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Fall events in Sarasota and beyond

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If you’re embracing the cooler fall weather coming this weekend or looking for an event that puts you into the spooky season mood, there is something for everyone in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties.

We’ve compiled our list of favorite spots across the region to enjoy with friends, family, and even your fur baby.

Fruitville Grove
Oct. 29 – 31 | 10 AM-5 PM

Nothing says fall quite like a pumpkin patch. All week long leading up to Halloween, Fruitville Grove’s pumpkin patch is open from 9 AM to 6 PM for you to find the perfect gourd for making a jack-o-lantern or adding in some seasonal décor. Don’t forget your camera for family photo opportunities.

From Friday through Sunday, there will be food trucks and craft shows, live music and a kid zone, and pony and hayrides. For the kids, there’s a costume contest on Saturday at 2 PM and vendor trick-or-treating on the 31st from noon to 5 PM.

Find out more here.

Selby Spooktacular
Oct. 31 | 10 AM-12 PM

Dress the kids in their best costumes and enjoy a Halloween-themed trick-or-treat event where there will be pumpkin decorating, crafts, and slightly scary activities.

Spooky stories and ghost tours at The Point
Oct. 28 – 30 | 7:30 PM-9 PM

Journey along with storytellers as they tell tales of Historic Spanish Point’s spooky past. Children 8 years old and older may attend. Selby Gardens’ members’ admittance is $15 and non-members are $20.

Find out more at Selby Gardens’ calendar of events

Halloween Notte at Port Charlotte
Oct. 29 – 31 | Fri 4 PM-midnight; Sat 11 AM–midnight; Sun 11 AM-10 PM

Venture to Charlotte County Fairgrounds for live entertainment, a horror show, circus acts, bounce houses, a haunted arena, a pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating and costumes, food and drinks, face painting and more. If this doesn’t give you fun-filled chills, nothing will.

Find out more here.

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 30 – 31 | 9 AM-5 PM

The 30th Annual Pumpkin Festival at Hunsader Farms is a must-do event to put you in the fall mood. There’s a craft show, live music and entertainment, a Pioneer Trades Village, hayrides, a scarecrow display and chainsaw sculpting, a petting zoo, and a barnyard playground. You can also enjoy pony rides and a corn maze, a children’s train ride and a big train ride, fresh produce and a butterfly experience, tons of food, and, of course, a pumpkin patch.  What’s even better, this event is dog-friendly as long as they are leashed, friendly and you pick up after them.

See the full list of activities here.

For a full calendar of things to do, visit and have a scary good time this Halloween weekend.

Fall events in Sarasota and beyond was last modified: October 25th, 2021 by Shanna Bellingham