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October 2019: Our Favorite Authentic Florida Events

As soon as we feel the slightest drop in the heat and humidity, we know it’s Fall Festival season in Florida. We’ve decided to focus on some of the most historic, interesting and fun events happening in October around the Sunshine State … beyond the spooky ones that celebrate Halloween.

Here are a few of our favorites:

46th Annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Winter Park
October 12-13, 2019

The 46th Annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is the only juried fine art festival exclusively featuring Florida artists. The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the festival on the second weekend in October each year. The community-oriented sidewalk show presents quality visual art and live entertainment the whole family can enjoy. The festival is held in beautiful Central Park located along historic Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park.

More info at https://winterpark.org/autumn-art-festival


15th Annual Creekside Music & Arts Festival, Palm Coast
October 12-13, 2019

The 15th Annual Creekside Music & Arts Festival invites guests from all over to gather under the majestic oaks at Princess Place Preserve for a local tradition that celebrates the natural beauty of Northeast Florida. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy live music, soak in the scenery of one of Flagler County’s gems, shop rows of unique arts & craft vendors, bring the kids to have fun in the free kids zone, grab a bite in the flavorful food court, enjoy fall festival brews in the beer garden, or explore the Princess Lodge and other historic sites. There’s something for everyone to enjoy! Brought to you by the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce.

More info at http://www.flaglerchamber.org/pages/creekside-festival


30th Annual Lobster Festival & Tournament, Panama City Beach
October 14-20, 2019

The 30th Annual Schooners Lobster Festival & Tournament is recognized as the largest seven-day lobster festival and tournament in the Southeast. With huge local lobsters on the weigh-in scales, fresh lobster prepared every mouth-watering way you can imagine, and the 20th Annual Schooners Sand Sculpting Contest, it’s an event that draws thousands of divers and lobster fans from all over. Proceeds benefit the Florida Aquatic Marine Institute and the Toys For Kids Foundation.

More info at https://www.schooners.com/events/lobsterfestival

AuthenticFlorida, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Oct. 11, 2019

A Florida resident since 1974, Melanie Lentz-Janney is the owner/CXO of AuthenticFlorida.com, a travel and lifestyle blog devoted to the Sunshine State's most unique and quirkiest treasures. Authentic Florida is intended to inspire discovery of the accessible, yet under-appreciated areas of the state as well as celebrating good old-fashioned Florida kitsch. Lentz-Janney’s lifelong passion has been discovering Florida’s genuine side – some old, some new – with a focus on “fun and affordable.” Authentic Florida has been recognized as the BEST Blog of the Year, the BEST Travel Blog (twice), and BEST Food Blog at the Florida Sunshine Awards. Lentz-Janney is a member of Florida Outdoor Writers Association and the Society of American Travel Writers. She is also a well-respected marketing expert and an award-winning filmmaker.