Labor Day weekend is always synonymous with the end of summer, although that’s highly debatable here in Florida.
So, what’s going on around the state this holiday weekend? Here are a few events that caught my eye.
Swamp Walks: Take a swamp walk into The Big Cypress Swamp with nature photographer Clyde Butcher. The walk begins behind Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery in the Everglades. All you have to bring with you is a pair of long pants, a hat, old shoes and a sense of adventure. Oh, and be prepared to get wet.
Pioneer Florida Days Festival 2011: Check out the celebration at the Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City,where you can experience early Florida history.
26th Annual NKF Pro Am Surf Festival: Cocoa Beach is the place, National Kidney Foundation is the cause.
Jimmy Buffet-Style Music in Jacksonville: Throughout the Labor Day weekend, the “margarita-flavored tunes” of Jimmy Buffett can be heard at The Jacksonville Landing courtyard. On Saturday, come “decked out like your favorite Buffet song.” (Cheeseburger in Paradise anyone?)
Flashback, the Classic Rock Experience: Experience the re-creation of the classic performances of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and many more, by Mystic Orchestra, a group comprised of 14 rock musicians and singers, and an 11-piece string and horn section.
Spirit of the Suwannee River Music Park: Pull out the tent, or pack up the RV, and head to this music park just north of Live Oak for a weekend of musical celebration. Listen to Southern Ruckus on Friday and Honkeytonk Hitman on Saturday and Sunday.
Fight for Florida: Apparently a new movement is organizing here in Florida and its called the Working Families Movement. The movement will be hosting Labor Day weekend events across the state, including ones in Palm Beach, Ft. Myers, Tampa, Orlando, Daytona, Ocala, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Pensacola. If you’re looking for “a little fun, a little politics” and want to build the camaraderie needed for “the struggles that lie ahead,” check out one of these events.
It’s a great weekend to get out and do something a little different.