Year-round events, gatherings and happenings bring the Daytona Beach area’s diversity to life. Known as the "Festival Capital of Florida," Daytona Beach hosts more than 60 fun, unique events and festivals from January through December.
No matter whether your interests include music, food, motorcycles, classic automobiles, arts or culture, there's a festival in Daytona Beach perfectly suited to you. Come and discover the vibrant festival scene in the area and all the favorite memories just waiting to be made.
Festival ideas for first-timers to Daytona Beach:
DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts
The DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts is proud to be voted “Best Florida Outdoor Fine Art Festival” by Florida Living! Plus, it's free of charge and open to the public. You and your family can enjoy a variety of kid-friendly activities, live music and performers, as well as the work of talented artists from all over the country.
Speaking of, there are fine-art exhibits presented by over 150 juried artists who specialize in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, leather, photography, wood, ceramics, fiber, glass and so much more. See DeLand blossom with color and bright spirits, and then soak in the entertainment and live music.
Held at the famous Daytona International Speedway the week of Thanksgiving, you can view show-quality cars from around the country. As the largest combined car show and swap meet in the United States, the Daytona Turkey Run has everything the car enthusiast needs. From accessories to hard-to-find parts to classic cars, the discoveries are endless.
Most recently, the Turkey Run boasted over 6,000 cars for show and sale, and it has donated more than $7 million of profits to charitable organizations over the years. Over 1,200 special collector cars are on display and ready for sale or trade in the Turkey Run Car Corral! Even if you’re not shopping for a new ride, it’s fun to look. Plus, there’s a marketplace where you can find a one-of-a-kind souvenir. This is a family-friendly event, and it’s always enjoyed by all ages.
For more than 50 years, the Halifax Art Festival has annually celebrated emerging artists and craftsmen specializing in watercolors, oil paintings, basket-weaving, home goods, jewelry-making and so much more. Named a Top 200 festival by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the event draws around 40,000 people each year and features 250 juried artisans from all over the nation. Whether you are an art enthusiast looking for a new piece, want to discover an antique treasure, or simply want to come enjoy the live music and festival food, you’ll find it here. All ages will enjoy Central Florida’s premier art event — don’t miss out!
Festival ideas for repeat visitors:
Granada Grand Festival of the Arts
Head to downtown Ormond Beach and enjoy a lively festival full of live demonstrations, gourmet food trucks, live music and more! Soak in the warm breezes as you peruse the walkable historic district that hosts the Granada Grand Festival of the Arts. Each year, this event draws in over 50 artists and a lively crowd. Join in the fun!
Riverfest Seafood Festival
Celebrate the coastal lifestyle and all things water at the annual Riverfest Seafood Festival. Give a new water sport a whirl; take a bite out of freshly caught fried fish; let the little ones participate in the annual Kid Fish fishing clinic; sip on a craft beer as you listen to live music; or expand your mind with an educational eco-life presentation. There will be good food, great memories and riverfront fun — and the event is FREE and open to the public. Don’t worry — there are plenty of non-seafood options for “landlubbers,” too.
Bring the whole family! The little ones will have plenty to explore, too, including crafts, games, a bouncy house, and even a Kid Fish area with educational stations and fishing-pole giveaways.
Festival ideas for visitors with various cultural interests:
Hear that? It’s the skirl of bagpipes beckoning you to join a fun family event! Enjoy a memorable day in bonnie Ormond Beach at the annual Ormond Beach Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Nominated a best local event 2017, the festival draws people from Celtic societies throughout the region. This cultural event takes place at Rockefeller Gardens at The Casements and doesn’t do anything halfway — there are five stages of music, two days of Highland Games, authentic Celtic food, vendors selling everything from Claddagh rings to tartan kilts, kids’ activities and so much more!
This event at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church has been a favorite for over 40 years, and it offers both visitors and locals the chance to live like a Greek for the day. Enjoy costumed Greek dancers, fresh-from-the-oven foods and traditional Greek music. Relax in the coffeehouse, sip wine at the Taverna, or find your favorite Greek cuisine to take home and share. The marketplace is a favorite feature each year among shoppers who like to gift unique souvenirs or take a taste of Greece back home with them!
Ideas for motorcyclists and enthusiasts:
Each fall, Daytona Beach hosts nearly 125,000 motorcyclists who roll into town for several days of riding, live music, rallies, great food and good times. At Biketoberfest®, motorcycle shows and scenic rides along A1A are in ready supply. Plus, racing takes place at Daytona International Speedway — an exciting event that always gets the crowd on their feet. A number of vendors are in attendance, too, offering everything from the latest models to parts and accessories. Start planning now to ensure you get the accommodations you want for this popular annual weekend.
If you’re ready to gear up for an unforgettable week, you won’t want to miss Daytona Bike Week. It’s the world’s largest motorcycle event, and it’s been running for nearly eight decades!
Riders from around the world gather in Daytona Beach for street festivals, concerts, motorcycle races, bike shows, rallies, manufacturer showcases and more. One ride along the classic A1A route with the ocean in view, and you’ll understand what makes this place and this event so special.
No matter what chapter of life you’re currently in, Daytona Beach will keep you engaged and entertained. There's a rich heritage to celebrate here, and a number of meaningful historic and cultural sites to explore. Beyond that, there’s simply an abundance of FUN to be had. Come explore it for yourself — start planning your trip today!