This first weekend in April promises the first mega-festival weekend of the year.
You may spend a little gas money to get there, but your fun is assured once you do.
Good, old-fashioned Florida fun
28th Annual Clay County Agricultural Fair
The biggest party of them all, the 28th Clay County Agricultural Fair opens tomorrow at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Green Cove Springs.
Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and $5 for senior citizens 65 and older. Kids under 6 get in free.
Look forward to good, old-fashioned family fun at an old-fashioned country fair.
36th Annual Florida Catfish Festival
The 36th Annual Florida Catfish Festival opens on noon-9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in Crescent City, Fla.
Free and open to the public, the festival features live music, all the catfish you can eat, games, family-friendly activities and a catfish parade.
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Crescent City, the festival is in the business of “Raising dollars for scholars” to fund college and vocational school scholarships for local high school students. After festival costs are paid, every dollar goes to the Rotarians’ scholarship fund.
Music, music, music
12th Annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook-Off
This weekend tiny little Perry, Fla., and Forest Capital State Park play host to bluegrass artists and fans from all over the country for the 14th Annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook-Off, Perry, Fla., opening tomorrow.
Headlining this year’s festival is Blue Highway, with performances by Mountain Heart, Little Roy & Lizzy, the Florida State Bluegrass Band, High Cotton, Delta Reign, The Roys, Acoustic Messengers and others.
Admission to the festival is $10 on Thursday, $15 on Friday and $20 on Saturday. Three-day passes are $20 in advance online and $25 at the gate.
For more information, call 850-584-5366 or visit www.floridastatebluegrass.com.
24th Annual Springing the Blues
Known for its laid-vibe, the 24th Springing the Blues blasts off on Friday in April in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., and runs through Sunday.
Free and open to the public and famous for its family-friendly atmosphere, Springing the Blues hosts a classy line-up of regional and nationals blues musicians such as Parker Urban Band, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Selwyn Birchwood, Biscuit Miller & The Mix and Victor Wainwright and The WildRoots.
Besides the music, the festival features food of all kinds including fresh seafood and other activities sure to make the trip worthwhile:
- Surfing the Blues Spring Surf Fest – Join the action with the Surfing the Blues Spring Surf Fest, hosted by the Florida Surfing Association, on Saturday and Sunday of the festival weekend.
- Performance Running the Blues 5K Run/2.5 Walk – Take a run or walk on the beach festival Saturday morning. The run starts at the Red Cross Lifesaving Station in Jacksonville Beach and ends at the Seawalk Pavilion.
- After Party – Each night after the festival, catch more live blues music with some of the festival’s artists at Mojo BBQ Pit and Blues Bar at 1500 Beach Blvd., just a few blocks from the Seawalk Pavilion.
Part of the Springing the Blues proceeds goes to underwrite Blues in the Schools, a free community-service project for schools in the Jacksonville area to supplement music education through teaching the history of blues genre and its contributions to rock-n-roll, country and bluegrass.
For more than 20 years, George’s Music has underwritten Blues in the Schools in conjunction with Springing the Blues.
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