Fall is festival season in Florida. It may not be hot cocoa weather, but it’s finally getting a little less humid, and there’s a nice breeze. Celebrate the season by finding a harvest festival near you from the list below:
1. Micanopy Fall Festival, Saturday, October 28th, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 29th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Micanopy, called the town that time forgot, provides a scenic backdrop for this fall arts and crafts festival. Local and traveling artists, crafters, and musicians participate in the festival.
2. The Harvest Festival, on November 18 & 19, Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Dade Fair Expo 10901 SW 24th St (Coral Way), Miami, FL 33165)
Start your Christmas shopping early and buy some unique gifts from the artists and artisans at this long-running festival. Activities include bounce houses, model trains, classic cars, pony rides, a petting zoo, and face painting. Adult admission is $10 and $5 for children ages 3 - 12. Bring a canned good for a discount.
3. Mixon's Harvest Festival Arts & Crafts Fair, Saturday, November 18th at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (2525 27th St. E.Bradenton, FL 34208)
Come check out more than 50 booths of arts, crafts, gifts, and much, much more! Enjoy free local entertainment while you hunt for treasures. Then take the Orange Blossom Express through the groves to Wildlife Rescue and meet some exotic animals.
4. Geraldson Farm Fall Harvest Festival October 22nd from 12 p.m. - 4p.m. (1401 99th St NW Bradenton, FL 34209)
Get together with friendly folks for a celebration of healthy local foods, crafts, and music. Participate in fall-themed games and hay rides, face painting, and more. Admission is free.
5. Burr's Berry Farm Harvest Festival, October 6th – October 31st (12741 SW 216th St., Miami, Florida)
This awesome farm festival offers a fun time for the whole family. Attractions include a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and hay rides. There will also be lots of tasty fall treats (which you know will be delicious if they're from Burr's Berry Farm). Cost of admission on weekends is $12 for adults and $7 for kids age 3 to 15. Admissionon weekdays is only $7 for adults and $4 for kids. (Includes hay rides, corn maze, and face painting.)
6. Graceville Harvest Day Festival, October 21st (Factory Stores of America950 Prim AvenueGraceville, FL 32440)
This event will feature live entertainment, art, handmade crafts, fun activities, food, and over 200 antique and classic cars on display. On-stage entertainment starts at 9:00am, and the Harvest Festival Parade in downtown Graceville starts at 10:00 am. Admission is free.
7. Sunrise Fall Harvest Fall, Sunday, October 15th at 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Sunrise Athletic Complex, 11501 NW 44th Street)
Old-fashioned games, rides, a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, and even a horse-drawn hayride will make your day at this fun fall festival in Sunrise. Bring your appetite (for the food vendors) and your wallet (for holiday gifts). Admission is $5.
8. Clermont Harvest Festival, Saturday, October 28th, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Historic Downtown Clermont)
Activities and attractions include pumpkin painting and traditional old-fashioned games the whole family can enjoy.
Crafts, folk art, handmade goods, and food trucks will be there, along with tasty fare from Historic Downtown Clermont’s restaurants. Downtown shops will be decked out in festive fall decor.
9. Chautauqua Winery Fall Festival, Saturday, October 21st, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (364 Hugh Adams Rd.Defuniak Springs, FL 32435)
This unique festival celebrates the annual harvest from Chautauqua's vineyards. There will be free wine tasting of the winery's entire collection. It's not just for adults! Non-alcoholic juices will be available for all ages. Art and craft vendors from all over the panhandle will present their gifts and crafts. There will also be food vendors and live entertainment, so bring a chair or a blanket to sit on.
10. Mulberry's Harvest Festival, Saturday, October 28th at 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. (Spence Park 1100-1198 NE 1st St, Mulberry, FL 33860)
Get ready for a fun-filled day of laser tag, hay rides, live music, vendors, trunk or treat, and much more. Come out and enjoy one of Florida's charming small towns at this free event.
How many of these festivals have you been to? What’s your favorite fall-time festival in the Sunshine State?