Fall is finally here, and while for the Tampa, that may not be synonymous with chilly weather and cozy fireplaces, the truth is that fall has more to offer than its changing leaves. From spooky concerts and pumpkin patches to getting lost in corn mazes, this season has everything to make every day an adventure. That’s why we’ve rounded up 15 of the best things to do in fall to enjoy this season in its uniquely Tampa way!
1. Pick your pumpkin during the fall harvest at Keel Farms
Starting October 7, pack your weekends with fall family fun at Keel Farms in Plant City. Get lost with the little ones in their four-acre corn maze and solve their hidden puzzles to get to the end. Take a breather and grab their famous pumpkin cider or taste their fall special wines, ales, sangrias, and ciders. Check out their farmers market and snap a pic at the pumpkin patch. Everything you need for a fun-packed day, Keel Farms has it. Better yet, admission and parking are free!
2. Get totally spooked at Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail
If normal corn mazes are way too PG for you, head over to Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail to feel the chills. This spine-chilling attraction is not for the faint of heart. Venture through three haunted trails, play laser tag, or get lost in their escape room. Keep in mind that their trails aren’t suitable for kids under 12.
3. Experience a spooky Candlelight Concert
As the nights grow longer, Tampa’s music scene takes a haunting twist with Candlelight. These unique concerts combine the beauty of live music with the ambiance of flickering candles. Imagine listening to classical or contemporary tunes in a dimly lit setting, creating an enchanting atmosphere that’s perfect for date nights or a memorable evening with friends. —This is definitely on the top of our list of things to do in Tampa during fall!
4. Explore the Tampa Riverwalk’s Fall Art Walk
Tampa’s Riverwalk is a picturesque waterfront promenade, and during the fall season, it hosts a Fall Art Walk. On October 9 and November 13, stroll along the riverbanks while admiring local art displays, sculptures, and outdoor galleries. It’s a perfect way to enjoy the city’s cultural scene and the pleasant autumn weather.
5. Grab a cocktail at The Haunted Tavern
Tampa’s bar scene gets a spooky makeover from October 5 through 7. The Haunted Tavern is a must-visit for those looking to enjoy delicious cocktails in a Halloween-themed atmosphere. This 4-part interactive cocktail journey is guided by the spooky tavern keeper in one of Tampa’s most haunted locations. Hear the chilling and dark tales that haunt the venue, and beware the ghost that never left…
6. Enjoy the best fall treats at Frazier Farms Fall Festival
Indulge your taste buds in the flavors of fall at Frazier Farms Fall Festival. This family-friendly event offers a cornucopia of autumn delights, including pumpkin spice treats, caramel apples, and their famous sweet corn ice cream with caramel ribbons. You can also explore corn mazes, enjoy hayrides, and pick your own pumpkins to create the ultimate fall experience.
7. Get all cozy at Tampa Bay Coffee & Art Festival
Nothing beats the cozy feeling of sipping a warm cup of coffee on a fall day. The first edition of the Tampa Bay Coffee & Art Festival, on October 14, brings together local coffee roasters, artisans, and musicians for a delightful day of coffee appreciation. Explore various coffee blends, enjoy live performances, and immerse yourself in the city’s thriving arts scene.
8. Get all dressed up for Le Dîner En Blanc Tampa
On November 18, Le Dîner En Blanc is back in Tampa Bay for an elegant and pop-up picnic event. Dress in all-white attire and dine al fresco in a stunning, undisclosed location. Register on their waitlist for Tampa’s version of this event and add a touch of sophistication and mystery to your fall activities.
9. Transport yourself to Munich with Oktoberfest Tampa
For a taste of Bavarian culture and beer-fueled fun, head to Oktoberfest Tampa on October 13. This annual event celebrates all things German with traditional food, live music, and, of course, a wide selection of beers. Grab a pretzel, put on your lederhosen or dirndl, and enjoy the lively atmosphere of this Oktoberfest celebration.
10. Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens
From September 8 to October 31, Busch Gardens transforms into a nightmarish playground during the fall season. Howl-O-Scream offers a terrifyingly good time with new haunted houses like D.H. Baggum’s Circus of Fear, new scare zones like Stranglewood Estate, Sin City Zombies, and Big Ed’s Demolition Derby, and spine-tingling favorites like Witch of the Woods. It’s the ultimate destination for thrill-seekers looking for a Halloween adventure.
11. Grab a coffee or kava at the Spookeasy Lounge
If you want to have a spooky time in a sober bar, then check out Spookeasy Lounge. While this kava lounge is open all year round, visiting during Halloween is a different experience. Filled with Halloween-themed and gothic paraphernalia, this unique spot, which “welcomes all spirits,” offers a variety of coffee concoctions, kava, and spooky pastries to enjoy during these spooky days.
12. Get close to the Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa
ZooTampa at Lowry Park hosts a special event during the fall season called Creatures of the Night. Families can explore the zoo after dark, encounter nocturnal animals, and enjoy Halloween-themed entertainment. It’s an educational and fun way to celebrate the season with your loved ones.
13. Feel the chills at Scream-A-Geddon
Voted #1 haunted house for four years in a row by USA Best Haunted Houses, Scream-A-Geddon is on another level of heart-pounding haunted attraction to try in Tampa. Scream-A-Geddon promises to leave you trembling with fear. Featuring 6 attractions in one place, you’ll scream your guts out at their Breach experience, Rage 3D, Bloodwater Bayou, and many more. This is definitely the place to test your bravery and experience the adrenaline rush of Halloween.
14. See a scary movie at Silvermoon Drive-In
Silvermoon Drive-In offers a nostalgic and spooky way to enjoy movies during the fall season. Grab some popcorn, tune in to your car radio, and watch horror classics or new releases from the comfort of your own vehicle. It’s a perfect outing for movie buffs and those who enjoy a thrilling cinematic experience.
15. Cheer on the Buccaneers at Raymond James
Fall also marks the beginning of football season, and there’s no better place to cheer on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers than at Raymond James Stadium. Grab your favorite team gear, join the passionate fanbase, and experience the excitement of live NFL games. You can check out their schedule here!