Inaugural Events 2017

NORTHERN REGION

Lulu’s Destin Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball – Destin – February 25. LuLu’s Destin will host their inaugural Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball presented by Krewe De Lu Roux. Feast on a delicious buffet dinner with a freshly prepared menu unique to the evening featuring an open bar with select wine, beer and liquor at this all-inclusive event. Guests will enjoy a festive evening with live entertainment bringing funk and Motown classics to the stage with Hotwire. From Mobile, Hotwire is known for “bringing the house down” entertaining guests with the best dance songs of many genres. Join the welcoming and official coronation of the Ball’s first Mardi Gras King and Queen. Lucy Buffett, restaurateur, author, and sister of famous crooner Jimmy Buffett, commented, “LuLu’s is celebrating Mardi Gras the only way we know how…a real party!” The Mardi Gras Ball is a 21 and older event. Tickets are limited and the all-inclusive cost is $65 per person. Order on-line at www.lulubuffett.com, by telephone (850) 710-5858, or at the restaurant. LuLu’s is located in Destin at the foot of the Mid Bay Bridge, next to Legendary Marina.

 

CENTRAL REGION

UNwineD: Vines to Steins – Panama City Beach – March31-April, 2017. The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to host UNwineD: Vines to Steins in Panama City Beach, a premier wine, craft beer, and gourmet coastal fare experience at Aaron Bessant Park, adjacent to Pier Park shopping mall. Guests will have the opportunity to stroll through Aaron Bessant Park and savor the flavors of fine craft beer, award-winning wine, and delicious local cuisine pairings. Live musical entertainment will also be available.

Seven Seas Food Festival– SeaWorld Orlando – February 2017.  SeaWorld and Busch Gardens deliver year-round fun with special events at each park. Seven Seas Food Festival, a popular music and food event at SeaWorld in San Diego and San Antonio, is now coming to Orlando in 2017. SeaWorld Orlando’s popular music and food events will expand to a total of 14 weekends and roll-up under the Seven Seas brand.

Electric Ocean – SeaWorld Orlando – Summer 2017. Electric Ocean will debut next summer at SeaWorld Orlando as a brand new, end-of-day spectacle event. As the sun goes down, the lights and energy go up, offering guests a different kind of fun after dark. The ocean comes to life with bioluminescent lighting, music and pathway entertainment, immersing guests in a glowing sea of wonder.

NFL Pro Bowl Game – Orlando –  January 29, 2017. The NFL Pro Bowl game returns to the traditional NFC – AFC conference matchup with the inaugural game scheduled at the Camping World Stadium in downtown Orlando on Sunday January 29, 2017. Along with the game, the NFL is also introducing a brand new Pro Bowl Week, which will include accessible team practices at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World, along with a variety of youth football and family fun activities across Orlando.

Motorsports Hall of Fame – Daytona Beach – Jan. 18, 2017. Many of racing’s greatest names will be on hand at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s (MSHFA) official grand opening at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 17. The event, which is open to the public, is set to begin at 7:45 p.m. with veteran NASCAR on Fox personality Mike Joy to serve as the Master of Ceremonies. MSHFA inductees Bobby Allison, Richard Childress, Tom D’Eath, Hurley Haywood, Rusty Wallace and Humpy Wheeler are among the expected attendees. The MSHFA will have a formal ribbon-cutting.

St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Festival – St. Petersburg – March 2017. This festival will be held in North Straub Park on March 25-26, 2017.  The event is co-hosted by the City of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. Join for a weekend of food and live music while enjoying the downtown St. Petersburg community in the company and camaraderie of family and friends!  Hours are both Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm.  General admission is $5 at the gate, $3 in advance on Eventbrite.  VIP Tent admission is $50.

Latin Music by the Bay — April 8, 2017. Gulfport City Limits, LLC. Is proud to present the first in a series of annual Latin Music Festivals, “Latin Music by the Bay” on April 8, 2017.  The concert will be located on beautiful Boca Ciega Bay from 1 pm until 9 pm.  The concert event will feature recording artist Orchestra Fuego, The Latin Jazz Knights, Freddy Montez, Victor J. Moreno with Esther Suarez, and Eddie Garrido. Tickets are $15.00 and available online at www.gulfportcitylimits.com.

Cocoa Beach Uncorked — June 3-4, 2017. Tickets are now on sale for Cocoa Beach Uncorked, an all-new food, wine and craft beer festival launching from the sunny shores of Florida’s Space Coast. The highly anticipated two-day festival will take place June 3-4 on the beach at Alan Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach, a favorite gathering spot for viewing space launches and surfing icons. More gastronomical than astronomical, Uncorked Cocoa Beach will celebrate Central Florida’s most renowned chefs, restaurants, and breweries in a culinary showcase served with 180-degree Atlantic Ocean views.

Bert’s St. Pete Beach Bikefest — November 15-19, 2017. TradeWinds Island Resorts will host the first-ever St. Pete Beach Bikefest – a four-day celebration full of motorcycles, live music and sunshine, presented by Bert’s Barracuda and Bert’s Black Widow Harley Davidson®. As home base for the inaugural event, TradeWinds will provide a unique beachfront backdrop for a wide variety of events and activities, including daily poker runs, a Baddest Bagger Competition and Bike Show, massive motorcycle auction, a nightly beach bar crawl and bikini contest.

 

SOUTHERN REGION

2017 World Rowing Championship – Bradenton – Sept. 23-Oct.1,2017. For the first time in over twenty years, the World Rowing Championships will return to the United States and, more specifically, to the Bradenton Area’s own Nathan Benderson Park – a unique 600-acre community park quickly becoming North America’s premier 2,000-meter sprint rowing course and Regatta Center. The World Rowing Championship regatta is the biggest annual World Rowing event and the most important of the season, held over the course of eight days from September 23 through October 1, 2017

MLB All-Star Game – Miami – July 17, 2017. The City of Miami will become a first-time host of the Midsummer Classic when the 88th All-Star Game is played at Marlins Park, which opened in 2012, on July 17. The 2017 season will mark the Marlins franchise’s 25th season of play.

Soundwaves – Virginia Key – April 22nd, 2017. This Earth Day, The Rickenbacker Marina on Virginia Key will be hosting its first ever music festival: Soundwaves – an Earth Day Jam. The free community event will transform the bay front marina into a 1970s classic Florida beach town, complete with live music, tropical cocktails and craft beers, good eats and classic lawn games. The event kicks off at 6PM just in time to watch the sun set over the skyline on Biscayne Bay and will wind down at 10PM. The event is free and open to the public, RSVP is required through Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/2oc5CvG.