Category Archives: Festivals & Events

2017 Florida Blueberry Festival Entertainment Schedule

Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, are the dates for the 2017 Florida Blueberry Festival in downtown Brooksville.  The entertainment is pretty much continuous throughout the two days, and here is the schedule: Saturday April 22 schedule STAR STAGE Hernando Park / Ft. Dade Avenue 10:30 am – 12:00 pm American Made Classic Rock 1:30 am … Continue reading 2017 Florida Blueberry Festival Entertainment Schedule

Easter Celebrations in the Nature Coast

At this current juncture in my life, I have no little ones to spoil on Easter morning and live far away from my family of origin. My husband and I are reinventing holiday traditions until the “grands” come along – perhaps enjoying a holiday buffet at Oysters in Crystal River because William and Pamela Bunch … Continue reading Easter Celebrations in the Nature Coast

Bountiful Blueberries make Tasty Fun in Brooksville

You can almost taste it, right? That cool blue sensation that awakens the pallet this time of year. Spring is nearly upon us and with it, the bountiful harvest of Florida blueberries. On April 22 and 23, Brooksville will celebrate Florida’s fastest growing specialty crop of edibles by hosting the Sixth Annual Florida Blueberry Festival. … Continue reading Bountiful Blueberries make Tasty Fun in Brooksville

Florida Loquat Festival offers a Variety of Loquat Trees in NPR 4/8

Ecology Florida and Friendship Farms & Fare, with the support of the City of New Port Richey, will host the fourth annual Florida Loquat Festival on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Frances Avenue Park (6156 Louisiana Avenue, 34653) in New Port Richey. The festival is a learning and sharing event … Continue reading Florida Loquat Festival offers a Variety of Loquat Trees in NPR 4/8

Pasco County’s 2017 Disaster Expo set for April 22

Emergencies can happen any time, during any season and being prepared can mean the difference between life and death.  That’s why the Pasco County Division of Emergency Management is hosting the 2017 Disaster Expo on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown New Port Richey’s Sims Park. For the third year, … Continue reading Pasco County’s 2017 Disaster Expo set for April 22

Florida’s Blueberry Festival in Brooksville April 22-23

You can almost taste it, right? That cool blue sensation that awakens the pallet this time of year. Spring is nearly upon us and with it, the bountiful harvest of Florida blueberries. On April 22 and 23, Brooksville will celebrate Florida’s fastest growing specialty crop of edibles by hosting the Sixth Annual Florida Blueberry Festival. … Continue reading Florida’s Blueberry Festival in Brooksville April 22-23

Try The Taste: Food Competition & Craft Beer Festival April 8

The Taste of Inverness began as a way to showcase local restaurant and catering offerings and raise funds for local nonprofit and educational needs. Over the years, it has grown to a signature event for the City of Inverness and has contributed to the betterment of thousands of NatureCoasters through its philanthropic efforts. “2017 is … Continue reading Try The Taste: Food Competition & Craft Beer Festival April 8

Just a Slice of Life in Perfect

Hi! I’m Kathy Green. What am I doing here? Well, I’ve been asked by NatureCoaster.com to post weekly. Why? Cause I’m a NatureCoaster! And what makes me a NatureCoaster? I live in Old Homosassa and love it! The best place to live on the Nature Coast–Just a Slice of Life in Perfect! What’s not to … Continue reading Just a Slice of Life in Perfect

Florida Loquat Festival 4/8 to feature a variety of Loquat Trees

Ecology Florida and Friendship Farms & Fare, with the support of the City of New Port Richey, will host the fourth annual Florida Loquat Festival on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Frances Avenue Park (6156 Louisiana Avenue, 34653) in New Port Richey. The festival is a learning and sharing event … Continue reading Florida Loquat Festival 4/8 to feature a variety of Loquat Trees

The Taste, a redesigned Food Challenge and Craft Beer Event 4/8

There is Adele, Bono, Cher, and now there is the Taste. This event was known for ten years as the Taste of Inverness, and now in its 11th year organizers simply call it the Taste. The name change reflects the new feel of this signature event. First, The Taste is now a qualifier for the … Continue reading The Taste, a redesigned Food Challenge and Craft Beer Event 4/8

Chasco Fiesta coming to New Port Richey March 24-April 1

Chasco Fiesta, one of Pasco County’s largest events, is slated to take place March 24-April 1 in and around the West Pasco area. Its purpose for 90 years has been to present a community-minded event for the entire family and help local nonprofits raise money. Chasco Fiesta got its beginning in 1922 as a fundraiser … Continue reading Chasco Fiesta coming to New Port Richey March 24-April 1

Annual Chasco Boat Parade Registration Open

The New Port Richey Rotary Club seeks entries for the 2017 annual Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade on Saturday, April 1.  The parade begins at Hooters on Miller’s Bayou in Port Richey at 1 p.m. It meanders south on the Cotee River arriving at Sims Park around 1:45 p.m. Boat entries include businesses, schools, nonprofits, organizations, … Continue reading Annual Chasco Boat Parade Registration Open

30th Annual Strawberry Festival – Floral City Style

Florida’s Nature Coast is home to the sweetest strawberry festival in the world. Not too big name entertainment, no carnival rides, no huge crowds – just lots of delicious, locally grown strawberries in a beautiful park with a lot of home-spun fun right off US Highway 41 in Floral Park. This weekend, March 4-5, is … Continue reading 30th Annual Strawberry Festival – Floral City Style

Experience ‘Art in the Park’ March 11-12

The Hernando County Fine Arts Council is excited to present its very popular “Art in the Park” for the 33rd year on Saturday, March 11, from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, March 12, from 10 am to 4 pm at Tom Varn Park in downtown Brooksville – and you’re invited! This celebration of … Continue reading Experience ‘Art in the Park’ March 11-12

Poetry Reading at 4th Annual Florida Loquat Festival 4/8

The Florida Loquat Festival is seeking one-page poetry and prose submissions for a reading at the event, held at Frances Avenue Park in New Port Richey, Florida, April 8, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. We welcome all styles and forms as long as loquats are the subject or central image. Submissions are not restricted to … Continue reading Poetry Reading at 4th Annual Florida Loquat Festival 4/8

Fort Cooper Days to Reenact Second Seminole War Battle 3/11-12

The sound of musket volleys and the smell of gunpowder will greet visitors to Fort Cooper State Park, 3100 S. Old Floral City Road in Inverness as we celebrate Fort Cooper Days on March 11 and 12. Experience Florida’s history…the April 1836 skirmishes of the Second Seminole War on the shores of Lake Holathlikaha. Watch … Continue reading Fort Cooper Days to Reenact Second Seminole War Battle 3/11-12

Brooksville Library 5k and Kids Fun Run 3/11

In partnership with the YMCA of the Suncoast, the Hernando County Public Library System is hosting the Third Annual Brooksville Library 5K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, March 11 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Main Library in downtown Brooksville. This run benefits the Friends of the Library of Hernando County and the YMCA … Continue reading Brooksville Library 5k and Kids Fun Run 3/11

Winner of Will McLean Song Contest to Perform at Ranch Days

Mean Mary, who will be playing at the upcoming Little Everglades Ranch Days, held February 11-12, won the state Best Florida Song Contest. She and others will also be performing at the Will McLean Festival held March 10,11, and 12 in Dade City at Sertoma Youth Ranch. The winner of the 2017 Will McLean Best New … Continue reading Winner of Will McLean Song Contest to Perform at Ranch Days

Florida Loquat Festival to be held 4/8 in NPR

Ecology Florida and Friendship Farms & Fare, with the support of the City of New Port Richey, will host the fourth annual Florida Loquat Festival on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Frances Avenue Park, 6156 Louisiana Avenue, in New Port Richey. The festival is a learning and sharing event expanding … Continue reading Florida Loquat Festival to be held 4/8 in NPR

Exceptional Entertainment in a Natural Setting Feb. 11-12

Free Admission • $10 Parking • Buses and RV’s $25 Come out and experience The Little Everglades Ranch at our first Ranch Days event.  All shows, musical entertainment, and activities at the Lil Buckaroo Coral are free. Cost of guided tours, rides, art, crafts, food and beverages will vary per vendor. Event patrons can enjoy … Continue reading Exceptional Entertainment in a Natural Setting Feb. 11-12

Arts & Crafts Show at the Wildlife Park 2/4

The Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will host a Wildlife Park Arts and Crafts Show and Sale on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. The exhibit will be in the park’s main entrance and Visitor Center located on US 19 in Homosassa Springs. Visitors … Continue reading Arts & Crafts Show at the Wildlife Park 2/4

Join the Celebration: Brooksville Native American Festival

Learn to build fire the primitive way. Listen to traditional Native American  music. Watch ancient traditional Polynesian dancers. Visit an actual teepee. Shop for authentic handmade native arts and crafts and much more! The Fourth Annual Brooksville Native American Festival is on the horizon, taking place at beautiful Florida Classic Park on February 4 and … Continue reading Join the Celebration: Brooksville Native American Festival

Dade City Pageant Kicks off Kumquat Festival Events Today

The Kumquat Festival Pageant is today, Sunday, Jan 8 at the Dade City Garden Club and costs $3 (that pays for the program).  At 1pm, registration begins for contestants, and the Pageant begins at 2pm. Who will represent Dade City’s Largest Event for 2017? Contestants ages 2 to 18 will judged on poise, personality, communication … Continue reading Dade City Pageant Kicks off Kumquat Festival Events Today

Children’s Fair, Special Speaker to Mark MLK Day at Saint Leo

The community is invited to Saint Leo University’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 16. The day’s celebration will begin with a children’s fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Student Activities Green between Kirk Hall and the Student Activities Building. Saint Leo’s student organizations will host fun activities … Continue reading Children’s Fair, Special Speaker to Mark MLK Day at Saint Leo

Family Fun Delights at the 2017 Kumquat Festival

Kumquats are fun to eat and the word kumquat is fun to say, so it stands to reason that the Kumquat Festival January 28 in Dade City is going to be a fantastically fun event for all! Today, NatureCoaster explores all things kumquat to help prepare you for the 20th Annual Kumquat Festival. Read on. … Continue reading Family Fun Delights at the 2017 Kumquat Festival

Have a Blast at the Brooksville Raid

The Hernando Historical Museum Association, Inc. and North Pinellas County Scout Sertoma Club, Inc. are presenting the 37th Annual Brooksville Raid Re-enactment, Jan. 21- 22, 2017 at Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd. in Brooksville. This unique event is eye-opening and educational, as well as fun and entertaining. It is promoted as quality family … Continue reading Have a Blast at the Brooksville Raid

Save the Date for the Kumquat Festival: 1/28/17

The 20th Annual Kumquat Festival® is quickly approaching! Save the date! The Festival will be held Saturday January 28th, 2017 in Downtown Dade City, centered around Pasco County’s iconic historic courthouse and brought to you by Florida Hospital, Zephyrhills, Pasco County, Visit Florida and dozens of other valued sponsors. The attendees include thousands of Florida … Continue reading Save the Date for the Kumquat Festival: 1/28/17

Christmas Celebration of Lights at the Wildlife Park 12/17-24 and 26

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, along with the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, will host its annual Christmas Celebration of Lights, a nine-evening event, from Saturday, Dec. 17 through Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, and again on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. The park will open at … Continue reading Christmas Celebration of Lights at the Wildlife Park 12/17-24 and 26

NatureCoaster.com Participating in the Dade City Community & Business Expo

NatureCoaster.com will be signing up new NatureCoasters™ and sharing information from our partner businesses at today’s Dade City Community and Business Expo from 4-7 p.m. at the Dan Cannon Auditorium of the Pasco County Fairgrounds. We are drawing for tickets to visit Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and NatureCoaster.com awesome coffee mugs at the Expo. … Continue reading NatureCoaster.com Participating in the Dade City Community & Business Expo