If your head is spinning in disbelief over how fast summer has slipped away, you’re not alone. Crossing Labor Day off the calendar signals the return of popular fall festivals and events across Polk County.
We compiled a list of our favorite fall events for you to check out. Enjoy!
Be sure to click each link for more information about these wonderful fall events.
Oktoberfest (Beer, Brats & Live Music)
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
You know it as the world's largest fair held annually in Munich, Germany, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. Oktoberfest is celebrated annually in Winter Haven’s beautiful Central Park with beer, brats (or BBQ) and live music.
After Oktoberfest, stop by Grove Roots Brewing Company (south of Central Park on 3rd Street) for a Prost.
It’s one of the “must do” collector car shows in the southeastern United States. More than 35,000 spectators will flock to Lakeland, Florida’s quaint downtown and Lake Mirror Promenade to view a display of show vehicles.
Check it out, then wet your whistle at Swan Brewing.
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Join the thousands who flock to Polk State College’s campus annually for FallFest to enjoy a craft show, Kids Zone, music, police and EMS demonstrations, the Pumpkin Patch, food, the Haunted House and more.
P.S. We’ve heard some Northerners schedule visits to central Florida this time of year just so they can take in Fallfest!
ROOTSTOCK Plant & Garden Festival (Boktoberfest Revamped)
Any Boktoberfest fans out there? Bok Tower Gardens is enhancing their signature fall plant sale with the debut of Rootstock Plant & Garden Festival! FREE admission and parking is $10.00 per car.
ROOTSTOCK Plant & Garden Festival is a popular annual event at Bok Tower Gardens, a top vacation spot in Florida. The festival will feature dozens of plant vendors, amazing musicians, healthy cuisine and a spectacular display of seasonal foliage. Florida Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions and food demonstrations will be held in the Outdoor Kitchen.
DON’T MISS THIS: Pinewood Estate will be decked out in autumn finery and offer self-guided tours.
Saturdays and Sundays throughout October
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Pumpkin Safaris include a 45-minute customized vehicle safari led by one of their knowledgeable tour guides. There is also a guided walking tour of their small mammal house, free-flight aviary and petting zoo barn, which gives you a chance to get up close and personal with some of their smaller animal residents.
October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 and October 31
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is always awesome, but even more so during Brick-or-Treat. This spooky, kooky event features trick-or-treating along the Brick-or-Treat Trail, LEGO build activities, the largest LEGO jack-o-lantern in the world, a haunted scavenger hunt in Miniland U.S.A., Halloween-themed entertainment and an all-kids costume contest with “bricktastic” prizes!
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy a family day of activities while exploring the many plants and flowers that will be for sale from more than 50 vendors. Garden presentations are scheduled throughout the day and Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer all your questions. Soil testing can be done for $3.00.
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Start your trick or treating at Central Florida’s Visitor Information Center! This free family-friendly event will include a pumpkin carving contest, games, face painting, candy, prizes, and bounce houses. Costumes are welcome, and food and gifts will be available for purchase from local vendors.
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Members of the original Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team continue to WOW central Florida audiences, and work to pass on their water skiing skills to the next generation. The Team will a Halloween themed children's costume contest and water ski show at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Winter Haven.
Daily festival hours can be found at Pioneer Days Festival.
The 39th Annual Lake Wales Pioneer Days will be held on the shores of beautiful Lake Wailes and will feature an antique car parade, architectural carriage tours, crafters, demonstrators, re-enactors, and the naming of this year’s Pioneer of the Year.
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The 39-Mile Scenic Highway Yard Sale is held each November, and provides sellers and buyers alike a special opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Ridge Scenic Highway Scenic corridor while scoring awesome treasures.
Participating communities and sale locations can be found at 39-Mile Scenic Highway Yard Sale.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The 22nd Annual Florida Flywheelers' Fall Fuel Up will feature antique tractors and cars, hit and miss engines, food, a flea market, parades, and the antique village. The Fall Fuel Up is a great event for the entire family.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Haven Holiday Market will feature more than 100 unique vendors with art, crafts, vintage decor, lots of jewelry, fair trade and homemade goods, raw local honey, shabby chic decor, book signing, kids area, food trucks, and live music.
You may also be interested in our full Calendar of Events.