October Events Calendar

    Whatever your passion, Florida has something for you. Here are just some of the major events scheduled for October in the Sunshine State. Please check individual websites for more details.
     

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

    - Florida Keys News Bureau

     

    SOUTH FLORIDA 

    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 “Oh…The Games We Play.”  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. 19-28 for the entire festival; Oct. 25 for the Headdress Ball
    Where:
    Where else but Key West (various locations)
    Web:
    fantasyfest.com and headdressballkeywest.com

    MIAMI BROWARD 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. 22-Oct. 8
    Where:
     Various locations in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties
    Web:
    miamibrowardcarnival.com

    WET & WILD IN NAPLES – Naples is the place to be for these five splashy events, all under the Pro Watercross umbrella:

    • Hydroflight athletes will perform timed free style routines, showing off their best flips, dives and spins as they attempt to rack up points in a quest to advance to the World Championships. Oct. 26-28
    • SUPCross changes up the pace, as stand-up paddle boarders (hence SUP) compete in closed-course racing. Oct. 26-28
    • Hydro Expo is the latest addition to the Pro Watercross World Championship and brings together all things watersports and beach-related. Oct. 30-31
    • The Pro Watercross World Championship features the world’s best athletes in the explosive and exciting sport of personal watercraft racing. Nov. 1-4
    • The MotoSurf event attracts the best motor-powered surfboard riders from around the world in a thrilling contest of nerves, fitness and skill. Nov. 2-4

    Where: All events are at Lake Avalon at Sugden Regional Park in Naples
    Web:
    prowatercross.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. This year, the life of Salsa Queen Celia Cruz will be celebrated, including a look-alike contest and a documentary film.
    When:
    Oct. 1-15
    Where:
    Various locations in Miami Beach and Miami
    Web:
    celebrateorgullo.com

    FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW – Celebrating its 37th 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 food and refreshments.
    When:
    Oct. 19-21
    Where:
    Punta Gorda Airport, Punta Gorda
    Web: 
    floridaairshow.com

    MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW – Whether you are a serious buyer or a serious gawker, you’ll enjoy this nine-day car-a-thon. One of the most popular exhibits is Million Dollar Alley, which features brands such as Rolls-Royce, Porsche, Ferrari and Lotus. Memory Lane will showcase 20 classic beauties from yesteryear. Topless in Miami features spiffy convertibles and Havana Classics will display historic cars from 1950s Cuba.
    When:
    Oct. 5-13
    Where:
    Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach
    Web:
    miamiautoshow.net

    HARVEST FESTIVAL AT FLAMINGO GARDENS – Celebrate fall on all four October weekends with free hayrides, a pumpkin patch, a decorating station, music, games, crafts and contests, including one for scarecrows.
    When:
    Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28
    Where:
    Flamingo Gardens, Davie
    Web:
    flamingogardens.org

    30th ANNUAL DING DARLING DAYS – Enjoy a week of fun eco-activities in this amazing wildlife refuge. It features free tours (via tram, foot, kayaks and paddle boards), birding, archery clinics, a butterfly house and kids crafting.
    When:
    Oct. 12-14
    Where:
    J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island
    Web:
    dingdarlingsociety.org

    CORAL GABLES HISPANIC CULTURAL FESTIVAL – Enjoy a weekend filled with art, crafts, culture, folkloric dance performances, great food and lots of activities for the kids. Pets welcome.
    When:
    Oct. 20-21
    Where:
    Intersection of Biltmore Way and Lejeune Road, Coral Gables
    Web:
    gableshispanicfestival.com

    SUN FIESTA, THE JEWEL OF VENICE – It moves to a new location this year, but they certainly have not cut back on the fun. Events and highlights include: Miss Sun Fiesta Pageant, live entertainment, the Arts & Crafts Alley, Kids Korner, bed races, a giant food court, two beer tents with seating, raffles, a silent auction and new this year, a 5K race.
    When:
    Oct. 19-21
    Where:
    Venice Airport Festival Grounds, Venice
    Web:
    womenssertoma.com/sun-fiesta

    GOOMBAY FESTIVAL – This spirited annual event is known for its island-style food, arts and crafts, non-stop live entertainment and dancing in the streets.
    When:
    Oct. 19-20
    Where:
    Bahama Village neighborhood, Key WestWeb: fla-keys.com/calendar

    MIAMI ATTRACTIONS MONTH – Actually two months long, it’s the ultimate BOGO experience. Enjoy an amazing array of Miami’s best attractions on a buy-one, get-one-free basis or some other form of serious discount. Attractions include, among others: Zoo Miami, Monkey Jungle, Miami Seaquarium, the Biltmore Hotel, Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miccosukee Indian Village and Jungle Island. No membership or sign-up required – just go and save a bundle!
    When:
    Oct. 1-Nov. 30
    Where:
    Throughout Miami-Dade County
    Web:
    miamiandbeaches.com

    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. 16-20
    Where:
    Various locations in Miami Beach
    Web:
    sobeseafoodfest.com

    SOUTH FLORIDA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – Just as the South Beach event (above) 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. 20-21
    Where:
    Miami Marine Stadium, Key Biscayne
    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:
    Oct. 15-25 and Oct. 26-28
    Where:
    Various locations in Naples
    Web:
    FoodieCampNaples.com and stonecrabfestival.org

    BOYNTON BEACH HAUNTED PIRATE FEST & MERMAID SPLASH
    –The featured events are a costume contest, pirate invasion and a mermaid pageant. Much more, too, including live music and lots of activities for the kids.
    When:
    Oct. 27-28
    Where:
    Along E. Ocean Avenue between Third Street and Federal Highway, Boynton Beach
    Web:
    bbpiratefest.com

    AMERICAN DANCESPORT FESTIVAL –
    One of the largest events of its kind, this two-day competition will feature some of the best hybrid ballroom/sports dancers in the world, with two world championships up for grabs.
    When:
    Oct. 13-14
    Where:
    InterContinental Hotel, Miami.
    Web:
    americandsf.org

    LIGHTS! CAMERAS! ACTION! -- There are two 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. The Naples event includes an evening of comedy with Steve Martin and Martin Short and a screening of “Star Wars” with live music by the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.
    When:
    Oct.5-9 and Oct. 25-28
    Where:
    Miami Regal Cinema, South Beach and various locations in Naples
    Web:
    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 Chimarruts, Marcelo D2, Elba Ramalho and Don & Juan. Much more, too: a kids zone, skate board competition, more than 100   exhibitors and mouth-watering Brazilian food.
    When:
    Oct. 20-21
    Where:
    Pompano Beach Community Park in Pompano Beach
    Web:
    brazilianfestpompano.org

    KITETOBER FEST – Check out the amazing display of creative kites, windsocks and wind spinners. Bring your own kite or purchase one on site. There will be kite-flying competitions for children and adults, bounce houses, face painters, DJs and food trucks. Don’t miss the 100-foot flying squid, the 30-foot flying scuba man, the 30-foot flying Nemo fish and the 150-foot flying rainbow.
    When:
    Oct. 20-21
    Where:
    Haulover Park, Miami
    Web:
    skywardkites.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

    BLUES AND BOOZE-GROOVE IN THE GLADES – Jonny Lang will headline this inaugural music festival, supported by Robert Randolph and Family Bond and Albert Castiglia. A wide variety of craft beers and cocktails will be available.
    When:
    Oct. 6
    Where:
    Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami
    Web:
    miccosukee.com/resort

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

    GROVETOBERFEST – Speaking of beer – there will be more than 500 of the craft variety available and a lot more, too: food and beer pairing demonstrations, live music and games galore.
    When:
    Oct. 13
    Where:
    Peacock Park, Miami
    Web:
    Grovetoberfest.com

    ANTIQUES AND VINTAGE COLLECTIBLES SHOW – Browse and shop in air-conditioned comfort as dealers will be selling depression glass, linens, vintage post cards, vintage jewelry, small furniture, quilts, coins, clocks, military memorabilia, pottery, movies memorabilia and much more.
    When:
    Oct. 13-14
    Where:
    Southwest Focal Point Community Center, Pembroke Pines
    Web:
    ppines.com

    ARTS & CRAFTS SHOWS – The calendar says October is in fall and that means the Arts & Craft show scene starts to heat up. Here are four this month:

    • Brickell Art Festival, Oct. 20-21 on South Miami Avenue between 13th Street and 14th Terrace in Miami. miamieventsandfestivals.com
    • Buckler’s Craft Fair, Oct. 13-14 at the Expo Center at the South Florida Fair Grounds, West Palm Beach. fleventsandfestivals.com
    • Coral Springs Craft Guild Craft Show and Holiday Boutique, Oct. 5-6 at La Quinta Hotel in Coral Springs. coralspringscraftguild.com
    • Las Olas Art Fair, Oct. 20-21, along Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. artfestival.com
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    The Fox Squirrel Corn Maze offers everything you could ever want from a fall festival: kettle corn, crafts, local honey stands, pumpkin painting, cornhole games, duck races, dummy steer roping and a good, old fashioned corn maze, all set against the backdrop of a real central Florida farm.

    The Fox Squirrel Corn Maze offers everything you could ever want from a fall festival: kettle corn, crafts, local honey stands, pumpkin painting, cornhole games, duck races, dummy steer roping and a good, old fashioned corn maze, all set against the backdrop of a real central Florida farm.

    - The Fox Squirrel Corn Maze


    CENTRAL FLORIDA

    CHILLIN’ ON THE LUCIE – Bring your swimsuits and lawn chairs for a different kind of country music concert, held at the Sandpiper Bay Club Med over a five-day stretch. The all-inclusive event features nonstop music and activities at the resort, and headliners include Wynonna and The Big Noise, Joe Nichols, Uncle Kracker, RaeLynn, Cassadee Pope, Thompson Square, Parmalee and more.
    When
    : Oct. 3-7
    Where
    : Port St. Lucie
    Web
    : chillinonthelucie.com

    OKTOBERFEST TAMPA – Join thousands of merrymaking, stein-hoisting attendees at Tampa’s largest Oktoberfest, held at downtown’s beautiful waterfront park. Enjoy cold beer, dancing, games, live music and bratwurst, or test your German mettle by entering the Grain Sack Toss or the Beard & Mustache Competition.
    When
    : Oct. 12-14
    Where
    : Curtis Hixon Park, downtown Tampa
    Web: oktoberfesttampa.com

    WINTER SPRINGS ARTOBERFEST – More than a hundred artists feature their drawings, crafts, jewelry, paintings, photography, sculptures and other fine art works at this Oktoberfest-themed event held just as the Florida weather is beginning to cool down. Stroll along the quaint Blumberg Boulevard and sample German beer, wine and dishes while you shop.
    When
    : Oct. 20-21
    Where
    : Winter Springs
    Web
    : www.wsfota.org

    THE FOX SQUIRREL CORN MAZE – Yes, Florida has autumn, too! Create family memories at this popular Plant City pumpkin patch that has everything you could ever want from a fall festival: kettle corn, crafts, local honey stands, pumpkin painting, cornhole games, duck races, dummy steer roping and a good, old fashioned corn maze, all set against the backdrop of a real central Florida farm.
    When
    : Weekends throughout October
    Where
    : Single R Ranch, Plant City
    Web
    : futchentertainment.com

    INDIAN RIVER LAGOON SCIENCE FESTIVAL – Educational institutes and other organizations across the Treasure Coast come together to host an exciting array of hands-on activities, games, exercises and other interactive displays aimed at teaching guests of all ages about science, technology, engineering and math. The free event features local school bands, live animal demonstrations and other stage performances.
    When: Oct. 27
    Where: Veterans Memorial Park, Ft. Pierce
    Web: irlsciencefest.org

    SPIFFS INTERNATIONAL FOLK FAIR – In its 44th year, this folk fair transforms St. Petersburg’s waterfront into a microcosm of the world, with a multitude of ethnic crafts, arts, food, cooking demonstrations and entertainment. Highlights include the Giving Tree Music drum circles, Polynesian dancers, Irish music and other performances celebrating the fabric of cultures that make up the United States.
    When
    : Oct. 25-28
    Where
    : Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg
    Web
    : spiffs.org/folk-fair.html

    FRUITVILLE GROVE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL – The Fruitville Grove farm goes all out during the month of October, hosting a free, tot-friendly fall fest every weekend that includes a petting zoo, playground, bands and pumpkin-filled photo ops. Shop for decorative gourds, scarecrows and other home décor, then dine on caramel apples, pumpkin pie and other treats from the vendors.
    When
    : Weekends throughout October
    Where
    : Sarasota
    Web
    : fruitvillegrove.com/festival                                                          

    FESTIVAL CALLE ORANGE – Latin music fills the streets of downtown Orlando, bringing a 10-block Latin dance party to the heart of the city for a day. Brush up on your salsa and bachata moves while enjoying 30 nationally and internationally renowned bands and performers entertaining on three stages. Kids under 10 are free and can take part in games and activities created just for them.
    When
    : Oct. 28
    Where
    : Downtown Orlando
    Web
    : calleorange.com

    AUTUMN IN THE OAKS 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. This year also brings a kids’ play zone and car show to the mix of fun.
    When
    : Oct. 20
    Where
    : DeLeon Springs
    Web
    : deleonspringscommunityassociation.com

    MOUNT DORA BICYCLE FESTIVAL – Cyclists from all over the world love this three-day weekend of multiple routes along gorgeous Mount Dora, ranging from a photo scavenger hunt to crushing hill climbs, as well as pre-ride breakfasts, a beer garden and other activities. This year offers new “Gran Fondo” timed challenge options for the chance to be named the Gran Fondo King and Queen.
    When
    : Oct. 4-7
    Where
    : Mount Dora
    Web
    : mountdorabicyclefestival.com

    BIKETOBERFEST – Motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country join the crowd of 100,000-plus guests who visit Daytona Beach for this fun, four-day party that fills the streets with a thunderous roar. Enjoy daily and nightly live bands, check out the latest gear at the swap meet and bike show, sample locally made craft beer and take part in countywide rides with fellow bikers.
    When
    : Oct. 18-21
    Where
    : Daytona Beach
    Web
    : daytonabeach.com/biketoberfest

    CLEARWATER JAZZ HOLIDAY – Some of the top names in jazz, blues and bluegrass bring their best to Clearwater’s Coachman Park, drawing tens of thousands of adoring fans year after year – now a nearly four-decade tradition. This year’s top acts include The Doobie Brothers, Morris Day & The Time, George Thorogood and the Destroyers and The Devil Makes Three. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the breeze coming off the nearby Gulf of Mexico waters.
    When
    : Oct. 18-21
    Where
    : Coachman Park, Clearwater
    Web
    : clearwaterjazz.com

    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 Strummin’ Man Ukulele Festival, hosted by the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews.

    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 Strummin’ Man Ukulele Festival, hosted by the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews.

    - Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews

     

    NORTH FLORIDA

    HAUNTED TALES AND GHOSTLY TRAILS – Monticello, heralded as the South’s most haunted small town, promises some serious goosebumps for Halloween. Explore the town’s spirited sites on an after-dark tour on Saturday nights, or get the shivers at the Scary Storytelling Concerts on Friday nights. The 90-minute shows aren’t appropriate for children under 10.
    When: Friday and Saturdays throughout October. Check the website for details.
    Where: 420 W Washington Street, Monticello
    Web:
    monticellojeffersonfl.com/most-haunted-town-in-the-south

    FORGOTTEN COAST PADDLE JAM — Rack your kayak or stand up paddle board and head to the Apalachicola River for three days of water-based activities including a sunrise paddle in the park, paddle sport treasure hunt and 1, 3 and 8-mile races. And if records are meant to be broken, you’ll get a shot to be in the Guinness Book of World Record as part of the largest floating kayak raft. Also includes a youth Glow Party, Praise in the Park, live entertainment, outfitters and exhibitors and a new paddling fishing tournament.
    When:
    Oct. 5-7
    Where:
    Apalachicola and St. George Island
    Web:
    paddle2love.com

    PIRATES OF THE HIGH SEAS FEST — Set sail for the long Columbus Day weekend by feting a different kind of marauding sea adventurers. With three days of fun lined up, families will be busy as they seek for treasure on a scavenger hunt, prepare for pirate invasions, take photos during the kids parade and ooh and ahh during the fireworks show.
    When:
    Oct. 5-7
    Where:
    Panama City Beach
    Web:
    visitpanamacitybeach.com/piratesofthehighseas

    14TH ANNUAL CREEKSIDE FESTIVAL — This family-friendly fest celebrates Florida’s natural beauty with two days of live bluegrass music, arts and craft vendors, food trucks, pony rides and tours of the historic Princess Lodge, home to the first in-ground swimming pool built in Florida. Festival goers can also explore the regional park on the hiking trails or kayak through the salt marshes. 
    When:
    Oct. 6-7
    Where:
    Princess Place Preserve, Palm Coast
    Web:
    flaglerchamber.org/creekside-festival

    AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL — You’re going to jump, jive and wail on Swing Night or enjoy your smooth sax with a side of wine during the Jazz and Wine Tasting evening out. The eight-day fest, now in its 15th year, has three nights of themed performances in addition to the two headlining concerts featuring Henry Johnson and the Requinte Trio with Janis Siegel. Sunday’s always popular Dixieland Jazz Brunch, and the festival’s grand finale, requires a reservation.
    When:
    Oct. 7-14
    Where:
    Fernandina Beach
    Web:
    ameliaislandjazzfestival.com

    GREEK FESTIVALS — Opa! Despite our love for all things German in October — think beer, brats and dirndls — there’s more than one reason to go gaga for Greek eats like perogies and gyros stuffed with shaved lamb and feta.  

    • 59th Annual Pensacola Greek Festival (Oct. 12-14, Pensacola): More than 30,000 people show up for a little fun-loving celebration of the Greek island of Samos with culture, food, dance and faith. pensacolagreekfestival.com
    • St. Augustine Greek Festival (Oct. 12-14, St. Augustine): St. Augustine creates a virtual Greek village for it’s annual fest complete with a Kafenio serving Greek coffee and pastries, a Taverna with Greek beer and wine and an authentic Agora or marketplace with traditional Greek foods. stauggreekfest.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 ukulele fest hosted by the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews. The festival will includes performances by Gerald Ross, Heidi Swedberg, John Atkins and headliner Taimane. Also includes a live streamed “Aloha Friday Jam” instructional event on a giant LED wall.
    When:
    Oct. 12-14
    Where:
    Panama City Marina
    Web:
    standrewsukes.org

    BLAST ON THE BAY — To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the songwriters festival will more than 40 talented Nashville musicians featuring favorites from previous festivals, as well as some new faces. The artists, who have penned hit songs for Faith Hill, George Strait and Jason Aldean, will play more than a dozen venues including Thursday’s VIP beach reception and Sunday’s grand finale at the Indian Pass Raw Bar. This is a ticketed event in 2018.
    When:
    Oct. 18-21
    Where:
    Port St. Joe, Mexico Beach, Cape San Blas, Indian Pass
    Web:
    blastonthebay.com

    PARTY IN THE PINES — Enjoy two days of country music paired with Southern hospitality at Bienville Plantation, a hunting and fishing resort. Festival guests will have access to various camping accommodations this year as well as to the island-themed Cruzan Beach lounge area complete with cornhole and volleyball. But what about the music? The Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town are the headliners. Other acts performing include Dan + Shay (season three winner of The Voice), Granger Smith, Cassadee Pope and more.
    When:
    Oct. 19-20
    Where:
    Bienville Plantation, White Springs
    Web:
    partyinthepines.com

    14TH ANNUAL FLORIDA 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, food trucks, a beer garden and more.
    When:
    Oct. 20
    Where: Lubee Bat Conservancy, Gainesville
    Web:
    gainesvillechamber.com/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. Also, the McIntosh Scottish Clan will be at the festival for the first time in 40 years. Kids will love a tour of the historic railroad depot and the craft area which will have face painting and sand art.
    When:
    Oct. 20
    Where:
    McIntosh
    Web:
    friendsofmcintosh.org

    ST. MARKS STONE CRAB FESTIVAL — When the stone crab haul begins for Gulf Coast fisherman, it’s a sure sign for the small community of St. Marks, which sits where the Wakulla and St. Marks Rivers meet, to hold a party. Now in its 21st year, the annual event is a communitywide celebration of the stone crab season plus the music and arts community. Also includes a parade, children’s activities, educational vendors and more.
    When:
    Oct. 27
    Where:
    St. Marks
    Web:
    stmarksstonecrabfest.com

    FLORIDA FOREST FESTIVAL — Yes, there are crosscut saw and chainsaw competitions, but there are more accessible events if you’re not a budding Paul Bunyan like the Strutt Your Mutt Contest, a 5K Run, Antique Car Cruise and Lumberjack Show. Help Taylor County toast itself as the “Tree Capital of the South” at the event which also includes a free fish fry, Miss Florida Forest Festival Queen pageant, carnival, parade, arts and crafts vendors, live music and kids’ activities.
    When:
    Oct. 27
    Where:
    Forest Capital State Park, Perry
    Web:
    floridaforestfestival.org

    PUMPKINPALOOZA — Who says the munchkins get to have all the fun on Halloween? Saturday night’s festivities are adult-only starting with a Monster Mash Pub Crawl and ending with an adult costume contest after live music and fireworks. On Sunday, the kids are the star of the show. They’ll get to enjoy a spooktacular afternoon of trick-or-treating, a costume contes … and a four-legged pet costume. That’s right, get Fido or Fifi some matching duds.
    When:
    Oct. 27-28
    Where:
    Destin Harbor
    Web:
    emeraldcoastfl.com/pumpkinpalooza

    2018 NAS JAX AIR SHOW — Jacksonville’s premiere air show invites you to pull up a tailgate chair on the lawn of the birthplace of the Blue Angels. Yes, although the famous flyers are now based in Pensacola, Jacksonville is the official birthplace of the Blues. Other famous performers include the Geico Skytypers, who can produce 20-25 characters of a written message in less than two minutes; and the husband and wife team of Gary and Ashley Shelton, who performs an aerobatic wing walking routine in midair. In addition to these and many more daredevil air tricks along the St. Johns River, there will be military and civilian aircraft on display, food and a Kids Zone. Friday (Oct. 26) is a practice day.
    When:
    Oct. 27-28
    Where:
    Naval Air Station Jacksonville
    Web:
    nasjaxairshow.com

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