Pumpkin spice everything is taking over. Fall decor is swarming the stores, and temperatures are finally cooling down (a little). The fall season is upon us and even though it takes Florida a little while longer to get with the program, you can still indulge in some of the traditional fall activities that Jacksonville has to offer. Whether you’re looking for something to satisfy your craving for all things Halloween or just getting those fall vibes, the River City has something for all ages.
Jax Beach Fall Arts Market
Support local painters, woodworkers, candle markers and jewelry creators when you visit the Beach Arts Market. This quarterly art event brings art and culture to life for the Jacksonville community. And while you’re in the area, you can stop by some of the beachside restaurants to get some grub or grab a bike and cruise the coast. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Free. Seawalk Pavilion: 75 1st St. N., Jacksonville Beach, FL; www.facebook.com/JBArtsMarket
Jacksonville Jazz Festival
Originally scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is one Downtown Jacksonville’s most highly anticipated fall events. Come out and celebrate 40 years of jazz with performers like Poncho Sanchez, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Lalah Hathaway and more. Join the fun at this “epic street party” with free live entertainment, good food and great music. Make sure you come prepared to move and groove to the right beat because this festival has it all.
10.15-17 + 10.22-31
Spooktacular at the Jacksonville Zoo
When you’re itching to celebrate Halloween, but October 31st isn’t quite around the corner, plan a visit to the Jacksonville Zoo to experience “Jacksonville’s most enchanting Halloween celebration.” Spooktacular is the perfect opportunity to give you a taste of Halloween that’s suitable for all ages. Dress up in your costume and explore the spooky walkways with different themed decorations, scare zones, trick-or-treating stations, and a “frightening amount of music, entertainment and photo ops.”
Florida-Georgia Football Game
It’s that time of the year where tradition meets rivalry. The Florida Gators and the Georgia Bulldogs go head-to-head in one of the most anticipated college football games of the year. This annual football game “brings the Jacksonville community together to celebrate football like no other city in the country.” If you don’t intend on going into the big game, you can always pack up the cooler and get the grill ready for a fantastic tailgate with other fans and partygoers. But whether you’re inside raging in the stands or showing your support from the outside, pick a side and ride with them — win or lose.
The Greater Jacksonville Fair
The fair is a can’t miss fall tradition. Full of attractions, this year’s Jacksonville Fair is taking things “Back to the Fun.” While you’re walking around with a giant turkey leg in your hand, you can indulge in performances from Kazul and Divas Through the Decades or visit other attractions like Robinson’s Racing Pigs or Scott’s World of Magic. If you’re a thrill seeker, rides like the “Power Surge” and the “Ring of Fire” are returning for your adventurous pleasure. 5-11 p.m. tickets. Jacksonville Fairgrounds: 510 Fairgrounds Pl., Jacksonville, FL; jacksonvillefair.com // @jaxfair
Oktoberfest Springfield Bar Crawl
It is the time of the year where multiple Main Street breweries and restaurants in the Springfield area like Main & Six Brewing Company, Wafaa N, Mike’s Café, Wurstbusters, Strings Sports Brewery, and Hyperion Brewing Company get together to throw a bar crawl to celebrate Oktoberfest. Each business will feature their own Oktoberfest-themed bars. Food trucks will be parked outside. Music will be blasting, and delicious craft beer will be pouring. 6 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Free. Main & Six Brewing Company: 1636 N. Main St. Jacksonville, FL; mainandsixbrewing.com // @mainandsixbrewing
Every Friday and Saturday of October
Amazing Grace Family Farms
The experience is even sweeter than the name. A visit to the Amazing Grace Family Farms is like a walk through a sunflower field, literally. People drive from all over just to get the perfect photo opportunity in the sunflower field. Although there isn’t a guarantee that the sunflowers will bloom by the fall, there are plenty of other perks to visiting the farm; the fall season includes a pumpkin patch, crop maze, meet and greet with farm animals and endless possibilities for creating lasting memories.