Florida travel calendar for October

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Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County)


Annually: Mortem Manor Haunted Attraction, Kissimmee. The Old Town Halloween in Kissimmee is now open year-round Wednesday through Sunday at 6 p.m. Freak out with live actors in two floors of the haunted house ($15), and a new "buried alive" experience ($5). 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway. 407-396-4888.

Through Oct. 7: Magical Dining Month, Orlando. The promotion is offered at more than 100 area restaurants with $35 prixe-fixe three-course meals. One dollar from each meal served during Magical Dining is being donated to this year's charities, Freedom Ride and BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation.


Through Oct. 27: SeaWorld's Craft Beer Festival. Orlando. Featuring more than 100 crafts brews, guests can sample a mix of domestic, international and local Florida favorites alongside more than 20 food items. Entry to the fest is included in regular park admission. Beer and food are extra, but prepaid sampling lanyards are on sale, 12-sample version for $54; one that gets you eight items is $40.

Through Oct. 27 (weekends): SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular, Orlando. During this daytime family event, guests can trick-or-treat, boogie at a dance party, meet Sesame Street friends including Elmo, The Count, Cookie Monster, and enjoy the new Sesame Street Halloween Parade. Included in park admission. 407-545-5550.

Through Nov. 1 (select dates): Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Walt Disney World. The special event at Magic Kingdom will be held on select dates on 36 nights. The event again will include the "Happy HalloWishes" fireworks display, Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade and Halloween-themed stage show in front of Cinderella Castle. 7 p.m.-midnight; 1180 Seven Seas Drive in Lake Buena Vista; $79-$135 ($74-$130 for ages 3-9); 407-824-4321;

Through Nov. 2 (select nights): Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, Orlando. This event, now in its 29th year, is a ten-time winner of Amusement Today's "Best Halloween Event" Golden Ticket award. Guests will experience live mega-horror movies with this year's haunted houses, scare zones and roaming hordes. 6:30 p.m. to 1 or 2 a.m. Ticket prices start at $67.99 per person and discounted hotel packages are available. 407-363-8000.

Through Nov. 2 (select nights): A Petrified Forest, Altamonte Springs. This spooky event has been offering haunted trails for guests to walk through and special themed nights for over ten years. October 16th is dedicated to visitors with special needs. October 30th is a Total Eclipse walk for groups over the age of 13. 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. $12-$35. Tickets purchased at the door are cash only. ATM onsite. 1360 E. Altamonte Drive. 407-468-6600.

Through Nov. 23: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, Walt Disney World. The annual food and wine lover's paradise offers beverages from close to 30 global marketplaces. Also on tap are celebrity chef demonstrations and rock star performances during the Eat to the Beat concert series. 200 Epcot Center Drive; 407-939-5277; free with park admission, but food costs extra;

Oct. 3-6: 45th Annual Bicycle Festival, Mount Dora. Attracting over 1,000 cyclists of all ages, this is a 3-day weekend ride with multiple routes, food and festivities; a friendly ghost ride, crushing hill climbs, and 14 routes. 341 N. Alexander St. 352-383-2165.

Oct. 4: Jazz Friday at Foosaner Museum of Art, Melbourne. Every first Friday of the month the Eau Gallie Arts District hosts live entertainment, arts and craft vendors, food and drinks on the corner of Highland Avenue and Eau Gallie Boulevard. The Foosaner Museum of Art is also open to the public and will provide live entertainment. Expect great music from local favorites. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free. 1463 Highland Ave. 321-674-8916.


Oct. 4-5, Oct. 25-26: Oktoberfest, Casselberry. The German American Society of Central Florida puts on two festivals in October with live entertainment, dancing, stein-holding contests, beer, bratwursts, potato salad, pretzels and bounce houses for children. Early Bird discounts and youth up to 12 - $5; One-day VIP tickets are $45 - $95. Fridays 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturdays 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. 81 Orange Lane. 407-834-0574.

Oct. 4-6: Mineral, Gem, Bead and Fossil Show, Orlando. Visitors can see and buy gems, beads, metaphysical stones and other items during this annual showcase put on by the Central Florida Mineral and Gem Society. On the agenda are demonstrations, auctions, kids' table, slice mining for gems and hourly door prizes. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. $5 for adults, $2 for students. Florida National Guard Armory, 2809 South Fern Creek Ave. Visit the website for a $1 off coupon.

Oct. 5: First Saturday Jam and Farm Swap, Barberville. On the first Saturday of each month visit the Pioneer Settlement for entertainment and fun for the entire family. There will be informal music jams, free workshops and food. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. $6 admission or free with membership. 1776 Lightfoot Lane. 386-749-2959.

Oct. 5: 11th Annual Mims Mullet Festival, Mims. Smoked and fried mullet dinners, BBQ chicken and pork dinners or sandwiches, hamburgers and hotdogs are on the menu at this festival put on by the Mims United Methodist Church and the First Baptist Church of Mims. Entertainment includes rock climbing, bouncy house, horse rides, kids' games, a car show, craft fair, big cat display, music and Mullet Maiden contest. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3302 Green Street and 2395 Kentucky Ave. Admission is Free, food and activities cost extra. 321-267-6202.

Oct. 10: Alive After 5, Sanford. Oktoberfest-themed street party with art galleries, vendors, food, craft beers and entertainment. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. Sanford Welcome Center, 230 E. First St. 407-302-2586.

Oct. 11: City of DeLand's Hay Day Fall Fest, DeLand. Local vendors, crafts, food, movie in the park, and kid's games. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. Earl Brown Park, 750 South Alabama Avenue.


Oct. 11-13: BBQ and Blues Festival, Clermont. At Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, enjoy a variety of live blues music by top class performers on the outdoor stage. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food will be available for purchase, along with complimentary winery tours and wine tasting. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10 for adults, children under 12 are free. 19239 U.S. 27 North. 800-768-WINE.

Oct. 11-14: NKF Surf Festival, Cocoa Beach. The 34th annual NKF Surf Festival features surfing, food, music and silent auction at the Radisson Resort to benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Florida. 321-784-5661.

Oct. 11-27: Boo at the Zoo, Melbourne. The Brevard Zoo's annual Halloween zoo party is back every Friday-Sunday in late October with more than 30 treat stations, a DJ, games, costume contest and haunted house. 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. $8-$12; children under 3 are free. 8225 N. Wickham Road. 321-254-9453.

Oct. 12: Come Out With Pride Festival, Orlando. Celebrating its 15th anniversary! Join over 150,000 LGBTQ community members and allies for a day-long unforgettable festival with entertainment, vendors and more. Noon to 10 p.m. Free. Lake Eola Park; 512 E. Washington St.

Oct. 12: Monthly Fly-In Breakfast, Titusville. On the second Saturday of each month, the Warbird Air Museum hosts a breakfast where you can drive or fly in. Enjoy breakfast prepared by a local chef and free admission to the museum. 8-10 a.m.; 6600 Tico Road; tickets are $12; 321-268-1941;

Oct. 12-13: Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Winter Park. This is the 46th annual juried art show with a longstanding tradition, drawing more than 40,000 people. The show features work by outstanding Orlando artists and also offers live entertainment and food provided by local restaurants. Children's art workshops are also offered. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. In Central Park, 251 S. Park Ave. 407-644-8281.


Oct. 17: Sunset at the Zoo, Sanford. Take happy hour outside at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. On the third Thursday of each month, adults over the age of 21 can stroll through the zoo enjoying live music, purchase beer and wine, and meet animals up-close. 5:30 p.m.; 3755 W. Seminole Blvd.; $5; 407-323-4450;

Oct.18: Cocoa Beach Friday Fest. Cocoa Beach. Held the third Friday of each month, this family-oriented event has live music, food and a kids' zone. 6-10 p.m. Downtown Cocoa Beach, A1A. Free.

Oct.17: Cruisin' Downtown DeLand Classic Car Show, DeLand. Every third Saturday of the month. Classic cars & rods line East Indiana Avenue downtown. Live DJ, giveaways, shopping & dining. 4-7 p.m.; free; 386-738-0649;

Oct. 17-20: Biketoberfest, Daytona Beach. Thousands of motorcycles will be roaring throughout Daytona Beach and beyond for the 27th anniversary of Biketoberfest. Hubs include Main Street, Beach Street and events at Daytona International Speedway, as well as the Harley-Davidson entertainment center Destination Daytona on U.S. 1. Attractions include motorcycle shows, live music, scenic rides, vendors and more. 386-255-0415.

Oct.19: Art Walk, Sanford. Central Florida's only monthly juried art show, held the third Saturday of each month. With exhibits and music at participating venues. 6-9 p.m.; 230 E. First St.; free; 407-302-2586;

Oct. 19: Rocky Water Brewfest, Melbourne. Some of the best breweries will be on hand for unlimited tastings in the Eau Gallie Arts District. No pets, children or strollers allowed. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. General Admission is $35. Eau Gallie Square, 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd.


Oct. 19-20: Winter Springs ARToberFEST, Winter Springs. For this 12th annual event, there will be over 100 art vendors at Winter Springs Town Center, Blumberg Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Guests can also enjoy German brats and beer while dancing to live German bands all weekend. Free. 407-278-4871 or

Oct. 19-20: Fall Art & Craft Festival, Cocoa. This 37th annual autumn event features more than 200 exhibitors, a kids' zone, food, a beer garden and live music. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. At Historic Cocoa Village, 319 Brevard Ave. 321-631-9075.

Oct. 19: Annual Autumn in the Oaks Festival, DeLeon Springs. Music and crafts are part of the country fair atmosphere with free kid zone, historic exhibits and a collection of Model A cars on hand along with Old Tyme and Bluegrass bands. 9 3 p.m. At the Porter House, 5030 Highway 17 N. Free.

Oct. 20: Florida Harmonica Championships, New Smyrna Beach: This 14th annual championship brings harmonica players to Beachside Tavern competing for the "best in show" trophy. Noon to 9 p.m. 690 E. 3rd. Ave. 386-314-5718.

Oct. 26: Wine Walk & Art Walk, New Smyrna Beach. Stroll Flagler Avenue and explore over 100 interesting wines inside local pubs, galleries and restaurants during this monthly progressive wine tasting event. In conjunction with ArtWalk with displays of artworks by resident and visiting artists, along with entertainment and demonstrations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Flagler Avenue; $25 for Tasting Passports (discount available with official glass from a previous Wine Walk);

Oct. 27: Festival Calle Orange, Orlando. Central Florida's largest Hispanic festival celebrates its 21st anniversary of bringing together people of many nationalities, religions and backgrounds to enjoy food, music and dancing in the streets. This celebration of culture includes four stages with numerous bands, like Anykar and  Izis La Enfermera De La Salsa, souvenirs, food vendors and much more. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. $10 admission; kids 10 and under are free. Spanning 10 blocks near 4000 S. Orange Ave.


Oct. 26: Zoo Boo Bash, Sanford. The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens invites children and adults alike to trick-or-treat throughout the park while learning about the myths and realities of endangered animals. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and bring goody bags. Events include costume contests, face painting and more. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event included in general zoo admission. At the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 3755 W. Seminole Blvd. 407-323-4450.

Oct. 26-27: Mount Dora Craft Fair, Mount Dora. This nationally ranked, juried event is in its 35th year, and continues to attract more than 100,000 visitors and more than 400 of the best crafters in the country. Features food, music and a kid zone. Free. In downtown streets. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 352-217-8390.

Tampa Bay-Sarasota (including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa) 

Through Nov. 2 (select nights): Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream, Tampa Bay. Howl-O-Scream will feature roaming hoards, seven haunted houses and live shows. Event runs every Thursday through Sunday throughout the month of October. 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets start at $39.99. 10165 N. McKinley Drive. 888-800-5447.

Throughout October (weekends): 31st Annual Pumpkin Festival, Sarasota. Kids and adults will enjoy a day at a real working farm with vendors, bounce houses, rock-climbing walls, festival food, hay rides and so much more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekend. Free admission with cash vendors and activities. ATM onsite. Fruitville Farm, 7410 Fruitville Rd.

Oct. 4-26 (Friday and Saturday): Lowry Park Zoo's Creatures of the Night, Tampa. The zoo will have scare zones, Halloween treats, glimpses of nocturnal animals 4 p.m.until 10 p.m. each weekend. New this year, the zoo is adding a Twisted Tale Trail, the story of The Three Little Pigs and Rising Waters, a spooky swamp experience. $26 - $29. 1101 W. Sligh Ave. 813-935-8552.


Oct. 12: Second Saturday St. Petersburg ArtWalk, St. Petersburg. Meet artists and gallery owners every second Saturday of the month as more than 40 studios and galleries from all five arts districts come together as one arts destination. Get around on free ArtWalk trolleys that encompass all of the districts. 5-9 p.m.; Free; 727-518-5142;

Oct. 11-13: Oktoberfest Tampa, Tampa. This 10th annual event will transform downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park into a beergarden with live music, dancing, beer and games. Friday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Advanced tickets are $8 per day or $20 for the weekend pass.  600 N. Ashley Drive. 877-230-0078.

Oct. 12: Oktoberfest on the Beach, Indian Rocks Beach. This beachy version of Oktoberfest features music, food, arts and crafts merchants and contests. Free. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kolb Park, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd.

Oct. 17-20: Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Clearwater. The 40th annual Jazz Holiday brings together all veins of jazz music in one of the longest-running and best-known live jazz events in the country. Performers include Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago, Alison Kraus and more. Advance tickets start at $20 with VIP and reserved seating also available. At Coachman Park, 301 Drew St. 727-461-5200.

Oct. 18-20 & Oct. 25-26: Upper Tampa Bay Oktoberfest, Oldsmar. Be transported to a German celebration with food, drinks, music, competitions and more. Friday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m. $5, military members and kids 12 and under free. 11225 Race Track Road.

Oct. 18-20: John's Pass Seafood Festival, Madeira Beach. Enjoy fresh seafood, live music and more in the historic John's Pass Village. The festival, in its 38th year, will also include a Halloween block party, live music, 5K, fishing tournament and the world's largest bloody mary toast. Friday 3 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free. 12901 Gulf Blvd. 727-322-5217.


Oct. 19: Tampa Pig Jig, Tampa. This 9th annual fundraiser for the NephCure Foundation features live music headlining Jake Owen, food, a BBQ competition, drinks and games. Advance tickets start at $25. Leashed pets are welcome. Doors open at 1 p.m. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive.

Oct. 25-26: 7th Annual Haunted Trails, Osprey. Oscar Scherer State Park hosts its annual haunted trails with a haunted house, trick-or-treating, costume contests, food and more. Entertainment includes trick-or-treating, costume contests, the spooky haunted trail and more. New this year there is a Lil' Monster Manor for the little ones. 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets sold online only. $10 adults, $5 children 6-12. Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 South Tamiami Trail. 941-483-5956.

Oct. 31-Nov. 3: Spooky Empire, Tampa. This annual gathering shifts from Orlando this year, but still set to bring stars and fans of horror together in a Halloween, tattoo and film festival. 2019's version will feature Alice Cooper, the band Twisted Sister, the actress who plays Elvira, Tony Moran and others. Four-day passes $90, single-day tickets $20 to $50, depending on the day. VIP packages and Military discounts also available. At the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St.

Southwest Florida (including Naples, Fort Myers, Venice, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda)

Oct. 11: Yappy Hour, Fort Myers. Grab your pup and head to Bell Tower Shops for Yappy Hour, held on the second Friday of each month. You can meet adoptable dogs, enjoy an outdoor bar and listen to live music. Finish the night at one of the eight pet-friendly restaurants in the center. Proceeds benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society. 6-8 p.m.; free; The Bell Tower Shops, 13499 U.S. 41 S.E.; free;

Oct. 17: Alive After Five, Punta Gorda. Held on the third Thursday of each month, Alive After Five is an evening of fine art and craft, wine tastings, art receptions and more. 5-8 p.m.; Ddowntown Punta Gorda; free; 941-505-0130;


Oct. 18-20 & Oct. 25-27: Oktoberfest, Cape Coral. German tradition is alive and well in Cape Coral, home of Lee County's largest annual Oktoberfest. Hosted by the German-American Club, event highlights a kids' carnival area, two stages, a giant dance floor and bands direct from Germany. Hours vary each day. Tickets $5 in advance, $6 at the gate. Children under twelve are free. At German-American Club, 2101 SW Pine Island Road. 239-283-1400.

Oct. 25-27: Stone Crab Festival, Naples. This 10th annual festival connects several locations on the Old Naples Waterfront, offering fresh stone crab claws, and art and more. Music by Matty Jollie, Dazzling Delrays and Wilder Sons.  Friday kick-off at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. On the Bayfront. Free.

South Florida and the Keys (including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and the Treasure Coast)

Oct. 1: National Roller Skating Day, Fort Lauderdale. Xtreme Action Park is offering $5 Roller Skating on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 all day long at its 16,000 square-foot Arena Roller Skating Rink. In addition, skate rentals will be only $2 that day. 5300 Powerline Rd. (954) 491-6265.

Oct. 4-5: Oktoberfest, Port St. Lucie. German food and beer, music, dance and crafts will be on tap during the 16th annual Oktoberfest, presented by the City of Port St. Lucie and the German American Club of the Treasure Coast. This is a family-friendly event complete with numerous food vendors, entertainment and children activities. Free. Friday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. At the Promenade at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, 9221 SE Civic Center Place. 772-807-4488.

Oct. 4-6: Oktoberfest, Oakland Park. Celebrate 15 years of amusement rides, dancing, German food and beer. Friday 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. $5 for ages 12 and older. Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Highway. 954-630-4507.


Oct. 5: Harvest Fest, Jupiter. Jupiter puts on Harvest Fest, a free family friendly festival that features an Oktoberfest-style beer garden, kids' fall carnival area, petting zoo, dog costume contest, local vendors, food trucks, and more. Noon to 5 p.m. At The Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk, 210 Military Trail. 561-746-5134.

Oct. 5: MiMo on the Beach Walking Tours, Miami. Every first Saturday, this walking tour introduces you to the distinctive MiMo (Miami Modern) architecture that makes the area unique. 9:30-11 a.m.; tickets are $20-$25; tours depart from the southeast corner of 73rd Street and Collins Avenue; 305-763-8026;

Oct. 6: Sunday Jazz Brunch, Fort Lauderdale. Live outdoor concert series bring the area's best local jazz artists to the city's scenic Riverwalk the first Sunday of each month. Listen to the soulful sounds on four different stages. Everyone is welcome to attend, including well-behaved, leashed pets, and there is ample room to set up chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; free; 954-828-5363;

Oct 9: Jupiter Lighthouse Sunset Tour, Jupiter. Take in the spectacular sunset views and witness the Jupiter Light turning on to illuminate the night sky. Visitors get an inside look at the nuts and bolts of a working lighthouse watch-room. $20.

Oct. 11 through Nov. 12 (select nights): Fright Nights, West Palm Beach. This 18th annual event will feature four haunted houses, carnival rides, live music and food. Fortnite Tournaments will be hosted on select nights. Midway Hours are from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. (12 a.m. on Friday & Saturday). Haunted houses open at 7 p.m. General Admission is $25. At the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd.

Oct. 11-13: Miami Carnival Parade and Festival, Miami. Traditional West Indian-style Carnival and parade featuring Caribbean music, costumes, food, arts and crafts.  There are many events to choose from starting at $10. Kids under 12 are free. At the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, 10901 SW 24 St. 954-239-7980.


Oct. 12: Supercar Saturdays Florida, Fort Lauderdale. Held on the second Saturday of each month, this is a gathering of car enthusiasts. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Lamborghini Broward, 4645 Volunteer Road; free; 305-761-2929;

Oct. 12: Wynwood Artwalk, Miami. Held every second Saturday, this event features openings at art galleries, institutions and businesses. Art enthusiasts from all overcrowd the streets to have a great night out and enjoy the Miami art scene. 6-10 p.m.; N.W. 2nd Ave. and N.W. 23rd St.; free; 305-814-9290;

Oct. 12: Southernmost Marathon & Half, Key West. This 10k/5k event offers 26.2, 13.1, 6.2 or 3.1 miles of beachside running. The scenic, flat course takes runners through Key West, across Stock Island and on to Rockland Key, allowing an opportunity to view both the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. The Marathon Course is USATF certified.  954-213-6699.  Register at:

Oct. 12: Full Moon Kayak Tour, North Miami. Come paddle under the full moon with the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center. Offered monthly, your tour guide will supply you with all the equipment and instruction needed prior to launching into a beautiful mangrove cove. The group will paddle under the full moon for 2½ hours, followed by a Bonfire Beach Party. Roast s'mores, go for a swim and enjoy nature. 7:30 p.m. check-in; 3400 N.E. 163rd St.; $50 for adults and $25 for kids 12 and under;

Oct. 13: Jupiter Lighthouse Moonrise Tour, Jupiter. Climb the lighthouse for the full moon for this 75-minute tour. RSVP required. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, 500 Captain Armour's Way; $25;

Oct. 17: Third Thursday Art Walk, Islamorada. Local fine arts, music and culinary specialties. 6-9 p.m.; galleries of Morada Way, between Mile Markers 81 and 82; free;


Through Oct. 18: Operation Candy Corn, Greenacres. Hoffman's Chocolates and Neighbors 4 Neighbors are banding together to support the non-profit organization's Operation: Candy Corn initiative, a children's Fall costume drive. The donated costumes will benefit Broward Homeless Education Assistance Resource Team (HEART) Program & Palm Beach School's Homeless Assistance Program. Donate a new or gently used children's costumes at any Broward or Palm Beach County Hoffman location and receive a free ice cream sundae and a trick-or-treat bag with goodies. For more information, and locations visit

Oct. 18-27: Fantasy Fest, Key West. A 10-day celebration that's celebrating its 40th year includes costume competitions, promenades, street fairs and a grand parade featuring marching groups and lavish floats. 305-295-9112.

Oct. 19: Downtown Hollywood Artwalk, Hollywood. Recurring every third Saturday, this event features pop-up shops, artist showcases, vintage shopping, boutique goods, live music and more. Stroll through downtown Hollywood on a guided tour to learn about Hollywood and the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project. 5-10 p.m.; 1945 Hollywood Blvd.; free; 954-924-2980;

Oct. 19: Lantern Festival, Delray Beach. The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens' Lantern Festival showcases entertainment, including taiko drumming and Japanese folk dancing, a street fair, children's activities and games.  This year's theme is "In The Spirit Of Obon." Food vendors will offer Asian and American favorites and there will be a Beer Garden and Sake Station. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. $15 for ages 11+, $13 Seniors/Military, $9 for ages 7-10, free for ages 6 and under. 4000 Morikami Park Road.

Oct. 19-20: 20th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Festival, Stuart. This festival, located on the banks of the St. Lucie River, will feature photography, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Saturday and Sunday. 26 SW Osceola St. 561-746-6615.

Oct. 21: Heroes and Villains 5K, Key West. Key West sets the scene for the Heroes and Villains 5K Run/Walk. Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero or villain. Prizes are awarded for the most creative, best group, scariest and funniest characters. 6 p.m. Pre-register for $25. Southernmost Beach Café, 508 South Street. 305-747-8563.


Oct. 26: 11th Annual Palm City Fall Fest, Palm City. Activities include arts and crafts, a car show, music, food and a pumpkin patch. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Citrus Grove Community Park, 2507 SW Citrus Blvd.

Oct. 26: FATVillage Artwalk, Fort Lauderdale. FATVillage, a community home to local artists and creative businesses, presents a night of great art, food and music every last Saturday of the month. 6-11 p.m.; 523 NW 1st. Ave.; free; 954-540-9897;

Oct. 26-27: Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival, Coconut Grove. This festival features a pumpkin patch with more than 5,000 pumpkins, carnival rides, a cornstalk maze, live performances, food and beer. $20. Kids under 2 years are free. Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regatta Park, 3400 Pan American Drive.

Oct. 26-27: Haunted Pirate Fest and Mermaid Splash, Boynton Beach. The swashbuckling get-down will spend three days raising a mug to loot plunderers and underwater dwellers with live music, food and games, and is anticipating more than 100,000 festivalgoers. There will be pirate re-enactments, magic shows, mermaid tanks and comedians. Free. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 100 NE 4th Ave. 561-600-9093.

Northeast Florida (including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Flagler County and Amelia Island)

Oct. 4: First Friday Art Walk, St. Augustine. Held the first Friday of each month, enjoy new exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at participating galleries, plus great food. Tours begin at Rembrandtz American Craft Gallery. St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys offer complimentary shuttle service to most galleries. 5-9 p.m.; free; 832-779-2781;


Oct. 4: First Friday Garden Walk, Palm Coast. Visit Washington Oaks Gardens State Park on the first Friday of every month for a guided tour of the beautiful gardens. Meet in the garden parking lot at 10 a.m. and wear comfortable shoes. The tour will last approximately one hour. 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd.; $5 per vehicle (up to eight people), $4 per single occupant or $2 per bicyclist; 386-446-6783;

Oct. 5: Founding of the Castillo, St. Augustine. The National Park Service will host this annual event celebrating the founding of the Castillo de San Marcos in October of 1672. Visitors can learn about the undefeated fortress, with re-enactments and demonstrations. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. General admission for adults over 15 years is $15.  1 S. Castillo Drive. 904-829-6505.

Oct. 5: First Saturday Militia Muster and Training at Fort Mose, St. Augustine. Visit Fort Mose on the first Saturday each month from 9-11:30 a.m. to be transported back to the 18th century. Learn from the members of the Fort Mose Militia as they practice firing drills and demonstrate how to use historic weapons and show musket firing drills. There is also a children's militia training that uses wooden toy muskets. Park is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 15 Fort Mose Trail; park admission is free, but visitor center admission is $2; 904-823-2232;

Oct. 5-27: Corn Maze at Sykes & Cooper Farm, Elkton. Here's a way to get ready for fall: a nine-acre Corn Maze at Sykes & Cooper Farm. Event also features a Pumpkin Maze for kids. Other highlights include hayrides, and farm animals to meet and greet. Fridays 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $11-$13, kids under 2 are free. Sykes & Cooper Farm, 5995 Brough Road. 904-692-1370.

Oct. 6-13: Amelia Island Jazz Festival, Fernandina Beach. The 16th annual Amelia Island Jazz Festival will feature headliners Bonnie Eisele, Les DeMerle, and more. Jam sessions, Latin Dance and music clinics also offered. Check website for times and ticket prices.

Oct. 7-13: St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Week, St. Augustine. St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association (SAiRA) is hosting a celebration of the local dining experience. Over 12 SAiRA member restaurants will host meals over the week.  $20 for lunch and $35 for dinner. Diners who receive passport stamps from five different restaurants throughout the week will receive a $25 SAiRA gift certificate. Check website for participating restaurants.


Oct. 11-13: Greek Festival, St. Augustine. The Greek influence on the nation's oldest city is celebrated with music, food and dancing at this 22nd annual event. Hosted by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Friday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  At the Francis Field 25 W Castillo Dr. 904-479-6729.

Oct. 12: Artrageous Artwalk, Fernandina Beach. Held on second Saturday each month, the Artrageous Artwalk opens the doors of some of Amelia Island's galleries, featuring photography, pottery, copper, stained glass, watercolor, acrylics and more. Participants can peruse more than a dozen galleries in downtown Fernandina Beach and at the Plantation Artists' Guild and Gallery located at Amelia Island Plantation. 5-8 p.m.; 18 N. 2nd St.; free; 904-261-7020;

Oct. 12-13: Creekside Festival, Palm Coast. This 15th annual bluegrass festival is filled with music, arts and crafts, kids' activities, Princess Lodge tours, food and drinks. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5 person over age 12. Princess Place Reserve, 2500 Princess Place. 386-437-0106.

SOLD OUT: Oct. 13: Sunset Moonrise Tour, St. Augustine. Once a month, the St. Augustine Lighthouse offers moonrise tours, where visitors can enjoy a view of the nation's oldest city, enhanced by the sight of the sun setting behind the city and the moon rising over the Atlantic. 7:30 p.m.; 81 Lighthouse Ave.; $30 (includes champagne and hors d'oeuvres); 904-829-0745;

Oct. 13: Schooner Freedom Full Moon Sail, St. Augustine. Glide along the beautiful moonlit waters of Matanzas Bay aboard a 19th-century replica tall ship enjoying complimentary soda, beer and wine as well as live music. Departs 9:15 p.m.; St. Augustine City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez; $45 per person (reservations required); 904-810-1010;

Oct. 19-20: WasabiCon, Jacksonville. WasabiCon celebrates "all things geek," including internet culture, science fiction, anime and more. The two-day event will feature celebrity guests North Florida Ghostbusters, Sailor Scouts of Jax and others. Join in panels and workshops. $20-$40. The Lexington Hotel & Conference Center, 1515 Prudential Drive. 407-536-9272.


Oct. 26: First Coast Arts & Crafts Fall Show, St. Augustine. Vendors will showcase handcrafted jewelry, home decor, clothing, artwork and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Mark Lance National Guard Armory, 190 San Marco Ave. 904-669-5950.

North-Central Florida (including Ocala, Gainesville and Tallahassee)

Oct. 4: First Friday Artwalk, Ocala. Held the first Friday of each month, this event spans 15 blocks in Ocala's downtown historic core. The walk includes restaurants, businesses and other spaces hosting visual and performing artists. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 352-368-5517.

Oct. 4: First Friday Sip and Stroll, Thomasville. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and spend a fun evening in Downtown Thomasville. First Friday concerts are free. Participating shops and restaurants in Downtown Thomasville will stay open late, many with special pricing for the evening. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free admission. 131 S. Stevens St. 229-228-7977.

Oct. 4: Guided Tour at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville. Offered the first Saturday of every month, a guided tour takes you through some of the 62 acres of gardens. 10 a.m.-noon.; 4700 S.W. 58th Drive; free with admission; 352-372-4981;

Oct. 5: North Central Florida Peanut Festival, Williston. This annual event features crafts, music, rides, lots of peanuts and peanut products, and the crowning of Little Peanut King and Queen and Baby Peanut. Over 100 booths to browse. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Heritage Park, 116 N Main St.


Oct. 6: Florida Safari, Ocala. On the first Sunday of each month take a tram tour of the longleaf pine forest. Learn about the park's land management practices and see Florida wildlife. Limit of 15 spaces. Begins at 10 a.m.; 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd.; 352-236-7148 ext. 4;

Oct. 12: ButterflyFest, Gainesville. The Florida Museum of Natural History puts on its 14th annual ButterflyFest with activities and exhibits in celebration of wings and wildlife. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Butterfly Rainforest exhibit admission is $14 for adults ($12 Fla. residents) and $7 for ages 3-17. Powell Hall, 3215 Hull Road.

Oct. 19: 13th Annual Ocala Pride Festival, Ocala. This event features live performances, a 50/50 raffle, games and face painting. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuscawilla Park, 829 NE Sanchez Ave. 352-368-5517.

Oct. 25: River Rhythms, Ocala. On the fourth Friday of each month, Silver Springs hosts an evening of live music featuring a drum circle. To participate in the drum circle, make sure to bring your own drum or percussion instrument. 4 p.m.-sundown; Silver Springs State Park, 1425 N.E. 58th Ave.; free with park admission; 352-236-7148.

Oct. 26: Family Pumpkin Festival, White Springs. Big Shoals State Park hosts their 9th annual family fun night complete with pumpkin bowling, face painting, hayrides and more. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free.  18738 Southeast 94th St. 386-397-2733.

Oct. 26: 15th Annual Florida Bat Festival, Gainesville. The Lubee Bat Conservancy offers visitors a chance to get up close and personal with giant fruit bats by touring the conservancy grounds, not normally open to the public. The family-friendly event will feature free activities including bat-themed crafts, games for children, educational exhibits, bounce houses and bat experts. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $8 ages 13 and up, $5 ages 5-12, 4 and under free. 1309 NW 192nd Ave. 352-485-1250.


Oct. 26: St. Marks Stone Crab Festival, St. Marks. Since 1997, this event celebrates the October opening of crab season. More than 12,000 people visit this small coastal community to enjoy Gulf of Mexico stone crabs, local food and browse artisan work including jewelry and furniture alongside live music, a parade, kid's zone and educational activities. 10 5 p.m. 788 Port Leon Drive.

The Panhandle (including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)

Through Oct. 10: 24th Annual Festival of the Arts, Destin. A celebration of art, music, food and fun. This festival will showcase more than 100 artists' artwork, live music, cuisine, a wine and beer garden, art activities and more. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. $15, children 12 and under free. Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, 4323 Commons Drive. 850-650-2226.

Oct. 4-6: Destin Seafood Festival, Destin. The 41st annual Destin Seafood Festival serves up delicacies from the sea and also features entertainment and crafts. Friday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 10 Harbor Blvd. 850-428-7783.

Oct. 11-13: Pirates of the High Seas Fest, Panama City Beach. Columbus Day weekend is to bring a wave of swashbuckling fun to this coastal community during the Pirates of the High Seas Fest at Pier Park. The festival will include an ensemble of parades and sword-swinging showdowns, as well as live music and fireworks. Kick-off Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sunday Noon till fireworks show at 7:15 p.m. Free. Pier Park, 600 Pier Park Dr.

Oct. 11-13: 60th Pensacola Greek Festival, Pensacola. This annual festival features Greek food and pastries, lively music, church tours and more. 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.  Free. At Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 1720 W. Garden St.


Oct. 13: Flora-Bama's Oktoberfest, Pensacola. Flora-Bama's 5th annual Oktoberfest will feature brats, sauerkraut and a variety of German beer. Children are welcome during this family-friendly event. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. At Flora-Bama Lounge, 17401 Perdido Key Drive. 850-492-0611.

Oct. 17-27: Pensacola Interstate Fair, Pensacola. This fair is one of the top 50 fairs in the country and features more than 60 rides, top-name entertainers, exhibits and tons of food. Check website for times and ticket prices. Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds, 6655 Mobile Highway. 850-944-4500.

Oct. 23-27: Thunder Beach Autumn Rally, Panama City Beach. The 19th annual Thunder Beach Autumn Rally will bring together bikes, vendors and exhibitors from across the country. Get ready for miles of beachside riding and plenty of entertainment options. Check website for schedule. Free. Hosted by Harley-Davidson of Panama City Beach, 14700 Panama City Beach Parkway. 850-249-7627.