Florida Man Games to return in March 2025


Just when the world thought Floridians couldn’t get any wilder, they have. The Florida Man Games will return March 1, 2025. This irreverent competition, where the state’s most unruly residents serve as demigods of athletic prowess, is getting even weirder with new competitions, more insane teams and a brand-new venue.

Now through September, the games are accepting applications.

“Last year’s winner, Hanky Spanky, epitomized Florida greatness,” said Pete Melfi, event organizer and founder of The Florida Man Games. “If you’ve got grit in your gut and Florida in your heart, send us a short video showing what your team can do. Remember: Have fun, don’t get arrested and don’t die!”

Thinking of creating a team to take on the games? Aspiring competitors must submit a video showing all team members. Get creative, have fun and be memorable. Teams must consist of three to five members, all 18 years of age or older, with at least one being 21 years of age or older. All team members will need to prove their Florida residency. Only 12 teams will be accepted, each representing a different city to compete in the 2025 Florida Man Games. To submit a team video, go to thefloridamangames.com/teams.

“The turnout for the first games was absolutely insane,” said Melfi. “Over 5,000 people worldwide came to watch this homegrown madness. We talked to people from across the U.S., England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. We’re expecting an even bigger crowd at next year’s event, so it made sense to move out to the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, where we’ll have more space, a covered arena, and this year, we’re excited to introduce an RV tailgating area.”

Events like the Florida Sumo Cage Match and Evading Arrest Obstacle Course are back by popular demand. Events are pulled straight from the headlines, and because the Florida Man can’t stop “Florida-ing,” a slew of new and crazy competitions are to be announced.

Last year’s event generated a $20,000 donation to the Jimmy Jam Community Outreach 501(c)3 charity organization that helps Northeast Florida residents in need.

Melfi plans on building a tradition of helping Floridians in need through this event.

Early bird tickets for The Florida Man Games are on sale now. General admission tickets are $25, VIP tickets are $99, and RV tailgating spaces are $550.

For more information, to purchase tickets or to be a sponsor or vendor, go to thefloridamangames.com.