Orlando | December 29, 2016
The Florida Citrus Parade has grown to become one of the largest sports affiliated parades in the nation, an annual tradition that occurs each year between the Russell Athletic Bowl and the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl games, with signature floats made of citrus fruit, high school and college marching bands, specialty units and other exciting performances.
Ormond Beach | November 19-20, 2016
Whether you prefer active water play or just sitting back and enjoying the view with a plate of fresh seafood, Riverfest has something to love. There will be music all day long on the main stage, plenty to eat and lots of vendors. This much anticipated event drew more than 12,000 area residents and visitors in 2015.
Apalachicola | November 4-5, 2016
The Florida Seafood Festival is a two day event drawing tens of thousands of visitors annually to the historic town of Apalachicola in scenic Franklin County. The Festival is held at the mouth of the Apalachicola river under the shady oaks of Apalachicola’s Battery Park, featuring delicious seafood, arts and crafts exhibits, seafood-related events and musical entertainment.
Apalachicola | October 29, 2016
The Autos and Oysters Car Show and sock hop is a free event features antique classics, hot rods and sports cars, paired with local oysters and seafood for a fun, family-friendly weekend.
College Park JazzFest
Orlando | October 22, 2016
College Park JazzFest features 10 Bands on 3 Main Stages, for a night of smooth, funky and soulful jazz to enjoy with friends and family. Edgewater Drive is shut down to accommodate the thousands of people who join in on this exciting night.
Winter Park | October 22, 2016
Cows ‘n Cabs is an event benefiting the Community Food & Outreach Center of Elevate Orlando. The event features culinary “talent” from 28 Central Florida chefs. The event features food, wine, spirits, and craft beer.
Port St. Joe, Mexico Beach, Indian Pass | October 20-23, 2016
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. 2016 was the biggest and best Blast on the Bay yet!
Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour
Sandestin | October 7-8, 2016
FRLA in conjunction with Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, VISIT FLORIDA and Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) is thrilled to present a FREE concert series at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. This seventh annual event will showcase BMI songwriters who will sing country’s biggest hits and share the stories behind the songs.
Orlando | September 24, 2016
Church Street District joins the community for Florida FanFest, an event dedicated to watching the UCF vs. FIU, FSU vs. USF and UF vs. UT games. Guests enjoyed food, drinks, games, tailgating and prizes awarded to the most spirited fans.
Tallahassee | September 23-25, 2016
In the grand tradition of world-renowned Jazz & Blues festivals, the inaugural Florida Jazz and Blues Festival is bringing world-class, GRAMMY Award-winning artists, high-octane blues, lift-your-feet jazz, and some of the best international, national, regional and local Jazz and Blues artists to the Capital City Amphitheater in Cascades Park.
Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach, Downtown Fort Myers | September 23 – October 3, 2016
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.
Nashville Songwriters at Al’s Beach Club
Okaloosa Island | September 4, 2016
The Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour came to Al’s Beach Club & Burger Bar at The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island on Sunday, September 4 during Labor Day Weekend. Nationally-renowned songwriters performed and told stories about their biggest hits written for the stars of the music business.
Fort Lauderdale | August 15 – September 30, 2016
Dine Out Lauderdale is a six-week celebration of the Fort Lauderdale area’s top restaurants, chefs and cuisine, August 15 through September 30. Discover the mouthwatering ingredients that make dining there so LauderLicious.
Deland | August 8-10, 2016
Come learn and experience the local flavor of Florida Main Streets! If you want to know more about Florida’s Main Street communities and all that they have to offer, or if you want to possibly become involved in this historic preservation initiative, attend the Annual Main Street Conference.
Orlando | July 30 – August 13, 2016
Orlando Main Streets hosts its second Main Street Restaurant Week to promote their culinary members from Orlando’s 8 Main Street districts, with select prix fixe menu with established price points of $5, $10, $20 and $30.
Coastal Living Program
Stuart | June 25-26, 2016
Coastal Living Magazine named Stuart, Florida America’s Happiest Seaside Town. Stuart Main Street hosted the Coastal Living team through the city’s downtown, market and river walk to enjoy everything Stuart has to offer.
Tallahassee | June 25, 2016
Meet Jacksonville Jaguars, and FSU Champions, Rashad Greene, Jalen Ramsey and Telvin Smith in Tallahassee. This free event features a Q&A with the players, photo and autograph opportunities and the chance to meet Jaguars mascot Jaxson de Ville.
Tallahassee | May 28, 2016
Leon County & Scott Carswell present Peter Frampton live in Tallahassee at the Capital City Amphitheater, featuring one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history.
An Evening with Chris Janson & LOCASH
Fort Walton Beach | May 12, 2016
Country music sensations Chris Janson & LOCASH team up on stage for this cannot-miss concert at the Emerald Coast Convention Center.
Key West | May 4-8, 2016
Since 1997, BMI has been a presenting sponsor of the The Key West Songwriters Festival and has helped it grow into both a tourist attraction and favorite of island locals. The festival revolves around five days and nights where live music bliss introduces crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs.
Miramar Beach | April 28 – May 1, 2016
The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is the premier wine and food event in the Southeast, with four days of lively tastings, seminars, winemaker dinners and musical performances. The festival showcases more than 800 wines as a result of the relationships with the Mondavi family and many other prestigious vintners from around the world.
West Palm Beach | April 27 – May 1, 2016
Founded in 1982, SunFest is Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival. Held annually in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida the first week in May, SunFest attracts more than 175,000 visitors.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 | 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.
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!
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.
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!