Enchanted April: Dozens of Festivals, Fabulous Food, and Sparkling Sand

April flowers

By Michele D. Baker 

April is one of the most beautiful months in Florida. The weather is perfect, the sun is shining, and the festival season is here! There are literally dozens of festivals available in our part of Florida this month.  

Here are just a few: Seven Seas Food Festival (Thursday – Sunday each week in April), Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival (March 29 – April 14), 1st annual Bonita Springs Food Truck Rally & Music Festival (April 5-7), Sarasota Film Festival (April 5-14), ZooBrews @ ZooTampa (April 6), Keel Farms Blueberry Festival (April 6-7, 13-14, 20-21), Festa Italiana’s Wine Fest of Italy (April 7), Tampa Bay Blues Festival (April 12-14), St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival (April 13), Pinellas Pepper Fest (April 13-14), Bern’s 27th Annual Wine Fest (April 13-21), Mainsail Art Festival (April 20-21), Sarasota Interational Dragon Boat Festival (April 21), Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival (April 26 – May 1), and TASTE at The Straz (April 27). 

Related: Editorial: Festival Season Has Sprung

April is also chock-full of fun holidays, beginning with the very first day, April Fool’s Day on April 1. The Muslim fast of Ramadan also ends in early April, culminating in Eid-Al-Fitr on April 10. On this festive day people wear new clothes, give gifts, and make formal visits to loved ones (including the graves of their ancestors). Passover begins April 22 (which is also Earth Day). April is also “Keep America Beautiful” month and there is a food holiday every single day in April (my favorite: “National Peach Cobbler Day” on April 13). 

April also marks the beginning of the second quarter of the year, so it’s also a great time to check in and see how you’re doing on your New Year’s resolutions. How’s that diet going? Still walking briskly 3 times a week? Have you kept up your habit of reaching out to friends and loved ones on a regular basis? Remember, experts agree that it takes most people about 90 days to form a new habit, so be gentle with yourself and ease back into any resolutions you might have forgotten. 

However you plan to spend this beautiful April, I wish you fair winds, white sand, and much love. 

Until next time,