Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Feb. 22

Pasco and Hernando community events
Published February 13
Updated February 15


Sunwest Crab and Shrimp Festival: Put your bets in on a crab race or pose with a mermaid at this festival with an arts and crafts show, live music, carnival rides, crab races and lots of seafood. The festival will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 23 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. There will be carnival rides, a cornhole competition, crab claw-eating contest and lots of seafood. The Landsharks, a Jimmy Buffet tribute, will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds benefit the Stano Foundation and Gulfside Hospice and Pasco Palliative Care. Admission is free on Friday, $5 Saturday and Sunday. Call (727) 674-1464.

Paulie Palooza Music Festival: The annual event will be from noon to 9 p.m. Feb. 23 along Main Street in Zephyrhills. Bands will perform throughout the day. There will be vendors, auction items and a “wet” zone with the street’s local brewery and bars. The lineup of bands includes Shades of Grey, Joey Roman, Backwaters Own, Northern Connection, David Teague, Majestics and Stereograph. Admission is $5. Funds benefit Gulfside Hospice. Visit for details.

Pasco County Fair: The fair continues through Feb. 24 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. The fair features a giant midway and an array of fair food, karate shows, art exhibit, rodeo, spaghetti-eating competition and a talent showcase. Gates open 2 to 11 p.m. Feb. 18, 4 to 11 p.m. Feb. 19-21, 4 p.m. to midnight Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to midnight Feb. 23, and noon to 8 p.m. (gates close at 6 p.m.) Feb. 24. Regular admission is $10, $5 children, 5 and younger free. Separate fee for ride armbands. Visit or call (352) 567-6678.

Florida Bluegrass Classic: The annual week-long festival will be Feb 18-24 at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. Campers can arrive as early as Feb. 18. The festival kicks off Feb. 21, with four days of nonstop music with numerous bluegrass bands, a classic car show, vendors, food, a military tribute and camping. Some featured groups include the Grascals, IIIrd Tyme Out, Nothin Fancy, Swing Sisters and Sam Pacetti. Daily tickets are $25 on Thursday, $30 for Friday and Saturday. Sunday admission is free. Weekend tickets are $70 at the gate. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with paid adult. For information and tickets, call (386) 385-3500 or visit


Color Your World: The event, hosted by the Hernando County Community Alliance, is part of the Children's Week Extravaganza. It will be from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at Grace World Outreach Church Family Life Center, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. It will include entertainment, crafts and activities for the whole family. Children will have an opportunity to create their own "hand art," which will be displayed at Brooksville City Hall.

Greek-Themed Fundraiser: The Nature Coast Community Services Foundation hosts this event from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Olive Grove, 15016 Rester Drive, Brooksville. Activities for the whole family will include an appearance by Aesop telling his fables, visits from Greek gods and goddesses, races and relays, panning for fossils and jewels, making crafts and jewelry, balloon bounce, live music, karaoke, competitions and olive oil education. There will be plenty of food. Admission is $15 each or $45 per family of four. (352) 345-5940.


Rocketman: Tribute to Elton John: Two concerts are planned at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at Pasco-Hernando State College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Tickets are $30-$35. Visit or call (727) 816-3707.

René Crabapple: Crabapple,the lead singer for the alternative/Indie band Shoeless Soul and host of Groovy Tuesdays Open Mic in Palm Harbor, will entertain at 9 .m. Feb. 22 at ZenfiniTea, 3501 Universal Plaza, New Port Richey. He has written more than 100 original songs and his style touches on a variety of musical genres, including reggae, blues, jazz, rock, country and R&B. The concert is hosted by Bazaar Art and ZenfiniTea. Free. (727) 312-5776.

Cash bash: A Johnny Cash Birthday Bash to honor the late singer’s memory and his days in Port Richey kicks off from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Gill Dawg Tiki Bar and Grill, 5419 Treadway Drive, Port Richey. Highlights include a karaoke contest featuring Cash’s music with prizes; a Johnny Cash trivia contest, cornhole and volleyball tournaments with prizes. A tribute concert will be from 7:30 to 11 p.m.; concert tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the gate. Visit for details and tickets.

The Mystics: The concert, featuring original “street corner doo wop” at its best, will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave, Hudson. Doors open at 6 p.m. The concert is hosted by Temple Beth David. Tickets are $25. Call (352) 428-9946.

Florida Jazz Express Big Band: The 18-piece band will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at Dockside Grille, 5015 US 19, New Port Richey. They will be playing the best in classic, Latin, jazz and modern big band music from a variety of composers and arrangers. Free admission. Call (516) 480-8587.

John Charles in concert: With just his guitar, piano and singing voice, John Charles amazes his audience with his ability to combine music, comedy and audience interaction.He will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road, Spring Hill. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased at the High Point office, by calling (352) 596-2397 or at the door.

On Stage

Cinderella: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Tony Award-winning musical wraps up Feb. 24 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. Highway 19, Hudson. Matinee and evening shows are held Thursday through Sunday. Dinner and show: $55.50. Show only: $29. For tickets, go to or call (727) 863-7949.

Art events

‘Life’s Treasures’ Exhibit: Opening day for the exhibition of Elaine Hahn’s paintings will be Feb. 27 at Pasco-Hernando State College Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. A reception will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hahn's works capture early morning and afternoon light, with marine and coastal themes. The exhibit will remain on display through April 10. There is no cost to attend the reception or view the exhibit. Call (727) 816-3231.

Harry Farmlett Retrospective: The exhibit continues throughout February at Gateway Gallery and Emporium, 6216 Grand Blvd, New Port Richey. This is a showcase of the late Farmlett’s paintings, and wood and metal sculptures. Free. (727) 815-1222.

’Falling in Love With Art’ exhibit: The exhibit continues through Feb. 27 at the West Pasco Art Guild, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. An English Tea Reception will be 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 9. Call (727) 841-7732.

2019 Art Annual Exhibition and Competition: The Pasco Fine Arts Center’s annual exhibit and competition wraps up Feb. 23 at the center, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. For details, visit or call (727) 845-7322.

Paint that Tune: The exhibit continues through March 9 at Uptown Art Gallery/Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. It includes works in all mediums that artists created while listening to their favorite tunes. Pieces are available for purchase. Call (207) 809-9066 or (352) 540-3810.

CUBA: The Natural Beauty: The exhibit continues through Feb. 22 at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Featuring the works of nationally-acclaimed nature photographer Clyde Butcher. Call (727) 816-3231 or visit


Tin Can Tourists Celebrate 100-Year Anniversary: America’s oldest trailer and motor coach club is celebrating its 100th anniversary with this Centennial Celebration Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake on the Pasco/Hernando county line. The event will include a collection of vintage tow vehicles, luggage, camping items and more. There will be approximately 200 vintage trailers and coaches ranging in age from the 1920s to 1980s that will be available for touring during this one-day event. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the Sertoma Youth Ranch cafe. There will also be musical entertainment. Admission is $5 per car. Call (407) 509-1962.

Look ahead

Kids-N-Art Exhibition and Competition: The exhibit is on display March 6-30, with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. March 11 at the Pasco Fine Arts Council, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. Pasco County art teachers of students in kindergarten through fifth grade can submit their students' works. Call (727) 845-7322 or visit

Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1 and 2, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 3, at Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Free shuttle service from remote parking locations. Admission $5, $3 for ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger. Call (352) 597-4424 or visit


Other Hernando events

22 Friday

Hernando Audubon Beginning Birding: Learn to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. There will be binoculars and bird books available for use. 8 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 131 South Main Street, Brooksville. free (352) 428-2629.

Tri-County Community Center Spring Yard Sale: From clothing, books and toys to furniture, appliances and dinnerware. There will be hot dogs and chili available, as well as desserts in the bake sale area. Funds raised will benefit the rebuilding of the section of the center that was destroyed in a fire. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Tri-County Community Center, 28444 Forbes St, Nobleton. (352) 587-4014.

City of Brooksville Adult Softball Registration 2019 Spring Season: Women’s, men’s and co-ed leagues are now forming. Looking for teams and players. Team fees are due Feb. 22; player fees are due March 1. The team fee is $250; individual player fee is $20. This is a friendly fun league. The season begins March 4. All games are played at Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. Stop by to register from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call (352) 540-3830.

Academia Hernando Spring Lecture Series: The topic is "The Camino Counts — At Any Age," by Beryl Biles. 10 a.m. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Spring Hill, 2301 Deltona Blvd, Spring Hill. $9, $65 series. (352) 686-4035.

Friday Night Done Right Rock Wall Climb: Middle and high school-age youth are invited to scale the 40-foot, 4-sided rock wall. This is an alcohol- and drug-free event. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tom Varn Park, 301 Darby Lane, Brooksville. Free. (352) 540-3830.

Campfire Music Jam: Bring your instrument, a chair and campfire food and join other musicians for a fireside open jam. 6 p.m. Dade Battlefield Historic State park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. $3 per vehicle. (352) 793-4781.

Father Daughter Dance: Includes music, dancing, dinner by John Mason Catering, drinks and photos. All ages welcome. Space is limited. Advance ticket sales only; no tickets sold at the door. Hosted by Hernando County Parks and Recreation. 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St, Brooksville. $20 for evening dances, $15 for afternoon. (352) 754-4031.

23 Saturday

Flapjack Fundraiser: The breakfast includes three pancakes, two sausage links and a choice of coffee, tea, juice or soda. Hosted by the Sons and Daughters of Italy, Nature Coast Lodge 2502, with funds to benefit various charitable organizations. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 8 a.m. Applebee’s, 10601 County Line Road, Spring Hill. $6 per person. (352) 556-4739.

Springstead High Flea Market: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Springstead High School Boys Basketball Team will host flea markets in the school theater parking lot on Feb. 23, March 9, 23 and 30; April 20 and May 4. Vendor spaces are $10, which includes two car spaces. Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill. (352) 683-3528.

Spring Lake Museum and History Center: Offering historic photos and artifacts, local family histories, school and lake histories. 10 a.m. Old Spring Lake Community Center, 4184 Spring Lake Highway, Brooksville. Free. (352) 796-4704.

Beginners Archery: Learn the basics of target archery using compound bows from skills instructors. For ages 12 and older. Advanced registration required. 10 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-6722.

Un-Common-ly Artsy: The Historic Downtown Brooksville Arts Market: Un-Common-Ly Artsy is a monthly outdoor arts market in historic downtown Brooksville on the fourth Saturday of every month. Includes a collection of fine artists and crafters, as well as live music. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brooksville City Hall / Uptown Art Gallery, 201 Howell Ave, Brooksville. Free. (352) 540-6476.

28 Thursday

Hernando Audubon 60th Anniversary: Come celebrate the Hernando Audubon's 60th anniversary with a program on Wintering Hummingbirds in Florida. The speaker is Fred Dietrich, who has been involved in trapping and banding hummingbirds in Florida since 2001. 7 p.m. Community Activity Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. (352) 686-0460 or [email protected]


Other Pasco events

22 Friday

Rummage Sale: Our Lady’s Guild of St. Vincent de Paul Church hosts this two-day sale. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Father Farrell Hall, St.Vincent de Paul Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. Free. (727) 938-1974.

23 Saturday

Hittin' the Road for Hospice: This is a motorcycle poker run, starting at the Harley-Davidson of New Port Richey and ending at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Zephyrhills. There will be awards, prize drawings, music and more. The event is to raise money for hospice patients and bereavement services for Pasco County residents through Gulfside Hospice. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $25 per biker, $15 per passenger. Visit (727) 845-5707.

My Junk, Your Treasure Sale: The sale is hosted by the Rosary Altar Society. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St, New Port Richey. (727) 776-7487 or (727) 849-4899.

Living History and Civil War Reenactments: 9 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday. Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City.

Sweet Potato Pie Contest: Tasters and makers are wanted for this event to raise funds to support scholarships for Pasco County high school seniors. Donations accepted for tasting and judging pies. The cost to enter a sweet potato pie is $10 for individuals, $25 for businesses. Noon. African American Club of Pasco, 6105 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey. (850) 212-5306.

24 Sunday

Nautical Flea Market: The Gulf Winds Sailing Club, Gulf Harbors Yacht Club and Calusa Cruise Club host this flea market that will include nautical treasures, such as marine hardware, tools, sails, anchors, used and unused parts, and more. Noon to 4 p.m. Gulf Harbors Club House, 4610 Floramar Terrace, New Port Richey. (727) 807-5485.

25 Monday

Choice Hearing Clinic: Includes ear wax checks, ear wax removal, hearing screenings and the cleaning and servicing of hearing aids. Participants with hearing aids receive one free package of batteries. 10 a.m. to noon. CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. Free. (727) 807-7082.

Florida Humanities Council Speaker Series: The topic is Old Florida, by Betty Jean Steinshauser. The program is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council, with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. 6 p.m. New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St, New Port Richey. Free. (727) 841-4560.

New Master Gardener Training Preview & Volunteer Fair: This preview session details the requirements and application process for new Pasco Master Gardeners. A Volunteer Fair will begin at 6 p.m., just prior to this preview session. All prospective master gardeners must attend a preview Meet and Greet to learn more about the program. Pre-registration is required due to limited seating. Heritage /Land O' Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd, Land O’ Lakes. (352) 518-0156.

26 Tuesday

Job Fair: Job seekers can meet and greet with employers from the public and private sectors, health care, hospitality, manufacturing and construction. Hosted by Pasco-Hernando State College, Metro Development Group, CareerSource Pasco Hernando, and the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. Those interested in attending must pre-register at 9 1 p.m. Pasco-Hernando State College - Porter Campus, 2727 Mansfield Blvd, Wesley Chapel. Free. (813) 527-6725.

New Master Gardener Training Preview Session: This preview session details the requirements and application process for new Pasco Master Gardeners. All prospective master gardeners must attend a preview Meet and Greet to learn more about the program. Pre-registration is required due to limited seating. 10 a.m. Heritage /Land O Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O Lakes Blvd, Land O’ Lakes. (352) 518-0156.

Community Memorial Service: Gulfside Hospice hosts this memorial service to remember loved ones. Refreshments will be served after the service. Reservations are requested by Feb. 22. 2 p.m. East Pasco Seventh Day Adventist Church, 7333 Dairy Road, Zephyrhills. Free. (727) 845-5707.

Essential Oil DIY: Make Your Own Mouthwash and Foaming Hand Soap: Join us to swap out chemical-filled mouthwash and foaming hand soap with easy DIY essential oil based mouthwash and foaming hand soap. Each project is a la carte with a small fee to cover materials. 3 p.m. Tuesday. Living Food Bakery and Cafe, 38201 10th Ave, Zephyrhills. Bring a friend , get a gift. (813) 399-4467.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Orientation/Training Session: Learn about becoming a mentor to a child. 5:30 p.m. Wesley Chapel Honda, 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Free. (813) 997-6881.

Love is in the Air Workshop: This is a “His & Hers” workshop. Learn about essential oils and create your own oil-infused products – some for him and some for her and then some for both. 7 p.m. Gateway Studios, 5740 Missouri Avenue, New Port Richey. Class is Free. Make & Take is $10/item (727) 277-1449.

28 Thursday

‘Anything Goes’ Fashion Show: The Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club hosts this unscripted comedy event featuring lovely as well as zany outfits, modeled by club members. Fashions will be pulled together from donations to the club’s upcoming “Big Flea Market,” which will be March 1-2 at the Old Lutz School. There will be an auction to purchase the fashions, literally off the backs of the models. The fashion show includes a buffet luncheon of sandwich platters, salad dishes, desserts and beverages. Proceeds to benefit “Arts for All,” which provides art supplies and art projects to special needs school children. 11 a.m. Lutz Community Center, 101 First Ave. NW, Lutz. $7. (813) 382-4259.

Community Memorial Service: Gulfside Hospice hosts this memorial service to remember loved ones. Refreshments will be served after the service. Reservations are requested by Feb. 22. 2 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 8320 Old C.R. 54, New Port Richey. Free. (727) 845-5707.

Contact Phyllis Day at [email protected] or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.