The Best Autumn Festivals in Florida

The fall and winter season is upon us and this is the best time of the year to visit Florida. The heat and humidity loosen their grip for a few months making it possible for visitors to enjoy outside events like the festivals listed below.

We chose the 62 best festivals and events that are worth checking out in October and November 2017 in Florida. The following list is in order according to date. If a visit to the Sunshine State is in your near future look no further, these are the best!

Miami House of Horror-Haunted Carnival

Tickets are $15 for one day and $29 for two. There are rides and haunted houses. Parking is free.

Doral, Florida

Sept 28 – Nov 4

Orlando Film Festival

Tickets are $20 for 1-day  $50 for 3-days  $100 for 7-days

Orlando, Florida

Oct 19 – 26

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Tickets are $6.89 for kids $12.89 for adults

Pensacola, Florida

Oct 19 – 29

Key West Fantasy Fest

Things can get crazy in Key West and this festival is no different! Fantasy Fest is an annual 10-day party in paradise for grown-ups. This years theme is “fantasy.” With inspiration as your guide cultivate your costume into the past colonial era , roman empire, Italian renaissance.

Key West, Florida

Oct 20 – 29

Alachua County Fair

Admission is $6  Parking is $3  Ride bands are $25  Camping is $30-45

Gainesville, Florida

Oct 20 – 28

Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally

This is the 17th annual free rally for motorcycle enthusiasts. There will be several bands playing during the 5-day event plus many other fun things.

Panama City, Florida

Oct 25 – 29

Manasota Pumpkin Festival

$10 admission  Kids free. There will be live entertainment, pumpkin patch, hay rides, pie eating contests, costume contests and much more.

Bradenton, Florida

Oct 27 – 29

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Oct 27 – Nov 19

Columbia County Fair

Admission is $5. Live music, rides, food, helicopter rides and a petting farm.

Lake City, Florida

Oct 27 – Nov 4

The Fest 16

The Fest 16 is a comedy and music fest. There are several bands to choose from  Playing at several different locations in Gainesville. Ticket prices are different for each show.

Gainesville, Florida

Oct 27 – 29

Cape Coral Oktoberfest

This is the 32nd year for this event. This is the largest party of the year in Cape Coral. No pets. There will be raffles, music and a lot of German beer! Tickets $6. Children under 12 are free.  Free parking.

Cape Coral, Florida

Oct 27 – 29

Mount Dora Craft Fair

This is the 33rd annual fair. The streets of historic Mount Dora will feature over 400 talented artists and crafters selling their goods. There will be plenty of food and entertainment.

Mount Dora, Florida

Oct 28 – 29

Wesley Chapel Fall Festival & Carnival

This is the 13th annual free event. There will be plenty of food and music, over 100 artists and craftsmen will be selling their wares, there is a Kid’s Bounce Area, costume contests, a carnival and a pet parade.

Wesley Chapel, Florida

Oct 28 – 29

Central Florida Veg Fest

This is the 12th annual event and its one of the largest in the world! Admission is free. There will be several exhibits and activities and is dog friendly. If you are curious about the vegetarian lifestyle this is the place for you!

Orlando, Florida

Oct 28 

Wynwood Fear Factory

This is a popular 2-day music and entertainment festival. Must be 18 or older, don’t forget your ID. Tickets are $85 and are good for both days.

Miami, Florida

Oct 28 – 29

German American Society of Central Florida Oktoberfest

Live German music, beer and food. Tickets are $15  Parking $5

Casselberry, Florida

Oct 28

Top Golf KidZone Halloween Party

Children in costume will receive half off an hour of game play until 5 pm.

Tampa, Florida

Oct 28

Brewfest Tallahassee Fund Raising

11th year. Tickets are $39. Unlimited beer sampling of over 200 varieties, live entertainment. A very popular gathering in Tallahassee.

Tallahassee, Florida

Oct 28

St. Marks Stone Crab Festival

2017 marks the 20th year for this festival that celebrates the opening of the stone crab season. Over 2000 attended last year. Live music, great food, parade, children activities, dozens of vendors.

Saint Marks, Florida

Oct 28

Sacred Heart St. Joe Fall Festival

Free admission & parking, vendors, food & music, bouncy houses & arts & crafts.

Dade City, Florida

Oct 28

West Palm Beach’s Moonfest

This celebration is music oriented, several bands are on the line-up. General admission is $7. VIP $55. Must be 21 yrs or older. two haunted houses. No pets.

West Palm Beach, Florida

Oct 28

Greater Jacksonville Agriculture Fair

Check their website for the list of activities for this fair. Adults admission $5, children 5 & under are free.

Jacksonville, Florida

Nov 1 – 12

Seed Food & Wine Festival

Over 200 exhibitors. Live music. This festival is very popular, last year over 10,000 attended. Tickets vary from $150 – $560. Tons of stuff to do and see!

Miami, Florida

Nov 1 – 5

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Ft. Lauderdale is the yachting capital of the world! This event is in its 58th year. Tickets range anywhere from $12 – $70. Children under free. Parking $7. You will find everything that has to do with boating here plus shows, vendors & more.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Nov 1 – 5

Roscoe’s Chili Challenge

This is the 32nd year. Adults only. Several live bands, pole dancing with a $1,500 purse, food, body painting, beer, tons of vendors, drag racing, mini bike racing, arm wrestling and of course a chili challenge!

Lakeland, Florida

Nov 2 – 5

North Florida Fair

The 76th year. Everything you would expect to find at a fair is here. $15 – $25 admission.

Tallahassee, Florida

Nov 2 – 12

Orlando Greek Fest

Authentic Greek food, live music, dancing, church tours. Admission is $3 for adults & children under 12, children under 12 are free.

Orlando, Florida

Nov 3 – 5

NAS Jax Air Show

Fantastic air shows including the Blue Angels. There is a kids zone with games & food. Free admission & parking.

Jacksonville, Florida

Nov 3 – 4

Pensacola Buskers Festival

Buskers from all over south-east America will be performing everyday of this event on the historic Intendencia street. Visitors can dine, shop and listen to the music. Free admission.

Pensacola, Florida

Nov 3 – 5

Florida Seafood Festival

54th year. 10’s of thousands of people attend this famous festival every year to the historic town of Apalachicola.  Loads of seafood, arts & crafts exhibits, seafood related events, Live music. Oyster eating & Oyster shucking contest, blue crab races, photo contest, parade, 5k Run, history of the Festival Exhibit

Apalachicola, Florida

Nov 3 – 4

Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival

Free admission. No pets. Plenty of food, art, music and performances.

Pensacola, Florida

Nov 3 – 5  

Beach Road Trip Weekend

6 year. Carribean inspired event. Day party, food, music. Tickets are $95 – $3,000.

Islamorada, Florida

Nov 3 – 5

St. George Greek American Festival

33rd year. Greek & American food, rides, Greek dancing, Greek art and Greek beer.

New Port Richey, Florida

Nov 3 – 5

Miami-Fort Lauderdale Pet Expo

From the largest producer of pet events in the US of A. You can become an exhibitor or just a visitor to this expo of all things pets.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Nov 4 – 5

Tampa Bay Veg Fest

8th year. There will be health speakers, food demos, live music, veggie kids zone, exhibitors, vegan food, yoga classes and exhibitors. Come celebrate all things healthy.  Admission is free and pets are allowed.

Tampa, Florida

Nov 4

Conga Caliente Festival

14th year. The premier Hispanic festival in Tampa Bay. Free admission. Performances, ethnic foods, art exhibits, beer garden.

Tampa, Florida

Nov 5

Orlando Japan Festival

Kissimmee, Florida

Nov 5

PeruFest USA

6th year. A live cooking and tasting event of Peruvian cuisine by famous chefs. Admission is $70.

Doral, Florida

Nov 5

Riverwalk Get It

This is a festival in a beautiful park that includes food, exhibits, live music and a lot of shows. Free for eveyone.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Nov 9

Riverhawk Music Festival

Admission is $25 – $150 (admission for all the days) 3 stages play continuous live music. Food, beer and contests.

Brooksville, Florida

Nov 9 – 12

SEASIDE Seeing Red Wine Festival

27th year. A wine connoisseurs heaven! Wine tastings of course and food. Buy tickets early because this will sell out.

Seaside, Florida

Nov 9 – 12

Tampa Greek Festival

31st year. Wonderful Greek food, Greek music, party tent, dancing and shopping.

Tampa, Florida

Nov 10 – 11

Northeast Exchange Club Ribfest

29th year. This is a charity fundraiser event that has the best BBQ ribbers in the world! National bands play continuous music, there is beer, family activities, arts & craft and more. No pets or coolers allowed. Bring your own folding chair or rent one for $5. Admission is $30 per day. Children free under 12.

St. Petersburg, Florida

Nov 10 – 12

Jefferson County BBQ Fest

3rd year. Famous BBQ, pie baking contests, hay rides, beer garden and arts & crafts.

Monticello, Florida

Nov 11 

Downtown Miami Riverwalk Festival

10th year. Free admission. Children’s activities, food, beverages, cook-offs, bake-offs, arts & crafts, music and a boat parade.

Miami, Florida

Nov 11

Dunedin Wines the Blues

Top notch music acts, upscale food, wine, beer in an outside environment.

Dunedin, Florida

Nov 11

Gridiron Grill-Off Food & Wine Festival

Competition with NFL legends, celebrity chefs, live music, food. Admission is from $90 to $140. Sammy Hagar concert tickets range from $49 – $195.

Pompano Beach, Florida

House of Creatives Music Festival

2nd year. A boatload of bands play live music, art, gourmet food and artisans. Tickets are VIP $240 for both days.

Miami, Florida

Nov 11 – 12

Grace Jamaican Jerk Fest

The largest Jamaican Jerk Fest in America! Live entertainment on 3 stages, wine, beer. Admission is $30 VIP is $140. There is a kids zone with many activities.

Sunrise, Florida

Nov 12

Nativity Catholic Church Novemberfest

Free admission, carnival rides, food, beer tent (where i’ll be) and live entertainment.

Brandon, Florida

Nov 15 – 19

Tampa Bay Improv Festival

Comedy shows. See website for admission.

Tampa, Florida

Nov 16 – 19

Zen Awakening Festival

This is Florida’s only life-changing transformational music and arts festival. Music, DJ’s, yoga, meditation, spiritual and holistic teachers will be on site, organic food, camping, 24′ water-slide, camping, fire performers, group chants, drum circle plus more! 3-day general admission tickets are $144. Car-camping pass $50. RV pass $377. Children under 12 are free.

Wildwood, Florida

Nov 17 – 19

UNITED Tiny House Festival

2nd year. If  you’ve ever wanted to check out the tiny home lifestyle this is the festival you don’t want to miss. There will be over 75 tiny houses on display. 60,000 people showed up last year! This is a real popular festival. There will also be micro-homes, on-site camping, work shops, presentations, several vendors and entertainment. Admission is $20 for one day and $35 for 2-days. Children under 12 free.

Elkton, Florida

Nov 17 – 19

Suncoast Jazz Festival

27th year. This beach was rated #1 by Trip Advisor last year. 5 indoor venues, entertainment all day. Free parking. Multi day admission tickets start at $125. 1-day admission is $50.

Clearwater Beach, Florida

Nov 17 – 19

Mandarin Fall Festival & Chili Cook-Off

Live music, bounce house for kids, chili cook-off contest, silent auction, vendors and exhibits. This is typically a smaller event (1,000 attended last year).

Jacksonville, Florida

Nov 18 

Sarasota Fine Art Festival

5th year. More than 120 artisans show their work. Several different types of art will be on display, everything from woodwork to metal work to paintings. No admission.

Sarasota, Florida

Nov 18 – 19

Riverside Wine Fest

15th year. More than 300 wines to choose from. Food vendors and live entertainment will be on site. Tickets are $35.

Jacksonville, Florida

Nov 18

Miami Harvest

43rd year. Arts & crafts, bounce house, food, live entertainment, classic car show, pony rides, petting zoo and much more. This is fun for the whole family.

Miami, Florida

Nov 18 – 19

Camelot Days Medieval Festival

Go back to the days of Camelot where there will be food, entertainment, music, artisans and more. Tickets are $15 for adults and $3 for kids. Children under 6 are free.

Hollywood, Florida

Nov 11 – 12

Sertoma Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival

38th year. Bluegrass music and camping! Music work shops too.

Brooksville, Florida

Nov 23 – 25     

Pensacola Winterfest

Pensacola, Florida

Nov 24 – Dec 24 

St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival

St. Augustine, Florida

Nov 25 – 26

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