Fall festival season kicks into high gear this weekend across the state. Temperatures are expected to stay unseasonably warm in Florida, so go outside and do something fun! Here are a few suggestions.
Sarasota Medieval Fair – Sarasota
November 7-8, 14-15, 21-22
Watch living history as actors go back to the year 1314 and stage an epic battle between the Scottish and the English. Sarasota’s Ringling Woods is transformed into an aesthetically pleasing medieval village with lush trees and manicured landscape. Activities include jousting, medieval games, rides, demonstrations and sword wielding Scotsmen.
Ybor City Cigar Festival – Tampa
Beer, wine, live music and cigars are the main draws for this day-long festival at Tampa’s Centennial Park. Watch cigar rolling demonstrations, grab some grub in Food Truck Alley, take a swing in the golf simulator and check out muscle car displays during this free event hosted by Cigar City.
The Villages Craft Festival at Spanish Springs – The Villages
More than 100 crafters from 30 different states converge on Spanish Springs in The Villages for this two-day event. The festival takes place along Main Street and now in its 19th year, is one of the community’s most popular and well-attended shows. Admission is free.
St. Augustine Pirate Gathering – St. Augustine
Pirates from all over the nation take over St. Augustine’s Francis Field for three days of fun. Attractions include mermaids, sword battles, weapon demonstrations, stunt shows and live music. Admission is $5 for adults and children under 12 get in for $2.
Delray Beach Wine & Seafood Festival – Delray Beach
Stroll the palm-lined streets of Delray while enjoying a great glass of wine or a plate of delectable seafood. The festival also offers an interesting array of artists and crafters, many of them showcasing Florida coastal designed art and clothing. There will also be wine pairing seminars and live music. Admission is free.
Halifax Art Festival – Daytona Beach
Over 200 fine artists from all over the nation come together for this free weekend festival along Daytona’s Beach Street. This is the second-oldest continual art festival in Florida and attracts around 45,000 visitors.