Hit the town with these budget-friendly events
Everyone needs a mix of work and play. After a long day of studying, work, or classes, check out these free or low-cost fall happenings in and near Orlando this month.
Music and food
- October 13-15: BBQ and Blues Festival at the Lakeridge Winery in Clermont. What’s better than listening to blues music outside in the evening? Food and beverages are available, and winery tours and wine tastings are complimentary. Cost is $8, children free.
Festivals and shows
- October 6–8: Rock, Mineral, Gem and Jewelry Show at the Florida National Guard Armory in Orlando. Learn about gems, beads, and stones at this annual event of the Central Florida Mineral and Gem Society. There will be door prizes, auctions, and demos. Cost is $5 for adults, $2 for students.
- October 12–13: Alive After 5 in Sanford. What’s fall without a stop at an Oktoberfest? This one takes the party into the streets with food, beverages, entertainment, and art. 5:00–8:00 p.m. both days. Free.
- October 13: Main Street’s Friday Fest in Melbourne. Bring family or friends to enjoy music, food, and shopping along Main Street. Held on the second Friday of every month. 6:00–10:00 p.m. Free.
- October 14–15: Winter Park Autumn Art Festival in Central Park. Join 40,000 people and take in some outstanding art featuring Orlando-based artists. See live entertainment and sample delicious food by local restaurants. Children’s art workshops, too. 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Free.
- October 21–22: Fall Art & Craft Fair at the Historic Cocoa Village. Celebrate fall with food, live music, a beer garden, and more than 200 exhibitors. There’s also a Kids’ Zone. 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Free admission and parking.
- October 22: Festival Calle Orange in Orlando. A festival celebrating Hispanic culture, with music, dancing, food, and more. $15, kids under 10 are free.
- October 6–November 4: A Petrified Forest in Altamonte Springs. This event is offered on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, when visitors can explore haunted trails. Not for the easily scared! Check out Total Eclipse Night on Oct. 26, when there are NO LIGHTS and you get one glow stick to light your way! Rated PG-13 (children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Cost is $15–30. Ticket booth opens at 7:30 p.m.
- October 13–15, 20–22, 27–29: Boo at the Zoo in Melbourne. Check out the Brevard Zoo’s annual Halloween party, with music, treats, and a haunted house. Cost is $8–$14. Starts at 5:30 p.m.
Fall is the perfect time to get out and about to try something new and fun. After you’ve prepared for your classes, put away your books and head out with friends to experience the great events going on around ACMC!