Compiled by Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel
2:52 PM EDT, September 17, 2013
Check out festivals and events in November across the state.
This list is organized by region.
Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County)
Nov. 1-3: Melbourne Air and Space Show, Melboourne. Headlined by the civilian Black Diamond Jet Team, this will be the last beachside air show in Florida for the year. Featured acts include F-86 and T-33 jet demos, a P-51 Mustang aerobatic flight, the 7-time World Champion Miss GEICO racing a GEICO Skytyper, and the flight of a Phenom 100 jet built locally in Melbourne. The show will feature a full weekend of activities including a Hangar Party on Friday at Melbourne International Airport, a Street Party in downtown Melbourne and a Performer Party in the Cove at Port Canaveral. Saturday and Sunday air shows begin at 12:30 p.m. At Paradise Beach Park. Free admission; $10 single-day early admission for VIP viewing area ($12 after Oct. 1; $15 day of) More VIP packages available. www.airandspaceshow.com
Nov. 2-3: The Fall Fiesta in the Park. Orlando. The Fall Fiesta in the Park, held at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando features more than 600 juried artisans on Nov. 2-3. Various media, including ceramics, glassware, jewelry, photography, wood and clothing will be represented. Live entertainment is also on the agenda and the fiesta offers an array of food available for purchase. Admission is free. For details, visit www.fiestainthepark.com.
Nov. 2-3: Halifax Art Festival. Daytona Beach. Historic Downtown Riverfront Park in Daytona Beach sets the scene for the 51st Halifax Art Festival on Nov. 2-3. One of the oldest continuous art festivals in Florida, this free event typically attracts more than 200 exhibitors and some 30,000 visitors. The fest offers music, children’s activities and student art competition. For information, visit www.halifaxartfestival.com.
Nov. 8-10: Sebastian Clambake Lagoon Festival, Sebastian. The Clambake highlights the Riverfront of Sebastian and forges a common bond between the old Sebastian clamming families and new residents while showcasing the commercial fishery and history of the area. Enjoy clams, just about any way they can be served, fried, raw, steamed, over linguini and in chowder, all served up by a group composed of area public service organizations and supported by the business community. Also includes live entertainment and more. At Riverview Park. 772-589-5969. www.sebastianclambake.org
Nov. 1-3: Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire, Tavares. Join the knights and ladies of Hickory Grove for the most elaborate faire in the countryside. Patterned after 16th century England, meet the queen and her court and enjoy entertainment by jousters, fire eaters, comedians and celtic musicians. Taste the hearty food of the era or enjoy a cold ale. At Hickory Point Recreational Facility. Admission $13 adult, $7 children. 352-326-1265. www.lakerenfaire.com
Nov. 9-10: LEGOLAND Junior Master Model Builder Competition. Winter Haven. LEGOLAND Florida features a Junior Master Model Builder Competition on Nov. 9-10. During the interactive LEGO building competition that takes place quarterly, participants build a model that follows the designated theme for each competition. Winners receive special prizes and will be invited to build in the Ultimate Build Off at the end of the year. November’s theme is LEGO China. The activity is included in regular park admission (from $66 for adults and from $59 for children). For details, visit http://Florida.legoland.com.
Nov. 9: 28th annual Highlands Hammock Civilian Conservation Corps Festival, Sebring. Enjoy a great festival at Highlands Hammock State Park, held to honor the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and 40s. This event includes a CCC alumni reunion, antique car show, live music and entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, live animals, pony rides, children's activities, hay rides, festival foods and more. Park admission is $6 per carload (up to eight people per car). 863-386-6094, 634-7695. www.floridastateparks.org/highlandshammock
Nov. 2-3: 27th Annual Lake Mary-Heathrow Festival of the Arts, Heathrow. This popular outdoor event features live entertainment, fine food and outstanding art exhibits. It is designed to inspire an appreciation for quality art forms as well as to award scholarships to local students desiring higher education. The festival is situated in lovely Colonial Town Park, just a short drive from downtown Orlando. Free admission. 407-444-0484. www.lakemaryheathrowarts.com
Nov. 2-3: Festival of the Arts, Inverness. Artists and craftsmen will show and sell their works amongst performances of music, dance and art groups, along with a variety of food and beverage vendors. 42nd annual. At Courthouse Square downtown. Free admission and parking. 352-726-3913 or 352-382-2191 http://www.inverness-fl.gov/
Nov. 8-10: 12th Annual Winter Park Concours d'Elegance, Winter Park. More than 200 exotic and rare automobiles representing numerous international marques are on display on elegant Park Avenue. Don't miss the Tour d'Elegance, an exotic car parade. Automobiles will compete for class awards and 10 major awards including Best in Show. Free admission. 407.649.9190. www.winterparkconcours.com
Nov. 8: Harvest Jamboree and Hunter's BBQ, Astor. Astor Area Chamber of Commerce hosts this event, which includes live entertainment all day, bake sales and events by area clubs, children's activities, prizes and gift certificates, beverage booth, and indoor and outdoor activities. The dinner includes pork, chicken and rib meals. At Astor Community Center. Fee for meal. 352-759-2496. www.astorchamber.com
Nov. 14-15: Quilts and Tea Festival, Davenport. 12th annual. Indoor and outdoor quilt displays and vendors, quilt sales, cross stitch, fiber art, tea and accessories, delicious delicacies, tea related foods, reenactors of the 1860s, vintage vehicles and entertainment. Free admission. 863-258-7800. quiltsandtea.com/home.html
Nov. 8-10: 38th Annual Festival of the Masters, Lake Buena Vista. Held at Downtown Disney West Side, the event is a nationally recognized art show that year after year ranks among the top 50 outdoor art festivals in the world. More than 200 award-winning artists display their diverse creations for all to see. Live entertainment, hands-on children's activities, pin trading and chalk art displays are also on tap at the three-day event. Free admission. 407-824-4321. www.disneyworld.com/artfestival
Nov. 8-10: 21st Annual Holiday Open House, Clermont. Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards welcomes the holiday season with hot mulled wine and many specials in its wine shop. Local artists and crafters are invited to display their works, and attendees may enjoy live music on an outdoor stage throughout the weekend. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food is available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tasting. Free. 800-768-WINE. www.lakeridgewinery.com/aboutus-events.php
Nov. 16-24: Festival of Trees at Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando. For nine magical days, the Orlando Museum of Art is transformed into a glittering holiday wonderland where trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses ignite holiday spirit. The Winter Bark Village also allows dogs to enjoy a special pet-friendly village. Admission $8 adults, $5 children. 407-896-4231 x254. www.omart.org/programs/festival-trees
Nov. 21-24: SkyQuest 2013, DeLand. International skydiving competition with 100-way formations and canopy swooping. At Skydive DeLand, at DeLand Municipal Airport. Free. 386-801-0804. http://www.skyquestflorida.com
Nov. 17: 14th Annual Cigar Heritage Festival, Ybor City. Join the fun and ambiance of Ybor City for a day of activities celebrating the rich cigar heritage that once made Tampa the 'Cigar Capital of the World.' Join thousands of cigar enthusiasts at this 14th annual festival. At Centennial Park. 813-353-8072. www.cigarheritagefestival.com
Nov. 23: The Plant City Pig Jam, Plant City. If you make the best BBQ, or think you do, or just enjoy eating great BBQ, don't miss this seventh annual State BBQ Championship, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Competition is in three categories -- professional, amateur and kids ? and gives the public an opportunity to sample some of the nation's finest fare. Prizes will be awarded in each category with professionals vying for the $3,000 Grand Champion Award, $2,000 for Reserve and cash prizes through 10th place in each of four food categories: ribs, pork, beef brisket and chicken. Prizes will also be awarded in the amateur and kids' competitions.At Randy Larson Softball Four-Plex Stadium. Admission free, parking $5. 813-754-3707. http://www.plantcity.org
Nov. 17- Jan. 5: Leu's Holiday House, Orlando. This holiday season visit the Leu House Museum. Each of 11 rooms in the home has its own theme from Hollywood Glamour to Monochromatic Elegance fused with amazing dioramas. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 407-246-2620. www.leugardens.org
Nov. 28-Dec. 1: 40th Annual Daytona Turkey Run. The Daytona International Speedway sets the scene for the 40th Annual Daytona Turkey Run Nov. 28-Dec. 1. The event showcases more than 6,000 classic cars. Also on the agenda are a swap meet, car corral and arts and crafts. In honor of the 40th anniversary of “American Graffiti” movie celebrities such as Cindy Williams are to appear. Tickets are $15 per day. For details, visit www.turkeyrun.com.
Nov. 29: The Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens Holiday Home Tour. Lake Wales. Bok Tower Gardens is ready for the holidays! The Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens Holiday Home Tour showcases the 20-room Mediterranean-style mansion at Pinewood Estate beginning on Nov. 29 and lasting for five weeks until Jan. 5. Central Florida designers transform the 1930s winter retreat into a glittering holiday showcase for the event. This year’s festival theme is “Celebrating Traditions.” Holiday Home Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $20 per adult and $9 per child (covering entrance to the gardens and admission to Pinewood Estate for the Holiday Home Tour. Bok Tower Gardens is located at 1151 Tower Boulevard. For additional information, log on to www.boktowergardens.org.
Nov.29-31: After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale Midnight Madness, Orlando. Start your holiday shopping early at the Orlando Premium Outlets and enjoy special savings, live holiday music and fun. Many stores open at midnight on Nov. 26 and the remainder open at 7 a.m. Free. www.visitflorida.com
Nov. 29-Dec. 30: Holidays Around the World, Lake Buena Vista. This Epcot tradition features storytellers, a daily character tree-lighting ceremony and a stunning display of snow-white lights. The moving Candlelight Processional, a favorite of all ages, includes celebrity guest narrators, accompanied by a massed choir and orchestra for a retelling of the Christmas story. 407-824-4321. www.disneyworld.disney.go.com
Nov. 30: 32nd Annual Light Up Mount Dora. Mount Dora. The 32nd annual Light Up Mount Dora ushers the holiday season in this quaint Central Florida town in a sparkly big way on Nov. 30. Some two million lights adorn the town and Santa comes to Donnelly Park in Downtown Mount Dora. Admission is free. For information, log on to www.mountdora.com.
Tampa Bay-Sarasota (including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa)
Nov. 2: 6th annual Stone Crab Jam, Crystal River. From 3:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Crystal River offers music in the streets, seafood to eat, and food and fun for all. Festival site is south side of US 19 on Citrus Avenue. 352-795-0784. http://stonecrabjam.com/default.aspx
Nov. 2: 2013 Blues 'n Bar-B-Que, Homosassa. Annual event offering all-blues entertainment. This year's lineup TBA. At 10466 W. Yulee Drive, next to Old Mill House Gallery and Printing Museum. Benefitting Camp E Nini Hassee in Floral City, Florida. Admission $15 advance, $20 at gate. 352-628-1081. http://ncfb.tripod.com
Nov. 2-3: Ruskin Seafood Festival, Ruskin. The 25th annual Ruskin Seafood Festival, held at E.G. Simmons waterfront park on Tampa Bay, features sun, fun and seafood. The seafood festival is Hillsborough County's largest community event with more than 18,000 in attendance. Feast on lobster, oysters, clams, grouper, mullet, shrimp and much more. Admission $5 adults, children under 12 free. 813-645-3808. www.ruskinseafoodfestival.org
Nov. 2-3: The Venice Main Street Art Fest. The Venice Main Street Art Fest showcases the work of more than 150 artists and artisans on West Venice Avenue in downtown Venice on Nov. 2-3. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For information, log on to www.venicegov.com.
Nov. 3: Conga Caliente Festival, Tampa. The 10th annual Conga Caliente, an event promoting Hispanic diversity and culture in Tampa has returned. It features national and international performers, colorful crafts, ethnic and Hispanic food, a beer garden, a cigar and domino area and a youth area. At Al Lopez Park. Free admission. 813-478-2534. http://congacaliente.com
Nov. 8-10: RibFest, St. Petersburg. This fun filled three-day charity fundraiser features the best BBQ ribbers in the world, national touring bands playing classic and southern rock and country hits. Offers a Family Fun Zone, a classic car and truck show on Saturday, and a motorcycle show on Sunday. At Vinoy Park. Admission $15, children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. 727-528-3828. http://www.ribfest.org/
Nov. 9-10: 25th Annual St. Armands Art Festival, Sarasota. The popular arts and crafts festival returns to the Beach Palms of Siesta Key Village with many nationally known fine artists. Free. 941-349-9000. www.artfestival.com/Festivals/Annual_St_Armands_Art_Festival_Sarasota_Florida_November.ASPX
Nov. 9-10: Homosassa Arts, Crafts and Seafood Festival, Old Homosassa. Sponsored by Homosassa Civic Club, this event is held on Mason Creek Road in the historic district of Old Homosassa. It is home to many commercial fishermen and, with its spring-fed river, has been a nationally known sport fishing and recreation area since the mid-1800s. This 38th annual event will draw arts and crafts buyers and enthusiasts from throughout the surrounding areas, as well as other parts of Florida or out of state. Food vendors will serve shrimp, grouper, blackened mahi-mahi, seafood fritters, gumbo, clam chowder, fried green tomatoes, gator fritters, and more. At Yulee Drive and Mason Creek Road. Admission $2 adults, free for children under 12. 352-628-2666. www.homosassaseafoodfest.com/
Nov. 10: The Fourth Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Masters' Sandsculpting Competition. Siesta Key Beach. Calling all seaside Michelangelos! The Fourth Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Masters’ Sandsculpting Competition is expected to attract 40,000 visitors to Siesta Key Beach on Nov. 15-18. Master sand sculptors will compete creating amazing works of art by the seashore during the event, and there’s a category for amateurs. Event hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $5 daily per person. The amateur competition is free to enter with a paid $5 admission to the event. A Park And Ride Shuttle from Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way, to and from the event, is available for $5 per vehicle. For information, visit www.crystalsand.org
Nov. 15-17: Hudson Seafest Celebration, Port Richey. The 27th Hudson Seafest will offer the same great food and entertainment since 1984. Includes fantastic seafood and other taste treats, live entertainment, raffles, children's events and more. Held at the USA Fleamarket. The event kicks off with the famous grouper dinners on Friday with live entertainment and continues with the fishing tournament Saturday at 5 p.m. 727-236-3854. www.hudsonseafest.org
Nov. 16: Pirates and Pioneers Day. Sarasota. Visitors are invited to come in costume to the Pirates And Pioneers Day on Nov. 16. On the agenda are arts and crafts, live music, a Thieves Market, pirate tales and songs, games of skill for children. The event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is at Pioneer Park on 12th Street. Admission is free but visitors are encouraged to bring at least one canned good for the Mayor’s Feed The Hungry Campaign. For details, visit http://www.hsosc.com/
Nov. 23-24: Yankeetown Seafood and Arts Festival, Yankeetown. 31st annual event, showcasing great local seafood plus arts and crafts and live musical entertainment. Sponsored by Inglis/Yankeetown Lions Club. At Riverside Drive. Free admission. 352-219-4578. www.inglisyankeetown.org/events.html
Southwest Florida (including Naples, Fort Myers, Venice, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda)
Nov. 1-2: 16th Annual American Indian Arts Celebration, Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. A celebration of culture, arts, dance and music. Features exhibitors, Native American entertainment, Indian Market, indigenous food. At Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum. 877-302-1113. Admission $9 adults, $6 seniors/students, 4 and under free. www.ahtahthiki.com
Nov. 1-3: Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival, Pine Island and other locations in Lee County. Paddlers, competitors, families, and outdoor enthusiasts from around the nation are expected to attend this one-of-a-kind eco-event. Ten days of festivities at Bonita, Fort Myers Beach and Pine Island will include a fish fry, competitive canoe/kayak races, a pro-am kayak fishing tournament, paddling clinics and demonstrations, seminars, family activities, archaeological and environmental events, guided tours, and more celebrations along the Great Calusa Blueway paddling trail. 239-433-3855. www.calusabluewaypaddlingfestival.com
Nov. 2: Aviation Day, Fort Myers. Annual community event organized by the Lee County Port Authority aimed at educating the residents of Southwest Florida about the social and economic benefit to the region by aviation. This year, the main attraction will be a P-51D Mustang, which began its service at Page Field Army Base in 1945. In addition, visitors can also view a North American B-25J Mitchell, a World War II medium bomber made famous by General James Doolittle and the pilots who flew the daring raid on Japan in 1942. Other highlights include experimental, antique and military plane exhibits, plane rides, performances by a 17-piece big band ensemble, children's activities and character appearances, demonstrations by airport police and fire departments, refreshments and more. At Page Field General Aviation Airport . Free. 239-590-4504. www.flylcpa.com/aviationdayrsw
Nov. 3: Taste of the Town, Fort Myers. This 31st annual event, sponsored by the Junior League, features samplings from more than 40 local restaurants, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The largest food and entertainment festival in Southwest Florida, attracting some 15,000 people, it also features live music, a rock climbing wall, giant slides and other children's entertainment. At Centennial Park. Admission $5, children 12 and under free. 239-242-7000, 239-277-1197, 419-466-9787. www.jlfm.org
Nov. 7-10: Cape Coral Coconut Festival, Cape Coral. Celebration of the city's reputation in the Lee County area for coconuts, multicultural food, boating, fishing, and wildlife. The festival features carnival all three days, fireworks on Friday and Saturday, and street entertainment on Sunday. On stage performances include country on Friday, rock and roll on Saturday, and Community Stage on Sunday. Hours are 5 p.m.to midnight on Friday; noon to midnight on Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets TBA, children under 5 free. At festival grounds in Sun Splash Family Water Park's parking area. 239-573-3121, 707-6241. www.cocofest.com
Nov. 7-10: FGCU-Sanibel Island Writers Conference, Sanibel Island. Participants at all stages of development,from notebook scribblers to published novelists, are invited to attend a variety of three-day morning workshops in fiction, poetry, screenwriting, songwriting and creative nonfiction; afternoon panels on publishing, collaborative writing, and humor writing; and nightly readings? all presented by celebrated and experienced writers and teachers. Richard Blanco will be this year's keynote speaker. Regular tuition is $350 per person, but early-bird rates are also available online. 239-590-7421. http://www.fgcu.edu/siwc/
Nov. 16-17: Biannual Estero Fine Art Show, Estero. This fine art event showcases artists from 30 states and Canada including glass, clay, wood, fiber, jewelry, sculpture, painting, photography, and metal. Hours are Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. 941-755-3088. www.HotWorks.org
Nov. 16-Dec. 31: Festival of Lights at Fishermen's Village, Punta Gorda. Events include: Lee County Pipes & Drums, Dickens Carolers from the Charlotte Chorale, Luis The Balloon Man, airbrush art for face and body, complimentary refreshments, pictures with Santa, live music and dancing and more Free. 941-639-8721. www.fishville.com
Nov. 22-Dec. 1: American Sandsculpting Championship Festival, Fort Myers Beach. Join artists from around the continent at this 27th annual event as they create amazing works of art on Fort Myers Beach at GullWing Beach Resort at 6620 Estero Blvd. In addition to witnessing the Master Sculptors Competition, spectators can participate in the amateur's contest. Festivities include a Sand Vendor Village -- an area featuring artisan and food booths -- on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Broadcast music, demonstrations, and beach barbecues keep the five days lively. This annual Gulf-front competition draws more than 50,000 spectators. This event is free, with VIP passes available to get an up-close view. 888-627-5151. www.sandsculptingfestival.com
South Florida and the Keys (including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and the Treasure Coast)
Nov. 1-3: 11th Annual Feast of Little Italy, Jupiter. Come and enjoy all the food, music, fun and activities that await you at the The Feast of Little Italy. With an average attendance of more than 70,000 people, it is the largest Italian event in the tri-county area. At Abacoa Town Center, 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission $7 adult, children 12 and under free. 561-427-0500. www.feastoflittleitaly.com
Nov. 3-10: Key West World Championship, Key West. High-speed powerboats continue Key West's long standing tradition in a challenge described as the Indianapolis 500 of powerboat racing. Call 305-296-6166 or visit www.superboat.com
Nov. 8-10: The 73rd annual Ramble, A Garden Festival. Coral Gables. The Ramble is South Florida's most loved and oldest garden party. Come and experience a blend of old traditions and new introductions with Nell's Tea Garden, the largest plant sale in South Florida, antiques and collectibles, garden themed art, old and rare books, our famous Kid Way, live music and a ramble raffle of more than 60 items. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. At Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. 305-667-1651. www.fairchildgarden.org
Nov. 8-15: Miami Short Film Festival, Miami. MSFF's goal year after year is to motivate directors, screenwriters, actors and producers to make their films and share them with fellow film makers and industry professionals. The ultimate goal is to bring exposure to independent up-and-coming filmmakers. As a result, the festival has showcased over 700 high-quality films from around the world representing more than 26 countries. Bill Cosford Cinema, University of Miami. 305-854-2229. www.miamishortfilmfestival.com
Nov. 8-17: South Florida Auto Show 2013, Miami Beach. Car-related merchandise and more than 1,000 of the industry's latest vehicles for the upcoming year are on display by world-leading auto manufacturers. At Miami Beach Convention Center. Admission $10 adults, children 6-12 $3.305-981-1448. www.sfliautoshow.com
Nov. 9: 5th Annual Key Large Bridge Run. Participants on the 5th Annual Key Largo Bridge Run can enjoy the sunrise where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gulf of Mexico during the Key Largo Bridge Run on Nov. 9. The race, an outreach of Key Largo Baptist Church, goes over part of the historic 18-Mile Stretch and the Jewfish Creek Bridge at Key Largo, gateway to the Keys. A Health & Fitness Expo is slated for Nov. 8. Advance registration is $35 for the 5K, with rates going up $5 on the day of the Expo. Registration for students 17 and under is $12. For details, visit www.keylargobridgerun.com.
Nov. 14: 32nd Annual Cook-Off. Key Largo. The culinary competition is open to professional and amateur cooks and chefs, as well as young aspiring chefs. Categories for judging and public sampling include soups and chowders, appetizers, sides and salads, main dishes and desserts. Tasting fee is $15 per person. The event is at the Holiday Inn, Mile Marker 99.7 ocean-side. For details, visit www.keylargochamber.org.
Nov. 15-17: Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest. Sunny Isles Beach. Annual festival celebrates the extraordinary sounds of jazz music, featuring world-renowned jazz entertainers and notable local artists performing amidst the backdrop of the Atlantic ocean. At Samson Oceanfront Park. Admission $15. 305-792-1952. www.sunnyislesbeachjazz.com
Nov. 16: Miami Beach Jazz Festival, Miami Beach. This inaugural one-day event will feature jazz artists from around the world in addition to local talent. Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. 1700 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139. 305-405-5299. Admission $45 advance; $55 at the door; $25 students. VIP packages available. 305-792-1952. www.miamibeachjazz.com
Nov. 16: Savor the Season Festival, Miami. An annual community festival featuring food and wine from more than 20 of Miami's finest restaurants and distributors, and live entertainment on the 30,000 square foot Brickell World Plaza. Tickets: $50 on sale Oct. 1. 6-10 p.m. 600 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131. 305-358-9807. www.600brickell.com
Nov. 17-18: Salsa Fest, Greenacres. Enjoy a "Little Havana" atmosphere with Salsa dancing, games, Domino tables, amusement rides and much more. At Greenacres Community Park. 561-790-6200. www.salsafest.net/
Nov. 17-24: Miami Book Fair International, Miami. One of the nation's finest and largest literary gatherings treats book lovers to more than a week of cultural and educational activities, including author readings, book signings, the Evenings With series, the IberoAmerican Authors program, the popular Street Fair on the actual closed streets of downtown Miami surrounding the campus, Children's Alley, and much more. At Miami Dade College. 305-237-3258. www.miamibookfair.com
Nov. 21: Third Thursday Art Walk. Islamorada. showcases the music, art, and culinary delights of Islamorada at the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District between Mile Marker 81 and 82 on Nov. 21. Admission is free. For information, log on to www.moradaway.org.
Nov. 23: One Love Nutrifest - Miami International Reggae Festival, Miami. One Love Nutrifest dubbed the Miami International Reggae Festival is a positive celebration highlighting the power of word, sound and art uniting us all as members of one human family. Join us as we celebrate the state and quality of being one. The daylong family-oriented festival will be composed of many elements but all share in a single idea: a state of being unified as one. As Bob Marley so humbly said, "one love, one aim, one destiny." 1 p.m.- Sundown, Entry: free before 3 p.m. with food donation. Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Road, Miami, FL 33133 www.rockersmovement.com
Nov. 23-24: Harvest Festival. Miami. More than 300 craft artists display items ranging from wood crafts to toys, miniatures to quilts, and more. Also features folk arts, antique cars, children’s activities, historical reenactments, food and entertainment. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fair Expo Center, 10901 Coral Way. Miami, FL 33165. 386-860-0092. www.miamiharvest.com
Nov. 27-Dec. 31: "Bright" Before Christmas. Key West. The Last Key celebrates the holiday season during “Bight” Before Christmas on Nov. 27-Dec. 31. Holiday music, a walk of lights, a holiday parade, the chance to pose for pictures with Santa and a boat parade are among the activities on the agenda at the Key West Bight Marina and Harbor Walk at historic Key West Seaport. Most activities are free. For information, visit www.keywest.com.
Nov. 30- Dec. 1: 14th annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Fest, Delray Beach. First class art exhibitions much like those you'd expect at an art gallery or museum but outdoors and family friendly. They make the arts more accessible to the community in a casual and fun setting and afford a wonderful way to support the arts and artists. 954-592-8500. www.artfestival.com
Northeast Florida (including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Flagler County and Amelia Island)
Nov. 3: 29th Annual Great Chowder Debate, St. Augustine. Satisfy your passion for great seafood chowder at the Conch House Marina's celebrated annual Great Chowder Debate. More than 30 area restaurants compete to see who has the best chowder ? each special entry is available for tasting with taste tickets at $1 each. An astounding variety of chowders will be available, from local favorites like the Menorcan chowders to an assortment of New England chowders made with clams, conch, lobster, scallops and crab and laced with secret concoctions of herbs and spices. The event starts at noon and runs throughout the day.At Conch House Marina Resort, on Anastasia Island. 904-829-8646. www.getaway4florida.com/eventsNov. 8-10: St. Augustine Pirate Gathering 2013, St. Augustine. Welcome back to the 5th annual Pirate Gathering. Aye, we be calling reenactors, living historians and casual pirates from all over the seven seas to join the Crews of the Black Heart, Ancient City Privateers and Brothers of the Coasts, as we celebrate the Golden Age of Piracy in the nation's oldest city. See the pirate mutiny, weapons demonstrations, sailor's encampment and thieves market. Hear stories of the high seas, history, shanties and more. All pirates are welcome so come ashore dressed in your best piratical "pirattitude" and enjoy a weekend of fun. At St. Frances Field and Historical Quarter downtown. 904-829-3168, 800-356-8222. www.pirategathering.com
Nov. 11: Veteran's Day Parade, Jacksonville. Hosted in downtown Jacksonville, the Veteran's Day Parade will feature active duty and retired military units, veterans groups, local high school marching bands, military organizations, decorative floats, giant balloons, JROTC units and more. It will begin at 11:01 a.m. www.makeascenedowntown.com
Nov. 16: Arts and Crafts Festival. St. Augustine. The St. Augustine Beach Pier Park on A1A sets the scene for an Arts and Crafts Festival on Nov. 16-17. The fair is a seaside display of fine arts and crafts and features live music. Food is available for purchase. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 16 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 17. Admission is free. For information, log on to www.tnteventsinc.com.
Nov. 17: Sunset / Moonrise Tour, St. Augustine. Be a guest of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and enjoy viewing the sunset and moonrise from the most unique perspective in all of St. Augustine! This special event includes a champagne toast, provided by San Sebastian Winery, atop the tower and an informative overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station. A champagne toast, provided by San Sebastian Winery, and light refreshments, provided by The Reef, is included in the price of each ticket, which is $20 members, $25 non-members. Advance reservations required; call 904-829-0745. www.staugustinelighthouse.com
Nov. 17-Jan. 31: Nights of Lights Festival and Celebration, St. Augustine. This inspiring display of more than two million tiny white lights adorning the palm trees and buildings throughout the city's historic district is based on a custom by the town's original Spanish colonists, who placed a white candle in their windows to brighten the nights during the Christmas holidays. Among special events and activities awaiting visitors: nighttime tours of ancient buildings and inns led by storytellers in period clothing, rollicking train and trolley tours through the narrow brick streets, art walks featuring more than 30 galleries serving free holiday refreshments on the First Friday in December and January, special Saturday night antique shopping events, a dazzling regatta, Florida ice skating, luminaries in the town plaza, holiday concerts, even a Christmas parade. Other new aspects include a 100-foot-long Ice Slide (the first outdoor ice slide for warm climates) as well as an outdoor ice skating ring, sleigh rides that run nightly through an enchanted winter forest and downtown. There's also an Elf Village (free admission), a S'mores Fire Pit, and more. Nights of Lights, 902-825-1004; other activities 904-471-1965. www.getaway4florida.com/nights/
Nov.23: Amelia Island Holiday Cookie Tour, Amelia Island. Sample a signature cookie from each of the inns of Amelia Island's historic structures and take the recipes home with you. Self-guided and self-paced. $25. www.ameliaislandinns.com/
Nov. 26: Jacksonville Light Parade, Jacksonville. The St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville is transformed into a spellbinding display of lights as the region's finest boats and captains parade magically decorated vessels down the river. This enchanted night is topped off by a fireworks display over the river, featuring the city's signature "waterfalls" fireworks. Free. 904-630-3690. www.coj.net
Nov. 27: 26th annual Jacksonville Landing Tree Lighting, Jacksonville. Northeast Florida kicks off the holiday season by lighting an enormous Christmas tree with its reflection sparkling on the St. Johns River. The celebration includes live music and fireworks show. Free. 904-353-1188. www.jacksonvillelanding.com
North-Central Florida (including Ocala, Gainesville and Tallahassee)Nov. 22-Dec. 1: 27th Annual American Sandsculpting Championship and Beach Festival. The event will include World Class Master Sand Sculptors, a State Championship contest, Amateur contest, Quick Sand Speed Sculpting, Sand Sculpting Demonstrations and Lessons, Chain Saw Art, Flying Colors, a kids’ activity area with bounce houses and slides, and more than 60 vendors. The event is scheduled for 10 days this year, the first week will be the Master Solos and Amateur divisions. The second week will be the Master Doubles and State Championship divisions. Awards ceremonies will be on Sunday the 24th and also Sunday the 1st. In all over 1000 tons of sand will be piled and sculpted. Advance tickets are $4. For details, visit http://fmbsandsculpting.com.
Nov. 23-24: Yankeetown Seafood and Arts Festival, Yankeetown. 31st annual event, showcasing great local seafood plus arts and crafts and live musical entertainment. Sponsored by Inglis/Yankeetown Lions Club. At Riverside Drive. Free admission. 352-219-4578. www.inglisyankeetown.com
Nov. 30: Giving Thanks 2013. Apalachee & Spanish Foodways is an event at the Mission San Luis that explores 17th century food traditions on Nov. 30. Visitors can observe traditional methods of food preparation by historical interpreters in period dress as well as various demonstrations. Children’s activities are planned. Tickets to Mission San Luis are $5 for adults and $2 for children. Active duty military are free with I.D. For information, visit www.missionsanluis.org.
The Panhandle (including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)
Nov. 1: Apalachicola Oyster Roast, Apalachicola. Take part in this sixth annual Oyster Roast at the Florida site recognized by top chefs as having some of the best oysters in the world. Feast on roasted oysters, oysters on the half shell, artichoke and oyster soup, shrimp, crabs and homemade desserts. Under the stars on Commerce Street downtown, 6 p.m.-8:45 p.m., with music by Joe Hutchinson. For tickets call 850-653-9419; $50 per person. www.apalachicolabay.org/index.cfm/m/14/from/index.cfm_line230
Nov. 1-2: 50th Annual Florida Seafood Festival, Apalachicola. Two-day event annually drawing thousands of visitors to the historic town of Apalachicola in the curve of Florida's panhandle region. The festival features delicious seafood, arts and crafts exhibits, a parade, the Blessing of the Fleet, musical entertainment, and a wide variety of seafood-related events, from Oyster-Eating and Oyster-Shucking contests to Blue Crab Races and a cooking contest. Festival is held under the shady oaks of Battery Park at the mouth of the Apalachicola River. Admission $5 adult, under 12 free. 850-653-4720. www.floridaseafoodfestival.com
Nov. 1-3: Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival. Pensacola. The three-day juried art show draws more than 200 of the nation s best painters potters sculptors jewelers graphic artists craftsmen and other artists. The event features live musicians in Fountain Park with sounds ranging from Zydeco bluegrass jazz and blues to classical. Local dance schools and groups perform daily. The Children s Arts Festival is next door in Bartram Park featuring numerous hands-on artistic opportunities provided free of charge. The Children s Festival is open Friday for children with special needs from selected schools and is open to everyone on Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Seville Square, Pensacola FL 32502. Free. 850-434-1234. www.ggaf.org
Nov. 7-17: 29th Annual Frank Brown Songwriters Festival. Perdido Key. During this 11-day festival, seasoned and aspiring songwriters and musicians from all over the country will play at different venues along the Gulf Coast including Perdido Key, Pensacola, Orange Beach Ala. and Gulf Shores Ala. to celebrate the art of songwriting. This festival is held annually and showcases Grammy Award-winning songwriters from around the nation. Various venues on Perdido Key, Perdido Key FL 32507. 850-492-7664. www.fbisf.com
Nov. 9: Blues, Brews, & BBQ. Destin. Local restaurants will be firing up the grills for a good time and a good cause at HarborWalk Village. The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association s Northwest Florida chapter will host a craft beer tasting and creative BBQ competition. 10 Harbor Blvd., Destin FL 32541. 850-424-0600. www.emeraldgrande.com
Nov. 29-30: Historic Apalachicola Annual Christmas Celebration. Apalachicola. Streets will be lined with luminaries and filled with holiday spirit. Merchants will be open late and the sounds of carolers will echo through the streets filling the evening with the Christmas spirit. Santa will arrive on a shrimp boat at 4 p.m. at the City Dock on Water Street. Santa will hear children's Christmas wishes and carolers will sing. The Orman House is trimmed in holiday finery and docents in period costumes lead visitors through the early history of the County. Saturday, the celebration continues with afternoon holiday programs, caroling, and Santa. Santa pays special attention to his furry friends from 1-3:30 p.m. with a pet costume contest at 3 p.m. and special treats for dogs. The Raney House is decorated in holiday greenery and open for tours. www.apalachicolabay.org
Special Correspondent Georgina Cruz contributed to this report
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