If you are looking for things to do in Dunedin this snowbird season, check this out. There are going to be plenty of arts and crafts shows, parades, and festivals, right on downtown Main Street.
The season got off to a great start with Dunedin Wines the Blues, held on Nov. 11 on downtown’s Main Street. There were incredible musicians, food vendors, unique crafts and even some adult beverages.
The fall season officially, or unofficially, depending on your perspective, kicked off when the Downtown Dunedin Green Market opened in John Lawrence Pioneer Park. There are fresh vegetables, homemade preserves, artisanal breads, interesting coffees and whole coffee beans, crafts and other very unique and useful items. The green market is held Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm from now into June.
The weekend of Nov. 17-18 is full. There is the Celtic Music and Craft Beer Festival, held at Highlander Park and hosted by the Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation. There will be national craft beers featured. The music will be traditional and contemporary Celtic music, featuring the World Champion Dunedin Pipe Band.
That same weekend, there is an Arts and Crafts Festival on Main Street, downtown Dunedin. This festival will be Nov. 18-19 from 10 am to 5 pm and features over 150 artisans and craftsmen from around the United States.
Of course, you will have to squeeze all this activity around the Thanksgiving holiday and all the family visits.
Moving into December, there is a full slate of things to do in Dunedin. The downtown Green Market is being held every weekend, including Christmas weekend, so if you need fresh goodies for your holiday meal, this is a good stop.
The Youth Guild will hold its annual Holiday Tour of Homes on December 2, from 10 am to 4 pm. This is an opportunity to see how the locals decorate their homes for the holidays.
The main event on the weekend of December 2 is the holiday boat parade and tree lighting ceremony. Lots of boats will be decorated for the holidays and each will enter the Dunedin Marina to the delight of the crowd. The parade will be capped with the arrival of Santa on the final holiday decorated boat. Immediately upon Santa’s arrival, he will head to the concert stage to light the . This is the highlight of the holiday season in Dunedin for many people.
Then on December 9 is the Dunedin Old Fashioned Christmas and Holiday Parade. There is a parade to welcome Santa to Dunedin. Try the carriage ride around downtown Dunedin, or take the kids to the snow slide (yes, it is real and cold), and partake in old fashioned games, food, and there will be a band concert of favorite holiday tunes. For this day, December 9, the green market will not be open.
Continuing in the holiday atmosphere, there will be a drive-in movie event in Highlander Park of the movie Elf. There will be a fee of $10 per car, so bring the entire family.
After all that activity, take a break and do some holiday shopping at the unique shops on Main Street. You absolutely will get the feel of the Dunedin Florida lifestyle in this one, jam-packed month of December. So come to Dunedin, get into the spirit and enjoy all the activities. You will be able to close out this year, 2017, with a bang and be ready to enter 2018. Stay tuned for more things to do in Dunedin after the new year.