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November Events
Festivals For November Travelers

November 1, 2003
Chocolate Festival
Tahoe Biltmore Lodge,
Crystal Bay, Nevada.
In its 15th year, this event is a fund-raiser, and very popular one, with wine tasting, silent auction, samplings of chocolate desserts, chef presentations, prizes, raffle, plus entertainment. As a fund-raiser, the Chocolate Festival charges for entry, but proceeds go to help those who have been affected by sexual assault and domestic violence.
Ticket Information: Call 775-298-0010.

November 1, 2003
Granite City Fall Festival
On The Square,
Elberton, Georgia.
Arts and crafts, rides for kids, face painting, music and food.
Find Out More: Call 706-283-5651.

November 1-2, 2003
Halifax Art Festival
Beach Street downtown,
Daytona Beach, Florida.
Some 250 artisans show and sell their work, plus there is entertainment and food.
Details: Call 800-854-1234.

November 1-2, 2003
The Great Southwest Rubber
Stamp Fall Fiesta

Community Center,
Mesa, Arizona.
Rubber stamping demonstrations, classes in technique, door prizes, rubber stamp (and accessories) vendors.
Further Information: Call 480-649-3566.

November 1-2, 2003
Picayune Street Fair
Canal Street,
Picayune, Mississippi.
More than 250 arts and crafts booths, plus collectibles and antiques, entertainment and food vendors in two separate courts.
Find Out Details: Call 601-799-3070.

November 1-2, 2003
Giant Omelette Celebration
Magdalen Square,
Abbeville, Louisiana.
5000 eggs and 50 pounds of chopped onion are among the ingredients for this treat. They cook it in a 12-foot skillet and serve it to the waiting crowd. In addition, there is a Poker run, tours of historic area homes, an antique car show, Kid's World, parade, arts and crafts, food vendors, a Napoleon look-a-like contest, jam session for musicians and more. If you can only make it to one day of the celebration, go on Sunday, because that's the day they make the omelette!
Further Information: 337-893-0013 or 337-898-5884.

November 1-2, 2003
Litchfield Park Arts Festival
Litchfield Park, Arizona.
Wine tasting, arts and crafts, specialty foods, artists' demonstrations, entertainment.
More Information: Call 623-393-5338.

November 1-2, 2003
Lake Tahoe Autumn Food
& Wine Festival

unknown venue(s),
Olympic Valley, California.
Cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, lifestyle seminars, wine auction, celebrity chefs' competition.
Further Details: 800-824-6348.

November 2, 2003
World's Championship
Shrimp Cookoff

Port Isabel, Texas.
State Lumberjack Championship, avehicle show. In addition to the cooking contest, there are other foods for sale and a folk art festival, plus a street dance.
More: Call 800-527-6102.

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November 6-9, 2003
Spinach Festival
Crystal City, Texas.
Spinach cooking contest, carnival, pageant, parade, sports tournaments, art and crafts.
Additional Details: Call 830-374-3161.

November 7-9, 2003
Louisiana Pecan Festival
Front Street,
Colfax, Louisiana.
Parade, Kids' Day (Friday), music, arts and crafts, festival recipes and food.
Further Information: Call 318-627-5196.

November 7-9, 2003
Special Olympics Pennsylvania
Fall Festival

Villanova University,
Villanova, Pennsylvania.
More than a thousand athletes (and nearly 350 coaches) converge on the campus and participate in everything from powerlifting to roller hockey to volleyball. More than 2000 people came last year to volunteer, and spectators and friends cheered on athletes. Everyone is welcome to come and be supportive.
Find Out More: Call 610-519-7244 or 800-235-9058.

November 7-9, 2003
St. Rita Pecan Festival
St. Rita Church/School,
Harahan, Louisiana.
Games, crafts, lots of pecan treats.
Further Details: Call 504-737-2920.

November 7-9, 2003
Flapjack Festival
Land O' Lakes Community Center,
Pasco, Florida
Flapjack breakfast, parade, children's events, arts and crafts, carnival midway, vendors, entertainment, non-profit and business displays, Mr. Legs Contest, flapjack eating contest, Flapjack Motorcyle Ride on Sunday.
Additional Information: Call 813-909-2722-.

November 7-9, 2003
Thibodeauxville Fall Fest
Thibodeaux, Louisiana.
Crafts, Cajun music, and plenty of Cajun foods.
Further Details: Call 985-446-1187.

November 7-9, 2003
Sunshine Festival
near Crescent Park,
Donaldsonville, Louisiana.
Games, rides, arts and crafts, wild game cooking contest, music.
Find Out Details: Call 225-473-4814.

November 7-16, 2003
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
various venue(s),
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Celebrated on the Big Island, this festival is now in its 33rd year. There is a coffee picking contest, recipe contest, and a lei contest, plus you can take coffee farm tours, enjoy a coffee cupping workshop, view coffee art, attend festival talent night, and enjoy much more. Some events may require reservations and/or separate tickets/admission.
More: Call 808-326-7820.

November 8, 2003
Heritage Syrup Festival
various venues,
Henderson, Texas.
Crushed sugar cane is cooked down into a rich syrup while you enjoy arts and crafts, a display of antique tractors, entertainment and food. There is a special section for kids.
Further Information: Call 866-650-5529.

November 8, 2003
Kentwood Dairy Festival
Kentwood, Louisiana.
Kentwood celebrates the local dairy industry with arts and crafts, a talent contest, pageant, and plenty of food.
Details: Call 985-229-6400.

November 8-9, 2003
Pheasant Phestival
various venues,
Sharon Springs, Kansas.
Hunter's Breakfast, arts and crafts, tractor pulls, 5K Phun Run, 2 mile walk, antique car and bike show, Chili cooking contest, quilt show, Mexican supper, and more. This event caters especially to the pheasant hunters and their families, but is open to everyone.
Further Information: Sorry--unknown contact number.

November 8-9, 2003
Depot Days
unknown venue(s),
Milton, Florida.
Children's rides, arts and crafts, entertainment, antiques, exhibits and food.
For More Information: Call 850-623-2507 or 800-480-7263.

November 8-9, 2003
Old Homosassa Arts, Crafts
& Seafood Festival

Mason Creek Road,
Homosassa, Florida.
In its 28th year, the festival offers more than 150 artisans, plus seafood and barbecued foods, boat tours and emtertainment.
Additional Details: Call 352-628-2666.

November 9, 2003
Fall Fest Street Fair
unknown venue(s),
Elk Falls, Kansas.
Almost 250 vendors with arts and crafts, commercial products and services, and food. There is a Kid's Fun Zone and plenty of entertainment.
More: Call 858-748-0016.

November 9, 2003
52nd Street Tourist Expo
52nd Street, from Lexington
Avenue to 7th Avenue,
New York, New York.
Merchandise, restaurant specials, arts and crafts, antiques and street performers.
Further Information: Call 212-809-4900.

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November 14-16, 2003
Fountain Festival Of
Arts And Crafts

Community Center,
Fountain Hills, Arizona.
Almost 500 artisans show and sell their wares in the event's 29th year. There will also be music and treats to munch (such as kettle corn and roasted almonds).
Get Details: Call 480-837-1654.

November 15, 2003
Macaroni Fest
Riverside Park,
Victoria, Texas.
MacKaraoke Contest, Italian Railroad historical re-enactments, antique car show, arts and crafts, historic displays, macaroni cooking contest, poker run, 5K Run/2 Mile Walk, commercial booths, evening concert.
More Information: Call 361-573-5277.

November 15, 2003
Heritage Festival
Ailey, Georgia.
Street dance, music and entertainment, fireworks, arts and crafts and food.
Learn More: Call 912-538-8687.

November 15-16, 2003
Three Rivers Art Festival
North Columbia Street,
Covington, Louisiana.
Celebrating 7 years, the festival includes 150 artisans showing and selling their work, a children's area, music, and traditional festival foods (such as hot dogs and Kettle Korn).
Details: Call 985-871-4141.

November 15-16, 2003
Fall Harvest Fest
unknown venue(s),
San Dimas, California.
Food Court, Kidz Zone, music and arts and crafts.
Additional Information: Call 714-206-1838.

November 15-16, 2003
Festival Noir
John B. Hynes Convention Center,
Boston, Massachusetts.
A showcase of juried art featuring African-American artisans, plus a holiday toy collection. They ask for toys to be brought new and unwrapped. There is a special need for gifts for children 12-17 years old.
Further Details: Call 508-877-8601.

November 16, 2003
An Elegant Evening Downtown
12th & Park Street area,
Paso Robles, California.
Merchants hold a downtown open house with beverages and hors d'oevures, plus you can enjoy carriage rides and music. Live mannequins portray holiday characters in store windows.
More: Call 805-238-4103.

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November 21-22, 2003
Broadmoor Arts & Crafts Festival
Broadmoor High School,
19100 Goodwood Blvd.,
Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Approximately 200 arts and crafts booths, with music by school groups and food for sale. It's the 30th year for this event.
Further Information: Call 225-926-1420.

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November 21-22, 2003
Elk Falls Annual Open House
various venues,
Elk Falls, Kansas.
Flea market, baking contest, walking tours, merchant specials, outhouse tour and contest, crafts demonstrations, food.
Additional Details: Call 316-329-4433.

November 22-23, 2003
Mountain Mandarin Festival
Auburn, California.
In its 10th year, this event includes a recipe contest, treats using mandarins (such as salads, ice cream, marinades and syrups), fresh mandarins for sale, arts and crafts, crafts and contests for children, Thanksgiving centerpiece contest, cooking demonstrations, music and dance, more than 150 vendors.
Learn More: Call 916-663-3723.

November 22-23, 2003
Pasadena Fall Fine Art
And Craft Festival

Central Park, Old Pasadena,
Pasadena, California.
Entertainment on two stages, exotic petting zoo, children's rides, games, food court, and more than 100 artisans and craftspeople.
Additional Details: Call 626-797-6803.

November 22-29, 2003
Wings Over The Prairie Festival
unknown venue(s),
Suttgart, Arkansas.
Duck calling, carnival, sportman's dinner and dance, Duck Gumbo Cook-Off, trap-shooting contest, and more.
Learn More: Call 870-673-1602.

November 23, 2003
Poinsettia Festival
Encinitas, California.
Three entertainment stages, 400 vendors (with non-profit information, commercial services and products, and arts and crafts), food at nearby restaurants, and the Flower Capital Pavilion with its floral arrangements, gardening items and gifts.
Further Information: Call 760-943-1977.

November 27 - December 7, 2003
Pirates In Paradise
various venues,
Key West, Florida.
Enjoy pirate "invasions" of Tall Ships, swordplay for kids, storytelling, costume contests, Pirates Tea Dance, historic lectures, walking tours of Old Town, displays of maritime art, music, arts and crafts, Pub Stroll, lighted holiday parade, and many other events. Some activities are ticketed but many are free.
Learn More: Call 305-296-9694.

November 29, 2003
Olde Fashioned Christmas At Home
unknown venue(s),
Gustine, California.
Lighted truck and tractor parade, arts and crafts, fire engine rides for kids, tree lighting and more.
Further Information: Call 209-854-2384.

November 29, 2003
Christmas in Olde Ballinger
Court House Lawn,
Ballinger, Texas.
Parade, Miss Merry Christmas pageant, arts and crafts, food, visit by Santa.
Learn Details: Call 325-365-2333 or 325-365-5611.

November 29, 2003
Chitlin' Strut
Civic Center & Fairgrounds,
Salley, South Carolina.
Some 50,000 people show up to feast on chitterlings. If you don't wish to partake, there are also arts and crafts vendors, fireworks, a beauty pageant and a Hawg Call Contest. A carnival and classic car show are also planned for this year, plus musical entertainment.
Further Details: Call 800-258-3485.

November 29-30, 2003
The Birthplace Of Speed
various venues,
Ormond Beach, Florida.
Antique car show, Gaslight Parade, block party, Antique Beach Auto Races, musical entertainment, food and more.
Information: Call 386-677-3454.

November 29-30, 2003
Victorian Christmas on 6th Street
Historic 6th Street,
Austin, Texas.
An eclectic mix of activities will bring some 85,000 people to the area, where you can enjoy photos with Santa, a children's choir, pony rides, carolers, falconry shows, mountainmen and Indian gatherings, cloggers, highland dancers, gunfighting reenactments, jugglers, rope tricks, Victorian costumes and decorations, festival foods, and 150 arts and crafts booths.
More: Call 512-441-9015.

November Somethings!
Brief, bare-boned last-minute festival listings:

November 1 Fall Festival Of Arts & Crafts, San Jacinto, California, 909-487-9234 or 909-654-1505
November 1-2 Clinton Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, Clinton High School, Clinton, New York, 315-853-5574
November 6-8 Cracklin' Festival, Veterans Memorial Park, Port Barre, Louisiana, 337-948-6613
November 7-9 Scottish Gathering & Highland Games, Salado, Texas, 254-947-5232
November 7-9 New England Craft & Specialty Food Fair, Salem, New Hampshire, 603-755-2166
November 8-9 Ramble - A Garden Festival, Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, Florida, 305-667-1651
November 11-23 Wine and Mushroom Fest, Mendocino Village, California, 866-466-3636 or 707-462-7417
November 12-16 Alaska Bald Eagle Festival, Haine, Alaska, 907-766-2202
November 15-16 Downtown Festival & Art Show, Gainesville, Florida, 352-334-5064
November 21-23 Paradise City Arts Festival, Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough, Pennsylvania, 413-587-0772
November 21-23 Festival of Trees, Vicksburg Convention Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 601-630-2929
November 21-23 Capitol City Arts & Craft Show, Civic Center, Charleston, West Virginia, 304-345-1500
November 28 Festival of Lights, Yountville, California, 707-944-0904
November 29 Christmas Festival & Electric Light Parade, Belen, New Mexico, 505-864-8091
November 29-30 Space Coast Art Festival, Downtown, Cocoa Beach, Florida, 321-784-3344

Other November 2003 Events You Might Enjoy
November 1 Bookworm Bash (library sale), Esplanade Park, Addison, Texas, 972-450-6237
November 1-2 Midwestern Woodcarvers Show, Belle-Clair Expo Hall, Bellville, Illinois, 618-235-1003
November 1-2 Gem & Mineral Show, Performing Arts & Convention Center, Oxnard, California, 805-483-6871
November 1-2 Art's Alive, Mill Creek Country Club, Mill Creek, Washington, 425-337-1316
November 1-2 Simsbury Antiques Show, Henry James Memorial School, Simsbury, Connecticut, 860-658-2500
November 2 Golf Cart Parade, Palm Desert, California, 800-873-2428 or 760-346-6111
November 6-8 Mistletoe Mart, Church of the Ascension, Westminster, Maryland, 410-848-3251
November 7-9 National Farm Toy Show, Dyersville, Iowa, 800-533-8293
November 8 French Market, 624 N. Pershing, Liberal, Kansas, 620-624-2810
November 8 Chili Cook-Off, Exeter, California, 559-592-1648
November 8 Creative Arts Fall Craft Show, Burnet, Texas, 512-756-0834
November 8-9 Flamingo Follies Art Show, Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, 386-424-2175
November 8-9 Herkimer County Arts & Crafts Fair, Community College, Herkimer, New York, 3115-866-0300 x259
November 9 Sing-a-Long Wizard Of Oz, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, 573-882-3781
November 12-16 Western Music Awards Show, Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, Kansas, 877-588-3747
November 13-16, Weems Artfest, State Fairgrounds, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 505-293-6133
November 14-16 Country Folk Art Craft Show, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, California, 925-426-7599
November 15-16 Ideal Home Interior Show, Convention Center at Oncenter, Syracuse, New York, 315-426-8741
November 15-16 Kinsley Carnival Daze, 200 E. Sixth, Kinsley, Kansas, 620-659-2711
November 15-16 Kansas City ComiCon, Shawnee Civic Center, Shawnee, Kansas, 913-631-5200
November 15-16 Deer Widows Weekend, Saginaw, Michigan, 989-624-6226
November 16 Dragonfest, Glendale Civic Auditorium, Glendale, California, 800-332-3330 ext 112
November 21-23 Gingerbread Village, 250 W. Douglas, Wichita, Kansas, 620-683-4788
November 21-23 Zia Arts & Crafts Show, State Fairgrounds, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 505-265-1791
November 22 Pfall Pfest Arts & Crafts Show, Rec Center on Immanuel Road, Pflugerville, Texas, 512-251-5082
November 23 Tejano Super Car Show, Odessa, Texas, 432-337-2189
November 28-29 Winter Art & Craft Fair, The Seasons Conference Center, Nashville, Indiana, 812-587-5068
November 28-29 Christmas in the Spruce Craft Show, State Fairgrounds, Hutchinson, Kansas, 620-669-1247
November 28-30 America's Largest Christmas Bazaar, State Fairgrounds, Sacramento, California, 503-282-0974
November 29 Homemade For The Holidays, Cico Park, Manhattan, Kansas, 913-776-8829
November 29 Twinkle Light Parade, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 505-768-3555
November 29-30 Ice Carving & Competition, Lahaina Cannery Mall, Maui, Hawaii, 808-661-5304
November 29-30 Winter Fest, Gig Harbor, Washington, 253-857-3530
November 29-30 Holiday Craft Fair, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 215-579-5997 or 800-684-7440

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