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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.
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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.
Dates: July 14th to November 19th, 2022
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.
Dates: October 7th – 9th and 14th – 16th, 2022
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.
September 23rd – 25th, 2022
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.
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.
Dates: Select Dates October 1st – November 6th, 2022
Located at Long & 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, jumping on the huge 40 X 67-foot pillow, and go fishing in the nearby pond.
Dates: Scott’s Country Market Opens for Fall September 27th, 2022
Fall Corn Maze October 1st-2nd, 2022
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!
Dates: October 8th & 9th, 2022
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.
October 28th-31st, 2022
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.
Dates: November 5th, 2022