As temperatures drop and leaves change in other parts of the USA, you may feel like fall isn’t worth celebrating in sunny Florida. But with fall festivals and pumpkin patches, there’s fall family fun for everyone!
From jazz festivals to pumpkin patches, there is something for everyone! In this article, we have compiled a list of some of the best events happening this year to help get your planning started!
Fall Events in Jacksonville
Visit The Jacksonville Zoo’s Spook-tacular Event
Running throughout October, The Jacksonville Zoo‘s Spook-tacular Event has lots of family fun activities! With trick-or-treating, scare zones, live music, and animals, it’s sure to be a blast for any family wanting to celebrate with a Halloween event!
Pick Pumpkins At The Amazing Grace Family Farms
Just south of Jacksonville, is a gorgeous pumpkin patch at the Amazing Grace Family Farms. With hayrides, petting zoos, and dozens of pumpkins to choose from, it’s the perfect place to celebrate fall with friends or family. The Amazing Grace Farm is open every Friday and Saturday in October, weather permitting.
Catch A Jacksonville Jaguars Game
Fall is football season! If you’re looking for the ultimate autumn experience in town, there’s nothing better than enjoying a tail-gate with friends before heading to watch the Jacksonville Jaguars play!
The Amelia Island Jazz Festival
If you love jazz music, it’s time to head down to Amelia Island for their annual Jazz festival. From October 3rd-10th this year, don’t miss your chance to hear some of today’s best musicians live! You’ll be able to choose from 20 different jazz artists with scattered performances throughout each day of the festival, ranging from free concerts and Latin Jazz dance nights to jazz and wine tasting events.
The Corn Maze At Conner’s “A-Maize-ing” Acres
Treat your kids to a visit to Conner’s “A-Maize-ing” Acres! There’s also farm animals, hayrides, and campfires on Saturdays. The farm is open every Friday and Saturday in October from 10 am to 10 pm.
The Viva La Fiesta: 2 Day Hispanic Festival
Experience the vibrant culture of Latin America at Viva La Fiesta, a two-day festival that celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month! This year’s event takes place on October 16 and 17. There will be food, drink vendors, live entertainment, and a ton of dancing!
Play The Escape Game Jacksonville
Looking for a fun indoor activity this fall? Try The Escape Game! You and your team have 60 minutes to discover clues, crack codes, and solve puzzles before time runs out. You may escape, but you’re guaranteed to enjoy your time.
Visit Sykes Family Farm
Open every weekend in October, Sykes Family Farm has four different corn mazes, barrel racing, a petting zoo, tractor tours, and of course, pumpkins!
Explore a Haunted House at 13th Floor Jacksonville
Looking for a spooky adventure this fall? Head to 13th Floor Haunted House Jacksonville and prepare for some thrills! This terrifying haunted house is one of the scariest attractions in Florida, and voted as “The Top 5 Most terrifying haunted house in the USA.” by USA Today!
Run The Dreams Come True 5k
The Dreams Come True 5k helps supports the dreams of local children battling life-threatening illnesses. The race route features spectacular views of downtown Jacksonville and costumes are encouraged!
Coffee at The Urban Bean Coffeehouse
Head over to The Urban Bean Coffeehouse for the perfect fall beverage and try out their seasonal pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon lattes. There’s even an assortment of baked goods if you’re feeling hungry!
Catty Shack Ranch’s Halloween Haunted Forest
At Catty Shack Ranch’s Haunted Forest, brave guests can walk through the Trail of Fears, participate in costume contests, play games, and enjoy crafts. Plus, you’ll get a glance at some of the animals who live on the property!
Visit The Yard Decorating Contest At Murray Hill-o-ween Festival
Murray Hill-o-ween Festival hosts a yard decorating contest every year, and it’s an event not to be missed! Each house goes all out to compete against their neighbors in an epic decoration competition. You can cast a vote for your favorite house and even watch the parade in October!
Stroll In Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
Head down to Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park to explore one of the various nature trails around the park! Running alongside Norm Lake, there’s panoramic views of wildlife, including herons, turtles, and fish. As the temperature cools, it’s perfect weather for leisurely walks, paddle boarding, kayaking, and fishing.
Shop For Treats At Sweet Pete’s Candy
If you’re looking for some sweet treats this fall, head over to Sweet Pete’s Candy! This delicious Jacksonville candy store features a huge selection of goodies, including chewy candies, licorice twists, and chocolates. They even have bulk candy bins where you can pick out your own mixture from their wide selection of flavors!
The Wicked Barley Wicked-ween Event
Wicked Barley Wicked-ween is one of Jacksonville’s most famous fall events, plus its dog and family-friendly! It features live music, activities, and giveaways. In addition, you can expect to try all of the new Halloween-inspired beer releases such as the Raspberry Infused mead, Peanut Butter Cup Brown Ale, Almond Joy Stout, and Halloween Slushy. So make sure to dress in your best costume and enjoy all the fun!
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