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April Events You Need to Know About on the Gulf Coast

April Events You Need to Know About on the Gulf Coast

How about some Gulf of Mexico waters, white sugar sands, and swaying palm trees to go along with your Easter holiday? You can find all of that and more here on the Gulf Coast of Florida. April is hopping with fun in the Florida sun and all of the best local events, activities, festivals and things to do while you’re here. Just don’t forget to pencil in some beach time, too! 

Here are the April events you need to know about on the Gulf Coast of Florida. 


Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores Events


Easter Egg Hunt

IRB Easter Egg Hunt

April 8, 2017 @10a.m. to noon
IRB Nature Preserve Park
This free Easter event is open to all kids ages 10 and under. It’s BYOB, so be sure to bring your own basket! Activities include searching for the prized golden eggs, balloon twister and a visit from the Easter Bunny himself. Hop on over to the Nature Preserve and join in the family fun. 

IRB Citywide Garage Sale 

April 8-9, 2017
This semi-annual event is a bargain hunter’s delight in Indian Rocks Beach. See what treasures are waiting to be discovered at this community event. 

IRB Beach Fest  

April 22, 2017
@11a.m. to 9p.m.
Indian Rocks County Park
This free and family-friendly event happens rain or shine with live music, great food and drink, fun games and more. Bring your family, bring your friends!


Indian Shores Morning Market 

Every Sunday in April

@9a.m. to 1p.m. 
19305 Gulf Blvd. 


Explore this beautiful Sunday market in the heart of Indian Shores! Growers, gourmet foodies, fine arts and crafts are just the beginning of what you’ll find here. Support the local vendors, merchants and businesses by shopping and buying local.

Clearwater Beach Events

Sugar Sand Festival

Sugar Sand Festival

April 14-23, 2017
Clearwater Beach


Celebrate 10 days of sugar sand! Located just south of Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach, 1,000 tons of Clearwater Beach’s world famous sugar sands are creatively carved into the Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit, an artistic walk-through display in a 21,000-square-foot tent. The ten-day festival also includes a variety of free activities on Clearwater Beach including a professional sand sculpting competition, sand sculpting clinics, speed sand demonstrations, a children’s play area, extended Sunsets at Pier 60 hours and endless entertainment. Fireworks, free concerts and more family fun for everyone each and every day. Be there!

(Photo Credit: Sugar Sand Festival)

Pier 60 Daily Festival

Every evening with special hours 10a.m. to 10p.m. during the Sugar Sand Festival
Pier 60, Clearwater Beach
Buskers and music and crafters, oh my! Get your fill of beautiful sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico, soft white sand, and a festive atmosphere at the Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival. Every night offers up something new and different, so come and see it for yourself. It’s an experience you won’t forget. Extended hours happen during the Sugar Sand Festival, so come early and stay late!

Sunset Cinema

Pier 60, Clearwater Beach
Relax under the stars for family-oriented movies, popcorn and other refreshments. Bring your blanket or beach chair and then sit back and enjoy the show. Here’s the movie lineup for April. 
April 7th- SING (PG)
April 8th- Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them (PG-13) 
April 14th- Moana (PG)
April 15th- Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (PG-13) & FIREWORKS @ 9PM
April 16th- HOP (PG) & FIREWORKS @ 9PM
April 21st- Finding Dory (PG)
April 22nd- Jaws (PG) & FIREWORKS @ 9PM
April 23rd- Dolphin Tale 2 (PG) & FIREWORKS @ 9PM
April 28th- Oceans (G )
April 29th- Rouge One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13) 



Other Gulf Beach Events

Tampa Bay Blues Festival

Tampa Bay Blues Festival

April 7-9, 2017
Vinoy Park, St. Pete


Every year since 1995, some of the biggest names in blues music have taken the stage at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival. Join the fun this year at the waterfront for three days of world class blues music! Tickets and VIP Packages are available. Make your plans now! 

Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival

April 8-9, 2017
@9a.m to 5p.m.
Craig Park, Tarpon Springs


Attracting more than 20,000 art enthusiasts every year, this is one of Tampa Bay’s biggest and best outdoor art shows. The show goes from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday around Spring Bayou at Craig Park. Admission is $5, which includes a drink of your choice. Spend the day in Tarpon Springs!

Spring Fest & Arbor Day Celebration

April 11, 2017
Dimmit Community Center, Belleair Beach
Every bunny loves a little springtime fun in the Florida sun. Family-friendly activities abound and include an Easter Egg Hunt, Bunny Hop Races, Spacewalks and more. Hop to it!


What events are on your calendar this month? We’ll see you on our Gulf Beaches and around our Gulf Coast towns. Enjoy!


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