For some of you, November is the last few weeks before you can start celebrating Christmas. For others, it’s the time of year for giving thanks and being with family. In St. Augustine, it’s one of our best months for festivals and when we flip the light switch on downtown St. Augustine. If we are really lucky, the temperature will be just right for boots, scarves, and bonfires. Here is my November Bucket list around St. Augustine.
The St. Augustine Pirate Gathering (November 4-6)
Rrrr Matey! They say this year will be bigger, better, and bolder. If you’ve been in St. Augustine the last decade you know that we have become a town of pirates. It’s not just the biggest pirate party, but you’re also helping the community. Pirates will collection toys, canned goods, supplies and monetary donations to help aid the victims of Hurricane Matthew. The festival will include a large children’s area, music, food, and demonstrations of combat. This event is kid-friendly during the daylight hours, but maybe you should leave the little pirates at home during the nighttime gathering.
The Tiny House Festival (November 18-20)
The Tiny House Festival is coming to St. Augustine! This is the first year it will be stopping in St. Augustine and everyone I’ve talked to can’t wait to see the Fairgrounds filled with tiny homes. There will be a large assortment of tiny houses and micro homes, work shops, presentations, LOTS of vendors, entertainment, children’s activities… AND MORE! Visitors will get to walk through and explore all the tiny homes. Some of these homes are privately owned and are opening their doors for tours, so let’s be respectful. Other tiny homes will be for sale by vendors. Saturday and Sunday are ticketed events for adults and kids 12 and under free all weekend. But, Friday night from 5-8pm is FREE for everyone!
Light Up! Night (November 19)
The best night of the month is Light Up! Night. When all of downtown goes from dark to a million twinkling lights on every tree and building in downtown St. Augustine. Gather your family and friends under the trees, listen to live music and wait for the countdown. You can take pictures in front of the tree or listen to holiday music. After the lights are turned on, support your local businesses by shopping and eating out that night. This has been a St. Augustine tradition for 20 years and on many lists for top holiday destinations. During the month of November and December, you can catch the lights by foot, car, train, boat, carriage, golf cart or a Segway. You can’t miss this great night in the Nation’s Oldest City.
St. Augustine Arts and Crafts Festival (November 26 – 27)
Come out and support local artists at the 51st Annual Arts and Crafts Festival. This is a great event for the entire family with a kids art area and shopping. So many times we buy art at a big department store but never get to meet the artist. At the festival, you will get to meet the artist, talk with them, ask them a dozen questions and buy from them directly! Bring your walking shoes because the entire Francis Field is filled with art, jewelry and holiday crafts. This year the festival will have live music, kids art zone, and a historic village. The historic village will have a colonial artist demonstrating their craft of basket weaving, spinning and more. Enjoy the holiday weekend with family and supporting the community.
Find more events happening this month on our Events Calendar!
What are yout favorite events in St. Augustine during the month of November?