Florida’s Top Events in April

April 1st, 2016 by

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Time sure flies when you can be outside having fun year-round. It’s already April and all of the fun events planned for the month are already here!

South Florida

Longines Global Champions Tour

April 7-9 at Collins Park on Miami Beach
globalchampionstour.com
Miami Beach is the first location of the 2016 Longines Global Champions To
ur, which stars some of the best equestrian riders and trained horses in the world. Two of the major events over the weekend are the  44th American Invitational and the $600,000 Grand Prix.

Rock the Ocean Tortuga Music Festival

April 15-17 at Fort Lauderdale Beach
tortugamusicfestival.com
Be sure to bring your bathing suit and sunscreen for this one! For the fourth year in a row, Fort Lauderdale Beach will be transformed into an oceanfront multi-stage festival for country music lovers. Though still a relatively new festival, Tortuga brings in big names in the country music scene and this year’s performers include Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley and Sam Hunt.

The Blue Wild

April 23-24 at the Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale
thebluewild.com
The two-day ocean adventure expo is organized to bring  “people in and on the water” together. Experts, business owners and attendees will all convene to learn and discuss any topic related to the water. There will be several booths related to saltwater and freshwater fishing, stand up paddleboarding, surfing, boating, SCUBA diving and underwater photography

SunFest

April 27-May 1 in downtown West Palm Beach
SunFest.com
This year’s SunFest lineup includes over 50 acts by some of this year’s top performers across a range of music genres. Big acts include the Alabama Shakes, Meghan Trainor, The Roots and Steve Aoki. The four-day event will also include an art show, multiple bars, fireworks and delicious food curated by the organizers of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival.

Central Florida

Night in the Islands

April 2 at the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs
tarponarts.org
Greek culture will come alive at this year’s first seasonal evening event of Night in the Islands. The monthly Saturday night event held in the summer and spring months features delicious Greek food served outside on the famed Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs. There will be live music performed by outstanding Greek musicians and Greek dancing. Free dance lessons will be offered by Levendia Dancers. “Opa!”

Florida Film Festival

April 8-17 in Maitland and Winter Park
floridafilmfestival.com
The Florida Film Festival is an Oscar-qualifying festival that premiers some of the best current, independent and international films. Over ten days, movie-lovers, actors, and directors will travel to various venues in the Orlando-area to watch over 170 films.

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

April 15-24 at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach

sugarsandfestival.com
The sandy shores of Clearwater Beach transform into a canvas for world-class sculptors to build intricate sculptures in the sand. Voted as the “2016 Best Beach in the U.S.” by TripAdvisor, Clearwater Beach is known and loved for its soft white sand. Novice builders and families can attend sculpting classes and enjoy live entertainment and fireworks.

Leesburg BikeFest

April 22-24 in Downtown Leesburg
leesburgbikefest.com
Over 250,000 people gather in the small city of Leesburg, Fla. to enjoy the perfect riding weather, talk motorcycles and listen to live music. Music acts will range from hair metal to radio rock, swamp music and blues. Other event activities include bikini contests, bike shows, poker runs and a tattoo expo.

North Florida

21st Annual Rhythm and Ribs Festival

April 1-3 at the Francis Field, St. Augustine
rhythmandribs.net
Fill your stomach up with award-winning BBQ from local and visiting vendors. Ribs won’t be the only thing served, food will include other classic barbecue favorites like pulled pork, grilled chicken and smoked meats. Aside from food, Marc Broussard and the Marshall Tucker Band will headline the event and there will be arts and crafts vendors, rides and kids’ activities.

Suwannee River Paddling Festival

April 1-3 in Suwannee River State Park, near Live Oak
Paddleflorida.org
Florida’s famed river, the Suwannee River, and its neighboring river, the Withlacoochee River will be flooded with people paddling up and down the rivers in canoes and kayaks. The festival also includes paddling demos, evening ghost tour and local experts speaking on preserving North Florida’s waterways. Paddling segments range from 12-20 miles.

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