The year-round sun and warm temperatures of Florida’s coastal towns make them an ideal destination for your getaway, no matter what time of year you come, and each hosts its share of spring festivals and events, too. There are several coastal towns to choose from, but surf buffs and space buffs will want to set their sights on Cocoa Beach on Florida’s “Space Coast.” It’s the perfect mix of sand, sun, water, and fun that’s close to Cape Canaveral and even Orlando. Make sure you mix in some year-round activities, too, like beach bumming, or checking the Ron Jon Surf Shop. Check out the top spring events in Cocoa Beach below!
Don’t Miss Out On Thunder on Cocoa Beach!
The race returns for its 11th year on the Florida Space Coast! Enjoy four days and nights of parties, concerts, and of course the Space Coast Super Boat Grand Prix. The family-friendly event gives you a chance to watch the top race teams from around the world compete. There are several classes for competition, with the premier class reaching speeds of over 175 miles per hour! This year’s event takes place May 18-21 and more information including tickets and a schedule is available on the event website.
For those who view baseball as more than America’s favorite pastime, Florida is the place to be each spring. Many of its towns host MLB teams for annual spring training, including Cocoa Beach. Starting at the end of February and through the end of March, the Washington Nationals take over their spring training site of The Ballpark of the Palms Beaches to warm up for the season to come.
Beach’N Boards Fest
Since 2013, the fest has been a part of Spring Break. Watch competitors catch waves at Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach. Enjoy food from favorite food trucks like Kona Ice, along with many other local restaurants. When you’re not watching the surfers, there’s beach volleyball, a 5K run/walk, yoga, and more. There’s still time to register to be part of your favorite event, including the SUP & kayak fishing tournament, paddle races, foil surf race, and others. Sign up and get more information about the entire festival at the event website. This year’s event is March 8-12.
Melbourne Art Festival
Head to Wickham Park in nearby Melbourne. The award-winning festival, now in its 38th year, draws tens of thousands of art and music lovers throughout Central Florida, as well as visitors from further afield. The family-friendly event promotes and encourages all artistic endeavors, education, and appreciation of the arts. Visit over 200 booths, and enjoy live music, food, drinks, and special activities for the kids. The festival is free: free admission, parking, children’s activities, and live entertainment. Stop by April 22-23 starting at 9 a.m. each day.
Downtown Melbourne Botanical Festival
See just what can be done with your favorite plants, flowers, trees, and shrubs. The festival attracts visitors from all over and is family-friendly. See lavish landscape designs, garden sculptures, and garden-themed art, and indulge in delicious food and drink. The event takes place at the 1900 Building on March 4. Hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cocoa Beach Air Show
There’s no more fitting place to hold an air show than a region called The Space Coast. The Cocoa Beach Air Show is flying back to the Space Coast for another year of high-flying thrills! Flights take place in the air over Lori Wilson Park April 15-16 and feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. More information, including tickets, pricing, and the full line up will be available on the event website as it is released.
Fun Events in Cocoa Beach this Spring
Cocoa Beach has plenty of things to celebrate this spring. Start planning your eventful stay when you book a vacation rental with Stay In Cocoa Beach. From a cozy two-bedroom all the way up to a spacious five-bedroom for a larger family or group looking for plenty of Cocoa Beach and Space Coast event fun. Our kitchens come fully equipped with everything you’ll need to make a delicious home-cooked meal. Stretch out with some popcorn and your favorite show or movie, or retreat to a private bedroom for some rest and relaxation at the end of the day. Choose a premium unit for upgrades like flat-screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, and more.
Call us today to start planning your Cocoa Beach adventure!