What Is There To Do In Florida In October

As soon as we feel the slightest drop in the heat and humidity, we know Fall Festival season is back. We’ve decided to focus on some of the most historic, interesting, and fun October Events in Florida for 2021!

It was hard to narrow it down, but the Team at Authentic Florida has selected these Top 10 October Events in Florida assuming you are comfortable being out and about again.

10th Annual Boynton Beach Pirate Fest and Mermaid Splash Halloween Haunt

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When: October 30th – 31st

Where: 100 E Ocean Ave in Boynton Beach

About: Each year the Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest & Mermaid Splash attracts people of all ages to Downtown Boynton Beach for a variety of swashbuckling adventures. Visitors, who are encouraged to attend in pirate, mermaid, or other maritime-themed attire, will be immersed into the theme of the festival as they interact with a variety of roaming actors, street performers, and musicians. This is one of the best family-friendly October events in Florida since it transforms the downtown area into a bustling port reminiscent of the Renaissance era.

More information: https://www.bbpiratefest.com/

12th Annual Stone Crab Festival

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When: October 29th – 31st

Where: Downtown Naples

About: The annual Stone Crab Festival is a Naples tradition! This event includes a weekend of food and fun starring the Stone Crab! Enjoy delicious seafood, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, discounted rentals at Pure Naples, and much more. It’s also your chance to explore the shops, sites, and activities in and around the beautiful Naples waterfront area. The party starts Friday, October 29th at 5 pm with the traditional cracking of the first Stone Claw followed by live music at Tin City by Tobacco Road Band. The party continues throughout the weekend!

More information: https://www.stonecrabfestival.com/

45th Annual Pioneer Days Festival

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When: October 23rd and 24th

Where: Lake Wales History Museum

About: Located along the shores of Lake Wales Park, this free community festival features a heritage village that includes dozens of historical demonstrations of pioneer camps and early American trades.  The public is welcome to experience, learn, share and buy hand-crafted goods from more than 60 craft market vendors. The festival honors pioneers from the past and presents an annual recognition award to a notable resident of historical contributions to the community during the festival with community organizations, antique tractors, and cars, live music and entertainment, festival food, beer & wine.  Families can also enjoy the Pumpkin Patch with pumpkins for sale, fall craft stations, old-fashioned games, a corn crib, hay piles, photo station, and face painting.

More information: https://www.lakewalesfl.gov/782/Pioneer-Days-Festival

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51st Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival

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When: October 16th at 10:00 am – October 17th at 5:00 pm

Where: Cedar Key City Park

Hungry for Seafood? Arts & Crafts? Live music on the Gulf? The 51st Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival is back (after its absence due to COVID) with a town expected to be fully energized for a great festival weekend. Organized by the Cedar Key Lions Club, this 51st festival marks over a half-century of great food, entertainment, shopping, and family fun and always one of the best October events in Florida. The Seafood Festival celebrates the area’s fishing heritage, offering two days of fantastic food, a Seafood Festival parade, 2nd Street lined with arts and crafts exhibitors, free live music by local musicians, and family fun on the beautiful old Florida island city of Cedar Key.

More information: https://cedarkey.org/event/51st-annual-cedar-key-seafood-festival/

Don’t miss our favorite things to do in the Cedar Key area: Old Florida Charm: Authentic Cedar Key.

Autumn Art Festival Winter Park

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When: October 9th and 10th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Central Park, Downtown Winter Park

About: The Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is the only juried fine art festival exclusively featuring Florida artists. The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the festival on the second weekend in October each year. The community-oriented sidewalk show presents quality visual art and live entertainment the whole family can enjoy. The festival is held in beautiful Central Park located along historic Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park. Admission is FREE!

More information: https://winterpark.org/autumn-art-festival

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Creekside Music & Arts Festival 2021

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When: October 9th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and October 10th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where: Princess Place Preserve

About: The Creekside Music and Arts Festival, in Palm Coast, is an annual local favorite, filled with bluegrass music, arts and crafts, photo exhibitions, a variety of kid’s activities, and lots to eat and drink. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the hiking and kayak trails at the Preserve, and history buffs will love the historic tours of the lodge. There will be historical demonstrations from a blacksmith, a fur trapper, and a potter. Guests can also explore Princess Lodge and other historic sites. Admission is $10.00 per person per day. Children 12 and under free.

More information: https://www.visitstaugustine.com/event/creekside-music-arts-festival

Check out some of our favorite things to do in this area: 12 Authentic Things to Do on the Palm Coast and Flagler Beaches

Florida Birding & Nature Festival

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When: October 15th – 17th

Where: Manatee Viewing Center – Apollo Beach

About: Experience Central Florida’s peak migration at the best wildlife-watching sites! There will be two days of Zoom broadcast seminars from experts in their fields. Free of charge, the Expo Hall (at the Manatee Viewing Center) will be full of nature organizations, original artwork, and more. After registration, add on a field or boat trip (Fri-Sun) – many will take you to sites not normally accessible to the public – for $25 to $60. Many of the popular trips sell out, so get your tickets early!

More Information: https://www.floridabirdingandnaturefestival.org/

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

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When: October 27th – 31st

Where: 801 Seabreeze Blvd in Fort Lauderdale

About: The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is often called the greatest boat show on the seven seas. Owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and produced by Informa Markets, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is recognized as the largest in-water boat show in the world. Located steps from the beach in sunny South Florida, FLIBS spans nearly 90 acres across three million square feet of exhibit space that is connected by an intricate network of water and ground transportation services. Products range from sunglasses to superyachts and everything in between.

More information: https://www.flibs.com/en/attend/show-overview.html

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Founder’s Week – Brooksville

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When: October 9th – October 16th

Where: Brooksville Main Street

About: A week-long celebration right in the heart of downtown Brooksville! Some of the festivities of this October event in Florida include the naming of this year’s Great Brooksvillian, Cemetery Tours, Lunch & Tours of Chinsegut Historic Site, Mural Tours, Taste of Brooksville, a beard, mustache, and mullet competition, the Inaugural Great Brooksville Games, and even a prominent Founder Look-Alike Contest!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2979161705690849/

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Mount Dora Craft Fair

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When: October 23rd & 24th, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Historic Downtown Mount Dora

About: The downtown streets come alive with more than 400 of the best exhibitors in the country ready to show and sell their fine and fun crafts at the 36th annual event. Festival food, music, beer, and wine tasting for adults and a free kid zone for the kids will round out the event. Ranked #4 in 2019 and #2 in 2020 by Sunshine Artist Magazine in their annual ranking of the Best Classic/Contemporary Craft Festivals in America, the Mount Dora Craft Festival was proud to earn the #1 spot in their 50th anniversary special ranking of ALL Time Favorite events in 2021. 

More information: https://mtdoracraftfair.com/

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Source : https://authenticflorida.com/october-events-florida/

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