Note: This page is intended to list most of the larger activities.  For the most complete list of Cedar Key events please visit the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce calendar page here.

Events in Cedar Key and the surrounding area for 2012


3rd – 31st:

Salute to Wildlife Exhibit Opens 5-7 Salute to Wildlife: Suwannee Refuge  In March the Cedar Key Arts Center will be celebrating wildlife and the Suwannee Refuge through its community exhibit, which open March 3rd from 5-7p.m. Local photographer Ann Kamzelski is featured in the MAG and well-known Woodcarver Jack Murphy will have his works displayed throughout the Galleries.  

Public Welcome    See Website


Friends Annual Meeting and Refuge Open House The Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys NWRs and the Refuge Open House will be Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 to 4:00 at the refuge headquarters, off Route 347.
Activities will include a huge silent auction, nature walks, mini-workshops on a variety of wildlife topics, boat rides on the Suwannee, and a group paddle. Space is limited for the group paddle and you need to provide your own kayak or canoe. Send an email to sign up for it.
Lunch is free for Friends members and $10 for others. You may join Friends or renew your membership for 2012 at the door. Send Email       See Website 

27th – 28th

Book Sale  Friday and Saturday The Library will have a book sale on Friday April 27th and Saturday April 28th.  Proceeds from the book sales helps support  the Library with items not covered the County Library System. 



Moonlight Paddle at Manatee Springs Moonlight PaddleManatee Springs State Park Will Host An Evening Moonlight Paddle Event Once A Month On The Suwannee River Beginning October 7, 2011 Through April 6, 2012, Excluding January. Participants Will Learn About The History Of The River While Enjoying The Beautiful Scenery By Moonlight. The Park`S Citizen Support Organization Will Provide A Short Program Following The Moonlight Paddle. Light Refreshments Will Be Served.To Reserve A Rental Canoe/Kayak For $15.00 Through Suwannee Guides And Outfitters, Call 352-542-8331 

Please Dress Appropriately For The Weather And Bring Bottled Water, A Flash Light And Whistle. Children Under The Age Of Six And Pets Are Not Allowed Due To Safety.February 3, 2012 @ 5:45 PmMarch 9, 2012 @ 6 PmApril 6, 2012 @ 6:30 PmParticipation RequirementsFees: Park Entrance Fees Of $6.00 Per Carload Of Up To Eight People Will Apply.Contact: For More Information, Call 352-493-6072 





Cedar Key Community Center • 809 6th Street

The City of Cedar Key will hold a public workshop on April 26th at 6PM  at the Cedar Key Community Center to review and hear presentations from the University of Florida (UF) Marine Construction graduate students.  

All Cedar Key residents and businesses are invited and encouraged to  attend. The UF students and faculty invite everyone to an early “meet & great” reception starting at 5PM April 26th at the Cedar Key  Community Center.
Earlier this year 2 teams of UF Marine Construction/Engineering students completing advanced graduate courses  selected the Cedar Key Marina as a competitive design project.  The City has provided historical information, studies, pictures, and public workshop findings to help guide the UF teams in their design efforts.  The UF teams will present their ideas and suggestions on possible  dredging techniques and improvements to the Cedar Key Marina.
Everyone is invited to attend the early reception starting at 5PM to meet the UF teams and faculty, and the City Public Workshop will begin at 6PM.

28th – 29th

Make a date with Cedar Key and enjoy sauntering down Historic 2nd Street while enjoying fine art from a very select group of incredibly talented artists. Featuring award-winning fine art, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, crafts, ceramics, textiles, photography, and more. All this while taking in tasty fresh local seafood from our casual and fine dining seaside restaurants, and beautiful coastal scenery in this unforgettable Old Florida setting.   See Website


5th – 6th

Small Boat Festival The 28th Cedar Key small boat meet will be Saturday and Sunday, May 5th and 6th, 2012, the first full weekend in May. It is completely informal. Tides and weather are still the only organization. There are no planned events, signups, or fees. See the website for more detail.        See Website 



Labor Day Auction: The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce will host its annual labor Day Weekend Auction, Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 1 p.m. Auction-goers will find great deals on lodgings, dining, fishing, fine art, gifts, fresh clams and more. As the organization`s largest fundraiser of the year, the auction plays a vital role in keeping the Chamber and The Cedar Key Welcome Center operational. All items are donated by local businesses, residents and artists. Many items are auctioned for a fraction of their value-providing a great opportunity to save money and help the Cedar Key business community serve our guests at The Welcome Center. It`s a fun time with for all who attend. Come for the early viewing of auction items at 12:30 p.m.   They usually have a ful house for this event!


Cedar Key Fishing Tournament Big Bend Redfish Club is sponsoring another fishing tournament, last one of the year is on September 15th in Cedar Key.  Weigh-in is at the Cedar Key Pavilion starting at 1pm;  Scales close at 3:30pm.  Open enrollment is at any time during tournament.  For more information call Mangrove Creek Outfitters  (352) 493-0071


20th – 21st

43rd Annual Seafood Festival 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM each day. This major event features well over 200 arts and crafts exhibits, and great local seafood in City Park. There will be live musical entertainment at several places around town during the days and nights, and a parade on Saturday morning.
In addition on this weekend, there is an open house at the lighthouse on Seahorse Key, the big island 3 miles to the west of Cedar Key. Explore the lighthouse, look at the exhibits and wander this beautiful island. Shuttle boats are available at City Marina. Be sure to remember your camera and binoculars!
For arts and crafts vendor information, contact Thelma McCain at 352-543-5436

View a video of a previous event here

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