Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach

LEESBURG BIKEFEST Unleash your wild side at this loud and raucous three-day event devoted to motorcycles, music and gentleh mayhem. Lita Ford and Puddle of Mudd perform for thousands of bikers and bike culture fans, and there’s also a tattoo expo, a classic bike show, bikini contests and more.
When: April 24-26
Where: Leesburg

SIESTA FIESTA – Siesta Key Village blocks off its streets for a weekend to create the perfect springtime art show only blocks from the Gulf of Mexico and its delightful breeze. Admire or buy paintings, glass art, metalwork, jewelry, sculptures and photography, or check out the live bands and nearby shops.
When: April 11-12
Where: Siesta Village, Siesta Key

FESTA ITALIANA – Historic Ybor City is known for its Cuban roots thanks to its former cigar-rolling jobs, but the district also likes to honor its Italian culture as well. The Festa Italiana, which began in 1997, kicks off with a wine party featuring more than 70 wines, as well as Italian antipasti, cuisine and desserts. It ends with the main event, during which dozens of the Tampa Bay area’s top restaurants and catering companies serve delicious dishes and tastings.
When: April 9-12
Where: Historic Ybor City, Tampa

CENTRAL FLORIDA EARTH DAY– Learn about Florida’s endangered species, sample some vegan foods, learn some Tahitian dance moves, buy some plants and paint a “paper bag mushroom” at Central Florida’s longest-running Earth Day celebration.
When: April 25
Where: Lake Eola Park, Orlando


BLUE ANGELS PRACTICE  Ooh and aah while the world-famous pilots speed by overhead at speeds of 700 miles per hour while defying physics with their dazzling aerial feats. This is a great chance to catch the Pensacola-based Blue Angels during their hour-long, mid-week practices.  The Blues sign autographs after Wednesday sessions in the Blue Angels Atrium at the National Naval Aviation Museum.
When: April 1-2, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29
Where: Naval Air Station Pensacola

THIRD ANNUAL SUWANNEE RIVER PADDLING FESTIVAL  Catch a glimpse of lazy gators and turtles sunning themselves during a morning paddle along two of North Florida’s most gorgeous rivers: the Suwanee (Saturday) and Withlacoochee (Sunday). Shuttles will transport paddlers upriver from the festival’s home base at Suwanee River State Park; kayak or canoe rentals can be arranged. The festival also includes a concert (benefitting regional waterway conservation), paddling demos and an evening ghost tour.
When: April 3-5
Where: Suwanee River State Park near Live Oak

COTTONTAIL TEA PARTY & EASTER GARDEN BRUNCH  Who says Peter Cottontail doesn’t need a beach vacation? Shine those shoes, press your Mini Me’s suit and dress your angel in her Easter finest for tea party with the bunny of the hour that includes miniature sandwiches, sweets and a souvenir photo. Then, enjoy a more adult-friendly Easter Brunch on Sunday featuring an elaborate spread that includes a seafood bar, prime rib carving station, omelets and a dessert station with sweets to die for. Splurge and send your children to sleep with even sweeter dreams than normal when you make arrangements for the Easter Bunny to tuck the little ones in at bedtime. Reservations required for both events.
When: April 4-5
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

ONE SPARK: Help discover the next big thing when you cast your vote for the innovative, entrepreneurial or just ridiculously cool ideas at the world’s largest crowd-funding festival. More than 550 creators will attempt to woo your votes to get their piece of this year’s $350,000 pie, distributed through public voting and the festival’s jurors. You’ll see everything from budding filmmakers to app developers. Other events include the ticketed speaker series, a food truck and restaurant alley featuring Jax eats and One Spark After Dark where you can drink and dance the night away under the stars.
When: April 7-15
Where: various venues, downtown Jacksonville

WORD OF [SOUTH]  Be the first! Attend this inaugural festival, which will explore the relationship between musicians and authors with lectures geared to both book and music lovers. Author Mary Gaitskill will appear with singer Peg Simone, the Avett Brothers will play a pre-festival concert on April 10, actor and 2015 Oscar winner J.K. Simmons will be on stage with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. Best-selling author Ann Patchett is one of top draws to this two-day event showcasing the work of 200 authors and musicians.
When: April 11-12
Where: Cascades Park, Tallahassee

15TH ANNUAL SOPCHOPPY WORM GRUNTIN’ FESTIVAL  In Sopchoppy, that age-old idiom about the early bird getting the worm is a way of life for earthworm harvester Gary Revell. Revell and his wife spend their mornings making “music”, which sounds like grunting, to coax thousands of earthworms from the dirt. This is one festival for which it pays to get out of bed at sunrise to participate in the 5K run and watch a live worm gruntin’ demo. Of course, there are other events, too, like the crowning of the Earthworm King and Queen, the Wakulla County Horseshoe Championship, live music and art vendors.
When: April 11
Where: downtown Sopchoppy

NORTH FLORIDA VEGFEST  Florida has no shortage of festivals that are an ode to various kinds of seafood and grilled meats, which makes this celebration of healthy, local plant-based eating a fantastic addition to the food fest scene. Attend vegan cooking demos, sample vegan food from veg-friendly restaurants or food purveyors and attend lectures by nationally known speakers and authors.
When: April 4
Where: Cascades Park, Tallahassee

20TH ANNUAL RHYTHM & RIBS FESTIVAL: Kiss a pig, groove to live music and fulfill your BBQ craving at this three-day extravaganza voted by St Augustine locals as the city’s best festival in both 2013 and 2014. Rusted Root (Friday night) joins 2014 festival headliner Sister Hazel (Saturday night) and Billy Buchanan & Free Ave (Sunday night) to keep the stage rocking and the party going. Also arts and crafts vendors, rides and kids’ activities and a Kiss the Pig contest.
When: April 10-12
Where: Francis Field

BRADFORD COUNTY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL  Bradford County berries, “the sweetest strawberries this side of heaven,”  may not have the statewide cache of those from Plant City, and its annual festival — held during the peak growing season — doesn’t attract top country stars to rock the countryside. But it is a downhome family festival featuring free train rides, two days of live music and, of course, strawberry shortcake.
When: April 11-12
Where: downtown Starke

29TH ANNUAL SANDESTIN WINE FESTIVAL  Life doesn’t get much better than yoga and mimosas at sunrise on the beach while the gentle waves of the Gulf provide a soothing soundtrack. You’re already picturing yourself doing your sun salutation, correct? Mind.Body.Beach is the newest additional to this fantastic fete, which features nightly wine dinners with celebrity chefs, a champagne and seafood cruise and live music performances by Free Monica, Maggie Chapman and the Chris Alvarado Trio during Friday and Saturday’s Grand Tasting.
When: April 16-19
Where: Village of Baytowne Wharf, Destin

34TH ANNUAL DOWN HOME DAYS FESTIVAL: Take a fun-filled day trip to one of the “Best Little Towns in Florida” for the three-day festival featuring a themed parade (Slam Dunk for Exercise!), a classic car show, 1K and 5K runs, a watermelon seed-spitting and an antique tractor and engine show. The event’s highlight is a celebrity basketball game featuring Melvin Adams, Michael St. Julien and Alex Sanders — former members of the Harlem Globetrotters.
When: April 17-18
Where: Madison, various venues

17TH ANNUAL APALACHICOLA ANTIQUE & CLASSIC BOAT SHOW  With 1,200 miles of coastline through the state, Floridians love spending time in and on the water. Although there is no shortage of boat shows, the picturesque Gulf coast town is home to one of the few that rivals the classic car shows in the state. Instead of gleaming hubcaps, you’ll find antique outboard engines; instead of a lovingly restored Model T, you’ll be able to admire the workmanship of 50-foot Traders’ Canoe used in the late 1700s. Also on display: authentic oyster boats, steam engine demos and model boat building for kids.
When: April 18
Where: Water Street, Apalachicola

FLORIDA BIRDING AND PHOTO FEST  Learn flash techniques and the best way to photograph Florida’s abundant bird species in nature during this five-day festival, featuring 170 lectures conducted by 19 top wildlife photographers who take you on nature tours by boat or kayak to the reserve’s more secluded locales. Globetrotting adventure travelers will also benefit from more photography lectures about more exotic locales like Australia or the wilderness of Japan. Show your fieldwork off from the week in either the adult or young birder’s (under 17) contests.
When: April 22-26
Where: GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, Ponte Vedra Beach

NORTH FLORIDA WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL  With warm weather finally arriving in North Florida, green thumbs can fill in backyard paradises with new flowering plants and get tips on how create a sustainable garden. The event includes speakers, demos, as well as a marketplace full of plant and garden accessory vendors. Explore historic downtown Blountstown by visiting the M&B Train Depot Museum & Park or take in an exhibit of photography by Clyde Butcher (Florida’s Ansel Adams) at the Preble-Rish Gallery.
When: April 25
Where: downtown Blountstown

CHIPOLA FEATHER FEST  Explore the Florida Panhandle backwoods during a variety of field trips geared to birders who can check off their list sought-after species – such as Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Bachman’s Sparrow, Mississippi Kite, Swainson’s Warbler, Purple Gallinule — if they’re lucky. For those less interested in feathered varieties or carrying a pair of binoculars, there’s always the Gopher Tortoise and, of course, alligators.
When: April 24-26
Where: Citizen’s Lodge, Marianna

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Another Bloomin’ Festival – On April 4th, downtown Metter comes alive with typical festival sights and sounds in addition to a celebration of Easter. For extra fun individuals and familes are invited to the Metter Municipal Airport for the annual Bloomin’ Fly-In.

7.)  Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival –Former Olympic site the Georgia International Horse Park will host the 2015 version of the festival March 21st and 22nd in Conyers.  Visitors will enjoy multiple stages of continuous entertainment featuring international music, dance, games, food, 300 arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, and more.

8.)  Atlanta Dogwood Festival – April 10-12 Atlanta’s Piedmont Park will host one of the city’s most beloved festivals- the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Now in its 79th year, the festival will feature a nationally renowned-juried Fine Artist Market,  Kids Village featuring huge inflatables, arts & crafts and face painting for all ages, as well as the ever-popular 24-foot rock-climbing wall. A wide variety of live musical entertainment and food will complete the festival experience.

9.)  Perry Dogwood Festival – April 11th and 12th downtown Perry will feature a festival highlighting the best entertainment the town can offer including a hot air balloon rally, dog diving competition, arts and crafts festival, running events, fishing tournament, and flapjack fundraiser.

10.)  Geranium Festival – Arts and crafts vendors from across the southeastern United States will gather just off 1-75 in McDonough to sell their wares on May 16th. Festival food, a children’s area, and a section highlighting local businesses all make this day family-friendly and fun.

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Event Date Event End Date Event Name
10/17/2014 4/30/2015 “My Name is Omar: A Life in the Struggle for Liberation” exhibit

4/4/2015 4/5/2015 Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee

4/9/2015 4/11/2015 Albino Spring Skunk Music Fest

4/11/2015 4/11/2015 SC Chili Cook-off Championship

4/12/2015 4/12/2015 ShalomFest

4/17/2015 4/18/2015 Hub City Hog Fest

4/17/2015 4/18/2015 Pickens Azalea Festival

4/24/2015 4/24/2015 Reedy River Jazz and Wine Festival

5/1/2015 5/2/2015 Mayberry Comes to Westminster

5/1/2015 5/3/2015 Spring Fling Spartanburg

5/2/2015 5/2/2015 Annual Strawberry Festival

5/2/2015 5/2/2015 Tamassee Craft Brew Celebration

5/8/2015 5/8/2015 Blue Ridge Fest

5/8/2015 5/10/2015 Artisphere

5/9/2015 5/16/2015 Joe Nall Memorial Fly-In

5/11/2015 5/17/2015 BMW Charity Pro-Am

5/14/2015 5/17/2015 Greenville Greek Festival

5/23/2015 5/23/2015 The “Palmetto State” Chili Cookoff
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