Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Feeling Festive about Festivals; Up North, Festivals Are Held All Summer Long. Here in Florida, We Have to Squeeze 'Em in before It Gets Too Darned Hot. Here Are Some of the Big Festivals on the Horizon This Spring

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Feeling Festive about Festivals; Up North, Festivals Are Held All Summer Long. Here in Florida, We Have to Squeeze 'Em in before It Gets Too Darned Hot. Here Are Some of the Big Festivals on the Horizon This Spring

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GREAT ATLANTIC SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

When: Saturday.

Where: SeaWalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach.

Like your seafood fried, steamed, boiled or blackened? You'll find it here.

www.jaxbeachfestivals.com.

ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE FESTIVAL

When: Saturday.

Where: St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum.

Live entertainment, pony rides and free admission to lighthouse.

www.staugustinelighthouse.com.

SUWANNEE SPRINGFEST

When: Thursday through Sunday, March 26.

Where: Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak.

Four days of Americana and jam band music in a beautiful outdoor setting. Tickets are $115 for the whole festival ($130 at the door). Call (904) 249-7990.

www.musicliveshere.com.

CLAY COUNTY FAIR

When: March 30-April 8.

Where: Clay County Fairgrounds, west of Green Cove Springs.

Rides, junk food, rodeos and live music. Cherryholmes, Chris Cagle and Tracy Byrd are scheduled to play.

www.claycountyfair.org.

SPRINGING THE BLUES FESTIVAL

When: March 31-April 2.

Where: SeaWalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach.

Blues, barbecue, the beach - what more do you need?

springingtheblues.com.

SAN MARCO ARTS FESTIVAL

When: April 1 and 2.

Where: San Marco Square.

More than 150 artists are scheduled to show off their best stuff at the ninth annual fest.

www.showsmart.com.

JACKSONVILLE JAZZ FESTIVAL

When: April 6-9.

Where: Metropolitan Park and the Ritz Theatre.

Some of the biggest names in jazz. Let's hope it doesn't rain.

www.coj.net.

RHYTHM AND RIBS FESTIVAL

When: April 7-9.

Where: Francis Field, U.S. 1 and Castillo Drive, St. Augustine.

Nothing could be finer than gnawing on ribs and listening to some tasty music in America's Oldest City.

www.rhythmandribs.net.

MANDARIN ARTS FESTIVAL

When: April 15 and 16.

Where: Walter Jones Historical Park, Mandarin Community Club, 12447 Mandarin Road.

They've been putting this festival on for 38 years now, so they must be doing something right.

www.mandarincommunityclub.org.

SUWANNEE RIVER JAM

When: April 20-22.

Where: Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak.

Miranda Lambert and Montgomery Gentry highlight. …

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