Please check individual websites for complete details; be aware that dates can change and cancellations may occur.


     Florida Events for March and April 2021

    Whatever your passion, Florida has something for you. Here are just some of the major events (both outside and virtual) scheduled in the Sunshine State.  Please check individual websites for more details.

    South Florida/Outdoors, Socially Distanced Events 
    South Florida/Virtual Events

    Central Florida/Outdoors, Socially Distanced Events 
    Central Florida/Virtual Events

    North Florida/Outdoors, Socially Distanced Events
    North Florida/Virtual Events

     

    Players on eight teams from all over the world will be playing in a series of high goal matches during the four-day Miami Beach Polo World Cup.

    Players on eight teams from all over the world will be playing in a series of high goal matches during the four-day Miami Beach Polo World Cup.

    - Miami Beach Polo World Cup

     

    SOUTH FLORIDA 

    OUTDOORS / SOCIALLY DISTANCED EVENTS
         

    J.N. “DING” DARLING WILDLIFE REFUGE – You can still drive, hike or bike through the four-mile wildlife drive every day. (Except Friday, to give wildlife a day off!) The Indigo Trail and the Bailey Tract are the trails still open. Sightings can include a large variety of wading birds and shorebirds, raccoons, marsh rabbits, alligators and occasionally otters and bobcats.
    When: Any time
    Where:
    J. N. “Ding Darling Wild Life Refuge, Captiva Island
    Web:
    fws.gov/refuge/JN_Ding_Darling/visit/visitor_activities 

    FORT MYERS SCAVENGER HUNTS – Let’s Roam has some good ones for Fort Myers and all the stops are outdoors. You’ll walk from landmark to landmark to discover art, culture and history. Search plaques, statues and art to solve riddles that can only be found on location. Work with a team to answer trivia questions and complete photo challenges. Earn extra points for each hidden treasure and photo your team takes.
    When: Any day you want, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Where: Fort Myers
    Web: letsroam.com/scavenger_hunt/Fort_Myers_Scavenger_Hunt

    TWILIGHT GREEN MARKET AT WELLINGTON – It’s focused on growing a true community market which will feature unique, locally-sourced fresh farm-to-fork produce from farmers and growers, ranging from fruits and vegetables, herbs, spices and fresh flowers to everyday favorites like fresh baked goods and local Florida honey. In addition, the Market will showcase artisan foods, seafood, flowers, breads, and pastries, an eclectic array of locally grown herbs, cooking demos, artists and crafters and incorporate plant-based and vegetarian products. Exhibitors and attendees are required to wear masks. Exhibitors will have hand sanitizers available.
    When:
    Every Friday evening through March 26
    Where:
    Town Center Boardwalk (with Lake Wellington as a backdrop), Wellington
    Web:
    festivalmanagementgroup.com

    FORT LAUDERDALE SCAVENGER HUNT: BY THE NEW RIVER – Download an app and take this self-guided scavenger hunt. It will be easy to social distance and there are no inside locations. Walk from landmark to landmark to discover art, culture and history. Search plaques, statues and art to solve riddles that can only be found on location.
    When: 
    Any day you want, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Where: 
    Along the New River in Fort Lauderdale
    Web: 
    letsroam.com

    STATE PARKS OPENING! – As the state undergoes various stages of reopening, so are most of the Sunshine State’s beautiful 175 state parks. The parks folks have been busy during the closings, repairing hundreds of buildings and other facilities and treating large patches of invasive exotic plants. Parks Director Eric Draper is looking forward to visitors returning and enjoying the parks while demonstrating proper safety procedures. At parks where camping is offered, there may also be measures in place such as reduced density. Meanwhile, if you can’t make it in person, check out the “Parks from Anywhere” program, a web-based way for you and your family to learn more about Florida’s wildlife and includes coloring sheets, park webcams and other activities.
    When: Now
    Where: Throughout Florida
    Web: floridastateparks.org

    DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK – Dive a shipwreck, swim through the third-largest coral reef in the world and tour a Civil War-era fort. You can do all this without leaving home, thanks to the virtual tour of this this secluded, 100-acre national park that sits 70 miles west of Key West. One of the most awe-inspiring sights at the park is the historic Fort Jefferson and its natural beauty that just might inspire a trip there in the future.
    When: Ongoing
    Web: artsandculture.withgoogle.com/dry-tortugas

    FLORIDA LOBSTER SEASON – There’s the mini season that lasts two days and the regular season that lasts eight months. The start of the regular season means that this is the time when restaurants can start serving up delicious lobster creations. An annual Lobsterfest in Key West scheduled for August was canceled due to Covid-19.  But you can still go catch the crusty crustaceans and enjoy great lobster meals prepared in a variety of ways. There are good tips on how to catch the critters at the website below.
    When:
    The regular season runs through March 31, 2021.
    Where:
    All over Florida
    Web:
    floridalobstering.com/lobster-season

    A DAY AT THE MUSEUM – Museums, thankfully, are starting to let visitors in for live shows. Here are some of the new exhibitions:
    ·        Real Bodies: The Exhibition -- Visitors will see real, perfectly preserved human bodies (bones, organs and muscles) and hundreds of anatomical specimens. The goal of the exhibition is to connect audiences to a deeper sense of what it means to be alive. You’ll come away with an understanding of how various anatomical systems work together to comprise the human experience.
    When: Now through April 3
    Where: South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, West Palm Beach
    Web:  sfsciencecenter.org/
    ·        Collecting Stories – This exhibit focuses on works pulled from the Morikami Museum’s 8,000-piece permanent collection and is its first new exhibition since March. You can explore how Japanese visual culture has reflected changes in society, politics and modernization and learn how everyday functional objects can express deep spirituality. Masks must be worn inside and outside when six-feet of social distancing is not possible.
    When: Now through April 3
    Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach
    Web: morikami.org

    MANOLO VALDES: THE LEGACY – Valdes is a noted Spanish artist who works in paint, mixed media and sculpture. Eighteen of his larger-than-life sculptures will be presented in 12 locations in Miami for six months, with several programs organized around the exhibition, such as guided tours, educational programs for students, public workshops, pop-up performances and the publication of a special-edition book.
    When: Now through the end of May, 2021
    Where: Various locations in Miami
    Web: dorcam.org

    ALLIED WITH POWER: AFRICAN AND AFRICAN DIASPORA ART – This art exhibit consists of a sizable selection of African and African Diaspora artists and highlights artists whose work embody the possibilities and complexities these contemporary times. It showcases a wide range of practices and themes, including abstraction, politics, spirituality and race. Face coverings are required and there will be a reduced capacity to help contribute to social distancing.
    When: Now through July 31
    Where: Perez Art Museum, Miami
    Web: pamm.org

    UNDERWATER BURLESQUE SHOWS – You’ll be able to enjoy living mermaids from MeduSirena and her pod of Aquaticats performing from a porthole view while enjoying a tropical cocktail and dining on fresh seafood. Recently added is a show with The Aquamen. Admission to the show is $60 per person, with a credit of $45 toward food and beverages during the show. Patrons are required to wear masks except while eating and drinking. There will be no bar seating and no dancing. Tables will be spaced out and capacity has been cut by 50 per cent.
    When: Ongoing. The ladies perform every Friday and Saturday night and the men are on Thursday night.
    Where: Wreck Bar at B Ocean Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
    Web: bhotelsandresorts.com/b-ocean-resort/eat-drink/mermaids-at-the-wreck-bar/

    PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW – If you want a boat, need a boat or you like to fantasize about boats, this one’s for you. You’ll see an amazing array of vessels – from Cigarette, Comanche, Super Cat, inflatables, cruisers, runabouts, fishing boats, high performance, bow riders and, of course, 150-foot super yachts. You’ll also find a full lineup of accessories and nautical fashions. It all adds up to one of the top boat shows in the country, especially with the newly added Superyacht Show Palm Beach as part of the festivities. There will also be a free kids (ages 4-16) fishing clinic, jetpack demos, electric surfboards, paddleboards and Hobie kayaks. For an enhanced experience, check out the Windward VIP Club. Face masks are required and temperatures will be taken at admittance.
    When: March 25-28 in 2021
    Where: Lake Worth Lagoon in downtown West Palm Beach and the Flagler Museum
    Web: showmanagement.com

    MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FAIR & EXPOSITION – It’s one of the top fairs/expositions in the country, drawing about 600,000 people each year. It might not draw as many this year due to Covid-19, but those that do attend are sure to have a good time. The organizers are planning to include a full fair experience, including heart-pounding rides, two huge Kiddielands, yummy fair food, livestock and agricultural competitions, pig races and live music. Masks are required and temperatures will be taken upon entrance.
    When: March 18-April 11, except March 22-24 and April 5-7
    Where: Fair Expo Center, Miami
    Web: thefair.me/thefair/

    COLLIER COUNTY FAIR – All the county-fare staples are included: livestock shows and competitions, arcade games, carnival rides, live music, kids’ activities, and all the cotton candy you could ever want. Masks are not required (but recommended) outdoors but they are required for indoor events. Temperatures will be taken at the entrance gate.
    When: March 18-28
    Where: Collier County Fairgrounds, Naples
    Web: colliercountyfair.com

    PLAY BALL! (hopefully…) – At press time, Spring Training for the four Major League Baseball teams in Palm Beach County and the two in Lee County was still scheduled to start on time. Check the web sites below for schedules and Covid-19 requirements.
    When: Throughout the month of March
    Where: For the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins, Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. For the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, Ball Park of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach. For the Boston Red Sox, JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. For the Minnesota Twins, CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers.
    Web: rogerdeanstadium.com for the Cardinals and Marlins; ballparkpalmbeaches.com for the Nationals and Astros; redsox.com/jetbluepark for the Red Sox; twinsbaseball.com for the Twins.

    THE HONDA CLASSIC – The Professional Golfers Association is slowly dipping its toes into the some-fans-allowed waters and such will be case at this stop on the tour. There will be a limited number of fans allowed in each of the four days of the tour and the pro-ams before it. At press time that number had not yet been determined. The Honda Classic is known for its iconic “Bear Trap,” consisting of one the most famous three-hole stretches on tour (15th, 16th and 17th). The tournament always attracts the top golfers in the world, but the field had not yet been announced at press time. Check the web site below for updates. Face coverings are required.
    When: March 15-21
    Where: PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens
    Web: thehondaclassic.com

    THE ART HEIST EXPERIENCE – It’s an outdoor walking show based on a true story about an art caper. You will move through five locations to pick up clues about who did the dastardly deed, interacting with folks portraying criminals, con men, art experts and detectives. The plot borrows a lot from a ripped-from-the-headlines scandal in 1990, when two thieves dressed up as police and went into the Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and stole $500 million worth of works by such biggies as Rembrandt, Manet and Vermeer. Even though the event is outdoors, face coverings are required.
    When and Where: Tuesdays through Sundays March 16-April 4 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale and March 18-April 4 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami
    Web: BrowardCenter.org and ArshtCenter.org

    BROWARD COUNTY WATERWAY CLEANUP – Here is a good way to go outdoors and do a good deed at the same time. It used to be a crowded one-day event but now has been expanded to all weekends in March to spread the participants over multiple days. Even if you don’t have a boat, you can help clean up shorelines. Masks are not required because you will be outdoors, but organizers recommend you bring one just in case you are in a situation where you can’t socially distance. Unfortunately, the opening party and closing Trash Bash have been cancelled this year.
    When: Every Saturday and Sunday in March
    Where: Various locations in Broward County
    Web: waterwaycleanup.org

    ARCADIA ALL-FLORIDA CHAMPIONSHIP RODEO – The 93rd  version (no wonder it is called “The Granddaddy of ’Em All”) of this Stetson hat-studded event includes saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, calf roping and bull riding. There are kids’ events, too: mutton bustin’, calf scramble, barrel racing and steer and bull riding. The event is under roof cover, but it is not a fully enclosed facility. Masks are not required, but they are recommended.
    When: March 11-14 in 2021
    Where: Mosaic Arena, Arcadia
    Web: arcadiarodeo.com>

    CULTURE FOR FREE EVERY THURSDAY EVENING! – The Museum of Art & Design in Miami offers groundbreaking exhibitions and programs that aim to foster a reimagined Miami. Currently on exhibit is Body Electric, a major show that looks at our fraught relationship with technology, particularly the increasingly inescapable interface between our bodies and screens.
    When: Thursday evenings from now through at least the end of March
    Where: The Museum of Art and Design in the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami
    Web: mdcmoad.org

    SATURDAY AFTERNOON POLO – Bring your family and friends and a picnic basket and enjoy an afternoon of polo in a beautiful setting. There are two matches, at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Masks are not required, but bring one just in case you come across a situation where you can’t be socially distanced from somebody.
    When: Every Saturday afternoon through the end of June
    Where: Hobe Sound Polo Club, Hobe Sound
    Web: eventbrite.com/e/saturday-afternoon-polo-at-the-hobe-sound-polo-club-tickets-136474770713

    ARTS & CRAFT SHOWS – The scene starts to slow down a bit in March, but there are still some good ones from which to choose (All are outdoors. Masks required for all of them, except the last one. For that show masks are recommended.):
    ·      Palm Beach Gardens Medical ArtFest by the Sea, March 13-14, Juno Beach; artfestival.com
    ·      Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival, March 13-14; artfestival.com
    ·      Original Boca Art Show at Boca Center, March 20-21, in Boca Raton; artfestival.com
    ·      Downtown Naples Art Show, March 20-21; naplesart.org
    ·      Downtown Stuart Craft Fair, March 27-28; artfestival.com
    ·      Naples Open Air Fine Art Show, March 27-28, at the Naples Italian American Club, Naples; hotworks.org

    MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL – Things will look a little different this year, as it will be both live-in-person and virtual. This fest always offers an eclectic array of feature films, shorts and documentaries and this year is no exception. The opening and closing night films are directed by Miamians: Edson Jean’s “Ludi” and Jayme Gershen’s “Birthright.” Various awards will be given out: including to legends Rita Moreno and Pedro Almodovor and hot new actors Riz Ahmed (“The Sound of Metal”), Aldis Hodge (he portrays football great Jim Brown in “One Night in Miami”), singer-turned-actress Andra Day (she plays Billie Holliday in “(The United States vs. Billie Holliday”). When you purchase tickets, the two seats to the left and the two seats to the right of your group will be automatically blocked out and there is plenty of room between rows. Masks are required.
    When: March 5-14
    Where: The 17-auditorium Silverspot Cinema in downtown Miami for the in-person showings and from where ever you are for the virtual part of the festival
    Web: miamifilmfestival.com for general information and miamifilmfestival.com/tickets-faq/ for information on how to enjoy the virtual events

    HAPPY 110TH BIRTHDAY, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS – The great playwright visited and worked in the Keys from 1942 until his death in 1983 and you can celebrate his 110th birthday and his life at this multiple-events festival. Highlights include a series of classic movies adapted from his award-winning plays, a short story contest, a poetry contest, a plein air painting contest and a tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum. The films that were adapted from his plays at this year’s fest are: “Suddenly Last Summer,” “The Fugitive Kind,” “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone,” and “The Rose Tattoo.” Masks and social distancing are required for all the live events. The virtual highlight of the festival is “Tandy Talks Tennessee,” featuring actress Tandy Cronyn, daughter of legendary actors Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn. Ms. Cronyn will talk about her mother (she starred as Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire”), father and Williams. She will also read from playwright’s poetry collection, share reminiscences and participate in a conversation about her family and Williams with Steven Kitsakos of the Tennessee Williams Museum.
    When: Various dates in March
    Where: Various locations in Key West and from where ever you are for the virtual events
    Web: kwahs.org/upcoming-events/category/event/special-events/tennessee-williams-celebration

    EGG-VENTURE – Zoo Miami is calling all explorers to come and discover in a whole new say. While enjoying a stroll through the park families can use clues to find 12 fun eggs hidden throughout the walkways. You’ll be able to use an app on your phone to help you find the clues. Once finished, guests can redeem a prize of eight treat-filled eco- friendly eggs. Egg-Venture is included with admission to the zoo.
    When: March 4-April 4
    Where: Zoo Miami, Miami
    Web: zoomiami.org/zoo-events/event/2056486

    TRAILBLAZERS: BROWARD COUNTY CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE – In honor of Women’s History Month, you can experience a 40-image photo exhibition that celebrates Broward County women – present and past -- who have helped forge a path toward equality, prosperity and progress. Past pioneering women include Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, author and founder/publisher of the Seminole Tribune; Dr. Susie Holley, prominent philanthropist; Edee Green, award winning journalist and one of the founders of Kids In Distress in the county; Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, prominent suffragette and the first woman teacher in Fort Lauderdale, and Ester Lilly Gates, the county’s first woman president of the State Supervisors of Elections. Masks are required.
    When: Now through March 28
    Where: Galleria Mall, Fort Lauderdale
    Web: historyfortlauderdale.org

    MILE0FEST – The fact that this multi-group (some 60 bands!) music festival is actually happening this year is a really big deal! It’s one of the first such festivals of this magnitude to return. It features Red Dirt & Americana music and the lineup is outstanding. The headliners are Lucinda Williams, Blackberry Smoke, the Randy Rogers Band, Pat Green, Shovels & Rope, Old 97’s, Wade Bowen, Roger Creager, Jack Ingram, Hayes Carll, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Stoney LaRue and American Aquarium. At press time, all the VIP packages had been sold out. Single-day tickets were due to go on sale sometime around the middle of March and organizers expect them to sell out quickly, especially because reduced capacity for all shows will be in effect. Masks are required.
    When: April 27-May 1
    Where: Various venues in Key West, with most of the shows will be at the outdoors Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheater
    Web: mile0fest.com

    MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP – In Europe, they play polo in the snow, so why not beach polo in SoFla? Players on eight teams from all over the world will be playing in a series of high goal matches during the four-day event. There will be reduced capacity and all spectators will be sitting at tables that are properly spaced out. Masks do not have to be worn at the tables but they are required when people are moving around the grounds.
    When: April 22-25
    Where: The sands of Miami Beach at Collins Park.
    Web: miamipolocup.com

    U.S. OPEN PICKLEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS – This is a world-class international event, attracting the best players in the world, as well as pickleball enthusiasts of all ages and ability levels. It’s being held at a 64-court venue which is one of the best in the country. Masks will be required inside the Expo Tents and any area where you can’t maintain a safe distance from others. There also will reduced capacity, including at the Landshark Beer Garden where you can enjoy live music, beverages and yummy meals.
    When: April 17-24
    Where: East Naples Community Park, Naples
    Web: usopenpickleballchampionship.com

    WELLINGTON BACON & BOURBON FESTIVAL – Two American favorites, bourbon and bacon, are wrapped together in a two-day, palate-pleasing party. Taste an array of bacon and pork-related dishes such as braised pork bellies with tamari, garlic, ginger & chili peppers, and polish it off with bacon ice cream. Try an eclectic selection of bourbon and whiskeys and learn more about the spirits via seminars and tastings. It’s an all-outdoor event, but masks will be required.
    When: April 24-25
    Where: Village of Wellington Town Center Promenade
    Web: baconbourbonfest.com

    SWEET CORN FIESTA -- Sunshine yellow, hot and buttery! What’s not to like about freshly harvested sweet corn grown locally in the famous black soil of The Glades Region in The Palm Beaches. Combine the delectable eats with the all-day events of a harvest celebration and you have a family-friendly treat like no other. Live music, lots of summertime foods and kids activities will keep you smiling all day long. There will also be a sweet corn eating challenge and a corn shucking contest. Masks (except when actively eating or drinking) and social distancing are required.
    When: April 25
    Where: Yesteryear Village on the South Florida Fairground in West Palm Beach.
    Web: pickyourown.org/CornFestivals.htm

    ORCHID & PLANT FESTIVAL – Plant lovers will have the opportunity to vividly experience (and purchase) diverse, colorful and fragrant varieties of orchids, tropical plants and herbs and fruit trees. There’s more, too: garden art, cocktails, birds of prey and other animals. Masks are required and the capacity will be limited.
    When: April 10-11
    Where: Sawgrass Nature Center, Coral Springs
    Web:  sawgrassnaturecenter.org

    BLACK GOLD JUBILEE – This annual festival pays homage to the rich soil (hence, Black Gold) of the Glades Region (consisting of Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay) at the end of the harvest season. Highlights include great food, country music, a parade and a fireworks show. Masks are required (except while actively eating or drinking) and temperatures will be taken upon entry. Social distancing should be practiced when not in your own family pod.
    When: April 17
    Where: Torry Island Campground & Marina
    Web: blackgoldjubilee.org

    THE FLORIDA OUTDOOR EXPO – Consumers and attendees will experience interactive environment with manufacturers, dealers and retailers, all showing the latest in archery, backyard living, biking, boating, camping, fishing, hunting, motorsports, outdoor vacations and watersports. There will be product demonstrations, seminars, classes, food courts, live entertainment and lots of kid-friendly events. One new addition this year that is sure to be popular is the Dock Dogs competition, i.e., dogs jumping off docks. It’s a part outdoor/part indoor event, with masks required and temperature checks administered upon entrance.
    When: April 23-25
    Where: Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach
    Web: floridaoutdoorexpo.com

    AFFAIR OF THE ARTS – This is a substitute and relocation for the annual and very popular Delray Affair. It will include many of the artists and crafters who routinely appear at the Delray Affair. It will also include food vendors and live music. Attendees will be able to enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer as they peruse the art. It’s an-all outdoor event, but masks are required.
    When: April 11-13
    Where: The parking lot at the Boynton Beach mall
    Web: festivalmanagementgroup.com/

    SUNCOAST BBQ & BLUEGRASS HOOT ‘N’ ANNIE – There will be a three-course BBQ dinner prepared by champion pitmaster Dana Hillis and bluegrass entertainment by The Grascals, a six-piece bluegrass band from Nashville. Seating will be limited and the venue requires that masks be worn, except while actively eating or drinking.
    When: April 17
    Where: Fox Lea Farm, Venice
    Web: suncoastbbqbash.com/hootenannie/

    FLORIDA AIDS WALK & MUSIC FESTIVAL – While HIV and AIDS have fallen out of the spotlight over the last several years, especially during the time of Covid-19, the epidemic is far from over. The Florida Aids Walk works to bring attention to this pressing issue. The music festival lineup had not yet been nailed down at press time, but check the website closer to the event.
    When: April 24
    Where: Fort Lauderdale and Fort Lauderdale Beach
    Web: floridaaidswalk.org

    CHUBB CLASSIC -- Do you like the aging-gracefully golfing greats, too?  Check out this Champions Tour event on a course designed by Greg Norman, as many of the best over-50 golfers compete for the $1.6 million in purse money. As of press time, no decision had been made as to whether fans will be allowed to attend. Check the web site below often, because no date for such an announcement has been posted.
    When: April 12-18
    Where: Tiburon Golf Club, Naples
    Web: chubbclassic.com

    DOWNTOWN WEST PALM BEACH ARTS FESTIVAL – At outdoor and pet-friendly event attendees are invited to stroll amidst life-size sculptures, paintings of all kinds, jewelry, photography and ceramics. Masks are mandatory, even if you wear a face shield.
    When: April 10-11
    Where: Rosemary Square in CityPlace, West Palm Beach
    Web: artfestival.com/festivals/11th-annual-downtown-west-palm-beach-art-festival

    SAVOR THE AVENUE -- You'll be able to dine outside at many of the restaurants on Delray Beach's main drag. The participating restaurants always take pride in cooking up something special for this event and this year is no exception. Reservations open up on March 15, so if you want to attend, you might want to book as soon as you see this, since it is a very popular event. Masks will be required (except while eating, of course) and temperature checks will be administered at check-in.
    When: April 19 (rain date is April 20)
    Where: Along East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach
    Web: downtowndelraybeach.com/savortheave

     SOUTH FLORIDA 

    VIRTUAL EVENTS
     

    THE VIRTUAL BASS – No, not the fish, the museum. Access all the interactive educational resources The Bass has to offer from your home via the museum’s virtual tour and video series. From virtual tours of select exhibits to thought provoking artist interviews and talks, there’s something for all to enjoy. If you’re interested in additional art-inspired home activities, check out @BassCreativityCenter on Instagram
    When:
    At your convenience
    Where:
    The Bass Museum, Miami
    Web:
    thebass.org/educational-resources

    THE PALM BEACH BOOK FESTIVAL – It’s an all-virtual event this year and there will be three panels. The first is “World War II Heroines in the Shadows: Codes, Cunning and Covert Ops.” It will include Larry Loftis, author of The Princess Spy and Kristin Harmel, author of The Book of Lost Names. The second features George Sanders, author of A Swim in a Pond in the Rain. The panel will be moderated by O Magazine editor Leigh Haber. The third is titled “You Don’t Have to be Jewish to Love This Panel!” It features movie director Barry Sonnenfeld, author of Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother! And Patricia Marx, author of You Can Only Yell at Me For One Thing at a Time. Florida Atlantic University is a co-host of the festival and the first 50 books by each participating panelist that are sold through the school’s bookstore will be signed by the author.
    When: March 19-20.
    Where: All three panels will be on Zoom
    Web: www.fauevents.com

    FORT LAUDERDALE VIRTUAL RECREATION CENTER – You’ll find free, fun and educational activities and resources for people of all ages. Visit the center often or follow the city’s social media channels for a variety of instructor-led classes, at-home activities and great ideas to keep you and your loved ones healthy, entertained and informed.
    When:
    At your convenience
    Where:
    Anywhere you are
    Web: fortlauderdale.gov/departments/parks-recreation/recreation

    #THEPLAYGROUND – The Miami-Dade Parks Recreation and Open Space department will present interactive videos you can watch from anywhere in order to enjoy the county’s parks. Videos will include fitness classes, tours of the parks and interactions with Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill. Programs change often, so check the web site below for updates.
    When:
    At your convenience
    Where:
    Anywhere you are
    Web:
    youtube.com/miamidadeparks

    LIVE TURTLE CAM – Learn about sea turtle conservation and rehabilitation via a live turtle cam. The newest patient is Te Fiti, a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle that was found in St. Lucie with a deep wound on its right front flipper. The wound is being treated with antibiotics and topically with honey and a therapeutic laser.
    When:
    Whenever you want
    Where:
    Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach
    Web:
    marinelife.org/seaturtles/rehab/turtlecam

    A NIGHT (OR DAY) AT THE MUSEUM – The Nova Southeastern Art Museum in downtown Fort Lauderdale allows you to peruse its world-renowned contemporary art with a virtual tour. Check out the current exhibition "Happy!” It’s meant to spark joy and a range of emotions with its floating cloud balloons and colorful rainbows. The museum is encouraging virtual guests to select a piece that resonates with them and then share how it makes them feel with a friend or loved one.
    When: Ongoing
    Web: nsuartmuseum.org/#virtual

    FLORIDA REP STAGE@HOME SERIES – After canceling the remainder of the 2020 season, the Florida Repertory Theatre has begun this new weekly program, hosted live on Zoom and streamlined to Facebook each Friday. The shows will feature a panel of experts and theater artists talking about a different aspect of producing professional theater.
    When: Ongoing
    Where: Florida Repertory Theatre, Fort Myers
    Web: FloridaRep.org

    FROST SCIENCE @HOME – This new digital platform learning series presented by the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami is perfect these days, with children having to stay home and not go to school. It gives visitors the opportunity to explore free educational resources, videos, DIY science activities and behind-the-scenes content. It also offers a 360 degrees exploration of a museum’s top exhibitions and a close look into the world of its resident rehabilitated loggerhead turtle, Miko. The museum also offers virtual tours of its current exhibits.
    When: Ongoing
    Web: frostscience.org/at-home

    ARSHT@HOME – Stay connected with Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center, the arts and one another. You will be able to unleash your create your own masterpiece with your family, alongside local teaching artists. Watch as Miami actors perform monologues from your favorite plays and musicals. Sing along to Spotify playlists curated by staff members and artists from across Miami. “Living Room Live” gives front-row access to intimate performances by Miami musicians. The “From Our Resident Companies” (ballet, opera and symphony) program will keep you entertained while staying safe at home.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    arshtcenter.org/ARSHT-AT-HOME

    KRAVIS @HOME – The Kravis Center has launched its digital stage, featuring a line-up concerts, dance performances, lectures, dramatic play readings, arts educations activities for kids of all ages. New experiences are added every week so be sure to vist often.
    When: Ongoing
    Webkravis.org/athome

    THE HENRY MORRISON FLAGLER MUSEUM -- Experience this National Historic Landmark in Palm Beach, as you take a virtual tour of Whitehall, Henry Flagler’s Gilded Age estate that was built in 1902. The mansion is 100,000 square feet and has 75 rooms. You’ll see some of the rooms on the first and second floors of the museum, the Pavilion, the library, the music room, the billiard room and several bedrooms.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    flaglermuseum.us/visiting/virtual-tours

    VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDEN – This beautiful estate of former agricultural industrialist John Deering on Biscayne Bay in Miami gives visitors a glimpse into a unique part of Miami’s history. Your virtual tour of this National Historic Landmark allows you to explore the grounds of the waterfront East Terrace, formal gardens (including the Orchidarium), ground floor of the estate, as well as the rooms along the north, south and east galleries.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    vizcaya.org/virtualtour

    BONNET HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDENS VIRTUAL AND VINTAGE TOUR – This is a beautiful and serene sanctuary across from the beach in Fort Lauderdale. If you’ve never seen it, take this virtual tour, which includes a four-part video series. The vintage videos offer special tours inside the home, historic lore told by the late Bonnet House owner Evelyn Bartlett and Irene Hart (who as a child lived at and near the Bonnet House) and extended clips from the Bartletts’ home movies. It’s a way to relive much simpler times, until the home reopens for tours.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    bonnethouse.org/virtual-tour-of-bonnet-house

    PEREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI (PAMM) DIGITAL MUSEUM -- PAMM is open 24/7 via its Digital Museum, offering guided video tours of works from its permanent collection and special exhibitions, art-making activities for kids and art talks. “Virtual Local Views at PAMM” features Miami artists discussing works on view at the museum. The “Live Virtual Scholl Lecture Series” offers conversations with art world figures.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    pamm.org/digital-museum

    CONCERTS FROM YOUR COUCH – Gobs of musical artists are streaming performances from their houses while they are practicing social distancing and that is great. But, the BB&T center in Sunrise has assembled a list of amazing full concerts from around the world that you can also watch from the comfort of your couch. Here’s the list: Lady Gaga, John Legend, Beyoncé,  Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Queen, the Dead & Company and Linkin Park.
    When: Ongoing
    Web: thebbtcenter.com/concerts-from-your-couch

    PALM BEACH COUNTY VIRTUAL CULTURAL EXPERIENCES, TOURS & CLASSES – Although many cultural organizations are closed, you can still enjoy what they have to offer. The broad categories are music and theater performances; history experiences and lectures; museum, art and gallery tours and lessons; science and nature experiences and dance classes.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Where:
    Various locations in Palm Beach County
    Web:
    palmbeachculture.com/virtual-palmbeachculture-experiences

    VIRTUAL BLUEGRASS CONCERTS – Every once in a while the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach has live entertainment and such was the case back in April when two top blue grass bands were scheduled to perform. That, of course, was canceled, but you can still see the two groups perform. The headlining act was to be Grand Ole Opry members and multiple-Grammy award nominees Dailey & Vincent and the opening act was2019 International Bluegrass Association Entertainers of the Year Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers. The folks at Flagler have compiled a list of websites where you can watch both perform.
    When: Ongoing.
    Where: Flagler Museum, Palm Beach
    Web:flaglermuseum.us/virtual-tour

    VIRTUAL CUBA LIBRE AND MOJITO COCKTAILS – Join Grace Della of Miami Culinary Tours as she goes on Zoom and prepares two of Miami’s most signature cocktails as she mixes in stories of the city’s history, culture and food. Be transported from the comfort of your own home to the tropics and feel the Miami-Cuban Spirit.
    When:
    Thursdays through Sundays, ongoing
    Where:
    Miami
    Web:
    miamiculinarytours.com

    FACTS ON THE TRACKS – The Gold Coast Railroad museum sends out interactive lessons that include facts about Florida railroad history, general railroad history and the museum’s history. Lessons begin with a video, text, a quiz and even a recipe.
    When:
    Every two weeks on Fridays
    Where:
    Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Miami
    Web:
    gcrm.org

    FLAMCAM AT THE EVERGLADES WONDER GARDENS – Who doesn’t like looking at beautiful flamingos? Well, now you can do that from the comfort of your own home, via the Flamingo FlamCam. Watch Amigo the Flamingo and the rest of the flamboyance (the official word for a gathering or flock of flamingos!) as they feed, preen and explore the flamingo lagoon and the beach. Other feathered friends, such as a white ibis and the gardens’ peafowl collection, including Picasso the Peacock (he’s the big blue one) and Prince Pierre (the white one). It’s best to check in at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the flamingos are fed.
    When:
    24 hours a day
    Where:
    Everglades Wonder Gardens, Bonita Springs
    Web:
    evergladeswondergardens.com

    JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE – Using interviews and rare archival footage, this film chronicles the recently-deceased civil rights icon’s 60 years of social activism and legislative action on voting rights, gun control, health care reform and immigration. Filmmaker Dawn Porter explores his childhood, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957.  In addition to interviews with Lewis and his family, the movie also features interviews with political leaders, congressional colleagues and other people who figured prominently in his life.
    When:
    At your convenience.
    Where:
    Streaming in support of Tower Theater in Miami
    Web:
    towertheatermiami.com/in-theater/john-lewis-good-trouble-virtual-theater

    J.N. “DING” DARLING WILDLIFE REFUGE – #DingAtHome, established because of Covid-19, includes virtual experiences that all ages can enjoy from home. Keep in touch often with this ever-evolving web page. There are Wildlife Webcams to help you enjoy nature from your home. The Official Refuge Facebook page offers daily themed activity videos.
    When:
    Any time
    Where: J. N. “Ding Darling Wild Life Refuge, Captiva Island
    Web:
    dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/ding-at-home

    NORTON FROM HOME – You can’t visit this West Palm Beach County museum at present but you can still see a whole lot that it offers. There are highlights of exhibits that appeared at the museum throughout the year before the closing, videos and podcasts of talks and behind-the-scenes features, activities inspired by the works of art and artists and you can explore highlights from the museum’s five curatorial departments (European, American, Chinese, Contemporary and Photography).
    When:
    Whenever you want
    Web:
    norton.org/building/NMAFromHome

    BOCA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS – As they say, the show must go on and this year’s fest will do that, albeit virtually. The organizers have put together another power packed lineup. The concerts and author discussions will be streamed only once on the festival’s web site. The concerts are: Boca native and Metropolitan Opera star soprano Nadine Sierra and friends; Grammy Award-winning Florida-based violinist James Ehnes and friends; the Festival of the Arts Boca All-Stars featuring Constantine Kidsopoulos and musicians from the Festival Orchestra, and Grammy Award-winning South Florida favorite jazz flutist Nestor Torres and his band. The authors will be retired four-star Naval officer Admiral James Stavrides, who will talk about leadership; Top-10 New York Times best seller Bruce Feiler (his latest is Life Is In The Transitions: Mastering Change At Any Age), and science journalist Sonia Shah (The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move and the very timely Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Coronavirus and Beyond).
    When: March 6-13
    Where: Anywhere you are
    Web: festivalboca.org

    If you CAN stand the heat, the spicy Pinellas Pepper Fest is sure to please.

    If you CAN stand the heat, the spicy Pinellas Pepper Fest is sure to please.

    - Pinellas Pepper Fest


    CENTRAL FLORIDA 

    OUTDOORS/SOCIALLY  DISTANCED EVENTS

    DRIVE-IN MOVIES – Drive-in movie theaters are enjoying a renaissance, catering to those who like to enjoy the group film-watching experience while also keeping a car’s length distance. The Central Florida region has a number of old fashioned drive-ins showing movies old and new, and patrons wearing masks can buy popcorn, soda and Twizzlers at the snack bars. Load up the family – some venues even allow pets – and check out some of the classics under the stars.
    When:
    Five days a week to daily; check hours online
    Where:
    Dade City, Ruskin, Lakeland, Ocala
    Web: 
    silvermoondrivein.com and ocaladrivein.info and joylandrivein.com and ruskinfamilydrivein.com

    LAKE APOPKA WILDLIFE DRIVE AUDIO TOUR – Go on your own mini-safari through the restored former farm fields of Lake Apopka North Shore, where you’ll find lots of native birds, turtles, alligators, bobcats, snakes and other wildlife, as well as spotting rare Florida plant species. The St. Johns River Water Management District created a cool audio tour, which you can access with your mobile device, as you drive along the 11-mile stretch and soak in the scenery and solitude.
    When:
    Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from sunrise to sunset
    Where:
    Lake Apopka North Shore farmlands, Orange County
    Web:
    sjrwmd.com/lands/recreation/lake-apopka/wildlife-drive

    LUKAS NURSERY BUTTERFLY ENCOUNTER – This year-round butterfly and bird conservatory is a fun and memorable experience for kids and adults alike, offering up-close encounters with stunningly graceful butterflies, chirping finches, Chinese button quail and lots and lots of beautiful plants and flowers. Learn about butterfly gardening and life cycles from the on-site experts and feed these fluttering friends right from your fingertips before peak season ends in late September. Can’t make the trip? The nursery offers virtual tours via its YouTube channel: youtube.com/lukasnurserybutterflyencounter
    When:
    Daily
    Where:
    Lukas Nursery, Oviedo
    Web:
    lukasnursery.com/butterfly-encounter

    FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL – A tradition that hails back to 1930s to promote the local strawberry crops, this delicious fair honors the plump, in-season juicy berries by serving them up in shortcakes, pies, sundaes and milkshakes. While the usual headline concerts have been eliminated and some activities will be limited due to COVID-19, the festival will still feature entertainment such as circus performers, livestock and lumberjack shows, smaller live music acts, a parade and other family fun.
    When:  March 4-14
    Where: Plant City
    Web: http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com/

    KUMQUAT FESTIVAL – Each year, the small town of Dade City celebrates what it calls “the little gold gems of the citrus industry” in its Kumquat Festival, a lively little fair featuring kumquat pies, kumquat jams, kumquat syrups, kumquat drinks and other special recipes using this oft-forgotten fruit. This year’s socially distanced event will have more than 200 vendors, a car and truck show, kids’ activities, a quilt show and live entertainment.
    When: March 27
    Where: Downtown Dade City
    Web: https://kumquatfestival.org/

    FLORIDA MANATEE FESTIVAL – Celebrate Florida’s beloved gentle giant with arts and crafts, live music, boat tours and live manatee viewing at the nearby Three Sisters Spring. The event is a favorite among locals, and with safety protocols in place this year, the fest will have its usual shenanigans including its colorful Hippie Village and an Adventure Zone with rock climbing and virtual reality racing. It’s also a great place to shop for one-of-a-kind clothing and jewelry, as well as Florida-themed artwork.
    When: March 27-28
    Where: Downtown Crystal River
    Web: https://www.gomanateefest.com/

    SHRIMPFEST & CRAFT BREW HULLABALOO – Local restaurants, chefs and food trucks serve up their best and most creative shrimp dishes for the top prize at this delicious showdown and festival. The fest also features non-seafood dishes such as burgers and pizza, as well as beer from more than 20 craft and home brewers in a special Craft Beer Tasting. Guests can also enjoy live bands, educational demonstrations and arts and crafts vendors.
    When: March 19-21
    Where: Riverview Park, Sebastian
    Web: http://www.shrimpfestfl.com/

    TASTE OF OVIEDO – Highlighting some of the flavors of this small town outside of Orlando, the 27th Annual Taste of Oviedo event will once again feature food and drinks from local eateries and include stage performances, the Oviedo Roots Farmer’s Market and other family-activities hosted by the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce and the City of Oviedo. This year’s theme: Cheese! All food vendors will feature at least one special cheese-laden dish on their menus.
    When: March 27
    Where: Oviedo Mall, Oviedo
    Web: https://www.facebook.com/TasteOfOviedo/

    BATTLE AT NARCOOSSEE MILL – Take a step back in time to the 1860s and experience what life was like during the Civil War in this two-day reenactment event. While the battle itself is fictitious and the outcome is determined by the organizers each year, the artillery, uniforms and other artifacts are authentic and the actors stay deeply in character to help tell the story of the war and life situations from the era. While a string band plays period music, guests can check out canon and musket demonstrations and visit authentic Union and Confederate camps.
    When: March 27-28
    Where: Chisholm Park, Saint Cloud
    Web: http://www.battleatnarcoosseemill.com/

    BUSCH GARDENS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL – Each spring, visitors flock to sample creative cuisine, desserts, beer, wine and cocktails at one of Florida’s best theme parks. This year’s open-air Food & Wine Festival will feature more than 110 items including dozens of craft beer, wine and seltzer varieties. Busch Gardens will also be bringing back its popular concerts featuring national acts, this time in a physically distanced setting for safety.
    When: Every weekend between Feb. 20-April 25
    Where: Busch Gardens, Tampa
    Web: https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/food-and-wine-festival/

    SUN ‘N FUN AEROSPACE EXPO – Part dazzling air show, part educational forum and part family festival, this event returns with a full lineup of aviators, exhibitors, vendors, volunteers and performers at the SUN ‘n FUN campus. Each of the six days is packed with exciting shows, seminars, ceremonies and special guests. The ticket also includes entry to the Florida Air Museum. Don’t feel like joining the crowds? This year’s expo includes a virtual component you can access from home.
    When: April 13-18
    Where: SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus, Lakeland
    Web: https://www.flysnf.org/

    INDIEFAIRE – Visit downtown Gulfport and shop for local art, crafts, jewelry and locally sourced plants and herbs in this outdoor and socially distanced monthly street fair. Family-friendly and laid back, the evening event features live music, street performers, and uniquely designed-for-the-occasion dishes created by local restaurants for dine-in or walk-about eating.
    When:  April 17
    Where: Beach Boulevard, Gulfport
    Web: http://visitgulfportflorida.com/indiefaire/

    PINELLAS PEPPER FEST – If you CAN stand the heat, this spicy little fest is for you. The Pinellas Pepper Fest once again brings the region’s hottest peppers and sauces to one place for tasters to test their palate stamina. Amateur salsa and hot sauce makers get to try out their recipes on judges while brave souls enter the pepper eating contest. Check out the mobile axe-throwing booth this year, or learn how to crack a whip in a whip-cracking demonstration.
    When: April 10-11
    Where: England Brothers Bandshell Park, Pinellas Park
    Web: https://pinellaspepperfest.webs.com/

    STRINGBREAK MUSIC FESTIVAL – Bluegrass, zydeco, rock and jam bands are the focal point of this rugged, outdoors-y music festival, but the real draw is the beautiful Nature Coast setting and the primitive campgrounds where music fans and families (dogs are welcome too!) can settle in for a few days, meet new friends around the campfire and enjoy the tunes and company. This year’s lineup includes Appalachian Road Show, Have Gun Will Travel and the Randy McAllister band.
    When: April 8-10
    Where: Sertoma Ranch, Brooksville
    Web: http://lindentertainment.com/stringbreak-home/

    MOUNT DORA BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL – New to the Florida fruit harvest fair scene, the free Mount Dora Blueberry Festival celebrates the peak of Lake County’s blueberry season with a bounty of juicy foods and products produced and sold by local farmers and families. Among some of the highlights are blueberry pancakes, blueberry beer and wine and a blueberry pie eating contest. Make a weekend out of it and enjoy the quaint town of Mount Dora, which has lots of cafes, outdoor strolling areas and antique shops.
    When: April 24-25
    Where: Donnelly Park, Mount Dora
    Web: https://www.mountdorablueberryfestival.com/

    FORT PIERCE OYSTER FESTIVAL – Celebrate the breezy Fort Pierce Waterfront and its bounty with delicious oysters, tasty seafood dishes and landlubber foods, as well as live entertainment with a bevy of merchandise and arts & craft vendors. The oyster indulgence goes to a good cause; the shells are used for oyster restoration projects including the spoil islands near the Fort Pierce City Marina.
    When: April 24-25
    Where: Veterans Memorial Park & River Walk Center
    Web: https://www.facebook.com/fortpierceoysterfestival/

    RAPRAGER FAMILY FARMS EASTER EGG HUNT – Make some unique memories at this real Florida farm, where kids in two different age groups can hunt for eggs and other treats. Meet the Easter Bunny, pet giant Flemish rabbits, slide from the second story of a barn on a hay chute, go gem mining and enjoy live music and BBQ. The farm is spacious, allowing for plenty of distancing, and the weather will be perfect for family photos.
    When: April 3-4
    Where: Odessa
    Web: https://rapragerfamilyfarms.com/

    BUSCH GARDENS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL – Each spring, visitors flock to sample creative cuisine, desserts, beer, wine and cocktails at one of Florida’s best theme parks. This year’s open-air Food & Wine Festival will feature more than 110 items including dozens of craft beer, wine and seltzer varieties. Busch Gardens will also be bringing back its popular concerts featuring national acts, this time in a physically distanced setting for safety.
    When: Every weekend in April
    Where: Busch Gardens, Tampa
    Web: https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/food-and-wine-festival/

    CENTRAL FLORIDA EARTH DAY– Learn about Florida’s endangered species, sample some vegan foods, learn some Tahitian dance moves, buy some plants and paint some crafts at Central Florida’s longest-running Earth Day celebration. This year will feature food prep demonstrations, animal adoptions, meditation and yoga, a “trash fashion show” and other events that will inspire you to love your planet and get in tune with your earthy side.
    When: April 25
    Where: Lake Eola Park, Orlando
    Web: http://www.cfearthday.org

    LIDO BEACH SPRING CRAFT SHOW – Set against the backdrop of gorgeous Lido Key, this craft show draws artists and crafters from all over the country, eager to share their work in mediums such as sculpture, jewelry, painting, photography, glass, ceramics, mixed-media, metalwork, fiber art, woodworking and more. Search for one-on-a-kind pieces or seek out commissioned work made uniquely for you.
    When: April 3-4
    Where: Lido Beach, Sarasota
    Web: https://www.paragonartevents.com/S-120-Lido+Beach+Spring+Craft+Show.html

    HOPS AND HOGS FESTIVAL – Lifehouse and Yacht Rock Revue headline this fun outdoor concert held at an open-air grass venue. Enjoy a day full of bands and sunshine, which go perfectly with craft beer and lots of delicious BBQ of all styles and flavors. Sample beer and cider from all over the region and snack on ribs, chicken, sausage, burgers, pulled pork and lots of unique side dishes and desserts.
    When: April 10
    Where: Orlando Amphitheater, Orlando
    Web: https://hopsandhogsfest.com/

    OLD FLORIDA CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS – Also known as the Cedar Key Spring Arts Festival, this rebranded art show has been drawing art lovers to historic Cedar Key for more than five decades. The juried event this year is bringing an amazing array of talent, including potters and ceramics workers, glassblowers, jewelry makers, painters, photographers, woodworkers and other creative artists both old and new to this seaside event.
    When: April 17-18
    Where: Cedar Key
    Web: https://www.cedarkeyartsfestival.com/

      CENTRAL FLORIDA

    VIRTUAL EVENTS 

    VISIT THE DALI MUSEUM – Art lovers from all over the world have long enjoyed St. Petersburg’s fascinating Dali Museum, which has an astounding  collection of over 2,400 Salvador Dalí works, including nearly 300 oil paintings, watercolors and drawings, as well as more than 2,100 prints, photographs, posters, textiles, sculptures and objets d’art. Now, anyone can view these works through a free 360-degree tour of the museum, as well as some special online-only exhibits and various tours, lessons, lectures, art classes and other stimulating activities for all ages.
    When:
     Ongoing
    Web:
    thedali.org/the-dali-on-line

    FLORIDA AQUARIUM’S SEA-SPAN – Wondering what the Florida Aquarium’s penguins, sting rays, seahorses and a large Goliath grouper named Cleatus are up to while all the guests are away? Tune in to SEA-SPAN, the Aquarium’s new Facebook Live broadcast that keeps us connected to our underwater friends in Tampa until we’re able to return to pet the jellyfish and splash in the water park. Learn about conservation and get up-close insight into feedings, cleanings, care and other behind-the-scenes peeks. The videos are all posted on the Aquarium’s website.
    When:
    Daily at 10 a.m.
    Web:
    laquarium.org/sea-span

    GATORLAND’S SCHOOL OF CROC – If you’re into reptiles and other swampy creatures, be sure to check out footage of the daily feedings, encounters and other cool interactions at Gatorland, a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve located along South Orange Blossom Trail. Each morning at 10 a.m., the park airs “School of Croc,” which features fun up-close lessons on the resident gators, arachnids, wildcats, birds and more. Then check out the video blog posts, which are streamed each afternoon on YouTube.
    When:
    Daily at 10 a.m.
    Web:
    facebook.com/gatorland and youtube.com/channel

    FLORIDA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM EDUCATIONAL SERIES – The Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg is a historical gem, bringing awareness and enlightenment to visitors as it honors honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. Take a virtual tour of the museum and then tune in to its three-days-a-week interactive educational series on Facebook.
    When:
    Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
    Web:
    flholocaustmuseum.org/virtual-tour and facebook.com/TheFHM

    24/7 IN MY GARAGE VIRTUAL CAR SHOW – Car enthusiasts who love seeing classics and antiques can still get their fix with Lead Foot City’s free, innovative virtual car show, which invites collectors and mechanics to display photos of their restored classic Chevys, antique trucks, race cars and other vintage vehicles to preserve this well-loved showcase of Americana until it’s safe to gather to see the cars, in Brooksville, in real life again. 
    When:
    Thursdays and Fridays
    Web:
    facebook.com/LeadFootCity

    LIVE FROM BUSCH GARDENS – While Tampa’s famous, safari-centric theme park is closed to visitors, see and interact love with animals, rides and other favorite exhibits and areas from a new vantage point. Busch Gardens has been taking its Facebook fans along to an elephant birthday party, snack time for sloths, a flaming flock walk, a ride on Cheetah hunt and more.
    When:
    Multiple times weekly
    Web:
    facebook.com/BuschGardensTampaBay/videos

    SHINE MURAL FESTIVAL VIRTUAL TOUR – In recent years, St. Petersburg’s colorful urban murals have become internationally revered, in part thanks to the SHINE Mural Festival, which takes visitors on several stops via foot or bike. Now, you can enjoy the 90-plus murals from the comfort of your home, complete with vivid descriptions of the artwork, info on the artists and other fun facts.
    When:
    Anytime
    Web:
    stpeteartsalliance.org/shine-mural-festival

    FLORIDA ORCHESTRA CONCERTS – As a special treat to classical music fans, the Florida Orchestra is now broadcasting live recordings that you can enjoy while taking a bath or making dinner. Experience some of the more powerful moments from the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series, which includes Ravel’s Bolero, Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and Mason Bates’ Mothership. If you miss a radio broadcast, no worries – the concerts will be shared on-demand 45 days after they air.
    When:
    Thursdays at 7 p.m.
    Web:
    wsmr.org

    MOTE GOES #REMOTE – One of Florida’s top sea life research labs is aiming to keep its fans and supporters connected by offering a number of virtual events, exhibit tours and programs, as well as featuring live web cams so you peer into the daily activities of its resident sharks, manatees and otters. For parents teaching or entertaining little ones at home, Sarasota's Mote is hosting virtual story times, providing Google Classroom content and doing Wednesday livestream lessons. Check out the Mote’s various social media pages, which stay active with adorable animal photos, videos and behind-the-scenes tours.
    When:
    Anytime
    Web:
    mote.org/mote-goes-remote

    RINGLING’S MUSEUM FROM HOME – While the Ringling’s beautiful gardens, museum exhibits and education center in Sarasota are closed to foot traffic through the end of May, people can still view nearly 45,000 objects in the Ringling collection online, including circus artifacts, outdoor sculptures, stunning paintings and artwork and opulent furniture in the Ca' d'Zan house. Check out the interesting Art Chats series on YouTube or visit the Ringling’s social media pages for insights about popular museum features, staff favorites, objects of the week and tours.
    When:
    Anytime
    Web:
    ringling.org/MuseumFromHome

    ORLANDO VIRTUAL TOURS – Orlando is one of the world’s top playgrounds for theme parks, water parks, entertainment and attractions and the COVID-19 shutdown has left many craving the comfort and fun of their favorite spots. With this in mind, Visit Orlando now provides more than 100 virtual experiences including 360-degree tours, Facebook Live broadcasts, theme park thrills and more. Ride SeaWorld’s Mako, float down a lazy river at the Four Season, zip-line over alligators, take a walk through Universal Orlando Resort and take a swan boat ride on Lake Eola to get your Orlando fix while you’re waiting to visit in real life.
    When:
    Anytime
    Web:
    visitorlando.com/virtual-tours

    CENTRAL FLORIDA SCENIC DRIVES – When your eyes begin to blur from looking at the laptop or cell phone, your kids are getting antsy and you’re craving a connection to the outside world, hop in the car and take advantage of the cheap gas prices and sparse traffic. Central Florida is known to have a number of well-traveled scenic drives and one-tank trips over arching bridges connecting communities across bays, through funky beach towns, past natural wildlife refuges and through historic towns. Clearwater’s Courtney Campbell Causeway, Anna Maria Island’s Palma Sola Scenic Highway and the eastern coast’s Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway are favorites among road trippers. The Florida Scenic Highway Program provides an excellent tool to map out your drive and check out the top features of each region and roadway as you plan.
    When:
    Anytime
    Web:
    floridascenichighways.com

    CRACKER COUNTRY VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS – Typically open only select days during the year, this fascinating rural Florida history museum has opened its virtual doors to folks any time by introducing some food and culture learning programs for school-age kids, plus games, activities and an archive of videos for all ages to delve more into the lives of our Sunshine State pioneers. Listen to bluegrass, get a washboard music lesson, play “all aboard bingo” while learning about the Florida railroad system and watch some old fashioned food prep that sustained our Floridian ancestors.
    When: Anytime 
    Where: Tampa
    Web: facebook.com/Cracker.Country.livinghistory

    TAMPA THEATRE VIRTUAL CINEMA – While its historic auditorium remains dark, Tampa Theatre has launched Virtual Cinema, a collection of new, first-run movies released via streaming platforms exclusively for art-house audiences. Pop your own popcorn, pour your own wine and for $12, get a three-day rental of new titles such as “Clementine,” “Between Shadow and Soul,” “Deerskin” and “ROAR.”
    When:
    Anytime
    Where:
    Tampa
    Web:
    tampatheatre.org

    GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM FROM HOME – Bring the Glazer Children’s Museum’s hands-on activities and science experiments into your kitchen or living room by delving into its at-home offerings for kids of all ages. Make solar oven s’mores and homemade butter, build a canister rocket or two-ingredient slime, watch videos of staff interacting with a blue-tongue skink or going bird watching and participate in a yoga session or ukulele singalong.
    When:
    Anytime
    Where:
    Tampa
    Web:
    glazermuseum.org/GCMatHome

    THE RINGLING MUSEUM FROM HOME – The Ringling continues to provide remarkably engaging and educational content, artist talks, virtual tours, classes and more, even after reopening its doors to in-person guests in early July. Its Museum From Home page features nine interesting “Art Chats” with professionals from various fields, downloadable digital postcards with quirky images from the past, word searches and puzzle challenges and craft tutorials for kids. Get your circus history fix or art museum infusion right from the comfort of your couch.
    When: Anytime
    Where:
    Virtual from The Ringling, Sarasota
    Web:
    www.ringling.org/MuseumFromHome

    WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL – One of the nation’s longest-running outdoor art festivals has pushed its 62nd annual event to May but offering an interactive glimpse of what’s to come in its March virtual show. From the safe comfort of their homes, art lovers will get the chance to see the brilliant work of artists from around the world and a preview of what’s to come when they attend the real thing in person.
    When: March 15-17
    Where: Online
    Web: https://www.wpsaf.org/

    Thrill to musket firing demonstrations and learn about historic weapons use and safety at the Militia Muster, held at Castillo San Marcos in St. Augustine.

    Thrill to musket firing demonstrations and learn about historic weapons use and safety at the Militia Muster, held at Castillo San Marcos in St. Augustine.

    - Fort Mose Militia Muster

     

    NORTH FLORIDA 

    OUTDOORS / SOCIALLY DISTANCED EVENTS
         

    GHOSTS, MURDERS AND MAYHEM SEGWAY TOUR  Learn a little more about Pensacola’s dark side and the ghosts who wander the city’s old Red Light District once the moon rises. Guests will zip along the city’s streets visiting the site of a street car bombing or the first drive-through funeral home. They’ll also learn about Seville Quarter’s bartending ghost. Tours must be booked in advance and are limited to only 6 guests. Stories told on the tour vary nightly.
    When:
     Daily
    Where:
     Pensacola
    Web:
     emeraldcoasttours.net/segway-tours

    KAYAK AMELIA  With Florida’s state parks now open, Kayak Amelia, which has its home base on the Big Talbot Island State Park, is back in business. The coastal barrier island, known for its boneyard beach, sits just south of Amelia Island and on Jacksonville’s far northeast corner. If you’re an experienced kayaker and want to set out on your own, they rent kayaks and paddleboards by the hour. But if you want to learn more about the coastal ecosystem join one of the guided kayak tours. Tour options include a Salt Marsh Eco Tour or an Eco Tour to Kingsley Plantation. For paddleboarders, Kayak Amelia offers an introductory class or SUP Yoga.
    When:
     Dates vary
    Where:
     Big Talbot Island
    Web:
     kayakamelia.com

    ST. AUGUSTINE ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL Some of the Sunshine State’s biggest arts and crafts festivals have been virtual only for last year. St. Augustine Beach will be hosting two festivals in less than a month for artisans and crafters. Guests will once again be able to look for their next treasure in person. Guests will follow the Covid-19 protocols for St. Augustine Beach.
    When: March 13-14
    Where: St. Augustine Beach
    Web: https://tnteventsinc.com/2020/10/08/feb-20-21-st-augustine-beach

    STRAWBERRY SALUTES Outsiders view Florida as the land of orange groves but the state is also one of the largest strawberry producers in the country. Although most of the berries hail from Plant City, the northern berry farms all claim that their crops are just as sweet. And there are no shortage of strawberry festivals in the spring making it easy to indulge in shortcakes, buy fresh jam and pick up a flat of berries for your own culinary pursuits.
    ·         Timberline Farm Strawberry Festival (March 13-14, Belleview): Timberline Farm’s annual fete includes live music, hay and train rides, farm animals, horseshoes, a live bee display and, of course, strawberry desserts. https://timberlinefarm.net/event/timberline-farm-strawberry-festival

    THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP In 2020, the TPC field was stacked and pros were on the course competing for the PGA Tour’s largest prize purse of the year. And then, the sports world shut down and golf’s fifth major was canceled. When the sport returned in the summer it was with a fanless experience that was consumed solely through our tvs. This year, a limited number of fans have been welcomed back to Ponte Vedra but it will not be the ginormous large cocktail party greeting golfers with shoulder-to-shoulder crowds on Hole 17’s famous island green. The first round of available tickets sold out in less than 15 minutes. A second round of tickets will be released to the public for purchase on Feb. 16. Regardless of whether you score a chance to walk the course, you’ll still be able to watch all the action on your tv.
    When: March 9-14
    Where: TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach
    Web: theplayers.com

    EMERALD COAST CRUZIN: HOT RODS BY THE BEACH This beachfront car show reflects the laid back vibe of the city, pairing county music with thousands of classic cars. On the musical side, the event headliners include Scott Haggard, Tommy Townsend, Todd Herendeen and Steven Phillips and Midnight Express. For auto enthusiasts, the hosts of MotorTrend TV’s Tech Garage will be holding Electrical 101 auto classes on both Friday and Saturday. Guests will be required to follow the Covid-19 safety protocols which include wearing face coverings when on site, daily temperature screenings and practicing social distancing.
    When: March 11-13
    Where: Panama City Beach
    Web: https://www.emeraldcoastcruizin.com

    FORGOTTEN COAST EN PLEIN AIR With plein air painting (and festivals dedicated to it) popping up nationwide, this 10-day fest that’s now in its 16th year has established itself as one of the top plein air events in the country. Scheduled events include public workshops led by the invited artists, live demonstrations in different environments (One will feature three artists capturing the St. George Island Lighthouse in their chosen mediums.), receptions and an open house at the Wetroom, which gives patrons a chance to purchase the works created by the invited artists.
    When: March 19-28
    Where: Gulf County
    Web: https://forgottencoastculturalcoalition.wildapricot.org

    TRENTON QUILT AND ARTISAN FESTIVAL Choose to celebrate National Quilt Day with a lot of fabric art inspiration. Hundreds of quilts, lovingly pieced together by quilting groups and individuals throughout the state will be on display inside and outside around Trenton’s historic downtown. But the weekend event isn’t only for quilters and crafters, it also includes antique tractors, food trucks, live music, a movie night, craft and antique vendors and more.
    When: March 19-21
    Where: Trenton
    Web: https://www.facebook.com/trentonquiltfestival

    BLESSING OF THE FLEET With St. Augustine’s annual Easter parade canceled this year, visitors can still catch a different kind of parade when personal and commercial watercraft cruise down the Mantazas River for Palm Sunday’s annual Blessing of the Fleet. It begins with a processional of the papal leadership of the Cathedral Basilica, the Knights of Columbus and St. Augustine’s Royal Family from Plaza de la Constitucion to the St. Augustine Municipal Marina where the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine will perform the blessing. There’s even a hierarchy to the parade. An official vessel leads the trawlers and commercial fishing craft with personal watercraft in the rear.
    When: March 28
    Where: St. Augustine
    Web: https://www.staugustineyachtclub.com/blessingofthefleet.html

    HOOK, LINE AND SINKER Think you have the magic touch? Anglers can hit the surf on just one day, or daily during most of these fishing tournaments.

    ·  11th Annual Pompano Fishing Tournament (March 28 - April 30, Santa Rosa Beach): Compete in Calcuttas for Redfish and Whiting and a new Shoreline Slam Calcutta for Pompano, Redfish and Whiting. Registration and the tournament kickoff is at Stinky’s Bait Shack. The tournament features daily weigh-ins, an ever-changing leaderboard and participant photos with their catch of the day. https://www.stinkysbaitshop.com

    ·  2020 Cobia World Championships (March 31 - May 3, Destin): Even junior anglers have an opportunity to take home a cash prize in this year’s event. But the big money goes to the Harbor Docks Cobia World Champion. Weigh-ins are daily at Harbor Docks. https://www.harbordocks.com/cobia-tournaments

    ·  Harbor Docks Frank Helton Crab Crunch Classic (April 8-11, Destin): This weekend-long tournament takes place during the Cobia World Championship and is part party, part big money. Most of the daily weigh-ins also feature themed dinners including a BBQ, Low Country Boil, Fajita Buffet and a Fish Fry. https://www.harbordocks.com/cobia-tournaments

    CLAY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR As fairs canceled and turned into drive thru-only events in 2020, the thing that people seemed to lament the most was being denied their deep-fried desserts. If there ever was a year that we yearned for comfort food, last year won that prize. The fair scene is starting to make a comeback and the 35th annual Clay County Fair will have all your favorite eats, midway rides, games and live entertainment stuntaculars like Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean Highwire and Disc-Connected K9’s World Famous Frisbee Dogs. The live music lineup includes a 90s double-ticket of Sir Mix-A-Lot and Vanilla Ice. To help with social distancing, the fair added an additional day. It also has a contactless ticket system and recommends guests pre-purchase tickets online.
    When: April 1-11
    Where: Green Cove Springs
    Web: https://www.claycountyfair.org

    SUWANNEE RIVER PADDLING FESTIVAL Cruising through the crystal blue spring-fed inlets and rivers of north central Florida should be on any paddler’s Sunshine State bucket list. And although it can be done solo, it’s more fun with a group. Plus, social distancing is so easy when you’re in a kayak with a long paddle, right? Each year, Paddle Florida embarks on a 2-day, 20-mile journey along the Suwannee River launching from Madison Blue Spring State Park and Gibson Park. At the end of each day’s journey there’s live entertainment, an evening ghost tour and talks by local experts on preserving the area’s rivers and springs. Reservations required.
    When: April 2-4
    Where: Suwannee River State Park, Live Oak
    Web: https://www.paddleflorida.org/me/paddle-florida/suwannee-river-paddling-festival-5159.html

    MILITIA MUSTER Guests to St. Augustine can experience what cannon fire was like from Castillo San Marcos multiple times each weekend. But there’s only one opportunity each month to catch a different kind of fire power when the Fort Mose Militia practices. Visitors to the 40-acre, waterfront park can witness the musket firing demonstration and learn about historic weapons use and safety. Although no original structures remain, Fort Mose was the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in the United States.
    When: April 3
    Where: Fort Mose State Park, St. Augustine
    Web: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/fort-mose-historic-state-park

    EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE There’s nothing more beautiful than watching the sun rise from the coastline at a beach Easter sunrise service in the Sunshine State. Jacksonville’s annual service is hosted by the Beach Ministerial Association and guests are reminded to arrive early. Coffee and donuts will be served.
    When: April 4
    Where: Seawalk Pavilion Lawn, Jacksonville Beach
    Web: http://www.jacksonvillebeach.org/events/special-events/easter-sunrise-service-7

    LIVE MUSIC? YES, REALLY In a sign of a slight spark of normalcy, some indoor and outdoor music fests are reappearing on calendars. Of course, there are Covid precautions.

    ·  Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival (various dates March 14 - April 25, Amelia Island): The 20th annual fest always features a who’s who lineup in the classical music world. Tickets are available to live, in-person performances by Beer & G-Strings (March 14), Midori and Ieva Jokubaviciute (April 9), Valentina Lisitsa (April 18) and the Scherzando 20th Season Celebration (April 25).. All guests will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing protocols. https://ameliachambermusic.org

    ·  Suwannee Rising (April 8-10, Live Oak): The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is hosting 11 acts over three days of live music on two side-by-side stages. Festival headliners’ Umphrey’s McGee, Lettuce and Goose will each perform two sets. All guests will be assigned a P.O.D.S., or Personal Outdoor Dance Space, for up to 6 guests. Masks must be worn when not in that space. https://www.suwanneerising.com

    ·  Blues on Reid (April 10, Port St. Joe): You and your pooch (yes, this is a dog-friendly music fest) can find the perfect spot to relax during an afternoon of live blues music. For 16 years, Blues on Reid has been bringing top acts to the Gulf Coast, as well as, arts and crafts vendors. The day kicks off at noon with Kelly Hundley and the Healers. The Frank Jones Band closes out the day. https://www.facebook.com/BluesInTheLot

    ·  Jax River Jams (April 8, 15, 22, 29, Jacksonville): Bring your camp chair and arrive early to secure a socially-distanced seat for this outdoor spring riverfront concert series in downtown Jax. Headliners include country singer Chase Rice (4/8), pop punk band New Found Glory (4/15), hip hop and Jacksonville natives Quad City DJ’s (4/22) and Sugar Ray (4/29). Each concert includes regional opening acts, a small business and artist market, food trucks and local craft beer vendors. https://downtownjacksonville.org/jax-river-jams

    ZERBE ZELEBRATION Tallahassee prepares to not only raise a beer stein to celebrate Expressionist Movement artist Karl Zerbe, it also will be hosting a 10-day celebration of his art, including seven never-displayed works. The event kicks off the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival. Fans of Zerbe’s work will be to attend in-person or virtual activities including a round table discussions on civil rights and Zerbe’s art journey. But back to that beer. Proof Brewing will be offering a German-inspired custom brew at the festival to celebrate the former FSU professor’s German heritage.
    When: April 9-18
    Where: Tallahassee
    Web: https://visittallahassee.com/events/lemoyne-arts-zerbe-zelebration

    NORTH FLORIDA 

    VIRTUAL EVENTS

     

    FLORIDA INSPIRED Normally one of the best ways to beat the heat in July is any outing that involves air conditioning. Tallahassee’s Museum of Florida History is giving you the opportunity to explore our gorgeous state, from the Panhandle to the Everglades, without leaving your home. This 15-minute, docent-led tour features some of the key works that Ron Risner collected and commissioned to celebrate the diversity of the state’s natural beauty. It includes more than 125 landscape paintings by 98 artists. The paintings were donated to the museum’s permanent collection and will also be available for in-person viewing when the time is right for the museum to reopen to the public.
    When:
    Anytime
    Web:
    youtube.com/florida-inspired

    CATTY SHACK RANCH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY VIRTUAL NIGHT FEEDINGS — Get to know the cats (think tigers and lions) that have found their forever home at Jacksonville’s big cat sanctuary. For fans of the ranch who have attended the night feeding in person, the virtual setup is similar. Executive Director Curt LoGiudice walks viewers through the cats’ dinner time, provides background on the residents, introduces you to key staff members and shows off some of the habitat changes from the ongoing $8 million renovation project. For example, viewers will learn that the female lion Nyra, who has spent almost 18 years at the ranch, gets more frequent and smaller meals of prime beef and chicken breasts to help with her senior needs, which differs from the diet of the younger big cat residents that includes bones and more. And with all the current interest in big cat sanctuaries thanks to Netflix’s Tiger King series, it should be mentioned that Catty Shack Ranch is a true sanctuary that doesn’t breed, trade, sell or buy residents.
    When:
    Facebook Live Virtual Night Feedings Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Facebook Live Educational Program Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 p.m.
    Web:
    facebook.com/cattyshackranch

    LIVE #ONTHELINE FROM THE FLORA-BAMA LOUNGE, PACKAGE AND OYSTER BAR — So you can’t sip your margarita with your toes in the sand while listening to live tunes. But you can find a sunny spot in your home, pop the top on the beer and join the iconic bar’s live stream daily through Facebook. It’s almost like bringing the vacation home with you. During performances, give them a shoutout from where you’re listening, make song requests and then just close your eyes — the beach isn’t as far away as you think.
    When:
    1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. CST daily
    Web:
    facebook.com/florabama

    JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA — With many of our favorite musical artists performing from more intimate spaces, the musicians of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra are doing somewhat the same. With social distancing rules in place, life has changed their live performances at Jacoby Symphony Hall to feature a much smaller part of the whole; for example only a string quartet. But the orchestra is still bringing virtual life to beloved music of the past. In between their Friday live performances, members of the JSO are also releasing solo in-home performances on the orchestra’s Facebook stream. And for those who want a little insider knowledge, check out the behind-the-scenes video with music director Courtney Lewis as he walks us through his process of learning and prepping a musical score for a performance.
    When:
    Fridays at 8 p.m.
    Web:
    hjaxsymphony.org/live or facebook.com/jaxsymphony

    BLUE ANGELS DEBRIEF — Spring is usually prime time to catch up with the country’s premiere flyers at their home base along Pensacola’s waterfront beaches while they’re prepping for the season’s air show circuit. In the past, spring breakers could attend these practices, which also include a weekly meet-and-greet with the pilots. While you’re homebound, they’re still practicing and they’re offering fans an opportunity to get to know the Angels’ top guns and learn more about their signature maneuvers. Each week, one of the pilots breaks down a maneuver and walks you through it from their cockpit vantage.
    When:
    Fridays at 9 a.m. on Facebook
    Web:
    facebook.com/USNavyBlueAngels

    GULFARIUM MARINE ADVENTURE PARK — Did you know that gopher tortoise like strawberries, that dolphins have a belly button and that albino alligators have poor vision? Learn all this and much more through the frequent educational Facebook videos about the marine residents at Gulfarium's waterfront park in Fort Walton Beach. When the trainers can schedule a live segment they’ll announce it ahead of time.
    When:
    varies throughout the week on Facebook
    Web:
    facebook.com/Gulfarium

    PENSACOLA MUSEUM OF ART — The museum’s team is still working hard to maintain a vibrant Facebook page with almost daily adult or child-appropriate art and craft projects using found materials — one included using socks to make stuffed bunnies, which were pretty fantastic. They’re also using this space to include Facebook Live talks with the artists whose work is currently exhibited at the museum. If you’re looking for additional inspiration or background on the artists, the museum also has created virtual tours of its exhibits at pensacolamuseum.org.
    When:
    varies throughout the week on Facebook
    Web:
    facebook.com/pensacolamuseum

    OUTSIDE THE ODDITORIUM: RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT — In 1950, the original Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum opened to the public in the Warden’s Castle in St. Augustine. Since then, the museum, which maintains a collection of more than 25,000 pieces, has expanded to 12 states (plus Canada) and added aquariums to its roster. During the shutdown, the museums’ researchers, illustrators and editors are keeping their home audience entertained with live virtual events throughout the week. These include Q&As, a look at some of their oddest exhibits, drawing tutorials and more.
    When:
    Monday through Friday, various times
    Web:
    ripleys.com/outside-the-odditorium

    ST. AUGUSTINE ALLIGATOR FARM ZOOLOGICAL PARK — From the 15-foot, 1,250-pound saltwater croc named Maximo to the mouse-sized pygmy marmosets, the zoological park, home to lots and lots of alligators, is staging weekly Facebook Live Virtual Events to educate and entertain. All events include a Q&A session and you can submit questions ahead of time through Facebook.
    When:
    Various times 
    Web:
    facebook.com/TheAlligatorFarm

    NATIONAL NAVAL AVIATION MUSEUM — Satisfy your child’s need to take flight from their homebound life while exploring some of the treasures in the world’s largest museum dedicated to naval aviation. The Pensacola museum’s 350,000 square feet of exhibit space includes 150 restored aircraft representing the Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy. Other than our military’s top flying machines, it also includes an exhibit dedicated to the Apollo space missions. Explore the space’s 360-degree tour and learn about the different flying machines on its website.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web: poly.google.com/view

    THE GROVE MUSEUM — Take a virtual walk through Florida’s antebellum history at the Call-Collins House (circa 1840) and its 10.5 acre grounds that make up The Grove in Tallahassee. The Grove has been open to the public only since 2017 and was named to the National Register of Historic Places. The staff of the museum is posting multiple videos each week, including Virtual Nature Walks through the grounds, live story time, and behind-the scenes glimpses into specific rooms. Learn more about the home’s history and the role it played in Florida’s Civil Rights movement. Visit the museum’s home page for its upcoming Facebook Live event schedule at thegrovemuseum.com.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    facebook.com/TheGroveMuseum/videos

    FORGOTTEN COAST MUSEUM TOUR — Did you know the father of air conditioning was from Florida? Or, that you can hold a 20,000-year-old oyster shell in Carrabelle? The communities of Carrabelle, Apalachicola, Alligator Point, St. George Island and Eastpoint consider themselves the Forgotten Coast along the Panhandle despite their rich history. Get a chance to explore this history through a collection of  short videos highlighting the Raney House Museum, Carrabelle History Museum, John Gorrie Museum and more.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    floridasforgottencoast.com/museum-series

    CASTILLO SAN MARCOS VIRTUAL TOUR — The star-shaped fort in St. Augustine holds the key to 450 years of history, and the University of South Florida Libraries and the National Park Service have teamed up to create this 360-degree virtual tour. Visitors will understand the lay of the land and the true size of the fort from a drone view while the tour loads. From there, the map will allow you to choose your own path as your explore the fort. Tour includes video explaining what life was like for its inhabitants and as well as its long and varied history under different flags as well as through close up views of the fort’s signage. The tour includes some interactive 3-D models that are virtual reality compatible.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    nps.gov/casa/virtualtour.

    SEACREST WOLF PRESERVE Get to know the wolves of this Chipley preserve which started as a small rescue effort and has expanded into a large preserve dedicated to wolf and wildlife conservation. While the preserve is still closed for VIP tours, their staff has created a robust collection of videos explaining the species covering topics like care for their pups, anatomy and pack dynamics. Seacrest is home to 30 wolves (Gray, Arctic-Type and British Columbian) as well as small Florida native species such as foxes, raccoons, skunks and foxes.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    facebook.com/pg/seacrestwolfpreserve

    ART TALKS LIVE! & VIRTUAL ART CAMP The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is bringing their current exhibits to your home with a collection of live online forums about featured artists. The most recent presentation aired on May 7 and was hosted by Anissa Ford, the museum’s education director, who discussed the life and work of Gainesville artist Eddy Mumma. Mumma was a shut-in who painted more than 1,000 works but refused to sell any of them. His work was eventually discovered and 800 pieces were rescued from a dumpster and now hang in permanent museum homes. For more art from home, also check out their Facebook page for curator-led tours which include a  behind-the-scenes look at their collection in the vault. The museum also will be hosting a Virtual Art Camp in June to keep kids creating.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    gadsdenarts.org/education

    CADE AT HOME With home schooling wrapping up and summer camps canceled, virtual activities are a great way to keep kids engaged and active. Gaineville’s Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention has taken its “Think, Meet, Be” mission in exploring inventors and entrepreneurs to create a home-based program of easy to replicate STEAM lessons and activities for different age ranges. A Little Sparks (ages 0-4) activity may include a song and craft whereas a Tech & Design (ages 10 and up) track will teach simple 3-D coding used in Minecraft through an ongoing series of video lessons.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    cademuseum.org/cade-at-home

    PENSACOLA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM & VIRTUAL TOUR Again, the amount of great online activities that local museums are providing for children is a gold mine. The museum has 11 projects and frequently adds new ones to keep you coming back for more. Projects include making water fireworks, learning how to make your own jellyfish, or learning the basics of binary computer coding and decoding. Each activity has a downloadable activity sheet that includes a supply list, step-by-step instructions and fast facts related to that project. Did you know that 60,000 jellyfish have been in space? You didn’t, right? Not to worry, we’re all learning something new every day. Want to get out and explore? You can also do that from your computer because the site has a virtual tour of 15 downtown Pensacola historic sites.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    historicpensacola.org

    ARTS AT HOME Tallahassee’s Council on Cultural Arts has created a one-stop guide to virtual events in the local art, music, theater, education and literary community. From streaming a children’s storytime to offering private online arts lessons to learning a foreign language to screening an arthouse flick, there’s something for everyone in this easily searchable community calendar.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
     tallahasseearts.org/online-streaming

    VIRTUAL SCAVENGER HUNT Set the kids free on a virtual scavenger hunt through Jacksonville. They’ll get to explore historic sites like Kingsley Plantation and the Ritz Theatre and Museum, hot tourist spots like Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary and the Museum of Science and History, and kid-friendly favorites like Sweet Pete’s. Each attraction has a list to check off by using 360-degree video to explore the location. Find them all and win an #onlyinjax prize.
    When:
    Ongoing
    Web:
    visitjacksonville.com/virtual-scavenger-hunt

    VIRTUAL ASADO Master grilling tips will be dispensed, meats and seafood will be rendered deliciously over high (or low) heat and barbecue queens and kings can ask questions and talk virtually with other fans of the grilling community. Urban Asado, a St. Augustine retailer which specializes in Argentinian-style grills, went looking to unite a community in isolation and in doing so birthed a series of live, virtual grilling experiences that bring together local chefs and mixologists. Most of the grilling experiences are about 60 minutes. Previous videos can be viewed at facebook.com/UrbanAsado.
    When:
    Sundays, Facebook Live
    Web:
     facebook.com/UrbanAsado

    2020 SPRING MEMBERS SHOW — To allow for social distancing and quarantine rules, the annual spring members exhibit of the St. Augustine Art Association has become an online show. View more than 90 works of art created by local artists that celebrate St. Augustine, Florida’s lush natural world and the human form, many of which are available for purchase. This was a juried art show with monetary prizes awarded. Todd Lane’s sculpture “The Workin’ Man” was the best-in-show winner and Martha Ferguson’s oil painting “Afternoon Light” took first place. 
    When: Ongoing
    Web:
    staaa.org/spring-members-online

    MERMAID ENCOUNTERS — Sister of the Sea & The Dive Bar have brought back their Live Mermaid Encounters over the weekend. Enjoy outdoor drinks or fresh catch while watching the coastal comings and goings as mermaids also frolic in their saltwater pool. The bar has also added a Live Mermaid Cam so you can watch from your home. 
    When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 3-6 p.m. in Panama City Beach
    Web:
    sistersofthesea.net/#mermaid-encounters

    SOCIAL DISTANCING SUP EVENTS With the state reopening for outdoor recreation, now’s the time to look at activities like stand up paddle boarding that achieve social distancing all on its own. Join V-Star Fitness, out of St. Augustine, for sunset stand up paddle tours. SUP gear rental is included in the tour price and there’s no charge if participants have their own SUP gear but everyone must have a leash, personal flotation device and lighting (if it’s night tour).
    When:
    Ongoing in St. Augustine
    Web:
    vstarfitnessgroup.com

    SWEET SYMPHONY — Usually the summer months are the offseason for most symphony orchestras as they regroup and plan for the fall kickoff. With the 2020 season cut short, both Tallahassee and Jacksonville’s top talent are keeping fans in tune.

    • Jacksonville Symphony Live (Fridays at 8 p.m. on Facebook): The Jacksonville Symphony quickly embraced the virtual space and performed social-distanced, small group concerts when live performances were canceled in March. The orchestra, led by music director Courtney Lewis, have continued to entertain fans all summer with music premieres, cocktail recipes as well as interviews with local entrepreneurs about how music inspires their lives. Viewers can find themselves trapped in a rabbit hole as they catch up on past performances, meanwhile regulars wait each week for Friday night’s Facebook watch party.
      When: Fridays, 8 p.m.
      Where: Jacksonville
      Web: https://www.facebook.com/jaxsymphony

    • Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (anytime): Treat yourself to an evening of live music from the orchestra’s archives as you pick and choose pieces to suit your current mood. In keeping up with the final months that would have rounded out the season, the orchestra posted weekly selections each with a personal note from a member of the organization. From Mozart to Star Wars, there’s something for everyone. When:
      When: Anytime
      Where:  Tallahassee
      Web: https://www.tallahasseesymphony.org/tso-at-home

    MOCA JAX SMART ONLINE Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art has created a complete virtual museum experience that includes student sessions featuring University of North Florida artist spotlights, Micro Concerts which pair live music as a response to an artwork, North Florida artists’ studio tours artists and live art lessons.
    When:
    anytime
    Web:
    https://mocajacksonville.unf.edu/smART-ed

    MOCA JACKSONVILLE: ONLINE TOUR Although Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art has reopened for in-person visits and tours, they understand that many might still prefer to visit from the comfort of home. Virtual visitors will embark on a live 360-degree tour of the galleries led by either one of the museum’s curators or members of the educational team. The tour includes two temporary exhibits, Project Atrium: Rina Banerjee and Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Print Media; as well as the permanent collection.
    When:
    Tuesdays through Thursdays
    Where:
    virtual
    Web:
    https://mocajacksonville.unf.edu/visit

    SUNSHINE STATE BOOK FESTIVAL In 2020, Gainesville’s annual book fest normally featured 75 authors and 3,000 readers. Instead of canceling the annual event, the festival has created a virtual festival that includes 100 authors writing across 17 genres. Avid readers can “meet” each author through videos submitted specifically for the festival that are 2 to 15 minutes in length, a brief written bio and a selection of the author’s books that are available for purchase. The festival also features five guest speakers including fiction writer Laura Lee Smith and Alachua County’s Poet Laureate E. Stanley Richardson who have recorded longer videos. Instead of just a two-day event, the website will be live through June 30.
    When: through June 30
    Web: http://sunshinestatebookfestival.com

    ST. AUGUSTINE FASHION WEEK For its seventh season, St. Augustine Fashion Week is going live in the virtual space with four days of events. The lineup includes 2021 Hair Trends, the Bartram Trail Fashion Academy Virtual Showcase and the Season 7 Designer Video Premiere. It also includes a Zoom discussion titled Fashion Speaks with designers Zula Khramov and Alexandra Ni, who discuss the process of creating and presenting a fashion collection.
    When: March 24-27
    Web: https://www.stafashionweek.com

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