Article by Bailey Porch
When the temperature drops to 70 and the fall leaves begin to populate the sidewalks, new life fills our sun-dried locals. This energy is translated into the many fall events that begin in early October. Here’s the inside scoop on how to make the most out of Pensacola’s Fall season.
First City Art Center Pumpkin Patch
October 13-14, 1060 N Guillemard St, Pensacola, FL 32501
Speaking of pumpkins, do you ever wish your perfect plump little pumpkin would last longer in the Florida heat? You might want to stop by First City Art Center to see their hand-blown glass pumpkins. These glass pumpkins are the perfect pickings for your Thanksgiving centerpiece and will last longer than the original organic pumpkins you're used to.
Pensacola Interstate Fair
October 19-29, 6655 Mobile Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32526
When the fair rolls in around late October, I can’t help but crave funnel cakes, foot-long corn dogs and freshly-pressed lemonade. Not to mention the fair lights make the perfect photo-op to show your friends. To top the night off, you can’t miss a ride on the Ferris Wheel. The best part of this ride is the moment of stillness when you reach the peak and look out to see the tops of the other rides across the whole fairground. Personally, this is my favorite Fall memory from my childhood.
October 28, 351 W Cedar St, Pensacola, FL 32502
I’m sure that I am not the only one that buys an extra bag of candy that I keep to myself when I stock up for trick-or-treaters. What is fall without trick-or-treating? Lucky for you, on October 28th, the Blue Wahoo’s Stadium is hosting Wahooloween. This is a family-fun event for trick-or-treating on the concourses. Many local businesses will be attending to hand out candy and other festive goodies.
Pensacola Lighthouse Ghost Hunt
October 30, 2081 Radford Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32508
If you typically spend your October watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Ghost Hunters, I have just the experience for you. Pensacola is the first United States’ settlement; this means a few hundred years of ghost stories. Believe me, as a local I have heard interesting stories from my friends’ first-hand encounters with some of Pensacola’s spookier locals. A ghost hunter like you should stop by the Pensacola Lighthouse. Rumor has it the old keeper is still protecting the incoming ships from beyond the grave. If you’re looking for a full tour of Pensacola’s hauntings, both the Voices of Pensacola and Go Retro tell a truly spooky tale of Pensacola’s founders.
Boo at the Zoo
October 21-22 & October 28-29, 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
Designed for a younger audience, Boo at the Zoo offers four days of scare-free fun! Join a safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, with kid-friendly fun around every corner.
TRICK OR TREAT TRAIL: Enjoy a trail of trick-or-treating stations with treats, toys and treasures for children of all ages! Kids and adults are encouraged to wear fun (not scary) costumes.
No matter how you prefer to spend your Fall, Pensacola is sure to give you a new opportunity to get into the holiday spirit. Did we miss your favorite fall time activity? Let us know your go-tos in the comments below.