Not-to-Miss November Events on the Gulf Coast


Not-to-Miss November Events on the Gulf Coast

Get ready to have a lot of fun in the Florida sun as November arrives on the Gulf Coast. Fill your days with soft sugar sand, sparkling Gulf of Mexico waters, and stunning Gulf Coast sunsets each and every day. Add in a few locally loved Florida Gulf Coast events, and your days are complete. We've rounded up the best November events you won't want to miss—and they're all right near your Gulf Coast vacation rental. Let the November fun and festivities begin!


Fall King of the Beach Fishing Tournament in Madeira Beach

November 2-4, 2017

Reel in the big one at the largest Kingfish tournament and festival in the country! First place takes home $50K in this highly anticipated annual event. You can register at oldsaltfishing.org. Supporters are welcome to join the fun at this three day festival hosted at Madeira Beach Recreation Park featuring marine and art vendors, a food festival with local flavor, live music, boat displays and a kids zone. You can read more about Gulf Coast Fishing in the Fall right here.


Sponge Docks Seafood Festival in Tarpon SpringsSeafood Festival Poster

November 10-12, 2017

The Sponge Docks Seafood Festival happens along Dodecanese Boulevard with a food court provided at 615 Hope Street. The event provides plenty of tasty choices to please everyone's palate! There's continuous live music offered in the food court all weekend long, featuring local and regional musicians as well as local community talent.

Historic Tarpon Springs is famous not only for the world's finest sponges, but also for some of the best Greek restaurants, markets, and bakeries in the country.

This three day outdoor festival, hosted by The Tarpon Springs Merchant's Association, features tons of fresh local seafood to tempt your taste buds, an arts and crafts show with up to 60 local and regional artists selling their work, continuous live music, unique retail shops and complimentary festivities for the whole family. (IMG Source: Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks)


Taste of IRB in Indian Rocks Beach

November 11, 2017

Come out and enjoy great food, music and fun at this favorite annual Indian Rocks Beach event 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. We're looking forward to seeing you there. You can read more about the Taste of IRB event here and see why it's the best taste of the beach in town.


Veterans Day Boat Parade in Madeira BeachBoat Parade Poster

November 11, 2017

Celebrate Veterans Day in true Gulf Coast style. The Veterans Day Parade ceremony begins at 10a.m. from the American Legion Post 273 located at 600 American Legion Drive in Madeira Beach, FL. The public is invited to both participate and watch. Boats can be entered in the parade by contacting the parade committee. Participants are encouraged to decorate their boat patriotically and join in the Veterans Day festivities. Or you can watch from the shoreline and cheer them on. (IMG Source: Annual Veterans BOAT Parade)


Sanding Ovation’s Master’s Cup Sand Sculpting on Treasure Island

November 15-19, 2017

Sand Sculpture

The Sanding Ovations Master's Cup 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 at the Sand Sculpture Capital of Florida, Treasure Island. It's a beautiful coastal drive from your Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores vacation rental. You'll definitely want to make the drive and see it for yourself. You won't be disappointed. (IMG Source: Sanding Ovations Master's Cup Facebook Page)


Suncoast Jazz Classic in Clearwater Beach

November 17-19, 2017

Calling all music lovers! Celebrate the only true American art form on beautiful Clearwater Beach at the 27th annual Suncoast Jazz Classic event, which features both professional and aspiring jazz musicians in genres ranging from Swing Dance to Traditional Jazz to Pianorama. Single day tickets and full weekend packages are available. Five indoor venues are happening at this event with music from morning to night. Free parking and complimentary Jolly Trolley shuttles between hotels and venues. Gather up your crew and come play with us on the Gulf of Mexico.

Thanksgiving in Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores

Christmas Lights

November 23, 2017

Combine turkey and all the fixings, quality time with your loved ones, and add some salt, sun and sand to your Thanksgiving celebration this year. Thanksgiving in Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores is the perfect combination of all of your favorite things. Come celebrate Thanksgiving on the Gulf Coast and make it your new family tradition. Check out all of the reasons we're thankful for IRB today and everyday.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens in Largo

November 24- December 31, 2017

The annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens event is a seasonal escape into a wonderland of twinkling lights and fun entertainment. Over 1 million LED lights shining throughout the Botanical Gardens is a wonderful sight to behold with its nature-themed light display.

This is a family-friendly event with nightly entertainment, including visits with Santa Claus himself. Refreshments are available, as well as holiday-themed gifts at the Botanical Bounty Gift Shop. The event begins at 5:30p.m. each evening and a $4 suggested donation is encouraged for entry. Make it a Gulf Coast Christmas tradition for your family.



Happy November! Hope to see you around our Gulf Coast towns, on our Gulf beaches and at our local events this month.

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