As the season cools down, events heat up on Florida’s Space Coast
With cooler weather in sight, outdoor activities highlight the season in Florida’s Space Coast. Enjoy all the destination has to offer this fall with family-friendly events and cultural celebrations. Whether it’s taking a blast to the past with a 1980s–themed celebration, soaking up space history at a rocket launch or participating in a new artistic festival poised to become a destination tradition, there’s plenty to do in Florida’s Space Coast!
For a full listing of events, visit www.visitspacecoast.com/space-coast-events.
BOGO Surf Special – Now through September 8, 2013 – Space Coast, Fla.
Guests can learn to catch a wave with the destination’s Buy One, Get One free surfing deal now through Sept. 8. Visitors who purchase a surfing lesson at Cocoa Beach Surfing Company, Surf Cocoa Beach or Catalyst surfing schools will receive an additional surfing lesson for free when staying at participating hotel properties on Florida’s Space Coast. The deal also includes an additional 15 percent discount at these hotels. The promotion gives guests an opportunity to ride the waves in the East Coast’s surfing capital, where surfing legends like Kelly Slater learned and refined their craft.
The BOGO coupon is good for two concurrent surfing lessons at participating surfing schools. Offer is not valid with any other promotions. For a full list of participating hotel properties and more information, visit www.summersurfingspecial.com.
Brevard Caribbean Fest – September 1, 2013 – Cocoa Village, Fla.
Celebrate the taste of the Caribbean with the Brevard Caribbean Fest on Sunday, Sept. 1. This annual event will feature live music, Caribbean dishes and dancing. Founded in 2004, the festival aims to encourage interaction between members of the community in a family-friendly atmosphere. Attendees will also get the opportunity to hear from noted speakers, network with other professionals and showcase their musical or performance talent to the community.
The Brevard Caribbean Fest will take place in Downtown Cocoa Village at the Riverfront Park from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admittance is free. For more information, visitwww.brevardcaribbeanfest.com.
Space Coast Music Festival – September 27 – 28, 2013 – Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Come rock out at the Space Coast Music Festival on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28. As a benefit event to help buy instruments for the Mila Elementary Music Program, the festival will offer multiple parties, live musical performances and food. This concert will feature Island Style Jam Music by the Caribbean’s No. 1 attraction, Hi Tide. Attendees are also encouraged to stick around for the Space Coast King and Queen of Wings competition and the Baja Tavern Port Canaveral Cove After Bash Space Jam from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The event will be hosted both nights at the Manatee Sanctuary Park, located at 701 Thurm Blvd. in Cape Canaveral. Admission is $5 and children under 12 are free. The festival will also feature an Eco Village dedicated to earth awareness and raising money to help preserve creative outlets and natural experiences for the youth of Florida.
For more information, visit http://www.visitspacecoast.com/Details/?id=17514&today=09/27/2013.
80s in the Park – September 28, 2013 – Melbourne, Fla.
Blast to the past with this two-day celebration of everything from the 1980s on Saturday, Sept. 28. From popular bands of the decade to iconic movie and TV cars, stars and sports figures, the event highlights the decade’s finest pop culture moments. And what 1980s celebration would be complete without entertainment? The Top 40 hits of the decade will be played throughout the park and attendees will have the opportunity to play favorite arcade games like Ms. Pacman and Space Invaders.
The 80s in the Park event will take place at 3825 N. Wickham Rd. in Melbourne. For tickets and more information, visit www.80sinthepark.com or call 321-917-0721.
Art & Algorithms Festival – October 4 –13, 2013 – Titusville, Fla.
New this fall, downtown Titusville will turn into a digital space when it hosts the Art & Algorithms festival from Oct. 4 through Oct. 13. This 10-day arts festival will highlight creative pieces that intersect art and technology. The festival will also feature two internationally known artists from the United Kingdom, Martin Richardson and Clifton Stewart, whose works have been acknowledged in the creative field. Featuring movies, hands-on digital and interactive exhibits and more, the event is designed to become a destination staple.
For more information, including a complete list of signature events, artists and where to purchase tickets, visit www.artandalgorithms.com.
Port Canaveral Pink Ribbon Walk & Port Fest – October 5, 2013 – Port Canaveral, Fla.
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, come and join this family-oriented event benefiting the Space Coast Cancer Foundation on Oct. 5. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a charity walk, purchase items from local vendors and witness a Peel & Eat Shrimp eating contest at the Cove at Port Canaveral. The walk route will take attendees through multiple waterfront properties.
To walk in the event, guests are asked to make a $20 donation. For event details and more information, please call 321-508-3547 or visitwww.visitportcanaveral.com/event/pink-ribbon-walk-port-fest.
Brevard Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo – Weekends, October 11 – October 27, 2013 – Melbourne, Fla.
Come experience tricks and treats at the Brevard Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo Halloween event. Guests will have the opportunity to take their children to trick or treat with the animals and meet with various event sponsors. This weekend-long event will span the entire month of October, from October 11 – 13, October 18 – 20 and October 25 – 27.
For tickets, admission prices and more information, visit www.brevardzoo.org/calendar.
Viera Fall Festival and Oktoberfest – October 25 – 27, 2013 – Viera, Fla.
Celebrate the fall season with Viera’s new Fall Festival and Oktoberfest event. This free, family-friendly festival will feature a pumpkin-carving contest, hay rides, German cuisine, a children’s Wizard of Oz costume contest, food trucks and live music. The Chardon Polka Band will perform on Saturday and Sunday. Poised to become a city tradition, the Viera Fall Festival and Oktoberfest will feature a weekend full of fun and excitement for all attendees. The festival will be located at 2700 Judge Fran Jameson Way in Viera.
The event will be open on Friday from 6 – 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.viera.com.
Rocket Launches – Kennedy Space Center, Fla. – September – October, 2013
NASA and private industry unmanned rockets continue to launch from the Kennedy Space Center:
Falcon 9 - SES 8 – TBD, September 2013
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 8 communications satellite. SES 8 will provide Ku-band and Ka-band direct-to-home broadcasting and network services over the Asia-Pacific region.
Atlas 5 - AEFH 3– September 25, 2013
The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the third Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. Built by Lockheed Martin, this U.S. military spacecraft will provide highly-secure communications.
Falcon 9 - Tahicom 6 - October 2013
This SpaceX rocket launch will carry the Thaicom 6 satellite into orbit. The orbital will provide C-band and Ku-band communications across the Southeast Asia and Africa.
Delta 4 - GPS 2F-5 - October 2013
This United Launch Alliance rocket will carry a U.S. Air Force navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System.
Check www.kennedyspacecenter.com for launch times.
All launch dates are subject to change. For updated information on dates, launch times and tips on where to view a launch, visit www.spacecoastlaunches.com.
Located 35 miles (56 km) east of Orlando, Florida’s Space Coast is home to Orlando’s closest beaches. Encompassing Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay and Titusville, this family friendly destination offers more than 10,000 guest rooms, and is an ideal, value getaway. With 72 miles (110 km) of beaches, the longest stretch in the state, and 250 square miles of wildlife refuge, the Space Coast is one of the largest intact eco-systems in Florida. It is home to one of the nation’s busiest cruise ports; is the nation’s East Coast surfing capital and the location of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where all 135 shuttle missions launched and unmanned rockets continue to launch. The Space Coast will be home to the retired Atlantis shuttle in July 2013, and is one of only four destinations nationwide where visitors will be able to view an orbiter. For more information, contact the Space Coast Office of Tourism at (877) 572-3224 or visitwww.visitspacecoast.com. Visit www.spacecoastlaunches.com to learn about upcoming rocket launches. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Florida-Space-Coast. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/flaspacecoast