Celebrating fall in Sarasota
A traditional fall pumpkin patch.

Celebrating fall in Sarasota

Autumn has crept up and October is filled with fall activities around town. For Sarasota natives or those that just moved to the area, there are many ways to celebrate the season. 

Going strong for 35 years is the Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival. Every weekend in October, the Fruitville Farm will be a bustle of activity. Animal lovers will enjoy experiences such as Hug-A-Goat, a butterfly garden, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.

There will be an array of vendors including Smokin Mama Lora’s BBQ Mobile, a fan favorite from previous years. With costume contests every Saturday, this is an event for the entire family. Note that this event takes place outdoors, so come prepared to stay protected from natural elements. Find more information about this event and others hosted by Fruitville Grove Farm on their website.

For those looking for more of a fright, there’s the Sarasota Ghost Tour. It won’t just be the autumn air sending chills down spines, traveling through the streets of downtown, listening to true horrifying tales of the city after dark. 

Another spooky option is Manatee Village Historical Park’s cemetery tour of the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds on Oct. 14 and 28. Explore the oldest public cemetery in Manatee County and learn about those resting under the earth. 

Lastly, for an amazing night of music and dancing, join the Gator Club for their Annual Halloween Block Party. Featured musical artists include 22N and Johnny Diamond. Participants can expect lots of food trucks to try throughout the night. Here, the fun won’t stop until the clock strikes midnight. 

These events and more can be found on the updated Sarasota events page. Though not the largest city, the Sarasota community has no shortage of events for all residents.

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