A variety of festivals, art, history lectures and even an old-fashioned country fair highlight the second full weekend of the 2015 Beaches to Woodlands Tour of Santa Rosa County.
“We have another great weekend on tap with several great festivals including two new ones to the tour – the Pinktoberfest at Navarre Beach and the Holley-Navarre Fire Prevention Festival,” said Karen Harrell, who has coordinated the tour for seven years. “We also have our Halloween-themed events kicking off with a new event – ‘Haunted Woods: Deadly Games’ in Bagdad.”
Highlights among returning events include The Blackwater (Munson) Heritage Festival, an event that takes visitors back in time in a scenic setting at Krul Lake; the St. Rose of Lima International Fall Festival; Depot Days at the West Florida Rail Museum; the annual Plein Arts Paint Out in Bagdad; Run for the Reef 5k, 10k and Kid’s One-Mile Fun Run at Navarre Beach and the Psychic Fair which has moved to Navarre this year.
There are several farm-themed events including mazes and farm games and toys at Sweet Season Farms, Sonshine Farma and Holland Farms. Aspiring potters can visit Holley Hill Pottery to check out the kilns and the work while Arcadia Mill features the lecture: “Home is Where the Artifacts Are: A Preliminary Analysis from the 2015 Arcadia Field School Season.” The Milton Garden Club will present “Fall Gardening for the South” and the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station will have “Science Talk.”
Also ongoing are Fall Foliage Zipline Tours at Adventures Unlimited; Bands on the Blackwater; the Christ United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch; Holley-Navarre Farmer’s Market; Clear Creek Farm Tours; and the Bagdad Methodist Church History Open House.
Lodging options vary from tented campsites and “glamping” to deluxe RV parks; wooded cabins, hotels, beach houses and condominiums. Fall rates are generally up to 30 percent less than the summer high season but vary by property.
For the event schedule/map and a link to lodging visit: www.thebeachestowoodlandstour.com.
Schedule of events for Week 2:
34th Annual St. Rose of Lima International Fall Festival – . Fri. – 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sun. noon to 5 p.m. 6451 Park Avenue, Milton, Fla. Visit www.srolparish.org for more information.
Blackwater Heritage Festival (Munson) 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days, Blackwater River State Forest. Cost is $5 per vehicle. For more details call (850) 957-6140 or visit www.munsonheritagefestival.com.
l West Florida Railroad Museum Depot Days Celebration – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. West Florida Railroad Museum, 5003 Henry St., Milton. For details call George Wilson at (850) 501-6249 or visit www.wfrm.org.
l Holley-Navarre Fire District 7th Annual Fire Prevention Festival, 9474 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, Fla. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information call Fire Marshal Joe Early and Melissa Severt at (850) 939-5236 or email email@example.com.
l 6th Annual Run for the Reef 5K & 10K and Kid’s One Mile Fun Run – 8 a.m. Navarre Beach Pier, Navarre Beach. Call Mike Sandler at (850) 686-6643 for more information or visit navarrebeachmarinesanctuary.com.
l Pinktober Fest “Making Breast Cancer Walk the Plank,” Navarre Park on Hwy 98, 10 a.m. Call Jan Stephens at (503)-938-287 or Christin Stephens at (850) 582-2504 for more info.
l 5th Annual Bagdad Milton Plein Air Paint Out – Dragonfly Gallery, 6815 Caroline Street, Milton. Cost to participate: $35. More details at thedragonflygallery.org or santarosaarts.com.
l 2015 Oct Psychic Fair, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Days Inn and Suites Navarre Conference Center, 8700, Navarre Pkwy Navarre. Fore more details contact Debra Bussel at (850) 221-3391 or visit www.unlimitedhorizons.org.
Meet the Artist at a Special Place, 1900 Hwy 87, Suite H, Navarre, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. For more details contact Michelle Massey at (850) 368-9500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.