Thanksgiving Events in Space Coast 

The Thanksgiving season on Florida’s Space Coast will have you in the holiday spirit in no time. From theater performance and 5K races to holiday spectaculars the whole family will enjoy, there’s something for everyone here. Plus, the weather should be just right to sneak in a day at the beach or a boat ride on the water. Here’s a list of some of the top Thanksgiving events on Florida’s Space Coast this year:

Space Coast Lightfest at Wickham Park in Melbourne, FL

Space Coast Lightfest

Through January 1

Come and enjoy the lights any night of the week from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. More than 2.7 million twinkling holiday lights will ignite the night sky at Wickham Park in Melbourne. The Space Coast Lightfest is a holiday themed drive-through event transforming Wickham Park into a virtual winter wonderland. This family oriented celebration features shimmering lights and animated displays and draws more than 15,000 vehicles annually.


“A Christmas Carol”

November 17 – December 3

The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come visit Ebenezer Scrooge to thaw his frozen heart with a timeless message. We set the delightful redemption tale in Baltimore, inspired by the landmark Victorian bank building that we have transformed into a theater for the classics. Adapted by our Founding Artistic Director Ian Gallanar from the Charles Dickens story, A Christmas Carol with a Baltimore twist is a holiday tradition to share with friends and family. Associate Artistic Director Scott Alan Small will direct A Christmas Carol. Learn More…


The Wizards of Winter

November 17

A holiday rock event for the whole family featuring former members of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra and rock industry veterans from Rainbow, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent Band and others. Join them on a musical journey inside a snow globe in search of the true meaning of Christmas. This 12-member ensemble boasts soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, powerful percussion and stunning keyboard work, layered around a rich storyboard that evokes December’s past! Celebrate the Season with Wizards of Winter! Learn More…

Festival of Trees

November 18

Excitement is in the air for the Junior League of South Brevard’s, Inc. 33rd Annual Festival of Trees. This family-friendly event is an annual community fundraiser that allows JLSB to continue improving Brevard County through financial and volunteer commitments. Start the holiday season right with this event! What can you look forward to seeing? Beautifully adorned trees of all sizes donated from talented designers; wreaths and other decorative items to make your home festive; Fabulous marketplace perfect for early holiday shopping; Feed that sweet tooth with yummy gifts and treats at Gifts from the Kitchen; bring your kids to talk to Santa and stay for games and crafts.


ArtWorks of Eau Gallie

November 18-19

ArtWorks of Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival is a 'plein-air' show in Melbourne, FL which attracts thousands of art lovers from around the region to this beautiful riverside community. This two-day family-friendly event is different from other art festivals in that it’s a "working artist" show and all artists are required to demonstrate their methods of work. Learn More…

2017 Downtown Food and Wine Festival

Downtown Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

November 18

The Second Annual Downtown Melbourne Food & Wine Festival features sips and samples from your favorite downtown and top Florida's Space Coast's restaurants. Opening ceremony starts at 5 p.m. This event will be an experience to remember including live entertainment, showcasing from Brevard’s cultural organizations, cooking competitions, and unforgettable tastes from Brevard’s culinary elite. Come stroll, sip, nibble and enjoy the rich cultural tapestry our community offers, all in one place. Learn More…


Space Coast Turkey Trot 5K & 10K

November 23

Kick off your Thanksgiving Day at this year’s Space Coast Turkey Trot 5K & 10K at their new venue, the Front Street Civic Center at the base of the Melbourne Causeway on Route 192. Learn More…


Light Up Viera

November 25

Light Up Viera will kick off the holiday season for Brevard County! There will be a magical parade full of sparkling lights, which will include professionally decorated floats, marching bands, and Santa Claus arriving on a sleigh. The parade will have a battle of the bands with local schools competing for ultimate bragging rights. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Stadium Parkway and it will finish at the Space Coast Stadium with festive fireworks. Learn More…


Shop Small Sip & Stroll

November 25

After all the turkey on Thursday and the Black Friday big-box stores the day after, come on down to Cocoa Village to relax, Shop Small, and Sip & Stroll. Cocoa Village will have dozens of small shops that carry unique gifts, things you won't find in the big stores. Be different, Shop Small, support your friends and neighbors in your local community. Learn More…

The Cocoa Beach Art Show in Downtown Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach Art Show & Music Fest

November 25 – 26

The Cocoa Beach Art Show is the place to be Thanksgiving weekend in Cocoa Beach! Always located in beautiful Downtown Cocoa Beach, the whole family will enjoy beautiful, unique art, music and food. Learn More…


Space Coast Art Festival

November 25 – 26

The Space Coast Art Festival hosts an elegant fine art exhibition during Thanksgiving weekend at a charming outdoor location. This unique event inspires the Central Florida community, sponsors, artists, and up-and-coming talents to cultivate and promote fine arts on the Space Coast. To see the full schedule of events, please check the website. Learn More…


Space Coast Marathon & Half-Marathon

November 26

Running Zone Foundation and Space Coast Runners welcome you to the 46th running of the Space Coast Marathon and Half-Marathon – Florida’s oldest marathon. Both races start in historic Cocoa Village and finish with a lap around the Riverfront Park amphitheater where family and friends can cheer and watch your finish. As this race is held within the shadow of the Kennedy Space Center, the entire event revolves around a space theme sure to delight and energize participants. Learn More…

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Cape Canaveral
SpaceX Falcon 9 - CRS 15 - Rocket Launch June 29, 2018

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Cape Canaveral
Delta IV Heavy- Parker Solar Probe Rocket Launch July 31, 2018

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SpaceX Falcon 9- Crew Dragon Demo 1- Rocket Launch August 1, 2018

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Cape Canaveral
ULA Atlas V - CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test - Rocket Launch August 27, 2018

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