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Florida is home to hundreds of festivals of all kinds | © Christian Lambert/Flickr
Florida is home to hundreds of festivals of all kinds | © Christian Lambert/Flickr

A Guide To Florida's 10 Best Upcoming Festivals

Picture of Laurence Kidd
Updated: 30 September 2016
Everybody loves a good festival, whether it’s art, food, drinks, music, film, or whatever it is that you’re into. Here, The Culture Trip has put together an amazing list, for you trend-setting socialites and festival-goers, that feature 10 of Florida’s most intriguing upcoming festivals. There’s something on this list for everyone, so don’t be discouraged in the first couple don’t immediately call your attention – though we’re willing to bet that they probably will!

Caribe Arts Fest

Art, music and films of the Caribbean and the Americas take center stage in Downtown Miami at Caribe Arts Fest. Hosted by the Little Haiti Cultural Complex at the end of October, this creative and dynamic expressions of the culturally diverse Caribbean artist community in South Florida is always a blast. Educational and entertaining, Caribe Arts Fest is organized by artists who are competent in ‘artrepreneurship’ and experienced in producing successful exhibitions.

Little Haiti Cultural Complex. 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL, USA +1 305 960 2969

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest – Fort Myers

The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest brings music to the beach, as singers, songwriters and musicians from all across this great state gather to perform for the people of Fort Myers Beach and Captiva Island. This free festival will take place over 10 days on Southwest Florida’s most beautiful barrier islands, and offers a range of star-studded performances. This years festival has already kicked off on Captiva Island and downtown Fort Myers, and wraps up on Fort Myers Beach this weekend, September 30th to October 2nd.

We are so excited to have @skyeclaire with us tonight at The Barrel Room in downtown Fort Myers! #islandhopperfest

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Oktober Fest – Miami

The German American Social Club celebrates its 59th Oktoberfest in 2016, making this the original and longest-running Oktoberfest in Florida. It is also the longest continuously-running Oktoberfest in the United States and the largest German cultural event in South Florida. Oktoberfest Miami is a great cultural event celebrating authentic German culture, including German beers, live German music, German food, and German folk dancing. Get your German beer-drinking hats on and join the German American Social Club this October 14th to 16th and 21st to 23rd. Tickets are on sale for as little as $10 for adults, $5 for children over 6 and free for military, police, firefighters, and Miami-Dade Conty Employees.

 

Moonfest

Every year nearly 70,000 people pour into the streets of Downtown West Palm Beach for Moonfest. This Halloween party is unlike any you’ve ever been to. Artists, both local and nationally renowned, will grace the multiple stages with their presence and put on a show for the ages. It takes place between the 100 and 500 blocks of Clematis Street, and features plenty of food, drinks, costumes, and musical performances. Moonfest will take place Saturday, October 29th from 8pm and runs until Sunday, October 30th at 2am. Tickets are on sale now!

Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL

#moonfest #strongman #liontamer #fairy #rick

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Seed Food & Wine Festival

Seed Food and Wine is not just a festival, it’s a movement, the culmination of a community of ideas and passionate people committing themselves to elevating the conversation around plant-based foods, sustainability, conscious living, vegan living and the welfare of animals. Seed Food and Wine is the premiere plant based food and wine festival in the country. What better way to spend a week than by eating wholesome foods and sipping on fine wine? Save the date: November 3rd at 9am, for a week-long adventure featuring activities that are carefully crafted to take guests on a one-of-a-kind journey with cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, celebrity chef dinners, craft beer and spirits tastings, and much more!

So excited to check out @seedfw today! 🌱#foodies #plantbased #consciousness #seedfoodandwinefestival

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Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the ‘Yachting Capital of the World’ will host the 57th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on November 3rd to 7th, 2016, where a wide variety of boats will be on display; including runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, cabin cruisers, sailing yachts, and many others. This is a not a typical festival, as the focus is almost entirely on the boats and not on the music, food or drinks that other South Florida festivals rely heavily upon. This is a great day to find a restaurant on the intracoastal, such as Blue Moon Fish Co, and spend the day admiring beautifully handcrafted boats of all shapes and sizes from around the world as they parade down the vast waterways of Fort Lauderdale.

1115 NE 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA +1 954 764 7642

EDC Orlando

Clear your calendars for the weekend of November 5th and 6th. EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) Orlando is back this year with a sick line-up of your favorite artists. The last couple years have been epic, and this year promises to be no exception. World-renowned artists such as Bassnectar, Hardwell, Axwell, and The Chainsmokers are gearing up for what should be a record breaking turn-out and an unforgettable experience. For information and ticket sales, click here.

Magic fills the air at sunset. ✨ 🌅 #kineticFIELD #EDCOrlando

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Zen Awakening Festival

If crowds of thousands aren’t really your style, or you prefer not to be surrounded by loud dance music and party animals, then maybe this Orlando festival is better suited for you. The Zen Awakening Festival is taking place from November 18th to 20th. It is Orlando’s only transformational, music and arts festival, and this year’s program features celebrity DJs, jam bands, yoga, meditation, spiritual teachers, cirque performers, and a whole load of other amazing activities and displays that are aimed at raising consciousness and selfless service to humankind. This year, the festival is taking place in Zen Fields, a 700 acre-campground, situated in the beautiful city of Winter Garden, Florida. Zen Fields offers breathtaking views over lush green valleys surrounded by pristine blue lakes and majestic oak forest. 

17701 Old YMCA Road, Winter Garden, FL +1  407 745 5608

Miami Book Fair International

Considered to be the largest literary event in the nation, Miami Book Fair International is a celebration of writers, poets, and the wonderful work they do in providing us with knowledge, entertainment, and inspiration. The main feature of this event is the Festival of Authors, where hundreds of writers come together to read and discuss their work. This will be followed by an Evenings With series, where well-known authors from the United States and around the world engage in post-reading Q&A sessions. This festival is hosted by Miami Dade College.

401 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL, USA +1 305 237 3258

Jacksonville Light Boat Parade

Dates haven’t been officially announced yet, so be on the lookout. All we know is that sometime in late November the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida, will light up, as it does every year, with the vibrant Jacksonville Light Boat Parade and Fireworks Spectacular. This event wows audiences with free admission, beautiful lights and an enchanting fireworks display. Boats of all shapes and sizes are decked out to enchant and dazzle the thousands of guests. A community treasure, this annual celebration offers something for guests of all ages.

By Laurence Kidd