Florida Events Calendar


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




57th FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW – You don’t get to be one of the premiere boat shows in the world by resting on your laurels. New this year: the air conditioned Sailfish Pavilion (offering the latest in center consoles, personal watercraft and accessories), boat-handling skills for first time boaters, and a larger and improved selection of food and beverage options. More than $4 billion worth of boats and yachts of all kinds and sizes, products, accessories, marine art and jewelry will be on display in three million square feet of exhibition space.
When: Nov. 3-7
Where: Seven locations in Fort Lauderdale
Web: showmanagement.com



33rd MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL – You don’t get to be one of the premiere book fairs in the world by resting on your laurels. New this year: Kitchen Stage (featuring demos by top chefs), The Porch (the ultimate urban hangout, with improv, comedy, cabaret and live music), ReadCaribbean and an expanded Children’s Alley. This year’s great slate of authors includes Russell Banks, Dave Barry, Richard Blanco, T.C. Boyle, Robert Olen Butler, James Carville, Alan Cumming, Melissa de la Cruz, Maureen Dowd, Jane Hamilton, Padma Laksmi, Arva Moore, Trevor Noah and Jeffrey Toobin. And, of course, don’t miss the always popular Street Fair on the final weekend.
When: Nov. 13-20
Where: Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, Miami
Web: MiamiBookFair.com


LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! FILM FESTS!  Somebody must have designated November as Film Festival Month in South Florida. There are six, count ’em, six, worthy of your consideration:

  • The 31st Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (Nov. 4-20, various locations) will present more than 100 features, shorts and documentaries. You want star power? You’ll see movies with Ellen Burstyn, Beverly D’Angelo, Viola Davis, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Hayden Panettiere, Dev Patel, Jason Schwartzman and Talia Shire. Don’t miss Lion, which is generating considerable early Oscar buzz. See FLIFF.com.
  • The 15th Annual Miami Short Film Festival (Nov. 14-19 at Cinepolis Cocowalk and Miami Beach Cinematheque) will present films from around the world that are no more than 20 minutes long. See miamishortfilmfestival.com.
  • The Key West Film Festival (Nov. 16-20, various locations) always features films that exhibit excellence in story-telling. And, you can’t beat the setting for all the parties. See kwfilmfest.com.
  • The 11th Annual Women’s International Film & Arts Festival (Nov. 3-6, various locations in Miami) is one of the leading international cultural event featuring films and visual and performance arts – all produced and about women. See womensfilmfest.com.
  • The Recent Cinema from Spain (Nov. 17-20 at Olympia Theater at The Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in Miami) exhibition series will present all the newest and best films from Spain. See miamiandbeaches.com.
  • At France Cinema Floride (Nov. 4-6 at MDC Tower Theater in Miami), you’ll see the best and newest films from France. See francecinemafloride.com.



DUELING SAND ART EXTRAVAGANZAS -- You can’t go wrong with either one: the 30th Annual American Sandsculpting Championships on Fort Myers Beach or the newer kid in the sand box, the International Sand Art Competition in Key West. The former features world-class master sand sculptors, speed sculpting, demonstrations and lessons, a state championship contest and a kids activity area with bounce houses and slides. The latter will showcase world-renowned sand sculptors from the United States and all over the world as they compete and create massive, intricate sculptors.
When & Where: Respectively, Nov. 18-27 on Fort Myers Beach, and Nov. 23-27 at the ocean-front Casa Marina Resort in Key West.
Web: Respectively, fmbsandsculpting.com and sandartkeywest.com



CANVAS OUTDOOR MUSEUM – Imagine a museum without walls as some of the best street artists in the country create their work and then unveil their giant murals on 20 downtown buildings, all within walking distance of each other.
When: Nov.11-20
Where: downtown West Palm Beach
Web: canvaswpb.org



FAIRCHILD FALL GARDEN FESTIVAL & 76th 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. 11-13
Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables
Web: fairchildgarden.org



35th ANNUAL KEY WEST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACES – The Indy 500 of powerboat racing, it’s the finals of the eight-month long Super Boat International series. High-speed offshore powerboats race for 6.5 miles in Key West Harbor and surrounding waters and reach speeds of 140 miles per hour.
When: Nov. 6-13
Where: Key West
Web: www.fla-keys.com



SOUTHEASTERN CIRCUIT RODEO FINALS – Some of the top rodeo performers in the country take part 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. 10-12
Where: Bergeron Rodeo Grounds in Davie
Web: davieprorodeo.com



WHITE PARTY WEEK – More than 15,000 partygoers will enjoy six days and nights of nonstop entertainment and help fight against HIV/AIDS at the same time. Over the years, it has become one of the premiere LGBT events in the country.
When: Nov. 23-28
Where: Various locations throughout Miami-Dade County
Web: whiteparty.org



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 and 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, driver trailers to buy racing memorabilia and stages for top country music acts.
When: Nov. 18-20
Where: Homestead Miami Speedway, Homestead
Web: homesteadmiamispeedway.com


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. 4-5
Where: Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum. Clewiston
Web: ahtahthiki.com



THE GREAT GROVE BED RACE – There’s bound to be some mattress mayhem and bed-on collisions at this annual tongue-in-cheek race of wacky home-made beds on wheels. Sure, all the five-member teams are competing to be the fastest, but there are also coveted awards for best décor, engineering, crowd favorite and funniest contraption.
When: Date to be determined
Where: The streets of Coconut Grove
Web: thegreatgrovebedrace.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 (Jana Kramer, 38 Special and Chase Bryant are the headliners), carnival rides, water-ski shows, coconut crafts, tropical food and, as they say, much more.
When: Nov. 11-13
Where: Sun Splash Festival Grounds, Cape Coral
Web: cocofest.com


9th ANNUAL DOWNTOWN MIAMI RIVERWALK FESTIVAL AND BOAT PARADE – This multi-cultural event show cases the historical and ecological surroundings at the mouth of the Miami River. This year’s featured region is Europe and includes authentic music, art, food, children’s activities and raffle prizes.
When: Nov. 12
Where: On the Riverwalk adjacent to South Biscayne Boulevard in Miami.
Web: miamiriverwalkfestival.com



54th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS ON LAS OLAS – Get an early start to the ho-ho-ho season at this merry event that features great food and drink, outstanding local choirs, sledding down a two-story ice-slope and an ice skating rink.
When: Nov. 29
Where: World-famous Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale
Web: lasolasboulevard.com



THIRD ANNUAL FASHION WEEK WEST PALM BEACH – Some 20 outstanding designers from around the country will showcase their lines in a series of runway shows, exhibitions, workshops, seminars and parties.
When: Nov. 3-5
Where: Various locations in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens
Web: FashionWeekWestPalmBeach.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. Joe Piscopo is the Grand Marshal and one of the headlining entertainers.
When: Nov. 4-6
Where: Abacoa Town Center, Jupiter
Web: feastoflittleitaly.com


JUNIOR ORANGE BOWL PARADE -- Once again, the 68th annual parade is the flagship parade of the Junior Orange Bowl Festival season, which consists of 20 athletic, academic and cultural events that are held throughout SoFla.
When: Nov. 27
Where: Downtown Coral Gables
Web: jrorangebowl.org/parade


YUM, YUM &, YUM – That’s one “yum” for each of these tasty SoFla foodie events:

  • 7th Annual Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival (Nov. 4-6 at Florida Atlantic University. See bocaratonwineandfoodfestival.com)
  • Seed Food & Wine Festival (Nov. 2-6 at various locations in Miami Beach and the Wynwood area of Miami. See seedfoodandwine.com)
  • Redland Fish Fry & Seafood Festival (Nov.12-13 at Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead. See miamiandbeaches.com)


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

  • 29th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival (Nov. 5-6. See artfestival.com)
  • South Miami Art Festival (Nov. 5-6. See miamiandbeaches.com)
  • Big Pine & Lower Keys Island Art Festival (Nov. 26 on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, Mile Marker 31, Oceanside. See fla-keys.com
  • 17th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival (Nov. 26-27. See artfestival.com)
  • Art in the Park Fine Art & Quality Craft Show (Nov. 26-27 at Memorial Park in Stuart. See huffspromo.com)





OZELLO ARTS, CRAFTS AND BLUE CRAB FESTIVAL – Experience Old Florida with a  mix of rustic and fine arts and crafts, along with live music, vendors representing organizations in the Nature Coast area, locals selling jams and honey, and plenty of rib-sticking fair foods, including the Gulf of Mexico delicacy, blue crab.
When:  Nov. 26
Where: Ozello Trail, Crystal River
Web: ozello.net


INSPIRESARASOTA! FESTIVAL – Sarasota celebrates the arts in the most community-minded way – through its youth and small, local music and art groups. Enjoy performances from Sarasota County School student dancers, musicians and choirs, as well as local performing arts youth groups and exhibits showcasing local businesses and arts organizations.
When: Nov. 5
Where: Downtown Sarasota
Web: inspiresarasota.net


FLORIDA AG EXPO – While this event caters to Florida farmers and growers, small-timers interested in improving urban farms and small crops can learn the science and techniques behind growing successful tomato, strawberry and pepper plants. Hear from Florida agriculture experts about insect management, weed control, food safety, irrigation, fertilization, and current industry trends and issues, and sample some of the newest varieties on the market.
When: Nov. 2
Where: UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research & Education Center, Wimauma
Web: floridaagexpo.com


TAMPA BAY VEG FEST – Vegans and non-vegans alike can enjoy free samples of animal-free dishes at Tampa Bay Veg Fest, named one of 10 must-visit vegan festivals by onegreenplanet.org. The fest features various grocers, products and eco-friendly organizations from around the Tampa Bay area and also features activities for kids and on-site animal adoptions.
When: Nov. 12
Where: Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, downtown Tampa
Web: tampabayvegfest.org


STONE CRAB JAM – Celebrate the season of one of Florida’s most sustainable seafood treats, harvested from the tough-shelled, regenerating claws of the stone crab. Along with vendors selling crab, there will also be hot dogs, pizza and snow cones, plus locally made art, clothing and crafts. Register for the cornhole tournament to win cash prizes.
When: Nov. 5
Where: Downtown Crystal River
Web: stonecrabjam.com


FOLKFEST ST. PETE – Folksy local music, funky artwork and craft beer are the cornerstones of this three-block festival, which benefits Creative Clay, a St. Petersburg art studio serving those with disabilities. The event is pet-friendly and includes a family area with activities for little ones.
When: Nov. 5-6
Where: Downtown St. Pete
Web: folkfeststpete.org



RIVERHAWK MUSIC FESTIVAL – Grab your tent or rent an RV for this music festival sleepover, featuring regional and national country, bluegrass, blues and other string bands on three different stages. The four-day event, held in a beautiful wooded area, will have plenty of food and beer for purchase and is family-friendly, incorporating plenty of hayrides, games and other activities for kids.
When: Nov. 10-13
Where: Sertoma Youth Ranch, Brooksville
Web: riverhawkmusic.com


RIBFEST – St. Petersburg’s famous Ribfest returns for a 27th year, bringing a lineup of musical headliners that includes Huey Lewis & The News and the Doobie Brothers. Choose from a smorgasbord of smoked, sauced and rubbed ribs, served up by “ribbers” from around the country. If you’re thirsty, hit the Rockin’ Pig Saloon tent or any one of the five beer tents serving craft brews and wine.
When: Nov. 12
Where: Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg
Web: ribfest.org

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 nearly 100 vendors. This fair celebrates all things bee-related, including honey candy, honey wines, beehive starter kits and even a spelling bee for pre-teens.
When: Nov. 12
Where: Downtown Bartow
Web: visitcentralflorida.org


SPONGE DOCKS SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – Historic Tarpon Springs is famous not only for its authentic sponges, but also for some of the best Greek restaurants and bakeries in the country. This three-day outdoor festival, hosted by The Tarpon Springs Merchant’s Association, will feature tons of fresh local seafood, as well as an arts and crafts show with up to 60 local and regional artists selling their work, unique retail shops and family activities.
When: Nov. 11-13
Where: Tarpon Springs
Web: spongedocks.net


PLANT CITY PIG JAM – Championship BBQ grill masters from around the country descend on Plant City to compete for thousands of dollars in prize money while festivalgoers sample the entries in four different meat categories. Think you’re just as good as the top dogs? Enter the amateur competition. There’s a category for desserts, too.
When: Nov. 18-19
Where: Randy Larson Softball Four-Plex Stadium, Plant City
Web: plantcity.org


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 with A Night for the Celt, a three-act concert featuring Celtic performers. Then hit Gilbert Park the next day for classic Highland games, dancing, Scottish reenactment camps and more.
When: Nov. 18-19
Where: Elizabeth Evans Park and Gilbert Park, Mount Dora
Web: mount-dora.fl



INVERNESS GRAND PRIX MOTORSPORT FESTIVAL – The streets of downtown Inverness transform into a roaring, high-intensity street kart race course for a day. The event has become such a draw, it now extends to a two-day fest that includes live music, a street party, drive meet-and-greet events and participation from surrounding restaurants and bars.
When: Nov. 18-19
Where: Downtown Inverness
Web: invernessgrandprix.com


MOUNT DORA GARDEN TOUR – Southern Living magazine named Mount Dora as one of its favorite small towns, and this tour helps to uphold that reputation. The Lakes and Hills Garden Club host “Inspirations in the Garden,” a peek at five unique and beautiful gardens and two gorgeous homes. The tour begins the morning at the Country Club if Mount Dora and either includes just the tour or the tour plus lunch for $15 more.
When: Nov. 5
Where: Mount Dora
Web: mountdoragardentour.com


GREATER PINELLAS COUNTY FAIR – As the only fair in Pinellas County that is chartered by the Florida Department of Agriculture, this event strays from the usual urban music, food and art festivals typically seen in the Tampa Bay area and introduces a world of local farming and livestock to its community. Along with celebrating horticulture, agriculture and youth clubs, the fair also has rides, games and fun fair food.
When: Nov. 10-13
Where: England Brothers Park, Pinellas Park
Web: pinellasfair.org




Ditch the diet and give in to the glory of all things breaded, fried and full of sugar. Other than the typical fair standards like rides and skill games, stick around for the live performances. Each night make time for live entertainment such as swine races, the Anastasini Circus, the Wild World of Animals, Pittman Magic and Juggling and local dancers and musicians. Guests who attend the fair on opening day pay only 75 cents to enter in honor of the fair’s 75th anniversary.
When: Nov. 3-13
Where: North Florida Fairgrounds, Tallahassee (Leon)
Web: northfloridafair.com


32nd ANNUAL FRANK BROWN INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL — The granddaddy of Gulf Coast songwriters festivals features more than 200 Grammy award-winning songwriters and up-and-coming stars performing original songs and telling the stories behind the lyrics in more than 30 venues. Enjoy miles of powder-sand beaches, fantastic seafood and, 11 days of unforgettable music. One of the 2016 event highlights is the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Show (Nov. 9) featuring Tony Arata (The Dance), Thom Schuyler (A Love Like That) and Pat Alger (Like We Never Had a Broken Heart).
When: Nov. 3-13
Where: various venues, Perdido Key to Gulf Shores, Ala.
Web: frankbrownsongwriters.com


FOO FOO FESTIVAL — This 12-day celebration of arts and culture includes an eclectic lineup of 40 culturally creative events and happenings including Science on the Street and Fossil Hunt (Nov. 3-14), Controversial Lines: Late Prints by Salvador Dali (Nov. 3-5, 8-12), Great GulfCoast Arts Festival (Nov. 4-6), Jefferson Street Garage Live Painting Event (Nov. 3-14), U.S. Navy Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show (Nov. 12), Ballet Pensacola: Wizards and Warriors (Nov. 10-13) and Jazz Pensacola: Jukebox Project Presentation (Nov. 13).
When: Nov. 3-14
Where: various venues, Pensacola
Web: foofoofest.com


MOUNTAINFILM TOUR — If a cross-country trip to Telluride to attend the Mountain Film Festival isn’t part of your annual travel plans — no worries. Instead, catch the best of the best of the short films from the 2016 festival in our backyard. A Mountainfilm presenter will emcee the program, providing personal stories and information about the filmmakers. Watercolor Resort will present the two-day festival outside under the stars.
When: Nov. 4-5
Where: Watercolor Inn and Resort, Santa Rosa Beach
Web: watercolorresort.com/ mt-film


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. Rodney Atkins (Farmer’s Daughter and Take a Back Road) will headline the 57th annual festival, which also features an oyster-eating and oyster-shucking contest, a blessing of the fleet, blue crab races and a 5K Redfish Run.
When: Nov. 4-5
Where: Apalachicola (Franklin)
Web: floridaseafoodfestival.com


SEEING RED WINE FESTIVAL — Be charmed by the Northwest Florida beach town of Seaside as you sip, sample and spit (that’s how the pros do it!) your way through dozens of wine and sample local the farm-to-fork food during Saturday’s Grand Tasting. Raise a glass to toast the four-day event, which Fodor’s named a Top 10 Can’t-Miss Fall Wine Festival, at Sunday’s Celebration of Bubbles. Advance tickets are recommended because the different events sell out early.
When: Nov. 4-6
Where: Seaside
Web: seeingredwinefestival.com


JACKSONVILLE SEA & SKY SPECTACULAR — Jacksonville’s premier air show invites you to grab your beach chair, fill the cooler and slather on sunscreen for your chance to enjoy a day of sand and surf while the Blue Angels perform their daring tricks along the coast. The festival includes other civilian and military flyers, simulators, a street festival, kids’ area and recruitment booth.
When: Nov. 5-6
Where: Jacksonville Beach (Duval)
Web: jaxhappenings.com


MILITARY FILM FESTIVAL — Northeast Florida’s three-day festival to honor our military veterans includes documentaries on veterans who served in World War II, Korea and the Vietnam wars. Featured speakers will introduce each documentary. Bookending the film festival is a Veterans Day Parade and patriotic benefit concert featuring Lee Greenwood.
When: Nov. 11-13
Where: Corazon Cinema and Cafe, St. Augustine (St. Johns)
Web: veteranscouncilofstjohns.org


PETANQUE AMERICA OPEN — Petanque (pronounced pay-tonk), a cousin of horseshoes and bocce that originated in Southern France, pits players from opposing team trying to throw steel balls as closely as possible to a small wooden target ball. Easy, correct? Yes, which is why the largest petanque tournament in the U.S. is open to beginners, amateurs and champions who all play together in hopes of claiming a piece of the $10,000 total prize purse spread between 32 teams.
When: Nov. 12-13
Where: Fernandina Beach Marina (Nassau)
Web: petanque-america-open.net


JEFFERSON’S COUNTY FAIR AND BBQ COOK-OFF — Go for the tailgate trifecta at this second annual event, which pairs BBQ, pie and college football. The second annual BBQ cook-off will have pit masters squaring off to deliver the most juicy chicken, ribs or pork butt and take home a piece of the $2,000 cash prize. Meanwhile, Martha Stewart wannabes will compete for best-of honors in the pumpkin pie, fruit pie, pecan pie, pound cake and pumpkin carving contests. Football fans can head to the beer garden to watch the afternoon games and kids can do their best in the greased pig chase.
When: Nov. 12
Where: Lloyd Arena, Lloyd (Jefferson)
Web: monticellojeffersonfl.com


VOID FEST 2016 — Make a toast to a “radical living” with musicians, artisans, athletes and entrepreneurs at Jacksonville Beach for three days of live music and high-flying contests. Reel Big Fish, the indie ska/punk band, will headline the event, which also features live art, skate contests, trick motocross and the Red Bull Night Riders.
When: Nov. 18-20
Where: Seawalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach (Duval)
Web: voidfest.com


FLORIDA TINY HOUSE FESTIVAL — Forget McMansions, Americans are obsessed with a lifestyle where the whole home could fit inside a McMansion’s closet. Enter John and Fin Kernohan, who have lived in a 304-square foot cabin since December 2011, and who started the United Tiny House Association. Festival goers will be able to sate their curiosity by exploring professionally built tiny homes, privately owned tiny homes, DIY structures, tree houses, converted school buses (skoolies), yurts and campers; and by attending a line-up of lectures by tiny house/organizational gurus like Derek Diedricksen of RelaxShacks and Felice Cohen, author of 90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet (or more).
When: Nov. 18-20
Where: St. John County Fairgrounds, Elkton (St. Johns)
Web: unitedtinyhouse.com



NIGHT OF LIGHTS — Explore the nation’s oldest city during the most magical time of the year when it becomes aglow with three million twinkling lights, an effort chosen as one of the world’s 10 best holiday lighting displays by National Geographic. Wander the brick streets of the old city center and the tree-lined sidewalks of the neighborhoods to take in the magical atmosphere, which kicks off Nov. 19 with the official lighting of the city’s Christmas tree during the Light-Up Celebration.
When: Nov. 19 - Jan. 31
Where: St. Augustine (St. Johns)
Web: floridashistoriccoast.com/nights


CHRISTMAS EXPRESS — Experience thousands of glittering Christmas lights as you cruise around the Kirby Family Farm on their train, powered by an authentic, narrow-gauge locomotive, one of only three still in operation worldwide. Although the train ride is the event highlight, save time to do a little shopping in Christmas Town, go for a spin on the farm’s carousel, attend a live Christmas show and fill your cell phones with photos during the meet-and-greet with Saint Nick.
When: Nov. 25 - Dec. 30
Where: Kirby Family Farm, Williston (Levy)
Web: kirbyfarm.com/christmas-express


CANE BOIL & FIDDLEFEST — Continue to give thanks to the fall harvest and salute past traditions by bringing friends and family to the Living History Farm to learn how sugar cane syrup is made and bottled, taste flaky homemade biscuits from a wooden cook stove and relax during a horse-drawn wagon ride. The interpreters will bring an 1870 county day to life for guests. Also includes the Longleaf Pine Youth Fiddle Contest searching for the best fiddle, banjo and other string-band players.
When: Nov. 26
Where: Living History Farm at Morningside Nature Center, Gainesville
Web: cityofgainesville.org


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Looking forward to these events. very exited !!!!
Please keep me updated on upcoming events
Hi Edward,
Thanks for reaching out.
We can’t send you emails as events are added to the calendar, but you can check back around the 11th of each month to see the latest offerings. Also, if you have interest in a particular area, its visitors’ services will often have an events calendar too—with even more offerings.
Why doesn't the VisitFlorida dot com web site allow searches by date and city? Totally lame to view entire state or regional events all at once when they do not correspond to where your resort is located!! ANSWER: Jerry, you make a good point. We're working on it!
Hello, I am traveling out for the biggest car auction in the world Mecum in Kissimmee, and the Rolex Daytona 24 hr race,
they don't seem to be on your things to do in Florida list ?
Hi Gary,
Thanks for reaching out.
There are so many events in Florida – including, as you point out, major ones -- that it’s impossible to list them all on the monthly calendar. If you go to a specific area’s visitors services they’ll have their own list of events which will cover more of them. For instance, Daytona Beach’s visitors’ services event calendar has all the races listed. Check it out: http://www.daytonabeach.com/events/
Sunny regards,
Lauren Tjaden for VISIT FLORIDA
Thank you for these infos! I can't wait for all these festivals! Pompano rocks! I just moved in the Saabia Beach residence by the beach and I love the area. I wish I moved in earlier.
Nice work, can't wait!
Your date for the Miccosukee event is incorrect. This year, the American Indian Day Festival will be held on September 24th, 2016. For future reference, the event always falls on the last Saturday of the month.
You advertise on the link for American Indian Festival in Hollywood FL but it's no where on your page! What's up with that? Please list this if you are going to have it on the search engine!!!! disappointed in visitflorida.com
If you can't post them all at once at least post by month so you can fit them in!!
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