34 Reasons to visit Navarre Beach this Fall
Fall Activities from Beaches to WoodlandsThis year marks the 19th Annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour, a series of family-friendly fall festivities from September through the beginning of November. The Beaches to Woodlands Tour is put on by the Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Office. From corn mazes and pumpkin patches to sailing competitions and fishing rodeos, you won’t want to miss this fall fun.
Here’s the lineup of fall festivities:
Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, and 28
Bands on the Blackwater Fall Concert Series
5158 Willing St. in Milton, 7 to 9 p.m.
Bands on the Blackwater is a free outdoor spring and fall 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 information, visit www.facebook.com/BandsOnTheBlackwater or call the City of Milton at 850-983-5400.
Sept. 3, 17, Oct. 1, 15, Nov. 5
Highway 87 Outdoor Market at Pik-itz
1922 Highway 87 in Navarre, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This monthly outdoor market takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month. Farm to Table vendors are available along with arts & crafts, and don’t miss out on shopping inside Pik-itz! For more information visit www.pikitz.com or call 850-710-7128.
Sept. 9, 10, and 11
32nd Annual Juana Good Time Regatta
1451 Navarre Beach Causeway on Navarre Beach
The Juana Good Time Regatta is designed for both experienced and novice racers, with the main emphasis being a “Good Time”. It is open to all sizes of multi-hull sailboats, from beach cats and trimarans to cruisers. The Regatta will be held over three days, Sept. 9-11, and includes parties, food and live music! It starts with The Wish for Wind Party (packet pick up) on Sept. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. The sailboat races are Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 or 4 p.m., depending upon the wind. For more information visit www.juanaspagodas.com/RegattaNews.htm or call 850-939-1092. Sept. 11 September 11th Memorial Stair Climb 8573 Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach, 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. This is a Memorial Stair Climb to honor the first responders of 9/11. This event raises money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, which benefits the families of First Responders. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/767865744408069?ref=newsfeed.
Sept. 24 - Nov. 5
Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze
2055 Homer Holland Road in Milton, Sunday to Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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 three-fourths 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, sandbox and an eight-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 information visit www.HollandFarmsOnline.com or contact BJ Holland at 850-675-6876 or email [email protected]
Oktoberfest at Ye Olde Brother’s Brewery
4458 Highway 87 in Navarre, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The premier event of the year at Ye Olde Brothers Brewery! Come out and enjoy premium craft beer and authentic lagers in addition to traditional German fare and great music. For more information visit www.yeoldebrothersbrewery.com or call 850-684-1495. Sept 29 – October 3 Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall 8513 Navarre Parkway in Navarre The wall that heals visitors’ experiences. This will be a family-friendly event and the goal is to raise money and awareness to help the hero’s overcome their struggles. Come out and show support at 8513 Navarre parkway, Navarre Beach FL.
Oct. 1, 2
Navarre Fishing Rodeo
1451 Navarre Beach Causeway on Navarre Beach
Tournament competition opens 12:01 a.m. Saturday - until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Fish from the shore, a boat or kayak, or from the pier - just no "fishing" at the seafood market! Prizes will be awarded in all divisions. Weigh-in is on the beach at Juana's, close to Santa Rosa County Boat Ramp and parking. Scales close promptly at 4 p.m. on both days. Up to two Junior anglers twelve 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 local lodging partners for the week of the Navarre Fishing Rodeo. For more information visit www.navarrefishingrodeo.com or contact Sandi Kemp or Melinda Parnell at 850-939-1900 or email [email protected]
2nd Annual Challenge 22 Event Walk and Ride
8513 Navarre Parkway in Navarre, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This event is sponsored by the American Legion Riders Chapter 382 to help bring awareness to the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress and the 22 veteran suicides a day. This community event will help raise money for Project: VetRelief and feature an opening military ceremony, followed by a 2.2-mile walk and 22-mile motorcycle ride. There will be guest speakers, vendors, food, and live music throughout the day. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Navarre-Challenge-22-104872238505978/events/?ref=page_internal or call 850-420-4721.
Juana’s Annual Oktoberfest Beer Fest
1451 Navarre Beach Causeway on Navarre Beach, 12 to 4 p.m.
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 information, visit www.juanaspagodas.com or call 850-939-1092. Oct. 1 Take a Kid Fishing 8579 Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach, 8 a.m. This kid’s fishing clinic is staged at Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The First 200 children (12 and under) receive a fishing pole and goodie bag that includes free bait and fishing instruction. This event usually fills up quickly. Proceeds go to Navarre Chamber Foundation, a 501C3. For more information and to pre-register visit www.takeakidfishingnavarre.com or www.NavarreChamberFoundation.org.
Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Movies on the Beach
8579 Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach, 8 p.m.
Free to the public. It is the responsibility of parents to check ratings. Outside food or beverages of any kind are not allowed. No coolers, no bottles, and no cups. No smoking or vaping. Drink specials along with beverages and food will be available. For more information, visit www.windjammersonthepier.com or call 850-710-3239. Saturday, October 1: Jaws Saturday, October 8: The Hulk Saturday, October 15: Top Gun Saturday, October 22: Bad Moms Saturday, October 29: Double Feature - Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic (Wear your hat and bring your broom)
Oct. 1, 15, 29
Spooky Shark School Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center
8740 Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach, 9 to 10 a.m.
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 an introduction class to sharks of the Gulf of Mexico, shark arts and crafts, a shark tooth treasure hunt, a certificate of completion, and early entrance to the NBSTCC. For more information and to register, visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org/programs or call 850-684-3347.
Oct. 1st - Nov. 6th 14th
Annual Sweet Season Farms Corn Maze and U-Pick Pumpkins and Sunflowers
2260 Horn Road in Milton, Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Reserved school field trips only on weekdays. 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 our pumpkin patch. Over 25 fun farm-themed activities, including c ow train, beeline zipline, corn popper jumping pillow, barnyard ball, farm-themed playground and more! Plenty of food on-site including the farm bakery with fresh squeezed lemonade, homemade caramel apples, roasted sweet corn, sno-cones, kettle corn and much more! Find more details online at www.sweetseasonfarms.com or call 850-686-9917 or email [email protected] Follow Sweet Season Farms on Facebook or Instagram for event updates!
Pirates on the Panhandle Friday Night Cruise In
8649 Gulf Boulevard in Navarre, 6 p.m.
The 21st Annual Navarre, Car, Truck, and Bike show will kick off on October 7 with the Friday Night Cruise-In. This will be a meet-and-greet featuring over 50 cars, a DJ, and trophies being handed out to the best cars in attendance! For more information, visit www.navarrebeachcarshow.com or call 850-499-6210.
21st Annual Navarre Car, Truck, and Bike Show Navarre High School
8600 High School Boulevard in Navarre, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Autorama showcasing more than 150 historical cars from all decades are on display in this popular event. The event features music, food and vendor booths. For more information, visit www.NavarreBeachCarShow.com or call 850-501-2244.
Fall Festival at the West Florida Railroad Museum
5003 Henry St. in Milton, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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 information visit https://www.facebook.com/people/West-Florida-Railroad-Museum/100057149273591/.
Sea Turtle Extravaganza
8740 Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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 information visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org or call 850-684-3347.
87 Art Fest at Pik-itz
1922 Highway 87 in Navarre, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kick off the shopping season with local artists, food, trucks and live music. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pikitzartandantiques or call 850-710-1728.
14th Annual Run for the Reef 10K/5K and Kid’s One Mile Fun Run
8597 Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach
The run starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Navarre Beach boat launch parking lot. Features an out-and-back course along scenic Gulf Boulevard. This 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. Awards will also be held at Windjammers on the Pier. For more information visit www.navarrebeachmarinesanctuary.org or contact Mike Sandler at 850-686-6643 or email [email protected]
Bluegrass in the Woods Sunburst RV Resort
2375 Horn Road in Milton, 7 to 9 p.m.
This free event will feature bluegrass music, s’mores around the fire pit and plenty of toe-tapping. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the peaceful setting. RV sites, cabins and tent sites can be rented to make a weekend of it. For more information visit www.sunburstrvresort.com or call 850-675-6807.
Oct. 8 and 9
Munson Heritage Festival Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Blackwater River State Forest
One of the most popular events on the tour will be held at Krul Lake recreation area in Milton, FL. Visitors will learn about old-time ways through hands-on demonstrations. There is a Civil War re-enactment 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 information, visit 850-889-3144 or www.facebook.com/munsoncommunityheritagefestival.
Annual Charity Chili Cook-off and Volleyball Tourney
1451 Navarre Beach Causeway on Navarre Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event is a fundraiser for Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County. Fee required to enter the chili cookoff or the volleyball tournament. A donation
fee is 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 of any skill level, participants will be paired according to skill level. For more information visit www.juanaspagodas.com or call 850-939-1092.
Terror in the Theater Milton's Haunted Imogene Halloween Attraction and Paranormal Investigation!
6866 Caroline St. in Milton
The Halloween Haunted House begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy a spine-chilling mix of special effects, actors, costumes, story-telling, and exhilarating surprises blended with Imogene's haunted history. Tickets are $15. Ghost Hunt tours start at 7 p.m. and end at 11 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include ghost hunting equipment, but feel free to bring personal equipment. Audio equipment and digital cameras are allowed. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/411225127521337.
Pink Pirate's Get It Off Your Chest Annual 5K Run
8578 Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach, 8 a.m.
This Breast Cancer Awareness Run starts at the Navarre Beach boat ramp parking lot. Pink Pirates is a 501C non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds to assist with early detection of breast cancer. Registration at Active.com/PinkPirates5K. For more information visit www.facebook.com/pinkpiratesnavarre or email [email protected]
Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31
Boo at the Zoo – Trick or Treat Trail 5701
Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Trick-or-Treat with all your favorite animals! Boo at the Zoo offers 6 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 www.gbzoo.com or call 850-932-2229. Oct. 22 Annual Ghost Walk Downtown Milton 6866 Caroline St. in Milton Tours will begin at the Imogene Theatre in Milton starting at 6 p.m. each evening. Tours will leave approximately every 25 minutes until around 10 p.m. Tours last 30 to 45 minutes. Event website: www.santarosahistoricalsociety.com.
2nd Annual Batty Fang-Tastic Halloween
3051 Cloptons Circle in Navarre, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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 information, visit facebook.com/emeraldcoastwildliferefuge or call 850-684-1485.
Science Spooktacular by the Sea presented by the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station
8638 Blue Heron Court on Navarre Beach, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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, a haunted beach walk, hands-on activities and crafts for children. For more information and pricing visit www.navarrebeachmarinesciencestation.com or call 850-261-2141.
Trash Bash with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center
8649 Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach, 8 to 10 a.m.
Halloween-themed for October. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes that are upcycled 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. Limited supplies of gloves, buckets and pickers are provided or bring your own. For more information, visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org or call 850-684-3347.
Annual Fenner McConnell/Mark Wantz Blackwater Heritage Century Ride
5629 Byrom St. in Milton
The ride starts at 7:30 a.m. Mark your calendars for a spooky Fenner Ride 2021! October is a great time to get outside, enjoy the cooler temperatures, reconnect with nature, and enjoy all that life has to offer. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida and the West Florida Wheelmen Bicycle Club host this great event. This ride gives a unique chance to experience Northwest Florida’s native wildlife, natural environments, and beautiful scenery. There is a ride for all cycling levels, choose 18, 42, 62, or 100 miles. Registration includes event giveaways, fully supported rest stops, limited sag support, a post-ride meal, great prize opportunities, a t-shirt, and medals for all participants. For more information and to register visit www.bbbsnwfl.org/events/fenner-ride.
September – October – November
All Month Long Adventures Unlimited Fall Foliage Zipline Tours
8974 Tomahawk Landing Road in Milton
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 information visit www.adventuresunlimited.com or call (850) 623-6197.
Holley Hill Pottery and Art Studio Kiln Openings
7507 Buckeye Drive in Navarre, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open Tuesday to Saturday on the 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 www.holleyhillpottery.com or call 850-939-2744 or email [email protected]
Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society
7507 Buckeye Drive in Navarre, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kilns can be toured every Saturday on the Tour. Kiln Walk has the largest historical 32-foot, 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 www.holleyhillpottery.com or call 850-939-2744 or email [email protected]
For more information about the events, visit the Beaches to Woodlands website at www.getrelaxing.com/stories/beaches-to-woodlands-2022/ or call 850-981-8900.
From the south side of the county beaches to the north side of the county woodlands, you are sure to be entertained this fall during your Navarre Beach vacation! Book your fall stay today at www.navarrelistings.com/category/all-navarre-beach-rentals.