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Northwest Florida Events Calendar April 2012

The Northwest Florida Events Calendar April 2012 edition is packed with lots of food, music and wine festivals.

Whewh! April is normally the month when everybody comes out to play, but this year the calendar is really packed! So, without further adieu, we present what's happening all along the Florida gulf coast.

But, these annual festivals are only a sampling of the things to do in the region. With so much happening, it's hard to keep up with it all, so are we missing something?

If you have an item you think should be on the Northwest Florida Events Calendar for April or any month, you can submit it right here.

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Meanwhile, browse through the list and enjoy.

Note: All times listed on this Northwest Florida events calendar April 2012 are U.S. Central Time Zone unless otherwise indicated.

seville square Seville Quarter Reggae Fest

Date: April 13 & 14, 2012
Hours: Friday 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Where: Seville Quarter, 130 East Government Street, Pensacola
Cost: Free with Seville Quarter Membership Card or Normal Admission Charge after 8:00 p.m.
More Information: Call 850-434-6211 or visit Seville Quarter Reggae Fest

They be jammin at Seville, mon! The spirit of Jamaica returns to the End of the Alley Courtyard and on the Main Stage in the Party Plaza at Seville Quarter. The two day Festival will be Jammin with Reggae inspired music and food. Headlining the Reggae Festival are five locally and nationally known acts.

flea across florida Flea Across Florida

Date: April 13-15, 2012
Hours: All day
Where: U. S. Highway 90 throughout Northwest Florida
Cost: Free
More Information: Visit Flea Across Florida

If you have stuff to sell or just need to brake for yard sales, be sure and travel the back roads this week. Flea Across Florida is Florida's Longest Yard Sale, stretching 272 Miles from Live Oak to Pensacola on U.S. Highway 90. Come visit the many small communities along U.S 90 for a weekend full of history, treasures, and lucky finds.

worm gruntin festival 12th Annual Sopchoppy Worm Gruntin' Festival

Date: April 14, 2012
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.(Eastern Time)
Where: U. S. Highway 319, downtown Sopchoppy
Cost: Free
More Information: Visit Worm Gruntin' Festival

"Discovered" by Charles Kuralt, studied by Vanderbilt University, and featured on the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs," the age-old practice of worm gruntin' is celebrated in this day-long family-friendly festival. Earthworms, essential for fishing, are an economic staple in this community and worm gruntin' is the way bait harvesters call the worms to the surface. There'll be demonstrations, live music, over 80 vendors, contests with cash prizes, and the Worm Grunters' Ball.

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pensacola lighthouse Lighthouse Days Celebration

Date: April 14 & 15, 2012
Hours: Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday 12 noon to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Pensacola Lighthouse, 2081 Radford Blvd., Pensacola
Cost: Festivities are Free, Admission to climb the lighthouse is $5 for Adults, $3 children 7 to 12 (children must be 44" tall)
More Information: Call 850-393-1561 or visit Pensacola Lighthouse

Visit the Pensacola Lighthouse in search of history and maritime lore during Lighthouse Days. Visit the historic 1859 landmark, one of five lighthouses in Northwest Florida, and celebrate Florida's rich maritime history. Festivities will included music, folk artisans, historic displays, caricature artist, magician, hay rides, and fun activities for the children.

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pensacola jazz fest 29th Annual Pensacola Jazz Fest

Date: April 14 & 15, 2012
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Seville Square, Pensacola
Cost: Free
More Information: Call 850-433-8382 or visit Jazz Society of Pensacola

Each year, a bit of New Orleans comes to Pensacola with the Pensacola Jazz Fest. Sponsored by the Jazz Society of Pensacola (JSOP) and a variety of corporate sponsors and individual donors, the 2-day festival celebrates America's unique musical art form-Jazz. This year's line-up includes pianist/vocalist Champian Fulton, keyboardist and composer Jeff Lorber, and Louis Ford & His New Orleans Jazz Flairs among others.

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seabreeze jazz festival Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Date: April 18-22, 2012
Hours: Thursday & Friday 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Aaron Bessant Amphitheater at Pier Park, Panama City Beach
Cost: Tickets per person range from $80 for one day to $200 for a four-day pass
More Information: Call the Festival Info Hotline at 800-653-7519, or visit Seabreeze Jazz Festival

"The "ULTIMATE WEEKEND" Of Smooth Jazz," the Seabreeze Jazz Festival has been entertaining jazz lovers for 14 years. Featuring artists from across the country, this year's line-up includes Phil Perry, Nick Colionne, Rick Braun, Althea Rene, Gail Jhonson, and many more.

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florida bluegrass festival 9th Annual White Sands Bluegrass Festival

Date: April 19-21, 2012
Hours: 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Farmers' Opry, 8897 Byrom Campbell Road, Pace
Cost: Tickets $20.00 plus tax
More Information: Call 850-994-6000 or visit White Sands Bluegrass Festival

The Farmers Opry presents three days of world class bluegrass with this year's headliner Ms. Rhonda Vincent. The line-up also includes Blue Moon Rising, Deepsouth Bluegrass, The Rowells, Sweetwater Run, and other top Bluegrass stars. Come for dinner or just come for the show, either way it's a fun musical event.

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9th Annual Legends & Lore Festival

Date: April 20 & 21, 2012
Hours: Friday 9:00 3:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Falling Waters State Park, 2 miles south of Chipley off Highway 77
Cost: $5 donation per car load
More Information: Call 850-638-8243 or visit Legends & Lore Festival

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Falling Waters State Park and experience the real Florida, before electricity and horseless carriages. see blacksmiths, butter maker, basket weavers, grist mills, antique farm equipment plus many animal displays including a live venomous snake display. There will be living history demonstrators including Civil War re-enactors, Cracker Cow Camp, Frontier Family Encampment and artists using anything from a chainsaw to a paintbrush with a variety of homemade crafts, artwork & jewelry for sale.

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Wakulla Wildlife Festival

Date: April 20 & 21, 2012
Hours: Friday 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.(Eastern Time)
Where: Wakulla Springs State Park
Cost: $6 per car park fee, additional fees for guided tours
More Information: Call Jeff Hugo at 850-561-7286 or visit Wakulla Wildlife Festival

Experience the beauty of Wakulla Springs through premium guided tours and special events at this two-day festival. Presentations include common butterflies that thrive in the Florida Panhandle, the fancy clogging footwork of the Hot Pepper Steppers, and a cave diver’s view of the largest submerged cave system in the United States. Join artists at Wakulla Springs Lodge for Art on the Terrace and enjoy live music throughout the day.

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native american flute Musical Echoes Native American Flute Festival

Date: April 20-22, 2012
Hours: Friday 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Where: Fort Walton Landing, 139 Brooks St. SE, Fort Walton Beach
Cost: All non-workshop events at the Landing are free and open to the public.
More Information: Call 850-685-4428 or visit Musical Echoes

Experience a unique opportunity to interact with Native American craftsmen demonstrating their arts and selling their wares and enjoy an extraordinary weekend of music with internationally acclaimed musicians. Learn to make and play a Native American-style flute and take part in the annual Torchlight Remembrance Ceremony.

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heritage museum of northwest florida 36th Annual Saturday in the Park Festival and Heritage 5K & Kids Fun Run

Date: April 21, 2012
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Avenue, Valparaiso
Cost: Free, 5K Fun Run $20
More Information: Call 850-678-2615 or visit Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida

This annual event sponsored by the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida features more than 100 artisans, craftspeople, antique dealers and food vendors. Historical re-enactments and traditional trade demonstrations, as well as contests, games, museum tours, storytelling and music will wrap up this day of historical, family-friendly fun. The Heritage Museum 5K and Kid’s 1 Mile Fun Run will kick off the festivities at 8am with late registration at 7am and sign-in at 7:30am.

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gulf coast horse show Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show & Music Festival

Date: April 26-28, 2012
Hours: 3:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Frank Brown Park, Panama City Beach
Cost: Adults $12.00. Children under 14 FREE
More Information: Call 850-914-9030 or visit Gulf Coast Horse Show

Beautiful horses, talented rides and live music are the staples of the three-day annual event. Horses and their owners and trainers come to Panama City Beach from all over the country to compete for prize money and prizes with proceeds going to area charities.

sandestin wine festival 26th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival

Date: April 26-29, 2012
Hours: Grand Wine Tasting 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, South Walton
Cost: Tickets are $85 per day in advance and $95 per day at the door.
More Information: Visit Sandestin Wine Festival

With all the ambiance of Southern France, this four-day festival at Sandestin's Village of Baytowne has over 100 winemakers pouring 700 varieties of domestic and imported wines paired with special events and dinners. The Coastal Living Cooking demonstration is $20 with the purchase of a regular wine tasting ticket.

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28th Annual FunFest

Date: April 27 & 28, 2012
Hours: Friday 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Navarre Beach, Navarre
Cost: Free
More Information: Call 850-939-3267 or visit Navarre Beach Chamber

Children’s activities, arts and crafts vendors, fireworks, tasty treats and live entertainment make this weekend long family-friendly festival on the beach a must-do event. You can even stop in at the Panhandle Butterfly House while you're there.

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3rd Annual Orange and Bluegrass Festival

Date: April 28, 2012
Hours: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Groves RV Park, 3900 New Jerusalem Road, Vernon
Cost: Free
More Information: Call 850-260-1460 or visit Orange and Bluegrass Festival

Sponsored by the Washington County TDC and The Groves RV Retreat, this one-day outdoor music festival features some of the area’s best Bluegrass and Gospel music artists. Enjoy music under the oaks. Gates open at 1:00 p.m. and the music lasts until the musicians get tired.

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goombay gulf coast Goombay Gulf Coast

Date: April 28 & 29, 2012
Hours: 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Historic Belmont-Devilliers Neighborhood, Pensacola
Cost: Free
More information: Call 850-380-6109 or visit Goombay Gulf Coast

Enjoy the sounds of the islands at the Goombay Festival, the second-largest gathering of steel drum bands in the United States. Listen as these amazing musicians create calypso and reggae music on modified oil drums. From 2pm to 9pm this is a family-friendly event with a children's area, food and entertainment.

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22nd Annual Carrabelle Riverfront Festival

Date: April 28 & 29, 2012
Hours: Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Where: Downtown Carrabelle
Cost: Free
More Information: Call 850-320-8225 or visit Carrabelle Cares

Celebrate the culture, history and vitality of coastal Carrabelle. This annual two-day festival offers regional arts and crafts, family friendly attractions, and local culinary treats. Don't miss the Fishy Fashion Show, Pet Parade and the Procession of the Species and be sure to catch a ride on the historic Governor Stone sailing vesel. It's fun for the whole family.

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