As summer subsides, fair and festival season fires up. Be sure to keep this list handy in the upcoming months.
The 29th Annual North Central Florida Peanut Festival is Williston’s biggest one-day event featuring plenty of peanutty fun for the whole family. 8am-4pm at Williston’s Heritage Park. willistonfl.com or (352) 528-5552.
The 13th Annual Ocala Cultural Festival is a local favorite and will be held at Tuscawilla Park this year from 11am-3pm. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517.
For The Love Of Jeeps
Jeep-lovers will converge at the Market of Marion for the 20th Annual Jeeptoberfest. The event is one of the largest Jeep-only events in the Southeast. ocalajeepclub.com.
Fall would not be complete without a trip to the annual Blessed Trinity Carnival featuring rides, games, fun houses and more. btcarnival.org or (352) 622-5808 ext. 3356.
A Historical Happening
Step back in time at the McIntosh 1890s festival, held rain or shine 8am-5pm. friendsofmcintosh.org or (352) 591-4038.
The Cooter Music Festival, held at Liberty Park in Inverness, features three days of live music, carnival rides, over 100 vendors, turtle races and more. cooterfestival.com or (352) 341-7820.
Fall Family Fun
The annual Ocala Pumpkin Run includes fun for the kids and a premier car show of all makes and models, vendors, monster trucks, BMX biking, motocross and more. ocalapumpkinrun.com or (352) 620-9998.
For 36 years, chili aficionados from far and wide have brought their best batches for a chance to win the coveted Marion County Chili Cook-Off crown. This year’s event runs 10am-5pm at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. marioncountychilicookoff.org or (352) 351-8840.
Food & Fun
The 4th Annual Harvest Fest Music and Food Truck Festival will boast live music, over 40 vendors and more than a dozen food trucks. The Harvest Fest runs 1-10pm at Tuscawilla Park. feeldowntownlive.com or (352) 401-3980.
Tis The Season
The winter season kicks off with the annual Light Up Ocala event. Held downtown from 4-9pm.
ocalafl.org or (352) 629-2489.
Prime Patches and Corny Fun
Head to theses area pumpkin patches and corn mazes for fall family fun.
Timberline Farm Corn Maze Festival, Belleview
timberlinefarms.net or (352) 454-4113
Scott’s Maze Adventures and Corn Maze, Mount Dora
longandsctottfarms.com or (352) 383-6900
Coon Hollo Corn Maze, Micanopy
coonhollocornmaze.com or (352) 318-9258
Dunnellon Pickin’ Patch, Dunnellon
dunnellonpumpkinpatch.com or (352) 533-4344
Druid Hills Pumpkin Patch, Ocala
druidhillsocala.org or (352) 629-5688