It’s Fall Festival Season In & Around Jacksonville!

Fall is in the air and that means it’s fall festival season. Whether you’re looking for good food, music or even a free kid zone these Fall Festivals in Jacksonville are sure to have something the entire family can enjoy.

Want to head to St. Augustine for a day trip? Check out all the fall festivals happening just south of Jax in the St. Augustine Moms Blog Fall Festival guide!

Featured Event: JMB Fall Family Day
October 14: 10:00 – 3:00 pm at Congaree & Penn

Jacksonville Moms Blog is excited to host a Fall Family Day at Congaree and Penn sponsored by Carespot! JMB readers and their families are invited to join us Saturday, October 14 from 10 AM – 3 PM at Congaree and Penn to enjoy the perfect family day out with Jacksonville Moms Blog. Read more about all the activities here! Families can explore the farm by foot or by bike, take educational farm tours and enjoy the property, including hayrides! Admission is $10 per car and can be purchased at the farm the day of the event by cash or credit card.

Shrimp & Grits Festival

September 15th — 17th
A coastal favorite, the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival, presented by Southern Living, combines the classic southern dish with family-friendly entertainment, artists market, live music, kids’ zone, food, a craft brew fest, wildlife demonstrations, and more. Mark your calendars for this annual three-day event held the third weekend in September.

Oakleaf Fall Expo
September 16: 9:00-4:00 pm
We will have over 75 vendors along with some of the Best Food in Orange Park. Lots of activities and contests for the kids. Train Rides, Rock Wall, Bounce Houses, Human Bowling balls and so much more.

2nd Annual Oktoberfest at Wicked Barley
September 23: 11:00 am-11:00 pm
Join Wicked Barley for their 2nd annual Oktoberfest with Oktoberfest Bier Hall, German Food Specials, 10+ Oktoberfest Beer Releases, Oktoberfest Games, and a Dirndl and Lederhosen Costume Contest. Free admission/Kid-Friendly!

Hay Bale Festival
September 22-24: 6:00 pm
Our Hay Bale Festival is not to be missed! Enjoy hay rides and our special Hay Bale Obstacle/ Challenge, for children and adults. Visit the “What’s it all About” Hay Discovery Table and take a leisurely stroll down to Ma Sue’s Hay Bale Garden.

Estuary Fest
September 23: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join us for lots of free fun and games and help us celebrate National Estuaries Week and learn about our beautiful oceans, rivers, and estuaries. This family-friendly event will have activities, art, music, food, and prizes! The first 50 families that complete the Scavenger Hunt will receive a bag of goodies! Bring some cash for the food trucks, vendors, raffles and special activities.

Intuition Ale Works 6th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration
September 23: 12:00-6:00 pm
Ticket holders will receive access to the brewery bier hall with polka and dance music from DJ E.L. and games! Sausage Paradise FOOD TRUCK will be on-site selling nine, hand-made German sausages; served with the traditional trimmings. There will be a Crowning of festival King and Queen.

Oktoberfest Jacksonville 2017
September 29-30: 3:00-6:00 pm
Oktoberfest Jacksonville celebrates German cuisine, culture and craft beer with this weekend-long event in Jacksonville, Florida. Multiple stages host a variety of entertainment including live music and traditional dancing, and vendors provide a smorgasbord of authentic German cuisine, traditional festival fare and thirst-quenching beers. Kids can make their way over to KinderFest, an area with games and activities for the little ones to enjoy in a safe environment.

2017 Florida Oktoberfest and Music Festival
October 6-8: 6:00-8:00 pm
Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park will play host to three jam-packed days and nights of music and Oktoberfest fun.

Mandarin United Methodist Women’s Fall Craft Festival
October 7: 9:00-4:00 pm

This successful event has been in existence for 27 years and their crafters say it’s one of the most enjoyable shows. Along with 100 plus crafters, the festival has a bake shop, country store, children’s shop, and more.

The Makery Fall Market
October 7-8
The Makers Market is a curated market in Jacksonville, FL where independent Makers, designers, and creative entrepreneurs along with the local community can gather and inspire one another. It is a fun and lively event with make-and-take workshops, “101” demonstrations and music along with artisanal food and drink. Handmade, reclaimed, and vintage items will be featured with a focus on fresh design and exceptional workmanship.

City of Atlantic Beach Fall Festival
October 14: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Family fun for all ages! Join the City of Atlantic Beach for their annual fish fry event held in October to celebrate the beginning of the fall season. Food, music, community information, and exhibits, games (Bingo, cake walk, balloon pop, etc), face painting, hayrides, arts and crafts table.

Beaches Oktoberfest 
October 13-15
The Beaches Oktoberfest is Florida’s Largest Annual Oktoberfest. The three-day festival held in the heart of North Florida at the Jacksonville Beach Sea Walk Pavilion attracts 45,000-55,000 attendees annually. The family friendly festival boasts a large variety of German beer, performances daily by national performing acts, food trucks, a 110+ ft Ferris Wheel, arts & crafts vendors, games & activities and so much more. Tickets and lineup will be announced soon.

The Beaches Art Fest
October 14-15
The Beaches Art Fest is being held outdoors, stretching two city blocks on Pablo Avenue, in the heart of Jacksonville Beach, FL. Over 100 outstanding artisans and master craftsmen will be exhibiting their carefully created jewelry, pottery, paintings, fiber art, glass art, sculpture, photography, wood and much, much more. Be inspired at The Beaches Art Fest!

Seamark Ranch Jamboree
October 21: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Make plans to join us for the Seamark Ranch 10th Anniversary Jamboree! Come and help us celebrate 10 years of serving children with a day of family fun. Enjoy a super hero costume parade, meet our local super heroes – our first responders, kid’s fun zone, Ranch tours, music, wagon rides, garden tours, petting zoo, Seamark market, concessions and lunch available for purchase. Don’t forget the Anniversary cake cutting and cake for everyone! Be sure to come dressed as your favorite super hero. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Party in the Pines Country Music Festival
October 20-21
Party In The Pines is a country music festival held Oct. 20-21 in White Springs, Fla. The event will kick off at 3 p.m. ET and continues into Saturday when the gates will open at noon. Presented by Bienville Entertainment, the two-day music and camping festival will feature the biggest names in country music including Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Easton Corbin, Ryan Hurd and more. Two-day General Admission tickets are $160, including parking, and will be available at

Town of Orange Park Fall Festival
Oct 21-22: 10:00-5:00 pm
The annual Arts, Crafts, and Music event held at the Orange Park Town Hall grounds will include two full days of music, food, fun, crafts, vendors, kid’s activities and live entertainment!

Farm of Fantasy at Celestial Farms
October 21 & 28: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Trick or Treat from animal to animal, photo opportunities, pony and hay rides as well as lots of games and activities! Everything is created in a child-friendly manner with their safety in mind. Bring your own camera, dress up and have fun! No admission or parking fees. You are welcome to make a donation to support our animal rescue and educational activities. Pony and hay rides are $3 each. Concessions available.

Alimacani Elementary PTA Fall Carnival
October 21: 9:00 am – 2:00pm
It’s about that time of year! Our Annual Alimacani Elementary PTA Fall Carnival is on October 21, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Help us spread the word, tell your co-workers, family and friends. This event is open to the public and is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. So, who likes Food, Games, Prizes, Rides or Petting Zoo?

The Jacksonville Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival
October 21: 6:00-10:00 pm
Fun for the whole family! Car show, marketplace, games, crafts and of course pumpkins!! As always, there is no entry fee.

Holiday Hill Fall Festival
October 21: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join Holiday Hill Baptist Church as we celebrate the fall season with our second annual Fall Festival! This year’s theme is “old country” so we will be taking a step back in time to enjoy a day of fun for all ages! We will have craft and clothing vendors, human hamster balls, a bounce house, hayride, and much more!

Suwannee Hulaween
October 27-29
A 3-day music festival set in Live Oak along the black Suwannee River. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is one of the most beautiful live music venues in the country and offers guest comforts including a general store, full-service restaurant, free showers, indoor bathrooms and water stations.

Halloween at Hubb’s with Scarecrow Festival
October 27-29: 6:00 pm
Have some Halloween fun at Hubb’s Farm with our not-so-spooky activities for the whole family. Little goblins ages 10 and under, may register for the Halloween Costume Contest on Saturday, October 28th, between 12 pm and 3:30 pm. The contest will begin at 4 pm. We’ll be giving out TREATS, not tricks, during our trick-or-treat on Saturday from 1 pm to 5 pm. When the sun goes down, the maze comes ALIVE for our dark flashlight maze. Bring a flashlight and be prepared to “get lost”!

Brew at the Zoo
November 10: 7:00 pm
Brew at the Zoo features delicious food and drink vendors from around Jacksonville, live music, games, and more in the amazing setting of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. All proceeds from the event benefit the care and feeding of our 2,000 animals and over 1,000 plants.

Mandarin Festival and Chili Cook-Off
November 18: 11:00-3:00 pm
The Mandarin Fall Festival and Chili Cook-Off is an annual fundraising event for the Mandarin Council of the JAX Chamber. Each year the Mandarin Council of the JAX Chamber helps fund various school and community projects through a program we call “Community Support.” The Mandarin Fall Festival andChili Cook-Off is our main event for fundraising.This event is a huge success for the community and our sponsors.

Bruval Craft Beer Fest 2017
November 18
: 12:00-10:00 pm
Bruval is a one-day event celebrating the rapidly growing craft beer movement. Featuring North Florida’s top craft breweries and beyond, this event will highlight the area’s greatest flavors right in the heart of Jacksonville Beach at the Seawalk Pavilion. Come out to try dozens of brews at this celebration of all things craft beer. The event will also include an unlimited tasting area featuring over 20 breweries and 60+ different types of beer.

Dates TBA

Jaxtoberfest is a two-day festival full of beer, bratwurst and entertainment. Held at the St. John’s Town Center, it will feature authentic, mouthwatering German traditional favorites such as bratwurst and pretzels, as well as some of Jacksonville’s finest food trucks, offering a wide variety of tasty items throughout the day.

Did we miss your favorite fall festival? Let us know in the comments!

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2 Responses to It’s Fall Festival Season In & Around Jacksonville!

  1. Kamalla Aug 31, 2017 at 7:32 am #

    Celestial Farms also has Hug a Farm Animal Day . They are actually doing two dates this year. Sept 9 and 16th. Free parking and entry, a few dollars for select activities such as boumce house, train and horse rides.

    • Vicky Aug 31, 2017 at 8:54 am #

      Thanks! We will add 🙂

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