Here are our top five annual events in Florida:
Florida State Fair
Originating in 1904, held on only 27-acres of land, the Florida State Fair in Tampa now attracts up to 500,000 people in twelve days. A must-see if you’re planning a visit in February, the annual event exhibits the very best in agriculture, woodcarving, needlework and more. Watch as prizes are awarded for the best bull, quilt and home cooked pie and enjoy entertainment, music and games suitable for the entire family.
Don’t forget to sample some of the delicious food too â the bacon ice-cream is a must!
Orlando Mardi Gras
When: Early February to late April
Head to Universal Studios and you’ll find Mardi Gras: Florida’s biggest and brightest party. Live concerts, authentic Cajun food, vibrant parades and dazzling street performers grace the streets all day long.
Undoubtedly, it’s the most colourful and lively event of the year and the entire family will love the atmosphere. Continue the festivities into the night if you’re over 21 at Universal Citywalk.
Florida Film Festival
Celebrating its 25th year in 2016, the Florida Film Festival showcases the best in independent and foreign cinema. Oscar accredited with exclusive world premieres, if you’re a film fanatic the event is not to be missed!
Orlando Fringe Festival
An eclectic mix of theatre, music, art and dance, the 14-day festival is now the largest Fringe in the US. Following in the footsteps of the famous Edinburgh Fringe, the Orlando festival enables a diverse range of artists to come together and inspire the community.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
When: September – November
Prepare to embark on a culinary adventure and let your taste buds take you around the world. Cuisines from over 30 countries are served in kiosks inside Epcot World Showcase, Walt Disney World.
Appetizer-sized portions from New Zealand, Japan, Poland, the Caribbean and more provide festival goers with an endless amount of choice. When you simply can’t eat another bite the fun continues with entertainment from guest chefs and industry professionals.
If you’re considering a trip to Florida in the future, don’t forget to check the dates to see if any of Florida’s most anticipated events are on during your trip! There’s always something going on in the Sunshine State!