Downtown Cocoa Beach is the place to be Thanksgiving weekend for unique art, great music, delicious food and shopping both from vendors at the annual Cocoa Beach Art Show and local businesses.
Festivities kick off at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, with the annual Turkey Trot 5K race. Friday night is a street party with music and food. The Art Show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, with talented artists competing for over $15,000 in prizes.
November 25 is also “Shop Small Saturday,” a day for local businesses to shine.
“When consumers ‘shop local,’ the multiplier effect really benefits the community”, says Beth Javens, Cocoa Beach Main Street Executive Director. “According to research provided by the National Federation of Independent Business, for every $100 spent, $48 spent in a local business reaches the local community versus $100 spent online where only $1 reaches the local community. Strong downtown districts are attractive for economic development.”
And you don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to check out another fun event downtown: The annual “Sip-n-Stroll” is 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 4. Held only twice a year, over 30 businesses are scheduled to participate. Pedi-cabs will be on site as an option for getting around! Tickets are $35 plus taxes and fees available on Facebook.com/cocoa.beach.main.street.
Here are some events to round out your calendar:
Heidis Landau Eugene Murphy Jr, winner of America’s got talent will bring his holiday tour to Heidi’s Jazz Club on November 18th for 2 shows. Number one hangout for jazz lovers and jazz musicians since 1992. Heidisjazzclub.com for schedule.
Studios of Cocoa Beach “Beauty in the Shadows”, a Fantasy Themed Exhibit through November 17th
Winter Session 1-day workshops studiosofcocoabeach.org.
Cocoa Beach Main Street Street December 2 “WinterFest” on Minutemen Causeway is a unique family-friendly street party featuring music, food trucks and a unique ensemble of vendors, crafts and street performers. mainstreetcocoabeach.com or facebook.com/cocoa.beach.main.street.
87 Main Street Spirits Entertainment with Johann on guitar on Sunday, Antonio on Piano Mon/Wed/Fri and Tony on Thursday. 87mainstreetspirits.com 34 South Atlantic Avenue. Come enjoy the new outdoor deck!
Klopfenstine Contemporary Stained Glass Ideas and The Artist Connection
Classes available 6-8pm. Call 321-208-1317 for more information. 12 N. Brevard Ave, Cocoa Beach 32931.
Beach Dogs features a new flavor or variety every month including the popular Endless Summer Dog available in vegan or traditional! Catch Holly and Gabe downtown or at any number of local events.
Infinity Yoga certified programs and practitioners offering a variety of healing and wellness programs for adults and families. MELT workshop 6:00pm-7:15pm November 3rd. Call 321-785-3232 or go online to infinityyogaandwellness.com. $30 per person.
Log on to Mainstreetcocoabeach.com or facebook.com/cocoa.beach.main.street for information.
Cocoa Beach Main Street, Inc. is a 501c-3 not-for profit. Cocoa Beach Main Street, Inc. advocates on behalf of issues affecting the economic vitality and cultural identity of downtown Cocoa Beach. It is an accredited National Main Street Community.