COCONUT GROVE ARTS FESTIVAL – Nearly a mile of great art, gourmet food, fun and live entertainment. This annual event features more than 300 of the finest artists and craftsmen in the world.
Where: Coconut Grove, Miami
ART & CRAFT FAIRS GALORE – Can’t make it to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival? Not to worry. There are others throughout SoFla during February. Among them: Artigras (best name, for sure!) in Jupiter, American International Fine Art Fair in Boca Raton, ArtFest Fort Myers, Pigeon Key Art Festival in Marathon, Old Island Days Art Festival in Key West, Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts, Downtown Stuart Art Festival, Naples National Art Festival, Siesta Key Craft Festival in Sarasota, Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts, South Miami Rotary Art Festival and the Delray Beach Fine Art Festival.
Web: Google each event for more information
CIRCUS SARASOTA WINTER PERFORMANCES – Sarasota is known as the circus capital of the world and here’s your chance to see why. These annual performances, showcased in a one-ring, five-star European big top, have been acclaimed around the globe for world-class artistry and entertainment.
Where: The Circus Arts Conservatory, Sarasota
ART WYNWOOD – If you haven’t yet visited the Wynwood Arts District in Miami, you need to go! Art Wynwood continues to shine a spotlight on Midtown Miami and the Wynwood Arts District as a flourishing international cultural destination. More than 70 top international galleries showcase their art.
Where: Art Miami Pavilion, Miami
BAKLAVA BACCHANALIA – Not one, not two, but count ’em, three Greek festivals are set for SoFla in February. Pick one and immerse yourself in all things Greek: food, drink, music, dance, clothing and so much more, including carnival rides and other activities for the kids.
Where: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Sarasota; St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Lauderdale, and Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Myers.
Web: bradentonorthodox.com, fortlauderdalegreekfestival.org and greekfestfortmyers.com
HONDA CLASSIC – The best golfers in the world will go for millions in prize money and try to rack up early points in the race for the Fed Ex Cup title at The Honda Classic at the PGA National Resort & Spa.
Where: Palm Beach Gardens
DELRAY BEACH OPEN – Tennis anyone? Here’s your chance to see both former and current stars at two back-to-back tournaments: The ATP Champions tour and the ATP World Tour.
Where: Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center
POLO – Want to chukker it all and see the greatest polo players in the world? Head straight for the International Polo Club through April, when the U.S. Open Polo Championship concludes. Also good for elegant tailgating, champagne sipping and celebrity watching.
WINTER STAR PARTY -- Look! Up in the sky! It’s not a bird, plane, or Superman. At this event, it’s the stars, comets and the southern constellations in the clear night skies of the Lower Keys. Lectures and workshops round out the event. Book early because space is limited.
Where: Camp Wesumkee, Big Pine Key
PROGRESSIVE MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW – Preview the latest in powerboats, sailboats, engines, cutting-edge marine electronics, accessories and nautical apparel in a show that features more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors from all over the world.
Where: Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin and other locations in Miami.
LAKE WORTH STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL – It’s the chalk of the town, for sure. The pavement becomes canvas and the street becomes a museum for fine works of art. Lasting only until the next rain drops, these masterpieces are a true beauty to behold. Also: great food, live music and street performers.
Where: Downtown Lake Worth
FOOD NETWORK SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL – This star-studded affair showcases the talents of famous chefs, culinary personalities and wine and spirit producers. Celebrities abound and events include brunches and lunches, grand tastings and demos, seminars, intimate dinners, walk-around tastings and late-night parties. Where: various locations throughout South Beach and Fort Lauderdale
EDISON FESTIVAL OF LIGHT – Thomas Edison wintered in Fort Myers from 1885 until his death in 1931 and this almost month-long fest pays homage to the great inventor. Highlights include: the Thomas Alva Edison Science & Inventors Fair, Strolling Flower Show, Antique Car Show, Thomas Edison Birthday Party, Crafts on the River & Vintage Market, Grand Parade, Classic Car Show and the don’t-miss-it Mutt Strutt.
Where: Various locations in Fort Myers
FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL – Come all ye wenches and knaves and journey back to the 16th Century as you step through castle gates and into the days of yore. Explore the artisans’ village and view live demonstrations of glassblowing, magic, jousting, the Lipizzan stallions, Irish dancing, archery and more
Where: Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach
SEMINOLE TRIBAL FAIR – It’s a family affair at the annual celebration of Native American arts and culture. Highlights include wildlife shows, alligator wrestling, Native American dancing (for fun and competition), arts and crafts, drum circle, Seminole clothing contest and more.
Where: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood
BOATLOADS OF BLUES – It’s hard to get the blues in SoFla in February but you can get your share at the Riverwalk Blues & Music Festival at Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale or at the Suncoast Blues Festival at the Sarasota fairgrounds. Both attract stellar lineups ever year.
Web: Respectively, riverwalkblues.com and suncoastbluesfestival.com
KEY WEST HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR – You’ll see a series of elegant and unique private homes, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations that complement their architecture. Also: a look at some of the city’s spectacular private gardens.
Where: Key West
EVERGLADES CITY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – This small town of 500 swells to 50,000 and they all enjoy fresh seafood, country music, carnival rides and crafts booths. Check out this off-the-beaten path pocket of Old Florida with many original buildings and a rich history steeped in the lore of pirates and smugglers and murder and mayhem.
Where: Everglades City
CIVIL WARS DAYS HERITAGE FESTIVAL – Experience colorful Civil War reenactments, the roar of cannon fire and uniformed Yankee and Rebel soldiers, while learning about Key West’s past.
Where: Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park in Key West
POLYNESIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL – Itching to do the hula? You just might win the big contest. Also: An authentic Polynesian show, fire & knife dancers, island music, ukulele exhibition, South Pacific arts and crafts, a kids corner and, of course, mouth-watering island food.
Where: Jaco Pastorius Park, Oakland Park
YACHTS MIAMI BEACH – This event attracts thousands to a display of yachts and marine products, including more than 500 new and brokerage yachts and a wide array of the latest marine technology and accessories. Plus, cocktail lounges, food and live musical entertainment.
Where: along Collins Avenue across from the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels