Fall for Florida's Southwest Gulf Coast

By: Jodi Mailander Farrell


Fall means small-town fun around Florida's southwest Gulf coast in places like EnglewoodPunta GordaPort Charlotte, Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands.

These events are some of the region's Insider favorites:

Englewood Pioneer Days, Aug. 23-Sept 1, 2014

Talk about old-fashioned fun! From wacky boat races to an all-day Labor Day fest complete with a parade, this 58-year tradition is one that every kid (or kid-at-heart) will love. Bring wipes to wash up after the watermelon eating contest. 

Fishermen Village's Fall Festival, Sept. 13, 2014

Dig out your lederhosen – and loosen 'em up to make room for bratwurst, sauerkraut and imported beverages in Punta Gorda. There's even a Weiner Dog Derby! Find all this free fun at Fishermen’s Village (great place to explore, too, as it has a mall, marina, restaurants and a resort – all in one place).

Haunting on the Harbor, Oct. 24-31, 2014

Sounds scary, but it’s not, really. You’ll find family-friendly activities and a frightfully fun House of Horrors in downtown Punta Gorda. (Be sure to check outLaishley Crab House, just a short walk away for great Florida seafood.) 

Ninth Annual Ghouls & Drools Barktoberfest, Date TBA

Your furry, four-legged family members need a fall getaway too! Participate in the costume contest (you AND your dog) or just come enjoy the festivities for free in the Center Court of Punta Gorda'sFishermen's Village. Organized bySalty Paws gift store. 

Need more info? Need a place to stay? Check out Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau

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