November Events Calendar

    Whatever your passion, Florida has something for you. Here are just some of the major events scheduled for November in the Sunshine State. Please check individual websites for more details.
     

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    Jonesing for some more Downton Abbey? This traveling exhibit transposes you to post-Edwardian England, where the Downton characters’ fashions and iconic house come to life.

    Jonesing for some more Downton Abbey? This traveling exhibit transposes you to post-Edwardian England, where the Downton characters’ fashions and iconic house come to life.

    - Downton Abbey

     

    SOUTH FLORIDA 

    DOWNTON ABBEY: THE EXHIBITION – Jonesing for some more Downton Abbey? This traveling exhibit transposes you to post-Edwardian England, where the Downton characters’ fashions and iconic house come to life. You’ll be immersed in the fascinating history, culture and some of the most memorable moments from the show’s six-season run. Sorry, no cast members will be in attendance, but some 50 costumes will be on display. Rooms such as the Crawleys’ glamorous dining room, Mrs. Patmore’s hectic kitchen and Lady Mary’s bedroom, to name a few, have been painstakingly recreated. This is the second stop on the tour, after a successful run in New York City. The New York Times gave the exhibit a great review, saying: “…a cleverly immersive experience mounted with the same exacting care as the show itself.”
    When:
    Nov. 10 through at least early April, 2019
    Where:
    Culture Lab at City Place, West Palm Beach
    Web:
    downtonexhibition.com

    PERUFEST USA – Enjoy this gastronomical gathering and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Weekend at the same time. In addition to Peruvian and Latin cuisine, you’ll experience a show by international dancers, the “Caballo de Paso” horse show, Quinoa cooking demonstrations, cooking classes for adults and kids and competitions for Best Quinoa-based plate, Best Ceviche, Best Causa and Best Lomo Saltado.
    When:
    Nov. 3-4
    Where:
    Paseo Wynwood, Miami
    Web:
    perufestusa.com

    GRIDIRON GRILL-OFF FOOD, WINE & MUSIC FESTIVAL – You like delicious food cooked on the grill? You like premium wine and spirits? You like rock ‘n’ roll and/or country music? Wanna hang with some Miami Dolphins legends? This one is for you. Celebrity chefs will provide the grilled-to-perfection eats. Musical headliners are Vince Gill (Friday), Sister Hazel and Bare Naked Ladies (Saturday) and Daughtry (Sunday). Among the more than 20 ex-Dolphins scheduled to be on hand are wide receiver tandem extraordinaire Mark Clayton and Mark Duper, Jim “Crash” Jensen, Jim Kiick, Larry Little, Mercury Morris, Tony Nathan, John Offerdahl, Louis Oliver and Dwight Stephenson.
    When:
    Nov. 9-11
    Where:
    Pompano Beach Amphitheater, Pompano Beach
    Web:
    gridirongrilloff.com

    FEAST OF LITTLE ITALY – It’s the largest Italian festival in South Florida, with about 70,000 people attending each year. Of course, there will be great Italian food and wine, but also live music, art, a bocce pavilion, wine seminars, cooking demos and pizza and lasagna eating contests.
    When:
    Nov. 3-4
    Where:
    Abacoa Town Center, Jupiter
    Web:
    feastoflittleitaly.com

    SPEAKING OF YUMMY FOOD AND GOOD WINE… -- There are scads of events for foodies and wine lovers in SoFla in November, many featuring other activities, too, such as live music, competitions, activities for kids and much more. Check out these six:

    FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW – More than $4 billion worth of merchandise will be on display, including extraordinary super yachts, runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, kayaks and an amazing array of marine accessories. Don’t miss the Bluewild Ocean Adventure Expo, which includes seminars and art exhibits. Pamper yourself and book space in the air-conditioned Windward VIP lounge in the heart of the super yacht section. Also included: kids’ fishing clinics, fishing and diving seminars, live water sports demonstrations and floating cocktail lounges.
    When:
    Oct. 31-Nov. 4
    Where:
    Various locations in Fort Lauderdale
    Web:
    flibs.com

    MIAMI BOOK FAIR – Is there a better literary gathering anywhere in the country? Let’s start with the famous “Evenings With” (book early!): novelists Anna Quindlen, Liane Moriarty and Tayari Jones; Vanity Fair icon Tina Brown; Barack Obama presidential photographer Pete Souza, and Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright. Among the other 500 or so authors to appear this year are historian Doris Kearns Goodwin; Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor; NPR’s Peter Sagal; humorist Dave Barry; novelists Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Olen Butler, Charles Frazier and Curtis Sittenfield and a host of other well-known non-fiction writers and award winning poets. Don’t miss the Street Fair, Children’s Alley and the Porch, an all-day, all-night gathering, featuring the best of South Florida’s story-tellers and performers, from hip hop to prose.
    When:
    Nov. 11-18
    Where:
    Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, Miami
    Web:
    MiamiBookFair.com

    AQUA CROSS FORT LAUDERDALE GRAND PRIX – Top professional and amateur personal watercraft riders will compete for championships in the final P1 AquaX event of the season. World number one Eric “The Eagle” Francis tops the field, along with Brian Baldwin and reigning series champion Chris MacClugage.
    When:
    Nov. 17-18
    Where:
    Offshore at Fort Lauderdale Beach
    Web:
    p1aquax.com

    ROCKFEST 80s – Top acts include: Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Ace Frehley of KISS, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Night Ranger, Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, Winger, Mr. Big’s Eric Martin, Trixter, Firehouse, Steelheart, Lynch Mob, Nelson, Zebra and Kickin Valentine. Plenty of other activities, too: Muscle Car Alley, a street art exhibition, Rock Ur Locks (where concert goers can get a “Big Hair” hairdo), a DJ Village, and great food and drinks.
    When:
    Nov. 10-11
    Where:
    Miramar Amphitheater, Miramar
    Web:
    rockfest80s.com

    ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FANTASY CAMP -- You don’t have to just “Dream On” about meeting and maybe playing with guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith and Jason Bonham of Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening. Perry and Bonham are the main attractions, but folks who worked with other great bands and performers will also be there. The fully interactive participatory camp takes place in a non-competitive atmosphere that welcomes guitar and bass players, drummers, key board players and vocalists of all skill levels. The camp is also offering the opportunity to record with special guest Tony Bongiovi, who has worked on albums by The Ramones, Talking Heads, Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne.
    When:
    Nov. 8-11
    Where:
    Hard Rock Event Center, Hollywood
    Web:
    sunny.org

    LIGHTS! CAMERAS! ACTION! FILM FESTS!  There are five in SoFla in November that are worthy of your consideration:

    • The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (Nov. 2-18 at various theaters in Broward County) has worked its way into becoming one of the best in the nation, showcasing top independent films from around the world. fliff.com
    •  The Annual Miami Short Film Festival (Nov. 8-11 at the brand new Silverspot Cinema in downtown Miami) will present films from around the world that are short in length (no more than 20 minutes,) but long on creativity. miamishortfilmfestival.com
    • The Key West Film Festival (Nov. 14-18, various locations) always features films that exhibit excellence in story-telling. And, you can’t beat the setting for all the parties. kwfilmfest.com
    • At France Cinema Floride (Nov. 2-4 at MDC Tower Theater in Miami), you’ll see the best and newest films from France. One of the highlights this year is Johnny Hallyday: His Last Solo Concert. francecinemafloride.com
    • The Miami International Children’s Film Festival (Nov. 2-4 at Coral Gables Art Cinema) offers thoughtful films for children and teens, workshops, animation classes and more. gablescinema.com

    AMERICAN SANDSCULPTING CHAMPIONSHIP & BEACH FESTIVAL –This 10-day event features world-class master sand sculptors, speed sculpting, demonstrations and lessons, a state championship contest and a kids activity area with bounce houses and slides.
    When:
    Nov. 16-25
    Where:
    Fort Myers Beach, behind the Wyndham Garden Hotel
    Web:
    fmbsandsculpting.com

    INTERNATIONAL SAND ART COMPETITION – Sculptors from the United States and around the world, each using up to seven tons of sand, have four days to create their works of art.
    When:
    Nov. 21-25
    Where:
    Casa Marina Resort, Key West
    Web:
    fla-keys.com/calendar

    THE BETSY’S A CAPPELLA FESTIVAL – This event provides attendees the opportunity to masterclass with world-class a cappella performers, sing with new voices in a mix & match workshop, participate in pop ups in public places and perform in the gathering’s feature showcase.
    When:
    Nov. 16-18
    Where:
    The Betsy Hotel and other various locations in South Beach
    Web:
    betsyacafest.com

    FAIRCHILD FALL GARDEN FESTIVAL & RAMBLE – It’s SoFla’s most beloved garden party.  Included will be seasonal cooking classes, home gardening demonstrations, and a beer garden – all mixed in with the usual Ramble traditions, such as art, antiques, rare books, gourmet food and more than 15,000 plants for sale.
    When:
    Nov. 9-11
    Where:
    Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables
    Web:
    fairchildgarden.org

    KEY WEST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACES – The Indy 500 of powerboat racing, it’s the finals of the eight-month long Super Boat International series. High-speed offshore powerboats race for 6.5 miles in Key West Harbor and surrounding waters and reach speeds of 140 miles per hour.
    When:
    Nov. 4-11
    Where:
    Key West
    Web:
    fla-keys.com/calendar

    SOUTHEASTERN CIRCUIT RODEO FINALS – Some of the top rodeo performers in the country take will be competing in all the exciting events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding. The big prize: Top all-around cowboy. Winners will advance to the Nationals later this year.
    When:
    Nov. 8-10
    Where:
    Bergeron Rodeo Grounds in Davie
    Web:
    davieprorodeo.com

    NASCAR’S FORD CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND – The best drivers in the world will burn rubber one last time this year as three NASCAR premier racing series crowns will be decided in one weekend, including the coveted Sprint Cup title. It’s a big, rowdy block party that fans of all ages will enjoy and includes a kids’ zone and top country music acts.
    When:
    Nov. 16-18
    Where:
    Homestead Miami Speedway, Homestead
    Web:
    homesteadmiamispeedway.com

    CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY -- Get a good start to the ho-ho-ho season:

    • Christmas On Las Olas features great food and drink provided by local establishments, outstanding local choirs, sledding down a two-story ice-slope and an ice skating rink.
      When: Nov. 27
      Where: World-famous Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale
      Web:
      lasolasboulevard.com
    • Santa’s Enchanted Forest features SoFla’s tallest Christmas tree light show, millions of dazzling lights, hundreds of themed displays, delicious food, live music and carnival rides.
      When: Nov. 1-Jan. 6, 2019
      Where: Tropical Park, Miami
      Web: santasenchantedforest.com

    FORT LAUDERDALE FALL HOME DESIGN AND REMODELING SHOW – Looking for ideas on how to make improvements on your home or condo? This event is sure to give you some great ideas and features an impressive array of residential decorating, remodeling and home improvements and services. It’s open to industry and trade types and the general public
    When:
    Nov. 16-18
    Where:
    Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale
    Web:
    homeshows.net

    LAGOONFEST – Learn about the marvels of Lake Worth Lagoon and have a lot of fun in the process. The schedule includes live music, wildlife presentations, art exhibitions, children’s activities, mural wall painting, lagoon tours and water sports. Right next door is the West Palm Beach Green Market, featuring delicious locally grown seasonal fruits and veggies.
    When:
    Nov. 3
    Where:
    West Palm Beach Waterfront, West Palm Beach
    Web:
    lwli.org/lagoonfest/

    AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS CELEBRATION – Enjoy traditional and contemporary dance, music and arts and crafts of the Seminole, Southeastern and other Indian tribes from across the country. The Florida Everglades is a beautiful backdrop for this annual event and it’s just over an hour from Fort Myers.
    When:
    Nov. 2-3
    Where:
    Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, Clewiston
    Web:
    ahtahthiki.com

    CAPE CORAL COCONUT FESTIVAL – You don’t even have to like coconuts to have a great time at this multi-faceted bash. There will be great live music, carnival rides, water-ski shows, coconut crafts, tropical food and, as they say, much more.
    When:
    Nov. 8-11
    Where:
    Sun Splash Festival Grounds, Cape Coral
    Web:
    cocofest.com

    DOWNTOWN MIAMI RIVERWALK FESTIVAL AND BOAT PARADE – This multi-cultural event showcases the historical and ecological surroundings at the mouth of the Miami River. On tap will be music, art, food, children’s activities and raffle prizes.
    When:
    Nov. 10
    Where:
    On the Riverwalk adjacent to South Biscayne Boulevard in Miami
    Web:
    miamiriverwalkfestival.com

    MIAMI HARVEST FESTIVAL – More than 250 artists and crafters are the main draw, but there’s so much more: bounce houses, yummy food, classic cars, live entertainment, a petting farm, pony and train rides, cutest baby contest, a model train village and a visit with Santa.
    When:
    Nov. 17-18
    Where:
    Miami-Dade Fair Expo, Miami
    Web:
    MiamiHarvest.com

    MORE ARTS & CRAFTS – When the weather starts to cool down a little, the arts & crafts fairs and festival scene starts to heat up. Here’s the November lineup:

    St. Petersburg’s famous Ribfest returns for its 30thth year, bringing a lineup of musical headliners that includes Barenaked Ladies and Los Lonely Boys.

    St. Petersburg’s famous Ribfest returns for its 30thth year, bringing a lineup of musical headliners that includes Barenaked Ladies and Los Lonely Boys.

    - Ribfest


    CENTRAL FLORIDA

    RIBFEST – St. Petersburg’s famous Ribfest returns for its 30thth year, bringing a lineup of musical headliners that includes Barenaked Ladies and Los Lonely Boys. Choose from a smorgasbord of smoked, sauced and rubbed ribs, served up by “ribbers” from around the country. Kids love the Family Fun Zone, and if you’re thirsty, hit one of the many beer tents serving craft brews and wine.
    When
    : Nov. 9-11
    Where
    : Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg
    Web
    : ribfest.org

    DUNEDIN WINES THE BLUES – Foodies and wine lovers get a taste of some of the Tampa Bay area’s best and most unique food truck offerings and from top Dunedin restaurants, as well as various types of wines from Florida vineyards. Browse the bars and outdoor stages and check out national blues, soul and “swamp rock” acts such as the Ally Venable Band, Shaw Davis and the Black Ties, Big Kettle Drum and Cottondale Swamp.
    When
    : Nov. 10
    Where
    : Main Street, downtown Dunedin
    Web
    : liveeventsaccess.com/winestheblues2018

    SPONGE DOCKS SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – Historic Tarpon Springs is famous for some of the best Greek restaurants, markets, and bakeries in the country, and this three-day outdoor festival, hosted by The Tarpon Springs Merchant’s Association, features tons of fresh local seafood and other non-seafood dishes, plus an arts & crafts show with up to 60 local and regional artists selling their work. Enjoy nonstop live music at the festival.
    When
    : Nov. 9-11
    Where
    : Tarpon Springs
    Web: facebook.com/SpongeDocksSeafood

    OCALA JOCKEY CLUB INTERNATIONAL THREE-DAY EVENT – Set in Marion County, known as the “horse capital of the world,” the beautiful 950-acre Ocala Jockey Club hosts a family- and spectator-friendly equestrian triathlon that draws top-level riders and horse enthusiasts from all over the world. There’s also an educational horse and pony area for kids, as well as face painting, arts and crafts and other activities to keep the little ones entertained.
    When: Nov. 15-18
    Where
    : Ocala Jockey Club, Reddick
    Web
    : www.ojc3de.com

    TAMPA BAY VEG FEST – Vegetarians and omnivores alike love this eco-friendly fest, held this year in the more spacious Perry Harvey Sr. Park and featuring dishes from more than 100 veg-friendly chefs and restaurants while celebrating sustainability in the Tampa Bay community. Watch vegan and raw food cooking demonstrations, learn more about animal rescue groups, take a yoga class and enjoy live music and a kid’s scavenger hunt.
    When
    : Nov. 3
    Where
    : Perry Harvey Sr. Park, downtown Tampa
    Web
    : tampabayvegfest.com

    SEBRING ART, WINE & JAZZ FEST – Formerly known as the long-running Highlands Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, this rebranded weekend-long event draws thousands of visitors to its crafts market and bazaar, food vendors and food trucks, wine garden and jazz music filling the streets. Check out more than 100 visual and performing artists displaying paintings, sculpture, photography, pottery and more.
    When: Nov. 3-4
    Where: Circle Park, downtown Sebring
    Web
    : highlandsartleague.org

    STONE CRAB JAM – Celebrate the season of one of Florida’s most sustainable seafood treats, harvested from the tough-shelled, regenerating claws of the stone crab. Along with vendors selling crab and cold beer and wine, there will also be everything from hot dogs to pizza to snow cones, plus locally made art, clothing and crafts and seven bands playing on three different stages.
    When
    : Nov. 3
    Where
    : Downtown Crystal River
    Web
    : stonecrabjam.com

    SIESTA KEY CRYSTAL CLASSIC INTERNATIONAL SAND SCULPTING CONTEST – Professional sculptors from all over the world take sandcastle building to new heights at this dazzling spectacle of masterpieces along one of Florida’s top beaches. Check out the science and craft activity center for kids, enter the amateur competition and vote on your favorite in the People’s Choice Awards.
    When
    : Nov. 9-12
    Where
    : Siesta Key Beach
    Web
    : siestakeycrystalclassic.com

    NATIVE RHYTHMS FESTIVAL – This three-day festival, set in one of Brevard County’s most popular park grounds, honors the culture of the indigenous peoples of the Americas through the music of the Native American Flute and other songs, genres of music and dance. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy cultural performance, workshops, arts & crafts vendors and ecological displays.
    When
    : Nov. 9-11
    Where
    : Wickham Park, Melbourne
    Web
    : nativerhythmsfestival.com

    TAMPA BAY TIMES FESTIVAL OF READING – Held at and around the University of South Florida St. Pete campus each year, the Festival of Reading caters to those with a love of literature with this day-long event filled with renowned authors from around the country, representing every genre from children’s books to science fiction. This year’s guests writers include C. Morgan Babst, author of “The Floating World,” New York Times’ best-selling author David Small and magazine and memoir writer Joyce Maynard.
    When: Nov. 17
    Where: St. Petersburg
    Web: tampabay.com

    THANKSGIVING BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL – A fun Florida outdoors tradition since 1980, this youth ranch fundraiser combines a potluck-style Thanksgiving feast with some of the state’s best bluegrass and folk bands playing under an 8,000-square-foot pavilion. Bring your RVs, campers and tents and relax under the stars on the sprawling, gorgeous grounds.
    When
    : Nov. 22-24
    Where
    : Sertoma Youth Ranch, Brooksville
    Web
    : sertomayouthranch.org

    RUSKIN SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – A favorite among locals for three decades, the Ruskin Seafood Festival spotlights the ocean’s treasures by serving up Florida-style dishes with clams, grouper, shrimp, mussels, scallops, oysters, seafood chowders and smoked spreads, all along a waterfront setting. Check out the boat show and live bands on the main stage.
    When
    : Nov. 3-4
    Where
    : E.G. Simmons Park, Ruskin
    Web
    : ruskinseafoodfestival.org

     

    Watch art take shape before your eyes at Cubed Gulf Coast’s public urban art installations in downtown Pensacola.

    Watch art take shape before your eyes at Cubed Gulf Coast’s public urban art installations in downtown Pensacola.

    - Cubed Gulf Coast

     

    NORTH FLORIDA

    CUBED GULF COAST — Watch art take shape before your eyes at Cubed Gulf Coast’s public urban art installations in downtown Pensacola. During a four-day period, 20 local and regional artist will create original work of art in the city’s pedestrian zone.
    When:
    Nov. 8-11
    Where:
    Pensacola
    Web:
    cubedgulfcoast.com

    JACKSONVILLE LIGHT BOAT PARADE — Boats of all sizes, and with no shortage of decoration, will cruise along the banks of the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville. The night culminates in the First Coast’s best fireworks display of the year featuring “waterfalls” of light off the Main Street and Acosta Bridges.
    When:
    Nov. 24
    Where:
    downtown Jacksonville
    Web
    : jaxlightboatparade.com

    GREATER JACKSONVILLE AGRICULTURAL FAIR — For almost two weeks, guests can indulge in fried foods, go for 360-degree spins on carnival rides, check out prize livestock and vote of the best baked sweet treats. But what has made the Jacksonville’s annual fair a top North Florida draw for more than 50 years is the quality of the musical acts it schedules. The 2018 live music lineup includes local favorites Firewater Tent Revival and Mama Blue and national acts like Lee Brice, Rodney Atkins and Blue Oyster Cult.
    When:
    Oct. 31 - Nov. 11
    Where:
    Jacksonville Fairgrounds
    Web:
    www.jacksonvillefair.com

    FOO FOO FESTIVAL — This 12-day celebration of arts and culture includes an eclectic lineup of 40 culturally creative events and happenings, including Science on the Street (Nov. 1-12), U.S. Navy Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show (Nov. 2-3), Women of Fire (Nov. 3), the Pensacola Symphony’s music and ballet combo titled “See the Music, Hear the Dance” (Nov. 8), Greek Step Show (Nov. 10) and Pensacola Eggfest (Nov. 11) which has ironically has nothing to do with the eggs that you eat and everything to do with the egg you can use to grill.
    When:
    Nov. 1-12
    Where:
    various venues, Pensacola
    Web:
    www.foofoofest.com

    FLORIDA TAP INVITATIONAL — The Sunshine State’s craft brew scene is still on fire, but brewery hopping around the state is no easy task. This makes Proof Brewing Company’s annual beer fest one of the top tickets. The two-day event exclusively pours Florida’s brews and includes limited release, one-offs and specialty beers. The sixth annual event includes a kick off party on the eve before the grand tasting which features more than 45 breweries and 100 exclusive beers.
    When:
    Nov. 2-3
    Where:
    Tallahassee
    Web:
    floridatapinvitational.com

    JEFFERSON BBQ FEST — Make college game day better by pairing it with a downhome day of finger-licking BBQ and competitive cornhole. The day’s pit masters will have more on their minds than the pigskin that scores touchdowns as they’re competing for $5,000 worth of prizes at the fourth annual event. Attendees will get to vote for their favorite in the Boston butt as well as the cash prize winners in the Bakers Contest. Also includes additional food vendors, live music and a beer garden.
    When:
    Nov. 3
    Where:
    Monticello
    Web:
    monticellojeffersonfl.com

    GREAT CHOWDER DEBATE — For 35 years, St. Augustine has been home to one of the longest-running chowder championships in the country, proving that great chowder isn’t just a New England thing. By the numbers alone, the chowder cook off impresses. More than 30 restaurants ladle out more than 2,000 gallons of chowder to 5,000 patrons. Categories include Minorcan Conch Chowder, Minorcan Clam Chowder, New England Clam Chowder, Seafood Chowder and Non-Seafood Chowder (Say what?). Get your spoon ready.
    When:
    Nov. 4
    Where:
    Conch House Marina Resort, St. Augustine
    Web:
    conch-house.com/chowder-debate

    SEEING RED WINE FESTIVAL — Be charmed by the central square of the Panhandle beach town of Seaside as you sip and sample your way through Saturday’s Grand Tasting. More than 120 reds, whites and roses will be on the tasting menu paired with local eats. Those with a love for sparklers (the alcoholic kind) will want to get a ticket for the Celebration of Bubbles Brunch on Sunday which pairs cava, prosecco and champagne with menu by renowned local chef Jim Shirley.
    When:
    Nov. 8-11
    Where:
    Seaside
    Web:
    seeingredwinefestival.com

    FRANK BROWN INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL — The songwriter’s festival named after Frank Brown, the legendary night watchman for 28 years at the Flora-Bama, enters its 34th year with more than 200 performers at more than two dozen venues. From award winners to up-and-coming songwriters, you’ll be able to pick and choose your personalized lineup from 11 days of great music. Also includes a Youth Showcase, which gives some of the most promising new talent (under the age of 18) a “guest songwriter” pass to the festival. One lucky artist/songwriter will receive an invitation to perform as a paid, featured songwriter at the 2019 festival.
    When:
    Nov. 8-18
    Where:
    various venues, Perdido Key to Gulf Shores, Ala.
    Web:
    frankbrownsongwriters.com

    AMELIA ISLAND WELLNESS FESTIVAL — Invest in you for a three-day mind, body and spirit retreat on the gorgeous white-sand beach of the state’s northernmost, Atlantic coast barrier island. The three-day event features a keynote address by Gurudev Shri Amritji (Yogi Amrit Desai) and includes workshops on personal empowerment, nutrition and more. Other than sunrise yoga, attendees will also get to push their bodies to the limit with barre and CrossFit classes.
    When:
    Nov. 9-11
    Where:
    Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
    Web:
    ameliaislandwellnessfestival.com

    TINY HOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL — Americans have a current obsession with all things twee. And not one to miss jumping on the bandwagon, HGTV started airing series like “Tiny House Big Living” and “Tiny House Hunting” (like regular “House Hunters” isn’t enough). But how easy it to really live small? Tens of thousands of people go to these tiny home festivals each year to get an idea of what a less cluttered life might look like. Formerly known as the Florida Tiny Home Festival, the third annual event has been renamed and recast with live music and children’s activities, as well as, many micro homes to explore.
    When:
    Nov. 16-18
    Where:
    St. Johns County Fairgrounds, Elkton
    Web:
    unitedtinyhouse.com

    NEWBERRY FALL FESTIVAL — While many cities are prepping for the annual Christmas festivities, Newberry is quite ready to turn the page. The 12th annual event is a great way to gather the family for Saturday of fun before all the Thanksgiving stress/cooking/fun. Kids will enjoy the bounce house, face painting, pony rides and petting zoo. Adults will set their sights on the arts and crafts vendors, food, live music and dancing.
    When:
    Nov. 17
    Where:
    Newberry
    Web:
    newberrymainstreet.com

    LIGHT UP OCALA — With no snow or cold weather, Floridians overcompensate with holiday lights to make merry during the most wonderful time of the year. Yes, in addition to our homes and communities, we deck our boats, lawnmowers and golf carts with hundreds (or thousands) of twinkling lights. For as much as Newberry is trying to hold onto fall (see previous listing), Ocala wants to get a head start celebrating Christmas before other local communities. The annual holiday kickoff party includes a parade, live music, dancer, visits with Santa, food and more. And unlike Chevy Chase in National “Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” all the lights will illuminate the community on the first try the switch is thrown.
    When:
    Nov. 17
    Where:
    Ocala
    Web:
    ocalafl.org/government

    ELF PARADE — You, too, can be a star during Pensacola’s kick off to the holiday season during the Elf Parade. Marchers of all ages can win prizes for being decked out with the best “ears” or costume; or best decorated stroller or wagon. The parade’s grand marshal will lead the festive group of merrymakers for six blocks while being accompanied by a brass band, Santa and character’s from the city’s Winterfest. Includes a Christmas song battles, snowflakes and fireworks.
    When:
    Nov. 23
    Where:
    Pensacola
    Web:
    www.elfparade.com

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