Enjoy the beautiful spring weather at outdoor events along Florida’s east coast. Seasonal traditions offer something for everyone from fishermen to oenophiles to music fans. Many also support good causes, and what’s not to love about attending a fun community outing to help others? Here’s a curated guide for some of our top picks.
Cocoa Beach Air Show
Aviation and military enthusiasts will be out in full force during the Cocoa Beach Air Show from April 15-16. There are plenty of demonstrations to wow them, too, from the U.S. Air Force’s B-52 Stratofortress to the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler, the first newly designed electronic warfare aircraft produced in 35+ years. Stay cool and hydrated in the VIP Flight Line Club.
Named for the Kennedy Space Center, site of NASA’s SpaceX rocket launches, the Space Coast occupies much of Brevard County. It attracts surfers, cruise passengers (Port Canaveral) and nature lovers looking for pristine white beaches where sea turtles nest. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Melbourne Beach | Merritt Island
Miami Beach Pride
Getting a head start on nationwide Pride celebrations to take advantage of South Florida’s good weather, Miami Beach Pride concludes its 15th anniversary with a parade down Ocean Drive on April 16. This year’s grand marshals include celebrity couple Jaymes Vaughan and Jonathan Bennett, as well as local luminary Steve Adkins. Join the weekend’s revelry in Lummus Park, among citywide events.
The dynamic city of Miami Beach is constantly evolving with the influx of new residents, visitors, businesses and brands from all over the world. There’s always something new and exciting to try, whether a starchitect-designed space, museum exhibit or hot restaurant. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Miami Beach | Sunset Islands
Celebrating 40 years of live music, SunFest presents an incredible lineup from May 5-7. The Killers, Jack Johnson and The Chainsmokers headline dozens of acts including Ziggy Marley, Flo Rida, Dropkick Murphys and Surfer Girl. Upgrade with passes to the Stand, the Cove and the Palm, dine at the Eatery, and support 2023 initiatives Helping Neighbors and Fresh Local Artists.
West Palm Beach sits on the mainland directly across from the island of Palm Beach. The growing city has become a destination in its own right for convention and performing art centers, hip restaurants and shopping of all kinds from major brands to vintage wares. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
West Palm Beach | Palm Beach
Las Olas Food & Wine Festival
Come hungry and thirsty for the 27th annual Las Olas Food & Wine Festival fundraiser for the American Lung Association on April 21. Only 200 ticket holders can attend FPL’s VIP reception at the Riverside Hotel’s rooftop bar with bubbles and hors d’oeuvres by Wild Sea Oyster Bar at 5:30 p.m., before accessing the tasting pavilions at 7 p.m.
Fort Lauderdale, the Venice of America, is a boater’s and beachgoer’s paradise. But it’s also home to a burgeoning art scene that spills over into art-centric neighborhoods and annual events. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Las Olas Isles | Las Olas
Fish to Fork
Southern lifestyle magazine Garden & Gun calls Omni Amelia Island Resort’s annual Fish to Fork an “unparalleled food experience.” Kicking off with a chef’s welcome dinner on May 11, the angler’s and seafood lover’s fantasy long weekend features fishing excursions, meals galore, and the Main Event with a cooking competition, tasting and live music on the Magnolia Lawn.
Part of the Sea Island archipelago in the Southeastern U.S., Amelia Island tops many vacationers’ bucket lists. Eight flags have flown over the centuries-old, historic destination, whose quiet beaches and premier resorts such as the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island continue to draw residents and visitors. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Palm Beach Songwriters Under the Stars
Soak up Nashville’s hot music scene without leaving the Sunshine State courtesy of Palm Beach Songwriters Under the Stars at new venue Hobe Sound Polo Club on April 29. Several talented singer-songwriters from country music’s capital are coming to town for the Cystic Fibrosis benefit, which also includes a buffet dinner, open bar, local musicians and a closing band.
Hobe Sound is a quiet, green paradise tucked between Tequesta/Jupiter and Stuart. The unincorporated area offers some of the nation’s most unspoiled beaches and preserves including Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, a key sea turtle nesting site.