Not only is New Smyrna Beach a small town with historic charm and heaps of beachside fun, it is filled to the brim with interesting and exciting events and activities.
No matter what is in store throughout the year, you can count on some terrific monthly events along the historic streets. There is a Classic Car Show with great food and entertainment; progressive wine tasting and a beer walk, where participants can sample a delicious array of craft beers. There are live performances by talented local musicians and amazing art exhibitions each month as well.
New Smyrna Beach hosts a Festival of the Arts every January at Riverview Park and Canal Street with art displays by over 230 talented artists, live music, a student art exhibit, a creative education tent, food court and more. Then, at the end of January, check out the NSB Chowder Festival, when the area’s best chowder chefs fill both sides of Flagler Avenue to compete in their legendary culinary cook-off. There is a Mardi Gras party and parade of tremendous proportions on Fat Tuesday, where great smells from Mardi Gras-themed food and live Mardi Gras music fill the air, and prizes are awarded for best float, parade marchers and vehicles. The NSB Art Fiesta, with more than 250 artisans and crafters, food vendors and live entertainment, is a February event not to be missed. Then, soulful sounds filled the air for four melodious days during the New Smyrna Beach Blues Festival in May.
Ah, but never fear! In the latter half of the year, there is plenty more fun to be had. Attention seafood lovers! If you like seafood, you won’t want to miss New Smyrna Beach’s Annual Shrimp and Seafood Festival in August. Taste great seafood from Volusia’s best restaurants, and enjoy live entertainment all day!
In the fall, come try your luck at the Sand Art Festival October 22nd, enjoy the Halloween Parade and Costume Contest on October 31st, and then New Smyrna Beach Kite Festival – a spectacular beach event – held November 19th and 20th.
The holidays are also filled with cheer! Enjoy the Turkey Run around Thanksgiving. It is America’s largest classic car show. Then, in December, there are Christmas parades by land and sea, and a spectacular fireworks display for New Year’s Eve.