Thanksgiving in Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach Sunrise

Thanksgiving in Cocoa Beach is the most wonderful time of the year. Our temperatures have pulled back to an enjoyable high 70’s with the evening temperatures dipping into the 60’s…talk about paradise! 

Cocoa Beach Florida

If you plan on heading to Cocoa Beach this holiday weekend…here are some things you need to put on your calendar:

Thanksgiving morning is the Cocoa Beach Turkey Trot 5K. This is the 20th year that they have this 5K that starts near downtown Cocoa Beach and meanders through the Cocoa Isles and Convair Cove subdivisions. They are expecting close to 2,000 runners this year! Dressing up isn’t required, but it does help you blend in with the crowd. More information can be found at

Friday night street party and alumni weekend. Since a lot of the friends you grew up are back in town for Thanksgiving weekend, it only makes sense to have a street party, right? The city has shut down Minutemen Causeway between Brevard Ave and Atlantic Ave for the Art Show and is an ideal location for this party. If you grew up here or had friends that grew up here…there is a good chance that you will see them Friday night.

This is also a night that the high school classes get together to celebrate their 5 and 10-year class reunions. So, if you graduated from CBHS in a year that ended in a 3 or an 8…there is probably a private party with a few of your classmates. (2013, 2008, 2003, 1998, 1993, 1988, 1983, 1978, 1973, 1968, 1963)

CB art show

Saturday and Sunday is the main event…the world famous Cocoa Beach Art Show. This Thanksgiving weekend tradition has been going on for 55 years! There will be 150 artists that are local and from across the country, great food (besides all your favorite downtown places) that include the Cocoa Beach Fire Department’s chili (this alone is worth a visit to Cocoa Beach Thanksgiving weekend)

2018 Cocoa Beach Art Show
Vanessa Bates created this year’s Cocoa Beach Art Show Print

Besides a great 5K, a HUGE street party, an amazing art show, you also have everything that you would expect being in Cocoa Beach. We have miles of sandy beaches to explore and enjoy. We have the Cocoa Beach Country Club and 27 hole golf course that is at the west end of Minutemen Causeway on the Banana River. We have dozens of great restaurants throughout the city and very close by (Port Canaveral is a great place to dine along the water). Visit the Kennedy Space Center or a quick ride along SR528 to Orlando, Disney and other attractions too. (IF you are just doing Orlando for Thanksgiving; Cocoa Beach IS Orlando’s closest beach…So, you should head EAST to see the Art Show!)

About the author:

Eric Larkin is a Broker Associate with REMAX Solutions. He lives, works, and plays in the Cocoa Beach area. Eric has been helping buyers and sellers with their real estate needs since becoming a real estate agent in 2003. His focus is always on helping, answering your questions, and doing everything possible to make certain you have a smooth transaction from beginning to end.

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