Swamps, Surfers, Cheeseburgers and Politics

August 31, 2011

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.


Labor Day Weekend, Florida Style

September 3, 2010

AAA is predicting that more Floridians will be traveling this Labor Day weekend.  Just where will all these Floridians be traveling to?  If they plan to stay in Florida, here a few best bets.

American Music Festival (Daytona Beach):  This four-day event features concerts by the likes of Tony Bennett, Usher, the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Blake Shelton and Huey Lewis and the News.  Apparently Daytona is trying to revive its image to be something more than just NASCAR and Bike Week, and music seems to be its answer.

Surfing for a Cause (Cocoa Beach):  This is the 25th annual National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Pro Am Surf Festival.  Competitors will be male and female, amateur and pro.  In addition to the weekend long competition, there will be concerts, karate and surfing demonstrations, and lots of free stuff (from advice to surfboards).  There will also be mini-health clinics, and massages for a buck a minute. The festival is touted as the largest charity event in the world.  

Brewfest (Key West):  This three-day brewfest will provide attendees access to 60 beers and ales, including the likes of Holy Mackerel, Monk in the Trunk, Magic Hat and UFO White.  On Sunday, attendees can attend the six-course Samuel Adams Beer Dinner and have a little chilled lobster gazpacho and grilled swordfish with their complimentary ale, lager or stout.

Other events going on around the state:

St. Augustine is celebrating its 445th birthday with a reenactment of the landing, a large birthday cake, and music on the Plaza de la Constitution.  On Sunday, Toby Keith will be performing at the Ampitheater.

In Downtown Jacksonville you can learn to shag, enter your kids in a hula hoop competition, dig in the sand for Jaguar home game tickets, eat some famous gumbo and enjoy live music.

Amelia Island starts their celebration with a beach cleanup, followed by a surf competiiton, reggae music concert, sand castle contest and giveaways.