Fall has arrived in the Sunshine State, and what we lack in fall foliage we make up for in our variety of outdoor festivals. From art festivals to seafood festivals, Oktoberfest festivals, Mardi Gras-like festivals and even a rattlesnake-themed festival, Florida has got your fall months covered. Mark your calendars, because these are some of the most popular fall festivals in Florida.
Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival, Orlando (Nearby Hotels)
Even locals eagerly await Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival every year, as you’ll find more than 35 global marketplaces to sip and nosh on exotic delicacies from around the world. There are culinary demonstrations, cheese seminars, guest speakers, celebrity chefs, beverage seminars and even a concert series.
Dates: August 31st-November 13th, 2017
Pensacola Seafood Festival, Pensacola (Nearby Hotels)
It’s hard to pass up the Pensacola Seafood Festival, as it is one of Northwest Florida’s largest arts and craft fairs mixed with an assortment of fresh seafood. You’ll find live entertainment and plenty of Gulf-to-table cuisines to indulge in, perfect for a family-friendly day out in the Florida sunshine.
Dates: September 29th-October 1st, 2017
Grovetoberfest, Miami (Nearby Hotels)
Not only is Grovetoberfest Miami’s premier beer festival, but it has become the largest craft beer festival in all of Florida. Celebrating local breweries, beer enthusiasts from across the state can sample over 300 types of craft beers. There’s also an entertainment stage, a Kitchen Lab for beer and food pairings and food vendors from local restaurants.
Date: October 14th, 2017
Chalk Festival, Venice (Nearby Hotels)
It’s hard to not be impressed by the amazing pieces of art found at the Chalk Festival in Venice. Celebrating its 10th year, come to this unique event to admire the largest installations of 3D illusions and fine art on the pavement by renown artists from around the world. Located at Venice Airport Festival Grounds, it offers visitors a chance to a unique behind the scenes look at the artist’s creative process.
Dates: November 10th-13th, 2017
Oktoberfest of the Palm Beaches, Lake Worth (Nearby Hotels)
If you’re looking to mix a dose of German culture with some fun, head to Oktoberfest in The Palm Beaches. Here you can dine on bratwurst and schnitzel, sip imported and domestic beers and live to live entertainment. Bring the kids, as are plenty of family-friendly features of this event, including arts and crafts, carnival and games and folk-dancing.
Dates: October 13th-15th, 20th-22nd, 2017
Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Winter Park (Nearby Hotels)
Located in Central Park in Downtown Winter Park, the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is a community-oriented sidewalk show that presents artwork from local artists, including ceramics, digital art and jewelry. You’ll find live entertainment, children’s art activities and plenty of merchandise to take home as a souvenir.
Dates: October 14th-15th, 2017
Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival, Niceville (Nearby Hotels)
An annual music and food festival held in Niceville, the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival features big-name entertainers, art and home craft vendors, carnival rides and plenty of games for the kids. Dedicated to the city’s former fishing industry relying on the mullet, visit this festival to fill up on the array of carnival food and enjoy the entertainment, from the Miss Mullet Pageant to the petting zoo, pony rides and Ferris wheel.
Dates: October 20th-22nd, 2017
McIntosh 1890’s Festival, McIntosh (Nearby Hotels)
Held between Gainesville and Ocala, the McIntosh 1890’s Festival is where residents take a step back in time and dress in 1890’s clothing. The city’s setting is the perfect backdrop for the festival, with Victorian and Florida cracker homes set amongst century-old live oak trees. Come here to browse the dozens of arts and crafts booths and sample some of the local delicacies.
Date: October 21st, 2017
Ribfest, St. Petersburg (Nearby Hotels)
Meat lovers unite at Ribfest in St. Petersburg, where thousands of people flock to Vinoy Park for its annual celebration. A combination of meat and music, here you’ll find rib-masters competing for top prizes, live music throughout the day and a chance to sample an array of other carnival-like food from the various vendors.
Dates: November 10th-12th, 2017
Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival, Miami (Nearby Hotels)
Located in Regatta Park in Coconut Grove, the Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival in Miami celebrates the fall season with an array of family-friendly activities. There are more than 5,000 pumpkins to choose from, in addition to a station for pumpkin decorating, a kid-friendly corn stalk maze and a scarecrow dress up village. In addition to its live shows and carnival rides, there is also a food court and beer bars.
Dates: October 21st-22nd, 2017
Island Hopper Songwriter Fest, Fort Myers (Nearby Hotels)
A festival that features nationally acclaimed singer-songwriters, the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest in Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach and Captiva Island is an award-winning event that includes over 155 live performances. More than 80 songwriters flock to the area when this coastal region comes alive with 10 days of fun in the sun.
Dates: September 22nd-October 1st, 2017
Riverhawk Music Festival, Brooksville (Nearby Hotels)
Located at the Sertoma Ranch in Brooksville, the Riverhawk Music Festival is great for music lovers with 3 stages and an eclectic array of music genres featuring Americana, Bluegrass, Celtic and much more. Offering a full lineup of weekend events, there is also an all day kids program, raffles, a song contest and plenty of craft brews and food.
Dates: November 9th-November 12th, 2017
Rattlesnake & Music Festival, San Antonio (Nearby Hotels)
Operating since 1967, this small town has been celebrating its annual Rattlesnake & Music Festival. Yes, you’ll find educational snake lectures, but the event is so much more than that. There’s live entertainment, arts and craft vendors, a farm animal exhibit and even gopher races. Past events included train rides, a mechanical bull and pony rides, while you shouldn’t miss the famous Cowboy Tom shows off his skills as a former rodeo cowboy.
Dates: October 21st-22nd, 2017