By Jennifer Silverstein

For the 43rd time, Novemberfest will open its gates starting on Thursday, November 8, at 4 p.m. and continue through the weekend on the church and school grounds, located at 705 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon.

Novemberfest is often touted at the third largest festival in Hillsborough County behind the Florida State Fair and the Strawberry Festival.

Principal Julie Tipton said, “Being a new member of the community and newly appointed principal of Nativity Catholic School, I look forward to experiencing  the fun and festivities of the long standing tradition of  Novemberfest.”

But even before the festivities start taking place, a special kickoff dinner will be hosted by Formaggio’s at the Nativity Catholic Church social hall on Friday, November 2, from 5-7 p.m.

A 5K run/ one-mile walk will also take place on Saturday, November 3, starting at 8 a.m. from the parking lot of Nativity Catholic School.

According to Tina Sullivan, director of Stewardship & Advancement at Nativity Catholic School, there is always at least one new ride per year at Novemberfest. Also new this year, she said, is a barbecue kick off on Veterans Day, Monday, November 12 starting at 12 Noon.

ovemberfest Idol, a singing competition now in its third year at the festival,  will take place over the entire five days of the festival, but American Idol finalist and local Valrico resident Jeremy Rosado will be hosting the Friday evening portion.

Novemberfest will be held on Thursday, November 8, from 4-10 p.m.; Friday, November 9, from 4 p.m.-12 Midnight; Saturday, November 10, from 12 Noon-12 Midnight; Sunday, November 11, from 12 Noon-10 p.m.; and on Monday, November 12, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

For more information on Novemberfest, please visit or visit the Facebook page for Novemberfest.


Volunteer opportunities are also available. Please visit to sign up.


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Jennifer is the Assistant Editor at the Osprey Observer, having climbed the corporate ladder from intern in 2007. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. She lives in Channing Park with her husband, Eric, and their two dogs.