As if 2019 wasn’t exciting enough with all the crazy theme park announcements and new ride debuts, 2020 is gearing up to have some awesome surprises as well. And what could possibly make them better? If they were free, of course! We’ve gathered a list of awesome free events coming to Florida in Spring 2020, so be sure to mark your calendars.
From seafood and blueberry festivals to cultural food events, massive sand sculptures, and more, this list is but a taste of the awesomeness coming to the Sunshine State next year. They are spread all across the state, so there is bound to be something good happening near you.
The Mad Hatter's Festival
When: March 28, 2020
Address: 753 Park St. Jacksonville, FL
Why You Need To Go: Celebrate March Madness in a totally new way with this Alice in Wonderland-themed market festival. With plenty of crafts, contents, and vendors, guests are highly encouraged to dress up and even attend a tea party with Alice and the Hatter himself!
5th Annual Metro Orlando & Kissimmee Cuban Sandwich Festival
When: March 8, 2020
Address: Island Grove Wine Company at Formosa Gardens, 3011 Formosa Gardens Blvd., Kissimmee, FL
Why You Need To Go: Besides live music and dance performances and the best darn sandwiches ever, you can also witness the construction of the biggest Cuban Sandwich in the world!
Fort Pierce Oyster & Sea Fest
When: April 4 & 5, 2020
Address: Veterans Memorial Park & River Walk Center, 600 N. Indian River Dr., Ft. Pierce, FL
Why You Need To Go: Seafood lovers rejoice! This festival is full of good food and good karma. After you’ve had your fill of delicious oyster dishes, the shells will be collected for an oyster reef restoration project.
Florida Blueberry Festival
When: April 25 & 26, 2020
Address: Downtown Brooksville, Brooksville, FL
Why You Need To Go: From jams and desserts to wines and more, this Blueberry Festival is a hidden gem in the Sunshine State, and you definitely don’t want to miss out!
Festival of Chocolate
When: February 15, 2020
Address: Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Rd., Tampa, FL
Why You Need To Go: For the chocoholics within us all, this celebration has all the creative desserts, candies, and drinks you could dream of, made by small businesses and pastry chefs alike.
Annual Japanese Spring Festival
When: March 29, 2020
Address: Miami Beach Botanical Garden 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, FL
Why You Need To Go: Experience Japanese culture with taiko drumming performances, tea ceremonies, Japanese street food, and more!
North Florida Vegfest
When: February 29, 2020
Address: 501 Easterwood Dr., Tallahassee, FL
Why You Need To Go: Check out vegan cooking demos, sample vegan food from local restaurants, and get a delicious new take on all things plant-based.
Finding a place to stay during your journey is half the fun. If you’re looking for places to stay during your festival adventuring, check out these awesome Airbnbs for under $100, and this list of affordable boathouse Airbnbs.
Road trips, adventures, and festivals don’t have to break the bank. If you plan right, you can make the most out of your trip while spending the least, too! 2020 is bursting with fun events all across Florida, and the free ones are just as fun and exciting as the expensive ones!