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express their work. For a variety of theatre, dance, music and art suitable for all ages, the 14-day Orlando Fringe Festival, which is held each May, is a huge attraction.


A little bit of Germany comes to Florida over two weekends in October when the Cape Coral Oktoberfest opens over three stages with non-stop live bands and dancing with a tasty menu of German food specialities. The annual Florida State Fair, held in Tampa in February, attracts around 500,000 visitors each year to help celebrate the state’s achievements in industry and agriculture. Music, rides, games and


The annual Parrot Head Party in downtown Palm Harbor


entertainment will keep the family happy.


One of the top air shows in the world, the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-in & Expo in Lakeland takes place in April. Look to the skies and enjoy air displays by stunt teams and expert solo pilots with some fascinating exhibits. And for a real American experience head to Kissimmee in late September for the Silver Spurs Rodeo show. Exciting events include bull riding and steer wrestling. That’s what festivals are all about in Florida… fun and thrills but, more important, enjoyment for the whole family. •


The two-day Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola on the Gulf coast in early November, where you can tuck into oysters, the local speciality.


Key West’s festivals, including Fantasy Fest, a celebration of costumes and masks, the Film Festival and the Latin Arts Festival.


Miami’s huge Goombay Festival, held on the fi rst week of June, celebrating Bahamian music, dance and food.


Bike Week, for 10 days in early March, when half a million bikers bring their mean machines to Daytona Beach.


Quirky foodie festivals where you eat frog legs in Fellsmere and toss a mullet in Perdido Key.


Check festival dates and times before you go so you can plan your holiday diary around them.


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