When you think of things to do in Daytona Beach, the Daytona 500 is probably the first thing that comes to mind.

An estimated 250,000 race fans flock to The World's Most Famous Beach to attend the annual racing festivities, but did you know there are a lot of great Daytona Beach events & festivals that don't involve cars?

We list our top things to do in the greater Daytona Beach area other than the Daytona 500 in 2014.

Edgewater Riverfest

March 14th-16th, 2014
Riverside Drive, Edgewater, FL
Admission: Free
Event website

The Edgewater Riverfest celebrates the beautiful Indian River every year in May. Bring your bathing suit and take part in the river fun with stand-up paddle boading, kayaking, and tug boat races. The festival also features a 3 day carnival with fair rides and games for all ages, as well as an entertaining music line-up, and street vendors. Businesses can also make a splash at the Edgewater Expo, by visiting one of over 200 booths, and take advantage of networking opportunities.

Port Orange Family Days Spring Fair

March 6th-9th
Port Orange City Center, Port Orange, FL
Admission: GA: Free; Rides: $1/each

The Family Days Spring Fair in Port Orange is an old fashioned country fair drawing 50,000 attendees every year. Enjoy a day of free family fun, highlights of which include a carnavale with $1 rides, Movies under the Stars at the Kenneth W. Parker Amphitheater, food trucks and a community expo. Kid friendly activities will keep the entire family busy with pony rides, a petting zoo, live entertainment, and a pet parade. Proceeds benefit various Port Orange community groups and causes.


Ormond Beach Seafood & Blues Festival

In May, Date TBA
Rockefeller Gardens Park, Ormond Beach FL
Admission: Adults: $5; Children under 12: Free

Foodies rejoice! The Ormond Beach Seafood & Blues Festival offers a feast for the ears and the stomach by combining fresh seafood with great live music. Sample a nice variety of fresh local seafood, prepared by local chefs, and catch one of 20 live performances on 2 stages. Some of the festival's highlights include children's activities, a "jam tent," and the Hermit Crab races. Bring your instrument and your appetite, and head down to this annual celebration of all things seafood in Ormond Beach.


October 16th-19th, 2014
Daytona Beach Area
Admission: Various
Event website

Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts make the annual pilgrimage to Daytona Beach for a weekend of sun, shows, and of course, bikes. Some of the notable stops include a visit to Dirty Harry's for nightly rock concerts, the Boardwalk Classic Bike Show, and rallies across the city. Other events in Daytona Beach include vintage bike races and a bike marketplace at the Daytona International Speedway.

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Blue Spring Manatee Festival

January 25th-26th, 2013
Valentine Park, Orange City
Admission: Adults: $8; Children ages 4-10: $2; Children 3 & under: free
Event website

Just a few minutes outside of Daytona Beach is where you'll find the Blue Spring Manatee Festival in Orange City. Valentine Park hosts live entertainment, presentations from Central Florida Zoo, arts & crafts, rock wall climbing, bungee jumping and more. Free shuttles take attendees to Blue Spring State Park to see over 100 of these gentle marine mammals in their natural habitat. Proceeds benefit the Friends Blue Spring State Park, and other greater Orange City community causes.

Halifax Art Festival

November 1st-2nd, 2014
Riverfront Park, Daytona Beach, FL
Admission: Free
Event website

One of the oldest arts festivals in Florida, the Halifax Art Festival is a must see if you're an avid lover of fine arts. Held at the historic Riverfront Park on Beach Street, over 200 artists from all over the country display their stunning works. Purchase a unique piece of art for your home straight from the artist.

This is a wonderful event for the entire family as there are plenty of children's activities like a student art competition, art stations and live entertainment. Cash prizes are awarded to a lucky few, including best in show.

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