Florida Events & Festival Roundup

Through November 4, Milton

10th annual Corn Maze and Fall Fun Festival
Navigate through an 8-acre corn maze, play on more than 20 farm-themed activities and learn about agriculture while enjoying farm-themed foods at Sweet Season Farms. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. General admission is $11.
www.sweetseasonfarms.com; (850) 675-3573


Weekends in October, Arcadia

Padgett Ranch Family Fest
The inaugural event offers family fun with a giant bounce pillow, crop maze, rides, play areas and food from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 5422 NE McIntyre St. Admission is $10 for those age 13 and older, $8 for those 3 to 12 and free for ages 2 and younger.
www.facebook.com/Padgett-Ranch-Family-Fest; (863) 494-5221


October 5-7, Islamorada

Baybone Celebrity Tournament
The second tournament in the Robert James Sales Redbone Trilogy targets bonefish and permit to raise money for cystic fibrosis research.
www.redbone.org; (305) 664-2002


October 5-7, Panama City Beach

Pirates of the High Seas Fest
The free festival at Pier Park includes parades, fireworks, a 5K, fun zone, magic show, pirate battle, music, fishing clinic, storytelling, treasure hunt and pirate invasion.


Photo by Gini Shevick

October 6, Lake Placid

Eleven nonprofit rescue organizations offer cats and dogs for adoption Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Placid’s Stuart Park. The event welcomes families and leashed pets for nail clippings, pet blessings, microchipping for $10 (no monthly fees), a pet costume contest, photos, activities for kids, ask a vet, food, music and giveaways. Attendees receive a raffle ticket with donation of pet food or supplies. For more information, call (863) 441-0351 or visit www.pawsitiveeffects.org.

October 6, Key West

SoMo Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K
Run through the southernmost island in the U.S. while enjoying iconic Key West landmarks.
www.somomarathon.com; (954) 213-6699


October 6, Palmetto

Annual Plant Fair
Wander through an award-winning education garden and shop for Florida-friendly plants from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Manatee County Fairgrounds. The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences event is sponsored by the Manatee County Master Gardeners.
Lisa Hickey, (941) 722-4524


October 6-7, Jay

29th annual Peanut Festival
Enjoy peanuts, live entertainment, arts, crafts, antiques, rides, games, a bungee jump, rock climbing and a large display of antique tractors and farm-related equipment from
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Gabbert Farm, 4.5 miles south of Jay off Highway 89. Admission and parking are free.
(850) 675-6823


October 6-7, Parrish

Civil War Re-enactment
The Florida Railroad Museum opens at 10 a.m. with re-enactment of the camp followed by a train trip to watch a battle between Confederate and Union soldiers. Admission to the camp is free.
www.frrm.org; (941) 776-0906


October 7-10, Islamorada

Fall All-Tackle Bonefish and Permit Championship
Newcomers face seasoned veterans in a competition that has taken place since 1970. One angler per boat pairs with a licensed captain to vie for division winners’ trophies for the three longest bonefish and three longest permit. The field is limited to 25 participants.
(561) 346-3193; kelliet62@gmail.com


October 12-13, Panama City Beach

Music lovers and fans of German food and craft beer gather at Aaron Bessant Park for the Panama City Beach Oktoberfest.


October 13, Pensacola

59th annual Greek Festival
Live Greek music, traditional folk dancing and food highlight the weekend at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1720 West Garden St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
www.pensacolagreekfestival.com; (850) 433-2662


October 13, Marathon

Coral Country Road Festival
Gates open at 11 a.m. at Marathon Community Park for the charity live music event that runs from noon to 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit Keys nonprofits, including the Florida Keys SPCA, Autism Society of the Florida Keys and Project Vet Relief. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the gate. Buy at keystix.com.
(305) 295-7676


October 13, Pensacola

Fourth annual Bridge to Bridge 5K
The run starts at 7:30 a.m. at the base of the 3-mile Bay Bridge on the Pensacola side and crosses into Gulf Breeze, finishing at The Bridge Bar and Sunset Lounge.
www.werunwild.com; (850) 435-9222


October 13-14, Milton

15th annual Munson Community Heritage Festival
See demonstrations of basket making, shoe cobbling and a working sawmill; a lumberjack competition; live music; and wood-fired cooking from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Krul Lake Recreation Area. Admission is $10 per car per day.
www.munsonheritagefestival.com; (850) 902-1764


October 17, Islamorada

Immerse Yourself
Andy Dehart of the Frost Science Museum will talk about “Gulf Stream in a Martini Glass” during a free lecture series at 7 p.m. at the History of Diving Museum, MM 83. Call ahead to reserve your seat.
(305) 664-9737


October 18, Port St. Joe

Blast on the Bay Songwriter’s Festival
Thirty-plus musicians provide a weekend of new and classic music, with a bit of storytelling.
(850) 229-7678


October 18-28, Pensacola

Pensacola Interstate Fair
With more than 60 rides, top-name entertainers, loads of entertaining and educational exhibits and food galore, there is something for everyone to see and do.
(850) 944-4500


October 19-21, Tavernier

Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!
Become an angler or improve your skills at the saltwater fishing university at BPOE Elks, MM92, Tavernier. Registration includes receptions, fundraisers, classes, door prizes and hands-on skill practice. Men and teens are welcome. No equipment or experience is required. Optional fishing charters are Friday and Sunday.
(954) 475-9068


October 20, Sebring

Fall Agritourism Open House
Learn about the local agriculture industry with visits to Sugar Sand Distillery, Henscratch Farms, La La Land and Maxwell Groves.


October 20, Wewahitchka

Fall Festival
The Howard Creek Volunteer Fire Department hosts its annual event from 2 to 6 p.m. CST at the fire station, 7132 Doc Whitfield Road. There will be games for children of all ages, food, a cakewalk and an auction. Proceeds benefit the Howard Creek community.
(850) 827-2426


October 20, Cortez

21st annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market
Search for deals in maritime treasures, enjoy live music, and partake of food and drink from
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Florida Maritime Museum. Admission is free.
www.floridamaritimemuseum.org; (941) 708-6120


October 20, Panama City Beach

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Walk 3 to 5 miles to raise funds to save lives from breast cancer. Registration is at 7 a.m. and the walk is at 8 a.m. at Aaron Bessant Park.
www.facebook.com/msabcpc; (850) 522-1118


October 20, Key Largo

Fifth annual Witches’ Ride
The fundraising bike ride starts at The Catch at 1 p.m. with drinks and a $10 buffet, and heads to the Caribbean Club at 2:30 p.m. A $20 donation gets you a koozie and a chance to win door prizes. Proceeds help create a scholarship at Coral Shores High School to remember Joey Patterson.
(305) 394-0347


October 20, Lake Placid

10th annual Mason G. Smoak 5K and Family Fun Day
Bounce houses, kids’ games and face painting also are featured during the event at Devane Circle Park.


Photo by Michael Mount

October 20, Marathon

Marathon Airport Celebrates 75th Anniversary
This photo from EAA Chapter 1241 collection was taken November 10, 1959, on the first day of operations of National Airlines at Marathon Airport. Celebrate the past by flying or driving to see historic and modern aircraft displays and enjoy scenic flights from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 20, at Marathon General Aviation, 9850 Overseas Highway. The family-friendly event includes interactive activities, local vendors, food and music. Entry is free. If driving, park in the airport lot at 9400 Overseas Highway and take a shuttle. If flying in, head to the east end of the KMTH airfield and line personnel will guide you. For more information, visit www.monroecounty-fl.gov/792/Marathon-Airports-75th-Anniversary-Celeb or call (305) 289-6060.


October 20, Milton

Fenner Blackwater Heritage Century Ride
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida and the West Florida Wheelmen Bicycle Club present a ride for all cycling levels: 18, 42, 62 or 100 miles. The start and finish are at Guy Thompson Community Center, 5629 Byrom St. Registration is $45 until October 17 and $55 thereafter. Registration must be done online.
(850) 433-5437


October 20, Lynn Haven

Holiday Magic Craft Show
Local artisans sell handcrafted items from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Roberts Hall. Admission is free.
(850) 871-3778; (850) 265-3232


October 20-28, Parrish

Pumpkin Patch Express
Enjoy a two-hour excursion at the Florida Railroad Museum, including a stop at a pumpkin patch. As part of the ticket price, each child can select one pumpkin to take home.
www.frrm.org; (941) 776-0906


October 24, Islamorada

Lecture Series
Historian, author and Keys History & Discovery Center curator Brad Bertelli will talk about “How Tall Tales Reshape Local History” at 6 p.m. at the Keys History & Discovery Center, MM82. The cost is $10.
(305) 922-2237; info@keysdiscovery.com


October 24-28, Panama City Beach

Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally
Bikers from around the country enjoy scenic rides and live entertainment.
www.thunderbeach productions.com;
(850) 249-7627


October 27, Panama City Beach

Running Scared
Runners and walkers in this 5K venture into the “zombie-infested” woods and trails of Harder’s Park at 8 a.m.
with three life flags and one goal: to reach the end of the obstacle course with at least one flag remaining. The event benefits The Arc of the Bay/St. Andrew Bay Center.
www.bayarc.org; (850) 265-2951


October 28, Marathon

Third annual Fall Harvest
Enjoy old-fashioned harvest-time fun from 4 to 8 p.m. at Crane Point Museum with hay rides, trail mazes, face painting, crafts, cheeseburgers, chili dogs, apple cider, caramel apples and live music. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children, free for ages 4 and younger.
www.facebook.com/cranepointmuseum; (305) 393-9501


October 31, Port St. Joe

Ghosts on the Coast Head to City Commons Park at
6 p.m. ET for a costume contest, with divisions for ages 0-3, 4-6, 7-10, family and groups, and pets. Trick-or-treating on historic Reid Avenue follows the contest at the sound of the firehouse whistle.
www.visitgulf.com; (850) 229-8261


Photo courtesy of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

November 2 & 3, Clewiston

21st Annual American Indian Arts Celebration
Enjoy dance and music of the Seminole, Southeastern and other Indian tribes from across the country along with traditional and contemporary arts and crafts, wildlife shows, Native American vendors and a fashion show at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in Clewiston. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. both Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7.50 for seniors and students. Admission includes parking and entrance to the museum. For more information, visit www.ahtahthiki.com or call (877) 902-1113.

November 3, Callaway

Heritage Day Festival
Two museums, an old schoolhouse and historical displays set the stage for the Callaway Historical Society event at Gore Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include demonstrations of soapmaking, pine needle basket weaving, marine life, beekeeping, papermaking, turpentine history, spring pole lathe, old tractors, a kid zone, a Wild West show and a Carter Craft boat show. Admission is free.
(850) 866-8221


November 3, Panama City

Fourth annual Dazzle and Dine
Enjoy a night of great food, silent and live auctions, and dancing to the music of Sound Arcade at the Angel House Bereavement Center gala from 6 to 11 p.m. in the Holley Center on Florida State University’s Panama City campus. Proceeds help children and adults receive clinical grief counseling. Tickets are $60 a person or $500 for full tables.
(850) 257-5036


November 3, Callahan

Hobos, Hot Rods and Heroes
The West Nassau Historical Society’s fundraising festival and car show is in and around the historic 1881 Callahan Train Depot and adjoining 1856 Florida Railroad bed. Live entertainment begins at 9 a.m. and continues to 4 p.m., along with arts, crafts and food vendors. The kids’ play area starts at 10 a.m. and includes a hands-on instruments session. The car show is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Veterans are honored at 11 a.m. Tours of the history museum include a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” local quilts and a model train layout. The exhibit runs through December 8. Bring lawn chairs.
www.wnhsfl.org; (904) 879-3406


November 3, Sebring

52nd annual Art, Wine and Jazz Festival
The Highlands Art League hosts a celebration featuring more than 100 visual and performing artists, culinary offerings, an interactive children’s street, wine tasting, speed painting and a gospel brunch.
(863) 385-6682


November 7-10, Fort Meade

23rd annual Fall Fuel Up
Antique engines, tractors, tractor pulls, antique cars and heavy equipment are featured from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club, 7000 Avon Park Cut Off Road.
(863) 285-9121


November 8-11, Pensacola

Cubed Luminous
An 18-foot LED cube and 16 laser projectors illuminate the original murals of 16 artists in real time, as they are being painted onto each side of four 8 x 8 ft cubes. From daylight into dark, watch the artists at work, enjoy live music and DJ sets, have lunch or dinner at the food trucks and stroll through the Makers City Marketplace.


November 9-11, Palmetto

“Southern Hospitality”
Laugh out loud with this lively PG-13 comedy by Parrish Playworks about a small Southern town and the folks who try everything to save it from extinction. Shows are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15.
(941) 500-9350


November 10, Islamorada

Second annual A Night at the Museum: Bootlegger Bash
The Florida Keys History and Discovery Center hosts its signature fundraising event, “Bootlegger Bash,” at 6 p.m. at Keys History & Discovery Center, MM 82. Tickets are $150. The evening features live jazz, booze, a surf-and-turf dinner, gaming and a chance to bid on trips, jewelry and personal indulgences.
(305) 922-2237


Photo by David LaBelle

November 10, Key Biscayne

Center for Great Apes Marks 25th Anniversary
The Center for Great Apes in Wauchula marks its 25th year with a celebration Saturday, November 10, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Key Biscayne Beach Club. The nonprofit center is a permanent sanctuary for chimpanzees and the only orangutan sanctuary in North America. Guests are invited to join founder Patti Ragan, board members and staff, who will reminisce about the past quarter century, sharing how experiences have impacted their lives and the 60 great apes who have resided at the sanctuary. Guests will be treated to cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment from international recording guitarist Harry Hmura. Patrons will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items, and view one-of-a-kind art pieces painted by sanctuary residents. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com. For more information about the sanctuary, visit www.centerforgreatapes.org.


November 10, Marathon

Eighth Annual Stone Crab Claw Eating Contest
Test your munching mettle at this zany contest. Participants must be at least 18 years old.
(305) 743-4353


November 10, Sebring

Eighth annual Crazy Pepper Chili Cook Off
Teams compete for best chili from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the downtown circle at the Rotary Club of Highlands County fundraiser for local charities. All chilis are cooked on site, and samples are available.
www.rotarychili.com; (863) 381-2689


November 10, Key Largo

Replace the Roof
Scott Kirby, a creative lyricist and finger-style acoustic guitarist, performs from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Garden Club of the Upper Keys fundraiser at the Murray Nelson Cultural Center, MM 101. Proceeds fund replacing the roof on the Francis Tracy Garden Center. The cost is $35, or $100 for VIP access.
(305) 451-8137


November 11, Islamorada

Veterans Day Ceremony
Islamorada Fire Rescue honors veterans at 11 a.m. at Fire Station 20 at 81850 Overseas Highway.
(305) 664-6490


November 11, Marathon

21st annual Taste of the Islands
Enjoy a family-friendly day of food, art, music and fun in the sun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Marathon Community Park. Admission is free. Taste tickets will be sold to sample culinary treats, beer and wine. Proceeds benefit local scholarships.
www.facebook.com/BPWMarathonTaste; (305) 942-9214


November 14, Islamorada

“Endangered Sawfish”
Tonya Wiley, marine resources researcher and president of Havenworth Coastal Conservation, will lecture at 6 p.m. at the Keys History & Discovery Center, MM82. The center opens at 5 p.m. to view exhibits. Light appetizers and a cash bar are available. The cost is $10. Reservations are advised.
(305) 922-2237


November 16-17, Marathon

32nd annual Women’s Club Christmas Bazaar
Shop for crafts, vintage items, baked goods and stocking stuffers at San Pablo Catholic Church, MM 53.5, Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Restaurant gift certificates, fishing charters, hotel stays and signature artwork are among the silent auction items.
(305) 289-0636


November 21, Islamorada

Immerse Yourself
Marine Archaeologist Chris Kraska will talk about “Searching for Escort Destroyer ORP Kujawiak” during a free lecture series at 7 p.m. at the History of Diving Museum, MM 83. Call ahead to reserve your seat.
(305) 664-9737


November 22, Sebring

26th annual Turkey Trot 5K
Join the traditional Thanksgiving morning walk/run through Highlands Hammock State Park.


November 23, Pensacola

Winterfest Elf Parade
The six-block route from the old Escambia County Courthouse to Plaza Wonderland at Palafox and Government streets starts at 4:45 p.m. and takes about 20 minutes. Costumed kids of all ages march alongside a brass band, Santa and tumbling snowflakes. The event includes a Christmas song battle.


November 23 to January 31, Pensacola

First City Lights Festival
A canopy of 400,000 white lights illuminate historic buildings, parks, shops, galleries and outdoor spaces. The lights come on at 5 p.m., right after the Elf Parade. You may encounter live street performances, caroling, Santa posing for photos and trolley tours.
(850) 434-5371


November 24, Marathon

Holiday Bazaar and Christmas Rummage Sale
Marathon Garden Club, MM 50, features gently used Christmas decorations and holiday items at its annual event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is also a bake sale, raffle items, grab bags, gourmet goodies, a plant sale and vendors offering orchids and unique holiday gifts.
(305) 743-4971


November 28, Islamorada

“History is the Real Treasure: The 1733 Spanish Galleon Trail”
Archaeologist Della Scott-Ireton, associate director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, will lecture at 6 p.m. at the Keys History & Discovery Center, MM82. Light appetizers and a cash bar are available. The cost is $10. Reservations are advised.
(305) 922-2237