The weather is getting cooler…. Well for us here in Florida, it’s getting cooler. The holiday season is just around the corner. There are some really fun things happening in November and we want to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of them. We do have a bit of availability left here in the Ancient City, so be sure to get your reservations in to stay at one of our fantastic Historic Bed and Breakfast Inns.
Don’t worry if you don’t know where any of these places are, you Innkeeper will be glad to help you find any of them.
The Great Chowder Debate – November 1
The Great Chowder Debate is one of the longest-running chowder championships in the country. Over 30 restaurants from the St. Augustine area come out every November to donate their chowders and their time in hope of winning first place, and to help the St. Augustine Shrine Club raise money for the Shriners’ Hospitals for the children. The Great Chowder Debate features over 5,000 patrons and over 2,000 gallons of chowder, served by some of the Florida’s best restaurants and chefs.
Where: The Conch House, .
When: Sunday, November 1 12:00pm (noon) – 4:00pm
Admission: $3 (children 12 and under are free, as well as active-duty military and their immediate family).
Spoonbills & Sprockets Cycling Tour – November 1
Come experience the beautiful A1A Scenic ByWay by bike! The tour consists of cycling routes taking riders from the historic Marineland arch starting point, north through the plaza in downtown St. Augustine and back south to complete 36, 72 or 100 mile routes. A catered luncheon awaits riders upon their return to beautiful Marineland.
Where: Marineland, 9500 N. Oceanshore Blvd, Palm Coast, FL
When: Sunday, November 1, Ride Day Registration 6-8am
Admission: $45-$60 registration fee
The St. Augustine Pirate Gathering – November 6, 7 & 8
In keepin’ with tradition, as thee pirates like to do, the Gathering will once again be held at Francis Field, which ye can find at 70 West Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084. Fer those of ye who may be directionally challenged, or a wee bit tipsy on the grog, there be a map on thee website to make yer life just a tad easier when yer mates start to ask, “Arrr we there yet?!?” And if ye are tipsy on the grog, you’d best not be behind the wheel of any kind o’ vessel in these waters! Pirate Battles, Sword Fighting, Reenactments, Music, merchandise boothes & a Kids Zone.
Where: Special Events (Francis) Field — U.S. 1 and West Castillo Drive, next to the St. Augustine Visitors Center and Parking Garage.
When: Friday, Nov 6th – 1pm-9pm; Saturday, Nov 7th, 10am – 10pm; Sunday, Nov 8th – 10am – 3pm
Admission: $5 for adults and a Buck-An-Ear ($2) for children under 12
36th Lincolnville Festival – November 14 & 15
Eddie Vickers Park (Little Links) returns to the roots of Lincolnville for this 2-day festival celebrating the area’s revitalization. One of the founding fathers of the Lincolnville Festival, internationally known jazz musician Doug Carn, is among the featured artists, joining several regional talents performing throughout the weekend. Features music, dancing, food, drinks, local vendors and fun activities for the children.
Where: Eddie Vickers Park, 399 Riberia Street
When: Saturday, Nov 14 – 11am-10pm – Sunday, Nov 15 1pm to 6pm
St Augustine Beach Surf Illumination – November 20
This colorful and exciting event complements the seasonal lighting of A1A Beach Blvd. in St. Augustine Beach. The event, from 4 – 8 p.m. at the pier, includes the ceremonial lighting of the Holiday Tree by the mayor, food and beverages offered by local restaurants and many local arts and crafts vendors providing convenient shopping for the holiday season. Santa, musical performers, face painting, bounce house and traditional carolers make it fun for all!
Where: St. Johns County Ocean Pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd.
When: Friday, Nov 20, 4pm to 8pm
Nights of Lights Light-Up Night – November 21
Be there when the 22nd Annual Nights of Lights celebration sparkles to life at 6:30 p.m. in St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion. The best way to experience Nights of Lights is to plan an overnight stay so you can soak up all the sparkly, festive atmosphere and enjoy all the dining, tours, entertainment this award-winning holiday celebration has to offer.During Nights of Lights, St. Augustine glows with holiday magic – from the ground to the rooftops. Selected by National Geographic in 2011 & 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s oldest city.
Where: Downtown St. Augustine
When: Saturday, Nov 21 Lights switch on at 6:30pm
4th Annual Dressing of the Palms – November 22
The forth annual Dressing of the Palms along Vilano Beach features palm trees decorated in holiday finery — A Celebration of Coastal Living. The trees showcase creative talents of residents, artists, businesses, clubs, schools, and organizations. Prizes for the best decorated palms will be awarded December 5 at the first Saturday Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration.
Where: Vilano Beach Main Street
When: Staring November 22 through December 31
6th Annual Candlelight Tours of Villa Zorayda – November 28
http://www.villaZorayda.comSee the historic Villa Zorayda in the glow of more than 100 calendars on this popular holiday tour of one of St. Augustine’s most iconic buildings. The Villa is beautifully decorated and features a spectacular Christmas tree adorned in red and gold, the Zorayda’s colors, located center stage in the Court of Lions. Docents guide visitors on the 90-minute tours that begin at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments featuring homemade Christmas cookies, a special Holiday punch and hot coffee served at 6 p.m. Reservations are being taken.
Where: Villa Zorayda, 83 King St
When: Saturday, November 28, 6pm
Admission: Adults $18, Children 7-12 $8, under 7 is free
50th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival – November 28 & 29
See art created from lace to limestone and crayons to crystal. More than 150 artists from around the USA are juried into this Thanksgiving Weekend art festival that take place at Francis Field behind the St. Augustine Downtown Historic Parking Facility located at 10 West Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. The festival is sponsored by the St. Augustine Art Association
Where: Francis Field, St. Augustine
When: Saturday, Nov 28 – 10am-5pm – Sunday, Nov 29 10am to 4:30pm
Food Trucks and a Movie Night at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre – November 28
Bring the family out and celebrate the holidays at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre during the December to Remember Food Trucks and a Movie night. Local food trucks will be onsite and the classic holiday family film “Elf” will be shown at 6 p.m. on the big screen. Enjoy a snowfall, visit with Santa, wander the Elf Village and take a train ride too! Sponsored by Community First Credit Union.
Where: St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South
When: Saturday, Nov 28 – Doors open at 4pm