“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne
The arrival of fall in Central Florida brings with it beautiful sunshine, cooler weather, pumpkin patches and hayrides, college football action, haunted houses and a variety of lively festivals, events and fairs that are sure to please visitors and residents alike. From family-friendly trick-or-treat extravaganzas and horrifying fright fests at Orlando’s world-famous theme parks to critically acclaimed festivals and everything in between, the exciting lineup of fall events in Central Florida provides something for everyone!
Downtown Daytona Beach
October 16-19, 2014
Nearly 125,000 motorcyclists from all over the United States and Canada descend upon Daytona Beach for Biketoberfest, a celebration of the joy of motorcycling that features motorcycle races at Daytona International Speedway, live music, shows and expos, street festivals, scenic rides along A1A and plenty of opportunities to party!
Brick or Treat
Weekends in October 2014
Bring the whole family out to this “spooky, kooky event” at LEGOLAND Florida that offers trick-or-treating, as well as the brick-or-treat trail, LEGO Ghost Build, LEGO Scary Haunted Scavenger Hunt in Miniland USA, Halloween-themed entertainment, the largest LEGO pumpkin in the world, meet-and-greet with LEGO Halloween characters, all-kids costume contest with “brick-tastic” prizes and Dance Party in Miniland USA (Saturdays only). Get Tickets
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Various Locales, Walt Disney World Resort
November 7-8, 2014 Celebrate the fifth-anniversary celebration of the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, which features something for everyone such as the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K and runDisney Kids Races, as well as runDisney Health & Fitness Expo and Finish Line Party at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort
September 19 – November 10, 2014
Take an eclectic tour of the world at the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival as you sample delicious foods and fine wines during this international culinary celebration, which offers 25 global marketplaces, nightly Eat to the Beat! Concert Series, celebrity-chef cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, the talents of street performers from acrobats to musicians and more. The Eat to the Beat! lineup features Jo Dee Messina (Sept. 19-21), The Pointer Sisters (Sept. 22-23), The Commodores (Sept. 24-25), Christopher Cross (Sept. 26-27), Hanson (Sept. 28-29), Air Supply (Sept. 30 – Oct. 2), STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas (Oct. 3-5), Sugar Ray (Oct. 6-8), Fuel (Oct. 9-10), Sister Hazel (Oct. 11-12), Richard Marx (Oct. 13-14), Billy Ocean (Oct. 15-16), Night Ranger (Oct. 17-19), Smash Mouth (Oct. 20-22), Jim Brickman (Oct. 23-24), Los Lonely Boys (Oct. 25-26), Wilson Phillips (Oct. 27-28), Dennis DeYoung, original member of STYX (Oct. 29-31), 38 Special (Nov. 1-2), Boys II Men (Nov. 3-5), David Cook (Nov. 6-7) and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Nov. 8-10). Get Tickets
Fall Fiesta in the Park
Lake Eola Park, Downtown Orlando
November 1-2, 2014
The 44th-annual Fall Fiesta in the Park at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando takes place over two days and features the talents of more than 600 artists and craftspeople from all over the United States, great food, live entertainment and a free children’s area.
Festival Calle Orlando
Orange Avenue, Downtown Orlando
October 26, 2014
Central Florida’s largest Hispanic festival hits the streets of downtown Orlando with plenty of great food, live music and dancing. Festival Calle Orlando will feature more than 40 musical artists, including Tito Rojas, N’klabe, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico and Grupo Mania.
Halloween Horror Nights
Universal Orlando Resort
Select Nights from September 19 through November 1, 2014
The largest Halloween event in the United States, Halloween Horror Nights 24 will be spread out over both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Highlights of the month-long fright fest include eight “terrifying” haunted houses, scare zones, a Halloween parade and “outrageous” live shows, as well as multiple “spine-chilling” street experiences featuring an assortment of wandering ghouls, zombies, demons, werewolves, ghosts, goblins and vampires.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World Resort
Select Nights in from September 1 through October 31, 2014
An after-hours extravaganza at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party allows guests to dress up in Halloween costumes and also features Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade, Villains Castle Show and the “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks spectacular. There’s trick-or-treating as well and also the opportunity to enjoy rides and attractions from 7 PM to midnight.
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
Weekends from October 4 through October 26, 2014
Halloween meets the sea at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, carving an underwater “fantasea” where children can dance with an ice DJ, learn from a school of fish and play with a sea fairy. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular uniquely brings children’s “fantaseas” to life with enchanted pathways and charming sea creatures, providing the utmost in family-friendly trick-or-treating.
Winter Park Autumn Art Festival
Central Park, Winter Park
October 11-12, 2014
A variety of art forms are highlighted at this bustling sidewalk show – including ceramics, drawings, graphics, fiber, jewelry, sculpture, photography and painting. It’s the only juried art show to feature Florida artists exclusively. The festivities include live entertainment, delicious food and children’s art workshops. The Winter Park Autumn Art Festival draws approximately 40,000 people. Admission is free.