It is a little bit cooler outside now, and it’s a great time to go to festivals and events. October is always an action-packed month with many festivals and events in our area. October is not all about pumpkin patches, scary ghosts or oompah bands, this year we have found a lot of other interesting events as well. Just take a look at some of our suggestions below.
First Wednesday Art Walk – Jacksonville, Florida
October 3, 2012
Since October is Hispanic Heritage month, this is also the theme for October’s art walk. Head downtown for a colorful evening filled with latin american dance, music and much more. We went last year and had a blast. Here is our video from the art walk then. You can read more about the First Wednesday Art Walk here.
October 5, 2012
The first week of every month, St. Augustine has its own art walk. The First Friday has a lot of people mingling in the streets outside shops, galleries and other venues downtown. You can read more - First Friday Artwalk St Augustine, Florida
October 5 – 6, 2012
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, with special guest vocalists Poperazzi, perform Italian classic operas, arias and Neapolitan songs.
The Times Union Center for the Performing Arts.
Datil Pepper Festival – St. Augustine, Florida
October 6 – 7, 2012
St Augustine is heating things up for fall when the datil pepper comes to town. The datil pepper is celebrated at this festival in St. Augustine every year. More details here - Datil Pepper Festival.
Jacksonville Bullies Lacrosse
October 6, 2012
Come out with your team jerseys and socks and support the Bullies as they take on the Reading Rockets. At Halftime the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville’s Starz Cheer Team perform with the Jacksonville Belles. www.jaxbullies.com
October 6, 2012
The Timucuan Preserve will host Harvest Day, a special event marking the end of the harvest season at Kingsley Plantation. Activities will include demonstrations of plantation activities, including: cooking, carpentry, blacksmithing, and the harvest of Sea Island cotton and indigo; two of the historical cash crops for the plantation. Families are invited to help with tasks such as butter churning, cotton ginning, and producing indigo dye. This event is free and open to the public. 10 am to 4 pm.
Kingsley Plantation. 904.251-3537 www.nps.gov
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chicago Bears
October 7, 2012
The kickoff will take place at Everbank Field at 4.05 pm on Sunday October 7th. More details at www.jaguars.com
October 7 – 14, 2012
The Amelia Island Jazz festival always has an impressive line up of artists and is one of the most popular events in Fernandina Beach every year. Famous jazz musician Les deMerle has been the driving force behind this popular jazz festival for many years and created an exciting program. Read more here – Amelia Island Jazz Festival
Florida Surfing Championship
October 4 – 7, 2012
The 2012 Florida Surfing Championships is an open surfing event series bringing in local and regional competitors and their A-game in hopes of winning over $30k in cash and prizes. Live results as the competition ensues will be available online via twitter. Art, food, beer, wine, children activities, surf, SUP, kayak, 5K, live entertainment f/ Split Tone, Fusebox Funk, The Wailers and more will also be available during the competition.
The Music of Queen with Jacksonville Symphony
October 13, 2012
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra presents a tribute to the timeless classics of Freddie Mercury and his bandmates for one night only in the Moran Theatre at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Phone: 904.354-5479
Dogtoberfest at Metropolitan Park
October 13, 2012
Dogtoberfest is an outdoor pet event and fundraiser to benefit First Coast No More Homeless Pets, a local nonprofit organization. Dogtoberfest features a fundraising walk, live entertainment, costume contest, dog trick or treat walk, food, vendors, and more. This event is free to the public. 11 am. www.fcnmhp.org
Greek Festival – St Augustine
October 12 – 14, 2012
Experience food and culture from Greece, without leaving your own backyard – just come to this festival in October. Read all about it here – Greek Festival in St. Augustine
Spooktacular at the Jacksonville Zoo
October 19-21, 2012 & October 26-31, 2012
Come to Jacksonville Zoo for the spooktacular Halloween celebration – safe for children. Pirates cove, Pumpking Patch, Enchanted Forest and much more. 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Click here for more information about Spooktacular.
Southern Women’s Show
Oct 18 – 21, 2012
The Southern Women’s Show returns to Prime Osborne Convention Center. This year it’s the 24th annual show.
women can shop for beautiful jewelry and hip handbags, watch fabulous fashion shows, attend cooking demonstrations and sample gourmet foods, treat themselves to makeovers, and meet celebrity guests! Visit their website for more info.
Uptown Saturday Night – St Augustine
Every month antique dealers and art galleries in the Old City’s San Marco District hold the popular event Uptown Saturday Night. This monthly art event combines a festive party atmosphere with hospitality and special deals. Find out more here – Uptown Saturday Night
Georgia vs. Florida Football Classic – Jacksonville, Fl
October 24 – 37, 2012
The football fans from both universities will gather in Jacksonville for the annual battle between the two giants. Lots of events and happenings around town. Read more here Georgia vs. Florida Football Classic