Florida festivals and special events during the month of April offer free and low-cost activities for both visitors and residents. Budget minded families could enjoy a day or weekend excursion without breaking the bank.
The Wakulla Wildlife Festival is held the first weekend of April in Wakulla Springs, Florida. Visitors can participate in outdoor pursuits such as kayaking, canoe tours, bay boat rides, and educational activities related to the native eco-system. For additional information, call 85-926-4293.
The Catfish Festival is also held the first weekend of April in Crescent City, Florida. The local Rotary Club serves over 15,000 catfish meals, with proceeds benefiting community projects. For additional information, call 386-931-2101.
A lively four-day Orlando festival attracts an estimated 20,000 annually. The All Entertainer Convention and Festival is held the first weekend of April, rain or shine. Popular regional entertainers and musicians take the stage during this low-cost event. Concessions and additional activities make this Florida event a success. For additional information, call 508-292-6379.
The Fine Art Show of Estero, Florida is held the first weekend of the month, featuring nearly 200 artists from around the globe. For additional information, call 248-684-2613.
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is held the second weekend in April annually. The smooth sounds of jazz float from the stage during the three day highly anticipated event. Solo vocalists, traditional jazz groups, and new age jazz players fill the Jacksonville stage with riveting sounds. Food booths, artist CD’s, and additional activities are also available. For additional information, call 904-630-3690.
Venice, Florida demonstrates why the area is known at the “Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World” every year in mid-April. For nearly 20 years fossil vendors, musical groups, and area artisans showcase all things Venice. Shark’s tooth collectibles, crafts, and treasures from the sea are all available during the event. A trip to Sharky’s on the Pier for live music and great seafood should be included when visiting this popular south Florida festival. For additional information, call 941-412-0402.
The Bradford Strawberry Festival is held in the city of Starke Florida, during the second weekend of the month. Local growers sell scrumptious fresh strawberries during the two-day event. Musical groups and various entertainers supply family fun and a variety of music from the festival stage. Additional family friendly activities, along with arts and crafts round out the offerings available at this Florida festival. For additional information, call 904-964-5278.
Jazz fans will also enjoy visiting the Suncoast Sooth Jazz Festival in Trinity, Florida. This festival has showcased headliners such as Ramsey Lewis, Al Jerreau, Richard Elliot, as well as up and coming performers. Food and jazz related t-shirts, and souvenirs are also available during this mid-April Florida festival. For additional information, call 727-645-7007.