As a year round top vacation spot, Clearwater offers a seemingly endless supply of sun and a mild and temperate climate. It is ideally situated on the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s west coast, offering something for every visitor. With awards as Best City Beach, one of America’s Top Family Beaches, one of the Top Singles Beaches in Florida, and one of the Best Beaches from Maine to Hawaii, be assured, Clearwater boasts award winning beaches and so much more. Providing extensive water recreation and nature-based and land-based attractions as well as a wide array of special events there is plenty to see and do. Numerous opportunities exist to watch or participate in a sporting activity. The rich history and heritage of this area along with the outstanding performing and visual arts make Clearwater the perfect place to spend time in – or out of – the sun. With an abundance of choices for accommodations, dining and shopping everyone’s style and budget will be met. Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s most notorious resident, Winter the dolphin, stars alongside Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd in Dolphin Tale, the 3D full-length motion picture about her extraordinary life, and is another great reason to visit Clearwater. Visitors to Clearwater Marine Aquarium can actually see Winter in action, as well as many other marine animals.
Sunset at Pier 60
Nightly, weather permitting
Sunsets at Pier 60 Sunset Festival is a nightly sunset celebration that takes place in Pier 60 park on Clearwater Beach. This family event features artisans, crafters, street performers and live music. Concerts and movies are also featured on weekends. Pier 60 offers access to fishing activities, fine dining, shopping, entertainment and white sandy beaches.
10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach
Time: 2 hours before – 2 hours after sunset
Annual Dunedin Art Festival
This annual craft festival will be hosted along Dunedin’s historic Main Street and will showcase some of the country’s finest crafters the nation has to offer. It is here, you will find a plethora of American handmade products perfect to satisfy any taste or budget that range from one-of-a-kind jewelry, ceramics, pottery, paintings, metal works and bath and body products as well as an abundant Green Market filled with even more.
Location: Main Street, Downtown Dunedin
Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival
One of a kind seafood and blues festival featuring two days of hot blues and jazz music from nationally known artists, along with tasty seafood from area restaurants. This year’s headlinger will be blues legend Buddy Guy. General admission is free and reserved seating is available thru Ticketmaster.
Coachman Park, Clearwater
Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training
Feb – March
The World Champion Philadelphia Phillies major league baseball spring training schedule features home games at Bright House Field and several games on the road. See website for schedule, tickets and dates.
Bright House Field
601 N. Old Coachman Rd.
Honda Grand Prix St Petersburg
The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg returns in March, with the famed IndyCar Series auto racing. Drivers will race at speeds in excess of 170 mph along a 14-turn, 1.8-mile temporary circuit that runs through the streets of St. Petersburg and through the Albert Whitted Airport, overlooking the picturesque St. Petersburg waterfront. This is a one-of-a-kind event for the Tampa Bay area and the entire southeast United States.
Festival Of Speed
A gathering of the world’s finest automobiles, motorcycles and watercraft. This three-day festival showcases and celebrates the finest in jets, planes, helicopters, yachts, motorcycles and, of course, cars, with a series of luxurious exhibitions fueled by gourmet foods and premium cocktails. Display locations include St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport Renaissance Vinoy Resort, and Vinoy Park and Vinoy Marina in St Petersburg.
St. Petersburg Wine and Food Festival
Local restaurants will showcase their finest cuisine along with select vintages from Premier Beverage Company giving festival attendees a chance to pleasure their palettes with perfect culinary and wine parings. Musicians will “jazz up” the park as everyone enjoys a fabulous evening under the stars ! Proceeds benefit the American Lung Association in Florida.
Straub Park, St Petersburg Fl
Clearwater Fun N Sun Festival
This annual festival is over 50 years old and features a variety of events for both residents and visitors, including concerts like the Smooth Jazz Fest. Family friendly events take place around Clearwater, inlcuding Coachman Park and the beach.
Big East Big Ten Baseball Challenge
The BIG EAST Baseball Championship with the top eight teams in the regular season standings qualifying. The conference tournament takes place May. The winner of the BIG EAST Championship receives the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
Clearwater Celebrates America
Spend the afternoon at the park. Overlooking the beautiful intercoastal waterway at Coachman Park, this Independence Day celebration features live music followed by a spectacular fireworks show. This all-American family event includes children’s activities, food and beverages for purchase and exhibitor and sponsor booths for browsing.
Shephard’s Annual Old Skool Labor Day Weekend
This annual event features old shcool hip hop music and fun for the weekend at Shepherd’s Beach Resort. This year’s headliner has not been announced yet, previous acts include Vanilla Ice, Coolio, Slick Rick, and Young MC.
Shephard’s Beach Resort
619 S Gulfview
Clearwater Film & Music Festival
Florida’s newest film festival showcases both seasoned filmmakers and emerging artists who demonstrate the synergy of the actor, writer and director. Join us for over 100 hours of narrative film, animation and documentaries from around the world.
Super Boat International Powerboat Race
Super Boat International of Key West has been staging races for 30 years and is best known for its annual races in Key West, Sarasota and New York City. The races feature 50-foot boats with F-16 jet canopies and 4,800-horsepower engines. During races, they reach speeds of 100 to 140 mph, depending on weather conditions.Events will take place at Coachman Park and on Clearwater Beach, including Pier 60.
Clearwater Jazz Holiday
The annual Jazz Holiday brings together all veins of jazz music together in 4 days of free entertainment at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. One of the longest-running and best-known FREE live jazz events in the country, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday has presented in concert virtually every jazz luminary of our generation. The Clearwater Jazz Holiday features legendary performers this years signature celebration sets the stage for the most recognized Smooth Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Fusion, Latin and local bands ever assembled.
301 Drew. St., Clearwater
John’s Pass Seafood Festival
For over a quarter-century, John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk has offered festivities for the whole family at the annual Seafood Festival. Dedicated to Fishermen Lost at Sea, this popular festival features a Fine Art & Craft Show, Fresh Local Seafood, Live Music and a Kids Costume Contest.
Johns Pass Village
Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Classic
This annual Jazz Festival, features music from traditional styles through swing….special events will feature pianos, brass, reeds, washboards, swing dance instruction, and a parasol parade. Around 20 bands from all over the country will perform at the Sheraton and Marriott hotels on Sand Key.
Lighted Holiday Boat Parade
The 37th annual Memorial Holiday Boat Parade is sponsored by the Island Estates Yacht Club. The event honors members of Island Estates Yacht Club who passed away during the year and is one of the area’s largest holiday boat parades. Around 50 lighted and decorated boats will light up the waterways. Cash prizes and gift certificates donated by local businesses for the best decorated boats. The parade will begin in Mandalay Channel between Island Estates and Clearwater Beach at 6 pm, head north through the channel, arriving at Coachman Park around 8 pm, then navigate under the Memorial Causeway Bridge to the Clearwater Yacht Club for judging. Prime viewing spots include the Memorial Causeway and Island Way Grill.
Outback Bowl Clearwater Beach Day
Join the teams, their marching bands and cheerleaders as they enjoy the sun and beaches at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort next to Pier 60. The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, City of Clearwater, the Hilton, Suncoast Hospice Foundation, 95.7 the Beat and 93.3 FLZ Radio sponsor this fun day which includes live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war and other contests from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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