Florida travel calendar for October


Check out festivals and events in October across the state.

View events this coming weekend, or view the whole month's offerings by region below:

This list is organized by region.

Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County)

Aug. 24-Nov. 1 (Select Dates): Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Walt Disney World. The special event at Magic Kingdom returns earlier than ever before with the first Halloween party on Aug. 25 and will be held on select dates on 32 nights through Nov. 1. The event again will include the “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks display, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade and the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show in front of Cinderella Castle.Dates are Aug. 25 and 29; Sept. 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29; Oct. 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31; and Nov. 1. 2017 prices have yet to be announced, but 2016 prices ranged from $59 to $73 ($54 to $68 for ages 3-9) with earlier nights being the least expensive. 407-824-4321. disneyworld.com/halloween

Sept. 14-Nov. 14: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, Walt Disney World. The annual food and wine lover's paradise offers tapas-style dishes and beverages from 30 global marketplaces. Festival features culinary demonstrations, beverage and cheese seminars, and guest speakers from ABC’s “The Chew.” Tickets start at 97.00 per day and plates range from $4-$9. You can make reservations for the select events at Disney's website. 407-939-5277. disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival

Sept. 16-Oct. 31 (select nights): Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, Orlando. This event, now in its 26th year is an eight-time winner of Amusement Today’s “Best Halloween Event” Golden Ticket award. Guests will experience live mega-horror movies with this year's nine haunted houses. Halloween Horror Nights will feature 5 scare zones and roaming hordes. 6:30 p.m to 1 or 2 a.m. General admission is $104.99 per person but discounts are available. 407-363-8000. www.halloweenhorrornights.com

Sept. 16-Oct. 31 (select nights): The Haunt At Old Town, Kissimmee. Experience the Old Town Halloween in Kissimmee. The spooky event will include haunt zones, live entertainment and costume contests. Fridays and Saturdays: 8 p.m.-midnight. Free. 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway. 407-396-4888. myoldtownusa.com/events/the-haunt-at-old-town/

Sept. 29- Oct. 3: Port Orange Family Days, Port Orange. With a carnival, food truck and car show, a movie at the amphitheater and a parade: Port Orange City Center, 1999 City Center Circle, Port Orange; free admission and parking (carnival rides extra); 386-506-5935. familydays.com

Sept. 30 - Oct. 1: Ranch Rodeo Finals and Cowboy Heritage Festival, Kissimmee. Special year-end rodeo and tribute to Florida ranching and the unique Cracker Cowman way of life. Categories of competition include saddle bronc riding, colt riding, wild cow milking, branding, team doctoring, double mugging, cattle sorting, stampede race, and a boot scramble for the kids. The cowboy heritage festival features leather crafts, whip making, spur making, saddle making, cowboy artwork and crafts, cowboy poetry, storytelling, swamp cabbage cooking, Dutch oven cooking, working cow dog demonstrations. Also historical reenactments of Cracker cow camps and Native American Seminole tribe encampment, plus beef cook-off competition, whip-popping contest, story tellers and more. At Silver Spurs Arena. www.floridacattlemen.org

Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Klingon Feast, Daytona Beach. No vendors or celebrity guests will be at this event, now in its 18th year, just fans celebrating Star Trek with a feast, games and more. $45 for preregistered guests, $55 at the door. At LaPlaya Resort and Suites. 2500 N. Atlantic Ave.  www.klingonfeast.com

Sept. 30-Oct. 29: A Petrified Forest, Altamonte Springs. This is one of the highest-rated Halloween events in central Florida featuring  haunted scare trails and live music: 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. A Petrified Forest, 1360 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs; $15-$35. Group packages are available. 18 and up. 407-300-1950. apetrifiedforest.com

Oct. 1: Bacon & Brew Fest, DeLand. Pigs and brews come together for this festival that celebrates great combinations. It'll be bacon, beer, music and fun. 125 beverage and food vendors will be on hand with live music and events like a bacon eating contest. 2-7 p.m. At Earl Brown Park, 755 S. Alabama Ave. Free admission. www.baconandbrewfestdeland.com

Oct. 1: 8th Annual Mims Mullet Festival. Mims. Smoked and fried mullet dinners, BBQ chicken and pork dinners or sandwiches, hamburgers and hotdogs are on the menu at this festival put on by the Mims United Methodist Church and the First Baptist Church of Mims. Entertainment includes rock climbing, bouncy house, horse rides, kids’ games, a car show, craft fair, big cat display, music and Mullet Maiden contest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 3302 Green Street and 2395 Kentucky Ave. Admission is Free, food and activities cost extra. 321-267-6202. www.visitspacecoast.com

Oct. 1: Art Walk on Flagler, New Smyrna Beach. Held on the first Saturday each month, Flagler Avenue livens up with entertainment and wine tastings at participating venues. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (wine walk 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.). Free ($25 for wine walk or $20 with previous month's glass). Flagler Avenue, 100 Flagler Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32169. 386-428-1770. nsbfla.com 

Oct. 1: First Saturday Jam and Farm Swap, Barberville. On the first and third Saturdays each month visit the Pioneer Settlement for entertainment and fun for the entire family. 7 a.m to 4 p.m. There will be informal music jams, free workshops, and food. $6 admission or free with membership. 1776 Lightfoot Lane. 386-749-2959. www.pioneersettlement.org

Oct. 1, Oct. 22: Oktoberfest, Casselberry. The The German-American Society of Central Florida puts on two festivals in October with live entertainment, dancing, stein-holding contests, beer, bratwursts, potato salad, pretzels and bounce houses for children. 2-10 p.m. on both Saturdays; You can purchase your tickets by downloading the free Eventbrite App and searching for "Orlando Authentic Oktoberfest.” 381 Orange Lane. Pre-Sale tickets $10, walk-ups $15; 407-834-0574. www.orlandogermanclub.com/oktoberfest.html

CANCELED: Oct. 7: Jazz Friday at Foosaner Museum of Art, Melbourne. Every first Friday of the month the Eau Gallie Arts District hosts live entertainment, arts and craft vendors, food and drinks on the corner of Highland Avenue and Eau Gallie Boulevard. The Foosaner Museum of Art is also open to the public and will provide live entertainment. Expect great music from local favorites. 1463 Highland Avenue. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. 321-674-8916. www.visitspacecoast.com

Oct. 7-9: New Smyrna Beach Blue Grass Country Music Festival, New Smyrna Beach. This fourth annual festival is held at various locations across the city features more than a dozen free shows. Call 386-428-1600 for venues and details or check the event facebook page at facebook.com/events/527234097482277/. nsbfla.com 

POSTPONED To Oct. 28-30: Oct. 7-9: Rock Mineral Gem Jewelry Fossil Show, Orlando. Visitors can see and buy gems, beads, metaphysical stones and other items during the annual Rock Mineral Gem Jewelry Fossil Show. On the agenda are demonstrations, auctions, kids’ table, slice mining for gems and hourly door prizes. The event is at the Florida National Guard Armory, 2809 South Fern Creek Avenue. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. www.cfmgs.org/home.html

CANCELED: Oct. 7-9: MusicFest, Winter Garden. Outdoor and indoor music celebration featuring performances by more than 20 different music genres that include: Country, Jazz, Blues, Americana, Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Blue Grass, Alternative, Pop, Folk, Classical, Opera, Musical Theater, Choral, R&B, Zydeco, Native American, Japanese, African, and Celtic. with food and craft vendors 101 S Boyd St. Winter Garden Free. Friday: 6-11 p.m., Saturday: 12-11 p.m., Sunday: 12-5 p.m. 407-656-3244. www.wintergardenmusicfest.com

CANCELED: Oct. 7-9: Daytona Blues Festival, Daytona Beach. Artists slated to perform during the festival are Carolyn Wonderland, Willie Green,Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots and more. The festival is at the Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Downtown Daytona Beach. One-day tickets are $25, Three-day passes are $60 with some student and youth discounts. 115 Orange Avenue. www.DaytonaBluesFestival.com

FRIDAY/SATURDAY RIDES CANCELED - SUNDAY RIDES STILL ON: Oct. 7-9: Bicycle Festival, Mount Dora. Attracting over 1,000 cyclists of all ages. This is a 3-day weekend ride with multiple routes, food and festivities; a friendly ghost ride, crushing hill climbs, and fourteen routes. Begins at 6 a.m. until 2-10 p.m. depending on special speakers and events. Registration is $60-$115. 341 N. Alexander St. Mount Dora. 352-383-2165.  Register at: www.mountdorabicyclefestival.com

MOVED TO DEC 2-4: Oct. 7-9: Spooky Empire. Orlando. This annual gathering at Orange County Convention Center brings stars and fans of horror together. Billed as a Rock 'n Roll, horror, Halloween, tattoo and film festival, the 2016 version brings headliners Weird Al Yankovic, Robert Englund of "Nightmare on Elm Street," plus actors from "Hellraiser," "Friday the 13th," "Halloween" and more. Also this year will be stars from Netflix's hit series "Stranger Things" and Karen Fukuhara of "Suicide Squad," wrestler Ric Flair, actress and stunt woman Zoe Bell and many more. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Three-day passes $60, Single-day tickets $30-$35. VIP passes $199. 11 and under free. 9800 International Drive. www.spookyempire.com

POSTPONED UNTIL NOVEMBER 12: Oct. 8: Come Out With Pride Festival, Orlando. LGBT pride festival Join over 150,000 LGBTQ community members and allies for a day-long unforgettable festival. 12 p.m.– 10 p.m. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.; free at Lake Eola Park 512 E Washington St, Orlando. www.comeoutwithpride.com

RESCHEDULED FOR NOV. 5: Oct. 8: Rocky Water Brew Fest. Melbourne. Some of the best breweries will be on hand for unlimited tastings in the Eau Gallie Arts District. No pets, children or strollers allowed. 1-5 p.m. 587 W Eau Gallie Blvd. $30. www.rockywaterbrewfest.com

Oct. 8, 22: Gamble Jam, Flagler Beach. Jam out at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area for the Gamble Jam in the park, held the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Musicians of all levels are encouraged to bring their instruments and a chair to join the circle for a casual acoustic jam session. Instruments of all types are welcome. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Park admission is $2-$5. Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach 3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd Flagler Beach. www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/gamble-rogers

CANCELED: Oct. 8-9: Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Winter Park. A juried art show with a longstanding tradition, drawing more than 40,000 people. The show features work by outstanding Orlando artists and also offers live entertainment and food provided by local restaurants. Children's art workshops are also offered. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Central Park; 251 S. Park Avenue, Winter Park Free. 407-644-8281. www.autumnartfestival.org

CANCELED: Oct. 8-9: Vintage Car Show. Clermont. At Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, Enjoy a variety of live vintage '50s and '60s music by top class performers on the outdoor stage. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food will be available for purchase, along with complimentary winery tours and wine tasting. Saturday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $2 donation. 19239 U.S. 27 North. 800-768-WINE. www.lakeridgewinery.com

Oct. 13-16: Biketoberfest, Daytona Beach. Hundreds of thousands of motorcycles will be roaring throughout Volusia County and beyond with the center in Daytona Beach. Hubs include Main Street, Beach Street and events at Daytona International Speedway as well as the Harley-Davidson entertainment center Destination Daytona on U.S. 1. Concerts, bike shows, races, vendors and wrestling events will seek to draw crowds in DeLand, New Smyrna Beach, Samsula, Flagler Beach and more. 386-255-0415.  www.daytonabeach.com/biketoberfest

Oct 14: Main Street's Friday Fest, Melbourne. This family-friendly event occurs the second Friday of each month with live music, food, late shopping hours and a kids' zone. 6-10 p.m. Highland Avenue, Downtown Melbourne. Free. 321-724-1741. www.downtownmelbourne.com/main-street-events/friday-fest

Oct. 14: Alive After 5, Sanford. Oktoberfest-themed street party with vendors and entertainment: 5-8 p.m. Rain or Shine; Free. Sanford Welcome Center, 230 E. First St., Sanford. 407-302-2586. www.sanfordwelcomecenter.com

Oct. 14-16: Space Coast Bike & BBQ Fest. Palm Bay. David Allan Coe and Molly Hatchet headline this three-day bike fest that will also have motorcycle demonstrations, accessories and exhibits all at Space Coast Harley-Davidson. Admission and concert free. 1440 Sportsman Lane Northeast. visitspacecoast.com

Oct. 14-16: Hogtoberfest. Orlando. As Biketoberfest rules in Daytona Beach, Orlando Harley-Davidson gets in on the action with a three-day festival at the dealership off Interstate 4 south of downtown. On hand will be stunt shows, a horror sideshow, live music, food and more. Free admission. orlandoharley.com/hogtoberfest

Oct. 14-16, 21-23, 28-30: Boo at the Zoo. Melbourne. The Brevard Zoo's annual Halloween zoo party is back every Friday-Sunday in late October with more than 30 treat stations, a DJ, games, costume contest and haunted house. 5:30-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30-8 p.m. Sundays. 8225 North Wickham Road. 321-254-9453. $8-$14. www.brevardzoo.org/special-events/boo-at-the-zoo

Oct. 15: Chili Festival and Craft Beer Tasting, New Smyrna Beach. This 7th annual event featurs more than 20 restaurants competing for "Best of the Beach" bragging rights. A craft beer tasting passport allows imbibers to taste 20 of more than 70 featured beers. Event also features a motorcycle show with proceeds benefit several breast cancer awareness group. On Flagler Ave. 386-428-1600. nsbfla.com 

Oct. 15: Art Walk, Sanford. Central Florida's only monthly juried art show, every third Saturday with exhibits and music at participating venues. 6-9 p.m. Downtown Sanford, First Street. Free. 407-323-2774. www.sanfordartwalk.com

Oct. 15: Cruisin' Downtown DeLand Classic Car Show, DeLand. Every 3rd Saturday of the Month (Except November). East Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Classic cars & rods line East Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Live DJ, giveaways, shopping & dining. 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. 386-738-0649. www.MainStreetDeLand.org

Oct. 15: 4th Annual Autumn in the Oaks Festival, DeLeon Springs. Music and crafts are part of the country fair atmosphere with free kidzone, historic exhibits and a collection of Model A cars on hand along with Old Tyme and Bluegrass bands. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. At the Porter House, 5030 Highway 17 N. Free. deleonspringscommunityassociation.com/community.html

Oct. 15-16: Fall Art and Craft Festival. Cocoa. This autumn event features more than 200 exhibitors, a kids' zone and live music. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. At Historic Cocoa Village on Brevard Avenue. 321-631-9075. www.visitcocoavillage.com

Oct. 16: Florida Harmonica Championships, New Smyrna Beach: This 10th annual championship brings harmonica players to Beachside Tavern competing for the "best in show" trophy. Noon-9 p.m. 690 E. 3rd. Avenue. For more information call 386-314-5718 or email farleypalmer@gmail.com. nsbfla.com 

Oct. 16: The Water Festival. DeLand. A community-wide festival celebrating "Water in Art." The festival will focus on the restoration and conservation of the freshwater springs with live music, dancing, DJ, art exhibits, fun activities for all ages, food trucks and nationally-recognized speakers. Event around DeLand are related to the big day on Sunday. 10 a.m-5 p.m. Earl Brown Park and the Wayne G. Sanborn Activity Center, 750 S. Alabama Ave. www.thewaterfestival.org

Oct. 16: Space Coast VW Fest. Satellite Beach. The 3rd Annual Vintage Volkswagen Show will be held at the DRS Community Center showing vintage Volkswagen automobiles with art vendors, live enteratinment and food trucks. This event benefits the Indian River Lagoon restoration efforts. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 1089 S Patrick Dr. Free. www.spacecoastvwfest.com

Oct. 19-23: Orlando Film Festival, Orlando. This annual festival features events in and around the heart of Orlando, where patrons are able to enjoy great films in exciting venues while experiencing Orlando's downtown lifestyle. The festival seeks to inspire future and current filmmakers in the art of film-making and to enhance the movie-viewing experience. Named one of the top "25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" by Moviemaker Magazine, submissions are currently being reviewed. Located at the Cobb Plaza Cinema Café; 155 S Orange Ave, Orlando www.orlandofilmfest.com

Oct. 21: Cocoa Beach Friday Fest. Cocoa Beach. Held the third Friday of each month, this family-oriented event has live music, food and a kids' zone. 6-10 p.m. Downtown Cocoa Beach, A1A. Free. www.facebook.com/cocoabeachfridayfest

Oct. 21-22: 24th Annual Haunted Woods, Thonotosassa.  This event hosted by the Hillsborough River State Park features a haunted woods trail, coloring contest, family tram rides, drinks, prizes, contests and more. All children 12 and under are free. Tickets for those 13 and up are $10. The event is from 6 - 10 p.m. both nights. 813-987-6771. https://www.floridastateparks.org/content/24th-annual-haunted-woods

Oct. 21-22: Haunted Trail, Bushnell. This event hosted by the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park includes a walking tour of the Haunted Trail and the Historic Village. The cost is $6 per vehicle, up to 8 people per vehicle. 352-793-4781. kristin.n.wood@dep.state.fl.us. https://www.floridastateparks.org/content/haunted-trail

Oct. 21-23: Orlando Home Show, Orlando. Held at the Orange County Convention Center, the Orlando Home Show features local, regional and national experts in remodeling, building, decorating and landscaping. Other highlights include instructional seminars, giveaways, contests and exhibits with the industry's latest products. Friday 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $9-$3 Children 12 and under and active military are free.  www.showtechnology.com/event/orange-county-fall-home-garden-show

Oct. 22: Wine Walk, New Smyrna Beach. Stroll Flagler Avenue and explore over 100 interesting wines inside local pubs, galleries and restaurants during this monthly progressive wine tasting event. $25 Tasting Passports on sale day of the event at 3 locations along Flagler Avenue.  $20 for Tasting Passports with an official glass from a previous Wine Walk. 1-7 p.m. nsbfla.com 

Oct. 22: Sand Art Festival, New Smyrna Beach. This 6th annual event takes place at the Flagler Avenue Beach Approach featuring amateur teams of families, friends, co-workers and community groups with creations in 10 x 10 foot sections competing for prizes for individual adult, children and team categories. 386-428-1600. nsbfla.com 

Oct. 22: Cows 'n Cabs, Winter Park. Cows ‘n Cabs (“CNC”), a charity-based, food-and-wine festival curated by ABC Fine Wine & Spirits’ David Larue and celebrated Chef John Rivers of 4 Rivers Smokehouse. Cows ‘n Cabs is anticipating 400 guests for a collaborative event featuring cuisine by more than 18 of Central Florida’s top chefs. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Ticket packages are $110 to $500 per donation. Under one tent in Winter Park’s West Meadow. 150 North New York Avenue. www.cowsncabs.com

Oct. 22: Kitetoberfest, Cape Canaveral. This watersports-oriented fall festival with German flair features kiteboarding demonstrations, beach activities, surfing and more. It does feature a costume contest. 8330 Ridgewood Avenue. Free. 321-302-5663. www.321kiteboarding.com/blogs/news

Oct. 22-23, 29-30: Zoo Boo Bash, Sanford. The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens invites children and adults alike to trick-or-treat throughout the park while learning about the myths and realities of endangered animals. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and bring goody bags. Events include costume contests, face painting and more. 407-323-4450. http://www.centralfloridazoo.org/events

Oct. 22-23: Mount Dora Craft Fair, Mount Dora. This nationally ranked, juried event continues to attract more than 250,000 visitors and more than 350 of the best crafters in the country. Features food, music and a kid zone. In downtown streets; 411 N Donnelly St, Mt Dora. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. 352-217-8390. www.mountdoracraftfair.com

Oct. 23: Festival Calle Orange, Orlando. Central Florida's largest Hispanic festival bringing together people of many nationalities, religions and backgrounds to enjoy food, music and dancing in the streets. 10 city blocks are dedicated to this event in Downtown Orlando. This celebration of culture includes 4 stages with more than 40 Bands, sampling, souvenir, food vendors and much more. 1310 North Chickasaw Trail, Orlando; 407-381-5310 11 a.m.-8p.m. $15 per person at the gate 407-205-2831. www.facebook.com/calleorange

Oct. 28: Cocoa Village Friday Fest. Cocoa. Held on the last Friday of each month in downtown Cocoa Village, visitors can enjoy food, vendors, kids' activities and live music. 6-9 p.m. Brevard Avenue. Free. www.cocoafl.org

Oct. 28-29: Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic, Lake Buena Vista. Annual event with tastings and beverage seminars at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL  32830. Ticket prices vary. 888-828-8850. www.swandolphinfoodandwineclassic.com

Oct. 28-30: Rock Mineral Gem Jewelry Fossil Show, Orlando. Visitors can see and buy gems, beads, metaphysical stones and other items during the annual Rock Mineral Gem Jewelry Fossil Show. On the agenda are demonstrations, auctions, kids’ table, slice mining for gems and hourly door prizes. The event is at the Florida National Guard Armory, 2809 South Fern Creek Avenue. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. www.cfmgs.org/home.html

Oct. 29: Fall Festival in the Village, Cocoa. A free family fall celebration hosted by the City of Cocoa with the help of our community churches featuring bounce houses, rock wall, hay ride, face painting, caricature artist, games, food trucks, costume contests, entertainment on stage and much more. 3-7 p.m. At Cocoa Riverfront Park. www.cocoafl.org

Tampa Bay-Sarasota (including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa)

Sept. 23-Oct. 30: Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream, Tampa Bay. Howl-O-Scream is with an “Evil Encore” theme. As always, the event will feature roaming hoards, haunted houses, live shows. Event runs every Thurs.-Sat. throughout the month of October. Howl-O-Scream is not recommended for young children. Tickets range $35.88-$99.99. Group rates are available.  10165 N McKinley Dr, Tampa. 888-800-5447 seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa/howloscream

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2: Super Boat International racing, Clearwater Beach. The weekend features the races, as well as parties, fireworks, concerts, a beauty pageant and the chance to see the boats and drivers up close. 727-593-5536. www.clearwatersuperboat.com

Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29: Creatures of the Night, Tampa. Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo offers a fun Halloween celebration filled with scare zones, animal encounters, a ghoul dance party and more. They promise to only have "scares and startles" instead of horror and gore. Drinks and food will be available for purchase. Zoo members and Pay for a Day ticket holders will be able to enter the event for free. There will be "After 4 p.m." tickets available online for $19.95. 813-935-8552. http://www.lowryparkzoo.org/events/creatures-of-the-nightOct. 13-16: Ringling International Arts Festival, Sarasota. Performances in music, theater and dance, and major art exhibitions.  The four-day festival will feature artists from Australia this year.     Enjoy free admission with purchase of RIAF performance ticket to Museum of Art. Fri-Sat, Oct 14-15, 10: a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun, Oct 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lounge on the Lawn; Oct. 14, 3-7 p.m. Oct. 15, 13-7 p.m.; Oct. 16 12-5 p.m. After-hours Jazz-Oct. 14-15, 9- 10:30 p.m. 941-360-7399. A detailed schedule of events is available at www.ringling.org

Oct. 13-16: Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Clearwater. The annual Jazz Holiday brings together all veins of jazz music in four days of free entertainment at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. One of the longest-running and best-known free live jazz events in the country. No longer free, but this event packs some of the biggest names in the industry. Tickets range per-day and 3-day $16-$170. At Coachman Park: 301 Drew St, Clearwater 727-461-5200. www.clearwaterjazz.com

Oct. 15: Anna Maria Island Chamber Bayfest, Anna Maria Island. One of the most popular, annual festivals on Anna Maria Island is Bayfest, the celebration of music, food, arts and crafts. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Pine Avenue. Free. 941-778-1541. www.annamariaislandchamber.org

Oct. 15-30 (every weekend only): Pumpkin Festival, Bradenton. Kids and adults will enjoy a day at a real working farm with homemade apple cider, a petting farm, old country store, pumpkin patch and arts and crafts. Festival to include craft booths, live music, pumpkins, hay and pony rides, scarecrow displays, homemade ice cream, farm roasted sweet corn, rock climbing wall, petting zoo, barnyard playground, face painting, children's train ride, juggler, a frog jumping championship and so much more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $10, children 12 and under are Free. Parking: $5. At Hunsader Farms: 5500 CR 675, Bradenton. 941-322-2168. www.hunsaderfarms.com

Oct. 20-21: Traces of Cuba, Tampa. Ybor City Museum State Park unveils of a new exhibit that highlights Cuba's role in shaping Tampa's cultural heritage. Festivities include Cuban food and entertainment in the Museum Garden and presentations from notable experts on the history of Tampa's early Cuban immigrant communities, featuring Dr. Roberto González Echevarría on Oct. 21. 1818 E 9th Ave, Tampa. Contact information@ybormuseum.org or 813.247.1434. www.ybormuseum.org/legacy-awards

Oct. 21-22: 4th Annual Haunted Trails, Osprey. Oscar Scherer State Park hosts its annual haunted trails on Oct. 21 this year. Entertainment includes trick-or-treating, costume contests, the spooky haunted trail and more. 941-483-5956. https://www.floridastateparks.org/content/4th-annual-haunted-trails

Oct. 20-30: Necronomicon, Tampa. Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due will be the guests of honor at this year's Necronomicon, a convention for science fiction, fantasy and horror. Early registration is $40 till October 10. After October 10th and at the door, membership is $55. Individual days- Friday: $25; Saturday: $30; Sunday: $25 It will be held at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay: 2900 Bayport Drive. www.stonehill.org/necro.htm

Oct. 28-30: Tampa Bay Megacon. This three-day convention will offer entertainment ranging from comic artist sketch battles to costumed characters. Celebrity guests will include William Shatner, Alex Kingston, Rob Liefield, David Tennant and  more. 
info@fanexpohq.com. 333 S. Franklin Street Tampa, FL 33602. 

Oct. 28 -30: Sarasota Pumpkin Festival, Sarasota. The Sarasota Pumpkin Festival celebrates autumn. On the agenda are a pumpkin patch, maze, midway rides and games, pie eating contest, shows, petting zoo, crafts, hayrides, pony rides and a beer garden. 12 p.m.-10 p.m.  (Friday and Saturday), 12 p.m.- 8 p.m. (Sunday) Carnival rides are available inside the festival.  Premier Sports Campus (5895 Post Blvd. Lakewood Ranch. www.sarasotapumpkinfestival.com

Southwest Florida (including Naples, Fort Myers, Venice, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda)

Oct. 7-9: Pirate Festival, Fort Myers Beach. Oct. 7-4 p.m.-10 p.m.at Times Square, Oct. 8 & 9-10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Old San Carlos Blvd. Featuring a 21+ Pub Quest, Costumes, Drink Specials, Awards and Prizes, Family Friendly Fun with Children’s Activities on Old San Carlos Blvd., a Pirate Bazaar, Live Ship Battles • Live Music, Food and Drinks; Free. 239-454-7500. www.fortmyersbeach.org/piratefest

Oct. 7-9: Summerset Regatta, Fort Myers Beach. Fifty boats carrying 250 sailors will compete in the annual Summerset Regatta. For the past 50 years, the event has been hosted by a local yachting club that calls itself the Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society, but sailors from up and down the Southwest Florida coast participate. This regatta features offshore sailing, school buoy races, a West Marine coastal race, racing classes, Prizes and awards, a youth sailing benefit event, and the famous Sunday Cruisers Coastal Race. www.summersetregatta.com

Oct. 16-22: Ding Darling Days, Sanibel Island. The J. N. “Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge sets the scene for the annual Ding Darling Days, a week of eco activities. Activities include hiking, biking tours, and kayaking. Oct 22 is devoted to Pulitzer prize winner Jay Norwood. Free. 1 Wildlife Dr. Sanibel 239-472-1100. www.fws.gov/refuge/jn_ding_darling

Oct. 20: Downtown Gallery Walk, Punta Gorda. The Punta Gorda Downtown Merchants Assocation hosts an evening of music, art and tastings in historic downtown Punta Gorda. Held every third Thursday of the month in downtown Punta Gorda. 5-8 p.m.  Free, free parking. 941-505-0130. www.charlotteharbortravel.com

Oct. 21-23, 28-30: Oktoberfest, Cape Coral. German tradition is alive and well in Cape Coral, home of Lee County's largest annual Oktoberfest. Hosted by the German-American Club. Highlights include Huge Tent and Outside Biergarten, a kid’s carnival area, 3 stages and 2 dance floors, and 2 bands direct from Germany. Hours vary each day. Tickets $5 in advance, $6 at the gate. Children under twelve are free. At German-American Club: 2101 SW Pine Island Road. 239-283-1400. www.capecoraloktoberfest.com

Oct. 21-23: Florida International Air Show, Punta Gorda. Annual air festival features military and civilian aircraft performances and up-close aircraft on the ground  with events Friday-Sunday. $15 ages 13 and up Friday, $20 ages 13 and up Saturday-Sunday. $5 ages 3-12 Friday-Sunday. 2 and under free. At Punta Gorda Airport, 28000 Airport Road. www.floridaairshow.com

South Florida and the Keys (including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and the Treasure Coast)

Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Bird Festival, Coral Gables. The Bird Festival at Fairchild is held in partnership with the Tropical Audubon Society and features two days of off-site tours of South Florida bird habitats led by Tropical Audubon Society experts. The Bird Festival then continues at Fairchild with activities for birders of all ages, including presentations by bird experts, bird walks and an amateur bird photo contest and exhibit. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. 305-667-1651 10901 Old Cutler Road. www.fairchildgarden.org

Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Oktoberfest, Oakland Park. Oompah fun, German food and beer are highlights of Oktoberfest on Oct. 2-3. The event, at Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Highway, also features amusement rides, crafts and more. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and older. www.oaklandparkfl.org/228/Oktoberfest

Sept. 30-Oct 2: West Palm Beach Antiques Festival, West Palm Beach. Known as one of Florida's biggest and best antique shows, this festival has been running at the same location for more than 20 years, attracting dealers from all over the country and selling a vast array of antiques, collectibles, and decorative accessories. Admission is $7-$10. At the South Florida Fairgrounds; 9067 Southern Boulevard West Palm Beach 941-697-7475. www.wpbaf.com

Oct. 1: Rock’n Ribfest, Homestead. The Rock’n Ribfest benefits charity and features entertainment, arts and crafts, kids’ play area and barbecue. The festival, at the Homestead Harris Field Pavilion, Southwest 312 Street, is from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $10; kids 10 and under are free. Food is not included in admission. For details, visit www.homesteadribfest.org

Oct. 1: Harvest Fest, Jupiter. Jupiter puts on Harvest Fest, a free family friendly festival that features an Oktoberfest-style beer garden, Kid's fall carnival area, Petting zoo, Dog costume contest, Local vendors, Food trucks, and the band Uproot Hootenany. The event, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., is at The Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk. 210 Military Trail. 561-746-5134. jupiter.fl.us/index.aspx?NID=677

Oct. 1: Bahamian Festival, Stuart. Food, dancing, parades, and an overall grand celebration of all Bahamian culture. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Costella Williams Center, New Monrovia Park, 4455 SE Murray Street. www.discovermartin.com

Oct. 1-10: Oktoberfest, Coral Gables. An 11-day beer, food and music festival that will benefit The Woody Foundation. Admission is free. 11. a.m-Midnight on weekdays and 11 a.m.-2 a.m. on weekends On the Bierhaus Plaza in front of Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way. 305-774-1883. www.oktoberfestmiami.com

Oct. 5-8: Bird Festival, Coral Gables. The Bird Festival at Fairchild is held in partnership with the Tropical Audubon Society and features two days of off-site tours of South Florida bird habitats led by Tropical Audubon Society experts. The Bird Festival then continues at Fairchild with activities for birders of all ages, including presentations by bird experts, bird walks and an amateur bird photo contest and exhibit. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. 305-667-1651. 10901 Old Cutler Road. www.fairchildgarden.org

Oct. 6-8: Oktoberfest, Oakland Park. Oompah fun, German food and beer are highlights of Oktoberfest on Oct. 2-3. The event, at Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Highway, also features amusement rides, crafts and more. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and older. www.oaklandparkfl.org/228/Oktoberfest

POSTPONED, DATES TBD: Oct. 7-8: Beach Town Music Festival, Vero Beach. Music fest with national headliners including Jake Owen, Bret Michaels, The Gin Blossoms, Edwin McCain and more.  Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Noon Saturday. At Indian River County Fairgrounds. Two-day tickets for $104 or Friday for $54 and Saturday for $74 plus $10 daily parking. 7955 58th Ave. www.beachtownfestival.com

Oct. 7-9: Key West Marathon, Key West. This 10k/5k event offers 26.2, 13.1, 6.2 or 3.1 miles of beachside running. The scenic, flat course takes runners through Key West, across Stock Island and on to Rockland Key, allowing an opportunity to view both the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. The Marathon Course is USATF certified.  www.somomarathon.com

Oct. 9: Miami Carnival Parade and Festival, Miami. Traditional West Indian-style Carnival and parade featuring Caribbean music, costumes, food, arts and crafts and more. Parade date is Oct. 9 and starts at noon. Early Bird tickets are $20.00 online and $40.00 after 6 p.m. Festival held at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds: 10901 SW 24 St. Miami 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 305-653-1877. www.miamibrowardcarnival.com

Oct. 12-16: Humphrey Bogart Film Festival, Key Largo. The Humphrey Bogart Film Festival comes to the Florida Keys Oct. 12-16. The annual event, where Bogie and Lauren Bacall filmed the classic thriller “Key Largo,” is to screen a rotating selection of Bogie classics. All films shown at Tavernier Cinema unless otherwise indicated. There are various tickets and passes. www.bogartfilmfestival.com

Oct. 14-16: Oktoberfest, Port St. Lucie. In its seventh year, the German food and beer, music, dance and crafts will be on tap during Oktoberfest, presented by the City of Port St. Lucie and the German American Club of the Treasure Coast. This is a family-friendly event complete with crafts show, numerous food vendors, entertainment and children activities The event will be held at the Promenade at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, at the corner of U.S. 1 and Walton Road 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Covered parking is available across the street; Free.   www.psloktoberfest.blogspot.com

SOLD OUT Oct. 15: Lantern Festival, Delray Beach. The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens’ Lantern Festival showcases entertainment, including taiko drumming and Japanese folk dancing, a street fair, children’s activities and games. In keeping with the traditional Obon celebration, guests will have opportunity to personalize handmade paper lanterns. Food vendors will offer Asian and American favorites and there will be a Beer Garden and Sake Station. Event hours are from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. 4000 Morikami Park Rd. Delray Beach Tickets range $9-$15. (free for children 6 and under). Visit www.morikami.org/lanternfest

Oct. 15-16: 17th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Festival, Stuart. Photography, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 26 SW Osceola St. Free. www.artfestival.com/festivals/annual-downtown-stuart-craft-festival

Oct. 21: Monster Masquerade 2016, Miami. From 7 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 21, Zoo Miami will offer attendees treats, an open bar, costume contests, a Witches Brew Garden and more. Tickets start at $60 for early bird zoo members and $65 for early bird non-members. There are no refunds available once a ticket is purchased. 305-251-0400. http://www.zoomiami.org/MonsterMasquerade

Oct. 21-23: Rocktoberfest. Vero Beach. Three days of music and beer with Friday and Saturday highlighting music from the '50s to the '80s and gospel and bluegrass on Sunday. Early three-day tickets from $45. 4:30-11 p.m. Friday, Noon-11 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 7955 58th Ave. 772-766-3083. www.rockverobeach.com

Oct. 21-23: Haunted Pirate Fest and Mermaid Splash. Boynton Beach. The swashbuckling get-down, returning for its fifth year will spend three days raising a mug to loot plunderers and underwater dwellers with live music, food and games, and is anticipating more than 100,000 festivalgoers. There will be pirate re-enactments, magic shows, mermaid tanks and comedians. 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 22 and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Ocean Avenue Amphitheatre, 129 E. Ocean Ave. Admission is free. Call 561-600-9093 or go to BBPirateFest.com

Oct. 21, 23, 28, 30: Boo at the Zoo, Palm Beach Gardens. The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society will be holding a Halloween celebration aimed at children in late October. The event will offer trick-or-treat stations and more. 561-547-9453. http://www.palmbeachzoo.org/boo-at-the-zoo-2016

Oct. 21-30: Fantasy Fest, Key West. A 10-day celebration, which includes costume competitions, promenades, street fairs and a grand parade featuring marching groups and lavish floats. There are many outrageous and family-friendly events all around the town. 305-296-1817. www.fantasyfest.net

Oct. 22: Stone Crab Eating Contest, Key West. The Fourth Annual Stone Crab Eating Contest celebrates the opening of the stone crab season in the Florida Keys at the Keys Fisheries Market & Marina. Participation fee is required and contestants must be at least 18 to enter. Prizes will be awarded to the three top finishers. The Keys Fisheries is located at 3502 Gulfview Avenue. 866-743-4353. www.keysfisheries.com/events

Oct. 24: Heroes and Villains 5K, Key West. The Last Key sets the scene for the Heroes and Villains 5K Run/Walk. Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero or villain. Prizes are awarded for the most creative, best group, scariest and funniest characters. The race starts at 6 p.m. at the Reach, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Pre-register for only $20 (price goes up after Sept. 21). 305-747-8563. www.themeruns.com

Oct. 29: 8th Annual Palm City Fall Fest, Palm City. activities, art & craft booths, car show, music & entertainment, children's activities and a pumpkin patch. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Citrus Grove Community Park, 2507 SW Citrus Blvd. Free. www.palmcitychamber.com/palm-city-fall-fest.html

Oct. 29-30: ZooBoo, Miami. Zoo Miami is hosting ZooBoo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30. The event will offer entertainment such as costume contests, special performances and more. 305-251-0400. http://www.zoomiami.org/Zoo_Boo

Oct. 29-30: Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival, Delray Beach. Streets of downtown Delray Beach are transformed into an outdoor craft showcase, complete with 150 crafters offering affordable original works. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.artfestival.com/Festivals/Downtown_Delray_Beach_Craft_Festival_Delray_Beach_Florida_October.ASPX

Oct. 30: Jazz at MOCA, Miami. The popular Jazz at MOCA series presents free outdoor concerts on the last Friday of every month. Music starts at 8 p.m. The museum is open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. by donation. At Museum of Contemporary Art. Joan Lehman Building at 770 NE 125th Street North Miami, 305-893-6211. 

Oct. 30: Owl-o-ween, Miami. This event, hosted by Barnacle Historic State Park, offers attendees the chance to learn about owls and celebrate their existence with games, a costume parade, contests, crafts and more. Prizes will be awarded for the best bird costume and owl call. Leashed pets are welcome. $2 entry fee for those over 5 years of age. 305 442-6866. 3485 Main Highway Miami, FL 33133. https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/The-Barnacle

Northeast Florida (including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Flagler County and Amelia Island)

Oct. 1-2: First Weekend Union Garrison, Fernandina Beach. Re-creation of daily life in a Civil War fort, at Amelia Island's Fort Clinch State Park on the first weekend of the month. Activities include artillery and medical demonstrations, soldier drills, and re-enactments of daily chores from laundry and kitchen duty to carpentry work, all reenacted by living historians dressed in period costume. Park entrance fee $6 per vehicle plus $2 per person for fort admission; under 6 free. 904-277-7274. www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch

Oct. 2-9: Amelia Island Jazz Festival, Fernandina Beach. The Amelia Island Jazz Festival has featured headliners such as David Sanborn, Ramsey Lewis, Spyro Gyra and Mindi Abair. The 2015 festival is set to offer world-class jazz at venues throughout Amelia Island. Various tickets are available. 904-504-4772.  www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com

CANCELED: Oct. 7: First Friday Art Walk, St. Augustine. One of the city's most popular cultural events, held the first Friday of each month. Enjoy new exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at 15 participating galleries, plus great food. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 1-832-779-2781. www.floridahistoriccoast.com

POSTPONED TO OCT. 28-30: Oct. 7-9: Annual Greek Festival, St. Augustine. The Greek influence on the nation's oldest city is celebrated with music, food and dancing at this annual event. Hosted by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. At the Special Events Field on Castillo Drive downtown. Admission: $5 (children 14 and under are free with paying adult, as well as active-duty military and their immediate family). www.stauggreekfest.com

Oct. 8: Artrageous Artwalk, Amelia Island. Held monthly on second Saturday, to open the doors of some of the island's incredible galleries, featuring photography, pottery, copper, stained glass, watercolor, acrylics and more. Participants can peruse more than a dozen galleries in downtown Fernandina Beach and at the Plantation Artists' Guild and Gallery located at Amelia Island Plantation. www.islandart.org/artrageous-artwalk

Oct. 8-30: Corn Maze at Sykes & Cooper Farm, Elkton. Here’s a way to get ready for fall: a nine-acre Corn Maze at Sykes & Cooper Farm. event also features a Pumpkin Maze for kids. Other highlights include hayrides, and farm animals to meet and greet. Fridays 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets range $8-$10 (children 2 and under are free). Last ticket sold 1 hour prior to closing. Sykes & Cooper Farm is located at 5995 Brough Road.  www.sycofarms.com

Oct. 14-16, 21-23, 27-31: Spooktacular, Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is hosting a Halloween event this year with entertainment ranging from DJ's to Peter Pan's Neverland to Scare Zones offering zombies, witches and more. Tickets start at $7 for members and $9 for non-members. Group rates are available. 904-757-4469. http://spooktacular.jacksonvillezoo.org/

Oct. 22-23: WasabiCon, Jacksonville. The motto of WasabiCon is "geek culture, extra spicy." The festival celebrates "all things geek," including Internet culture, paranormal, science fiction, anime and more. This event has doubled in size since last year and will be held at Our new home is the Lexington Hotel & Conference Center (Riverwalk) located at 1515 Prudentlakial Drive, Jacksonville. A Weekend (2-Day) Pass at the door is $40, A Saturday Only Pass at the door is $25, A Sunday Only Pass at the door is $20. Free for children under three. Save more by purchasing online early. www.wasabicon.com

Oct. 28-30: Annual Greek Festival, St. Augustine. The Greek influence on the nation's oldest city is celebrated with music, food and dancing at this annual event. Hosted by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. At the Special Events Field on Castillo Drive downtown. Admission: $5 (children 14 and under are free with paying adult, as well as active-duty military and their immediate family). www.stauggreekfest.com

North-Central Florida (including Ocala, Gainesville and Tallahassee)

Oct. 1: 10th Annual Oktoberfest All GM Show. Ocala. General Motors cars and trucks head to Silver Springs showing off all eras displayed in front of the Twin Oaks Mansion Stage. There will be activities for kids and families and the rangers will be giving a variety of interpretive programs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with paid park admission. At Silver Springs State Park, 1425 NE 58th Avenue. 352-236-7148. www.floridastateparks.org/silversprings

Oct. 1: Central Florida Fall Harvest & Peanut Festival, Williston. The Annual Central Florida Fall Harvest & Peanut Festival features crafts, music, rides, lots of peanuts and peanut products, and the crowning of Little Peanut King and Queen and Baby Peanut. Pet friendly. Heritage Park 444 Northwest Main Street; Free.  www.willistonfl.com/peanut-festival

Oct. 1-2: Butterflyfest, Gainesville. The Florida Museum of Natural History puts on its annual Butterflyfest with activities and exhibits in celebration of wings and wildlife. The event is held annually at Powell Hall, 3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville. Admission to Butterflyfest is free, but there is a fee for workshops.  www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflyfest/home

Oct. 14-16: Suwannee River Quilt Show and Sale, White Springs.  More than 200 quilts of all sizes and shapes will be displayed throughout the park including the Stephen Foster Museum, the Memorial Carillon Tower and the park auditorium. 9 a.m.-5 p.m at the Located in the Northeast region at: Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park 11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ US HWY 41 North White Springs  Visitors can enjoy boutiques, demonstrations, lectures, quilting supply vendors, a food concessionaire and door prizes. Admission to Quilt Show is $5. 386-397-7009. www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Stephen-Foster

Oct. 15: Family Pumpkin Festival, White Springs. Big Shoals State Park is hosting a family fun night complete with pumpkin bowling, face painting, hayrides, and more. 386-397-2733. 

Oct. 15: Haunted Moonlight Hike, Keystone Heights. This annual event hosted by Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park is a one-mile hike along a haunted trail through the woods of Gold Head Branch. The park warns that the hike will be scary so "please use discretion in bringing young children." For safety reasons, strollers and pets are prohibited. Food and drink will be available for purchase before and after the hike. Tickets are $5 and will be available for purchase beginning at 7 p.m. and closing around 9 p.m. All proceeds will go toward funding the Gold Head Branch State Park Citizen Support Organization. 352-473-4701. 

Oct. 16: Pickin' in the Park, Ocala. On the third Sunday of each month, local and visiting musicians perform acoustic music in a scenic area in front of the headsprings at Silver Springs State Park. 1 p.m. Free with paid park admission. 1425 NE 58th Avenue. 352-236-7148. www.floridastateparks.org/silversprings

Oct. 22: Annual 3K/6K Costume Run, Palatka. Hosted by Ravine Gardens State Park, this event will be held on Scenic Drive and feature race and costume awards. You can register online at RaceSmith.com or pick up a registration packet at the park. Pre-race packet pick-up and registration will be on Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Race Day registration will be from 7 to 8 a.m. on Oct. 22. 386-329-3721. https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/ravine-gardens

Oct. 22: 12th Annual Florida Bat Festival. Gainesville. The Lubee Bat Conservancy offers visitors a chance to get up close and personal with giant fruit bats by touring the conservancy grounds, not normally open to the public. The family-friendly event will feature free activities including bat-themed crafts, games for children, educational exhibits, bounce houses and bat experts. Food and merchandise including bat houses will be on hand. 2015 saw more than 5,600 visitors for the one-day event. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $8 ages 13 and up, $5 ages 5-12, 4 and under free. 1309 NW 192nd Ave. 352-485-1250. www.lubee.org/event/12th-annual-florida-bat-festival

Oct. 28: River Rhythms, Ocala. On the fourth Friday of each month, Silver Springs hosts an evening of live music featuring a drum circle. To particpate in the drum circle, make sure to bring your own drum or percussion instrument. At Silver Springs State Park. 4 p.m. to sundown. Free with paid park admission. 1425 NE 58th Avenue. 352-236-7148.  www.floridastateparks.org/silversprings

Oct. 28-30: Great American Cooter Festival, Inverness. Barbecue cook-off, bike rides, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, carnival rides, family entertainment, games, cooter races and more. Liberty Park, 286 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness.  352-726-2611. www.cooterfestival.com

The Panhandle (including Pensacola, Panama City Beach, Apalachicola and Destin)

Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Florida Scallop and Music Festival, Port St. Joe. Art and craft vendors, educational exhibits, a kid zone and many great food vendors will be located throughout the park to make the two-day event an enjoyable experience for all, with sweet southern-fried scallops headlining the menu. General admission, Saturday: Active military personnel with valid I.D. is free. Children under 6 and active military personnel are free, ages 6-11 $5, ages 12-up $10. Parking is free. 850-227-1223 www.scallopfestfl.org

Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Pensacola Seafood Festival, Pensacola. Treat your taste buds to a variety of dishes from carefully selected food vendors bordering the park. Enjoy foods such as grilled conch, seafood gumbo, oyster croquettes, soft shell crab, coconut shrimp, Caribbean crab cakes and more. 850-433-6512. www.fiestaoffiveflags.org

Sept. 30-Oct 2: Destin Seafood Festival, Destin. The annual Destin Seafood Festival serves up delicacies from the sea. The festival, at the Destin Harbor Harborwalk, also features entertainment and crafts. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Event hours are from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. 10 Harbor Blvd. www.destinseafoodfestival.org

Oct. 1: Shindig on the Sand 3-Day Music Festival, Pensacola. Break out the sunscreen and head to the world-famous Flora-Bama Lounge & Package for 3 days of music on the beach and throughout the bar. Featuring 70 musical acts and more than 200 musicians. 17401 Perdido Key Drive. www.florabama.com

Oct. 6-7: Florida Scallop and Music Festival, Port St. Joe. Art and craft vendors, educational exhibits, a kid zone and many great food vendors will be located throughout the park to make the two-day event an enjoyable experience for all, with sweet southern-fried scallops headlining the menu. General admission, Saturday: Active military personnel with valid I.D. is free. Children under 6 and active military personnel are free, ages 6-11 $5, ages 12-up $10. Parking is free. 850-227-1223 www.scallopfestfl.org


Oct. 6-8: Destin Seafood Festival, Destin. The annual Destin Seafood Festival serves up delicacies from the sea. The festival, at the Destin Harbor Harborwalk, also features entertainment and crafts. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Event hours are from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. 10 Harbor Blvd. www.destinseafoodfestival.org

Oct. 7-9: The Pirates of the High Seas Fest at Pier Park, Panama City Beach. Columbus Day weekend is to bring a wave of swashbuckling fun to this coastal community during the Pirates of the High Seas Fest at Pier Park. The festival will include an ensemble of parades and sword-swinging showdowns, culminating with a dueling fireworks display reenacting The Battle of the Seven Seas. Admission is free. Pier Park is at 600 Pier Park Drive.  www.visitpanamacitybeach.com

Oct. 9: Apalach Oktoberfest, Apalachicola. Organizers promise a fun-filled weekend of live music, bratwurst and beer. A 5K will be at 8 a.m then plan for live music from noon to 9 p.m. 252 Water Street. www.apalachoktoberfest.com

Copyright © 2017, CT Now