Are you looking for things to do in Central Florida this Fall? Fall is the beginning of many holiday celebrations, and Fall brings an extraordinary variety of things to do, especially 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 of the events listed may not take place this year. As such, we recommend contacting the event holder directly. Likewise, the dates of these events change from year to year. 

If you know of an event or tradition not featured here, I would love to add it to the list. Please email over any suggestions, and I will gladly the event.

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Corn Mazes, Farm Festivals, Farms, and Pumpkin Patches

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Annual Central Florida Fall on The Farm

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 vendors and maybe get a little farm fright!

Where: The BackWoods. 7940 Indian house ln Groveland, FL 34736

Annual Four Corners Fall Festival

Visit historic downtown Clermont for the Annual Harvest Festival. Explore over 100 vendors and food trucks. Activities include free kids’ zone, live music, a petting farm, hayrides, hamster ball, pumpkin patch, costume contest, and trunk or treat.

Where: Montrose Street. 787 West Montrose Street, Clermont

Annunciation Fall Festival

 The Fall Festival features live entertainment, rides and games, festival food favorites, crafts, a live and silent auction, and a raffle!

Where:  1020 Montgomery Rd., Altamonte Springs, Florida

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Celebration Fall Fest

Enjoy vendors, face painting, bounce houses, pumpkin decorating, food trucks, and more.

Tip: Combine this with Halloween Lights at Jeater Bend

Where: 631 Sycamore St, Celebration, FL 34747

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

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Fall Festival at Market Monday Lake Nona

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

Fall Festival at The Rock of Central Florida

The third annual Fall Festival at The Rock for a great time of fun, fellowship, food, and activities! The following day, we will celebrate The Rock’s 20th anniversary of ministry to Central Florida. Activities include food trucks, bounce houses, face painting, raffles, and line dancing.

Where:  6641 W State Road 46, Sanford, FL

First Saturday Jam and Farm Swap, Barberville

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 include informal music jams, free workshops, and food.

Where: 1776 Lightfoot Lane, Barberville, Florida 32105

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. 

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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.

Activities: 

  • Pony Ride
  • Face Painter
  • Bounce House
  • Petting Zoo 
  • Hayrides
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Train Rides
  • Clydesdales Wagon Rides 

Where: 280 Campbell Ranch Run, Geneva, Florida 32732

Lake Catherine Blueberries Fall Maze & Pumpkin Patch

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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.

Where: 5849 Lake Catherine Road Groveland, Florida 34736

Lucas Nursery Annual Fall Festival

Family fun activities and photograph opportunities galore. Or, shop for the perfect pumpkin and all your fall landscaping needs.

Activities: 

  • 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

Magnolia Park’s Pumpkin Festival & Hayride

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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

Painted Oaks Academy Pumpkins & Ponies Festival

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 visited here annually. Painted Oaks now offers the Orlando Corn Maze!

Activities: 

  • 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

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Pumpkin Carving Workshop – Leu Gardens

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

Pumpkin Patch at Trinity Baptist Church-Apopka

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 Christmas Tree Forest – A Lot of Pumpkins

Santa’s Forest is bursting with fun. In the Fall, A Lot of Pumpkins pumpkin patch opens with tons of activities.

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.
  • Hayrides.
  • 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

Jack’s Barnyard animals are ready to welcome you to the farm. When you are finished, jump in the Black Cat Haystack, race some rubber duckies, and dig for natural shark 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

Scott’s Maze Adventures on Long & Scott Farms

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!

Activities: 

  • Corn Maze
  • Fall-O-Ween
  • Pumpkin patch, corn maze, tractor-pulled hayrides, face painting, inflatables, jumping pillow, fishing, concessions

Where: 26216 County Rd. 448A, Mt. Dora, FL 32757

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.

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Uncle Donald’s Farm

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, and 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

Festivals & Events In Central Florida 

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Annual Harvest Moon Dinner

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 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 the beautiful Magnolia Square. You set the table and invite your guests.

Where: Magnolia Street and 2nd Street – Downtown Sanford

Annual Central Florida Veg Fest

Central Florida Veg Fest is an exciting day of colorful educational exhibits and activities! Veg Fest is a family-friendly, dog-friendly, alcohol-free, and smoke-free event. Veg Fest is one of the country’s biggest and best vegan festivals!

Where: Orlando Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson Street, Orlando, FL 32803

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Annual Bicycle Festival, Mount Dora

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

All Souls Catholic Church Community Harvest Festival

Another carnival-themed fall festival.

Activities: Carnival, rides, face painting, food
Where:  3280 W. 1st St. (SR46), Sanford, FL 32771

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Back to Nature Wildlife Refugee’s Owloween

 The annual Owloween at Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge is an action-packed event that benefits wildlife. Once located on East Colonial, this place holds a special place in my heart. I’ve personally been many times. To take in injured wildlife, to view nature, and donate.

Activities:

  • 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 the resident owls, Lockhart and Luna.
  • Win big at the raffle tables!
  • And don’t forget to stop by the Witches’ Kitchen to satisfy your sweet cravings!

Where: Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge – 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Road, Orlando, FL 32832

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 purchases an annual family pass for just $30

BBQ and Blues Festival, Lakeridge Winery

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 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

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Biketoberfest® 

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Even if motorcycles are not your thing, Biketoberfest is something everyone needs to experience at least once. Thousands of bikes will roar across Daytona, and many special events will 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 artistic, cultural, personal, and spiritual enrichment opportunities.

This place has something to discover for visitors of all ages. Bok Tower Gardens has an impressive lineup for Fall. And guess what? We will visit 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 so much is going on!

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Sip-Member

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.’s floral essences. Stop by the Blue Palmetto Café to try new menu offerings.

Smithsonian Museum Day Live:

Enjoy free general admission with a downloaded voucher from http://www.smithsonianmag.com

Discover Drumming Introduction:

Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT is the world’s first structured learning program using music, psychology, and neurobiology to reconnect with others and ourselves. DRUMBEAT is an acronym for Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes, and Thoughts. Participants aged 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 is required, including with general admission or membership.

Restorative Yoga:

Restorative Yoga allows students to “fully rest” while opening the body through various supported poses, meditation, and breathwork that encourage deep relaxation.

Drumming:

Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT is the world’s first structured learning program using music, psychology, and neurobiology to reconnect with others and ourselves. DRUMBEAT is an acronym for Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes, and Thoughts. Participants aged 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 is required, including with general admission or membership.

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Yoga for Every Body

This Hatha yoga class will follow a core sequence of held postures combined with breathwork. Learn to listen to your body and modify poses as needed. Participants of all adult ages, shapes, and abilities will gain strength, balance, and serenity in this Hatha Yoga class Registration are required, free with admission.

Road Trip To The Gardens: Kansas City:

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. 

Edward Bok Birthday Concert:

Celebrate Edward Bok’s gift of gratitude to America on his birthday. It is included with general admission or membership.

Road Trip To The Gardens: New Orleans:

Enjoy live music with the Jazz Phools on the Blue Palmetto Café Terrace. The concert included general admission or membership. Let good times roll with an authentic “Po Boy” sandwich stuffed with fresh shrimp, remoulade sauce, homemade French fries, and a special dipping sauce. 

Garden Cocktail Party:

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. 

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Singing Bowls:

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, and 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, a journal, a pillow, and an eye mask.

Rootstock Plant & Garden Festival:

Shop, the area’s most massive plant sale, featuring live entertainment, activities, food vendors, a craft beer & wine garden, and more. Free admission and $10 parking for non-members.

Flower Essences Class:

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. 

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Farm to Table Dinner with Chef Amy Freeze “The Great Pumpkin”

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.

Bok After Dark “The 60’s”:

Experience live music on the Terrace with The Blue Roosters from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M., followed by a carillon concert with Geert D’hollander and 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. 

Revitalize Your Life, Renew Your Energy Balance and Reclaim Your Health:

Join Kelly Andrews, HeartMath Trainer and Wellness Coach, and 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.

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Create Your Own Beauty Care Products:

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. 

Fall Walking Tours:

Walking tours of the Gardens start at the Visitor Center. Free with general admission or membership.

Basics of Growing Orchids:

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.

Yaupon Tea Revival and Florida AG Survival:

For thousands of years, the Yaupon Holly tree was central to Native American culture in Florida. The caffeinated plant was revered and worshiped for its stimulating and purifying qualities. It was later exported to Europe and consumed as a 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. 

Tea Revival Bok Tower

Fall Into the Gardens Wine Walk:

Sip and stroll through the Gardens while enjoying ten carefully curated wines from around the world and light nibbles at each stop. 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. 

Tea Time At Book Tower Gardens:

Join Garden Educator Stephen Kane to learn about delicious teas in your backyard! The class includes samples of teas that grow here at Bok Tower Gardens. 

Italian Food: Flavors and Fascinating Facts:

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. 

Gentle Yoga and Crystal Bowls:

Most humans operate from the fight, flight, or freeze system. This class stimulates the rest and digest system through familiarity, repetition, and sensory anchors. Instructors Jody Reece and Buffy La Roux will conduct most of the course on the floor with a few standing and balancing poses accompanied by the soothing sounds of crystal bowls and other sweet sounds. 

Brunch in the Gardens:

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, two new unique chef-prepared creations, unlimited scrambled eggs, bacon, a waffle bar, fresh fruit, coffee, and bottomless Florida’s Natural mimosas! 

Veterans Day Concert:

A musical salute of gratitude. All military branches, active, retired, and disabled veterans with valid IDs offer free admission. It included general admission or membership.

Planting to Attract Pollinators in Your Yard:

Want to attract more pollinators to your garden? Join us to learn 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”:

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.

Bok After Dark “Rock The Bok”:

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 and 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! 

Edible Plank Hike: Wild Edible Plants of Florida:

Hike the Pine Ridge Preserve trail as we discover Florida native plants and learn how they are edible or helpful to humans—included with general admission or membership.

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Holiday Gourd Ornament Workshop:

Hard-shell gourds have been used for centuries by native populations to create beautiful utensils, musical instruments, and art. They have become trendy in the last decade 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 a work apron are recommended.

Road Trip To The Gardens: Nashville:

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. 

Singing Bowls

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, and 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, a journal, a pillow, and an eye mask.

Boondoggle:

Learn how to create a unique holiday décor using palm fronds. All materials are provided.

Pop-Up Make & Take Workshop “Succulents For the Holidays”:

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 trim.

Holidays At Hommock Hallow “Discover Florida Cranberry”:

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 and free for members.

Holidays at Bok Tower Gardens Featuring The Holiday Home Tour:

Celebrate 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 opens at 10 AM. – 5 P.M. Admission to the Gardens and Pinewood Estate Holiday Home Tour is $25 for adults and $12 (for children aged 5-12).

Pinewood Estate

Thanksgiving Day Carillon Concert:

Experience Edward Bok’s Thanksgiving Day Carillon Concert.

Where: Bok Tower Gardens 1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales, Florida 33853

Eatonville Fall Fest

Join Eatonville in celebrating Fall with local artists, craft vendors, live music, attractions, and 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. Having 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.

Activities:

  • DJ/ Music
  • Games
  • Kids’ Corner
  • Food trucks
  • Giveaways
  • Historic Trail Tour

Where: 100 E Kennedy Blvd Eatonville, FL 32751

Enchanted Fairy Doors – Leu Gardens

Enchanted Fairy Doors Leu Gardens In Orlando

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.  You must find these beautiful doors and let your child’s creativity do the rest.

Where: Leu Gardens, Orlando

Festival of Frights-2 Day Halloween Event

This Oviedo two-day Halloween Festival is for all ages.

Activities:

  • Spooky mansion slide
  • Inflatables
  • Carnival games
  • Carnival rides

Where: Oviedo Amphitheatre & Cultural Center. 299 Center Lake Lane Oviedo, FL 32765

Florida Bridal & Wedding Expo

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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 occur throughout the day.
  • Meet with fantastic wedding companies
  • An incredible selection of wedding professionals is available 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

Related: 12 Best Places To Get Married in Florida – USA

Fossil Fair

Learn to dig and see what you can discover in Florida!

Where:  Central Florida Fairgrounds 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando

Halloween Tours At The Wonder House

The Wonder House

This hour-long guided historical tour of the Wonder House 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

Never been to Bartow before? There is a lot more to see and do than you would expect!

Images of Sanford Calendar Reveal

The Images of the Sanford Calendar are here! This is the Sanford Historical 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 the community.

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

IMMERSE 

Orlando’s premier outdoor art exhibition invites more than 1,000 artists and performers to the city’s heart, 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).

Jazz’n Blues Concert

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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.

Bands

  • Robert Harris Groups (jazz)
  • Beautiful Bobby Blackmon Band (blues)
  • Aloma (blues)

Where:  Leu Gardens Orlando

Longwood Fall Festival

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

Mineral, Gem, Bead, and Fossil Show

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’ tables, slice mining for gems, and hourly door prizes.
Where: FL National Guard Armory. 2809 Fern Creek Ave., Orlando, Florida 32806, United States

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.

Mount Dora Seafood Festival

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

Movie Night at Leu Gardens

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 an accompanying parent or adult guardian.

Where: Leu Gardens, Orlando

Nativity Catholic Church Fall Festival

Nativity Catholic Church hosts several fall-themed festivals for the whole family to enjoy!

Activities:

  • Festival Bling Boutique
  • Fall Festival Silent Auction
  • Fall Festival Plant Tent
  • Festival Car Show

Where:  3255 N. Ronald Reagan Blvd, Longwood, FL 32750

Phantasmagoria X “Reckoning” 

Called “One of the unique theater troupes in the country.” by Good Day Atlanta and directed 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 onto the scene 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!

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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 deep within in “The Horla” to the Penny Dreadful horrors of “Sawney Beane,” from the imaginations of the Brothers Grimm, Edgar Allan Poe, and much, MUCH more! Phantasmagoria X “Reckoning” will 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

Sanford Holiday Tour of Homes

The holidays are fast approaching, and the Sanford Historical Trust is celebrating 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

Southwest Fall Festival in Orlando

A carnival-themed festival for all ages! Professional Amusements provided by Carol Stream Amusements.

Activities:

  • 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

Spooky Empire

Florida’s Premier Horror Convention. Spooky Empire has been delivering Halloween lovers the best sights, sounds, and screams 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 fans of the spooky season!

Activities:  Horror convention featuring lighting, music, celebrities, and vendors.
Where: Tampa Convention Center

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Spooky Skate

Love ice skating? Then Spooky Skate is for you! 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

Steampunk Industrial Show

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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

Come on out to one of the biggest and most exciting venues ever! Steampunk Festival at Renninger’s If you have not been, this is your chance to see a different and extraordinary world of “what if.” Check out Renninger’s site for even more details!

St. Thomas Aquinas Fall Festival  

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

Winter Park Autumn Art Festival

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

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Winter Park Community Festival

The Winter Park Community Festival is an excellent opportunity for you to connect with the students and community. The event is hosted by Orlando Technical College – Winter Park Campus and the Foundation for Winter Park Tech, Inc.

Activities: Auction
Where: Orange Technical College Winter Park Campus. 901 West Webster Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789

Zombie Run

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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 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

Halloween Events For Kids In Central Florida

Avalon Park Spooktacular

Avalon Park’s Annual Halloween event includes a costume parade, trick-or-treating, a bounce house, and many prizes!

Where: Avalon Park

Boo on Broadway

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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!

Activities:

  • 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

Cranes Roost Halloween Sunset Cinema

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

DeLand Trunk or Treat

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 Park

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 starts with trick-or-treating around Cranes Roost Lake with live entertainment, followed by costume contests, games, and surprises.

Activities: 

  • Costume contests
  • Live music & dance performances
  • Promotional booths for trick or treating
  • Kids’ activities

Where: 150 Cranes Roost Blvd. Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

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Halloween Lights at Jeater Bend

This road in the Town of Celebration is a local favorite, always on everyone’s list. Most famous for the Christmas lights, the 11 homes have created a spectacular Halloween.

Where: 1033 Jeater Bend Drive Celebration, FL 34747

Haunted Hollow

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

Spooky Hollow

Trick or treat the downtown Historic Sanford! Carnival, prizes, and surprises.

Where: ​ Magnolia Square 150 East First Street Sanford, Florida 32771

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St. Luke’s presents: Trunks, Treats & More!

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!

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. 

Winter Garden’s Halloweenfest

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.

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A Petrified Forest

This spooky event has offered haunted trails for guests to walk through special-themed nights for over ten years. 

Activities:  Haunted trails

Where: 1360 E Altamonte Dr, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Dark Horizon Orlando

First, check out their site – wow! It looks like an epic scare-you-to-death 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 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 can 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

Fright Nights Haunted Houses at the South Florida Fairgrounds

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

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Mortem Manor Haunted Attraction

She was named one of the” Scariest Haunted Houses in America” by the Travel Channel.

Activities: 

Haunted House

Through Mortem Manor, Journey, two floors; an old Victorian-themed haunted attraction filled with scares, thrills, and fun. We feature live actors, animatronics, and state-of-the-art special effects. Mortem Manor is open year-round just outside Orlando!

Be Buried Alive!

Yep, you read that right. Enjoy your final ride in darkness, laying on your back in a coffin. You will smell the scents, feel the emotions, and hear the sounds as you’re buried alive in this unique experience in Old Town, Kissimmee.

When: Year-Round
Where: 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway.

Nightmare on 5th St

Leesburg’s scariest Haunted House is revamping! More significant, more terrifying, and better with a NEW theme coming! Watch for new frightening content. All proceeds benefit the Leesburg Food Bank.

Where: 108 S 5th St Leesburg, FL

Orlando Haunted Maze

The Orlando Haunted Maze is full of Chainsaw-wielding psychopaths, Demented clowns, Zombies, and many more horrors that await you both inside and out. No place will be safe to hide. See you all in October…if you dare!

Where:  3209 Calloway Dr. Orlando, Florida 32810

Scream-A-Geddon

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The Dade City-based Horror Park was voted the Best Haunted House in the USA in 2018.  Scream-A-Geddon is home to several terrifying and immersive horror experiences.

Looks great if you like being scared to death, but this one is not for me. I’m not looking to have a heart attack!

Attractions:

  • Bonzo’s Beer Garden
  • Rage 3D
  • Demon’s Revenge
  • Zombie Paintball Assault
  • Blackpool Prison
  • Deadwoods
  • Infected: Ground Zero
  • Monster Midway

Remember- SCREAM-A-GEDDON are the kinds of INTERACTIVE Haunts. No one does it quite like them. Not all the attractions are interactive, but the ones are pretty terrifying.

Where: 27839 Saint Joe Rd Dade City, FL 33525

Oktoberfest Events in Central Florida

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Hollerbach’s Oktoberfest 

Historic Downtown Sanford’s streets will again flow with Gemütlichkeit at the annual outdoor Oktoberfest German Street Party.

They feature traditional cuisine from the Willow Tree Café German restaurant. German beer, wine, Schnapps, polka music, people dancing in Lederhosen and Dirndls, and more fun than anyone should be allowed to have.

Activities: Live music, beer, wine, authentic German dancing, and food.
Where: Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café 205 E 1st St, Sanford, Florida 32771

Orlando German Club Oktoberfest 

Orlando’s Most Authentic Oktoberfest. The German American Society of Central Florida puts on two festivals in October: live entertainment, dancing, stein-holding contests, beer, bratwursts, potato salad, pretzels, and bounce houses for children.

Activities:  Two Live bands with German music, Bavarian dancers, and various German beers.
Where: 381 Orange Lane Casselberry, FL 32707

Oviedo Oktoberfest 

A three-day festival featuring live music, dancing, German food, and beer.

Activities: Live music, beer, wine, authentic German dancing, German food, and an additional area with non-German food.

Entertainment:

  • Orlando Trachtenverein
  • The Kings Guys
  • Swinging Bavarians

Where: Oviedo Amphitheatre & Cultural Center. 299 Center Lake Lane Oviedo, FL 32765

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Pride Fall Events In Central Florida 

Come out and celebrate diversity and support your local community. Here are all the events celebrating Pride!

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Rally

Come Out with Pride and Zebra Coalition invites you to the second annual Drag Race 5K. Put on your best colorful outfit and favorite running shoes, and get moving! Join several local Drag personalities and hundreds of participants as they run, walk and sashay their way through Baldwin Park.

Where: Harbor Park in Baldwin Park

Happy Hour at The Hammered Lamb

Enjoy light bites, your favorite drink, and entertainment, all while you meet your fellow neighbors at this relaxing happy hour in beautiful Lake Ivanhoe.

Where: The Hammered Lamb

Transformation

Celebrate the transgender community and pay tribute to the trailblazers who walked the steps before us. Meet and mingle, then enjoy shows from Orlando’s top LGBTQ+ performers in music, dance, and performance.

Where: Southern Craft & Southern Nights

Industry

This event’s location and additional time details will be announced later, focused on supporting Orlando’s vibrant service industry and hospitality workers.

Where:  TBD

Weekend Launch Party

Come Out With Pride will take over the Stonewall Bar on Church Street for the annual Pride Weekend Launch Party. The event will showcase a variety of entertainment and special performances by Neon Hitch and DJ Kitty Glitter.

Where:  Stonewall Bar on Church Street

PRIDE NIGHT

Wear your Pride gear and cheer on the Orlando Magic during their pre-season game as they take on the Boston Celtics.

Where:  Amway Center

The Most Colorful Parade

More than 150 groups spanning a 1-mile route through downtown Orlando, A Vendor Marketplace, and SponsorWalk to highlight LGBTQ+ and ally businesses. This year’s Pride event will be one for the record books with a community rally, two entertainment stages, and a fireworks finale.

Where:  Lake Eola Park

Recovery Brunch

Enjoy Sunday Funday with Come Out with Pride for one last delicious brunch spread at Ember Orlando, one of downtown’s most popular venues. While you recover, enjoy live music and performances from local entertainers. Cheer along as our Parade judges announce all of Saturday’s winners!

Where:  Ember

LOOKING BACK. MARCHING FORWARD

The Lesbian and Gay Band Association will host a night of music, reflection, and inspiration – featuring two concert bands and a jazz ensemble. The concert will showcase LGBTQ+ history by honoring the past to build the future and feature the debut of two commissioned pieces written for this event by acclaimed composers Randall Standridge and Julie Giroux. Don’t miss out!

Where:  The Plaza Live

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Busch Gardens Sesame Street Halloween Kids’ Weekends

Celebrate Halloween with Elmo, Abby, Grover, and all your favorite Sesame Street® friends every Saturday and Sunday in October during Sesame Street® Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends. Show off your family costumes during each themed weekend while you trick-or-treat. Enjoy exclusive crafts, explore a hay bale maze, and play fall-inspired activities and games in our festival field area. Then, join your favorite Sesame Street friends during a character dance party!

Where: Busch Gardens Tampa

Epcot – International Food & Wine Festival

The International Food & Wine Festival features culinary demonstrations, beverage seminars, tasting events, and various international foods. Cooking presentations, famous chef shows, and food seminars offer events focused on food.

Where: Epcot, Walt Disney World

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Halloween Horror NightsTM – Universal Studios

Universal Orlando takes fear to the max. The 80s return with a vengeance this year with ten terrifying haunted houses, five pulse-pounding scare zones, and outrageous live entertainment. From cinematic screams to the most horrifying cult classics, there’s no escape from the decade that won’t die.

Where: Universal Studio’s Orlando

LEGOLAND Brick or Treat

On weekends in October, you can celebrate the spookiest time of the year with trick-or-treating at Legoland, exclusive character meet and greets, and spooktacular treats.

Event highlights:

  • Brick-or-Treat Trail: Kids can journey through the themed trail with their Brick-or-Treat bag to pick up lots of delicious candy!
  • LEGO Halloween Characters: Meet Halloween-exclusive LEGO characters, including Lord Vampyre, Rockin’ Frankenstein, and more!
  • Brick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt: Set out on the Brick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt to find the LEGO Candy Corn!
  • The Tale of Pirates’ Cove Fireworks Spectacular: On every Brick-or-Treat night, watch fireworks transform into LEGO bricks at our fireworks spectacular about the tale of Pirate Cove!

Where: LEGOLAND Florida

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom’s annual Halloween celebration is fun for all ages, with trick-or-treating, a parade, live shows, fireworks, and character appearances.

Where: Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

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Screamin’ Green Hauntoween at The Crayola Experience

Screamin’ Green Hauntoween is back, and it’s bigger and more colorful than ever! Monster-ific crafts and unusual spooky happenings all month long: a themed scavenger hunt, a live slime-themed show, and Crayola Slime Class * an ooey-gooey class that’s fun for the whole family! Plus, explore 27 exciting hands-on attractions, trick-or-treating, and dance parties every weekend. There is so much to “BOO” you may never want to leave. ALL Kids are welcome to wear costumes.

Where: Crayola Experience, 8001 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809
FYI: Trick or treat only on the weekends.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular

Enjoy a not-so-spooky live show, a dance party, and trick-or-treating for candy and goodies throughout the park. It’s an ocean of Halloween fun for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular®. During this daytime event, families are immersed in an underwater fantasea, including trick-or-treating, whimsical sea creatures, and more in this family-friendly event that could only come from SeaWorld.

Where: Seaworld Orlando

Walt Disney World and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

Sample wines from around the world and savor culinary artistry, from pastries to pasta. This Food & Wine Classic also offers eleven educational seminars on wines, cocktails, beer, pasta-making, cheese pairing, or the fine art of sushi and sake.

Where: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

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Closing Thoughts

Who knew there were some many things to do in Central Florida? Who knew that Fall, in particular, brings on so many opportunities for locals and visitors alike? I love Fall, and Halloween, and I enjoy celebrating traditions. I am excited that there is so much going on in my home state – Florida!

Which of these events have you been to? Which are you going to, and why?

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