August Events and Festivals in Florida

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Cortney Tarell
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August is a great month to experience the variety of festivals that Florida has to offer. From conventions to food and drink festivals to cultural events, there's something for everyone this month!

 

Theme Park Events

Disney starts its two popular fall festivals in August, but if you can't get to them now, don't worry. Both run through November.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

August 16 - November 1, 2019

Location: Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Florida

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

August 29 - November 23, 2019

Location: Epcot World Showcase, Walt Disney World

 

Drink Events

With all the heat this summer, if you're going to be outside for a festival you want to do it with a cold drink in hand. Here are some of the best events to keep you hydrated:

National Rum Day Fest

August 16, 2019

Location: Confidante Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida

Harvest Grape Stomp

August 17 - 18, 2019

Location: Lakeridge Winery and Vinery, Clermont, Florida

Key West BrewFest

August 29 - September 2, 2019

Location: Key West, Florida

Summer of Rum Festival

August 31, 2019

Location: Julian B. Riverfront Park, Tampa, Florida

 

FOOD EVENTS

As always, there are tons of great food events happening throughout Florida. Here are some of the best ones:

Miami Spice

August 1 - September 30, 2019

Location: Miami, Florida

Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest

August 3, 2019

Location: Morean Arts Center, St. Pete, Florida

Key West Lobsterfest

August 8 - 11, 2019

Location: Key West, Florida

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month

August 23 - September 30, 2019

Location: Orlando, Florida

 

Cultural Festivals

There are lots of events at this time of year to celebrate some of the diversity that makes Florida great. Check them out to explore the food and entertainment of different cultures!

African Diaspora Dance & Drum Festival of Florida

August 2 - 4, 2019

Location: The Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Miami, Florida

Fishermen's Village Tikifest

August 10, 2019

Location: Fishermen's Village, Punta Gorda, Florida

Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival

August 10, 2019

Location: Downtown Jacksonville, Florida

Emerald Coast Greek Festival

August 31 - September 1, 2019

Location: Emerald Coast Convention Center, Fort Walton Beach, Florida

 

Music, Art, and Theater Events

Experience the best of Florida's art scene at these fun events and festivals

International Ballet Festival of Miami

July 27 - August 18, 2019

Location: Miami, Florida

Arts in August

August 24, 2019

Location: Fishermen's Village, Punta Gorda, Florida

Florida Scallop & Music Festival

August 30 - September 1, 2019

Location: George Core Park, Port St. Joe, Florida

Gulf Coast Jam

August 30 - September 1, 2019

Location: Panama City Beach, Florida

Tampa Bay Theatre Festival

August 30 - September 1, 2019

Location: Tampa, Florida

Downtown Venice Craft Festival

August 31 - September 1, 2019

Location: 401 W Venice Ave, Venice, Florida

 

Other Events

There are tons of unique events and festivals in August if none of the above events are for you. These are the ones you don't want to miss:

Tampa Bay Comic Con

August 2 - 4, 2019

Location: Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida

Wausau Possum Festival

August 3, 2019

Location: Wausau, Florida

Anime Festival Orlando

August 9 - 11, 2019

Location: Wyndham Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida

Orlando Boat Show

August 16 - 19, 2019

Location: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

Orlando Truck & Jeep Fest

August 17 - 18, 2019

Location: Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

Orlando Home and Garden Show

August 23 - 25, 2019

Location: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

National Kidney Foundation Surf Fest

August 30 - September 2, 2019

Location: Cocoa Beach, Florida

Geckofest

August 31, 2019

Location: Gulfport, Florida

Okeechobee Labor Day Festival

August 31 - September 2, 2019

Location: Lake Okeechobee, Florida