18 Ways for Residents to Celebrate Autumn in Central Florida

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Autumn in Florida

With fall in full swing once again it’s time to start planning some excellent seasonal activities. And while the Florida climate may differ a bit from other areas of the country and lack the cool, crisp weather, there are still plenty of wonderful fall aspects to enjoy within the state!

Read on to discover some of the wonderful autumn events happening in central Florida, along with some ways to celebrate the season at home!

Autumn Events in Polk County

There are a variety of autumn events in Lake Wales and greater Polk County that are perfect for the whole family. Check them out!

  • Oktoberfest – Every year, Winter Haven holds their Oktoberfest celebration in the city’s Central Park, with brats and barbeque, drinks, live music, and more. October 20, 2-6 p.m.
  • MIDFLORIDA Auto Show & Lake Mirror Concours – If you’re a sucker for classic cars you’ll love attending this show in downtown Lakeland. More than 750 vehicles will be on display and food trucks and musical acts will also be in attendance. October 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Polk State College Annual FallFest – This annual celebration features a craft show, Kids Zone for the little ones, live music, food, a pumpkin patch, a haunted house, and more. October 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • ROOTSTOCK Plant & Garden Festival – Beautiful Bok Tower Gardens is once again hosting this festival which features plant vendors, musicians, food, and the garden’s wonderful seasonal foliage. Free admission (though parking is $10). October 20, all day.
  • Pumpkin Safaris at Safari Wilderness – On Saturdays and Sundays in October at 1-6 p.m. you can attend these wild animal tours hosted by knowledgeable guides. The site holds a small mammal house, a free-flight aviary, a petting zoo, and more. Definitely a great place to take the grandkids!
  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort Brick-or-Treat – Speaking of the grandkids, they’ll love this trick-or-treating event at LEGOLAND. With all kinds of spooky entertainment on site, including LEGO building activities and a haunted scavenger hunt, the little ones will have a blast! Held October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, and 31.
  • Munn Park Extravaganza Gardening Show – You’ll be able to browse a wide variety of plants and flowers from over 50 vendors at this show, which also features master gardeners on hand to answer questions. October 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Visitor Information Center Fall Festival – When you attend this family event at Central Florida’s Visitor Information Center, you’ll be able to enjoy pumpkin carving contests, games, face painting, candy prizes, and more. Costumes are encouraged, and local vendors will be on hand with some delicious treats. October 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Pioneer Days Festival – Once again, the Lake Wales Museum will host this charming festival, now in its 43rd year. Come by for crafting, the antique car parade, carriage tours, reenactments, a craft brewing event, live music and dance performances, and more. It’ll be a full day! October 27-29.
  • 39-Mile Scenic Highway Yard Sale – Every November, this massive yard sale is held along the Ridge Scenic Highway scenic corridor, helping sellers and buyers to make some mutually beneficial deals. Come by to find some treasures of yesteryear! November 3, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Fall Fuel Up – This event, now in its 22nd year, is hosted by the Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club. By attending, you’ll get to see some fantastic antique cars and tractors, enjoy some delicious food, bargain hunt at the flea market, and more. November 7-10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Haven Holiday Market – With over 100 vendors at this event supplying crafts, food, vintage goods, jewelry, home décor, and more, you’ll certainly find something to your liking. Plus, there’s live music and a kids’ area to boot! November 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Other Ways to Get into the Fall Spirit!

If you’re looking to have some more fall fun, or want some great activities to do at home or in your local community in between the events listed above, check out these suggestions!

  • Watch Scary Movies – Whether you like the classics like “Frankenstein” and “The Wolfman,” enjoy spine-tingling films like “The Shining” and “Halloween,” or prefer charming favorites like “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “Hocus Pocus,” cable and streaming services offer a wide variety of entertainment options this time of year. Grab the popcorn and settle in for the night!
  • Experience the Fall Colors – By November, the leaves on many trees in Florida will start to show off a beautiful array of colors. You should take some time to appreciate this wonder of nature by heading to a park or preserve, with Bok Tower Gardens (mentioned above) being one of the premier destinations in the Lake Wales area.
  • Work in the Garden – Autumn is a wonderful time for gardening because it’s ideal for planting some perennial flower bulbs which can then be enjoyed year after year. Some options for planting include daffodils, allium, hyacinth, and tulips.
  • Prepare for Trick-or-Treaters – One of the best parts about the fall is definitely Halloween with its decoration opportunities, wide variety of candy, and excuse to dress up! The little ones love all these things too of course, so spruce up your home with some spooky decorations and stock up on the sweets.
  • Carve Jack-o’-Lanterns – Another great way to get into the Halloween spirit is by flexing your creative muscles and carving some jack-o’-lanterns for display. You can go with a classic design, try something more unique and modern, or even use stencil kits to craft an intricate look!

Looking for More Great Activities? Check Out Our Blog!

On the Water’s Edge of Lake Wales blog we regularly post articles on things happening in the local community, as well as businesses and restaurants worth knowing about. Take a look and find something just for you!