The Best in Florida Festivals and Events October 2023
Florida hosts some amazing events and festivals. Each month I hope to take a look at a dozen or so of these in hopes of bringing you fun, exciting, and unexpected ways to enjoy our state.
If you have an event or know of one coming up that you feel should be highlighted, please drop me a line with as much information as you can, including a website. I’ll be glad to include your suggestions in future posts.
Posts are listed in date order.
I have purposefully not included Oktoberfest and Halloween related events in this post.
October 6-8 Destin Seafood Festival Destin
This event which features seafood, music, art, and more serves as a fundraiser for the Destin Charter Boat Association, a not-for-profit organization formed in 1954. More than 70 vendors, five music stages, and seafood galore.
October 7 Boots, Bulls & Barrells Kissimmee
An intense event that combines the thrill of bull riding with the fast agility of barrel racing. This tournament-style event brings together professional bull riders and skilled equestrians in a competition of adrenaline and skill.
The annual Silver Spurs Rodeo is one of the top rodeos in the country so this event promises to be excellent.
Take a video tour of the history of the Silver Spurs Rodeo below.
Enjoy an amazing day of southern cooking, live music, dancing, children’s activities, local artists, specialty vendors, and more.
October 7-8 Autumn Art Festival Winter Park
The Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is the only juried fine art festival exclusively featuring Florida artists.
The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the festival on the second weekend in October each year. The community-oriented sidewalk show presents quality visual art and live entertainment the whole family can enjoy. The festival is held in beautiful Central Park located along historic Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park.
The festival is open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days.
Admission is free!
October 12-15 Florida Birding & Nature Festival Apollo Beach
Four days of field and boat trips, expert seminars, keynote speakers, and a free nature expo with more than 20 vendors and organizations. There October are charges for certain portions of this festival.
October 14 McIntosh 1890s Festival McIntosh
Named for the decade when the community began to flourish, this festival has grown to more than 200 vendors with tens of thousands of visitors. Enjoy music, food, shopping, arts and crafts, jewelry, and more while enjoying local Victorian charm.
October 19-22 Biketoberfest Daytona Beach
Motorcycle enthusiasts come together during the four-day rally each year to enjoy beautiful Florida weather, live music, motorcycle racing at Daytona International Speedway, and miles of scenic rides along famous A1A, historic Main Street or the scenic Loop. Come experience the Southeast’s best motorcycle rally featuring motorcycle shows, custom bike builds and hundreds of the industry’s top vendors throughout Daytona Beach.
October 21 Sanford Jazz in the Park Sanford
Come out to the 6th annual Jazz in the Park at Centennial Park. This family oriented events features live music, food trucks, vendors, and a cash bar. This music festival is presented by Ladies 327 in association with Historic Downtown Sanford.
October 21-22 Cedar Key Seafood Festival Cedar Key
Now it’s 53rd year, this year’s festival will celebrate the year of the clam. The festival features seafood, more than arts and crafts vendors, music, and an amazing Saturday morning parade you won’t want to miss.
Renowned for its delectable seafood offerings, vibrant arts and crafts scene, and lively live music performances, the Cedar Key Seafood Festival promises visitors an unforgettable weekend full of fun and flavors.
October 25-29 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
With plans for multiple show locales, more than 1,300 boats, 1,000 brands, and 100,000 attendees, this is the boat show for any marine enthusiast. Buy your tickets in advance online (HINT, HINT, they aren’t cheap).
October 27-29 Naples Stone Crab Festival Naples
A Naples tradition for more than a decade, enjoy stone crab, other seafood, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and more.
October 28 Florida Territory Living History Dade City
October 28-29 Mount Dora Fall Craft Fair Mount Dora
Consistently voted in the top 5 craft fairs across the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine Subscription
The downtown streets come alive with almost 400 of the best exhibitors in the country ready to show and sell their fine and fun crafts at this annual event. Festival food, music, beer, wine, cocktails and some special guest appearances will round out the event.
October 28-29 Lake Wales Pioneer Days Festival
Happening in Lake Wailes Park, this event will feature reenactors and historic demonstrations, more than 60 craft market vendors, local food vendors, community partners, and be sure to nominate someone for “Pioneer of the Year.”
October 29 Tavares Trailblazers Tavares
Join historian Richard Lee Cronin at the Tavares History Research Center for a presentation celebrating some of the exceptional individuals and the roles each played in the development of the town.
Thank you to Bob Grenier for alerting me to this event! Remember, if you have an event that you would like me to include in future posts, drop me a line with the information. It’s free!