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Posted on: October 4, 2023

[ARCHIVED] October Events in Santa Rosa County

Adventures Unlimited Fall Foliage Zipline Tours

October – November

8974 Tomahawk Landing Rd., Milton, FL

Fall is a great time to enjoy the many natural attractions at Adventures Unlimited located just north of Milton, FL in the Blackwater River State Forest. Enjoy the changing colors and the rush of excitement while doing one of the Canopy Zipline Tours. Overnight accommodations at the resort’s campsites or cabins are available along with canoeing and kayaking down the majestic Coldwater creek. Inquire about team building activities and group outings also. For more info, visit or call 850-623-6197.


Bands on the Blackwater Fall Concert Series

October | Fridays, 7 – 9 p.m.

5158 Willing St., Milton, FL

Bands on the Blackwater is a free outdoor concert series held Friday nights in downtown Milton. Pull up your boat or bring a lawn chair and relax while listening to great live music! For more info, visit or call the City of Milton at 850-983-5400.

Oct. 6 - The Midnight Shepherds

Oct. 13 - Jarred McConnell and The High Aces

Oct. 20 - Nobius

Oct. 27 - The Modern Eldorados

Classic Monsters Murder Mystery Theatre

Oct. 2 | 6:30 p.m.

Blackwater Bistro, 5147 Elmira St., Milton, FL

You are attending Frankenstein's 204th Birthday Party! Meet and mingle with some of the most iconic monsters on the face of the earth. Don't be scared though…Frankenstein's monster has arranged that none of you will be harmed, or bitten...But when one of these legendary monsters is murdered, it will be up to you and the detective to solve this bizarre twist of events. Do you have what it takes to solve this monster of a case? Click here for tickets.

Highway 87 Outdoor Market at Pik-itz

Oct. 7, 21, Nov. 4 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

1922 Hwy. 87, Navarre, FL

This monthly outdoor market takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month. Farm to table vendors are available along with various arts and crafts. Don’t miss out on shopping inside Pik-itz! For more info, visit or or call 850-710-7128.


Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze

Oct. - Nov. 4 | Sunday to Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

2055 Homer Holland Rd., Milton, FL

Enjoy a farm hayride that will take you around the farm and to the pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin of your choice. New activities for this year include a ¾ mile train ride around the farm and a new innertube hill slide! Other activities include corn box, horse and regular swings, spider web, pirate ship, zip lines, pedal tractor cart racing, hill slides, rat racers, sand box and an 8-acre corn maze with kiddie maze. Every visitor receives a free cup of our famous homegrown boiled peanuts. Sit back and relax on our farm market porch, see you at the farm! For more info, visit, call 850-675-6876 or email

14th Annual Sweet Season Farms Corn Maze and U-Pick Pumpkins and Sunflowers

Oct. 1st - Nov. 6th | Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.*

*Weekdays reserved for school field trips only

2260 Horn Rd., Milton, FL  

Visitors can spend time this fall season navigating their way through our fun and unique corn maze with plenty of room to spread out on the farm! U-pick sunflowers will be blooming in October along with the pumpkin patch. More than 25 fun farm-themed activities, including a cow train, beeline zipline, corn popper jumping pillow, barnyard ball, playground and more! Plenty of food will be available for sale on-site. The farm bakery will offer fresh squeezed lemonade, homemade caramel apples, roasted sweet corn, sno-cones, kettle corn and more! Find them on Facebook or Instagram for more details and event updates! For more info, visit, call 850-686-9917 or email


Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Oct. 7 & 8

Tournament opens at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday and closes at 4 p.m. on Sunday

1451 Navarre Beach Causeway, Navarre Beach, FL

Fish from the shore, a boat or kayak, or from the pier–you just can't “fish” from the seafood market! Prizes will be awarded in all divisions. Weigh-in is on the beach at Juana's, close to Santa Rosa County Navarre Beach Boat Ramp and parking. Scales close promptly at 4 p.m. on both days. Up to two Junior anglers age 12 and under can compete in the Junior Division for free with each paid rodeo admission. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Navarre Chamber Foundation which in turn benefits the Navarre Beach Marine Park. Visit the event website to find discounts from our local lodging partners for the week of the Navarre Fishing Rodeo. For more info, visit, contact Sandi Kemp at 850-939-1900 or email  


St. Michael’s Brewing Co. 3rd Anniversary Bash

Oct. 7 | 6:30 p.m.

2199 Hwy. 87, Navarre, FL

Help St. Michael’s celebrate their third year of business. Get ready to drink some awesome beer, get awesome eats, listen to some groovy music in the beer garden and support an awesome local charity. Limited sales of commemorative 20 oz 3rd Anniversary beer mug that includes a year's worth of mug club membership. Get a free first 20 oz pour of our Fest Bier and then a 20 oz pour of selected SMBC beers for the price of a 16 oz pour during the anniversary bash!

Juana’s Annual Oktoberfest Beer Fest

Oct. 7 | 12 – 4 p.m.

1451 Navarre Beach Causeway, Navarre Beach, FL

Enjoy a festive atmosphere for adults to sample craft beers and food from the Sailor’s Grill along with activities for children staffed by the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. For more info, visit or call 850-939-1092.

Take a Kid Fishing

Oct. 7 | 8 a.m.

Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, 8579 Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach, FL

This kid’s fishing clinic is staged at Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. First 200 children (12 and under) receive a fishing pole, goodie bag, free bait and fishing instruction. This event fills up quickly. Proceeds go to the Navarre Chamber Foundation, a 501c3. To pre-register, visit or


Fall Festival at the West Florida Railroad Museum

Oct. 7 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

5003 Henry St., Milton, FL

This event will include tours of the museum, historic presentations, model train displays, and the riding kids train and garden. Food vendors plus “Snowbiz Shaved Ice” will be on site serving up delicious treats. For more info, visit or


Sea Turtle Extravaganza

Oct. 7 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, 8740 Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach, FL.

Shell-e-brate all things sea turtle through games, crafts, photo booth, costume characters, music and more! Free admission all day to the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center. NBSTCC is open until 4 p.m. For more info, visit or call 850-684-3347.

Santa Rosa County Public Safety Fall Safety Festival

Oct. 12 | 4 p.m.

4499 Pine Forest Rd., Milton, FL

Santa Rosa County Emergency Management wants to celebrate fall with the community by hosting a family-friendly safety festival, Free helmets with fitting, face painting, games, safety tips, door prizes & giveaways, plus CPR/AED and Basic First Aid mini training.

Bluegrass in the Woods

Oct. 14 | 7 - 9 p.m.

Sunburst RV Resort, 2375 Horn Rd., Milton, FL

This free event will feature bluegrass music, s’mores around the fire pit and plenty of toe tapping. Bring your own lawn chairs and enjoy the peaceful setting. RV sites, cabins, and tent sites can be rented to make a weekend of it. For more info, visit or call 850-675-6807.

Navarre Beach Autorama Friday Night Cruise-In Pirates on the Panhandle

Oct. 13 | 6 p.m.

8649 Gulf Blvd., Navarre, FL

The 22nd Annual Navarre, Car, Truck, and Bike Show will kick off on Oct. 13 with the Friday Night Cruise-In. This event will feature more than 200 cars, a DJ and trophies awarded to the best cars in attendance! For more info, visit or call 850-499-6210.

Holley-Navarre Senior Association Pancake Breakfast

Oct. 13 | 7 - 10:30 am

8476 Gordon Goodin Ln, Navarre, FL

Join the Holley-Navarre Senior Association the second Saturday of every month for an all you can eat pancake breakfast. For only $7, the pancake meal includes sausages or bacon, and coffee. Ala cart items are also available, including eggs, hashbrowns and fruit. Kids meals and juice are also available. Vendor tables are available for $20. More information can be found at

22nd Annual Navarre Beach Autorama: Car, Truck, and Bike Show

Oct. 14 | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Navarre High School, 8600 High School Blvd., Navarre, FL.

Autorama showcasing more than 150 historical cars from all decades are on display in this popular event. Event features music, food and vendor booths. Check in is 8 a.m. and judging starts at 11 a.m. For more info, visit or call 850-501-2244.

15th Annual Run for the Reef 10K/5K and Kid’s One Mile Fun Run

Oct. 14 | 6 a.m.

8597 Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach, FL

Features an out-and-back course along scenic Gulf Blvd. Event is a fundraiser to help “Make Navarre Snorkelicious,” a benefit for the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary and artificial reefs. Race Day registration will be from 6 a.m. – 7 a.m. at Windjammers on the Pier. The run starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Navarre Beach boat launch parking lot. The award ceremony will be held at Windjammers on the Pier. For more info, visit, contact Mike Sandler at 850-686-6643 or email


Munson Heritage Festival

Oct. 14 and 15 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Krul Lake Recreation Area, Milton, FL

Learn about old-time ways through hands-on demonstrations. There is a Civil War reenactment camp, Native American displays, wood carving’ basket weaving, making corn-shuck dolls, dulcimer making, shoe cobbling; cross-cut sawing, old-time circular sawmill operation, turpentining, displays by local museums and more. For more info, visit 850-889-3144 or

Annual Charity Chili Cook-off and Volleyball Tourney

Oct. 15 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

1451 Navarre Beach Causeway, Navarre Beach, FL

Event is a fundraiser for Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County. Fee required to enter the chili cook-off or the volleyball tournament. Donation fee required to taste. Bring already cooked and hot chili in crock pots with serving ladles to set up between noon and 2 p.m.; chili tastings take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Volleyball registration at 10 a.m. and the tournament starts at 10:30 a.m. Four-person co-ed teams will be paired according to skill level. For more info, visit or call 850-939-1092.

Boo at the Zoo – Trick or Treat Trail

Oct. 1415, 21–22, 28–29 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy., Gulf Breeze, FL

Trick-or-Treat with all your favorite animals! Boo at the Zoo offers six days of scare-free, daytime fun for children and their families. Join our safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, with kid-friendly fun around every corner. Includes trick-or-treat trail with toys, treats, treasures, bounce houses, face painting, animal ambassador headquarters and the entire zoo! Save time and purchase your tickets online. For more information visit or call 850-932-2229.

5th Annual Wing Cook-Off Fundraiser

Oct. 14 | 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Navarre Park, 8512 Navarre Pkwy., Navarre, FL

The Starfish Project is excited to host the 5th Annual Wing Cook-Off Fundraiser to support the area’s special needs community. Funds from this event help support the iPad for Communication Program, Ortho-Helmet Program for Military, and other related medical services for children with different abilities Click here for tickets.

Spirits of the Simpson House Tour at Arcadia Mill

Oct. 20 | 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

4755 Anna Simpson Rd., Milton, FL

Join us for a spooky evening of history and hauntings at the Arcadia Homestead. Guests will be given a guided tour of the historic Simpson House to learn more about the Simpson family and life in the 1930’s. This event is limited to 10 people each tour at the times listed above. Visit for more information.

Fear Forest Returns!

Oct. 20 & 21| 7 – 10 p.m.

Community of Christ, 2111 Presidio St., Navarre, FL

Haunted trail, Nerf zombie course and games for the kids! Donation for admission. For more information go to

Annual Ghost Walk Downtown Milton

Oct. 20 & 21 | 6 p.m.

6866 Caroline Street, Milton, FL

Tours will begin at the Imogene Theatre in Milton starting at 6 p.m. each evening. Tours start every 25 minutes until around 10 p.m. and last 30 to 45 minutes. Visit or for more info.

Pink Pirate's Get It Off Your Chest Annual 5K Run

Oct. 21 | 8 a.m.

8578 Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach, FL

Breast Cancer Awareness Run. Race starts at the Navarre Beach boat ramp parking lot. Pink Pirates is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds to assist with early detection of breast cancer. Registration at For more info, visit or email 

34th Annual Lumberjack Festival

Oct. 21 | 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

5988 Hwy. 90, Milton, FL

Pensacola State College’s Lumberjack Festival returns for the 34th year. This event features cross-cut sawing, knife throwing, axe-throwing competitions and more. Admission is free and donations of canned goods or non-perishable food items will be accepted. Vendors and food trucks will be on-site. Face painting, coloring, crafts and outdoor activities will be available for children.


Pinelands Nursery Company Fall Festival

Oct. 21 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

8365 US-90, Milton, FL

Get ready for an unforgettable experience at this year's Fall Festival in Pinelands Nursery! We will be featuring many vendors, including face painting, local produce, artisanal goods, crafts, and much more.


Blackwater Food Truck Festival at Jernigan’s Landing

Oct. 21 | 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

5158 Willing St., Milton, FL

Come out to the first Milton's Blackwater Food Truck Festival on Sat., Oct. 21 at Jernigan's Landing. There will be numerous food trucks, vendors, live music and a bounce house for the kids. Admission is free. Visit for complete details.

3rd Annual Batty Fang-Tastic Halloween

Oct. 21 | 4 – 8 p.m.

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, 3051 Cloptons Circle, Navarre, FL

Don’t be afraid to come out to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge for a spook-tacular time at the 2nd Annual Batty Fang-Tastic Halloween. Arrive in costume (or not) for a boo-licious evening of trick or treating with our animal ambassadors, kid-friendly owl-oween haunted trail, pumpkin painting, cake walk, and much more. Food trucks will be on-site to provide all sorts of delicious treats each night. The most fun you can have learning about our native wildlife and getting treats at the same time. For more info, visit or call 850-684-1485.

Science Spooktacular by the Sea presented by the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station

Oct. 21 | 5 – 9 p.m.

8638 Blue Heron Ct., Navarre Beach, FL

From creeps of the deep, an endangered species cemetery, to science that glows in the dark, amazing sea creatures await you. Join us for our annual fundraiser Science Spooktacular. Explore science stations led by outstanding Santa Rosa County teachers. The family friendly event features glow in the dark science demonstrations, spine chilling dissections, haunted beach walk, hands-on activities, and crafts for children. For more info, visit or call 850-261-2141.

Annual Fenner McConnell/Mark Wantz Blackwater Heritage Century Ride

Oct. 28 | 7:30 a.m.

5629 Byrom St., Downtown Milton

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida and the West Florida Wheelmen are excited to announce the 2023 Fenner Ride will take place on Oct. 28 at 7:30 a.m. at the Clyde L. Gracey Community Center. Cyclists can enjoy routes that start in the City of Milton, all the way to the woodlands of the Blackwater Forest, and back again. Riders will be able to experience Northwest Florida’s native wildlife, natural environments, and beautiful scenery. This ride includes routes for all cycling levels: 18, 42, 62, or 100 miles. Registration will be open until Oct. 27. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida.


Spooky Shark School

Oct. 28 | 9 – 10 a.m.

8740 Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach, FL

Explore sharks of the deep when the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center Shark School goes Spooky in October. Explore local gulf coast sharks, shark biology, and shark conservation. Shark school participants receive: introduction class to sharks of the Gulf of Mexico, shark arts and crafts, shark tooth treasure hunt, a certificate of completion, and early entrance to the NBSTCC. For more information and to register, call 850-684-3347.

City of Milton's Annual Fall Festival

Oct. 28 | 4 p.m.

Jernigan’s Landing, Downtown Milton

Located at Jernigan's Landing on the south end of Willing St, this event will feature inflatable games, bounce houses, trunk-or-treating, food trucks, face painting and more! This event is free and open to the public.

Trash Bash with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center

Oct. 28 | 8 – 10 a.m.

8649 Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach, FL

Halloween themed for the month of October. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes that are up-cycled and/or marine themed! Help protect sea turtles and other imperiled species through a citizen science program that allows volunteers to take an active role in the war against marine debris. Volunteers collect trash from different areas along the 4.5 miles of Navarre Beach and record data that is forwarded to state and federal agencies. Meet in the main Navarre Beach parking lot near the Sand Crab Pavilion. A limited supply of gloves, buckets and pickers are provided, or bring your own. For more info, visit or call 850-684-3347.

AWA Farms 2nd Annual Fall Fest

Oct. 28 | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

8781 Highway 89, Allentown, Florida

Come on out to the farm and be a part of AWA's 2nd annual Fall Festival! There will be trick-or-treating, hayrides, a bounce house, games, animal encounters along with shopping and food trucks! Fun for all ages and many animals you're sure to fall in love with! Visit for more information.

Town of Jay Trick-or-Treat on Commerce Street

Oct. 31 | 5 p.m.

Commerce Street in Jay

Trick-or-treat booths open at 5 p.m. Kids costume contest (no pets) at 6:30 p.m. If you have an organization or youth group that is interested in hosting a booth, please reserve a spot by visiting Jay City Hall or contact us at 850-675-4556.

Holley Hill Pottery and Art Studio Kiln Openings

Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

7507 Buckeye Dr., Navarre, FL

Open Tuesday to Saturday during the Beaches to Woodlands Tour! Holley Hill Pottery has been making pottery in Santa Rosa County for over 40 years capturing the lifestyle, scenery and sea life of the Gulf Coast using local clays and their own glaze formulas. For more information visit or call 850-939-2744 or email


Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society

Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

7507 Buckeye Dr., Navarre, FL

Gulf Coast Kiln Walk has the largest historical 32 ft. wood fueled “Anagama” cave style kiln and the only reconstructed wood fueled Southern Altered Groundhog kiln from the 1940s in the state of Florida. Both historical kilns are available to view on the tour. For more information visit, call 850-939-2744 or email

Events listed are highlights of activities in Santa Rosa County. The Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office is not responsible for any changes or cancellations. For more information, visit or call 850-981-8900. If your business/organization would like to have events added to future lists as well as to the Tourist Development Office events calendar, email

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