In addition to the usual weekend fun and frivolity, fall finally wafts its way into Florida on Sunday.
Honor the season appropriately.
Read the list pages for all the info on these fall celebrations:
- 2nd Annual Helicopter Golf Ball Drop
- Dragon Boat Festival
- Jacksonville Pagan Pride Day
- World Peace Day Celebration
Then head out to enjoy the other events on tap, most of which are free – or nearly so.
You won’t be disappointed.
- 11th Annual Family Literacy Fair, Health Extravaganza & Mighty Teeth Day – Sat., Sept. 21, 10 a.m. Florida State College at Jacksonville's North Campus, 4501 Capper Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Lots of activities, loads of fun, a ton of free books for all ages, free lunch and drawings for free door prizes. FREE golf lessons for children, FREE STAR LAB Planetarium, FREE health screenings for children and adults, FREE face painting and nail polishing, FREE zumba classes, reading corners, poetry and much, more. For more information, please visit www.fscj.edu/e_images/family-literacy-fair.jpg.
- American Sewing Guild Sew-cial Workers Neighborhood Group Social – Thurs., June 19, 10 a.m. JoAnn's Fabrics, 6001 Argyle Forest Blvd. at Blanding Blvd., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Please join the Sew-cial Workers Neighborhood Group meeting at Jo-Ann's in Jacksonville. Upcoming topics include Crazy Patch, Nifty Knit Necklines, and a Christmas Project. The Jacksonville, Florida Chapter of the American Sewing Guild is dedicated to promoting and sharing the joy of sewing. Begun in 1978, the American Sewing Guild, a 501 (c)(3) organization, has over 20,000 members and 135 chapters across the nation. It is. The Jacksonville Chapter of ASG has been in existence since 1992. For information and questions, please contact Marcy at 904-215-5921 or send email to email@example.com.
- A Day of Community Service & Remembrance – Sat., Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Solomon Calhoun Center, 1300 Duval St., St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Presented by the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency. For more information, please call 904-398-7472, ext. 203 or visit nfcaa.org.
- Experience Fort Mose: Colonial Children Story Time & Crafts – Sat, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fort Mose Historic State Park, 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: Cost of program outdoors is free; $2/person for persons 6 and up for the museum and visitor center (which is not required to attend program). A resident of Fort Mose tells kids what it was like to be an African child growing up in 1738 in the newly established Fort Mose and in Saint Augustine. Kids can also make themselves a leather beaded necklace or bracelet, an ornament from tin and a colonial tricorn hat. For the adventurous souls thinking of a military career, there is chance to learn about flint lock muskets and drill along with regular soldiers and militiamen. For more information, please visit floridastateparks.org/fortmose.
- Feast of Taberancles 2013 – Fri., Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Hineni Messianic Felloiwship, 1797 Old Moultrie Rd., St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public, offerings accepted. Join Hineni Messianic Fellowship as we celebrate the Feast of Succoth/Feast of Tabernacles. A wonderful time of praise & worship & dancing. See how Yeshua/Jesus is revealed in this wonderful Feast. Rejoice in the Sukka booth. For more information, please call 904-827-9731 or visit www.hinenimessiah.com.
- Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot – Wed., Sept. 18/, 7 p.m. Lifetime Ministry Church, 2615 US 1 S., St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Come join us for two High Sabbaths Service as we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles "Sukkot." We will have praise and worship food and fellowship. For more information please call 904-417-8434 or visit our website at www.lifetimeministry.org.
- First Coast Shag Club – Sun., Sept. 22, 4 p.m. Sliders Seaside Grill, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Beach Music. Carolina Shag lessons and dancing. Intermediate lessons, 4-4:30 p.m.; beginner lessons, 4:30-5; open dancing starts at 5.
- Florida State Horseshoe Pitchers Association Appreciation Tournament – Sat., Sept. 21. Horseshoe Pitching Club Courts, Old Dixie Park, 1250 S. Dixie Hwy. Bunnell, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Come out and watch the action. For more information, please call 386-437-2091.
- Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Paint Out – Thurs., Sept. 19, 6-9 p.m. Kanapaha Gardens 4700 SW 58th Dr., Gainesville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public, Gardens closed. Gala reception for artists and patrons of this year’s Paint Out. A 40% commission on art sales benefits non-profit Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. Exhibition in the Summer House Gallery Sept 19 - Jan 5, 2014. For more information, please call 352-372-4981.
- Leprechaun Hunt in the Park – Various times on Sept. 21-22. Gamble Rogers State Park, 3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach, Fla. Admission: $5.00 per vehicle 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle, $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, correct change required. The first person to find the hidden bear will bring it to the ranger station to redeem a certificate of a two-hour rental of their choice for two people. The bear may be hidden up to two times per day. For more information, please call 386-517-2086, or email Jennifer.Giblin@dep.state.fl.us.
- Memories of Old Murray Hill – Wed., Sept. 18, 7 p.m. Murray Hill Public Library, 918 Edgewood Ave. S., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. "Personal Reminiscences" by long-time Murray Hill residents Marjorie Marvin, Bill Lee and Eleanor Smith. For more information, please call 904-384-2665 or visit murrayhilllibrary.org.
- Music under the Oaks – Sun., Sept. 22, 2-4 p.m. Mandarin Museum & Historical Society, 11964 Mandarin Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Open acoustic jam session in the front yard. For more information, please call 904-268-0784 or visit mandarinmuseum.net.
- Rain Barrel Workshop (Make & Take) – Fri., Sept. 20, 9:30 a.m. Duval County Extension, 1010 N. McDuff Ave., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: $5 per person or $45 per person to make a rain barrel. The Duval County Extension Office is offering a Make-and-Take Rain Barrel Workshop on Friday, Sept 20th from 9:30am to noon. Attendees will make their own 55 gallon plastic rain barrels to take home. You will learn how to connect a rain barrel to a rain garden and learn about on water conservation. Seating is limited to 35 pre-paid registrations. No walk-ins for make and take. Register with credit card at rainbarrel92013.eventbrite.com. For more information, please call 904-255-7450.
- Spanish-American War Event – Sat., Sept. 21-Sun. & Sept. 22. Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, Fla. Admission: $6 per vehicle park entrance plus $2 per person fort admission. Commemorate the part that Fort Clinch played in the Spanish-American War. The fort will be filled with uniformed interpreters and participants will also be able to enjoy exhibits of the armament and period military equipment. For more information, please call the park at 904-277-7274 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch.
- St. Paul's-Riverside 90th Anniversary Carnival – Sat., Sept. 21, 10 a.m. St. Paul's-Riverside, 2609 Park St., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Some of the city’s finest food trucks, Spanish and Filipino food, carnival rides, bingo, bounce house and slides and more. For more information, please call 904-387-2841 or visit www.spsjax.org or www.facebook.com/spsjax.
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