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2021 Favorite Tampa Bay Family-Friendly Fall Festivals

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Every weekend you’ll find Fall Festivals around Tampa Bay and we have some of our top picks for you.

We love Fall Festivals because they include so many fun fall activities. Fall festivals may include theme rides, pumpkin patches, games, hayrides, and many more family activities.

Check out our top picks and explore our Events Calendar to see the rest of the Fall Festivals.

NOTE: Dates, times, and prices are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.


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1. Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Photo Credit: ZooTampa at Lowry Park

1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, Florida 33604

Cost: Members Reservations – $5.00/person; Non-Member Reservations – $29.95/person

Dates: October 1, 2*, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 28-30; 4PM to 10PM

Creatures of the Night returns with more scares and spooky frights at ZooTampa. The Zoo will once again transform into an eerie and immersive Halloween adventure with bigger and better events for ghouls and goblins of all ages. On Fridays and Saturdays from in October, the Zoo stays open late and animals lurk in the night until 10 p.m. with a wide-range of Halloween-themed activities sure to have everyone howling at the moon. Check out these spooktacular tips to make a tremendous night of fun!

Things to know about Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa:

  1. Children (12 and under) are invited to arrive in their most spooktacular attire. Everyone else should dress in regular attire.
  2. Holiday food. So much wonderful and tasty holiday food will be available for sale. It’s going to be monsteriffic.
  3. Explore the pumpkin patch and scarecrows.



2. Busch Gardens Sesame Street® Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends

Photo Credit: Busch Gardens

10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612

Dates: Saturdays & Sundays October 2nd – October 31st

Cost: Refer to this page – https://buschgardens.com/tampa/tickets/theme-park-tickets/

Kids of all ages can enjoy this Halloween season with an expanded trick-or-treat trail and furry friends at Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. This family-friendly event takes place every weekend in October in the Sesame Street Safari of Fun area and is included in park admission.

Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends feature more trick-or-treat stations than ever, a limited-time Sesame Street Halloween Show, festive character meet-and-greets, Halloween Dance Parties and the return of Elmo’s Treehouse Trek climbing area and pin trading. 



3. Horsepower 4 Kids- Horse Drawn Hayrides in Tampa

8005 Race Track Road, Tampa, FL, 33635

Dates & Hours: October 2 – October 31, 2021, (Every Saturday and Sunday) 11am – 5pm

Cost: $12 Admission, free admission for children under 12 months

Fall Festival Info: HorsePower for Kids is an outdoor animal sanctuary and family fun farm located in Northwest Tampa near Oldsmar and Westchase. Stop by for a full day of fall activities, including hayrides, pumpkin patch, pony rides, games, animal farms and more.




4. Pioneer Florida Museum Scarecrow Festival

15602 Pioneer Florida Museum, Dade City, Florida 33523

Cost: $5 Student Admission, $10 Adult Admission, Children under 5 free.

Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021  9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fun outdoor event for the whole family and make your own scarecrow. Pumpkin Patch, food trucks, craft vendors and more! Entertainment this year will be Blaise Bubble Magic with two great showtimes!  Soccer Dogs with performances every hour. The Petting Zoo will be in full swing with lots of amazing animals.  Carnival games in the barn with prizes. This year we will have a “Maskoween” Costume Contest with 4 age groups.



5. Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival

5500 CR 675 Bradenton, FL 34211

Dates: Oct. 16-17, 23-24, 30-31; 9:00am-5:00pm

Admission: $12, Parking $5, 10 years & under free.

Hunsader Pumpkin Festival includes pumpkin patches, 100+ Craft Booths, Live Shows, Charity Pumpkin Games, Pioneer Trades Village, Hayrides, Pony Rides, Chainsaw Sculptor, Corn Maze, Scarecrow Displays. petting zoo, food and more! 

Check out Hunsaders website to see which activities are free and which are paid.




6. The Florida Railroad Museum Pumpkin Patch Express

12210 83rd St East, Parrish, FL 34219

Cost: Children under 1 are FREE and prices range from $15 to $33 for 1 yrs old and up.

Date: October 16-17, 23-24, 2021.  Doors open 10:00 a.m. with different departure times.

All Aboard for the Pumpkin Patch Express! Ride on this popular two-hour excursion that includes a stop at their Pumpkin Patch! Lots of activities will be available and each child will be able to pick out one pumpkin to take home. All included with your ticket price!


The Pumpkin Patch Express



7. Largo’s Drive-O-Ween Halloween Spooktacular

Largo Central Park

Age: 1 & up!

Date: Friday, October 30

Time: Starts at 6 pm – until bags run out! (Lining up for the event, in Lot 3, will begin at 5:30 pm)

Cost: FREE bags given to children 1 & up! (1,000 bags)

Celebrate Halloween, safely with our drive-through trick-or-treating event. Drive through our decorated booths and receive a goody bag, filled with treats at the end. Free goody bags are given to the first 1,000 children present in their vehicles. No Walk-Ups permitted. All guests must be in a vehicle. Please bring a non-perishable food item donation for the High Point Neighborhood Family Center



8. Wesley Chapel Fall Festival at the Grove Wesley Chapel

Grove At Wesley Chapel – 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd, Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544

Date: Carnival is open Oct 30-31st at 11am -6pm

Cost: FREE

Wesley Chapel Fall Festival returns for its 17th year with a weekend full of fun for the whole family including 3 community stages, live entertainment, a pumpkin patch & the Trunk or Treat.

New in 2021 they are teaming up with Generation Entertainment to bring the World’s Largest Food Truck Rally back to Tampa Bay! With 60+ local and foreign food trucks, Florida Foodies will converge on Wesley Chapel to indulge in tantalizing tastes and sensational sweets! Entertainment & Community performances will be announced soon! Be sure to follow the new event page for all the latest info, announcements, and sponsored contests and giveaways!



9. Brick-or-Treat Halloween at LEGOLAND Florida

1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, 33884

Dates: October 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31, 2021

Cost: Included on daily tickets, Awesome, Awesomer and Awesomest Annual Passes

Don’t miss the spookiest, kookiest trick-or-treating party of the year! Our kid-friendly Halloween event returns with tons of spooktacular sweets, meet-and-greets with exclusive creepy-cool LEGO® Halloween monsters, larger-than-afterlife LEGO® build activities, limited time seasonal themed snacks PLUS BOO-tastic nightly fireworks to create the ultimate family Halloween celebration– all included with regular day admission and select Annual Passes.



10. St. Timothy Catholic Church Fall Festival and Family Run/Walk

17512 Lakeshore Road, Lutz, FL, 33558

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021; 8am-5pm

Cost: Free

This year, we have one full day of fun, entertainment and food trucks! Visit their event page to learn more about the events.



11. Shimmering Lights Fall Festival

2302 N Dover Rd, Dover, FL 33527

Date: October 8-10, 14-17, 21-31

Hours: 7:00-10:00 p.m.  Closed on rainy days or after big storms.  Please check our Facebook page or Google Maps for closure before starting out.

Cost: $7. Tickets are required for children 3 years and older. Children aged 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate.

SHIMMERING LIGHTS FALL 3rd annual Halloween event will take place on select nights in October from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Looking for a fall activity that isn’t a scary haunted house? They put the fun back in Halloween. The not scary activities will include one-fourth mile walking train with hundreds of themed lighted displays, pixel animated props moving to the music, outdoor movies, maze of lights, scavenger hunt, games, and crafts. They will have some new surprise pieces this year.

Family friendly seasonal music, sights, sounds and lights to enjoy along with games and activities. Something for young, old, and in between. One-way wide walking trails practice social distancing the natural way. Walk the trail as many times and your energy allows.



12. Raprager’s Fall Pumpkin Festival and Haunted Barn

16907 Boy Scout Road, Odessa, FL, 33556

Date: September 25, 26, October 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29, 30

Hours: 9am-9pm (Friday-Saturday), 9am-7pm (Sunday)

Cost: $12.50 per person; 2 years old and under are free

It’s Raprager Family Farms 2nd annual Fall Pumpkin Festival! There are more activities than ever and many improvements. In addition to their standard attractions (hayrides, hay chute slide, 80′ bounce pillow, petting zoo, kids fort, corn pit, gem mining ($), face painting ($), pony rides ($)) they have numerous holiday attractions, including a huge variety of pumpkins and gourds, a 5,000 sq ft haunted barn and cemetery, a mini crop maze, a children’s haunted house (1,100 sq ft inflatable), tons of vendors, holiday country decor, live entertainment and so much more.



13. Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival

7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL, 34240

Date: October 2 -30, 202; 10am-5pm

Cost: Free; $5 donation requested for parking

Fruitville Grove’s annual pumpkin festival is fall fun for the whole family. This event takes place each Saturday in October beginning on October 2nd. Festival features include a pumpkin patch, family photo ops, games, a petting zoo, hayrides and more!



14. Fall Harvest Days at Keel Farms

7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL, 34240

Date: Every Saturday of October, 2021; 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Cost: Admission and parking are both FREE for this event!

Come spend your Saturdays with us every weekend in October!

Join here for fall fun that the whole family will love! They have activities for all ages including pumpkin painting, bounce house, farm animals and hayrides!



15. DK Farm Festival

1750 Lake Ave SE, Largo, FL 33771

Date: Oct. 9,10,16,17,23,24 & 30; 10-4pm

Cost: $10 for admission; 30″ and under is free

Explore and pick up a pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch. All activities with a * have a small fee. FREE PARKING Children or very small people under 30″ are FREE. Due to other furry friends please leave the 4 legged family member home. Smiles and ready to have fun attitudes is what they are about! Understand this is an outdoor event. Social distancing is preferred. Masks will not be enforced. If COVID is a concern to you, please visit us on the weekdays for the petting zoo, where attendance will be very low and very comfortable. Keep in mind only the animal exhibits and pumpkin patch will be open during the week 10-7pm



16. South Tampa Farm Fall Festival

6101 S 2nd St, Tampa, FL 33611

Date: October 30, 2021; 2pm-10pm

Cost: TBD

Come celebrate with South Tampa Farm at their first annual Fall Festival. They will have games, food, pumpkin patch, hayride, photo booth, local artists and vendors and much more! More details to come as they approach October.


17. Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat at New Tampa YMCA

110 E. Oak Ave. Tampa, FL 33602

Date: October 23, 2021; 4pm-6pm

Cost: Free

New Tampa YMCA’s 2nd annual Fall Festival will feature a trunk or treat at 4:30p, a costume contest, a photo booth, a DJ, pumpkin painting, fall mix and apple cider and more!



18. Fall Festival at Slam! Tampa

7116 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33625

Date: October 23, 2021; 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cost: Free

This family-friendly Fall Festival is open to the public, and will be fun for all ages! Kids can enjoy trunk or treat and bounce houses, while teens check out the car show! Parents will have an opportunity to shop at our vendor market and grab at bite at the food trucks!



19. Our Lady of Lourdes Fall Festival

750 San Salvador Dr., Dunedin, FL, 34698

Date: October 14-17, 2021; Thu 5pm-9pm, Fri 3pm- 11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-5pm

Cost: Free Admission & Parking

Each year, volunteers from Our Lady of Lourdes’s parish and school come together to put up the “big tent” and fill our campus with rides, games, music, laughter, and fun! Dozens of rides cater to children of all ages with a special section of “kiddie rides” for the little ones, and festival attendees can win prizes at a variety of game booths.




20. Sacred Heart Fall Festival

7951 46th Way N, Pinellas Park, FL, 33781

Date: October 13-17, 2021; 6pm-8pm

Cost: See website for ticket prices

Fall Festival: Food, Drinks, Rides, Games, Live Entertainment, Giant Flea Market Sale, Beer, Wine, Craft Vendors, Food Trucks



21. Tampa Bay Moms Group Fall Family Fest 

1710 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL, 33602

Date: September 26, 2021; 11am-3pm

Cost: Admission for all guests is free!

FREE FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! Come and celebrate the start of Fall in Tampa Bay with Tampa Bay Moms Group! This year’s event will feature local businesses and family resources providing interactive exhibits for our guests, giveaways, swag bags and more!

This venue is always so much fun allowing lots of shady space and a splash pad for cooling down and of course space for more exhibits and vendors, more attractions and fun for all, even pets with the on site dog park! Plus they are able to bring you even more to look forward to with their Food Trucks for Charity, Market Style Shopping and of course free samples, resources for families and so much more all along the beautiful River Walk and next door to Armature Works.



22. Fall Festival at Watermelon Swim

Lutz • (813) 229-7946 (SWIM) – 19509 Dale Mabry Hwy. Lutz, FL 33548

South Tampa • (813) 879-7946 (SWIM) – 3703 W. McKay Ave. Tampa, FL 33609

Date: October 16, 2021; 4pm-7pm

Cost: Free

Team Melon would also like to invite you to their FREE Fall Festival at both their Lutz and South Tampa locations. It is more not-so-spooky fun than ever with trunk-or-treating, a costume parade, plenty of fall games with prizes, the cutest fall photo spot, and more, it is the perfect way to get your whole family into the fall spirit.



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