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From Wine Tours to Hayrides: Must-See Central Florida Festivals

Fall is finally here, which means fall festivals are underway. Fall festivals, or harvest festivals, began hundreds of years ago to celebrate the main harvest of a given region. In the beginning, harvest festivals were celebrated primarily in Britain and were celebrated in the same way Thanksgiving was celebrated in America and Canada. These festivals consisted of food, music, contests and fun, and were typically held on Sunday. Today, autumn festivals have grown beyond its one-day tradition. We still celebrate Thanksgiving and festivals with the same traditions, but they typically last for the entire season.

In addition, we’ve added pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes and more to our harvest festival activities. Fortunately, Central Florida is filled with family-friendly fall celebrations that make for a great weekend activity, and will also help you find the perfect pumpkin for carving. Here are some of our favorites!

Dates: September 14 – November 14, 2016
Location: 200 Epcot Center Dr., Orlando, FL 32821
Details: Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is an annual tradition that celebrates food, music and culture from around the world. This fall celebration combines the merriment of the season with the magic of Disney and the diversity of the world around us. Open from 9 a.m. to park closing, the festival will feature different food-related events such as book signings, meet and greets, wine bottle signings and “Seasons of the Vine,” a must-see film for all wine buffs.

Dates: Weekends and select days in October 2016
Location: 35317 Huff Rd., Eustis, FL 32736
Details: A Lot of Pumpkins is a pumpkin-filled festival featuring fresh-grown pumpkins from Cottontown, Tennessee that are picked and delivered overnight. The festival also offers pumpkin carving, a magical maze, horse rides, hayrides and more. Hosted by and held at Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest, A Lot of Pumpkins has activities for the entire family and sells pumpkins starting at just $3!

Dates: October 14, 15, 21 and 22 of 2016
Location: 2713 Griffin Ave., Lady Lake, FL 32159
Details: Uncle Donald’s Farm combines fall fun with animal mystery. During the day guests can visit the pumpkin patch and hay maze while enjoying animal jokes throughout the maze. In addition, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. guests can embark on a nighttime hayride with views of owls and other nocturnal animals. Guests can also visit the “Creepy Crawly Barn” to see reptilian wonders or re-visit the hay maze and the pumpkin patch.

Dates: October 22 and 23, 2016
Location: 15100 Lake Pickett Rd. Orlando, 32820
Details:  The Pumpkins and Ponies Festival is the perfect autumn festival for horse lovers everywhere. With pony rides, food, music, face painting, pumpkin crafts, bounce houses and more, this festival has it all. In addition to fun activities, the Pumpkins and Ponies Festival will also feature a fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Project to help injured service members in need.

Dates: October 1-31, 2016
Location: 3403 Rock Springs Rd., Apopka, FL 32712
Details: The Club Lake Plantation Fall Festival celebrates fall with a southern-flare. The festival features hayrides, a corn maze, a toddler maze, a country store, sports areas, the cow wash, and plenty more. This festival also offers discounts for groups—so be sure to bring your friends!

Dates: October 1-31, 2016
Location: 1368 South Poinciana Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34746
Details: Green Meadows Farm has been a petting-zoo destination for Central-Florida residents for well over 10 years. The farm believes in a hands-on learning experience, and extends that belief to their pumpkin patch. Explore and hold pumpkins at their expansive pumpkin patch and take home the one that feels just right—free of charge. Green Meadows Farm will also host their Trail of Jack-o-Lanterns, Ooky-Spooky Haunted House and Children’s Halloween Fun Days (trick or treating) on select nights throughout October.

Dates: October 22, 2016
Location: 2911 E. Robinson Street, Orlando FL 32803
Details: The Central Florida Veg Fest takes the harvest festival back to its food roots by featuring fruits and vegetables from the region and around the world. Held at the Orlando Festival Park, this free event is a vegetarian festival that highlights vegetarian cuisine and lifestyles. Enjoy tips on eating healthy, food preparation demonstrations, a veggie kids zone, an animal haven, an artist corner and more!

For additional autumn festivals in the Central Florida area, please click here. We at AV Homes wish you and your loved ones a fun and safe fall festival season!