What's happening around Florida: Oct. 20-26


Mount Dora: More than 200,000 visitors typically attend the annual Mount Dora Craft Fair. This year, marking the fair's 30th anniversary, it will be held in this quaint Central Florida town on Oct. 25-26. A nationally ranked, juried event, it showcases the creations of more than 350 local and national crafters. Admission is free. Hours for the event, along the downtown streets of Mount Dora, are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. For information, go to mountdora.com.

Key West: The Heroes and Villains 5k Run/Walk is Oct. 20. 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. Fee is $25 ($30 after Oct. 14). For details, go to themeruns.com/home/heroes-and-villains-5k.

Sarasota: The 6th Annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival celebrates autumn at Payne Park in downtown Sarasota on Oct. 24-26. There will be a pumpkin patch, maze, midway rides and games, pie eating contest, shows, petting zoo, crafts, hayrides, pony rides and a beer garden. Admission is $10 (children 10 and under are free). Hours are 5-10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. For details, visit http://www.sarasotapumpkinfestival.com.

St. Augustine: Flight To Freedom: The Black Seminoles is a program in Fort Mose Historic State Park at 3 p.m. on Oct. 25. The program tells the story of the Black Seminoles, who escaped from slavery on the British plantations in Georgia and the Carolinas found sanctuary among the Yamasee and later the Seminoles who afforded many freedom seekers the opportunity to live among them and become members of their communities. This program is Fort Mose's contribution to the nation's celebration of Native American Month and it is included in regular park entry fee ($2 per person museum admission fee; children ages 5 and younger are free). For details, visit http://www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose.

Orlando: The 9th Annual Orlando Film Festival, Oct. 22-26, features events in and around the heart of Orlando where patrons enjoy films in various venues. The festival seeks to inspire students, future and current filmmakers in the art of filmmaking, and to enhance the movie-viewing experience. A variety of tickets and passes is offered. For information, visit http://www.orlandofilmfest.com.

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