Northeast Florida is renowned for being the First Coast, with St. Augustine, the nations oldest permanent settlement. Located on the East coast bordering the Atlantic Ocean, this region includes Jacksonville, St. Augustine and more inland, Gainesville. From the beautiful beaches to the rolling hills in Alachua County, Northeast Florida has some of the most gorgeous landscape. 

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May 26-29, 2017

Location: Palatka

Held each year on Memorial Day weekend, this festival celebrates with music, arts and crafts, carnival rides, a parade, fireworks and great food. 

May 25-28, 2017

Location: Jacksonville, Florida

Celebrate 3 days of live music and entertainment showcasing some of the best Jazz music artists. 

October 8-15, 2017

Location: Amelia Island

This week-long festival features world-class jazz music in many styles performed by jazz greats as well as fresh, up-and-coming young talent. Performances are staged in several venues around Amelia Island including Saint Michael Parish Hall, Sandy Bottoms Beach Bar & Grill, Amelia Park, Arte Pizza, the Florida House Inn, Horizons, OMNI Hotels & Resorts Amelia Island Plantation. 

Amelia Island State Park is located on the south side of Amelia Island and is a beautiful 200 acre beach park in the north east area of Florida. The park is an amazing untouched wilderness right on the coast of Florida that is great for all types of adventure seeking nature goers. The park is one of few parks in florida that allows horseback riding right on the beach, and even offers lessons. It's also a great fishing location with the inclusion of the mile long George Crady Bridge Fishing pier as well as the option to shore fish right along the beach. Good times are not hard to find at the Amelia Island State Park beach, whether you're looking to explore and search for shells or simply relax and enjoy the waves, Amelia Island is your destination. 

Anastasia State Park is a must see for anyone looking to explore Florida's amazing beaches in their beautiful and natural state. The park is 1,600 acres of pure possibilities. Their are 139 campsites and activities galore for all campers and visitors including stunning nature walks and trails, and a grill area with a gift shop offering rentals on boats, kayaks, canoes and more. The park is also home to the Coquina Quarry where coquina rock was once mined in order to help construct the Castillo de San Marcos. With so much to do and see, Anastasia State Park is an amazing place for campers or visitors alike looking to experience natural and historic Florida. 

April 28, 2018

Location: Bostwick, Florida

This small town festival is the place to go for all things blueberry! Celebrate this delicious fruit and all the yummy food.  

November 11 & 12, 2017

Location: Downtown Gainesville, Florida

Come out to historic downtown Gainesville for a celebration of art and creativity, live music, performing arts and great food. 
 

November 9-11, 2017

Location: Rodeheaver Boys’ Ranch, Palatka, FL

 

September 23, 2017

Location: St. Augustine’s Flagler College

 

April 26-30, 2017

Location: Ponte Vedra Beach at The GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center

Nature, Bird and Photo lovers unite at this event that features 5 days of workshops, tours, photo contest and learning. 

May 5-7, 2017

Location: Colonial Quarter in St. Augustine, Florida

The 22nd Gamble Fest celebrates the Florida musician with performances, sing alongs, a children's area and more. 

July 17 - 22, 2017

Location: Jim King Park and Boat Ramp in Jacksonville, Florida

One of the largest kingfish tournaments, now in it's 37th year, includes live entertainment, food festival and much more. 

April 22, 2017

Location: Tioga Town Center in Gainesville

Sample beers from various local, regional and national breweries along with some of the best food and cuisine from local restaurants and caterers. This festival showcases local Florida craft breweries and brewpubs, offers beer seminars and homebrewing demonstrations.

May 5-7, 2017

Location: Fernandina Beach in Amelia Island, Florida

Come to Amelia Island for the 54th Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival where there will be plenty of shrimp to eat, live music and arts and crafts. 

September 23, 2017

Location: Metropolitan Park Marina, Jacksonville, Florida

Dragon boating is a great alternative to the usual corporate outing and offers a team sport uniting people to achieve a common goal.  Dragon boating promotes teamwork and camaraderie in and out of the boat. Sign up your team, come out and support your team or just come out and watch the excitement. 

 

October 15-16, 22-23, 2017

Location:  Jacksonville FL

Lots of fall activities for the whole family including Pony & Hay Rides, Inflatable Games & Rides, Hay Maze, Haunted Walk, Music, Rockwall Climbing, ZOMBIE FRIGHT NIGHTS @ the Farm!, Budweiser Sponsored Sports Tent, FOOD TRUCKIES and more. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 9 am - 4 pm

Location: Micanopy, Florida

Fall festival with the true Florida small town traditions. Local artists, crafters, musicians, and lots of activities for the whole family. 

May 20, 2017

Location: Easton Sports Complex in Newberry, Florida

Newberry Watermelon Festival features a pageant, parade, entertainment, food and of course, watermelon! 

September 29-30, 2017

Location: Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Jacksonville, FL 

Come out for a 2 day celebration featuring German cuisine, culture and great beer with a variety of entertainment, food vendors providing German and traditional festival fare, live music and thirst-quenching beers plus games and activities.

Friday, October 6, 2017 & Saturday October 7, 2017

Location: Jacksonville, Florida

One Spark 2017 will usher in a new era of innovation, energy and excitement with this two-day festival featuring the brightest new ideas in technology, health, education, social good and much more. Beginning at 6 p.m. the festival transforms into the One Spark After Dark that attendees have come to love and expect since the festival’s inception.

October 21-22, 2017

Location: Orange Park, FL 

The Town of Orange Park Fall Festival is Clay County’s oldest and largest Arts and Crafts Festival featuring 2 days of fun family activities with over 200 artists, vendors, entertainment, kids zone and great food. 

May 2-7, 2017

Location: Ponte Vedra Cultural Center

Come taste the best of local restaurants, wines, spirits and craft beers. 

September 21 -23, 2017

Location: Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, Jacksonville, Florida
Thursday, Friday and Saturday   9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Quilts from all over the world are brought together to be viewed and even judged for a cash award. Browse, shop and buy quilt supplies and ready-made quilts. Food Court, kids corner and more. 

September 21-23, 2017

Location: Fernandina Beach, Florida

Promoting independent filmmakers with screenings from 14 countries, film workshops, a VR experience and music videos. 

May 5-14, 2017

Location St. Augustine, Florida

This 10 day celebration of art and music features more than 60 events and exhibits including dance performances, concerts, art shows, dramatic production and more throughout the city. 

November 25-26

Location: Francis Field in Uptown, St. Augustine

Outdoor art fair that is a Thanksgiving tradition attracting thousands of visitors, discerning art collectors and savvy holiday shoppers. The event helps support the Art Association programs, while animating the local arts scene and boosting the economy of the nation's oldest city.

June 15 - 24, 2017

Location: St. Augustine at the St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica

The St. Augustine Music Festival boasts itself as the largest FREE classical musical festival in the U.S. Founded in 2007 to celebrate the history and rich cultural of the Nation's Oldest City through classical music. Enjoy world-class musicians and amazing performances. 

September 8-10, 2017

Location: St. Augustine Shipyard

Celebrating Spanish Wine to Benefit Local Charities. The events include a 4 course meal to start off the festival, followed by a pig roast, a team wine battle, decorate your friends with wine and a Grand Tasting. Not your typical wine festival. Come join in the fun. 

July 4th, 2017

Location: St. Augustine at Castillo de San Marcos

An unforgettable way to celebrate independence day featuring a live music concert and a spectacular fireworks display over the historic bayfront. "Fireworks Over the Matanzas" is one of the biggest and best fireworks displays on the East Coast.

October 27-29, 2017

Location: Gainesville, FL

 

June 17, 2017

Location: Seawalk Pavilion, Jax Beach

Family friendly event featuring "Beach, Boots, Bikinis & Brews". Come out for a fun day at the beach with a great lineup of Country Music. 

April 29-30, 2017

Location: Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville

Featuring Soundgarden, Def Leppard, A Perfect Circle and MORE, this 2 day festival is one of Florida Largest Rock Fests featuring music from over 40 artists and great food along the St. Johns River. 

May 13, 2017

Location: Windsor, Florida

Every spring to celebrate the crop of zucchini's and to benefit the volunteer fire department, Windsor

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