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TampaBayDateNightGuide Fun Ways to Celebrate Fall  ~  Fall Festivals


Tampa Bay’s Fall Festivals are the perfect fun way to celebrate fall in Tampa Bay – except without the cold! For many couples, friends, and families it is one of the best times of the year to get together and have some fun.


In addition to our list of Fall Festivals, be sure to check out Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, and Halloween Events – all on our Fun Ways to Celebrate Fall list!  Sometimes there’s a lot of crossover – a farm might throw a Fall Festival, and it has a corn maze and pumpkins – but lots of Fall Festivals take place away from farms.  So we’ve got them all covered!


Break out the cute clothes, maybe a pair of boots, sip on a great cocktail, and get ready for Fall in Tampa Bay! We’re continued to update as 2023 events are announced.




Haunting of River Ranch

Open Now till Nov 4th, every Friday & Saturday

Haunting of River Ranch Pumpkin Patch at sunset
Haunting of River Ranch Pumpkin Patch – image by Dani Meyering


For a memorable date night that combines adventure and the spirit of Halloween, look no further than Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo’s newest event, “The Haunting of River Ranch.” This seasonal extravaganza promises an unforgettable evening for couples.
Begin your thrilling night by hopping onto a haunted hayride that will take you through uncharted territory at the ranch, unveiling a spine-tingling tale that will send shivers down your spine. Hold hands with your partner as you navigate twists, turns, and eerie encounters.
For those seeking even more excitement, dare to enter the haunted house, where bravery becomes a shared experience. Make this Halloween season unforgettable with your special someone at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo’s “The Haunting of River Ranch.
It’s a date night adventure that will leave you both with lasting memories and a shared love for the spooky season.

Fox Squirrel Fall Festival

October 7 – November 5, 2023
Cost: $12 ages 18 and up, $10 ages 3-17
Take part in exciting, family-friendly fall games and activities during the annual Fox Squirrel Corn Maze! Navigate the corn maze and see how quickly and you can find your way through and then go check out the duck races, challenge your kids to a game of corn hole, go on a hayride, and select the perfect pumpkin for your front porch in Tampa!

Fox Squirrel Corn Maze Tampa 2023
Fox Squirrel Corn Maze Tampa 2023


Fall Festivals Around Tampa Bay

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Annual Brooksville Pumpkin Patch

September 29 – October 29, 2023, Fri: 4pm-9pm, Sat: 10am-5pm, and Sun: 1pm-5pm
475 North Avenue West, Brooksville, FL 34601
The Brooksville farm has hundreds, if not thousands of pumpkins–to choose from at their Fall Festival events throughout October! The farm says most of their pumpkin deliveries are a few days off the vine, so they should last you through the holiday…and maybe even grab some cute ones for decor for Thanksgiving. Their Fall Festival events also have food vendors, produce, a petting zoo, tortoise experience, and more. On select dates, Cinderella, Spiderman, and Captain Marvel will even be visiting!


DK Farms Fall Festival 

September 30 – October 29, 2023
1750 Lake Ave SE, Largo, FL 33771
Cost: $10 weekdays, $15 weekends
Explore and pick up a pumpkin at their patch, take a hayride, and enjoy the great fall decorations or hang with some new friends at the petting zoo. There’s a ton more to do and lots of fun for the whole family. Best of all, this is one of the few Tampa Bay area fall festivals that takes places on weekdays as well as weekends!


Gallagher’s Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Trees

September 16 – October 30, 2023
7401 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Who says a Tampa Fall Festival has to be on a farm?  This one isn’t, but it’s one of the best Fall Festivals in the Tampa Bay area!  Located in St. Pete, this St. Petersburg Fall Festival has taken place for more than 30 years, a family owned business that’s the perfect spot to capture super cute photos of your little pumpkins while you select the best of the ‘patch’!

You can also pick up a yummy homemade pie and even feed goats in the goat pen. Before you leave, be sure you snap a photo in front of the popular vintage pick up truck.

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Gallagher’s Fall Festival is THE place for pics and sips and pumpkins!

Keel Farms Fall Harvest Days and Corky’s Pumpkin Patch at Keel Farms 

Starting October 7, 2023 through October 29, 2023, Open weekends 
Plant City, FL, about 20 minutes east of downtown Tampa
Keel Farms in Plant City is hosting a great fall festival in Tampa Bay! It features a four-acre corn maze for you and the kids to navigate as you find hidden clues and solve a riddle with the rooster mascot, Corky and pals. There is also a pumpkin hatch, hayrides, kids zone, and more!

Stick around and enjoy some of Keel’s fruit wines, sangrias, beers, and ciders during their Harvest Days event.

corkys pumpkin patch tampa



Hyde Park Village Pumpkin Patch

October 4 – October 26, 2023
1602 W. Snow Circle, Tampa, FL
Come pick out the perfect pumpkin at Hyde Park Village.  Different than a Fall Festival on a farm, this south Tampa fall festival tradition is easy, cute, and close to bars! Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. The pumpkin patch will be located by the fountain near Pottery Barn.

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Hyde Park’s Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch
📷: Daisey Charlotte


Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival

September 30-October 29, 2023 Sat-Sun: 10am-5pm
7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, 34240
Cost: $5 parking, admission is free
A quick hop down to Sarasota to check out Fruitville Grove’s 33rd Annual Pumpkin Patch Festival might be just the change of pace and scenery you and your bunch of little pumpkins need!  Held every weekend throughout October, it includes fun family-friendly activities, a butterfly garden, pony rides, family circusand of course, a Pumpkin Patch! There will be a children’s costume contest every Saturday at 2pm. fruitvillegrovefarm.com

Fruitville Grove’s Fall Pumpkin Festival


Shimmering Lights Fall Festival 

Select nights October 5 – 29, 2023, 7pm-10pm
2302 N. Dover Rd, Dover, FL 33527
Cost: $9 ages 3 and up
This is a unique way to celebrate the fall season on the farm! Sun Kisses Acres is teaming up with Nights of Shimmering Lights to create a 1/4 mile walk through trail featuring beautiful lights, music, games, hay rides, pumpkin patches and  foam Olay area on select nights, and more! The light trail is not-so-scary and suitable for kids of all ages!  *Walking trail is not suitable or accessible for wheelchairs or strollers.


Frazier Farms Fall Festival and Corn Fest in Brooksville

September 30 – October 22, 2023 on Saturdays and Sundays
10am – 5pm

20175 Manecke Road, Brooksville, FL 34601
Cost: Free parking and entry, but you can purchase a $20 wristband for activities
There will be lots of kids games, big kids games, corn hole, pumpkin painting, hay rides, “Moo” train barrel ride, a wide variety of craft & food vendors, shaved ice, ice cream, corn shucking contests and a pumpkin patch!

The Frazier Farms Fall Festival is just Excellent!







Annual Hunsader Farms Fall Festival

October 14-29, 2023 on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am – 5pm
5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, FL 34211
Cost: $15 ages 11 and up, children under 10 are free. $5 for parking
Make the drive south of Tampa Bay to experience the 30th annual Fall Festival on select weekends in October. There will be hayrides, a petting zoo, games, pumpkin patch and more! The main attraction is the corn maze which is an additional $2 per person. Make sure to bring cash for other cool activities like a children’s train ride, Butterfly Experience, zip line and more!


Pumpkin Carving Workshop at Largo Community Center

October 27, 2023 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm
400 Alt Keene Road, Largo
Cost: $10 
per person

Come on out to the Largo Community Center to carve a pumpkin with all the tools you’ll need on hand along with some expert tips on how to carve a pumpkin.

Green Acres Farm Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch

October 28-29, 2023
17500 Elridge Avenue, Spring Hill
Cost: TBD
Green Acres Farm in Spring Hill is hosting its first Fall Festival and they can’t wait to host you for a day on the farm with local vendors, pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, and food trucks. The is the same location as the You Pick Blueberries farm you may be familiar with already.


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The Haunted Corn Maze in Newberry is to Not be Messed With.



Horse Power for Kids and Animal Sanctuary 15th Annual Fall Festival Fundraiser 

Saturdays & Sundays
October 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29, 2023, 11am – 5pm
8005 Racetrack Rd., Tampa, FL 33635

Cost: $15 admission, $1 parking
Bring the family out for a day of fun, while supporting a non-profit animal sanctuary right outside the Westchase area. The festival includes pony, train and hayrides, as well as farm animals. Fall games and bon fire, which includes marshmallows. Proceeds go to the animal rescue and sanctuary.



Spooky Train Rides and Scary Trail at the Concourse in Shady Hills

Select nights September 29 – October 28, 2023

11919 Alric Pottbrerg Rd, Shady Hills
Come out to the Fall Festival Concourse forger Spooky Train Rides and Scary Trail! There will be many activities for the kids so come out and have a spooky time! There is a small fee to ride. Learn more to select your night out with the family by following the Grand Concourse Railroad Facebook page here.


Dave’s Christmas Tree Lot Fall Festival for Pumpkins

October 1-31, 2023
106 E Lumsden Avenue, Brandon, FL
Cost: Pumpkins $3 and up
(a) huh…Christmas trees for Fall Festivals?  But really, it’s not officially fall until you’ve visited Dave’s Fall Festival pumpkin patch in October! Bring your friends and family out to wander through our rows of pie pumpkins, mini pumpkins, white pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, highly stacked hay bales, garden mums and much more. Bring the whole family and take as many photos as you like!


November Fall Festivals

Harvest Holler Fall Festival in Polk City

September 15 -November 13, 2023 |  Fri-Sun
950 Tavares Rd., Polk City, FL 33868
Cost: $15 ages 13-64, $12 ages 2-12, seniors 65+, and active-duty military

Come out for a fun Fall Festival tradition – and stroll the fields of this year’s corn maze and pumpkin patch at Harvest Holler Farm, a working family farm! You can explore the pumpkin patch, go on a hayride, enjoy some country eats, meet live farm animals and more! There’s also a cow train, corn hole and many more activities.


Raprager Family Farm Fall Festival

September 22 -November 19, 2023 on Fridays-Sundays
16907 Boy Scout Rd, Odessa, FL, 33556
Cost: $15.25-$16.95 depending on day when purchased in advance for ages 3 and up, children 2 and under are free. Parking is free.

Raprager Family Farm’s Fall Festival is full of fall fun on the farm! There are new attractions this year including axe throwing, pumpkin painting, a 900ft inflatable maze, baby cow, and more.  The haunted barn is back along with the hay rides, petting zoo, hay chute slide, and other favorites.

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For a Great Fall Festival, Check Out Raprager Farm!



HarvestMoon Farm Pumpkin Patch

September 30-November 5, 2023 (Sat/Sun and Wed-Fri)
15990 Stur St., Masaryktown, FL 34604
Cost: $14.95 + tax ages 3 and up
You’ll want to pre-purchase a ticket online to secure your spot to navigate the 5-acre corn maze featuring the Wizard of Oz, explore the many attractions like a cow train, pedal cars, jumping pillow, and barnyard games. There’s also a petting farm and tree house. Bring some extra cash in case the little ones decide they want to participate in gem mining or even pick out their own pumpkins in the pumpkin patch! They even host a Flashlight Night and Haunted Trail (separate admission required).


Sweetfields Farm Fall Festival and Farm Activities

September 23-November 5, 2023
17250 Benes Roush Rd. Masaryktown, FL 34604 – close
Cost: $11.75 + tax ages 3 and up, 2 and under are free ($13.75 at the door)

Come out for Fall Festival fun including corn maze and more at Sweetfields Farm in Masaryktown, but stay for the Pitcher Pump Duck Race, hayride, pumpkin patch, farm animals and free craft of the season. Buy your tickets ahead of time to secure your spot because this event often sells out. This year’s maze design is inspired by the new farm dog who you just might meet during your visit to Sweetfields!

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Get Your Fall Festival on at Sweetfields Farm


Southern Hill Farms Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival

Thursdays-Sundays from September 23- November 12, 2023
Clermont, FL

About an hour east of Tampa, just north from Walt Disney World is the cutest farm/fall festival for families! This year’s 8th Annual Fall Festival at Southern Hill Farms will feature a new 5-acre corn maze, u-pick sunflowers and zinnias, a pumpkin patch barn, kids zone, and more. There will be live music and even flat screen TVs to make sure you don’t miss your favorite game. You can even taste the yummy apple cider donuts, blueberry lemonade, frozen and hot apple cider, pumpkin muffins, and more. This event is cashless and tickets must be bought in advance.


Halloween Events

Haunted Wharf at Sparkman Wharf in Tampa

October 27-28, 2023
615 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Cost: FREE
A haunted pirate shipwreck is heading to Sparkman Wharf with an evening of plenty of photos, live music, silly spooks for the kids, festive food and drinks, and MORE! This is a free community event. Some of the cool photo opportunities include a pirate jail, a siren’s sea swing, and the TAMPA sign will be decked out for the holidays too! Performances will kick off with professional break dancers will take the shipwrecked stage on Friday night for a DJ Dance Party. On Saturday night, the live band Night Breakers will perform contemporary hits.

Image credit: Sparkman Wharf




Trick-or-Treat Trail at Largo Central Park

October 27, 2023, 5:30pm
201 Highland Ave, Largo, FL
Cost: Free for the first 1,500 kids on sight (under 12)
Bring your kiddos dressed in their Halloween costumes for a night of trick-or-treating around Largo City Hall. Bags and candy will be provided. This is an outdoor event. Learn more at playlargo.com.




Owl-O-Ween at McGough Nature Park 

October 27, 2023, 5:30 pm-9 pm
11901 146th St., Largo, FL 33774
Cost: $5 ages 3 and up
For a spooky good time, bring the family out to McGough Nature Park for a night to explore a spooky nature trail, candy scavenger hunt, animal shows, and more! Tickets are $5 per person. Kids three and younger are free. You can learn more and book your tickets by visiting playlargo.com.



Annual Trick or Treat on the Riverwalk in Tampa and Lighted Boat Parade

October 28, 2023 4om 4pm-7pm
Downtown Tampa
Cost: FREE
Trick or treating on the Riverwalk is back where kids and their families can visit 50 different treat stations while enjoying other fun activities including the annual Halloween Lighted Boat Parade which starts at 6:30pm, benefiting the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.




 Annual Wesley Chapel Fall Festival

October 28 and 29, 2023
Cost: $7-$10
Tampa Premium Outlets
The North Tampa Bay Chamber’s Annual Wesley Chapel Fall Festival returns this year with live music and entertainment, crafters, pet costume contest, pumpkin patch, and Halloween activities including a free Trunk-or-Treat on Halloween at 4pm. They will also have the World’s Largest Food Truck Rally with over 50 national food trucks!

Taking place this year at the Tampa Premium Outlets, admission is $7 in advance and $10 at the gate.


Haunted Houses in Tampa Bay

Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail in Plant City

September 29 – November 4, 2023 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
2837 S Frontage Rd in Plant City
Cost: $27-$37
For an extra spooky night filled with terrifying thrills, head to Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail in Plant City! There are three haunted trails, laser tag and even an escape room. The haunted trails are not appropriate for kids under age 12, so leave the little ones at home.

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Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail

Haunted Woods at Hillsborough River State Park

October 20-21, 2023 from 6pm-10pm
Cost: $10 for ages 13 and older
Hillsborough River State Park
The Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society is hosting a haunted trail at the park along with a costume contest, live music and treats as an alternative to trick-or-treating! Learn more about the Haunted Woods at Hillsborough River State Park here.


Haunted River Tours with Pirate Water Taxi

October 6-29, 2023, select days various hours
Convention Center/ Marriott Water Street (Stop 7 location)
Cost: $30 adult, $20 children ages 2-12 (includes all-day hop on/hop off)
Join Pirate Water Taxi’s crew for an entertaining evening with tales of ghosts along the Hillsborough River. Each tour will be led by two dead-lightful docents who will tell eerie stories of Tampa’s past. Admission is included with a regular daily hop-on, hop-off pass.

Haunted River Tours are family friendly, and all ages are welcomed!

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Haunted Tours at Pirate Water Taxi in Tampa


Put on your calendar for next year…

Annual Heights Fall Festival Pumpkin Patch at Armature Works

Saturday and Sunday Oct 14 & 15 and Oct 21 & 22, 2023 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Armature Works, Tampa
Cost: Free to attend

Heights Fall Festival will take place across two weekends in October. The dates are 15th, 16th, 22nd and 22rd from 12:00pm – 5:00pm and will feature a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, face painters, activities for the whole family, and live music.

There will also be a small market featuring some of our favorite fall-inspired vendors! Participating vendors include Sugar & Ice, Hahn’s Kettle Corn, JJ’s Nursery, Glowing Gourds, and Front Door Designs. You also won’t want to miss your opportunity to build the perfect fall bouquet when you stop by the Tonella’s Flower Truck on the Heights Pier.

WhistlePig Whiskey is bringing their Maple Sugar Shack to Armature on Saturday 10/15 to introduce consumers to the brand’s 100-proof bourbon and 100% rye whiskey. Signature cocktails will be offered, along with live music, tailgate games, prizes and more. The first 100 people to the event will receive a prize pack with a limited-edition pig head pour spot. Come check it out, 12-5pm this Saturday!

Armature Works in Seminole Heights


St. Pete Pier Fall Festival

October 7-8, 2023 from 11am-7pm
St Pete Pier
Cost: FREE to attend
Celebrate the season at the area’s only beach front Fall Festival at the St. Pete Pier! The Fall Festival will have plenty of pumpkins, live music, kids activities and more. While the event is free to attend, there might be a fee to participate in some activities and to park. The pumpkin patch will be open on select days October 7-16 in the family park area.

Scarecrow Fall Festival at the Pioneer Florida Museum 

October 14, 2023, 9am-5pm
15602 Pioneer Museum Rd., Dade City, FL 33523
Cost: $5 students ages 5 and up, $10 adult

Take part in fall games and activities as a family at Pioneer Florida Museum and Village in Dade City. Paint a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, make a scarecrow, visit the petting zoo, take a pony ride, pose for a photo with a scarecrow, touch a truck, get your face painted and go on carnival rides and more!  No pets, coolers, food or beverages allowed.

USF Botanical Gardens Fall Plant Festival

October 14 and 15, 2023 from 10 am-3 pm
4202 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL
Cost: $5 non-members, free for members and children under 12
Fall is a great time to get high quality, mature plants for your gardens and landscape! Vendors from throughout the state will be on-site selling plants and plant-related items.  There will also be a free children’s craft area. Click here to learn more.


Pumpkin Fest 2023 at Florida Botanical Gardens 

Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 12pm-4pm
12211 Walsingham Rd., Largo, FL 33774 Clearwater Pumpkin Patch
Cost: Free admission, $10 per pumpkin
The 8th Annual Pumpkin Fest returns to Florida Botanical Gardens in their new Majeed Discovery Garden with a pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving, spooky actives and more. Enter the event through the Walsingham Rd entrance. You can learn more about Pumpkin Fest at the Florida Botanical Gardens here.


Fall Fest at Scars Farm in Bartow

2023 TBA
Cost: $8 per person (pre-registration) or $15 at the gate
777 Alturas Road, Bartow

Head to Scars Farm in Bartow to experience a market with local vendors selling local food, meats, and more. There will also be farm animals for kids to meet and a pumpkin patch for photos.


Pint-Sized Halloween Party at Southwest Complex in Largo 

October 21, 2023 4pm
13120 Vonn Rd, Largo, FL
Cost: $10 child, $4 adult

This is a Halloween party created just for kiddos ages 7 and younger. Kids can make a craft, participate in a costume parade, enjoy fall themed treats, and play games.