Patrick AFB Community
Cocoa Beach Pirate Fest
The Cocoa Beach Pirate Fest is a three-day romp in June at the International Palms Resort. The festival features arts and crafts and pirate-themed vendors, food and beverages, a living history pirate encampment, pirate ships, live music and entertainment, treasure hunts and activities for the kids. The pirate’s ball, for adults only, includes food, live entertainment and a costume contest for the best pirate ensembles.
Playalinda Festival of the Arts
The Playalinda Festival of the Arts is a new arts festival designed to inspire. Organized in collaboration with area arts organizations, the three-day festival brings art, music, dance, interactive digital exhibits, kids’ activities, aerial acts, a giant pinwheel garden and more. The magic happens in February at Titus Landing.
Melbourne Art Festival
The Melbourne Art Festival, held the fourth full weekend in April in historic downtown Melbourne, showcases local artists with workshops, a silent auction and awards. Enjoy live entertainment, a food court, a KidsWorld arts and crafts center, and the 5K Flamingo Run.
Our Lady of Grace Heritage Festival
In late January or early February, the festival is hosted by Our Lady of Grace Church with rides, games, craft vendors, entertainment, a farmers market and a talent competition. The most anticipated event of the weekend is the international food tasting, with dishes from up to 30 different countries.
Space Coast Lightfest
Held in Wickham Park, the Space Coast Lightfest twinkles with more than 2.7 million holiday lights in whimsical displays from late November through New Year’s Day. The festival draws more than 15,000 vehicles to its drive-through winter wonderland. At the end of the ride, visitors pass through a 200-foot-long light tunnel, festooned with more than 30,000 colorful bulbs. The festival also has a 5K race, car shows, live musical performances and a meet-and-greet with Santa.
Space Coast Marathon
Florida’s oldest marathon, the Space Coast Marathon, is held the Sunday after Thanksgiving. It begins in the historic Cocoa Village and ends with a lap around the Riverfront Park amphitheater, where family and friends can see runners finish live on the Jumbotron. The full and half marathon have a space theme, so runners shouldn’t be surprised to find themselves keeping pace with Darth Vader, an Avatar or Buzz Lightyear.