Upcoming Events

Bulls on the Beach

Date: Sep 09, 2016 - Sep 10, 2016
Location: Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
Bulls on the Beach is TWO nights of adrenaline-filled bull riding! ...Read More

2016 Fall Board Meeting & Installation

Date: Sep 27, 2016 - Sep 28, 2016
Location: Orange County Convention Center
Join us at the Fall Board Meeting to stay up-to-date with FRLA. Join us at the Installation Dinner to welcome the 2017 officers and incoming Chairmen. Join us for the After Party to mingle and dance ...Read More

Blast on the Bay

Date: Oct 20, 2016 - Oct 23, 2016
Celebrating our 8th anniversary in 2016, Florida’s Gulf Coast will play host to a group of talented musicians and songwriters direct from the streets of Nashville. ...Read More


Savor the EDGE

Saint Petersburg | April 21, 2016
The eclectic Edge District celebrates local restaurants and retail offerings in downtown St. Petersburg. Savor the EDGE features live music, tastings from 9 EDGE restaurants, a fashion stroll, and an after-party in the gulf coast sun.

4th Annual Downtown Brew

Orlando | April 16, 2016
The award winning Downtown Brew is in its fourth year, providing Church Street with the best Craft Beer Festival in Orlando. Enjoy unlimited samplings of over 40 different craft beers. Admission includes a sampling cup, music, entertainment, and access to food vendors. Bring your friends and your pretzel necklaces, because this is an event you don’t want to miss.

Vilano Beach Dish N Fish

Saint Augustine | April 16, 2016
Dish N Fish is a new culinary tourism event in the Vilano Beach Town Center. A collaborative partnership with Vilano Beach Main Street, the event raises awareness of the coastal community and area dining.

FSU Spring Game

Orlando | April 8-9, 2016
There are several events surrounding the Spring Game including the Friday Night Block Party on “I” Drive featuring a free concert with the Velcro Pygmies.  The Marching Chiefs and FSU Cheerleaders are there, too, to heat up the Nole spirit!  The morning before the game, enjoy the FSU Spring Game FanFest at the Citrus Bowl’s Tinker Field.  This event is free and offers games, inflatables, face painting and a lot more!

SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo

Lakeland | April 5, 2016
The Fly-In and Expo is the second largest aviation event of its kind in the world. Every April, thousands of aviation enthusiasts travel to the area to watch the fantastic air show, see old and new airplanes, peruse new products, attend educational programs, and more! This family-friendly Fly-In is something that you won’t want to miss!

Downtown Food & Wine Fest

Orlando | February 26-28, 2016
Located in the heart of downtown Orlando at Lake Eola on Robinson Street, the Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest features mouth-watering dishes from over 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, 50 domestic and international wines, and live entertainment. A portion of the proceeds benefit the FRLA Educational Foundation.

Clearwater Beach Uncorked

Clearwater Beach | FEBRUARY 6-7, 2016, 2016
Enjoy fabulous food from the area’s most delicious restaurants, ‘boutiquey’ hot-spots, and world-class hotels. Taste over 100 wines from across the globe and enjoy the best brews available. Sip, savor and be seen on Clearwater Beach at this paparazzi-filled event nestled on one of the most exquisite beaches on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Crab Smash & Oyster Bash Seafood Jubilee

Port Canaveral | January 30, 2016
The kids are the stars at this fundraiser for Brevard County’s High School Culinary Programs as they prepare a seafood feast for you at the historic shrimp dock at Port Canaveral, FL. Enjoy live music while dining on Florida seafood.

Florida Citrus Parade

Orlando | December 30, 2015
The Florida Citrus Parade is one of the largest sports-affiliated parades in the country held in conjunction with the Florida Citrus Bowl that offers floats made of Florida citrus!

Cows ‘n Cabs

Winter Park | October 24, 2015
Cows ‘n Cabs is an event benefiting the Community Food & Outreach Center of Elevate Orlando. The event features culinary “talent” from 25 Central Florida chefs. The event features food, wine, spirits, and craft beer.

Blast on the Bay

Port St. Joe, Mexico Beach, Indian Pass | October 15-18, 2015
Florida’s Gulf Coast played host to a group of talented musicians and songwriters direct from the streets of Nashville. There were festival performances of 30+ musicians who collectively have written hundreds of hit songs from Faith Hill and George Strait to Jason Aldean and Garth Brooks. This premier boutique songwriters’ festival is a great weekend of music and storytelling. 2015 was the biggest and best Blast on the Bay yet!

Shades of Pink Installation & Awards Gala

Orlando | October 7, 2015
Join industry leaders for a fabulous evening of networking and entertainment! Held in conjunction with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show, this is THE Florida hospitality gathering of the year. This year, we’re highlighting the hospitality industry’s greatest achievements at our Shades of Pink Awards & Installation Gala. During the celebration, FRLA will install the Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee. In addition, FRLA’s Hall of Fame winners, prestigious Hotelier, Restaurateur and Supplier of the Year, will be recognized and outstanding hospitality industry employees will be recognized for their accomplishments and service in the industry. After the Awards Dinner, don’t miss the After Party featuring the BuzzCatz, the premier Central Florida party band!

Endless Summer Music Festival

Miramar Beach | October 1-3, 2015
The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) in conjunction with Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) presents a free concert series at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The sixth annual event will showcase more than a dozen BMI songwriters who will sing country’s biggest hits and share the stories behind the songs.

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest

Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach, Downtown Fort Myers | September 17-27, 2015
Enjoy more than 70 musicians and songwriters in 138 performances at 24 venues throughout the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel. This ten-day “Fest” in tropical Southwest Florida boasts headliners, musicians and songwriters.

Bulls on the Beach

Perdido Key | September 11-12, 2015
Head to the Flora-Bama in September for Bulls on the Beach, TWO nights of adrenaline-filled bull riding! This family-friendly, high-energy, rock-and-roll rodeo will feature professional bull riders from across the Southeast!

Capital Cuisine Restaurant Week

Tallahassee | May 2015
If you are traveling to the Capital City, May is a great time to go and enjoy the beauty of this Southern city. If you time it right, you should plan to visit Tallahassee during Capital Cuisine and Restaurant Week. Local chefs and restaurants prepare awesome food at great prices during this celebration of culinary creations!


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