OKTOBERFESTS & HALLOWEEN EVENTS
UNSCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY
The annual kids’ party is held 10:15-11:15 a.m. Oct. 10 at Ponte Vedra Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Games, crafts, prizes and a costume parade are featured. Bring a camera for the Punkin Pictures station. 827-6950.
The inaugural Jaxtoberfest family fall celebration is held 3-10 p.m. Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 12 at The Shipyards, 750 E. Adams St., Downtown. Live music by The Swinging Bavarians, The Rhinelanders and the U.S. Navy Band Southeast's ensemble Pride, a 5K Beer Run, games, food and drink — German brews, a keg-tapping ceremony — costume contests and post-race party are featured. General admission $8, $40 VIP Oct. 11, $50 VIP Oct. 12; kids 12 and younger admitted free; jaxtoberfest.com.
The annual Spooktacular is held 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 18-20 and 25-31 at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, $8 for members; $10 for nonmembers. 757-4463.
HALLOWEEN DOORS & MORE
The ninth annual benefit is held 3-8 p.m. Oct. 19 at Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, 510 Fairgrounds Place, downtown. Activities include Fantasy Doors, where kids trick or treat for toys; Magical Meet & Greet Streets (kids meet costumed characters), Alice's Adventure, Monster Mash Family Disco, and Harry's Wizarding World; tickets are $100 per adult, $50 per child ages 2-12; children younger than two are free. Proceeds benefit Community PedsCare programs. 886-3883, communityhospice.com.
Jacksonville Historical Society is fixing up the old casket factory for a fundraising party, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 26 at 314 Palmetto St., Downtown. Live music, food, drinks, costume contests and the Labyrinth of Terror are featured. Tickets are $50; 665-0064, jaxhistory.com.
AMAZING GRACE CROP MAZE
There's more than a maze here: a petting zoo, corn crib, live music, fish and wildlife exhibit, chainsaw art demo, and a moonlight maze. National Watermelon Queen Amber Nolin appears Oct. 12. Open 2-7 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. through Nov. 2, 2899 Wisteria Farms Rd., Green Cove Springs; $11 for ages 4 and older, 284-2949, agcropmaze.com.
World Zombie Day is celebrated 2-7 p.m. Oct. 12 in Downtown Jacksonville; free — bring a non-perishable food item or personal hygiene item; jaxzombiewalk.com.
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
Young ghosts and goblins wander wild walkways and encounter costumed animal-keepers with creepy creatures and candy 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 25, 26 and 31 at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, 999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine; $8 adults, kids 2-11 $6 for pass members; $9 adults, $7 for kids 2-11 nonmembers; 824-3337, alligatorfarm.com.
MOONLIGHT MADNESS CAMP-IN
Flashlight tours, a mad science show, creepy crafts and a Halloween Cosmic Concert are featured, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank; $35 per person, includes late-night pizza snack and continental breakfast; 396-6684, themosh.org.
HAUNT NIGHTS HAUNTED HOUSE
Apocalypse 3D Haunted House is open from dusk-11 p.m. through Nov. 2; Carnieville and Dark Fables open Oct. 11; all three run from dusk-10 p.m. Oct. 20, 24, 27, 30-31 and dusk-11 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, Nov. 1-2, at Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, ticket prices vary; 246-4386, adventurelanding.com.
RIVER CITY HAUNTS
A ghostly walking tour is offered 8 p.m. every Fri. through Dec. 20, starting from The Jacksonville Landing escalators. Call 827-1845 to reserve. $15 for adults; $5 for kids 5-12; adlibtours.com.
HAUNTING OF SCHOOL HOUSE 4
11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 28, Mandarin; $20 Fri.-Sat., $18 Thur. and Sun., VIP $30; kids younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult; 7-11 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31; 7 p.m.-mid. Oct. 18-19, 25-26, pandemichauntedattractions.com.
RIPLEY'S ST. AUGUSTINE
Zombieville Part II — Terror Under the Big Top, a live action paintball shooting gallery, is open 8-11 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 and 31 at 254 San Marco Ave., Old Sugar Mill, St. Augustine, 829-6545, facebook.com/redtrains. Oddtoberfest is 8-11:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 2-6 p.m. Oct. 27; for details, call 824-1606 or go to ripleys.com/staugustine.
FLORIDA HAUNTED TRAILS
The Florida Agricultural Museum presents haunted houses, storytellers, hayrides, kids' games, pumpkin patch and music, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 18-19, 25-26 at 7900 Old Kings Rd. N., Palm Coast; $12 adults, $10 kids 6-12; free 5 and younger; 386-446-7630, myagmuseum.com
A younger kids’ festival features crafts, a bounce house, face-painting, candy and a costume contest from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach; proceeds benefit Seamark Ranch Children's Home; 246-4386, adventurelanding.com.
A bad case of hoarding; 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, 31 at Clay County Fairgrounds, 2493 S.R. 16, Green Cove Springs, 748-0059; $15 adults; $25 VIP; thedungeons-ha.com.
Sykes & Cooper Farms offers a nine-acre maze, a pumpkin patch and hayrides, 5-10 p.m. every Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. every Sun. in October. Admission is $9; free for kids younger than 2; 5995 Brough Road, Elkton, off S.R. 207, 692-1370, sycofarms.com.
SLOW COUNTRY BOIL
Slow Food First Coast hosts Sunday Supper, featuring local fare, 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at The Glen, 7504 Glen Nursery Road, Glen St. Mary, Ga.; tickets are $50 for members, $65 for nonmembers, slowfoodfirstcoast.com.
BILL O'REILLY & DENNIS MILLER
These two independent thinkers appear 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at the T-U Center's Moran Theater, 100 W. Water St., Downtown; tickets are $75-$125; ticketmaster.com.
The second annual event is held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11 at Amelia Island Farmers Market, Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, 491-4872, ameliawine.com.
The National College Fair of Jacksonville is held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 12 at Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Downtown; free; representatives from more than 150 colleges and universities discuss programs with students and parents; students can register in advance online at gotomyncf.com; jaxcollegefair.org.
JCCI ANNUAL MEETING
JCCI's annual business meeting is held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 10 at WJCT Studios, 100 Festival Park Ave., Downtown; tickets are $45; 396-3052, jcci.org.
HISTORY OF FLORIDA
The two-day event is held Oct. 11-12 in Flagler College’s Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. Speakers discuss the wide range of historic events in the area's past. 824-2872, staugustinehistoricalsociety.org.
JUNIOR LEAGUE HOLIDAY MARKET
The second annual market is held 1-6 p.m. Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11-12 at Jacksonville Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 510 Fairgrounds Place, Downtown. Proceeds benefit the Junior League's programs and initiatives. General admission is $7, in advance online; $10 at the door; kids 2 and younger are free; 387-9927, jljacksonville.org.
The League of Women Voters presents founder of 50thnomore.org Wood at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 9 at University Club, 1301 Riverplace Blvd., 27th Floor; $25 members; $30 nonmembers, 318-0705, lwvjacksonvilleleague.org.
The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women holds its inaugural forum 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 10 at City Hall Atrium, Roberts Room, 117 W. Duval St., Downtown; free, 630-1618, coj.net.
COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES
Flagler College's series, “The Hotel Ponce de Leon Deconstructed: Building the Future for Modern America,” presents Prof. Luciana Gassett, who discusses "American Artistic Printing & Design Inspiration at the Turn of the Century" 10 a.m. Oct. 15 in Flagler College's Flagler Room, 74 King St., St. Augustine; $5 for a single lecture; $15 for four; reservations required; 819-6282.
Laser shows are Fright Light 7 p.m., Queen 8 p.m., Beatles 9 p.m., Led Zeppelin 10 p.m. Oct. 11; online tickets $5, Bryan Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, moshplanetarium.org.
THINK PINK MOTORCYCLE RIDE
The fifth annual ride is held 9 a.m. Oct. 12 at Ponce de Leon Mall, St. Augustine; proceeds benefit local breast cancer patients, $25 for riders, $10 for passengers, thinkpinkinoctober.com.
River City Pride of Jacksonville holds its annual parade 4 p.m. Oct. 12 in Riverside, beginning in Boone Park and winding through Avondale and Riverside, ending in 5 Points. A block party follows in 5 Points; free, Rivercitypride@gmail.com.
SAVE THE FERRY 5K & FEST
The ferry fun starts 8 a.m. Oct. 12 along the waterfront in Mayport Village, A1A. The fest is held 11 a.m.-8 p.m. featuring food trucks, live music, arts and crafts and margaritas. keeptheferry.org.
The third annual fundraiser for the Katie Caples Foundation is held 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, 39 Beach Lagoon, Amelia Island; tickets are $150, 310-5864, katierideforlife.org.
Sierra Club Northeast Group gathers 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 2001 University Blvd. W., Jacksonville. James Taylor discusses UNF's efforts toward sustainability; free, 247-1876.
BOOKS & WRITING
Local author Robinson discusses area history 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Ponte Vedra Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra, 827-6950, sjcpls.org.
LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Anastasia Island Friends of the Library hold a sale 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 11 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12 at the library, 124 Sea Grove Main St., St. Augustine. On Oct. 11, prices are cut 50 percent; 209-3731, sjcpls.org
FIRST COAST ROMANCE WRITERS
An all-day workshop with authors Catherine Kean, T. Elliott Brown and Caro Carson starts 10:15 a.m. Oct. 12 at West Regional Library, 1425 Chaffee Road S., Jacksonville, 693-1448.
Comic Ortiz appears 8:04 p.m. Oct. 10, 8:34 p.m. Oct. 11 and 8:04 and 10:10 p.m. Oct. 12 at The Comedy Club of Jacksonville, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside, $6-$25; 646-4277, jacksonvillecomedy.com.
The comic is on 8 p.m. Oct. 11-12 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., Southside, $10, 365-5555, latthirty.com.
Comedienne Feinstein appears 8 p.m. Oct. 9-11, and 8 and 10 p.m. Oct. 12 at The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin; $12-$16; 292-4242, comedyzone.com.
MIND, BODY & SOUL
BECOMING A CHOICE AGENT
Learn how to make good choices, 7 p.m. Oct. 10; Personal resource Banking is held 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Peaceful Living Center, 1250 McDuff Ave. S., Avondale, peacefulproductions.org.
NATURE, SPORTS & OUTDOORS
PINK RIBBON GOLF CLASSIC
The seventh annual fundraiser is held 7:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, 200 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra; proceeds benefit breast cancer research and related local services, pinkribbonjax.org.
JAXPORT SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
Double-elimination tournament, men’s upper and lower and women’s divisions are played all day Oct. 12 at Ray Greene Park, 2149 Leonid Rd., Northside. Prizes and raffles are featured. jaxportcharitysoftball2013.eventbrite.com.
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS VS ORLANDO MAGIC
Preseason NBA basketball is played 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown. A salute to the military and veterans community is featured. Seats start at $15; courtside $250; 630-3697, jaxevents.com.
A ranger leads a nature hike 2 p.m. Oct. 12 from Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Fort George Road; free; 251-2320, floridastateparks.org.
POLITICS, ACTIVISM & BUSINESS
AIFBY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Young Business Leaders of Nassau meets 8-9 a.m. Oct. 11 at AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Ste. 101G, Amelia Island. Online registration at islandchamber.com is required; admission is free for members, $25 for nonmembers; 261-3248 ext. 107.
The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets 4 p.m. Oct. 17, Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Downtown, 630-7306, coj.net.
CREATIVE BUSINESS PLANNING
The class “Business Planning for Creatives: Artists, Writers, Healers, Coaches, & Independent Practitioners” is held 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Nov. 1 and 15 and Dec. 6 in Atlantic Beach; email@example.com, 800-913-8611 ext. 1.
SOUTHERN WOMEN’S SHOW
Oct. 17-20, Prime Osborn Convention Center
FOLIO WEEKLY’S OKTOBERFEST
Oct. 19, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Oct. 25, Florida Theatre
Oct. 28, T-U Center
Nov. 1, Florida Theatre
Nov. 17, Florida Theatre
ST. JOHNS RIVERKEEPER OYSTER ROAST
Nov. 22, Garden Club of Jacksonville
Dec. 13, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Jan. 18, Florida Theatre