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April 2019: Our Favorite Events in Authentic Florida

April 2019: Our Favorite Events in Authentic Florida

We are so fortunate to live in a state with great activities and festivals all year long. April is an awesome time to attend a festival or special event. We’ve narrowed our April 2019 list down to a few events that sounded extra interesting.

We’ve narrowed our April list down to a few that sounded extra interesting. To keep up with our favorite Florida Festivals throughout the year, be sure to follow us on Facebook and visit our Events tab.

Springing The Blues Festival (Jacksonville)
April 5-7


You don’t want to miss out on the world’s largest oceanfront FREE Blues Festival at Jacksonville Beach’s SeaWalk Pavilion. The three-day event headlines local, national, and regionals blues artists on two stages. An estimated 125,000 fans are in attendance each year, so don’t forget to purchase VIP passes if one of your favorite artists is performing. More information on who is playing on what days is available at springingtheblues.com/.

Find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/springingtheblues

Pensacola Jazz Fest (Pensacola)
April 6-7


The Pensacola Jazz Fest is a two-day FREE family-oriented event held from 10am – 7pm, April 6-7 at Seville Square in historic downtown Pensacola. Food vendors will be available for purchase all event long. Do not forget to bring your own lawn chairs this year as they will not be provided. Both days have their last performances starting at 6pm. jazzpensacola.com/

Find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/736105100108508

Florida Film Festival (Orlando)
April 12-21

Now in its 28th year, this Central Florida event presents 182 films … 35 with Florida connections. The ten day festival is an opportunity for film lovers to mingle with filmmakers and celebrities over hand-crafted cocktails and great food. Venues include the Enzian, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, and Regal Winter Park Village Stadium 20, 510 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park. Individual film tickets cost $12. Festival passes and packages are also available. floridafilmfestival.com

Find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/floridafilmfestival/

The Annual Delray Beach Affair (Delray Beach)
April 12-14


The Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce is celebrating their 57th Annual Delray Affair on April 12 – 14. The Delray Affair is the largest arts and crafts festival in the Southeast! Make sure to take time within this three-day event to stroll the 12 city blocks full of 600 vendors selling their fine arts and great crafts! delrayaffair.com

Find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/375638239890200/

Spring Fling- Plastic Free Easter (Panama City Beach)
April 13-14


Zoo World is hosting an extra special event April 13-14. A spring celebration for the kids WITHOUT plastics. Instead of your typical Easter egg hunt (where the Easter eggs are plastic), they will release ladybugs, recycle crafts, tortoise races, baby zoo animals and so much more! Admission is half off for those who have season passes and a valid ID, all other admission prices are listed at https://zooworldpcb.com/special-events/.

Find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/415724738999692/

Earth Day 5K (Key West)
April 20


No one needs an excuse to visit Key West … the 23rd Annual Earth Day 5k run/walk starts at 8am which leaves the rest of the day to explore one the most unique places on Planet Earth. Save money with early registration, plus the first 100 contestants to sign up receive a free T-shirt. Pre-registration and packet pick up are available the day before the race between 5pm-7pm at McCoy Indigenous Park. Register at: runsignup.com/Race/FL/KeyWest/ED5K

Find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/sonny-mccoy-indigenous-park/23rd-annual-earth-day-5k-runwalk/568332717010288/

Mount Dora Blueberry Festival (Mount Dora)
April 27-28

Mount Dora is bursting with  in their 4th Annual Blueberry Festival April 27-28 at Lake Dora at Elizabeth Evans Park. There will be over 100 vendors available along with live entertainment, kids’ activities and, of course, local blueberries! You do not want to miss out on the blueberry pie eating contest! More info at MtDoraBlueberryFestival.com.

Find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mountdorablueberryfestival/

41st Annual Siesta Fiesta (Siesta Key)
April 27-28



Two hundred of the nation’s most talented artists and crafters will be in attendance showcasing their work. There is nothing better than free admission and a stroll along the beach with enjoyable weather and company. This is Sarasota’s longest running event and one you do not want to miss. artfestival.com/festivals/annual-siesta-fiesta

A shout out to Authentic Florida’s Kendall Sexton for helping us compile this list.

NOTE: None of these Festivals paid us to be included in this article. 

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