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Party time!


Food, drink, music, art, poetry – there’s always a festival happening somewhere in Florida for visitors to enjoy


Discover it all in one hit, at the Florida Blueberry Festival in Brooksville, one hour north of Tampa, in April. Arts, crafts, live music, street entertainment, kid zone and theatre shows are among the treats.


And, as the festival name suggests, don’t miss the fresh Florida blueberries, particularly delicious blueberry shortcake! The annual 10- day Fiesta of Five Flags, celebrating the founding of Pensacola, is one of the oldest and largest heritage and family festivals in


The annual 10-day Fiesta of Five Flags is one of the oldest and largest heritage festivals in the state


the state. It's held in the first two weeks of June.


Fish lovers should not miss the Pensacola Seafood Festival every September to sample oyster croquettes, seafood gumbo, grilled conch and a host of other


seafood delights. In Plant


City, Hillsborough County, the annual Florida Strawberry Festival (February 26-March 8, 2015) represents a piece of Americana, a time in American history when fairs and festivals brought communities together through celebrations of their harvests. The Florida Folk Festival, held at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park alongside the Suwannee River for more than six decades, is a three- day celebration of music, dance, stories and food. Held in May, the


The Shark's Tooth Festival in Venice (top) with Las Olas Art Fair in Fort Lauderdale every March (left)


air is full of Irish fiddle tunes, jam sessions and workshops, with the chance to dance the night away or just listen to the atmospheric moonlight concerts. Jazz fans are well catered for in Florida. The Seabreeze Jazz Festival held in April at Panama City Beach attracts top artists to the stage, and the Clearwater Jazz Holiday in October has developed into a major international festival, which over the years has attracted star names such as Tony Bennett and Dave Brubeck.


The Palm Beach Poetry Festival, in the heart of Delray Beach, is six days of reading events and lectures in January and includes workshops to encourage poets to


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