Sept. 29: Honey Tasting Event, Tampa. The 3rd annual tasting event features exotic and unusual honeys from around the globe as well as the local honey produced at the USF Botanical Gardens at 12210 USF Pine Drive. Tickets are $20. 3-5 p.m. 813-974-2329. http://gardens.usf.edu
Sept. 29-30: Fall Antique Faire, Dade City. On 8th Street under the gorgeous oak trees in Historic Downtown Dade City. Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 352-567-0284. www.visitdadecity.com
Sept. 25-30: Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival, Marathon and Lower Keys. A celebration of the natural wonders of Florida wildlife takes place at the peak of the fall birding season. The event includes presentations and field trips including guided birding walks that focus both on education and conservation as they relate to the Keys' birds and wildlife. An event highlight is a free environmental fair on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Curry Hammock State Park on Mile Marker 56.2 in Marathon, where the festival will be anchored. Some events have fees that vary; others are free with $5 event registration. 305-872-0774. www.keysbirdingfest.org
Sept. 28-30: Inaugural Las Olas Oktoberfest, Fort Launderdale. A 3-day beer, food and music festival with live entertainment by Austrian band yodel contest, bratwurst-eating contest, beer-stein holding contest and more. Admission is free. $5 parking. Next to the Riverside Hotel at 620 Las Olas Blvd. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday. 954-530-7043. http://www.bierhaus.cc/oktoberfest-lasolas.html
Sept. 28: Florida Catfish Classic Festival, Wewahitchka. Festival held in conjunction with the Florida Catfish Classic fishing tournament. Live music, carioke contest, arts and crafts, family fun and plenty of catfish. At Lake Alice Park. www.visitgulf.com/events
Sept. 28-30: Pensacola Seafood Festival, Pensacola. Enjoy delicious fruits of the sea at this event, which has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Past food offerings have included coconut shrimp, fried oysters, grits a' ya ya, blackened mahi mahi, green tomato gumbo, fried grouper and Pensacola crab ball. Also includes cooking demonstrations, more than 175 arts and crafts exhibitors, a full weekend of live entertainment, and the Splash Dog competition. Held in the Historic District in Seville Square and Bartram Park overlooking the picturesque Pensacola Bay. 850-433-6512. www.fiestaoffiveflags.org/pensacola-seafood-festival
This list is organized by region.
Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County)
Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Central Florida Film Festival, Ocoee. It would take plenty to get us to stay indoors this Labor Day weekend, but a slate of eighty films from across the globe sounds like just the ticket. The Central Florida Film Festival returns to Ocoee this weekend, kicking off their seventh year with a screening of the Tom Berenger/Christina Ricci Civil War drama "War Flowers" and a Q&A with director Serge Rodunsky at 7:25 p.m. today. Through Sunday, take your pick from a full roundup of other indie hopefuls, from locally-created student shorts to international documentaries. Screenings daily at the West Orange 5 Cinema, 1575 Maguire Road, Ocoee. $10 single tickets, $25 daily pass. 407-370-3703. centralfloridafilmfestival.com
Aug 30- Sept. 3: NKF Surf Festival, Cocoa Beach. The 27th annual NKF Surf Festival takes place at the Cocoa Beach Pier. It features surfing, celebrity surfers, food, music as well as the Taste of Brevard banquet and silent auction at The Hilton at Cocoa Beach to benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Florida. Viewing is free. Taste of Brevard event is $20. www.nkfsurf.com
Sept. 1-30: Orlando Magical Dining Month, Orlando. Thrill-seeking travelers from around the globe know Orlando for its world-class attractions and sunny resorts, but local foodies experience a different kind of thrill when they indulge their senses at Orlando's extensive dining facilities. This September, visitors can have a rare opportunity to indulge in some of the area's fine-dining restaurants. Participating restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe dinner menus for $30, with $1 from each meal donated to the Edgewood Children's Ranch. 407-363-5872. orlandomagicaldining.com
Sept. 1: River Otter exhibit grand opening, Sanford. The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens welcomes its newest resident with a celebration at 10 a.m. with otter demonstrations from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The new exhibit will be the home of North American river otters which are native to Central Florida. This natural environment exhibit will be home to a pair of river otters and will feature a waterfall and pond where you can watch the otters swim and play. 407-323-4450. www.centralfloridazoo.org
Sept. 1: Bands in the Sand Festival, Daytona Beach. The Daytona Beach Bandshell sets the scene for the Bands in the Sand Festival at 2 p.m. on Sept. 1. Six different live Bands (Caribbean/Beach/Reggae) are slated to perform. Admission is free. No coolers or blankets are allowed. Chair rentals as well as water, sodas, etc. are available for purchase. At 9:45 p.m., a fireworks extravaganza will commence from the end of the Daytona Beach Pier. The Daytona Beach Bandshell is at 250 North Atlantic Avenue. www.daytonabeach.com.
Sept. 1: First Saturday Jam, Barberville. On the first Saturday each month visit the Pioneer Settlement for entertainment and fun for the entire family. 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Includes informal music jams, free workshops, a chili cook-off, yard sale. Admission is free. 386-749-2959. www.pioneersettlement.org
Sept. 1-2: Arts and Crafts Festival, Flagler Beach. Inaugural event at Veteran's Park in downtown featuring local craftsmen and artists. www.visitflagler.org
Sept. 1-3: Cold-Blooded Weekend, Viera. The Brevard Zoo celebrates our cold-blooded friends. Activites are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. As part of the three-day event, the Zoo will display a variety of cold-blooded animals in the Nyami Nyami River Lodge. The Zoo will also serve up a whole new variety of delicious treats involving insects as the main entree. For instance, guests may be able to sample insects dipped in chocolate or sautéed in a skillet. Cold-Blooded Weekend also includes zookeeper talks, animal encounters, a bake sale with proceeds benefiting the Zoo's conservation projects, a daily alligator feeding demo, tortoise races, special enrichments for the Zoo animals, and more. Cold-Blooded Weekend is free with paid Zoo admission. Zoo daily admission is $14.50 for adults; $10.50 for children ages 2-12 (children under two years of age are free). The zoo is at 8225 Wickham Road. For details, visit www.brevardzoo.org.
Sept. 2: Blues on the Beach, Daytona Beach Four popular acts from previous Daytona Blues Festivals are scheduled to perform. From way Down South, the Nouveaux Honkies; a violin, guitar, bass and drum Blues quartet that really rock. Ben Prestage, mixing Mississippi Country Blues with his own Florida Swamp Blues. He went from a street performer on Memphis' historic Beale Street to a favorite on the national Blues circuit. David Shelley and Bluestone is a South Florida-based Blues band. Shelley is an International Blues Challenge finalist, whose passionate approach to Blues guitar-playing blends the roots of Blues' masters with a modern melodic style. 3 p.m. Daytona Beach Bandshell, 250 N. Atlantic Avenue (just north of Oceanfront Park and Main Street). Free. www.AnnualDaytonaBluesFestival.com
Sept. 2: Brevard Caribbean Fest, Cocoa The 9th annual festival will take over Riverfront Park in historic Downtown Cocoa Village on a Sunday. The festival will have something for everyone from live entertainment, great food, activities and bounce houses for kids. 401 Riveredge Blvd. and Delannoy, Cocoa, FL 32923, 321-452-3304. visitspacecoast.com