FL: International RoboBoat Competition Showcases the Talents of Future Engineers

Daytona Beach, FL Exit 261: Join the City of South Daytona and Robonation for a day of science, technology and sun.  The International Roboboat Competition is a demonstration of the capabilities of autonomous, robotic boats.

 RoboBoat is an annual robotics contest, where the next generation of engineers put their autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) through a series of advanced water-based challenges that mirror real-world maritime operations.

Student teams design autonomous, robotic boats to navigate and race through an aquatic obstacle course. The behaviors demonstrated by these boats mimic tasks that are being developed for coastal surveillance, port security and other types of oceanographic operations.

Don’t miss the “Technology under the Big Top Tent” on Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be on-grass robot demonstrations and exciting activities with local organizations. Free and open to the public.

Location: Reed Canal Park, 2871 South Nova Road South Daytona, FL 32119
Date: June 20 – 23, 2019
Time: 12pm – 5pm
Tel: 386-322-3070
auvsifoundation.org/competition/roboboat
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SC: Gear Up And Get Ready to Roll

Florence, SC Exit 160: The Florence Downtown Roll and Cycling Festival is a free and easy ride. Why not enjoy a police- and SAG-escorted, leisurely 3-mile family fun cycle through newly renovated Downtown Florence that brings you to a cycling festival at the First Presbyterian Church.

 The festival highlights include: local food vendors, cycling games, informational booths, face painting, balloons, raffles and kids bike routes. Children will receive a free little goody bag after they finish playing all of the games, run and/or bike through the obstacle course, and jump on the inflatables. 

One hundred percent of the sponsorship money and donations raised goes directly to supporting PADD (Presbyterian Agency for the Developmentally Disabled).

The “Roll” starts at 10:15 a.m. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: First Presbyterian Church Flo, 700 S. Park Ave., Florence, SC 29501
Date: Sat, June 15, 2019
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Tel: 843-662-2583
florencefirst.org
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FL: Free Concerts at The Bandshell All Summer Long

Daytona Beach, FL Exit 261: Catch a free concert at The Bandshell every Friday and Saturday night from 7:15 – 9:30 p.m. and a free 9:45 p.m. fireworks show at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier after every Saturday night concert and on Independence Day. In addition to the Friday and Saturday night line-ups, the schedule includes these extra concerts: Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4; and Labor Day Weekend, Sunday and Monday, September 1-2.

Daytona Beach, Florida

*Bandshell concerts marked with an asterisk indicate that a free Daytona Beach fireworks show will take place after the concert at 9:45 p.m.  

  • ​Friday, June 7, 2019: Completely Unchained, Van Halen tribute
  • Saturday, June 8, 2019: Rocket Man, Elton John tribute*
  • Friday, June 14, 2019: Carnival of Crue, Motley Crue and Ozzy Osborne tributes
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019: Livin’ on a Prayer, Bon Jovi tribute*
  • Friday, June 21, 2019: Purple Masquerade, Prince tribute
  • Saturday, June 22, 2019: Let it Be, Beatles’ tribute
  • Friday, June 28, 2019: Rebel Rebel, David Bowie tribute
  • Saturday, June 29, 2019: Smokin’ and Renegade, Boston and Styx tributes*
  • Thursday, July 4, 2019: Alter Eagles, Eagles tribute*
  • Friday, July 5, 2019: Cowboy, Kid Rock tribute
  • Saturday, July 6, 2019: Nuthin’ Fancy, Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute*
  • Friday, July 12, 2019: Uncle John’s Band, Grateful Dead tribute
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019: Never Stop Believin’, Journey tribute*
  • Friday, July 19, 2019: Vertigo and Original Sin, U2 and INXS tributes
  • Saturday, July 20, 2019: Boss Project, Bruce Springsteen tribute*
  • Friday, July 26, 2019: Ultimate Garth, Garth Brooks tribute
  • Saturday, July 27, 2019: Absolute Queen and Ultimate Def Leppard, Queen and Def Leppard tributes*
  • Friday, August 2, 2019: Night Train, Guns and Roses tribute
  • Saturday, August 3, 2019: Zendatta and Kiss America, Police and KISS tributes*
  • Friday, August 9, 2019: The Motowners, tribute to Motown
  • Saturday, August 10, 2019: REO Survivor and Chicago Rewired, REO Speedwagon and Chicago tributes*
  • Friday, August 16, 2019: The Dirty Doors, Doors tribute
  • Saturday, August 17, 2019: Boxers and Southern Cross, Simon and Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tributes*
  • Friday, August 23, 2019: Fire & Ice and Love Alive, Pat Benatar and Heart tributes
  • Saturday, August 24, 2019: Turnstiles, Billy Joel tribute*
  • Friday, August 30, 2019: KC & The 70s Flashback Party, KC & The Sunshine Band tribute
  • Saturday, August 31, 201: US Stones, Rolling Stones tribute*
  • Sunday, September 1, 2019: Back in Time, Huey Lewis and 80s show
  • Monday, September 2, 2019: 1 p.m. NY Rockabilly Rockets and 4:30 p.m. Paisley Craze, ’60s Peace, Love and Rock and Roll tribute
  • Friday, September 6, 2019: Best of British Rock, Judas Priest tribute
  • Saturday, September 7, 2019: Highway to Hell, ACDC tribute*
  • Friday, September 13, 2019: Battery, Metallica tribute
  • Saturday, September 14, 2019: Fleetwood Max, Fleetwood Mac tribute*
  • Friday, September 20, 2019: Wildflowers, Tom Petty tribute
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019: In the Light of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin tribute*
  • Friday, September 27, 2019: Jaded, Aerosmith tribute
  • Saturday, September 28, 2019: Wall of Echoes, Pink Floyd tribute

Location: The Bandshell, 600 Auditorium Blvd, Daytona Beach, Florida 32118
Dates: Friday & Saturday
Time: 7:15pm – 9:30pm
Tel: 386-671-3462
daytonabeach.com/events/music/bandshell-concerts/
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FL: Big-Wheeled, Jacked Up Pick-Ups at Daytona Truck Meet 2019

Daytona Beach, Fl Exit 261: Join over 25,000 spectators and hundreds of vendors in the infield of Daytona International Speedway, for the largest truck show in the world.

At the Daytona Truck Meet 2019 get up close and personal with the biggest truck builds around and get a chance to connect with the personalities behind the monster machines. This 3 day action packed event is one the entire family can enjoy, featuring a burn out pit, live entertainment and 1,000s of custom pick up trucks from around country for a weekend of fun.

See how your favorites rate in the following categories: Best of Show, Best Ford (Gas & Diesel Classes), Best GM (Gas & Diesel Classes), Best Ram (Gas & Diesel Classes), Best Nissan, Best Toyota, Best SUV, Best Jeep, Best Exterior, Best Interior, Best Burn Out, Best Female Owned, Best Lifted, Best Lowered, Under Construction, Loudest Train Horns, Furthest Distance, Largest Group, Best Food Truck, Staff Choice, Crowd Favorite, and Truck Fever’s Top Pick.

Location: Daytona International Speedway, 1801 West International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Date: June 7 – 9, 2019
Time: 9am – 5pm
Tel: 800-748-7467
daytonatruckmeet.com
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FL: Vettes at the Lighthouse XII

Port Orange, FL Exit 256: Completed in 1887, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is a fascinating piece of Florida history. It towers over others as the tallest lighthouse in Florida, offering spectacular, 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. 

If you are feeling adventurous you can climb the 203 steps to the top and be rewarded with some truly breathtaking scenery and one-of-a-kind photo opportunities.
There’s an on-site museum featuring a fascinating rare Fresnel Lens exhibit, artifacts on lighthouse life and shipwrecks.

On May 11th over one hundred Corvettes of all ages will be on display at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. Vettes at the Lighthouse XII, hosted by the Ponce Inlet Corvette Club,  the car show will feature music, door prizes, food, silent auction and trophies. This is a must-see for every car enthusiast. All proceeds are donated to local charities.

This show has two categories – Judged (9 categories) and People’s Choice.
Awards presented for: Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice, Top “10” People’s Choice.
1st, 2nd, 3rd, Awards For Judged Classes:
C-1 (1953 – 1962)
C-2 (1963 – 1967)
C-3 (1968 – 1982)
C-4 (1984 – 1996)
C-5 (1997 – 2004)
C-6 (Convertible)
C-6 (Coupe)
C-7 (Convertible)
C-7 (Coupe)

Location: Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, 4931 South Peninsula Drive Ponce Inlet , FL 32168
Date: Sat, May 11, 2019
Time: 10am – 2pm
Tel: 570-499-2595
picorvetteclub.com
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SC: Guacamole, Piñatas, Chihuahuas and More

Florence, SC Exit 160: Join Greater Florence Habitat For Humanity for their annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on Friday, May 3rd for a block street party.

Piñatas line the street while fiesta fun includes live music with The Fantasy Band, delish food and beverages, Kids Zone-Face painting, Bouncy House, Balloon making, mariachi band, Photo Booth and back by popular demand Chihuahua dog races-and Chihuahua costume contest.

Admission is FREE, but proceeds from ticket sales will go toward Habitat for Humanity, providing shelter for families in need locally in Florence.

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Location: Downtown Florence, 100 S. Dargan St block, SC 29501
Date: Fri, May 3, 2019
Time: 5:30pm – 10pm
Tel: 843-665-1624
florencehabitat.com
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FL: Sunshine, Sand Dunes and Jeeps

Daytona Beach, FL Exit 261:  Jeep Beach is a Jeep only charity event held each April in Daytona Beach, Florida to raise much needed funds for worthwhile local and national charities and organizations.

Jeep Beach enthusiasts gather to celebrate a passion for off-road vehicles with over seven days of family-friendly fun for Jeep owners.

Jeep Beach has become one of the largest Jeep events in the country, attracting thousands of participants, hundreds of vendors, and tens of thousands of spectators from across the globe. Jeep Beach brings you a week of fun in the sun with thousands of Jeep aficionados.

The family fun begins with the Monday Night Kickoff Party, off site trail rides, obstacle course, Jeep Beach silent auction, Shade Brigade Tiki Party, scavenger hunt, Beachside Main Street Block Party, Show N Shine, largest Jeep specific vendor show and over $150,000 in raffle prizes.

Festival highlights include:

April 22: Jeep Beach Kick Off at Daytona Stadium
April 23: Jeep Beach Night at ONE DAYTONA
April 24: Official Jeep Beach Luau Show and Shine at Daytona Beach Bandshell
April 25: Official Jeep Beach Main Street Block Party

Location: Citywide
Date: Apr 22 – 28, 2019
Times: Mon – Thurs 9am – 10pm, Fri 9am -5pm, Sat 9am – 9pm, Sun morning
jeepbeach.com
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FL: Celebrate Annual Turtle Day at The Marine Science Center

Daytona Beach, FL Exit 256: Enjoy close encounters with endangered sea turtles and other marine life during the annual Turtle Day at Marine Science Center.  Celebrate animal rehabilitation and raise awareness about marine life and the environment.

The Marine Science Center is an environmental learning center providing rehabilitation for sick and injured sea turtles and seabirds. Visitors can learn about marine life in the center’s exhibit hall, which includes a 1,400-gallon touch pool, a 5,000-gallon artificial reef aquarium, living reef, octopus and moray eel exhibits, and a gift shop.

 

Watch turtles and birds receive specialized care, visit   habitats for bald eagles and wading birds, walk along the nature trail, and climb the observation tower.

 

Animal rehabilitation staff will explain how they care for injured birds and sea turtles, while exhibitors from regional conservation organizations will provide information on projects throughout the area.

Other activities will include face painting, crafts and live music. Attendees can meet glove-trained birds of prey and get their hands wet in the center’s touch pool, which features cownose rays and hermit crabs.

Location: Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
Date: Sat, April 6, 2019
Time: 10am – 3pm
Tel: 386-304-5545
volusia.org
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SC: A Blast From the Past at Hippie Fest

Florence, SC Exit 160:  Hippie Fest is a grassroots festival where free-spirited people from across the country gather to celebrate peace, love, and all things groovy.

Returning to Lake City on Saturday March 30, 2019 this popular festival features a day full of activities such as: live music, group camping, bohemian shopping, vintage hippie car show, DIY tie-dye, giant bubble garden, cirque performers, kids activities, delicious food, and more.

Hippie Fest is a family-friendly music and arts festival featuring vibrant entertainment for all ages. Kids 10 and under free. Reserve tickets while they last at HippieFest.org.

ENTERTAINMENT LINE UP:

11AM – Camping area opens
Noon – Festival gates open
Noon – Artisan vendor booths open
Noon – Vintage hippie car show begins
Noon – Giant bubble garden opens
Noon – DIY tie-dye station opens
Noon – Tipsy-Hippie tiki bar opens

Stage Performances:
Noon – Fred Heintz – Grassroots Soul
1pm – Sugarshine – Sunny Reggae
3pm – Stillhouse – 60s Throwbacks
3pm – Interactive Drum Circle
5pm – Trauma Illinois – Jubilant Rock

Location: Graham’s Historic Farm, 843 McCutcheon Rd, Lake City, SC 29560
(843 State Rd S-21-85 in Google Maps)

Date: Sat, March 30, 2019
Time: Noon – 7pm
hippiefest.org
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FL: Good Times On Tap at Inaugural Daytona Beer Festival

Daytona Beach, FL Exit 261: Daytona International Speedway has a new event on tap for Daytona Speedweeks. The inaugural Daytona Beer Festival will be held Sunday, Feb. 10th, from noon-3 pm, in conjunction with Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger and the Advance Auto Parts Clash.

Daytona Speedweeks officially kicks off the NASCAR season with an action-packed schedule of races across several different series, all leading up to the Daytona 500. Called “The Great American Race,” this is NASCAR’s biggest, most prestigious event of the year and the season-opener to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

The DAYTONA Beer Festival will span multiple Midway Suites, allowing fans to choose from over 70 different brands of beer including Wicked Weed, Kona, Golden Road, Blue Point, Goose Island IPA, Landshark, Shock Top, Karbach, 10 Barrel, Redhook and many more, in a climate-controlled environment.

Tickets are $52 and includes a “beer passport,” allowing guests to sample 10 of 70-plus brands, as well as a general admission ticket to the Advance Auto Parts Clash – a non-points Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race comprised of select drivers – and DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger, and a collectible beer mug and lanyard.

Festival-goers will also enjoy: watching DAYTONA 500 Qualifying live on flat screen TVs throughout the event, socializing in indoor, air-conditioned midway suites, live entertainment, lounge seating and concession stand offerings.

*Must be 21 years of age or older to participate.

Location: Daytona International Speedway, 1801 West International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Date: Sun, Feb 10, 2019
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Tel: 1-800-PITSHOP
www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/DaytonaBeerFestival
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