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Fall Festivities On the Gulf Coast

What better time of the year to visit Florida than during Fall. With cooler temperatures,  sunshine filled skies and events galore, visiting  Florida this time of the year will have you wanting to come back year after year.  Fall in Florida is the start of tourist season. It definitely gets a bit more busy and crowded in the area, but only because locals are celebrating the break of heat and northerners come to get away from the cold (we don’t blame them).

October is the start of many festivities in the local area as well as nearby towns. If you plan on visiting the area this month you’ll want to check out this list of fall festivities nearby. Lets take a look at all the fun to be had.

Local Area Fall Events:

October 1, 2016: 2nd Annual Beer, Bands and BBQ

October 1 – 2, 2016: The 28th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest

October 2, 2016: Venice AACA’s 29th Annual Antique Collector Car Show.

October 6, 2016: Ringling Underground 

October 8, 2016: The Beer, Boats and Bacon Fest

October 8, 2016: Taste of St. Armand’s Circle

October 8 – 9, 2016:  BMX Supercross World Cup finals 

October 8 – 9, 2016: Sarasota’s Most Elegant Home Show

October 13 – 16, 2016: 8th Annual Ringling International Arts Festival

October 14 – 16, 2016: 10th Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm and Ribfest

October 15, 2016: 16th Annual Anna Maria Island Bayfest

October 15, 2016: 2nd annual Howl-O-Ween Movie night Spooktacular 

October 15 – 16, 2016: 25th Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin

October 18, 2016:  Taste of Sarasota’s Classic

October 22 – 23, 2016: St. Armands Boat Show

October 22 – 23, 2016: 22nd Annual Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival. 

October 22 – 23, 2016: The 26th annual Buckler’s Craft Fair 

October 26, 2016: The Humane Society of Sarasota County 19th Annual Howl-O-Ween

October 28 – 30, 2016: 8th Annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival at Lakewood Ranch’s Premier Sports Campus

October 29, 2016: 5th Annual Doggie & Kitty Halloween Festival and Costume Contest for pets

October 29, 2016: Sip the Sunshine All Florida Craft Beer Festival

October 30, 2016: Selby Gardens Spooktacular

October 31, 2016:  Safe Treats Halloween in Siesta Key Village

Nearby Fall Events:

The good thing about vacating in Bradenton/Sarasota is the fact that some of Florida’s most renowned theme parks and attractions are only a short drive away. You get the best of both worlds, the lovely beaches and awesome attractions. Disney has a few great events coming this fall such as Epcot’s Food and wine Festival, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Holidays Around the World at Epcot. Lucky for you Disney is only a  short hour and half to 2 hour drive from the local area.

Fall is also a great time to visit Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights and Busch Gardens for their Howl-O-Scream. Check out the themes for this year if you dare.

Planning A Visit

If you are ready to visit Florida during the best time of the year be sure to check out our vacation rental homes on the Gulf Coast.  Many of our homes are located 10-15 minutes from the interstate and 20-30 minutes away from some of the top beaches in the world. You can’t beat Bradenton/Sarasota location.