Summer is in full swing in the Sunshine State. Residents and visitors to Florida will delight in the state’s unique offerings of summer events, all designed to highlight the area’s vibrant culture, music, and food. There is no shortage of fun in the sun in Florida, but here are a few of the state’s top summer events:
SHARKCON – JULY 14 AND 15: Although they are one of the most disturbing realities of Florida, shark lovers will delight in this conference held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Sharks will be the star of the show with a myriad of educational activities and demonstrations all designed to increase understanding of the often misunderstood creatures.
MIAMI SALSA CONGRESS – JULY 25 – 29: Now in its 17th year, this event celebrates a variety of Latin dance moves with five days of performance, workshops, and parties. Participants will get the chance to shake their bums to dances such as the conga, mambo, and cha-cha.
FAIRCHILD INTERNATIONAL MANGO FESTIVAL – JULY 14 AND 15: This Coral Gables event celebrates one of the state’s most beloved fruits with samplings, workshops, a unique Sunday brunch, and more.
SCALLOP HARVESTING – JULY THROUGH SEPTEMBER: The scenic Florida Big Bend coast is the site of some of the nation’s most exceptional scallop harvesting. A popular destination is St. John’s Bay, offering warm waters and the chance to fill your bucket with loads of these delectable treats. Visitors must have a saltwater fishing license to participate. Licenses and harvesting supplies are available all over the area and there are cleaning services if you don’t want to do the job.
COKE ZERO SUGAR 400 – JULY 7: Engines will be revved and people will be raring to go as NASCAR fans flock from all over the country to take in this annual Independence Day weekend tradition at the Daytona International Speedway.
KEY WEST LOBSTERFEST – AUGUST 9 – 12: Wonderfully weird Key West celebrates the start of the lobster season with this festival honoring their favorite crustacean. Divers take to the waters to load up their nets while land lovers can stay ashore and partake in the lobster boil, beach party, street fair, and festive music.