It may still be 90 degrees, but I’m optimistic fall is in the air and it’s my favorite time of year to enjoy all the outdoor activities our area has to offer. With an abundance of events taking place in Gainesville, the following list is just a few of my favorite places to visit throughout the month of October and early November. So pack up the family and enjoy pumpkin patches, Sesame Street Live or even a 5K run.
Coon Hollo October 4th – November 3rd
My family visited Coon Hollo in Micanopy for the first time two years ago and had no idea it would be an all day event. This four generation family run farm has so many activities to keep kids of all ages entertained for hours!
- 5 Acre Crop Maze
- Pasture Putt Putt Golf
- Hayride/Feed the Cows
- Farm Train Rides
- Goat Tree House
- Hay Fort
- Antique Farm Equipment
- NEW! Old Fashion Farm-ival Games
- NEW! Cross Country Photo Scavenger Hunt
- NEW! Interactive Texting Maze Game
- Corn Cribs and Tire Swing
- Corn-hole Board Games
- 50 Foot Burlap Sack Slide
Rogers Farm October 4th – November 5th
Walk the 12 acre themed corn maze with a map to assist you along your journey during the day or take a chance and navigate the spooky trail at night with ghouls and creatures lurking within the maze. For those not as brave, there are duck races, a cow train, hayrides & pony rides, corn cannon, a petting zoo and my favorite, a pumpkin patch. New to the farm this year are a dunk tank and cow milking. Enjoy concessions at the covered picnic area next to the giant slides & swings, vortex tunnel and jumping pillow.
TUMC 5K Pumpkin Run, Sunday, October 13th 6:00 pm
Dress in your best family friendly Halloween costume, lace up your shoes and run through the beautiful campus of Trinity United Methodist Church. The finish line is at the Trinity Pumpkin Patch where there will be refreshments, a bounce house, hayrides, children’s games, and prizes for the participants dressed in a pumpkin or family friendly Halloween themed outfit. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the Trinity United Methodist Summer Mission trip to Appalachia to help make homes warmer, safer, and drier.
Sesame Street Live Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:30 pm
Who doesn’t love Elmo? I first attended Sesame Street Live at the O’Connell Center in 2010 and believe I was just as excited as my 4 year old daughter. This year’s performance, Can’t Stop Singing, is about Elmo getting his “furry fingers on Abby Cadabby’s magic wand, there’s something in the air – and Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage! Grover and Baby Bear sing their highs and lows, Cookie Monster sings fast and slow, Bert and Ernie converse in song and Murray makes mouth music for all to sing along! Learn why it feels good to sing a song, but why it feels good to stop, too! What will Elmo learn about the power of musical magic? Join the conga line of fun to find out!”
Bat Fest Saturday, October 26th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The festival at the Lubee Bat Conservancy features free activities, including bat-themed craft activities and games for kids, educational exhibits, bouncy huts, presentations by bat experts, and the unique opportunity to see live fruit bats with 5 ft wingspans on exhibit in the Bat Zone. Vendors selling food and beverages, providing local environmental education information and selling “batty” merchandise (including bat houses), are spread across the beautiful grounds of the conservancy. PLUS, this is the only day of the whole year the bat conservancy is open to the public. You get the chance to see lots of bats up close and even have your picture taken with a giant bat with a 6’ wingspan!
Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival, October 26th & 27th
Stroll down Cholokka Boulevard in the quiet little historic town of Micanopy during the fall arts and crafts festival. Along with a number of antique stores, a large used book store and several restaurants, local artists, crafters, and musicians will fill the streets for the festivals as well as other artists from across the southeast. The main stage plays host to a variety of good time music throughout the festival and an old time auction of items donated by participating vendors on Saturday afternoon.