Are you looking for things to do in Central Florida this fall? Fall kicks off the beginning of many holiday celebrations, and fall brings an extraordinary variety of things to do, especially the Halloween ones!
Here is your complete guide to all events, activities, and things to do in Central Florida. Get your pumpkin patch on, bring on the scares, trick or treat or attend one of many annual fall events. With over 100 things to do, this is the most comprehensive guide you will find!
Some events are not listed yet simply because they have not published the dates yet or may not host the event this year. I’ll be adding additional events as they become available. If you know of an event or tradition that is not featured here, I would love to add it to the list. Please email over any suggestions, and I will gladly add and link to the event.
Things To Do In Central Florida: Corn Mazes, Farm Festivals, Farms, and Pumpkin Patches
Celebrate fall at this pumpkin patch, complete with a petting zoo, games, crafts, food, and whimsical fun. Wear your best costumes and bring your imagination! Trunk r Treat with our vendors and maybe get a little farm fright!
When: October 10th and 11th
Where: The BackWoods. 7940 Indian house ln Groveland, FL 34736
Cost: $4 in advance and $5 at the door. All proceeds go towards a Fire Fund rebuilding a couple’s lives after a house fire took everything. Get tickets here.
Visit historic downtown Clermont for the 4th Annual Harvest Festival. Explore over 100 vendors and food trucks.
Activities: Free kids’ zone, live music, petting farm, hayrides, hamster ball, pumpkin patch, costume contest, and trunk or treat.
When: October 30th
Where: Montrose Street. 787 West Montrose Street, Clermont
The Fall Festival features live entertainment, rides and games, festival food favorites, crafts, a live and silent auction, and a raffle!
When: Dates TBD
Where: 1020 Montgomery Rd., Altamonte Springs, Florida
Enjoy vendors, face painting, bounce houses, pumpkin decorating, food trucks, and more.
Tip: Combine this with Halloween Lights at Jeater Bend
When: October 10th,
Where: 631 Sycamore St, Celebration, FL 34747
Cost: $5 Cost. Free to Celebration residents and their guests.
Delaney Baptist Church Fall Festival
Delaney Street Baptist Church’s Fall Festival is a great local event that offers food, fun, and crafts.
Where: 1919 Delaney Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806
Annual Fall Festival at the Monday Market hosts a pumpkin patch, hayride, bounce houses, market vendors, food trucks, live music, and more.
Where: 9055 Northlake Parkway, Orlando, Florida 32827
Cost: Free, but activities cost extra.
The third annual Fall Festival at The Rock for a great time of fun, fellowship, food, and activities! The following day we will be celebrating The Rock’s 20th anniversary of ministry to Central Florida.
Activities: Food trucks, bounce houses, face painting, raffles, line dancing, and more
Where: 6641 W State Road 46, Sanford, FL
On the first Saturday of each month, visit the Pioneer Settlement for entertainment and fun for the entire family. Free Music Lessons and Jam sessions every first Saturday with membership or paid admission.
Activities: Informal music jams, free workshops, and food.
Where: 1776 Lightfoot Lane, Barberville, Florida 32105
Cost: $6 or free with a membership
Are you interested in Square Dancing? Barberville hosts Square Dancing every Friday Evening in the School House Auditorium by the Wrangler Country Squares.
- Beginner classes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.,
- Club dance – Square, Round, & Line Dancing 7:30 to 9:30.
- Non-dancing visitors are always welcome at no charge. $5 per person / Free Refreshments
Horsepower Ranch Pumpkin Festival
At Horsepower Ranch, autumn is the time for harvest and celebration. There’s something for every member of your family: horse-drawn wagon rides, Clydesdales. Pick-your-own pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, Vendors, Bounce Houses, crafters, face-painting, unicorns, music, Luau Show by Aloha Productions on Sunday with a huge car and truck show on Sunday, and so much more. One of the most extensive pumpkin patches in central Florida.
- Pony Ride: 5 Tickets
- Face Painter: 5 Tickets
- Bounce House: 2 Tickets
- Petting Zoo (Per Person): 3 Tickets
- Hayrides (Per Person): 5 Tickets
- Arts & Crafts: 5 Tickets
- Train Rides: 3 Tickets
- Clydesdales Wagon Rides (Per Person): 7 Tickets
Tickets cost $1 each.
Where: 280 Campbell Ranch Run, Geneva, Florida 32732
- $5.00 per person (Kids 10 and Under Free)
- Car Show Participants Entre Fee: $10.00 (plus admission fees for each person)
- Free Admission for Police, Fire, Active Military, and First Responders
Lake Catherine Farms is a family-owned and operated U-Pick blueberry and blackberry farm located in Groveland, FL. In addition to U-Pick blueberries and blackberries, they also have pre-picked berries, ice cream, raw honey, homemade jams, baked goods, blueberry lemonade, and much more.
Lake Catherine Farms offers several fall events.
When: Varies, check site.
Where: 5849 Lake Catherine Road Groveland, Florida 34736
Family fun activities and photograph opportunities galore. Or, shop for the perfect pumpkin and all your fall landscaping needs.
- Picture Perfect Pumpkin Patch (Pumpkins for sale)
- Pumpkin Painting
- Horse & Pony Rides
- Bounce Houses
- Dunk Tank
- Face Painting
- Food Trucks
- Live Music
- Guest appearance from a 9-foot-tall, friendly Scarecrow
Where: 1909 Slavia Road, Oviedo, FL 32765
Cost: Admission and parking for the festival are free. Tickets are required for most activities and can be purchased at the event ticket booth. $1 per ticket.
This non-scary Halloween event includes free hayrides throughout the evening; a costume contest for babies to age 4 (with parent), ages 5 – 8, and ages 9 – 16; games; a bonfire and marshmallow roast; and lots more fun!
Where: Magnolia Park, 2929 S Binion Rd, Apopka, Florida 32703
Cost: $3 per child and free for adults.
A favorite with the locals and UCF fans on the east side of town. Painted Oaks offers an inexpensive family day out. When my nephew was younger and still interested in riding ponies, we used to visit here annually. Painted Oaks now offers the Orlando Corn Maze!
- Food, Music, Dancing
- Pumpkins for Sale
- Train Rides $5 Kids only.
- Pony Rides $5 Kids 3yrs min
- Hayrides $5 Everyone
- Corn Maze is $12 for adults and $10 for kids
Where: 15100 Lake Pickett Rd Orlando, FL 32820
Cost: Free entry and free parking
A family-friendly time to create a unique pumpkin for Halloween!
Join Pumpkin Master Joe Yakovetic, with over 14 years of pumpkin work. Joe has appeared on Halloween Wars! Season 5, Access Hollywood Telemundo, Hollywood Today Live! Family & Home and Disneyland, as well as other venues. You will learn a few techniques on pumpkin selection, preparation, carving, decorating, and preservation.
Bring your pumpkin(s), and be ready to pick from an assortment of images to transfer to your pumpkin and let the creative juices flow!
Tools and materials are provided and available for purchase.
Where: Leu Gardens, Orlando
Cost: $15 – $20
A traditional Pumpkin Patch. Proceeds will go to the children and youth ministries of Trinity Baptist Church to offset the cost of mission trips, camps, etc.
Where: Trinity Baptist Church, 1022 S Orange Blossom Trail, Apopka, FL 32703
Santa’s Forest is bursting with fun. In the fall, A Lot of Pumpkins pumpkin patch opens with tons of activities.
- Pumpkin patch and pumpkin carving.
- The Magical Maze has thirteen scary monster pictures hidden throughout. Find them all, and win a prize!
- Horse and pony rides
- Bounce pillow
- Giant slide
- Barrel cart rides
- Mazes and the play area are open continuously during fall hours.
Dare to fly through the sky on the 400 feet long zip line or the junior zip line just 200 feet long.
Jack’s Barnyard animals are ready to welcome you to the farm. When you are finished, take a jump in the Black Cat Haystack, race some rubber duckies and dig for real shark’s teeth at Shark Tooth Beach!
Santa’s Workshop is stocked with cute and scary Halloween decorations and toys. Visit the attractions and concessions pages to learn more.
Pumpkins from Ohio and New York are fresh-picked and then displayed in a shaded lot to help preserve their freshness. A pumpkin carving table is available to carve a Jack-o-Lantern at the farm and leave the mess with us, and carving tools may be purchased from any cashier.
Where: 35317 Huff Rd., Eustis, FL 32736
Cost: General admission is $3 to $6. This covers everyone to go on the hayride, visit the petting zoo animals, and visit the pumpkin patch. An optional wristband can be purchased for additional kids’ activities.
Pumpkins are priced by size, and most range between $3 and $12.
The oldest corn maze in all of Florida!
Good old-fashioned fall fun to be had here! Get lost in acres of sprawling corn mazes, or enjoy the festivities!
- Corn Maze
- Pumpkin patch, corn maze, tractor-pulled hayrides, face painting, inflatables, jumping pillow, fishing, concessions
Where: 26216 County Rd. 448A, Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Cost: Everyone must purchase a general admission wristband to enter the farm’s back, where all the activities are located. Even if you do not want to participate in the activities, you will need to purchase an admission wristband to be admitted to the farm.
- Kids 3 and under – free
- Kids (4 through 16) – $12.00 (All kids must be with a paying adult)
- Adults (17 & older) – $12.00
Maze admission includes; both Corn Mazes, the permanent Tree Maze, Rope Maze, Labyrinth, Mist Maze, Super Slide, Jumping Pillow, Small Kids Zip Line, Huge Fort-like playground, Tot Lot, Sand Tires, Tether Ball, other games, and covered picnic areas.
Additional Charge for:
- Hayrides $4.00
- Fishing for Kids $2.00
The Pumpkin Patch and hay maze open in October. A variety of pumpkins can be purchased from the Pumpkin Patch. Adults and children will enjoy finding their way through the hay maze. Take your time and enjoy the animal jokes you will find in the maze.
Fall Fun Nights:
Enjoy a night hayride, take a “Walk on the Wildside,” where you will see owls and other nocturnal animals. Visit the “Creepy Crawly Barn” for a close encounter with reptilian wonders. Find your way through the hay maze if you can.
Activities: Farm, pumpkin patch, reptiles, animals, and mazes.
Where: 2713 Griffin Avenue, Lady Lake, Florida 32159
Cost: $10 for special events
Things To Do In Central Florida: Festivals & Events
The Annual Harvest Moon Dinner was presented by Heritage Park and the Sanford Historic Trust. Show off your tablescaping skills and mingle with Sanford’s great community.
This year’s theme is: If you can bring one person to dinner, dead or alive, who would be the dinner guest of your dreams?
Is it your Grandmother with the best meatball recipe since the ’90s? Good. Bring her! Is it a local celebrity? Good. Bring them! What about the historical figure or international celebrity that you aspire to be? Good, dress it up. We want to see it all. We want to see you breaking bread with new friends, old friends, and the mysterious dinner guest of your dreams. We will provide the table, chairs, entertainment, and ambiance in our beautiful Magnolia Square. You set the table and invite your guests.
Where: Magnolia Street and 2nd Street – Downtown Sanford
Cost: $160 for a table of 8
Central Florida Veg Fest is an exciting day of colorful and educational exhibits and activities! Veg Fest is a family-friendly, dog-friendly, alcohol-free, and smoke-free event. Veg Fest, now in its 15th year, is one of the biggest and best vegan festivals in the country!
Where: Orlando Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson Street, Orlando, FL 32803
This of this is the Tour De Mount Dora. Attracting over 1,000 cyclists of all ages, riding one or more of the sixteen routes.
Activities: Cycling, food, and festivities
Where: Mount Dora
Alive After 5, Sanford
Alive After 5 (AA5) is Central Florida’s largest recurring monthly street party in Historic Downtown Sanford. Festival-goers come to celebrate the community and local artistry and to partake in an evening of music, food, craft beers, and shopping.
Activities: Oktoberfest-themed street party
Where: Downtown Sanford
Another carnival-themed fall festival.
Activities: Carnival, rides, face painting, food
Where: 3280 W. 1st St. (SR46), Sanford FL 32771
Cost: Free, rides additional.
Back to Nature Wildlife Refugee’s Owloween
The 6th annual Owloween at Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge is an action-packed event that benefits wildlife. This place, once located on East Colonial, holds a special place in my heart. I’ve personally been many times. To take in injured wildlife, to view the wildlife, and to donate.
- Over 30 food, market, and craft vendors!
- A costume contest, trick or treating at the vendor booths, bounce house, face painting,
- Home Depot workshop and critter companion “stuffed animal” adoptions.
- Grab your lawn chairs and enjoy the live band, Blackout Dayz
- Meet some not-so-spooky creatures of the night like our resident owls, Lockhart and Luna.
- Win big at our raffle tables!
- And don’t forget to stop by our Witches’ Kitchen to satisfy your sweet cravings!
Where: Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge
10525 Clapp Simms Duda Road, Orlando, FL 32832
Cost: All proceeds benefit the wildlife of Back to Nature. Admission is free for all event activities. If you choose to participate in the Wildlife Walk, it’s $5/donation per person for Wildlife Walk or purchase an annual family pass for just $30
Enjoy a variety of live blues music by top-class performers on the outdoor stage. Get ready for a major Clash of the BBQ Titans! Some of the nation’s top BBQ Rib Competitors from all around the country compete in an epic battle for the top spot as the Lakeridge Winery “Rib Champion.”
Activities: Live blues music, BBQ competition, food, wine, and beer, along with complimentary winery tours and wine tasting.
Where: 19239 U.S. 27 North, Clermont, Florida 34715
Cost: Adult Admission – $10, Children 12 and under – free
Even if motorcycles are not your thing, Biketoberfest is something everyone needs to experience at least once. Thousands of bikes will be roar across Daytona, and many special events take place, ranging from concerts to contests!
Activities: Shows, live music, scenic rides, vendors, and more.
Where: Volusia countywide. Hubs include Main Street, Beach Street, and events at Daytona International Speedway.
Bok Tower Gardens
Bok Tower Gardens has offered some of Florida’s most remarkable experiences to more than 23 million visitors since 1929. The Gardens offer unparalleled opportunities for artistic, cultural, personal, and spiritual enrichment. At Bok Tower Gardens, there is something to discover for visitors of all ages. Bok Tower Gardens has an impressive lineup for Fall. And guess what? We will be visiting this beautiful garden in September, so be on the lookout for more coming to Bok Tower Gardens.
If you have never visited Bok Tower Gardens, fall is the time. The weather will be more relaxed, and there is so much going on!
Photo Courtesy of Bok Tower Gardens
Fridays in September. 2-5 P.M. Stop by The Shop at Bok each Friday in September for a complimentary sample of Florida Orange Groves Winery wines and a cocktail that incorporates one of Floral Elixir Co. floral essences. Stop by the Blue Palmetto Café to try new menu offerings.
Smithsonian Museum Day Live:
Sept 21. Enjoy free general admission with a downloaded voucher from http://www.smithsonianmag.com
Discover Drumming Introduction:
Sept 28. 1-3 P.M. Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT is the world’s first structured learning program using music, psychology, and neurobiology to reconnect with others and ourselves. The name DRUMBEAT is an acronym for Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes, and Thoughts. Participants from ages 10 to 100 will enjoy personal growth and insight while drumming on djembe drums through this DRUMBEAT program. No previous drumming experience is necessary. Registration required, included with general admission or membership.
Sept 29. 9-11 P.M. Restorative Yoga provides students the opportunity to “fully rest” while opening the body through a variety of supported poses, meditation, and breathwork that encourage deep relaxation—$ 30 members/$37 non-members.
Tuesdays, Oct 1-Nov 19. 4-5 P.M. Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT is the world’s first structured learning program using music, psychology, and neurobiology to reconnect with others and ourselves. The name DRUMBEAT is an acronym for Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes, and Thoughts. Participants from ages 10 to 100 will enjoy personal growth and insight while drumming on djembe drums through this DRUMBEAT program. No previous drumming experience is necessary. Registration required, included with general admission or membership.
Yoga for Every Body
Thursdays, Oct 3- Nov 14. 8:30-9:30 A.M. This Hatha yoga class will follow a core sequence of held postures combined with breathwork. Learn to listen to your body and modify postures as needed. Participants of all adult ages, shapes, and abilities will gain strength, balance, and serenity in this Hatha Yoga class Registration is required, free with admission.
Road Trip To The Gardens: Kansas City:
Oct 5. 12-2:30 P.M. Enjoy live music with the Rusty Wright Trio on the Blue Palmetto Café Terrace. The concert included general admission or membership. Compliment your live music experience by digging into Chef Fulwood’s baby back ribs with Kansas City BBQ sauce, macaroni & cheese, and coleslaw. The meal is $20 per person, plus tax. Members receive a 10% discount.
Edward Bok Birthday Concert:
Oct 9. 1 P.M. & 3 P.M. Celebrate Edward Bok’s gift of gratitude to America on his birthday. Included with general admission or membership.
Road Trip To The Gardens: New Orleans:
Oct 12. 12-2:30 P.M. Enjoy live music with the Jazz Phools on the Blue Palmetto Café Terrace. The concert included general admission or membership. Let the good times roll with an authentic “Po Boy” sandwich stuffed with fresh shrimp and remoulade sauce, homemade French fries, and a special dipping sauce. The meal is $20 per person, plus tax. Members receive a 10% discount.
Garden Cocktail Party:
Oct 12. 4:30-5:30 P.M. Join 3x-Food Network champion and creator of Grilled Cheese Social, MacKenzie Smith, and Florida native food expert and Yaupon Brothers American Tea founder Bryon White, for a charismatic cocktail hour at Bok Tower Gardens. Enjoy recipes inspired by foraging Florida plants and the subtropical essence of the Sunshine State. $10 members/non-members $25.
Oct 15. 5:30-6:30 P.M. Join Buffy La Roux as she guides participants inward in this meditation experience incorporating a blend of energy and relaxation modalities, such as crystal bowls, Reiki, positive affirmations themed guided meditation. This is a time to relax and receive. Bring a mat and or blanket. Optional items that may enhance your experience are water, journal, pillow, and eye mask—$ 25 members/$35 non-members.
Rootstock Plant & Garden Festival:
Duke Energy powers it: Oct 19. 8 A.M – 5 P.M. Shop, the area’s most massive plant sale, featuring live entertainment, activities, food vendors, craft beer & wine garden, and more. Free admission, $10 parking for non-members.
Flower Essences Class:
Oct 23. 12-1 P.M. Flowers spread their beauty and aroma. They can soothe and inspire us. Garden Educator Stephen Kane will share how to capture the essence of flowers as we make and take home the beauty of flower essences. $10 members/$20 non-members.
Farm to Table Dinner with Chef Amy Freeze “The Great Pumpkin”
Oct 24. 6-8 P.M. Join World Food Championships Chef Amy Freeze in the Outdoor Kitchen for dinner celebrating everything pumpkin. Enjoy pumpkin hummus, pumpkin & ginger scones, roasted pumpkin salad, pumpkin risotto with cider-braised chicken, pumpkin & dark chocolate tarts with caramel seafoam candy, and a creamy pumpkin cocktail with Rumchata. The meal is served with flavored tea, water, seasonal craft beers, and wine—$ 50 members/$60 non-members.
Bok After Dark “The 60’s”:
Oct 25. 5-8 P.M. Experience live music on the Terrace with The Blue Roosters from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M., followed by a 7:30 P.M. carillon concert with Geert D’hollander. Included with general admission or membership. Blue Palmetto Café and The Shop at Bok will be open with dining and shopping specials. For purchase-including Chef, Fulwood’s Beef Bourguignon featuring tender chunks of sirloin and a rich stew served in a freshly baked bread bowl. The meal is complete with a fresh garden salad dressed with zinfandel vinaigrette. The Meal is $20 per person, plus tax. Members receive a 10% discount.
Revitalize Your Life, Renew Your Energy Balance and Reclaim Your Health:
Oct 26. 9:30 A.M. -1:30 P.M. Join Kelly Andrews, HeartMath Trainer and Wellness Coach, Debbie Zimmerman, Food for Life Instructor and Health Coach, in an energizing day of lifestyle activities that will help you reclaim your youthfulness. Learn how stress management techniques, such as meditation, yoga, and mindfulness can improve your health in multiple ways. Hear how whole-food, plant-based nutrition will help reduce chronic disease and inflammation. Participants will enjoy a deliciously prepared meal to nourish from the inside out—$ 55 members/$70 non-members.
Create Your Own Beauty Care Products:
Oct 26. 10 A.M. -12:00 P.M. Join herbalist Debbie Krause and learn to make herbal infused salves. Know all the ingredients that go on your skin as you make a multipurpose skincare salve just for you to take home. $25 members/ $32 members.
Fall Walking Tours:
Nov 1-30. Mon-Sat noon & 2 P.M. and Sun 2 P.M. Walking tours of the Gardens start at the Visitor Center. Free with general admission or membership.
Basics of Growing Orchids:
Nov 2. 10:30 A.M. -12 P.M. Learn about the basics of growing and keeping orchids with Dr. Larry Apotheker, owner of Buddha’s Garden. Explore the different types of orchids, light requirements, potting medium, fertilizing, watering, when and how to divide and when and how to report, what to look for when buying orchids, and common diseases to treat them best—$ 15 members/$25 non-members.
Yaupon Tea Revival and Florida AG Survival:
Nov 2. 2-4 P.M. For thousands of years, the Yaupon Holly tree was a central part of Native American culture in Florida. The caffeinated plant was revered and worshiped for its stimulating and purifying qualities and was later exported to Europe and consumed as tea by early Americans but eventually faded into obscurity. Could a Yaupon Tea revival equal Florida’s agriculture survival? Explore Yaupon’s history in the American South and delve into Yaupon Holly’s prospects as an alternative native crop for Florida farmers. Free for members/ $15 non-members.
Fall Into the Gardens Wine Walk:
Nov 2. 2-5 P.M. Sip and stroll through the Gardens while enjoying ten carefully curated wines from around the world and light nibbles at each stop. $25 members/$35 non-members. Enjoy an exclusive after-party from 5 P.M.-7 P.M. with live music from Free Whiskey Band, a dinner special, and shopping. Experience the thrill of the grill at the after-party with Chef Fulwood’s filet mignon, special recipe macaroni & cheese, and roasted vegetables. The meal is $25 per person, plus tax. Members receive a 10% discount.
Tea Time At Book Tower Gardens:
Nov 6. 12-1 P.M., Join Garden Educator Stephen Kane to learn about delicious teas right in your backyard! The class includes samples of teas that grow here at Bok Tower Gardens. $5 members/$15 non-member.
Italian Food: Flavors and Fascinating Facts:
Nov 8. 5:30-7:00 P.M. Join us for a historical snapshot of insects’ role in Italian history and a peek at Modena’s gastronomical traditions. As part of the lecture and culinary sampling experience, the University of Florida professors Phillip Kaufman and Jennifer L. Gillett-Kaufman will discuss the production process of two typical Italian products: Lambrusco and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena. $15 members/$25 non-members.
Gentle Yoga and Crystal Bowls:
Nov 9. 10-11:30 A.M., Most humans are operating from the fight, flight, or freeze system. This class is designed to stimulate the rest and digest system through familiarity, repetition, and sensory anchors. Instructors Jody Reece and Buffy La Roux will conduct most of the class on the floor with a few standing and balancing poses accompanied by the soothing sounds of crystal bowls and other sweet sounds. $35 members/$45 non-members.
Brunch in the Gardens:
Nov 10. 11 A.M. -1 P.M. Join Chef Matt Fulwood and the Blue Palmetto Café team for a delicious meal in the Outdoor Kitchen. Enjoy Chef Fulwood’s twist on eggs benedict along with two new unique chef-prepared creations, unlimited scrambled eggs, bacon, waffle bar, fresh fruit, coffee, and bottomless Florida’s Natural mimosas! $40 members/$47 non-members. Kids ages 5-12 $15 and kids five and under free.
The Transit of Mercury:
Nov 11. 8 A.M.- 1 P.M. Join astronomers on the Oval Lawn for a rare astronomy event. Mercury, our solar system’s smallest and innermost planet, will transit across the face of the sun. This happens only 13 – 14 times in a century. The next occurrence will not be until November 13, 2032, so do not miss this planetary event! Included with general admission or membership.
Veterans Day Concert:
Nov 11. 1 P.M. & 3 P.M. A musical salute of gratitude. Free admission is offered to all military branches; active, retired, and disabled veterans with valid ID. It included general admission or membership.
Planting to Attract Pollinators in Your Yard:
Nov 13. 12-1 P.M. Want to attract more pollinators to your garden? Join us to learn about which flowers to plant to get those bees, birds, butterflies, and other pollinators flying to your garden! Included with general admission or membership.
Farm to Table Dinner with Chef Amy Freeze “The Bounty-Fall Harvest”:
Nov 14. 6-8:00 P.M. Join World Food Championship Chef Amy Freeze in the Outdoor Kitchen for dinner celebrating the fall harvest. Enjoy autumn quinoa salad, sausage & kale sweet potato gnocchi, pecan pie bread pudding, and cider-rum punch. The meal is served with flavored tea, water, seasonal craft beers, and wine—$ 50 members/$60 non-members.
Bok After Dark “Rock The Bok”:
Nov 15. 5- 8 P.M. Experience live music with Free Whiskey Band on the Terrace from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M., followed by a 7:30 P.M. carillon concert with Geert D’hollander. Included with general admission or membership. The Blue Palmetto Café and The Shop at Bok will be open with dining and shopping specials for purchase, including Chef Fulwood‘s TACOS – choice of three tacos (pork belly, chicken, or barbacoa) – with Spanish rice, chips, and his world-famous salsa! The meal is $20 per person, plus tax. Members receive a 10% discount.
Edible Plank Hike: Wild Edible Plants of Florida:
Nov 15. 4:30-5:30 P.M. Hike the Pine Ridge Preserve trail as we discover Florida native plants and learn the many ways that they are edible or useful to humans. Included with general admission or membership.
Holiday Gourd Ornament Workshop:
Nov 16. 2-4 P.M. Hard-shell gourds have been used for centuries by native populations to create beautiful utensils, musical instruments, and art. In the last decade, they have become very popular as a contemporary art form. You will have the opportunity to create a gourd art piece in this workshop. This project uses ink for the color; gloves will be provided. Old clothes or work apron recommended—$ 17 members/$30 non-members.
Road Trip To The Gardens: Nashville:
Nov 16. 12-2:30 P.M. Enjoy live music with Nicole Equerme on the Blue Palmetto Café Terrace. The concert included general admission or membership. Enjoy a meal filled with southern decadence as the Blue Palmetto team prepares a Nashville favorite! Dig into a hot honey fried chicken with collard greens, mashed potatoes, and a homemade biscuit with butter. The meal is $20 per person, plus tax. Members receive a 10% discount.
Nov 19. 5:30-6:30 P.M. Join Buffy La Roux as she guides participants inward in this meditation experience incorporating a blend of energy and relaxation modalities, such as crystal bowls, Reiki, positive affirmations themed guided meditation. This is a time to relax and receive. Bring a mat and or blanket. Optional items that may enhance your experience are water, journal, pillow, and eye mask—$ 25 members/$35 non-members.
Nov 23. 10 A.M. -12:00 P.M. Learn how to create a unique holiday décor using palm fronds. All materials are provided—$ 15 members/$30 non-members.
Pop-Up Make & Take Workshop “Succulents For the Holidays”:
Nov 23. 12-4 P.M. Stop by The Shop at Bok and make a holiday ornament that incorporates succulents and air plants’ natural beauty. The choice of plant material determines the cost of ornament.
Holidays At Hommock Hallow “Discover Florida Cranberry”:
Nov 23. 10 A.M. – 12 P.M. Families will learn more about the Roselle plant, also known as Florida Cranberry, with a Roselle tea tasting and tie-dye art activity at Doodlebug Art Place. It is included in general admission, free for members.
Holidays at Bok Tower Gardens Featuring The Holiday Home Tour:
Nov 29- Jan 5. Celebrate 25 Years of Holiday Home Tour magic and experience Pinewood Estate wholly transformed into a holiday showplace. Enjoy festive carillon concerts at 1 P.M. & 3 P.M., seasonal holiday foliage, and a full schedule of events and holiday programming. Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate open 10 AM. – 5 P.M. Admission to the Gardens and Pinewood Estate Holiday Home Tour is $25 adult, $12 (child aged 5-12).
Thanksgiving Day Carillon Concert:
Nov 28. 1 P.M. & 3 P.M. Experience Edward Bok’s
When: Now through January
Where: Bok Tower Gardens 1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales, Florida 33853
Cost: Varies based on membership and specific events. Check the event listing for particular functions.
Join Eatonville celebrating Fall with local artists, craft vendors, live music, attractions, local vendors. Storytellers, and so much more! Right here in the historic Town of Eatonville.
I have a soft spot for Eatonville and its history. I spent 15 plus years commuting through this neighborhood. I enjoyed many meals here; I love the one-person show post office and the rejuvenation this community is experiencing.
- DJ/ Music
- Kids’ Corner
- Food trucks
- Historic Trail Tour
Where: 100 E Kennedy Blvd Eatonville, FL 32751
Cost: Free – $1 Raffle tickets to win gifts created by local artists and craft vendors.
It’s the great fairy migration happening at beautiful Leu Gardens this summer! Explore the 50-acre gardens to find where the fairies live. This whimsical exhibit will feature 20 “New” one-of-a-kind fairy doors, which will inspire your child’s imaginative world of mythical forests and secret gardens. All you must do is find these beautiful doors and let your child’s creativity do the rest.
Where: Leu Gardens, Orlando
Cost: Admission to the Enchanted Fairy Doors Exhibit is included in the daytime garden admission: $10 adult, $5 child (ages 4 – 17 years). Leu Gardens’ Members and all children three years of age and younger receive free admission.
This Oviedo two-day Halloween Festival for all ages.
- Spooky mansion slide
- Carnival games
- Carnival rides
Where: Oviedo Amphitheatre & Cultural Center. 299 Center Lake Lane Oviedo, FL 32765
Cost: $5 – $10 depending on when purchased. Wristbands will cover the inflatables and swan boat rides. Separate tickets will be sold for Carnival Games and Carnival Rides.
Are you getting married any time soon? Orlando is home to the Florida Bridal & Wedding Expo for all your wedding needs!
- Fashion shows and live music
- Spectacular bridal fashion shows and live DJ and band demos take place throughout the day.
- Meet with fantastic wedding companies
- An incredible selection of wedding professionals is on hand to help you select what you need.
- Cash prizes and giveaways
- Best of all: there are fabulous cash prizes and giveaways
Where: Orange County Convention Center 9800 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Cost: Admission is free with online registration or $10 at the door.
Learn to dig and see what you can discover in Florida!
Where: Central Florida Fairgrounds 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando
Cost: $1 – $4
This is an hour-long guided historical tour of the Wonder House that covers three floors. Keep in mind that this is a private home, and you will see rooms in various states of restoration and construction- not all rooms have been completed. On this tour, you will learn about Conrad Schuck- the man who built the house, the gadgets and inventions he incorporated, the house’s history, and the current restoration process. All while in the Halloween theme!
Where: Wonder House, 1075 E Mann Rd, Bartow, FL 33830, USA
Cost: $20. Get tickets here.
Never been to Bartow before? There is a lot more to see and do than you would expect!
The Images of Sanford Calendar are here! This is the Sanford Historic Trust’s annual calendar reveal event. This free calendar is organized by the Sanford Historic Trust and paid for by sponsorship, in which 100% of the money raised is reinvested into the cost of making and printing calendars to help promote our community.
Thank you to the Title Sponsors for making this possible: City of Sanford, FL Government, CPH, My Sanford Herald, and Tuffy’s Bottle Shop & Lounge!
Sanford’s Images will be introducing the 13 black and white photos selected to appear in the Images of the Sanford calendar. Come and meet the photographers. Advance copies of the schedule will be available.
Light refreshments will be served at the reception!
Where: Jeanine Taylor Folk Art. 211 E 1st St, Sanford, Florida 32771
Orlando’s premier outdoor art exhibition invites more than 1,000 artists and performers to the heart of the city, including interactive shows, art installations, and live performances.
The event takes place on Orange Ave, south of Central, to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Also, on Pine St and Church St. east and west of Orange. The event also utilizes Chase Plaza (where the movie theater is).
Cost: $10 and up depending on date and ticket type
Jazz’n Blues Concert
A fantastic outdoor concert in the gardens. Stroll from band to band or hang out in your favorite area of the gardens. Pack a dinner picnic of your favorite foods and bring seating; alcohol is permitted.
- Robert Harris Groups (jazz)
- Beautiful Bobby Blackmon Band (blues)
- Aloma (blues)
Where: Leu Gardens Orlando
Cost: Tickets can be purchased in the Gardens Gift Shop or online. Sales tax and online fees apply.
- Advance Admission Ticket$15 per person
- Leu Gardens Member Only Advance Admission Ticket $10 per person.
(Only Leu Members may purchase up to 4 tickets per valid Leu membership at the member discount before event day. Membership number required. Not applicable to AHS or any Reciprocal Garden)
- Day of Admission Ticket, $20 per person for everyone
The 44th annual Longwood Fall Festival is excited to announce the event’s rebranding, formerly known as the Longwood Arts Festival. The festival features a free kid zone, great food, live entertainment, and more than 150 vendors.
Where: Downtown Longwood, FL 32750
Visitors can see and buy gems, beads, metaphysical stones, and other items during this annual showcase by the Central Florida Mineral and Gem Society.
Activities: Demonstrations, auctions, kids’ table, slice mining for gems, and hourly door prizes.
Where: FL National Guard Armory. 2809 Fern Creek Ave., Orlando, Florida 32806, United States
Cost: $5 for adults, $2 for students or under 16.
Mount Dora Craft Fair
Throughout this historical community, the streets come alive with more than 400 talented crafters & artists from all over the country. All display and offer to sell their most beautiful works to the more than 100,000+ visitors expected to attend this two-day event. Plus, there’s food and entertainment to round out a perfect day outdoors. One of Central Florida’s favorite festivals, and what an ideal time of the year to host a craft fair with the cooler weather and the holidays just around the corner.
Where: Mount Dora
The Mount Dora Seafood Festival is a “Rain-or-Shine” event! Bring your umbrella just in case. Two days of fresh seafood, more than 100 exhibitors on hand with specialty food items, and more. This family-friendly event will feature live music all weekend and a free concert on Saturday evening.
Where: Mount Dora
Enjoy a movie outdoors – The Others. You may bring a dinner picnic basket and seating. Alcohol is permitted. This movie is rated PG13. Under 13 years of age requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Where: Leu Gardens, Orlando
Cost: $6 adult, $3 child (4-17 years of age), Leu Members receive free admission, Membership Card and ID required.
Nativity Catholic Church Fall Festival
Nativity Catholic Church hosts several different fall-themed festivals for the whole family to enjoy!
- Festival Bling Boutique
- Fall Festival Silent Auction
- Fall Festival Plant Tent
- Festival Car Show
Where: 3255 N. Ronald Reagan Blvd, Longwood, FL 32750
Called “One of the unique theater troupes in the country.” by Good Day Atlanta and direct from its ongoing sold-out performances in multiple cities and states,
Phantasmagoria is proud to present its 10th Anniversary main stage installment of their long-running critically acclaimed series PHANTASMAGORIA X “Reckoning.” Bringing their unique brand of “Whimsical Macabre” terrors to the Halloween Season!
With the ongoing critically acclaimed success of the past decade of the main stage and touring shows, events, and appearances – the brand-new PHANTASMAGORIA X “Reckoning” thunders on to the stage with all-new stories; of terror! Live performers, “Fantastical” dance, explosive stage combat, puppetry, projections, and haunting storytelling combine to create a tapestry of macabre and whimsical horror!
Photo Courtesy of Phantasmagoria
Join Phantasmagoria’s evocative troupe of storytellers, dancers, and chorus as they embark on their all-new dark journeys through literary tales of terror, horrific folk stories, legends, and myths. From the terror of a beast hidden deep within in “The Horla,” to the Penny Dreadful horrors of “Sawney Beane,” and from the imaginations of the Brothers Grimm, Edgar Allan Poe, and much, MUCH more! Phantasmagoria X “Reckoning” is sure to set the tone for a genuinely Phantasmagorical Halloween season!
It is recommended for children eight and up.
Where: John & Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center – 812 E Rollins St, Orlando, Florida 32803
Cost: $15 – $40
The holidays are fast approaching, and the Sanford Historical Trust celebrates the thirty-first anniversary of its annual Holiday Tour of Homes. Experience Historic Living in real life.
Where: Sanford Residential Historic District Sanford, Florida 32771
Cost: $30; tickets go on sale in October.
A carnival-themed festival for all ages! Professional Amusements provided by Carol Stream Amusements.
- Food court with plenty of carnival favorites to offer
- Daily cash bingo
- 50/50 drawing
- Nightly music & entertainment
- College and professional sports on TV in the beer garden
- Beer garden with beer & wine
Where: 5129 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando Florida
Cost: Free admission, parking $5 on-site, or free park at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and Chain of Lakes Middle School. Carnival rides require the purchase of a wristband.
Spooky Skate is open to everyone, and skaters are encouraged to wear a costume and save $1 off Cost! Spooky Skate includes ice skating, “spooky” music, a costume contest, candy, games, and fun.
Where: RDV Sportsplex, Orlando
Cost: $12.50, which includes ice skate rentals.
Florida’s Premier Horror Convention. Spooky Empire has been delivering the best sights, sounds, and screams to Halloween lovers since 2003. The event features an enormous room of vendors, a film and tattoo festival, music, celebrity speakers, and more to satiate even the most diehard aficionados of the spooky season!
Activities: Horror convention featuring lighting, music, celebrities, and vendors.
Where: Tampa Convention Center
Cost: $20 to $250 depending on which days and the number of days. See ticket prices here.
Two beautiful days of Steampunk and entertainment featuring Travelers from all over the globe -Steampunk Celtic Conundrum. You are encouraged to dress in your best Steampunk outfit and spend the day with us. Renninger’s has an impressive lineup of entertainment and vendors. Admission is free, the food is excellent, and Celtic Conundrum is looking forward to playing at Renninger’s Steampunk Fest!
Activities: Antique fairs and extravaganzas.
Where: Renninger’s Florida Twin Markets 20651 US-441Mount Dora, FL 32757
If you have questions about the fest itself, we will try to answer or check out their page at Renninger’s Flea Market and Antique Center.
Come on out to one of the biggest and exciting venues ever! Steampunk Festival at Renninger’s If you have not been, this is your chance to see a whole different and extraordinary world of “what if.” Check out Renninger’s site for even more details!
Four days or unlimited fall festival fun!
Activities: Rummage sale, bake sale, live music, face painting, rides
Where: 700 Brown Chapel Rd, Saint Cloud, Florida 34769
Cost: Free rides require a ticket purchase.
The Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is the only juried fine art festival exclusively featuring Florida artists. 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.
Where: Central Park, Downtown Winter Park
The Winter Park Community Festival is an excellent opportunity for you to connect with our students and community. The event is hosted by Orlando Technical College – Winter Park Campus and the Foundation for Winter Park Tech, Inc.
Where: Orange Technical College Winter Park Campus. 901 West Webster Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789
Cost: $15 and up
Run for your life! A flesh-eating epidemic is coming to the South Florida Fairgrounds. Experience the thrills of being chased by bloodthirsty zombies as you race for your life in this one-of-a-kind run. The creepy all-terrain course is a trail populated by the undead. All skill levels are welcome, so you can run, walk, or crawl your way to the finish line. As the sun sets, the infected will rise. Will you survive?
How it works:
- The race will be chip timed by Accuchip Timing, and we will have awards for the top finishers/survivors.
- Runners: costumes are welcome, but No mask or weapons,
- An adult must accompany children under 18.
- Zombies will NOT contact runners in any way.
- Direct contact between runners and zombies is strictly prohibited. Violators will be asked to leave.
- Water will be available on the course.
- All participants will receive a spooky medal, t-shirt, and Fright Nights tickets.
Where: Coral Sky Amphitheatre. 601-7 Sansbury’s Way West Palm Beach, FL US 33411
Things To Do In Central Florida: Halloween Kids
Avalon Park’s Annual Halloween event includes a costume parade, trick-or-treating, a bounce house, and lots of prizes!
Where: Avalon Park
A family-friendly event that is fun for all ages. “BOO! on Broadway” brings safe, community trick or treating for all to enjoy along with music, performances, and surprises.
The First 200 kids to register online will get a free handmade tote full of goodies!
- Magic show
- Trick or treat
- Scavenger hunt
- Pumpkin carving
Boo on Broadway also hosts the Twilight Ghost Tour of Downtown Kissimmee.
The Osceola County Historical Society presents this twilight Ghost Tour of Downtown Kissimmee. Check the website for more details.
Where: Kissimmee Main Street
Cost: Free, ghost tour additional
Enjoy a variety of Halloween animated short films. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets!
Where: 150 Cranes Roost Blvd. Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Join LGF and friends for fun games, music, face painting, cotton candy, and themed car trunks full of candy.
Activities: Games, trick, or treat.
Where: Landis Graham French PA Parking Lot 145 East Rich Avenue DeLand, FL, 32724
Halloween at Cranes Roost is a community-oriented, door-to-door trick-or-treat alternative for kids brought to you by the City of Altamonte Springs. The event features local businesses sponsoring booths to hand out candy and trinkets to an estimated 15,000 kids. The event kicks off with trick-or-treating around Cranes Roost Lake with live entertainment, followed by costume contests, games, and surprises throughout the event.
- Costume contests
- Live music & dance performances
- Promotional booths for trick or treating
- Kids’ activities
Where: 150 Cranes Roost Blvd. Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
This road in the Town of Celebration is a local favorite that is always on everyone’s list. Most famous for the Christmas lights, the 11 homes that participate have created a spectacular Halloween.
Where: 1033 Jeater Bend Drive Celebration, FL 34747
An Epic Haunted House Experience brought to you by MainStreet DeLand Association and The Rotary Club of DeLand. Haunted Hollow will take place in the Artisan Alley Garage in Downtown DeLand.
With 11 nights to choose from, our Haunted Hollow offers a Mild Side for younger children and a Wild Side for those that dare to be scared.
- MILD SIDE: An interactive, not-so-scary experience designed for children ages 3 to 12. Must be accompanied by a paid adult.
- WILD SIDE: Be afraid. Very afraid. Our Wild Side Haunted House is guaranteed to elicit the best of thrill-seekers and haunt fans.
Where: Artisan Alley Garage. 110 Artisan Alley WayDeLand, FL, 32720
Trick or treat the downtown Historic Sanford! Carnival, prizes, and surprises.
Where: Magnolia Square 150 East First Street Sanford, Florida 32771
Bring the whole family to enjoy trunk-or-treating, food, entertainment, a costume contest for children, carnival-style and inflatable games, and more at this free outdoor event! This year’s event will culminate in a concert featuring St. Luke’s Children, Youth, and Handbell Choirs in the Sanctuary. Everyone is invited to visit the Pumpkin Patch during the event to purchase their pumpkins as well!
Where: 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road Orlando, FL 32819
All trunk-or-treaters are encouraged to bring canned goods (from the list provided) to help Florida families have a happy Thanksgiving. Click here to see the Donation List!
Trick or Treat along Plant Street with the Downtown Merchants. Features live entertainment, local vendors, and family activities! Enjoy a safe night of haunted happenings along downtown Plant Street!
Where: Plant Street, Downtown Winter Garden.
Things To Do In Central Florida: Halloween Adults
This spooky event has been offering haunted trails for guests to walk through special themed nights for over ten years. October 16th is dedicated to visitors with special needs.
Activities: Haunted trails
Where: 1360 E Altamonte Dr, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Cost: $15 – $43 depending on ticket and package combinations. FYI, cash only on-site! I recommend that you buy tickets online first.
First, check out their site – wow! It looks like an epic scare-you-to-death type of experience if you are brave enough. Various haunted houses, boats, and other radical adventures await! The creators, producers, and directors of one of the terrifying haunts in the world, The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, introduce the first West Coast-style haunt in the East – Dark Horizon!
Dark Horizon emerges in Orlando with much anticipation to feast upon your fears, fray your nerves, and curdle your blood. Escape the clutches of one of Florida’s most infamous serial killers, Bloody Ed Watson. Navigate Captain Killigrew’s ship and her deviously mad crew and wade past the Vodou Priestess before she has a chance to evoke the (Lwa) spirits to possess your body and steal your soul.
Hundreds of heinous monsters await to drag you toward the event horizon. Thrill-seekers will revel in 16 nights of terror featuring three gruesome haunted houses, immersive bars, festive fare, death-defying entertainment, and more! Brought to you by some of the most celebrated minds in the industry, don’t miss Dark Horizon, the Halloween event of the season.
Where: 14500 Continental Gateway Orlando, Florida 32821
Cost: $20 – $39
Fright Nights is an annual Halloween event that occurs at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach. Scare zones, midway rides, a virtual reality experience, food vendors, video games, street performers, and live entertainment.
With four full haunts: The Cuckoo’s Nest 3, El Orfanato, Sunny Shores Hotel, and Dead Time Stories, Fright Nights should be your number one Scream Park destination!
Where: South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Cost: $20 – $39