Summer might get more attention, but there’s something magical about a fall day in Daytona Beach. The weather is great, the crowds are smaller, and the beaches still go on for miles … 23 miles, to be precise. Whether it’s fun in the sun, shopping, a restorative spa day, going out on the water, or enjoying local arts and culture, you can do just about everything in the fall here that you can do in the summer.
Plus, there are some unique fall events to enjoy this time of year. Consider these great ways to enjoy a fall day in Daytona Beach:
Catch a college football game with the Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats. The season runs from September through November 23, with four home games scheduled at Daytona Stadium. Historically, the Wildcats won or tied for their conference championship (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) five out of six years from 2010–2015, and more than 30 alumni have played in the NFL. For more information, the 2018 schedule and ticket information, visit the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats' website.
Biketoberfest®, Oct. 17-20
Daytona Beach’s annual Biketoberfest® motorcycle rally attracts more than 125,000 riders, enthusiasts and interested bystanders. Watch motorcycle races at Daytona International Speedway, cruise on your own bike along the most scenic routes in Central Florida, or just soak up the motorcycle culture that will be abundantly on display. Participate in one of seven Top Rides mapped out with turn-by-turn instructions. Or check out special Biketoberfest events, including live music, the 27th Annual Motorcycle Swapmeet & Bike Show, vintage boardtrack races and more.
Halifax Art Festival, Nov. 2-3
Join more than 30,000 visitors who come to see the works of 250 juried artisans, from ceramics to baskets to watercolors and oil paintings. The Halifax Art Festival, named a Top 200 Festival by Sunshine Artist Magazine, was founded over 50 years ago and is the second oldest continual arts festival in Florida. The Riverfront Shops of Daytona Beach and the Halifax Historical Museum are nearby, and there’s also live entertainment, a student art competition, children’s activities and festival food.
Greek Festival Daytona, Nov. 7-10
The 40-year-old St. Demetrios Greek Festival is one of Daytona Beach’s most popular seasonal attractions. Authentic traditional Greek food, music, folk dancing and libations are featured at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church on Halifax Avenue in Daytona Beach. Browse Greek-themed gifts and jewelry at the marketplace. Enjoy a beer, a glass of ouzo or a dessert at a riverfront table.
Daytona Turkey Run, Nov. 28 - December 1
Presented by Daytona Beach Street Rods, the Daytona Turkey Run is the largest classic car show in the United States. It takes place on Thanksgiving weekend at the Daytona International Speedway. There’s a swap meet for everything from parts and accessories to clothing and gifts, a Car Corral where cars are bought and sold, and an Arts and Fashion Bazaar.
There’s so much to do in Daytona Beach, even after Labor Day! What are you waiting for? Start planning a fall day — or your whole weekend — right now!