Summer Events in New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach is a town chock-full of friendly locals, welcoming venues and amazing events that visitors can enjoy throughout the year; and the summer months are a particularly fun time of year to put all that to the test! 

They (and by “they,” I mean all of those lucky travelers who have set foot on Flagler Avenue) always say, “Party’s on Flagler!” So let’s begin where the party starts. Flagler Avenue is five blocks of fun from the river to the ocean offering lots to do during the day and an exciting night life – all with a bit of old Florida flair. 

You may want to start by purchasing a passport for Wine Walk, a progressive wine tasting event in New Smyrna Beach, including 20 tastings in some amazing Flagler Avenue venues and a keepsake glass. It all happens Saturday, June 25th from 1 to 7 p.m. By the way, if you happen to miss this wine-derful event, don’t worry because the Flagler Avenue Wine Walk takes place the last Saturday of every month!

Praise be to Saturdays because the following week on Saturday, July 2nd there is a Flagler Avenue Ice Cream Beach 5k. Run, walk or jog the beach at the Flagler Avenue Boardwalk. Start time is at 8 a.m. followed by ice cream after the race (oh yeah!), a free race t-shirt to the first 350 participants and a post-race party at Flagler Tavern, with medals for all finishers.

All hail August on Flagler Avenue too, because the 15th Annual New Smyrna Beach Shrimp & Seafood Festival kicks things off on Thursday, August 4th. From 5 to 9 p.m., Flagler Avenue will be closed to traffic so that visitors can safely enjoy sample-sized servings of award winning seafood dishes prepared by chefs from all of the best restaurants in New Smyrna Beach! Each of which will also be competing for the coveted “Best on the Beach” awards in four categories: shrimp, shellfish, fish and specialty seafood. What’s not to like? There will also be wares from local artists on display, as well as live performances by talented local musicians and, what you may hear referred to as “other nefarious seafood activities”! So come out and try some great local cuisine. You may discover your new favorite restaurant!

September is full of fun on Flagler as well, with the New Smyrna Beach Labor Day First Responder Music Festival, a four-day event from Thursday, September 1 through Monday, September 5; and including the Annual New Smyrna Beach Sangria Social. This very cool event takes place as a way to show our appreciation for and support of New Smyrna Beach first responders. Featuring impressive, live musical performances by 20 plus local bands and musicians, it is a Labor Day event sure to be fun for all.

But that’s not all! Don’t miss the New Smyrna Beach Flagler Avenue Sangria Social that takes place simultaneously that Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m., where participants are able to taste a variety of sangrias at ten different host locations – each host offering its own 1.5 ounce red and white uniquely crafted sangria samples for you to try.

Plus, you may have heard that New Smyrna Beach is quite the dichotomy, offering up beachside revelry on the Flagler Avenue side, while culture and history prevail on Canal Street in New Smyrna’s historic district. 

Canal Street is home to a menagerie of enticing monthly events. In fact, Canal Street is closed the third Thursday of every month in deference to Canal Street Nights, an event full of family fun, dining and shopping that is sure to please! Attendees are free to enjoy expanded street side dining, a marketplace, street vendors and a kids’ zone.

If you are looking for an event for the over 21 crowd, you may want to soak up some New Smyrna Beach culture, along with some wine on the Canal Street  Art & Artisan Stroll. Home to the famous Bob Ross Workshop and the Atlantic Center for the Arts artist in residency program, New Smyrna Beach is no slouch when it comes to art. If you would like to experience a small sampling, simply visit Canal Street (Douglas and Magnolia too!) in New Smyrna Beach on the first Saturday of every month for the Art & Artisan Stroll, which includes The Artist’s Workshop, The Hub on Canal, Jane’s Art Center and Arts on Douglas.

If you prefer beer, historic downtown New Smyrna also offers its Sip and Stroll on the first Saturday of every month, where you can sample craft beers as you stroll along charming, pedestrian-friendly Canal Street. No worries if you are visiting with someone who prefers wine because there will also be a variety of unique wines offered along your stroll.

…and don’t forget the monthly classic car show, which is open by around 3 p.m. on the second Saturday of each and every month! Hosted by the East Coast Cruisers, the New Smyrna Beach Canal Street Classic Car Show is the perfect mix of music (There’s a DJ!) and anywhere from 200 to 500 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Of course, Canal Street also offers plenty of shopping and restaurants along the way!

Right down the road from New Smyrna Beach is Daytona Beach; and we would be remiss if we did not include the Daytona Beach Bandshell in our summertime showcase of events. The Daytona Beach Bandshell is an amphitheater located right on Ocean Avenue on Daytona Beach – a place where concert-goers can enjoy live music with a beachfront view. 

Listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places, this iconic venue was built of coquina way back in 1937. At that time, it was considered the largest structure of its kind in the world. Today, Daytona Beach Bandshell is a portion of Oceanfront Park Complex and a delightful open-air site which can host up to 5,000 people.