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.
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
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than 200 works of art and related materials (photographs, sculpture, film clips, video, music, performance pieces and historical documents and images from magazines, newspapers and television) that explore the profound impact the LGBTQ liberation movement on visual culture.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
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
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
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.)
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
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
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
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
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
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:
· 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
· Taste of the Islands: Nov. 10 at Marathon Community Park, Marathon. fla-keys.com/calendar
BAYFRONT HOLIDAY VILLAGE – Attendees of all ages will enjoy daily LED light shows on the 50-foot Christmas tree, waterfront roller skating, over 50 vendors, festive music and al fresco food and drinks. It all adds up to Miami’s beautiful version of a tropical winter wonderland
When: Nov. 28-Dec. 25
Where: Bayfront Park, downtown Miami
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
· Coral Springs Craft Fair at the Walk: Nov. 23-24 at 2800 N. University Drive. artfestival.com
· Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival: Nov. 30-Dec. 1. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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