Florida Moms

Florida Events Oct 10-Oct 17
October 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Hello ladies! here is the list of events in Florida (by region) this week. There are markets, art stuff, zoos, food, etc. I tried to pick stuff that you could bring the kids to. What is your family doing this week?

WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA (Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater)

Oktoberfest Tampa 2012
Friday, Oct 12 4:00p to 11:00p
at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa, FL
Oktoberfest Tampa is a 3-day festival along the banks of the Hillsborough River in the City of Tampa! Enjoy traditional German food and beer as you watch -or participate!- in the annual Oktoberfest Games competition! Throw a brat, roll a keg, or simply kick back and enjoy the largest, waterfront beer garden Tampa has to offer! 
Event Website

3rd Annual Tampa Bay Veg Fest
Saturday, Oct 13 10:00a to 6:00p
at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, Tampa,FL
This family-friendly vegetarian festival features healthy and delicious foods from local restaurants, live music, eco-friendly vendors, animal rescue groups, cooking demos, arts and crafts, and kids’ activities. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Free admission. 
Event Website

EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA (Orlando, Kissimmee, Cocoa Beach)

21st Annual Fossil Fair
at Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando, FL
9:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:00 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14
Florida Fossil Hunters presents the 21st Annual Fossil, Mineral & Gem Show, Saturday and Sunday, October 13th and 14th at the Central Florida Fairgrounds (Building C) in Orlando. This fascinating, educational and fun event features fossils, rocks, minerals, gems, artifacts, books, supplies, a digging pit for children, silent auctions, exhibits and more. Admission is $4/adult; $1/child.  Learn to dig Florida and see what can be discovered!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
at Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
7:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16
(ongoing through Nov. 2)

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween-themed special event held on select dates in Magic Kingdom theme park. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park. In addition to many favorite Disney attractions, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is filled with special entertainment, including:
• Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade—including Disney Characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction. The parade begins with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman.
• Happy HalloWishes—a spectacular fireworks show where the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky.
• Many favorite Disney Characters and Disney Villains in special Halloween costumes.
• Special lighting, music and theming effects transforms special areas of Magic Kingdom theme park into happy haunted hollows.
The tone of the event is, well, "Not-So-Scary", and is appropriate for children of all ages. Buy your tickets early and save on most nights!

SOUTHEAST FLORIDA (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood)

MiaSci Community Days
Every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
at Miami Science Museum, Miami, FL
What's the most efficient way to move things from one place to another? At Moving Things, visitors will test their own brain vs. brawn in this fun hands-on exhibition focused on how things move from place to place – sometimes easily – sometimes with great effort…. but always full of surprises. Special thanks to Ryder Charitable Foundation.

Surfing Lessons
at F1rst Surf Shop, Miami Beach, FL

Some say South Beach is no place to catch a wave, but dudes in the know would beg to differ. Sure, it ain’t Waimea, but SoFi isn’t only the coolest place to live — it’s also the place where you’ll catch a wave that would make Matthew McConaughey throw his stoner head back in glee. The easy access doesn’t necessarily mean your wave-riding dreams will be easy to attain, though. You’ll need biceps to paddle out into the ocean, abs to pop up into a standing position on the board, and balls of steel to ride the wave into the sand.  The surfer dudes at F1rst Surf Shop (100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) offer lessons in one- to three-hour intervals that will teach you the fundamentals from take-off to drop-in and have you hanging 10 (or five) in no time. You’ll learn what a fetch is and how to catch a swell, but more important, you’ll find that surfing is not only a sport but also a lifestyle that requires nuanced knowledge of the environment. If you’d rather just look the part, the shop carries everything from boards to suits to sunglasses in brands that run the gamut from the obvious to the obscure. Lessons start at $40 per person for a group of four. — By RAINA MCLEOD

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA (Naples, Ft. Myers, Marco Island)

Center for the Arts FREE Family Activity Day
Saturday  October 13, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
at Center for the Arts, Bonita Springs, FL

Children can come create art on Saturdays during the Pop Art with Andy Warhol Exhibition. Children and parents join instructors for a quick tour of the artwork and then spend time creating their own artwork. All projects are free, but pre-registration is required. The Pop Art with Andy Warhol exhibition features a silkscreen studio, a dress up factory, and a gallery of iconic Warhol prints.

Saturday  October 13, 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
at Sons of Italy, Downtown Cape Coral, FL

The parade will start at 3 PM at SE 47th & travel west on from SE 15th Ave. to SE 10th Place, where Downtown Cape Coral will be transformed into an old fashioned street fair !
DJ: Z-Bop & MC: Vinnie B -- Ric Mango - formerly of Jay and The Americans, Cody Vagle, Sase' & Pearl, Richie C, Lisa Meyer Dancers, The Calendar Girls, Del Prados

NORTHEAST FLORIDA (Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Tallahassee)

Riverside Arts Market
Saturday, Oct 13 10:00a to 4:00p
at Riverside Arts Market, Jacksonville, FL
Riverside Arts Market is an outdoors arts event that features local artists, live music, street performers, gourmet food artesans, fresh local produce and more. Held Saturdays, March-December, in the historic Riverside-Avondale district of Jacksonville, Riverside Arts Market encourages the support of local artists, performers and food artesans, and offers an alternative local shopping outlet for the Jacksonville community.
Event Website

Riverside Avondale Bicycle Festival
Saturday, Oct 13 10:00a to 2:00p
at Willowbranch Park, Jacksonville, FL
The 2012 Riverside Avondale Bicycle Festival will take place at Willowbranch Park, located behind the Willowbranch Public Library; it is a chance to celebrate cycling with the whole family! For more information call 904-388-0612 or email charlie@Bike4Fun.us. Free to all.
Event Website

NORTHWEST FLORIDA (Destin, Ft. Walton Beach, Panama City)

Navarre Fall Arts Festival
Saturday, Oct 13 10:00a to 7:00p
at Navarre Fall Arts Festival, Navarre, FL
October 13 & 14, 10 am to 5 pm, in Navarre Park on Hwy 98, you will find a variety of artists, crafters, and arty stuff, plus great entertainment starting each day at noon. Join us for Steve Hall's concert on Sat. evening from 5-7 pm. Enjoy our daytime entertainment of the Pyramid Players; Sophie Villie, singer and songwriter from the Ukraine, Zumba demonstrations and more.
Navarre Fall Arts Festival - Website

Donate Halloween Costumes For Local Kids at Papa Murphy’s Pizza Grand Opening
Thursday, Oct 11 8:00a
at Papa Murphy's Pizza, Gulf Breeze, FL
To celebrate the grand opening of Papa Murphy's in Gulf Breeze, Papa Murphy's is asking for donations of new or gently used Halloween costumes to benefit local children with the non-profit organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (located in Pensacola). Costume donations are preferably for children in grades K – 6.
Event Website

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  • MixedCooke
    October 9, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    not much happening in my area. 

  • MamaBear2cubs
    October 9, 2012 at 6:53 AM


  • lukee
    by lukee
    October 9, 2012 at 8:38 AM


  • SpiritedDragon
    October 9, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    The Veggie Fest in Tampa sounds good.  I might have to go check it out, it's a little bit of a drive.  

  • strictmomhere
    October 9, 2012 at 8:51 AM
    Cool great list;)
  • stephwest1
    October 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    I might check this one out too. 

    Quoting SpiritedDragon:

    The Veggie Fest in Tampa sounds good.  I might have to go check it out, it's a little bit of a drive.  

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