One of the best things about a fall getaway by the beach is that the whole place feels serene and refreshed — as if the beach has come up for air after a summer of surfboards, sandy strolls and splashing. A couple things unique to Daytona Beach are its wide, expansive beaches and its fun downtown area, each of which tend to stay uncrowded all year long. Visitors don’t have to feel like they’re in a crowd everywhere they turn, because there’s plenty of elbow room for all!
That feeling of wide, open fun is especially alive in the fall — when the summer vacationers have already packed their bags and headed home, and the families on spring break won’t arrive for a few months. And with little humidity lingering in the air, it’s the perfect time to enjoy all of the exciting outdoor adventures around town.
With mild temperatures, fewer vacationers and a host of entertaining events, fall is one of the best times to experience Daytona Beach. And, this year will feature a number of fun and family-friendly festivals to attend in the area. Whether you are an art aficionado or a classic-car collector, you’ll find amusement options right up your alley. Check out this list of fall festivals and area events coming to the Daytona Beach area soon:
While it’s not technically a festival, this event held at the Museum of Arts & Sciences Planetarium is definitely a unique way to experience fall in Daytona Beach. Armed with state-of-the-art telescopes and the knowledge provided by the astronomy experts leading the event, you’ll be able to celebrate the fall night sky in a truly memorable way!
Throughout the night, you’ll have the chance to marvel at wintertime constellations that fill the sky alongside Saturn and Mars. There will be a number of planetarium shows playing throughout the evening, and a food truck will be selling Southern cuisine to hungry stargazers. The best part? The outdoor portion of the event is FREE and open to the public, and the planetarium shows are just $4 per person.
Opa! This event at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church has been a favorite for over 40 years, and it offers both visitors and locals the chance to live like a Greek for the day. Enjoy costumed Greek dancers, fresh-from-the-oven foods and traditional Greek music. Relax in the coffeehouse, sip wine at the Taverna, or find your favorite Greek cuisine to take home and share.
You won’t want to miss the Greek Marketplace, either, as it will be filled with handcrafted souvenirs and Greek-themed gifts. It’s the perfect place to tick off every item on your holiday shopping list!
WHAT: DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts
WHEN: November 17-18, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown DeLand along Woodland Boulevard
Peruse fine-art exhibits presented by over 150 juried artists who specialize in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, leather, photography, wood, ceramics, fiber, glass and so much more. Come see DeLand blossom with color and bright spirits, and then soak in the entertainment and live music.
The DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts is proud to be voted “Best Florida Outdoor Fine Art Festival” by Florida Living! And, it’s totally free and open to the public. That means you and your family can enjoy a variety of kid-friendly activities, live music and performers, as well as the work of talented artists from all over the country.
WHAT: Riverfest Seafood Festival
WHEN: November 17-18, 2018
WHERE: Rockefeller Gardens at The Casements, 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach
Celebrate the coastal lifestyle and all things water at the 10th Annual Riverfest Seafood Festival. Take a bite out of freshly caught fried fish; let the little ones participate in the annual Kid Fish fishing clinic; sip on a craft beer as you sit and listen to live music; or expand your mind with an educational eco-life presentation. There will be good food, great memories and riverfront fun — and the event is FREE and open to the public.
View show-quality cars from around the country, find a beautifully restored classic, and lay your eyes on customized foreign cars — it’s all happening at the 45th Annual Daytona Turkey Run! As the largest combined car show and swap meet in the United States, the Daytona Turkey Run has everything the car enthusiast needs. From accessories to hard-to-find parts to classic cars, the discoveries are endless.
Today, the Turkey Run boasts over 6,000 cars for show and sale, and it has donated more than $7 million of profits to charitable organizations. Over 1,200 special collector cars are on display and ready for sale or trade in the Turkey Run Car Corral! Even if you’re not in the market, it’s fun to look. This family-friendly event is presented by Daytona Beach Street Rods in the infield of the iconic Daytona International Speedway.
WHAT: Winter Festival
WHEN: Saturday, December 1, 2018
WHERE: Florida Technical College – DeLand
Just down the road from Daytona Beach, you can get into the spirit of the season with a number of fun, family-friendly activities. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., take part in the traditions of the holiday season with things like face painting, pictures with Santa, various program presentations and more.
Sip some complimentary hot cocoa as you jam to live music provided by Mix 105.1 FM radio. Plus, there will be a number of raffle giveaways and games — you may just get your Christmas gift early this year! Bring the kids for an early afternoon filled with seasonal cheer.
WHAT: Snow & Glow Christmas Show
WHEN: December 7-8, 2018
WHERE: 560 Tomoka Farms Road
Down the road past Ponce Inlet, New Smyrna Beach is lighting up the night sky with a few fun additions! The Snow & Glow Christmas Show will feature special shaped balloons like “Tom Cat” and “Jerry Mouse,” Rocky the Flying Squirrel and so many more favorites.
These hot air balloons will be tethered to the ground at all times, but they sure will fill the sky with color! It’s recommended that you treat this show like a fireworks display — so be sure to bring a blanket or a beach chair and be ready to hang out watching the glow show for 1-1.5 hours. Plus, enjoy pre-show activities like craft booths, kiddie carnival rides and live music!
Well, are you so excited that you’ve already started mentally packing your bags? Be sure to check out our packing guide for fall festivals in Daytona Beach. With this fabulous line-up of festivals, you won’t want to wait to plan your trip.