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Best Fall Festivals In Tampa Bay

September 3, 2012 6:00 AM

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Summer is over and winter is on its way. But in the lag time between those two seasons, get out for some great fall festivals. Thanks to the fairly warm weather in Tampa Bay, there are plenty of activities to keep a family outdoors and active. Get out and have some fun at any of these great festivals, all sure to send you home satisfied.

Wesley Chapel Fall Festival
The GROVE at Wesley Chapel
6105 Wesley Grove Blvd
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
(813) 994-8534
wesleychapelchamber.comDate: October 13-14The Wesley Chapel Fall Festival will take place on October 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at The Grove at Wesley Chapel. There will be arts and crafts vendors plying their wares, interactive crafts for the children and a car show for the adults. Children will also enjoy the bounce houses, inflatable games, face painting, the pumpkin patch and many more activities. The entire family can enjoy the hay rides, the Lil Mr & Miss Pumpkin Patch Contest and the Battle of the Wings contest. There will also be live entertainment at the festival. While there, check out the beer garden where adults can purchase different brews. And the entire family can enjoy the many types of food available from the food vendors. This is a family-friendly event so come out and spend a relaxing afternoon at the Wesley Chapel Fall Festival.

23rd Annual Hyde Park Village Art Fair
Howard Alan Events
1622 Snow Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
(954) 592-8500
artfestival.com/Hyde_Park_Village_Art_FairDate: October 27-28The 24th Annual Hyde Park Village Art Fair will be held at Hyde Park Village on Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28. Admission to the festival is free and the gates are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This art fair features local and leading national artists displaying their newest creations. All of the artwork on display is original and handmade in the United States. There will be painting, sculptures, wood crafts, handmade jewelry and more available for purchase.Related: Most Iconic Works Of Art In Tampa Bay
Rattlesnake Festival
32819 Pennsylvania Ave
San Antonio, FL 33576
(352) 588-4444
rattlesnakefestival.comDate: October 20-21The Rattlesnake Festival returns to San Antonio on October 20 and 21. Only a short drive from Tampa, this festival features gopher races, snake shows, arts and crafts and ample food options along the streets of San Antonio. Admission is free, parking is free and most of the entertainment is free. The Snakes Alive snake show, as well as the reptile show, costs $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12. To get to the Rattlesnake Festival, take Highway 52 to San Antonio and follow the signs.
4th Annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival
Sarasota County Fairgrounds
3000 Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 706-3102
sarasotapumpkinfestival.comDate: October 26-28The 4th annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival takes place on October 26, 27 and 28. It features activities for the little ones and for the young at heart. There will be hay rides, a maze, pie-eating contests and more. Amusement rides and games will also be available for visitors to enjoy. While at the festival, be sure to check out the Flying Pages Trapeze Show. Watch one of the few trapeze shows still active in the United States.
Ribfest
Vinoy Park
701 Bayshore Drive NE
Tampa, FL 33701
(727) 688-6353
ribfest.orgDate: November 9-11Ribfest is Tampa’s premier rib-cooking contest. It is returning to Vinoy Park from November 9 through November 11. The main event will be ribbers cooking up their best recipes for these fall-off-the-bone treats in an attempt to win a cash prize. There will be a kids’ play area with special appearances by Dora the Explorer, Sponge Bob and other guests. Additional events include concerts, a make-and-take arts and crafts area, games and more. Note of caution: avoid wearing white t-shirts.RelatedBest Art Walks In Tampa
Katherine Bostick is a freelance writer covering all things Tampa Bay. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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