Fall in Florida may not mean sweater weather, but it does mean a cool time. Here are some ways to have an affordable autumn 2014.
1) FREE: Fall is a lovely time to visit Tallahassee's Downtown Market, now in its 20th season. Enjoy free entertainment, grab a bite to eat and browse arts and crafts booths. This market season takes place Saturdays starting at 9 a.m., through Nov. 29.
2) FREE: The slightly cooler weather sets the stage for two outdoor concerts. The Florida Orchestra presents Pops in the Park performances (say that five times fast) Oct. 18 in St. Petersburg and Oct. 19 in Tampa. Admission is free, but you're encouraged to bring nonperishable food donations for Tampa Bay Harvest.
3) FREE: In Lake Wales, go back in time for the Pioneer Days Festival. The event takes place Oct. 25 and 26 in various locations. It includes historical reenactors, a parade of antique cars, entertainment and more.
4) $8: Florida's weather may not feel fall-like, but a visit to the Hunsander Farms Pumpkin Festival in Bradenton will get you in the mood for autumn. The festivities take place on select weekends throughout October. Admission includes hay rides, live music, craft vendors, petting zoo, barnyard playground and more. The corn maze, pony rides, food and other attractions cost extra.
5) $8: Every year, bibliophiles geek out over the constellation of A-list authors who appear at Miami Book Fair International. The festival's events have varying admission rates, but the Nov. 21-23 street fair is an affordable way to access entertainment and literary activities for kids. Smart Travel Tip: Check out my guide to saving money and time at the event.