5 October Date Night Ideas in Florida

Florida is a great place to get out and enjoy yourself. The comfortable and warmer temperatures all year round mean that you don’t have to spend time indoors once fall rolls around.

If you’re in Florida, you will find plenty of fun things to do throughout the state. Some of these are general events and others are fall and Halloween-themed!

Oakland Park Oktoberfest
October 5-7

The Oakland Park Oktoberfest is presented by the City of Oakland Park. At this festival, you can try some authentic German food and beer. You will also get a taste of German culture through dancing and music. There are even carnival rides and games to have fun with!

The festival takes place at Jaco Pastorius Park, which is located in downtown Oakland Park. There is free parking available and admission is only $5 per person (12 and under are free). For more information, check out the event page.

Kitetober Fest
October 20-21

At this unique festival, you can view countless creative kites. You can take part in one of the competitions, enjoy music from the DJs, and try food from one of the food trucks. Though there are children’s events at Kitetober Fest, it’s definitely fun for people of all ages!

If you don’t have a kite of your own to bring along, there are some available for purchase at the festival. It’s located at Haulover Park, which is in Miami. Here, you can learn more about the event and Skyward Kites.

Ding Darling Days
October 12-14

This event is a little bit different than the others that made the list. At the Ding Darling Days, you can explore the stunning J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. If you attend this event, you will get to enjoy eco-activities. There are quite a few good ones, including birding, archery, and a butterfly house. You can also take a free tour of the property. These are available via foot, tram, kayaks, or paddle board.

The refuge is located on Sanibel Island. Here is the link to the refuge’s website where you can view their events and get more information. 

Pumpkinpalooza
October 27-28

This is the perfect fall activity to enjoy if you’re looking for a Halloween-themed event. Saturday is geared more toward the adults, while Sunday is filled with family fun.

On Saturday, from 6:00 PM until 9:30 PM, you can enjoy the Monster Mash Pub Crawl, live music, and fireworks. There is even an adult costume contest if that’s something you’re into. If you’re interested in Sunday’s events as well, take a look at the event page.

The Pumpkinpalooza is held in HarborWalk Village, which is on the Destin Harbor. To find out more about the event, visit this page.

Spiffs International Folk Fair
October 27-28

This folk fair has been an annual event for 44 years. At the folk fair, you will get to experience culture from all around the globe. There are tasty dishes to try, cooking demonstrations to watch, and ethnic crafts to participate in. You will also see plenty of cultural artwork and music throughout the fair.

It takes place in Vinoy Park, which is in St. Petersburg. To see all of the details, visit the Spiffs website.

5 Fantastic Florida Events (August 2018)

Summer is starting to wind down, but there are still tons of fun, summery activities to do, whether you love music, art or food. Check out some of our favorites below!

None of these catching your eye? Don’t worry – we have plenty of other ideas!

Paint Night at the Polasek – Winter Park, FL
August 3rd
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Learn how to paint a “Starry Night” scene, inspired by the Polasek’s Arabesque exhibit. Is there a better environment to paint in? One glass of wine is included with admission, and you get to take your masterpiece home. Don’t miss out on this fun date night!

South Beach Mango Festival – Miami Beach, FL
August 5th
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Mmm… mangoes! Enjoy this delicious tropical fruit and participate in tons of fun festival activities. This is the first year of the festival, so you’ll get to say you’ve attended from the beginning. Plus, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Miami will benefit!

24th Annual Grape Stomp – Clermont, FL
August 10th-12th
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Enjoy tons of fun wine-related activities – everything from grape stomping to tasting! Plus, there will be live music, winery tours and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties!

Blacklight Run – Tampa, FL
August 18th
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If you’ve been looking for a fun, energizing activity, this one’s for you! Run through colorful UV powder, and then attend a fun, blacklight filled after party – this 5K’s about more than finish times!

Blues Challenge – Gainesville, FL
August 26th
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Experience up and coming blues talent in a fun, competitive setting at the High Dive. The winner of this regional competition will move on to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis!

8 Food Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss (July 2018)

Summer is peak food festival season! Whether you’re craving key lime pie or watermelon, or would prefer something more savory like bacon, you’ll be sure to find a food festival for you! Check out some of our top picks of July food festivals below.

Key Lime Festival – Key West, Florida
June 30th – July 4th
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Is there anything more quintessentially Floridian than Key Lime Pie? Early this July, you can experience all the Key Lime Pie you’ve ever wanted at the Key Lime Festival in Florida. It has all the typical festival activities, plus some creative extras, like the Key Lime Pie drop. Ever wanted to see people try to drop a Key Lime Pie from the top of a lighthouse… without damaging the pie? Then you won’t want to miss this!

National Cherry Festival – Traverse City, Michigan
June 30th – July 7th
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Celebrate all things cherry at this delicious festival! Whether you’d prefer to sample some cherry pancakes or watch an air show, this festival has a little something for everyone!

Grand Bay Watermelon Festival – Grand Bay, Alabama
July 3rd & 4th
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We dare you to try to find a fruit that better represents summer than watermelon! It’s the perfect subject for a July food festival. Come on July 4th to get all of the free, ice cold watermelon you can eat!

McLoud Blackberry Festival – McLoud, Oklahoma
July 6th & 7th
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This blackberry themed festival features a ton of classic activities like a carnival and a car show – but there are also baking competitions throughout the day on the 7th. Don’t miss out!

Taste of Chicago – Chicago, Illinois
July 11th-15th
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Experience one of the largest food festivals in the world at Taste of Chicago! There will be tons of vendors to sample from, plus live music and other typical festival activities. If you’re going to go to one food festival in your life, this is a great choice!

Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival – Newport, Kentucky
July 12th-15th
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This festival features a ton of great ways to experience great tasting bacon and bourbon – whether you want to do a bourbon 101 class, sample some limited edition bourbons, or chow down on all the bacon themed food you can eat, you’ll love this festival!

CRAVE! Taste the Northwest – Spokane, Wisconsin
July 12th-15th
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Celebrate the foods of the Pacific Northwest with this fantastic festival! There are tons of delightful culinary events throughout the weekend, including a Global Street Foods Carnivale, a Seafood Bash and more. You won’t want to miss out on this delicious festival!

42nd Annual J.M. Tawes Crab & Clam Bake – Crisfield, Maryland
July 18th
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Who can say no to an all you can eat crab and clam bake? This annual festival features crabs, clams, fish, corn on the cob, watermelon and more! It promises to be a great – and delicious – time!

5 Fun Florida Events (June 2018)

Florida is such a quintessential summer destination – they really have their June date night options covered. We’ve picked a few of our favorites below – celebrate blueberries, sea turtles, and even dinosaurs in Florida this June!

25th Annual Wellborn Blueberry Festival – Wellborn, Florida
June 2nd
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Blueberries are such a great summer snack – why not celebrate them at the 25th Annual Wellborn Blueberry Festival? It starts with a Blueberry Pancake Breakfast and only gets better from there!

4th Annual Coralpalooza – Key Largo & Key West, Florida
June 8th & 9th
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Okay, this is a little more of a commitment than a date night – it’s a weekend committed to helping to restore coral reefs. However, if you and your partner are certified divers or passionate about marine life and looking for a great cause to help, you won’t want to miss this opportunity!

Titusville Sea Turtle Festival – Titusville, Florida
June 8th & 9th
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You won’t want to miss this celebration of sea turtles if you’re an animal lover. It’ll feature lots of turtle themed activities, along with more typical festival-booths like vendors and food. Plus, the Animal Love exotic rescue farm will be there, with over 15 wild animals!

Mystery Fest – Key West, Florida
June 22nd-24th
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Addicted to mystery novels and true crime shows? Then you won’t want to miss Mystery Fest! This weekend features authors like Ace Atkins, Otto Penzler, and Heather Graham, as well as a variety of other true crime and mystery events.

Dinosauria, Jacksonville Zoo – Jacksonville, Florida
Through July 7th

You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind exhibit at the Jacksonville Zoo! Explore a prehistoric world filled with animatronic dinosaurs, and get some awesome photos to share on Instagram!

Nothing on this list striking your fancy? We’re here to help! Tell us what you like, and we’ll find you the perfect date night activity!

Our 3 Favorite Date Finds – May 15th, 2018

It’s that time again! We have a lot of fun here at Crescent searching for the perfect date night activity – and when we find it, we love to share it with one another. So, we decided to share some of our top picks with all of you as well!

You can see our previous month’s top picks here, if you’re interested! We know we said we’d do the post on a weekly basis, but we obviously got a little busy. 🙂 Still, we’ll be sharing our finds as often as we can!

Hot Luck Food & Music Festival – Austin, Texas
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This is one of the best looking food festivals we’ve found – possibly because it doesn’t focus on one kind of cuisine. Instead, it aims to celebrate all sorts of food. We are seriously jealous that we won’t be able to experience the Night Court, a showcase of gourmet dishes inspired by classic food court food.

The Chihuly Collection – St. Petersburg, Florida
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You can find Chihuly pieces (Or Chihuly inspired pieces) in a variety of places around the US. However, it can be a bit harder to find a lot of Chihuly art all in one place. This exhibit fixes that by featuring a wide variety of pieces, including a 20 foot sculpture created especially for the site of the collection.

Early Morning with Pandas – San Diego, California
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The San Diego Zoo is a classic date night or tourist spot – but did you know they have a ton of great extra activities? One of our favorite finds is the Early Morning with Pandas. For the small sacrifice of making sure you’re up in time for the 8:30am start, you’ll get the chance to watch the zoo’s pandas eat their breakfast, as well as meet other animals up close and personal. This is a must-do for any animal lovers!