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Florida travel calendar for July

Check out festivals and events in July across the state.

This list is organized by region.

Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County)

Through Sept. 21: Bandshell Concert Series, Daytona Beach. The Bandshell Concert Series runs every Friday night. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Tickets for each Friday night are $3 for general admission; $10 for VIP (includes a chair) plus applicable fees. Children under 10 are free. 70 Boardwalk. 386-255-0415. www.daytonabandshell.com

July 2-4: Smoke of the Water and Fire in the Sky, Space Coast. This three-day firework display is hosted by three cities that band together for Independence Day. Admission and parking are free for all events. Sunday, The Cove at Port Canaveral. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Monday, Cocoa Beach. Fireworks are expected to go off over the ocean around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Riverfront Park in Cocoa Village. Fireworks will be displayed over the Indian River Lagoon around 8:45 p.m. 321-433-4470. www.visitspacecoast.com

July 3: Red Hot and Boom, Altamonte Springs. Popular festival that includes live music from nationally and internationally known entertainers, as well as food-beverage booths. Lat year's entertainment lineup included Austin Mahone, Kaleo, Hey Violet and AJR. Sponsored by the City of Altamonte Springs and XL 106.7 FM, it is Central Florida's largest Independence Day celebration. The event runs from 4 to 11 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. 150 Cranes Roost Blvd. Altamonte Springs, 32701. Free. 407-571-8857. www.altamonte.org

July 3: Baldwin Park Independence Day Bash, Orlando. A relaxed, family-friendly Fourth of July celebration in Baldwin Park with room to lay out blankets in Harbor Park and watch fireworks from the shores of Lake Baldwin. The streets are closed off, restaurants are open, and the event features a radio DJ stage, vendors and general hometown feel. 6 to 11 p.m. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Free. Baldwin Park Village Center, New Broad St. www.baldwinparkevents.com 

July 3: Freedom on the Waterfront, Mount Dora. Independence Day celebration with a parade, artisan vendors, and live music featuring Buddy Jewell. Sponsored by the Rotary Club, 352-385-1418. Free. 5 to 10 p.m. at Elizabeth Evans Park. www.mountdorafireworks

July 4: Walt Disney World July Fourth Celebrations, Lake Buena Vista. Magic Kingdom: Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade is at 3 p.m. and Disney's Celebrate America! Fourth of July Concert in the Sky with Fireworks is at 9:15 p.m.  Epcot: IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, fireworks and laser show is at 9 p.m. Hollywood Studios: Fantasmic! A mixed-media nighttime spectacular is at 9 p.m. and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular with Fireworks and Projections to Star Wars Music is at 10 p.m. Animal Kingdom: Rivers of Light, the nighttime water and light show is at 9:15 p.m. All Fourth of July celebrations are included in the regular admission price. 407-934-7639. disneyworld.disney.go.com

July 4: Red, White & Boom!, Clermont. An all-day, Fourth of July celebration at Waterfront Park, ending with fireworks over Lake Minneola. 300 3rd St. Free. 352-394-3943. www.lakecountyfl.gov

July 4: Watermelon 5K, Winter Park. Central Park downtown is the site of this annual celebration with a 5K and watermelon eating contest. The 5K begins at 7 a.m., followed by a watermelon eating contest at 8 a.m. A free kids run will begin at 8:15 a.m. All runners are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes to an hour early. Entry fees vary by date of purchase, beginning at $30. Proceeds will benefit the Track Shack Foundation, an organization that promotes health and fitness with an emphasis on youth programs. 407-896-1160. 251 Park Avenue South. trackshack.com

July 4: Star Spangled Sanford, Sanford. A family-oriented features live entertainment, games, family activities and concessions, this event culminates with one of the largest fireworks shows in Central Florida. Festivities take place along at Fort Mellon Park, 600 E 1st St. 4 to 10 p.m. Admission is free, with parking as low as $5. www.sanfordfl.gov

July 4: Fireworks at the Fountain, Orlando. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon around beautiful Lake Eola in downtown Orlando with games, activities, live entertainment and food, followed by a 30-minute fireworks display over the lake. Free. 4 to 10 p.m. 321-281-2185 www.cityoforlando.net

July 4: Independence Day Celebration, Ormond Beach. Holiday celebration featuring food, music, games, arts and crafts, live music, inflatables and, fireworks. At Rockefeller Gardens and City Hall, 22 S Beach St. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. festivalnet.com

July 4: July 4th: Symphony Under the Stars, Cocoa. Enjoy a free concert from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra as they play along with a fireworks display over the Indian River. 8 to 11 p.m. Free. Cocoa Riverfront Park. 321-242-2024. www.cocoafl.org

July 4: Celebration of Freedom, Winter Springs. A celebration of Independence Day with an evening filled with live entertainment, food, kid’s area, vendors and even a Winter Springs Got Talent competition. Central Winds Park. 5 to 9:30 p.m. Free. www.winterspringsfl.org

July 6-7: Daytona Coke Zero 400, Daytona Beach. The annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race begins Saturday night featuring a 400-mile Sprint Cup race under the lights while the Xfinity Series Firecracker 250 will run Friday night. Admission prices vary. 800-748-7867. www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

July 7: First Saturday Jam, Barberville. On the first Saturday of each month visit the Barberville Pioneer Settlement for entertainment and fun for the entire family. Includes informal folk music jams, free music lessons, a chili cook-off and a yard sale. 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Free. 1776 Lightfoot Lane. 386-749-2959. www.pioneersettlement.org

July 7: Art Stroll and Gallery Walk, New Smyrna Beach. Held on the first Saturday each month, historic Canal Street livens up with art vendors, musicians and exhibitions. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 386-428-1600. nsbfla.com

July 7-8: 17th Annual Indialantic Craft Festival, Indialantic. The 16th Annual Indialantic Craft Fair will feature artists and crafters from the American Craft Endeavors. Bring the whole family out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Nance Park and finish your day at the beach. 201 North Miramar Blvd. 561-746-6615. visitspacecoast.com 

July 12: Alive After 5, Sanford. Themed street party with vendors and entertainment held on the second Thursday of each month. 5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Sanford, 230 East First Street, Sanford. Free. 407-302-2586. www.sanfordwelcomecenter.com

July 20: Cocoa Beach Friday Fest, Cocoa Beach. Held the third Friday of each month, this family-oriented event has live music, food and a kids' zone. 6 to 10 p.m. Downtown Cocoa Beach, A1A. Free. facebook.com/ HYPERLINK "http://facebook.com/cocoabeachfridayfest"cocoabeachfridayfest

July 21: Downtown DeLand Classic Car Cruise-In, DeLand. Every third Saturday of the month classic cars and rods line East Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Includes a live DJ, giveaways, shopping and dining. 4 to 7 p.m. Free. East Indiana Ave. 386-738-0649. www.MainStreetDeLand.org

July 21: Art Walk, Sanford. Central Florida's only monthly juried art show, held the third Saturday of each month. With exhibits and music at participating venues. 6 to 9 p.m. 230 E First Street. Free. 407-302-2586. sanfordartwalk.com

July 27: Climb to the Moon, Ponce Inlet. Climb to the Moon at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse offers views of the sunset and moonrise from atop Florida's tallest lighthouse on a select day each month. The lighthouse keeper relates the story of this National Historic Landmark, and visitors can enjoy beverages and hors d'oeuvres. Participation is limited to 25 people and tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 386-761-1821 ext. 10. 4931. 7:30 to 9 p.m. 4931 S. Peninsula Drive. www.ponceinlet.org

July 28: Wine Walk & Art Walk, New Smyrna Beach. Stroll Flagler Avenue and explore over 100 interesting wines inside local pubs, galleries and restaurants during this monthly progressive wine tasting event. $25 Tasting Passports on sale day of the event at three locations along Flagler Avenue. Discount with official glass from a previous Wine Walk. 1 to 7 p.m. In conjunction with ArtWalk with displays of art works by resident and visiting artists, along with entertainment and demonstrations. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. http://see-daytonabeach.com/

Tampa Bay-Sarasota (including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa)

Through July 4: Super Boat Grand Prix Festival, Lido Beach. More than 30 boats from around the country will race on Lido Beach. Event times vary, with a race on July 1. Throughout Sarasota and Sarasota Bay. 941-487-7904. sarasotapowerboatgrandprix.org

July 4: 4th of July Celebrations, Safety Harbor. The day will start with a patriotic parade down Main Street from 10 a.m. to noon. In the evening, there will be children's activities, live entertainment, and food vendors starting at 5 p.m. Grab a seat in the marina or the waterfront park to watch the fireworks at 9 p.m. Downtown Safety Harbor. www.cityofsafetyharbor.com/calendar

July 4: July 4th Celebration, Gulfport.  Begin the fun with Gulfport Marina’s Kid’s Star Spangled Banner Fishing Derby at Recreation Field (Seawall), beginning at 8:00 a.m. The Fresh Market will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Head to Gulfport Beach for a Family Sand Sculpture Contest from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Parade at 6 p.m. on Beach Boulevard is followed by a welcome by the Mayor before fireworks kick off at 9 p.m. on the Gulfport beach near the Gulfport Casino. Downtown Waterfront District. http://gulfportflorida.us

July 4: Red, White & Blue Festival, Tampa. Hundreds of families will come out of the fourth for live Jazz and Blues music by the Riverwalk, Southern Dishes by the Tampa Red White & Blue Festival Food Court like surf and turf, hot dogs, bbq, and apple pie eating contest. Free face painting, Meet and Greet Surely the Squirrel, family games, and raffles. The "American Art Zone" highlights exhibitions of local artists, jewelers, and craft designers. Free. 5 to 10 p.m. 813-447-8538. https://www.cityfestivals.org/

July 14: Second Saturday St. Petersburg ArtWalk, St. Petersburg. Meet artists and gallery owners every second Saturday of the month as more than 40 studios and galleries from all five arts districts come together as one arts destination. Get around on free ArtWalk trolleys that encompass all of the districts. 5 to 9 p.m. Free. 727-518-5142. stpeteartsalliance.org

July 14-15: SharkCon, Tampa. Combining the fun and education, SharkCon will feature interactive exhibits from the Florida Aquarium, SeaWorld, Clearwater Aquarium and other vendors. This year features 14 speakers including “Captain” Paul Watson, Dr. Dominque Keller, Jillian Morris Brake and a panel of writers and actors from the movie “Jaws.” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. At Florida State Fairgrounds. Daily tickets vary from $4.95 to $29.90. shark-con.com

July 22: Tampa Indie Flea, Tampa. Held on the third Sunday of each month, this market showcases the best vendors of all things local, indie and handmade. There is also local food and drinks and music. 12 to 4 p.m. Armature Works in Tampa Heights, 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, 33602. Free. 561-746-6615. theindieflea.com

July 27: St. Pete Indie Market, St. Petersburg. On the fourth Friday of every month, local independent designers and artists take to the sidewalks to show off their best works. Beyond vendors, you'll also find local food, drinks and music. Free. Green Bench Brewery, 1133 Baum Ave. stpeteindiemarket.com

Southwest Florida (including Naples, Fort Myers, Venice, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda)

July 4: 4th of July Fireworks Cruise, Sanibel Island. Join Adventures in Paradise on this Independence Day cruise filled with fireworks. Watch the Sunset and then catch a great view of the Sanibel Fireworks. Cruise begins at San Carlos Bay, by “Bird Island.” Complimentary soft drinks, bottled water and snacks onboard. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $59. Reservations are required. www.adventureinparadiseinc.com

July 4: Red, White and Boom, Cape Coral. More than 30,000 people attend this annual festival that's big enough to close down local streets. This is Cape Coral’s 50th anniversary celebration. There will be a Zip Line, an inflatable Kids Fun Zone at Patriot Park, and plenty of vendors with food and drinks. Ride tickets will be available for purchase. Entertainment by Sheena Brook, Jacob Davis and more.  5 to 10 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Cape Coral Parkway at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge. www.capeboom.com

July 19: Alive After Five, Punta Gorda. Held on the third Thursday of each month, Alive After Five is an evening of fine art and craft, wine tastings, art receptions and more. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Downtown Punta Gorda. 941-505-0130. www.charlotteharbortravel.com  

South Florida and the Keys (including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and the Treasure Coast)

July 3: Lighthouse Story Time & Crafts for Kids, Jupiter. Under the Lighthouse Seminole Chickee Hut there will be a story time and craft activity about Lighthouse Keepers, Florida History and People & Local Plants and Animals. Ideal for kids ages 8 and under. Please bring a small beach/picnic mat for your child. Please arrive 10 minute prior for check-in. Gate closes/no admission after 10:40 a.m. Program is free and runs approximately 45 minutes. Space is limited to 25 children, RSVP required by the Friday before program date to 561-747-8380 X101. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter FL 33469 www.jupiterlighthouse.org

June 30-July 4: Key Lime Pie Festival, Key West. Taste some of the best key lime pies in the area at this annual festival. Some events are free to watch, others have an entrance fee in order to participate. Various locations throughout Key West. www.keylimefestival.com 

July 4: America's Birthday Bash, Miami. Largest Independence Day celebration in South Florida. Enjoy live music, food and drink, children's activities and a 30-minute fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m.. Park opens at 10 a.m. Live music begins at 2 p.m. Free. At Bayfront Park. www.miami4thofjuly.com

July 4: Old Fashioned Fourth at Flamingo Gardens, Davie. Celebrate Independence Day 1930s style. Barbecue and picnic lunches at the Flamingo cafe, jazz and swing music, vintage model A cars. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  $9.95 ages 12+, $6.45 ages 3-11, 2 and under free, Members Free. 954-473-2955. www.flamingogardens.org

July 4: July Fourth Celebration, Delray Beach. Beginning at 1:30 p.m., east Atlantic Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from the east side of NE/SE 7th Avenue to Ocean Blvd/SR A1A, including all side roads. In addition, Ocean Blvd/SR A1A will be closed from the south side of Thomas Street to the north side of Miramar Street. Road closures will remain in effect until approximately 11 p.m. www.downtowndelraybeach.com

July 4: Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Picnic at The Barnacle Historic State Park, Coconut Grove. Celebrate Independence Day the good old fashioned way with hot food, live music, games, crafts, and fun for the whole family. Admission $5 adults, $3 ages 6-12, children under 6 are free. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  www.miamiandbeaches.com

July 7: MiMo on the Beach Walking Tours, Miami. Every first Saturday, this walking tour introduces you to the distinctive MiMo (Miami Modern) architecture that makes the area unique. 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Reservations aren't required, and you can buy tickets ($20-25) online or pay with cash on the day of the tour. Tours depart from the southeast corner of 73rd Street and Collins Avenue. 305-763-8026. mdpl.org

July 7: Underwater Music Festival, Big Pine Key. A quirky concert broadcast underwater for divers and snorkelers, emphasizing reef preservation and tips on how people can enjoy the ocean while minimizing the impact on the reef and overall marine environment. At Looe Key Reef, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. $10 per person if reserved in advance, $15 in advance. 305-872-2411. www.lowerkeyschamber.com

July 8: Sunday Jazz Brunch, Fort Lauderdale. Live outdoor concert series bring the area's best local jazz artists to the city's scenic Riverwalk the first Sunday of each month. Listen to the soulful sounds on four different stages. Everyone is welcome to attend, including well-behaved, leashed pets, and there is ample room to set up chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. 954-828-5363. www.fortlauderdale.gov

July 11, 26, 27: Jupiter Lighthouse Moonrise Tour, Jupiter. Take in the spectacular view of a full moon from the top of the tower. Tour lasts approximately 75 minutes. 7:30 p.m. $20. Reservations preferred by calling 561-747-8380 or online jupiterlighthouse.org

July 10-12: Islamorada Summer Classic, Islamorada. A family-formatted boat tournament series is to feature nine target backcountry and oceanside species -- dolphin, grunts, jacks, shark, snapper, snook, tarpon, tuna & trout. Trophies are awarded to the top boats in weight and release categories, as well as private vessel (non guided) and charter (guided) divisions. Open to adults, teens and junior anglers. 305-522-4868. www.islamoradaclassic.com

July 12-14: Mel Fisher Days, Key West. Mel Fisher fans and treasure-hunting enthusiasts celebrate the anniversary of Fisher’s discovery of the shipwrecked Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha in the waters off Key West. The days feature treasure hunting boat tours, a bar dock party and VIP tours of the Fisher Family's conservation laboratory. 305-296-6533. www.melfisherdays.com

July 12-15: Florida Supercon, Fort Lauderdale. Florida Supercon is a comic book, anime, video game, fantasy, Sci-Fi and pop culture convention at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. Highlights include celebrity guests, Q&A sessions, films and shorts. A variety of tickets and passes are available, starting at $20. 1950 Eisenhower Blvd. 954-399-1330. www.floridasupercon.com

July 14: Supercar Saturdays Florida, Fort Lauderdale. Held on the second Saturday of each month, Supercar Saturdays is a gathering of car enthusiasts. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lamborghini Broward, 4645 Volunteer Road., 33330. 305-761-2929. http://www.lamborghinibroward.com/supercar-saturdays.htm

July 14-15: International Mango Festival, Coral Gables. This 26th annual festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden features the mangos of Cuba, but also lets you buy hand-selected mango trees and fruit, enjoy mango lectures and smoothies, view the world's largest display of mangos, take part in the world's only mango auction and buy mango merchandise and botanical art. There will also be mango culinary demonstrations, an International Fruit Market, activities for kids and more. $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under. 10901 Old Cutler Rd. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 305-667-1651 www.fairchildgarden.org

July 17-22: Hemingway Days, Key West. The 38th annual celebration of the legendary author’s work and lifestyle features literary readings, the Running of the Bulls, a short story competition, fishing tournament, 5k Run and Paddleboard Race, Sloppy Joe’s Look-Alike Contest and a birthday “party” commemorating Ernest’s July 21st birthday. (305) 797-0579. www.fla-keys.com

July 18: Jupiter Lighthouse Sunset Tour, Jupiter. Take in the spectacular sunset views and witness the Jupiter Light turning on to illuminate the night sky. Visitors get an inside look at the nuts and bolts of a working lighthouse watch-room. www.jupiterlighthouse.org

July 19: Third Thursday Art Walk, Islamorada. The Morada Way Third Thursday Art Walk presents local fine arts, music and culinary specialties. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. The galleries of Morada Way are between Mile Markers 81 and 82. 305-916-5521. www.moradaway.org

July 24-28: BugFest-By-The-Sea, Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Kick off the lobster mini season with a party, a lobster hunting class and a workshop before The Great Florida Bug Hunt Contest. Prizes will be given in several categories, including biggest lobster. $20 registration includes a BugFest T-shirt and goody bag. https://www.sunny.org/event/bugfest-by-the-sea/23991/

July 25-29: Miami Salsa Congress, Miami Beach. Held every summer in Miami Beach, The Annual Miami Salsa Congress (MSC) is a five-day Latin music and dance event featuring a unique compilation of the world’s top Salsa talent. Five-day full event passes start at $230, and weekend party passes start at $85. 305-220-7115. 6701 Collins Ave. www.miamiandbeaches.com

Northeast Florida (including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Flagler County and Amelia Island)

July 4: 4th of July Concert & Fireworks, St. Augustine. The 4th of July Concert & Fireworks in St. Augustine starts at 6 p.m. with the All Star Orchestra performing in the Plaza de la Constitucion.  At 9:30 p.m., one of the largest fireworks displays on the East Coast bursts above the ancient Castillo de San Marcos and reflects in the waters of Matanzas Bay.  Admission is free with the best vantage points along the bay front between the Castillo and the Bridge of Lions.  http://augustine.com/event/fourth-july-fireworks-and-concert

July 7-8: First Weekend Union Garrison, Amelia Island. Union Garrison at Fort Clinch State Park features history interpreters recreating life at the fort as it was in 1864. Activities may include powder artillery demonstrations, medical demonstrations and soldier drills. Additionally, soldiers and civilians offer a glimpse into garrison life by taking up duty in the laundry, infirmary, barracks and kitchen. Admission is $6 per vehicle park admission plus $2 per person for entrance to the fort.  www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch

July 7: First Saturday Militia Muster and Training at Fort Mose, St. Augustine. Visit Fort Mose on the first Saturday each month from 9 tp 11:30 a.m. to be transported back to the 18th century. Learn from the members of the Fort Mose Militia as they practice firing drills and demonstrate how to use historic weapons and show musket firing drills. There is also a children's militia training that uses wooden toy muskets. The park is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission into the park is free. Admission into the Visitor Center is $2 per person. 15 Fort Mose Trail. 904-823-2232. floridashistoriccoast.com

July 6: First Friday Garden Walk, Palm Coast. Visit Washington Oaks Gardens State Park on the First Friday of every month for a guided tour of the beautiful gardens. Meet in the garden parking lot at 10 a.m. and wear comfortable shoes. The tour will last approximately one hour. Admission into the park is $5 per vehicle, up to eight people; $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $2 per person on bicycle. 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd. 386-446-6783. floridashistoriccoast.com

July 14: Artrageous Artwalk, Fernandina Beach. Held on second Saturday each month, the Artrageous Artwalk opens the doors of some of Amelia Island's galleries, featuring photography, pottery, copper, stained glass, watercolor, acrylics and more. Participants can peruse more than a dozen galleries in downtown Fernandina Beach and at the Plantation Artists' Guild and Gallery located at Amelia Island Plantation. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. 18 N. 2nd St. 904-261-7020. www.islandart.org 

July 14: Bridge of Lions 5K Run, St. Augustine. The annual run across St. Augustine's Bridge of Lions starts at 7:30 a.m. Runners and walkers start at the historic Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in downtown St. Augustine and then run over the Bridge of Lions and through Davis Shores. The race finishes at Oglethorpe Park on Anastasia Island. Registration ranges from $35-$25. Free parking is available at the fort until 10 a.m. or at the finish line in Davis Shores. 1 South Castillo Dr. 386-747-3532. floridashistoriccoast.com

July 16-21: Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, Jacksonville. On this 36th annual tournament, professional and amateur anglers and those looking for a fun, family way to spend a week gather in July at Jim King Park & Boat Ramp at Sister Creek for the largest kingfish tournament in the world. www.kingfishtournament.com

North-Central Florida (including Ocala, Gainesville and Tallahassee)

July 8: Florida Safari, Ocala. On the first Sunday of each month take a tram tour of the longleaf pine forest. Learn about the park's land management practices and see Florida wildlife. Begins at 10 a.m. Limit of 15 spaces available. To RSVP, call 352-236-7148 ext. 4. 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd. floridastateparks.org/ HYPERLINK "http://www.floridastateparks.org/silversprings"silversprings

July 15: Gainesville Indie Flea, Gainesville. Held on the second Sunday of each month, this market showcases the best vendors of all things local, indie and handmade. There is also local food and drinks and music. 1-5 p.m. Historic Old Gainesville Depot. 203 Southeast Depot Ave. so local food and drinks and music. 12 to 4 p.m. Historic Rialto Theatre, 1617 N Franklin St. Free. theindieflea.com

The Panhandle (including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)

July 4: Sertoma's 4th of July Celebration, Pensacola. Activities such as pony riding, hot dog eating contests, and arts and crafts will begin at 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., and fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. 850-434-1234. Bayside Park. www.visitpensacola.com

July 4: Riverfest, Milton. The Milton Riverwalk in Downtown Milton sets the scene for the July 4 Riverfest to celebrate Independence Day. The fest features various activities, arts and crafts booths and fireworks. Event hours are from 10 a.m. until dark. 850-623-2339. For details, visit www.srcchamber.com

July 4: Star Spangled Spectacular, Panama City. There will be live music, food and more at the city and county piers to celebrate the Fourth of July. www.visitpanamacitybeach.com

July 3-31: Bands on the Beach, Pensacola. This summer concert series runs every Tuesday night May through September. July talents includes Johnny Earthquake & the Moondogs, Reunion Band, Bay Bridge Band, The Rowdies, and Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters. From 7 to 9 p.m. Sit on the beach and enjoy local classic rock artists. For more information call 850-932-2257. www.visitpensacolabeach.com

July 7: Guided Tour at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville. Offered the first Saturday of every month starting at 10 a.m. 4700 SW 58th Dr., Gainesville, FL 32608. Included with admission price. www.kanapaha.org

July 13-14: Pensacola Beach Air Show, Pensacola Beach.  The Naval performance team will have a practice day on Friday and join civilian acts for a full show on Saturday over Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island. Free event viewing on the beach. www.visitpensacola.com

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