October and November Events in Florida  

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

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    steer wrestling at the Davie rodeo

    Some of the top rodeo performers in the country take will be competing at Southeastern Circuit Rodeo Finals at Bergeron Rodeo Grounds in Davie this November.

    - Southeastern Circuit Rodeo Finals

     

    SOUTH FLORIDA 

    HAUNTED HIKE – For some family-friendly fright, check out the third annual Haunted Hike, which benefits the Friends of Cape Florida. On this-self-guided hike, you never know what spooky scenarios will be waiting for you on the trail. This event also offers a children's area complete with a pumpkin patch, face painting, a 25 ft. shark slide, a dunk tank, a rock-climbing wall, food and drink and much more.
    When: Oct. 18-19, 5-10 p.m.
    Where:
    Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne
    Web:  floridastateparks.org/bill-baggs-haunted-hike

    WALK THE WALK – Put on some comfortable clothes and shoes and a hat, bring some water or a sports drink and you’ll be ready for some walking tours of these picturesque and interesting famous Miami-Dade County neighborhoods:

    ·        Little Haiti Walking Tour & Tasting – Come explore the culture and heritage – not to mention the yummy food – of this historic neighborhood. The tour showcases local historic sites such as the Little Haiti Cultural Center & Caribbean Marketplace and highlights new developments such as the Little River Business District and Miami Ironside as well as future developments. Throughout the walk, you’ll come across galleries, museums, bookstores and family-owned restaurants. Speaking of food, after the tour, you’ll be served a tasting of Haitian Cuisine such as Griot (fried pork) and Banann Peze (fried plantain).
    When:
    Recurring weekly Wednesdays through Saturdays, through Oct. 18
    Web:
    miamiandbeaches.com

    ·        Overtown Walking Tour & Tasting -- Formerly known as the “Harlem of the South, Overtown was an area for black workers who built and serviced the railroad, hotels and streets. This tour will immerse you in the rich culture and heritage of this historic neighborhood. The tour explores the many historic sites, such as D.A. Dorsey House, Ward Rooming House, Greater Historic Bethel AME Church and also highlights new developments currently underway or being planned for Overtown. A delicious tasting of southern cuisine typically found in the neighborhood is included following the tour.
    When:
    Wednesdays through Saturdays, through Oct. 18
    Web:
    miamiandbeaches.com/overtown-walking-tour-tasting

    HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD – That’s Hollywood, Florida, not Tinsel Town. This friendly city nestled about halfway between Fort Lauderdale and Miami has two monthly events that are worthy of your attention: the Downtown Artwalk and the Dream Car Classic. The former presents a mural tour and the Hollywood Artisan Market, which features pop-up shops, artist showcases and vintage shopping. The latter features dozens – up to 85 – of hot rods, custom cars and trucks, modern beauties and classics.
    When:
    Respectively, third Saturday and first Sunday of each month.
    Where:
    downtown Hollywood
    Web:
    hollywoodfl.org

    ART AFTER STONEWALL, 1969-89 – This amazing exhibit is being presented as the 50th anniversary of Stonewall Riots is being celebrated all this year. It includes more than 200 works of art and related materials (photographs, sculpture, film clips, video, music, performance pieces and historical documents and images from magazines, newspapers and television) that explore the profound impact the LGBTQ liberation movement on visual culture. Some of the artists to be featured are Andy Warhol, Diane Arbus, Alice Neel, David Hockney, Marlon T. Riggs, Judy Chicago, David Wojnarowicz and Luis Cruz Azaceta.
    When:
    through Jan. 5
    Where:
    Entire second floor of the Frost Art Museum at FIU, Miami
    Web:
     frost.fiu.edu

    COMING SOON: FILM POSTERS FROM THE DWIGHT CLEVELAND COLLECTION – Come on, admit it. Movie posters are cool, right? Here’s your chance to see an exhibit of some of the best, 215 of the 3,000 owned by Chicago-based collector Dwight Cleveland. Some of the featured posters are for “Singin’ in the Rain,” “The Godfather,” “North by Northwest,” “Casablanca,” “King Kong,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Barbarella.” One section of the exhibit is called “Known Artists” and includes posters by people who went on to have bigger art careers. An example: Renowned illustrator Al Hirschfeld, who did posters for Charlie Chaplain’s “The Great Dictator,” The Marx Brothers’ “A Day at the Races” and “The Wizard of Oz.”
    When:
    Now through Oct. 29
    Where:
    Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach
    Web:
    norton.org                                    

    SURROUNDINGS: WATERCOLORS BY MARTHA WATSON SAUER – This exhibit honors Works Progress Administration artist Martha Watson Sauer’s work spanning over 50 years and includes her personal effects and sketchbooks. Highlights include Key West architecture, people and landscapes as well as her watercolors from her extensive travels around the United States, the Caribbean, Europe and Mexico.
    When:
    through Nov. 10
    Where:
    Custom House Museum, Key West
    Web:
    kwahs.org

    GRIDIRON GLORY: THE BEST OF THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME – This 6,000-square-foot exhibition presents a panoramic view of the story of professional football, from its humble beginnings in the early 20th century to the phenomenon it is today. It features more than 200 awe-inspiring artifacts, rare photos and documents, spectacular footage from NFL Films and interactive displays. Visitors are invited to try on vintage pads and jerseys and today’s equipment, and also step inside the Instant Replay Booth to see if they can make the right call.
    When:
    through Feb. 9, when the 2020 Super Bowl is played in Miami.
    Where:
    HistoryMiami Museum, Miami
    Web:
    historymiami.org

    FANTASY FEST – Leave the youngsters at home and head for this non-stop, adult-themed mega-party, featuring lavish floats, parades, costume competitions (one for pets, too!), street fairs, island bands and great food. The theme for this year’s 40th celebration is “In Tune But Off Key.” Book early for the extravagant and outrageous HEADDRESS BALL, Fantasy Fest’s premier gay and lesbian event, which has a first-place prize of $3,000 for best headdress.
    When:
    Oct. 18-27 for the entire festival and Oct. 24 for the Headdress Ball
    Where:
    Where else but Key West (various locations) for all Fantasy Fest Events and Key West Amphitheater for the Headdress Ball
    Web:
    fantasyfest.com and headdressballkeywest.com

    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. The Bluewild Ocean Adventure Expo 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. 30-Nov. 3
    Where:
    Various locations in Fort Lauderdale
    Web:
    www.flibs.com

    WET & WILD IN NAPLES -- Naples is the place from to be from Oct. 25-Nov. 3 for these five splashy events, all under the Pro Watercross umbrella:

    ·        Hydroflight athletes will perform timed free style routines, showing off their best flips, dives and spins as they attempt to rack up points in a quest to advance to the World Championships. Oct. 25-27
    ·        SUPXCross changes up the pace, as stand-up paddle boarders (hence SUP) compete in closed course racing. Oct. 26-27

    ·        Hydro Expo is the newest addition to the Pro Watercross World Championship and brings together all things watersport and beach-related. Oct. 30

    ·        The Pro Watercross World Championship features the world’s best athletes in the explosive and exciting sport of personal watercraft racing. Oct. 31-Nov 3

    ·        The MotoSurf event attracts the best motor-powered surfboard riders from around the world in a thrilling contest of nerves, fitness and skill. Nov. 1-3

    Where: All events are at Lake Avalon at Sugden Regional Park in Naples
    Web:
    prowatercross.com

    BOYNTON BEACH HAUNTED PIRATE FEST & MERMAID SPLASH –The featured events are a costume contest, pirate invasion and a mermaid pageant. Lots of live music, good food and activities for the kids, too.
    When:
    Oct. 26-27
    Where:
    Along E. Ocean Avenue between Third Street and Federal Highway, Boynton Beach
    Web:
    bbpiratefest.com

    MIAMI BROWARD CARNIVAL – Two great counties have joined forces to throw a great multi-event party that showcases steel bands, parades, concerts, beauty pageants, colorful and elaborate costumes, scrumptious food and arts and crafts. The biggie events are: Carnival Sunday Parade and Concert, Junior Carnival, Steel Band competition and the King/Queen competition.
    When:
    Oct. 5-13
    Where:
     Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill, and Miami-Dade Fair & Expo, Miami
    Web:
    miamibrowardcarnival.com

    BEER! BRATWURST! LIVE MUSIC! BAVARIAN BEAUTIES! MORE BEER! -- It being October, we could only be talking about Oktoberfest. Here are some of the celebrations:

    ·        Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 18-20 at the American German Club of the Palm Beaches in Lake Worth. americangermanclub.org/oktoberfest

    ·        Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-27 at the German American Social Club in Cape Coral.  capecoraloktoberfest.com

    ·        Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 18-20 at the German American Social Club of Greater Miami. gascmiami.org/oktoberfestmiami

    SOUTH FLORIDA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – It features the Kitchen Lab, where some of Miami’s top chefs will give demos and share secrets. Great live music and lots of activities for the young ’uns, too: bounce house, slides and interactive games.
    When:
    Oct. 19-20
    Where:
    Miami Marine Stadium, Key Biscayne
    Web:
    coconutgroveseafoodfestival.com

    SOUTH BEACH SEAFOOD WEEK & FESTIVAL – Just after the event above ends, head over to this one. You’ll help kick off the annual Stone Crab season and enjoy a myriad of other seafood yummies prepared by Miami’s top chefs and restaurants. Also: live bands, culinary and mixology demonstrations, a kids zone, health village and VIP hospitality benefits.
    When:
    Oct. 22-26
    Where:
    Various locations in Miami Beach
    Web:
    sobeseafoodfest.com

    GOOD EATS IN NAPLES – The Naples Foodie Camp and the Naples Stone Crab Festival coincide. Foodie Camp is a 10-day event that features chef-led 90-minute cooking classes at top area restaurants. Besides great stone crab claws, the Stone Crab Festival also has live music, art and fun activities for the whole family.
    When:
    Respectively, Oct. 21-30 and Oct. 25-27
    Where:
    Various locations in Naples
    Web:
    Respectively, FoodieCampNaples.com and stonecrabfestival.org

    REEF FEST – Activities include seminars, evening social gatherings, silent and live auctions and, of course, diving events along some of the best coral reef sites in the country. For non-Scuba folks, there will be snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding. All seminars are free, but pre-registration is recommended.    
    When:
    Oct. 17-20
    Where:
    Various locations in and near Key Largo
    Web:
    reef.org/REEFFest

    CELEBRATE ORGULLO – This 15-day multi-genre extravaganza showcases Hispanic LGBTQ Pride (Orgullo means Pride in Spanish) during Hispanic Heritage & LGBTQ Pride Month. You can see fashion art work displays, take an Art Deco walking tour, go on an Art Diva bus tour and attend writer workshops. The fashion movie nights feature The Gaythering, starring McQueen, and Mahogany, starring Diana Ross.
    When:
    Oct. 1-15
    Where:
    Various locations in Miami Beach and Miami.
    Web:
    celebrateorgullo.com

    HARVEST FESTIVAL AT FLAMINGO GARDENS – The calendar says fall, even if the temperature gauge may not. Celebrate fall with free hayrides, a pumpkin patch, a decorating station, music, games, crafts and contests, including one for scarecrows.
    When:
    Oct. 26-27
    Where:
    Flamingo Gardens, Davie
    Web:
    flamingogardens.org

    31st ANNUAL DING DARLING DAY – Enjoy a week of fun eco-activities in this amazing wildlife refuge. It features free tours (via tram, foot, kayaks and paddle boards), birding, archery clinics, a butterfly house and kids crafting.
    When:
    Oct. 20
    Where:
    J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island
    Web:
    dingdarlingsociety.org

    CORAL GABLES HISPANIC CULTURAL FESTIVAL – Enjoy a weekend filled with art, crafts, culture, folkloric dance performances, great food and lots of activities for the kids. Pets welcome.
    When:
    Oct. 26-27
    Where:
    Intersection of Biltmore Way and Lejeune Road, Coral Gables
    Web:
    miamiandbeaches.com

    SUN FIESTA, THE JEWEL OF VENICE – It moves to a new location this year, but they certainly have not cut back on the fun. Events and highlights include: Miss Sun Fiesta Pageant, live entertainment, the Arts & Crafts Alley, Kids Korner, bed races, a giant food court, two beer tents with seating, raffles, a silent auction and new this year, a 5K race.
    When:
    Oct. 18-20
    Where:
    Women’s Sertoma Club, Venice
    Web:
    womenssertoma.com/sun-fiesta

    SOUTH FLORIDA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – It features the Kitchen Lab, where some of Miami’s top chefs will give demos and share secrets. Great live music and lots of activities for the young ’uns, too: bounce house, slides and interactive games.
    When:
    Oct. 19-20
    Where:
    Miami Marine Stadium, Key Biscayne
    Web:
    coconutgroveseafoodfestival.com

    LIGHTS! CAMERAS! ACTION! -- There are two noteworthy film fests this month in SoFla: Cinema Italy and the Naples International Film Festival. Both feature great flicks, opening and closing night parties, after-show parties, documentaries, tributes, documentaries, short films, and dinners and cocktail parties.
    When:
    Respectively, Oct.11-15 and Oct. 24-27
    Where:
    Respectively, Miami Regal Cinema, South Beach and various locations in Naples
    Web:
    Respectively, cinemaitaly.com and naplesfilmfest.com

    BRAZILIAN FESTIVAL OF POMPANO BEACH – Get your Brazilian boogie on at the seventh annual fest. Two stages will feature internationally-known Brazilian music acts. Much more, too: a kids zone, carnival rides, skate board competition, 200 business exhibitors and some 50 mouth-watering Brazilian food booths.
    When:
    Oct. 19-20
    Where:
    Pompano Beach Community Park in Pompano Beach
    Web:
    brazilianfestpompano.org

    KITETOBER FEST – Check out the amazing display of creative kites, windsocks and wind spinners. Bring your own kite or purchase one on site. There will be kite-flying competitions for children and adults, bounce houses, face painters, DJs and food trucks. Also featured: a 100-foot flying squid, the 30-foot flying scuba man, the 30-foot flying Nemo fish and the 150-foot flying rainbow.
    When:
    Oct. 19-20
    Where:
    Haulover Park, Miami
    Web:
    skywardkites.com

    HOBIE 16 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Hobie Cat sailors from around the world will be competing in six disciplines: Open, Women’s, Youth, Masters Cup, Grand Masters Cup and Great Grand Masters Cup. This is the first time the event will be held in the United States since 1984. More than 400 Hobie Catters from 25 different countries will participate.
    When:
    Nov. 1-16
    Where:
    South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island (You do not have to be staying at the resort to see the races.)
    Web:
    hobieworlds.com

    MIAMI SMOOTH JAZZ FESTIVAL – The emphasis will be on smooth jazz, Latin jazz and R & B. Among the headliners are Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly, Boney James, Eric Benet, Brian Culbertson, Jazmin Ghent and Norman Brown. The main stage will be accentuated with large video screens, including a specially designed interactive screen that allows the artists to stylishly operate harmoniously with the music. Also: vendors, exhibitions and a variety of yummy food and beverages.
    When: Nov. 9-10
    Where:
    Zoo Miami, Miami
    Web:
    miamismoothjazzfest.org

    RIPTIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL – This year’s fest includes The Killers, The 1975, Jimmy Eat World, The Revivalists, Judah & The Lion, Silverspun Pickups, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Switchfoot, Soul Asylum and many more bands. At the Underground Village, you can win free backstage meet & greet passes and experience interactive and immersive art installations. Also included: Underground Fashion Showcases, hosted by legendary style guru Tan France and, new this year, the Culinary Stage, featuring tasty demos and mouth-watering workshops. Enjoy wine and spirits at the festival Wine Garden.
    When: 
    Nov. 23-24
    Where: 
    Fort Lauderdale Beach across from Bahia Mar
    Web: 
    riptidefest.com

    FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW – Celebrating its 39th year, the show will feature amazing military (the United States Air Force Thunderbirds are the headliners) and civilian aircraft, some doing death-defying stunts performed by some of the best pilots in the world. Also, enjoy an expanded aircraft exhibit, a kids area and food and refreshments.
    When:
    Oct. Nov. 1-3
    Where:
    Punta Gorda Airport, Punta Gorda
    Web: 
    floridaairshow.com

    MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW – Whether you are a serious buyer or a serious gawker, you’ll enjoy this 10-day car-a-thon. One of the most popular exhibits is Million Dollar Alley, which features brands such as Rolls-Royce, Porsche, Ferrari and Lotus. Memory Lane will showcase 20 classic beauties from yesteryear. Topless in Miami features spiffy convertibles and Havana Classics will display historic cars from 1950s Cuba.
    When:
    Nov. 1-10
    Where:
    Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach
    Web:
    miamiautoshow.net

    FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW – Is there a better boat show anywhere in the country? At the 60th edition, 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. 30-Nov. 3
    Where:
    Various locations in Fort Lauderdale
    Web:
    flibs.com

    MIAMI BOOK FAIR – The folks putting this together seem outdo themselves all the time and this year is no exception. For starters, some of the headliners are punk rock’s Debbie Harry of Blondie, filmmaker John Waters and The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Kinsler. Harry will discuss her just-just out memoir “Face It,” chock full of first-person essays detailing her path to New Wave music pioneer, heroin addict and her post-Blondie actress career. Waters and Ensler are part of the fair’s popular (book early!) “Evenings With” series. Former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power, MSNBC political pundit Joy Ann Reid, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist George Will, humorist Mo Rocca and author Richard Russo are also part of the series. Other notables scheduled to appear are: Joyce Carol Oates, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Blanco, George Packer, Dave Barry, Tea Obrecht, Karen Russell and Elvis Duran. Be sure to see 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. 17-24
    Where:
    Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, Miami
    Web:
    MiamiBookFair.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 Cerviche, Best Causa and Best Lomo Saltado.
    When:
    Nov. 23-24
    Where:
    Magic City Casino, Miami
    Web:
    perufestusa.com

    JOHN OFFERDAHL’S GRIDIRON GRILL-OFF FOOD, WINE & MUSIC FESTIVAL – You like delicious food cooked on the grill? You like premium wine and spirits? You like country music? Want to hang with some Miami Dolphins legends? This one is for you. Celebrity chefs will provide the grilled-to-perfection eats. The Musical headliner is one of the hottest new country singers, Brett Young. Besides Offerdahl, 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, Louis Oliver and Dwight Stephenson.
    When:
    Nov. 9
    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 so much more: live music, art, a bocce pavilion, wine seminars, cooking demos and pizza and lasagna eating contests.
    When:
    Nov. 1-3
    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 live music, competitions and activities for kids. Check out these seven:

    ·        Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival and Grand Tasting: Nov. 9 at Sanborn Square Park. bocaratonwineandfoodfestival.com

    ·        Seed Food & Wine Week: Nov. 7-10 at various locations in Miami and Miami Beach. seedfoodandwine.com

    ·        Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival: Nov. 10 at Miramar Regional Park, Miramar. jerkfestival.com

    ·        Miami Gardens Food & Wine Festival: Nov. 7-10 at Miami Gardens City Hall. miamiandbeaches.com

    ·        Paradise Coast Food & Wine Festival (featuring Martha Stewart): Nov. 23, downtown Naples. paradisecoast.com/food-wine

    ·        Redland Tropical Island Festival: Nov. 3 at Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead.  redlandfruitandspice.com

    ·        Taste of the Islands: Nov. 10 at Marathon Community Park, Marathon.  fla-keys.com/calendar

    EDISON FORD GARDEN FESTIVAL – If you haven’t been to the Edison & Ford (as in Thomas Edison & Henry Ford) Winter Estates, this would be a good time to go. Dozens of plant and garden vendors will have booths under the Banyan and other historic trees and all around the estates and museum. Also on hand: Food trucks and live music.
    When:
    Nov. 23-24
    Where:
    Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers
    Web:
    edisonfordwinterestates.org

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

    ·        The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (Nov. 1-17 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. 4-9 at the Regal Cinema South Beach) 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. 20-24, 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. 1-3 at Miami Tower Theater in Miami), you’ll see the best and newest films from France. francecinemafloride.com

    CIRCUIT FESTIVAL – This has always been a popular international gay event, but it’s coming to the United States for the first time. There will be four massive nighttime events with world-class production in spectacular locations, at least three daytime parties and top international DJs.
    When:
    Nov. 28-Dec. 2
    Where:
    Various locations in Miami Beach
    Web:
    circuitfestival.net/miami

    AMERICAN SANDSCULPTING CHAMPIONSHIP & BEACH FESTIVAL –This 10-day event features world-class master sand sculptors, speed sculpting, demonstrations and lessons, a state championship contest, a vendor village and a kids activity area with bounce houses and slides.
    When:
    Nov. 22-Dec. 1
    Where:
    Fort Myers Beach, behind the Wyndham Garden Hotel
    Web:
    fmbsandsculpting.com

    FAIRCHILD 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. 9-10
    Where:
    Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables
    Web:
    fairchildgarden.org

    KEY WEST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OFFSHORE RACE – 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. 3-10
    Where:
    Key West
    Web:
    www.fla-keys.com

    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. 7-9
    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. 15-17
    Where:
    Homestead Miami Speedway, Homestead
    Web:
    homesteadmiamispeedway.com

    SANTA’S ENCHANTED FOREST -- Get an early start to the ho-ho-ho season with SoFla’s tallest Christmas tree light show, millions of dazzling lights, hundreds of themed displays, delicious food, live music and carnival rides.
    When:
    Oct. 31-Jan. 5, 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. 22-24
    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. 2
    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. 1-2
    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 and tropical food.
    When:
    Nov. 7-10
    Where:
    Sun Splash Festival Grounds, Cape Coral
    Web:
    cocofest.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. 23-24
    Where:
    Miami-Dade Fair Expo, Miami
    Web:
    MiamiHarvest.com

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

    ·        Art in the Park: Oct. 26-27 at Liberty Tree Park, Plantation. artintheparkplantation.com

    ·        Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Show: Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Memorial Park, Stuart. festivalnet.com

    ·        Art on the Square: Nov. 9-10, downtown Delray Beach. oldschoolsquare.org/art-on-the-square

    ·        Big Pine & Lower Keys Island Art Festival:

    Nov. 30 on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, Mile Marker 31, Oceanside. fla-keys.com/calendar

    ·        Boca Raton Fine Art Show: Nov. 2-3 at Mizner Park Amphitheater. HotWorks.org

    ·        Chamber South Miami Art Festival: Nov. 2-3, between U.S. Highway 51 and SW 57th Avenue in South Miami. chambersouth.com/miami-art-festival

    ·        Coral Springs Craft Fair at the Walk: Nov. 23-24 at 2800 N. University Drive. artfestival.com

    ·        Country Walk Fall Arts & Craft Festival: Nov. 2, 14601 Country Walk Drive, Miami. countrywalkhoa.org

    ·        Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival: Nov. 30-Dec. 1.  artfestival.com

    ·        Downtown Venice Art Festival: Nov. 2-3. artfestival.com

    ·        Naples Artcrafters Fine Art & Craft Show: Nov. 9 at Cambier Park, Naples. NaplesArtCrafters.com

    ·        Sanibel Masters Art Festival: Nov. 29-30, along Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. boulderbrook.net

    car driving through spectacular light display at Daytona International Speedway

    See over a million holiday lights in Magic of Lights, a dazzling drive-through holiday light display that the whole family can enjoy, held at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach.

    - Magic of Lights


    CENTRAL FLORIDA

    DALI MUSEUM’S VISUAL MAGIC EXHIBIT Be among the first to try out this special interactive exhibit featuring some of Salvador Dali’s most monumental works through the lens of augmented reality technology. Viewing the artwork through the Dali Museum app on a mobile device, visitors get to see the paintings come to life, highlighting and exploring their complexities in a completely different way. Don’t have a device? The museum can provide one of theirs.
    When:
    Through Nov. 3
    Where:
    The Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg
    Web:
    thedali.org

    CLEARWATER BEACH CHALK ART FESTIVAL – Stroll along Gulfview Boulevard and watch fun, whimsical artwork take shape before your eyes as local and regional artists transform the beach's sidewalks into spectacular larger-than-life canvases. Participate in the free fest by voting for your favorite artist in the "People's Choice Award" category, shopping for arts, crafts and gifts, getting a henna tattoo or enjoying live bands.
    When:
    Oct. 18-20
    Where:
    Clearwater Beach
    Web:
    visitstpeteclearwater.com/chalk-art-festival

    CORTEZ NAUTICAL FLEA MARKET – Located just west of Bradenton in the quaint fishing village of Cortez, the Florida Maritime Museum holds its free, annual flea market featuring all things fishing, boating, sailing and diving. Dig through piles of new, used and even antique sea-related treasures, available for sale or trade, and check out some cool historical and educational exhibits while you’re there.
    When:
    Oct. 26
    Where:
    Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez
    Web:
    floridamaritimemuseum.org/nautical-flea-market

    FRUITVILLE GROVE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL – The Fruitville Grove farm goes all out during the month of October, hosting a free, tot-friendly fall fest every weekend that includes a petting zoo, playground, bands and pumpkin-filled photo ops. Shop for decorative gourds, scarecrows and other home décor, then dine on caramel apples, pumpkin pie and other treats from the vendors.
    When:
    Weekends throughout October
    Where:
    Fruitville Grove, Sarasota
    Web:
    fruitvillegrove.com/festival                                                      

    RATTLESNAKE FESTIVAL – The small town of San Antonio brings back the Rattlesnake Festival for the 53rd year, inviting all ages to this pet-friendly event filled with kids’ games, rides and arts and crafts booths, gopher tortoise races, BBQ and ice cream treats, a rodeo cowboy show, and of course, rattlesnakes on display.
    When:
    Oct. 18-20
    Where:
    Pasco County Fairgrounds, Dade City
    Web:
    rattlesnakefestival.com

    HUNSADER FARMS PUMPKIN FESTIVAL – Visit a real Central Florida working farm, which goes all out for its pumpkin festival as it opens its grounds to the public for all to enjoy. See live animals and a kids petting farm area, pony rides, a corn maze, chainsaw sculpting demonstrations, country bands, hayrides, a children’s train, homemade ice cream, pumpkin pie, roasted sweet corn, games, face painting and more.
    When:
    Oct. 19-20, 26-27
    Where:
    Epic Theatres Mount Dora, Mount Dora
    Web:
    hunsaderfarms.com/pumpkin-festival

    GREAT AMERICAN COOTER FEST– Inverness’ most famous – or at least famously named – festival returns with eight bands, two water shows and a carnival. Check out the impressive costume contest, cheer on live turtles in the hourly races and take a fun Segway tour, all in the name of a mythical turtle named Cooter.
    When:
    Oct. 25-27
    Where:
    The Depot District at Liberty & Wallace Brooks Parks, Inverness
    Web:
    cooterfestival.com

    BIKETOBERFEST – Motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country join the crowd of 100,000-plus guests who visit Daytona Beach for this fun, four-day party that fills the streets with a thunderous roar. Enjoy daily and nightly live bands, check out the latest gear at the swap meet and bike show, sample locally made craft beer and take part in countywide rides with fellow bikers.
    When:
    Oct. 17-20
    Where:
    Daytona Beach
    Web: daytonabeach.com/biketoberfest

    AUTUMN IN THE OAKS ART, MUSIC AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL – Enjoy live contemporary and bluegrass bands and shop for local honeys, jellies and soaps at this charming fest in beautiful DeLeon Springs. Cast your vote in the chili cook-off and bring your guitar, banjo or drums to join in one of the special jam sessions.
    When:
    Oct. 19
    Where:
    Historic Porter House Property, DeLeon Springs
    Web:
    deleonspringscommunityassociation.com

    DELAND SPORT AVIATION SHOWCASE – This interactive trade show for recreational aircraft users and aviation geeks showcases more than 100 aircraft alongside exhibitors of avionics, engines, headsets, tools, pilot gear, flight schools and other flying-related goodies. Watch all-day demonstration flights, sit in on educational forums and hands-on workshops, enjoy live music and food … or if you’re really getting into it, buy a pre-owned aircraft!
    When:
    Nov. 14-16
    Where:
    DeLand Municipal Airport, DeLand
    Web:
    sportaviationshowcase.com

    HONEY BEE FESTIVAL & CRAFT FAIR – As home to one of the largest honey producers in the nation, Polk County’s Bartow hosts Florida’s sweetest festival, featuring around a hundred vendors. This 28-year-old fair celebrates all things bee-related, including honey candy, honey wines, beehive starter kits, beekeeping seminars and children’s crafts and activities.
    When:
    Nov. 9
    Where:
    Downtown Bartow
    Web:
    visitcentralflorida.org/honey-bee-festival

    BLUES AND BREWS FESTIVAL – Enjoy 10 straight hours of free live blues tunes while you sip craft beer, cider or wine and dance amongst the fun and friendly Gulfport natives. Headliners this year include the Marty Stokes Band, TC Carr, Smoking Torpedoes and the Bridget Kelly Band. There’s plenty to eat throughout the day, from Jamaican jerk chicken to Southern comfort food and hand-dipped ice cream treats.  
    When:
    Nov. 2
    Where:
    Trolley Market Square, Gulfport
    Web:
    so49.org/blues-n-brews

    ORMOND BEACH RIVERFEST – Family-focused and pet-friendly, this free two-day community celebration features some of the best of Florida life: Seafood, boats, watersports, music and more. There will be bands playing all day long on the main stage, a boat show, plenty to eat, draft beer, eco-life presentations and lots of vendors, drawing large, enthusiastic crowds for the event’s 11th year. For convenience, check out the free and easy parking shuttle from City Hall.
    When:
    Nov. 16-17
    Where:
    Rockefeller Gardens, Ormond Beach
    Web:
    ormondbeachmainstreet.com/Riverfest

    VOLUSIA COUNTY FAIR – This agriculture-themed fair is filled with fun stuff for all ages, including a petting zoo for the tots and a Chubby Checker performance on Senior Day. Hop aboard carnival rides, check out the breeding goat show, stand for the National Anthem before the dazzling Veteran’s Day fly-over and peruse a showcase of locally made arts, crafts, horticulture projects and more.
    When:
    Nov. 7-17
    Where:
    Volusia County Fairgrounds, DeLand
    Web:
    volusiacountyfair.com

    MAGIC OF LIGHTS – See over a million holiday lights in this dazzling drive-through holiday light display that the whole family can enjoy from the comfort of your own vehicle. New to this year’s Magic of Lights is an out-of-car experience featuring a S’Elfie Tunnel, refreshments and snacks and an expanded route with new displays and an additional 100,000 lights. Returning favorite traditional displays include the Enchanting Tunnel of Lights, 12 Days of Christmas, 200-foot Candy Cane Lane and Snowflake Forest, as well digital animations of Santa and his reindeer.
    When:
    Nov. 22-Jan. 1
    Where:
    Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach
    Web:
    daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Magic-of-Lights

    FALL COUNTRY JAMBOREE – Celebrating its 43rd year, Barberville’s Fall Country Jamboree returns with a fun lineup of folk musicians, storytellers, Florida historians and crafts on display, as well as cool demonstrations of pioneer living such as blacksmithing, cane grinding, spinning, weaving, wood working, and other historical arts and skills. For a different kind of dance party you’ll never forget, check out the old-time, foot-stompin’ barn dance in the school house.
    When:
    Nov. 2-3
    Where:
    Barberville Pioneer Settlement, Barberville
    Web:
    pioneersettlement.org/jamboree

    TAMPA BAY TIMES FESTIVAL OF READING – Held at the University of South Florida St. Pete campus, the Festival of Reading caters to those with a love of literature with this day-long event filled with local and guest authors from around the country, representing every genre from children’s books to science fiction. Listen to writers – such as this year’s headliners R.L. Stine and Edwidge Danticat – read from their latest works and answer questions from readers and budding writers in the audience. 
    When: Nov. 9
    Where: St. Petersburg
    Web: tampabay.com/reading

    CITY OF ORLANDO’S VETERANS DAY PARADE – Veterans and their families come from all over the state to take part in central Florida’s largest Veterans Day parade, now celebrating its 20th year. The procession features marching bands, ROTC units, active duty military members, floats and veterans groups from all military branches representing a wide variety of conflicts throughout the last several decades. This year's theme will honor WWII veterans, with the parade's five Grand Marshals all having served during WWII.
    When:
    Nov. 9
    Where:
    Downtown Orlando
    Web:
    cityoforlando.net/veterans-parade

    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, there will also be everything from hot dogs to pizza to snow cones, plus locally made art, clothing and crafts. Register for the cornhole tournament to win cash prizes, or dance along to any of the six bands on three different stages lining the streets of historic downtown Crystal River.
    When:
    Nov. 2
    Where:
    Downtown Crystal River
    Web:
    stonecrabjam.com

    MOUNT DORA SCOTTISH HIGHLAND FESTIVAL – The sounds of bagpipes and rock music fill the air as Mount Dora kicks off its annual Scottish Highland Festival Saturday, followed by the entertaining classic Highland games, dancing and revelry, a tartan parade, Scottish reenactment camps and classic Scottish dishes and brews.
    When:
    Nov. 16-17
    Where:
    Donnelly Park and Elizabeth Evans Park, Mount Dora
    Web
    : ci.mount-dora.fl.us/Scottish-Festival                                                         

    TAMPA BAY VEG FEST – Vegans and non-vegans alike can enjoy free samples of animal-free dishes at the ever-growing and award-winning Tampa Bay Veg Fest. The fest features various grocers, products and eco-friendly organizations from around the Tampa Bay area and also features yoga classes, cooking demonstrations, live music, activities for kids and on-site rescue animal adoptions.
    When
    : Nov. 9
    Where
    : Perry Harvey Sr. Park, downtown Tampa
    Web
    : tampabayvegfest.org

    bikers pedal along the shores of A1A

    Explore one of the most scenic stretches in Florida along the A1A Scenic and Coastal Byway on two wheels in the Spoonbills & Sprockets Cycling Tour, which starts at Marineland in St. Augustine.

    - Spoonbills & Sprockets Cycling Tour

     

    NORTH FLORIDA

    SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE Discover more than 100 ideas to enhance and modernize your own home from paint colors to hot home tech at the annual Southern Living Idea Home. This modern home honors the architecture and design of the historic homes in old Fernandina with more than 1,400 square feet of porch space to celebrate the south. The home also includes sweeping riverfront views from allowing the exterior and interior design to coexist and celebrate each other. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Amelia Island Museum of History.
    When:
     until Dec. 8
    Where:
    Crane Island, Amelia Island
    Web:
    craneisland.com

    WHERE JELLY ROLLS, FAT QUARTERS AND STIPPLING RULES — Not all artists show their flair for creativity with a paintbrush and canvas. Some utilize delicate stitch work, rainbow-colored fabric and metallic thread. September’s event lineup will have North Florida quilt lovers on the go.

    • From the Cedar Chest: Generations of Southern Quilting, 1830s to Today (through Dec. 14, Gadsden): Art exhibit curated from private and public collections in North Florida. Features historic and contemporary quilts, some of which have been completed by different family members through the decades. (gadsdenarts.org/Cedar-Chest)
    • Big Bend Quilt Trail (through Dec. 14, Gadsden): To enhance Gadsden Arts Center & Museum’s exhibit, “From the Cedar Chest” (see listing above), the area is creating a quilt trail throughout the area. A Barn Quilt, or Quilt Trail, have typically consisted of large, painted plywood squares in which each features a single 8-by-8-foot quilt block celebrating the heritage of quilting in North America and is installed on outdoor exterior walls along a route. (gadsdenarts.org/Cedar-Chest)

    SO SPOOKTACULAR Halloween always blesses us with a lineup of scary and not-so-scary fall fun.

    ·         Big Shoals Pumpkin Fest (Oct. 19, White Springs): Families will have a blast at this autumn-themed day at Big Shoals State Park that includes pumpkin bowling, face painting, pumpkin decorating, costume parade and hayride. (floridastateparks.org/pumpkin-fest)
    ·         Ghostwalk (Oct. 26, Apalachicola): Your tour guides, spinning spooky stories of Chestnut Street Cemetery’s more notable “residents,” will dress in period costumes for your journey to the 1800s when Apalachicola was a maritime hub. (floridasforgottencoast.com/ghostwalk)
    ·         15th Annual Florida Bat Festival (Oct. 26, Gainesville): Get to “meet” the world’s largest bats, enjoy beer samples from local Sunshine State breweries (adults 21 and over only) and learn why bat conservation is a necessity at the Lubee Bat Conservancy’s annual fest. The conservancy, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, will also have a Kids Zone, live music, games and educational exhibits at the event. (lubee.org)
    ·         Tales from the Clink: A Candlelit Tour Through Clay County’s History (Oct. 29 Green Cove Springs): Immerse yourself in a character-based tour through Green Cove Springs Historic Triangle, which includes Old County Jail and the 1890 Courthouse. For more information, call 904-371-0027. (claycountygov.com)

    FIRST COAST HAM JAM — The Music Festival and BBQ Cookoff has four categories: Ribs, Shoulder/Butt, Brisket and Chicken as well as daily live music each day headlined country artists Mark Chestnutt, Brett Myers, Colt Ford and Katlyn Lowe. The cookoff is a Florida BBQ Sanctioned Event with pit masters competing for trophies and prize money. Also includes rides, kids’ activities and arts and crafts vendors.
    When:
    Oct. 17-20
    Where:
    Clay County Fairgrounds
    Web:
    firstcoasthamjam.com

    BUTTERFLY MIGRATION The 2,000-mile fall migration of monarch butterflies from North America to Central America includes an annual pitstop along the Florida Panhandle in October and November. These festivals celebrate their journey.

    ·         Flutterby Arts Festival (Oct. 19-20, Inlet Beach): The family-friendly event includes art activities, live music, dance performances, art exhibits and a butterfly parade at Watersound Origins. (culturalartsalliance.com/flutterby-arts-festival)
    ·         Monarch Butterfly Festival (Oct. 26, Wakulla): Imagine seeing the sky full of the beautiful, fluttering black and orange wings as they pass along Wakulla County’s coast. St. Mark’s Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center is a specific stopover and the annual event includes exhibits, tours and butterfly tagging. (visitwakulla.com/monarch-butterfly-festival)

    SUWANNEE HULAWEEN While fans of the trippy, magical music fest waited anxiously to hear if the seventh annual event was a go under a new organizer, the 2019 lineup was finally released to much fanfare. It includes four nights of performances by festival favorite The String Cheese Incident. Other headliners include Bassnectar, Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, and Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit.
    When:
    Oct. 24-27
    Where:
    Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak
    Web:
    suwanneehulaween.com

    SUWANNEE FAT TIRE FESTIVAL Have mountain bike, will travel back country. Join other fat tire enthusiasts for a day (or weekend) of swapping stories, sharing the best off-road experiences and hitting the trails on group rides. Other than riding, there will be a beginner’s clinic, Halloween-themed activities and more.
    When:
    Oct. 24-27
    Where:
    Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs
    Web:
    suwanneebike.org/fat-tire

    SEA AND SKY AIR SPECTACULAR — Lather on some sunscreen and choose your seat on the beach for the best show on the coast. Jacksonville’s air show splits its time (and changes names) in years when there’s a change in scenery, from the Naval Air Station Jacksonville location along the St. John’s River to the city’s beach communities. This year, the Blue Angels will be performing their sweeping air feats over the Atlantic Ocean along Jacksonville Beach. Along with the Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Golden Knights, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron and F-35 Demo Team are just some of the high-flying crews scheduled to perform.
    When:
    Oct. 26-27
    Where:
    Jacksonville Beach
    Web:
    specialevents.coj.net/Sea-and-Sky-Airshow

    MATTIE KELLY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS It’s never too early to start checking items off your holiday shopping lists and the 24th Annual Art Festival is a monster shopping opportunity. You’ll be able to explore the juried competition booths showcasing the work of more than 200 artists from 13 states whose work covers 22 different art mediums. It also concludes the fall season of arts-related events which include weekly live concerts on Thursdays from September 12 through October 10.
    When:
    Oct. 26-27
    Where:
    Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, Destin
    Web:
    mattiekellyartsfoundation.org

    FLORIDA GATEWAY FAIR Formerly known as the Columbia County Fair, the 65th annual celebration includes all the expected awesome fair activities including a petting zoo, livestock show, talent competition and more. Of course, there will be fried food, and carnival rides for the young at heart.
    When:
    Oct. 25 - Nov. 2
    Where:
    Florida Gateway Fairgrounds, Lake City
    Web:
    floridagatewayfairgrounds.org/fair

    FOO FOO FESTIVAL — This 12-day celebration of arts and culture includes an eclectic lineup of more than 40 culturally creative events and happenings around Pensacola on Oct 31 through Nov. 11. See the full list at foofoofest.com. Some of the more intriguing events in this year’s lineup include:
    ·         3D Printsacola: Skateable “Skulpture” Edition (Nov. 1): Rodney Mullen, the grandfather of modern street skating from California, will perform a skateboarding demo on 3D printed concrete “skulptures” which are also embedded with augmented reality that translates human engagement. The “skulptures” are designed and printed specifically for the event.
    ·         The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival (Nov. 1-3): Juried art show and sale featuring more than 200 artists and crafters displaying their creations in a variety of mediums.
    ·         Flying Art: Painting with Axes (Nov. 2): Throw an axe at a wooden target covered with balloons filled with paint, glitter and powdered chalk to help make edgy art.
    ·         Joshilyn Jackson Writer’s Workshop (Nov. 9): There are limited seats available to this three-hour workshop presented by the best-selling southern author.

    FLORIDA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL The long-limbed oaks along the Apalachicola River make Battery Park a gorgeous venue for thousands of visitors seeking fresh seafood paired with country music. Parmalee (Carolina and Close Your Eyes) will headline the annual festival which also features an oyster eating and oyster shucking contest, a blessing of the fleet, Tonging For Treasure and a 5K Redfish Run.
    When:
    Nov. 1-2
    Where:
    Battery Park, Apalachicola
    Web:
    floridasforgottencoast.com/seafood-festival

    THE FEST 18 Indie music fans love this Gainesville fest so much that three-day passes sold out in May. Don’t worry, single event tickets to rock with the best independent bands from around the world are still available. In a means to tout their exclusivity (and good taste), they’ve added “FL Exclusive” badges to the acts that will not be touring elsewhere in the Sunshine State. More than 300 acts make up the 2019 lineup.
    When:
    Nov. 1-3
    Where:
    Gainesville
    Web:
    thefestfl.com

    RIGHT WHALE FESTIVAL In late fall, the endangered North Atlantic right whales return to the warm water off the coast of northeast Florida and southeast Georgia to give birth and nurse their young. This annual festival is part of the local efforts to educate the public and protect them from extinction in a fun, family-friendly environment. Includes ocean-themed activities and exhibits, live music, arts and craft vendors, kid activities, a beach clean-up, food and more.
    When:
    Nov. 2-3
    Where:
    Fernandina Beach
    Web:
    rightwhalefestival.com

    SPOONBILLS & SPROCKETS CYCLING TOUR Explore one of the most scenic stretches in Florida along the A1A Scenic and Coastal Byway on two wheels. The cycling tour has 15, 36, 72 and 100-mile routes to earn a finisher medal. To celebrate its 8th anniversary, they’re going “Crazy 8’s” and adding another finisher medal for each participant who take eight photos during your Spoonbills adventure weekend.
    When:
    Nov. 3
    Where:
    Hwy A1A, starting at Marineland in St. Augustine
    Web:
    raceroster.com/events/spoonbills-sprockets

    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 35th 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 the most promising new talent (under the age of 18) a “guest songwriter” pass to the festival and the opportunity to perform in a showcase. One lucky artist/songwriter will receive an invitation to perform as paid, featured songwriter at the 2020 festival.
    When:
    Nov. 7-17
    Where:
    various venues, Perdido Key to Gulf Shores, Ala.
    Web:
    frankbrownsongwriters.com

    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 130 reds, whites and roses will be available for tasting. Those with a love for sparklers (the vino kind) should also get a ticket for Sunday’s Celebration of Bubbles Brunch which pairs cava, prosecco and champagne with menu by local chef Jim Shirley. Shirley’s culinary team is all the tour de force behind Friday night’s Al Fresco Reserve Wine Tasting at Ruskin Place.
    When:
    Nov. 7-10
    Where:
    Seaside
    Web:
    seeingredwinefestival.com

    MAHABHUTA YOGA FESTIVAL From downward dog to sun salutations, take the weekend to breathe deep and find your inner peace with three days of workshops highlighting southeast regional yoga teachers, artists, healers, dancers and musicians, as well as, educational wellness seminars.
    When:
    Nov. 8-10
    Where:
    Sanders Beach Community Center, Pensacola
    Web:
    mahabhutayogafestival.com

    JACKSONVILLE PORCHFEST 2019 The first Saturday in Jacksonville’s historic Springfield neighborhood always rocks. This free community event is more like a large-scale neighborhood block party with the homeowners welcoming dozens of bands to perform on their front porches throughout the afternoon followed by an evening concert at Klutho Park. This pedestrian and family-friendly event also includes some of Jax’s favorite local food trucks, as well as craft beer and wine.
    When:
    Nov. 9
    Where:
    Historic Springfield, Jacksonville
    Web:
    jacksonvilleporchfest.org

    OCALA HARVEST FESTIVAL With two stages and a food truck court, you will be entertained and well fed during the 5th annual music and food truck festival. Blanco Brown, who calls his country and hip-hop blend “Trailer Trap,” and singer-songwriter Cassadee Pope, who won the third season of “The Voice,” are the event headliners. 
    When:
    Nov. 9
    Where:
    Tuscawilla Park, Ocala
    Web:
    ocalafl.org/government/harvest-fest

    6TH ANNUAL MADISON COUNTY STORYTELLING FESTIVAL This family-friendly fest celebrates the tradition of keeping the past alive through the stories we share. Do you think you can make others laugh or cry? Winners of Friday night’s first story slam/contest will be competing for a cash prize. On Saturday, the fest’s headliner, Michael Reno Harrell, will entertain with his stories from Southern Appalachia. You’ll hear from other regional writers as well as those brave enough to share a 5-minute “opus” during the Open Stage.
    When:
    Nov. 15-16
    Where:
    Madison County Agricultural Building, Madison
    Web:
    visittallahassee.com/storytelling

    ANNUAL DOWNTOWN FERNANDINA PAJAMA PARTY As we do more holiday shopping online, there’s less of a need to be the first in line at 5 a.m. to score that oh-so-perfect present. Plus, do you really want to get dressed just hours after turning off the lights for the night? Downtown Fernandina has you covered. You can get a little extra shut eye (the stores don’t open until 8 a.m.) and show up in your PJs! That’s right. The annual day-after-Thanksgiving extravaganza allow you shop local, enjoy live music, join the Christmas carolers and compete in a contest for the best pajamas. Then, take a day to recover before joining the town for the Christmas Tree lighting on Saturday night.
    When:
    Nov. 29
    Where:
    Fernandina
    Web:
    ameliaisland.com/Pajama-Party

    BEACH HOME FOR THE HOLIDAY Put fall in the rearview mirror and break out the ugly sweaters, jingle bells and reindeer antlers for two days of caroling, photos with Santa and fireworks over the park’s 36-foot Christmas tree. Scotty McCreery will be the headliner for Friday’s live entertainment, with the Panama City POPS Orchestra will follow on Saturday.
    When:
    Nov. 29-30
    Where:
    Aaron Bessant Park, Panama City Beach
    Web:
    visitpanamacitybeach.com/beach-holiday

    LIGHTED BOAT PARADE — In Florida there’s a definite train of thought regarding holiday parades, if it has a motor and you can hang twinkle lights on it, then it’s perfect for a parade (Don’t forget to check out December’s events. Trust us.). Jacksonville’s spectacle on the St. Johns River is the perfect way to kick of the holiday parade season. Boats decked out will cruise the St. Johns between downtown Jacksonville’s north and south banks. At the parade’s conclusion, the city’s biggest fireworks display of the year will light up the night. Don’t forget to get your smartphone ready to take video of the sparkling waterfalls that rain down from the city’s Main Street and Acosta bridges. It’s always the “wow” moment of the evening.
    When:
    Nov. 30
    Where:
    Jacksonville Landing
    Web:
    specialevents.coj.net/Light-Boat-Parade

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