November on the Gulf Coast of Florida is here. So what’s happening along the Gulf of Mexico this month? A lot! Here are a few of our local favorite events, festivals, and things to do on the beach and around our Gulf-side towns. Mark your calendars for a month of fun and festivities. Happy November!
P.S. Have you booked your Indian Rocks Beach vacation rental yet? Now’s the time!
November 7-9, 2019
Old Salt Fall King of the Beach Fishing Tournament, Madeira Beach
This is one of the oldest, richest and most exciting Kingfish tournaments in the United States. If you fish for Smoker Kings and like to win big money then you should be fishing the 26th Annual Old Salt Fall King of the Beach. Held in beautiful Madeira Beach, Florida, twice every year in the fall and spring, the King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament is host to competitive fishing teams from the S.E. United States and beyond. Event details here.
November 8-10, 2019
Sponge Dock Seafood Festival, Tarpon Springs
This popular annual festival happens along Dodecanese Boulevard and provides plenty of tasty choices to please everyone’s palate, including non-seafood items for land lubbers. Continuous live music is offered all weekend long, featuring local and regional musicians plus specifically selected artisans, craftsmen and other vendors show and sell nautical and food related art, crafts, fishing apparel, kitchen and cooking items, food samples and much more. Event details here.
November 9, 2019
Veterans Boat Parade, Madeira Beach
Celebrate Veterans Day a few days early! Join the community in honoring the local veterans by entering your boat or just come and watch from the shore as they travel past. The boat parade ceremony begins at 10a.m. from the American Legion Post 273 located at 600 American Legion Drive in Madeira Beach. Everyone is invited! Boats can be entered in the parade by contacting the parade committee. Participants are encouraged to decorate their boat patriotically. Event details here.
November 9, 2019
Taste of IRB, Chic-A-Si Park
Come and get a taste of the local flavor from 3-9p.m. at Chic-A-Si Park in Indian Rocks Beach. Enjoy great food, music and fun for everyone at the annual Taste of IRB featuring food from a variety of local restaurants, beer, wine, soda and water. Bring beach chairs or blankets and spend the evening listening to great music, sampling the best fare the beach has to offer, and partying with good friends and neighbors. Hope to see you there! Events details here.
November 16 through January 6, 2019
Christmas Town, Busch Gardens Tampa
Christmas Town was voted one of USA Today‘s 10 Best Theme Park Holiday events! It’s Christmas every day at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, with millions of twinkling lights, the Sing-Along Train, holiday shows, and visits with Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Christmas Town features extended hours on weekends, culinary treats at the Christmas Town Village, nighttime experiences on Florida’s best thrill rides and more—and best of all, it’s included with daily admission. Event details here.
November 20-24, 2019
Sanding Ovations Master’s Cup Sand Sculpting, Treasure Island
This local favorite event is a four day sand sculpting competition and music festival located on the beach behind the Bilmar Beach Resort on Treasure Island, Florida. The competition is filled with ten world renowned, professional sand sculptors from all over the globe, who create astonishing works of art using nothing but sand, water and lots of their own imagination. Sanding Ovations is a free event held on the weekend before Thanksgiving. Event details here.
November 22-24, 2019
Suncoast Jazz Festival, Clearwater Beach
Five indoor venues set the stage for this toe-tapping jazz festival with music from morning into the late evening. Free parking and complimentary Jolly Trolley shuttles between hotels and venues make it easy to get where you need to be. Create your custom festival experience with Sponsor, Weekend, Daily and Twilight tickets available. Check out this year’s fabulous lineup of musicians and plan to be here. Tell your friends! Event details here.
November 28, 2019
Thanksgiving Holiday at the Beach
If you haven’t ever considered spending the Thanksgiving holiday in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida—well, you’re missing out! Why not combine the best of both worlds with holidays at the beach? Give your family a new holiday experience on the coast of somewhere beautiful. You won’t regret it! Need more convincing? Read our previous blog post about the 10 best reasons to spend your holidays at the beach.
November 29, 2019
Black Friday Holiday Shopping
Florida has some of the best shopping found anywhere with unique local shops, big shopping malls, and an extensive selection of premium outlets. You can literally shop ’til you drop. Come and enjoy your Thanksgiving at the beach and then head out on the town for some Black Friday shopping. You can head home with all of your holiday gift shopping done. Read more about our favorite Florida shopping malls and outlets and start making your list.
November 29 through January 4, 2019
Holiday Lights, Florida Botanical Gardens
Join in this Pinellas County holiday tradition and make it your new family tradition. The gardens sparkle with more than 1 million twinkling, colorful, LED lights of all shapes and sizes. Brand new this year are the expanded pathways and displays following the recently created Wetlands Walkway. Enjoy this nightly event from 5:30 to 9:30p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per person over the age of 13. Donations support the ongoing maintenance, upkeep and expansion of the Florida Botanical Gardens. Event details here.