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Florida travel calendar for November

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)

Through Nov. 14: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, Walt Disney World. The annual food and wine lover's paradise offers tapas-style dishes and beverages from 30 global marketplaces. Festival features culinary demonstrations, beverage and cheese seminars, and guest speakers from ABC’s “The Chew.” Tickets start at 97.00 per day and plates range from $4-$9. You can make reservations for the select events at Disney's website. 407-939-5277.

Nov. 3-13: Volusia County Fair & Youth Show, DeLand. Annual event features rides, games, food and entertainment plus opportunity for youth to learn and show their livestock products. At the Volusia County Fairgrounds. 3150 E New York Ave.

Nov. 4-13: Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire, Tavares. Join the knights and ladies of Hickory Grove for the most elaborate fair 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. Ticket prices vary.

Nov. 4-6: 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. 600 U.S. 1, Sebastian.

Nov. 4: Jazz Friday at Foosaner Museum of Art, Melbourne. Every first Friday of the month the Eau Gallie Arts District hosts live entertainment, arts and craft vendors, food and drinks on the corner of Highland Avenue and Eau Gallie Boulevard. The Foosaner Museum of Art is also open to the public and will provide live entertainment. Expect great music from local favorites. 1463 Highland Avenue. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. 321-674-8916.

Nov. 5: Art Walk on Flagler, New Smyrna Beach. Held on the first Saturday each month, Flagler Avenue livens up with entertainment and wine tastings at participating venues. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (wine walk 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.). Free ($25 for wine walk or $20 with previous month's glass). Flagler Avenue, 100 Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32169. 386-428-1770. 

Nov. 5-6: 40th Annual Fall County Jamboree, Barberville. This living history and folk music festival features examples of pioneer living that included blacksmithing, cane grinding and a boil, spinning, pottery, and many more historical demonstrations. There's a juried arts and crafts show, storytelling tent, barbecue dinners, soup, cornbread, homemade ice cream and corn on the cob, live music on seven stages with more than 75 performances over the two days as well as music workshops and jam tents open to everyone. There will be Old Time Barn Dancing, children's activities including the Jr. Jam and Fiddle Hunt and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $10 adults, $5 children 6-12, Children 5 and under free. 1776 Lightfoot Lane. 386-749-2959.

Nov. 5-6: 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. 7-8. 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

Nov. 5-6: Festival of the Arts, Inverness. Artists and craftsmen will show and sell their works among performances of music, dance and art groups, along with a variety of food and beverage vendors. At 1 Courthouse Square, downtown Inverness. Free admission and parking. 352-726-0366 or 352-476-6926.

Nov. 5-6: Halifax Art Festival, Daytona Beach. Historic Downtown Riverfront Park in Daytona Beach sets the scene for the  Halifax Art Festival. One of the oldest continuous art festivals in Florida, this free event typically attracts more than 200 exhibitors and some 45,000 visitors. The fest offers music, children’s activities and student art competition. For information, visit

Nov. 10-13: Greek Festival, Daytona Beach. The 40th annual festival is held at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church for four days offering up traditional Greek fun and food. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thurs-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Free parking and admission. 134 North Halifax Avenue. 386-252-6012.

Nov. 10-13: Native Rhythms Festival, Melbourne. This eighth annial festival showcases Native American music, crafts and artwork. Flute makers, players, professional performers, artists will celebrate native culture and the natural world. 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. At Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Dr. 321-452-1671.

Nov. 11-13: 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. $2 donation required. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 800-768-WINE.

Nov. 12: Come Out With Pride Festival, Orlando. Originally slated for October, but postponed because of Hurricane Matthew, this LGBT pride festival expects to draw 150,000 LGBTQ community members and allies for a day-long unforgettable festival. 12 p.m.– 10 p.m. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.; free at Lake Eola Park 512 E Washington St, Orlando.

Nov. 12: Downtown Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. This will be the first time Melbourne has hosted its new Food and Wine Festival. The celebration will feature more than 50 restaurants, wineries and breweries. It will also feature a craft beer garden, live entertainment, cooking competitions and more. Advance unlimited sampling tickets start at $75. On-site tickets sold in $3 increments. The opening ceremony will start at 5:30 p.m. and the event itself will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Call 321-430-3293 or 321-724-1741 for more information or visit

Nov. 12: Veterans Day Parade, Orlando. The annual Veterans Day Parade kicks off in Downtown Orlando at 11 a.m. on Nov. 12. The parade begins at the corner of Orange Avenue and Robinson Street. One of the city’s signature events, the parade includes 100 units consisting of local veterans organizations, members of the active military, bands, floats and more coming together to pay tribute to those who have fought for our freedom. For details, visit

Nov. 12: Keep Brevard Beautiful River Fest 2016, Cocoa. This family-friendly event features a concert with John Michael Montgomery, Ray Scott and Walker McGuire alongside lagoon-related environmental education opportunities and vendors plus a kid zone. 3-10 p.m. Admission $15-$125 with proceeds benefitting nonprofit Keep Brevard Beautiful. At Cocoa Riverfront Park, 401 Riveredge Blvd.

Nov. 12, 26: Gamble Jam, Flagler Beach. Jam out at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area for the Gamble Jam in the park, held the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Musicians of all levels are encouraged to bring their instruments and a chair to join the circle for a casual acoustic jam session. Instruments of all types are welcome. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Park admission is $2-$5. Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach 3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd Flagler Beach.

Nov. 13: Orlando Japan Festival, Orlando. The festival celebrates and honors Japanese culture with demonstrations in traditional music and dance, calligraphy, cuisine and more. Entrance is free and the festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Village at Hunter’s Creek, 13574 Village Park Drive.

Nov. 13-14: Horse Creek Festival, Davenport. The festival brings together art, music, quilts and more to honor Davenport's history. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 863-419-3300.

Nov. 13-15: Maitland Rotary Art Festival, Maitland. An art festival with 135 artists vying for $26,000 in awards. Art Under the Stars has live entertainment, film showings and featured artists. Friday 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday10 a.m.-4 p.m. At Lake Lily Park, 840 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland , FL , 32751. 407-777-8515.

Nov. 18: Cocoa Beach Friday Fest. Cocoa Beach. Held the third Friday of each month, this family-oriented event has live music, food and a kids' zone. 6-10 p.m. Downtown Cocoa Beach, A1A. Free.

Nov. 18: 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 annual State BBQ Championship, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Competition is in two categories -- professional and amateur -- and gives the public an opportunity to sample some of the nation's finest fare. At Randy Larson Softball Four-Plex Stadium. Admission free, parking $5. 813-752-8793.

Nov. 19: Art Walk, Sanford. Central Florida's only monthly juried art show, every third Saturday with exhibits and music at participating venues. 6-9 p.m. Downtown Sanford, First Street. Free. 407-323-2774.

Nov. 19: The Power Event Live, Sanford. More than 200 exotic and rare automobiles, motorcycles, airplanes representing numerous international marques will be on display. This event will also feature a bourbon tasting bar, food, live entertainment, a classic watercraft and more. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets start at $150. 407-649-9190. Located at 2151 Spinner Ln, Sanford, FL., 32773.

Nov. 19-20: Kite Festival, New Smyrna Beach. This two-day festival that celebrates harnessing the wind takes place beachside at the Flagler Avenue Beach Approach. The festival features scores of tethered kites, some as large as a vehicle, kite demonstrations, competitions and displays from multiple kites clubs including those from North Florida, Central Florida and the Space Coast. Separately over 700 free kites will be given away to children during festival hours while supplies last. The kites are those that allow for decoration and as such, decoration stations are set along the beach for kid's to personalize their kite before taking flight. To help first timers, kite club volunteers will be on hand to help with quick lessons. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 386-428-1600. 

Nov. 24-27: Annual Daytona Turkey Run, Daytona. The Daytona International Speedway sets the scene for the annual Daytona Turkey Run. The event showcases more than 6,000 classic cars. Also on the agenda are a swap meet, car corral and arts and crafts. Tickets are $15 per day, $10 on Sunday. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sunday. For details, visit

Nov. 25: Cocoa Village Friday Fest. Cocoa. Held on the last Friday of each month in downtown Cocoa Village, visitors can enjoy food, vendors, kids' activities and live music. 6-9 p.m. Brevard Avenue. Free.

Nov. 25-27: Cocoa Beach Art Show & Music Fest, Cocoa Beach. This is the 53rd year for this art, music and food festival. Event kicks off Friday night with street party, live music and food with art show on Saturday and Sunday and live music  as well. 6-11 p.m. Friday. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Cocoa Beach, Minuteman Causeway. Free.

Nov. 25-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. 407-939-5277.

Nov. 26: Light Up Mount Dora, Mount Dora. The annual Light Up Mount Dora ushers the holiday season in this quaint Central Florida town in a sparkly big way. Some two million lights adorn the town and Santa comes to Donnelly Park in Downtown Mount Dora. Admission is free. 352-383-2165For information, visit on to

Nov. 26: Wine Walk, New Smyrna Beach. Stroll Flagler Avenue and explore over 100 interesting wines inside local pubs, galleries and restaurants during this monthly progressive wine tasting event. $25 Tasting Passports on sale day of the event at 3 locations along Flagler Avenue.  $20 for Tasting Passports with an official glass from a previous Wine Walk. 1-7 p.m. 

Nov. 26-27: Space Coast Art Festival, Cape Canaveral. Hundreds of artists will be on hand with musical entertainment at the Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral for this 53rd annual event. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. At Port Canaveral Cove, Glen Cheek Road. Free. 321-784-3322.

TBA: 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. 28 and lasting for five weeks until Jan. 3. Central Florida designers transform the 1930s winter retreat into a glittering holiday showcase for the event. 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

TBA: 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. 27 and the remainder open at 7 a.m. Free.

TBA: 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. Admission $10 adults, $6 children. 407-896-4231 x254.

TBA: 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.

Tampa Bay-Sarasota (including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa)

Nov. 5: Stone Crab Jam, Crystal River. 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.  General admission is $8.

Nov. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20: Medieval Fair, Sarasota. The festival promises to bring unique talent each weekend that ranges from a bird of prey show to an Irish dance academy performance. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day, rain or shine. Tickets are $17.95  for adults, $15.95 got seniors, students and military. Ticks are $8.95 for children ages 5 through 12. Visit

Nov. 6: Conga Caliente Festival, Tampa. The annual Conga Caliente is 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.

Nov. 6: The Venice Main Street Art Fest, Venice. The Venice Main Street Art Fest showcases the work of more than 150 artists and artisans on West Venice Avenue in downtown Venice. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call (941) 484-6722l or visit on to

Nov. 11-13: 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 for children. At Vinoy Park. Tickets start at $25. Gates open at 11 a.m. daily. 727-528-3828.

Nov. 11-15: Siesta Key Crystal Classic Masters' Sandsculpting Competition, Siesta Key Beach. Calling all seaside Michelangelos! The Siesta Key Crystal Classic Masters’ Sandsculpting Competition is expected to attract 40,000 visitors to Siesta Key Beach. 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 $8 daily per person. For information, visit

Nov. 12: 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. 411 St. Armands Circle.

Nov. 12-13: 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.This 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. 10974 West Creek Lane. Admission $3 adults, free for children under 12. 352-628-9333.

Nov. 19: Celtic Music & Craft Beer Festival, Dunedin. The Celtic Music & Craft Beer Festival presents a lineup of regional, national and international artists at Highlander Park on Nov. 21. Tickets are $15 in advance. Gates open at 11 a.m. For details, visit

Nov. 19-20: Sarasota Fine Arts Festival, Sarasota. More than 100 artists showcase their creations during the Sarasota Fine Arts Festival on Nov. 21-22. The festival’s booths are located along Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue in Downtown Sarasota. Admission is free. Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For details, visit

TBA: Hudson Seafest Celebration, Port Richey. The Hudson Seafest will offer the same great food and entertainment it has since 1984. Includes fantastic seafood and other tasty treats, live entertainment, raffles, children's events and more. Held at the USA Fleamarket. Friday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 727-243-2034.

TBA: Blues 'n Bar-B-Que, Homosassa. Annual event offering all-blues entertainment. At 10466 W. Yulee Drive, next to Old Mill House Gallery and Printing Museum. Benefiting Camp E Nini Hassee in Floral City, Florida.

TBA: Ruskin Seafood Festival, Ruskin. The 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 25,000 in attendance. Feast on lobster, oysters, clams, grouper, mullet, shrimp and much more. Admission $5 adults, children under 12 free. 813-645-3808.

Southwest Florida (including Naples, Fort Myers, Venice, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda)

Nov. 3-6: 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 workshops in fiction, poetry, screenwriting, songwriting and creative nonfiction; panels on publishing, collaborative writing, and humor writing -- all presented by celebrated and experienced writers and teachers. Sue Monk Kidd will be this year's keynote speaker. Regular tuition is $500 per person. 239-590-7421.

Nov. 4-5: 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. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $10 adults, $7.50 seniors/students.

Nov. 6: Taste of the Town, Fort Myers. This 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 JetBlue Park. Admission $5, children 12 and under free. 239-277-1197.

Nov. 7-13: Paint the Beach Festival, Fort Myers Beach.  This Plein Air art festival invites artists from across the country to a 3-day open air painting challenge. 7225 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach.

Nov. 10-13: Cape Coral Coconut Festival, Cape Coral. A celebration of the city's reputation in the Lee County area for coconuts, multicultural food, boating, fishing, and wildlife. The festival features carnival all four days, fireworks on Friday and Saturday, and street entertainment on Sunday. Hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday; 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday; noon to midnight on Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $7 per day, children under 5 free. At festival grounds in Sun Splash Family Water Park's parking area. 239-573-3128.

Nov. 18-27: American Sandsculpting Championship Festival, Fort Myers Beach. Join artists from around the continent at this annual event as they create amazing works of art on Fort Myers Beach in front of the Wyndham Garden Hotel. 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. It features broadcast music, demonstrations, and beach barbecues. This annual Gulf-front competition draws more than 50,000 spectators. Admission is $5, children 4 and under are free. Located at 6890 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Bch, FL 33931.

Nov. 19-20: 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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission.

Nov. 20-Dec. 31: Festival of Lights at Fishermen's Village, Punta Gorda. View more than a million lights and themed decorations throughout the Village daily thru December 31. 941-639-8721.

South Florida and the Keys (including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and the Treasure Coast)

Nov. 3-7: Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Fort Lauderdale. Displaying more than a billion dollars' worth of boats, yachts and accessories from every major marine manufacturer worldwide, it is the world's premier venue for superyachts. General admission $28 adults, $12 children 6-15 for advance tickets. 954-764-7642. www.showmanagement.comNov. 4-6: Feast of Little Italy, Jupiter. Come and enjoy all the food, music, fun and activities that await you at 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.

Nov. 6-13: 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. Visit www.superboat.comNov. 11-13: The 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.

Nov. 11-13: Anime Iwai, Deerfield Beach. Chibi-Pa aims to expand each guest's knowledge of Japanese culture through anime, costume contests, vendors and more. 100 Fairway Dr.
Deerfield Beach, FL., 33441. Call (954) 427-7700 or visit

Nov. 12: Annual Key Largo Bridge Run, Key Largo. The 6th Annual Key Largo Bridge Run, on Nov. 14, offers the opportunity to enjoy the sunrise where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gulf of Mexico while racing over part of the historic 18-Mile Stretch and the Jewfish Creek Bridge at Key Largo. Half marathon, 10K and 5K run/walk are featured. Participation fees vary. The race is an outreach of Key Largo Baptist Church. For details, visit

Nov. 14-19: 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 filmmakers and industry professionals. The ultimate goal is to bring exposure to independent up-and-coming filmmakers. As a result, the festival has showcased more than 700 high-quality films from around the world representing more than 26 countries. Venues vary.

Nov. 16-20: Key West Film Festival, Key West. The Last Key sets the scene for the Key West Film Festival. This annual festival features films that are chosen for their excellence in storytelling and ability to capture Key West's core values of creativity, diversity, sustainability and beauty. Films are screened at various historic and colorful Key West locations. Attractions also include social events with filmmakers, actors and film lovers. Ticket prices vary. For information, visit

Nov. 17: Third Thursday Art Walk, Islamorada. The Third Thursday Art Walk showcases the music, art, and culinary delights of Islamorada at the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District between Mile Marker 81 and 82. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For information, log on to 18-20: 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 IberoAmerican Authors program, the popular Street Fair on the closed streets of downtown Miami surrounding the campus, Children's Alley, and much more. At Miami Dade College. 305-237-3258.

Nov. 19: Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest, Sunny Isles Beach. An annual festival that celebrates the extraordinary sounds of jazz music, featuring world-renowned jazz entertainers and notable local artists performing amid the backdrop of the Atlantic ocean. At Heritage Park. 305-792-1706.

Nov. 19-20: 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. Fair Expo Center, 10901 Coral Way. Miami, FL 33165. 386-860-0092.

Nov. 26: Big Pine & The Lower Keys Island Art Festival, Big Pine & The Lower Keys. Highlights of this holiday event include live music by local entertainers, food, exhibits and booths featuring locally produced arts and crafts. Festivities traditionally take place on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, MM 31 oceanside. Contact: 305-872-2411.

Nov. 26-27: 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. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free admission.

TBA: Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale. A competitive film festival showcasing independent cinema from around the world. Premieres, documentaries, free films for kids, free outdoor family movies, student film competition, black tie galas, celebrities. Free seminars. At Cinema Paradiso. 954-760-9898.

TBA: 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. Admission is $20 per person. The event is at the Holiday Inn, Mile Marker 100 ocean-side. For details, visit

TBA: 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: $100. 600 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131. 305-358-9807.

Northeast Florida (including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Flagler County and Amelia Island)

Nov. 4-6: St. Augustine Pirate Gathering, St. Augustine. Reenactors, living historians and casual pirates travel from all over the seven seas to join the Crews of the Black Heart, Ancient City Privateers and Brothers of the Coasts, during this celebration of the Golden Age of Piracy in the nation's oldest city. It features 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. Located at the crossroads of I-95 and Route 207 inside the St. Johns Marketplace. $5 for adults.

Nov. 6: 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 $5 for a strip of 10. 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.

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.

Nov. 14: Sunset / Moonrise Tour, St. Augustine. Be a guest of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and enjoy viewing the sunset and moonrise. 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 $40. Advance reservations required; call 904-829-0745.

Nov. 19-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 and more. 800-653-2489.

Nov. 21-22: Arts and Crafts Festival, St. Augustine. The St. Augustine Beach Pier Park on A1A sets the scene for an Arts and Crafts Festival. 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. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For information, log on to

TBA: 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. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. 2nd West Independent Drive, Jacksonville.

North-Central Florida (including Ocala, Gainesville and Tallahassee)

Nov. 10-12: Fall Palatka Bluegrass Festival, Palatka. Three-day event featuring top names in bluegrass music and drawing an estimated audience of 1,000. At Rodeheaver Boys' Ranch, 380 Boys Ranch Road. $30 for a one-day general admission adult ticket.

Nov. 11: Vetfest In The Park, Tallahassee. Veterans Day events in our state capital include the Vetfest In The Park festival, a Veterans Day Parade and a 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Nov. 11. The parade kicks off at approximately 10:45 a.m. at the intersection of Monroe Street and Tennessee Street. For information, visit

Nov. 19-20: Yankeetown Seafood and Arts Festival, Yankeetown. 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.

Nov. 20: Pickin' in the Park, Ocala. On the third Sunday of each month, local and visiting musicians perform acoustic music in a scenic area in front of the headsprings at Silver Springs State Park. 1 p.m. Free with paid park admission. 1425 NE 58th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34470. (352) 236-7148.

Nov. 20: Giving Thanks, Tallahassee. Apalachee & Spanish Foodways is an event at the Mission San Luis that explores 17th-century food traditions on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. 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

The Panhandle (including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)

Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24: Americana Under the Stars, Santa Rosa Beach. Every Thursday at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park you can find original Americana music, including folk, jazz, blues and more by musicians from Florida and other states at the upgraded amphitheater. Updated schedule of artists and dates can be found at $5 donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park includes regular park admission. 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. 850-267-8330.

Nov. 3-13: Frank Brown Songwriters Festival, Perdido Key. During this 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.

 Nov. 4: Apalachicola Oyster Roast, Apalachicola. Take part in the 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.-9 p.m. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased by calling 850-653-9419.

Nov. 4-5: Florida Seafood Festival, Apalachicola. A two-day event that draws 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. 850-653-4720.

Nov. 4-6: Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, Pensacola. The three-day 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. Seville Square, Pensacola FL 32502. Free.

Nov. 5: 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.

Nov. 11-13: FANdom Con, Fort Walton Beach. FANdom Con prides itself on being different and this year they're offering fans everything from cosplay and trivia contests to concerts and stand-up comedy. Visit

Nov. 25: 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. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Downtown Apalachicola.                       

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