What to Do This November in The Palm Beaches

October 29, 2019

Fun festivals and mild weather make November a prime time to visit. Gather together for events, activities, marathons and more.

The year is winding down, the seasons are shifting and fall is in full swing. November has much to offer and much to be thankful for. 

Giving Thanks

Come out and celebrate one of the most quintessential pieces of Florida: the beautiful waterways. LagoonFest takes place on Lake Worth Lagoon, one of the most picturesque waterways and estuaries in The Palm Beaches. The event is free, and the festivities happen on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kayaking Lake Worth Lagoon

See just what makes the lagoon a local treasure and appreciate the beauty of this 20-mile waterway. Event attractions include wildlife presentations, kayak clean-up tours, paddleboard yoga demonstrations and a mural painting wall. Bring the whole family to see the exhibitor booths and kid zone. It’s a great way to get in touch with nature and learn about the lagoon.

Manatees are Back!

The return of ever-so-slightly cooler waters off the South Florida coast means it's time for manatees to return to Manatee Lagoon in Riviera Beach. 
 

Manatee season runs Nov. 15 through March 31, and the non-profit center will be offering Manatee Tours that give visitors the chance to see the lovable sea cows up close.  The tours are free, but you must register in advance.

Step Back in Time at the Flager Museum

Any day you visit the Flagler Museum is like entering a time warp to the past. But in November, two events capture the glamour of days gone by. Inside Out: Women's Fashion from Foundation to Silhouette explores the many ways in which women have shaped American society, and how their clothing has shaped them. In addition to exhibits that let visitors walk through eight key eras, there will be a lecture on Nov. 13, and the Museum Store will be selling an assortment of period perfumes, cosmetics and handmade foundation pieces inspired by the exhibit.

In the Flagers' heyday, they often hosted the Fortnightly Club, a salon of local society that gathered to listen to music and guest speakers, and discuss current events. On Nov. 19, Fortnightly, Reimagined brings back that erudite tradition with a special performance by professional musicians and music students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The centerpiece will be a performance by organist Matthew Cates, who will play a 1,249-pipe organ that is original to the home.

End the Year Strong

The FITTEAM Palm Beaches Marathon is right around the corner, Dec. 6-8. Register now for the weekend-long event presented by Jupiter Medical Center, which includes a marathon, half-marathon, 5K and relay.  The race sends runners through tropical waterfront streetscapes, with nary an icy road in sight! This race is a Boston Qualifier.

FITTEAM marathoners

The energy doesn’t stop when the runners hit the finish line. Parties, live music and fireworks round out the weekend in West Palm Beach. Explore the vibrant area surrounded by water views, boutique shopping, historical landmarks and good vibes. 

It’s Easy Being Green

It’s officially greenmarket season in The Palm Beaches, and whether you’re in search of unlimited mimosas on the waterfront or live music in the park, we’ve got the marketplace for you.

West Palm Beach GreenMarket

A local staple, the West Palm Beach GreenMarket sets up Saturday mornings on the water at the end of Clematis Street. Stock up on local produce and fresh baked goods from scores of vendors, plus there are free activities for the kids—and $10 unlimited mimosas for the grown-ups. The green market and bazaar in Royal Palm Beach moves to a new day, Saturday, and a new location, Lakeside at Village Hall, with a serene waterfront setting and more space to accommodate food trucks and larger displays. Gourmet fare is available at the Delray Beach GreenMarket, held in Old School Square Park and featuring live music weekly. Other popular markets take place in Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Worth and Jupiter.

Here Come the Holidays!

Hot on the heels of Thanksgiving, a slew of festive events kick off the holiday season in The Palm Beaches, and you'll want to be there. The Boca Raton Holiday Tree Lighting starts things off at Mizner Park Amphitheater on Saturday, Nov. 23, featuring free carnival rides, bounce houses, an artificial ice skating rink and more. In Palm Beach Gardens, the Downtown at the Gardens Holiday Tree Lighting is set for Saturday, Nov. 30, culminating in a light show synchronized with holiday tunes.
 

A great, local alternative to Black Friday is the 20th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) where you can shop a wide variety of original paintings, pottery, handmade jewelry and more; the following weekend, head to Old School Square for the famous 100 Ft. Christmas Tree Lighting. And if it just isn't the holidays without a glass of spiked something-or-other, you'll want to hit the Miracle Holiday Pop-Up Bar. This beloved holiday hot spot returns Nov. 25 and runs through Dec. 31. Sip "naughty-and-nice" cocktails at two locations: Miracle on Rosemary at Rosemary Square in West Palm Beach, and Death or Glory Bar in Delray Beach. Rejoice!

Soon after that, some of The Palm Beaches' most beloved holiday traditions will spread cheer around the region, including Holiday in Paradise, the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and the Boynton Beach & Delray Beach Holiday Boat Parade. Bright lights, tons of fun and not a snowflake in sight – come celebrate the holidays, Florida style!

No matter when or why you visit, you can put together the perfect trip by ordering our Visitors Guide. And of course, sign up for our enewsletter for the latest news, events and deals in The Palm Beaches. 

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