Things to Do In Florida Right Now!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Things to Do in Florida this Weekend - Friday, November 2nd thru Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Jimmy Buffet Rocks with the Parrot Heads in Key West - Photo credit

 Florida…Just For Fun!
Things to Do in Florida Right Now

Want to do something interesting in Florida this weekend?     
 Here are some suggestions!

Friday, November 2nd thru Sunday, November 4th, 2012   

Parrot Heads in Paradise Convention – Thursday, November 1st thru Sunday, November 4th
Key West, Florida

Head down to Key West to enjoy all things Jimmy Buffet.  This is the 21st annual “meeting of the minds.”  Events include a Margaritaville Street Fest.

Florida Seafood Festival – Saturday, November 3rd thru Sunday, November 4th
Apalachicola, Florida

Seafood, shucking contests, a parade and a photo contest are all part of the annual Florida Seafood Festival.

Swampfest – Friday, November 2nd thru Sunday, November 4th
Land O’ Lakes, Florida

Enjoy rides, games and other entertainment at this community fundraiser which supports local schools, community groups and nonprofit organizations.

Feast of Little Italy – Friday, November 2nd thru Sunday, November 4th
Jupiter, Florida
10AM to 10PM

Tour with your taste buds as you sample some of Italy’s finest cuisine.  There will be wine seminars, Italian food and a bocce tournament.  Event runs from 3PM Friday to 8PM Sunday.  Come on out and enjoy!

Great Gulfcoast Art Festival – Friday, November 2nd thru Sunday, November 4th
Pensacola, Florida

This juried art event showcases the work of more than 200 top artists from around the United States.  A secondary Children’s Arts Festival encourages young up-and-coming artists to show their work as well.

Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire – Friday, November 2nd thru Sunday, November 4th
Tavares, Florida

11th Annual Renaissance Faire includes more than 100 performers.  You’ll see knights, pirates, jugglers and fire-eaters.  Take a step back in time and enjoy the food, music, arts and crafts and performers of a time long gone by.

Marion County’s 31st Annual Chili Cookoff – Saturday, November 3rd
Ocala, Florida

Taste the offerings and cast your vote for the People’s Choice award in this annual chili cookoff.  When you’ve had your fill of chili, there will be burgers, fries and baked goods to enjoy with friends and family.

Avago Mud Run – Saturday, November 3rd
Tallahassee, Florida

Tallahassee’s first ever mud-run.  Come get dirty along a 3-mile course featuring balance beams and tall walls.  The After Party includes live music, cold beer and a host of free give-aways.

Quicksilver King of the Peak Surf Contest – Saturday, November 3rd thru Sunday, November 4th
Melbourne Beach, Florida
Sebastian Inlet

Top surfers from the East Coast, South America and the Caribbean will compete for cash prizes.

Conga Caliente 2012 – Sunday, November 4th
Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida
Al Lopez Park
11AM to 6PM

Conga Caliente celebrates a day of Hispanic art, international performers, traditional cigars and domino tournaments.  Food, music, arts and crafts, dancing and performers.  Fun for the whole family.

Key West World Championship Race – Sunday, November 4th thru Sunday, November 11th
Key West, Florida

31st annual high-speed offshore powerboat race is held in Key West Harbor and surrounding waters.  This race is known as the Indianapolis 500 of powerboat racing.

Gainesville Cell Phone Tours 
Gainesville, FL 
Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs
Various times - see website

Use your cell phone for a Free tour of Gainesville's nature, arts and historical attractions. You control what you hear and when. The tour is Free. (cell phone minutes do apply)

Print out a guide and start your adventure. Pick from one of the tours available.

Tours include Historic Downtown Gainesville, Historic Thomas Center, Matheson Museum, Paynes Prairie, Evinston, Dudley Farm and Oleno State Park.

Tour the Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai 
Key Largo, FLORIDA
Kona Kai Resort, Gallery and Botanic Gardens
97802 Overseas Hwy., MM 97.8, Key Largo, FL 33037
Fee: 15.00

Enjoy a guided visit to the only sub-tropical botanic garden between Miami and Key West. A memorable 90 minute interactive tour with their ethno-botanist. 

“Global and Local: Studio & Contemporary Glass on Florida’s West Coast” – Now thru October 14th
St. Petersburg, Florida
Museum of Fine Arts

Learn Something New - Take A Class!  
Current Offerings from Your County Extension Agent

Saturday Farmers Markets

Wildwood Growers' Market
Saturdays- Year 'Round
Wildwood, Florida
City Hall Grounds - 100 N. Main Street
9AM to 1PM

 Wildwood Growers' Market is a community market sponsored by the City of Wildwood in partnership with UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension.

The market is open 9:00 AM - 1:00PM every Saturday year round.

The Wildwood Growers' Market has been going strong since October 2009 and features only homegrown and homemade foods and products.

The market is located on the beautiful grounds of Wildwood City Hall on 301 in downtown Wildwood.  The street address is 100 North Main Street.   

There is easy access from I-75 or the Florida Turnpike.  The Market is only a few miles from the retirement community, The Villages.

They are always seeking local growers and artisans, within a 100 mile radius of Wildwood.

Contact Market Manager, Jerry Townsend at (352) 330-1330 x122 for a vendor application.

St. Andrews Waterfront Market 
Saturdays and Sundays
Panama City, Florida
Thru November 24, 2012
St. Andrews Marina

St. Andrews Waterfront Farmers Market first began as a seasonal market in 2004. Later that year, the community erected a pavilion to house the Market. 

In September, 2010 a group of dedicated volunteers took the Market on as a challenge and transformed it into the current vibrant, bustling year-round market with a unique Make-It-or-Grow-It atmosphere.   

In April, 2011 the market became host to St. Andrews Community Garden and together they work to promote our local agriculture, inspire healthy living and improve our regional economy. 

The first market expansion occurred on September 10, 2011 and put the market on BOTH sides of the water - at St. Andrews Marina and at Smith's Yacht Basin on Beck Ave. 

For $1.00 each way, shoppers enjoy  3-minute ferry service between the two market sites on beautiful St. Andrew Bay.  The  Market is proud to be America's only farmers market to offer ferry service to its shoppers!

On April 15, 2012, the market expanded to include the Grand Lagoon at Pirate's Cove operating on Sundays.

Saturday from 8am to 1pm in St. Andrews and every Sunday at Grand Lagoon from 1 to 6pm. 

Ocala Farmers Market
Ocala, Florida
Downtown - Ocala Square
8 AM - 1 PM

Chiefland Farmers and Flea Market 
Chiefland, Florida

Fresh produce, cool stuff. Come on out!

Boynton Beach Community Farmers Market
Saturdays through December 22nd
Boynton Beach, FL
9AM to 2 PM

Fresh produce, plants, unique food & artisanal goodies. Corner of Boynton Beach Blvd and Federal Hwy - Vendor Info: Call Jerry at 561-714-2745

Sopchoppy Harvest Grower’s Market
Every Saturday
Sopchoppy, Florida
Corner of Rose Street & Winthrop Avenue
Downtown Sopchoppy
11 AM – 3 PM

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