Embrace the fall season (and cooler weather!) in Orlando with some festive fall events. From the falling of leaves during Oktoberfest to the Autumn Art Festival, here's a list of what's happening Oct. 3-9.
Celebration's Oktoberfest, Oct. 7-8
The town of Celebration welcomes the fall season with Oktoberfest, a German-themed festival that showcases the falling of leaves. The two-day event features live music, hayrides, pumpkin painting and more. Admission: free.
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic, Oct. 7-8
This evening event is a culinary festival featuring beverage seminars, live music and tastings from the hotel's award-winning restaurants and lounges. Admission: seminar tickets $35; food and wine tasting $65. All-inclusive accommodation packages are available.
Orlando Home Show, Oct. 7-9
Held at the Orange County Convention Center, the Orlando Home Show is Central Florida's largest consumer showcase of new products and services for home remodeling and interior décor. The show features how-to seminars and experts in remodeling, building, decorating and landscaping. Admission: $7 advance or $10 day of; children 12 and under free.
38th Annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Oct. 8-9
This art festival is the only juried art show to feature Florida artists exclusively. Held annually on the second weekend in October, the community-oriented sidewalk show presents quality visual art, live entertainment, children's activities and more. Admission: free.
Harriett's Park Avenue Fashion Week, Oct. 9-15
Park Avenue's Fashion Week is a celebration of the local fashion retail and design community. The weeklong event includes trunk shows, designer meet-and-greets, special discounts and a grand finale runway show on Oct. 15. Admission to the runway show: $45 advance or $50 day of; VIP tickets available.
SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular (below), every weekend in October
Youngsters can dive into this Halloween underwater "fantasea" every weekend in October. At this daytime event, kids can trick-or-treat, dance with whimsical sea creatures, catch silly and spooky shows and create sea-themed arts and crafts. Admission: included in park admission ($81.99 for adults and $73.99 for kids ages 3-9).
Halloween Horror Nights, select nights through Oct. 31
Celebrating 21 years of fear, Halloween Horror Nights returns to Universal Studios as the nation's most intense Halloween event. During select nights, the theme park transforms into a bloodcurdling labyrinth of haunted houses, scarezones and live shows as brave guests confront extreme Halloween entertainment. Admission: $81.99.
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, select nights through Nov. 1
Guests of all ages are invited to dress in costume and trick-or-treat at Magic Kingdom's boo-free bash after regular park hours. The "not-so-scary" festivities include Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade and the bewitching Happy HalloWishes fireworks show. Admission: party tickets start at $53.95 for adults and $47.95 for kids 3-9.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, daily through Nov. 13
Sip, sample and savor treasures from around the world at this 45-day festival at Epcot. From tasty tapas and refreshing beverages to celebrity chef demonstrations and rock star performances, there's something to satisfy most every taste and interest. Admission: event included in regular park admission ($85 for adults and $79 for children ages 3-9); tapas-sized portions of regional specialties run $3-$8 each.
For more special events in Orlando, check out our calendar of events here.