From the festival where Taylor Swift got her big start to the “best stinkin’ party in town” (Garlic Fest, of course), these Florida festivals will surprise and delight you. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss a single one!
1. Florida Music Festival
This spring festival in Orlando takes credit for being Taylor Swift's first industry showcase. Look at how young the megastar was back in 2002!
2. Florida Strawberry Festival
Plant City is the winter strawberry capital of the world and proud of it. This spring festival celebrating their favorite fruit began in 1930!
3. Florida Renaissance Festival
The Florida Renaissance Fair in Deerfield is out of this world, with music, street performers, medieval fighting, food, and merchants. It takes place sometime in February and March.
4. Florida Seafood Festival
The Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola is the most fun you'll have this fall, with oyster eating contests, blue crab racing, music, a carnival, and lots of delicious seafood. It will take place November 6th and 7th.
5. South Beach Wine & Food Festival
Food Network and Cooking Channel's festival in South Beach is a national event featuring first class chefs and winemakers, all for your enjoyment.
6. Wanee Festival
This good old fashioned hippie music festival takes place in April on the Suwannee River in Live Oak, FL.
7. Delray Beach Garlic Fest
This festival, that promises to be the Best Stinkin' Party in Town while educating all on the wonders and benefits of garlic, is going on 17 years.
8. Gasparilla Music Festival
Gasparilla, one of the coolest music festivals in Tampa, takes place in March.
9. Florida Folk Festival
Florida Folk Festival showcases all sorts of folk music, art, food, and crafts of Old Florida. It takes place in May at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park.
10. Florida Blueberry Festival
No one could be blue at this festival! The Blueberry Festival takes place in Brooksville in April and features blueberry-themed art, food, and even dancers.
11. Northeast Exchange Club's Ribfest
Pig out at Ribfest in St. Petersburg in November. The best BBQ ribbers from all over the world, plus music and family fun? Yes, please!
12. Sarasota Chalk Festival
The Sarasota Chalk Festival showcases the amazing talents of local artists with incredible 3-D chalk paintings that seem to pop right out of the sidewalk. It'll take place in Venice November 9th to the 16th this year. The Lake Worth Street Painting Festival takes place in February. Both events should not be missed by art lovers.
What do you think of our list? Did we miss any cool festivals? Tell us in the comments below!