June Events in Florida
June is a fabulous time to vacation in Florida. In addition to our beautiful beaches — four of which were recently honored as among the Top 10 in the nation — you will also find family-friendly events in every corner of the state. If you are looking for arts and music, pirates, reptiles or great food, you will find it all in Florida.
June 4 – 6: Eighth Annual Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach, Northwest Florida
This innovative projection art festival transforms the white walls of Alys Beach into canvases of light by 27 digital artists from around the world. Finalists will showcase digital artwork and vie for cash prizes totaling $10,000. The three-day festival transforms Alys Beach’s lawns, parks, pedestrian paths and the Caliza Pool into magical destinations. Alys Beach is located on Scenic Highway 30A in Walton County. Ticket prices vary for events.
June 4 – 8: Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival, Fort Walton Beach
Swashbucklers get ready as pirate Billy Bowlegs and his nefarious crew come ashore for their 62nd year of pirate celebrations. The nation’s longest-running pirate festival, the family-friendly Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival always takes place on the first full weekend in June. In addition to the pirate ship landing and family festival, other swashbuckling events include a Pirate Pub Crawl, Fireworks and Torchlight Parade.
June 5-13: Rendezvous International Film Festival, Amelia Island
This nine-day extravaganza of music and films is a great time to visit one of Florida’s most beautiful islands. Geared toward budding filmmakers and musicians, the 2015 Rendezvous Festival will feature seven red-carpet film premieres, 37 animated films, nine feature films, 25 international feature and short films and 10 documentaries. Tickets prices vary but start at $5 for short films.
June 6: “An Author’s Experience: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and WWII,” Hawthorn
Florida most beloved author played a role in WWII through her books, such as “The Yearling” and “Cross Creek,” and through her wartime correspondence with servicemen and women. Park Manager Valerie Rivers will lead the discussion as part of a Victory Florida program for the 70-year anniversary of V-Day. Gather at the historic barn at noon for the one-hour presentation. $3 entrance fee to the park.
June 6 – 7: Beach Kite Festival, New Smyrna Beach
There’s not many thrills that can match old-fashioned kite flying on a beach, especially when you get a free lesson by a pro kite flyer. See kite demonstrations and kite club demonstrations. The first 400 children each day gets a free kite at the Kids Zone. Adults and children are also encouraged to bring their own kites. Located directly on the beach, just south of Flagler Avenue, the event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Admission is free, but registration (on a walk-up basis, the day of the event) is required.
June 12 – 14: Lakeridge Winery 25th Annual Harvest Festival, Clermont
The public is invited to the annual stomping of the grapes and live music at Florida’s largest winery. Local artists and crafters will offer their goods while patrons may sample dozens of types of wine and beer, as well as soft drinks, food and desserts. $2 donation benefits the Hospice Foundation.
June 13 – 14: “Repticon,” Tampa
Florida wouldn’t be Florida without its iconic reptiles. Get an up close and personal look at slithery, cold-blooded creatures during Repticon, a long running annual event that is returning to the Florida State Fairgrounds in 2015. Handle, pet, photograph reptiles as well as watch the educational lectures devoted to snakes, geckos, iguanas, toads, turtles and more. One and two-day tickets are available at the door. One day prices begin at $10, adults; $5, children ages 5-12. Two-day tickets are $15, adults; $5, children.
June 26 -27: 59th Annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival, Chipley
Taste the food of angels (according to Mark Twain) when you indulge in one of Florida’s best known fruits — the watermelon — at the state’s largest free festival honoring watermelons. In addition to parades, a 5K run, and the annual seed-spitting contest, the festival proudly welcomes legendary country music acts Exile, Mark Wills, and Daryle Singletary to the stage for the Friday night concert event.
June 27: Seek in the City Scavenger Hunt, Delray Beach
Learn about Delray Beach, one of South Florida’s great towns and compete for a chance to win money. Enter alone ($50) or as part of a team up to five ($150) in this unusual event to benefit Delray Beach charities. Prizes are $1,000, $500 and $250 for first, second and third place, respectively. You will need a car and a smart phone with a bar-code scanner app. To register, please visit seekinthecitydelray.com
June 27: SUMMER JAZZ ON THE GULF, Naples
This is the 30th consecutive year for this popular and free Southwest Florida tradition at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. An appealing and diverse selection of jazz acts will be presented in a series of concerts overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. The Betty Fox Band is the headliner for the first show, which is open to the general public, not just hotel guests. Concerts are held on the resort’s scenic Watkins Lawn from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Other concert dates are July 18, August 15, and Sept. 19.
LOOKING AHEAD TO JULY:
35th ANNUAL HEMINGWAY DAYS SET FOR JULY 21-26
One of Key West’s most popular events, Hemingway Days Festival brings thousands of Ernest Hemingway fans (and look-a-likes) to the Southernmost City. Book your Key West hotel now to get the best deal.