Fall fair season in GreaterJax™ gets underway this weekend with the Alachua County Fair in Gainesville and the Northeast Florida Fair in Callahan.
See details below.
As usual, you’ll find treats that are uniquely Greater Jacksonville – like the Mcintosh 1890s Festival and the Alligator Warrior Festival in High Springs.
Add the seasonal butterfly fest and plant sales, and it’s just another fall weekend.
Oh yeah, and there’s a Monolithic Dome Home tour in Palatka and the Filipino Pride fest in Jacksonville, too.
- 5th Annual Filipino Pride Celebration – Sat., Oct. 19, 10 a.m. Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Filipino Pride Day is a day to celebrate Philippine cuisine, culture, and art with very talented performers providing a mix of traditional and modern Filipino cultural entertainment. The only Filipino Festival in Northeast Florida and also a fundraising event for organizations both local and in the Philippines. Kid’s zone, authentic Filipino dishes, giveaways, art exhibit, health screenings and more. Presented by We Filipinos Inc. in cooperation with First Coast Care Home Health.
- 13th Annual Monolithic Dome Home Tour – Fri., Oct. 18. Children’s Reading Center, 7001 St. Johns Avenue, Palatka, Fla. Admission: FREE &open to the public. Go west out of town on St. John's Avenue. The school is located west of the St. John's Community College, west and slightly north of the hospital. Located west and north of the airport. Monolithic Domes are steel-reinforced concrete structures known for energy efficiency, durability and strength. The tour, sponsored by Monolithic Constructors, Inc in Texas, is designed to raise awareness about these unusual buildings. The Children's Reading Center Charter School has five domes and totals about 22,000 square feet. For more information, please email Anne Sutherland at email@example.com or call 386-328-0962.
- 40th Annual McIntosh 1890's Festival – Sat., Oct. 19, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Van Ness Park, Ave G & NW 7th St., McIntosh, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. All-day entertainment from country to blue grass is provided on the Main Stage in Van Ness Park. Over 280 vendors from all over the country will display their arts, crafts and antiques. Several vendors will be demonstrating their crafts, including candle making and weaving. For more information, please call 352-591-4038.
- Alachua County Fair Opening Day – Fri., Oct. 18, 10 a.m. Alachua County Fair & Alachua County Fair Association, Inc., 3100 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville, Fla. Admission: Discount tickets on sale at Walgreens Stores thru Oct 18. Rides Food Games Attractions and Talent. Kachunga and the Alligator Show and Wild About Monkeys. Midnight Madness both Fridays at 9pm. Beauty Pageant on Sat 19th. Karaoke Contest on Thurs., Oct. 24. For more information, please call 352-374-5204.
- Alligator Warrior Festival – Fri., Oct. 18, 9 a.m. O'Leno State Park, SE Oleno Park Rd., High Springs, Fla. Admission: $5.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle, $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle, $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists. Experience both a Native American gathering with dancers, musicians, artisans, and traders and a living history event that includes a reenactment of the Sept. 11, 1836 Seminole War Battle of San Felasco Hammock. The entire family will enjoy the annual Alligator Festival which celebrates the early history of Columbia County, Fla., before 1859, when Alligator Town was renamed Lake City. For more information, please call 386-454-1853.
- ButterflyFest – Sat., Oct. 19 & Sun., Oct. 20, 10 a.m. Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road — Powell Hall, University of Florida Cultural Plaza, Gainesville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public, Admission to the Butterfly Rainforest $9 Fla. Residents, $10.50 for adults and $6 for ages 3-17. A celebration of wings and backyard things. Explore the lives of bats, bees, birds and butterflies at this fall’s ButterflyFest while learning about water and wildlife. Butterfly Plant Sale beginning Fri., Oct. 18, one of the Museum’s largest plant sales of the year with more than 125 species available as well as food and merchandise vendors. Learn about butterfly gardening, native pollinators, conservation, backyard wildlife and more. Come dressed as your favorite pollinator for the Pollinator Parade. For more information, please visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflyfest.
- Fall Plant Sale & Orchid Show – Sat., Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Dr., Gainesville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public, no pets please. Each October, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens holds an Open House & Fall Plant Sale, inviting visitors to see the facility. In addition to viewing the botanical gardens, approximately 40 vendors sell a wide variety of plants. The American Orchid Society's judged orchid show will coincide with the Fall Plant Sale and will take place inside Kanapaha's entrance building. For more information, please call 352-372-4981.
- Halla Galla: Tomorrow as It Used to Be – Sat., Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. Lightner Museum, 75 King St., St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: $135 each, ages 21 & up. Step back in time to a futuristic era, where imagination meets innovation. An alternative time line, a world that never happened where Victorian culture collides with industrial ingenuity. Festivities begin with cocktails on the third floor of the Lightner Museum. Following the cocktail hour, guests enjoy dinner, dancing, live entertainment and performances. Proceeds from this year’s Halla Galla will benefit the JSL’s numerous community service projects, including the Children’s Museum of St. John’s, Willich Kid’s Bridge Family Visitation Center, SAYS (Saint Augustine Youth Services), and the Lightner Museum, just to name a few. For more information, please visit www.hallagalla.com.
- Northeast Florida Fair – Thurs., Oct. 17-27. Northeast Florida Fairgrounds, 543378 US Hwy. 1, Callahan, Fla. Admission: Megapasses available through Oct. 17. Family entertainment including Rowdy Rooster puppet shows, Just Paul Comedy Magic Act, live music, talent show, rodeo petting zoo, arts & crafts and midway entertainment. For more information, please visit www.neflflair.org.
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