Fall is my favorite time of the year! It’s so exciting to know that so many fun activities and events are coming up in September, October, and November! The weather starts to cool down, and it’s actually enjoyable to go outside again here in Florida. I’ve put together a list of my favorite Top 15 Fun Fall Activities in the Tampa Bay Area!
Fall Activities in the Tampa Bay Area
Oktoberfest – September 25th – October 10th, Saturday’s only!
8098 66th St. N.
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Sit down for some authentic German food and beer, and dance the night away. Family friendly, and feel free to dress up in traditional German clothes! Admission is $6.
ZooBoo – Lowery Park Zoo – October 10th – November 1st, weekends only – 1pm – 7pm
1101 West Sligh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604-5958
Take the kids for a fun-filled day at Lowery Park Zoo! Fright-free activities, trick or treating, and critter encounters!
Fall Fest – Hyde Park – October 10th – 11am-1pm
1602 W. Snow Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606
Visit a pumpkin patch, family friendly fun, face painting, pumpkin carving, and seasonal snacks! I love Hyde Park, it’s beautiful!
Food and Wine Festival – September 25th – November 16th
Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
We go to the F&W festival every year, it’s a blast! You pay for admission into Epcot, grab your passport, and make your way around the world!
Grab a taste and a drink from each booth, and be sure to stop in America to watch the Eat to the Beat concert!
Lenny’s Restaurant – Sweet potato pancakes (seasonal item, so call to make sure they’re on the menu!)
21220 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33765
My mom and I always go to Lenny’s to have the best sweet potato pancakes! During the fall, we want everything pumpkin flavored! Lenny’s is a small restaurant with an old fashioned diner vibe, with large portions and low prices.
Safety Harbor Wine Festival – November 7th, Free Admission 5pm-11pm
Main Street, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
I’m really excited for this event! it’s the 14th year it’s been held, but it’s my first time attending this year! I’ve heard great reviews about it! You can sample different wines, check out the arts and crafts for sale, enjoy the live entertainment and eat some delicious food!
Heritage United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch – October 3rd – 31st
2680 Landmark drive, Clearwater, FL 33761
My mom and I go here every year for the awesome pumpkin patch and props they have set up! They have a huge selection of pumpkins, a few games set up, and lots of fun photo opportunities. Go early in the month for the best selection, on a cool day, if you can!
Halloween Spooktacular – October 24th, 12pm – 5pm
Largo Central Park
101 Central Park Dr
Largo, FL 33771
This is a family-friendly event that includes a trick-or-treat trail (12-4pm only), a hay maze, bounce house, petting zoo, games, music, and more fun fall activities! Wristbands are needed for most activities.
Ribfest – Vinoy Park – November 13 – November 15th
701 Bay Shore Dr NE, St Petersburg, FL 33701
Make sure to bring your friends and a big appetite! Spend the whole day eating ribs, listening to music and enjoying the scenery!
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – 4pm – 11pm, Tickets are $68
Magic Kingdom, Orlando, FL
This is one of our favorite events at WDW, we go every year! The decorations are spooky but not too scary for kids of all ages. If you don’t dress up, you’ll be the odd man out! I’ve seen so many homemade costumes that were way better than store bought, so get creative! The parade is fantastic, make sure you get a seat early, so you don’t miss the real headless horseman gallop down
The parade is fantastic, make sure you get a seat early, so you don’t miss the real headless horseman gallop down main street! If you can, stay until the end of the night to see the Hallow Wishes firework show, it’s not to be missed.
Oh, did I mention that they have trick or treating for everyone!? What could be better??
Tip – The event doesn’t officially start until 7pm, but you can get in the park at 4pm! So, go early, knock out some rides, and when the party starts, do all the special Halloween activities! Get your tickets early, they sell out fast!
Our Lady of Lourdes Fall Festival – October 15th-18th, free admission
750 San Salvador Dr, Dunedin, FL 34698
We went to this festival every year when I was little! It’s so much fun, great for families. Lots of rides, carnival games, food, and fun for everyone!
Ghost Tour of Downtown St. Pete – Open year round, $15 adult tickets & $10 kids
400 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Take a candlelight walking tour of downtown St. Pete, and listen to ghost stories about haunted mansions, curses, and long forgotten tales. This is the perfect activity to get into the Halloween spirit!
Downtown Disney – Open year round, 10am-11pm, free admission.
Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
If you’re looking for a fun activity that’s free, you need to visit Downtown Disney! We’ve spent many afternoons and evenings there, wandering around, enjoying the restaurants, shops, and free entertainment! They always decorate for the holidays, so it’s a fun place to visit to relax.
Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens – Tickets are $35 each when you buy 4!
10165 N McKinley Dr
Tampa, FL 33612
This event is a lot of fun, but it’s pretty scary, it’s definitely geared towards adults. They have intense haunted houses, rides, shows, and lots of scary decorations to match each year’s theme. It’s really fun to ride the roller coasters in the dark!
Publix Pumpkin Patch – FREE admission.
500 E Lake Rd S, Palm Harbor, FL 34685
This Publix location has such a cute fall setup right in the front of the store! They have a huge tree and a pumpkin patch, with all different types of pumpkins laid out. It’s almost better than going to a real patch outside, because you’re out of the heat, and the prices are fantastic!
We actually like to visit the other patches for fun, but usually end up buying our pumpkins at Publix. It doesn’t hurt to visit the pumpkin patch and get your grocery shopping done in one stop!
I hope we get to do all of the fun fall activities in the Tampa bay area this year! I’m most looking forward to the Food & Wine festival at Disney. I think we’re also going to check out the Food & Wine festival in St. Pete, if it’s fun I’ll add it to the list!
What are your favorite fall activities to do in your town? Let me know in the comments!
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