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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. There are culinary demonstrations, cheese seminars, guest speakers, celebrity chefs, beverage seminars and even a concert series.
Dates: August 29th-November 23rd, 2019
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 27th-29th, 2019
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 500 types of craft beers. There’s also an entertainment stage with live music and food vendors from local restaurants.
Date: October 12th, 2019
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 renown 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.
Date: November 15th-18th, 2019
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 11th-13th & 18th-20th, 2019
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 12th-13th, 2019
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 karaoke competition to the petting zoo, pony rides and bounce house.
Dates: October 18th-20th, 2019
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.
Dates: October 26th, 2019
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 10 days of fun in the sun.
Dates: September 20th-29th, 2019
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 thousands of pumpkins to choose from, in addition to a station for pumpkin decorating, a kid-friendly corn stalk maze, carnival rides and fall photo vignettes. In addition to its live shows and carnival rides, there is also a food court and pumpkin beer bars.
Dates: October 26th-27th, 2019
Located at the Sertoma Ranch in Brooksville, the four-day Riverhawk Music Festival is great for music lovers with multiple stages showcasing an eclectic array of music genres, including 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 7th-10th, 2019
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 18th-20th, 2019