10 Reasons to Visit Florida’s Historic Coast in the Fall

Florida’s Historic Coast is a beautiful getaway seemingly paused in an era gone by. Full of history, beaches, and amazing food, do you need more reasons to visit? Here are 10 reasons to visit Florida’s Historic Coast in the Fall.

1. Free. Live. Music.

One of the best things about the Fall in St. Augustine is The Sing Out Loud Music Festival, the largest free live music festival and benefit concert in Florida. More than 300 acts featuring local, regional and national musicians, artists and poets perform every weekend in September, from the 6th through the 29th at 11 different venues throughout the area. The best part? They’re FREE!

2. October is for Foodies

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From October 7-13, more than a dozen independently-owned St. Augustine restaurants city offer special multi-course prix fixe lunches and dinners throughout the week. Dinners are $35 and lunches are $20.

3. It’s Chill

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Cooler weather means smaller crowds at attractions and restaurants, even golf courses, and better opportunities to participate in outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and biking along our many trails. But dining in a quiet restaurant with your loved ones may be one of the best on the 10 reasons to visit Florida’s Historic Coast in the Fall list.

4. Halloween!

What a perfect time to do a Ghost Tour of haunted sites in St. Augustine. There’s a Haunted Pub Crawl and other ghastly experiences for those who enjoy the supernatural.

5. Greek Festival

From October 11-13, celebrate all things Greek–food, dancing, music, and heritage—at this annual festival at Francis Field on Friday 4-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $5.

6. Datil Pepper Festival

How do you celebrate St. Johns County’s official plant, the Datil Pepper? With vendors, a plant sale, an amateur Datil Pepper hot sauce contest and much more. October 5th and 6th at the UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County Agricultural Center Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free.

7. Better Rates on Lodging

As the crowds thin down, local inns and hotels are offering discounts on extended stays. This gives you the opportunity to save big while you enjoy everything Florida’s Historic Coast has to offer. From attractions to restaurants and free live music performances, you’ll have lots of reasons to visit and stay a few days. Find lodging deals HERE

8. Hispanic Heritage Month

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Celebrate Hispanic culture through film, cuisine, art, dance, music, and lectures at the Corazon Cinema and Café. There will be more than 68 Hispanic films shown throughout the festival that takes place October 3-6. Film schedules, ticket prices, and more information is available HERE.

9. Ponte Vedra Concerts

Join us at the concert hall in the heart of Ponte Vedra, featuring national and international performing artists such as Steven Page, The Wood Brothers, The Allman Betts Band, and Wynona & The Big Noise. A full schedule of concerts HERE 

10. The Race is On

October means it’s time to lace up and race with the best of them as running season kicks in. It all starts with Pink Up the Pace 5K on October 5th, Ancient City Brewing Boos and Brewz 5K on October 19th and the Jail Break 5K on October 26th. There’s no better way to spend a Saturday and no prettier place to do it than right here on Florida’s Historic Coast.

With all of this to do and so much more, be sure to plan accordingly so you can visit all of the 10 reasons to visit Florida’s Historic Coast in the fall.