Florida Fall Fun Guide

Sep 14, 2023

While Florida is renowned for its stunning beaches and year-round sunshine, the fall season brings a whole new set of exciting opportunities for residents and visitors alike. From thrilling sports events to charming community festivals and pumpkin patches, there’s no shortage of fun things to do during your autumn visit. Let’s explore some of the top attractions and events to check out during your stay with Kong Vacation Homes, organized by region.


Sports Action

If you’re a sports enthusiast, fall in Tampa Bay is the perfect time to catch some exciting games. Don’t miss the chance to support your favorite teams:

  • Tampa Bay Rays: Baseball fans can cheer on the Tampa Bay Rays as they aim for victory during the 2023 MLB season.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Football lovers can join the roar of the crowd at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers games during the 2023/24 NFL season.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning: (September 29, First Preseason Game): Hockey fans can catch the excitement of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first preseason game of the season.
  • Tampa Bay Rowdies: (October 7, Final Home Game): Soccer aficionados won’t want to miss the final home game of the USL season with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Fall Festivals and Events

For those seeking family-friendly activities, the Tampa Bay area offers a plethora of festive experiences:

  • Raprager Family Farms Fall Pumpkin Festival (September 22-October 29): Get into the autumn spirit by exploring the pumpkin patch and enjoying a range of fall-themed activities.
  • Creatures of the Night at Zoo Tampa (September 28-October 29): Visit Zoo Tampa for a unique nocturnal adventure featuring special animal encounters and spooky surprises.
  • Hyde Park Arts Festival (October 7-8): Immerse yourself in the local arts scene at the Hyde Park Arts Festival, featuring a wide array of creative exhibits and performances.
  • Oktoberfest Tampa (October 13-15): Raise a stein and celebrate German culture with music, food, and plenty of Oktoberfest fun.
  • Wesley Chapel Fall Festival and Carnival (October 28): Enjoy a day of family-friendly activities, including rides, games, and delicious treats.
  • Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Through October 31): For those seeking thrills and chills, Busch Gardens offers a spine-tingling Halloween experience with haunted houses and scare zones.
  • Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park (November 17-January 1): Join the celebration as this Tampa riverfront park is transformed with the sights, sounds, and activities of the holidays.
  • Shopapalooza Festival (November 25-26): Experience 350+ local makers and small businesses at the nation’s largest Small Business Saturday celebration!



Sports and Entertainment 

In South Florida, sports and entertainment take center stage during the fall season:

  • Miami Marlins: Baseball fans can root for the Miami Marlins as they compete in the 2023 MLB season.
  • Miami Dolphins: Football enthusiasts can catch the Miami Dolphins in action during the NFL 2023/24 season.
  • Miami Heat (October 10, Home Opener): Experience the electrifying atmosphere of a Miami Heat game during the NBA 2023/24 season.
  • Inter Miami (October 18, Final Home Game): With Lionel Messi on the team, this is the club to watch!
  • Florida Panthers (October 19, Home Opener): Hockey fans can be part of the excitement at the Florida Panthers’ home opener.

Cultural and Culinary Delights

South Florida also offers a rich cultural and culinary scene during the fall months:

  • Oktoberfest Beer Festival Miami (October 13-15 and October 20-22): Savor the flavors of authentic German cuisine and enjoy traditional music and entertainment at this lively Oktoberfest celebration.
  • Miami Spice Restaurant Months (Through September 30): Foodies can indulge in the best of Miami’s culinary scene with special dining deals at top restaurants.
  • Zoo Boo 2023 at Zoo Miami (October 28-29): Bring your little ones for a Halloween-themed adventure at Zoo Miami, complete with costume contests and candy stations.
  • Country Bay Music Festival (November 11-12): Enjoy two days of live country music performances and festivities at this music festival.
  • Olde Fashioned Holiday Art and Craft Show Delray Beach (November 16-18): Start your holiday shopping early with unique, handcrafted gifts at this charming event in Delray Beach.
  • Harvest in Miami (November 18): Celebrate the season with local food vendors, live music, and family-friendly activities at Harvest in Miami.

With so much to see and do, fall in Florida promises a diverse range of experiences for everyone. Whether you’re a sports fan, a foodie, or simply looking for family fun, these events and activities are sure to make your autumn visit memorable. Explore the beauty of Florida beyond the beaches this season!

Kong Vacation Homes offers short-term rentals and vacation rental homes in the popular Florida destinations of Davie, Hallandale Beach, Tampa Bay, Wesley Chapel, and Zephyrhills. For more information about Kong Vacation Homes, contact us at 866-499-9026 or info@kongmg.com.

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