28 September . 2017
It's Fall Y all!
Fall in Florida means college football games, temperatures that are just a hint cooler and lots of festivals for the whole family to enjoy. We culled through area event calendars to bring you some of our favorite suggestions!
Hyde Park Village Fall Festival
Hyde Park Village is one of Tampa’s most charming shopping areas. It offers a collection of boutique retailers such as Anthropologie, Kendra Scott, Sur La Table and Pottery Barn along with a few restaurants and a wine shop. The Hyde Park Village Fall Festival kicks off a month-long pumpkin patch in the Village Circle. Enjoy food trucks, live entertainment, games and beer. What’s more, the Festival helps supports High Risk Hope, a non-profit that provides support and encouragement to pregnant women on long-term hospital bed rest and premature infants.
The word “Prost” is the only German you’ll need to know while celebrating Oktoberfest at downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park. This celebration of all things German has grown over the years, and keeps getting better. There will be plenty of beers to choose from, along with traditional German food including brats, schnitzel, sauerbraten (a traditional pot roast) and pretzels. While it may sound like a drink-fest, Oktoberfest is actually family-friendly, with games for kids and adults. Get there by noon if you want to sit at a table.
Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival
October 14-15, 21-22, 28-29
The Hunsader Annual Pumpkin Festival is well worth the drive to Bradenton. This family-run farmer’s market features a petting zoo, crafts and antiques and a gift and ice cream shop throughout much of year. For the last 26 years, the farm has hosted its much-loved pumpkin festival every October. For three weekends, enjoy a great lineup of live bands and entertainment, mazes, games, pony rides and much more at this family-friendly event. Be sure to also pick out your perfect pumpkin from their large pumpkin patch. The price tag can’t be beat – admission is just $10 a person with children under age 12 free. Parking costs $5.
Dade City’s Pioneer Florida Museum is a tribute to the lifestyle and hard work ethic of early Floridians. The Museum’s annual Scarecrow Festival offers fun for the young and young at heart. Visitors have a chance to make a scarecrow of their very own, enjoy carnival games, bounce house and slide and a petting zoo. Mr. Tommy is just one of the entertainers scheduled. He’ll performs two interactive shows with music and dancing, and kids will want to check out the Sheriff’s Mounted Posse. Be sure to head to the pumpkin patch, pick out your favorite gourd and paint it. But leave your pets, coolers, food and drinks at home, as they’re not allowed at the festival. Food and drinks will be available for sale. The event goes on from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is just $5 (cash only) and kids under 5 are free.
John’s Pass Seafood Festival
A seafood may not be your traditional Fall Festival, but who can go wrong with seafood? The ocean’s delicious bounty is definitely the star at this annual festival in historic John’s Pass on Madiera Beach. While much of the seafood is local, some vendors come from as far away as Massachusetts to share their mouthwatering dishes. Food tents are set up throughout the downtown area which is closed off to vehicle traffic. There’s a full schedule of live bands, a host of vendors, and games to keep the kids entertained. On Friday, enjoy a Halloween Block Party and costume contests. Saturday brings a fishing tournament and head out early on Sunday morning to take part in the World’s Largest Bloody Mary Toast. Parking can be tricky, so consider using the free shuttles that are offered. Check out the festival website to plan your trip.
Bexley Fall Festival
Head on over to The Bexley Club as we wind down our Fall Concert for a Cause series with our 1st Annual Fall Festival. Bring the whole family to enjoy an evening of live music and fun. Starting at 5pm, pick out your favorite pumpkin and decorate it on site. Kids can enjoy face painting and there’s even a costume contest with prizes for the winners. Local favorite Eye Candy will get the party started performing hits from Motown to today beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will also be food truck offering a range of selections for purchase. So come out to meet your neighbors and have a ball. The Fall Festival is open to the public.
Wesley Chapel Fall Festival
October 28 and 29
This popular shopping center hosts its annual two-day Fall Festival that brings out the kid in all of us. Carnival rides and games are on the schedule, along with pony rides and bounce houses. Make some free fall crafts or take home a souvenir from the pumpkin patch. Food and other vendors will also be on hand. Saturday’s highlight is the Halloween celebration with Trunk & Treat at 5pm. Throughout the weekend, enjoy the live interactive entertainment for the whole family.
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