Thrilling Events to Add to your Sunshine State Checklist

Florida Events Guide

It’s no secret that Florida is destination numero uno during the chilly season. What you might not know is that there’s more to the famed Florida lifestyle than endless days of sunshine and Mai Tai’s by the pool.

The Sunshine State is jam packed with world-class events and activities. It’s no wonder folks escaping the cold migrate back every single winter.

Here are the top “can’t miss” happenings from each Taylor Morrison Florida Division from now through the start of spring.

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

There’s no better time to visit Orlando real estate than the weekend of the Daytona 500. It’s called the Great American Race for a reason!

Additional Orlando favs include the college football inspired Florida Citrus Parade and the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities.

The annual Winter Park Bach Fest offers something for everyone and Mardi Gras Orlando is Florida’s biggest and best party of the year.

Green thumbs do backflips over Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival.

Tampa Treasure Hunt

Seaworthy plunderers bring their swords to Tampa’s most extravagant celebration, the Gasparilla Pirate Fest. More Gasparilla encouraged fun awaits at their annual Festival of the Arts.

Animal lovers adore the Manatee Viewing Center and the always fun Florida State Fair.

Ring in the New Year with the Outback Bowl and related events, but save plenty of energy for the grand poohbah, the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City. Every spring Floridians flock in from across the state for live entertainment and luscious strawberries.

New Homes in Sarasota Play Ball

Sarasota is home to MLB Spring Training so check out the Orioles in a Grapefruit League classic. For a more artsy experience, take a Backstage Tour at the Sarasota Ballet.

History buffs look forward to the Southwest Florida Heritage Festival and anglers prepare to bend their poles at the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.

And don’t forget about the event that’s uniquely Sarasota, the Ringling Wine Walk.

Fort Myers Lights Up

Fort Myers goes all out to celebrate the birthday of Thomas Edison. The Edison Festival of Lights is the area’s top fête of the year, culminating in a spectacular nighttime light parade.

Baseball fans are treated to a double-header of Spring Training as both the Twins and the Red Sox play their practice games in town.

Join fellow art enthusiasts at the historic downtown waterfront for Fort Myers Art Fest.

Come to Naples for the Swamp Buggy Races

Dubbed the World’s Muddiest Race, you haven’t been to Naples until you’ve experienced the Swamp Buggies!

Make this holiday season beachy with the Christmas Parade & New Year’s Eve Fireworks. For fine arts, the Bonita Springs Art Festivals and Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts will meet and beat expectations.

Treat your ears to a musical indulgence with Naples Concert Band.

Let us know which Florida adventure has piqued your interest in the comments below!

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