Florida Events Calendar

    Whatever your passion, Florida has something for you. Here are just some of the major events scheduled this month in the Sunshine State. Please check individual websites for more details and confirmation, and to double-check that Hurricane Irma didn’t cause cancellations.

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    Leave the youngsters at home and head for Fantasy Fest, a non-stop, adult-themed mega-party, featuring lavish floats, parades, costume competitions, street fairs, island bands and great food.

    Leave the youngsters at home and head for Fantasy Fest, a non-stop, adult-themed mega-party, featuring lavish floats, parades, costume competitions, street fairs, island bands and great food.

    - Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau


    AMERICAN DANCESPORT FESTIVAL – One of the largest events of its kind finally makes its way to South Florida. It’s a two-day competition that will feature some of the best hybrid ballroom/sports dancers in the world, with two world championships up for grabs. Don’t miss the special appearance by Karina Smirnoff, the Dancing with the Stars season 13 professional winner with soap star J.R. Martinez.
    When: Oct. 14-15
    Where: Grand Ballroom of the JW Marriot in the Brickell District of Miami.
    Web: americandsf.org

    III POINTS MUSIC, ART & TECH FESTIVAL – It’s a three-day gathering aimed at shedding light on Miami’s talented local acts, vendors, artists, thinkers, dreamers and idea people. Included: showcases, panels, demos, great BBQ and other tasty food, parties, lectures, gallery shows, street installations and a fully immersive five-stage main grounds. Headlining music acts are Gorillaz, Richie Hawtin Close, Arca & Jessie Kanda and Danny Brown. British ambient music pioneer Brian Eno is a special guest and he will debut his audio installation “The Ship.”
    When: Oct. 13-15
    Where: Mana Wynwood Convention center and other Wynwood locations, Miami
    Web: iiipoints.com

    THE AMAZING BEES FESTIVAL – What could be better than your child getting educated and having a lot of fun at the same time?  The whole family will get an appreciation of how important these little buzzers are for our planet. Dress up as your favorite bee and enjoy all the activities: face painting, bounce houses, food vendors, children’s yoga, classes, dancing, movies, clowns, stilt walkers and so much more.
    When: Oct. 20
    Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton
    Web: amazingbeesfestival.com

    FANTASY FEST – Leave the youngsters at home and head for this non-stop, adult-themed mega-party, featuring lavish floats, parades, costume competitions (one for pets, too!), street fairs, island bands and great food. This year’s theme is “Time Travel Unravels.”  Book your table early for the extravagant and outrageous Headdress Ball, Fantasy Fest’s premier gay and lesbian event, which has a first-place prize of 3,000 for best headdress.
    When: Oct. 20-29 for the entire festival and Oct. 26 for the Headdress Ball
    Where: Where else but Key West (various locations)
    Web: fantasyfest.com and headdressballkeywest.com

    CELEBRATE ORGULLO – This 15-day multi-genre extravaganza showcases Hispanic LGBT Pride (that’s what “Orgullo” is in Spanish) during Hispanic Heritage & LGBT Pride Month. You can see great art work, take a walking tour of Little Havana, attend writer workshops and go to a Plantain Festival. The Sara Gala celebrates the life of Sara Montiel, one of Spain’s best actresses of the 20th century and an LGBT icon.
    When: Oct. 1-15
    Where: North Beach Bandshell and other locations in Miami
    Web: celebrateorgullo.com

    FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW – Celebrating its 36th year, the show will feature amazing military and civilian aircraft, some doing death-defying stunts performed by some of the best pilots in the world. Also, enjoy an expanded aircraft exhibit, a kids area and great refreshments.
    When: Oct. 13-15
    Where: Punta Gorda Airport, Punta Gorda
    Web:  floridaairshow.com

    THE FIT EXPO – It’s one of the most celebrated fitness expos in the country and will be making its east coast debut. Attendees can expect to meet fitness celebrities, discover a variety of health and wellness products and services, participate in free fitness classes and cooking demos and view live fitness competitions.
    When: Oct. 21-22
    Where: Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale
    Web: thefitexpo.com

    MIAMI BROWARD ONE CARNIVAL – Two great counties have joined forces to throw a multi-event party that showcases steel bands, parades, concerts, beauty pageants, colorful and elaborate costumes, scrumptious food and arts and crafts. The biggie events are: Carnival Sunday Parade and Concert, Junior Carnival, Steel Band competition and the King/Queen competition.
    When: Sept. 23-Oct. 8
    Where:  Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds in Miami, Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium in Lauderhill and the Miramar Cultural Center & Artpark in Miramar.
    Web: miamibrowardcarnival.com

    HARVEST FESTIVAL AT FLAMINGO GARDENS – Well, the calendar says fall, even if the temperature gauge doesn’t. Celebrate fall on all four October weekends with free hayrides, a pumpkin patch, a decorating station, music, games, crafts and contests. There’s a different theme each weekend: Oct. 7-8, Annual Scarecrow Competition; Oct. 14-15, Pirates & Princesses; Oct. 21-22, Superheroes; Oct. 28-29, Halloween Story Time.
    When: The above-mentioned weekends
    Where: Flamingo Gardens, Davie
    Web: flamingogardens.org

    27th ANNUAL DING DARLING DAYS – Enjoy a week of fun eco-activities in this great national wildlife refuge. It features free tours (via tram, foot, kayak and paddle boards), birding, archery clinics, a butterfly house and kids crafting. 
    When: Oct. 15-21
    Where: J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island
    Web: dingdarlingsociety.org

    HYDROFLIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – This relatively new extreme event is taking the water sports industry by storm. Daring HydroFlyers will soar 50 feet or more into the air at high speeds and attempt stunning aerial displays and tricks. If you can, stick around for the HeyDay Wake Boat Board and Surf competitions and demonstrations.
    When: Oct. 27-29 for the HydroFlight event and Oct. 31 for the HeyDay event
    Where: Sugden Regional Park, Naples
    Web: prowatercross.com/wc/

    SOUTH BEACH SEAFOOD WEEK & FESTIVAL – Kick off the annual Stone Crab season and enjoy a myriad of other seafood yummies prepared by Miami’s top chefs and restaurants. Also: live bands, culinary and mixology demonstrations, a kids zone, health village and VIP hospitality benefits.
    When: Oct. 17-21
    Where: Between 7th and 9th Streets on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach
    Web: sobeseafoodfest.com

    COCONUT GROVE SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – Just as the South Beach event is ending, head over to this one for more yummy eats. It features the Kitchen Lab, where some of Miami’s top chefs will give demos and share secrets. Great live music and lots of activities for the young ’uns, too: bounce house, slides and interactive games.
    When: Oct. 21-22
    Where: Miami Marine Stadium, Miami
    Web: coconutgroveseafoodfestival.com

    GOOD EATS IN NAPLES – Back to back, there’s the Naples Foodie Camp and then the Naples Stone Crab Festival. Foodie Camp is a 10-day event that features chef-led 90-minute cooking classes at top area restaurants. Besides great stone crab claws, the Stone Crab Festival also has live music, art and fun activities for the whole family.
    When: Respectively, Oct. 16-25 and Oct. 27-29
    Where: Various locations in Naples
    Web: Respectively, FoodieCampNaples.com and stonecrabfestival.org

    AAAAAAR, MATEYS & LASSIES – There are two noteworthy pirate fests in SoFla in October, one on the west coast and one on the east coast: the Annual Pirate Festival on Fort Myers Beach, Oct. 6-8, and the Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest and Mermaid Splash, Oct. 21-22. Both will feature some of the usual fun pirate fair: ship battles, costume contests, magic shows, live music, treasure hunts and lots of activities for the youngsters.
    Web: Respectively, fmbpiratefest.com and bbpiratefest.com

    HUMPHREY BOGART FILM FESTIVAL – This year’s gathering celebrates the 75th anniversary of Casablanca. Besides a ton of Bogie flicks, other activities include cocktail receptions, dinners and dancing, round table discussions, a Bogie trivia contest and tours on the original African Queen.
    When: Oct. 18-22
    Where: Various locations in Key Largo
    Web: bogartfilmfestival.com

    SPEAKING OF FILM FESTIVALS… -- There are two other noteworthy film fests this month in SoFla: Cinema Italy and the Naples International Film Festival. Both feature great flicks but so much more: opening and closing night parties, after-show parties, documentaries, tributes, documentaries, short films, and dinners and cocktail parties.
    When: Respectively, Oct. 6-10 and Oct. 26-29
    Where: Respectively, Colony Theatre and other locations in Miami Beach and various locations in Naples
    Web: Respectively, cinemaitaly.com and naplesfilmfest.com

    BRAZILIAN FESTIVAL OF POMPANO BEACH – Get your Brazilian boogie on at the sixth annual fest, expanded to two days this year. Two stages will feature internationally-known Brazilian acts (including headlining Paralamas Do Sucesso, winner of four Latin Grammy awards). Much more, too: a kids zone, skate board competition, more than 100 vendors and exhibitors and mouth-watering Brazilian food.
    When: Oct. 21-22
    Where: Pompano Beach Community Park in Pompano Beach
    Web: brazilianfestpompano.org

    FAIRCHILD’S BIRD FESTIVAL – Birders come from far and wide to search for their favorite fine-feathered friends. It kicks off with two days of off-site tours of great bird habitats led by Tropical Audubon Society experts and then continues at Fairchild with activities for birders of all ages, including an amateur bird photo contest.
    When: Oct. 5-9
    Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables
    Web: fairchildgarden.org

    ANNUAL DOWNTOWN KEY LARGO SONGFEST – A host of elite songwriters will liven up three stages in a festival that features music in many genres besides country: jazz, blues rock ‘n’ roll and contemporary pop. Music lovers will enjoy hearing the stories behind yesterday’s favorites and today’s popular hits. Headliners are Bud Tower, Drew Young, The Lockwoods, Beth McKee, Rod Williams, Shelley Mac and Leslie Satcher.
    When: Oct. 6-8
    Where: Various locations in Key Largo
    Web: keylargosongfest.com

    BEER! BRATWURST! LIVE MUSIC! BAVARIAN BEAUTIES! MORE BEER! -- It being October, we could only be talking about Oktoberfest. Here are the details on some of the celebrations:

    Tilt-a-whirls, bumper cars, carousels and more! Pinellas Park’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church knows how to throw a great festival, complete with cotton candy, smoked turkey legs, can toss and duck pond games, kiddie rides and live bands.

    Tilt-a-whirls, bumper cars, carousels and more! Pinellas Park’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church knows how to throw a great festival, complete with cotton candy, smoked turkey legs, can toss and duck pond games, kiddie rides and live bands.

    - Sacred Heart Festival


    FLORIDA SPORTSMAN EXPO – Fishing and hunting enthusiasts of all levels can hone their skills, learn new techniques and try out some of the latest products and tools at this two-day expo featuring expert seminars, a boat showcase, a 500-gallon saltwater aquarium and the expo’s very first archery tournament.
    When: Oct. 7-9
    Where: Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa
    Web: floridasportsman.com/expo

    DESOTO PUMPKIN FESTIVAL – Get into the autumn spirit by enjoying all things pumpkin, including pies and a pumpkin maze, plus hay rides, trick or treating, live music, street performers, zip lines, a petting zoo and more. This is a great way to get to know the quaint town of Arcadia, located right in the heart of central Florida.
    When: Oct. 14-15
    Where: DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park, Arcadia
    Web: facebook.com/DeSotoPumpkinFestival

    BUSCH GARDENS HOWL-O-SCREAM – Busch Gardens’ famous nighttime Halloween party returns with its terrifying, gory and spectacular haunted houses, scare zones and costumed performers throughout the park. Geared toward adults and teens, Howl-O-Scream is sure to give even the bravest thrill-seeker a fright.
    When: Through Oct. 29
    Where: Busch Gardens, Tampa
    Web: buschgardens.com/tampa

    RATTLESNAKE FESTIVAL – The small town of San Antonio brings back the Rattlesnake Festival for the 50th year, inviting all ages to this pet-friendly event filled with kids’ games, rides and arts and crafts booths, gopher tortoise races, BBQ and ice cream treats, a rodeo cowboy show, and of course, rattlesnakes on display.
    When: Oct. 21-22
    Where: San Antonio
    Web: rattlesnakefestival.com

    SWEET EATS FESTIVAL – Got a sweet tooth? Don’t miss this fun, free sampling party featuring treats from local bakeries, cafes and restaurants, as well as goodies provided by the amateur bake-off contest. Get the chance to taste various pies, cookies, cupcakes, donuts and whipped desserts before buying some to take home, and don’t miss the all-you-can-eat sweets buffet.
    When: Oct. 21
    Where: Largo Central Park, Largo
    Web: facebook.com/sweet-eats 

    SACRED HEART FESTIVAL – Tilt-a-whirls, bumper cars, carousels and more! Pinellas Park’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church knows how to throw a great festival, complete with cotton candy, smoked turkey legs, can toss and duck pond games, kiddie rides and live bands. Parking and admission are free.
    When: Oct. 11-15
    Where: Pinellas Park
    Web: sacredheartfestival.com

    BEAST FEAST – Under the oaks of the historic Mote Morris House, this $25 all-you-can-eat feast features a great variety of exotic and unusual meats along with sides, beverages, and live entertainment. The event is a fundraiser for the Leesburg Center for the Arts, and past feasts have included zebra sausage, frog legs, reindeer meatballs and buffalo goulash.
    When: Oct. 26
    Where: Mote Morris House, Leesburg
    Web: leesburgpartnership.com

    LAKE COUNTY FOLK FESTIVAL – Some of Florida’s finest folk musicians and storytellers perform on stages and in “jam tents” in historic downtown Eustis. Bring your instruments and jam along, learn some new techniques at workshops and check out the arts and crafts on display.
    When: Oct. 14-15
    Where: Downtown Eustis
    Web: lakecountyfolkfest.org

    OCALA CULTURAL FESTIVAL – Experience music, flavor, traditional customs and cultural performances from around the world without ever leaving the friendly town of Ocala. Try different cultural cuisines, watch special dances and demonstrations, shop for ethnic arts & crafts and join in the fun to celebrate cultural diversity.
    When: Oct. 7
    Where: Tuscawilla Park, Ocala
    Web: ocalafl.org/government

    SPIFF’S INTERNATIONAL FOLK FAIR – The St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society hosts its 43rd celebration of more than 40 nationalities represented in and around St. Pete, bringing together various ethnic groups and clubs in the beautiful waterfront Vinoy Park. Check out the musical and dance performances while sampling delicious Indian, Serbian and German dishes, and don’t miss the Grand Parade of the Nations.
    When: Oct. 26-29
    Where: Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg
    Web: spiffs.org

    ARCADIA FALL RODEO – For a taste of good ol’, down-home central Florida rodeo, check out this sanctioned events spotlighting all the classic competitions, including bull-riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping and barrel racing! Kids can also get in on the fun with the calf scramble and mutton bustin’ contests.
    When: Oct. 21-22
    Where: Arcadia
    Web: arcadiarodeo.com

    SPACE COAST VW FEST– Bug-loving fans, this is for you! Reminisce about the good old days of classic Volkswagon vans, dune buggies and Karmann Ghias while being entertained by 70s-themed bands and entertainment. Proceeds from the event benefit Brevard Zoo’s Oyster Restoration for Indian River Lagoon.
    When: Oct.15
    Where: David R. Schechter Community Center, Satellite Beach
    Web:  spacecoastvwfest.com    

    AUTUMN IN THE OAKS ART, MUSIC AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL – Enjoy live contemporary and bluegrass bands and shop for local honeys, jellies and soaps at this charming fest in beautiful DeLeon Springs. Cast your vote in the chili cook-off and bring your guitar, banjo or drums to join in one of the special jam sessions.
    When: Oct. 21
    Where: Historic Porter House Property, DeLeon Springs
    Web: deleonspringscommunityassociation.com

    FLORIDA WILDFLOWER SYMPOSIUM – Florida nature lovers won’t want to miss this educational and fascinating focus on native wildflowers and the wildlife that depends on them. Take bird-watching and forestry field trips, participate in hands-on workshops and educational presentations by experts on planting and growing, learn about creating habitats for pollinators and go home armed with new knowledge about plant cultivation, biology and our ecosystem.
    When: Sept. 22-23
    Where: Orlando
    Web: flawildflowers.org

    The Florida Scallop & Music Festival, hosted by the city of Port Joe, puts on an end-of-season party featuring live music, a 5K Race, kids’ zone, arts and crafts vendors and a Scallop Cook-Off.

    The Florida Scallop & Music Festival, hosted by the city of Port Joe, puts on an end-of-season party featuring live music, a 5K Race, kids’ zone, arts and crafts vendors and a Scallop Cook-Off.

    - The Florida Scallop & Music Festival


    DRESSING DOWNTON — Get a chance to examine the intricate details of Cora Crawley’s (Elizabeth McGovern) stunning ecru ball gown or be wowed by the simplicity of the lady’s maid gear worn by fan fave Anna (Joanne Froggat) from PBS’ hit drama “Downton Abbey.” The exhibit, which kicked off its run in 2015 at the Biltmore, has its final stop in St. Augustine and features 36 costumes from the show that highlight England’s Gilded Age during the early 20th Century. The museum will also be offering an “Upstairs/Downstairs at the Alcazar” tour to explore what life would have been like at St. Augustine’s Alcazar Hotel in St. Augustine during the same time period.
    When: Oct. 4-Jan. 7
    Where: Lightner Museum, St. Augustine
    Web: lightnermuseum.org

    FLORIDA SCALLOP & MUSIC FESTIVAL — Northeast Florida has its shrimp, St. Pete/Clearwater has an abundance of stone crab claws and fresh grouper, but the state’s Forgotten Coast from Steinhatchee to St. Joseph Bay is scallop country. And at the end of scallop season each year, the city of Port Joe puts on a party. Live music headliners include Tobacco Road Band and Love and Theft. Also includes a 5K Race, kids’ zone, arts and crafts vendors and a Scallop Cook-Off.
    When: Oct. 6-7
    Where: Port St. Joe
    Web: scallopfestfl.org

    CORN MAZES — Wind your way through acres of “cornfusing” turns in multiple locations throughout the Sunshine State’s corn growing zones.

    • Sykes and Cooper Farms call their fall spectacular agritainment in Elkton. Includes a nine-acre corn maze, jumping pads, animal meet-and-greets, live entertainment and more. (Oct. 7-29, sycofarms.com)
    • Cypress Cattle & Produce Co. have a 6-acre maze with more than two miles of paths in Ponce De Leon. After finding your way out of the maze, take a tractor-pulled farm tour, pick out your pumpkin at the u-pick patch and explore many kids’ activities like bounce houses, the corn pond and more. (Sept. 30 - Oct. 31, cypresscattle.com)

    DATIL PEPPER FALL FESTIVAL — Local chefs highlight St. Augustine’s agricultural star the datil pepper with a cook-off during the two-day festival. St. Augustine is one of the top growers of the hot and spicy pepper and chefs will concoct their own Datil pepper-inspired dishes. Festival goers can purchase tasting tickets for only $1 each to try samples and then vote on a favorite appetizer and entree.
    When: Oct. 7-8
    Where: UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County Agricultural Center, St. Augustine
    Web: stjohns.ifas

    AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL — You’re going to jump, jive and wail on swing night or have visions of flamenco dancers on Barcelona’s city streets during an evening of Latin-themed music. The eight-day fest, now in its 14th year, has themed performances throughout the week leading up to solo concerts by headliners Roseanna Vitro and Nestor Torres. Make a reservation to close out the week at the celebratory Dixieland Jazz Brunch featuring the Spare Rib Six.
    Entering its 14th season, the jazz fest provides music lovers
    When: Oct. 8-15
    Where: Fernandina Beach
    Web: ameliaislandjazzfestival.com

    STRUMMIN’ MAN UKULELE FESTIVAL — Chances are you’ll hear at least one cover of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole’s rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World at the inaugural ukulele fest hosted by the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews. The festival will includes performances by Lil’ Rev, Rachel Manke, Taimane and the due Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee. Also includes workshops, vendors and performances by local musicians.
    When: Oct. 13-15
    Where: St. Andrews Marina, Panama City
    Web: standrewsukes.org

    30A BLUE CRAB FESTIVAL — In its second year, the Panhandle seafood fest is a salute to the 30A lifestyle featuring local blue crab prepared in imaginative ways plus live jams from local musicians like the Luke Langford Band and Eric Lindell as well as booths featuring regional art vendors. The festival is sandwiched between the VIP Wine Walkabout and the Jazz Brunch.
    When: Oct. 13-15
    Where: Redfish Village, Santa Rosa Beach
    Web: 30acrabfest.com

    BLAST ON THE BAY — Nashville’s best wordsmiths head due south for the ninth annual boutique fest celebrating the work of the talented musicians and songwriters behind some of country’s hottest performers. This collection of more than 40 musicians have written hits for Faith Hill, George Strait, Jason Aldean and Garth Brooks. Performers will take the stage at about a dozen venues and the event includes a beachfront VIP welcome celebration as well the Sunday finale at the Indian Pass Raw Bar.
    When: Oct. 19-21
    Where: Port St. Joe
    Web: blastonthebay

    CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: CRYSTAL — The famed Canadian company that has taken circus-style acrobatics and contortionist feats and turned it into an artistic, sensory experience expands again with Crystal, an ice-themed show. They’ll incorporate skating and sliding on into their show with a narrative that follows a young woman pushing boundaries. This is the only Florida venue hosting the show in the first part of its run.
    When: Oct. 19-22
    Where: Pensacola Bay Center
    Web: pensacolabaycenter.com

    13TH ANNUAL BAT FESTIVAL — Learn the real story behind 13 of the most common myths or superstitions from the caretakers who know the species best. Visitors to the conservancy have a chance to get up close with more than 200 fruit bats. Also includes games, activities, bounce houses a beer garden and more. Photo enthusiasts should save the date for the Photo Day at the conservancy (Oct. 28). Guests, with reservations, will be able to get up close and personal to the flying residents. An animal care staff member will be on hand to answer questions.
    When: Oct. 21
    Where: Lubee Bat Conservancy, Gainesville
    Web: lubee.org/bat-festival

    1890s FESTIVAL — Turn back time under the live oak trees in Victorian McIntosh when more than 30,000 people arrive for the annual event. A spoon chime crafter, glassblower and candle maker will hold live demonstrations and more than 280 other arts and craft vendors will have booths. Kids will love a trip to the original railroad depot or the McIntosh Area School craft area for squirt gun painting and ornament making.
    When: Oct. 21
    Where: McIntosh
    Web: friendsofmcintosh.org

    ROCK THE FALLS MUSIC FESTIVAL — Florida music festivals spring up at a lot of spectacular waterfront venues, but Falling Waters State Park is one of the more unusual spaces. The state park features Florida’s highest waterfall, which drops into a 100-foot-deep, 20-foot-wide cylindrical pit. As for the music, The Dwellers, RuffWater Band, Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet and Cypress Spring are set to perform. Also includes an arts and crafts show, kids’ zone, pony rides, petting zoo and BBQ.
    When: Oct. 21
    Where: Falling Waters State Park, Chipley
    Web: visitwcfla.com/rock-the-falls

    PARTY IN THE PINES COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL — Bienville Plantation, one of state’s unspoiled sport hunting and fishing operations will host a two-day fest featuring hot country crooners and camping. Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen and Maren Morris will headline the event. A second stage has been added to accommodate even more festival favorites including Natalie Stovall, regional artist Michael Stacey, Tori Jackson and more.
    When: Oct. 21-22
    Where: Bienville Plantation, White Springs
    Web: partyinthepines.com

    FLORIDA FOREST FESTIVAL — Yes, there are crosscut saw and chainsaw competitions, as well as lumberjack shows, but the reason behind the fest (formerly known as the Pine Tree Festival) is the same 62 years later “to promote the benefits of the state’s forests and to celebrate those who work and protect them.” Take part in celebrating Taylor County’s distinction as the “Tree Capital of the South” at the event which also includes a free fish fry, arts and crafts vendors, an antique car show, live music and kids’ activities.
    When: Oct. 28
    Where: Forest Capital State Park, Perry
    Web: floridaforestfestival.org

    FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS — It’s never too early to start checking items off your holiday shopping lists and Destin’s annual festival is that shopping opportunity. The 22nd annual event features more than 100 artists from 13 states competing for $10,000 in award money. Includes dining options from local restaurants and food trucks, kids’ art activities and wine/beer garden.
    When: Oct. 28-29
    Where: Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, Destin
    Web: mattiekellyartsfoundation.org

    FLORIDA JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL — You’ll be moving and grooving to swinging beats for two evenings of live music featuring Saturday’s headliner Mr. Sipp (The Mississippi Blue Child) and Sunday’s headliner New Orleans Suspects. The event lineup includes five acts each day and tickets are available in either as single or two-day packages.
    When: Oct. 28-29
    Where: Capital City Amphitheater at Cascades Park, Tallahassee
    Web: fljazzandblues.com

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