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Paris Events for June 2022

Paris events in June kick off the beginning of summer as lushly blooming flowers, long warm days, and plenty of cafe tables along the sidewalks lure everyone outside. 

Relax at the open-air Paris Music Festival, La Défense Jazz Festival, and Chopin Festival, enjoy concerts at Sainte Chapelle, Olympia Hall, and other top venues, and soar above the city when the giant ferris wheel returns to Tuileries Garden.  Visit special exhibits at many of the city's most famous and lesser-known museums.

However, you'll need to wait until July to join the excitement and thrill of the hunt as the famous Summer Sales on designer fashion kicks off. The Paris Pride Parade will also be delayed, with new dates to be announced later.

Days continue to grow longer until Summer Solstice on June 21st, when the sun doesn't set until 10pm and the sky still shows some light until almost midnight.  

Stroll around the city and admire the lastest street art, buy a baguette, cheese, and a bottle of wine and dine outdoors along the banks of the Seine River, and then watch the Eiffel Tower's sparkling light once the sky finally grows dark - the perfect June evening in Paris!

Top Photo:  Free outdoor June concert on the Left Bank of the Seine River

Paris Reopens

Rooftop terrace at Fluctuart, floating art venue on the Seine River

At the beginning of June, you can dine on outdoor terraces at restaurants, visit parks and other outdoor spaces such as the Seine River banks, and shop at most retail stores - everything from small boutiques to the large department stores to most shopping malls.  You can even get your cultural fix at Atelier des Lumiéres, the Banksy exhibit at Espace Lafayette-Drouot, most art galleries around the city, and Fluctuart. 

On June 6, Versailles Palace and Gardens reopen, with restrictions:  you must wear a mask, and you must get a timed entry ticket in advance.

By the second week in June, you can attend concerts in historic churches, L'Olympia, and other smaller concert halls.

Starting June 16, additional smaller museums and historic sites will reopen:  the Paris Catacombs, the Romantic Life Museum, (Musée de la Vie Romantique), Cernuschi Museum, Museum of the Liberation of Paris, Atelier des Lumieres, Petit Palais Museum, and many more. 

Musée d'Orsay (Impressionists) and Musée de l'Orangerie (Money's Water Lilies) reopen during the third week of June; get skip-the-line tickets including audio-guides to both museums.

The Eiffel Tower reopens on June 25, with masks required for everyone 12 and older.  Tickets must be purchased online, with sales starting in a few days.

And starting on June 15, you can book priority entry tickets for a 3-hour small-group tour of the Louvre when it reopens on July 6.  (You can read about our experiences on this Louvre tour here.)

June Concerts in Paris - 2022

Opéra Bastille - Popular Paris concert venue
  • Mats Ek: Bolero, Carmen, Another Place; Paris Opera Orchestra & Premier Dancers - Palais Garnier - June 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Elektra - Opéra Bastille - June 1
  • The Barber of Seville - Opéra Bastille - June 2, 4, 7, 10, 17, 19
  • Parsifal - Opéra Bastille - June 3, 6, 9, 12
  • Paris Choral Society: Into the Light - Saint-Eustache Church - June 9, 10
  • Baroque Arias for Farinelli - Mathieu Salama - Sainte-Elisabeth-de-Hongrie Church - June 11
  • Platée - Palais Garnier - June 17, 19, 21, 26
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream: Paris Opera Ballet - Opéra Bastille - June 18, 21, 26, 27, 29, 30
  • Giselle - Opéra Bastille - June 25, 27, 30
  • Faust: Paris Opera - Opéra Bastille - June 28
  • Elton John - AccorHotels Arena - June 25, 27, 28, 2023

More Paris classical concerts in historic churches during June

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Versailles Tours in June

Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

Just a 30-minute train ride from Paris, Versailles sparkles during June as light streams through the palace's many windows and reflects on ornate chandeliers and gold-framed mirrors.  It's the perfecti time for enjoying the relections of light on crystal chandeliers and sparkling mirrors in the Hall of Mirrors and relaxiing the Musical Gardens, when you can explore normally-blocked off gardens and groves as Baroque music plays softly. 

Find out more about what to see and do at the Palace of Versailles

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Buy a timed entry "Passport" ticket in advance, or for the ultimate speed and convenience, choose a guided tour:

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Summer Sales on Designer Fashions 2022

Summer sales in Paris - where to find them

The famous Paris summer sales run from June 12-July 8 in 2022. 

Look for Soldes signs in store windows all over the city, usually showing the amount of reduction - often 30-40% at the beginning, and soaring as high as 70-80% at toward the end. 

Best places to find bargains?  Everywhere!  Luxury labels such as Chanel, Valentino, and Armani draw huge crowds - ditto for Galeries Lafayette, BHV, Bon Marché, and Au Printemps - but don't ignore smaller boutiques and even global mid-market chains.  

Coveted Hermès bags, shoes, clothing, and other goodies go on sale for the general public for only 2 days this time offsite at Palais de Congrès near Porte Maillot.  A VIP invitation-only sale usually takes place on the day before the sale begins, but is rumored to be for the highest-spending French customers only.  However, in a move apparently designed to reduce crowd sizes as the pandemic lingers on, the entire Hermès event will be invitation-only this summer. 

Find out more about Paris Summer Sales 2021

Paris Tours for Fashionistas

Paris Museum Shows - Top Events during June

Grande Halle at Parc de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement in Paris

Body & Soul:  Italian Renaissance Sculpture from Donatello to Michelangelo

@ Louvre Museum - Now through June 21 - Explores how Italian sculptors of the early 16th century focused on interpreting humans' inner state and outward appearance. 17€ adults plus 3€ booking fee; includes special exhibits and permanent collections; book in advance with reserved time slot; can also book in advance for free admission to permanent collection with a Paris Museum Pass
Location:  Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1 
 Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre

Interested in a Louvre Museum guided tour?  Find out how to choose one

The Origins of the World: The Invention of Nature in the 19th Century

@ Musée d'Orsay, Now through July 18 - An exploration of the intersection of arts and science, in partnership with Paris's Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle. Dates:  Now through July 18, 2021;  Tickets:  Time slot required to see this exhibition:  book here
Location: 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7;
 Pont de l'Alma; Invalides

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The Fête de la Musique Welcomes Summer in Paris

Performance at Fete de la Musique in Paris

On June 21, the longest day of the year and official beginning of summer, pop-up stages appear all over Paris for the annual Fête de la Musique, turning the city into a huge street party to celebrate the summer solstice.

Free indoor and outdoor concerts take place all over Paris throughout the day and late into the night (remember, the sun doesn't set until almost 10pm) to celebrate the summer solstice and showcase the city's rich diversity of musical talent and genres. 

You can find a list of performances on the event's website, usually by early June - but it's almost more fun to just happen upon them.  They take place everywhere - so look for them in the city's major squares, near metro stations, on street corners, in cafes, in front of municipal buildings, inside museums, in the city's parks, in courtyards - or just follow the sound of music. 

Street Art Trail: Open Air Museum

The Cat - street art in Paris's 13 arrondissement

Not all the art in Paris is found in museums.  To see a terrific exhibition of giant murals by internationally acclaimed street artists such as Shepard Fairey (Obey), ST4, DALeast, D*Face, C215, and Hush, head over to the 13th arrondissement to see the Boulevard Paris 13 project, an open-air art museum

To do a self-guided tour, take the metro to Place d'Italie in the 13th arrondissement and walk down Boulevard Vincent Auriol to Rue Louise Weiss, exploring side streets along the way.  You'll spot huge murals by C215, Shepard Fairey, INTI, Conor Harrington, Invader, and other famous and emerging artists. 

More about Where to See More Street Art in Paris's 13th District: Check the map (look for "course") on the Boulevard Paris 13 website

Want to discover more about street art in Paris?  Join a professionally guided street art tour through the 13th District and learn about the public art movement as you see some of the best creations by international artists.  Find out more 

Les Extatiques Festival at La Défense

PCalder's Red Spider sculpture on the La Défense Esplanade

The annual Les Extatiques Festival at La Défense, located in Paris's skyscraper-filled business district just beyond the city limits, features nine mid-size to monumental sculptures by contemporary French and International artists such as Tony Cragg, Johan Creten, Ghyslain Bertholon, and Jean-François Fourtou. 

Look for the sculptures along La Défense's Esplanade, a long park-like paved space that functions as an outdoor art gallery (and also hosts La Défense's enormous Christmas Market).  You'll find them in the stretch between the Grande Arche and the multi-colored Bassin pool and fountains.

Dates:  June 24 - October 3, 2021
Admission:  Free
Metro:  La Défense (about a 5-minute ride from the Charles de Gaulle/Etoile station on Line 1; if you walk down the whole 1 km (.6 m) length of the Esplanade, you'll end up at the Esplanade de La Défense station and can hop on the metro there to go back to Paris - or continue walking for another mile or so to the Arc de Triomphe.
While you're there: Go to the top of the Grande Arche to enjoy skyline views of Paris from the terrace

Chopin Festival in Paris - Bois de Boulogne

Bois de Bologne - Jardin d'Acclimatation

The prestigious Chopin Festival showcases international pianists as they interpret the maestro's magnificent music June 29 - July 14.  You'll also hear original works inspired by Chopin. 

The festival takes place in the Orangerie in Parc Bagatelle, the gorgeous botanical garden in the heart of Bois de Boulogne in the 16th arrondissement. 

In addition to enjoying the music, be sure to stroll through Parc Bagatelle's magnificent rose garden containing 10,000 bushes, see the waterfalls, lakes and 18th century chateau, and explore the 19th century Chinese pagoda. 

Two more nearby must-visit places:  Louis Vuitton Foundation for the spectacular architecture and current exhibits, and Jardin d'Acclimatation for fun in the amusement park.

Tickets:  17€-34€ (includes admission to park; admission is free during non-event times); available onsite (cash or check only; arrive 30 minutes before performance time) or online or by mail (see the festival's website for details)
Getting there:  Metro to Pont de Neuilly (Line 1); then take bus 43 to Bagatelle; walk about 5 minutes to reach Parc Bagatelle

Paris Pride Parade (Marche des Fiertés LGBT)

Participants in Paris Pride Parade walking in Tuileries Garden

The massive Paris Marche des Fiertés LGBT (formerly Gay Pride) Parade attracts almost 1 million participants and spectators for a celebration to defend equal rights and reject discrimination.  The procession takes place this year on June 26 at 2pm and lasts about 4 hours depending on the exact route, and finishes at Place de République.  A Pride celebration with free concerts, dancing, and speeches in Place de la République from 5pm-10pm. 

The parade starts this year at Place de la Concorde near the Assemblée Nationale, winds through the historic center of Paris past many famous attractions including the Louvre, proceeds east on Rue de Rivoli to Boulevard Sébastopol up through the Châtelet-les-Halles district, and turns right onto Boulevard Saint-Martin to Place de la République where concerts take place until 10pm.

The starting point and route vary a bit each year, so check back closer to the date in case of any changes. 

The Paris Marche des Fiertés comes at the end of a week of Pride parties and events centered in the trendy Marais district's many gay bars and clubs. 

Where to Stay:   Recommended Hotels for Paris Pride Parade & Pride Week

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La Défense Jazz Festival

Jazz festival musicians - Photo credit: Jens Thekkeveettil

Stop by the La Défense Esplanade, the Paris business district just to the west of the city, to hear emerging jazz artists playing in all genres at the annual La Défense Jazz Festival. 

Concerts take place at lunch time and after work from 5pm-7pm, when you can enjoy the music and an apéritif at the cafes and bars along the Esplanade. 

While you're there, enjoy the 69 or so massive sculptures in the open-air museum along or near the Esplanade.

Dates:  June 20-26, 2022 (dates to be confirmed)
Admission:  Free
Metro:  La Défense (about a 5-minute ride from the Charles de Gaulle/Etoile station on Line 1)
While you're there: Go to the top of the Grande Arche for skyline views of Paris

Paris Air Show - Canceled for 2021

Air show at Paris Air Show

Please note:  The next show will be in June 2023.

The massive International Paris Air Show, held during odd-numbered years (2023, 2025, 2027, etc) at Le Bourget Airport just north of Paris, lets you see the latest innovations in civilian and military aircraft - plus futuristic models still in the concept stage.  Spectacular air shows overhead add to the excitement.

Although the first four days are industry-only, the show opens to everyone on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

The show usually attracts around 150,000 professional visitors and 200,000 members of the public, making this one of the biggest Paris events of the year and filling up many of the city's hotel rooms.

2021 is an ON year - so make your plans now.  The public portion of the show will take place on June 25-27.  The industry-only portion begins on June 21. 

Paris Air Show Tickets:  €14 for floor access + €11 for a grandstand seat for the air show; children under 7 are free

How to Get to the Paris Air Show:  Plenty of free shuttles from metro and RER stations as well as Charles de Gaulle Airport during the show period whisk you to the airport.  Find them at RER B/Le Bourget and Villepinte stations; RER C and Metro (Line 1)/Porte Maillot station; Metro station at Fort d'Aubervilliers (Line 7).  Availability varies, so check the International Paris Air Show's website to get the latest updates.  Le Bourget is only about 3 miles north of Paris, so going by taxi is also affordable.

Many attendees take the Metro or RER out to the show, but book a hotel in Paris in order to enjoy all the restaurants, nightlife, and other attractions.  If this is your plan, use this Paris hotel map from to find accommodations.  Just enter your dates to see availability and lowest rates:

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Paris Insider Tip:  Can't make it to the Air Show?  Visit Le Bourget's Paris Air and Space Museum to see 100+ vintage-through-modern aircraft on display, plus art, models, and cultural items.  Open Tuesday-Sunday.

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Florida Events for November and December 2021

Whatever your passion, Florida has something for you. Here are just some of the major events scheduled in the Sunshine State.  Please check individual websites for more details.

South Florida

Central Florida

North Florida

 Key West Holiday Fest, New Year’s Eve shoe drop



NIGHT MARKET AT DANIA POINTE – When the sun goes down, farmers will have already laid out their produce, craft makers will already have set out their handmade, homemade and remade merchandise and a local musician begins to set the scene for the night. It’s all part of a street bazaar fashioned after the famous Temple Street in Hong Kong.
When: The second and fourth Friday night of every month for the rest of the year
Where: Dania Beach

J.N. “DING” DARLING WILDLIFE REFUGE – You can still drive, hike or bike through the four-mile wildlife drive every day. (Except Friday, to give wildlife a day off!) The Indigo Trail and the Bailey Tract are the trails still open. Sightings can include a large variety of wading birds and shorebirds, raccoons, marsh rabbits, alligators and occasionally otters and bobcats.
When: Any time
Where: J. N. “Ding Darling Wild Life Refuge, Captiva Island

FORT MYERS SCAVENGER HUNTS – Let’s Roam has some good ones for Fort Myers and all the stops are outdoors. You’ll walk from landmark to landmark to discover art, culture and history. Search plaques, statues and art to solve riddles that can only be found on location. Work with a team to answer trivia questions and complete photo challenges. Earn extra points for each hidden treasure and photo your team takes.
When: Any day you want, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Fort Myers

FORT LAUDERDALE SCAVENGER HUNT: BY THE NEW RIVER – Download an app and take this self-guided scavenger hunt. It will be easy to social distance and there are no inside locations. Walk from landmark to landmark to discover art, culture and history. Search plaques, statues and art to solve riddles that can only be found on location.
When: Any day you want, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Along the New River in Fort Lauderdale

UNDERWATER BURLESQUE SHOWS – You’ll be able to enjoy living mermaids from MeduSirena and her pod of Aquaticats performing from a porthole view while enjoying a tropical cocktail and dining on fresh seafood. Recently added is a show with The Aquamen. Admission to the show is $60 per person, with a credit of $45 toward food and beverages during the show. Patrons are required to wear masks except while eating and drinking. There will be no bar seating and no dancing. Tables will be spaced out and capacity has been cut by 50 per cent.
When: Ongoing. The ladies perform every Friday and Saturday night and the men are on Thursday night.
Where: Wreck Bar at B Ocean Hotel in Fort Lauderdale

AVRON B. FOGELMAN SPORTS HISTORY MUSEUM – After being closed more than a year due to Covid-19, it is open again. The 3,500 square-foot exhibit holds 1,200 pieces of sports memorabilia valued at about $10,000,000. It is widely recognized as one of the largest private sports collections owned by a private individual. Highlights include: The 13 original rules of basketball by James Naismith, Babe Ruth’s uniform pants worn on his first day as a New York Yankee in 1921, Joe DiMaggio’s 1936 uniform, Roger Maris’s uniform worn in 1961 when he broke the single-season home run record, Hank Aaron’s uniform from 1974 when he broke the career home run record, the final cleats worn by football legend Jim Thorpe, a football signed by the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins, the 1969 Ryder Cup Trophy and the 1985 Kansas City Royals World Series Trophy (Fogelman once owned the Royals).
When: Now and ongoing
Where: Florida Atlantic University campus, Boca Raton

HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD – That’s Hollywood, Florida, not Tinsel Town. This friendly city nestled about halfway between Fort Lauderdale and Miami has two monthly events that are worthy of your attention: the Downtown Artwalk and the Dream Car Classic. The former presents a mural tour and the Hollywood Artisan Market, which features pop-up shops, artist showcases and vintage shopping. The latter features dozens – up to 85 – of hot rods, custom cars and trucks, modern beauties and classics.
When: Respectively, third Saturday and first Sunday of each month.
Where: downtown Hollywood

SCARECROWS IN THE FOREST ART EXHIBIT AND CONTEST – These scarecrows are made from natural and recycled materials. There are cash prizes will be awarded in each of three categories: school-age individuals or groups, not-for-profit groups and businesses, amateur individuals and creative professionals. Masks are required.
When: Through November 30
Where: Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

SANTA’S ENCHANTED FOREST -- Get an early start to the ho-ho-ho season with SoFla’s tallest Christmas tree light show, millions of dazzling lights, hundreds of themed displays, delicious food, live music and carnival rides. Masks are not required outdoors, but they are highly recommended. Masks are required indoors.
When: Nov. 4-Jan. 2, 2022
Where: Hialeah Park, Hialeah

DIVING IN POP CULTURE – This museum exhibit shows all the creative ways diving has been incorporated into pop culture for more than 100 years. It features representations of diving in literature, advertising, film, television (remember Lloyd Bridges in Sea Hunt?!), music, attractions and collectibles. Anyone over the age of 2 who is not fully vaccinated should wear a mask while inside the museum.
When: Now through Dec. 31
Where: History of Diving Museum, Islamorada

CIRCUIT FESTIVAL – This had always been a popular international gay event, but it came to Miami for the first time in 2019 and returns this year after missing last year due to Covid-19. There will be massive nighttime events with world-class production in spectacular locations, daytime parties and top international DJs.
When: Nov. 25-29
Where: Various locations in Miami Beach

ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVALS GALORE – When the weather starts to cool down even just a little, the arts & crafts fairs and festival scene starts to heat up. Most of these are outdoors, but check city guidelines for possible Covid-19 protocols. Here’s the November South Florida lineup:

  • Sanibel Masters Art Festival: Nov. 26-27, along Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
  • Big Pine & Lower Keys Island Art Festival: Nov. 27, on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, Mile Marker 31, Oceanside.
  • Art in the Park Art & Fine Craft Show: Nov. 27-28. Memorial Park, Stuart.
  • Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Show: Nov. 27-28 in 2021 in Memorial Park, Stuart.
  • Punta Gorda Thanksgiving Weekend Sullivan Street Craft Festival: Nov. 27-28.

LET THERE BE LIGHTS, LOTS AND LOTS OF LIGHTS – Here are just some of the dazzling lighting displays throughout SoFla in the holiday season:

  • ZOO LIGHTS – There will be more than one million bright and dazzling tree lights and a 26-foot-tall LED holiday tree. Also: animal appearances, arts & crafts, Santa appearances, Snowman’s river boat rides, themed dress-up nights, letters to Santa and hot chocolate and cookies.
    When: Select nights from Nov. 26-Dec. 30
    Where: Zoo Miami, Miami
    Web: Zoo Lights Miami - Select Nights (
  • MAGIC OF LIGHTS -- Already a hit at Daytona International Speedway, this family-friendly light show has finally made its way to SoFla. Using the latest LED technology and digital animations, it features themed displays such as a prehistoric Christmas, Big Foot Monster Trucks and some 40 others. There is also a 200-foot light tunnel for cars to drive through.
    When: Now through Jan. 1
    Where: Homestead Miami Speedway, Homestead
  • HOLIDAY FANTASY OF LIGHTS – This is a drive-thru event, so it is perfect for social distancing. It’s a three-and-a half mile-long path with winding, snow-covered walkways to look at, all from the safety of your car. The walkways will be animated by millions of twinkling lights, which take the form of Santa and his reindeer, carousels, houses, palm trees and giraffes. 
    When: Nov. 19-Jan. 2
    Where: Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek
  • JOHNSONVILLE NIGHT LIGHTS IN THE NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN – For 35 nights discover (or rediscover) the natural beauty of plants from the tropics and subtropics as millions of lights will illuminate the gardens. There will be live music on the Water Garden stage. At the Fogg Café, you can enjoy goodies from the full menu as well as seasonal specials and holiday cocktails.
    When: Nov. 26-Dec. 23, Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 1-2   
    Where: Naples Botanical Garden, Naples
  • EDISON & FORD HOLIDAY NIGHTS – Celebrating its 46th anniversary, this Southwest Florida tradition will once again feature a display of thousands of Christmas lights and decorations covering the winter estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.  Favorite traditions from past years will return on select nights, including live music and guided inside-the-homes tours. Guided tours will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Masks are required for indoor events.
    When: Nov. 26-Jan. 2
    Where: Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers
  • SANTA’S ENCHANTED FOREST – It’s always the first big-lights display to go up. Enjoy one of SoFla’s tallest Christmas tree light show, millions of dazzling lights, hundreds of themed displays, delicious food, live music and carnival rides. Masks are not required outdoors, but they are recommended. Masks are required indoors.
    When: Now through Jan. 2
    Where: Hialeah Park, Miami
  • THE NIGHT GARDEN – Here is a chance to see one of Miami’s most beautiful gardens brought to life at night with stunning illuminations, amazing special effects and lots of surprises for the entire family. You can talk to the Tree of Wisdom and see fairies flying before your eyes and dandelions that are taller than you. Some of Miami’s favorite food trucks will be on hand to spice up your evening.
    When: Dec. 1-Jan. 2
    Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami

BEDECKED & BEDAZZLED BOATS – Land is not the only place to see dazzling light displays during the holiday season. They’ll be on the water, too, via the many annual boat parades. What follows below is only a partial list (and, if you watch a parade from any restaurants along the routes, check their Covid-19 protocols): 

  • SEMINOLE HARD ROCK WINTERFEST BOAT PARADE – Considering that Fort Lauderdale is known as the “Venice of America,” it is understandable why this one is called “The Greatest Show on H2O.” Private boats to giant showboats and corporate mega yachts will be adorned with hundreds of thousands of lights, music, entertainment, decorations, celebrities and beauty queens. It starts in downtown Fort Lauderdale, goes east along the New River and then north to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. There are also several other Winterfest holiday events, such as Family Fun Day and the Black Tie Ball. See the website below for more information.
    When: Dec. 11
    Where: Fort Lauderdale and other parts of Broward County
  • FORT MYERS BEACH CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE – It begins at Salty Sam’s Marina and there are several restaurants along the back bay, including Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Original Shrimp Dock, Matanzas on the Bay, Nervous Nellie’s, Bonita Bill’s and Dixie Fish Company. Some other good spots to watch are Bayfront Park next to Nervous Nellie’s and at the ends of the first two canals in Siesta Isles. Bring a chair if you choose the latter option.
    When: Dec. 4
    Where: Fort Myers Beach and Pelican Bay
  • PALM BEACH HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE – The parade will be led by a Zambelli traveling fireworks show and there will be plenty of locations from which to view the festivities. You can see it from Juno Park, Bert Winters Park, Waterway Park, Sawfish Bay Park, Jupiter Riverwalk, Lighthouse Park and Harbourside Place. Or watch from restaurants and bars such as 1000 North, U-Tiki, Waterway Café, Jetty’s and Square Grouper Tiki Bar.
    When: Dec. 4
    Where: The Intracoastal Waterway from North Palm Beach to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse
  • ISLAND STYLE CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE – Watch the boats sail by, decked out with holiday lights and decorations. Some of the recommended viewing spots are Esplanade on Smokehouse Bay and Snook Inn on the Marco River.
    When: Dec. 18
    Where: Marco Island
  • CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE ON NAPLES BAY – Pick your spot along the bay to enjoy the colorful and sparkly parade. Viewing spot are Landings Park, Bayview Park, Naples City Dock and restaurants Pinchers, Kelly’s Fish House and the Boat House.
    When: Dec. 11
    Where: Naples Bay, Naples
  • POMPANO BEACH HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE – It’s the oldest holiday boat parade in Florida and this year it is celebrating its 59th anniversary. It goes from Lake Santa Barbara all the way to the Hillsboro Bridge along the Intracoastal Waterway. Between 50 and 75 boats are expected to participate.
    When: Dec. 10
    Where: Pompano Beach
  • KEY LARGO HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE – Blackwater Sound will shimmer as the decorated boats go along the shoreline. This year’s theme is Naughty-cal and Nice! You’ll see everything from 55-foot yachts to single-person kayaks. The best viewing and libations can be found at the parade’s host location, Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill and other waterfront venues between MM 103-104.
    When: Dec. 11
    Where: Key Largo

HOLIDAY IN PARADISE – It’s also called Sandi Land, named after Sandi, the world’s only 35-foot, 700-ton tree sculptured out of sand. Hosting nightly music and light shows, she is the centerpiece of this almost-month-long event, but there will be plenty more to marvel at, including 100 tons worth of other sand sculptures. Families are welcome to gather at the foot of Sandi and listen to her tell stories and join in as she sings songs. (There is no charge for the story-telling and the sing-alongs, but reservations are required for both). Don’t miss the synchronized light show with the Centennial Square Fountain that will have water dancing along with holiday music. Santa will be there as always, but he will be perched on a six-foot-chair and families can gather for photo ops at the bottom. Surprise entertainment elements will pop up throughout Sandi’s visit. Directives on facial coverings will be followed in accordance with Palm Beach County mandates at the time of the event, so bring a mask, just in case.
When: Dec. 2-Dec. 31, but you can also watch internationally-renowned sand sculptors create Sandi from Nov. 17-24
Where: On the waterfront in West Palm Beach

FESTIVAL OF TREES – The highlight of this four-day event is the beautifully-decorated Christmas trees (by local businesses) adorned with presents that are raffled off for charity. But there is more, too: local artist Dharma Lefevre dresses up as a quirky but talented elf and shows how to present a gorgeous winter landscape, a fun-for-the-whole-family Santa Block Party and lots of good, diverse live music.
When: Dec. 2-5
Where: Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Fort Myers

KEY WEST HOLIDAY FEST – A fun-filled array of celebrations includes the Harbor Walk of Lights, holiday historic inn tours, a boat parade, an on-land parade, island lights tours via the Conch Tour Train and Old Town Trolley, and artisan markets and bazaars, The grand finale includes New Year’s Eve “drops” that spoof New York City’s ball drop, including a descending 6-foot- high heel red shoe carrying drag queen Sushi.
When: Dec.-Jan. 1
Where: Various locations in Key West

A DAY AT THE MUSEUM – Two outstanding new exhibits worthy of your attention have opened in South Florida:

  • HELLO, GORGEOUS is an eclectic collection of costumes, photos, videos and other objects celebrating the life of the one-and-only Barbara Streisand. There will be an eclectic series of events at the museum associated with the exhibit.
    Where: Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami  
    When:  Now through Feb. 20, 2022
  • MACHU PICCHU AND THE GOLDEN EMPIRES OF PERU takes you on a journey back in time to discover a culture that thrived in a mythic world. This world premiere exhibit shows the marvels of engineering that sheltered a truly spiritual civilization and the ornate riches they once had. You can walk among 192 artifacts from royal tombs that contained spectacular objects that belonged to noble Andean lords. There is a virtual reality show to enhance your experience.
    When: Now through March 6, 2022        
    Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton

ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH AND MIAMI ART WEEK – Art Basel Miami Beach has become one of the most comprehensive art fairs in the country. Some 266 galleries from 35 countries will showcase works by about 4,000 artists. It draws thousands of art dealers, artists, collectors and aficionados every year. Art Basel refers to the one big fair, but its spirit has spread to art venues big and small throughout Miami-Dade County, with a host of eclectic satellite fairs, parties and events. Put it all together and you have an extravaganza that has become known as Miami Art Week. Check the various locations for any Covid-19 protocols that might be in place.
When: Dec. 2-4 for Art Basel. The satellite fairs tend to start a few days earlier and run a few days later.
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center for Art Basel and various locations throughout Miami-Dade County for the satellite fairs.
Web: for Art Basel and for the satellite fairs.

PALM BEACH FOOD & WINE FEST – You might want to skip the pre-holiday calorie-counting and head for this four-day gastronomic happening. Residents and visitors alike will savor the many culinary creations as master chefs mix and blend to create their magic. It features everything from Food Network stars chillin’ and grillin’ poolside to comfort food to five-course dinners with premium wine pairings. Click on “Safety” on the home page of the website below for Covid-19 protocols.
When: Dec. 9-12
Where: Various locations in Palm Beach County

QBE SHOOTOUT – Hall of Fame golfer and host Greg Norman has garnered another outstanding 24-person field (12 teams of two) for the 21st version of this tournament. Included will be 13 of the top 50 players in the world: Harris English, the very hot Sam Burns, Billy Horschel, Kevin Na, Jason Kokrak, Max Homa, Corey Conners, Mark Leishman, Lee Westwood, Kevin Kisner, Ryan Palmer and Ian Poulter. English returns with his co-defending champion Matt Kuchar. Other top golfers on hand include LPGA star Lexi Thompson, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker, Sean O’Hair, Harold Varner III, Hudson Swafford, K.H. Lee and Steve Stricker, who recently captained the United States to its decisive victory over Europe in the Ryder Cup. The QBE Shootout will once again feature a scramble format in the first round, a modified alternate shot format in the second round a better-ball format for the final round.
When: Dec. 8-12
Where: Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

KING MANGO STRUT PARADE – This wildly wonderful parade started out as a rejected group from the Orange Bowl Parade and has grown into one of the wackiest events in SoFla. It’s full of irreverent, creative and weird tongue-in-cheek folks who aren’t afraid to make fun of anyone, everything and anything. Marching bands and floats, usually with a facetious focus on local, national and global events from the year, round out the fun. But don’t leave when the Strut is over. Local bands and entertainers take over to keep things going.
When: Dec. 26
Where: Coconut Grove

MUSIC FESTS – Multi-band and multi-day festivals are starting to return and there are two good ones in SoFla in December:

  • COAST IS CLEAR MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL – This one’s main event is an all-day concert with headliner Black Pumas and Phosphorescent, Rayland Baxter, Langhorne Slim, Susto and Liz Cooper. Check out the VIP pass package, which gets you closer to the stage and access to a VIP bar. The Local Arts Market part of the festival is free.
    When: Dec. 3-5
    Where: Fort East Martello, Key West
  • NORTH BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL – The lineup will feature some of the best-known jam bands, funk bands and improvisational rock bands, including Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Spafford (x2), The Motet, Marco Benevento, Tauk, Ghost-Note, Eric Krasno & The Assembly, Karina Rykman, Holly Howling, Aqueous, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Brendan Bayliss & Jennifer Hartswick, Electric Kif, Juke, and Tand. Lots of good local food will be available.
    When: Dec. 10-11
    Where: North Beach Bandshell, Miami Beach

ART & JAZZ ON THE AVENUE – If you haven’t been to Delray Beach in a while, this would be a good time to go, as the city is re-launching one of its more popular events. It’s being held in a closed-street format in a really cool part of town. The art includes photo activities by The Studio, live painting by the Delray Art League and an interactive kid’s zone with face painting and caricature artists. The musical entertainment includes yuletide carolers, calypso jazz, the Eric Hanson Duo, Melvin and the Musicians, Jimmy Stowe & The Stowaways and the Indigo Dreamers.
When: Dec. 22
Where: Along and near Atlantic Avenue in the Pineapple Grove Arts District, Delray Beach

 The Holiday Lighted Boat Parade along Tampa’s Hillsborough River



DRIVE-IN MOVIES – Drive-in movie theaters are enjoying a renaissance, catering to those who like to enjoy the group film-watching experience while also keeping a car’s length distance. The Central Florida region has a number of old fashioned drive-ins showing movies old and new, and patrons wearing masks can buy popcorn, soda and Twizzlers at the snack bars. Load up the family – some venues even allow pets – and check out some of the classics under the stars.
When: Five days a week to daily; check hours online
Where: Dade City, Ruskin, Lakeland, Ocala
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LAKE APOPKA WILDLIFE DRIVE AUDIO TOUR – Go on your own mini-safari through the restored former farm fields of Lake Apopka North Shore, where you’ll find lots of native birds, turtles, alligators, bobcats, snakes and other wildlife, as well as spotting rare Florida plant species. The St. Johns River Water Management District created a cool audio tour, which you can access with your mobile device, as you drive along the 11-mile stretch and soak in the scenery and solitude.
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from sunrise to sunset
Where: Lake Apopka North Shore farmlands, Orange County

LUKAS NURSERY BUTTERFLY ENCOUNTER – This year-round butterfly and bird conservatory is a fun and memorable experience for kids and adults alike, offering up-close encounters with stunningly graceful butterflies, chirping finches, Chinese button quail and lots and lots of beautiful plants and flowers. Learn about butterfly gardening and life cycles from the on-site experts and feed these fluttering friends right from your fingertips before peak season ends in late September. Can’t make the trip? The nursery offers virtual tours via its YouTube channel:  
When: Daily 
Where: Lukas Nursery, Oviedo

STETSON MANSION CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR TOURS – Get into the holiday spirit by taking a self-guided tour through this grand and historic mansion, the largest and most modern home ever built in Florida before 1900. Beginning Nov. 1, several rooms in this state gem will be adorned with elaborate designer decorations and 24 nativities from around the world, and visitors can also see original School House featuring a soaring 15-foot Polynesian ceiling. As a pandemic precaution, the hour-long tours require timed reservations in limited groups, and masks are highly encouraged.
When: through Jan. 22
Where: Stetson Manion, DeLand

THE NUTCRACKER -- Dance Alive National Ballet in Gainesville presents the all-time family favorite with beautiful dancing, sets and costumes. Clara saves the Nutcracker prince, and to thank her, he brings her on a magical journey to the Kingdom of the Sweets, where the exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy puts on a regal show for her.
When: Dec. 18, 19, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Where: Gainesville

TAMPA BAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AND SANTA’S VILLAGE – This event will envelop guests in an enchanting winter wonderland, from their entrance marked by a custom, signature light display on Route 60, wending through nearly two miles of continuous light features, to their exit through twinkling trees as they leave the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds.  One million lights will blanket the entire site. Includes individual presentations representing Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and participatory events for the kids.
When: Thanksgiving Day through Dec. 26
Where: Hillsborough County Fairgrounds

THE CASEMENTS GASLIGHT PARADE & ANTIQUE CAR SHOW – Returning for its 63rd year, this post-Thanksgiving tradition is a car lover’s delight, beginning with a long and colorful Friday night street parade of classic and antique cars, including a  locally owned1953 Chevrolet 210. Then on Saturday, spectators can get up close and personal with the chrome-faced beauties lined along the Halifax River while enjoying the gorgeous Fortunato Park and snacking on refreshments.
When: Nov. 26-27
Where: The Casements, Ormond Beach

MAGIC OF LIGHTS – See over a million holiday lights in this brilliant drive-through holiday light display your family can enjoy from the safety and comfort of your own vehicle. Guests slowly drive their way through a nearly two-mile winding course to view sparkling LED displays and the latest in digital animations depicting the favorite characters of the season, including a 200-foot light tunnel, animated snowmen, poinsettias, candy canes, a huge toy-land, a Victorian village and an enchanted forest, and of course, a jolly Santa Claus appearance.
When: Nov. 19-Jan. 1
Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach

SANDING OVATIONS MASTERS CUP – Master sculptors from all over the world bring their best stuff to Treasure Island for this must-see sand sculpting competition held on one of Pinellas County’s most beautiful beaches. This year’s theme is “Sandlantis” and this year guests can enjoy these intricate works of art made from Florida west coast sugar sand for two weekends instead of one. Vendors will also be selling food and sweet treats while live bands entertain the crowds, who will have plenty of room to space out along the beach.
When: Nov. 26-28
Where: Treasure Island

APOPKA ARTS IN THE PARK – Located just outside of Orlando, the city of Apopka celebrates all things arts, crafts and music at this brand new, all-day fest, held in and around its dome-shaped amphitheater. Shop for hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, clothing and accessories, or check out the dozens of artists displaying original work for sale. Parking and attendance is free and there will be plenty of food, ice cream and drink vendors on hand to keep the refreshments flowing.
When: Dec. 4
Where: Apopka Amphitheater, Apopka

TAMPA BAY’S FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS & SANTA’S VILLAGE – This all-new holiday light show will surround guests in an enchanting drive-thru winter wonderland of one million lights along a two-mile experience from entrance to exit. Visitors young and old will love the scenes representing Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, while the nearby Santa’s Village will be filled with activities and treats such as Santa’s barnyard, holiday movies and short films, visits with Santa and plenty of social media-worthy photo ops.
When: Nov. 25-Dec. 26
Where: Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, Dover

PIONEER CHRISTMAS AND VINTAGE MARKET & DADE CITY – Experience a piece of Florida history while getting into the Christmas spirit at this Pioneer Florida Museum market and festival, which will feature model train displays, blacksmith demonstrations. Get photos with Santa, decorate cookies, ride ponies and enjoy live Christmas carols. Visit some of the unique vendors and check out the roving docents in period clothing. Distancing and masks are strongly encouraged.
When: Dec. 4
Where: Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, Dade City

STETSON MANSION CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR TOURS – Get into the holiday spirit by taking a self-guided tour through this grand and historic mansion, the largest and most modern home ever built in Florida before 1900. Beginning Nov. 1, several rooms in this state gem will be adorned with elaborate designer decorations and 24 nativities from around the world, and visitors can also see original School House featuring a soaring 15-foot Polynesian ceiling. As a pandemic precaution, the hour-long tours require timed reservations in limited groups, and masks are highly encouraged.
When: Nov. 1-Jan. 22
Where: Stetson Mansion, DeLand

CHRISTMAS ON MAIN STREET – Kicking off a month-long holiday celebration, Christmas on Main Street returns for more memorable moments such as a tree lighting ceremony, a decorated and lit courthouse square, Santa and Mrs. Claus and streets full of vendors selling holiday gifts, treats and décor. Visitors are encouraged to dress in fun winter-y clothing and join in any sing-a-longs, impromptu parades and other holiday merriment as the town gets ready to capture the essence of an old-fashioned Christmas.
When: Dec. 2
Where: Historic downtown Brooksville

TAMPA THEATRE’S HOLIDAY CLASSICS – What better way to get into the holiday spirit than in this dramatically ornate and historic theatre, eating popcorn and drinking wine while watching timeless classic movies such as “Miracle on 24th Street,” “It’s A Wonderful Life,” and “Elf.” In a caroling mood? Catch one Sunday’s sing-along “White Christmas” or catch some pre-show tunes Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, a favorite among the theatre’s biggest fans. Masks are strongly suggested while inside the theatre.
When: Dec. 5, 12, 17-23 & 26
Where: Tampa Theatre, downtown Tampa

HUNSADER FARMS COUNTRY CHRISTMAS – Visit a real Florida farm and soak in the holiday country fun of train rides, snow tubing, hayrides, campfires, a Christmas village with Santa, pony rides, a petty zoo and live bands. Stay for dinner by stopping at any of the food vendors selling turkey legs, pizza, burgers, warm pretzels, hot chocolate, s’mores and other festival fare, or shop at the antique and crafts store for some unique gifts.
When: Dec. 10, 11, 12 & 17, 18, 19
Where: Hunsader Farms, Bradenton

CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM’S BRUNCH WITH SANTA – Spend a day in your PJs or holiday sweater, celebrating with marine animals and Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Kick off the experience by chowing down at a delicious brunch feast that includes French toast bake, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, turkey & ham, mashed potatoes and other festive. After brunch, visit with Santa and friends, take some photos and check out the dolphins, otters, turtles and other native Florida wildlife for a different kind of holiday tradition.
When: Dec. 18
Where: Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater

WEKIVA ISLAND WINTER WONDERLAND – This fun and quirky little island surrounded by natural Florida springs is bringing an even bigger and better holiday celebration to its grounds, “supersizing” the sparkling Christmas Tree Forest with a 20-foot tree and adding nightly snow-like flurries, grand holiday décor, Santa visits and other special events throughout December. Bring a donation for Toys for Tots, do some shopping at the General Store and let the island’s “elves” do free gift wrapping so you can relax, have a drink and enjoy a real winter wonder – the Florida sunshine.
When: Dec. 3-Dec. 25
Where: Wekiva Island

SUMTER SWAP MEETS – For nearly three decades, families, auto enthusiasts and hundreds of vendors have gathered at this grassy spot off of State Road 471, showing off classic and antique cars and trucks and enjoying the outdoors. Campers, tents and booths set up tables to sell car parts, accessories, antique tools, dashboard and bumper oddities and other wheel-related wares while those less motor-minded enjoy BBQ, hot dogs, cold drinks and sweet treats while strolling through the rows and rows of chrome-framed beauties.
When: Dec. 5
Where: Bushnell

HOLIDAY LIGHTED BOAT PARADE – Like a long row of brightly lit and meticulously decorated homes – except on water – this spectacular boat parade along Tampa’s Hillsborough River is filled with Santas, elves, lit trees and other creative displays of dazzling holiday cheer. Sailboats and motorboats each compete for a winning prize, so be sure to cheer loudly for your favorite. Before or after the parade, hop on a water taxi or free streetcar ride to check out some other sights downtown.
When: Dec. 18
Where: Downtown Tampa

DOWNTOWN ST. PETE HOLIDAY EVENTS – Holidays in the Sunshine City are a joy, bringing Santa, snow, ice skating and gorgeous lights to some of St. Petersburg’s prettiest parks. The popular, one-day Snowfest features a toboggan slide down crunchy white snow, kids can visit Santa and take photos in North Straub Park and people of all ages can decorate gingerbread cookies at Pioneer Park. For those just looking to stroll among the holiday beauty, St. Pete’s parks will be decorated with thousands of lights and decorations every night from Nov. 27 through Jan. 1.
When: Nov. 27-Jan. 1
Where: South Straub Park, North Straub Park, Pioneer Park, Vinoy Park & St. Pete Pier

SHOWFOLKS HOLIDAY CIRCUS FESTIVAL –Sarasota’s longest running circus event invites guests to walk through the open-air festival grounds to see a colorful, whimsical and hilarious array of local and international circus acts such as clowns, trapeze artists, animal tricks and old classics such as The Flying Wallendas and Punch and Judy. Kids get to meet Santa and see a live nativity scene, and there’s plenty of circus food treats such as popcorn and cotton candy, as well as more hearty fare and drinks.
When: Dec. 10-12
Where: Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Sarasota                                                     

 Palm Coast Boat Parade





GHOSTS, MURDERS AND MAYHEM SEGWAY TOUR  Learn a little more about Pensacola’s dark side and the ghosts who wander the city’s old Red Light District once the moon rises. Guests will zip along the city’s streets visiting the site of a street car bombing or the first drive-through funeral home. They’ll also learn about Seville Quarter’s bartending ghost. Tours must be booked in advance and are limited to only 6 guests. Stories told on the tour vary nightly.
When: Daily
Where: Pensacola

KAYAK AMELIA  With Florida’s state parks now open, Kayak Amelia, which has its home base on the Big Talbot Island State Park, is back in business. The coastal barrier island, known for its boneyard beach, sits just south of Amelia Island and on Jacksonville’s far northeast corner. If you’re an experienced kayaker and want to set out on your own, they rent kayaks and paddleboards by the hour. But if you want to learn more about the coastal ecosystem join one of the guided kayak tours. Tour options include a Salt Marsh Eco Tour or an Eco Tour to Kingsley Plantation. For paddleboarders, Kayak Amelia offers an introductory class or SUP Yoga.
When: Dates vary
Where: Big Talbot Island

NIGHT OF LIGHTS — Experience the magic of the holidays when historic St. Augustine gets the star treatment after being draped with millions of twinkling lights. Wander the brick streets of the old city center and the tree-lined sidewalks of the neighborhoods to take in the magical atmosphere which kicks off the Saturday before Thanksgiving with the official Light Up! night. Other options to view the city include trolley, train, boat, horse-drawn carriage and luxury golf cart.   
When: Nov. 20 - Jan. 31 
Where: St. Augustine

JACKSONVILLE LIGHT BOAT PARADE — Now that the Super Bowl winning Bucs and the Stanley Cup winning Lightning have shown the rest of the country how well Florida does boat parades, here’s your chance to enjoy one of the best holiday parades on the water in North Florida. Boats decked out will cruise the St. Johns between downtown Jacksonville’s north and south banks. At the parade’s conclusion, the city’s biggest fireworks display of the year will light up the night. Don’t forget to get your smartphone ready to take video of the sparkling waterfalls that rain down from the city’s Main Street and Acosta bridges. It’s always the “wow” moment of the evening.  
When: Nov. 27 
Where: Jacksonville

DAZZLING NIGHTS — Light up your night on this three-quarter of a mile Christmas-themed journey through Jacksonville’s botanical gardens. Highlights include a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree, interactive ground lights that glow when you walk on them, a winding path through a forest of fog and multi-colored lights and a 65-foot lighted tunnel. Includes snow, holiday music; food and beverages are available for purchase.  
When: Nov. 19 - Jan. 9
Where: Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

NIGHT OF PINTS — We know. You came for the lights. Millions of twinkling bulbs lighting up historic St. Augustine; but you’ll stay for the pints. In conjunction with the annual festival, the city’s craft brewers launched Night of Pints in 2020 and it was such a success, it’s back for 2021! Craft beer lovers who purchase the official Night of Pints t-shirt will receive a punch card that allows one complimentary pint at each of the participating breweries: Old Coast Ales, Ancient City Brewing, The Bog Brewing Company and Dog Rose Brewing Company.   
When: Nov. 19 - Jan. 31
Where: St. Augustine

PENSACOLA WINTERFEST — All aboard! The engine is already warming up because it’s nearly go-time for Pensacola’s annual live action tours featuring beloved Christmas tales. This year’s Winterfest celebration features four tour options: Polar Express, Cajun Christmas, Grinch and Scrooge. Tour guests will be treated to pre-tour performances on the courthouse steps before boarding the open-air trams for their journey through town. Each adventure includes special guests — Papa Noel, Jacob Marley, the Cat in the Hat — along with musical performances, live readings and other entertainment. Guests on the Cajun Christmas Tour will also have a chance to tour the Historic Village, take part in a scavenger hunt and listen to a live jug band. Santa and his sleigh will be downtown each evening for family photos.
When: Nov. 21, 26-28, Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-19, 21-24
Where: Pensacola

OCALA CHRISTMAS LIGHT SPECTACULAR — Channel our northern friends by turning the car AC on a little higher and bundling up under blankets for two miles of Christmas magic. Ocala’s drive-thru light spectacular includes more than two million lights and over 350 lighted displays including a nativity display complete with the star of Bethlehem. Other entertainment includes a kids train ride, Reindeer Training Center, Santa Land, plus live performances from local choirs, bell choirs and praise bands. 
When: Nov. 26 - Dec. 31
Where: Florida Horse Park, Ocala

DAZZLING NIGHTS — Light up your night on this three-quarter of a mile Christmas-themed journey through Jacksonville’s botanical gardens. Highlights include a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree, interactive ground lights that glow when you walk on them, a winding path through a forest of fog and multi-colored lights and a 65-foot lighted tunnel. Includes snow, holiday music; food and beverages are available for purchase. 
When: Nov. 19 - Jan. 9
Where: Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE — Who doesn’t love snow, fireworks, hot cocoa and visits with Santa? Live Oak’s 37th annual three-day celebration of all things that are merry kicks off Thursday with the Christmas tree lighting, Jingle Bell Fun Run & Walk and Christmas movies under the stars, snow and fireworks. The two-day arts and crafts festival featuring more than 200 vendors fills the downtown streets on Friday and Saturday. Also includes other fun like live entertainment, food vendors and the Lighted Christmas Parade.
When: Dec. 2-4
Where: Live Oak

CAMELLIA CHRISTMAS — It’s a whiter shade of pale for the 32nd annual decorations in the historic Maclay House for Christmas. The house will be decorated with white camellias and greenery for the 2021 holidays. The day also includes live music, hot cider and cookies, a silent auction and visit with Santa. Don’t forget to make time to walk the gardens which feature more than 150 camellia cultivars blooming in shades of pink, white and red.  
When: Dec. 3
Where: Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee

FESTIVAL AT FORT KING — This two-day history event encourages guests to revisit the 1800s with the living history demos, including a re-enactment of Osceola’s attack on Fort King and the death of Wiley Thompson which started Florida’s Second Seminole War. Guests can participate in axe throwing or cast iron cooking, watch historic combat demos or attend a birding hike at the park. Also includes crafts, food vendors and a kids’ game area. 
When: Dec. 4-5
Where: Fort King National Historic Landmark, Ocala

DICKENS ON CENTRE — After a year off, the 7th annual Christmas-themed festival based on A Christmas Carol is back with new experiences and fun for the whole family when Fernandina transforms itself from a charming seaside beach town to a classic British village. The event kicks off with the Dickens Illuminated Procession on Thursday where guests are invited to stroll through the historic district wearing (or carrying) anything that glows. After the procession, there will be fireworks over the Fernandina Harbor Marina. Other events include:

  • Dickens on Centre Dining Week (Dec. 3-12): Prix fixe Dickens or Victorian-themed menus at local restaurants.
  • Dickens Enchanted Village (Dec. 10-12): Enjoy an exclusive one-hour picnic experience with a gourmet cheese and charcuterie board for six in one of six snow globes each decorated with a unique Christmas theme.
  • Dickens After Dark (Dec. 11): Adults-only party that includes a performance of Alice in a Christmas Wonderland, live music and aerial acrobatics, heavy hors d’oeuvres and open bar and ghost tour.
  • Run Like the Dickens (Dec. 11): 1-mile, dog-friendly fun run along the beach. 
    When: Dec. 9-12
    Where: Fernandina Beach

BLACK CREEK PADDLING FESTIVAL — Join Paddle Florida for two days of paddling, fellowship, live entertainment and educational environmental presentations on preserving North Florida’s rivers, springs and watersheds. Paddlers will explore Clay County by paddling 12 miles on Black Creek and 8 miles on Peter’s Creek during the weekend. Attendees are responsible for bringing their own kayaks or canoes; the trip fee includes camping, meals, river maps, evening entertainment and a commemorative t-shirt. 
When: Dec. 10-12
Where: Camp Chowenwaw Park, Green Cove Springs

JACKSONVILLE BBQ FESTIVAL — Florida’s largest city clings to its southern roots like Spanish moss clings to a Live Oak tree, which only makes it unusual that it hasn’t hosted a major BBQ and music fest in the past. Finally, things are changing. For three days, guests of the inaugural event will be able to sample award-winning ‘cue, then dance off the calories while listening to live music. The festival pitmasters hail from Memphis, St. Louis, San Antonio, Brooklyn, St. Simons Island and, of course, Jacksonville. Tim Scheer of Blues Hog Barbecue in Washington, MO, will be serving up his 2021 World Champion Pork Shoulder Sliders. Guests can purchase a Q Pit Pass, which includes exclusive access to one the Q Pit Lounges with all-you-can BBQ, free drinks and private bathrooms. 
When: Dec. 10-12
Where: TIAA Bank Field

HAVANA WINTERFEST — Snow might not naturally fall inFlorida, but it’s the marquee attraction at many holiday fests so kids of all ages can craft the perfect ball for a spirited family fight. And although the trucked in snow is pretty cool, the annual holiday Lawnmower Parade is the highlight of the day, with the term lawnmower being loosely followed, as locals also decorate their golf carts and tractors. Includes food trucks, live entertainment, carriage rides, face painting and a petting zoo.
When: Dec. 11
Where: Havana

HOLIDAY HOME TOUR — After taking more than a decade off, the Christmas tour of four of Gainesville’s historic Victorian homes in the Bed and Breakfast District is back. Guests will get to visit the 1867 Matheson House, Sweetwater Branch Inn, Laurel Oak Inn and Magnolia Plantation Bed & Breakfast on the less than mile-long walking tour. The homes will each be decorated to the nines for the holidays and the tour includes spiced cider and cookies at the Matheson History Museum. 
When: Dec. 11
Where: Gainesville

CANDY CANE CLASS — Enroll all the “kids” in your family in a sweet salute to the holidays. All class attendees will make five to nine candy canes to take home! If you have a group of at least six people, you can turn this into a private party which allows you to pick your flavors and colors. Each attendee also gets a scoop of one of Sweet Pete’s homemade ice cream flavors. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.  
When: Dec. 11, 13, 15, 20-21, 24, 28
Where: Sweet Pete’s, Jacksonville

PALM COAST HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE — This longtime central Florida event is bringing back a little razzle-dazzle to the holidays for its 38th year after taking 2020 off. The event will take advantage of the weekend’s full moon to lead the way for the participating lighted and decorated boats. Spectators will be able to tune into KOOL 100.9 for holiday music and parade dispatches all evening long. Rain date is Dec. 19.
When: Dec. 18
Where: Palm Coast

FULL MOON CLIMB WITH BLUES AND BBQ — Take in a bird’s eye view of St. George Sound and Carrabelle Beach under the moon and stars from the top of the Crooked River Lighthouse. The monthly Full Moon Climb gets a festive twist with an evening of BBQ eats and live music by Blues Meets Girl. Advance reservations are required, only seven climbers are allowed to ascend the lighthouse at a time. Face coverings are welcome, but not required.  
When: Dec. 19
Where: Crooked River Lighthouse, Carrabelle

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December in OKC

There is always something to explore in the Modern Frontier, and this month is no different. The holiday season is officially upon us, and there's a lot of excitement happening in the city to ring in the holiday season. Here are a few june 1st events near me our recommendations of ways to discover Oklahoma City this month!

'Tis the Season to be Jolly

  • Get in the yuletide spirit with downtown Oklahoma City's annual holiday extravaganza, Downtown in December! The fun is back this year with light displays, holiday pop-up shops and more.
  • Have a Holiday in the Park at OKC's only amusement park, Frontier City.
  • See Ebenezer Scrooge come to life at Lyric Theatre's annual production of A Christmas Carol at Harn Homestead.
  • Tip your hat to the holidays at the Cowboy Christmas Parade in the historic Stockyards City on Dec. 4.
  • Go wild at the OKC Does closing bank account hurt credit Lights, a festive drive-thru and walk-thru, showcasing over 59 wildlife themed light sculptures.
  • Enjoy ice skating, curling, climbing, skiing, snowboarding and june 1st events near me at Winter Glow, Riversport's new winter experience. 
  • Wander through the Festival of Trees at Chisholm Creek.
  • Explore Scissortail Park's festive happenings, such as Union Station Illumination, 'Tis the Season Market, Santa visits and more!
  • Hear your favorite holiday tunes live at Civic Center Music Hall with special performances by Canterbury Voices and the OKC Philharmonic.
  • Marvel at the dancing snowflakes, the Kingdom of Sweets and more at the Oklahoma City Ballet's annual performance of The Nutcracker.

Shop 'til You Drop

From local boutiques to national retailers, OKC is serving up all the retail therapy you june 1st events near me need. With the holidays quickly approaching, there's never been a better time to shop your way through Oklahoma City. Explore locally-owned and locally-loved shops like Painted Door Gift Boutique or Tin Lizzie's. Pick up a souvenir to commemorate your time in june 1st events near me Modern Frontier at Shop Good or Plenty Mercantile. If major retailers are your thing, make time to explore the OKC Outlets, Penn Square Mall and Classen Curve. Discover unique treasures at these only-in-OKC shops. You can find something for everyone on your list in Oklahoma City!

Cheers to 2022

Ring in the New Year in the Modern Frontier! Opening Night, the OKC Arts June 1st events near me annual party, is back this year at the Chickasaw Bricktown June 1st events near me will include music, a mural competition and a children’s area with themed, hands-on art projects. Bid farewell to 2021 with an evening of fun and fireworks!

We hope you're ready to rock around the Modern Frontier this yuletide season! Looking for more cold-weather fun? Unwrap our Winter Guide to discover even more of this season's must-dos.


Calendar of Events

In Mobile, we are forever finding reasons to throw a party. What else would you expect from the birthplace of America's original Mardi Gras? From pecans to shrimp to flowers to oysters and dogs and pumpkins and film and football and . well, you get the picture. We're born to celebrate so come celebrate something you love, with us!

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The City of Mobile was "Born to Celebrate" and while we are ready to Let the Celebration Resume with both old and new friends, we fully recognize that the State of Alabama is currently under a "Safer at Home" order from Governor Ivey in response to the June 1st events near me pandemic. Rest assured, our restaurants, attractions, and event planners are working hard to ensure you can enjoy your trip to Mobile with confidence. 

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Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) - Nov. 1, 2021 (Virtual in 2021)

A lively festival celebrating Mexican art and culture, including an altar installation, features art activities, live music entertainment and Mexican food. A fall tradition for many families.

Festival of Lights - Nov. 11-Dec. 30, 2021

More than 20 miles of holiday lights comprise installations that highlight the natural forms of Powell Gardens’ tree collection, show off the exceptional architecture and landscape design of the gardens, and with Instagram and holiday card-worthy photo stops along the way. 

Holiday Boutique - Nov. 18-21, 2021

The Overland Park Convention Center becomes a winter wonderland of merry shopping and gift-giving. Browse hundreds of vendors and cross off everyone on your list. 

KC Rep presents A Christmas Carol - Nov. 19-Dec. 26, 2021

Even Ebenezer Scrooge would appreciate the holiday spectacular at Spencer Theatre, a metro tradition for more than 40 years. 

Hall of Fame Classic/Hall of Fame Weekend - Nov. 22-23, 2021

Hosted by The College Basketball Hall of Fame, this tournament at T-Mobile Center kicks off a new season of collegiate basketball competition. On the same weekend, six to eight basketball players and coaches from around the country are inducted in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame each year. 

Plaza Lights - Nov. 25, 2021 - mid-January 2022

Timeless in every way imaginable, the Plaza Lights are a quintessential KC holiday tradition—and a delightful reminder of the Spanish-inspired Plaza’s undeniable beauty.

Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake

Gather the whole family and head to Longview Park & Lake for this drive-through holiday pastime that touts colorful displays conjured up by more than 300,000 lights.

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Northern Lights at Zona Rosa

The spirit of a 1950s Downtown Kansas City tradition lives on as several lighted crowns are suspended over the streets of Zona Rosa, plus the official arrival of the holiday Fairy Princess and Santa Claus.

A Legendary Light Show at Legends Outlets

Fans of holiday lights and music will love what is the capital of wyoming cheyenne show at Legends Outlets, where the outdoor outlet mall dazzles with dancing lights synchronized to holiday music every 15 minutes.

City Lights

Several Downtown buildings light up the winter skyline, with the notable centerpiece being the front façade of the 22-story Marriott Downtown, featuring a synchronized display of 30,000 bulbs and 16.7 million colors.


June 2022 events calendar for Los Angeles

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Plan your month with our June 2022 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite concerts

Written by Michael Juliano

Looking for things to do in L.A.? You’ll find plenty in our June events calendar. We’re talking outdoor movie screenings, museum exhibitions, live theater and plenty of Pride events. That’s, of course, in addition to fun-in-the-sun staples like going to the beach, hiking or even lounging on a rooftop. As the weather warms up, head outdoors for this month’s big events and festivals.  

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2022

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Pipilotti Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor

At some point, you should probably read the materials lists for each one of Pipilotti Rist’s installations. Because that’s the only way you’d know that the garments in the entrance’s 29 Palms Chandelier are specifically used underpants, or that, yes, those lampshades in the glowing strands of Pixel Forest are indeed labia-shaped. But save all that reading for after your visit, because “Pipilotti Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor” crafts such a surreal, fully-realized world using projections june 1st events near me furniture that it’s best to just completely give in to its colorful, curious city and mull it all over later (as you undoubtedly will). Everything seems so purposefully fit for the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA that you might not even realize the works here span more than three decades: Rist’s retrospective has wrapped everything up in a layout that uses alleyways and house exteriors to link together psychedelically-decorated living rooms and curving hallways of curtains. Everything feels alive. There’s something waiting around every corner, whether a warehouse-wall–sized video projection or a top-down diorama of a bedroom that’s been been ripped open by the moon, and the pieces are always accompanied by sounds to pull you forward: birds chirping, water dripping, leaves rustling, a spectral cover of “Wicked Game.” The focus is on visuals, though, and the oddly hypnotic draw of a screen. Rist’s often female-form–inspired projections play out across every canvas size: tucked into books

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Frida: Immersive Dream

It seems like the trend of room-filling, artist-inspired projections is here to stay because the folks behind Immersive Van Gogh have announced the next painter that’ll take over their Hollywood space: Frida Kahlo. From March 31 through June 11, 2022, the Mexican painter’s surrealist portraits will mix alongside historical photographs in “Frida: Immersive Dream.” The multi-city spectacle, put on here by Lighthouse Immersive and Impact Museums, says it’ll focus on both Kahlo’s life story and signature pieces, including works like The Two Fridas, The Wounded Deer and Diego and I. The digital creation onces again comes from Massimiliano Siccardi, whose busy take on Van Gogh we found to be a lot. And like Van Gogh, timed tickets (which are available now) are very pricey, starting at $40 on some weekdays and ticking up to $70 on weekend evenings.

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