September and October Events in Florida  

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

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    Fantasy Fest parade with dragon

    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, al in Key West.

    - Fantasy Fest

     

    SOUTH FLORIDA 

    SIZZLING SUMMER SAVINGS – Everyone knows that SoFla is hot in the summer, but there are also hot deals to be found. You’ll find discounts and BOGOS galore. Check out these:

            The SUMMER SAVINGS PASS offers unlimited admission to four great SoFla venues: Lion Country in West Palm Beach, Miami Seaquarium, the Museum of Science and Discovery in Fort Lauderdale and Zoo Miami. You can purchase a pass at any of the four attractions or online.
    When: through Sept. 30
    Where: West Palm Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale.
    Web:
    summersavingspass.com

    ·        The 2-FOR-1 SUMMER SAVINGS in Broward County is already underway and offers buy-one-get-one-free offers for museums, restaurants and bars, shopping and all kinds of indoor and outdoor activities. Some 60 businesses and attractions are participating.
    When: through Sept. 30
    Where:
    Broward County
    Web:
    Sunny.org/Summer

    ·        With the SOUTH FLORIDA ADVENTURE PASS you will be able to have unlimited admissions for one set price from May 15 until Sept. 30 at these five Broward County attractions: the historic Bonnet House, Flamingo Gardens, Sawgrass Recreation Park, Xtreme Action Park and Young at Art Museum. At the Xtreme Action Park, roller skating is free, including skate rentals.
    When: through Sept. 30
    Where: Broward County
    Web:
    southfloridaadventurepass.com

    SUMMER JAZZ ON THE GULF -- An appealing and diverse selection of Jazz acts will be presented in a series of four concerts amid a hotel setting that has beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico, stunning sunsets and cool breezes. The Alter Eagles are the headliner for the first show. Note: Events are free and open to the general public, not just hotel guests.
    When:
    Sept. 14
    Where:
    Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
    Web:
     naplesbeachhotel.com/summerjazz

    INTERNATIONAL KINETIC ART EXHIBIT & SYMPOSIUM -- Visitors will see 12 large-scale kinetic sculptures that actually move, powered by solar, water, wind, gravity and human interaction.  Six of the sculptures were created for this exhibition, which occurs every two years. The installations are accessed by an easy-to-walk self-guided tour or scheduled group tours with trained docents.
    When:
    through September
    Where:
    Downtown Boynton Beach
    Web:
    www.IntlKineticArtEvent.org

    WALK THE WALK – Put on some comfortable clothes and shoes and a hat, bring some water or a sports drink and you’ll be ready for some walking tours of these picturesque and interesting famous Miami-Dade County neighborhoods:

    ·        Little Haiti Walking Tour & Tasting – Come explore the culture and heritage – not to mention the yummy food – of this historic neighborhood. The tour showcases local historic sites such as the Little Haiti Cultural Center & Caribbean Marketplace and highlights new developments such as the Little River Business District and Miami Ironside as well as future developments. Throughout the walk, you’ll come across galleries, museums, bookstores and family-owned restaurants. Speaking of food, after the tour, you’ll be served a tasting of Haitian Cuisine such as Griot (fried pork) and Banann Peze (fried plantain).
    When:
    Recurring weekly Wednesdays through Saturdays, through Oct. 18
    Web:
    miamiandbeaches.com

    ·        Overtown Walking Tour & Tasting -- Formerly known as the “Harlem of the South, Overtown was an area for black workers who built and serviced the railroad, hotels and streets. This tour will immerse you in the rich culture and heritage of this historic neighborhood. The tour explores the many historic sites, such as D.A. Dorsey House, Ward Rooming House, Greater Historic Bethel AME Church and also highlights new developments currently underway or being planned for Overtown. A delicious tasting of southern cuisine typically found in the neighborhood is included following the tour.
    When:
    Wednesdays through Saturdays, through Oct. 18
    Web:
    miamiandbeaches.com/overtown-walking-tour-tasting

    EXPERIENCING NIRVANA – This photo exhibit provides an inside look into the early touring life of Nirvana, the famous and best known Seattle grunge band. The photos of Sub Pop Records founder Bruce Pavitt capture intimate moments of Kurt Cobain and his new band as they traveled through Europe 1n 1989. Within two years, Nirvana would become the biggest rock band of its generation. This is the photographic story of the breakthrough that almost never happened.
    When:
    Mondays through Fridays, through Sept. 21, with Pavitt giving a talk on the final day.
    Where:
    Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Pompano Beach
    Web:
    ccpompano.org

    HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD – That’s Hollywood, Florida, not Tinsel Town. This friendly city nestled about halfway between Fort Lauderdale and Miami has two monthly events that are worthy of your attention: the Downtown Artwalk and the Dream Car Classic. The former presents a mural tour and the Hollywood Artisan Market, which features pop-up shops, artist showcases and vintage shopping. The latter features dozens – up to 85 – of hot rods, custom cars and trucks, modern beauties and classics.
    When:
    Respectively, third Saturday (the 17th in August) and first Sunday of each month.
    Where:
    downtown Hollywood
    Web:
    hollywoodfl.org

    ART AFTER STONEWALL, 1969-89 – This amazing exhibit is being presented as the 50th anniversary of Stonewall Riots is being celebrated all this year. It includes more than 200 works of art and related materials (photographs, sculpture, film clips, video, music, performance pieces and historical documents and images from magazines, newspapers and television) that explore the profound impact the LGBTQ liberation movement on visual culture. Some of the artists to be featured are Andy Warhol, Diane Arbus, Alice Neel, David Hockney, Marlon T. Riggs, Judy Chicago, David Wojnarowicz and Luis Cruz Azaceta.
    When:
    Sept. 14-Jan. 5
    Where:
    Entire second floor of the Frost Art Museum at FIU, Miami
    Web:
     frost.fiu.edu

    COMING SOON: FILM POSTERS FROM THE DWIGHT CLEVELAND COLLECTION – Come on, admit it. Movie posters are cool, right? Here’s your chance to see an exhibit of some of the best, 215 of the 3,000 owned by Chicago-based collector Dwight Cleveland. Some of the featured posters are for “Singin’ in the Rain,” “The Godfather,” “North by Northwest,” “Casablanca,” “King Kong,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Barbarella.” One section of the exhibit is called “Known Artists” and includes posters by people who went on to have bigger art careers. An example: Renowned illustrator Al Hirschfeld, who did posters for Charlie Chaplain’s “The Great Dictator,” The Marx Brothers’ “A Day at the Races” and “The Wizard of Oz.”
    When:
    Now through Oct. 29
    Where:
    Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach
    Web:
    norton.org

    WYNWOOD’S OCTOBERFEST—Let’s not quibble with the fact that this event actually happens in September. Just go and have a great time. Beer aficionados will experience great seasonal brews, live music, beer games, an artisan market and yummy food. Don’t miss the dog-friendly activities.
    When:
    Sept. 27-29
    Where:
    Wynwood Marketplace, Miami
    Web:
    WynwoodOctoberfest.com                                                   

    UPPER KEYS LIONFISH DERBY & FESTIVAL -- Divers can help fish and other ocean critters by killing as many of this extremely invasive non-native species as they can. Cash prizes will be awarded for the most, largest and smallest. Other events: free lionfish tastings and fillet and dissection demonstrations.
    When:
    Sept. 13-15
    Where:
    Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina, Islamorada
    Web:
    reef.org/events

    PALM BEACH COUNTY NAUTICAL EXTRAVAGANZA – It’s actually three events, all going on at the same time at the same location:

    ·        At the South Florida Fall Boat Show, hundreds of new models and closed-out boats are available to buy on site.

    ·        At the Florida Marine Flea Market & BBQ Festival, more than 300 vendors will exhibit and sell their merchandise. Any accessory you need for nautical activities can be found. And, don’t forget the variety of delicious food that will be available.

    ·        The Marine & Tropical Art Festival and Craft Show will offer beautiful art work and craft creations.

    When: Sept. 14-15
    Where:
    South Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach
    Web:
    Respectively, floridafallboatshow.comflnauticalfleamarket.com and MarineWildlifeArtFestivalCraftShow.com

    SURROUNDINGS: WATERCOLORS BY MARTHA WATSON SAUER – This exhibit honors Works Progress Administration artist Martha Watson Sauer’s work spanning over 50 years and includes her personal effects and sketchbooks. Highlights include Key West architecture, people and landscapes as well as her watercolors from her extensive travels around the United States, the Caribbean, Europe and Mexico.
    When:
    Aug. 23-Nov. 10
    Where:
    Custom House Museum, Key West
    Web:
    kwahs.org

    YUM, YUM AND YUM!!! – That’s one big “yum!” for each of three dine-on-the-cheap options in SoFla:

    ·        Miami Spice -- In the Miami area, some 200 restaurants and bistros will be offering three-course menus for lunch and brunch ($23) and dinner ($39) in September. iLoveMiamiSpice.com

    ·        Flavor Palm Beach -- More than 50 eateries from throughout Palm Beach County will offer three-course menus for lunch ($20 to $25) and dinner ($25 to $45) in September. flavorpb.com

    ·        Boca Raton Restaurant Month – Three-course meals will be between $21-$25 for lunches and $36-$40 for dinners at top Boca restaurants in September. bocarestaurantmonth.com

    A CRAFTY DUO – There are three craft festivals in SoFla worthy of your time. Each will offer a variety of crafting products, all set in pretty and vibrant outdoor settings.

    ·        Annual Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft  Festival (Sept. 14-15)

    ·        Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival (Sept.21-22)

    Web: artfestival.com

    ISLAND HOPPER SONGWRITER FEST – Behind every great country music hit, there is usually another outstanding singer/songwriter who wrote the tune.  Get to know the back stories behind country’s biggest hits and see them performed by the writers.
    When & Where:
    Sept. 20-22 on Captiva Island, Sept. 23-26 in downtown Fort Myers and Sept. 27-29 on Fort Myers Beach
    Web:
    fortmyers-sanibel.com/island-hopper

    AMERICAN INDIAN DAY FESTIVAL – Step into a world of tradition and heritage at this annual free event. Happenings include Native American music and dance and food, a Miccosukee fashion show, airboat rides, tribal arts and crafts and alligator wrestling.
    When:
    Sept. 27
    Where:
    Miccosukee Indian Village, Miami
    Web:
    Miccosukee.com

    ANNUAL TAPA HOP – This pub crawl features trolley transportation to six restaurants that will provide appetizer items, a.k.a. tapas. Also included will be raffle prizes, grand prizes and a poker run.
    When:
    Sept. 19
    Where:
    Fort Myers Beach
    Web:
    fortmyersbeach.org/tapa-hop

    GRIDIRON GLORY: THE BEST OF THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME – This 6,000-square-foot exhibition presents a panoramic view of the story of professional football, from its humble beginnings in the early 20th century to the phenomenon it is today. It features more than 200 awe-inspiring artifacts, rare photos and documents, spectacular footage from NFL Films and interactive displays. Visitors are invited to try on vintage pads and jerseys and today’s equipment, and also step inside the Instant Replay Booth to see if they can make the right call.
    When:
    Sept. 28 through Feb. 9, when the 2020 Super Bowl is played in Miami.
    Where:
    HistoryMiami Museum, Miami
    Web:
    historymiami.org

    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. The theme for this year’s 40th celebration is “In Tune But Off Key.” Book 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. 18-27 for the entire festival and Oct. 24 for the Headdress Ball
    Where:
    Where else but Key West (various locations) for all Fantasy Fest Events and Key West Amphitheater for the Headdress Ball
    Web:
    fantasyfest.com and headdressballkeywest.com

    FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW – More than $4 billion worth of merchandise will be on display, including extraordinary super yachts, runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, kayaks and an amazing array of marine accessories. The Bluewild Ocean Adventure Expo includes seminars and art exhibits. Pamper yourself and book space in the air-conditioned Windward VIP lounge in the heart of the super yacht section. Also included: kids’ fishing clinics, fishing and diving seminars, live water sports demonstrations and floating cocktail lounges.
    When:
    Oct. 30-Nov. 3
    Where:
    Various locations in Fort Lauderdale
    Web:
    www.flibs.com

    WET & WILD IN NAPLES -- Naples is the place from to be from Oct. 25-Nov. 3 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. 25-27
    ·        SUPXCross changes up the pace, as stand-up paddle boarders (hence SUP) compete in closed course racing. Oct. 26-27

    ·        Hydro Expo is the newest addition to the Pro Watercross World Championship and brings together all things watersport and beach-related. Oct. 30

    ·        The Pro Watercross World Championship features the world’s best athletes in the explosive and exciting sport of personal watercraft racing. Oct. 31-Nov 3

    ·        The MotoSurf event attracts the best motor-powered surfboard riders from around the world in a thrilling contest of nerves, fitness and skill. Nov. 1-3

    Where: All events are at Lake Avalon at Sugden Regional Park in Naples
    Web:
    prowatercross.com

    THE ROAR OFFSHORE – The Offshore Powerboat Racing Association series returns to Fort Myers Beach and this is not just another race. It’s the National Championship Race, the culmination of the entire season and a champion will be crowned. There are lots of close-up viewing opportunities, so you will be able to feel the roar of these powerful machines as they whizz by at speeds up to 180 miles per hour.
    When:
    Oct. 10-12
    Where:
    Fort Myers Beach
    Web:
    fortmyersbeach.org/roar-offshore

    BOYNTON BEACH HAUNTED PIRATE FEST & MERMAID SPLASH –The featured events are a costume contest, pirate invasion and a mermaid pageant. Lots of live music, good food and activities for the kids, too.
    When:
    Oct. 26-27
    Where:
    Along E. Ocean Avenue between Third Street and Federal Highway, Boynton Beach
    Web:
    bbpiratefest.com

    MIAMI BROWARD CARNIVAL – Two great counties have joined forces to throw a great 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:
    Oct. 5-13
    Where:
     Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill, and Miami-Dade Fair & Expo, Miami
    Web:
    miamibrowardcarnival.com

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

    ·        Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 18-20 at the American German Club of the Palm Beaches in Lake Worth. americangermanclub.org/oktoberfest

    ·        Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-27 at the German American Social Club in Cape Coral.  capecoraloktoberfest.com

    ·        Oct. 4-6 at Jaco Pastorius Park in Oakland Park. oaklandparkfl.gov/Oktoberfest

    ·        Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 18-20 at the German American Social Club of Greater Miami. gascmiami.org/oktoberfestmiami

    GROVETOBERFEST – Speaking of beer – there’ll 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. 12
    Where:
    Regatta Park, Miami
    Web:
    Grovetoberfest.com

    SOUTH FLORIDA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – 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. 19-20
    Where:
    Miami Marine Stadium, Key Biscayne
    Web:
    coconutgroveseafoodfestival.com

    SOUTH BEACH SEAFOOD WEEK & FESTIVAL – Just after the event above ends, head over to this one. You’ll help 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. 22-26
    Where:
    Various locations in Miami Beach
    Web:
    sobeseafoodfest.com

    GOOD EATS IN NAPLES – The Naples Foodie Camp and the Naples Stone Crab Festival coincide. 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. 21-30 and Oct. 25-27
    Where:
    Various locations in Naples
    Web:
    Respectively, FoodieCampNaples.com and stonecrabfestival.org

    REEF FEST – Activities include seminars, evening social gatherings, silent and live auctions and, of course, diving events along some of the best coral reef sites in the country. For non-Scuba folks, there will be snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding. All seminars are free, but pre-registration is recommended.    
    When:
    Oct. 17-20
    Where:
    Various locations in and near Key Largo
    Web:
    reef.org/REEFFest

    CELEBRATE ORGULLO – This 15-day multi-genre extravaganza showcases Hispanic LGBTQ Pride (Orgullo means Pride in Spanish) during Hispanic Heritage & LGBTQ Pride Month. You can see fashion art work displays, take an Art Deco walking tour, go on an Art Diva bus tour and attend writer workshops. The fashion movie nights feature The Gaythering, starring McQueen, and Mahogany, starring Diana Ross.
    When:
    Oct. 1-15
    Where:
    Various locations in Miami Beach and Miami.
    Web:
    celebrateorgullo.com

    ANNUAL PHIL PETERSENT’S FLORIDA KEYS POKER RUN --Motorcyclists from around the country will travel one of America’s most scenic highways (U.S. Highway 1, a.k.a. the Overseas Highway, the 113-mile roadway from the mainland to the lower Florida Keys). Stops include Gilbert’s Resort (Mile Marker 108), The Big Chill (MM 104), Robbie’s Marina (M77), Island Fish Co. (MM 54) and Boondock’s Grille & Ale House (MM27).
    When: Oct. 11-13
    Where: Throughout the Keys
    Web: fla-keys.com

    HARVEST FESTIVAL AT FLAMINGO GARDENS – The calendar says fall, even if the temperature gauge may not. 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. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27
    Where:
    Flamingo Gardens, Davie
    Web:
    flamingogardens.org

    31st ANNUAL DING DARLING DAY – 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. 20
    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. 26-27
    Where:
    Intersection of Biltmore Way and Lejeune Road, Coral Gables
    Web:
    miamiandbeaches.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. 18-20
    Where:
    Women’s Sertoma Club, Venice
    Web:
    womenssertoma.com/sun-fiesta

    SOUTH FLORIDA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – 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. 19-20
    Where:
    Miami Marine Stadium, Key Biscayne
    Web:
    coconutgroveseafoodfestival.com

    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, opening and closing night parties, after-show parties, documentaries, tributes, documentaries, short films, and dinners and cocktail parties.
    When:
    Respectively, Oct.11-15 and Oct. 24-27
    Where:
    Respectively, Miami Regal Cinema, South 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 seventh annual fest. Two stages will feature internationally-known Brazilian music acts. Much more, too: a kids zone, carnival rides, skate board competition, 200 business exhibitors and some 50 mouth-watering Brazilian food booths.
    When:
    Oct. 19-20
    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. Also featured: a 100-foot flying squid, the 30-foot flying scuba man, the 30-foot flying Nemo fish and the 150-foot flying rainbow.
    When:
    Oct. 19-20
    Where:
    Haulover Park, Miami
    Web:
    skywardkites.com

    BLUES AND BOOZE-GROOVE IN THE GLADES – This year’s headliners are Keith Jones, Robben Ford, Shemika Copeland and ZZ Ward. A wide variety of craft beers and cocktails and good food will be available.
    When:
    Oct. 5
    Where:
    Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami
    Web:
    miccosukee.com

    Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival, overhead

    At the Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival, you can stroll along Gulfview Boulevard and watch fun, whimsical artwork take shape before your eyes as local and regional artists transform the beach's sidewalks into spectacular larger-than-life canvases.


    CENTRAL FLORIDA

    DAYTONA BEACH BANDSHELL CONCERTS – You know Florida summer is finally here when the Daytona Beach Bandshell fires up its fun and free concert series, which begins Memorial Day weekend and runs through the end of September. Check out a wide variety of genres and tribute bands right along Daytona’s beautiful coastline as dusk turns to night and stick around on Saturdays for a spectacular fireworks show at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier.
    When:
     every weekend through the end of September
    Where:
    Daytona Beach
    Web:
    daytonabeach.com/bandshell-concerts

    DALI MUSEUM’S VISUAL MAGIC EXHIBIT Be among the first to try out this special interactive exhibit featuring some of Salvador Dali’s most monumental works through the lens of augmented reality technology. Viewing the artwork through the Dali Museum app on a mobile device, visitors get to see the paintings come to life, highlighting and exploring their complexities in a completely different way. Don’t have a device? The museum can provide one of theirs.
    When:
    Through Nov. 3
    Where:
    The Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg
    Web:
    thedali.org

    BRICKS-N-BLOCKS – Check out some stunning, artistic displays of LEGO “brick builds” such as the nationally touring “Jurassic Park” LEGO rollercoaster with 88 feet of track, as well as an entire miniature town and other sculptures made from the chunky, colorful pieces. Get inspired to make your own creation and even enter it into a contest for a prize. This year’s event is bigger and better, taking up double the space at the fairgrounds than last year and offering STEM games and other activities for kids.
    When:
    Sept. 28-29
    Where:
    Hernando County Fairgrounds, Brooksville
    Web:
    thebrickuniversity.com

    PLANT THIS NOT THAT! – As a celebration of National Public Lands Day, “Plant This Not That!” is a new free event to promote the connection between people and the environment, inviting everyone to get outside and learn more about our Florida surroundings. Plant lovers and families will get to participate in tree giveaways, marsh restoration kayak tours, kids’ activities and lots of opportunities to learn about the harms of invasive plants and the benefits of native ones.
    When:
    Sept. 28
    Where:
    Gamble Rogers State Park, Flagler Beach
    Web:
    business.flaglerchamber.org

    I LIKE IT HOT! FESTIVAL – This fiery annual fest is dedicated to spicy cuisine, flavors and seasonings, billed as the “largest hot sauce show in Florida.” Enter your secret family recipe into the amateur hot sauce, BBQ or salsa competitions, test your stamina in the pepper eating contest or shop for delicious marinades, rubs, spices and condiments. Not into heat? There are milder dishes available, as well as whip competitions, live bands and other fun activities.
    When:
    Sept. 14-15
    Where:
    Minnreg Hall, Largo
    Web:
    ilikeithotfestival.com

    HOOTERS CLEARWATER OFFSHORE NATIONALS – In its 11th year, this three-day contest, parade and showcase features some of the fastest and largest offshore power boats competing along the shores of beautiful Clearwater Beach. Meet the race teams, throttlemen and drivers, enjoy regional cuisine, hit the block party and watch a fireworks display at Pier 60.
    When:
    Sept. 27-29
    Where:
    Coachman Park & Clearwater Beach, Clearwater
    Web:
    clearwaternationals.com

    NEW SMYRNA BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL – Enjoy an all-jazz weekend by dropping into on some of New Smyrna Beach’s best music, restaurant and bar venues. Designed to draw visitors during one of the slower travel months of the year, guests can wine and dine while enjoying the sounds of bands and artists from around the country such as the Navy Band Southeast VIP Combo and John DePaola Quintet.
    When:
    Sept. 26-29
    Where:
    New Smyrna Beach
    Web:
    nsbjazzfest.com                                                            

    SWANTOBERFEST – Lakeland’s answer to the fall-inspired Oktoberfest returns for a second year, bringing even more German-style games and competitions, bratwurst and other German food, beer and live music by The Europa Band. Don some lederhosen and bring your own stein for the full effect, and by there at 5 p.m. sharp to tap the ceremonial keg.
    When:
    Sept. 21
    Where:
    Munn Park, Downtown Lakeland
    Web:
    swantoberfest.com

    LAKERIDGE WINERY’S WINE & CHEESE FESTIVAL – One of Central Florida’s top vineyards serves up wine of all varieties, from dry to sweet, and pairs them with gourmet cheeses and other accoutrements. Enjoy two days of live bands, outdoor cornhole games and a food court with beer, seafood, BBQ, ice cream, kettle corn and more. The winery also offers complimentary tours throughout the weekend.
    When:
    Sept. 14-15
    Where:
    Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, Clermont
    Web:
    lakeridgewinery.com

    8TH ANNUAL PANOKEE POW-WOW – Join the Pan-O-Kee Native American Tribe of Central Florida for the 8th Annual Panokee Powwow at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park in Bushnell, Florida. This family-friendly event will feature Native crafts, demonstrations, singing & dancing, storytelling, native food and more. Bring blankets or chairs and spend the day immersed in a culture that embraces Florida wildlife and native living.
    When:
    Sept. 27-29
    Where:
    Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, Bushnell
    Web:
    panokeetribe.com

    CLEARWATER BEACH CHALK ART FESTIVAL – Stroll along Gulfview Boulevard and watch fun, whimsical artwork take shape before your eyes as local and regional artists transform the beach's sidewalks into spectacular larger-than-life canvases. Participate in the free fest by voting for your favorite artist in the "People's Choice Award" category, shopping for arts, crafts and gifts, getting a henna tattoo or enjoying live bands.
    When:
    Oct. 18-20
    Where:
    Clearwater Beach
    Web:
    visitstpeteclearwater.com/chalk-art-festival

    7th ANNUAL TOMOKA FEST – Take a step back in time and immerse yourself in old Florida though living history and crafter demonstrations, vendors, live animal exhibitors, guided nature hikes, children’s activities, food, live folk music and more. While you’re at Tomoka State Park, reconnect with nature and learn more about state wildlife.
    When:
    Oct. 5
    Where:
    Tomoka State Park, Ormond Beach
    Web:
    floridastateparks.org/tomoka-fest

    MOUNT DORA BICYCLE FESTIVAL – Cyclists from all over the world love this three-day weekend of multiple routes through gorgeous Mount Dora and surrounding counties, with fun challenges ranging from social rides 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. 3-6
    Where:
    Mount Dora
    Web:
    mountdorabicyclefestival.com

    CRYSTAL RIVER OKTOBERFEST – Known for its manatees and natural springs, Crystal River gets into the Oktoberfest spirit with some hearty German food, live German music, dancing and other revelry. Try your luck and test your skills with a beer stein holding contest, a pretzel-toss and other fun games with prizes, including awards for those who show up with the best beard and best mustache.
    When:
    Oct. 5
    Where:
    Rock Crusher Pavilion, Crystal River
    Web:
    bestfloridafest.com

    CORTEZ NAUTICAL FLEA MARKET – Located just west of Bradenton in the quaint fishing village of Cortez, the Florida Maritime Museum holds its free, annual flea market featuring all things fishing, boating, sailing and diving. Dig through piles of new, used and even antique sea-related treasures, available for sale or trade, and check out some cool historical and educational exhibits while you’re there.
    When:
    Oct. 26
    Where:
    Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez
    Web:
    floridamaritimemuseum.org/nautical-flea-market

    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:
    Fruitville Grove, Sarasota
    Web:
    fruitvillegrove.com/festival

    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 Carry the Wench, Tug-O-War or the Beard & Mustache Competition. Stick around for the crowning ceremony of Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest.
    When:
    Oct. 11-13
    Where:
    Curtis Hixon Park, downtown Tampa
    Web:
    oktoberfesttampa.com                                                           

    RATTLESNAKE FESTIVAL – The small town of San Antonio brings back the Rattlesnake Festival for the 53rd 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. 18-20
    Where:
    Pasco County Fairgrounds, Dade City
    Web:
    rattlesnakefestival.com

    HUNSADER FARMS PUMPKIN FESTIVAL – Visit a real Central Florida working farm, which goes all out for its pumpkin festival as it opens its grounds to the public for all to enjoy. See live animals and a kids petting farm area, pony rides, a corn maze, chainsaw sculpting demonstrations, country bands, hayrides, a children’s train, homemade ice cream, pumpkin pie, roasted sweet corn, games, face painting and more.
    When:
    Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
    Where:
    Epic Theatres Mount Dora, Mount Dora
    Web:
    hunsaderfarms.com/pumpkin-festival

    GREAT AMERICAN COOTER FEST– Inverness’ most famous – or at least famously named – festival returns with eight bands, two water shows and a carnival. Check out the impressive costume contest, cheer on live turtles in the hourly races and take a fun Segway tour, all in the name of a mythical turtle named Cooter.
    When:
    Oct. 25-27
    Where:
    The Depot District at Liberty & Wallace Brooks Parks, Inverness
    Web:
    cooterfestival.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. 17-20
    Where:
    Daytona Beach
    Web: daytonabeach.com/biketoberfest

    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. 19
    Where:
    Historic Porter House Property, DeLeon Springs
    Web:
    deleonspringscommunityassociation.com

    cemetery, Apalachicola’s Ghostwalk

    Enjoy an introduction to Chestnut Street Cemetery’s more notable “residents,” in Apalachicola’s Ghostwalk.

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    NORTH FLORIDA

    2019 SCALLOP SEASON The family that goes scalloping together, eats together. Harvesting bay scallops is more like a fun-filled Easter egg hunt. All you need is eagle eyes, a saltwater fishing license, snorkel, mask and dive flag — all readily available from local outfitters. Scallops love making their home amid the waving blades of seagrass in St. Joseph Bay. Just look glowing blue eyes along the shell’s edge, drop the dive flag and start collecting.
    When:
    Aug. 16 - Sept. 15
    Where:
    St. Joseph Bay
    Web:
    visitgulf.com/scalloping

    SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE Discover more than 100 ideas to enhance and modernize your own home from paint colors to hot home tech at the annual Southern Living Idea Home. This modern home honors the architecture and design of the historic homes in old Fernandina with more than 1,400 square feet of porch space to celebrate the south. The home also includes sweeping riverfront views from allowing the exterior and interior design to coexist and celebrate each other. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Amelia Island Museum of History.
    When:
     until Dec. 8
    Where:
    Crane Island, Amelia Island
    Web:
    craneisland.com

    SING OUT LOUD FESTIVAL More than 300 live music performances will take place in St. Augustine over four weekends during the state’s largest free music festival. The performers include local, regional and national stars in genres as varied as Americana and punk, folk, hip hop, indie rock and country. The headlining concert starring Kacey Musgraves with Weyes Blood as the opening act is the only paid ticketed event of the fest and is a benefit for the Horeseplay Therapy Center and Green Hands Community Outreach Initiatives. The Kacey Musgraves benefit concert sold out immediately. Other hot acts during the fest include St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Jenny Lewis, Kurt Vile and The Violators and Shovels & Rope.
    When:
    Sept. 6 - 29
    Where:
    St. Augustine, various venues
    Web:
    singoutloudfestival.com

    FLEA ACROSS FLORIDA — You know how it goes. You don’t know how much you want something until you spot it with a “For Sale” sticker for a ridiculous price. It’s all about the score, right? Trinkets, treasures and useful goods will be for sale by the carload during Florida’s largest yard sale. More than 50 shops and communities are signed up to participate in the event, which travels from coast to coast along Highway 90 from Macclenny to Pensacola. 
    When:
    Sept. 13-14
    Where:
    Check website for up-to-date locations
    Web:
    facebook.com/FleaAcrossFlorida

    2ND ANNUAL TALLAHASSEE CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL The featured event, which brings the flavors, sounds and swagger of the Caribbean islands to landlocked Tally, actually kicks off in August with three pageants leading up to the second annual event. The Prince and Princess Pageant is Aug. 18, the Miss Bold & Beautiful Pageant is Aug. 25 and the Tallahassee Carnival Queen Pageant is Sept. 7. The carnival includes a Caribbean parade and live entertainment, as well as food vendors.
    When:
    Sept. 13-15
    Where:
    The Pavilion at The Centre of Tallahassee
    Web:
    tallahasseearts.org/caribbean-carnival

    SURFIN’ USA Jacksonville Beach is one of the hot spots for surfing on Florida’s east coast. Check out of these competitions:

    • Sisters of the Sea Surf Classic (Sept. 14): Celebrate girl power at this all-female surfing event that awards the top finishers in age categories from 11 & Under (known as Kokua) to 45 and over (known as Sage). Those with a little extra skills and flair can compete in the Beaches Go Green Women’s Pro, which has a prize purse of $2,500. (sistersofthesea.org/surf-classic)
    • Loggerhead Classic Surf Contest (Sept. 22): Hot talent (think Virginia Beach to South Florida) with sweet skills on vintage longboards will entertain and hope to take home the grand prize. (jacksonvillebeach.org/loggerhead-classic-surf)
    • Surfers for Autism (Sept. 28): Surfing has a positive impact on young children who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum and the annual event allows both participants and supporters to witness the transformation for these kids when they take to the water. (surfersforautism.org)

    ANCIENT CITY CON Want to see if your Mother of Dragons or Kylo Ren costume gets rave revues before Halloween? Yes, comic conventions need fans like you. St. Augustine’s event allows fans three days to geek out during the cosplay contest, enjoy multiple feature and short film screenings and chat with other fans. The highlight is always the celebrity meet and greet. This year’s lineup includes actor Matt Frewer (Max Headroom and Orphan Black), artist and actor Terrance Zdunich (The Devil’s Carnival) and voice actor Lauren Landa (Sailor Moon).
    When:
    Sept. 20-22
    Where:
    World Golf Village Renaissance Resort, St. Augustine
    Web:
    ancientcitycon.com

    WHERE JELLY ROLLS, FAT QUARTERS AND STIPPLING RULES — Not all artists show their flair for creativity with a paintbrush and canvas. Some utilize delicate stitch work, rainbow-colored fabric and metallic thread. September’s event lineup will have North Florida quilt lovers on the go.

    • From the Cedar Chest: Generations of Southern Quilting, 1830s to Today (Sept. 14 - Dec. 14, Gadsden): Art exhibit curated from private and public collections in North Florida. Features historic and contemporary quilts, some of which have been completed by different family members through the decades. (gadsdenarts.org/Cedar-Chest)
    • Big Bend Quilt Trail (Sept. 14 - Dec. 14, Gadsden): To enhance Gadsden Arts Center & Museum’s exhibit, “From the Cedar Chest” (see listing above), the area is creating a quilt trail throughout the area. A Barn Quilt, or Quilt Trail, have typically consisted of large, painted plywood squares in which each features a single 8-by-8-foot quilt block celebrating the heritage of quilting in North America and is installed on outdoor exterior walls along a route. (gadsdenarts.org/Cedar-Chest)
      Bobbin’ on the Beach: Quiltfest 2019 (Sept. 19-21, Jacksonville): Seek and you shall find inspiration with 400-500 entries in the annual show and more than $8,000 in cash prizes. Also: 70 vendor booths, live demonstrations, silent auction and special displays. (quiltfestjax.com)
    • Quilt Show (Sept. 21, Havana): More than 100 quilts will be displayed in public locations throughout downtown. (dosomethingoriginal.com)

    SMOKIN’ IN THE PINES BBQ FESTIVAL — Southern rock and country music provide the background jams for BBQ teams competing for more than $15,000 in cash prizes. Visitors are welcome to samples at BBQ stations and should arrive with an empty stomach to have a go at trying more than 35 different types of pulled pork in the People’s Choice competition. Other than meat, another “hot” competition for the teams is the Sauces of Honor Competition sponsored by National BBQ News. Competitors can enter their secret sauces in categories like “Best Original BBQ Sauce” and “Hot Stuff BBQ Sauce”.
    When:
    Sept. 20-21
    Where:
    Forest Capital State Museum, Perry
    Web:
    smokininthepinesbbq.com

    4TH ANNUAL BIG KAHUNA PADDLE CHALLENGE Dragon boat team events have become oh-so-trendy in recent years, but they require 20 paddlers, a steerer and a drummer. Which brings us to Tallahassee’s canoe-driven paddle challenge featuring teams of 10-14 paddlers trying to beat the clock in 400-yard heats. Similar to dragon boat racing, no experience is necessary, just plan to bring strong arms and big smiles for this fundraiser.
    When:
    Sept. 22
    Where:
    Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee
    Web:
    fdoa.org/big-kahuna

    PENSACOLA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL — Sample a variety of dishes featuring locally caught seafood while enjoying live entertainment. The Gulf to Table area of the fest features the city’s best chefs serving up fresh creations sourced directly from the Gulf. Also, learn how you can up your own game in the kitchen when some of these culinary masters work the Fiesta Seafood Grille, an outdoor demo kitchen. The 40th annual event also includes Gulf Coast arts and craft vendors, kids’ zone and a 5K walk/run.
    When:
    Sept. 27-29
    Where:
    Seville Square Park, Pensacola
    Web:
    fiestaoffiveflags.org

    WASHINGTON COUNTY HERITAGE FESTIVAL Ever wonder what it was like to be a flint knapper or blacksmith? Find out at the heritage festival, which also features Civil War reenactors firing cannons every 45 minutes, an agricultural display with 4-H show animals, pony rides, bounce houses and live entertainment.
    When:
    Sept. 27-28
    Where:
    Falling Waters State Park, Chipley
    Web:
    visitwcfla.com/heritage-festival

    FALL WILDFLOWER WALK Just in time for summer’s sweltering days to morph into pre-fall, enjoy a ranger-led walk behind the scenes of the wildlife refuge. Experts will identify native species and plot out the history of the region’s season wildflowers.
    When:
    Sept. 28
    Where:
    St. Mark’s Wildlife Refuge, Wakulla
    Web:
    visitwakulla.com/wildflower-walk

    OKTOBERFESTS It’s that time of the year. Yes, some cities celebrated German-style beer in September to get ahead of the curve, but these notables waited for October. So, raise your stein and pick out your favorite pair of lederhosen. 

    ·         Panama City Beach Oktoberfest (Oct. 4-6, Aaron Bessant Park): Their motto is “Beer, Beach and Brats.” Sounds perfect, right? There will also be live music, the “Tapping of the Keg” on Friday night, plus other very “serious” contests like Tug of War, Best Beard and Stein Hoisting. (pcboktoberfest.com)
    ·         4th Annual Oktoberfest (Oct. 5, Tuscawilla Park): Ocala’s one-night-only event is presented by the Reilly Arts Center and features beer specifically brewed for the celebration by Infinite Ale Works. The family-friendly atmosphere will feature German music, plus traditional and nontraditional eats. (reillyartscenter.com)
    ·         Apalach Oktoberfest (Oct. 11-13, Apalachicola): Enjoy three days of live music, fill your commemorative mugs with Oyster City Brewing Company’s Lyin’ Fish Oktoberfest Lager and don’t miss festival eats from The Chowder House. (apalachoktoberfest.com)
    ·         Beaches Oktoberfest (Oct. 12-13, Jacksonville Beach): Includes two days of beachfront live music headlined by The Expendables and The Hip Abduction, beer and food trucks. Don’t worry, there will be family-friendly fun like a Cornhole Tournament with $500 in cash and prizes, a Bratwurst Eating Competition and a Dogtoberfest yappy hour and pet costume contest. (beachesoktoberfest.com)

    SO SPOOKTACULAR Halloween always blesses us with a lineup of scary and not-so-scary fall fun.

    ·         Lazy Acres Corn Maze (Oct. 4-Nov. 3, Marianna): Wind through six acres of head-high corn at Lazy Acres Family Farm, which is also home to pigs, chickens and cows. Other than the maze, there are family-friendly activities and food and drink. (thelazyacres.com)
    ·         Big Shoals Pumpkin Fest (Oct. 19, White Springs): Families will have a blast at this autumn-themed day at Big Shoals State Park that includes pumpkin bowling, face painting, pumpkin decorating, costume parade and hayride. (floridastateparks.org/pumpkin-fest)
    ·         Ghostwalk (Oct. 26, Apalachicola): Your tour guides, spinning spooky stories of Chestnut Street Cemetery’s more notable “residents,” will dress in period costumes for your journey to the 1800s when Apalachicola was a maritime hub. (floridasforgottencoast.com/ghostwalk)
    ·         15th Annual Florida Bat Festival (Oct. 26, Gainesville): Get to “meet” the world’s largest bats, enjoy beer samples from local Sunshine State breweries (adults 21 and over only) and learn why bat conservation is a necessity at the Lubee Bat Conservancy’s annual fest. The conservancy, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, will also have a Kids Zone, live music, games and educational exhibits at the event. (lubee.org)
    ·         Tales from the Clink: A Candlelit Tour Through Clay County’s History (Oct. 29 Green Cove Springs): Immerse yourself in a character-based tour through Green Cove Springs Historic Triangle, which includes Old County Jail and the 1890 Courthouse. For more information, call 904-371-0027. (claycountygov.com)

    3RD ANNUAL AQUA EAST GROM FEST Kid and teens can show off their boarding skills in either one of three competitions: Surf, Skate or Wake. Or, they can just go for the trifecta and compete in all three disciplines. The contest is geared for all skill and age levels with age categories cutting off at 17 years old. The Skate Jam (Oct. 11) will include a meet and greet, an opportunity to learn some new tricks, DJ and pizza along with the contest. In addition to the Surf Contest (Oct. 12), Stoked to Surf instructors will be host a free surfing lesson for first-timers. Rounding out the competition is the chance to wakeboard, wakesurf or wakeskate behind a Malibu boat (Oct. 13). The overall cash prize purse for the event is $2,500, plus participants in the surf and wake contest will get a swag bag.
    When:
    Oct. 11-13
    Where:
    Palm Valley
    Web:
    aquaeastgromfest.com

    2019 FLORIDA GUITAR FESTIVAL FSUs College of Music hosts the annual classical guitar festival and competition that has a goal of bringing high-quality masterclasses and concerts by renowned musicians to the public. Classical guest guitarists at the 2019 festival include Rene Izquierdo, the Kithara Duo, Elliot Frank and Dragos Illie, the 2018 competition winner.
    When:
    Oct. 11-13
    Where:
    Florida State University College of Music, Tallahassee
    Web:
    tallahasseearts.org/guitar-festival

    GULF COAST CPR KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT No, the “CPR” on the tournament’s name has nothing to do with the emergency breathing technique. Instead, it stands for Catch, Photo, Release. There’s something refreshing about a Florida fishing competition that doesn’t require fishermen to own a powerboat and have a crew. All hopeful anglers will receive a long-sleeve fishing shirt.
    When:
    Oct. 12
    Where:
    Taylor County
    Web:
    taylorflorida.com

    FIRST COAST HAM JAM — The Music Festival and BBQ Cookoff has four categories: Ribs, Shoulder/Butt, Brisket and Chicken as well as daily live music each day headlined country artists Mark Chestnutt, Brett Myers, Colt Ford and Katlyn Lowe. The cookoff is a Florida BBQ Sanctioned Event with pit masters competing for trophies and prize money. Also includes rides, kids’ activities and arts and crafts vendors.
    When:
    Oct. 17-20
    Where:
    Clay County Fairgrounds
    Web:
    firstcoasthamjam.com

    BUTTERFLY MIGRATION The 2,000-mile fall migration of monarch butterflies from North America to Central America includes an annual pitstop along the Florida Panhandle in October and November. These festivals celebrate their journey.

    ·         Flutterby Arts Festival (Oct. 19-20, Inlet Beach): The family-friendly event includes art activities, live music, dance performances, art exhibits and a butterfly parade at Watersound Origins. (culturalartsalliance.com/flutterby-arts-festival)
    ·         Monarch Butterfly Festival (Oct. 26, Wakulla): Imagine seeing the sky full of the beautiful, fluttering black and orange wings as they pass along Wakulla County’s coast. St. Mark’s Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center is a specific stopover and the annual event includes exhibits, tours and butterfly tagging. (visitwakulla.com/monarch-butterfly-festival)

    SUWANNEE HULAWEEN While fans of the trippy, magical music fest waited anxiously to hear if the seventh annual event was a go under a new organizer, the 2019 lineup was finally released to much fanfare. It includes four nights of performances by festival favorite The String Cheese Incident. Other headliners include Bassnectar, Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, and Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit.
    When:
    Oct. 24-27
    Where:
    Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak
    Web:
    suwanneehulaween.com

    SUWANNEE FAT TIRE FESTIVAL Have mountain bike, will travel back country. Join other fat tire enthusiasts for a day (or weekend) of swapping stories, sharing the best off-road experiences and hitting the trails on group rides. Other than riding, there will be a beginner’s clinic, Halloween-themed activities and more.
    When:
    Oct. 24-27
    Where:
    Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs
    Web:
    suwanneebike.org/fat-tire

    SEA AND SKY AIR SPECTACULAR — Lather on some sunscreen and choose your seat on the beach for the best show on the coast. Jacksonville’s air show splits its time (and changes names) in years when there’s a change in scenery, from the Naval Air Station Jacksonville location along the St. John’s River to the city’s beach communities. This year, the Blue Angels will be performing their sweeping air feats over the Atlantic Ocean along Jacksonville Beach. Along with the Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Golden Knights, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron and F-35 Demo Team are just some of the high-flying crews scheduled to perform.
    When:
    Oct. 26-27
    Where:
    Jacksonville Beach
    Web:
    specialevents.coj.net/Sea-and-Sky-Airshow

    MATTIE KELLY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS It’s never too early to start checking items off your holiday shopping lists and the 24th Annual Art Festival is a monster shopping opportunity. You’ll be able to explore the juried competition booths showcasing the work of more than 200 artists from 13 states whose work covers 22 different art mediums. It also concludes the fall season of arts-related events which include weekly live concerts on Thursdays from September 12 through October 10.
    When:
    Oct. 26-27
    Where:
    Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, Destin
    Web:
    mattiekellyartsfoundation.org

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