If it is officially Autumn, as if on cue, cooler weather will arrive. Taking a break from the heat and humidity of Florida summers, Floridians celebrate by taking to the streets in many varied fall festivals. These festivals provide great family fun and are a perfect place to shop for those hard-to-buy-for people on your holiday list. There is something going on in every part of the state and every weekend from now until Thanksgiving, so pack up the family and enjoy the sights, sounds, and great Florida fall weather!
Central Florida Peanut Festival
Grab the family and come on down for a day of fun, food, games, and entertainment! Watch girls and boys compete for Little Peanut King and Queen, take a ride on a horse-drawn trolley, listen to live music, enter the horse shoe tournament, stroll around antique cars and through over 90 vendor booths, and more.
Williston - October 2014 - TBA
Of course, the Peanut Industry Showcase displays a large assortment of peanuts and peanut products.
The Central Florida Peanut Festival is held at Linear Park on Main Street from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For further information call (352) 528-5552.
Winter Park Autumn Art Festival
In its 41th year, the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival features musical entertainment, food, and children's activities along with over a hundred of Florida's finest artists. All this combines for a weekend of family fun. There is a children's hands-on art workshop both days.
Winter Park - October 11 & 12, 2014
The Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is held annually at Central Park located along Park Avenue in Downtown Winter Park. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission and parking. Winter Park is just minutes from downtown Orlando.
For almost 40 years, Floridians in this west central Florida city have celebrated the rattlesnake. The Rattlesnake Festival features the obvious snake shows along with gopher races, entertainment, food, as well as, arts and crafts.
San Antonio - October 18 & 19, 2014
Free parking and free admission and free entertainment make this a fun find for the family on a budget! Admission to the "Snakes Alive" snake show is $5 for adults and $2 for children (under age 12).
Fantasy Fest 2014
Put on your greasepaint and let the good times roll for ten days of celebrating that can only be described as zany, bizarre and hilarious! Fantasy Fest participants will take to the streets of Key West in a somewhat raucous style with circuses and sideshows like you've never seen them before. Non-stop activities including parades, masquerades, street parties, and more.
Key West - October 17-26, 2014
If you're prone to flamboyance, this is better than Mardi Gras!
McIntosh 1890s Festival
Residents dress in 1890s clothing in an attempt to "turn-back-the-clock", but that hardly seems necessary – in McIntosh, it really is like going back in time! Victorian and Florida cracker homes set among century-old live oak trees is a perfect backdrop for this popular festival. Come to stroll the dozens of arts and craft booths and sample delicacies of the many concession stands, or bring a blanket and a picnic lunch to enjoy the entertainment while the children romp in the park.
McIntosh - October 25, 2014
McIntosh is located along Hwy. 441 between Gainesville and Ocala. Although the festival is officially open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., come early and try to beat the crowd... everyone else does.
Mount Dora Craft Festival
This quaint town is already a favorite destination with its downtown shopping village. Over 300 crafters take to the streets and lake front along with plenty of food and entertainment to provide a great As one of the top 100 craft festivals in the country, this is good family fun!
Mount Dora - October 25 & 26, 2014
Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival
Antique shops, stately bed and breakfasts, and historical landmarks is the perfect setting for this town's biggest event – the Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival. While the main stage plays host to good time music, local artists join those from the southeast to present their work in over 200 displays of arts and crafts. An ol' time auction of items donated by participating vendors is the highlight of Saturday afternoon.
Micanopy - November 1 & 2, 2014
Micanopy is located just off Hwy 441, 12 miles south of Gainesville. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.