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10 Best Fall Festivals in Florida

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 adventures covered. Mark your calendars, because these are some of the most popular fall festivals in Florida.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, Orlando Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
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Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, Orlando

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. At this top food festival in Florida, there are culinary demonstrations, cheese seminars, guest speakers, celebrity chefs, beverage seminars and even a concert series.

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Dates: July 27th to November 18th, 2023

Oktoberfest of the Palm Beaches, Lake Worth Annual Oktoberfest, Lake Worth
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Oktoberfest of the Palm Beaches, Lake Worth

If you’re looking to mix a dose of German culture with some fun, head to Oktoberfest in Lake Worth. One of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in Florida, you can dine on bratwurst and schnitzel, sip imported and domestic beers and enjoy live entertainment. Bring the kids, as there are plenty of family-friendly features of this event, including arts and crafts, carnival games and folk dancing.

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Dates: October 13th – 15th and 20th – 22nd, 2023

Pensacola Seafood Festival, Pensacola Pensacola Seafood Festival
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Pensacola Seafood Festival, Pensacola

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.

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September 29th – October 1st, 2023

Fall Festival at Flamingo Road Nursery, Davie Fall Festival at Flamingo Road Nursery
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Fall Festival at Flamingo Road Nursery, Davie

A fantastic family-friendly event, the Fall Festival at Flamingo Road Nursery in Davie brings a new array of fall-themed events for six weeks, from the end of September to the first week of November. Celebrate fall in the tropics in the 10-acre garden center, which gets transformed into an autumn landscape with cornstalks, hay bales, mums, pumpkins, and scarecrows. They have the “biggest and best” pumping patch, a garden for fall pictures, and a different theme every week – including Pepper Palooza, Tomato Fest, and Tropical Fruit Celebration. Kids will also love the antique tractor-pulled hayrides, crafts, and delicious food.

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End of September through first week of November, 2023

Sweet Season Farm, Milton Sweet Season Farm, Milton
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Sweet Season Farm, Milton

In Florida’s Panhandle, you’ll find the epicenter of authentic fall fun at the Sweet Season Farm. With an abundant amount of activities, this place is sure to please the entire family. In addition to their exciting lineup of fall-related activities that include a massive corn maze, pumpkin patch, and hayride, they also offer unique family-friendly attractions such as a tube slide, corn cannon, cow train, and sunflower speedway.

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Dates: Select Dates September 30th – November 5th, 2023

Great Scott Farms Fall Festival, Mount Dora Scott's Maze Adventures
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Great Scott Farms Fall Festival, Mount Dora

Located at Great Scott Farms in Mount Dora, you’ll find an impressive themed maze on a vast 7-acre cornfield. Truly an authentic country atmosphere, the entire family will enjoy the hayrides pulled by a tractor around the farm. Adults can stock up on fresh veggies and homemade jams at their country food market while the kids slide down the 60-foot slide, jump on the huge 40 X 67-foot pillow, and go fishing in the nearby pond.

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Dates: Scott’s Country Market Opens for Fall on September 14th, 2023
Fall Corn Maze on Weekends September 30th – November 26th, 2023

Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Winter Park  Autumn Art Festival, Winter Park
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Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Winter Park 

Located in Central Park in Downtown Winter Park, the 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. Best of all? Admission is free!

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Dates: October 7th & 8th, 2023

Chalk Festival, Venice  Chalk Festival
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Chalk Festival, Venice 

It’s hard to not be impressed by the amazing pieces of art found at the Chalk Festival in Venice. Come to this unique event to admire the largest installations of 3D illusions and fine art on the pavement by renowned artists from around the world. Located at Venice Airport Festival Grounds, it also offers visitors a chance for a unique behind-the-scenes look at the artist’s creative process before the final viewing day.

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2024 Date TBD

McIntosh 1890’s Festival, McIntosh McIntosh 1890’s Festival, McIntosh
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McIntosh 1890’s Festival, McIntosh

Held between Gainesville and Ocala, the McIntosh 1890s Festival is where residents take a step back in time and dress in 1890s 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.

Official Website
Dates: October 14th, 2023

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest, Fort Myers Island Hopper Songwriting Fest, Fort Myers Beach
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Island Hopper Songwriter Fest, Fort Myers

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 150 live performances. Songwriters from around the country flock to the Fort Myers and Sanibel area and its intimate venues, where the coastal region comes alive with ten days of fun in the sun.

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Dates: September 22nd – October 1st, 2023

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