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Central Florida NatureFest, October 23 - 26: This nature weekend is packed with activities including birding, kayaking, butterfly and wildflower viewing, nature photography, and airboat tours.


IPSC World Shoot 2014: The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) Handgun World Shoot XVII to host competitors from around the world October 4-19, 2014.


Bok Tower Gardens: A historic gem, Bok Tower Gardens has been inspiring Central Florida Visitors for more than 80 years.The 205 foot Singing Tower carillon features daily concerts at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.


ZombieFest: Unearthed 2014: Mortals and the undead will unite in Munn Park and several neighboring city blocks in Downtown Lakeland on October 11th, 2014 for ZombieFest: Unearthed.

Polk County Fall Festivities

Why Autumn Is The Perfect Time For A Central Florida Vacation

Planning a Central Florida vacation this fall? You’re in for a treat; Crossing Labor Day off the calendar signals the return of popular fall festivals, events and things to do in Central Florida.

Foodies Will Love Planning A Central Florida Vacation September Through December

Those who hunger for Fall’s cooler temperatures can feed their stomachs as well at Food Truck Wars in downtown Winter Haven on Saturday, September 20, from 2 to 8 p.m. Food Truck Wars will feature 40 gourmet food trucks from all around the state, competing for five prestigious awards under the scrutiny of celebrity judges, including Cupcake Wars Champion, and local resident, Jillian Hopke. This year’s event serves up a new twist… the addition of a “theme food” item… which for 2014 is BACON! Every truck will have a minimum of one bacon dish available to the public (as long as supplies last) and must submit it to be judged for the Baconator Award. This new feature should make for some “sizzling” competition.

If all this talk of food trucks leaves you hungering for more mobile cuisine, don’t despair. Lakeland hosts the Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally on the second Thursday of every month, in Munn Park. Upcoming dates include September 11, October 9, November 13 and December 11.

Fall Is Full Of Central Florida Attractions And Things To Do

Of course, food isn’t the only reason to plan a fall Central Florida vacation; there are plenty of Central Florida attractions and things to do throughout the autumn season. Every Saturday and Sunday in October, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort will celebrate Brick-or-Treat, presented by Wells Fargo, with safe and family-friendly festivities.

If you are looking for more scary, creepy fun, check out ZombieFest 2014 in Lakeland on October 11, from 3 to 10 p.m. Celebrate World Zombie Day around downtown Lakeland’s Munn Park with live music, food vendors, a costume contest, pub crawl, zombie walk, games and activities. Parental discretion is strongly advised for this event.

Other Polk County Events To Consider During Your Central Florida Vacation

No matter what the interests of your traveling crew, you’ll find something for everyone during a fall Central Florida vacation. You can easily fill your itinerary with a wide range of events/activities including:

International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) Handgun World Shoot XVII: International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) Handgun World Shoot XVII Opening Ceremonies will be on Sunday, October 12. The opening ceremonies are a true “Olympic style” ceremony that will feature a parade of nations, musical entertainment and a fireworks display over the amphitheater and promenade at the Lake Mirror Complex in Downtown Lakeland.

Boktoberfest Plant Sale: October 18 at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales.

Lake Mirror Classic Automobile Festival: October 17-19 in Lakeland.

Polk State College FallFest: October 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Winter Haven campus.

Central Florida NatureFest: October 23-26, 2014; NatureFest offers a variety of nature tours over the course of the four day event. Enjoy some of the area’s 554 lakes on kayaking and airboat excursions, explore Circle B Bar Reserve with a Night Owl tour and wildlife photography sessions, tour rare conservation lands and experience the natural gems of Polk County on assorted birding, hiking and photography tours.

These are but a sample of all the unique events and fun things to see and do on a Central Florida vacation throughout the cooler fall months. For more event information, visit You can also follow us on Twitter (@VisitCentralFL) and Like Us on Facebook (